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– Louisville Courier-Journal on Easter Sunday

My tipster writes: “After repeatedly told website hits aren’t a competition between reporters in Louisville [at the Courier-Journal], here we have one. This email was sent out to reporters Tuesday afternoon. Entry was not voluntary.”

Hey everyone!

For those who missed yesterday’s meeting, welcome to The Courier-Journal local/mobile social media bracket challenge! If you’re getting this email, you’ve been entered.

You all will be competing in a tournament for the next five weeks, starting yesterday, for a chance to win a new Apple Watch, among some other cool prizes for second, third and fourth place.

Please find the bracket attached, this also is written on the big white board in the fun room./CONTINUES Read More

The Charleston Post and Courier posted this column on February 26:
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One day later, the CEO of the newspaper’s parent company sent this email:

Date: February 27, 2016
To: All Employees of Evening Post Industries and its Affiliates
From: John Barnwell, CEO
CC: Members of the Board of Directors

Dear Fellow Employees,

Yesterday, Friday, February 26, Evening Post Industries was the targeted victim of an email spoofing incident. Through this incident, a request was made for a summary of all 2015 employee W2 information – to include all affiliates. Unfortunately this information was provided before we discovered that the request was made from a fraudulent account, by an individual purporting to be me.

We discovered the fraudulent nature of the request late afternoon Friday and have been working diligently ever since to investigate and gather as many resources as possible to counteract this incident. As you are impacted parties, we wanted to notify you immediately and share the resources we’ve put in place to help mitigate risk./CONTINUES Read More

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The Romenesko reader who sent the above clip from the Longmont Times-Call writes: “This is an item that runs on the top of B1, the front page of Sports. It’s a trivia/factoid feature that runs, as far as I know, every day. …This Colorado paper is owned, as most [in the state] are, by Digital First. The page designers work in Boulder, Colo., which is 15 miles or so southwest but a world away.”

I’m guessing the person who wrote the “factoid” about the design staff and murder didn’t intend for it to go to press.




Employees at Shaw Media, which has newspapers in Illinois and Iowa, will now get 30 cents per mile for personal car use; they had been getting been 35 cents. Has your company lowered its rate recently? Let us know in comments or on Facebook.

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“Netflix and chill” on UrbanDictionary.com:

TOP DEFINITION: A slang phrase meaning to watch a program on Netflix, a popular home movie and television application, and often to have sexual intercourse during or after watching the program.

* “Netflix and chill” joke was funny but inappropriate (washingtonpost.com)
* “Netflix and chill” definitions via Urban Dictionary (urbandictionary.com)

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“An occupation where you tell a lot of lies.”

(Screenshot from the “Family Feud” that aired on January 20, 2016. Via @nicholaspersac.)

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THE STORY: Gawker Media sells minority stake to investment company

THE STAFF MEMO FROM NICK DENTON:

Hey, everybody —

I’m pleased to let you know that Gawker Media Group has agreed to a minority investment from Columbus Nova, a firm with interests in companies such as Rhapsody, Harmonix, 300 Entertainment and Zoom Data — as well as the makers of Everquest.
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The transaction is expected to close after formal approval of shareholders, tomorrow. It will be the first time GMG has taken outside capital.

The funding will strengthen GMG’s financial reserves as we prepare for trial this March in Hulk Hogan’s $100 million invasion of privacy lawsuit, in which we are defending our right to report truthfully on the conduct of public figures./CONTINUES Read More