Morning Report for May 20, 2015

* Akron Beacon Journal is putting out a section that honors the city’s departing mayor – and the mayor doesn’t like it. (cleveland.com) | Mayor tells businesses: Give your money to charity, not the Beacon Journal. (ohio.com)
* An NPR reporter loses to a machine in a newswriting race. “WordSmith finished writing the story in two minutes. Scott [Horsley] took just over seven minutes.” (npr.org)
* Wall Street Journal offers buyouts and plots a “serious realignment.” (capitalnewyork.com)
* Statement from the union representing WSJ’s newsroom: “We were surprised to learn buyouts may have been ‘offered’ to Wall Street Journal staff. When IAPE TNG/CWA Local 1096 approached management earlier this year and asked about buyouts, we were given the standard response: There is no organized effort to offer buyouts to staff members, but management is always willing to listen if an employee is interested in leaving and wonders if a separation package might be available.”
* Three newspapers in India refuse to run a mother’s spouse-wanted-for-my-gay-son ad. (wsj.com)
* Conde Nast’s Lucky magazine goes from monthly to quarterly. (adweek.com)
* Print is still big with Capital Hill staffers, “mainly because of how readily available the printed versions are around the Hill.” (politico.com)
* New York Daily News proves that “no publication can refute an article about itself quite as amusingly as a tabloid.” (observer.com)
* Editor in North Dakota: “I don’t throw it in people’s faces that I’m gay, I understand I’m in an area that’s not used to seeing two men together, albeit a very religious town as well, and I’m a respectful enough person to appreciate that.” (lastbestnews.com)
* IN JOBS: Apply for the Associated Press‐NORC Center for Public Affairs Research Journalism Fellowship Program. (Romenesko Jobs)
* A contributor to Gannett’s Tennessean business section promotes her own project; a disclosure wasn’t added until the local alt-weekly pointed it out. (nashvillescene.com)
* What’s more amusing – the correction or the byline? (washingtonpost.com)
* Jack Limpert: The use of “we” in mainstream publications can turn off readers. (jacklimpert.com)
* Newspapers in the 19th century did aggregating, too. (niemanlab.org)

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