Daily Archives: June 13, 2013

* Two former interns at Conde Nast magazines sue over wages. (They say they made less than $1 an hour.) (
intern* Unpaid interns should just shut up, says a former unpaid intern. (
* Gannett is now a broadcast company — and Wall Street likes that. (Shares up 34% today.) (
* Koch brothers blast former FCC chairman’s remarks about newspaper ownership. (
* News outlets need a secrecy beat. “One story could well lead to the next,” says Secrecy News blogger. (
* “Reinventing the article is what I jump out of bed thinking about,” says Anthony De Rosa. (
* Houston Chronicle photographers get buzzed to show support for colleague with cancer. (
* TV Fun Fact: “John-Boy” Walton is eligible for Social Security today. (Richard Thomas turns 62.) (

elvisFormer National Enquirer reporter Tony Brenna:

“I was assigned to get information on the Elvis physician who had prescribed him all the drugs. Others on our team were charged with getting a photo of the dead Elvis. We bought every miniature camera that was for sale in Memphis. One reporter found a distant cousin who, for a guarantee of more than $5,000, agreed to go to Graceland and try to get a photo.”

He got it, and the issue on the right set a record with 6.5 million copies sold.

* The secret history of the National Enquirer (

WSJ: No free read on this breaking story! [UPDATE: They lowered the pay wall.]

Wall Street Journal puts news of its owner’s divorce behind the pay wall, but you can read about it on the New York Times website and at, which broke the story.

* Now updated: Wendi Deng and Rupert Murdoch marriage profile (

Duke University student Lucas Spangher had a 40-minute phone conversation with Oaktree Capital Management CEO and Tribune chairman Bruce Karsh – a Duke grad and trustee – about the possible sale of Tribune’s newspapers to the Koch brothers.

Karsh and Spangher

Karsh and Spangher

“The conversation was fairly unproductive or negative,” says Spangher, a former Duke Chronicle columnist whose interests include green energy technology. “His primary purpose for calling me [back] was to explain his side of the story rather than listening to my arguments.”

The Duke newspaper reports:

Spangher is personally opposed to the sale because the Koch brothers have given money to support scientific studies that will deny climate change. A group established by the brothers—The Koch Foundation—has been a significant funder of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature Project, which aims to address criticism of the planet’s temperature record.

Spangher says he told Karsh that “students are watching — Duke is aware of the situation.” He adds: “I appreciate the things he’s done for Duke, but if this goes down, there could be student action.”

A Chronicle editorial published today says:

If Karsh endorses the sale, he risks undermining the work done by countless students, from environmental activists to journalists, at a University he clearly cares very much about. We hope Karsh will not take this risk. We encourage him to reassess his options, consider his responsibility to Duke and society at large, and refuse to sell Tribune to the Koch brothers.

* Karsh mulls sale of Tribune newspapers to Koch brother (
* Editorial: Say no to Koch brothers (

Also: Selling the Star Tribune to the Koch brothers some day “could happen” (

(credit: Jamie Empfield)

(credit: Jamie Empfield)

Photographer Jamie Empfield tells Romenesko readers: “Part of my job as a photographer at the Gazette requires me to go out and find features for the daily paper. I drive around looking for people doing fun things in our community when I am not on assignment. I just happened upon these kids having a good time at the park!”

* To the Batmobile! (

* “Google Pus sounds pretty nasty,” and other reactions to the tweet (@apstylebook)

via @JamesManning4

via @JamesManning4

* Paul Farhi explores the family ties between the news media and the Obama administration. (
* Veteran TV investigative journalist: “Sadly, there is a new crop of young television reporters who work in TV news for all the wrong reasons. They want to be ‘a star.'” (
* Here’s the story that prompted the Sun apology on the right.
* Hearst Magazines’ goal is to have 10% of its total circulation digital by 2016. ( | Magazine execs meet in Philly. (
* Washington Post’s “Sponsored Views” offering is pretty smart, says Mathew Ingram. (
* THE SHOUTING’S OVER: Official U.S. Navy communications no longer have to be written in all caps. (
* Los Angeles Times staffers are still waiting for a party that the paper promised in 2011 after it won the Selden Ring prize. (
* The ideal profile subject “is both richly idiosyncratic and part of something bigger than themselves.” (
* Erin Lee Carr (yes, David’s daughter) leaves Vice for The Verge. (
* James Poniewozik suggests “The Daily Show” amp up the weirdness for the summer. (
* Tampa Bay Times CEO and Pulitzer chairman Paul Tash discusses this year’s journalism prizes. (
* David Seifman is expected to be named New York Post political editor. (
* Helen Brush Jenkins, who claimed to be the first female staff news photographer in Los Angeles, dies at 94. (
* Reporters help Anthony Weiner with his grocery shopping. (

belogGannett is acquiring Belo Corp., which has 20 TV stations – nine in top-25 markets. The news release notes that the Gannett-Belo combination “creates a broadcast ‘Super Group,’ catapulting Gannett into the nation’s fourth-largest owner of major network affiliates reaching nearly a third of all U.S. households.”

Gannett will pay about $1.5 billion for all of Belo’s outstanding shares. The deal nearly doubles Gannett’s broadcast portfolio from 23 to 43 stations.

Here’s what Gannett CEO Gracia Martore sent to employees this morning:

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to share some very exciting news. Today we announced that we are acquiring Belo Corp. in a transaction that will further grow our Company and provide opportunities across all of our businesses. As you know, we have been successfully transforming Gannett into a diversified multi-media company with broadcast, digital and publishing components across markets nationwide, and this is another important step in the process.

For those not familiar, Belo is a large, well-respected broadcast company that owns and operates 20 television stations, the vast majority of which are in markets that will be new to us. Gannett and Belo share a common sense of purpose – both companies are focused on serving their communities. And as importantly, Belo shares our values and long and rich history of award-winning journalism, operational excellence and strong brand leadership./CONTINUES Read More