My memories of Gannett in 2014: Layoffs, the “Newsroom of the Future,” and reporters on the coffee, wine and beer beat.
The CEO’s memories of Gannett in 2014: Going on a “transformative journey and uncovering new ways to engage our audiences in today’s multi-media landscape.”
From: A message from [CEO] Gracia Martore
Sent: Friday, December 19, 2014 1:20 PM
To: Gannett Communications
Subject: Happy Holidays!
As we prepare to turn the calendar to 2015 and spend time with our loved ones, I want to thank you and express my deep appreciation for what you have accomplished in 2014. I am truly inspired by your efforts and what you have achieved this year. Because of your hard work, we have a positive impact every day on the people, businesses and communities that rely on our trusted products and services.
Your knowledge, experience and commitment to this company enable us to serve our markets exceptionally well as we fulfill our First Amendment responsibilities and support a free and vital press./CONTINUES Read More
Jessica Pressler was supposed to join Bloomberg News in January, but now she’s staying at New York magazine, reports Joe Pompeo.
New York editor Adam Moss tells his staff: “We feel very lucky to be keeping her on and look forward to publishing more of her with pride.”
On Tuesday, the day after Pressler’s story story about a millionaire high school trader was knocked down, I asked Bloomberg News if she’d still be joining its investigative unit. “We’re declining to comment,” said spokesman Ty Trippet. I called and emailed him again on Thursday and Friday, but he never responded.
Other Bloomberg employees have been talking to me (or emailing) in recent days, and they had guessed that Pressler wouldn’t be joining the company. One said that this not-very-Bloomberg-like tweet – “Taking an Uber because fuck all of you” – no doubt turned off the bosses.
But New York’s editor says that “Jessica has done extraordinary work for this magazine.” He call her pieces on Airbnb and Silicon Valley “two of the more incisive and gorgeously written magazine stories we, or anyone else, published this year.”
* Jessica Pressler staying at New York magazine (capitalnewyork.com)
* Investment club says teen never made $72 million (jimromenesko.com)
* New York: Our apology to readers (nymag.com)
* Bloomberg columnist: What Pressler should have asked the “whiz-kid trader” (bloombergview.com)
* bloomberg.com | adweek.com | theguardian.com) | time.com | newyorker.com
I’m surprised any journalist would take what commenters might say into consideration when writing a story or blog post. But veteran editor Jane Pratt tells the New York Times Magazine:
I talk to my [xoJane] editors and writers a lot about how easy it is to get caught up in thinking about what the comments are going to be.
Jane Pratt via glamour.com
Writing that cautiously, at least for what we do, it really doesn’t work. You have to keep putting yourself out there and taking chances. You can let readers guide what you do, but not what you don’t do. …
My executive editor says nothing good happens after 250 comments. After that, she figures there’s nothing valid being said.
250?! Try 10.
* Jane Pratt on why writing for women never gets old (nytimes.com)
In the fine print (made larger here):
A Sunday conversation in a Miami kitchen:
Wife: “Honey, are you going to church with me this morning?”
Husband: “I can’t. I have to drive to the Miami Herald distribution center to pick up the paper so we don’t have to pay that darn 46-cents transportation fee.”
* Miami Herald Sunday service for $8.99 (but read the fine print) (exacttarget.com)
* No more advertising column in the New York Times? (nypost.com) | Departing columnist Stuart Elliott‘s farewell front page. (@stephcliff) | Elliott tributes on the columnist’s twitter feed and Mediabistro.
* Times layoffs leave no black reporters in the Culture section. (theawl.com)
* David S. Bernstein tries to find out “what the hell happened to Boston.com.” (bostonmagazine.com)
* Concord Monitor’s freelance books columnist is let go, but invited to keep writing her column for “personal gratification.” (Book Conscious)
* “Yes, happy freelancers do exist.” (asja.org)
* Philadelphia magazine editor is surprised by what’s happened with former colleagues Jessica Pressler and Sabrina Rubin Erdely. (billypenn.com)
* Raju Narisetti proposes a Journalist Rescue Fund. (niemanlab.org) | Related snark.
* Courts reporter Linda Deutsch is retiring from the Associated Press after 48 years. (ap.org)
* Vice editorial employees make about $45,000 a year. (gawker.com)
* Instagram – acquired by Facebook for $1 billion in 2012 – is now valued at $35 billion. (techcrunch.com)
* Gawker editor Max Read shares his 2015 planning memo. (gawker.com)
* Journalists at the Guardian and Observer in the UK will help select their next editor. (theguardian.com)
* JOBS: Atlantic Media Strategies is looking for a managing editor. ..and more jobs. (Romenesko Jobs)
* Ouch! “Finally, the right guy loses his job at Tallahassee’s newspaper.” (saintpetersblog.com)
* Joe Scarborough makes fun of Megyn Kelly‘s garb. (“Eric Sevareid wore the same outfit this day in 1941.”) (@JoeNBC)
* I won’t even ask how Dan Primack found “today’s most disturbing SEC filing.” (@danprimack)
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Jeremy Barr tweets: “Realization: @tribranchvo, who once made @romenesko for wearing a resume sign outside BuzzFeed HQ, is now at @micnews.” (My post is from August of 2013, by the way.)
This afternoon I asked artist Tri Vo (right) if he ever got to talk employment with BuzzFeed. He writes in an email:
I did not interview with Buzzfeed. I was told that the position had been filled and for full-time. (I was still an undergrad and am finishing in May so that’s understandable.)
I came to a jobs/career fair at my school and met Mic people there and soon joined Mic last January as an intern. I am currently the Junior Designer.
Do I still dream of Buzzfeed employment? Well, I don’t know what the future holds, but as of right now I’m very happy at Mic.
* August 2013: Hire this guy, BuzzFeed! (jimromenesko.com)
* I’ve asked Kevin Smiley if he ever found a job (jimromenesko.com)
FiveThirtyEight managing editor Mike Wilson has been named the next editor of the Dallas Morning News.
FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver says: “Mike leaves on good terms and will be a tremendous editor for the Dallas Morning News. It’s a job we couldn’t in good conscience ask him to turn down. I think it’s pretty cool that a FiveThirtyEight alum will be running a major American newspaper.”
Wilson was Tampa Bay Times managing editor before joining FiveThirtyEight in November of 2013.
* Dallas Morning News names new editor (dallasnews.com)
* Earlier: Mike Wilson interviews for the Dallas Morning News editor job (jimromenesko.com)
Statement from FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver:
I’m sad to see Mike go, as a friend and a colleague, and I am extremely proud of the work he’s done for FiveThirtyEight. Mike leaves on good terms and will be a tremendous editor for the Dallas Morning News. It’s a job we couldn’t in good conscience ask him to turn down. I think it’s pretty cool that a FiveThirtyEight alum will be running a major American newspaper.
FiveThirtyEight is already in the midst of an expansion; we have plans to hire 5-7 more people by very early next year. (Several of these positions have been posted already and the others will be available soon.) Replacing Mike will be priority No. 1, but we also have new positions available for writers, copy editors, product people and visual journalists. We look forward to expanding our team and we also know there are some amazing journalists looking for new opportunities right now.
Overall, we’re very happy with FiveThirtyEight’s first nine months. Getting the journalism right has been our top priority. But we recently set records with 7m unique visitors and 16m pageviews in November (per Adobe) and traffic has generally been much higher than it was at The New York Times. We also recently launched a documentary film series, and we’ll be beginning a podcast soon. As the last nine months have shown, there’s a rich future for our brand of journalism and we’re looking forward to the new year.
– From Washington Post, D5, December 18 (I added the arrow and emoji, of course)
That was written by Washington Post sportswriter Des Bieler and tweeted by Neil Irwin of the New York Times.