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rossRoss Douthat: “For the Washington Post to thrive again, Politico must lose.”

jackJack Limpert: “Politico’s website generates a lot of heat, a little light, and causes conversation but it’s a reach to suggest that it’s pushed the Post into political irrelevance.”

* How the Washington Post was lost (nytimes.com)
* What the Times doesn’t understand about the Post (jacklimpert.com)

Also:
* The top 10 priorities for the Post’s new owner (cnbc.com)
* “I don’t think Bezos’ purchase was made in a mid-life fit of vanity” (theguardian.com)
* What should Amazon shareholders make of Bezos buying the Post? (nj.com)


globebeeThe Pacific Northwest Inlander: “We don’t think it’s anything besides a funny coincidence, but we couldn’t help seeing the similarities between our cover last week and Time’s cover for next week.” Any other recent bee covers to point out? Drop me a line.

UPDATE: “The Boston Globe Magazine featured bees on our cover [right] on June 23,” writes Globe Magazine editor Susanne Althoff.

UPDATE 2: “Not recent — but OnEarth put the bee die-off on its cover back in 2006,” writes Scott Dodd. “As far as we know, it was the first magazine to do so. The story was republished online in 2010.” beecover2

* Bees: The Inlander vs. Time magazine (inlander.com)

* Watch Brian Stelter’s “Reliable Sources” segments | The show transcript (cnn.com)

A Romenesko tipster writes: “This is a screen capture from the NBC Atlantic City affiliate, WMGM-TV 40 from Sunday night. They reported on a Cory Booker for Senate campaign event last night — but they misspelled “Corey” and illustrated the story with a recent mugshot. The image they used is a man who was arrested for sexual assault in May. It’s since been corrected. This comes the day after they “quoted” Democrat Frank Lautenberg — who died in June — with comments that originated from Republican candidate Steve Lonegan.”

corey


SMALLPATCHFormer Orange County Register reporter John Crandall was hired by Patch on July 10. He found an apartment on August 1, but got a call the same day telling him that the job offer was rescinded because of Patch’s “changing business needs.”

He wrote this friends-only post on Facebook last Monday — before the Patch’s downsizing plans were made public — and gave me permission to share it with Romenesko readers.

I’m back in Orange County for the foreseeable future.

John Crandall

John Crandall

I’m also unemployed.

Why? Patch Corporate has breached its contract with me.

Here’s the deal:

After signing a contract with the company to be a Patch Field Editor in northern California July 10, I drove up there last Tuesday. It took a day to drive up and a day to look for apartments./CONTINUES Read More

-- The old way (left) and today's way.

— The old way (left) and today’s way.

The Wall Street Journal’s front page “What’s News” goes from two columns to one starting today.

“The additional column available for the rest of the page will give us more flexibility in presenting our big stories of the day,” editor Gerard Baker writes in a staff memo. “It will enable us to get to the front page more of our original reporting, more news – including no-jump stories as brevity sometimes demands – more enterprise reporting, more creative and appealing use of news photography, graphics and other visual devices.”

Read Baker’s memo after the jump. Read More

* Seattle Times publisher scoffs at Craigslist founder’s interest in journalism ethics. (nytimes.com)
* Disappearing Facebook posts puzzle Pottstown Mercury editors. (pottsmerc.com)
* David Warsh predicts Washington Post’s newsstand price will go as low as fifty cents under Jeff Bezos. (economicprincipals.com)
* Newspapers are the bullied school kid of American journalism, says Leonard Pitts. (columbian.com)
* NPR ombud: South Dakota Indian foster care series “was deeply flawed and should not have been aired.” (npr.org)
tshirt* “Sure looks the The Plain Dealer printed a full color F Bomb on a t shirt of a Browns fan.” (At right) (@CmdrJava) | Larger view on my Facebook wall.
* Daily Mail stops taking comments on a story after it’s caught lifting the piece from SB Nation. (brandonsneed.com)
* Al Jazeera America, which launches Aug. 20, has hired nearly 850 people. (usatoday.com)
* Innovation? No thanks! Colorado weekly paper is still using 19th century technology. (latimes.com)
* For John Henry, the Boston Globe is just another franchise to turn around. (Bloomberg News)
* Seven lessons from AOL’s struggles with Patch. (streetfightmag.com) | (dankennedy.net)
* Three new hires at ProPublica. (propublica.org) | Layoffs at Gannett newspapers now total 315. (gannettblog.blogspot.com)
* What students should look for when they’re touring journalism schools. (whenjournalismfails.com)
* Five of People’s best-selling covers in its 39-year history featured royals. (nytimes.com)
* Audrey Hepburn was a newsstand hit for Vanity Fair. (wwd.com)