Morning report for March 15, 2013

* Former Boston Phoenix staffer Charlie Pierce recalls his time at the paper. “I wrote 6,000 words about lobsters and 5,000 words about raccoons. …I honed my chops. I became a generalist. I learned everything I know about being a journalist, and almost everything I know about being me in the world.” (
* Nieman Lab’s Joshua Benton: “Dear Boston Globe: The story on the Phoenix closing deserved stronger placement on the front page and you know it.” (It’s on the bottom right.) (@jbenton)
* More from Benton: Phoenix’s closing shows that glossing up print doesn’t work miracles. (
* Winners of the Scripps Howard Awards are announced. WSJ wins for its “Watched” series. (
* Billionaire Eli Broad teams with financier Austin Beutner to bid for the Los Angeles Times. (
* Bill Keller: Clark Hoyt drew me back into the fanclub of public editors with his approach to the job. (
* Does the New York Times really need two CFOs? (
* Los Angeles Times: Reuters deputy social-media editor Matthew Keys is indicted on charges connected to a hack of this newspaper’s website in 2010. (
* Keys tweets: “I am fine. I found out the same way most of you did: From Twitter.” (@thematthewkeys)
* Veteran sportswriter Dan Jenkins, 83, wins the 2013 Red Smith Award. (
* Joshua Foust on why he stopped writing for free. (
* Tunku Varadarajan is leaving Newsweek. (
* “Bombshell” about student president candidate results in record traffic for Georgetown University newspaper. (
* NBC execs and Matt Lauer address the “Today” show’s woes in a lighthearted fashion. (
* When Pope Francis spoke for the first time, Fox News won in Total Viewers while CNN led in the key demo. (
* Bloomberg-BNA union members overwhelmingly ratify contract. (
* Outgoing executive editor at The Daily Caller once posed as a “dope-smoking commie.” (
* Justin Bieber has had it with “the countless lies” about him in the media. (reuters)

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