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* Los Angeles Times posts reporter opening — the day before layoffs. (LAObserved.com)
* Winners of 2012 National Magazine Awards for Digital Media announced. (Capital New York)
* Story about WH efforts to scrub story about Malia Obama’s travel now scrubbed of certain details. (BuzzFeed)
* A.H. Belo stock price declined 45% in 2011, but execs at the Dallas Morning News parent still get raises. (WPRI.com)
* Son of legendary Esquire editor Harold Hayes previews his unfinished documentary, “Editor Uncut.” (Winston-Salem Journal)
* Baltimore Jewish Times gets $400,000 bid. (Baltimore Sun)

Here’s what Eugene, OR Register-Guard columnist Bob Welch has discovered about journalists in his nearly 40 years in the business:


Some you’d want next to you in a foxhole, others you wouldn’t want to share a hotel room with at a journalism conference. (“I’m going prowling,” a guy from The Bulletin in Bend told me when we’d arrived for such a conference. “If you’re smart, you won’t be here when I get back — if you know what I mean.”)

Journalists are a lot like politicians, pastors, doctors, teachers and people in every other profession — fabulous and flawed.

* Sorrow of a life laid bare


Whoops! Starbucks misspelling goes viral

I’m guessing that Starbucks execs — busy preparing for Wednesday’s annual shareholders’ meeting — are bit annoyed by the VEGATABLES distraction today. The company has always had a problem with spelling, though. For over a year Starbucks told customers it was offering “complementary” Wi-Fi — something I pointed out last May on my Starbucks Gossip blog (bottom image), and in an email to the SBUX PR team, which was never answered.

Emily Nipps

Emily Nipps, a 34-year-old reporter, recently announced that she’s leaving Poynter’s Tampa Bay Times to do PR for the Bayfront Medical Center. “I have to say I am a little bit scared for newspapers,” she tells AJR. “I don’t know that I can wait around another three years to see then how many are here, or if we’re going to get raises.” She adds:

Newsrooms are so comfortable and relaxed, and you can say whatever’s on your mind. I’ll have to dress nicer, behave nicer… It’s going to be a complete culture change, and it’s going to be really strange working on the other side. I’ll just enjoy learning new ways to apply my skills to communicate. Get people to open up. Take what someone is saying and translate it to the general public.

I’m looking forward to how all the things I’ve learned for the past 12 years can be applied to the world in a completely new way.

* Emily Nipps is leaving the field she loved
* Dec. 2011: Nipps creates a “We Are Journalists” Tumblr
* Feb. 2012: Why a Tampa Bay Times veteran went to “the dark side”
* Feb. 2012: Poynter’s newspaper sells a parking lot for some much-needed cash

Eric Umansky tells me he hasn’t heard from LAT staffers about his tweet. I’ve asked the paper about it and will post the response when/if it comes in.

UPDATE: LAT communications vice president Nancy Sullivan emails:

We do, in fact, have a porous wall and readers can access up to 15 free articles per month via any source including Twitter and Facebook.

We’re reaching out to Eric and appreciate his input as we continue to develop our membership program.

About a month ago, Politico media writer Keach Hagey heard about an opening on the Wall Street Journal’s media desk — a dream job, she thought. Hagey grew up in an Evansville, Indiana, home that got two newspapers — the local publication and the Journal. (The job listing, she says, came to her from WSJ Digital Network managing editor Raju Narisetti.)

Keach Hagey

Hagey interviewed at the paper the first week in March, was offered the job last Thursday afternoon, and gave notice at Politico on Friday. She and her husband then celebrated by going out to dinner.

“There was lots of interest” in the media-beat position, says Journal media team editor Martin Peers. He declines to say how many applied for it.

Hagey, who has been at Politico for not quite two years, replaces Russell Adams at the Journal. He says in a phone interview:

I have been trying for a while to make the transition over to editing, and as part of that effort I did various stints on various editing desks over the last year to get experience and meet the people who run those desks.

Within the last couple of months, an opportunity arose on the markets desk. It finally came together a couple of weeks ago. I was officially offered the job a week ago.

Adams started covering media for the Journal in May 2008, and “for first year or year and a half I focused almost entirely on the collapse of our industry.” When he signed up to cover media, he says, “I didn’t expect the focus to be on what ended up happening.”

Russell Adams

Covering the rival New York Times was interesting too, he says.

“I started out on the beat when things were just getting a little hairy there. The situation became dire enough that they took a loan from Carlos Slim. A lot of my time early on the beat was spent watching and following the Times, and I’ve sort of seen the whole cycle, from people in the media predicting its eventual demise, to them in the last year announcing a new digital strategy, to today’s news” about the success of the digital subscription plan.

What about covering his own paper and Rupert Murdoch?

“That, unfortunately, I can’t get into,” he says (and I’m pretty sure I heard him laugh). “I’m not going to go there.”

* Keach Hagey leaves Politico for Wall Street Journal

Columbia University student Arvin Ahmadi says he was a bit confused when he was informed via email that he was connected with Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth on LinkedIn. Then he figured it out:

I had emailed Weymouth back in high school about a silly newspaper idea that I had. When I asked LinkedIn to connect me to all my email contacts, she received a request. Whether she accepted years later because she remembered my over-eager email, or because she chuckled when I erroneously addressed her editor in chief as Mr. Broccoli, or simply because I seemed harmless—I’ll never know.

Mr. Broccoli, of course, is Post executive editor Marcus Brauchli.

* Professional networking: LinkedIn is often overlooked

“Your First Amendment rights can be terminated if you’re creating a scene or whatever,” Chicago cop tells journalists covering shooting.

* Photographer and reporter at hospital detained by Chicago police

The New York Times announced this morning that in April it will be moving its pay gate to 10 free articles a month from 20. The paper also said that as of Sunday, March 18 — one year after launching paid digital subscriptions — it had approximately 454,000 paid subscribers to its various digital subscription packages, e-readers and replica editions of The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune. Read the release after the jump.

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Arianna Huffington’s top editors are working on a new digital tablet magazine called Huffington. It will take the form of an app rather than a mobile-optimized website, reports Jeff Bercovici. (Forbes.com)
* Lara Logan: “It is still a man’s world in the media world.” (CUIndependent.com)
* Politico media writer Keach Hagey is joining WSJ’s media desk in mid-April. (Capital New York)
* BuzzFeed editor: Our reporters do “the kind of work that reporters love to do.” (MediaBistro)
* Finalists for the Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia are announced. (Asia Society)
* NPR’s ethics handbook isn’t a month old yet and at least one revision is already under way. (NPR.org)
* Baltimore Sun’s Jacques Kelly confesses to repeating sentences and entire passages from past columns. (Baltimore Sun)