Daily Archives: April 20, 2015

Talking Points Memo reported this afternoon that Tulsa World staff writer Dylan Goforth, enterprise editor Ziva Branstetter and two other World journalists have quit the paper. The TPM piece – headlined, “Reporters who published story on Okla. deputy resign suddenly” – includes this passage:


I’ve confirmed that the ex-World journalists have joined an enterprise/investigative news site being launched by Robert (Bobby) Lorton III, bobbywho was the World’s CEO and publisher before Warren Buffett’s BH Media bought the paper in 2013. His family had owned the World for over a century. Lorton, 46, a self-described “news junkie,” went to work for a bank after his paper was sold – only because he wanted something to do, I’m told. My source adds that the news site, called The Frontier, is considered a “prestige project” for Lorton.

Cary Aspinwall, who has also joined Lorton’s team, and Branstetter were named Pulitzer finalists today for their World stories on botched executions in Oklahoma.

Update – Here’s an excerpt from a press release that came out this evening:

Today, Branstetter, Aspinwall and two of their peers – Kevin Canfield and Dylan Goforth – announced they have left the Tulsa World to help create The Frontier, a new digital media company. The Tulsa- based website will focus on in-depth and investigative news within the Tulsa region and beyond.

Former Tulsa World publisher Robert E. Lorton, III founded the project.

“I have a deep passion for Tulsa and an even deeper passion for covering the news in a way that makes a difference,” said Lorton. “Through in-depth and investigative journalism, we will hold the powerful accountable, shine a light on things kept in the dark while also highlighting the best of Tulsa and the surrounding state of Oklahoma.”

The organization will provide news for paid members and will not sell advertising. Its website will launch in May.

* Tulsa World reporters who did story on Oklahoma deputy suddenly resign (

Note: I earlier used a photo of Robert Lorton Jr. instead of Robert Lorton III.


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[Above] Pulitzer Celebration at the Los Angeles Times
2015 Pulitzer winners and the victory stories from their newspapers:
Public Service – Charleston Post and Courier for “Till Death Do Us Part”. | The paper’s story about its prize.
Breaking News – Seattle Times staff for its landslide coverage. | The Times’ prize story.prizes
Investigative ReportingEric Lipton of the New York Times for his reporting on the influence of lobbyists; and the Wall Street Journal staff for “Medicare Unmasked”. | WSJ editor-in-chief’s tweet about the win.
Explanatory ReportingZachary R. Mider of Bloomberg News for his reporting on tax-dodging U.S. companies. | Bloomberg’s prize story.
Local ReportingRob Kuznia, Rebecca Kimitch and Frank Suraci of the Daily Breeze (Torrance, CA) for their investigation of school district corruption. | The Daily Breeze’s prize story.
National ReportingCarol D. Leonnig of the Washington Post for her Secret Service coverage. | The Post’s prize story.
International Reporting – New York Times staff for its Ebola coverage.
Feature WritingDiana Marcum of the Los Angeles Times for her stories on the California drought. | The Times’ story about its two prizes.
CommentaryLisa Falkenberg of the Houston Chronicle for coverage of Texas grand jury abuses. | The Chronicle’s prize story.
CriticismMary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times for her television criticism.
Editorial writingKathleen Kingsbury of the Boston Globe for “Service Not Included.” | The Globe’s prize story.
Editorial CartooningAdam Zyglis of the Buffalo News. | The News’ prize story.
Breaking News Photography – St. Louis Post-Dispatch photography staff for its images from Ferguson. | The P-D’s prize story.
Feature PhotographyDaniel Berehulak, New York Times freelancer, for his photographs of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

* 2015 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists (

Bloomberg View’s Paula Dwyer, a former New York Times editor, discusses the newspaper on the “Full Disclosure” podcast (discussion starts at 47:10):

The [Ochs Sulzberger] family is very dedicated to that newspaper and I don’t think they would sell out the way that Don Graham did at the Washington Post or the way that the family did at the Wall Street Journal or even the Los Angeles Times. …I think they really do feel that they have a trust, that they have been trusted with this national treasure, and it is a national treasure. The interesting thing is, the New York Times’ journalism is still fantastic, and Dean Baquet, the executive editor there, is not going to let up. …

Paula Dwyer

Paula Dwyer

Maybe Mike Bloomberg will step up to the plate and say, “This is a national treasure and I need to save it.” He always says, “I’m not interested in owning the New York Times. Why would I want to own that? I have Bloomberg LP.” But the New York Times is a different animal than what Bloomberg is. I think he should buy it, but he’s not asking me for my advice. …

You could buy the New York Times now – their market capitalization is only about 1.2, 1.3 billion – so it would be cheap. But you couldn’t get it for that; you would have to pay many multiples over that to convince the family to sell. But then once you do that you’d be in the position that Rupert Murdoch found himself in – remember, he way overpaid for the Wall Street Journal – so once you do that then you have to figure a way to monetize that. It would have to be a charitable thing, it would have to be a trophy for some wealthy hedge fund manager or something like that, and that’s not the person the New York Times will be sold to. The family won’t do it.

* Bloomberg View’s “Full Disclosure” (NYT segment starts at 47:10) (

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Rupert Murdoch’s chief of staff tweets this photo of the boss reading The Hollywood Reporter’s cover story on Roger Ailes.

* Roger Ailes doesn’t give a rat’s ass what you think about him. (
* Peabody award-winners include “Serial” and Vice News. (
* Miami Herald killed reporter David Kraslow‘s Bay of Pigs scoop in 1960. “I think the Herald was wrong,” he says. “I think the Herald made a mistake, but it was a mistake born of good intentions.” ( | (h/t @matthewkeyslive)
* Iran is charging Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian with four crimes, including espionage. ( | Marty Baron calls the charges “ludicrous.” (
* Minnesota prison officials ban on-camera interviews with inmates. (
* “Weird Al” Yankovic is guest-editing Mad magazine. (
* Wisconsin publishers cheer the repeal of the state’s newspaper recycling requirement. (
* Kentucky Kernel pays tribute to its photo editor, who was killed in a robbery last week. (@KyKernel) | Two men have been charged. (
byline* [RIGHT] Byline fun: Nark writes about weed. ( | (h/t @MikeSisek)
* Tribune Media CEO Peter Liguori‘s total compensation for 2014 was $23 million. (
* Mark Thompson as “the conductor in the orchestra” at the New York Times. (
* Change is good: “If alt weeklies are to survive…they’ll have to stop relying on the same old tired stuff, no matter how great it once was.” (
* “Very few people in New Hampshire read the New York Times,” claims Union Leader editorial page editor Drew Cline. “They have a better newspaper here in New Hampshire.” (
* Politico aims to double its newsroom staff, to 500, by 2019. (
* Tampa Tribune sells its downtown building to a real estate developer. (
* BuzzFeed deleted at least three posts after getting complaints from its ad-sales side. (
* The Pulitzer winners will be announced at 3 p.m. ET today on this YouTube channel.
* JOBS: KPCC (Southern California Public Radio) is looking for a political correspondent. (Romenesko Jobs)
karate* A Florida reporter who dined-and-dashed at Denny’s “mimicked the stance of ‘The Karate Kid'” when a cop caught up with him. (
* “A metaphor?” asks a Romenesko reader: Longtime Fort Worth Star-Telegram mascot dies. (
* The Canandaigua (NY) Daily messenger adds a Saturday edition, but kills the Monday paper. (