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Russ Stanton

Russ Stanton, who resigned as Los Angeles Times editor in December, has been named vice president of content at public radio station KPCC. “I am very excited to be joining the staff of my favorite radio station,” says Stanton, “and in particular a newsroom that’s growing and an organization that’s fairly down the path of developing a sustainable business model to produce high-quality” news. The former editor was selected from more than 100 applicants, reports KPCC.
* Ex-LAT editor moves to KPCC || LAT’s story on Russ Stanton’s new job


A Romenesko reader writes:

I just got laid off from my first reporting job, and I have three weeks left at work. What’s the protocol for letting my regular sources know? A big part of my job is city council — should I stand before the council and let them know, or tell people individually? I’m not sure the newspaper wants me to publicize what dire straits it’s in, but I feel I should tell people I’ve built relationships with why I’m leaving this job.

What has other people’s experience been? I plan to keep applying and plugging away at whatever shred of a journalism career I can muster, so I want to leave on good terms.

Any suggestions for this reporter?


– Tweets from Rollingstone.com senior editor Doree Shafrir, who is headed to BuzzFeed to edit its culture coverage.

Speaking of BuzzFeed: It’s profiled today by American Journalism Review’s Carl Straumsheim. Editor-in-chief Ben Smith tells him: “I think that we are more like the New York Times than we are like Reddit. We’re a news organization, basically. Every day, we ask ourselves, ‘How are we going to outdo what we did yesterday?’”

* Doree Shafrir’s Twitter feed
* The buzz about BuzzFeed

Romenesko reader Tim Christie emails:

The Register-Guard in Eugene (my former employer) had a “stop the presses” moment when reporting on the possible departure to the NFL of UO football coach Chip Kelly.

The writer, Adam Jude, posted this photo on Facebook, with the caption, “Front page on left from 11:55 pm. Front page on right from 12:15 am. Yes, it was a crazy night.”

They were set to go with the Kelly leaving story when they got word late he had changed his mind.

Just struck me that it’s not often reporters actually get to yell “Stop the presses!” and mean it.

Reporter Jude sends this email:

The A1 page on the left (“Kelly accepts NFL job”) was one of a handful of proofs printed before midnight. That page never actually went to the plate (and, therefore, wasn’t distributed to readers), an incorrect assumption that others have reported. The “Kelly accepts NFL job” was, however, published on our website for about an hour before Kelly’s literal 11th-hour change of heart.

Sports editor Mark Johnson adds:

Reporter Adam Jude and columnist George Schroeder did a fantastic job working the story during the day and into the evening — calling sources, tracking leads, etc. The story took a few twists and turns late, and a solid source told us very late that Kelly had decided to take the NFL job. Our front page was initially designed to reflect that updated info. However, minutes later and at deadline, the same source told us that Kelly had changed his mind and was staying. Because of the importance of the story, we were able to hold the press until we could plate the final version (actually, three stories needed to be rewritten).

A tipster writes:

This is a couple weeks old, but apparently is just now surfacing and causing an uproar in the Washington Post newsroom

He’s referring to departing Post managing editor Raju Narisetti’s remarks posted by the D.C. chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

UPDATE:Another source questions whether the NAHJ post is “just surfacing” in the newsroom, and says “there’s no uproar that I can find.” Anyone care to go on the record? Email me, please.

Here’s the most interesting passage:

“Narisetti said the Post will likely eliminate about 100 positions in the next two years. He made the candid assessment during a discussion with members of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Washington, D.C. Chapter on January 11. The cuts do not necessarily mean layoffs and could come from buyouts like ones the Post has done in the past. This sort of projection, he explained, can be made if one considers the changing nature of the news industry.”

In an interview posted yesterday, Narisetti told Andrew Phelps that during his tenure, “we changed the overall structure of the newsroom. In all this we ended up reducing our workforce by close to 200+ people.”

* Narisetti says Washington Post newsroom will shrink

Gannett is holding a newsroom web conference on Feb. 2 during which the company is expected announce a revamping of its U.S. community newspapers. “That still-weak division includes the bulk of GCI’s business: 80 mostly small U.S. newspapers that account for nearly 70% of GCI’s overall revenue,” reports Gannett Blog’s Jim Hopkins. Know more about this meeting? Share it in comments, please.
* Gannett to reveal new model for weak U.S. Community Newspapers

Ads that have run in the New York Times, Washington Post and several other newspapers claim that Jesus is coming back soon to judge America for its sins, including abortion and persecuting polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs, who is serving a life sentence in Texas for sexually assaulting two “child brides.” Bob Smietana writes:

Warren Jeffs

The ads probably are a sign that Jeffs may be losing control of the group he has led since 2002. Stuart Wright, a professor of sociology at Lamar University in Texas, said that Jeffs has about 8,000 followers. But some have lost faith in him since he was jailed last year.

“I think he is having real trouble,” said Wright, co-editor of Saints Under Siege, a study of a 2008 raid on a polygamist compound in Texas.

* Imprisoned sect leader Warren Jeffs spends thousands on ads
* “We don’t censor ads,” says editor of Salt Lake Tribune, which ran Jeffs’ ad
* Twin Cities blogger questions Strib decision to run Jeffs’ ads

“I defend you every day, Oxford Comma, to one of my co-workers who never uses you. Now I see I have almost 24,000 people on my side!” posted yesterday on The Oxford Comma page on Facebook

* Students for the Preservation of the Oxford Comma (A Facebook page)
* NPR’s Linda Holmes: The Oxford Comma is Safe ….For Now
* Mizzou j-school alum shows “why the oxford comma is BAD!!!”

Chicago Tribune subscribers who pay an additional $99 per year will get a new 24-page books section — called Printers Row — in their Sunday paper beginning Feb. 26. Editor Gerould Kern says “audiences want very specialized information, and we are going to give them that.” Media analyst Ken Doctor is skeptical: “I think $99 per year is a pretty rich price point for something like that. It needs to be a product that really stands out in the marketplace, given that readers can get reviews so many other places.”
* Tribune introduces new book section as premium paid content
* Earlier: “I’m not surprised they’d go there,” says ex-editor

That’s what I tweeted two months ago after Gail Shister wrote that “as macabre as this sounds, it may be time to start the Joe Paterno Death Watch.” The veteran TV critic said then:

For some men of national stature, particularly those whose level of excellence has endured for decades, their work defines their being.

Gail Shister

When that ends, for whatever reason, their bodies give up, sometimes in a matter of weeks.

Shister says she received “a flood of vitriolic email” after her column was posted and that “‘Shame on you’ was the most-used phrase, or at least the most-used that could be spoken in polite company.” Some readers, she adds, wished for her own death. She writes in today’s post:

I take no joy in Joe Paterno’s death. That he died so soon after his sudden dismissal gives me no pleasure, either. I never met the man, but I have boundless respect for his accomplishments and his philosophy. His downfall was of Macbethian proportions.

* I killed Joe Paterno
* Earlier: Joe Paterno on Death Watch?