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What I tweeted today to @romenesko followers:

* “I feel so pretty,” says the most actually-read “Read It Later” author on the Internet

* “Epic brawl” breaks out at Cincinnati/Xavier game, but Cincy Enquirer photog Jeff Swinger keeps shooting

* Playboy will be moving its print operations to Los Angeles in April

* Christiane Amanpour preparing to step down as “This Week” anchor, two sources tell NYT

* NYT attorney tells NYPD commish “we are disappointed” to see cop interfere with photographer at protest

* BuzzFeed founder: “Our front-page traffic is growing really fast but the reason people are coming is changing”

* Kurtz on Chelsea Clinton: “Her demeanor is reserved, she doesn’t project her voice like a broadcaster”

* Comcast to carry BBC World News channel, opening door for wider distribution in U.S.

Russ Stanton has stepped down as Los Angeles Times editor. Davan Maharaj (left), formerly managing editor, now leads the newsroom.

Stanton on Maharaj, from a 2008 LAT memo:

Among the highlights from his more than 20 years of reporting was the six-part series “Living on Pennies,” his collaboration with photographer Francine Orr, which won the 2005 Ernie Pyle Award for Human Interest Writing. The series inspired readers to send tens of thousands of dollars to aid people and agencies working in Africa.

Ex-LATer Kevin Roderick: “There had been much talk in recent months that Maharaj was on the rise in the eyes of company boss Eddy Hartenstein.”

Maharaj: “My first experience of life in Africa…” (Nieman Reports)

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A memo to Associated Press staffers says: “AP wins when news breaks, but after an hour or two we’re often replaced by a piece of content from someone else who has executed something more thoughtful or more innovative.” Often, the memo says, it’s done by someone who has taken AP’s reporting “and pushed it to the next level of content.” AP senior managing editor Michael Oreskes adds: “We can’t let other people win by cannibalizing our content. We need to do it ourselves each day, to parlay our reporting into work with a longer shelf life.” Read the full memo after the jump.
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Back in August, the Reston, VA-based American Society of News Editors announced that it’s “seeking collaborations and partnerships with other organizations, including possibly partnering with a journalism school for office space and operational synergies.”

I’m told that ASNE is most likely moving to the Missouri School of Journalism.

My source says:

The ASNE convention in April is in conjunction with NAA’s mediaXchange in D.C., so no move is likely until the after that.

Some of the thinking from ASNE brass is that Mizzou seems to be a right fit for IRE [Investigative Reporters and Editors], so you could ask the IRE exec director if he’s been informally contacted about pros/cons of being on a campus.

“I’ve talked to them a little bit,” IRE executive director Mark Horvit tells me. He points out that the Religion Newswriters Association and Association of Health Care Journalists are also at Missouri’s j-school.

My source continues:

The idea behind moving to a campus is to gain research (though the university would own any research) and member synergy by moving to a campus, along with cheap student labor.

ASNE’s board is worried about bad publicity like Gawker’s bon mot back in August: “The American Society of News Editors is now downsizing to, essentially, one desk crammed in the back of a J-school office somewhere.”

ASNE, which laid off four fulltime staffers last summer, reported in its 2007 IRS Form 990 that it had net assets of $391,349 at the beginning of the year. The association’s 2009 Form 990 — the most recent on Guidestar — reported that the figure had dipped to $82,634 (UPDATE: ASNE executive director Richard Karpel tells me that “we also have a 501(c)(3) foundation. The great majority of our assets are held by the Foundation, not ASNE.)

What Karpel says about ASNE moving to Missouri:

We have not made a decision yet regarding which school we will be partnering with. We are presently in negotiation and will make an announcement on this subject in the coming weeks.

UPDATE: I asked Missouri j-school dean Dean Mills about ASNE moving in. His response:

Nothing official yet, but ASNE and Mizzou are indeed talking about a
mashup. At Mizzou, we see ASNE as a natural partner for our Reynolds
Journalism Institute and its mission of developing and testing journalism
innovations that serve citizens.

Dean

From a Reuters.com story

A reader sends this message:

Thought of you as this flies around newsrooms – note the reporting tagline & reporter’s location at the end of this, yet another story of a newspaper chain filing for bankruptcy.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/12/us-leeenterprises-idUSTRE7BB26I20111212

If I’m not mistaken, at bottom of piece it looks like they had to run a corrective. So perhaps the Bangalore outsourcers aren’t the savings solution execs think they are?

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/12/leeenterprises-idUSL3E7NC52820111212?type=companyNews

Perry Bacon Jr. has resigned as Washington Post national political reporter to become political editor of NBC’s theGrio.com and a contributor to MSNBC, according to a Post memo (h/t Michael Calderone).

A Bacon reporting controversy on my site four years ago brought in the only email I’ve received from Leonard Downie Jr. in all my years of covering media.

Perry Bacon Jr.

The story: In December of 2007, I posted a journalism professor Chris Daly’s blog post questioning Bacon’s page one story and his credentials. The j-prof wrote:

Who is Perry Bacon Jr.? I don’t really know, but in two minutes of Googling him, I learned that he graduated from Yale in 2002, so he is approximately 27 years old. Since when does the Post assign 27-year-olds to write Page 1 presidential campaign pieces? … This is fast-tracking with a vengeance — a problem that I thought the Post had gotten past.

Leonard Downie Jr.

Former Post executive editor Downie didn’t like that. He called Daly’s post “an outrageous personal attack on a fine young journalist, and I’m disappointed that it has been given circulation on Romenesko.” He continued:

The Washington Post has now and has had in the past many outstanding journalists like Perry who successfully take on great responsibility here at a similar age. Daly, however, during his time as a contract stringer for this newspaper, failed to earn a similar role for himself. And now, he says, he depends on Google for his shoddy reporting. Daly owes Perry Bacon an apology and Romenesko needs to be more discriminating.

David von Drehle also weighed in with an excellent defense of young journalists:

You could make a pretty good anthology out of the under-30 journalism of David Remnick, Michael Lewis, Malcolm Gladwell, Kate Boo, Mark Singer, Wil Haygood, Tom Friedman, Susan Faludi, Carl Hiaasen, Richard Ben Cramer — you get the idea. Journalism is, to a large extent, a kid’s game. …

My ideal journalism professor would be a person who knows the capacity of young writers and fires them up, rather than one who draws arbitrary and unfounded limits on their potential. Whether a piece of journalism works or doesn’t has nothing to do with the writer’s age

TODAY’S MEMO ABOUT BACON LEAVING THE POST

From: Kevin Merida
Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Subject: Perry Bacon leaving

STAFF NEWS: PERRY BACON LEAVING

We are sad to announce that Perry Bacon, Jr. is leaving The Post to become political editor of NBC’s theGrio.com and a contributor to MSNBC.

Perry has been a key member of National’s political team since 2007, when he arrived from Time magazine to cover the 2008 presidential campaign.

He has traveled the country for us, and written about the forces that have shaped the political landscape in the era of Obama. Perry has covered Congress, the White House and, most recently, the Republican presidential race.

We have benefited from his sharp analytical mind, and have always appreciated his sophisticated understanding of public policy. We wish him well.

Caking details to come.

Kevin Marilyn Steven