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University of Georgia student sportswriters discovered they would have been irrelevant at the campus alternative paper, Red and Dead.

No section would have been more affected by a protracted standoff between The Red & Black and its former staffers than the sports section.

News reporters can still get crime reports, which are available to anyone. They can still attend Board of Regents meetings and Student Government Association events without needing a credential or a go-between to set up interviews.

Those in the variety section can still talk to bands to preview an upcoming show without a liaison. They can buy tickets to movies or concerts and write reviews of them with no issue. And of course, anyone can write an opinion piece at any time.

But the sports section is a different beast.

Red and Dead sportswriters would need press credentials to have access to players or coaches and they couldn’t get them.

* Credentials conundrum for Red and Dead sports (redandblack.com)
* “We’re done making news,” say returning Red and Black editors (redandblack.com)

More stories:
* Postal commission approves rate cut for mass coupon mailer — the newspaper industry’s biggest competitor. (Associated Press) | (naa.org)
* Barry Diller runs IAC like a used-car dealership, says Jack Shafer. (reuters.com)
* Baseball writers for Seattle Times and Tacoma News Tribune are staying home for the rest of the season. (mlblogs.com)
* Orlando Sentinel suspends paywall as Tropical Storm Isaac nears Florida. (orlandosentinel.com)
* Media General’s next CEO sees the company well-positioned for growth. (godanriver.com)
* New York Police Department returns NYT photographer’s press credentials. (nppa.org)
* Makeup artist: “I am entranced by Megyn Kelly’s holographic lip gloss.” (theatlantic.com)
* MRC calls Todd Akin media coverage “unconscionable.” Hardly, says press critic. (latimes.com)
* Why the media dislike both Romney and Obama. (thedailybeast.com)
* Longtime Iowa State journalism professor Barbara Mack dies at 59. (thegazette.com)
* Follow Romenesko on Twitter. || Send news tips, memos and letters to jim@jimromenesko.com.

* Gawker’s worthless “Bain Files” (Confidential doesn’t equal important) (fortune.cnn.com)
* “Folks looking for a bombshell are going to be disappointed” (businessinsider.com)
* Adam Penenberg: Great scoop @johncook and @gawker, but… (twitter.com)
* The Bain Files: Inside Romney’s tax-dodging Cayman schemes (gawker.com)

UPDATE: John Cook points out that Nathaniel Miller’s tweet isn’t about his piece; it’s about the Sacramento Kings relocation story.

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From editor Jake Silverstein’s letter to readers:

The Logo. One of the goals of this redesign was to move forward while looking backward, and the best example of this is the revamped logo. Longtime readers may notice that the large “ball terminals” on the a in “Texas” and the y in “Monthly” look familiar. That’s because they’re vestiges of our very first logo, which was considerably more squat and bulky than the one that replaced it in 1990. The second logo, updated slightly in 2003, remained in use for 22 years. The brand-new logo combines elements of the previous two: the boldness and character of the first with the refinement of the second.

* Generation Next: Welcome to the new Texas Monthly (texasmonthly.com)
* Texas Monthly unveils shocking new logo (austinist.com)

(Credit: Rodrigo Abd)

Rodrigo Abd, whose haunting photo from Syria appeared on the front pages of the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Washington Post on March 9, is one of the $10,000 AP Gramling Award winners. AP CEO Gary Pruitt writes in “>his memo to the AP staff:

Rodrigo Abd … uses his camera in innovative ways to tell important stories. The judges noted his photograph of a young boy inconsolably distraught at his father’s funeral in Syria, which ran on front pages around the world, as well as portraits he shot using a 19th-century Afghan wood camera. Abd’s photography “pushes the envelope in important ways,” said the judges. His work “is a testament to his incredible versatility as a photographer.”

* A Syrian boy’s grief on Page 1 (nytimes.com)

More Gramling Award winners are after the jump.

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Steve Wieberg, who quit USA Today in July after nearly 30 years at the paper, is now a fulltime English teacher at Lawson (Mo.) High School.

Steve Wieberg

“I’m terrified,” Wieberg told Ed Sherman before heading into the classroom to face students for the first time. “I feel like I’ve been dropped out of a helicopter right into the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.”

Sherman writes:

Wieberg is making this lifestyle change out of choice and not because he lost his job due to newspaper cutbacks, as has been the case with so many others in the profession. …

He covered 29 straight Final Fours and 15 NCAA Conventions. The grind, though, was taking its toll of Wieberg. He was getting tired of phone calls at 6:30 in the evening, telling him to take the next plane to Dallas or somewhere else.

“Your life is subject to the whims of breaking news,” says Wieberg. “You get a phone call and you’re off and running. That’s the job. I’m not quarreling with it. But I thought I had lost the balance between work and life in the last couple of years, and it only was going to skew further in that direction.”

* USA Today sportswriter makes transition to high school teacher (shermanreport.com)
* Earlier: Longtime USA Today sportswriter Steve Wieberg is stepping down (chronicle.com)

The Portland-based owners of Willamette Week and Santa Fe Reporter have added Independent Weekly to their portfolio. The Durham, N.C. newspaper’s press release points out that Willamette Week co-owner Richard Meeker “has an important and long-standing Triangle connection. He is the brother of former Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker. Richard Meeker’s father also lives in North Carolina, so he has traveled to the state frequently over many years.”

The Willamette Week story notes:

The purchase comes at a time when newspapers—including alternative weeklies—continue to suffer a long-term decline in advertising revenue and print circulation. Last week, Village Voice Media, which owns 13 alt-weeklies, including its flagship New York paper, laid off several reporters around the country.

Meeker says he and Zusman are concerned by the industry’s woes but think the Raleigh market and the Research Triangle area of North Carolina present a highly-educated, literate market still interested in quality journalism.

Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

* Willamette Week owners buy North Carolina newspaper (wweek.com)
* Steve Schewel announces the sale of Independent Weekly (indyweek.com)
* Independent Weekly founder to sell news organization (heraldsun.com)

On Wednesday night, I tweeted the link to a New York Times piece asking readers what magazine they missed the most. (I also posted it on my Facebook wall.)

Here are some of the titles that Romenesko readers mentioned in their retweets and Facebook comments:

Lingua Franca * Whole Earth Review * Sassy * New Times (the ’70s-era news biweekly) * Creem * [More] * George * Brill’s Content * National Lampoon * Newsweek (pre-Tina) * Circus * Spy * American Demographics * Nintendo Power * Crawdaddy * Ramparts * Omni * 7 Days * Wigwag * Outweek * CoEvolution Quarterly * “GQ when it was gay” * Industry Standard * Premiere * Gourmet * ID * Might * Jane * ReadyMade * Paste * Games * FHM * DoubleTake * Domino * Egg * Portfolio * Nest * Stop Smiling *

Care to add to to the list? Post your favorites in comments.

* As Bird Talk flies off, a question: What magazine do you miss the most? (nytimes.com)

This comes from B&T, which calls itself “Australia’s leading title for the advertising, marketing, media and PR industries.”

Wall Street Journal staffers get a lot of love in three memos praising their Olympics coverage. Some of the plaudits in the first memo from sports editor Sam Walker:

Geoff Foster “was the chief weirdo behind the pure awesomeness of the Homemade Highlights puppet shows. Without Geoff, our coverage would have been about 70% less interesting.”

Tracy Armstead “also worked tirelessly — every day — handling some of the most absurd photo requests in the history of photo requests. She did the work of three people with the humor and good nature of ten.”

“Someone said this week that Matt [Futterman] may be the country’s top Olympics reporter. I can’t disagree.”

Jason Gay is “also a machine: He won’t tell you this, but he wrote 22 Olympics columns in 22 consecutive days. Judging from the volume of reader letters, his piece about Usain Bolt was the class of the field. But it’s a crowded field.”

“It may be an understatement to say the Journal covered the Olympics like nobody else,” writes Walker. “We hope to publish some of the best stories, photos, graphics and video dispatches in a forthcoming e-book.

Read the three memos after the jump. Read More