Daily Archives: June 11, 2013

cover“In answer to this and many other queries about why we ran only white male editors on our new Port cover, and why they were all American: well, we did ask a woman, who is British, Anna Wintour of Vogue. I asked her as I think she is one of the great living editors, not because she is female or British. She declined, which is a shame.”

— Port editor-in-chief Dan Crowe


* It’s dude-itors all the way down (
* Port’s idea of a new golden age of print publishing: Six old white guys (
* It’s still a golden age of magazine publishing for white dudes (
* Port: We put the editors we admire on our cover (

One of her responses is from Roseanne Barr: “@KateAurthur ive done it yes it works if u have a big network behind u”

* Read more responses to Kate Aurthur’s tweet

University of Kansas journalism professor Scott Reinardy surveyed nearly 900 working TV journalists and found that 22% of the respondents showed signs of job burnout. burnoutEighty-one percent said they work differently than a few years ago, with increased social media responsibilities, more platforms to work on, and more frequent deadlines. One morning show host reported that she was required to tweet three times every 30 minutes, while doing her show.

Being expected to do more in the same amount of time was a common response among those surveyed. The stress and cynicism that showed up prominently as classic signs of burnout are taking a toll as well. Of the 22 percent showing such signs, 80 percent responded “yes” or “I don’t know” when asked whether they intended to leave the business.



“Many said, ‘I can’t do this much longer,’” Reinardy said. “You’re probably going to see the TV business get younger, a little more inexperienced and, as a result, there will be a loss of institutional knowledge, which doesn’t bode well for community journalism at any level.”

* Professor finds increased job burnout among TV journalists (

Has E.W. Scripps ever considered getting out of the Spelling Bee business?

No, CEO Rich Boehne said in a phone interview. “Our commitment to the Bee is very strong.”

E.W. Scripps tweaked the Bee business model six years ago to take some financial pressure off newspapers that sponsor contestants, says Boehne. Up until 2007, newspapers paid Scripps an $880 sponsorship fee. That’s now taken care of by participating schools and Bee contestants. (Newspapers sending kids to the Bee still have travel, lodging and other expenses. I’m told that a paper can end up spending as much as $50,000 putting on a local Bee and getting behind a winning speller.)

“When I joined the organization [in 1991], we were almost 100% sponsored by newspapers,” says Bee executive director Paige Kimble. “Today it’s 63%.”
Who’s replacing newspapers?

“One notable growth area is in sponsorship by colleges and universities,” Bee PR manager Chris Kemper writes in an email. “In the last 5 years, 16 colleges and universities have signed on to serve as local spelling bee sponsors, including the University of Kentucky, Indiana University and Duke University.”

BEE FACTS: Nine newspapers partnered in 1925 to start the National Spelling Bee. … Scripps took over sponsorship in 1941. …The Bee – run as a nonprofit – has nine fulltime employees today. (“Six years ago we had only 2,” says the executive director.) …About 200 media credentials were given out this year. … The AP’s Joe White is considered “the Dean of the Bee Reporters”; he’s covered the competition for about eight consecutive years.

Less than a month after closing two of its Suburban Journals in St. Louis and putting 20 people out of work, Lee Enterprises handed out stock bonuses to eight of its directors.lee According to SEC filings, the company gave 10,000 shares of Lee stock (current value: $1.66/share) to: Andrew E. Newman, Mark Vittert, Herbert W. Moloney III, William E. Mayer, Brent Magid, Nancy S. Donovan, Richard R. Cole, and Leonard J. Elmore.

Regular readers know that this is pretty much The Lee Way — giving bonuses to top execs just before or after pink-slipping journalists.

I’ve asked Lee spokesman Dan Hayes to explain the bonuses.

* Meet the Lee Enterprises board | Lee’s SEC filings (
* Post-Dispatch columnist: Don’t announce layoffs just after pocketing a bonus (
* Reclusive Lee director Mark Vittert was once on “What’s My Line?” (


* Watch the video ( | Charlotte Observer religion reporter arrested while covering protest (

Globe and Mail columnist Tom Hawthorn won a “Grimmie” at last weekend’s Society of Professional Obituary Writers conference in Toronto for Best Body of Work in 2011, while the Boston Globe’s Bryan Marquard was honored for the obituaries he wrote in 2012. (Links to the award-winning obits.)


Kim Janssen of the Chicago Sun-Times received the Best Obit of 2012 award for his piece on Delfino ‘Don Vale’ Mora, a father of 12 who was murdered by thugs who posted a video of their attack on Facebook.

The obit writers group’s press release is after the jump. Read More

Tim Funk: Arrested on the job

Tim Funk: Arrested on the job

* Charlotte Observer religion reporter Tim Funk is arrested while covering protesting clergy members. ( | Photo of the reporter with a cop: (@andrew_dunn)
* Stephen Engelberg: “These days it’s easy to forget what a kind of leap in the dark it was to leave a struggling, but established, news organization for a startup like ProPublica.” (
* Edward Snowden’s a new kind of leaker for the digital age, says David Carr. ( | (
* John Oliver did just fine on his first night as “Daily Show” anchor, says Gail Shister. (
* New York Times posts — then pulls — story headlined: “For Women in Weiner Scandal, Indignity Lingers.” (
* At least four big-money parties are eyeing Tribune’s newspapers. (
* The Guardian’s website set a traffic record on Monday. ( | Could the Guardian win a Pulitzer? (
* Nearly half of online ads aren’t seen by website visitors. (
* High school yearbook staffers are “devastated” by captions identifying athletes as “creepy smile kid” and “some tall guy.” (

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* Tallahassee Democrat editor: “A year ago April we raised the price of the Sunday newspaper to $3 in vending machines and retail outlets. We have since reduced the price to $2, but we did so quietly, and without saying we were sorry for the miscalculation.” (
* How Miami Herald photographer Charles Trainor got his LeBron block photo. (
* The best, worst and weirdest of Miami Herald items being sold on eBay. (
* is said to be hiring beat writers for all 32 NFL teams. (
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