Thank you @NBCNews. 2 years of building, recruiting, launching and experimenting. Right time for me to move on to a new thing.
— Gregory Gittrich (@gittrich) October 10, 2014
Romenesko reader Jonathan Cannon writes: “This full page ad was in Sunday’s DMN. I haven’t seen anything else but the DMN already uses NYT wire service. I’m hoping it’s an agreement similar to the one the DMN has with The Washington Post and not just a crossword or something like that. Any info you have or can get would be appreciated. I’m very curious and would like to not have to wait until the 19th to find out.”
No need to wait, Jonathan.
Times spokesperson Linda Zebian writes in an email: “Referring you to this piece from Ken Doctor, which includes statements from Jim Moroney, the publisher and CEO of the The Dallas Morning News:
Jim Moroney, Dallas Morning News publisher and CEO, sees a similar opportunity. He plans to start selling the special Times section to his Sunday subscribers this fall, after completing talks with the Times. After a four-week sampling period. The Morning News would charge $1.99 a week for the section, sharing revenue, as does the Toronto Star, with the Times. The Times is calling the program its Opt-In Model. Expect more dailies to talk to the Times about the program as well, as the company decides how and how much to expand the model in the U.S.
Tribune Publishing announced today that Nancy Meyer becomes Orlando Sentinel publisher and Rick Daniels succeeds her at the Hartford Courant. Howard Greenberg, who has been Orlando Sentinel and Sun-Sentinel publisher, now focuses solely on the Sun-Sentinel.
From: [Tribune Publishing CEO] Jack Griffin
Date: October 10, 2014 at 8:29:16 AM EDT
Subject: Publisher/CEO Changes
Dear Team Members:
Today, Tribune Publishing Company announced the following important changes to its leadership team:
* Nancy Meyer, the current Publisher of the Hartford Courant Media Group, will assume the role of Publisher & CEO of the Orlando Sentinel Media Group;
* Howard Greenberg, who has served as Publisher & CEO of the Orlando Sentinel Media Group and the Sun-Sentinel Media Group, will focus solely on the Sun-Sentinel Media Group; and
* Rick Daniels, an industry veteran who has steered many well-known brands, including The Boston Globe and GateHouse Media New England, will become the Publisher & CEO of the Hartford Courant Media Group./CONTINUES Read More
* Jay Rosen to Chuck Todd: “Do you think you are part of the professional political class? Would you include yourself in it?” Todd: “I don’t think any political reporters should be categorized in that, and I wouldn’t want to be classified in that group. I’m not an operative. I’m a reporter and analyst.” (pressthink.org)
* The first-person essay boom examined. (washingtonpost.com)
* How New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich might write about himself. (theatlantic.com)
* Elmhurst College student editor says this week’s theft case and resulting publicity made it feel like “we were a real live newspaper. It was exciting. It makes me want to pursue this more as a career now.” (suntimes.com) | (chicagotribune.com)
* Full disclosure, please: Why did this break-in get such big play? Because it’s the executive editor’s home. (delawareonline.com)
* Laid-off Gannett journalist: “It toasts me when former co-workers and others who have broken free of the addiction that is journalism start in on how the business never will be as good as it was back in [fill in the blank with the years they worked here].” (tallahassee.com)
* AP journalist to Eric Carvin: “I’ll stop by for a chat after picking up my body armor.” (@EricCarvin)
* You’re being watched, NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman: “A man who was with her got out of the car and went inside the restaurant to pick up a take-out order, one reader reported.” (planetprinceton.com)
* “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner: “I totally disagree that we’re in the ‘Golden Age of television.’ That’s just a marketing term.” (vanityfair.com)
* Total revenue for Andrew Sullivan‘s site is about $1 million. (gigaom.com)
* Ebola’s getting too much coverage? (npr.org)
* High school journalists receive an ACLU award for refusing to use “Redskins.” (sportsgrid.com)
* Funny or Die is now doing news. (digiday.com)
* Dan Kennedy on Providence Phoenix’s demise. (wgbhnews.com)
* A UK editor says his site’s clickbait gets readers to check out more serious content. (theguardian.com)
A few things New Yorker editor David Remnick told WWD:
On changing the publication schedule: “I think the combination of a weekly print magazine and a daily Web site is perfect for us now. I think if you go to a biweekly, you lose your seat at the table of what’s going on in the world a little bit.
On media “brands”: “The only reason the word ‘brand; gets a little tiresome is that something that is complex and wonderful and deep begins to sound like a can of tomato soup. I recoil at that, but I’m used to it.”
On social media: “I don’t have a Twitter account, [but] not because I’m a dinosaur about it. I have enough of a platform here. … I’ve used it in my reporting. It’s very useful. Instagram — yeah, it’s fun, but Facebook, no, [just] here and there.”
On Time Inc. making its editors work on advertising content: “Call Time Inc. That’s not what I got into journalism to do. I got in journalism for any number of reasons, not least because it’s so much fun.”
On Anna Wintour being named Conde Nast artistic director: My relationship with Anna is very good and even close. She has been nothing but supportive of what we do.”
About HBO’s “Girls”: “Yeah, I like that a lot. I think what resonates about her [Lena Dunham] is the sort of absolute nakedness, literal and figurative. And the business of a person writing about a more selfish and immature and more unselfaware version of herself is very interesting.”
* The final issue of Providence Phoenix comes out next week. (vanyaland.com) | (ripr.org) | March 2013: Boston Phoenix folds. (jimromenesko.com)
* St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographers in Ferguson felt guilty for not being on the streets when their boss ordered them to take a break. (npaa.org)
* A strong debut for CNN’s “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” with Mike Rowe. (mediabistro.com) | (nytimes.com)
* David Plotz leaves Slate to become CEO of Atlas Obscura. (@davidplotz) | (washingtonpost.com)
* Washington City Paper managing editor Jonathan Fischer joins Slate as a senior editor. (mediatbistro.com)
* Trading floor photos defended. (marketwatch.com)
* NPR memo: “[Ebola] developments need to be put into context — and sometimes that context will lead to a decision by NPR not to turn something into ‘breaking news’ even if some of our competitors are.” (npr.org)
* What are the next revenue sources for news organizations? Share your ideas. (mediadistruptus.com)
* Amazon’s opening its first brick-and-mortar store in New York City. (commercialobserver.com)
* RIP Jan Hooks. The “Saturday Night Live” cast member (’86-’91) was 57. (TMZ.com)
A couple of readers pointed out that Patricia Heaton plays “Frankie,” and that she comes from a family of journalists. Her brother is Cleveland Plain Dealer veteran Michael Heaton and her late father, Chuck, was a Plain Dealer sportswriter. I’ve asked Michael what he thinks about his sister’s remark on “The Middle.”
In total shock to learn of the resignation of @editorbobstover at Florida Today. He'll be missed! I'm so sad! Tell me this is a hoax, Bob!
— Sara Paulson (@bySaraPaulson) October 8, 2014
Bob Stover, longtime executive editor of Florida Today, thought his staff needed their spirits lifted so he arranged what became dubbed “Pie Day” in the newsroom. The plan was to have the Gannett paper’s journalists bake pies and other treats to share on Thursday.
I’m told that Stover was in a meeting on Wednesday afternoon, discussing today’s morale-boosting event, when he was summoned to the publisher’s office. One staffer tells me the newsroom heard raised voices and “the next thing you know he walks out saying he just resigned.”
Stover, 66, tweeted: “Just resigned after 22 great years as an editor at Florida Today. Leaving great colleagues to carry on their fine work.”
Sports reporter Erika Esola tweeted: “I don’t think I’ve ever heard an entire newsroom gasp before.”
“A lot of us were in tears,” a reporter tells me.
What happened? Nobody is saying. Publisher Jeff Kiel was in his office when I called this morning, according to his secretary, but he wouldn’t take my call. Stover hasn’t responded to my requests for comment, and interim editor Mara Bellaby hasn’t returned my calls.
One of my tipsters writes in an email: “A reporter asked [Kiel] if Stover’s resignation was voluntary. The publisher paused and then said he would be unable to answer that question.”
Another reporter wonders if Stover refused to make additional staff cuts. That person calls the executive editor’s departure – in the middle of a morale-boosting meeting – “totally ironic [because] what he did was the worst thing for morale.”
I’m told the newsroom still enjoyed homemade pies today. Lottery tickets were handed out at lunch, and the staff agreed to split the winnings and quit if they hit the jackpot.
* Do you have information about Stover’s departure? Email me at email@example.com. I’ll protect you, of course.