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Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Karen Heller tells Elizabeth Fielder: “There’s a lot of anxiety, stress, you don’t know what’s going to happen next. When they first announced [the layoffs plan], I was sitting around with a number of reporters in their 30s and they’re all just sick. They’re all the newer hires.”
* Uncertainties shadow newsrooms’ move to new edition
* Find out what put Fiedler’s face on a “Wanted” poster
* Earlier: Philly papers urged to reconsider “destructive plan”

Arthur G. Sulzberger/Providence Phoenix

* NYT’s Arthur G. Sulzberger – the publisher’s son – is leaving Kansas City to work on the Metro desk. (Gawker)
* This 2006 profile of young Sulzberger is the best that’s been published. (Providence Phoenix)
* Three more key reporters leave Poynter’s Tampa Bay Times. (SaintPetersblog.com)
* Atlanta Journal-Constitution names new publisher. (Creative Loafing)
* Owner of Texas Monthly, Los Angeles Magazine & other media properties fights to keep stock listed on Nasdaq. (Indianapolis Star)
* “Some very personal examples of how social media have helped me.” (PBS MediaShift)
* Brandeis j-prof fired after being found drunk in her car. (Brandeis Justice)

-- The Tab Farm

Howard Polskin’s The Tab Farm aggregates stories about tablet computers, but also has some original content, “most of it based on me tracking the mobile media consumption habits of New York’s subway commuters on and off since 2010.”

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Here’s what I’ve learned:
* More than half of New York subway riders consume some type of media during their commute.
* And of those mobile media consumers, more than 40% are buried in their smartphones, and another 16% are engaged with their tablets and e-readers.
* As for good old fashion books, 16% of all mobile media consumers on NY subway are reading books during their ride. Newspaper reading in February accounted for 14% of mobile media consumption in the subways.

I asked this one-man research firm to tell Romenesko readers more about his media-consumption reports. Polskin, who works for MPA, the Association of Magazine Media, writes in an email:

These are based on my own observations during my daily commute to and from work. In the morning I get on the subway at 60th and Third in Manhattan and I take the R, N or W train two stops to 57th and 7th. The train is a pretty good cross section of New York City commuters because it’s coming from Queens and it picks up more affluent riders at the first stop in Manhattan. I do the reverse commute at the end of the day. I try to record all media consumption activity I observe in two cars. If the car is too crowded, I settle for just one car. I have a small clipboard where I record the consumption by hand (breaking it down by day and morning and evening). A few people have actually stopped me when I’m doing my research and asked if I’m recording the way people are using their devices.

I am aware that my findings may be different in other NY boroughs, just as I’m sure that train commuters coming from Westchester and Connecticut will be using more tablets and e-readers than subway commuters. But the shifting patterns of media consumption in one specific geographic area is fascinating to me. And the number of people who have their heads buried in an electronic device is amazing — that’s why I originally decided to track this activity. I see many people walking around dangerous subway platforms engaged with their tablets, e-readers and smartphones.

* The Tab Farm

The Associated Press announced this afternoon that it’s now tracking Top 25 men’s college basketball action on “fan-friendly” Web pages that member news organizations are embedding and localizing in their websites.

AP sports editors are selecting the best AP stories, photos and interactive content for the pages, which more than 100 newspapers and broadcasters have integrated into their sites under their own logos and colors. The coverage prominently features the closely watched AP Top 25 Poll, as well as social media tools to enable content sharing and a forum for reader comments.

* AP tracks men’s college basketball action on a new platform

From CHRIS ARRANT: I just discovered something really disconcerting at my hometown paper [Panama City News Herald]: they’re doing articles/reviews of businesses for a fee from the business, but not telling the reader they’re basically “advertorials.” Here’s an example.

I became aware of it because I do some marketing for restaurants in the area, and the paper’s sales rep tried to sell me on this. It seems really awkward. I’m a small fish in a small pond, but is this sort of thing acceptable in the newspaper industry or is this something else? I’m concerned of a slippery slope here, and it’s made me question everything in the paper and which articles were only published because money changed hands?

(I have sent this email to the publisher and advertising director of the Freedom Communications-owned paper and have invited comment. — Romenesko)

Cheryl Dennison says she was fired from the Tri-County Times for protesting the new management’s acceptance of “flat-out plagiarism, and is now suing the Fenton, Michigan-based paper for $100,000. The former editor’s lawsuit says she alerted her bosses that articles in the newly acquired paper “violated copyright laws, as well as the Journalism Code of Ethics, The Associated Press style, and was just flat-out plagiarism.” The paper’s response was to dismiss her.

* Editor says she was fired for opposing plagiarism