David Harmon, Gannett’s new chief people officer, most recently worked for the Federal Reserve Board and AOL. Bob Dickey’s memo doesn’t describe the CPO’s duties, but I assume he’s the human resources guy with a “clever” title.

From: A message from Bob Dickey
Date: June 5, 2015 at 3:17:34 PM EDT
To: A message from Bob Dickey
Subject: Staff Announcement
I’m pleased to announce today that David Harmon has been named Chief People Officer for new Gannett.

Dave has had more than 25 years of experience in leading diverse, cross-functional teams in the operations and human resources fields. He most recently served as the assistant director and chief human capital officer for the Federal Reserve Board./CONTINUES Read More

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

– Today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

* Blasts from the Past: RFK was assassinated on June 5, 1968 (jsonline.com)

– Via DuaneDudek.com

The Philadelphia Newspaper Guild, preparing for a possible strike, has purchased the realphillynews.com domain name.
At that site, “we will provide news, sports and features from the reporters, editors and producers of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com to our loyal readers and advertisers while the Company attempts to put out a product filled with wire stories and scab news and photos.

“If the Company believes that the new ‘Live, Life, Love’ and Sunday Business sections can be put out without the reporters, columnists, photographers and artists who inspired those sections, we believe they’re kidding themselves.”

Read the Guild memo after the jump. Read More

Memo from New York Times business editor Dean Murphy:

From: “Murphy, Dean”
Date: Thu, Jun 4, 2015 at 5:27 PM
Subject: New roles for David Gelles and Brian Chen
To: “!NYHQ-bizstaff”

We are pleased to announce that David Gelles and Brian Chen are taking on new roles for BizDay.times

David will write regularly for Sunday Business about finance and other Wall Street and business subjects, drawing upon his experience covering M&A, media, marketing and tech. Since joining The Times two years ago, David has untangled complex business subjects for our readers, both on deadline and in long-form features, demonstrating over and over again that financial journalism can be engaging and compelling./CONTINUES Read More

A Romenesko reader writes: “This goodbye email is from Chuck Berman, photographer (well, formerly now, after yesterday’s [Chicago Tribune] layoffs), which is one of the classiest and most heartfelt goodbyes we’ve had here.rex It so perfectly sums up why the people we work with make this profession both great (and heartbreaking when we lose people like Chuck).”

On Monday I wrote Rex Huppke a note that I liked his column [right]. On Tuesday, I was laid off.

Coincidence? I think not.

I had a great 37 years at the Tribune. This newspaper and my camera let me knock on people’s doors, take some pictures, enter their lives and enrich mine. So many times, I enjoyed putting my cameras down and talking to these people, sometimes more than the photos themselves. I’ll always keep doing that and talk to strangers. Everyone has a story and some are really, really good.

I have been blessed to work with and be friends with an amazing pack of photographers, reporters, editors and lab techs (and others I’m sure I left out). I even married one of them, for which I am eternally thankful.

Now, my life will be filled with more birds, more lost golf balls, more history books and more stories to hear.

Lucky me, for everything.

Thank you, everyone. Cheers.



* Chicago Tribune lays off 25 employees (suntimes.com)

As a former paperboy who got my first watch and clock-radio by winning Beloit (WI) Daily News subscription-sales contests, I’d be working my ass off to get those $10.30 commissions and the big $250 bonus. The Wisconsin Law Journal/Daily Reporter publisher’s memo:

From: Steve Staloch
Sent: Thursday, June 04, 2015 8:58 AM
To: WLJeveryone; MILeveryone
Subject: New subscriber bonus bucks

Here’s a way to not only boost our sagging circulation numbers and pocket real money at the same time. Earn $10 for each full-priced paid subscription to TDR or WLJ you coral during the months of June, July and August…no limit!! In addition, as payment will be added to your paycheck, we’ll bump commission on each order to $10.30 to cover estimated taxes.

But that’s not all. If we hit our goal of 100 new orders, the top producer will receive a bonus of $250!!!

Good luck!


Stephen P. Staloch | President & Publisher | Wisconsin Law Journal | The Daily Reporter
225 E Michigan Street, Suite 540 | Milwaukee, WI 53202
414-225-1815 | 800-508-3800 ext.15815

* Wisconsin Law Journal

New: “We did this at a paper where I once worked. I actually liked it.” (facebook.com)

From today’s Racine (WI) Journal Times, a Lee Enterprises newspaper

* SC Johnson named one of America’s most reputable countries companies

From today’s Louisville Courier-Journal, a Gannett newspaper

* Onmi Omni Hotel to include 30-story tower | Another view of the page

Digital First Media editor-in-chief and Bay Area News Group (BANG) boss Dave Butler tells his journalists that “we all need to engage our readers even more” and rethink old news rules.
“Do we really think, for instance, that every story must be 25 inches?” he asks. “Every Sunday piece must by 35-40 inches – or longer? Are you reading all of these long stories — on your phone? (Of course not.) Does a one-sentence story seem just right for Apple’s watch? (Does to me.)”

He adds: “Print will continue to shrink and digital will continue to grow. The bottom line may well be this: Change and change faster. That’s not a new concept, to be sure, but one we need to embrace even more.”

The editor-in-chief’s memo:

From: Dave Butler
Date: Wed, Jun 3, 2015 at 4:47 PM
Subject: An update….
To: &BANG News All


For the past several weeks, news and business executives have been meeting to discuss our path forward in light of the upcoming budget year and the challenges our industry continues to face.

As many of you know, I’m just back from sitting in on budget discussions for our company’s largest units — and it’s clear that we are all wrestling with similar issues. We’ll need to address these challenges irrespective of who owns the company./CONTINUES Read More

I was reading the Chicago Tribune on my iPad (via the PressReader app) while flying back from Denver last night and saw a familiar name in the obits. I guessed that the late Peter G. Nickeas was related to the Tribune crime reporter, and that grandson Peter wrote the obit (aka death notice).

“I did,” the journalist tells me. (He also wrote a longer tribute to his grandfather on Facebook.) “He was super proud I made it to the Tribune. He was serious about advancing the family name and nobody else in our line has graduated from college.”

* Obituary for Peter Gus Nickeas (legacy.com) | A grandson’s tribute (facebook.com)
* Chasing mayhem with Tribune crime reporter Peter Nickeas (nymag.com)


* Larger view: Carrier says PiPress is now delivering Star Tribune, WSJ and NYT (@timnelson_mpr)
* Read comments about the carrier’s letter on my Facebook wall

Earlier: Carrier goes out of his way to explain late papers (jimromenesko.com)