Daily Archives: October 22, 2013

Bruce Kyse, who started with the Press Democrat since 1977, has worked for owners Evert Person, New York Times Co., Halifax Media, and Sonoma Media Investments. He’s been a copy editor, city editor, managing editor, executive editor and publisher.

Bruce Kyse

Bruce Kyse

“My favorite job at the newspaper without question was as city editor,” says the 63-year-old journalist. “You’re right in the middle of it. You’re directing traffic, you’re talking to reporters, making decisions that have an impact on the community: what to run, how they’re written; you’re just in the middle of it.”

He tells his staff in his farewell memo: “Remember that what you do every day at work means something. Our journalism is essential to the communities we serve. Our marketing services – whether in the newspaper, online or magazine – are indispensable for local business. And our editorials provide essential, thoughtful balance on local issues. Be proud of the fact that you work at a really good newspaper. What you do matters.”

* Bruce Kyse stepping down as Press Democrat publisher (

Read Kyse’s farewell memo to his staff after the jump. Read More


WHILE SUPPLIES LAST? Cynical me wondered how many “supplies” would be available. Five, maybe? Nope, says Nathan Hurst of the university’s news bureau. He writes in an email: “The auditorium seats about 100, and the organizers are expecting a full house and believe there will be enough books for everyone, assuming there isn’t an huge overflow crowd.”

* Well-known biz journalist to speak at Missouri j-school on Friday (
* From 2011: Warren Buffett is interviewed by longtime friend Carol Loomis (

Below is fired Philadelphia Inquirer editor Bill Marimow’s email to Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz, written a few days before it was announced that Katz, George Norcross and other investors were buying the paper.

In order to arrive at the $22.9 million estimate in scenario #1 [a non-union newsroom], I reduced the salaries of the non-union editors by 12 percent and the union member journalists by 6 percent.


* Gail Shister on “a Shakespearian tragedy unfolding in real time” (

“New plaque outside @washingtonpost elevator is a fittingly modest tribute to Don Graham” (@JasonUkman)elevator

He knew their kids’ names, too. (

* Earlier: Washington Post staffers bid farewell to Don Graham and family (


From the satirical story:

Once completed, three security personnel specially trained in botanical protection will keep watch on the butternut sapling in rotating shifts. The guards will carry Tasers, and the cost of the initiative is $380,000.

* The satirical story ( | The correction (

— h/t @sladurantaye

News Media Guild members are asking colleagues to sign a petition protesting the dismissals of Associated Press journalists who were involved in the retracted story about Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe.
“It was only a matter of time before the severe under-staffing of AP bureaus across the country and the unrealistic demands put upon them combined to create a high-profile error,” the petition says. “And when it did, AP management grossly overreacted.”

The petition asks AP bosses to “rescind all three firings and begin to properly staff AP bureaus and give your managers, your reporters and your editors the resources they need to maintain AP’s standards of quality journalism.”

The petition is after the jump. Read More

Last December, the Kansas City Star told reporters Karen Dillon and Dawn Bormann that one of them had to leave the paper, and they — not management — should decide who goes.

From Dillon's Facebook page

From Dillon’s Facebook page

Bormann ended up leaving, but Dillon (left) is gone now, too. The investigative reporter posted on her Facebook page that her last day was Oct. 20.

“Why would the Kansas City Star ax an award winning journalist?” asks KC Confidential’s Hearne Christopher Jr. “As in, the Karen Dillon. The Karen Dillon who famously brought down the career of peep show perve Pee Wee Herman in 1991.” (She covered Paul Reubens’ indecent exposure arrest in 1991 while at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.)

Update — Karen Dillon points me to her Facebook post:

I’ve spent the last 48 hours trying to make sense of what has happened.karen For five years I’ve watched as my colleagues were led to the gallows one by one. We started with about 100 reporters on the metro/state desk. Now there are only about 18 left.

The golden era of government reporting that for decades provided an added protection for our public from bad or corrupt governments has passed _ at least it has in Kansas City. Nothing could stop this. The role of a debt-leaden corporate newspaper is to paddle quietly in still waters always looking the other way and always protecting the corporation, not its readers.

There’s more.

* Why did the Star fire Karen Dillon (
* Earlier: Kansas City Star tells reporters to decide who goes (

For those not on Facebook, I’ve posted her full message after the jump. Read More

* Washington Post staffers bid farewell to the Graham family. ( | Ben Bradlee was there. (@cbrennansports) | “I spy Bob Woodward.” (@amzam)smallpost
* “At end of wash post party tonight, don graham stood by the door to say good-bye to each of 600+ current and ex staffers by name. Classy.” (@kimmasters)

* Doug Manchester’s UT-San Diego eyes an alt-weekly. (
* LSU columnist: “This generation deserves better information, and it is right out there for the taking. The New York Times, USA Today and The [Baton Rouge] Advocate are three papers available on campus that are capable of informing this student body. But we refuse to pick them up, and stacks of newspapers lie untouched in front of Middleton Library every day.” (
* Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune revise their joint operating agreement. The papers’ digital businesses will be operated outside of the JOA. (
* Philly reporter Ralph Cipriano is subpoenaed in clergy sex abuse cases. (
* David Pogue: “Yahoo approached me this summer with an offer I couldn’t refuse.” (
* A Concordia College admissions office staffer confiscates newspapers with a story about students’ alcohol use.( | (
* The AP’s firing of veteran reporter Bob Lewis and news editor Dena Potter “stands in contrast to [its] more lenient response to past high-profile flubs.” ( | News Media Guild “alarmed.” (
chris* Star-Ledger’s Chris Christie endorsement is blasted; chief editorial writer responds in comments. ( | The endorsement: (
* Grambling’s PR director is accused of censorship after the student paper’s online editor is fired over coverage of the football team’s protest. ( | (
* “Most attempted BuzzFeed takedowns come off as petty and jealous. This does not.” (
* Adam Lashinsky: Journalists don’t love paywalls any more than readers, but they’re rather fond of being paid for their work. (
* Lee Bandy, the dean of South Carolina political journalists, is dead at 78. (