Monthly Archives: October 2013

George E. Norcross, III and William P. Hankowsky — majority owners of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News — are offering to pay $29 million for the shares of the newspaper company that are owned by the men who support fired Inquirer editor Bill Marimow. phil That’s “not a bad return [in] this economic environment,” they note in their release. Minority owners Lewis Katz and Gerry Lenfest recently sued the company over Marimow’s firing.

“It is time to end this impasse and litigation and return our focus to continuing the remarkable turnaround of the Inquirer, Daily News, and,” the majority owners say in a release. “It is the right thing to do for the company, our readers, our workers, and the community.”

Read the release after the jump. Read More


YouGov’s latest Red, Blue and Independent Rankings survey has big-name brands falling out of the Top Ten list on the Republican side. The decliners include Fox News Channel, Chick-Fil-A, and Discovery Channel. Tool-maker Craftsman is No. 1 on the GOP list. (It’s No. 3 for Democrats.) Google and lead the Democrats’ list of favorite brands.

The brands that feature in the top ten for all three political affiliations seem mostly to relate to house and home. Craftsman, Clorox, Dawn, Johnson and Johnson, Home Depot and Cheerios appear in all three lists as well as online mega-retailer Amazon. Home Depot was a new entry for all three lists.

The BrandIndex score combines the average respondent scores for quality, value, general impression, satisfaction, reputation and willingness to recommend.

* Google and Craftsman top this year’s Red and Blue rankings (
* Brand rankings from 2012 | …and from 2011 (


* “Fox & Friends” spreading misinformation about animals now (
* “I hope this show never goes away” and other comments on my FB wall (
* Earlier: Bald eagles, once almost extinct, make a comeback (

* Former New York Times and Reuters journalist Jim Roberts is named Mashable executive editor. ( | Earlier: Goodbye toast at NYT for Jim Roberts and his big boots. (
* Pulitzer-winning editorial cartoonist Walt Handelsman returns to New Orleans and joins the Advocate. (
* Newspaper Guild of Philadelphia says it has a potential buyer for the Inquirer and Daily News. ( | Read the union’s statement.
* PR man and Poynter fundraiser Brian Tierney loses his $25,000 a month Philadelphia Inquirer ad sales consulting gig. (
pbs* “PBS NewsHour” has lost 48 percent of its audience in eight years. (
* Politico magazine launches in November. The print and online publication is “the company’s most ambitious expansion in years.” (
* “I don’t think that I am that hands-on,” says Anna Wintour. (
* Center for Public Integrity founder Charles Lewis advises political reporters to not just cover the “horse race.” (
* Kids-and-guns study isn’t as dire as most journalists make it out to be. (
* Reddit co-founder’s advice to tech startups: “Get a burrito and raise some funding.” (
* Warren Buffett’s Omaha World-Herald adds a $2.75 charge for the ad-packed Thanksgiving Day paper. (
* Closer, a magazine that targets women over 40, hits newsstands today. (
* CBS is working on a streaming news channel. ( | (
* FYI: Application deadline for Washington Post’s paid internships is Nov. 4. (
* Facebook pulls a “Cruci-Flex” comic and threatens to ban the artist. (@RobDenBleyker)

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.