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* Asheville Citizen-Times front page for May 1, 2013 (newseum.org) | Via Scott Dedman

Carolyn Ryan has been named New York Times political editor and Wendell Jamieson replaces her as metro editor. The memo:

Dear Colleagues,

In March 2008 the political editor of the Metro Desk spent a tense weekend working one of the most sensitive stories The Times has published. Our senior FBI reporter and, soon, a whole team of diggers had complete trust in her and then-Metro Editor, Joe Sexton as they carried out their work in secret, trying hard to confirm their story.

Carolyn Ryan

Carolyn Ryan

On Friday, the political editor, who had hoped to publish that night but knew to hold off and push her team for still more reporting, went home at 2 a.m. She spent all weekend in the office, dispatching reporters to Washington, taking files from others in Albany, staking out the governor’s swanky Manhattan building, and answering nudgy questions from the managing editor. Nervous about getting beaten, the Metro reporters all found steadiness as well as competitive zeal in their editor.

She seemed to have perfect instincts, knowing when to cut the tension with a joke. And when, on Monday, Carolyn Ryan said, “Hit it,” The Times published its blockbuster on Eliot Spitzer./CONTINUES Read More

The Chicago Newspaper Guild, which is in contract talks with Sun-Times Media, has placed a satirical Monster.com ad for a Sun-Times reporter position.
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The ideal candidate “should be able to write stories with an iPad and take photos/videos via a company-issued iPhone,” it says. Also, “organizational skills are paramount, as reporter must provide receipts as proof that they are on the job. (The Sun-Times recently closed its suburban newsrooms and told reporters to file remotely.)

More from the ad:

Job Duties:

-Ability to interview subjects anytime, anywhere as there is no newsroom. Candidate should have a car, as it may be your office. Familiarity with locations offering free WiFi a plus

-Must be willing to file stories from public locations such as coffee shops/libraries that will tolerate your presence. Candidate must be comfortable using public restrooms

-On call 24/7 for possible breaking news for as low as $13/hour

– Position requires tact to interface with community members who complain about the publication’s lack of content

– Ability to deal with distant and hard-to-reach editors in a toxic labor environment is a plus

Experience:

– Enough to know how to churn out multiple stories per day, but not enough experience to demand a reasonable salary.

UPDATE: I asked the Chicago Guild about its ad and got this response from communications committee chair Beth Kramer: “We wrote it because we wanted people to know what our working conditions are really like. Everything in this ad is true.”

* Chicago Newspaper Guild creates ad for Sun-Times reporter position (monster.com)
* Guild/Sun-Times mediation session is scheduled for May 22 (chicagonewsguild.org)


Three Los Angeles council members want the city to pull pension money from the investment firms that own Tribune if they sell the Los Angeles Times to buyers who don’t support “professional and objective journalism.” Councilman Bill Rosendahl says: “Frankly what I hear about the Koch brothers, if it’s true, it’s the end of journalism.”

From their motion:
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* L.A. councilmen want city to weigh in on Times sale (latimes.com)

The death notice for Barbara McClelland Delahunty says the 80-year-old Minnesota woman “taught her family many lessons, including never pay retail, always root for the underdog, and err on the side of excessive generosity.” She was “born with a gypsy spirit and a proclivity for silver bangles,” and “taught her daughters the fun of being both naughty and nice.”

“Her chronic enthusiasms included popsicles, Knudsen Caramels, Revlon Lipstick 590 (party lip color), and every shape and flavor of chocolate. She never said ‘no,’ except to cats and exercise.”

As her daughters dressed her for her final journey, applied her party lips and a last mist of perfume, church bells outside her window chimed “Amazing Grace,” [late husband] Jack’s favorite hymn, signaling that he had received her on the other side and would take it from here.

Her husband got a nice write-up, too, when he passed in 2011. Jack Delahunty “loved to travel with his pal Barbara and said at the end of his life that he was happy to have left no travel stone unturned,” said his death notice.

* Death notice for Barbara Delahunty, 80 (republican-eagle.com)
* Another obit from Minnesota: Ruth Perkl is already in Jesus’s arms (jimromenesko.com)

On Tuesday, the Newspaper Guild and Communications Workers of America put out a statement urging Tribune to only sell its eight newspapers “to a buyer that will protect the objectivity of the news product by making a public commitment to doing so.” The Koch brothers, said the Guild-CWA, “are active political proponents of harsh right-wing positions.”
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That caused a few Romenesko commenters to bristle:

– “So, only liberals are ‘objective’ to these bunch of jokers.”

– “If Soros were bidding to buy, would the same statement have been released? Just wondering.”

After reading those remarks, Newspaper Guild-CWA communications director Janelle Hartman wrote in an email (and in my comments section) that “our concerns about editorial integrity are nonpartisan.” She notes that there were Guild concerns last year when billionaire Donald Sussman, who is married to Democratic U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, invested in the Portland Press Herald.

* Newspaper Guild-CWA issues statement about Tribune, the Kochs and objectivity (jimromenesko.com)


Post-Gazette reporter Timothy McNulty’s story about Pittsburgh’s mayor being the head of the secretive committee that’s airing TV attack ads against a Democratic mayoral candidate has dozens of comments — including one from the mayor.

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Luke Ravenstahl

Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, who announced in March that he won’t seek re-election, writes: “Breaking news: One of America’s (self-proclaimed) greatest newspapers actually takes the time to pull the records of an account that’s been in existence for years! Congrats to Tim McNulty and the tremendous work of the entire team from [executive editor] David Shribman on down. You really blew the cover off of this one. Yawn… Truth is no one is hiding anything, nor has attempted to.”

He adds in his Facebook Comment with 67 Likes: “It’s actually laughable to think that you print your newspaper everyday with a straight face. It doesn’t take much to see who the P-G supports and doesn’t support.”

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* Chairman of secretive group behind TV attack ads is the mayor (post-gazette.com)
* Earlier: “I’m not going to get into regrets,” says the mayor. “We all have regrets” (pghcitypaper.com)

Runner’s World editor-in-chief David Willey has sent an email to subscribers explaining the absence of Boston Marathon bombing coverage in the June issue.rw_email_06 It “had already been completed and printed when the Boston Marathon bombings occurred on April 15,” he writes.

We will, however, dedicate much of our next issue — the July issue — to what happened in Boston, why it still matters, and what it will mean for all runners going forward. Although we had more than a dozen editors at or near the finish line, I’m happy to say that everyone returned safely. Now we are working hard to deliver the kind of reporting and storytelling on this unforgettable event that you have come to expect from Runner’s World.

Willey’s email is after the jump. Read More

“The first rule of journalism? Spell your newspaper’s name in correctly in its headlines,” writes Romenesko reader Greg Johnson, who sent this screenshot. “Digital editions may be boosting circulation in Salt Lake City, but they aren’t doing much for copy editing.”
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* Digital editions propel Desert Deseret News circulation growth (deseretnews.com)

* John Georges buys the Baton Rouge Advocate and hires former Times-Picayune editors Dan Shea and Peter Kovacs. (theadvocate.com)
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* The Louisiana newspaper war just got a lot more interesting. (cjr.org)

* Medill prof Douglas Foster explains why he passed on the USC j-school director job. (dailynorthwestern.com) | “At the end of the day, it just didn’t work out,” says Foster. (latimes.com)
* Denver Post explains why it sent out more than 100 tweets of old news items. (denverpost.com)
* Editor’s progress report: How the Christian Science Monitor is doing. (csmonitor.com)
* Neda Semnani: “Nearly every time a film calls for a journalist or blogger, in walks a plucky brunette sporting hipster glasses. She’s ready to tussle with her old-school editor — and sleep with anyone who gets between her and a scoop!” (theweek.com)
* Politico owner wants to sell his TV stations and “use the resources and expanded mindshare that such a move would make available to increase my commitment to Politico.” (politico.com) | (huffingtonpost.com)
* Livestreamed tonight: What we can learn from the coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. (nieman.harvard.edu)
* AP exec John Daniszewski is named to the Pulitzer board. (pulitzer.org)
* Churchill Downs gets rid of the Kentucky Derby press box. (“The press box generated zero actual revenue.”) (shermanreport.com)
* Variety/Deadline.com owner Jay Penske is embroiled in a legal mess. (thewrap.com)
espn* Before ESPN The Magazine debuted 15 years ago, there was this “practice” issue: (@GaryBelsky)
* Father of New York Post “Bag Man” is talking to lawyers. (washingtonpost.com)
* Chris Matthews signs a new long-term deal with MSNBC. (hollywoodreporter.com)
* Vermont lawmakers vote to keep newspaper carriers classified as independent contractors. (burlingtonfreepress.com)
* Judge rules against LSU newspaper in suit seeking names of university presidency finalists. (nola.com)
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