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Stories I posted on other social media:

* Page One headline: “John Doe Requests Privacy”
* Plain Dealer prints 450,000 extra copies of its Cavs’ victory edition
* When a journalist’s private tragedy becomes a public spectacle

Now retired, but still online. Thank you for checking my latest tweets and occasional retirement-era posts. (I’m still posting to Facebook, too.)




#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)
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* Wilhelm II, German Emperor (wikipedia.com)

- 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.

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“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” (columbian.com)
* 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

Two Manchester (NH) police officers were treated and released after being shot on Friday. On Saturday, Manchester police spokesman Brian O’Keefe sent this to local journalists: Coveno-Amy2014-jpg-1

Folks,

Ofc. Hardy will be home, but PLEASE respect his privacy and do not attempt to interview him or his family. He and Officer O’Connor made it clear that they would like space and do not want any media To knock on their door and ask about the shooting.

Again, they will not speak to the media, so please respect their wishes. This is an ordeal for all involved and they wish to be with family and remain private.

If they have a change of heart, maybe we can work on something with them and all media outlets and host a presser. In the meantime, thank you for your anticipated cooperation.

Thanks,
Brian

WMUR-TV anchor/reporter Amy Coveno responded three minutes later:

I would take it even further and inform media outlets who violate the request they will be barred from any access to your heroes.

Just my two cents.

FYI it’s a tv rating period .. Competition to break stories is HIGH this month.

Manchester police chief Enoch Willard wrote nine minutes later:

Thank you, Amy. Indeed, thus far several media outlets disregarded my request and infringed on the privacy of these officers by knocking on their doors and in one case on the bedroom window of an officers child.

Reporters knocked on doors to try to talk to people in the news? Oh my gosh! No access to heroes for them!

* UPDATE: Read comments from my Facebook friends and followers




- Marietta (OH) Times, May 7-8, 2016

– Marietta (OH) Times, May 7-8, 2016

* New York Times plans to close editing and press operations in Paris (nytimes.com)

Memo to staff:

From: NYT Company Mail
Date: Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 3:45 PM
Subject: On the Record from Arthur, Mark and Dean: Proposed Changes to Print INYT
To: All Company Employees

Dear Colleagues,

Earlier this month, we announced a significant financial investment and new organizational structure intended to prioritize global digital growth and greatly increase the numbers of international readers and subscribersimages over the next several years. This initiative is consistent with our focus on digital-first across The New York Times.

To date, we have made tremendous strides in focusing our attention and investments on digital expansion, with more resources being dedicated to video, multimedia and other forms of interactive storytelling as well as tactics and programs to accelerate growth in our digital subscription base. We believe these investments are needed to remain competitive as the global media landscape continues to shift toward mobile platforms./CONTINUES Read More

Bay Area News Group is losing 11 copy desk staffers “rather than cutting more deeply into the ranks of content producers or neglecting our digital needs,” says a memo from James “Bert” Robinson, managing editor/content. He writes:

From: James Robinson
Date: Apr 22, 2016 6:02 AM
Subject: Some changes to our editing and production processes
To: &BANG News All

We’re launching a series of changes to the assigning and copy editing process in an attempt to manage a planned loss of approximately 11 FTEs.Unknown We are choosing this course, as many papers have across the country, rather than cutting more deeply into the ranks of content producers or neglecting our digital needs.

The bottom line is that we will be eliminating a layer of valuable editing across most of the copy desk — what is known in desk parlance as the rim. The result:

* Staff stories that go inside sections will not be copy-edited. The assigning editor will be the only read. (In sports, late stories that do not go through an assigning editor will continue to be read on the desk, once.) Stories for our East Bay weeklies will not be copy-edited./CONTINUES Read More

I’ve been going through Chicago journalism history files at the Newberry Library, and recently found a speech that former Chicago Tribune editor and publisher Jack Fuller gave to McClatchy news executives in 2000. Here’s a passage:

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McClatchy, by the way, sold the Minneapolis Star Tribune in 2006 for $530 million; it acquired the paper for $1.2 billion in 1998.

* Also: Fuller is told why “the Los Angeles Times has floundered around so long”