UPDATE: CNC is talking to the Chicago Sun-Times about a possible relationship.
Chicago News Cooperative employees were told late Friday afternoon that the non-profit news site is closing. The newsroom, which provides content to the New York Times, was launched in 2009. Managing editor James O’Shea says he asked the Times for financial support to keep CNC going, but the Times refused. Michael Miner writes:
CNC’s financial crisis came to a head last week, O’Shea explained, when the IRS issued a ruling that compromised the level of corporate underwriting and foundation support CNC could expect in the future. According to the IRS, tax benefits that would be received for funding particular projects would be denied if the funds were simply intended to sustain the operation. CNC’s primary financial lifeline has been the MacArthur Foundation, which has given it a million dollars.
* Chicago News Cooperative shutting down Feb 26
* CNC and Sun-Times are discussing a possible relationship
Earlier this month I posted an item about the New York Times “insulting” editorial cartoonists by asking them to submit spec drawings, for which they’d get only $250 if accepted. (“An original cartoon for The Times should pay closer to $1500 to $2000,” the cartoonists told the Times in a letter.)
This email was sent to the Times cartoon list of about 80 people this afternoon:
From: Sunday Review Cartoons NYT
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2012 15:09:21 -0500
To: Sunday Review Cartoons NYT
Subject: Sunday Review Cartoons
As I’m sure you all know, we got a lot of reactions to our request for cartoons for a new feature in the Sunday Review — much of it negative. Your very good questions and criticisms of our process have forced us to take a second look, and to reconsider. We are going to postpone adding the cartoon to our section until we can figure out a process that is fair to cartoonists and also works for us.
Appreciate your interest in the Times.
-- San Francisco Chronicle
Thanks to Terry Conway for passing along this underwear ad/underwear bomber story image from today’s San Francisco Chronicle. Charles Apple, who got it from another tipster, doubts this was intentional, “but if I were in charge of selling Jockey brand underwear, I’d have called around to see if I could place an ad next to this story.”
The Crain’s story about Roger Ebert trying to help the struggling Daily Illini — the independent University of Illinois paper owes $250,000 to its printer — was posted on several blogs and was picked up by the Associated Press on Thursday afternoon. Today I asked Daily Illini editor Jill Disis if the publicity helped the fund-raising campaign. She emails:
Daily Illini editor Jill Disis
We’ve raised over $6,000 since the story broke, not including contributions made since when Roger Ebert originally sent the letter in late January. There have been a few surprises; one donation of $1,000 came from an Urbana resident who doesn’t have an affiliation with us, but just wanted to make sure we were ok. It’s been wonderful seeing some of the support we’ve gained in the last 24 hours.
Today my editorial board and I wrote a front page editorial discussing our financial situation and asking for help.
Our company is also trying to collect signatures for a petition to collect money through a student fee. We currently do not take money from the University. We’re asking others to donate through our umbrella company’s website, illinimedia.com.
* Front page editorial: “We need your help”
* Earlier: Ebert tries to help Daily Illini pay its overdue bills
Jayson Blair might be too busy to catch the new Off-Broadway play about his New York Times misdeeds. He’s a Life Coach now, asking $130 per hour and welcoming clients who are “seeking insight into themselves and others.” He says that “I seek to be authentic and engaging, using my own experiences, being as vulnerable as I ask my clients to be, to enhance the process.”
WHAT THE CRITICS SAY ABOUT “CQ/CX”
The New York Post says “CQ/CX” limply dramatizes the Times scandal, while the Times calls the play “ultimately unsatisfying.” The Daily News praises the “terrific cast,” but complains that the play “goes from compelling to cop-out.” Entertainment Weekly is kinder, giving “CQ/CX” a B+.
John Robinson reminds us that newsrooms used to be filled with white male journalists “known for off-color language, sexist jokes, cigarette burn holes on desks and chairs, more profanity than you might hear in jail.”
Journalists are irreverent and don’t stand on convention. Editors demand that they speak truth to power and that they don’t back down when put off. So, how can we expect them to be PC in a newsroom?
How has your newsroom changed over the years?
* The language of a newsroom
* Michael Triplett responds to Robinson’s post
Barnes (Pittsburgh police photo)
Hot dog shop owner Captain Barnes was written up in the Dormont-Brookline Patch on Feb. 14 as a feel-good Valentine’s Day feature subject.
He was in the Dormont-Brookline Patch again on Feb. 15 — but this time as a bank robbery suspect. (There’s no mention in the story that he was profiled on the site a day earlier.)
Barnes is accused of robbing a bank the day before the Valentine’s Day feature was posted. (Dormont-Brookline Patch editor Erin Faulk tells me she interviewed him on Feb. 7.)
* “The first thing he said was he was doing this for his kids,” says man who tackled Barnes.