* Possible bidders for Philadelphia’s dailies include Ray Perelman and the Communications Workers of America. (philly.com)
* Paul Krugman‘s $25,000/month CUNY pay defended. (newrepublic.com) | (slate.com)
* Michael Wolff and the Guardian “go our separate ways” and don’t say why. (capitalnewyork.com)
* Smashing Pumpkins founder Billy Corgan guest-edits a suburban Chicago weekly. (robertfeder.com) | Sofia Coppola guest-edits W. (Fashioncopious)
billy* Ken Doctor asks in his post about the L.A. Register: “How many humans are going to be buying daily print newspapers in 2024?” The answer: Few. (niemanlab.org)
* The Minneapolis Star Tribune – sometimes called the Star & Sickle by its critics – will become less liberal, says its new owner. (minnpost.com)
* The Army won’t say what law two Toledo Blade staffers broke that caused them to be detained. (cjr.org)
* Barry Diller: Daily Beast “will have to carry its weight — meaning, it will have to be deficit-neutral at the least for it to continue.” (hollywoodreporter.com)
* The seven sins of online publishing, according to Lucia Moses. ( (digiday.com)
* JOBS: A defense contractor in Colorado seeks writers. | Tech journalist wanted. (Romenesko Jobs Page)
* “People want the Village Voice to succeed,” says the paper’s boss. (capitalnewyork.com)
* A plea for the Newseum to pay more attention to community newspapers. (ananews.com)
* Larry Flynt has been sending Hustler to congressional offices every month for decades. (nationaljournal.com)

Winners of the University of Oregon’s 2014 Ancil Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism are:
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* Michael Phillips of the Wall Street Journal for “The Lobotomy Files,” a report on the estimated 2,000 World War II veterans lobotomized by the Veterans Administration.

* University of Alabama Crimson White editors for “The Final Barrier,” which exposed examining segregation in Greek life segregation..

* Reuters was honored for publishing “Assets of the Ayatollah”, even after being warned that running the series might hurt its attempts to reopen its Tehran bureau.

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Natalie Ravitz, Rupert Murdoch’s chief of staff, tweets: “Amazing visit to @Framestore in Soho today with @rupertmurdoch [News Corp. CTO] @paulcheesbrough and Joel Klein.”

Chris Hamby won the investigative reporting Pulitzer on Monday for his Center for Public Integrityhamby “Breathless and Burdened” probe.

Today he announced he’s leaving CPI and joining BuzzFeed’s investigative team.

“I’m thrilled to be joining a powerhouse team that will combine the time-honored rigors of investigative journalism with the creativity, technological prowess and reach of BuzzFeed,” he says. “I view Buzzfeed’s commitment to hard-hitting, fair and compelling reporting as a tremendous sign for the future of journalism.”

BuzzFeed says:

We didn’t want to and aren’t trying to steal any of the limelight. We’re just incredibly proud of Chris for the prize, and most of all for the impact his work had in the lives of coal miners facing black lung.

* Chris Hamby joins BuzzFeed, Pulitzer in hand (capitalnewyork.com)
* CPI blasts ABC News for trying to grab part of Hamby’s prize (publicintegrity.org)

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I’ve invited WTIC and Angela Dias to respond to Owens’ post. Thursday update: No word from them.

* Read the comments on Owens’ Facebook post (facebook.com)
* Moose falls into well | Father admits he hurt infant (courant.com)


The Philadelphia Inquirer won a Pulitzer on Monday for architecture criticism – a beat that one of the paper’s owners wants eliminated, according to two Inquirer sources.

Twice in late 2012, I’m told, George Norcross criticized Inga Saffron – she won the paper’s Pulitzer this week – for not being a Philadelphia booster. He told an Inquirer journalist that “she brings down every major building in the city” in her reviews, one of my sources reports.
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“Who needs an architecture critic?” Norcross reportedly said. I’m told that she was among the columnists that the newspaper co-owner wanted reassigned to reporting duties.

Norcross spokesman Daniel Fee tells me: “I guarantee you no one has spoken to George Norcross about Inga Saffron. George is happy that Inga’s work was recognized, and believes it was well deserved.

“Anonymous statements are worthless. If someone wants to attach their name to it, along with the details of when they assert these conversations occurred, I’d be really interested in knowing it – because then we’d know who is willing to make things up out of whole cloth.”

Saffron has heard that Norcross isn’t a fan, “but honestly I have no way of knowing if it’s true,” she says.

Her columns are posted on Philly.com – Norcross’s daughter, Lexie, is digital operations director – along with news stories and aren’t marked as architecture criticism.

“I think that policy is a huge mistake,” Saffron tells me. “Columnists are a brand that helps attract eyeballs. We should be doing everything we can trade on their identities.”

She adds in an email:

The title “architecture critic” is an old one that doesn’t reflect the breadth of what we do today. We’re really city critics and this is a time of profound change for American cities. We’re seeing quite a few big cities like Philadelphia rebound from years of depopulation and disinvestment, while others like Detroit struggle to find their footing. Pulitzer awards can’t help but tap into trends, so I think it’s no accident that both my work and [Detroit Free Press editorial page editor] Stephen Henderson’s were cited this year.

* Three-time finalist Saffron was surprised by her Pulitzer win (philly.com)
* Saffron’s on Philadelphia magazine’s “most powerful” list (phillymag.com)

breaking* “Tell me exactly how this is breaking news, CNN?” (@WillMcAvoyACN)
* Earlier: Meet the people who didn’t know the Titanic disaster was a real historic event. (jimromenesko.com)
* Aaron Kushner‘s Los Angeles Register debuts. (laobserved.com)
* John Henry‘s apparently an okay newspaper owner. (“While he has not yet raised pay, in January he absorbed a 6 percent increase in health costs that would have otherwise gone to [Boston Globe] employees.”) (nytimes.com)
* Diane Sawyer‘s newscast tops Brian Williams‘ in the 25-54 demo for one week; “NBC Nightly News” is #1 in total viewers, though. (nytimes.com)
* SPJ announces the winners of its Sigma Delta Chi Awards, including the Boston Globe for reporting under deadline. (spj.org)
* Pulitzer judges snub sportswriters – again. (shermanreport.com)
* Why didn’t the New York Times’ Dasani piece win a Pulitzer? (cjr.org)
* The 35 most powerful people in New York media, according to Hollywood Reporter. (hollywoodreporter.com) | The list.
* Google eliminates “How to become a drug dealer” and 1,200 other predicted search phrases. (washingtonpost.com)
* College newspaper publishers are advised to stick with print. (collegemediamatters.com)
* Marty Baron talks to NPR about the Washington Post’s two Pulitzers. (npr.org)
* Amanda Kludt is promoted to editor-in-chief at Vox Media’s Eater. (capitalnewyork.com)


A Romenesko reader writes:

rulesI’m a longtime newspaper reporter who was recently hired as a metro editor. This is my first foray into management and working with reporters from the other side.

I was wondering if you or your readers had any good book recommendations for folks new to management. Especially any books by newspaper people about leading a newsroom.

I posted this note on my Facebook wall a few minutes ago and suggestions are already pouring in. Do you have any books to add to the list?

* Read the suggestions from my Facebook friends and subscribers (facebook.com)

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* Baltimore City’s Guide to the High Life (citypaper.com)
* From February: Baltimore Sun Media Group buys City Paper (jimromenesko.com)

Highlights from New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson’s podcast chat with Catie Lazarus:

* “[Nate Silver's lawyer] said to me, ‘[Repping Nate is] like representing the prettiest girl at the party.’ I looked at him with kind of a raised eyebrow and just in a deadpan voice, I said to him, ‘I’m very sorry, but The New York Times is always the prettiest girl at the party.’ I believed that then and I believed that now.”

* “I have often paused and wished I could take a month off and go to business school and really study. Actually, my predecessor Bill Keller did that, and I think before him that Howell Raines did that as well. I envy them that they did that.”

Are these the glasses that a prison inmate wanted?

Are these the glasses that a prison inmate wanted from Jill Abramson?

* About letters she’s received: “The most absurd is after a C-Span appearance a reader, who was in prison, wrote me begging me for a pair of my glasses. I thought that was absurd and slightly ominous.”

* About her tattoos: “I have now four. I think eventually, when I finish doing them, will tell the story of me, of where I lived, and what things have been important to me. … I have two then on my back that are the two institutions that I revere, that have shaped me. One is unsurprisingly the amazing ‘T’ in The New York Times newspaper. Then I have a Crimson Harvard ‘H’ and that’s for Harvard, and also for my husband Henry, who we met when we were in the same class at Harvard. … And now I feel like shooting myself for spending, like 10 minutes, talking about such a trivial thing.”

* Jill Abramson on Nate Silver, tattoos, and Anita Hill (out.com)
* Nate Silver is #36 on Out’s just-released Power 50 list (out.com)