Monthly Archives: June 2016

#ThrowbackThursday: “Bombastic and impetuous” Kaiser Wilhelm II, who “sometimes made tactless pronouncements on sensitive topics (***)” – gee, that sounds familiar! – sues a newspaper editor over stories about inferior Krupp guns. (Clip from the November 11, 1929, Minneapolis Daily Tribune)

* Wilhelm II, German Emperor (

- From Samantha Swinder's email to Romenesko

– From Samantha Swindler’s email to Romenesko

Oregonian columnist and Oregon Territory SPJ Chapter president Samantha Swindler sends word of a fund-raising effort to help journalists laid off this week from the Columbian in Vancouver, Wash.



“I realized only after working with [the Columbian’s] Katie [Gillespie] to create this [PayPal] account that I do not have a good last name for crowdfunding, but a few folks already gave, even to a Swindler.” You can donate here.

* Columbian cuts staff by about 10% “to keep it in the black” (
* Want to buy a Columbian reporter a beer? (@newsladykatie)

A reader sends this memo from Gannett “chief people officer” David Harmon:

From: A message from Dave Harmon
Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 3:24 PM
To: A message from Dave Harmon
Subject: Engagement Survey Follow Up

Good afternoon,

A couple of weeks ago, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) presented the Gannett Executive Team with the results from our Employee Engagement Survey.gannett Per Bob Dickey’s (May 16, 2016) email, I am following up with some specifics from the survey…

Confidentiality First:
As we communicated at the beginning of the survey, PwC only shares information about groups – and if a group is less than 6 people, they cannot share the data. And the feedback we received about comments are grouped by topic and cannot be tied back to individuals. That said, thank you for taking the time to provide additional comments – we received over 350 pages of comments from you./CONTINUES Read More