Lee Enterprises exited bankruptcy in late January after refinancing about $1 billion in debt. (Higher interest rates ahead!) For her work on the refinancing, Lee CEO Mary Junck is getting a $500,000 bonus. Lee’s executive compensation committee also approved a discretionary $250,000 bonus for CFO Carl Schmidt. || News of the bonuses comes just as Lee-owned Helena Independent Record lays off staffers.
Center for Investigative Reporting executive director Robert Rosenthal says the Bay Citizen, CIR merger “puts us in a unique position as journalists, innovators, technologists and, yes, entrepreneurs.”
I worked in newspapers for decades, starting as a copy boy and ending up as the top editor. No one ever strung those four words together to describe what we were as an organization.
But to survive, thrive and evolve, the journalism, the innovation, the technology and the entrepreneurial vision all have to be intertwined in the new model.
While technically a merger, a similar deal in the corporate world would be termed an acquisition, with Berkeley-based CIR assuming a dominant role on the board and in the management of the combined organization. No one from The Bay Citizen’s current senior editorial or technology management teams will have a leadership role in the expanded organization.
* Should journalism experience be required for hosting a political talk show? (AJR.org)
* Husband of U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, now owns 75% of Portland Press Herald parent company. (Portland Press Herald)
* Orange County Register plans to “news mob” the Angels’ Opening Day. (LAObserved.com)
* What’s behind Gawker’s hate for Frank Bruni? (Fishbowl NY)
* Ricky Mathews named New Orleans Times-Picayune publisher. (NOLA.com)
* We are no longer proposing to end the Guild medical plan and put Guild employees in the excluded plan.
* We are offering a 1 percent raise upon ratification, and a 1 percent bonus payment in the second year of the contract, which would run until March 30, 2014.
* We are no longer proposing to extend the work week to 40 hours at no additional pay. Rather, everyone would work 35 hours for the same weekly pay rate they now have.
More of the Times’ new proposals are after the jump:
From TREVOR BUTTERWORTH: I wonder whether this story takes the record for comments deleted by moderator: “Multiple suspensions paint complicated portrait of Trayvon Martin”
I called MiamiHerald.com’s Jeff Kleinman this afternoon and he said that “we were just talking about that on the desk.” The web staff suspects the story has set a comments-deleted record, but Kleinman said he’s going to double-check for confirmation and pass along stats later today.
The Hartford Courant’s Matthew Kauffman took a look into the Associated Press’s claim that “some companies and government agencies are going beyond merely glancing at a person’s social networking profiles and instead asking to log in as the user to have a look around.” He points out:
The original AP story cited a single case of an unnamed private company that requested an applicant’s password. …Nevertheless, several news outlets played the story with the suggestion that the practice was becoming increasingly common. …[But] there is little to suggest that typical employers are bearing down on applicants to open up their Facebook pages. Even with the vast crowd-sourcing power of the Internet, it’s not clear that anyone has outed a single private employer engaging in password-grabbing.
Months before the AP’s story ran, Steve Johnson of the Mercury News reported that “some employers are even demanding that job candidates disclose their social network user names and passwords.” He doesn’t name them, though.
Jeff Bercovici tipped me off to this Q-and-A from today’s “Ask Vic” column on Packers.com. Site editor Vic Ketchman spent 40 years covering the NFL as a beat reporter, and his “Ask Vic” column “is pretty terrific generally,” says Bercovici, “but this exchange blew me away. How many sportswriters would be man enough to answer this way?”
You have mentioned a few times that you have played sports. On camera you appear to be around 5-6, 145 pounds. I’m just curious, what sports did you participate in and at what level?
I’m actually 5-2, 109 pounds. I played sports at the very lowest levels and I never really played, I just sat the bench. I was once sent into a football game, and it was a very embarrassing moment for me because I began to weep when someone tackled me. The other boys, however, comforted me. It was like that in all sports for me. I wanted to be like the other boys, but I was too small and weak to compete. That’s why I became a sportswriter. Tell us about yourself.
Here are a few from Meredith Cochie: Get a real email address; analyze what your social media profiles and Google results say about you; do something different with your cover letter; and “when you shake hands with someone, use your hand, not a dead fish.”
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow tells Terry Gross that “I am thankful for anybody who agrees to come onto the show” and “I don’t think personal animosity ever enters into it even when I vehemently disagree with somebody. And particularly for people who disagree with me, I want them to feel like they’ve been treated fairly – they weren’t ambushed, they weren’t interrupted, they had a chance to say their piece.” She also told the “Fresh Air” host:
* “I think had it been legal for openly gay people to serve in the military in the time I might have been considering signing up.”
* On coming out in Stanford’s newspaper when she was 17: “I just wanted to throw something up in peoples’ faces. I’m not sure that I would do it that way now.”
* On depression: “It doesn’t take away from my joy or my work or my energy, but coping with depression is something that is part of the everyday way that I live and have lived for as long as I can remember. … Depression for me, you can’t distract your way out of it.”
— Todd Pruzan (@toddpruzan) March 27, 2012
From TODD PRUZAN: I wanted to suggest crowdsourcing a Freelancers’ Matrix, plotting prestige, hassle, and payment.
Maybe this crossed my mind because I recently saw my old friend Emily Nussbaum, creator of New York’s oft-imitated, never-rivaled Approval Matrix…and today talked to an investigative reporter friend of mine about the unnecessary hoops she has to jump through when pitching to Bloomberg BusinessWeek.
I bet readers would get very interested and involved.
Todd is at firstname.lastname@example.org