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UPDATE — Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher tell the Wall Street Journal: “We thank Dow Jones for letting us run an entrepreneurial news business inside the larger firm. However, we feel it’s time to move to a more independent structure.” (online. wsj.com)

dHere’s Dow Jones editor-in-chief and Wall Street Journal managing editor Gerard Baker’s statement about losing All Things D and tech reporter Walt Mossberg, who has been at the Wall Street Journal for decades:

For years, Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal has enjoyed working with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher to bring the best of tech coverage to readers around the world under the All Things Digital brand, however, after discussions, both parties have decided not to renew the agreement when the contract expires at the end of this year.

Walt Mossberg

Walt Mossberg

Technology is the central driver of economic growth and the Journal is committed to being the indispensable global source of news and information in this critical area. We plan to embark on a major global expansion of our technology coverage, which will include adding 20 reviewers, bloggers, visual journalists, editors, and reporters covering digital. As part of this global push, we will also be expanding our conference franchise to include an international technology conference and building a new digital home for our first-class technology news and product reviews on The Wall Street Journal Digital Network. This new initiative will be an integral part of The Wall Street Journal and will be rooted in the Journal’s reputation for excellent, fair, objective, reliable and stimulating journalism.

As part of the mutual separation, Walt Mossberg will be leaving the Journal at the end of this year. I want to offer heartfelt thanks for more than twenty years of Personal Technology columns as well as his very fine reporting on national and international affairs in the years before he turned his attention to technology coverage.

* All Things D parting ways with Dow Jones (fortune.com)

NEWMEMOUSA Today publisher Larry Kramer tells his employees that an edition of USA Today will go inside four Gannett papers starting Oct. 6. The papers involved in this pilot project — dubbed the Butterfly — are the Indianapolis Star, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Appleton (WI) Post-Crescent, and Fort Myers News-Press.

“By partnering with our local markets, it helps us expand our circulation and allows our local partners to focus more on the regional coverage that their readers want,” writes Kramer. “This pilot is an example of our unique ability to test innovative concepts as part of the Gannett portfolio.”

Read his memo after the jump. Read More

At a Sept. 3 Jackson Hole Tea Party event, U.S. Senate candidate Liz Cheney said that “newspapers are dying, and that’s not a bad thing.” She added that “we’re not depending on the Jackson Hole News & Guide to get the news out. We’re depending on ourselves. We’re going to go over their heads.”

Liz Cheney

Liz Cheney

Cheney accused News & Guide editor Angus Thuermer Jr. and his staff of having a “left-leaning” bias and not being fair and balanced. (A few weeks before the rally, Thuermer wrote about Cheney making a false statement to get a fishing license.)

How are the editor and the candidate getting along now?

“We sat down and had coffee” on Sept. 7, Thuermer tells Romenesko readers. (He sent the invite.) “I had never met the woman before. I did stand behind her at a park dedication about ten years ago. But she’s never written a letter to the editor called to express an opinion about anything we had done.”

The meeting, he says, was off-the-record — Thuermer never told readers about it — “and I agreed to that just to get to know her.”

The editor of the 10,000-circulation weekly says “we disagreed about what constitutes [legitimate] news coverage regarding her campaign. She felt the issues facing the country and the state are more important than her term of residence or her fishing license.”

Angus Thuermer

Angus Thuermer

By the time they finished their coffee, “we got to know one another” and “I had my questions answered quite plainly.”

Thuermer suggested I check Cheney’s Facebook page to see her softened views about local journalists. She wrote: “We are blessed in Wyoming to have a number of hardworking objective journalists and important local papers. Too bad the same can’t be said of the establishment mainstream media across the country.”

The editor also advised me to read what Cheney’s opponent, U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, wrote about the press. He said that “Wyoming newspapers play an important role in our communities” and “If you like Wyoming newspapers as well, show your support by sharing this post and ‘liking’ your local paper on Facebook today.”

Eighty-eight people “liked” his post, while 887 liked Cheney’s criticism of mainstream media.

UPDATE: Thuermer told me that the Cody Enterprise wasn’t allowed to cover a Cheney rally after his paper wrote about her comments at the Jackson Hole Tea Party event. Enterprise editor Bruce McCormack tells Romenesko readers what happened:

Yes, the Cheney camp did not allow our reporter to attend a reception Sept. 5 which had been advertised to the public in our newspaper. The excuse was that some members of the public like to ask questions without the press reporting on it.

I was invited personally, but had to be out of town. As a courtesy to the campaign in my absence, we decided to send a reporter – but when she called to make arrangements, they said, No.

Dunno what would have happened if I had attended and started taking notes – they would have either had to let me continue or ask me to leave.

In the aftermath of it all, I told them I consider the whole episode to be an “insult” to the Cody Enterprise and that I couldn’t remember the last time in several decades the newspaper had been denied entry to a public event.

* Tea Party crowd hears Liz Cheney knock Obama and newspapers (jhnewsandguide.com)
* U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi and challenger Liz Cheney spar on news coverage (jhnewsandguide.com)
* “Ms. Cheney, if you have a problem with newspapers, write a letter” (trib.com)


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College drop-out Carl Bernstein, who is co-teaching a “Press and the Presidency” course at Stony Brook University, says he’s “not a great believer in the necessity of journalism education, though I can see its usefulness.”

Why Stony Brook?

“I didn’t want to go to an Ivy League college or university — too many of them are stuck in a rarified approach to learning,” he tells Erika Prafder. “I also wanted to be among a student body that had more young people who were not there by virtue of legacy or earning power of their parents.”

Also, Stony Brook administrators “seemed to me to have an unconventional notion of how to break the usual academic mold — so what students are learning is more useful to their lives, not just ‘book knowledge.’”

* Iconic journalist Carl Bernstein joining Stony Brook University (nypost.com)
* Provost: “We are honored to be welcoming Carl Bernstein” (stonybrook.edu)

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Gannett’s Indianapolis Star says it’s adding more than 70 pages to the paper every week, with much of the content coming from USA Today.

“Each day, The Star’s front section will be filled exclusively with local news, followed by a national and world report from USA Today,” says the paper’s announcement. The Star will also have a Sports subsection with “insight and analysis” from USA Today’s sports journalists.

Jim Hopkins of Gannett Blog says if this project — code-named “Butterfly” — succeeds in Indianapolis, USA Today content will be added to about three dozen other Gannett dailies.

* Indianapolis Star to boost content in partnership with USA Today (indystar.com)
* Indy Star announces launch of “Butterfly Project” (gannettblog.blogspot.com)

vice

AUTHOR’S APOLOGY: “I would like you to know that in more than a decade of doing this professionally, I’ve never taken — nor once previously been accused of taking — any work that wasn’t my own,” writes Bryan Graham. “The similarity of the phrases in question was an honest mistake.”

* “I am the author of the articles in question…” (reddit.com)

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Vice removed Bryan Armen Graham’s piece on Floyd Mayweather after someone on Reddit noticed that comments he had posted in a boxing discussion were in the article.

* VICE copied some of my comments and used them in articles (reddit.com)
* “You created a fan in me, VICE” for pulling the article (reddit.com)

afjWinners of the Association of Food Journalists’ 2013 awards competition include:

* San Francisco Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News (Best Newspaper Food Coverage)
* Laura Reiley, Tampa Bay Times (Best Restaurant Criticism)
* Kellie Hynes, Sauce Magazine (Best Food Column)
* Andrea Adleman, Washington Post; and Cindy Hoedel, Kansas City Star (Best Newspaper Food Feature)
* Shelby Vittek, Drexel University writing for TableMatters.com (Best Student Writing on Food)

The full list of 53 winners is after the jump.
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* Boston Globe seeks to replace about $10 million in annual revenue that will disappear when its Cars.com deal expires next month. (bizjournals.com)
* Mark Zuckerberg: “I can’t see us getting into producing our own [news] content”; there’s already so much “awesome” material out there, says Facebook’s CEO. (usatoday.com) | “Things look rosier” for newspapers. (usatoday.com)
* Nikki Finke wants to be “50 times more truthful and brutal” when – or if – she breaks away from Jay Penske. (nytimes.com) | Finke and Penske still at odds (latimes.com)
quartz* Atlantic Media’s Quartz business news site expects to be profitable in 2015. (themediabriefing.com)
* Paul Farhi: “The cynical truth is the Navy Yard murders had neither the kinds of victims nor the story that sustains media interest and public revulsion.” (washingtonpost.com)
* Why Reuters abandoned Reuters Next: “It all came down to money,” says a BuzzFeed source. (buzzfeed.com)
* Steve Outing on what disaster journalism will look like in years ahead. (Drones will be a part of it.) (mediadisruptus.com)
* Mental Floss web editors are coming up with ad content for Dos Equis beer. Is it going too far in erasing any distinction between editorial and advertising? asks Digiday. (digiday.com)
* It looks like a Buffalo News columnist needs to start disclosing his relationship with a regular source. (artvoice.com)
type* Please don’t be mean to the Roving Typist with his $10 Royal typewriter. (theawl.com) | (@rovingtypist)
* Why is ABC News using Nancy Grace? (markobbie.com)
* T.J. Simers’s first sports column for the Orange County Register is a freebie. (laobserved.com)
* Winners of the 2013 Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting are named. (casw.org)
* Potato was the first word at last night’s journalists v. Congress spelling bee. (twitter.com/dabeard) | Sen. Tim Kaine won. (politico.com)