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* Cablevision shutters Newsday Westchester. I’m told that 31 people were laid off. (lohud.com) | (thewrap.com)
newsday* A freelancer reporter loses her $35/story gig after voicing her opinion at a meeting she was covering. (njherald.com)
* The reader who sends this link about cable news’ Texas filibuster noncoverage writes: “You know you’re in a sad state of affairs when Time magazine is basically calling your medium obsolete.” (time.com)
* Frank Rich: Try to name one piece of news that David Gregory has broken. (nymag.com)
* Baltimore’s police spokesman is transferred after 28 people are shot in just a few days. The department wants to refocus its message. (thedailyrecord.com)
* “The Koch Brothers are very active in media already,” John Nichols said at this morning’s National Press Club event. (mediamatters.org)
* Bloomberg News reporter had 18 ledes ready for today’s Supreme Court rulings. (washingtonpost.com)
* Glenn Greenwald: “My personal life, like pretty much everyone’s, is complex and sometimes messy.” (guardian.co.uk)
* The new editor of UK’s Sun says Page 3 topless women will stay because they’re “a good way of selling newspapers.” (guardian.co.uk)
* CNN’s revived “Crossfire” won’t have a live audience. (huffingtonpost.com)
* Teens describe the stories they wished their school newspapers covered. (scrippsjschool.org)
* Tony Rogers: “Let’s once and for all declare the death of the death of newspapers.” (about.com)
* “Anyone who thinks print is dead should answer newsroom phones when print subscribers don’t get their papers bc of production issues.” (@jenniferamur) | Production problems prompt Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to lower its paywall. (jsonline.com)
* Jaweed Kaleem of the Huffington Post placed first in the 2013 American Academy of Religion Award for Best In-Depth Newswriting on Religion. Jessica Ravitz of CNN placed second, and G. Jeffrey MacDonald, writing for the Christian Science Monitor, placed third. (aarweb.org)

Kenneth Walsh writes after getting a copy of his brother Bill’s new book, “Yes, I Could Care Less: How to Be a Language Snob Without Being a Jerk”:

Had heard a rumor about the dedication, but was tickled when I saw it in print — complete with my brother Terence’s name misspelled. To even it up, Bill added an old-school proofreader’s mark, because spelling Terence — which he is used to getting as Terrence or Terrance, both acceptable alternatives — as TERANCE is about as ridiculous as spelling my name KENNATH.

UPDATE: Bill Walsh, a Washington Post copy editor, tells Romenesko readers: “My editor was very apologetic. On the bright side, the first printing was only 6,000 copies, so we’ll get it fixed once those collector’s items get snatched up. And I’m trying to correct the copies I sign.”

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* “Care” package: A journalist gets his copy-editor brother’s book (kennethinthe212.com)
* Earlier: LinkedIn says rejecting ad for Bill Walsh’s book was a mistake (jimromenesko.com)

The Washington Post newsroom union says the paper’s contract negotiators “dropped a bomb” the first day of bargaining talks.post The Guild tells members: “The Post would give managers the power to fire anyone for any reason without following the established disciplinary process and other rights we now enjoy. Thanks to the Guild’s existing contract, the Post must go through a system of progressive discipline, including oral and written warnings, before suspending or terminating an employee.”

The union calls this management’s “most contemptuous proposal in memory.” Its bulletin is after the jump. Read More

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From Willamette Week’s cover story on the changes at the Oregonian:

Several of [editor Peter] Bhatia’s [layoff] decisions struck many in the newsroom as heartless. Among them: He laid off a husband and wife, veteran editors Randy Cox and Joany Carlin, despite knowing Cox is fighting advanced kidney cancer.

Cox and Carlin declined to comment. Bhatia says the decisions were gut-wrenching. “Our newsroom is a family of outstanding journalists and people,” he says. “I agonized over every decision.”

* The Oregonian gambles on a digital future (wweek.com)


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* Watch an intern rush this morning’s SCOTUS opinion to Pete Williams (vine.co)

UPDATE — A reader writes: “Apparently the rainbow search bar is actually related not directly to the Supreme Court decision but to LGBT pride month, which is June.”

Star-Ledger publisher Rich Vezza says his threat to close the paper if there’s no deal with production unions by the end of September “is serious.” He tells employees: “I know today’s news is unsettling, but we are hopeful that we can now forge ahead and come to an agreement. The Star-Ledger is simply too important to everyone, including non-union and union employees.”
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The Star-Ledger’s Ted Sherman points out that this isn’t the first time the paper’s owners have threatened to close the paper if demands for concessions aren’t met.

Sherman writes: “In July of 2008, then-publisher George Arwardy said the paper was on ‘life support’ and would close if it didn’t receive large numbers of buyouts and concessions. Two months later, the paper announced new deals with its drivers and mailers unions and said it had secured more than 200 buyouts from its 750 full-time, non-union employees.”

TO: Star-Ledger Staff
FROM: Rich Vezza
DATE: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
RE: Union Negotiations Development

I want to inform you of an important development in our negotiations with our production unions. Today by letter, we notified the four unions involved in our production and packaging that we must have an agreement with them by September 27th or we plan to cease publishing The Star-Ledger at the end of the year. Despite the current state of negotiations, we are optimistic that the production unions will understand it is in everyone’s best interest – the community, the newspaper’s employees and the unions – to successfully come to an agreement.

Obviously, this announcement is serious, and I want to give you some background on how and why we’ve arrived at this point.

The Star-Ledger has lost a significant amount of money in the past several years. In 2011, the paper lost $12 million. Last year, the paper sustained $19.8 million in losses. The company anticipates it will lose the same amount in 2013 as it did in 2012./CONTINUES Read More

* Chicago aldermen want the Tribune sold to locals who will guarantee “fair, accurate, impartial and non-ideological reporting.” (chicagotribune.com)
globe* Boston Globe bids are due Thursday. The paper is expected to sell for up to $150 million. (ft.com) | (bostonherald.com)
* San Francisco Examiner accuses the Chronicle of charging advertisers “secretly low prices” to take business away from the smaller paper. (sfexaminer.com)
* CNN’s blasted for failing to cover the Texas filibuster properly. (hollywoodreporter.com) | NYT at 4:16 a.m.: “Texas abortion bill appears to win final approval.” (@jdsharpe)
* “No one doubts that the future [of newspapers] will be digital. But there’s a sense that many obituaries for print were premature.” (usatoday.com)
* Fewer than a dozen Dow Jones employees have taken the company’s buyout offer. (bloomberg.com)
* “Truth isn’t always found in the middle,” and more lessons from Carl Sessions Stepp. (ajr.org)
* It’s official: CNN’s bringing back “Crossfire.” (hollywoodreporter.com)
* Rihanna blasts journalist who called her a “toxic role model.” (wsj.com)
* Praise for New York Post’s “Czar Wars” cover. (@Timodc)
* Paula Deen’s ratings were sliding long before the racial slurs controversy. (wsj.com)