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Update: “I am building out http://NikkiFinke.com and will unveil it right after the new year. Can’t wait to report the real truth about Hollywood,” Finke tweets. She adds: “All that’s left is for the lawyers to disentangle me from Penske. I have no idea why he has fought so hard to keep me. I’ll be free soon.”

* Don’t miss the comments under Finke’s tweet (@NikkiFinke)
* Earlier: Finke breaks silence on her feud with Deadline owner Penske (yahoo.com)

Steve Proctor is letting new Houston Chronicle editor Nancy Barnes choose her own managing editor. Today is his last day at the paper.

From: Barnes, Nancy C
Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2013 9:11 AM
To: HC_Editorial
Subject: Message from Steve Proctor

For many years, my wife Mara and I have owned a home in Florida and dreamed of moving there to be back on the same coast as our family after more than a decade living thousands of miles away in California and Houston.

Proctor

Proctor

We’ve decided that the time has come for us to make that move.

Today will be my last day with the Houston Chronicle. I want to thank everyone in the newsroom who gave me and Mara such a warm welcome to the city and who worked so hard and so enthusiastically every day to produce the best newspaper possible.

I have had a wonderful career with Hearst, both in San Francisco and Houston, and I wish everyone in the company, in particular the Chronicle’s new editor Nancy Barnes, the very best going foward.

Anyone who needs to get in touch with me can do so at xxxxx@gmail.com.

Steve

* Sept. 18: Minneapolis Star Tribune editor Nancy Barnes to lead Houston Chronicle newsroom (chron.com)
* June 4, 2012: SF Chronicle’s Steve Proctor is named Houston Chronicle managing editor (jimromenesko.com)

Boston Red Sox owner John Henry became owner of the Boston Globe and Worcester Telegram & Gazette Thursday after a judge liftedimages-2 an injunction she had placed on the sale over a long-running labor dispute between the Worcester paper and its carriers.

The Globe’s Beth Healy notes: “Henry has said he has does not intend to influence the Globe’s coverage of sports, which of late has been dominated by Red Sox playoff and World Series coverage.”

The Times, which bought the Globe for $1.1 billion in 1993, sold it to Henry for $70 million in cash.

* John Henry closes Boston Globe deal after judge lifts injunction (boston.com) | (telegram.com) | (nytimes.com)
* From 1993: Boston Globe sale to New York Times Co. is approved (nytimes.com)

Her memo:

From: Schiller, Vivian (NBCUniversal)
Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2013 3:08 PM
To: @NBC UNI News Digital
Subject: Two Announcements

Dear Colleagues,

I wanted to let you know that I’ll be leaving NBC at the end of the year to join Twitter as Head of News, a newly created position. It was a tough decision but made easier by the fact that you all are such a stellar team, and have the full support of the NBCU News Group leadership. Indeed, with the integration work underway, you all will be more central to the brands than ever before.

Schiller

Schiller

Meantime, I wanted to share another important announcement:

Krishna Bhagavathula will be joining the team in the new position of CTO for NBC News Digital. Krishna comes to us from WebMD, where he developed and ran their technology strategy across web properties, mobile applications, UX, content management and discovery systems. He will be responsible for leading the digital technology and UX across all our digital properties, as well as work closely with product leads and the wider News Group technology transformation project. As a result of this change, JoAnne Kennedy, John Keegan, Ashley Wells, Andrew Locke and Mark Budos will report to Krishna – while continuing to work closely with the businesses of course. Krishna will report directly to NBCUniversal News Group CTO Altaf Rupani and to me. He starts on October 30

As for me – no goodbyes yet! I’m here thru the end of the year and will continue to drive and support all of you and our work here together.

Vivian

* Schiller’s NBC chief digital officer position may now be phased out (nytimes.com)




From Thursday’s “Morning Edition” interview with eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, who is launching a new media outlet:

Renee Montagne: “I imagine you get the irony that you’re part of the same tech industry that helped doom traditional newspapers. I mean, eBay did it — small part maybe — to help erode classified ads for print media. Have you thought about that irony?

Pierre Omidyar: “Well [starts laughing], I’d say, I mean — first thing is, really sorry about that. Didn’t mean to destroy your business model [still laughing].pierre Let me just put that out there. But I think it’s the nature of the evolution of technology. You know, I mean technology evolves and it always disrupts. I think today rather than looking backwards at old models that we wish still existed, we’re looking forward to this incredible opportunity. …This is just truly a golden age for journalism, it’s a time for independent journalists to make their mark, and we’re going to create an entity that helps drive that forward.”

Montange: Where do you get your news?

Omidyar: “Like so many people I start my day on Twitter, and I find out what are people linking to. I’ve been really enjoying the Guardian’s coverage, of course, ever since the Snowden revelations and I think the broader coverage in the United States is great. And I scan the websites of the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. So it’s a variety of sources.”

* eBay founder explains his venture into journalism (npr.org/audio)


* Rick Berke leaves the New York Times to become Politico executive editor. (politico.com)
* Facebook user: “If it wasn’t for Facebook news, I’d probably never really know what’s going on in the world because I don’t have time to keep up with the news on a bunch of different locations.” (journalism.org)
* Too embarrassed to discuss paying $1 an hour? “Condé Nast declined to explain or provide details of its decision to end its internship program.” (online.wsj.com) apply| New York Times interns are paid $960 a week. Attention students: Submit your application by Oct. 31. (nytimes-internship.com)
* Nate Silver says FiveThirtyEight will “probably experiment a lot with different freelance writers.” (niemanlab.org)
* Silver’s editorial philosophy: “Let’s say fewer things but be more correct about them.” (reuters.com)
* Mark Schoofs wants to “continue the ProPublica mission” when he starts as BuzzFeed’s investigations editor. (usatoday.com)
* McClatchy reports lower 3Q earnings as ad revenue continues to slide. (sacbee.com)
* Toronto police may have watched Gawker’s “crack video” meeting. (thestar.com)
* David Cay Johnston gets an exclusive interview with Glenn Greenwald. (capitalnewyork.com) | Read it in Newsweek. (newsweek.com)
* Warren Buffett “briefly” considered buying the Washington Post. (fortune.cnn.com)
* Minnesota high school wrestler sues after being suspended for a tweet that the school said was a terroristic threat. (startribune.com)

-- From the Washington Post

— From the Washington Post

* Romenesko reader Jay Berman writes: “This link, which has been up for nearly 48 hours, outlines the political hopes of Chris Christie. It also makes reference to one President John R. Kennedy. It’s way down in the story, but there’s something about JRK that kind of jumps out at you.”
* Time Warner Cable agrees to distribute Al Jazeera America. (nytimes.com)
* Prominent television reporters are laid off at the Huffington Post. (thewrap.com) | Providence Journal lays off eight in the newsroom. (ripr.org)
* Interested in fired AP reporter Bob Lewis’ job in Richmond? Here’s the ad: (journalismjobs.com)
* Check out the “awesome” wall-hanging in the All Things Digital office. (@mathewi)

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Creative Loafing reports there was a staff meeting yesterday afternoon about the “40 acres and a mule” tweet. AJC staffers: Please let me know anonymously how that meeting went. Email me at jim@jimromenesko.com.

* Earlier: I’m guessing someone’s in trouble at the Journal-Constitution (jimromenesko.com)


This campus cop is getting $38,000 in workers’ compensation

* Pepper-spray cop reaches $38,056 settlement with school (davisenterprise.com)

Originally posted on November, 28, 2011
I contacted Jasna Hodzic after seeing her photo in the Nov. 18 California Aggie and asked if she’d write about it for my debut “How I Got That Photo/Story” feature. “Right now I’m in the middle of editing for tomorrow’s paper, which as you can imagine has been very very hectic,” she replied on Nov. 20. Three days later (Wednesday), she let me know that “I have been on and off the phone with so many different media organizations trying to get them to properly credit our photographs.” She was still interested in writing the piece, though — and sent on Saturday.

Something was wrong. I was kneeling inches away from seated protesters; I could feel their legs pushed up against my own. They seemed calm, smiling to each other and holding hands. Ten or fifteen feet behind them stood cops in riot gear, close to each other but as far away as possible from everyone else. They seemed tense, as if they did not know what to do; they seemed scared of the protesters. I felt rushed to photograph everything and anything I could because I had a feeling that something was going to happen, and something was going to happen quickly.

Jasna Hodzic

Jasna Hodzic

I have photographed protests before; I’ve been yelled at, I’ve been shoved, and I’ve been insulted. I thought I knew what to expect. Kneeling next to the protesters, I was not physically uncomfortable; no one was pushing or threatening me and no one was screaming in my ear – but I’ve never felt so uneasy in my life.

As a photojournalist I’ve always had a general idea of what was going to happen – a basic script in my head. This was different. I remember suddenly realizing my heart was beating faster than normal. I heard yelling, “cover your eyes, cover your eyes!” I looked up at the police and saw the front officer was carrying a bright red canister. I stood up immediately, along with everyone around me. Instinctively I pulled my shirt up above my face, unsure of what else to do. He started to shake the can. I did not move. My heart plunged into my chest and now something was very, very wrong. When you feel like I did in that moment, you run- you remove yourself from the situation as soon as you can and you don’t turn back. This thought did not even cross my mind; I did not debate with myself whether or not I should stay, I simply stayed. It was not an act of bravery, I just could not leave.

The policeman casually walked toward the edge of students, and at one point pointed the canister directly at the group I was in. I was absolutely terrified. Within seconds, the police pushed us all to the side of the crowd. One of the policemen positioned his body in front of me, his hand pushing my chest, forcing me back. Looking around him I saw the police officer step over the students. I don’t remember how, but I pushed myself to the side, finding a nook where I had a clear view of what was going on.  

The officer disengaged the pepper spray and I pushed the shutter.

The day before, I was on the same Quad shooting the protesters setting up their tents. Three years ago I walked through it for the first time as a freshman. Never had I thought that this would happen on my Quad. Never had I felt so uncomfortable on my campus.

Three days after the pepper spray incident, however, I was one of 5,000 people present on the Quad for a rally against the increased privatization of public universities and the actions of police. Students from UC Davis came together in a powerful movement of unity and I have never felt closer to my fellow students and community members.

It makes me proud that my work has helped tell this story.

You can see more of Jasna’s work at JasnaHodzic.com.

Update: Jasna says of the workman’s comp deal for the cop: “I have many, many strong feelings about what happened. The words that immediately came to my mind was ‘horrible, disgusting..’ things of that nature. Personally I think it reflects a fundamental error in our current society/legal proceedings when someone can receive compensation for something he clearly wasn’t supposed to do in the first place. How can anyone view him as a victim?”