* Washington Post Co.’s Gazette shuts down its Frederick office and lays off 30 people. (fredericknewspost.com) | “Decision regrettable but necessary.” (gazette.net)
* McClatchy says its digital subscriptions initiative is exceeding expectations. (bizjournals.com)
* Chris Cillizza: A “serious” journalist can be a “fun” journalist at times, too. (washingtonpost.com)
* Journo Junction comics creator Chad Huculak writes: “I vent my grievances about the industry through these comics and find it oddly therapeutic and hopefully other newspaper types can find solace in it as well.”
* The White House is pushing to revive a media shield bill. (nytimes.com)
* Winners of the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Awards are announced. (press.org)
* JP Morgan wants to know what bank information Bloomberg News reporters saw. (reuters via yahoo.com)
* Big changes are coming to Google+. (Will anyone notice – or care?) (cnet.com)
* Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter’s contract renewal talks are draggin on; meanwhile, insiders have come up with a wish-list of potential replacements. (nypost.com)
* Gawker Media founder Nick Denton has proposed to actor boyfriend Derrence Washington. (observer.com)
— From today’s Daily Northwestern
Conservative activist James O’Keefe screened “Hating Breitbart” at Northwestern University on Tuesday. The Daily Northwestern’s Patrick Svitek reports:
O’Keefe took particular aim at journalism schools, including the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. He laughed as he recalled walking through the McCormick Tribune Center earlier Tuesday, holding up a video camera and finding visibly uncomfortable students.
“There is a sort of fascist disposition toward what I do” at places like Medill, O’Keefe said.
Dane Stier of the Northwestern University College Republicans said he invited “at least a dozen” Medill professors to Tuesday’s screening and discussion, but none showed up.
* James O’Keefe talks citizen journalism at Northwestern (dailynorthwestern.com)
* “I’ve had the DOJ try to hack my emails,” O’Keefe tells the NU audience (@patricksvitek)
The Evening Sun of Hanover, Penn., will be printed just three days a week beginning Jan. 1.
“By giving up 4 days of print, we will be able to give our readers weekday newspapers that will be bigger than the weekday newspapers they are getting today,” says publisher Sara Glines.
The three print editions will include seven days of comics, puzzles and TV listings, the MediaNews-owned paper notes.
* Evening Sun will move to three-day-a-week publication (pennlive.com)
* FAQ about Evening Sun’s switch to three-day publication (eveningsun.com)
I saw this on my Facebook wall and had to ask: What is your story, Robert? The 58-year-old newsman responded:
I was unemployed for more than two years, but I made my benefits stretch by freelancing as a copy editor and writer for [Kansas City alt-weekly] The Pitch, Unity Magazine and as a reviewer for The Star itself. But the week my unemployment ran out was the week I was hired “full time” by Valvoline Instant Oil Change for minimum wage. It’s a hostile environment where I am not liked by the store’s assistant manager, who is an alcoholic felon with an antisocial personality disorder. He tries to make me look bad and make himself look good. …
It’s happening to too many of us, even as we look for ways to transfer our skills and expand our education for the Web, as I have done by attaining a Master Web Designer Certificate from Johnson County Community College.
* Earlier: McClatchy spends $164K to move Kansas City Star publisher to Sacramento (jimromenesko.com)
Joseph McCaffrey was reading the The Hour, a daily paper in Norwalk, Conn., when he mentioned to his wife that the movie section had a big ink splotch.
He held it up for her to see and she shouted, “It’s Jesus!”
McCaffrey tells The Hour: “If Jesus is really trying to send me a message, I wish he popped up in the lotto section instead. Does he want me to see a movie?”
* Reader sees image of Jesus in a blob of ink on the movie listings (thehour.com)
* “I wanna know who that person’s pharmacist is,” writes a Facebook friend (facebook.com)
Actress and author Lauren Graham recently appeared on “The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson” to plug her new book, “Someday, Someday, Maybe.” She told Ferguson:
I’ve gotten good reviews, and one really nice one was from the Washington Post, which is my hometown paper, and it came out the day of my father’s 70th birthday party, which is awesome because if it had gone the other way, it would have been a whole evening of, Awww... And so that was really great.
“I hadn’t seen that,” says Jen Chaney, who wrote the review. “I know that [actress] Busy Philipps tweeted the review, but I have not heard from Ms. Graham. That’s a nice coincidence.”
* Jen Chaney reviews Lauren Graham’s “Someday, Someday, Maybe” (washingtonpost.com)
Matea Gold, who has been with the Los Angeles Times for 17 years, is leaving the paper to join the Washington Post.
She tells Romenesko readers: “It was not an easy decision to leave. The bottom line is simply that this was a terrific opportunity, and this was the time when it presented itself. I am huge and lasting fan of the Times, and I am confident that my colleagues there will continue to do great work. I hope whoever turns out to be the next owner of the paper appreciates the value of the tremendous journalists in that newsroom and respects their editorial independence.”
The Post memo:
From: Gill, Alma M
Date: Tue, May 14, 2013 at 6:19 PM
Subject: National staff news: Matea Gold to cover money and politics
To: NEWS – All Newsroom
We are thrilled to announce that Matea Gold will join The Post to write about money and politics — a beat she has excelled at covering in recent years for the Washington bureau of the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. A writer of precision and grace, Matea laid bare how one little-known organization functioned as a major cash turnstile for a network of conservative advocacy groups, revealed the coziness of Mitt Romney’s spending on campaign consultants and broke the news that the Obama campaign was evolving into Organizing for Action.
And those highlights are just from the past year.
A Times reporter since 1996, Matea has spent nearly a decade covering national and state politics – other assignments have included writing about the media from New York, where she captured a disgraced Dan Rather tilting at the windmills of CBS. She began her career at The Times as a beat reporter covering East Los Angeles, writing about immigration and gangs, and produced a three-part series about compulsive gambling. Now she tracks a different kind of high roller.
A graduate of UCLA, Matea was the editor in chief of the Daily Bruin.
She lives in the District with her husband and two daughters. Her first day with us will be June 10; please welcome her to The Post.
Cameron and Anne
* About 300 people attend an anti-Koch brothers protest in Los Angeles. (latimes.com) | Nanette Gonzales’s photos from the demonstration: (laweekly.com)
* Attorney General Eric Holder hears from 52 media organizations upset about DOJ’s seizure of AP phone records. (washingtonpost.com)
* Paul Farhi: Relations between reporters and the Obama White House have never been sunny. (washingtonpost.com)
* NYT blasts DOJ’s fishing expedition for sources and attempt to frighten off whistle-blowers. (nytimes.com)
* New Yorker magazine’s Strongbox lets readers send messages or documents to its journalists anonymously. (newyorker.com) | How it works: (@ryanlizza)
* “It’s been a helluva week for New York media,” notes New York Observer. (observer.com)
* Only 10% of Americans say they’d wear Google Glass. (mashable.com) | Google Glass — it’s a dude thing. (@dylan20) | Don’t tell that to Michele Bachmann (at left). (talkingpointsmemo.com)
* Wrestling Observer editor Dave Meltzer’s workweek often exceeds 110 hours. (“He has no employees, and he prints his newsletter — in single-spaced 7-point type — at a local copy shop.”) (nytimes.com)
* Tampa Bay Times CEO Paul Tash is named Pulitzer board chairman. (pulitzer.org)
* Student journalist sues the University of Oklahoma to get parking ticket records. (collegemediamatters.com)
* Matea Gold quits the Los Angeles Times and joins the Washington Post. (@mateagold)
* Watch Nate Silver give the commencement address at Ripon College. (jsonline.com)
* “In case you’ve already forgotten, I used to be Al Neuharth.” (floridatoday.com)