Daily Archives: April 24, 2015

- Gannett CEO Gracia Martore rocks out

– Gannett CEO Gracia Martore rocks out

Make that "commission"

Make that “commission”

The big announcement at Tuesday’s Gannett Town Hall meeting was that the broadcasting/digital side would be renamed TEGNA, but most of the emails I got from employees that day were about the “Everything is Awesome” video, featuring Gannett CEO Gracia Martore and her executive team lip-synching and “playing” guitars. I finally got a copy of that video, which includes at least one misspelled word (at right). The opening lyrics:

Everything is awesome.
Everything is cool when you’re part of a team.
Everything is awesome when you’re living out a dream.
Everything is better when we stick together…

* “Everything is Awesome” (Google Drive)

New: Of course, my Facebook gang has something to say about this

- From the Penn State release

– From the Penn State release

Arthur Raney (Florida State University), Mary Beth Oliver (Penn State), Sophie Janicke (University of Arkansas) and Robert Jones (Public Religion Research Institute) will spend the next three years researching whether good news can help make us better people.

The proposal that got them $1.95 million from the John Templeton Foundation was titled, “Your Daily Dose of Inspiration: Exploring How People Use and Are Impacted by Media Content that Elicits Self-Transcendent Emotions.”

From the Penn State release:

Inspirational media can take many forms: viral videos, social media, television and films, and even newspaper stories.

The research team will take a deeper look at what makes media inspiring, who seeks out such content and why, and how people use it to stimulate positive emotions. It will also explore how those emotional experiences might build character and promote greater care and concern for other people.

I’ve asked lead researcher Raney if he’ll share his proposal with us. Update – “The proposal is actually quite long and (at times) technical/jargony,” Raney writes in an email. “So, we have no plans to post it. However, we will launch a website this Fall for the project (which officially begins in August). It will contain information that might prove interesting to you and your readers.”

* Researchers earn $1.95 million grants to study feel-good stories (

Chaz Repak, global real estate director at Dow Jones

– Chaz Repak

Chaz Repak, the global real estate and facilities services director at Dow Jones, gives us a tour of the 7th floor workspaces at 1211 Avenue of the Americas, home of the Wall Street Journal and Fox News. (I like the music that Chaz has playing in background. Please email me if you can identify it. Update: Thanks to Debbie Hoffman and her son for telling me that it’s “Still a Soldier” by Ancient Astronauts.)seat

[Left] “We’ve got fun seating, to stimulate creativity.”

[Right/Chaz turns very serious] “I’d like to talk to you right now, but I’m in Focus Space. This is for individual work. So if you don’t mind, I’d prefer not to be disturbed.”

* New Workspace (

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* How should Diane Sawyer and other journalists refer to Bruce Jenner? ABC reps, according to Brian Stelter, “consistently refer to ‘Bruce’ rather than using a gender pronoun.” (
* Beautiful paintings that feature newspapers: (Rodich 2007)
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* Denver Post Broncos writer Mike Klis jumps to TV sports. (
* That’s high: Survey finds 4% of Americans trust the marketing industry. (
* The journalist who crowdsourced freelance word rates is trying to raise $6,500 to create a sort of Yelp for journalists. (
* Jake Tapper is named host of CNN’s Sunday morning “State of the Union.” (
bri* Poor Brian Williams; so unwanted. (
* The Associated Press reports its first revenue gain in six years. (AP via
* How to fix the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. ( | Paul Farhi on the dinner and journalism ethics. (
* The Pulitzers: Joseph vs. Lilly. (
* Cal State Fullerton’s student paper runs a full-page A1 editorial blasting administrators’ “shameful track record of delaying and denying inquiries from Daily Titan reporters.” ( | The front page: (
* University of Tampa’s newspaper is kicked out of its newsroom with little notice. (
* Time’s tribute to film critic Richard Corliss, who died Thursday night. He was 71. (