Daily Archives: October 29, 2013

The Newspaper Guild of Philadelphia says if Inquirer and Daily News owners can’t agree to put the interests of the company ahead of their own egos and personal disputes, “we urge them to step back and allow an impartial industry expert to run the operation – or walk away as the same group they were when they purchased the company from its hedge fund owners in a deal that considered no other offers.”
The union leaders add: “We are at a stalemate, unable to move forward and wasting potentially millions of dollars on legal fees, when the company’s unions as recently as February, gave back more than $20 million in wages and benefits to help turn around this company’s finances. It’s a disgrace.”

From: Guild Bulletin
Sent: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 6:19 PM
Subject: Guild Bulletin: Find A Way Or Walk Away

What are the workers supposed to do when the infighting of their company’s owners jeopardizes both their company and their careers?

That’s what’s happening at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and, where a group of the region’s wealthiest men have taken their disparate views of the company (Interstate General Media), its role in the community and their personal dislike of each other to a new level of wastefulness – recently filing multiple lawsuits against each other in two jurisdictions./CONTINUES Read More

Oregon Public Broadcasting bashing The Oregonian?
Eric Dunlap writes on Facebook: “[I] was so disappointed by this OPB [Oregon Public Broadcasting] billboard that I turned around and took this photo. I’m a proud OPB member and a longtime fan. Today though, I’m sad that they are taking the low road and kicking The Oregonian while they are down. [The paper recently went to four-days-a-week home delivery.] One highly respect Oregon institution bashing another highly respected Oregon institution. Come on OPB, step up your game and support the institutions that make Oregon great.” (I’ve asked OPB to comment.)

* Warren Buffett’s newspaper guy says “there are certainly good parts of [Tribune] company we’d have a good interest in.” (
* Ohio State University won’t answer Cleveland Plain Dealer’s questions about a $50,000,000 deal. (
* New York Times struggles to replace once-lucrative print ads with digital sales. (
* Dan Froomkin and Liliana Segura join Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture. (
* Newsday union members approve a new contract that cuts jobs but raises pay. (
* Rochester Democrat and Chronicle has a new downtown home. (
* New York Post editor-in-chief Col Allan will have to testify in the Sandra Guzman sexual harassment case. (
* Courtney Love praises gossips Rush and Molloy. (
* Twitter employee Claire Diaz-Ortiz’s first job was buying illegal cigarettes for cops. (
* Big day at the Wall Street Journal — Editor Gerard Baker sent this note to his staff at 5:34 p.m ET today: “Subject: A Scoop Bonanza. We break news every day but on some days, well, we really break news. At one point today the scoops were coming so thick and fast that I dared not look away from my computer screen in case I missed another major news event brought to light by Journal reporters. ….”


* “In fairness to Suzanne Somers, horses did get a mention in the story” (
* Somers: Obamacare is a greater Ponzi scheme than that pulled off by Madoff (

Salt Lake Tribune retirees and other former employees have asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the recent Tribune-Deseret News joint operation agreement revisions.papers The changes, says the letter sent Monday to the DOJ, “would threaten the [Tribune’s] independence and give too much control of The Tribune to the competing Deseret News Publishing Co. and its owner, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”

It adds that the revised JOA “would have the perverse effect of creating economic distress in a community’s profitable and respected newspaper,” which the petitioners say is the Tribune. “The owners of The Tribune and Deseret News sought to make these changes without publicity and many important terms of the deal remain confidential.”

The petition is after the jump. Read More

apWhy does the news service have its own sweets? AP spokesman Paul Colford tells Romenesko readers: “The candy is confected in Blackpool in Britain, and our international marketing team in London has offered it at AP booths and displays at various international trade shows, such as Visa Pour l’Image in France, and attendees, they say, seem to love it.” — via Ellen Nimmons

Update: The site is live.

“For the first time in 17 years we have our own digital home,” MSNBC boss Phil Griffin tells his employees, “and starting this afternoonms you can type in into your browser to see what all the excitement has been about.”

NBC chief digital officer Vivan Schiller’s memo:

From: “Schiller, Vivian (NBCUniversal)”
Date: October 29, 2013, 10:09:25 AM EDT
To: “@NBC UNI News Digital”
Subject: Fwd: Note from Phil

Remind to all digital staff that formally launches today. That means the url will now direct to it’s rightful home. It’s been a long time coming — congrats again to the whole MSNBC team.

Except some traffic fluctuations to as a result. It’ll even out as user find where they intended to go.


Vivian Schiller
Senior VP & Chief Digital Officer, NBC News

MSNBC president Phil Griffin’s memo:

From: “MSNBC Communications (NBCUniversal)”
Date: October 29, 2013 at 10:01:42 AM EDT
To: “@MSNBC Everyone”
Subject: Note from Phil

Team –

Some of you have been hearing about it for months – others for years – but I’m delighted to say the day has finally arrived. For the first time in 17 years we have our own digital home, and starting this afternoon you can type in “” into your browser to see what all the excitement has been about.

We’ve had several internal events over the last few weeks that I hope you’ve enjoyed. Today we have a couple of final treats, including an iPad raffle. All MSNBC employees who’ve signed up for a profile on are eligible, so you’re going to want to swing by the third floor newsroom at 3:15pm where I’ll be drawing the three lucky winners. And we’ll also have Starbucks coffee available throughout the day to celebrate:

12:00-1:00pm in the 3E Kitchen

3:30-4:30pm in the 4W Kitchen

Thank you for your help growing and contributing to the MSNBC digital community. This is a big day for us.


* Will former Philadelphia Inquirer owner Brian Tierney return to paper? It’s been discussed. (
* Tulsa columnist: Thugs killing thugs is “good public safety work being done for the police by the gangs.” (
bob* Bob Woodward is more active at the Post now that it’s owned by Jeff Bezos. (
* New York Times staffers get redesign preview. (
* Times style czar: We’re holding the line against friend and Google as verbs, except… (
* Vermont publication stops using a freelancer who misrepresented himself to a Pentagon media operations officer. (
* The FTC gets over 1,000 complaints annually from angry Facebook users. (
* Ray Suarez: “I felt like I didn’t have much of a future” at “NewsHour.” (
* The Associated Press was right to fire Bob Lewis for his McAuliffe error, says Alicia Shepard. (
* David Cay Johnston: “Bill Keller, and other journalists who cover Washington, should ask themselves why they believe the government should go after leakers.” (
* A tribute to Life and Sports Illustrated photographer Bill Eppridge. (
* Al Jazeera America plans to open a dozen new bureaus and add staff. (
* Hurricane Sandy one-year anniversary front pages: (
* A Portland radio station says it will take down its Chinatown billboard that says, “We Love You Long Time.” (
* The Nation seeks $120K from readers to cover postal-rate hikes. (

Thomson Reuters on Tuesday reported a third-quarter profit of 48 cents per share,thomson beating Wall Street expectations by 4 cents. “Our Financial business achieved positive net sales for the first time in more than two years,” CEO Jim Smith tells employees.

He adds in his memo: “We will eliminate approximately 3,000 positions as we continue to reduce product and operational complexity across our company. And we will focus our resources on supporting front-line teams on the ground in markets with the greatest potential for growth.”

Read Smith’s full memo after the jump. Read More