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.)

* Read comments from my Facebook friends and followers

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

Two-time Pulitzer winner Richard Read wrote this farewell note to Oregonian colleagues after taking the paper’s buyout and leaving the paper on Dec. 31. “Hopefully other reporters can get a little bit of his wisdom,” writes the Oregonian staffer who forwarded Read’s email.

From: Richard Read
Subject: Bye for now

Dear friends-

It’s time to say goodbye. I’ll miss each one of you. I can’t resist dispensing some advice, worth what you pay for it, to reporters especially.

Richard Read

Richard Read

Manage your editors with patience. Some of them labor under the misimpression that you work for them, not vice versa. Learn from each one. Learn from your fellow reporters. Always have 10 story ideas; editors fill a vacuum. Marvel each day that you get paid to receive an education. Treat your sources with respect. Every so often, try doing something instead of just writing about doing something.

Fight for the little person, the voiceless, the abused and seldom seen. Expose corruption, injustice and ignorance.

Stay safe. Some of us, including Helen Jung, who still works with you, have risked our lives in war zones for The Oregonian. Do not try this at home. Remember, when covering a volcano, not to interview the eruption. I knew two photographers and a volcanologist who died that way in Japan, along with their driver and a cop who tried to save them. Another time, Oregonian reporter Joan Laatz Jewett, speeding with a photographer at the wheel to cover a Clackistan shooting, noticed the end of a gun barrel and a puff of smoke. The bullet hit the news car’s windshield frame to the right of Joan’s head./CONTINUES Read More

Gawker Media union members received this email on Thursday morning [my boldface]:

Dear WGAE-represented Gawker employee:

The good news is that we are talking seriously with the company about pay. The bad news is that the company’s counterproposal is pure status quo. No raises at all (beyond what would cover dues) except what each individual employee might be able to wrangle on his or her own.

The whole point of joining together in a union is to ensure that people’s collective voice is heard, to improve conditions for everyone. The negotiating committee’s response has been very clear: the status quo is not enough and solid, reasonable across-the-board pay increases are essential. We will return to the bargaining table again in two weeks to keep the pressure on.

In Solidarity,

Lowell Peterson
Jeff Schioppa
Executive Director
Business Agent

Writers Guild of America, East
250 Hudson Street, Suite 700
New York, New York 10013

* June 2015: Gawker Media employees vote to unionize (gawker.com)

NBC Universal digital president Nicholas Lehman has been named chief strategy officer at TEGNA, the former Gannett broadcast and digital properties. Here’s the CEO’s memo:

From: A message from Gracia Martore
Subject: Welcome Nicholas Lehman TEGNA’s new Chief Strategy Officer

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Nicholas Lehman has been named chief strategy officer for TEGNA. Nick will join the TEGNA Leadership Team and report directly to me.

In this new role, Nick will help guide TEGNA’s overall vision and strategy. He’ll work across our company to identify and develop new business opportunities. He’ll also help cultivate company-wide strategic partnerships and help drive innovation initiatives throughout all areas of TEGNA./CONTINUES Read More