Daily Archives: July 30, 2014

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel parent Journal Communications and E.W. Scripps announced tonight that they’re merging their broadcast operations and spinning off their newspapers into a separate company.journal

“Everyone wins,” says Journal Communications CEO Steve Smith.

Journal’s broadcasting assets will become part of Scripps; its Journal Sentinel becomes the flagship newspaper for Journal Media Group, the new company.

Scripps CEO Rich Boehne will continue to run the broadcasting company, while Scripps newspapers senior vice president Tim Stautberg will become Journal Media CEO.

The deal is expected to close in 2015.

* Journal Communications, E.W. Scripps deal announced ( | ( || Journal Sentinel’s Thursday page one (

Here are the CEOs’ memos to their employees; Smith’s is first:

Hello everyone,

I am pleased to announce alongside The E.W. Scripps Company a transaction that will merge our respective broadcasting businesses under the Scripps banner and spin off our respective newspaper businesses to form a new public publishing company, Journal Media Group.
We are excited to be a part of this unique and historic transformation of two legacy media enterprises into two new media companies with strong brands serving markets across the country. Through this transaction, we expect that Scripps and Journal will be able to unlock value for shareholders and sharpen our focus on two industries: Broadcast and Publishing.

Compelling Benefits for our Broadcast Stations
The new Scripps TV group – which will include our Journal Broadcast Group TV stations – will have stations in attractive markets across the country, including in some critical political markets. In addition to creating the fifth largest independent TV group in the country and one of the largest independent owners of ABC-affiliated stations, the transaction will help drive high-quality content and digital operations across a larger platform./CONTINUES Read More

I saw College Magazine’s “Top 10 Journalism Schools 2014” feature being shared on social media this morning and wondered if was just one staffer’s list based on reputation, or maybe what his friends are telling him. How the list was put together wasn’t explained.
I asked publisher Amanda Nachman about the rankings and she assured me that they are “in fact rooted in qualitative and quantitative research including student interviews.”

Ross Tetzloff, our student editor, began his research by casting a wide net, as a part of our process. Together, we review the research before the ranking is written. He initially looked at j-schools with cutting-edge classes, notable faculty and unique hands-on experiences.

He also took note of universities who had recently won Hearst Awards and Pacemakers in 2014. Scholarship opportunities and note-worthy initiatives were considered as well. From there Ross narrowed his list down to 20 top contenders, further exploring each school’s program’s specialization areas, course catalogs, career resources, alumni connections, faculty expertise and school-specific journalism initiatives.

After narrowing the list to 10 final schools, he interviewed students to bring out each school’s unique color. The final order of the top 10 university journalism programs is based on a scoring focused on prestigious faculty, faculty to student ratios, award-winning publications, alumni networks and innovative course offerings.

The schools:
1. University of Missouri–Columbia – Missouri School of Journalism
2. Penn State University – College of Communications Department of Journalism
3. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – School of Journalism and Mass Communication
4. Western Kentucky University – School of Journalism and Broadcasting
5. Northwestern University – Medill School of Journalism
6. Indiana University Bloomington – School of Journalism
7. Syracuse University – S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
8. University of Georgia – Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
9. University of Maryland, College Park – Philip Merrill College of Journalism
10. Arizona State University – Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications

* College Magazine’s Top 10 Journalism Schools for 2014 (

Photojournalist Will Steacy, who has spent the last five years documenting the Philadelphia Inquirer’s challenges, is trying to raise $15,000 for “Deadline,” a book he hopes to have published by the end of the year. Steacy (photo below) hasn’t asked for financial help until now. “It has been a long journey and I have pushed the boundaries to the absolute extreme on my own.” He says in his Kickstarter video:

My intent with this project is to create a portrait of the challenges and harsh realties that face the newspaper industry today. …This book opens the door into a rarely seen world and offers a behind-the-scenes insider look at the Philadelphia Inquirer in its efforts to prevail in a digital era — despite continued buyouts, layoffs, depleted ad revenue, dwindling circulation and bankruptcy.

At last check, Steacy had raised $2,709, with 19 days left in the campaign.

* Will Steacy’s Kickstarter campaign for “Deadline” (
* Earlier: “Deadline” wins the Project Launch Juror’s Award (

LEBRONAkron Beacon Journal publisher Mark Cohen, who rejected the ad on the right, tells his paper:

“I just don’t think it was appropriate for our community. We’re proud that LeBron is back, this is his hometown, and that [ad] is not something we want to be a part of or want to take money for.”

Miami-based sports talker Dan Le Batard, who was hoping to buy the ad space with Kickstarter contributions, says the Plain Dealer also rejected the ad. “They have declined our money.”

(I’m told a full-page Beacon Journal ad costs about $12,000; I’ve asked the Plain Dealer about its full-page rate. Update: “We don’t have any further comment on the matter,” PD sales/marketing veep Mike Maleski writes in an email. I didn’t want a comment, Mike, I wanted the price of a full-page ad. Update 2: Le Batard said on his show that the PD ad would cost about $90,000.)

The Cleveland paper reports:

Le Batard said during the show that the ad was not intended to be mean-spirited, but rather a way to poke fun at James and Northeast Ohio residents who watched him win two championships in Miami.

* Beacon Journal rejects ad that takes a shot at LeBron James (
* LeBron-bashing ad rejected by the Plain Dealer (

* New York Times considers adding a smaller, cheaper print edition. ( | Ken Doctor analyzes Tuesday’s Times earnings report. (“It’s that awful 6.6% print advertising decline that’s the Times’ big issue.”) (
* Sam Sifton is named editor of Food, a new New York Times department. (
* The plagiarist’s greatest crime is wasting your time, says Jack Shafer. (
* New York Times veteran Carol Vogel declines to comment to the paper’s public editor about a Wikipedia passage in her story. (
box* Al Jazeera America’s ratings jump as viewers tune in for Gaza war news. (
* ABC 7 in Los Angeles takes a call from a fake Department of Public Works spokesman who blames a water main rupture on “a very large dump.” (
* Crain’s: Accepting the reality of declining print readership, the Chicago Tribune recently removed many of its sales boxes from the streets. (
* Single-copy sales of New York tabloids are down, too. (
* Twitter delivered some good news to investors Tuesday, but its year-to-year growth in monthly active users continues to decline. (
* The Province theater critic Alan Twigg explains why he uses the pseudonym Paul Durras. (
* The Westboro Baptist Church will protest at Reddit’s offices and do an AMA next month. (
* Longtime Boston Herald columnist Margery Eagan jumps to the Globe to write for its new Catholic website. ( | The site will be called Crux. (
* Barry Diller‘s IAC buys the Princeton Review. (
* A WDEL-AM reporter gives it to a councilman: Why did you lie to me?! (
* Miami Herald’s Jay Maeder “could have worked for the CIA instead of newspapers and done a heck of a job.” (