Stories I posted on other social media:
* What Facebook really thinks about journalists (not much)
* The plot to save the St. Paul Pioneer Press from its hedge fund owners
* Five posts/day minimum: The pressures of working at Business Insider
* Syracuse’s Newhouse School teams with BuzzFeed for a Future Media Skills course

Now retired, but still online. Thank you for checking my latest tweets and occasional retirement-era posts. (I’m still posting to Facebook, too.)




* New York Times plans to close editing and press operations in Paris (nytimes.com)

Memo to staff:

From: NYT Company Mail
Date: Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 3:45 PM
Subject: On the Record from Arthur, Mark and Dean: Proposed Changes to Print INYT
To: All Company Employees

Dear Colleagues,

Earlier this month, we announced a significant financial investment and new organizational structure intended to prioritize global digital growth and greatly increase the numbers of international readers and subscribersimages over the next several years. This initiative is consistent with our focus on digital-first across The New York Times.

To date, we have made tremendous strides in focusing our attention and investments on digital expansion, with more resources being dedicated to video, multimedia and other forms of interactive storytelling as well as tactics and programs to accelerate growth in our digital subscription base. We believe these investments are needed to remain competitive as the global media landscape continues to shift toward mobile platforms./CONTINUES Read More

Bay Area News Group is losing 11 copy desk staffers “rather than cutting more deeply into the ranks of content producers or neglecting our digital needs,” says a memo from James “Bert” Robinson, managing editor/content. He writes:

From: James Robinson
Date: Apr 22, 2016 6:02 AM
Subject: Some changes to our editing and production processes
To: &BANG News All

We’re launching a series of changes to the assigning and copy editing process in an attempt to manage a planned loss of approximately 11 FTEs.Unknown We are choosing this course, as many papers have across the country, rather than cutting more deeply into the ranks of content producers or neglecting our digital needs.

The bottom line is that we will be eliminating a layer of valuable editing across most of the copy desk — what is known in desk parlance as the rim. The result:

* Staff stories that go inside sections will not be copy-edited. The assigning editor will be the only read. (In sports, late stories that do not go through an assigning editor will continue to be read on the desk, once.) Stories for our East Bay weeklies will not be copy-edited./CONTINUES Read More

I’ve been going through Chicago journalism history files at the Newberry Library, and recently found a speech that former Chicago Tribune editor and publisher Jack Fuller gave to McClatchy news executives in 2000. Here’s a passage:

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McClatchy, by the way, sold the Minneapolis Star Tribune in 2006 for $530 million; it acquired the paper for $1.2 billion in 1998.

* Also: Fuller is told why “the Los Angeles Times has floundered around so long”

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– Louisville Courier-Journal on Easter Sunday

My tipster writes: “After repeatedly told website hits aren’t a competition between reporters in Louisville [at the Courier-Journal], here we have one. This email was sent out to reporters Tuesday afternoon. Entry was not voluntary.”

Hey everyone!

For those who missed yesterday’s meeting, welcome to The Courier-Journal local/mobile social media bracket challenge! If you’re getting this email, you’ve been entered.

You all will be competing in a tournament for the next five weeks, starting yesterday, for a chance to win a new Apple Watch, among some other cool prizes for second, third and fourth place.

Please find the bracket attached, this also is written on the big white board in the fun room./CONTINUES Read More

The Charleston Post and Courier posted this column on February 26:
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One day later, the CEO of the newspaper’s parent company sent this email:

Date: February 27, 2016
To: All Employees of Evening Post Industries and its Affiliates
From: John Barnwell, CEO
CC: Members of the Board of Directors

Dear Fellow Employees,

Yesterday, Friday, February 26, Evening Post Industries was the targeted victim of an email spoofing incident. Through this incident, a request was made for a summary of all 2015 employee W2 information – to include all affiliates. Unfortunately this information was provided before we discovered that the request was made from a fraudulent account, by an individual purporting to be me.

We discovered the fraudulent nature of the request late afternoon Friday and have been working diligently ever since to investigate and gather as many resources as possible to counteract this incident. As you are impacted parties, we wanted to notify you immediately and share the resources we’ve put in place to help mitigate risk./CONTINUES Read More

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The Romenesko reader who sent the above clip from the Longmont Times-Call writes: “This is an item that runs on the top of B1, the front page of Sports. It’s a trivia/factoid feature that runs, as far as I know, every day. …This Colorado paper is owned, as most [in the state] are, by Digital First. The page designers work in Boulder, Colo., which is 15 miles or so southwest but a world away.”

I’m guessing the person who wrote the “factoid” about the design staff and murder didn’t intend for it to go to press.