— Liz Heron (@lheron) June 26, 2013
Retired Chicago Sun-Times book editor Henry Kisor wrote this morning that the paper’s “regular coverage of the literary world will end” when the book pages and Sunday Show entertainment section are folded into the “gaudy Splash! celeb-and-style section” on July 14.
I sent Kisor’s link to Sun-Times editor Jim Kirk and he came back with this statement:
Sunday Splash becomes the destination for entertainment, culture and style. The section will have an entertainment focus, with both local and national entertainment personalities featured on the cover on a regular basis. The Chicago Sun-Times remains committed to cultural coverage. Our critics and cultural reports, including books coverage, will be prominent components of our daily and Sunday products, both in print and online.
Salon.com lost $3.9 million in its last fiscal year and now has an accumulated deficit of $116.4 million, but CEO Cynthia Jeffers remains upbeat. She says in a release:
Salon has made major strides over the past year towards profitability. The bottom line is that debts our down, revenues are rising and traffic continues to increase. I expect the recent launches of our mobile and community initiatives will keep us on pace to continue these positive trends moving forward.
* Salon’s $3.9M loss for the year pushes deficit to $116M (bizjournals.com) | (Salon’s release)
* From 2001: Can slowly fading Salon make it? (ajr.org)
* From 2012: How is Salon still in business? (siliconbeat.com)
KOAT-TV reports the weekly Santa Fe Reporter is “under fire” for this Summer Guide illustration resembling Our Lady of Guadalupe. “That’s blasphemous,” one man told the station. Editor Alexa Schirtzinger (pictured below) declined to be interviewed by KOAT, but she tells Romenesko readers:
The strange thing is that the Summer Guide was actually published June 12 — more than two weeks ago. When it first came out, we got maybe two letters from local residents, and a couple of calls complaining about the cartoon’s resemblance to the Virgin of Guadalupe. Then silence, and then a flood of comments and TV reports this week.
As to whether the cartoon is supposed to resemble the Virgin of Guadalupe — yes, it is supposed to relate to what has become a cultural (and even commercialized) as well as a religious symbol. It is not meant to “be” the virgin herself. And while we’ve received a lot of emails accusing us of blasphemy, we’ve also gotten some pretty positive responses to the effect of “Art is supposed to make people think!”
UPDATE: Read reactions from my Facebook friends and subscribers.
When I brought up the topic recently, Wales seemed irritated. “It rarely crosses my mind,” he said. “Reporters ask me all the time and expect me to say: ‘I’m heartbroken. Where’s my billion dollars?’”
On two occasions, he compared himself to an Ohio car salesman. “There are car dealers in Ohio who have far more money than I’ll ever have, and their jobs are much, much less interesting than mine,” he said during one conversation.
* Glenn Greenwald’s “a man of superficial contradictions.” (buzzfeed.com) | (gawker.com)
* “False balance is a real bugaboo” with readers, says New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan. (usatoday.com)
* Ken Doctor: Is the Oregonian ready for prime time as a digital-heavy company? Not yet, certainly. (niemanlab.org)
* What should the Oregonian Fund do with the money its raised? (1320Broadway.com)
* “I certainly wasn’t looking for a new job — I loved what I was doing at Columbia,” says Sree Sreenivasan. (blogs.wsj.com)
* Yahoo! News gets a new look. (yahoo.tumblr.com)
* Watch yesterday’s Guild-hosted discussion about the Koch brothers and Tribune. (vimeo.com)
* Fifteen minutes of fame for SCOTUSblog intern. (mediabistro.com)
* Vogue editor Anna Wintour tweets for the first time via @voguemagazine. (adage.com)
* Reporters should get out more, says a veteran editor. (ajr.org)
* Letter to Prudie: “My publisher is not a receptive person when it comes to change.” (slate.com)
* An academic’s rules for Twitter, and reaction to them. (saideman.blogspot.ca)
* Gay marriage on the front pages … and then there’s the Post (@jorcohen)
* Did SF Chronicle have a special section?
No gay marriage on 1A (newseum.org)
* Newseum’s curator likes USA Today’s “Rainbow Rulings” cover (newseum.org)
UPDATE: Several readers report the San Francisco Chronicle had a special section on top of the A section.
UPDATE 2: Here’s the cover: