Georgina Rocha, digital content supervisor at the Visalia (CA) Times-Delta and Tulare Advance-Register, tells me she deleted the post below after “a handful” of commenters complained about the way it was cropped by Facebook. (Some blamed the paper for it.) She says the post was up from noon to 2:50 p.m. today and had 1,000 views; most of the Gannett paper’s Facebook posts get between 300 and 600 views, according to Rocha.
Here’s how Joseph Garnett Jr. announced his layoff from Poynter’s Tampa Bay Times to his Facebook friends:
I guess you have heard by now that I was laid off at the Tampa Bay Times. Almost 22 years of service but it is now time to go in a different direction. Don’t know what that will be but looking forward what it will bring.
Here’s a Times memo on Garnett’s departure:
April 4, 2014
Today we said goodbye to Joseph Garnett, Jr.
Joseph is from Moncks Corner, South Carolina. He attended the University of South Carolina where he studied photojournalism and mass communication.
Before our current expansion into video, Joseph was an original member of our exclusive video team. His ability to problem solve along with his technical expertise enabled him to successfully explore uncharted territory in the video realm relative to our newsroom.
Also an adept still shooter who particularly excelled with sports photography, Joseph also served for a while as our Pasco bureau photo chief.
Joseph and his wife, Sue are both very proud of their son Devon, a student athlete at Stetson University.
We wish Joseph all the best with his future endeavors.
Director of Photography/Multimedia
Garnett, 49, tells me that since the paper is doing more with video now, “I thought maybe I’d last longer. I didn’t think it would come at this point.”
He’s uncertain about his next move – media relations is one possibility, he says – “but I want something that challenges me.”
The struggling Times is reportedly laying off 100 staffers in 2014. Over the past few years, it’s made “stealth layoffs” — letting people go one or two at a time – and it appears that’s continuing. There was another layoff today, I’m told; it was an IT department employee who lost his job.
Plain Dealer ombudsman Ted Diadiun reports the Cleveland paper has been having more problems than typos recently. A March 30 top-of-page-one box teased a special 12-page Cleveland Museum of Art special section that readers couldn’t find in the paper.
“Somewhere between the news operation and the pressroom, a massive communication breakdown occurred, and the section was never printed,” writes Diadiun. “That’s about as embarrassing a mistake a newspaper can make.” (The section was stuffed into yesterday’s paper, I’m told.)
Cleveland.com chief content officer Chris Quinn
He continues: “Not too long ago, every story in the paper was customarily looked at by six different people. …But now, economic pressures have resulted in shrinking staffs. There just aren’t six people to read each story. Most times there are just two. And sometimes, there is only one.”
But, says, Diadiun, “there are a lot of good people working to fix the problem,” including managing editor Thom Fladung.
Fladung has been going over the daily papers the old-fashioned way, calling attention to every mistake he finds with a red magic marker. [Sports editor Daryl] Kannberg has been conferring with his editors, looking for ways to wring more time for the process so they can inject more care into the editing. …The bottom line is, readers have every right to be impatient with errors you find in the paper and online.
Update: John McIntyre says trying to solve the typos problem “requires something more thoughtful than ‘zero tolerance’ blather.”
“When I noticed the nearly identical pose of the Native protester in the photo [from last week] and in my cartoon [from 2002], I started tripping out,” writes Lalo Alcaraz. “I’d like to think that maybe in 2002 when I was coming up with the cartoon, the image popped into my head directly from 2014 as it was happening and getting posted to the 2014 Internets.”
Journalists at Lee Enterprises’s flagship newspaper, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, haven’t seen raises since 2008, but Lee’s top execs continue to run to the bank with big bonus checks.
On Friday, Lee’s executive compensation committee gave CEO Mary Junck a $700,000 bonus, while CFO Carl Schmidt received $400,000.
What did they do to deserve that?
Lee, which reported an 18% profit decline in February, has regularly given raises and bonuses to Junck and her associates while the company lays off journalists, including the top editor at its Provo paper. In 2012, the Post-Dispatch’s leading columnist advised Junck to put more distance between her layoff announcements and her bonuses.
Lee spokesman Dan Hayes has never returned my calls, but I rang him up today anyway and got voicemail.
UPDATE: Read what my Facebook friends are saying about the bonuses.
* Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann (right) says it would be “great” if the Star-Ledger went out of business. She claims “one guy over at the Ledger … he has one mission, that’s to get any AD at Rutgers fired. That’s his hobby.” That guy – columnist Steve Politi – says his hobby is gardening. (nj.com)
* Ezra Klein‘s Vox.com debuts. (nytimes.com) | A quote from Klein in the Times’ story was changed. (huffingtonpost.com) | What journalists are saying about Vox. (pando.com)
* Former Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl says most magazines are dull because editors rely too much on focus groups. (capitalnewyork.com)
* “When’s the last time you saw an A1 above-the-fold headline in print that actually revealed something you hadn’t already heard or seen online?” (medium.com)
* Claim: J-schools don’t make journalism sound very interesting. (ajr.org)
* Even if Toledo Blade staffers were trespassing, “it would not entitle the government to seize cameras and memory cards for an extended time or to delete photographs.” (cjr.org)
* Is Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor buying the Star Tribune for altruistic or for business reasons? “Let’s just say 50/50,” he says. (startribune.com)
* The New York Times “feels like a place with a plan.” (capitalnewyork.com)
* GW Hatchet editor-in-chief explains how the paper covers deaths on campus. (“We strive for integrity in our reporting, especially when writing the most difficult stories.”) (GWHatchet.com)
* Legendary Philadelphia journalist Chuck Stone (left) is dead. (philly.com)
* A real Flight 370 knee-slapper! Paging CNN bookers! (dailyrepublic.com)
* What Dan Reimold learned at the 2014 Journalism Interactive conference. (collegemediamatters.com)
* Jay Rosen’s keynote presentation, “Giving Good Advice” (pressthink.org)
* In his keynote, Marty Baron gave reasons to be optimistic about the future of journalism (utexas.edu)
* NPR social media strategist Melody Kramer’s ISOJ presentation (hackpad.com)
* Nieman Lab’s report: (niemanlab.org) | JSK’s report: (stanford.edu) | Watch the conference speakers here: (livestream.com)