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Earlier in the week, Gawker asked people to submit photos of Politico star Mike Allen’s messy office. The site got this shot of Allen’s office from his Time magazine days.

A few years ago, New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich wrote about Allen’s Time office:

It became difficult to even open the door. His chair was raised at a crooked angle, as if it were not touching the floor, and the debris rose so high in some places that it blocked a portion of light coming through a picture window. Colleagues took pictures, as if the place were an archaeological site.

* This is a picture of Mike Allen’s old office at Time (gawker.com)

UPDATE: Mary Duan mentions on my Facebook wall that Los Angeles Times crime reporter Nielsen Himmel was a hoader, too. I dug up his obit from 1999, which says:

He subscribed to 56 magazines and apparently never threw one away. His small Echo Park apartment, where he had lived since the 1950s, was stacked, floor to ceiling, with old magazines and newspapers. Visitors had to negotiate tunnels of newsprint to move from one room to another….

Himmel did not own a car. Instead, he rented an automobile from a rental car agency, paying a daily rate. The interiors were always a sight to behold, an odorous melange of partly eaten hamburgers, chicken bones, fast-food wrappers, French fries and stacks of newspapers. Whenever the trash rose high enough to obscure the rear windshield, Himmel simply turned the car in and rented another one.

Himmel had been rear-ended once, and he was convinced the stacks of newspapers saved him. Since then, he always made sure the back of the car had sufficient newsprint padding.

* Nielsen Himmel dies; covered crime in L.A. for half a century (latimes.com)


The Oregonian will continue to be published daily, but the paper will be delivered to homes only on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, beginning Oct. 1. oregon

“Employees of OregonLive.com and The Oregonian are being informed of their status in the new companies,” says the paper’s announcement, and “the company will strive throughout this process to treat all employees with the professionalism and respect that they deserve.”

UPDATE: This line in the Oregonian’s announcement confused me and others, and led me to believe that the paper will be delivered three days a week, with the Saturday paper delivered on Sunday: “Home delivery will be Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, and include the Saturday edition as a bonus.” I called publisher Chris Anderson and he said the paper will be delivered to homes four days a week. BUT…. this is what his announcement says: “Those home delivery subscribers that choose the three-day subscription option will also have access to a digital edition seven days a week.”

* Oregonian Media Group to launch with digital and print products (oregonian.com)
* Oregonian will reduce home delivery to three days a week (wweek.com)




Howard Kurtz, longtime host of CNN’s “Reliable Source” show, is jumping to Fox News to host a weekend media program and write for FoxNews.com. A Fox executive calls Kurtz “the most accomplished media reporter in the country. …a master of social media trends, information good and bad, and a veteran political reporter.”
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Kurtz says in a release: “I want to thank CNN for giving me such a prime opportunity over the years and was tempted to continue, but the chance to create a revamped program and establish a strong online presence was too good to pass up.”

A few questions:
* How many of Kurtz’s regulars from CNN will want to join him in the Fox News studios?
* Will journalists who’ve been “blacklisted” by Fox News — people like the Washington Post’s Paul Farhi — be allowed on Kurtz’s show? (I wrote about this in my Fox PR feature last year.) UPDATE: “I’ve been on the show a number of times over the years, including last Sunday,” says Farhi. “Frankly, I have no idea what this means for my glamorous TV career. But I’m always happy to talk to anyone who wants to talk to me.”
* I was told last year: At Fox News, “there is an internal email distribution list [and] producers email this list to say who their upcoming guests are. The purpose of the list is to allow [Fox PR execs] Brian Lewis and Irena [Briganti] to vet the guests to make sure no journalist on their enemies list gets on the air.” Will Kurtz have to give his guest list to Fox PR in advance?

* Fox News hires Howard Kurtz to anchor weekend media program (businesswire.com)
* Earlier: Dealing with the Fox News PR machine (jimromenesko.com)

I’m guessing this Sun-Times reporter missed the paper’s iPhone photography training session. (You have to turn to the Tribune to see the long line that the Sun-Times writes about. The Tribune’s photo was shot by former Sun-Times photographer Brian Powers.)

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* Earlier: Sun-Times closes its photo department (jimromenesko.com)


* Times-Picayune will launch its TP Street tabloid next Monday. (bestofneworleans.com)
* Columbia journalism school is revamping its curriculum for the digital era. (pbs.org)starled
* Star-Ledger’s Mark Di Ionno: “I was friends with Jim Gandolfini during our freshman year at Rutgers.” (blog.nj.com)
* From the archives: Star-Ledger columnist says he’s responsible for Gandolfini’s head “dent.” (jimromenesko.com)
* NYT piece from 1988 mentioning Gandolfini as a 26-year-old “who seems to thrive on the apartment-hopping life.” (@samir) | The feature: (nytimes.com)
* University of Louisiana at Lafayette pays $31,000 for a photocopied “Confederacy of Dunces” manuscript. (theadvocate.com)
* ABC News puts PR man Dan Abrams in the “Nightline” anchor seat. (gawker.com)
* Report: Time Inc. saves millions by switching to a thinner paper stock. (nypost.com)
* A.H. Belo CEO Robert Decherd will make $300,000 a year — after he retires. (wpri.com)
* Conspiracy theorists say Michael Hastings’ death was a government hit. (nydailynews.com)
* Hastings’ wife is unhappy with New York Times’ obituary. (huffingtonpost.com)
* Why is modern poetry so bad? (Harper’s piece names names.) (washingtonpost.com)
* Boston Globe launches a $3.99/month iPhone app. (niemanlab.org)

timesStarting June 27, readers who don’t subscribe to the New York Times will get three free stories per day. (Video remains free.)

A Times release says: “Content beyond three articles per day will be available only to subscribers. This is a departure from The Times’s current model, in which non-subscribers may only access the Top News section on mobile news apps.” Times subscriptions that include mobile apps start at $15 a month.

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