Daily Archives: June 4, 2015

The Philadelphia Newspaper Guild, preparing for a possible strike, has purchased the domain name.

At that site, “we will provide news, sports and features from the reporters, editors and producers of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and to our loyal readers and advertisers while the Company attempts to put out a product filled with wire stories and scab news and photos.

“If the Company believes that the new ‘Live, Life, Love’ and Sunday Business sections can be put out without the reporters, columnists, photographers and artists who inspired those sections, we believe they’re kidding themselves.”

Read the Guild memo after the jump. Read More

Memo from New York Times business editor Dean Murphy:

From: “Murphy, Dean”
Date: Thu, Jun 4, 2015 at 5:27 PM
Subject: New roles for David Gelles and Brian Chen
To: “!NYHQ-bizstaff”

We are pleased to announce that David Gelles and Brian Chen are taking on new roles for BizDay.

David will write regularly for Sunday Business about finance and other Wall Street and business subjects, drawing upon his experience covering M&A, media, marketing and tech. Since joining The Times two years ago, David has untangled complex business subjects for our readers, both on deadline and in long-form features, demonstrating over and over again that financial journalism can be engaging and compelling./CONTINUES Read More

A Romenesko reader writes: “This goodbye email is from Chuck Berman, photographer (well, formerly now, after yesterday’s [Chicago Tribune] layoffs), which is one of the classiest and most heartfelt goodbyes we’ve had here. It so perfectly sums up why the people we work with make this profession both great (and heartbreaking when we lose people like Chuck).”

On Monday I wrote Rex Huppke a note that I liked his column [right]. On Tuesday, I was laid off.

Coincidence? I think not.

I had a great 37 years at the Tribune. This newspaper and my camera let me knock on people’s doors, take some pictures, enter their lives and enrich mine. So many times, I enjoyed putting my cameras down and talking to these people, sometimes more than the photos themselves. I’ll always keep doing that and talk to strangers. Everyone has a story and some are really, really good.

I have been blessed to work with and be friends with an amazing pack of photographers, reporters, editors and lab techs (and others I’m sure I left out). I even married one of them, for which I am eternally thankful.

Now, my life will be filled with more birds, more lost golf balls, more history books and more stories to hear.

Lucky me, for everything.

Thank you, everyone. Cheers.



* Chicago Tribune lays off 25 employees (

As a former paperboy who got my first watch and clock-radio by winning Beloit (WI) Daily News subscription-sales contests, I’d be working my ass off to get those $10.30 commissions and the big $250 bonus. The Wisconsin Law Journal/Daily Reporter publisher’s memo:

From: Steve Staloch
Sent: Thursday, June 04, 2015 8:58 AM
To: WLJeveryone; MILeveryone
Subject: New subscriber bonus bucks


Here’s a way to not only boost our sagging circulation numbers and pocket real money at the same time. Earn $10 for each full-priced paid subscription to TDR or WLJ you coral during the months of June, July and August…no limit!! In addition, as payment will be added to your paycheck, we’ll bump commission on each order to $10.30 to cover estimated taxes.

But that’s not all. If we hit our goal of 100 new orders, the top producer will receive a bonus of $250!!!

Good luck!


Stephen P. Staloch | President & Publisher | Wisconsin Law Journal | The Daily Reporter
225 E Michigan Street, Suite 540 | Milwaukee, WI 53202
414-225-1815 | 800-508-3800 ext.15815

* Wisconsin Law Journal

New: “We did this at a paper where I once worked. I actually liked it.” (