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U-T San Diego reports about ten journalists are affected by the closing of The Californian, a daily section of the newspaper.

U-T CEO John Lynch says:
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Upon our acquisition of the NCT [North County Times] and Californian, the U-T fielded extensive research that showed that the U-T was respected for its coverage and quality and was favored over the other brands. The fact is that the financial model for both the Californian and the North County Times was broken. We are interested in creating — and maintaining — healthy, sustainable multiplatform products for years to come.

U-T says The Californian “struggled with circulation and revenue for years, and [previous] management had considered folding it in 1995.”

* U-T ends publishing The Californian section (utsandiego.com)
* Lynch: “While these decisions are difficult, they are necessary” (kpbs.org)
* Sept. 10, 2012: U-T buys North County Times and Californian (sdbj.com)


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“This was the one the [Washington] Post didn’t run” on Memorial Day, writes Gene Weingarten. “I have no problem with a newspaper editing the comics. It’s not censorship, it’s editing. I do find the Post’s Victorian standards a little amusing, but it’s also sort of cute.”

From the Charlotte Observer editor:


From an Observer business reporter:

* “Homeland” brings Claire Danes to the Charlotte Observer (charlotteobserver.com)
* Earlier: “House of Cards” films its newsroom scenes at the Baltimore Sun (baltimoresun.com)


UPDATE — Times Magazine editor Hugo Lindgren writes in an email: “We are still looking into whether a couple of small details were not as precise as they should’ve been, but we are confident that the story is not made-up.”
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In today’s chat with readers, the Washington Post’s Gene Weingarten raises questions about the May 19 New York Times Magazine “Lives” essay, “The Plane Was About to Crash. Now What?”

Weingarten writes:

I am not saying this story is made up; it may well be literally true. In fact, it gets the benefit of the doubt from me because it is in The Times, and I presume The Times checks things out. But everything about how this story is presented raises red flags in my mind. I don’t know whether this is a failure of writing and editing, or something worse, but I do know it should not have been in print in this fashion, and that’s what makes me angry. When you have a story this thin and coy and suspect on its face, in small ways it subverts all feature work, which relies on a reservoir of reader trust.

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Weingarten adds: “I lean toward believing it is true, or mostly true as remembered. But if it is, why was it presented in a way to raise every possible suspicion in the mind of every reasonable reader that it is totally, thoroughly piped?”

MetaFilter commenters also questioned the story. “This really doesn’t pass the smell test for me,” wrote one, while another said the piece “didn’t strike me as very wrong, maybe a little confused and dramatized.”

I asked Times Magazine editor Hugo Lindgren and public editor Margaret Sullivan about the essay. I’m waiting to hear from Lindgren, but Sullivan wrote in an email: “I understand that editors are looking into questions that have been raised about ‘The Plane Was About to Crash’ … [but] as of right now, the public editor’s office isn’t involved. That usually comes later in the process, if needed.”

* Gene Weingarten: “The story is well written, but it bothers me” (washingtonpost.com)
* Is Noah Shannon’s story in the New York Times Magazine true? (metafilter.com)
* The plane was about the crash. Now what? (nytimes.com)

The company that bought the Miami Herald’s photo archive has put many photos — including journalists’ press card snapshots — up for sale on eBay, and some former staffers are unhappy about that.

Here’s what Amy Alexander writes:

The fact that I do not have control over my former staff photos is problematic, since the company’s choice to put it out to bid took place without my knowledge or consent. The fact that a price is being attached to my image, too, is problematic, mostly for issues of ego rather than safety or privacy. Why are my images going for $32.88 — why not a cool $33…or $40?

I asked Washington Post columnist and former Herald reporter Marc Fisher if he knew that his press card photos from the 1980s were being peddled online. He replied:

I knew that the Herald had sold off its photo library to some company that was selling off the entire contents on ebay, but my previous searches of the motherlode had only come up with older Herald colleagues, to whom I had sent word of the firesale, and a few of them did buy their pix.

Now that I see mine, it’s both a kick to see them and a bit of an outrage that the company we entrusted with our images has just dumped everything into the hands of some eBay merchant. I have concluded that images of my former self aren’t worth $32.88, so when the sale expires in a few hours, I assume the pix will vanish into the same giant dumpster that now contains the rest of the glories of One Herald Plaza.

The Herald photos were purchased by John Rogers Archive in Little Rock, Ark. The Arkansas Times reported last October: “Over the past three years, [the] Rogers Photo Archive in North Little Rock has been on a buying spree, purchasing the vast photo morgues of 11 great (and greatly cash-strapped) American newspapers, including the Chicago Sun-Times, The Denver Post, the Boston Herald and The Detroit News.”

* Journalists learn that they’re for sale on eBay (Amy Alexander)
* Former Miami Herald staffers’ photos on eBay (ebay.com)
* John Rogers owns more photos than anyone, anywhere (arktimes.com)


TECH The Wall Street Journal is looking “to produce much deeper and broader coverage of technology in all its manifestations” and is hiring additional tech reporters, says editor Gerard Baker. “While this initial wave of new reporting staff will be based in the US, [global technology editor] Jonathan [Krim] is tasked with coordinating the coverage of an increasingly global tech industry, working with reporters around the world.”

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Sent: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 12:59 PM
To: WSJ All News Staff; Newswires_USERS
Subject: Technology

Technology is transforming the global economy at an ever-accelerating pace. Our readers are hungry for the best, fastest, most comprehensive coverage of technology anywhere in the world. If we are to continue to grow as a news organization, we must dominate coverage of this critical field – from breaking corporate news to analysis of the evolving tech space to insightful examination of the latest innovations.

So I am pleased to announce today a significant expansion in the size of our global team of technology reporters. In the next few months, under the leadership of Jonathan Krim, our new global technology editor, we will be augmenting our existing team of reporters in San Francisco. The aim is simple but crucial: to enable us to produce much deeper and broader coverage of technology in all its manifestations./CONTINUES Read More

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“Today we are unveiling a new logo that will be our emblem for this future. The name is historic and the script is based on the writing of Rupert and his father, who have provided us all with not only a name, but a remarkable professional platform.”

Read News Corp. publishing group CEO Robert Thomson’s memo after the jump. Read More

Starting next Monday, only home delivery or online subscribers to the Winnipeg Free Press will be able to post comments on the paper’s website.
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“We want to keep the party-crashers out so those who’ve paid for the right to be part of the online conversation can do so without being turned off by yahoos spewing vile and bile,” writes editor Paul Samyn.

“The bulk of the ugliness that lands from time to time on our website comes from those abusing the ‘free’ in Free Press to engage in gutter talk or worse on our no-cost forum. In some cases, it appears people will register for a free account just to launch a drive-by smear and then never post again.”

The paper says its website gets about 80,000 comments a month. About 3% of them are flagged and half of those are deleted for violating terms and conditions.

UPDATE: Samyn tells Romenesko readers:

I don’t think we could have predicted that in four short days this would become the most commented story for the month of May.paul And given the way it is trending, it has the potential to become our most commented ever story. I think the volume of comments speaks to the passion of those who come to our online forum and the value they place in having a platform for their voice to be heard and shared.

What we certainly did expect was a lot of our audience slamming us for shutting them down, ending their “right” to express their views etc, etc. In fact, there is a movement on our website from some angry at me to block me from ever being able to post a comment again. Interesting. Right now, I would say roughly 60 per cent oppose the move.

But I am pleasantly surprised by the number of online readers who not only support the move, but also say they will be more inclined to read the comments and join the discussion surrounding what we publish. I am guessing that about 25 per cent back our move.

I asked Samyn how long he’s been considering this move.

I began discussing concerns about our online commenting with our newsroom last fall when I was named editor. I also began to hear directly from our readers who wanted to know why we were allowing our brand to be cheapened by the bile that sometimes landed on our website.

We made a decision that we would move in this direction at the end of 2012 but then had to do some homework with our digital services people to get our ducks in a row.

* Keeping the e-party going without the party-crashers (winnipegfreepress.com)

baronWashington Post executive editor Marty Baron (left) “is almost a kind of D.C. antimatter,” writes Chris Frates. “He does not talk about himself. He does not discuss much of himself, his personal life or, more important, how he runs The Post.” While others work to build their personal brand, Baron is “stubbornly retro” and stays low key.

Words used to describe Baron in this National Journal profile: Relentless, hard-ass, single-minded, aloof, demanding, consummate newsman, and hard-to-read.

* Is Marty Baron the man to fix the Washington Post? (nationaljournal.com)
* Earlier: Baron says newspapers are badly bruised, but not beaten (jimromenesko.com)