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On Monday, Boston University Daily Free Press launched a $70,000 fundraising campaign to save its print edition.

On Wednesday, the paper announced it’s already exceeded its goal, thanks to a $50,000 contribution from Boston philanthropist Ernie Boch Jr., $10,000 from Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly, and donations from others.

The BU paper says:

The support from the Boston community, FreeP alums and the greater sphere of journalists all over has been overwhelmingly encouraging. We can not thank all of you enough for helping to spread the word and donating.

We will be closing the gofundme soon, and we will begin assessing our funds and deciding how to handle the surplus immediately.

In early 2013, auto magnate Boch showed interest in the Boston Globe and, at that time, tweeted “Print is not dead!”

* The BU Daily Free Press print edition will live on (dailyfreepress.com) | (BostonInno)
* O’Reilly called FreeP staffers and explained his donation (bostonglobe.com)
* Editor: “This goes to show how important student journalism is” (@kyleplantz)




A reporter writes: “For some reason, I am on an email list for Ditto Public Affairs, a PR agency, which sent me a link to an internal piece explaining – presumably to clients – why it is worth it to pitch to local media.ditto It is worth it because it builds a body of clips or videos that can lead to national coverage/publicity. My natural response would be: Note to ditto: screw you. Signed, local media, aka, not your stepping stone.

From Ditto’s post:

Even in smaller markets, such as Austin or Milwaukee, sitting down with local media is a good idea. But why is that worth your time? The answer is two-fold.

First, many people who hire a PR firm have never done an interview before. Local media can be a great introduction for them. It provides a way to refine messaging and generate a good base of interviews ranging from TV to radio. It also acts as a way to improve recognition amongst stakeholders and influencers in and around a metro area.

In addition, local media provides a PR firm with clips from TV, radio and print stories to send to national media. Yes, there you have it – local media can result in national coverage.

* Why local media is worth it, according to Ditto PR (dittopublicaffairs.com)

My bullshit detector blew a fuse reading this.

Just before I posted this, a Romenesko reader emailed me with the link and wrote:
“I’m a cynical old hag, so my first reaction is ‘personal interests, my a$$.'” Paging Chicago Tribune people! Please tell me – not-for-attribution – what’s really going on here. jim@jimromenesko.com.

Update: “This isn’t a move engineered by somebody else, or a money-driven downsizing, or an unhappy editor who’s had enough,” a veteran Tribune staffer tells Romenesko readers. “This is a wonderful person who, after 25 years in a succession of high-pressure jobs, wants to do something different while she’s still young and able.”

Updated with a memo from Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief Gerard Baker.

Dow Jones CEO William Lewis tells his employees that “it will come as no surprise that in order to do even more, we must do fewer things that are not core to our business so that we can move faster in pursuit of our goals.”

Thus, Sunday Journal from The Wall Street Journal “will come to a close over the coming months,” and The Wall Street Journal Radio Network “will cease operations at the end of the calendar year.”

From: Lewis, William
Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2014 11:32 AM
Subject: An Announcement

Dear Colleague,

Over the past few months, we have set and communicated ambitious goals for the company over the next three fiscal years, and we have done a lot to push toward those goals, including new investment, launches and product enhancements:

* New WSJ iPad app;
* New WSJ+ subscriber program;
* Partnership with Evernote for the Journal and Factiva;
* Digital expansion for Barron’s in Asia;
* Expansion of WSJ. Magazine into Latin America;
* New WSJD Live tech conference.

But it will come as no surprise that in order to do even more, we must do fewer things that are not core to our business so that we can move faster in pursuit of our goals.

By focusing our resources on areas we believe are ripe for growth we can operate with agility, efficiency and increased energy.

Today we are announcing plans that will see the discontinuation of some products over the coming months in support of that charge./CONTINUES Read More

- Austin American-Statesman (Tuesday, left; Wednesday, right)

– Austin American-Statesman (Tuesday, left; Wednesday, right)

* Austin temperatures plunge as polar air pushes into Texas (statesman.com)
* Update: Reaction from my Facebook friends and subscribers (facebook.com)

– via @billchilds


* Reuters sets a 400-word limit for non-exclusive spot news stories. (thebaron.info)
* Milwaukee TV reporter Meghan Dwyer claims she “misspoke” when she said in an awards acceptance speech that public schools “suck” and are “horrible.” (mediabistro.com) | From her Twitter profile: “Trying to make local news less embarrassing.”
customer* Orange County Register’s new publisher “invites” newsroom staffers to serve as customer-service reps for an hour a week. (ocweekly.com)
* Time to ban “reform” in news stories? (chicagotribune.com)
* NPR interns share their phrases to avoid, including “there’s an app for that.” (instagram.com)
* Bill Wyman on Bill Cosby and the sexual assault allegations that interviewers never bring up. (cjr.org) | Why are people still buying Cosby tickets? (tonemadison.com)
* Hugh Hefner says making Time’s cover in 1967 “was a big deal. …a very important moment in my life.” (time.com)
* Kurt Wagner: “We want to know what type of social network Twitter is.” (recode.net)
* Someone didn’t see the memo about publicity-seeker Greg Packer. (@hadas_gold)
* Sean Hannity vs. Jon Stewart – again. (huffingtonpost.com)
* Coming soon to Quartz’s offices: A customized tune that plays on employees’ phones when they walk in the door. (digiday.com)
* Tampa Bay Times political editor praises the political reporter laid off by Tampa Tribune. (tampaay.com)
* Foster’s Daily Democrat – in the Foster family for 143 years – is sold to Seacoast Media Group. (fosters.com)
* Well, some people are: “I’m not interested in reading, in The New Yorker, about bluegrass guitarists and that kind of shit.” (observer.com)
* Oops! Fox News host Megyn Kelly introduces “Mike Fuckabee.” (mediabistro.com)
* He did? Headline says Obama called for “extreme Internet regulation.” (byu.edu)