On Tuesday, On Campus Sports Network posted a job ad touting its close relationship with USA Today. It gave young sports journalists the impression that there’s a good chance their stories could appear in Gannett’s flagship newspaper.
The ad stated:
“In fact, the VP of Content of USA Today Sports personally requested we refer the most talented OCS journalists to him, which means On Campus Sports could serve as your pipeline to a career at USA Today/Gannett.”
Late Tuesday, the USA Today reference disappeared and the ad was revised to say:
“Our relationship with major publisher partners means exposure to potentially tens of millions of college sports enthusiasts as well as possible job opportunities for you. In that regard, On Campus Sports could serve as your pipeline to a career in the professional media.”
I’ve asked USA Today Sports content vice president Mark Pesavento to confirm what I was told: that he never asked to be given names of the “most talented” OCS journalists.
I contacted On Campus Sports via email and phone on Tuesday evening and Wednesday afternoon. They haven’t returned by calls or emails.
UPDATE: USA Today’s Mark Pesavento sends this email:
We had some very preliminary discussions with OnCampusSports.com about working together, but we do not have a partnership with them. I did not ask for any referrals from them, though we did discuss in broad strokes what a partnership with us could mean in terms of talent development, both for us and for them. When the ad was brought to our attention, we contacted OnCampusSports.com, and they immediately amended the ad to reflect that and apologized to us for us for mischaracterizing the nature of our relationship.
* The original job ad | The revised ad – without a USA Today reference
Buried in the Society of Professional Journalists president’s winter meeting notes is news that SPJ will no longer produce a print version of its Working Press newspaper at SPJ’s annual conference.
The time, energy and costs associated with printing a daily journal for just three days have expanded to the point that we had to take a serious look at the cost-benefit ratio. Another factor we considered is that a fourth of the students who participate in the Working Press are dedicated to production activities rather than going out and about to gain reporting experience.
SPJ will still offer “a competitive internship for about 12 students” who will cover the annual gathering “via social media and other platforms.”
* Freedom of the Prez: What we did in Anaheim (spjnetwork.org) | Working Press
The Record, New Jersey’s second-largest newspaper, is offering buyouts and folding its recently launched standalone Signature section.
“Signature allowed so many of us to think about what we would do if we went a step further in our reporting, design, photographs and graphics,” writes Martin Gottlieb, who left the International Herald Tribune to become Record editor last January. “It makes sense to me to take the best of Signature … and feature them in the regular sections of the daily paper. As we do, there will be a measurable savings in newsprint costs.”
His memo warns that “the reduction in newsroom positions could involve some layoffs, but that is yet to be determined.”
Gottlieb’s note to his staff is after the jump. Read More
Letter to Romenesko
From BRUCE ANDRIATCH, suburban editor/columnist, Buffalo News:
Last week the New York Times had a terrific essay about mortality headlined “You are going to die.”
Now in the past two days, it has featured two stories with these heds:
That Cuddly Kitty Is Deadlier Than You Think
That Daily Shower Can Be a Killer
Why do I feel like the Times wants me dead?
* You’re going to die (January 20)
* That daily shower can be a killer (January 28)
* That cuddly kitty is deadlier than you think (January 29)
The Washington Post announced today that it’s giving scholarships to computer programmers studying at Medill. The paper joins the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in supporting the Northwestern University scholarship program. Medill dean Brad Hamm says of the Post: “We appreciate their entrepreneurial spirit, and we look forward to working with additional news organizations to join us in making this investment in the future of journalism.”
Read the release after the jump.
UPDATE: AP spokesman Paul Colford writes: “The Monday internal memo you’ve posted [at the bottom of this post] was soon after rewritten and reissued to staff on Monday for greater clarity. You might add the revision, as follows:”
SAME-SEX COUPLES: We were asked how to report about same-sex couples who call themselves “husband” and “wife.” Our view is that such terms may be used in AP content if those involved have regularly used those terms (“Smith is survived by his husband, John Jones”) or in quotes attributed to them. Generally AP uses couples or partners to describe people in civil unions or same-sex marriages.
Earlier: A Romenesko reader sends this AP “memo for internal guidance” —
From: AP Standards
Sent: Mon 2/11/2013 2:45 PM
SAME-SEX COUPLES: We were asked how to report about same-sex couples who call themselves “husband” and “wife.” Our view is that such terms may be used in AP stories with attribution. Generally AP uses couples or partners to describe people in civil unions or same-sex marriages.
* AP names its first digital ad sales vice-president (he comes from Mashable) (ap.org)
“The job cuts occurred across all divisions of Time Inc.” (bloomberg.com)
UPDATE: The CEO’s memo (h/t Erik Maza) —
January 30, 2013
To: Time Inc. Employees
From: Laura Lang
Today we are beginning the painful process of reducing our global staff of 8,000 by approximately six percent. I first want to thank the people who will be leaving us for their years of hard work and dedication to the company. They are so much more than Time Inc. employees. They are good friends and trusted colleagues with whom we have worked closely. Losing them is going to be very difficult for everyone. They come from all areas of Time Inc. across our locations – both domestic and international. I am grateful for their service and I know you join me in wishing each of them all the best.
With the significant and ongoing changes in our industry, we must continue to transform our company into one that is leaner, more nimble and more innately multi-platform. To make this change, we need to operate as smartly and efficiently as possible to create room for critical investments and new initiatives. These reductions are part of this important transformation process.
I know the coming days and weeks will be hard and I want to thank you in advance for your patience as we work through this period.
Magazine veteran Jessica Lustig has been named Village Voice deputy editor. From the release:
Lustig began her career at The Atlantic and The Paris Review before working as an editor at publications including Time Out New York; New York Magazine, where she was a Senior Editor and ran the front-of-book Gotham section; and Details, where she spent three years as Articles Editor and five more as a contributing editor.
At the Voice, she’ll assign and edit features, help direct arts and culture coverage, run the food blog, and recruit new freelancers.
The release is after the jump. Read More
* World-Herald columnist solves the mystery of the Great Omaha Manhole Fire Photo of 2013. (omaha.com)
* “Fantastic reporting” by Reuters takes down Chesapeake Energy’s swashbuckling CEO. (cjr.org)
* The dumb questions that reporters ask on Super Bowl media day. (daily-download.com) | (usatoday.com)
* Jeff Zucker wastes no time in trying to rebuild CNN. (baltimoresun.com) | (nytimes.com) | (thedailybeast.com)
* Al Gore defends selling Current TV to “respected and capable” Al Jazeera. (AP via nydailynews.com)
* Poynter Institute reports a $3.8 million loss in 2011 vs. a $109,000 loss the year before. (saintpetersblog.com)
* Jack Shafer advises New Republic owner Chris Hughes to stop playing journalist. (blogs.reuters.com)
* A media reporter counts The New Republic’s ad pages. (erikmaza.tumblr.com)
* Time Inc. layoffs are coming today; up to 700 people are expected to lose jobs. (adweek.com)
* MSNBC is reviewing its claim that a Sandy Hook victim’s father was heckled. (washingtonpost.com)
* How the Seattle Times was able to send reporter Melissa Allison to India for a Starbucks series. (cjr.org)
* New York Post’s website is getting a much-needed makeover. (capitalnewyork.com)
* A former Orange County Register staffer takes a long look at the revitalized newspaper. (orangecoast.com)
* Matt K. Lewis: I hate the “meaner and coarser” Twitter. (theweek.com)
* A New York Observer reader fires up the old Olivetti and types a cute letter to the editor. (observer.com)