Daily Archives: August 5, 2014

* Rupert Murdoch claims he’s no longer interested in Time Warner. ( | A negotiating ploy, perhaps. (
* “The marriage between Dan Snyder and the [Washington] Times has drawn mostly whimpers from the journalism watchdogs,” writes a journalist who was once sued by Snyder. (
* Sacramento news anchor Sabrina Rodriguez (right) turns herself in for shoplifting and resigns. ( | “Somewhere along the way something went terribly wrong” for Rodriguez. (
* Bill Keller: “Success [for The Marshall Project] would be an increasing public awareness and sense of urgency about the fact that our system fails the most basic test: helping to keep us safe.” (
* Washington Post discloses a source’s fabrications. (
* Criteo’s Greg Coleman is named BuzzFeed president. ( | A BuzzFeed IPO coming soon? (@Kantrowitz)
* Conde Nast jumps into bed with Monsanto. (
* Today’s Mad magazine is “certainly more snarky, a little more adult.” (
* An MSNBC correspondent accidentally says President Obama is “from Kenya.” (
* More on Sports Illustrated, Drew Brees and TRX. ( | Earlier: SI story fails to mention Brees is a TRX investor. (
* The new owner of Louisville’s LEO Weekly apologizes for the “rough transition,” which included layoffs and walkouts. (

Miami Herald film critic Rene Rodriguez tells his Facebook friends: “It has come to this: There are so many small distributors angling to get their films reviewed, now some are offering to PAY YOU if you review theirs.”

Rodriguez posted this email after taking out some names. He tells me he didn’t bother to respond.

From xxxx@xxxx
Date: Tue. Aug 5, 2014 at 10:56 AM
Subject: Get Paid to Write about BELIEVE ME

Hey Rene,

My name is xxxxx and I’m a marketing associate for xxxStudios’ newest film, Believe Me. newbelieve The film released in Theaters and On Demand September 26th and features Nick Offerman (NBC’s Parks and Recreation), Alex Russell (Unbroken), Christopher McDonald (Happy Gilmore), and Grammy Award-winning rapper, Lecrae. After coming across Movies, I feel this film is a perfect fit for your readership.

WATCH the trailer featuring music from Jack White: [link]

We want to pay you to write about the upcoming release of BELIEVE ME. We’ll supply you with a unique link to use in your article and on social media that directs people to the film’s homepage and pays you $0.10 each time one of your readers clicks it.

How does it work?

Click here: and enter your email to receive your unique link.

After you sign up, you’ll get an email with all instructions on how to track your clicks and eventually cash out your earnings. I have attached the movie’s Press Release and Suggested Interview Questions to assist you in your coverage.


Film critics: Have you received similar solicitations? If so, tell us about it in comments.

* “Believe Me”: Get paid to promote it (

Update: It appears that all Gannett papers are “starting from square one.” | A Gannett journalist writes: “Told here in XXXX (please don’t say where I am) that the Gannett sites mentioned, and perhaps others, are pilot sites. Not everyone will do this, at least for now.”

* Asheville Citizen-Times editor: “We’re embarking on a sweeping reconfiguration of the way our news team is set up.”
* Pensacola News Journal editor: “We’re creating the newsroom of the future.”

The Cincinnati Enquirer has scheduled four Wednesday staff meetings – 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. – for the newsroom revamping announcement.

Stefanie Murray, executive editor of Gannett’s Tennessean, tells readers that “we’re embarking on an ambitious project to create the newsroom of the future” — a “reset” that she says puts staffers “even closer to the communities they cover.”

Stefanie Murray

Stefanie Murray

We will use scientific principles even more than before to listen to what our readers want and act accordingly. In other words, our judgment will improve because our listening is improving. … Also new: we’ll have staffers whose job it is to talk to, and engage with, the community.

Tennessean journalists have to reapply for employment because “we’re starting from square one with a new approach and a new set of jobs.”

We’re adding a reporter to cover University of Tennessee athletics, focusing two reporters on the comings-and-goings of Nashville’s lively retail scene and adding a reporter focused on tourism. We’ll have a four-person investigative team whose important mission is to serve as the watchdogs of the community.

Murray tells readers that “I’m confident you’ll love the end result.”

A staffer at another Gannett paper writes in an email: “Not the only Gannett newspaper where this may happen.”

Another Romenesko reader: “This is happening throughout Gannett publishing. My [relative] works for the Asbury Park Press and they have been told the same thing. …Just like what they’ve done at the Star-Ledger and members of that group, they’re essentially eliminating copy editors.”

Another reader: “It looks like Gannett is following – almost to a T – the model put forth by Advance: Community engagement, reapplying for jobs, huge emphasis on sports etc. The object is to let readers help dictate coverage. The result, however, is that, typically, Google search numbers dictate coverage.”

Know more? Send me an email.

Update 2Nashville Public Radio reports: “Ultimately, the newsroom will shrink by 15%. Currently, the headcount is at 89. There are 76 positions on the new org chart.”

* Tennessean unveils bold new newsroom structure (
* Feb. 2014: Detroit Free Press digital boss Stefanie Murray named Tennessean top editor (

- Sonny Rollins reacting to  New Yorker's satirical piece

– Sonny Rollins reacting to New Yorker’s satirical piece

What Sonny Rollins says about The New Yorker’s “Sonny Rollins: In His Own Words”:

My reaction to the New Yorker piece was that it was a piece from Mad magazine. I saw it, I read it, cursory glanced at it, and it was so ridiculous I had no idea that anybody could conceive of it being true. It was sort of like from Mad magazine, and as I said I’m a big Mad magazine fan. I’m a subscriber of many years. …

Rollins added that the article “hurt me” because some young musicians thought those were his words in the New Yorker. “Never mind me, they’re saying some very, very insulting things about jazz, very derogatory things about jazz … the way it sounds, the way it’s played. …I can’t even repeat and read the article now. Can’t take it.”

* Sonny Rollins’ response to New Yorker’s article ( | The piece (
* Check out the lively discussion about the piece on my Facebook wall

Comcast NBCUniversal is inviting employees to come up with “new and innovative ways to move our business forward” in a contest called The Idea — modeled after the NBC show, “The Voice.” The grand prize is an all-expenses paid trip for two to “The Voice” finale.

The memo from NBCUniversal’s CEO:

From: “Burke, Steve (NBCUniversal)”
Date: August 5, 2014 at 10:01:28 AM EDT
To: “NBCUniversal Employee Communications
Subject: The Idea – We Want Yours

At Comcast NBCUniversal, we encourage innovation and entrepreneurialism in every part of the company. Great ideas are essential to our business and to our ability to shape the future of media and technology. That’s why we are excited to launch a new all-employee program – The Idea.
We want to hear your ideas.

The Idea is a new employee competition with the sole purpose of gathering great ideas from Comcast NBCUniversal employees. We are looking for new and innovative ways to move our business forward together as one company. The ideas can be big or small. They just need to benefit both NBCUniversal and Comcast by leveraging our unparalleled portfolio of assets (NBCUniversal’s broadcast and cable networks, theme parks, film studio, Comcast’s video and broadband distribution, etc.) to drive value across the enterprise – we call this Symphony./CONTINUES Read More

* How the Washington Post has changed under Jeff Bezos. ( | The Post says July’s website traffic set a record. (
* Former Post owner Don Graham – now overseeing profitable but not-very-flashy businesses – is so devoted to Warren Buffett’s investment advice that he follows it more rigorously than Buffett, according to friends. (
* Sexy swimsuits and the sex-slave business share today’s Philadelphia Daily News cover. A Romenesko reader writes in an email: “Do they not have women editors there?” (@DavidLeePreston)
* New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief Jodi Rudoren addresses the paper’s decision to withhold information at the request of Israeli military. (
* For journalists, keeping track of the dead and injured isn’t easy amid the chaos in Gaza. (
* Photojournalist who’s covered wars without injury suffers a cut to his eye socket outside of a North Carolina courthouse. (Charlotte Media Scene)
* The Princeton Review names Yale Daily News as the best college newspaper. (
* Eric Ulken leaves to become executive director of digital strategy at ( | Gerry Lenfest names himself Philadelphia Inquirer publisher. (
* NYT correction: The groom is Mr. Delevingne, not Ms. Delevingne. (@hunterw)

Gannett announced this morning that it – like other media companies – is spinning off its print business.gannett “Such transactions,” notes Michael de la Merced, “are intended to free faster-growing television and other media operations from slower-growing newspaper and magazine businesses, pushing up stock prices while allowing each division focus on its own needs.”

Here’s the letter CEO Gracia Martore sent to employees this morning:

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing today with some very exciting news. This morning, we announced two important next steps in our transformation — one that catapults our businesses to the next level and another that adds further scale and breadth to our Digital businesses. A press release announcing the news is attached.

First, we will be separating our Publishing business from our Broadcasting and Digital businesses. We will create two, individual, publicly traded companies that will have greater strategic and financial agility to grow, innovate, and ultimately better serve our local communities with fewer regulatory constraints.

We also announced that we have entered into an agreement to acquire full ownership of, a leading destination for online car shoppers that will double our fast-growing digital business. We currently own 27% of that business and will be acquiring the remaining 73% for $1.8 billion, creating additional scale in an exciting growth business at an attractive price./CONTINUES Read More