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“Everyone at Planet Money has a super messy space except for editor Robert Smith,” says the caption on this @NPRInterns Instagram post. “He has all of his customized reporter’s notebooks (36 of them) since May 2005 hanging on the wall of his cube.”

I asked Smith to tell us more about his collection and he wrote back:

I started to put photos on the front of my notebooks because I kept losing track of which one I was using. I would just pick up the closest pad, and the next thing I knew I had 7 different notebooks going. It was crazy. So I started to snip photos out of magazines and review copies of books, and glue them on the front.

I guess I grew sort of fond of each notebook. You know, you carry them around all day and they become symbolic of certain stories. My hurricane Katrina notebook has a fire breathing monster on it.skull The notebook I used during a difficult week I spent as a host has a falling tree on it.

When I finished each one, I started to pin them to the wall. This was in our old bureau and the walls were pretty ugly. And then we we moved to the new space, I put them all up again. I thought it would be convenient if I ever needed to go back to anything, but of course I never open them again. …

Here’s my current notebook [above]. Symbolic of my two roles as a reporter and editor right now? Maybe.

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A Romenesko reader writes:

During an earnings call last Friday (April 24) with financial analysts, McClatchy CFO Elaine Lintecum made this comment (Bolded). The question she is answering is included for context:

From the earnings call transcript:
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The tipster adds:

The fact: While it is true that advertising and digital staffs at McClatchy’s newspapers have remained mostly intact, the same certainly cannot be said for newsrooms, where at some papers staffs have been cut nearly in half.

I called McClatchy spokesman Peter Tira about the accuracy of the CFO’s statement. He said he’d let her know that I wanted to discuss it. While I’m waiting for her return call, please post in comments the layoff numbers from your McClatchy newsroom, or email them to me if you want to be anonymous.

* McClatchy earnings call transcript for April 24, 2015 (seekingalpha.com)

* In New Jersey, detectives order a photographer for The Record to delete murder scene photos, then take his two cameras. (northjersey.com)
* New York Times Co. reports a $15 million net loss in the first quarter of 2015. The good news: Digital subscriptions were up 14%. (nytimes.com)roger
* Why did NFL commissioner Roger Goodell agree to speak at Medill (as long as the public wasn’t let in)? “I know [moderator and USA Today sports columnist] Christine [Brennan] very well,” he says, “and I know how important Medill is to her, how important Medill is to my [Medill grad] wife.” (wnursports.com) | (dailynorthwestern.com) | Brennan’s story with video: (usatoday.com)
* Medill kept quiet about Goodell’s appearance to avoid protests? (@JeffEisenband) | Right: Goodell and a Northwestern student. (@scenesfromusc).
* Jim Cramer got $3M+ from TheStreet.com in 2014. (talkingbiznews.com)
* The Overseas Press Club announces its award winners, including President’s Award recipient David Rohde. (yahoo.com)
* The New Republic adds Jay Rosen, Jason Hirschhorn and three others to its advisory board, which now has 13 members. (capitalnewyork.com)
* A newspaper in New Zealand uses Kickstarter to fund its “Keep the Bastards Honest” investigative efforts. (kickstarter.com)time
* A 26-year-old West Baltimore resident says of his photo appearing on Time’s cover: “After my daughter, who’s my pride and joy, this is the best thing that’s happened to me.” (time.com)
* Lee Enterprises’ new chief financial officer comes from MediaNews Group and Halifax Media. ‘Nuff said. (Press release with a reporter’s byline added)
* Poynter’s Tampa Bay Times loses veteran pop culture reporter Sean Daly to a TV station. (saintpetersblog.com)
* Cox-owned Austin American-Statesman lets Hearst Newspapers do its printing; 100 jobs are lost. (statesman.com)

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The New York Guild follows its parent union in changing its name. Here’s this afternoon’s release:

‘PAPER’ CUT: NEWSPAPER GUILD OF NEW YORK BECOMES NEWSGUILD OF NEW YORK

Name Change Comes as Union Already Represents Many Journalists at Forefront of Rapidly-Evolving Digital Industry

NEW YORK – Members of the Newspaper Guild of New York on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved changing their union’s name to The NewsGuild of New York to more accurately reflect its representation of journalists and other news professionals in a rapidly-evolving, multi-platform news industry.guild Members voted for the name change 407 to 105, after a three-week mail ballot voting period. The results were unofficial because the local’s elections committee had not yet certified and officially reported them.

“The news is very much alive, but most of the newspapers that were around when we started are gone. From The Daily Beast to The New York Times, and pretty much everywhere between, more Guild members now work in 24-hour, increasingly-digital news environments,” said Bill O’Meara, president of The NewsGuild of New York. “But one thing that isn’t changing is the importance of a union to look out for news professionals and to make sure that careers in journalism are sustainable.”

The New York Guild’s name change corresponds with a national trend of local Guild chapters dropping “paper” from their names. In January, the international parent union also dropped the word from its name, becoming The NewsGuild-CWA.

Besides the name change, members also approved a series of bylaw changes that will allow the Guild to streamline operations and invest in growing the union. The vote was 360 to 149.

“The changes we made will ensure that our members are represented by the strongest union possible – one that focuses on their needs in this ever-changing industry,” said O’Meara.

Buffalo’s WKBW-TV says it’s suspended its relationship with a weekly nostalgia-feature contributor over this now-deleted tweet, which the station manager calls “insensitive, inappropriate and harmful.”
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* “Airborne Eddy” off Channel 7 following Twitter controversy (buffalonews.com)
* “Airborne Eddy” was warned about this tweet by @BuffaloPundit (@buffalopundit)
* “How is it racist?” he asks his critics (@airborneddy)


Everything is awesome today for two Gannett executives:

From: A message from [Gannett CEO] Gracia Martore
Sent: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 2:11 PM
To: Gannett Communications
Subject: TEGNA Executive Promotions

Dear Colleagues,
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I am pleased to announced [sic] two well-earned executive promotions that will take effect after the separation. Victoria Harker, current Gannett chief financial officer, will be promoted to executive vice president and chief financial officer of TEGNA, and Todd Mayman, currently Gannett’s senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, will be promoted to executive vice president, chief legal and administrative officer of TEGNA.

Both Victoria and Todd have been instrumental throughout the process of separating into two publicly traded companies. They will serve on TEGNA’s executive leadership team along with Bill Behan, senior vice president of labor relations; Kevin Lord, chief human resources officer; Dave Lougee, president of Broadcasting; and Jack Williams, president of Digital Ventures.

Please join me in congratulating Victoria and Todd!

Best Regards,

Gracia

* Earlier: Gannett execs lip-sync “Everything is Awesome” (jimromenesko.com)

From a Montana Kaimin profile of its editor-in-chief, Ric Sanchez:postintern

* Working for Washington Post was j-student’s impossible dream (montanakaimin.com)

Also: The job I trained for no longer exists, writes a departing college editor (qz.com)

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* State of the News Media 2015: Smartphone browsing is up; newspaper circulation and cable news audiences continue to drop. (usatoday.com) | The full report: (journalism.org)
* A “Dewey Defeats Truman” moment for some Philippine papers. (theguardian.com)
* A city council member takes a Portland Press Herald reporter’s cellphone after learning that his controversial remarks had been recorded. (pressherald.com)
* New York Times readers are sad to see the bridge column and “movie clock” go. (nytimes.com) | (observer.com)
* David Carr will be remembered at the Mirror Awards ceremony in June. (mirrorawards.syr.edu)
* Agree: “The New Yorker remains incredible.” (thedailybeast.com)
* The New Yorker and WNYC are producing a new weekly radio show and podcast. (capitalnewyork.com)austin
* [RIGHT] Good for the Austin American-Statesman for not censoring “shit” in this story.
* A weekly newspaper publisher is buying the Portland (ME) Press Herald and its sister papers. (pressherald.com)
* Do college newspapers still need a central newsroom? Yes, say most editors. (collegemediamatters.com)
* From a Tuesday email to alt-weekly journalists: “Dear AAN Members, One small housekeeping note: We are in the final stages of vacating our office space in D.C. and operating out of a virtual office full time.”
* Larry King on Brian Williams: “I guess he could host a talk show. He’s a great personality. The question also there would deal with trust.” (huffingtonpost.com)
* Reporters who pose for selfies with politicians they cover: (Advance Indiana) and (@AHoosierMother)
* The publisher of Chicago weekly NewCity launches a Brazil edition. (chicagoreader.com)
* From an email release: Mark Gongloff leaves the Huffington Post to become Fortune’s digital editor. (@markgongloff)
* Meet Stanford’s 2015-16 John S. Knight Journalism Fellows. (stanford.edu)


A power outage today at Tribune’s Freedom Center printing facility in Chicago affected email and content management systems at several – if not all – Tribune Publishing newspapers, including the Baltimore Sun. “Our content management system was out from about 1:30 until 5:30 pm,” one Tribune journalist tells me. “Email down as well.”

From: Help Desk, Tribtech
Sent: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 3:12 PM
Subject: Freedom Center Power Outage

Tribune Publishing Technology wanted to update you regarding a power outage today at the Freedom Center in Chicago beginning at approximately 12PM CT and disrupting the network connectivity of multiple Publishing business units.Unknown We are currently bringing all systems back online.

This issue originated due to a vendor working with our Building Engineering team to test the fire suppression system for our Freedom Center data center. As part of this testing, a fire safety interlock system was inadvertently triggered, causing power to be shut off to our Freedom Center data center.

Power has now been restored, and Technology teams are currently focused on restoring all technology infrastructure. We will also be working with our Building Engineering team to address the protocols impacting our technology infrastructure to ensure this issue doesn’t recur.

Thanks,
Tribune Publishing Technology

A Tribune Publishing employee in Chicago writes in an email: “I think the lesson of today’s power outage is how many work-arounds the web, because it really is a web, now gives journalists.

“Today, email, down? Look at your phone or log into the company’s online email interface.

“Editing system down? Our Boston bombing story goes instead straight into P2P and every news outlet can grab it instantly for its website.

“Company Internet is on the fritz? Er, how many other ways we can access the Internet?

“This had to cause major inconveniences for some of our colleagues. …But today’s toolbox is so full of redundant options that it takes a lot more than it did even a few years ago to cause more than a hiccup to a news organization.”