Jack Limpert, 78, has stepped down as Washingtonian editor at large and will now work out of his home office as writer at large. Limpert, who joined the magazine in 1969, shares with Romenesko readers the note he sent to his staff on Sunday. It is, he says, “an attempt to tell the story of 43 years as an editor through my old typewriter.”
THE OLD ROYAL FINDS A NEW HOME
Well, it finally happened. On Saturday morning Jack came into the office, took me off the desk, carried me out to a car that was double-parked on L Street, put me in the backseat, and drove me away. I’m now on a beat-up typewriter table in what seems to be a basement office in a house. Very different. No car horns, lots of birds singing and a big dog that looks at me and occasionally barks.
Jack Limpert's typewriter
Not a big surprise but still kind of sad. I knew I was being used less and less but I still felt useful–I was always really good at short notes.
Yes, I knew the world had changed. I still remember the first hint way back in the 1980s: Jack was talking to a writer named Fred Barnes about joining the staff and he asked if we had computers. When told we didn’t, Fred said he couldn’t write stories on a typewriter. What kind of journalist would say something like that? Well, he didn’t come to work at the magazine and we did begin to buy some really dumb-looking computers.
I remember hearing the computer people say that if we spent $100,000 on their computers, we’d be able to save that much in salaries because the computers were so efficient. Ha! The staff is bigger than ever and we now have two people called IT managers and the attitude seems to be that they are now the most important people at the magazine. /CONTINUES Read More
The Daily Texan editorial board says:
A controversial editorial cartoon on the Trayvon Martin shooting was published Tuesday on the Opinion page of The Daily Texan. The Daily Texan Editorial Board recognizes the sensitive nature of the cartoon’s subject matter.
The views expressed in the cartoon are not those of the editorial board. They are those of the artist. It is the policy of the editorial board to publish the views of our columnists and cartoonists, even if we disagree with them.
* A statement from the editorial board about Tuesday’s cartoon
The Digital Texan asks: Did the Daily Texan pull its Trayvon Martin cartoon off its site?
Yes it did — and the paper explains:
Editor’s note: This comic was temporarily taken down at 2:20 p.m. to alleviate web traffic and prevent the web site from crashing. It was republished at 4:50 p.m.
* Check out the portfolio of Stephanie Eisner, who drew the cartoon
In 2010, secured lenders took over the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News after winning a bankruptcy auction with a $105 million cash bid. Today it’s reported that a group of Philly investors has offered $60 million for the papers and their website. Their letter of intent also mentions a proposal by PMN management to cut 35 more jobs within the next six months; 45 positions were eliminated earlier this month.
* Investors group’s offer for PMN: $60 million
Michael Wolff points out that web advertising dollars are only a fraction of old media money and that mobile is now a fraction of web. “The approximate conversion rate is $100 offline = $10 on the web = $1 in mobile.” Here’s what that means:
If the news business on the web is depressing, contributing to the existential angst that has gripped every established news organization, mobile turns the story apocalyptic: there is no foreseeable basis on which the news establishment can support itself. There is no way even a stripped-down, aggregation-based, unpaid citizen-journalist staffed newsroom can support itself in a mobile world.
* Mobile and the news media’s imploding business model