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Boston Globe and Red Sox owner John Henry is selling the Worcester Telegram & Gazette to Halifax Media for an undisclosed amount.telegram

The New York Times Co. bought the paper for $296 million in 2000, then sold the Globe and Telegram to Henry for $70 million in 2013. Estimates of the Telegram’s value have ranged from $7 million to $15 million, the paper reports.

According to the digital editor’s tweet, the publisher has said that “almost all staff will be kept, but not all. Staff will find out by May 30 who will go.”

* Halifax Media of Florida to buy Telegram & Gazette (telegram.com)
* Boston Globe sells Worcester paper to Halifax Media (bostonglobe.com) | Halifax press release

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A Romenesko reader writes: “Not quite ‘Dewey Defeats Truman,’ but… Philadelphia Inquirer today ran a box that shows a state rep (District 194) Pam DeLissio won reelection. Two columns away, the story says ‘DeLissio … lost her seat.’ She won.”

Any other election-night bloopers to share? Post in comments or send via email.

UPDATE: I wondered how Mark Callahan – the U.S. Senate candidate who called out a Willamette Week reporter for writing “blah blah blah” in his notebook – did in yesterday’s primary. The Oregonian reports he got 6.8% of the vote, while the candidate whose rambling answer to a question prompted the blah-blahs got just 2.8%.

* DeLissio wins the 194th state-rep race by 567 votes (newsworks.org)

Nebraska Watchdog calls itself an “independent news web site dedicated to original investigative and political reporting.”

But there’s some political reporting it’s avoiding in 2014.

“You will see many stories about the Nebraska Senate race, congressional races and other political races,” a Nebraska newspaper journalist writes in an email.ricketts “What you won’t see, however, is any mention of the Nebraska governor’s race. Why? Because the Republican primary winner, Pete Ricketts, is the main financial backer of Nebraska Watchdog. I don’t think any legitimate news outlet would completely avoid covering a major political race because of such a connection.”

I sent the journalist’s message to Nebraska Watchdog editor Joe Jordan and he responded: “Please see a ‘Letter from the editor’ which Nebraska Watchdog issued last August 30th.”

It says in part:

Many of our readers know Omaha businessman Pete Ricketts is a founding contributor to the non-profit Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, of which Nebraska Watchdog is a part. …

Because of Ricketts’ financial relationship with the Franklin Center, Nebraska Watchdog has decided not to report on the governor’s campaign while Ricketts is a likely or actual candidate.

Nebraska Watchdog has made this decision in order to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest.

Ameritrade founder Ricketts is a self-described “real-world conservative” who was endorsed by Sarah Palin, Paul Ryan and Dick Cheney.

* The Franklin Center’s Nebraska Watchdog (watchdog.org)
* Koch brothers’ money goes to Watchdog.org (cjr.org)
* Cubs board member Ricketts narrowly wins Nebraska GOP governor nomination (suntimes.com)

Baltimore Sun veteran reporter Mike Dresser tells colleagues that he’s just discovered he’s allergic to newspaper ink and warns that “you may see me wearing the type of rubber gloves used by a doctor or a crime scene technician.”

Dresser tells me that since putting out the memo, “I learned that a colleague shares that affliction. Most people see the irony. Mostly I’ve gotten amused sympathy.”

The State House reporter’s memo:

From: Dresser, Mike
Sent: Friday, May 16, 2014 3:41 PM
To: TBS-News BaltSun
Subject: Weekly World News item

Veteran reporter finds he’s allergic to newspapers

I though this deserved a headline.

The next time you see me in the newsroom, you may see me wearing the type of rubber gloves used by a doctor or a crime scene technician. Don’t worry, I won’t be administering any uncomfortable examinations or looking for blood spatter. It’s just that I found out this week after nearly 38 years at The Sun that I am allergic to newspaper ink.

Seriously. Any sympathy is appreciated, but feel free to laugh. The irony is not lost on me.

The gloves were recommended as a way to continue to work around newspapers without causing the kind of symptoms I’ve been dealing with for years without any idea of why they were occurring. A patch test this week found a number of interesting allergies, including a strong reaction to pine resin, a component of newspaper ink. That allergy has been specifically linked to the eye trouble I’ve been having, as well as other skin conditions.

You might notice another change that will no doubt odd to a certain reputation for eccentricity. Because of an allergy to blue textile dye No. 106, which is in wide use, I have been advised to avoid clothing with dark colors – not just blue but also blacks, greens and purples. (There goes Ravens Friday.) So if a new colleague asks why the old guy always wears white or cream even in winter, that’s the reason. This transition may take some time because of the expense involved. I’m looking at Mark Twain as a possible role model.

I make this public for three reasons:

1. Because you all deserve a good laugh.

2. So that I can limit the number of times I have to explain my apparent weirdness.

3. In case one of you or some newspaper-handling person you know has been dealing for a long time with severe puffing and irritation around the eyes and hasn’t figured out why. You or your friend should see an allergist or dermatologist and get patch-tested for pine resin allergy. Mr. Google tells me newspaper allergies more common that you might think – and not just among politicians and police spokespeople. And, yes, allergies can develop late in life.

I am relieved that this news comes at a time when I can consume the fine work my colleagues do in an electronic format. And over-zealous editors take note: I won’t leave fingerprints.




* “Just me or does this celebration of Arthur Gelb as ‘relentless, in your face’ editor at NYTimes seem pretty ironic?” tweets Susan Glasser. (@sbg1)
* Always working! “A [New York Times] colleague paged Mr. Gelb at a Times Square pornography theater, where, in the cause of investigative reporting, he and several editors had gone to watch ‘Deep Throat.'” (nytimes.com)newchart
* Michael Ruhlman wrote of Gelb in 2012: “We talked about writing, and he electrified me with stories of reporting and the newspaper life.” (ruhlman.com)
* The Times opinion columnists social media-sharing chart at right by Leo Watkins via @jyarow. (@Enders_Leo)
* Sulzberger vs. Abramson: “So far Jill Abramson has been winning the PR war by a lot,” says a PR exec who doesn’t want to be named. (thedailybeast.com)
* Management lessons from the Times fiasco. (businessweek.com)
* Reaction to the Times Innovation Report from people who don’t want to be named. (digiday.com) | The Times a “myopic dinosaur”? (mediadisruptus.com)
* Yes, journalism is a very male-dominated field. (washingtonpost.com)
* A Delaware judge says the media won’t be allowed at next Tuesday’s auction of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News. (bigtrial.net)
* A North Carolina legislative committee chairman apologizes after a reporter’s voice recorder is confiscated. (AP via salisburypost.com)
* Amazon quietly launches Short Reads, dedicated to shorter pieces of fiction and nonfiction. (thinreads.com)
* Beaver Yearbook is changing its name … to Beaver Magazine. (dailybarometer.com)
* Yes! “We are entering a golden age of ¯\_(ツ)_/¯” (theawl.com)
* A college student says he won’t be returning to school this fall if his just-released news app is a hit. (betabeat.com)
* There’s now an Edward Snowden comic book. (washingtonpost.com)