Daily Archives: April 28, 2015

A power outage today at Tribune’s Freedom Center printing facility in Chicago affected email and content management systems at several – if not all – Tribune Publishing newspapers, including the Baltimore Sun. “Our content management system was out from about 1:30 until 5:30 pm,” one Tribune journalist tells me. “Email down as well.”

From: Help Desk, Tribtech
Sent: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 3:12 PM
Subject: Freedom Center Power Outage

Tribune Publishing Technology wanted to update you regarding a power outage today at the Freedom Center in Chicago beginning at approximately 12PM CT and disrupting the network connectivity of multiple Publishing business units.Unknown We are currently bringing all systems back online.

This issue originated due to a vendor working with our Building Engineering team to test the fire suppression system for our Freedom Center data center. As part of this testing, a fire safety interlock system was inadvertently triggered, causing power to be shut off to our Freedom Center data center.

Power has now been restored, and Technology teams are currently focused on restoring all technology infrastructure. We will also be working with our Building Engineering team to address the protocols impacting our technology infrastructure to ensure this issue doesn’t recur.

Tribune Publishing Technology

A Tribune Publishing employee in Chicago writes in an email: “I think the lesson of today’s power outage is how many work-arounds the web, because it really is a web, now gives journalists.

“Today, email, down? Look at your phone or log into the company’s online email interface.

“Editing system down? Our Boston bombing story goes instead straight into P2P and every news outlet can grab it instantly for its website.

“Company Internet is on the fritz? Er, how many other ways we can access the Internet?

“This had to cause major inconveniences for some of our colleagues. …But today’s toolbox is so full of redundant options that it takes a lot more than it did even a few years ago to cause more than a hiccup to a news organization.”

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After her husband Max died in 2004, former Sacramento Bee publisher Janis Heaphy Durham saw what she believed were signs that he was leaving for her – things like his handprint on the bathroom mirror and a footprint on their vacation home chair. Lights flickered, she said, and clocks stopped at the time that Max died. publisher

She said nothing about this at the Bee.

I worked in an industry that was a breeding ground for skepticism about almost anything. The business of publishing required a mainstream professional demeanor and lifestyle. … Journalists can be eccentric; the business side of newspaper management isn’t.

She left the Bee in 2008 and, after researching the paranormal, decided to write “The Hand on the Mirror: A True Story of Life Beyond Death.” It hits bookstores today after getting a nice pre-publication plug from “CBS Sunday Morning.” The Bee reports Heaphy Durham got a seven-figure advance for the book.

* Paranormal memoir earns seven-figure advance for former Bee publisher (
* A sign of life beyond death (


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* Baltimore Sun front page [PDF] for April 28 ( | The Sun’s riot coverage is free and doesn’t require registration ( riots* “CBS This Morning” seeks the name of Baltimore’s most famous mom (as does every other media outlet). (@CBSThisMorning)
* Jason Whitlock tells staffers at ESPN’s The Undefeated site: “If you’re more comfortable working for a white person, I will find a white person for you to work for. … Everybody has to get on board with that or I’m going to find a way to move them someplace else.” (
* Freelance Rhode Island journalist Phil Eil is still trying to get paid by Cumulus Media. He tells the radio giant: “I sincerely hope I receive a check for $2,034.50 as soon as possible. A public apology would be nice, too.” (
* A variety of threats “make this the most deadly and dangerous period for journalists in recent history.” (
* Claim: 46 million Americans have listened to a podcast in the last month. (
* Three journalists who met at the Rockford Register Star launch Out of Theaters, a podcast about classic movies. (
* NBC News chief Andrew Lack believes viewers want Brian Williams back on the air. (
* Another ratings win for ABC’s “World News Tonight.” (@DylanByers)
* The Daily Dot – a Google Doc just a few years ago – raises $10 million. (
* Wall Street Journal has about 40 full-timers cranking out 30 to 40 videos a day. (
* I’m looking forward to New York Times’ “DealBook Explains” animated series. (
* “Scoop Callahan” is the man behind the tiny Atlanta Journal-Constitutions. (
* A Vice Motherboard correction that’s almost as long as the story. (@andymboyle)
* “The journalism we provided to ‘Frontline’ on this story [‘Bigger Than Vegas’] was solid.” (
* Fast-rising Timesman Kinsey Wilson profiled. “He has the brain of a technologist but the heart of a journalist,” says Vivian Schiller. (
* Gatehouse Media CEO Kirk Davis, who has withheld raises for journalists while pocketing nice bonuses, is elected to the Associated Press board. (