Daily Archives: May 8, 2013

McClatchy’s Charlotte Observer orders furloughs

From: [Managing editor] Carpenter, Cheryl
Date: May 8, 2013 3:09 PM
Subject: You’ll likely want to attend the standup today at 4:30 because ….
To: “CLT @Newsroom”

I’m sorry to deliver the hard news, but we will need to take another furlough this year.
Our HR vice president Risa McGrew will be joining us today to answer questions.

The furlough — which covers full-time hourly and exempt employees — officially starts June 3 and runs through Sept. 29, though if you have PTO scheduled within the next two weeks, you are welcome to call it a furlough if you choose.

More information to come.

* Earlier: McClatchy spends $164,643 to move a publisher to Sacramento (

* Seattle Weekly dismisses restaurant critic Hanna Raskin; the position isn’t being filled. (
* About two dozen anti-Koch protesters demonstrated outside of Tribune Tower today. (
* NPR launches a new ad-free (at least for now) mobile site. (
* Stay off Twitter and get some work done! (
* How much longer can Rupert Murdoch stomach the New York Post’s annual losses of tens of millions? (
* Inside the Plain Dealer’s kidnapping rescue coverage. (
* “It’s still interesting when a Chicago journalist gets sacked and then wins a big award like a Lisagor.” (
* How New York Times Magazine designed its monk seal murder cover. (

Haneen Dajani’s “Hey, Habibti!” column in The National is described as “a young Arab woman’s musings on life, society and the headlines.”

Haneen Dajani

Haneen Dajani

Her musings apparently got a bit too personal on Tuesday when she wrote about going ballistic in a store checkout line, being ordered to the police station and threatened with jail. The page she links in her tweet about the column brings up an Error 404 message; you can still read a cached version of the piece here, though.

An excerpt:

To this day, I don’t know quite where the rage inside of me came from, but in a split second I had slammed the toy in front of the cashier and demanded to be served.

“Excuse me, it is our turn,” whinged a woman next to me in an annoying voice.

What I did next I completely, whole-heartedly, regret. Blinded by anger I insulted her with a word I’d rather not quote myself as using.

As soon as the word left my mouth I apologised and asked for forgiveness, but the damage had been done.

“You’re calling me an animal?” shrieked the woman. “Call the police,” ordered her husband.

Dajani and her rivals were ordered to the police station and there “we all signed a peace treaty that we would not cross each other’s paths again and withdrew our complaints.”

I’ve asked Dajani and her editors why the store-to-police-station drama was taken offline.

* Faith saved me from night in jail (The National via Google cache)

newsstandThe tipster who sent this Philadelphia Inquirer memo from this afternoon writes: “Combine this with the TP [Times-Picayune] news [about a new street tabloid] and one would surmise print’s the new news delivery system these days! I feel like we are rediscovering vinyl.”

From: Wischnowski, Stan
Sent: Wednesday, May 08, 2013 2:08 PM
To: Inquirer
Subject: News of importance

To the staff:

We are pleased to announce that the Saturday paper will return to newsstands this weekend after nearly a two-year absence.

This is great news for the entire newsroom but, most importantly, for our readers.

Late-breaking news, late sports and all of our best Saturday features back in the hands of single-copy buyers.

(The Bulldog will remain on the newsstands on Saturdays as well for those who prefer the early Sunday edition).

Bill and Stan

The Inquirer’s new Health section debuted last Sunday:

images2The Advocate has hired these journalists from the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

Martha Carr, a 16-year veteran of The Times-Picayune. She’ll be managing editor of the New Orleans Advocate.
Gordon Russell, who was the Times-Picauyune’s leading investigative reporter. He’ll be managing editor for investigations at the Advocate.
— Courts reporter Claire Galofaro, and City Hall reporter Andrew Vanacore.

Advocate editor Peter Kovacs, who was ousted as Times-Picayune managing editor in 2012, says of the new hires: “They are coming because they share our belief that a great city like New Orleans deserves a daily, home delivered newspaper.”

While the Advocate is hiring, the Daily News in New York is laying off staff. Joe Pompeo reports that about 15 newsroom employees, including veteran gossip columnist Joanna Molloy, got pink slips today.

* Pulitzer-winners leave Times-Picayune for the Advocate (
* Pink slips for dozen-plus New York Daily News staffers (

Jay Schiller is trying to sell his cartoons to sports editors across the country, but his pitch is getting panned by the journalists who received his email Tuesday afternoon. It opens this way:


To the two thirds of you that will still have newspaper jobs next year,

Hopefully you can all take a joke. I don’t really mean it. Actually I should have said ‘the one half of you that will still have newspaper jobs next year’. Obviously we can all agree I am not a salesperson. …

A Romenesko reader writes: “I believe the count of newsroom leaders asking to be removed from his mailing list is now more than 60.”

Here’s one of the complaints sent to Schiller:


After your first sentence, I have no interest in looking at your cartoons. Might be one of the most insensitive things I’ve ever read. Everyone in this industry has good friends who have lost their jobs. You’re right, it’s no joke.
Please take me off your e-mail list.

Gene Warnick
Sports editor
Los Angeles News Group

Schiller tells Romenesko readers that his pitch “wasn’t such a good idea in retrospect.” He writes in an email:

“Normally most never respond so I tried something different. …In this case, different turned out to be stupid. … Seems like I am pissing off a lot of people these days.”

UPDATE: Schiller sent this apology email to his email list on Wednesday morning:

I want to apologize en masse ot those of you I offended. I’ll keep this mercifully short. The first cartoon I ever wrote a thousand years ago was a rejection letter that an aspiring writer received that read in part:

Rather than just reject your manuscript we have taken the liberty of destroying it as a public service to the rest of the industry if you are tempted to submit it elsewhere.

As you all know, getting your work looked at is hard under the best of circumstances. And these ain’t the best of circumstances these days.

I worked for newspapers in circulation for a lot of years and part of my job was doing budgets. Publishers and parent company executives, unable to maintain revenue, would look to cut expenses in all departments. This often included reducing what carriers making less than minimum wage were getting. Carriers who were getting up seven days a week at 2:00 or 3:00 am or sometime earlier than that and never getting a day off.

Everyone I know working at newspapers haven’t got raises in years and many have taken pay cuts and multiple unpaid furloughs. I probably should have known better in sending out what I did but my intent was never to offend; it was simply to garner a response to the work. Which I think is pretty good.

I guess besides pissing off a bunch of you, all my letter accomplished was to fill up a little space on what must have been a slow news day for Romenesko’s website. If he wanted to write about stupid things I’ve done, the letter I sent out wouldn’t even crack the top 50.

I hope you all do well and that newspapers become profitable enough to hire more people and pay their employees better. For those of you who wrote asking me to not to mail you any more cartoons, I will respect your wishes.


The Chicago Newspaper Guild has pulled its parody job ad that said candidates for a Sun-Times reporting position
cease “should have a car, as it may be your office [and] familiarity with locations offering free WiFi a plus.” The union took the ad off after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from Sun-Times Media.

“It is the Guild’s position that the parody ad was legal and that the Guild was on firm legal ground to run such an ad in a labor dispute,” says Guild executive director Craig Rosenbaum. “However, I think we made our point. There was no need to continue running the ad. After all, Romenesko picked it up and it is still out there in cyberspace.” ( | The ad: (
* CBS News veteran Sharyl Attkisson accuses the White House of stonewalling on Benghazi. (
* Robert Jensen: “Given the multiple crises that existing political, economic, and social systems have generated, the ideals of journalism call for a prophetic journalism.” (
* AOL ad sales were up 9% in the first quarter, but its earnings didn’t meet analysts’ expectations. (
* Eyebrows are raised – again! – over Willie Brown’s column in the San Francisco Chronicle. (
* Andrew Sullivan isn’t taking a salary this year. ( | He’s looking for an intern – who will get paid. (
* David Perlmutter resigns as Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication director to become dean of the College of Media and Communication at Texas Tech. (
* Journal Communications says it has no plans to spin off the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. (
* National Enquirer heiress Lois Pope is sued over kidnap insurance taken out on her 10-year-old grandson. (