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The Dallas Morning News launched its premium website nine months ago, hoping readers would be willing pay $11.96 a month to see fewer ads and more photos. There were “promises of personalization and loyalty programs to come later,” the paper notes.

News chief marketing officer Jason Dyer declined to tell the News reporter what the paper invested in the project or how many people subscribed to the premium site. He also apparently gave her the wrong day for the site going dark. (Thursday, not Friday.)

* The News will shut down its paid website (dallasnews.com)
* Why it matters that the News failed at paid content (dmagazine.com)
* September 2013: The News launches a premium website (dallasnews.com) | (niemanlab.org)

* There are 53 statehouse reporters in Texas and just two in South Dakota. Less than a third of U.S. newspapers assign any kind of reporter to the statehouse, reports Pew, and 86% of local TV news stations don’t put even one reporter there. (journalism.org) | (washingtonpost.com)
rather* Robert Redford‘s playing Dan Rather in an upcoming “Rathergate” film. (mediabistro.com)
* Jill Abramson: “I was fired because of my quote-unquote management skills—and to be honest with you, I’m still trying to figure out exactly what that means.” (thedailybeast.com)
* Marc Andreessen has an “epic” first six months on Twitter. (qz.com)
* Ouch! Sponsored content polls higher than Fox News and BuzzFeed. (pando.com) | (linkedin.com)
* Florida newspaper editors refuse to let the Libertarian candidate for governor speak at their convention. (orlandosentinel.com)
* Isthmus, Madison’s alt-weekly, is sold to a group that runs a meal-plan card for students. (altweeklies.com)
* Why nobody’s watching Al Jazeera America. (matthewkeys.net)
* Today in Tabs is “the high school cafeteria of New York media.” (observer.com)
* New York Times correction: We misspelled the name of one of our reporters. “He is Matt Apuzzo, not Appuzo.” (nytimes.com)
* It’s time to kill the word “troll,” says Damon Linker.(theweek.com/AUDIO)
* The Journal of Vibration and Control (JVC) retracts 60 articles. Fred Barbash writes: “The reason for the mass retraction is mind-blowing: A ‘peer review and citation ring’ was apparently rigging the review process to get articles published.” (washingtonpost.com)
* Noted: CNN’s story about Duke University and “Duke Bourbon” is written by Alan Duke. (cnn.com)
* Turn in your WSJ125 Goodie Bag? Katie Rosman quits the Wall Street Journal for the New York Times. She’ll be an editor and Sunday Styles columnist. (@katierosman) | (wwd.com)


The Billfold asks: What did your first job pay then and what does it pay now? “Fran” posts first:

myfirstI graduated USC school of journalism in 1963 and got a job on a daily paper called the San Gabriel Valley Daily Tribune. It is still in existence in L.A. county. I was fully trained to write about everything from fires to sports. However it was the olden days and my job was on the Women’s Page. I earned $60 a week gross and lived at home to pay off my car. I spent an entire summer writing about brides and their veils of illusion. That was enough.

My first job out of college was Publications Editor at St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin. My annual salary was $7,200, but I resigned after five months. (I wrote the student recruitment brochures, alumni newspaper and other publications – and hated it.) I have no idea what the position pays now.

* What did your first job pay and what does it pay now? (thebillfold.com)

On Facebook…
* My friends and subscribers write about their first journalism jobs and pay

From my Facebook feed subscriber Erica Peterson:

1993: Reporter on a weekly newspaper in Northeast Ohio. Made $4.35 an hour. Had to take a pay cut from my $5 an hour gas station clerk job.

Update: There are also responses on Twitter, including this:

I recall being assigned to write on low income housing and the government free cheese give-away in 1981. I qualified for both.

At its first annual meeting in seven years, Tribune Co. will ask shareholders for permission to call its broadcasting unit Tribune Media Co., reports Lynne Marek.
(After the August spinoff, the publishing unit will be called Tribune Publishing Company.) images-4

“The last time Tribune shareholders gathered for a meeting was in 2007 when they approved a plan by real estate titan Sam Zell to take the company private in an $8 billion leveraged buyout,” notes Marek.

Meanwhile, Robert Channick reports Tribune Publishing, which will carry at least $350 million of debt as a stand-alone company, has the capacity to add another $100 million of debt. “The company also raised the projected interest payments on the [$350 million] senior term loan to more than $21 million per year, up from $14 million,” says Channick.

* Tribune Co. renames itself Tribune Media as it spins off Tribune Publishing (chicagobusiness.com)
* Tribune Publishing says it can carry more debt after spinoff (chicagotribune.com)

People are furious about the Manassas City (VA) Police Department wanting to photograph a 17-year-old’s erection for “sexting” evidence. How does the department respond on social media? At 10:30 this morning, it posted a photo of cops holding stuffed animals. The best they could do? I’ve asked their media relations officer. (My call went into voicemail.)

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One of the comments below the photo:
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* Manassas City police want to photograph teen in sexually explicit manner (washingtonpost.com)
* Manassas City Police on Twitter | The department on Facebook

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Dennis Sodomka continues: “You won’t have to wait for the nightly television newscast or for the delivery of your paper to get the latest news. It will all be at your fingertips whenever you want it.

“This may sound like a futuristic vision straight out of Star Trek, and most of it, indeed, may be several decades away. But most of the technology is available right now for a totally electronic newspaper.”

Mark Walsh, who sent this clip, writes in an email:

The Wall Street Journal’s anniversary section yesterday, with its predictions for various fields, reminded me that buried in a closet somewhere that I had a 100th anniversary edition of the Chicago Daily News from 1976 that had an article foreseeing “electronic newspapers.”

I mention it in briefly in my Education and the Media blog for Education Week. That item is primarily about a discussion in the Daily News’ 1976 edition about the future of the Chicago public schools. But as I said in the item, even for my education audience I couldn’t resist mentioning the electronic newspaper prediction.

* Chicago Daily News and its anniversary predictions for education (edweek.org)


After reading my “Stop bitching and start tweeting” post on Tuesday, a Romenesko reader who requested anonymity sent this:

If reporters tweeted what they were actually doing, it might be like:

Nothing on the daily budget #isitfridayyet?

Check #FB

Talk with podmate about weekend #partylikeajournalist

Text newsroom hottie #partylikeajournalist

coffeeGo to the cafeteria for coffee #whenislunch

Surf the net, catch up on newsroom gossip, watch viral cat video #whenislunch

Call source, who is out to lunch #whenislunch

Post photo of #lunch on #igram

Back from lunch, no calls #worldcup

Source calls. We talk about his weekend #partylikeajournalist

check #catsofinstagram

Email editor that source says situation is unchanged #breakingnewsornot

Editor says story project has been pushed to next month, will ‘get back to me’ on #tweaks

Chat with cute intern about weekend #partylikeajournalist

Talk to podmates about going to karaoke bar after work #partylikeajournalist

Karaoke bar with newsroom hottie #woohoo

#Igram of newsroom hottie doing #karaoke #partylikeajournalist

Or it might be this

Hour two of board meeting #boredshitless

yawnHour three of board meeting #blahblahblah

Board approves consent agenda without discussion #corruptbastards

Board opens meeting to public comments from #wingnuts in #tinfoilhats #craycray

Hour two of public comments #megacraycray

Who’s up for karaoke? #partylikeajournalist

* George Clooney says the Daily Mail “has proved time and time again that facts make no difference in the articles they make up.” (usatoday.com) | Mail Online apologizes to Clooney. (theguardian.com)
* Nineteen veteran Minneapolis Star Tribune journalists take buyouts. Those departing have 586 years of combined experience. (minnpost.com)
* The New Yorker is making all the articles it’s published since 2007 available free for three months, then will put up a paywall. (nytimes.com)
fight* Oxford comma dispute? “The fight began over a disagreement over grammar as well as their views on sports teams.” Reporter Terri Pederson tells me: “There was no mention [in the complaint] about what grammar issue they were arguing over.” (wiscnews.com)
* Five things Time is doing to boost social traffic, including: Tease, but don’t be clickbait-y. (digiday.com)
* R.L. Bynum: “Twitter’s popularity has added another layer of potential headaches for newspaper folks.” (raleighco.com)
* Is Time Inc. setting itself up for an intern lawsuit? “The [Sports Illustrated] fact-checker position would be an experience-building project and does not offer financial compensation.” (footballoutsiders.com)
* Jack Shafer: Al Jazeera America’s audience is less than half of that once attracted by Al Gore’s Current TV. (reuters.com)
* Courtland Milloy is catching hell for this line: “It’s a $500 fine for a motorist to hit a bicyclist in the District, but some behaviors are so egregious that some drivers might think it’s worth paying the fine.” (washingtonpost.com)
* A Neshaminy High School student editor says he won’t follow school board policy allowing use of “Redskins” in editorials and letters. (alldigitocracy.org)
* Five problems with Taylor Swift‘s Wall Street Journal op-ed. (washingtonpost.com)swift
* Baltimore City Paper vs. Baltimore police union. (@FOP3)
* “Nicholas Kristof, maybe you could tell your friends at GlobalGiving that they’re wrong?” (Youth Journalism International)
* In JOBS: Teach journalism in Montana next spring. (Romenesko Jobs)
* New Orleans Times-Picayune pulls out of the Louisiana Press Association. (businessreport.com) | How the Times-Picayune’s rival is doing (businessreport.com)
* The night the Los Angeles Times helped out its competition. (dailynewsgems.com)
* Cosmopolitan.com gets a makeover. (fastcodesign.com)