Daily Archives: May 13, 2015

* This statement apparently was made in a scripted narration (@ScottDPierce)

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The former leadership team of Civitas Media, which has newspapers in 12 states, thought it could cut its way to profitability. Several years ago, it removed the color comics from its Sunday papers, and dropped the weather map. Other cuts were made, too, that resulted in big circulation losses, I’m told.

Last October, Michael Bush resigned as Civitas Media CEO to “pursue other opportunities,” and was replaced by Pittsburgh Tribune-Review CEO Ralph Martin. The new boss, along with editorial vice president Jim Lawitz, are trying to win back readers by adding content, including sports agate and expanded weather coverage.

“Maybe some of the changes we’ve made in recent years weren’t the best,” Civitas editor John Peters told his readers last Sunday.

“You may have also noticed [in addition to color comics] a return to the regular Sunday publication of public records, including marriage licenses, divorces, and land transfers. In the coming weeks we’ll expand that even further, to include regular sheriff’s office reports and an expanded, more in-depth coverage of the county court system.”

Adding content instead of cutting? What a concept!

“In some of our markets we’re starting to see some [circulation] growth,” editorial chief Lawitz tells me.

* Sunday comics are back in the Robesonian! (

* Associated Press video software architect Jim Gaines was one of six killed in the derailment. ( | New York Observer’s Jill Jorgensen was injured. (
* Dean Baquet: “Not enough people know how good we are [at the New York Times], how well we’re doing financially, and how bright the future looks for us.” (
* Facebook Instant Articles explained. (“To some, [the Facebook-publishers partnership is] an obvious win-win,” writes Brian Stelter. “To many others, however, Facebook is a ‘frenemy’ to the news business.”) (
* The New York Times is publishing only one article on Facebook today. (
* “Traditional publishers” are said to be interested AOL’s content sites. (
* “Some insiders at AOL believe the sites can bring something to the table at Verizon.” (
* Ken Doctor‘s nine takeaways from the AOL-Verizon deal. (
* Oh, we know: “Newspapers and reporting jobs have been disappearing at an alarming rate.” (
* Seymour Hersh on the flap over his latest piece: “I don’t care.” ( | NYT reporter: Don’t be so quick to dismiss Hersh’s claims. (
* An Illinois politics website bans “dope” and “stupid” in comments. “Idiot” and “moron” were previously banned. (
* Muscatine (Iowa) Community College student newspaper staffers sue the school over alleged free speech violations. (
* Report: Cablevision is no longer interested in the New York Daily News – even for a mere buck. (
* Duke Chronicle drops its print edition for the summer. (
* Raney Aronson replaces David Fanning as “Frontline” executive producer. (
* Gay Talese‘s address book is featured in a new short film. (
* JOBS: Cedar Rapids Gazette is looking for a news editor. An education news website seeks a video director. (Romenesko Jobs)