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The Post's strips.

The Post’s strips.

“Is it true that the @nypost dropped the comics page?” tweeted @Tomversation. “I mean it was only about 7 comics [at the right] and not a full page, all small and in b&w, but still.”

Yes, Tom, it’s true.

“It caught everyone by surprise,” King Features comics editor Brendan Burford tells me. “We got zero notice.”

King, which sold three comics to the Post, was told of the move on Tuesday – the day the strips vanished. (The paper had only seven strips; King sold “Mallard Fillmore,” “Rhymes with Orange,” and “Dennis the Menace” to the Post.)

The Post hasn’t explained why it killed the section, says Burford, and King is trying to get the strips back into the paper.

“Our conversation is ongoing. …I would be shocked if they’re not hearing from readers” about the missing comics. (There’s not much of an outcry on Twitter.)

I called the Post newsroom this afternoon and was told the only comment would come from spokesperson Suzi Halpin. Her office at Rubenstein Communications said she’d only answer questions via email; she’s received mine.

What do you know about this, Post people? Please send me an email.

Update: “Rhymes with Orange” creator Hilary Price tells me she learned from a fan that her strip and others had been dropped by the Post. The fan wrote her: “I emailed them, and they gave me a cryptic message about the cost of running them.”

* Who’s killing the great comics of New York – and why? (washingtonpost.com)
* Did @nypost kill its comics page? Am I the only person on the planet who read it?” (@pjcarone)


sentinelSouth Florida Sun Sentinel publisher Howard Greenberg said that yesterday’s page one erectile dysfunction ad was “an honest, embarrassing mistake” – that it was supposed to be in the sports section. I wondered what ad the people at the Tribune-owned paper would put on A1 today. No surprise they chose what’s probably one of their classiest accounts.

* “Erectile dysfunction is not a new revenue source for us” (jimromenesko.com)
* Wednesday’s Sun Sentinel page one | Thursday’s page one (newseum.org)
* Some headline suggestions from my Facebook friends (facebook.com)

A former Cincinnati Enquirer intern who requests anonymity writes:
I found this headline on the Enquirer’s website this morning laughable: “Working for free: unpaid interns struggle, fight back.”
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I was an (unpaid) intern at the Enquirer. It was a wonderful and challenging learning experience that I am very thankful to have had. While the Enquirer did disclose that they don’t pay interns in the article, they failed to mention that they have required unpaid interns to pay for their own parking at $50 per month. So once you factor in gas and the ridiculous price for downtown parking, an intern is certainly paying to work. Fortunately, I was given a free parking pass during my time there but they changed the rules the summer I graduated because they began hiring so many interns to make up for the downsized newsroom.

There is no doubt in my mind that I landed a great newspaper job out of college and gained invaluable experience because of my time at the Enquirer. I worked under some really great editors and reporters. However, there’s also no doubt in mind that I essentially replaced some of their laid off staff at times. Sometimes, I would come in and editors were frantic because there was not enough staff available to cover important press conferences or events, so they sent the capable intern to the event and were able to fill the local section that day.

Since my time there the staff has been cut in half – once again. Given the most recent round of layoffs just last week I wouldn’t be surprised if the Enquirer will become even more reliant on unpaid interns to fill the newspaper and cover community events that would have once been reported on by a beat reporter.

* Unpaid interns struggle, fight back (enquirer.com)

This memo from McClatchy news vice president Anders Gyllenhaal just went out to his employees:

This morning, we’re announcing significant changes to the partnership that operates McClatchy Tribune Information Services. After months of discussions on how to position the wire service for the future, the companies decided that Tribune Publishing will take full ownership of MCT while McClatchy becomes a preferred customer.
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As part of the changes, MCT will consolidate editorial and business staffs in Chicago and merge with the Tribune Content Agency, creating a single business out of the two related operations. A portion of the jobs based in Washington will be part of the ongoing wire service or remain with the bureau. But a majority of the Washington positions will be phased out over the course of the summer as the move to Chicago is complete.

For some time, McClatchy and Tribune have been exploring options for how to continue the wire service in the midst of industry changes and difficult finances. This course will give MCT the flexibility it needs while preserving the flow of content from both companies that have made this the nation’s largest supplemental wire service.

This will not be an easy transition. But it will preserve an important institution that serves 1,200 customers around the world, built on the work of 600 contributors. The Tribune’s new role makes sense on a number of fronts. The company has a long history in syndication. There are also clear advantages in operating MCT’s editorial and business staffs – which have been divided for years – side by side.

I’m told that severance is being offered to employees losing their jobs. “Some people have pink slips for 2 weeks from now and others have 8 weeks,” my tipster reports.

* The conservative Heritage Foundation is launching a news site. Why? “We came to the realization that the mainstream media had really abdicated the responsibility to do the news and do it well.” Heritage promises “straight-down-the-middle journalism.” We’ll see. (businessweek.com)
cow* A public radio station’s report from a dairy farm includes four bleeped words, including “uterus.” (kuow.org)
* Andrew Sullivan: What would have stopped Ezra [Klein] or Nate [Silver] with such strong brands to say, ‘Support us with subscriptions’? It’s the honest way.” (digiday.com)
* Vanity Fair got its Monica Lewinsky essay because “she trusted us over the years,” says editor-in-chief Graydon Carter. (nytimes.com)
* The 2014 Gerald Loeb Awards finalists have been named. (prnewswire.com)
* From a Huffington Post editor’s exit memo: “There is a widespread sense on the team that the HuffPost is no longer fully committed to original reporting.” (capitalnewyork.com)
* The Globe and Mail in Toronto is hiring 18 paid editorial interns, according to one of its staffers. (@stuartathompson)
* Fun with Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper boxes. (inquirer.com)
honor* Some news sites are starting to do something about obnoxious commenters. (washingtonpost.com)
* Walter Hickey on being the “lead lifestyle writer” at FiveThirtyEight. (interhacktives.com)
* SF Bay Guardian: We hope our new ownership team appreciates the role the paper plays in the city. (sfbg.com)
* Apple has to find someone else to not comment on upcoming products. Its communications veep wants to “spend time with her children.” (recode.net)
* The National Enquirer is leaving Florida and setting up shop in Lower Manhattan. (nytimes.com)
* New Mexico Telegram launches an “emergency fundraiser” after its laptop stops working. (nmtelegram.com)
* What NPR hosts wear. (“Anything from shorts and sandals in the summer to tailored suits.”) (wsj.com)