Forbes contributors were told Tuesday that their pay will be cut for visits to content that’s more than 90 days old, because “advertisers are increasingly buying premium ads for new content, not old.”
Assistant managing editor Kerry Dolan writes in a memo [with my boldface]:
“We [currently] pay the same for every view, whether it comes from new content, or content that’s 90 days old, or a year old, or 3 years old. Starting April 1, we’ll pay the same rate we now pay per visitor to content that’s within 90 days of publication. We’ll pay 25% of that amount for visitors to content more than 90 days old.”
The full memo:
As you’re probably aware, the digital advertising marketplace is changing, radically and suddenly.
In the past few months there’s been a drastic move toward ad viewability — in other words, advertisers only paying for the ads we can prove that people see.
In addition, advertisers are increasingly buying premium ads for new content, not old.
To keep pace with these changes we need a reset on the way we’ve paid our contributors.
And that’s going to impact the way your earnings are calculated./CONTINUESRead More
* “Can’t help but wonder if this will end up on @romenesko tomorrow. Double byline: Tom Hamburger and Rachel Weiner.” (@MichalskiLaura) | “He’d relish the opportunity.” (@bbellafiore)
* Report: U.S. and Syria are in talks to release missing journalist Austin Tice. (mcclatchydc.com)
* Steve Brill on “The Jinx”: “Once they catch him at the end muttering to himself, if you’re a journalist, you go back and ask him what he meant. The basic rule of journalism is you ask people for comment.” (observer.com)
* How BuzzFeed got $4 million in tax credits from New York. (capitalnewyork.com)
* Denver press critic Michael Roberts calls Colorado Springs Gazette’s “Clearing the Haze” series “a beautifully presented but woefully one-sided anti-weed screed.” (westword.com)
* Cal Thomas tells Liberty University students that he had his first column framed. It ran in the New York Times. (liberty.edu)
* “Digital is making money for us now,” says Conde Nast president Bob Sauerberg. (nypost.com)
* The Advance ax swings again: “Many employees of The Times of Trenton, The South Jersey Times, NJN Publishing and The Express-Times will be offered jobs with NJ Advance Media, although officials of the newspapers say there will be some job losses. They did not say how many employees will be laid off.” (nj.com)
* Expect to see more video advertising on Facebook. (recode.net) * Clare Farnsworth retires after covering the Seattle Seahawks for 36 years. (thenewstribune.com) | Richard Sherman tells the journalist: “This place won’t be the same without you.” (richardsherman25.com) | h/t @sportsrapport
* JOBS: A new NYC-based website is looking for education reporters; Honolulu Civil Beat seeks an investigations editor. (Romenesko Jobs)
* “I just threw away 420 death notices that I accumulated through the years,” says a 96-year-old devoted newspaper reader. (jsonline.com)
* #RaceTogether to deadline in a temporary AP “newsroom” at an Albuquerque Starbucks. (@RussContreras) | h/t Matthew Keys
* “Meerkat will literally change the world.” (My bullshit detector just blew a fuse.) (mashable.com)
* Providence Journal weekday newsstand price goes from a buck to $2. (turnto10.com)
Michelle Leder reports on her footnoted* blog that payments to Ochs-Sulzberger family members employed by the New York Times Company during 2014 rose from 2013. She sends this excerpt from her footnoted*Pro subscribers-only post:
Samuel Dolnick, the deputy sports editor and senior editor, mobile, for the New York Times, received compensation of $172,456 in 2014, up from $122,761 in 2013 as staff reporter and deputy sports editor for the paper. Samuel Dolnick is the son of Vice Chairman Michael Golden’s sister. Michael Golden and Chairman and Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. are cousins. James Dryfoos was employed as program director and senior director, project management, and received compensation of $192,445, up from $175,503 in 2013.
Michael Greenspon, who was employed as general manager, news services and international, received compensation of $460,343, up from $360,933.
Rachel G. Kirscht was employed as a manager in marketing and received compensation of $103,498, up from $79,635.
David Perpich, who was employed as general manager, new digital products, received compensation of $356,252, up from $287,926.
Arthur Gregg Sulzberger was employed as an assistant editor and senior editor for strategy for The New York Times and received compensation of $153,910, up from $118,285.
The company said Arthur Sulzberger Jr., Michael Golden and the mother of Carolyn D. Greenspon are cousins. James Dryfoos and Michael Greenspon are each the son of a cousin of Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and Michael Golden, and Michael Greenspon is Carolyn D. Greenspon’s brother. Rachel G. Kirscht is Michael Golden’s daughter. David Perpich is the son of Arthur Sulzberger Jr.’s sister and Arthur Gregg Sulzberger is Arthur Sulzberger Jr.’s son.
Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief’s memo to staff:
From: Baker, Gerard
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2015 3:42 PM
To: WSJ All News Staff
Subject: David Bird
As we mourn the loss of David Bird, I want to share with you details of his funeral and offer a way to make a contribution in his memory.
David was a widely respected reporter for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones for more than 20 years. He went missing more than a year ago and was found dead near his home in New Jersey last week.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Fleming, and their two children, Alex and Natasha.
After receiving a liver transplant ten years ago, David and Nancy became advocates for organ donations. He became an avid runner and cyclist and completed the New York City Marathon in 2013, inspiring many transplant recipients. In lieu of flowers, his family is asking that donations be sent either to a family trust or to the NJ Sharing Network Foundation, which advocates for organ and tissue donations (details are below)./CONTINUESRead More
The New York Times is dropping Joe Sharkey’s “On the Road” at the end of the month.
“I wrote it every single week for 16 years,” he writes in an email, and “never missed a week, including when I just got back from custody in the jungle after the Brazil mid-air collision over the Amazon in 2006.”
He adds: “Didn’t see this coming, frankly. They said they had to cut the freelance budget -and I was a freelancer, working without any kind of contract. … I intend to write occasionally for the NYT here and there. It’s an amicable parting on the column, though as I said, rather abrupt. The perils of the freelance life, as we all know.”
Sharkey says he’s working on a novel about a travel columnist who hates traveling, and teaching at the University of Arizona journalism school.
* Colorado Springs Gazette publishes a 21st Century version of “Reefer Madness.” I’m told: “Gazette employees have been strongly discouraged from commenting on or sharing opinions about the series. Privately editors have mentioned that public criticism could jeopardize reporters’ jobs.” (csindy.com) | Christine Tatum, the “lead reporter” on the series, is married to a doctor who treats so-called marijuana “addicts.” (westword.com)
* The radio host who interviews Chris Christie on “Ask the Governor” gets to drive around in a Corvette – thanks to Christie. (ibtimes.com)
* Conservative publications do best on Facebook with negative stories. (digiday.com)
* Are New York Times, BuzzFeed and other news outlets about to be swindled by Facebook? (niemanlab.org) | (businessinsider.com) // Jeff Jarvis: “I do fear that some of us will be bad negotiators.” (buzzmachine.com)
* James Vincent: “Many in the media industry are worried about ceding too much power to the social network.” (theverge.com) | Worse than Faustian. (@mathewi)
* Washington Post’s Dan Balz wins the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting. (washingtonpost.com)
* No paper trail for ESPN’s deal with Mid-American Conference. “Details were hammered out in conference calls with athletic directors and commissioners.” (chicagotribune.com)
* [RIGHT] High school administrators in Virginia censor a student newspaper story about “dabbing” – “the most recent craze to dominate the drug subculture.” (fauquiernow.com)
* The Ancil Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism goes to the Chicago Tribune, Arizona Republic and Neshaminy High School’s The Playwickian. (uoregon.edu)
* Los Angeles Times consumer reporter David Lazarus: “I was told by higher-ups this morning to tone down the political snark. Here’s a video of cats being funny.” (@Davidlaz)
* Akron Beacon Journal reporter Rick Armon forces Kent State to obey open records laws. (whenjournalismfails.com)
* Ken Doctor: Anyone who has ever listened to local public radio traveling across the country can recognize the great disparities in reporting. Closing that gap is central to the next generation of NPR News – and public radio itself.” (capitalnewyork.com)
* NBC PR touts a big “Nightly News” win over ABC’s “World News Tonight.” (nbcnews.com)
* James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards nominees are announced. (jamesbeard.org)
Nearly three years ago, Roanoke’s WDBJ-TV did a story about a former adult film star serving as a rescue squad volunteer. Its 6 p.m. news report included a very brief porn clip showing the actress stroking an erect penis. The FCC proposed today that the station be fined $325,000 for the inadvertent broadcast. Its ruling says:
The clip aired for approximately three seconds and thus its duration was not so brief as to preclude an indecency finding. Moreover, we find that the duration of the material was sufficient to attract and hold viewers’ attention; several complainants note that they viewed the material perfectly well.
A WDBJ photojournalist told the FCC: “When I recorded the screen shots off of a computer, I did not notice the small ‘boxes’ at the right of screen showing other films available from the distributor,” one of which showed the porn star/rescue squad volunteer in action.
The Roanoke Times reports WDBJ’s $325,000 penalty is the largest the FCC has ever enforced for a single indecent broadcast at a station.