Advance Publications president Donald E. Newhouse has responded to the letter signed by Wynton Marsalis, Archie Manning, James Carville and other New Orleans notables, asking the 22 members of the Newhouse family to sell the Times-Picayune. (“It is painful to report that right now it is nearly impossible to find a kind word in these parts about your family or your plan to take away our daily newspaper,” the letter says.)
“We have read the letter with great respect and concern,” says Newhouse. “Advance Publications has no intention of selling The Times-Picayune.”
Editor Jim Amoss adds:
We understand our community’s powerful attachment to our newspaper and the high standards to which our readers will hold us. Reducing our print frequency is a difficult change, but it will not compromise the quality of our journalism. In print and online, we will provide the best and most comprehensive news report to a community that both prizes its traditions and is moving into an era of innovation and entrepreneurship.
* Donald Newhouse: We’re not selling the Times-Picayune (nola.com)
* Letter to Newhouses: “We ask that you sell the Times-Picayune” (JimRomenesko.com)
MarketWatch editor David Callaway has been named USA Today editor-in-chief. He worked at the Boston Herald and Bloomberg News before joining MarketWatch, first as managing editor and then top editor. The announcement was made by USA Today publisher Larry Kramer, who founded Marketwatch.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be joining the USA TODAY team, and to rejoin Larry, as we begin a new era in digital journalism at one of the most well known news brands in the country,” says Callaway.
USA Today’s press release says: “Callaway will further the digital transformation of the USA TODAY newsroom. He will oversee the overall content strategy of the news organization with an emphasis on providing high-quality and engaging content across all platforms.”
* David Callaway named USA Today editor-in-chief (USA Today)
* Earlier: Kramer promises “huge changes” at USA Today (JimRomenesko.com)
* Spin Magazine is sold to Buzzmedia for an undisclosed amount, the fate of the print edition is unclear. (New York Times)
* Major publishers’ Netflix-like service for magazines arrives on the iPad; 39 titles for $14.99/month. (Advertising Age)
* NPR pulls story after learning it was copied from London Review of Books. (NPR.org)
* Journalists react to Amy Sullivan’s New Republic piece, “Who Reported It First? Who Cares” (Adweek)
* WSJ intern fired for fabrications denies the allegations to beauty pageant. (Talking Biz News)
* Get up and walk around! Sitting down for more than 3 hours a day can shave your life expectancy by 2 years, say researchers. (Wall Street Journal)
* Anniston Star to discontinue its Monday print edition in October. (Anniston Star)