Daily Archives: May 19, 2015

New: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s new owner offers buyouts (

A Romenesko tipster and Gannett employee writes:

One of the remarkable aspects to [last week’s USA Today] buyouts is the number of top execs leaving. Along with Money editor Anne Willette and deputy editor of personal finance Rodney Brooks [mentioned in this post], they include:

* David Colton, Executive Editor
* Susan Weiss, Executive Editor
* Brian Gallagher, Editor, Editorial Page.
* Dennis Moore, Managing Editor, News
* Fred Anklam, Senior Night Editor
* Bonnie Tkach, Director of Edit Operations
and a bunch of other editors, reporters, photographers and graphic artists.

There are still big outstanding questions, including:
* Will the new Gannett bosses insist on further layoffs before July 1?
* Will [editor-in-chief David] Callaway and [publisher] Larry Kramer stay?
* Will there be any hiring after July 1, the target date for the spin-off of the publishing company?

Will the top bosses be pushed, or depart voluntarily?

I don’t think Kramer and Callaway are going to be replaced so much as they may want to leave on their own, especially Kramer. I don’t think either is clear on what their roles will be in the new company. That said, it would surprise me if they don’t stay through the year.

Laura Petrecca is USA Today’s new Money editor. The memo is after the jump. Read More

Five months ago today Stuart Elliott retired as New York Times advertising columnist after 23 years at the paper. So, how is it going?

“What’s surprised me about life after the Times is that, indeed, there’s life after the Times!” he tells Romenesko readers. “I’ve started some freelance writing, first off with a weekly column for Media Village, a new venture by Jack Myers of MyersBizNet. I am also moderating panels and speaking to ad agencies and college classes.

“I didn’t expect to retire completely when I took the Times buyout in December, but I didn’t plan for another career per se; my post-Times life is sort of a work in progress that I’m making up as I go along and I wouldn’t be surprised if five months from now it looks different from today.”

What’s your typical day like?
There’s really no ‘typical’ day now, which is a big, nice change from my days at the Times. The biggest change is that I’m finally able to meet folks for lunches; when I worked at the Times I would eat lunch at my desk almost every day because of my deadlines. … I’m certainly nowhere near as busy as I was at the Times, where I was cranking out the weekday ad column for print, writing the weekly email newsletter for, reporting online articles for the website and so forth. That was a lot of work!

Have source relationships changed because you’re no longer with the newspaper?
I’ve been removed from a lot of mailing lists, email lists and such, which I expected when I left the Times since I was giving up the full-time duties of the ad column, newsletter, etc. I don’t believe I have been getting the brush from folks I email or call because I’m no longer at the Times. …Because of my writing, panelizing, speaking, etc., I feel I still ought to keep up with the ad world” and stay in touch with old sources.

Your review of the “Mad Men” finale?
The more I think about the ending for the final episode of “Mad Men,” the more I like it. It’s far less ambiguous than the final seconds of “The Sopranos” but left enough room for debate (did Don return to McCann-Erickson the following year to create the Coke “Hilltop” commercial? did Peggy write it? did they collaborate on it? Or did Don stay in California and start a chain of Esalen-style retreats? Or return to New York eventually and join Joan at Holloway Harris?)

* Stuart Elliott on Twitter

* The tragic story of Cole Waddell: “Four days after Cole’s first magazine essay made it through the final stage of [Charlotte Magazine’s] editing process, he popped another Oreo into his mouth. … The Oreo went down the wrong pipe. Cole died the next day, on March 13, a Friday.” (
* Debra Tice says her journalist son, Austin, is alive in Syria. (@clarissaward)
* Florida Gov. Rick Scott tells elementary school administrators: I won’t show up if you tell the press about my talk to fourth-graders. (
* Rem Rieder: “George Stephanopoulos of all people should not be giving money to anything having to do with [the Clintons]. What was he thinking?” ( | The $105 Million Man. ( | Editorial: Stephanopoulos should no longer be the face of ABC’s news division. (
* Anderson Cooper apparently isn’t very familiar with ClickHole. (
* JOBS: Cedar Rapids Gazette is looking for a news editor. An education news website seeks a video director. (Romenesko Jobs)
* Jay Rosen advises political reporters to figure out what the voters want candidates to talk about, then ask about those issues. (
* NYT’s Dean Baquet tells high school students that powerful people “are not, for the most part, any more interesting than anyone else”; they’re just dressed better. (
* The current issue of New Mexico Law Review is devoted to “Breaking Bad.” (
* ABC’s “World News Tonight” was last week’s ratings winner, but not by much. (
* Ken Doctor: “There’s little way to measure newspapers’ valuable contribution to their communities and their citizens. Their financial value decline, though, is easy to mark.” (
* Highlights from last night’s Webby Awards ceremony, including a few 5-word speeches: ( | Watch Brian Stelter‘s Webby Awards tribute to David Carr. (
* National Society of Newspaper Columnists announces its contest finalists. (