Morning Report for March 12, 2015

* Muhammad Ali urges Iran to release Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian. (
* Someone tried to burn down the Rio Grande Sun, a weekly with “a strong editorial stance against political corruption.” ( | ( || “We know there is a portion of the population that doesn’t like what we do here.” (
* WWD print edition goes from daily to weekly. (
* No surprises, please: Editorial staffers should be told about their company’s finances. (
* [RIGHT] “Oh, sure, we can fit that ad on the page.” From today’s Toledo Blade, via Bob Seybold.
* Baltimore public radio station WYPR trades underwriting for air time. ( | NPR underwriting guidelines. (
* “I think Hollywood roots for Entertainment Weekly’s success,” says editorial director Jess Cagle. (
* The New York Times and the Newspaper Guild settle their dispute over layoffs; fourteen journalists get financial packages. (
* Why aspiring journalists should go to j-school: “It can be a power boost that propels you into the industry.” (
* A Denver Post editor on clicking to promote “real” news: “You have an astonishing, in fact galling, amount of influence over what kind of media will be produced tomorrow, next week and next month.” (
* Work here: The Association of Washington Cities is looking for a communications coordinator. (Romenesko Jobs)
* Google moves company statements up in news search results. (
* A 28-year-old Cosmo writer’s financial goal: “$80,000 [a year], because it’s, like, slightly more than what I make now, but not, like, tryna be greedy.” (
* [SPONSORED] Apply for the $10,000 Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia. (Asia Society)
* Gannett announces a 10% dividend boost. ( | h/t Jim Hopkins)
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