The “Recommended for You” feature is not new but it has had more prominence since The Times recently unveiled its redesigned website,” writes public editor Margaret Sullivan. “Some readers strongly object. I’ve heard from many of them over the past several weeks.”
The real OnMilwaukee publisher’s tweet:
Hey, we have a parody account. I'm flattered, even if using our logo and our name is probably illegal. @OnMilwaukeee
— Andy Tarnoff (@AndyTarnoff) February 20, 2014
“We know who it is,” Tarnoff tells Romenesko readers. “Long time troll. As long as it’s not using our logo and pretending to be us, that’s great. But in this case, get it shut down.”
Fern Shen reports Baltimore City Paper staffers met Thursday afternoon with their new boss at the Sun and were told that everyone loses their jobs, but could be rehired. I’m told that employees will learn next Friday if they’ll return to the Sun-owned City Paper. One pessimist there expects 50% of the staff will be cut, while someone else predicts the Sun will keep most CP employees.
City Paper has 25 full-time non-union staffers, while Sun newsroom employees are represented by the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild.
Shen asks: “What are the chances The Baltimore Sun keeps Savage Love!?” I’d say 100%. Sun director of niche media Jennifer Marsh, who used to work at City Paper and will now run the alt-weekly show, has to know the popularity of Dan Savage’s column. (I’ve called Marsh and left a message.) Update: Marsh told me she couldn’t discuss anything and referred me to Sun marketing director Renee Mutchnik. Her voicemail said she’s away until Monday.
Did City Paper staffers expect to be acquired by the Sun? “It was mostly unexpected,” I was told by one source. “It was such a bad thing to think.”
High-fiving at the Sun as the daily acquires its occasional critic? No, he says.
* Media consolidation claims another alt-weekly (baltimorebrew.com)
* Will City Paper keep its edge after the sale closes? (bizjournals.com)
* Earlier: Baltimore Sun buys City Paper, the local alt-weekly (jimromenesko.com)
* Phyllis Orrick on the first decade of City Paper (citypaper.com)
* A judge says the Roanoke Times can only photograph former Virginia Tech running back Michael Holmes above the waist at his hearing and publish the photo in black-in-white. (roanoke.com) | Earlier: Holmes is charged with burglary. (roanoke.com)
* In ten years, Gawker boss Nick Denton tells Playboy, “the New York Times will exist, [but] someone else will own it.” (playboysfw.kinja.com)
* Drivers – and Miami Herald photographer Al Diaz (his photo at right) – scramble to save an unconscious baby. (miamiherald.com) | (randompixels.blogspot.com)
* Chanute (KS) Tribune sports editor claims Michael Sam is “revealing his homosexuality to try to increase his draft stock.” (chanute.com)
* Conservatives protest a proposed FCC study of news organizations. (washingtonpost.com)
* “A Fragile Trust,” the Jayson Blair documentary, will air on PBS in May. (victoriaadvocate.com)
* Copy editors aren’t the only ones to blame when the news flow slows down. (baltimoresun.com)
* How the Los Angeles Times was promoted in radio ads in the 1960s and 1970s. (latimespast.tumblr.com)
* USA Today’s Texas oil boom looks very familiar to a Texas Monthly writer. (observer.com)
* A fundraising page for missing Wall Street Journal reporter David Bird is a fraud. (nydailynews.com)
* Police chief: The force used against a Detroit TV reporter was “proper and necessary.” (freep.com)
* The Daily Nebraskan’s print edition will come out just two days a week. (omaha.com) | “I think we could draw actually more readers to our print with two issues, by dedicating more time on them,” says the new editor. (dailynebraskan.com)
* Cleveland Plain Dealer managing editor Thom Fladung explains the “digital first” strategy. (crainscleveland.com)
* Lee Aitken: “Elections have become a get-rich-quick scheme, and the press is missing the story.” (shorensteincenter.org)
* NYT on Garrick Utley: “He was a workhorse on assignment … and a critic of the networks when they cut back international news coverage and in-depth reporting.” (nytimes.com)
* Oregonian’s restaurant review star system explained. (portlandfoodanddrink.com)
* A $57.2 million bachelor pad for Rupert Murdoch. (nydailynews.com)