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Guild-represented employees at the New York Times voted 521-to-64 — with one abstention — in favor of ratifying a new contract, reports the Newspaper Guild of New York.

Its release says:

Within the next 30 days, Times Guild members will receive a 3 percent bonus, and starting March 31, 2013, they will receive the first of three 2 percent annual raises. Starting in 2014, they become eligible for an incentive bonus of up to 2 percent, based on the same plan that covers upper managers, and which would have yielded a payout of 1.1 percent, based on its recent average. The contract expires on March 30, 2016.

Read the full release after the jump. || UPDATE: Here’s the Times’ story on the contract vote. Read More

Fox 19 in Cincinnati took news anchor Tricia Macke (left) off the air after she called Rachel Maddow “an angry young man.” She later apologized for her “insensitive and inappropriate” comments, and insisted “they do not reflect my firm beliefs in individual and equal rights.”

I asked longtime Cincinnati Enquirer TV/media/radio reporter John Kiesewetter about Macke’s reputation in his market. He responded:

From my view, the Maddow comments were totally out of character for Fox 19 anchor Tricia Macke. That’s definitely not what she’s known for in the Cincinnati market. I’d say she’s a respected TV journalist from her years at Fox 19, having joined the news team as a free-lancer from WCKY-AM when the news department was created in 1993 and worked her way up to main anchor in six years (1999).

She’s probably best known for her local personality/celebrity profiles/interviews, and being a mother of 5 children. Her oldest is Kaitlynn, 18, whom she adopted in 2005 after Tricia’s sister Beth died of cancer in 2005.

In my 25 years covering Cincinnati TV/radio, I’ve heard plenty of broadcast news people says plenty of stupid things. But she’s not one of them.

* Fox affiliate anchor calls Rachel Maddow an “angry young man” (gawker.com)

More links
* Downsized Allentown Morning Call — over 900 employees in 2002; not even 500 today — seeks tenants. (mcall.com)
* Your $10,000 donation will keep the A.V. Club crossword in business for at least a year. (chicagoreader.com)
* New York Times redesigns its online Crosswords section. (Times press release)
* Celebrities gather to chat about Time’s “Person of the Year.” (adweek.com) | (capitalnewyork.com)
* “It is impossible to read [Gallup Poll editor’s screed] as anything other than an attack on Nate Silver.” (salon.com)
* News app editor brings a startup mentality to the Seattle Times newsroom. (pandodaily.com)
* Pacific News Service executive editor Sandy Close wins the I.F. Stone Medal. (harvard.edu)

— Last lines of a U.S. News & World Report story


This year’s “David Letterman Lecture Series” will have Ball State’s most famous alum sitting down with Oprah Winfrey on November 26. Students camped out for the free tickets over the weekend — some were in line for 15 hours — and they went fast. One entrepreneur apparently went right to Craigslist after scoring a seat for the big event; that person wants $150 for the ticket. Journalism student Ashley Dye isn’t selling her seat, though. She writes:

I was in line for my mother, which could sound weird because she died in October 2011. What drove me through the long night was the memory of my mom — plain and simple. …

My mom had her flaws, and our relationship was rocky, but some of our good times were spent discussing and watching Winfrey.

* Dave + Oprah ticket line more than a campus sleepover (bsudailynews.com)
* Watch interviews with students waiting in line for tickets (bsudailynews.com)
* Photos of Dave + Oprah ticket-seekers | Check out the Craigslist ads

UPDATE: The Death and Taxes site says it’s responsible for the Photoshopped cover. A commenter suggested it and “we thought it was pretty funny but also pretty crude and in poor taste.” It was taken down after about five minutes, but not before the page was cached and the image made available through a Google search.
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“So now if your mistakes go viral you’re supposed to be proud of them?” asks one of the Romenesko readers who sent the link to a Denver TV station’s story about its “snatch” screw-up.

On its 5 p.m. newscast Monday, KMGH-TV showed a Photoshopped cover of Paula Broadwell’s book, which used the title “All Up In My Snatch.” The image went viral and KMGH’s website, TheDenverChannel.com, reported that news, and the fact that it was red-faced over its mistake.

KMGH-TV news director Jeff Harris says:

The real cover

It was a mistake. It was a regrettable and an embarrassing error. We are mortified this appeared during our 5 p.m. news broadcast. The editor pulled the image of the book cover from the Internet without realizing it had been doctored. We sincerely regret the error and have corrected the story to avoid any recurrence of its broadcast. We are following up internally as well to avoid a repeat of this inexcusable oversight.

What has the error done for KMGH/thedenverchannel.com’s page view count? “Believe it or not, it hasn’t affected our traffic,” new media director Kim Ngan Nguyen tells Romenesko readers. “We are seeing the same number of users we saw yesterday at this time, and fewer page views than we saw last week at this time, although that story is the most popular on our site. We thought it was important to be upfront with our error, instead of hiding from it or ignoring it.”

* Photoshopped book cover goes viral (thedenverchannel.com)
* “Lesson here: Never grab images off the Internet” (americablog.com)
* “You can’t go snatching any old thing off the Internet…” (facebook.com/JimRomenesko)

Boston Globe editor Marty Baron has been named Washington Post executive editor. He succeeds Marcus Brauchli, who steps down on December 31, to become Washington Post Co. vice president, a new position. He will be “working closely with chairman and CEO Don Graham to review and evaluate new media opportunities,” says the Post release.

Marty Baron

Baron, who has been Globe editor since 2001, says the Post “has played a defining and inspirational role in American journalism, and today it continues to lead as our profession undergoes a dramatic, urgent, and exciting transformation. I am honored to join the supremely talented and dedicated journalists at The Washington Post.”

Publisher Katharine Weymouth says Baron “has a demonstrated record of producing the highest quality journalism, which matches the legacy and expectations of The Post.”

The Globe says it will launch a national search for Baron’s replacement.

* Brauchli to step down as Washington Post executive editor (washingtonpost.com)
* Martin Baron to become Washington Post executive editor (boston.com)
* Weymouth told journalists last summer that she wanted Brauchli out (nytimes.com)
* Dan Kennedy: “A very smart move for the Post and Baron” (dankennedy.net)
* Earlier: Baron says newspapers are badly bruised, but not beaten (jimromenesko.com)
* Sept. 2011: Baron talks about his 10 years at the Globe (wgbh.com)

Brauchli’s memo to staff:

Date: Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Subject: Thank you
To: NEWS – All Newsroom

To the Staff:

After nearly four and a half years as executive editor, I will step down at year’s end.

It has been a privilege and honor to work with you. What we’ve accomplished in this time, and what you accomplish every day, is a tribute to your ambition, discipline and personal dedication.

You’ve taken on the hardest targets in journalism—the self-entrenching national-security establishment, pervasive Congressional conflicts of interest, corrosive local corruption, economic and fiscal gridlock, a marathon national election, wars, revolutions and epidemics, distant tsunamis, nearby Frankenstorms, city-suffocating Snowmageddons, and even a Cinderella-minus-the-slipper baseball season—and set the highest standard every time.

We have reorganized, melded and streamlined our news operations, and emerged stronger than we started. That is not, as cynics would have it, simply a function of fewer people doing more, but of awareness that we are
responsible for our destiny as never before. We are pioneers in blogs and social media, in managing and maximizing our engagement with readers, and in deploying new technologies and approaches. The Post’s newsroom is the
source of our strength, of original and insightful news and commentary, of ideas that shape our world, of information that guides readers, and of stories and voices that connect them. The result is that today we have a
bigger audience, more viewers and more users who follow and watch what we do, than ever.

The Post’s legacy looms large for us all. I have been especially fortunate to have had distinguished and wise predecessors who have been supportive of the adaptations we have made to the formidable foundations they set down.

But in the end it is you who deserve my gratitude. I especially want to recognize Liz Spayd, who has been a steady and wise partner, and the other senior editors I have worked with most closely. The galaxy of talent in
this newsroom continues to etch its brilliance every day into the firmament of this city and this nation. May it long continue.

Thank you for letting me work among you.

Marcus

Publisher Katharine Weymouth’s memo is after the jump. Read More


“Sometimes our eyes glaze over and our brains freeze when we encounter numbers,” writes New York Times standards editor Philip Corbett. “Just pausing for an extra moment over a number — does this figure make sense? — might be enough to save us from some unfortunate corrections.”

He shares a few of them.

* After Deadline: Trouble with numbers (nytimes.com)

* Pulitzer-winner Sara Ganim quits the Patriot-News and joins CNN.

Sara Ganim

“I’m still going to work on the Sandusky story but I’m also ready to do other things,” she says. “It’s not the only story in the world and I don’t want to get to the point where this is the only thing I can do.” (pennlive.com)
* St. Louis Post-Dispatch parent Lee Enterprises reports a $7.7 million loss in Q4. (finance.yahoo.com) | Earlier: Lee gives its CEO another nice bonus. (jimromenesko.com)
* Don’t tweet about our problems, BBC news chief tells staff. (telegraph.co.uk) | BBC announces disciplinary action against news personnel. (nytimes.com)
* “A remarkable 77% [of UK editors] said an undergraduate degree was not essential to be a journalist.” (guardian.co.uk)
* No warm welcome for NYT Co. CEO Mark Thompson. (nypost.com)
* Esquire to make its print magazine interactive with the Netpage app. (wsj.com)
* Rahm Emanuel calls secret recording of Chicago Tribune reporter “much ado about nothing.” (suntimes.com)
* Internet scammer Lorena has $2.8 million to give away, and an OC Register journalist is intrigued. (“We are a match made in Heaven!” he tells her.) (ocregister.com)
* WaPo’s Vernon Loeb: I never took the Petraeus-Broadwell rumors seriously. (washingtonpost.com)
* Bob Woodward: “Dinner next to Al Gore is, to be honest, taxing. In fact, it’s really unpleasant.” (sunjournal.com)
* MSNBC beats Fox News in primetime (25-54 demo) in the first three nights after the election. (mediabistro.com)
* “To me, ‘advocacy journalism’ is an unhappy meeting of two words,” says Chicago Public Media CEO Torey Malatia. (timeoutchicago.com)
* Conflict of interest? Daily Tar Heel opinion editor’s roommate is the student government vice president. (dailytarheel.com)
* Noted (and safe travels!): “Elisabeth Bumiller contributed reporting while flying on the secretary of defense’s plane between Honolulu and Perth, Australia.” (nytimes.com)