Former Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Connie Schultz’s Facebook post:
I asked editor Debra Adams Simmons about this. Her response:
“No idea what this is about. Sounds like a manufactured controversy.”
What Schultz says: “I respect Debra and consider her to be a friend. I am not surprised by her response. The person who reached out to me is credible and did so out of concern for others who might be tempted to post on my wall, which is a public page.”
* Connie Schultz: “Heard from a reputable source tonight…” (facebook.com)
* Grief and grievances at the Plain Dealer (cjr.org)
Update: Read the comments about this on my Facebook page.
A late Friday afternoon memo from Forbes:
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The owner of the Miami Herald, Sacramento Bee and 28 other newspapers reported Thursday that fourth-quarter profits rose to $29.9 million vs. $29.8 million a year earlier. McClatchy’s print ad sales fell 8% in the quarter, but CEO Pat Talamantes told analysts in yesterday’s earnings call that “we think that there will be profitable print products for long a time to come. And so, while print will become a smaller and smaller percentage of our total revenues in digital and direct marketing, we expect to grow.”
* McClatchy reports higher Q4 profits (sacbee.com) | Press release | Earnings call transcript
St. Louis Post-Dispatch reader Joe Clipper was trying to enjoy a history feature, but he was interrupted by videos that had nothing to do with the story.
“If I wanted to have someone talking over the paper I’m trying to read I would have stayed married,” he wrote in the P-D comments section, and on Facebook.
* St. Louis still rolling along at 250 (stltoday.com) | Joe Clipper on Facebook
We gained 564 readers in December! How about that!?
* From the 1918 report above: “Observe the healthy gain in October after having cut off all expired mail subscriptions.” (full photo via @madnewsboy)
* Warren Buffett is looking to shed his $1.1 billion stake in Don Graham‘s company. (washingtonpost.com)
* Michael Sam is turning down interviews – via his publicist – with a Dr. Seuss-inspired poem. (outsports.com)
* Donald Trump on BuzzFeed’s McKay Coppins (right): “He’s the biggest blogger in the world. You look at him, and he’s sort of handsome, but his power is immense.” (buzzfeed.com)
* Glenn Greenwald: “People are sometimes not sure what to expect [when they meet me]. They think they are going to meet this total asshole and get screamed at.” (ft.com)
* The Louisville TV station boss who implied that a Courier-Journal political poll was rigged delivers an apology editorial. (wdrb.com)
* Kara Swisher vs. Paul Carr. (storify.com)
* Joel Achenbach‘s rule: “The clicks don’t count if the story is wrong.” (washingtonpost.com)
* Three of Vox Media’s sites – The Verge, Curbed, and SB Nation – make money, says CEO Jim Bankoff. (pando.com) | Vox is paying its Project X fellows $30,000/year and benefits. (sbnation.theresumator.com)
* “You know what we expect? A newspaper to spell expectations right.” (@Sctvman)
* A Crain’s Chicago Business contributing writer “practices criticism by omission.” (chicagoreader.com)
* Dan Reimold goes over the “terrifically awful journalism” in the first season of “House of Cards.” (collegemediameatters.com)
* Stefanie Murray, 33, is named top newsroom leader at Gannett’s Tennessean. (tennessean.com)
* Al Roker regrets his tweet predicting one term for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. (npr.org)
* Journalism class starts a wire service to cover Kansas’ legislature. (news.ku.edu)
* College editor: Whether to accept an ad from an “adult establishment” was “discussed at length in the newsroom.” (They took it.) (aztecpressonline.com)