– h/t Andrew Schotz
A Romenesko reader who works in public media writes:
Lord knows what possessed the NPR marketing team when they approved this photo for the NPR online gift store, but somehow this was posted.
Yes, that is a real employee holding a bunch of money. Like that is not weird at all. Thought it was special enough to invite a chuckle, if not a raised eyebrow.
Questions: Where did the NPR employee get all those hundreds – fresh out of donation envelopes? – and what’s the message we’re supposed to get here?
* Necklace with NPR Logo Charm ($35) (shop.npr.org) | Update: NPR changed the photo
Employees at the McClatchy newspaper chain got this good news today from their CEO: “Despite our ongoing challenges … we will lift the 2014 wage freeze effective the first pay period of 2015.”
Patrick J. Talamantes’ memo:
For the last few months, we have been working hard to build a 2015 budget that addresses ongoing declines in print revenues while growing our digital capabilities and stabilizing compensation and benefit programs for employees. Although business conditions continue to be difficult, it remains a priority that we pay wages and salaries that are fair and competitive. So despite our ongoing challenges, I’m pleased to announce that we will lift the 2014 wage freeze effective the first pay period of 2015.
How will this work? Merit increase dates will resume for employees on the anniversary of their last merit increases in 2013. For example, if your last merit increase was April 1, 2013, your next salary review should take place on – or very close to – April 1, 2015. If you have questions about your review date, please contact your human resources department. Employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement remain subject to the terms of their agreements.
We will continue to look for other opportunities to return compensation and benefit programs to levels where we can attract and retain the best talent in our industry. I’m thankful for all of your contributions over the past year so I’m especially pleased to share this bit of good news with you before the holidays. Together, we are quickly transforming The McClatchy Company and helping to secure an exciting and important future. Thank you.
Patrick J. Talamantes
President & Chief Executive Officer
This Joanne Kaufman column really ticked off the head of “the most eclectic of the ‘Broadway houses’ of public relations.”
O&M Co. president Rick Miramontez writes in an unpublished letter to the Wall Street Journal that he feels “a bit like a chump for having accommodated the woman [Kaufman] so many times over the years.”
“Joltin’ Joanne” Kaufman makes it sound like an unbearable hardship to have to sit through the entirety of a Broadway show. …It seems to me that a theater reporter who hates theater would be well served to find another beat.
Well, let me be the first of what I hope will be many press agents to unburden Joltin’ Joanne from her hardship. She will never be invited to another show by my office. If she deems a show of ours worthy enough for her (fleeting) attention, she is more than welcome to call us to arrange tickets — but she had better have a credit card handy.
New: “How can Kaufman think that she is a credible reviewer?” and other comments (facebook.com)
[An earlier headline incorrectly identified Kaufman as theater critic; she’s the Journal’s culture writer.]
A few weeks ago, the Detroit Free Press warned that three positions would be soon eliminated, including web producer. That was Andrea Farmer’s job.
Friday was layoffs day at the Gannett paper. It was also the last day of a weeklong series of metrics and marketing (aka PICASSO) training sessions for all staffers.
“I asked if I had to go to the training, knowing my position would be cut,” says Farmer, a 35-year-old single mother. “‘You have to be there,’ they said.”
So Farmer joined about 15 colleagues in the paper’s Stevie Wonder Room at 9 a.m. last Friday. The Gannett trainers told the Freep employees they were to make a marketing video that included some personal information and a plug for the newspaper.
“We were supposed to reach out to the community and show that there’s a face behind the product.”
Farmer was one of the first to give her presentation, which was recorded on an iPhone by one of the trainers.
“I got up there, and said I was a web producer and that I thought I had brought a lot to the company.” She then added: “But apparently not, because I’m going to be laid off today.”
Farmer says “you could hear a pin drop” in the room.
“It pretty much derailed their experiment, but I didn’t know what else to say. …I knew what I was going to do when I got up there. I didn’t mean for it to be disrespectful. I wanted to be honest.”
About two hours later, she met with the paper’s HR person and Free Press editor and publisher Paul Anger. Farmer expected to be told that her last day at the paper would be December 20, but the boss surprised her.
“He said, ‘I heard about your training video. I think it’s in everybody’s best interest to make this your last day.'”
The web producer returned to the newsroom to pack up.
“I accepted it,” she says.
Ethan Bronner (right) is resigning as New York Times deputy national editor to become managing editor for international government at Bloomberg News. “In this new position, Ethan will work with reporters around the world on the big international stories of the day and on investigative and analytical enterprise,” says the Bloomberg announcement.
Ethan is a veteran of international reporting. He has been an overseas correspondent in London, Madrid and Brussels and was the New York Times’s deputy foreign editor from 2004 to 2008 and the Times’s bureau chief in Jerusalem between 2008 and 2012. He is currently the New York Times’s Deputy National Editor.
* St. Louis Post-Dispatch won’t allow comments on editorials, letters or columns for the next two months. “Let’s give civility a try,” it says. (stltoday.com)
* Journalists covering protests in Berkeley say they were hit with police batons, even though their press credentials were clearly displayed. (@kateconger)
* “My heart melted,” “I’ll never forget” and other phrases to leave out of your “Modern Love” essay. (facebook.com)
* “The vast majority of our staff remain,” writes New Republic owner Chris Hughes. “They are eager and excited to build a sustainable and strong New Republic that can endure.” (washingtonpost.com) | “Needless to say, Chris took the liberty of speaking on behalf of a staff he hasn’t spoken to in months with that last line there.” (@RyanLizza)
* The New Republic won’t be coming out with a December 15 issue. (adage.com)
* Vice threw a big party for itself on the day The New Republic imploded. (newsweek.com)
* The New Republic bosses and the Asshole Quotient. (capitalnewyork.com)
* Rolling Stone plans to do more reporting on the “Jackie” campus rape story. (nytimes.com) | Good luck trying to reach the author! (@brianstelter)
* Vitriol-o-Meter: Last week’s journalism-world fiascoes. (digiday.com)
* YouTube these days “is almost alarmingly professional.” (newyorker.com)
* Barry Diller hopes to get $100 million for CollegeHumor. (fortune.com)
* USA Today reporter Olivia Barker is dead at 40 after a four-year battle with breast cancer. (usatoday.com)
* Early dot-com failures Pets.com, WebVan and Kozmo.com were all “very good ideas.” (wired.com)
* Jonathan Yardley retires from the Washington Post after 3,000 book reviews. (“I am an old-fashioned man in a new-fashioned world, which is reason enough to step aside.”) (washingtonpost.com)
* The Pulitzer board expands eligibility for two prize categories – Investigative Reporting and Feature Writing – to include many online and print magazines. (pulitzer.org)
* New York Times tech writer Jenna Wortham is moving to the paper’s Sunday magazine. (capitalnewyork.com)
* Former New York Post editor Xana Antunes joins Quartz. (capitalnewyork.com)
* More Leon Wieseltier tributes, please. (theweek.com)
* A Rochester Democrat & Chronicle subscriber’s frustrating experience with customer service “is like a scene from ‘Seinfeld,’ just not very funny.” (facebook.com/tpmedia)