Morning Report for September 3, 2014

* I’m told…. “Widespread layoffs have begun at USA Today. More than 50. More than half [of those 50] in newsroom.” I hear an announcement will be made this afternoon.
* Joe Vardon, who has been covering Ohio Gov. John Kasich for the Columbus Dispatch,lebron has been named Northeast Ohio Media Group’s LeBron James beat reporter. ( | “Excited for what’s next,” Vardon tweets. (@joevardon) | Earlier: Anyone want to cover LeBron James? (
* Fred Ryan, Washington Post’s new publisher, hardly resembles the guy who hired him. “[Jeff] Bezos is a entrepreneur, a classic tech disrupter; Ryan is a California lawyer who became the quintessential Washington insider.” (
* Boston Globe’s Crux launches – a site “not just about the [Catholic] Church, but about life and faith. ( | (Globe release)
* Comcast expands its EveryBlock relaunch. (
* Playboy quietly stops publishing to its Kinja account. (
* WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio, lets news anchor Kurt Ludlow go – then promises to sue if he works in the same market. (
* Glenn Garvin: Chevron Corp. v. Donziger “has exposed some very unsettling secrets about the way the journalistic sausage is made.” (
* New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan to give the commencement address at CUNY’s j-school in December. (
* Penn State’s Daily Collegian: No ice bucket challenges for us – and no ALS donations. (
* Critic: Fall’s best new TV show is “Transparent,” an Amazon Prime Video offering. (
* The 1888 way of pitching magazine editors. (