John Waggoner, who wrote the crack above two weeks ago, is one of 50 or so USA Today employees who accepted the paper’s buyout and were toasted by colleagues yesterday. He tells readers today:
This is my last column for USA TODAY. My company has offered a generous buyout package for those of us who started writing when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, and I’ve taken it. But I haven’t retired, and will be writing elsewhere.
Where will you be writing, John? I asked.
“Right now, I’m going to be decompressing and taking lots of walks with my dog,” he writes in an email. “After that, I’m going to try my hand at freelancing and see how that works out.”
* John Waggoner writes his final USA Today investment column (usatoday.com)
* Claudia Puig writes her final USA Today film review (adweek.com)
* Earlier: Good advice from USA Today’s money guy (jimromenesko.com)
New: USA Today Money desk is hit hard by buyouts (talkingbiznews.com)
* Report: New York Times media columnist candidates include Times reporter Jonathan Mahler, NPR’s David Folkenflik, and Vanity Fair contributor Sarah Ellison. (variety.com)
* Jack Shafer and Jonathan Chait on George Stephanopoulos‘ dumb donation. | Why isn’t the New York Post interested in the story? (@gabrielsherman)
* A memo distributed on Thursday said Digital First Media has had “a strong year.” Still, the newspaper chain laid off even more journalists this week. (timesunion.com)
* James Risen on President Obama: “As I’ve said before, he is the greatest enemy of press freedom we’ve had since Richard Nixon.” (dailynorthwestern.edu)
* University of Pennsylvania administrators are unhappy with the student newspaper’s coverage of campus suicides. (billypenn.com)
* No Verizon deal celebration for AOL editorial staffers. (digiday.com)
* Gannett CEO Gracia Martore sells 123,560 shares of her company’s stock and pockets $4,312,244. (Yes, everything is awesome!) (americanbankingnews.com)
* “NPR’s podcast ad income from the first five months of this fiscal year has outstripped its take in all of fiscal year 2014.” (current.org)
* JOBS: Cedar Rapids Gazette is looking for a news editor. An education news website seeks a video director. (Romenesko Jobs)
* Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory: “I just want our journalism to be read, and I don’t care if it’s on paper or on a desktop screen or on an iPhone or Android screen.” (bizjournals.com)
* The Globe says a FactCheckArmenia.com ad meets its standards. (bostonmagazine.com)
* Three parties are bidding for the New York Daily News. (nypost.com)
* Meet the 78th class of Nieman Fellows. (harvard.edu)
* Albany Business Review sues Capital Business Review over its name. (dailygazette.com)
* Gerald Loeb Award finalists have been announced. (businesswire.com)
This Friday Florida Times-Union front page, with a gun show sticker ad, is circulating on social media this morning. I asked the newspaper about it and got this statement from vice president of audience Kurt Caywood:
All of us at The Florida Times-Union know that gun violence is one of the most emotionally charged and pressing issues facing our community. The tragedy that occurred on a Duval County school bus Thursday was as societally significant as it was frightening. As such, a team of reporters, editors and photographers approached this story with great sensitivity and professionalism, and we stand proudly by their report on page 1A of Friday’s newspaper.
The appearance of a gun-related front-page sticky note on the same day was an incredibly regrettable coincidence. It was born of the purposeful separation between our news and advertising departments, an approach we take because we value nothing more than the objectivity of our journalism. That said, this clearly was an oversight. We’re aggressively reviewing our procedures and will implement steps to prevent such a situation in the future.
Earlier: Stamford Advocate runs gun show ad next to Sandy Hook story (jimromenesko.com)