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Daily Archives: December 9, 2013

* E.W. Scripps pays $35 million in cash for digital news provider Newsy. (news release) | (techcrunch.com)
* Fox News reaches $8 million settlement with fired PR exec Brian Lewis. (gawker.com)

-- No doubt Chevron loves this story

— No doubt Chevron loves this story

* Yahoo reportedly wants to buy photo-sharing site Imgur. (cnet.com)
* All Things D editors complete their deal with NBCUniversal. (bloomberg.com)
* Michael Wolff: Blame T Magazine for New York Times Magazine being so thin. (theguardian.com)
* Minneapolis Star Tribune building is about to come down. (startribune.com) | Ex-editor: “Makes me sad.” (@timmcguire)
* Time Inc. staffers are told to expect more cuts. (capitalnewyork.com)
* So that wasn’t a Google employee confronting protesters after all. (nymag.com)
* Mail Online is accused – again! – of ripping off someone else’s work. (theguardian.com)
* George Norcross is expected to become majority owner of Philadelphia’s dailies. (phillymag.com)
* Bridgeport Board of Education chairman wants a Connecticut Post reporter to apologize for showing up at his home. (ctnew.com)
* Texas A&M will start offering a journalism major again next fall. (tamu.edu)
* The sad state of the Microsoft Store. (I saw the same thing – crowded Apple, empty Microsoft – at the Mall of America.) (slate.com)

How has Jeff Bezos changed the Washington Post?

“I would say nothing has changed,” Post media reporter Paul Farhi tells “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter.jeffff “It’s almost impossible to find any fingerprint of Jeff Bezos on The Washington Post, other than the fact that he now obviously owns us. But we haven’t seen any changes. We know they’re coming. We just haven’t seen them yet.”

* Read the transcript from Sunday’s “Reliable Sources” (cnn.com)

patchveep

Actually, Anthony, I didn’t spam your mailbox; I simply asked you to confirm this report I got from a tipster — something that I’ve since had others confirm.

My tipster:

Hearing chatter that Anthony Duignan-Cabrera, VP of editorial at Patch, is leaving the company. Sources say he said he told employees on the conference call he wasn’t “squeezed out” of the position, but sounds sad (is joking about drinking alcohol) and doesn’t have another job lined up.

An ex-Patch employee/tipster: “Two colleagues of mine who still work there were on the call and confirm everything you told me [I forwarded him the message above]. He also apparently cried at several points in his exit call and others had to jump in to speak for him.”

Duignan-Cabrera was promoted to vice president president, editorial in May. He joined the company in 2010, according to his resume. Two former Patch people have told me that ADC – as he’s called – warned employees that “heads would roll” if they were caught leaking to me.

* Anthony Duignan-Cabrera on Facebook (facebook.com)

UPDATE: A Patch employee sends this report:

A couple highlights from notes I took during the call, all revealed during a portion of the call that was being hosted by Leigh Zarelli Lewis, COO.

1. A deal with a partner may be reached within the next two to three weeks, though it will take another four to six weeks after that (up to two to three months) to finalize it in writing, at which point employees will be told what the partnership consists of. The potential partners (plural) will be large companies, not small local publishers. The partnerships will not be on a per-site level, but on a per-DMA level. But they may pursue smaller partnerships at a later time.
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2. There seemed to be some backtracking on the edict that the company be profitable by the end of 2013. The requirement, Zarelli Lewis said, is to ensure the company is profitable for the year 2014 as a whole.

My take as an employee was disappointment in the fact that upper management would not level with us. If jobs are at risk, even if they have not yet identified those jobs, that fact should be made clear. Patch employees, especially managers in the field whose roles have expanded in recent months, often took a risk by joining the company, worked hard with far fewer resources than ever before over the course of the last several months, and deserve to know whether there will be more layoffs.

Someone at Patch HQ knows the answer to this question, and it absolutely could have been shared (or, at least, ruled out or not ruled out) in a general manner without the company breaching confidentiality with their prospective partners.


Letter to Romenesko

From PATRICK COFFEE: I’m a regular reader who wrote the “things the media does that piss off PR” story you mentioned on the blog on Friday. After seeing your post I thought it might be a good idea to follow up and confirm that the list was, indeed, a parody.

Patrick Coffee

Patrick Coffee

One writer described it as “A+++ #journo trolling,” but I wrote it primarily to amuse myself and PRNewser readers by satirizing the stereotypically “clueless” and “entitled” stock characters that some associate with the PR discipline, the contempt journalists (supposedly) feel for them, and the illustrated “listicle” trend itself.

For context, I’m only a blogger who regularly does many of the 11 “things” on the list. I assumed that the ridiculous GIFs and the very “BuzzFeedy” nature of the post — in addition to the fact that I tagged it “clickbait” and “general stupidity” — would make its satirical nature clear to readers on both sides of the PR/media equation. This was apparently not the case; I was very surprised by the response from journalists on Twitter because I didn’t expect many of them to read it, much less take it seriously.

I also thought that the very first item on the list would give it away: does anyone really expect reporters to respond to every single pitch?

I don’t write this note to exaggerate the importance of a silly blog story that most readers have already forgotten by now but to clarify that my intention in posting it was not to belittle either the communications or journalistic professions.

* What journalists do that get PR people upset (jimromenesko.com)
* Coffee: “I think I just trolled every journalist on Twitter (twitter.com/PatrickCoffee)


glenn* “The Internet,” says Glenn Greenwald, “could become the most potent and odious tool of human control and oppression in human history.” (esquire.com)
* When they’re not fetching coffee for bosses, magazine assistants are busy running their publications’ social media operations. (nytimes.com)
* One thing Robert Sam Anson learned while editing Los Angeles magazine: “Just because someone is a name-brand writer doesn’t mean they won’t turn in absolute dreck.” (jacklimpert.com)
* Scripps’ Memphis Commercial Appeal eliminates 17 positions and says it will create new ones. (commercialappeal.com) | Tipsters report there were also cuts at Scripps’ Naples Daily News. “The newspaper’s two managing editors — Eric Strachan, who’s been at the paper there since 1981, and Jeff Bruce — were among folks who lost their jobs,” I’m told.
* Denver Post’s marijuana blog won’t launch behind the paywall. (westword.com) | The Post is serious about its pot coverage. (nytimes.com)
* DNAInfo Chicago launches a weekly print edition that’s mailed to affluent residents. (robertfeder.com)
sorry* Las Vegas Sun apologizes for prematurely publishing a New York Times story that was teased by Timeswoman Carolyn Ryan. (gawker.com) | It was a “technical problem,” says the Sun. (facebook.com/lasvegassun) | #NYTGuesses
* New York Police Department edict: “Any requests by media to view complaint reports be referred to the office of the Deputy Commissioner For Public Information.” (dnainfo.com)
* Sy Hersh’s Syria report was rejected by the Washington Post and The New Yorker. (huffingtonpost.com)
* Rupert Murdoch has a much lighter touch in the prestige papers he owns, notes David Folkenflik. (newsbusters.org)
* Wake Forest frat members return stolen newspapers after police are called. (oldgoldandblack.com)
* David Remnick says The New Yorker once considered cutting print issues, but “I felt that we would lose our place in terms of currency.” (capitalnewyork.com)
noe* The end of the letter E. (wired.com)
* Kurt Andersen: Spy was about running stories that journalists talked about but could never get published. (North Shore Weekend)
* Washington Redskin media “partners” get preferential treatment. (washingtonpost.com)
* Desert Sun subscribers will start getting USA Today daily; “we believe that you want and deserve more.” (mydesert.com)
* Ex-Reno Gazette-Journal outdoors writer is accused of illegally shooting a deer from his vehicle. (rgj.com)
* The charm of the email newsletter. (mondaynote.com)