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* Trust poll: “Fox News has hit a record low in the four years that we’ve been doing this poll. 41% of voters trust it to 46% who do not.” (publicpolicypolling.com)
oops* Oops! TV station screws up the Super Bowl results. (sportsrantz.com)
* News outlets had an “informal arrangement” concerning drones. (washingtonpost.com)
* Yet another layer of existential angst for web journalists. (blogs.reuters.com)
* Magazine publishers react to today’s no-Saturday-delivery news. (nytimes.com)
* Manti Te’o gets off Twitter “for an indefinite period of time to prepare for the NFL Draft.” (cbssports.com)
* Five colleges misreported data to U.S. News & World Report. (washingtonpost.com)
* News Corp. shares fall after the company cuts its outlook. (AP via yahoo.com)
* On Netflix’s “House of Cards,” female political reporters are shown as “promiscuous, catfight-prone, and entirely unethical.” (slate.com)
* Statesman Journal to readers: Stop sending us the “banks stoop to a new low” form letter because we’re not going to run it. (statesmanjournal.com)

In 1966, Oregon Daily Emerald managing editor Annette Buchanan wrote about marijuana use at the University of Oregon. Her story, headlined “Students Condone Marijuana Use,” reported that as many as 400 students at the university smoked pot.

Annette Buchanan as a college journalist

Annette Buchanan as a college journalist

The D.A. — a former Emerald staffer, according to the Harvard Crimson — saw the 20-year-old journalist’s story and demanded she reveal the names of the seven pot-smoking students she interviewed. Buchanan refused and was fined $300.

The student editor appealed her case to the Oregon Supreme Court, which didn’t buy her claim that she was protected under the state’s constitution. However, her loss prompted Oregon lawmakers to pass a shield law in 1971.

Buchanan went on to marry news photographer Mike Conard — she met him at her trial — and do some copy editing for the Oregonian while running a raspberry farm in Sandy, Ore.

The Daily Emerald reports that its crusading former managing editor died on Feb. 1. She was 67.

* Annette Buchanan Conard leaves behind legacy in protecting journalist rights (dailyemerald.com)
* The Fourth Estate, a 1966 Crimson editorial on the case (thecrimson)
* Now on eBay: “1968 Annette Buchanan – Girl Editor Univ. of Oreg. Fine Upheld Press Photo” (ebay.com)

Nothing but the best for NBC royalty. (Is Ann Curry lurking on Michigan Avenue?)

* Matt and Savannah head to Chicago (nbcchicago.com)

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The Washington Post Co. is selling the The Herald in Everett, WA, to Black Press Ltd. and its subsidiary Sound Publishing, which recently bought Seattle Weekly.

Black Press publishes more than 170 publications in British Columbia, Alberta and Washington State, as well as the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, and Akron Beacon-Journal.

* Washington Post Co. sells the Everett Herald (heraldnet.com)

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What the memo says: Wall Street Journal national editor Jennifer Forsyth tells colleagues to “please have your reporters who write primarily for usnews to please look for spot news, short sidebars and fun brites that could run in the 250 to 350 word range. Our bosses want the section to be chock full of news, not all longer features. This really shouldn’t be hard. Most reporters can dash off a brief from their beats or areas of coverage fairly easily several times a week when they start thinking this way.”

What WSJ’s spokeswoman says: “The length of a story has never been a testament to the quality of The Wall Street Journal. We remain the number one newspaper in the country. From long-form narratives to scoops such as the U.S. lawsuit against S&P to short inside stories, we consistently seek a variety of ways to engage and inform our readers.”

* WSJ reporters urged to write more short stories, “fun brites” (huffingtonpost.com)

Tim Armstrong

Tim Armstrong

When always-brainstorming AOL chief Tim Armstrong says something, that doesn’t actually mean he wants it to happen, reports Jason Del Rey.

A former AOL executive tells him: “We had a three-strike rule with Tim. He had to ask you three times before you did it.” That was just to make sure he really, truly wanted it done and wasn’t just throwing out an idea.

* At AOL under Tim Armstrong, the only constant is change (adage.com)

Lisa Schwarzbaum, who has been with Entertainment Weekly since 1991, is taking a buyout so she can “expand the kind of writing (and kind of living) that I do.” EW editor Jess Cagle writes in his memo: “There will be more writing from Lisa. A book idea is brewing. So is an online venture, as well as other developing projects. And she does want to keep writing about movies when inspiration strikes.”

Dear Colleagues:

A few months ago, Lisa Schwarzbaum quietly declared that she planned to move on from EW.

Lisa Schwarzbaum

Lisa Schwarzbaum

The news stayed fairly quiet (something of a miracle around here), probably because those of us who knew were left rather speechless. We can’t imagine EW without her; she’s such a crucial, opinionated, elegant, and eloquent strand of our DNA. But now the time has come to share the news: Lisa Schwarzbaum is, in fact, leaving EW to, in her words, “expand the kind of writing (and kind of living) that I do.” Please join me in thanking her for 22 years of beautiful words, elaborate and wonderfully realized sentences, her unbridled love of film, her sharp criticism, and the joy of having her as a colleague.

Lisa joined EW in 1991 as a senior writer, and became a film critic in 1994. But to get a good sense of the scope of her service at EW, consider this: She once attended a an off-site staff event where an unknown New York comic named Jon Stewart was hired as the entertainment; she wrote the first big major-magazine story on ‘Seinfeld’; she also wrote the first (and the second) big major-magazine story on ’90210′; and she has been to Cannes 17 times.
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Among her many admirers: Kathryn Bigelow, John Lasseter, and Lena Dunham, who was spotted a year or so ago wandering the halls of EW in search of Lisa’s office; finding it empty she left a fan letter on Lisa’s chair. But Josh Brolin said it most succinctly when he emailed her to say, “You can fucking write!”

There will be more writing from Lisa. A book idea is brewing. So is an online venture, as well as other developing projects. And she does want to keep writing about movies when inspiration strikes. I will miss her, but look forward to becoming just another Lisa Schwarzbaum groupie. Lisa’s departure will obviously mean changes for EW’s movie coverage, which will be expanding as we increase our digital footprint and develop other brand extensions. There will be more exciting news on all that soon. In the meantime, let’s hear a round of applause for Lisa’s great contributions to this brand and its voice, and let’s wish her great success on her new adventures. “Now’s my opportunity and I’m grabbing it,” she says, “grateful beyond measure for such a beautiful EW life among so many I love.”

Thank you, Lisa. May our paths cross over and over.

Jess

h/t @erik_maza

More layoffs at struggling newspaper chain Lee Enterprises?

Tipster #1: “I heard that employees at the Quad-City Times in Davenport, Iowa, flagship paper for Davenport-based Lee Enterprises, were told that copy desk jobs would be moving to design hubs in either Madison, Wis., or Lincoln, Neb. They will get to reapply for their jobs. I’m not sure how many employees at the Times this affects or how many other Lee papers are involved.”

I’ve left a message for Times executive editor Jan Touney.

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Tipster #2: “Heard late last week that the entire copy desk at the La Crosse Tribune, a Lee Enterprise paper, will be laid off this summer and copy editing functions moved to the Wisconsin State Journal. The Tribune already was handling copy editing duties for sister paper the Winona Daily News in Minnesota. Wonder how many other desks have been closed in the recent budget cuts, and where copy editing will be done at other Lee papers.”

I asked Tribune executive editor Chris Hardie and he replied: “The person you need to contact is Dan Hayes, vice president of communications for Lee. You can reach him at 563-383-2163 or dan.hayes@lee.net.”

I contacted Hayes a few days ago and didn’t hear back, which isn’t surprising. He’s about 0 for 5 when it comes to returning my phone calls — no doubt because of my coverage of Lee CEO Mary Junck’s various bonuses and multi-million-dollar compensation packages.

Do you have information about Lee’s layoffs and copy desk plans? Email me at jim@jimromenesko.com

UPDATE — Many tips are coming in. Thanks for them.

>>> Carlisle Sentinel editor George Spohr: “The information listed here earlier about cuts to the copy desk in Carlisle is inaccurate. Although eventually we expect to take advantage of a regional design center, local copy editing will remain at the local level.”

>>> A reader sends this just-posted story about Lee’s regional design centers.

>>> Another tipster says all Lee newspapers except for the Post-Dispatch, however, will be designed at one of three hubs — they’re in Munster, Madison and Lincoln — by the end of next year.

>>> “What I’ve been told by current Quad-Cities Times staff is that as many as 12 newsroom positions will be eliminated with this move.”

>>> A reader says five copy editors at the Racine (Wis.) Journal Times were given notice.

>>> “St. Louis Post-Dispatch lost two senior copy editors last week.”

* Gene Weingarten in 2008: “The era of the copy editor is gone” (washingtonpost.com)

* Some of the names on Newsweek’s subscription list have been sold to Time. (nypost.com)
* Time Inc. layoffs will cost $60 million. (allthingsd.com)
* Rupert Murdoch: “Chinese still hacking us, or were over weekend.” (@rupertmurdoch)
* Chris Hughes aims to make The New Republic profitable by 2015. (niemanlab.org)
dick* Fox News cuts ties with Dick Morris (at left). (washingtonpost.com)
* GQ’s Mike Hainey: “I grew up loving newspapers because it was a way to love my father,” a Sun-Times newsman. (chicagoreader.com)
* All 3 reporters in MarketWatch’s Chicago bureau are let go. (timeoutchicago.com)
* Journalists say they’re happy consulting or writing for blogs owned directly by brands. (“Having a budget to pay writers is amazing.”) (observer.com)
* “Never seen a news outlet depict a crash using cartoon vehicles over a map.” (And they’re not even the right vehicles!) (@Danny_Valentine)
* Pulitzer-winner’s dog blog is more of an obsession/hobby than a business. (newspaperalum.com)
* Podcast: C.W. Anderson on metro newspapers’ decline. (niemanlab.org)
* Easy-listening Muzak is now Mood Media. (npr.org)
* CBS Sports’ Sean McManus on the Super Bowl blackout and a “fleeting expletive.” (hollywoodreporter.com) | No post-Super Bowl lift for CBS. (adweek.com)