Alan Murray, who is stepping down as Pew Research Center president to become Fortune editor, tells his Pew colleagues:

It is with very mixed emotions that I announce I am leaving at the end of the month to become Editor of Fortune magazine.

Alan Murray

Alan Murray

This is not a job I was looking for, or sought. But Fortune, created by Henry Luce some 85 years ago, is one of the nation’s great and enduring journalistic brands. It is one of only two places I applied to work after finishing my graduate degree. The opportunity to lead this iconic news organization into the new media world does not feel like just another job opportunity. It feels like a calling, and it is one I find impossible to resist.

I will miss this place immensely. I was an ardent consumer and user of the Pew Research Center before coming here in November of 2012. In the nearly two years since, I have become so much more than that. I am in awe of what you do, your intelligence, your rigor, your overwhelming dedication to your work. This is a very special place and you are a very special group of people. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve the organization for the last two years./CONTINUES Read More

* Pew Research Center president Alan Murray has been named editor of Fortune magazine. drunkHe succeeds Andy Serwer, who is leaving Time Inc. ( | Congrats to Murray are coming in. | Serwer’s last tweet and Instagram: Listening to “We’ve Only Just Begun” and “On Top of the World.”
* Washington Post’s “much anticipated” Storyline – now online – is “dedicated to the power of stories to help us understand complicated, critical things.” ( | Wonk wars heat up. (
* “Napalm Girl” photographer Nick Ut, 63, is still shooting for the AP. (
* Jill Abramson‘s only talking to female journalists who are likely to be kind. “She is not only brilliant at overseeing the news, she is also brilliant at managing the news, particularly when it’s about her.” (
* “Forbes was a journalistic force not so long ago.” (
* Gannett reports higher revenue and earnings for the second quarter, but misses on analysts’ revenue projections. ( | (
* Sarasota Herald-Tribune launches a medical marijuana page. ( | (
* A “knowledgeable source” says AtlanticLive – Atlantic magazine’s events arm – brings in close to $10 million annually. (
* Advice for journalists of color. (“Dispel any rumors, however quiet, that you are just there for a ‘quota.’”) (
* At right: John Stamos visits BuzzFeed. (
* Andy Wright has been named publisher of The New York Times Magazine. He’s been with the Times for 17 years. (Times press release)
* A bicycle-riding Carl Bernstein was once ticketed for pedaling through a red light. (
* Enough with “deconstruct”! (
* Chris Young: “Think @BP_America meant for this top tweet to appear in its ad on today’s @washingtonpost website?” (It reads: “Someone spilled so much oil in my shop, I almost thought @BP_America came for a visit.”) (@ChrisYoungCPI)

* Had New Yorker founding editor Harold Ross been around at the dawn of the digital age,ross “it’s likely he would have been one of its pioneers,” says biographer Thomas Kunkel. (
* The White House criticizes anonymous sources just before one of its briefings – hosted by anonymous sources. ( | ( | (
* The Houston Chronicle is moving most of its downtown workforce to a “state-of-the-art” campus in southwest Houston. (
* Kat Stoeffel: “It’s so heartening to see some powerful women siding with the supposedly demeaning lady mags.” (
* Tribune Publishing is worth $635 million, says one analyst. (
* The Goonies panel at Comic Con is canceled and hearts are broken. (Twitter search)
* Forbes’ Lewis Dvorkin on the magazine sale process: “At times, media-on-media coverage, always a blood sport, added that extra level of anxiety in the newsroom. Living through eight years of turmoil at AOL taught me a valuable lesson about all that. ‘Ignore the noise,’ I would tell Forbes staffers.” ( | (
* Susan Sarandon is guest-editing an issue of Time Out New York. (
* You’re not: “Many people have said I’m the world’s greatest writer of 140 character sentences.” (@realDonaldTrump)
* Nigerian Compass journalists have to bring in ads, too. (

More tweets from today’s AP Stylebook chat:
* We use Internet, with a capital I, in all uses.
* Generic names of internal departments in corporations are lowercase: human resources, payroll, legal, marketing.
* Stock symbols should not be used in place of company names in
* It’s iPhone and iPad except at the beginning of a sentence. Use IPad and IPhone when the word starts a sentence.
* One word for email is acceptable in all references. Use a hyphen with other e- terms: e-commerce, e-business, e-book.
* Do not use a comma before Inc. or Ltd., even if it is included in a company’s formal name.

* @APStyleBook | Comments from my Facebook friends and subscribers

bees2“Another blow to the struggling newspaper industry,” tweets the @dailynewshack. This photo, which is about a year old, is circulating on social media again. The newspaper shown is the July 18, 2013, edition of Lansdale (PA) Reporter. The photo “has been out there for a while,” I’m told by a Reporter staffer who didn’t want to be named. She adds: “Bees can be an issue. We’ve taken preventative measures to make sure people don’t get stung while getting their daily paper.” The boxes are occasionally sprayed, she says.

* @dailynewshack

Ken Hart, who worked for 25 years at the Ashland (KY) Daily Independent, has a reputation for being outspoken. He isn’t shy about criticizing businesses on his Facebook page, even if their ads run in the Independent.

“Hobby Lobby runs an ad every single Sunday and I’ve been merciless toward them with regard to their Supreme Court case,” he says. “Chick-Fil-A, too.”

- A newspaper reporter was fired for criticizing this TV ad.

– A newspaper reporter was fired for criticizing this TV ad.

But a few weeks ago he went too far: He dared to bad-mouth a local car dealership.

Hart criticized Fannin Automotive TV ads that featured owner Chris Fannin’s young children.

“It appeared to me [that they] were being coached to talk like babies because it was ‘cute,’” says Hart. “I [wrote on Facebook] that making them do this was likely to get them teased unmercifully in school.” (You can hear the “baby talk” at the end of the commercial.)

The next day, Hart was called into publisher Eddie Blakely’s office and fired.

“I wasn’t given an official reason,” he says. “I asked why and Blakely said, ‘We’re not going to tell you.’ Kentucky law allows people to be fired for any reason or no reason, but my former boss later confirmed it was because the dealership owner, Chris Fannin, had called and raised hell about my post and apparently threatened to pull his ads over it.

“Interestingly, my boss also told me Fannin had made the statement ‘Now, I’m not calling to get him fired or anything’ during the course of the conversation.”

I called the CNHI-owned Daily Independent was told that publisher Blakely isn’t in the office this week. I sent him an email and left a message for managing editor Mark Maynard. Fannin wasn’t in the dealership this morning when I called; I left a message. [No response, as of 8:24 p.m. CT.]

“Should I have posted what I did? Probably not,” says Hart. “Did I deserve to lose my job over it? I personally don’t think so. And, I should also point out, I was never told of the paper having any kind of social media policy.

“I was an excellent employee of that paper for 25 years, too, with numerous awards to my credit. Having that all yanked away over something that wasn’t even technically work-related has been a little hard to take.”

What’s next for the 53-year-old reporter? “That’s a good question; I don’t know. I don’t know how I’m going pay my rent next month.”

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* The New Yorker aims “to make a website that is to the Internet what the magazine is to all other magazines.” ( | The editors explain their site’s change in appearance, content, and access. (
* Magazines are still the ultimate engagement vehicle. (
mpr* MPR’s clergy abuse probe shows that radio news can be more than rip-and-read. (“The archbishop blamed the media: ‘People in communications say this is probably MPR’s one chance to get a Pulitzer Prize like the Boston Globe did during the Cardinal Law period where they were able to string things together and come up with a kind of a mounting climax of the whole thing pointing blame and that sort of thing.’”) (
* Congressman’s wife to reporters: “Do you think that every time you guys write an article about untoward dealings, or what you perceive to be untoward dealings, about a member of congress or a lobbyist, that people care anymore? They don’t care. People don’t care.” (
* The Baffler’s archive is now online. (
* New York Daily News execs try to put a positive spin on last week’s layoffs. (
* The fight over Salt Lake City’s newspapers heads to court today. (
* David Carr: One reason “we always stay jacked in is that we want everyone — at the other end of the phone, on Facebook and Twitter, on the web, on email — to know that we are part of the now. If we look away, we worry we will disappear.” (
* Newspaper publisher: “We don’t see it as plagiarism. We see it as an anthology.” (
* Seattle journalist Frank Catalano quits Facebook because it “no longer delivers on its core value proposition: to let me quickly and easily see status updates from my friends.” (
buy* A “Buy” button is coming to your Facebook newsfeed. (
* NPR execs call Jay Rosen‘s reporting on the ombudsman issue “lazy.” He responds: “Here’s what I did in reporting my post. I will leave it to you to decide if I was being ‘lazy.’” (
* Sad newspaper boxes in Los Angeles. (
* Comic books – digital and print – are hot. (
* Charleston Daily Mail’s moon landing anniversary page-one art includes a lunar rover. “This was not an image from the historic 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing,” writes managing editor Philip Maramba. “This was James P. Irwin from the Apollo 15 mission in 1971.” (
* Rupert Murdoch could end up “saving” CNN? (
* That settles that! In 1852, a San Francisco editor died in a duel – rifles at 40 paces – over an editorial. (

On Saturday it was…

On Sunday it became…

McClatchy sold the Anchorage Daily News to the founders of three months ago for $34 million. “Since then, you may have noticed we have more Alaska news every day,” publisher Alice Rogoff writes in today’s name-change announcement. “That is no accident, as our mission is focused on expanding news coverage, both in Anchorage and across the state.”

* Alaska newspaper gets new name, new journalistic mission (
* Earlier: “As a result of Alice buying the paper, the decision about when to retire became easy,” says ex-editor (FishHawk907)

From Politico and Capital New York president and CEO Jim VandeHei’s conversation with WAMC radio’s Alan Chartock.

Jim VandeHei

Jim VandeHei

Q: If you hire a star at Politico, does that help you? Does the name recognition help you?
Jim VandeHei: “It helped tremendously five and seven years ago. There’s a diminishing return on just a name right now. Now if that name is backed up with game, then it helps a ton. There just aren’t that many people who can routinely tell you stuff you did not know that you want to know in a way that you want to read it. It’s a tough thing to do. So if you’re really a star, and it’s based on your performance – yes, it adds tremendous value.

There’s a lot of people who are stars — they have big names – but I don’t really think they’ve got the game to back it up. They’re living off a reputation that might have been true five or ten years ago; it’s not true today. I find zero value [in them].

Q: So if you get somebody good, how do you keep them?
VandeHei: There’s a couple of ways you keep people. Ultimately people want to feel like they’re part of something big. I think that’s one of the things we’ve been able to do at Politico and at Capital – that you’re part of trying to save journalism. So you feel like you’re part of something, that’s important. Compensation is certainly important. And then giving people opportunity to do things they couldn’t otherwise do.

* Alan Chartock in conversation with Jim VandeHei (


About 2,000 pictures set aside to be digitized were damaged Wednesday when a water pipe burst at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We quickly set up a washing station in the newspaper’s platemaking department. We soaked damaged prints, then set them onto tables to dry.”

The Post-Gazette’s Tumblr post by Steve Mellon and colleagues continues:

It was heartbreaking to see physical evidence of our city’s history so nearly ruined.

We tried opening a folder labeled “Bradshaw, Terry.” Images documenting the very public life of the former Steelers quarterback had fused into what can only be described as a photo brick. Bradshaw, it seemed, would be forever stuck to all three of his wives.

Dozens of images showing the construction of the Civic Arena were discolored and covered with grit. Among the carnage were pictures of Braddock, Pirates great Max Carey, the Pittsburgh Steel Co., and jazz legends Billy Strayhorn, Lena Horne and George Benson. About 75 file folders had taken a direct hit.

Each picture in the damaged files told a story — a unique Pittsburgh story.

The post’s last line: “Too bad nothing can be done to salvage those ’80s hairstyles” in the photos.

* After a near disaster, saving pieces of history (