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* Featurewell.com’s David Wallis doesn’t want Nick Jackson to call his new site The Feature Well. (“He should try [calling it] Romeneska or TheMediaBistro,” says Wallis.) (observer.com)
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* “We stand proud and fearless,” Roger Ailes writes in a memo to the Fox News staff. (washingtonpost.com)
* Will Leitch: “It’s sort of unfair to blame ESPN for a [layoffs] decision that Disney presumably forced upon them to ‘balance’ the bottom line.” (sportsonearth.com)
* Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is now a Philly.com “New Voices” contributor. (philly.com)
* Post-“Snow Fall”: New York Times Co. CEO says the paper has “a couple more really big projects coming through.” (capitalnewyork.com)
* Oral history of NY1: “The story of a news station that became a phenomenon.” (complex.com)
* Association of Food Journalists announces its contest finalists. (eater.com)
ron* Ken Layne likes Wall Street Journal’s Ronald McDonald portrait. (gawker.com)* Richard Kipling is named editor-in-chief at USC’s CHCF Center for Health Reporting. (centerforhealthreporting.org)
* Orlando Sentinel reporter Jon Busdeker comes up with his own theme song (orlandosentinel.com)
* Homeless man says he’s Brit Hume’s son. (“This story is heartbreaking on a variety of levels,” say FishbowlDC writers.) (mediabistro.com)
* Denver radio talker Peter Boyles gets into a heated exchange with his producer, who was seen with red marks on his neck. (9news.com)

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ICYMI Dept.: This old image is circulating again via Mind Blowing Facts, which has nearly a million Twitter followers. Slate explains the prop newspaper, which is seen all over TV.


Caleb Solomon

Caleb Solomon

Boston Globe managing editor/digital Caleb Solomon has been named a Bloomberg News editor-at-large. He joined the Globe in 2003 as business editor.

“With this, the Globe loses a newsroom leader with uncommon vision and an unrivaled talent for getting things done,” writes Globe editor Brian McGrory. “I also lose a trusted colleague, a compatriot for many years, a collaborative boss with many virtues, and over the past few months, a graceful source of constant wisdom as I’ve settled into this most recent role.”

The Globe memo:

From: McGrory, Brian
Sent: Thursday, May 23, 2013 2:02 PM
To: !BGHQ-Editorial
Subject: Caleb Solomon

It doesn’t seem all that long ago, though it was about 8 or 9 years, that I watched from my columnist’s perch in the middle of the newsroom as the business department, under the leadership of new editor Caleb Solomon, basically seemed to dominate the world. Reporters broke story after story on the mutual fund market-timing scandal. They showed that Boston Scientific’s highly lauded stents weren’t all they were cracked up to be. The department was winning national awards, splashing enterprise all over the front page, and devoting itself to a digital first strategy long before the rest of the paper, or really any paper, understood the future and power of the Internet.

It was obvious then that Caleb would have a profound impact on the Globe for as long as he would remain here, and that’s been proven year after year, job after job, from his ascension to deputy managing editor of enterprise, to managing editor, and most recently, to managing editor for digital, further leading us to a future in which technology goes hand-in-hand with journalism./CONTINUES Read More

-- Andrew Davis and one of his letters

— Andrew Davis and one of his letters

Every Monday at 7 a.m. Andrew Davis sits down and writes a letter to Warren Buffett. His goal is to get a meeting with the billionaire and chat about the newspaper industry.

“I believe that newspapers can survive,” Davis writes on his blog. “And I believe I can help him do it.”

The 39-year-old Boston man has been writing his letters for eight months now — he started in October after selling his digital marketing and advertising agency — and he’s still waiting to hear from Buffett.

“I know he’s reading them,” Davis tells me in a phone interview. “I heard from [Fortune writer and Buffett pal] Carol Loomis. She called a few months ago after Warren had forwarded one of my letters to her.”

He’s also written to Terry Kroeger, who runs Buffett’s newspapers, but hasn’t heard back.

Davis has never worked for a newspaper, but he believes that’s one of his strengths.

“One of the things lacking in publishing is new ideas from outside of the industry. I think it’s important for publishers to embrace new blood and new ideas.”

Here are a few of the ideas that Davis has pitched to Buffett and Kroeger:

January 14, 2013

We must monetize, and reward, those journalists building an audience outside of the masthead brand. We must encourage our journalists to explore new media opportunities – opportunities we can benefit from. In the future – journalists will be as powerful as the masthead brands of the past.

February 25, 2013

Perhaps newspapers can look to old revenue models like underwriting (think PBS and NPR) instead of advertising. Instead of selling column-inches in the newspaper, why not sell long-term underwriting relationships for reporting that these brands value?

April 2, 2013

“Showing and distributing our work (in short bites) on social media platforms like Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram and even on our brands websites builds anticipation, interest and audience for the final produced work. I call this the content continuum: a continuous sequence of insight leading to the evolution of a story across platforms and media.

May 17, 2013

Prudential is currently running a campaign designed to help people imagine their first day of retirement. The campaign is called “Day One.” Why not invite Prudential to underwrite a weekly column – in every single one of BH Media’s markets – where journalists profile someone in the community retiring?

“My goal is to have the opportunity to save some newspapers,” he says. “I’m not giving up on print. It needs to evolve and change.”

He’s optimistic he’ll eventually get to say that to Buffett in a face-to-face meeting.

Andrew Davis: Waiting for Warren Buffett's call.

Andrew Davis: Waiting for Warren Buffett’s call.

“I think my ideas are legitimate. I think it would be silly for Warren Buffett and Terry Kroeger to pass up the opportunity to discuss these ideas. I do hope to hear from them by the end of summer.”

At what point will you give up your letter-writing campaign? I ask.

“As long as Warren doesn’t put me on some stalking list, I’ll do it until I run out of ideas,” he says with a laugh. “And I probably have an idea a day. I hope my letters are seen as helpful and thought-provoking and not stalking.”

Davis also hopes his persistence pays off the way it did nearly two decades ago when he regularly wrote to the Jim Henson Company. “It took about 37 letters before I got a job there” in the 1990s, he says. (His assignment was to make sure the puppets were in the right place at the right time.)

I ask if he’s considered putting his letters to Buffett and Kroeger into a book.

“I might. And I’d love it to end with, ‘Hey! I revolutionized the newspaper industry!'”

I called Berkshire Hathaway PR on Wednesday to see what Buffett and Kroeger think of Davis’s letters. I’m still waiting to hear from them.

* Letters 2 Warren (letters2warren.tumblr.com) | Davis’s Twitter feed
* Davis started his first business – a magic and marionette show – while in middle school (brandscapingbook.com)

UPDATE: After the interview, I emailed Davis and asked about his chat with Carol Loomis. Did he try to get her to arrange a meeting? I asked. His response:

We didn’t chat about the possibility of a meeting, instead we discussed the economics of book publishing.

It’s my opinion that Warren will call when he trusts that my advice is deeply rooted in reviving revenue and I didn’t want to put Carol in the position of having to decide for herself whether or not I had the breadth of knowledge after one call to warrant Warrens time.

She didn’t volunteer to set up a meeting either. I’m patient and profoundly eager to reshape the publishing world.


Iowa district judge James Richardson ordered the Carroll (IA) Daily Times Herald’s Jared Raney not to take notes during a vehicular homicide trial on Wednesday. The reporter says he was told that his scrawls might “influence the jury in that they might think something is important if they see me writing.”
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After lawyers got involved, Richardson proposed a compromise: Raney — a summer intern who started the job this week — and other reporters could take notes in an area of the courtroom where jurors couldn’t easily see them.

Kathleen Richardson of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council says:

This is the first time I’ve heard of a judge prohibiting a journalist – or anyone else, for that matter – from taking notes with a pen and paper in the courtroom. There is a long-recognized legal right of the public to attend criminal proceedings and for the news media to cover them, as surrogates of the public. And it would be impossible for a journalist to accurately report on a trial without being able to take notes.

* Judge bars note-taking during trial (carrollspaper.com)

Politicians and a hockey team (Ottawa Senators) in crisis on Ottawa Citizen’s 1A.
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“It was our Page 1 Editor Doug Menary who came up with that,” says Citizen managing editor Andrew Potter.

* Check out the full front page of Thursday’s Ottawa Citizen (newseum.org)

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— Above image via @OmarOakes
* Elizabeth Spiers: “If, godforbid, you have a palpable need to be liked by your [story] subject, you should probably get out of journalism.” (contently.com)
* British newspapers were right to run A1 photos of the bloody, cleaver-wielding Woolwich attacker, says Roy Greenslade. (guardian.co.uk)
* Legendary Baltimore Sun police reporter John Richard “Dick” Irwin dies at 76; he put the “human touch on crime.” (baltimoresun.com)
* Stop the presses! “Obama prom photo revealed.” (politico.com)
* Philly City Paper reports tensions between Inquirer staffers and the crew at Philly.com. (citypaper.net)
* University of Oregon’s Daily Emerald gets a College Newspaper of the Year award. (collegemediamatters.com)
* Everyone loved NYT’s “Snow Fall” — for a few minutes. (theawl.com)
* Demonstrators should remind the Koch brothers what Sam Zell called his Tribune nightmare — “the deal from hell.” (miamiherald.com)
* Tribune is sued by Chicago residents who don’t want to get the paper’s weekly ad throwaway. (chicagoreader.com)
jif* A battle over GIF pronunciation erupts, but one peanut butter maker reminds us… (nytimes.com)
* Brick-and-mortar bookstores were among the top gaining categories in shopper traffic in the first three months of 2013. (nreionline.com)
* Grand Forks Herald columnist Marilyn Hagerty pays tribute to her friend Al Neuharth. (grandforksherald.com)

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