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* The final issue of Providence Phoenix comes out next week. (vanyaland.com) | (ripr.org) | March 2013: Boston Phoenix folds. (jimromenesko.com)
* St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographers in Ferguson felt guilty for not being on the streets when their boss ordered them to take a break. (npaa.org)cnn
* A strong debut for CNN’s “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” with Mike Rowe. (mediabistro.com) | (nytimes.com)
* David Plotz leaves Slate to become CEO of Atlas Obscura. (@davidplotz) | (washingtonpost.com)
* Washington City Paper managing editor Jonathan Fischer joins Slate as a senior editor. (mediatbistro.com)
* Trading floor photos defended. (marketwatch.com)
* NPR memo: “[Ebola] developments need to be put into context — and sometimes that context will lead to a decision by NPR not to turn something into ‘breaking news’ even if some of our competitors are.” (npr.org)
* What are the next revenue sources for news organizations? Share your ideas. (mediadistruptus.com)
* Amazon’s opening its first brick-and-mortar store in New York City. (commercialobserver.com)
* RIP Jan Hooks. The “Saturday Night Live” cast member (’86-’91) was 57. (TMZ.com)

Bob Stover, longtime executive editor of Florida Today, thought his staff needed their spirits lifted so he arranged what became dubbed “Pie Day” in the newsroom. The plan was to have the Gannett paper’s journalists bake pies and other treats to share on Thursday.

Bob Stover

Bob Stover

I’m told that Stover was in a meeting on Wednesday afternoon, discussing today’s morale-boosting event, when he was summoned to the publisher’s office. One staffer tells me the newsroom heard raised voices and “the next thing you know he walks out saying he just resigned.”

Stover, 66, tweeted: “Just resigned after 22 great years as an editor at Florida Today. Leaving great colleagues to carry on their fine work.”

Sports reporter Erika Esola tweeted: “I don’t think I’ve ever heard an entire newsroom gasp before.”

“A lot of us were in tears,” a reporter tells me.

What happened? Nobody is saying. Publisher Jeff Kiel was in his office when I called this morning, according to his secretary, but he wouldn’t take my call. Stover hasn’t responded to my requests for comment, and interim editor Mara Bellaby hasn’t returned my calls.

One of my tipsters writes in an email: “A reporter asked [Kiel] if Stover’s resignation was voluntary. The publisher paused and then said he would be unable to answer that question.”

Another reporter wonders if Stover refused to make additional staff cuts. That person calls the executive editor’s departure – in the middle of a morale-boosting meeting – “totally ironic [because] what he did was the worst thing for morale.”

I’m told the newsroom still enjoyed homemade pies today. Lottery tickets were handed out at lunch, and the staff agreed to split the winnings and quit if they hit the jackpot.

* Do you have information about Stover’s departure? Email me at jim@jimromenesko.com. I’ll protect you, of course.

* Bob Stover resigns as Florida Today executive editor (floridatoday.com)
* Stover’s resignation tweet and reactions to it (@editorbobstover)

Update: Read comments from my Facebook friends and subscribers (facebook.com)


* A college student appreciates newspaper comics. “Web comics lack the personality of paper comics,” writes Leo Traub. “The indifferent reproductions of characters and images that come with many Web comics distance any chance of a personal connection to the characters.” (diamondbackonline.com)
* When the press isn’t welcome at the National Press Club. (washingtonpost.com)
* Another day, another batch of college newspapers stolen. (iowastatedaily.com) | Some sorority sisters apparently didn’t like this story: (iowastatedaily.com)
* James Poniewozik says Jon Stewart “shouldn’t feel obligated to move ‘up’ – especially if that ‘up’ means a format with less freedom and less original impact.” (time.com)
glass* Ira Glass addresses his “Shakespeare sucks” tweet. “It’s as if Mister Rogers has tweeted, ‘Kermit’s an asshole,'” he tells Jimmy Fallon. (gawker.com)
* The tragic decline of Gannett’s Tallahassee Democrat. (saintpetersblog.com)
* The Weather Channel doubles its website traffic with “weather adjacent” (i.e. bikini galleries) posts. (businessweek.com)
* Politico’s looking for examples of “egregious bragging.” (dailycaller.com)
* There are still a lot of people working in the New York Times newsroom. (huffingtonpost.com)
* Kara Swisher claims Old Media hopes the Internet will go away. (vanityfair.com)
* On last night’s “The Middle,” the mom had this career advice for her kid: “Don’t pick something that’s going to be phased out. Like ‘video store clerk’ or “journalist.'” (Bob Sassone)
* New York Times editor: There’s no need for David Brooks to disclose that his son is a member of the Israel Defense Forces. (nytimes.com)
* JOBS: The Dodo is looking for editors. Plus: More openings in broadcast and academia. (Romenesko Jobs)
praise* White House spokesman Josh Earnest calls ABC’s Jonathan Karl “consistently the nicest, friendliest, most direct guy, down-to-earth, friendliest individual you’d ever want to meet.” (huffingtonpost.com)
* Vivian Schiller departs as head of news at Twitter. (nytimes.com) | “Wish everyone at twitter nothing but best.” (@vivian)