Daily Archives: July 30, 2013

“Well, that’s it,” a Plain Dealer staffer writes on Facebook. “The ax will fall on editorial at the Plain Dealer between 8 and 10 a.m. tomorrow. We’ve been told to stay home and await a phone call about our fate. Please pray for me as I am praying for my Guild brothers and sisters.”

UPDATE: Here’s the company memo:

July 30, 2013

In September of 2012 we announced that we would begin the process of designing the best business model that would safeguard the future of this enterprise, ensure our leadership in the market, uphold our journalistic standards and continue our mission to serve the Northeastern Ohio community for years to come.

As we announced in our prior communications on April 4, 2013, to ensure that we are positioned to remain Northeast Ohio’s number one source for news and information in the ever-changing media environment, the Northeast Ohio Media Group will be launched later this summer and the Plain Dealer Publishing Company will adopt a new home delivery schedule for the newspaper.

These changes require a redesign of our operations that will result in a realignment of the workforce. These are difficult decisions, but are necessary.

In our June 19, 2013 e-mail to employees informing them of separation notifications that were to take place later that day in various divisions, we indicated that we would go through a similar process with employees in the remaining divisions at a later date.

From approximately 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, July 31st, employees in the Editorial Department will receive a phone call notifying them that they are either being separated from employment on that date, or that they are not being separated from employment. Employees who are notified that they are not being separated should report for work at their next regularly scheduled time.

Employees who are notified that they are being separated will be provided a time to meet Thursday, August 1st with a Human Resources representative at the Tiedeman Production and Distribution Center. At that time, each impacted employee will receive a copy of his/her severance information and will also be given transitional details, including meeting with a representative Right Management, a company that specializes in transitional programs.

We sincerely regret having to go through this process and we thank all who are impacted for their years of service and wish them all the best for their future.


* Weiner’s sexting partner tells all on Howard Stern’s show ( UPDATE: The story is pulled.
* Earlier: “We all know what happened to the Segway: it bombed” (


Los Angeles Times reporter Catherine Saillant’s use of public storage “has caused us some concern,” writes Public Storage paralegal Ann Dickerson. “We trust, of course, that this usage was inadvertent and will be avoided in the future.”

Saillant is told what she did wrong:

From: Ann Dickerson
Sent: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 8:53 AM
To: Saillant, Catherine
Subject: General Comment

Dear Ms. Saillant:

I would like to bring something to your attention which, although probably unintentional, has caused us some concern. In an article found [here], I observed the term PUBLIC STORAGE used improperly in the article to describe a self-storage unit or facility. As PUBLIC STORAGE is a registered trademark of our company, it should be used distinctly.
In order to maintain consumer perception of our trademark, we request that you follow the rules of proper trademark use. Proper use of the Public Storage trademark is as an adjective modifying a proper noun, with capitalization of the mark in type. Also, we ask that you display the proper trademark notice when using our trademark. Furthermore, PUBLIC STORAGE should not be used except to indicate our company’s storage facilities. “Self-storage” or “mini-storage” are suggested alternative adjectives or modifiers for other situations.

We trust, of course, that this usage was inadvertent and will be avoided in the future. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.


The Times reporter says she didn’t bother to reply.

UPDATE: Reporters share their warning-letter stories. (“I once got a letter from DayGlo after using the term ‘day-glow’ in an article.”)

UPDATE: The Tribune’s social media manager explains what happened.


* Chicago Tribune makes the best Internet mistake of the day (
* Check out more news bloopers on Romenesko’s Pinterest page (

The Indianapolis Star has laid off 11 employees, including three copy editors, a graphic artist, the metro/region team leader, and two custodians.
“Some of us have long believed that Gannett practices age discrimination, targeting employees who are 50 plus for dismissal,” writes retired Star columnist Ruth Holladay. “I do not know all faces behind the names on this list [of employees laid off on Monday], but those I recognize are individuals who are 50-plus or 55 or so. Perhaps it is time for the Indianapolis Guild and/or some of these fired to contact an attorney about age discrimination.”

Star management calls the layoffs “a resizing of the organization.”

* A new round of layoffs at the Indianapolis Star (
* Hit list: Names of the 11 Star employees who lost their jobs (

Pueblo Chieftain’s Ray Stafford to Sen. Angela Giron on March 3:
“I am the General Manager and responsible for the entire newspaper, including the newsroom. I want you to know I oppose all the [gun-control] bills currently being considered.”

July 28: The Chieftain’s assistant publisher, general manager, and production director all signed recall petitions against Sen. Giron.

* Chieftain newsroom execs sign Sen. Giron recall petitions (
* Will the Chieftain’s coverage of recall election be fair? (
* Call for Pueblo Chieftain to disclose conflict of interest (

* Montana’s Attorney General won’t give the Associated Press information about the state’s concealed carry permit holders. (
* WSJ visits Intel headquarters to see how it plans to change TV viewing. (
sandals* Los Angeles Daily Journal dress code memo targets women. One rule: “Strapless flojo, slip-on, or slipper-type sandals/shoes are not allowed. The shoe must have some type of strap around the ankle.” (
* Publishers Weekly: Does President Obama hate independent bookstores? (
* Some news shops at Sinclair stations do very good work, says a veteran viewer/TV critic. (
* Using his newspaper’s stationery, a Post-Tribune columnist writes a letter in support of a man who has pleaded guilty to child porn possession. (
* Scott Simon’s real-time grieving was “occasionally saccharine, sometimes uncomfortable, sometimes tonally jarring.” (
* NYT ad veep Todd R. Haskell, who joined the paper as an intern in 1989, quits to join Hearst’s digital team. (
* NYT standards editor: The anecdotal lede occasionally works brilliantly, but sometimes seems shopworn and formulaic. (
* Ex-Contra Costa Times reporter Michael Taugher dies while snorkeling in Hawaii. (
brake* Nick Ravo’s comment on my Facebook post about drug/alcohol testing at Charleston Newspapers: “As a joke, I deliberately scuttled a drug test at the Orlando Sentinel during a job interview in the mid-80s by putting brake fluid in my urine (I thought it would show drive) and then wrote a story about it for The Miami Herald’s Tropic magazine, which killed it; the editor said he was doing me a favor. I think the publisher at the Herald was ranting about Reagan’s ‘Just Say No’ bullshit or something.”