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ids2Indiana University’s Daily Student newspaper announced today that “we’ve joined forces with the talented developers of NYT Now to bring our readers a personalized experience when they use the app.”

When you log into the app with your “@indiana.edu” email, what you need to know from the IDS will be right there alongside with what you need to know around the world.

I asked the Times if it has NYT Now partnerships with other college newspapers. “For now we’re trying this out with just the Indiana Daily Student,” says spokesperson Linda Zebian.

IDS editor-in-chief Michael Majchrowicz tells me that the Times pitched the idea to him mid-summer.

“Moving into the fall semester, we had just introduced a new website and CMS, and we were going to have our hands full either way,” he says. “After discussions with the NYT Now team and IU Student Media Director Ron Johnson, I decided this was too good of an opportunity to pass up. …I was a regular user of the app prior to the partnership, and I’m excited for what’s ahead.”

* Indiana Daily Student announces a NYT Now partnership (facebook.com)


“Sometimes font choices keep me awake at night. …But I have come to terms with Comic Sans.”
Sydney Morning Herald page designer

- Sydney Morning Herald's front page

– Sydney Morning Herald’s front page

The Sydney Morning Herald’s use of Comic Sans has font aficionados up in arms. Editor-in-chief Darren Goodsir explains why it was used:

It was felt the font would best depict the comic-book feel we were trying to give to the front; as if to make a mockery of the appalling displays in the witness box from a former politician and a current parliamentarian. I am very pleased with the result.

* Comic Sans comes of age on Sydney paper’s page one (smh.com.au)
* Comic Sans on A1 sparks typeface-shaming Twitter frenzy (theguardian.com)
* Sydney Morning Herald in Comic Sans storm (stuff.co.nz)

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“An employee of the station … said that this sort of thing happens sometimes because the scroll automatically pulls tweets from the web.”

And you don’t see any danger in that, Fox 26? (I’ve asked the station a few questions about this and will post its response when/if it comes in.)

* Scroll calls Tony Romo “still the gayest player…” (thebiglead.com) | h/t @sportsrapport


Now he says:

* Huffington Post hires 9/11 truther to cover national security (politico.com)

Huffington Post’s press release on the Stallworth hire is after the jump. Read More

In the New York Times article about USA Today’s layoffs, Scott Bowles – the paper’s pink-slipped film critic – says that “we were never told [the layoff] was based on seniority or money we made, but you can’t help but feel that the money you made might have worked against you. …I have been amazed by the names and reputations of some of the people on this list; these are bigwigs. Big names.”

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Scott Bowles

One of Bowles’ longtime friends tells me: “Bowles dad, famed journalist Billy Bowles of The Detroit Free Press, died last month. Bowles literally just returned from the memorial service in Atlanta” to get the layoff news.

Here’s the journalist’s email to colleagues and friends:

From: Scott Bowles
Sent: Wednesday, September 03, 2014 2:00 PM
To:
Subject: Fwd: You. Essay. Today.

Sent to the staff, but I mean it far beyond.

Hi guys,

Like a lot of people here, I’m saying goodbye. But I wanted to say how much I respect all of you and will adore this place forever.

I’ve worked at a few papers in my life, from Arkansas to Atlanta to DC. I have never met a more cohesive, loving group of reporters than at USA Today. We have been through the wash cycle many times, and still, somehow, come out without the fabric fraying. And will again.

That had nothing to do with the paper, everything to do with the people. We scrapped together like an infantry unit, and just the response this morning tells me we are forever soldiers in arms. I have no intention of allowing the last few months of uncertainty undo 17 amazing (and I am not blowing smoke) years in a dream job, with dream people. That’s a disservice to the past, which I plan to cherish dearly and fondly like an aging baseball pitcher who tells the same old stories about the day he brought the heat./CONTINUES Read More

* Bloomberg LP CEO Michael Bloomberg should buy CNN. (buzzfeed.com)worry
* “I’m actually not that worried about the future of the New York Times,” says executive editor Dean Baquet. (capitalnewyork.com)
* New York Daily News will no longer use “Redskins.” The NFL team will simply be referred to as Washington. (nydailynews.com)
* Has Glenn Greenwald peaked? asks Politico. (politico.com)
* A Huffington Post editor who recently resigned – Jimmy Soni was going to write a book, HuffPo said – was being investigated for sexual harassment. (gawker.com)
* Washingtonian magazine is criticized for a “low blow” in a restaurant review. The critic wrote: “[The chef] recently became an American citizen. Let’s hope next time he can come up with a better thank-you to his adopted country than this gutless homage.” (washingtonpost.com)
* Fortune’s new managing editor needs to hire a copy editor. (@James_daSilva)
* Kind of guessed that: “Most books are never fact-checked.” (theatlantic.com)
* Poynter’s Tampa Bay Times insists that taking its name off the local arena isn’t a cost-saving move. (tampabay.com)
* Washington Times uses its staff writers to put together an NRA supplement. (washingtonpost.com)
will* Washington Post’s rules do not apply to columnist George Will, says editorial page editor Fred Hiatt. (mediamatters.org)
* Layoffs at Gannett’s Tennessean begin today. (@pithinthewind)
* Elizabeth Spiers on the back-to-blogging “trend”: “I realize that two or three people engaging in the same behavior at the same time constitutes a trend in some circles, but…” (capitalnewyork.com)
* Michael Wolff snubbed. (theguardian.com)
* A questionable series about the history of email from The Huffington Post. (techdirt.com)
* Real estate company JBG publishes a popular free tabloid in Washington D.C. Its spokesman says: “None of the content is disingenuous, because you will never see a profile of JBG as a company.” (washingtoncitypaper.com)

From the rock music writer:

USA Today is laying off 60 to 70 employees today, I’m told, with about half coming from the newsroom.

A newspaper spokesperson tells Romenesko readers: “USA Today is working to align its staffing levels to meet current market conditions. The actions taken today will allow USA TODAY to reinvest in the business to ensure the continued success of its digital transformation.​​”

One USA Today staffer says she’s received farewell emails so far from ….
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– Health and wellness reporter Michelle Healy
– Behavior and relationships reporter Sharon Jayson
– Books reporter Bob Minzesheimer
– Special products copy chief William Coon

I’m told that Travel editor-in-chief Veronica Stoddart and Pop Candy columnist Whitney Matheson were also laid off. Sports pages editor Liza Koon writes on Facebook that after being laid off, “my escort out of the building wouldn’t let me talk to anyone, so hello social media.” Page designer Abby Westcott tweets that she was laid off. “I already have a plan,” she says.

This, too: “Add my name, Craig Bennett, to the list of those RIF’d today. I had spent 32 years with Gannett, 25 of those with USA TODAY Sports, primarily as a copy editor. I was informed by phone.”

From Korina Lopez: “I was also informed by phone. Took all of five minutes to disassemble 11 years of work. Nights, weekends, holidays, ungodly hours, missed key moments in my daughter’s early childhood… And with the explanation that it was a business decision and that I did nothing wrong. None of us saw this coming. Not even a suggestion. Quite the bombshell.”

Any more names and layoff stories to share? Email me at jim@jimromenesko.com.

Update: This list of laid-off staffers was sent to me:

Ronnie Stoddard
Glenn O’Neal
Korina Lopez
Chris Cubbison
Jim Henderson
Dennis Kelly
Lisa Hitt
Tara Murray
Raju Chebium
Bob Minzesheimer
Sharon Jayson
Scott Bowles
Deborah Barrington
William Coon
Scott Zucker
Paul Barton
Michelle Healy
Sam Ward
Tom Frazier
Robin Webb

Update 2: USA Today has posted its story about the layoffs. The paper calls the downsizing “a cost-cutting move that comes in response to declining national advertising sales.”


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Where are the laugh-out-loud lines in Huffington Psst? If Arianna Huffington is willing to comment on it – and hire the team behind Psst – this parody isn’t snarky enough. Here’s what the Huffington Post founder says about HuffPsst:

The fact that the team at the Harvard Lampoon chose to spend its summer vacation exploring the deepest intricacies of The Huffington Post universe instead of backpacking across Europe speaks volumes about the state of higher education in America. For us, the big benefit is knowing who to call to keep things running in the event everyone at HuffPost decides to spend next summer backpacking across Europe.

* Harvard kids “lampoon” Arianna Huffington (capitalnewyork.com)

From the 1944 book, “The Disappearing Daily.”

- Page 180, "The Disappearing Daily"

– Page 180, “The Disappearing Daily”

On Tuesday, I posted a Chicago Daily News headline asking – in 1978 – if print journalism was an endangered species. After seeing that, retired Minneapolis Star Tribune copy editor Bruce Adomeit sent a link to the 1944 book, “The Disappearing Daily,” by Oswald Garrison Villard. You can read it here.

What the press critic wrote about other news outlets in 1944:
The Associated Press: “One of its besetting sins is that it has always bowed down before authority and rarely ever stood up to the government in any controversy until its decision to fight the government’s suit against it. It is the first to take orders from Washington, for it desires above all else to stand well with every administration, if only to make sure it gets the news.” (page 42)

New York Times: “In America no other journal approaches it in the volume of news and coverage of the world. No important journalist can possibly do without it, and it has literally made itself indispensable to anyone who desires to be thoroughly informed as to what is happening on this globe. To miss even an issue is a detriment to all who deal with foreign affairs.” (page 78)

New York Daily News: “The Daily News is less vulgar than formerly and it is fortunate in not having to resort to some of the devices which keep many publications, notably in the magazine field, afloat. Its cheap paper and black headlines give it a worse and cheaper aspect than it really deserves.” (page 104)

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “Any honor roll of American journalism must place the St. Louis Post-Dispatch at the head of the distinguished, politically independent, and outstandingly honest American newspapers.” (page 119)

Chicago Tribune: “The Tribune has risen to great financial success and maintained it despite depressions, wars, and periods of great unpopularity. …In its local news it is as biased and inaccurate as many of our metropolitan dailies, and it has never hesitated to reveal malice in its reports of the doings and utterances of those whom it does not like.” (page 128)

Gannett newspapers: “Mr. [Frank E.] Gannett has had the wisdom not to make [his newspapers] all look alike in make-up and typography as is the case with the Hearst and other chains; he has preserved their individuality, and has not overloaded them with star contributors and correspondents.” (page 158)

* “The Disappearing Daily: Chapters in American Newspaper Evolution”