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Here’s what the Washington Post new publisher, Fred Ryan, told the newsroom today, according to media blogger Erik Wemple’s tweets:

Ryan tells staff he’ll be a “backer” of the newsroom

Says change in news consumption is due to accelerate

Challenge, says Ryan, is to embrace change, “lead” it

Ryan says a key for Wapo is winning the morning: Connect in the morning and keep it up throughout the day

Says WaPo stands for highest journo standards

Ryan declines to give tick-tock of how he came to publisher job

Ryan hesitant to talk about specific strategy in open meeting

Ryan says local and national coverage shouldn’t be mutually exclusive

Asked about ideological orientation, Ryan said WaPo not an “ideological org; it’s a news org”

Ryan says believes in “objective journalism”

“I don’t think there’s a better place to be in journalism than WaPo.”

* Fred Ryan replaces Katharine Weymouth as Post publisher (washingtonpost.com)

New York Times press release:

EMILY BAZELON JOINS THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE
The New York Times announced today that Emily Bazelon is joining The New York Times Magazine as a staff writer. Ms. Bazelon comes to The Times from Slate where she has been a senior editor since 2005. Her hire is another in a series of high profile moves at the magazine, which is planning a major redesign for early 2015. Maureen Dowd was announced as a staff writer last month.

Emily Bazelon

Emily Bazelon

Ms. Bazelon has been a contributing writer to The Times Magazine since 2007 so readers will be well acquainted with her work. Her current cover story on the post-clinic abortion exemplifies the work she’s done for the magazine: deeply compelling narratives with an emphasis on law, society and public policy.

In making the announcement of her hire, Jake Silverstein, the magazine’s editor, said, “Emily writes with engagement, roving intelligence, and deep knowledge. She has also proven to be nimble at navigating the many platforms of modern media. She’s a smart and supportive co-worker and will be a tremendous asset to The Times. I’m giddy about bringing her aboard.”

Ms. Bazelon received a B.A. from Yale and is a graduate of Yale Law School, where she currently serves as the Truman Capote fellow in Creative Writing and Law. As a freelancer, she has written for The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times, among many other publications. She is a frequent guest on the Colbert Report, a regular legal commentator on NPR’s Here and Now and WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show. She is the author of the best-selling 2013 book Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy.

While at Slate, Ms. Bazelon was instrumental in the creation and success of Slate’s incredibly popular podcast, the Political Gabfest. She will continue to contribute to the Gabfest under her new title.

* Also: Slate’s Dave Weigel joins Bloomberg Politics (huffingtonpost.com)

* Katharine Weymouth is stepping down as Washington Post publisher. Fred Ryan, a former Reagan administration official who helped launch Politico, will succeed her. (washingtonpost.com) | Weymouth’s farewell memo to staff: (jimromenesko.com)
high* “There’s a feeling like now is our time in the sun,” says High Times magazine’s editor-in-chief. (washingtonpost.com)
* New York Times didn’t have a Robin Williams obit in the can because “he seemed hale, he had boundless energy and he was far younger than those who typically command our attention.” (nytimes.com)
* Emily Bell: We can’t let Facebook and Twitter make editorial decisions on our behalf. (theguardian.com)
* How ESPN’s story on Michael Sam‘s locker room shower habits got on the air. (si.com)
* Author Neal Pollack [hearts] Amazon. (slate.com)
* Sharon Waxman to the New York Times: Who cares if the bride is keeping her name!? (thewrap.com)
* Some publications – Forbes, for example – have more contributors than paid staff. “That’s a gamble.” (cjr.org)
* Claim: This is the golden age of investigative journalism. (tomdispatch.com)
* Veteran Los Angeles Times investigative journalist Robert J. Lopez heads to Cal State’s PR department. (laobserved.com)
* “Confusion and uncertainty seems to be rampant” at the downsized CNN. (capitalnewyork.com)
* Meet David Muir, the new anchor of ABC World News Tonight.” (nytimes.com)
lay* NPR staffers get some help with lie/lay. (npr.org)
* Interested in public TV and radio? I have a job for you! (Romenesko Jobs)
* For a freelance writer, seeing a publication’s pay rate stay the same over 10 years as opposed to it declining “is practically winning the lottery.” (bostonglobe.com)
* Frank Catalano on what happens when you quit Facebook. (geekwire.com)
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Washington Post publisher’s farewell note to staff:
From: Weymouth, Katharine
Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2014 9:00 AM
Subject: Announcement

All –

The greatest honor of my life has been serving as publisher of The Post these past seven years, working with all of you. Now, after 17 years at this great institution, it is time for me to explore other opportunities.

Katharine Weymouth

Katharine Weymouth

I make this announcement with mixed emotions. I am enormously excited about this new era at The Post, but I will miss all of you tremendously.

The Post will be in excellent hands. Effective October 1, 2014, Fred Ryan, will become Publisher and CEO. Fred is a seasoned and well-respected executive with a track record of success at the helm of Politico and Allbritton Communications. He knows Washington, and he knows media. Fred is excited to take the helm and to meet all of you./CONTINUES Read More

Here is Lee Zion’s farewell memo to colleagues at the Manchester (CT) Journal Inquirer:

Good night, and good luck
August 31, 2014 at 11:43 p.m.

To the staff of the JI:

Something I wanted to warn you all about is long sentences. When sentences exceed 30 words, any number of bad things can happen. Subjects and verbs that don’t agree, tense changing in the middle of the sentence, pronouns that don’t have antecedents, and so on. But the biggest problem of all is long sentences have a knack for creating unintended silliness. I found plenty of long sentences in my time here, and three of these led to extreme wackiness. This is what I found while proofing pages at the Journal Inquirer:

May 20: “A local man was arrested early Friday morning on charges that he stole a truck from a local company after police located the vehicle in Bristol with his cellphone inside, according to a police report.”

This sentence is 35 words, and it says the suspect stole the truck AFTER police located the vehicle. Can’t you just see the master thief planning and plotting as he waits for the police to locate the vehicle, so then he can steal it? It sounds like something out of the “Lupin III” cartoon show!/CONTINUES Read More

From the “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me” show’s newspaper-related “Bluff the Listener” game this weekend:

Host Peter Sagal to the contestant:
You’ve probably heard that newspapers are dying; that’s because they are – it’s really sad. However, this week we heard about one newspaper that is fighting back – that is not going gently into that good night.wait Guess the true story of a newspaper fighting back and you’ll win scorekeeper emeritus and newspaper reader Carl Kasell’s voice on your voicemail.

Paula Poundstone’s entry
Morale at many newspaper offices has been low since the digital revolution has put an iceberg-sized hole in the hull of their business model. But the writers and staff at the New York Times arrived at work today to a spirit-lifting extravaganza: excerpts of the Broadway hit show “Newsies,” right on the front steps of their iconic building.

“The characteristic pluck and grit that has long been the hallmark of newspaper folk may well sustain the industry until our financial houses can be put in order,” claims publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. “And that’s what this is all about – a celebration of our do-or-die spirit.”

Many of the staff waiting to enter the building didn’t seem view it that way. Most waited silently, staring at their smartphones, while grown men in knickers leaped, tapped and belted out songs in front of them.

“‘Newsies’ is about the underaged abused workers who struck against the newspaper companies,” said a bewildered David Brooks, following a group of employees seeking an alternative entrance. “This industry is doomed!” …

Adam Felber’s [correct] entry
Have you ever been nostalgic for the days when our newsrooms were filled with the sound of typewriters – dozens of them, clacking busily away as desperate copywriters on deadline scurried to churn out their scoops? Well, this week some journalists are starting to become nostalgic for the days after that noise went away, because for staffers at Rupert Murdoch’s Times of London, it’s back. Not the typewriters, just the sound.

As part of an experiment to make journalists feel more productive and connected, a large speaker has been placed on a tall stand in the middle of the floor, for the express purpose of loudly piping in the clattering sounds of the busy newsrooms of yesterday.

A Times competitor, the Independent, points out that most staffers won’t get that nostalgic thrill because it’s been 30 years since newspapers did away with typewriters – and 20 years since one of Murdoch’s other holdings, Fox News, did away with news. And although The Times’ Lucia Adams calls it a “playful idea,” a helpful Twitter response suggests: “Why don’t they just pump in the noise of screaming tortured souls in hell?”

Roy Blount Jr.’s entry
Young people are going back to vinyl for music, so why not to paper for news?

So the San Francisco Chronicle has set up a special IT line for people who, having grown up online, want to learn how to operate a paper newspaper.

Odie Milo, who oversees the new help line, says the most frequently asked question is: “Where do I click to get, like, audio and video?”

We tell them it’s not really about clicking at all. Then, when they sort of absorb that, we talk them through the process of turning actual physical pages. They love it when we give them tips like: When you have trouble separating two pages, try licking your fingers.

Other questions Odie Milo has fielded are: “It’s so big! Why does it have to be so big?” And: “Mine won’t update; it’s stuck on last Wednesday.”

The contestant picked Felber’s typewriter story and won Kasell’s voicemail message.

* Listen to “Bluff the Listener” for August 30 (npr.org)
* Typewriter sounds are added to the London Times newsroom (jimromenesko.com)


- Washington Post, August 30

– Washington Post, August 30

* Ed O’Keefe: “Possibly my favorite letter to the editor ever” (@edatpost)
* Farmer Fred(R) asks: Would you publish this letter to the editor? (@farmerfred)
* FIU denies credentials to Miami Herald’s reporter, so the football team’s season opener won’t be covered. (miamiherald.com) | Comments from my Facebook wall. (facebook.com)
* St. Louis Post-Dispatch asks the county family court for any juvenile records it has relating to Michael Brown. (stltoday.com)
* St. Louis alt-weekly Riverfront Times says it’s seeking the juvenile records of Officer Darren Wilson. (riverfronttimes.com)
* Meet the man who acquired 30,000 old New Orleans newspapers via the Craigslist “free” section. (theatlantic.com)
* Investigating the Apple PR machine. (9to5mac.com)
* A #hyperlapse tour of the Washington Post newsroom. (instagram.com)
* Jon Friedman: Today’s journalism students “don’t have the slightest inkling why their coverage matters from a historical perspective.” (marketwatch.com)
* More than 1,000 copies of the Auburn Plainsman were stolen from different campus locations on Thursday. (theplainsman.com)
* Ebony parent Johnson Publishing is slapped with a $5 million lawsuit. (chicagotribune.com)
* Longtime Providence Journal publisher Howard Sutton steps down. (ripr.org) | Read his letter to staffers. (Google Drive)