From a Montana Kaimin profile of its editor-in-chief, Ric Sanchez:
* State of the News Media 2015: Smartphone browsing is up; newspaper circulation and cable news audiences continue to drop. (usatoday.com) | The full report: (journalism.org)
* A “Dewey Defeats Truman” moment for some Philippine papers. (theguardian.com)
* A city council member takes a Portland Press Herald reporter’s cellphone after learning that his controversial remarks had been recorded. (pressherald.com)
* New York Times readers are sad to see the bridge column and “movie clock” go. (nytimes.com) | (observer.com)
* David Carr will be remembered at the Mirror Awards ceremony in June. (mirrorawards.syr.edu)
* Agree: “The New Yorker remains incredible.” (thedailybeast.com)
* The New Yorker and WNYC are producing a new weekly radio show and podcast. (capitalnewyork.com)
* [RIGHT] Good for the Austin American-Statesman for not censoring “shit” in this story.
* A weekly newspaper publisher is buying the Portland (ME) Press Herald and its sister papers. (pressherald.com)
* Do college newspapers still need a central newsroom? Yes, say most editors. (collegemediamatters.com)
* From a Tuesday email to alt-weekly journalists: “Dear AAN Members, One small housekeeping note: We are in the final stages of vacating our office space in D.C. and operating out of a virtual office full time.”
* Larry King on Brian Williams: “I guess he could host a talk show. He’s a great personality. The question also there would deal with trust.” (huffingtonpost.com)
* Reporters who pose for selfies with politicians they cover: (Advance Indiana) and (@AHoosierMother)
* The publisher of Chicago weekly NewCity launches a Brazil edition. (chicagoreader.com)
* From an email release: Mark Gongloff leaves the Huffington Post to become Fortune’s digital editor. (@markgongloff)
* Meet Stanford’s 2015-16 John S. Knight Journalism Fellows. (stanford.edu)
A power outage today at Tribune’s Freedom Center printing facility in Chicago affected email and content management systems at several – if not all – Tribune Publishing newspapers, including the Baltimore Sun. “Our content management system was out from about 1:30 until 5:30 pm,” one Tribune journalist tells me. “Email down as well.”
From: Help Desk, Tribtech
Sent: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 3:12 PM
Subject: Freedom Center Power Outage
Tribune Publishing Technology wanted to update you regarding a power outage today at the Freedom Center in Chicago beginning at approximately 12PM CT and disrupting the network connectivity of multiple Publishing business units. We are currently bringing all systems back online.
This issue originated due to a vendor working with our Building Engineering team to test the fire suppression system for our Freedom Center data center. As part of this testing, a fire safety interlock system was inadvertently triggered, causing power to be shut off to our Freedom Center data center.
Power has now been restored, and Technology teams are currently focused on restoring all technology infrastructure. We will also be working with our Building Engineering team to address the protocols impacting our technology infrastructure to ensure this issue doesn’t recur.
Tribune Publishing Technology
A Tribune Publishing employee in Chicago writes in an email: “I think the lesson of today’s power outage is how many work-arounds the web, because it really is a web, now gives journalists.
“Today, email, down? Look at your phone or log into the company’s online email interface.
“Editing system down? Our Boston bombing story goes instead straight into P2P and every news outlet can grab it instantly for its website.
“Company Internet is on the fritz? Er, how many other ways we can access the Internet?
“This had to cause major inconveniences for some of our colleagues. …But today’s toolbox is so full of redundant options that it takes a lot more than it did even a few years ago to cause more than a hiccup to a news organization.”
After her husband Max died in 2004, former Sacramento Bee publisher Janis Heaphy Durham saw what she believed were signs that he was leaving for her – things like his handprint on the bathroom mirror and a footprint on their vacation home chair. Lights flickered, she said, and clocks stopped at the time that Max died.
She said nothing about this at the Bee.
I worked in an industry that was a breeding ground for skepticism about almost anything. The business of publishing required a mainstream professional demeanor and lifestyle. … Journalists can be eccentric; the business side of newspaper management isn’t.
She left the Bee in 2008 and, after researching the paranormal, decided to write “The Hand on the Mirror: A True Story of Life Beyond Death.” It hits bookstores today after getting a nice pre-publication plug from “CBS Sunday Morning.” The Bee reports Heaphy Durham got a seven-figure advance for the book.
“Uber is taunting journalism job seekers,” writes Karl Eisenhower, who forwarded this ad. (Are you a freelance journalist who drives for Uber as a second job? Let us know in comments how that’s working out, or send me an email if you want to comment anonymously.)
* Baltimore Sun front page [PDF] for April 28 (newseum.org) | The Sun’s riot coverage is free and doesn’t require registration (baltimoresun.com)
* Jason Whitlock tells staffers at ESPN’s The Undefeated site: “If you’re more comfortable working for a white person, I will find a white person for you to work for. … Everybody has to get on board with that or I’m going to find a way to move them someplace else.” (deadspin.com)
* Freelance Rhode Island journalist Phil Eil is still trying to get paid by Cumulus Media. He tells the radio giant: “I sincerely hope I receive a check for $2,034.50 as soon as possible. A public apology would be nice, too.” (rifuture.org)
* A variety of threats “make this the most deadly and dangerous period for journalists in recent history.” (nytimes.com)
* Claim: 46 million Americans have listened to a podcast in the last month. (wsj.com)
* Three journalists who met at the Rockford Register Star launch Out of Theaters, a podcast about classic movies. (outoftheaters.com)
* NBC News chief Andrew Lack believes viewers want Brian Williams back on the air. (nydailynews.com)
* Another ratings win for ABC’s “World News Tonight.” (@DylanByers)
* The Daily Dot – a Google Doc just a few years ago – raises $10 million. (observer.com)
* Wall Street Journal has about 40 full-timers cranking out 30 to 40 videos a day. (digiday.com)
* I’m looking forward to New York Times’ “DealBook Explains” animated series. (wwd.com)
* “Scoop Callahan” is the man behind the tiny Atlanta Journal-Constitutions. (ajc.com)
* A Vice Motherboard correction that’s almost as long as the story. (@andymboyle)
* “The journalism we provided to ‘Frontline’ on this story [‘Bigger Than Vegas’] was solid.” (investigativereportingprogram.com)
* Fast-rising Timesman Kinsey Wilson profiled. “He has the brain of a technologist but the heart of a journalist,” says Vivian Schiller. (capitalnewyork.com)
* Gatehouse Media CEO Kirk Davis, who has withheld raises for journalists while pocketing nice bonuses, is elected to the Associated Press board. (ghnewsroom.com)
Toledo Free Press founder and publisher Thomas Pounds tells his readers that “between years of legal wrangling [with the Toledo Blade] and ongoing struggles with predatory ad pricing from a competitor, business conditions are such that we can no longer continue.”
Closing hurts, but even more painful would be to have never tried. This newspaper has been a dream. We have enjoyed offering area readers an alternate voice and relished the challenge of changing the status quo of news reporting in Toledo. By adding to the conversation, we did what we set out to do, and I’m proud of the work we’ve done.
Commenters write below the Blade’s story about the weekly’s demise: “Sad that corporate America has won over the small guy again!” and “Blade wins. So much for a diverse community. Congratulations Big frog in very rusty watered small pond.”
The Free Press was recently sued by home-improvement chain Menard Inc. over circulation numbers, but Pounds says that had nothing to do with today’s announcement. “Hell I haven’t been served yet on that,” he writes in an email.
New: Free Press founding editor Michael Miller writes on Facebook: “Don’t be sad about the closing of Toledo Free Press. Be angry. Be sick that an independent voice has been silenced. …”