INDUSTRY NEWS 2-9-16
Francis Wick named CEO of family newspaper chain
Wick Communications has named the grandson of the newspaper chain's co-founder as its new president and CEO. Francis Wick takes over the Arizona-based newspaper publisher from outgoing CEO Tom Yunt, who is leaving the company to take a chief operating officer position in Wisconsin. Wick currently serves as publisher of the Sierra Vista Herald along with other Arizona publications. He is the grandson of Milton Wick, who co-founded the company 90 years ago. The Sierra Vista-based company publishes newspapers in 11 states. Wick previously worked at company papers in Montrose, Colorado, and New Iberia, Louisiana.
Kansas student newspaper sues administrators
The student newspaper at the University of Kansas has filed a lawsuit accusing university administrators of approving funding cuts to the newspaper that were enacted after an editorial critical of the student Senate. The University Daily Kansan's leadership filed the lawsuit Jan. 5 in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kansas. The lawsuit accuses University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and Vice Provost for Student Affairs Tammara Durham of approving funding cuts to the newspaper made by the student Senate in violation of the newspaper's freedom of speech protections.
Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/news/state/kansas/article58851123.html
Adelson family announces new Las Vegas Review-Journal editor
The family of billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson says the Las Vegas Review-Journal has a new editor. Review-Journal publisher Craig A. Moon said in a statement Feb. 5 that J. Keith Moyer takes over immediately as editor-in-chief and senior vice president for content of Nevada's largest newspaper. Moyer is a former publisher of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis and former editor of newspapers including the Fresno Bee in California, the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, New York, and the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock. Since 2010, Moyer has been a fellow at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Moon arrived last week, replacing Jason Taylor, who works for Gatehouse Media LLC. Gatehouse sold the newspaper to the Adelson family in December, but still has a management contract.
Media leaders urge tougher protection for journalists
World media executives are urging governments to stop looking at journalists as the enemy, and to better protect reporters covering wars, crime and corruption. Describing growing impunity for those who arrest or attack journalists, news leaders meeting Feb. 5 in Paris argued for more public outcry and pressure on governments when a reporter is targeted — whether in a war zone or in peacetime. Freelancers are under extra risk, they warned, especially local reporters in countries where journalists have little recourse against violence or government pressure. "Whether by murder, violence, arrest or intimidation, the crimes taking place against journalists have become far too common. In fact, they've become normalized," John Daniszewski, vice president of international news at The Associated Press, said at a conference on journalist safety at the headquarters of UNESCO, the U.N. cultural agency.
Read more: http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2016-02-05/media-leaders-urge-tougher-protection-for-journalists
Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly has book deal
Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly has a book deal. HarperCollins Publishers announced Feb. 4 that it has acquired world rights to Kelly's first book. It will be published by the Harper imprint this fall. Kelly currently anchors Fox News Channel's "The Kelly File." Before joining Fox, she was a general assignment reporter for WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C. Prior to her career in television news, Kelly practiced law for nine years. The book was acquired by Lisa Sharkey, who is the senior vice president director of creative development at HarperCollins. Sharkey says Kelly is "among the most interesting and influential people in America today." The book will be edited by HarperCollins executive editor Matt Harper. HarperCollins and Fox News are both subsidiaries of News Corp.
Tribune Publishing gets $44.4M from Chicago investor
Tribune Publishing, the troubled owner of the Chicago Tribune and other newspapers around the country, said it received a $44.4 million cash infusion from a Chicago investor who has a stake in its rival newspaper the Chicago Sun-Times. The company also suspended its quarterly dividend Feb. 4 to free up more money in the aftermath of a difficult year. Revenue has slumped as readers and advertisers continue to migrate online and the company has trimmed staff to cut costs. Its stock has plummeted 68 percent in the last year. Tribune said that it plans to use the cash for digital initiatives and for possible acquisitions. The company has expressed interest in bidding for some assets of Freedom Communications, the bankrupt publisher of the Orange County Register and several other California newspapers and magazines.
Read More: http://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2016-02-04/tribune-publishing-gets-444m-from-chicago-investor
Chicago cameraman covering Super Bowl 50 robbed at gunpoint
A Chicago television cameraman in San Francisco to cover Super Bowl 50 was robbed of his camera at gunpoint earlier this week, the latest in a string of robberies targeting journalists and their pricey equipment in the San Francisco Bay Area. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Feb. 3 that Marcus Richardson was taking scenic background pictures on Feb. 2 at Lombard and Hyde streets when he was robbed around 9:15 p.m. The two unidentified gunmen struck while he was putting equipment back into his car. Richardson was not injured. The robberies in recent years have led some TV stations to hire guards to protect their reporters.
Read more: http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/5178953-181/chicago-cameraman-covering-super-bowl
New York Times beats Street 4Q forecasts
The New York Times Co. (NYT) reported on Feb. 4 fourth-quarter earnings of $51.7 million. The New York-based company said it had net income of 31 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs and severance costs, came to 37 cents per share. The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 29 cents per share. The newspaper publisher posted revenue of $444.7 million in the period, which also beat Street forecasts. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $439 million. New York Times shares have declined nearly 5 percent since the beginning of the year. The stock has dropped 7 percent in the last 12 months.
Facebook shuts down medical marijuana pages in New Jersey
Three of New Jersey's five medical marijuana dispensaries have had their business pages shutdown by Facebook, cutting off what advocates call an integral place for customers to learn about which plant strains best treat their illness and where to find discounts. Compassionate Sciences in Bellmawr, Garden State in Woodbridge, and Breakwater Treatment and Wellness in Cranbury had their pages shut down this week. Facebook's advertising policy bans promotion of selling drugs — as well as tobacco and guns — and the medical marijuana pages weren't spared even though they have been legally allowed to operate in New Jersey since 2011. The shutdowns reflect similar measures taken by the social media giant in other parts of the country.
Read more: http://6abc.com/news/facebook-shuts-down-medical-marijuana-pages-in-new-jersey/1186322/
Newspaper sells property to raise money for new press
The owner of the Portland Press Herald in Maine has sold and then leased back the building that houses a printing plant to raise money for a new press. MaineToday Media plans to use proceeds from the sale of the South Portland property to purchase a press for the facility that'll be less expensive to operate. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. Publisher Lisa DeSisto says the initial lease with the new owner, a property management company, is for 10 years, renewable for up to 40 years. MaineToday plans to move most of the remaining staff including reporters and editors from Portland's One City Center to the South Portland building in the future.
Greg Orear named publisher of The Journal of New Ulm, Minn.
Greg Orear has been named publisher of The Journal, of New Ulm, Minnesota, replacing long-time publisher Bruce Fenske who retired at the end of October in 2015. Orear, who started his duties Feb. 1, comes to New Ulm from Red Oak, Iowa, where he was publisher and editor of a weekly paper, the Red Oak Express. He also served as publisher of the neighboring Glenwood Opinion Tribune. Orear, 44, has a strong reporting background. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, he attended college at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, graduating with a degree in communications and journalism. In September 1993 he started working as a reporter with the Chillicothe Constitution Tribune. A few months later he was named managing editor of the Brookfield Daily News, a position he held until 2005, when he transferred to Iowa.
Read more: http://www.nujournal.com/page/content.detail/id/576660/Greg-Orear-named-publisher-of-The-Journal.html?nav=5009
INDUSTRY NEWS 2-2-16
Missouri bill aimed at blocking censorship of student reporters
A Missouri lawmaker is touting a bill he said will protect the state's student journalists from censorship, written in part as a response to a recent confrontation between a University of Missouri assistant professor and a student videographer during protests on campus. The measure by Republican Rep. Elijah Haahr of Springfield would prohibit public K-12 schools and colleges from blocking articles or other content created by students, with some standard exceptions — content that's slanderous, libelous, breaks laws or is an invasion of privacy. "I think it's time that Missouri becomes known as a state that values free speech, especially for student journalists," Haahr said before a Monday House hearing on the legislation.
Read more: http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2016/02/01/missouri-bill-aimed-at-block-censorship-of-student-reporters/
McCollum expands his media career while inspiring kids
While many athletes figure they'll pursue media careers after their playing days are over, Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum sees no reason why he can't have it all now. McCollum is a media mogul in the making, with a radio show along with a series of articles to his name. He's also mentoring aspiring young journalists through a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the NBA. Portland's second-leading scorer rattles off the names of sports writers and broadcasters he admires as adeptly as he lists the players he looks up to, including Zach Lowe and Bill Simmons. He looks at Michael Strahan and thinks, "Why not me?" "I envision myself entering in a similar world where I can maybe do a talk show and something of that nature and still be able to focus on basketball as well," he said.
Read more: http://www.thestate.com/entertainment/celebrities/article57790458.html
Wisconsin activists push student free-press protections
When student reporters at Wisconsin’s Fond Du Lac High School published an article on sexual assault two years ago, they expected to ignite a conversation about rape, not free speech. But when worried administrators responded with a policy enabling censorship, the magazine joined a decades-long debate over free speech in school-sponsored media. Though school officials ultimately backed down, the magazine's adviser, Matthew Smith, is now leading a push for legislation to protect student speech statewide. "I think that kind of opened my eyes to how harmful things can be if the rules aren't clear and students aren't specifically protected," said Smith, who is now a coordinator for New Voices Wisconsin.
Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/06d5c17a426c43a695359c49a0a305e3/wisconsin-activists-push-student-free-press-protections
Report counts some 2,300 journalists killed in past 25 years
In the last quarter century, at least 2,297 journalists and media staff have been killed for doing nothing more than trying to inform the world on war, revolution, crime and corruption. And killers continue to act with impunity, the International Federation of Journalists announced in a new report. The annual total stood at 40 in the federation's first year of counting, 1990, but has not dipped under the 100-mark since 2010. "The last 10 years were the most dangerous," said IFJ General Secretary Anthony Bellanger in an interview, with 2006 the worst year of all with 155 killed. And despite vows of protection from as high as the United Nations, the IFJ said it produced the report "25 years of contribution towards safer journalism" to underscore a worsening climate of impunity which has helped killers get away with murder and turn journalists into soft targets.
Read more: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765684029/Report-counts-some-2300-journalists-killed-in-past-25-years.html
NY Press Club objects to commission's take on lobbying
The New York Press Club of Albany, N.Y., objected Jan. 29 to an advisory opinion from the state ethics commission that public relations professionals should file lobbying reports if they contact media seeking editorials to advance a client's position. Club President Steve Scott said the opinion undermines a basic tenet of journalism, endangering the ability to keep private the names of informed sources. "Sources would, in essence, be 'outing' themselves, if required to identify journalists with whom they've had private conversations," he said. The commission moved to address those concerns by removing a reference to media consultants contacting reporters to push a client's message before voting 10-3 for the opinion on Tuesday.
Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/NY-Press-Club-objects-to-commission-s-lobbying-6793486.php
Virginia Senate allows reporters back on floor
Reporters in Virginia will once again be able to get an up-close look at how the state Senate is operating, while plans proceed in Missouri to move reporters away from the action. GOP Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment said Jan. 29 that he plans next week to allow reporters back on the floor of the Virginia Senate, where they had worked for decades until banned earlier this month at the beginning of the 2016 session. Norment said he had reached an agreement with members of the Capitol press corps on new procedures for reporting from the floor, which include having reporters sit at desks instead of tables and spell out specific punishments for reporters who violate the Senate's established rules of conduct.
Read more: http://www.examiner.org/newsx/ap-news/60974-virginia-senate-allows-reporters-back-on-floor
James Murdoch becomes chairman of Sky, renewing buyout talk
James Murdoch will become chairman of European broadcaster Sky, a move that will renew speculation that his family's media empire will try to take over the company, in which it already has a stake. The 43-year-old is the second son of tycoon Rupert Murdoch, whose family assets include The Wall Street Journal, Fox News and the 20th Century Fox movie studios. James Murdoch will succeed Nicholas Ferguson four years after resigning from what was then known as BSkyB amid the phone-hacking scandal. James Murdoch served as CEO from 2003 to 2007 before holding the position of chairman from 2007 to 2012. But while briefly in charge of British newspapers for Murdoch family interests, he was tainted by the phone-hacking scandal that forced the closure of the tabloid News of the World in 2011.
Read more: http://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2016-01-29/james-murdoch-becomes-chairman-of-sky-renewing-buyout-talk
Fox draws 12.5 million viewers to Trump-less GOP debate
The seventh Republican presidential debate — and the first one without drawing card Donald Trump — was seen by 12.5 million viewers on Fox News Channel. The Jan. 28 debate ranked sixth among the seven GOP debates so far in viewership. Only the debate two weeks ago that was shown on the relatively little-watched Fox Business Network had fewer, with 11.1 million viewers. Trump did not participate because of a feud with Fox News Channel and instead held a fundraiser for veterans nearby in Iowa. Fox's rivals at CNN and MSNBC covered Trump's fundraiser, where the candidate made a brief speech. CNN was watched by 2 million viewers and MSNBC by 1.1 million during the hour in which Trump talked.
Read more: http://www.usnews.com/news/entertainment/articles/2016-01-29/fox-draws-125-million-viewers-to-trump-less-gop-debate
Fox News attempts to end feud with Trump fall short
Last-minute attempts by Fox News Channel to end its feud with Donald Trump failed and the Jan. 28 presidential debate went on without him, creating the odd spectacle of competing television networks covering a Trump rally at the same time as the other Republican candidates talked. Trump said Fox News Channel apologized to him for the network's role in the conflict that led the presidential front-runner to back out of the debate, but it was too late for him to change his plans. Fox said its chairman, Roger Ailes, "acknowledged (Trump's) concerns" in three phone conversations with the candidate Jan. 28, but wouldn't agree to Trump's conditions for coming to the debate. Trump had started things, tweeting last weekend that Fox should replace Megyn Kelly as a moderator for the debate. He's been unhappy with her since last August because of Kelly's tough questioning in the first GOP presidential debate on Aug. 6.
Read more: http://www.usnews.com/news/entertainment/articles/2016-01-28/trump-says-fox-apologized-to-him-in-feud
Fox says Trump demanded $5 million donation
Fox News Channel says Donald Trump demanded a $5 million contribution to his charities in order to appear in The Jan. 28 debate, which the network rejected. Fox News says Chairman Roger Ailes, in conversations with Trump, "acknowledged his concerns" about a statement the network had made in the days leading up to the debate. The network and the presidential contender had been feuding since Trump demanded Megyn Kelly be removed as a debate moderator. Trump was holding a competing event in Iowa.
Debate feud injects fresh chaos into GOP primary
An explosive feud between Donald Trump and Fox News Channel is overshadowing the final sprint to Iowa's presidential caucuses, injecting a new sense of chaos into the 2016 Republican contest. On the eve of the final debate before Iowa voters weigh in, Trump refused to back off his decision to boycott Thursday's prime-time faceoff. His campaign insisted that debate host Fox News crossed a line with a sarcastic statement mocking him and continued to criticize moderator Megyn Kelly. In turn, Fox accused Trump's camp of trying to terrorize its employees. "They think they can toy with Mr. Trump," campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said Wednesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." ''Mr. Trump doesn't play games."
Read more: http://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2016-01-27/trump-not-backing-down-from-fox-debate-boycott
Report: US and UK spied on Israeli drones for years
U.S and British intelligence cracked the codes of Israeli drones operating in the Middle East and monitored their surveillance feeds for almost 20 years, according to documents leaked by American whistleblower Edward Snowden and published in international media on Jan. 29. Reports by the German news website Der Spiegel and the investigative website The Intercept said the details emerged from documents leaked by the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked millions of documents about U.S. government surveillance in 2013. The reports said the intelligence agencies were able to watch information that the drones and other aircraft broadcast back to their handlers. The project codenamed "Anarchist" has operated since 1998 and was based near the highest point in Cyprus.
Read more: http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2016-01-29/report-us-and-uk-spied-on-israeli-drones-for-years
Casino mogul hires new Las Vegas Review-Journal publisher
The Las Vegas Review-Journal has a new publisher recruited and hired by the family of billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who secretly bought the newspaper last fall in a sale that has been heavily scrutinized over transparency concerns. The owners said Jan. 28 in a statement that Craig A. Moon has been appointed publisher of Nevada's largest newspaper, effective immediately. Moon was the publisher of USA Today from 2003 to 2009. A career executive with Gannett publishing, he also led newspapers in Tennessee, Arkansas and Florida. No reason was given for the sudden replacement of Jason Taylor, who was publisher for just six months. Taylor works for Gatehouse Media LLC, which sold the newspaper at a markup to the Adelsons but was kept on a contract to manage the newspaper.
Group acquires East Valley Tribune, Ahwatukee Foothills News
Arizona’s Times Media Group has announced Jan. 28 that it has acquired the East Valley Tribune and Ahwatukee Foothills News from 10/13 Communications. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. Times Media Group will immediately assume day-to-day operations of both publications. The publishing company already owns a number of locally focused community newspapers, websites and magazines in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The East Valley Tribune was acquired by 10/13 Communications in 2009 after Freedom Communications filed for bankruptcy. Ahwatukee Foothills News, a bi-weekly paper, had been owned by 10/13 Communications since 2010. Its website, ahwatukee.com, also joins Times Media Group in the transaction.
Nexstar to buy Media General as Meredith bows out
Nexstar said it is buying rival TV station operator Media General after Meredith agreed to allow Media General to get out of a takeover bid for Meredith. Media General had offered to buy media company Meredith in September. About two months later, Nexstar offered to buy Media General. On Wednesday, Meredith said it agreed to allow Media General to get out of the deal. As a result, Media General will have to pay $60 million in cash to Des Moines, Iowa-based Meredith Corp. Nexstar Broadcasting Group Inc. of Irving, Texas said Wednesday that it will pay about $2.2 billion in a mix of stock and cash for Richmond, Virginia-based Media General Inc. Nexstar said the deal is worth $4.6 billion when debt is included.
Newspaper ads set off campaign spending investigation
Tammy Holland says she just wanted to get her rural Colorado neighbors to read up on a school board election when she took out newspaper ads last September that listed the candidates and criticized some of the board's votes. But that swept Holland into Colorado's unusual system for investigating campaign spending violations. Unlike most states, where campaign finance regulators decide whether to prosecute alleged violations, Colorado's constitution requires every complaint to be referred to an administrative law judge, who can then convene a trial-like process. So when a school board member complained that Holland's ads violated prohibitions against undisclosed campaign spending, the rules triggered a formal case against her, which has cost her $3,500 in legal expenses.
Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/61c0e6d7a7044839b00319a4fe7dea3e/colorados-trial-campaign-finance-system-under-fire
Journalism group behind Chicago police misconduct database honored
A nonprofit journalism group that helped create an interactive database that lists thousands of complaints alleging misconduct by Chicago Police officers has been awarded $400,000. The Invisible Institute and the Experimental Station was awarded the grant by the Knight News Challenge on Data to expand its Citizens Police Data Project. The database was launched last year after a long legal battle to force the city to make public the misconduct records. The Knight News Challenge praised the group for an "online toolkit" it says will serve as national model for others reporting and tracking allegations of police misconduct. The Invisible Institute also played a key role in last November's release of the video of a white officer fatally shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald.
Missouri bill would require free speech class in college
Missouri college students would need to take a class on freedom of speech in order to graduate under a bill a lawmaker says is in response to a confrontation between educators and student journalists during protests at the University of Missouri last year. Republican Rep. Dean Dohrman, of La Monte, told a House panel on Jan. 26 that his proposal is a solution to the national attention the Columbia campus has received in response to a run-in between educators and reporters during protests over what some students said was indifference to racial issues on campus by administrators. "We, and I include ourselves as elected officials, are failing in one of our most fundamental charges in passing on liberty to the next generation," Dohrman said.
Read more: http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2016/01/26/missouri-bill-would-require-free-speech-class-in-college/
Gould named publisher of The Meridian Star
The Meridian Star reported Jan. 25 that Alexander Gould has been appointed publisher of the Mississippi paper. Gould will replace Tim Holder, who left the company last August. Gould comes to Meridian from Texas, where he served as integrated sales director for M. Roberts Media, which includes the Longview News-Journal and Victoria Advocate. Steve McPhaul, chief operating officer of Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., says Gould is a "great match" for the newspaper. He says they're confident Gould's extensive print, digital, management and leadership experience will be an asset to the newspaper and its market. A graduate of Waynesburg University, Gould began his career in Pennsylvania with Berks-Mont Newspapers. He later served as a regional general manager in Kentucky for Civitas Media, before moving to Texas.
NY ethics board says some media consultant tasks are lobbying
New York's ethics commission says certain activities by media consultants constitute lobbying under state law and should be reported. In an advisory opinion Jan. 26, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics says media relations and communications services don't necessarily cross the line, though particular activities are covered. They include getting paid to introduce a client to a public official to facilitate advocacy, as well as direct communication with or attendance at a meeting with an official in connection with an advocacy campaign. The commission says grass-roots communications constitute lobbying if they take a clear position on an issue and urge the public to contact a public official about it. The definition also applies to public relations consultants contacting a media outlet trying to advance a client's message in an editorial.
INDUSTRY NEWS 1-26-16
Lawmaker: Backlash on reporter registry bill made point
The South Carolina legislator whose journalism registry proposal touched off a media firestorm said Monday he never actually wanted to require reporters to register with the state, but the instant backlash made his point. By "immediately screaming First Amendment," the media reacted to his bill exactly as he expected, Rep. Mike Pitts told The Associated Press. The retired law enforcement officer said he mirrored the state's concealed weapon permit law in proposing a "responsible journalism registry," substituting language he found in journalistic associations' ethics codes. "Do I really want to register reporters? No. I don't want to register guns or pens. I'd prefer to have a lot less government," said Pitts, R-Laurens.
2 Sundance films explore a journalist's on-air suicide
When two movies are released at about the same time on the same subject, the topic is often something silly or spectacular, such as "Armageddon" and "Deep Impact" or "White House Down" and "Olympus Has Fallen." But this year at the Sundance Film Festival, audiences found themselves with an unusual double feature. The Festival hosted the premieres of two films exploring the largely forgotten story of Christine Chubbuck, a 29-year-old on-air journalist in Sarasota, Florida, who shot and killed herself during a live broadcast on July 15, 1974. One, "Christine," is a fictionalized, narrative depiction of her life before the suicide. It stars Rebecca Hall. The other is an experimental documentary about an actress, indie mainstay Kate Lyn Sheil, preparing to portray Chubbuck. It is called "Kate Plays Christine."
Publisher of National Catholic Reporter retires
Tom Fox, publisher of the National Catholic Reporter, has announced his retirement after a long career with the independent newsweekly that covered the clergy sex abuse scandal in the 1980s and later called for the removal of a bishop convicted of failing to report abuse. Fox, who started work for the Kansas City-based National Catholic Reporter as editor in 1980, announced his retirement Monday, Jan. 18, in the newspaper's online edition. He said in an email Jan. 21 he was "quite proud" of NCR's coverage, beginning in June 1985, of the clergy sex abuse scandal.
Judge agrees to narrow order over leaked information
A federal judge on Friday agreed to narrow his order that required scores of people involved in a corporate bankruptcy to disclose under oath whether they had talked to reporters for the Bloomberg news service who were covering the case. Following a hearing on Bloomberg's challenge to the order, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Sontchi agreed that the order involving the leaking of nonpublic information in mining company Molycorp Inc.'s Chapter 11 case was overly broad. Bloomberg, supported by The Associated Press, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and other media organizations, had challenged the order as a threat to the First Amendment protections of journalists and their sources.
Prosecutor ordered to pay Ohio newspaper $25K in legal fees
A southwest Ohio prosecutor has been ordered to pay more than $25,000 to a newspaper for its legal costs in challenging his decision to withhold a 911 dispatcher's recorded call to a murder suspect. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser must pay the fees after the state Supreme Court ruled his office "stymied a significant public benefit" by withholding the recordings. The order was issued last week. The decision stems from the case of Michael Ray, who was convicted of killing his stepfather in 2012. The county sheriff's office released an incoming 911 call, but Gmoser denied a request for a recording of an outgoing call a dispatcher made to the home.
Post reporter released by Iran flying back to US
The Washington Post says owner Jeff Bezos has flown Post reporter Jason Rezaian back to the United States after his release from Iranian custody. The Post says Bezos met Thursday with Rezaian and his family at the U.S. military's Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, where the reporter was treated after his release. They then returned to the U.S. on Bezos' private jet. Rezaian was born in California and holds both U.S. and Iranian citizenship. He had been detained by Iran since July 2014. He was released last week with three other Americans as part of a prisoner exchange between the U.S. and Iran. Bezos is the founder of the online retail giant Amazon and bought the Post in 2013.
Mother of slain journalist: Hostages' return gives hope
The mother of slain journalist James Foley said Wednesday, Jan. 20, the family was "delighted" to see the return of four Iranian-American citizens freed by Iran in a prisoner swap with the United States and is hopeful that the U.S. government will make hostages more of a priority. Foley, 40, went to Syria in 2012. He was captured that November and was beheaded by Islamic State militants in a video released in August 2014. Diane Foley, of Rochester, told The Associated Press on Wednesday the prisoner release gives her hope that what happened to her son and others in Syria won't be repeated.
ABC names Raddatz co-host of 'This Week'
ABC News is appointing Martha Raddatz as co-anchor of the Sunday morning public affairs show "This Week," where she alternates hosting weeks with George Stephanopoulos. ABC News President James Goldston's announcement on Friday made formal what has been the practice over the past few months. Stephanopoulos has cut back on his weekend schedule since he co-hosts "Good Morning America" during the week. Raddatz is also ABC News' chief global affairs correspondent, and her work in that job is often seen on "This Week" on weeks where she's not the host. The ABC anchors have moved to take the show's segments on the road more often. Chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl will be the substitute host on weeks that the other two aren't available.
Judge OKs court cameras for officer accused in McDonald case
A Cook County judge will let news media use cameras during routine hearings for a Chicago police officer accused of fatally shooting a black teenager 16 times. The Chicago Tribune reports that Judge Vincent Gaughan made the ruling Wednesday, Jan. 20, in Officer Jason Van Dyke's case. Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Laquan McDonald. Stephen Brandt of the chief judge's office says Gaughan will decide later if he will allow cameras during Van Dyke's trial or during hearings when lawyers argue motions or witnesses testify. Van Dyke's attorney, Daniel Herbert, didn't object to cameras at status hearings. Prosecutors didn't either. Van Dyke has pleaded not guilty. He is due in court Jan. 29 for a status hearing, when cameras will be allowed.
Getting in on the joke, Univision buys stake in The Onion
The Spanish-language broadcaster Univision is buying a stake in the owner of satirical website The Onion, in what may be considered a serious grab for younger viewers. "I'm happy to announce that we've just finished a deal with what might at first seem like an unusual partner: Univision," wrote Onion Inc. CEO Mike McAvoy in a memo to employees. He said Univision has acquired "a good chunk" of Onion Inc. as of today, and may acquire the remainder down the line. Once solely comedic enterprises have earned younger audiences who rely on them as a news source. The Pew Research Center found that 12 percent of Americans cited "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central as the place where they got their news, with that number skewing heavily toward younger viewers.
Oregon's former first lady Cylvia Hayes gets journalism job
In a continued return to the public eye after leaving Salem under federal investigation, Oregon's former first lady Cylvia Hayes announced she's landed a new gig: freelance journalist. Hayes was engaged to former Gov. John Kitzhaber when the two attracted a federal investigation into Hayes' landing private contracts as an environmental consultant while simultaneously advising Kitzhaber on public environmental policies. After Kitzhaber resigned, the two headed to Bend and kept a low profile as public attention on their case died down. That low profile continued until recently, when Hayes and Kitzhaber began re-emerging in the public eye with statements to the media. Hayes also announced last fall she would continue working with clients through her consulting firm: 3E Strategies.
INDUSTRY NEWS 1-19-16
US Congressmen in Germany to meet Americans released by Iran
Three U.S. congressmen traveled Monday to the medical center in Germany where three Americans, released by Iran as part of a prisoner swap, are being treated. Former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati, Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and pastor Saeed Abedini arrived late Sunday at the U.S. military's Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Rezaian, who was freed Saturday after almost 18 months of incarceration in an Iranian prison, met with Washington Post editors on Monday for the first time since his release, the Post reported. "I want people to know that physically I'm feeling good," said Rezaian, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans provided to him on board the plane that flew the released prisoners to freedom. "I know people are eager to hear from me, but I want to process this for some time."
Omaha World-Herald dropping afternoon edition
The Omaha World-Herald has announced it will eliminate its daily afternoon newspaper edition on March 7. The newspaper said in a news release Monday that home delivery will be in the morning for all subscribers, seven days a week. About a third of the newspaper's subscribers have been taking the afternoon edition. Publisher Terry Kroeger says that with more readers turning to the morning print edition and to the newspaper's website, www.Omaha.com , "We can produce better results for our readers and advertisers by focusing efforts there." Kroeger said on Omaha.com while announcing the change that a dozen circulation jobs will be lost. World-Herald spokesman Rick Thornton says the latest paid weekday circulation is 104,000 and the latest Sunday paid circulation is 132,000.
UK court: Police who held journalist's partner not at fault
A British court says police acted lawfully when they used anti-terrorism powers to detain the partner of a journalist who worked with National Security Agency secret-spiller Edward Snowden. David Miranda was held under the Terrorism Act for nine hours at Heathrow Airport in August 2013 while he was traveling from Germany to Brazil. He was carrying documents for his partner, Glenn Greenwald, including encrypted intelligence files leaked by Snowden. Civil liberties groups criticized the use of anti-terror legislation, accusing the authorities of attempting to intimidate journalists. The High Court ruled in 2014 that police acted properly. Three appeals court judges agreed on Tuesday, saying police "exercised the power for a permitted purpose." But the judges also said there should be stronger legal safeguards when that power is used against journalists.
Iran releases US journalist Rezaian, 3 others in swap
Iran will release four detained Americans in exchange for seven Iranians held or charged in the United States, U.S. and Iranian officials said Saturday in a diplomatic breakthrough announced as implementation of a landmark nuclear deal appeared imminent. A fifth American detained in Iran, a student, was released in a move unrelated to the swap, U.S. officials said. Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati, pastor Saeed Abedini and Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari, whose name had not been previously made public, were to be flown from Iran to Switzerland aboard a Swiss aircraft and then transported to a U.S. military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, for medical treatment, U.S. officials said. Rezaian's wife and mother were expected to be on the plane.
UK's Duchess of Cambridge to guest-edit Huffington Post
Britain's Duchess of Cambridge will temporarily swap royal duties for an editor's chair to raise awareness of children's mental-health issues. Kensington Palace says Kate will guest-edit The Huffington Post news website for a day next month, focusing on articles related to childhood mental illness. The 34-year-old, who is married to Prince William, is patron of several children's charities. The palace said Friday that Kate "has made the mental health of young children a key focus of her work in recent years. She is delighted that The Huffington Post will help put a spotlight on this important issue." Huffington Post U.K. editor Stephen Hull said staff were thrilled to welcome the duchess. Kate's sister, Pippa Middleton, has also tried her hand at journalism, writing articles for Vanity Fair and The Spectator.
Sean Penn tells '60 Minutes' his 'El Chapo' mission 'failed'
Sean Penn says his article on Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman "failed" in its mission. Speaking to CBS' "60 Minutes," the actor said his intention in tracking down the escaped drug kingpin and writing about him for "Rolling Stone" was to kick-start a discussion of the U.S. government's policy on the War on Drugs. But the public's attention has instead been focused on the fact that Penn found and met with Guzman for seven hours in a mountain hideout last October while he was still evading Mexican officials. He was apprehended only last week after six months on the run.
Virginia, Missouri limit media access at state Capitols
For decades, reporters in Virginia have been allowed to sit on the Senate floor so they could fully see the arm-twisting and other interactions between lawmakers. That suddenly changed this week: Media arrived to find their work tables removed, with security guards telling them they would be relegated to an upstairs visitors' gallery. That gallery offers only a partial view of what's happening, farther away from the conversations that typically take place. Routine access has been blocked in a similar manner in Missouri, and now media groups are condemning the moves and asking lawmakers to reconsider.
Journalism groups decry lack of access to Virginia Senate
Media groups and others are urging the top Republican in the Virginia Senate to reverse course and allow journalists access to the Senate floor. The groups issued a statement Jan. 14 expressing disappointment that Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment has barred reporters from working on the floor and instead designating they sit in a visitor's gallery with a limited view. Journalists have worked for decades directly on the floor, but Norment suddenly had them barred Jan. 13, the first day of the 2016 legislative session. He declined to say what prompted the move The Society of Professional Journalists and its state chapter, as well as the Virginia Press Association, the Virginia Coalition for Open Government, and the Virginia Capitol Correspondents Association have asked Norment to change his mind.
Media companies seek access to bridge lane closure case list
A group of news organizations on Jan. 13 asked a federal judge to release a list of unindicted co-conspirators in the George Washington Bridge lane closure case. The filing, by The Associated Press and eight other organizations in federal court in Newark, seeks the list of people prosecutors believe were involved but not charged in the conspiracy to close traffic lanes for political retribution in New Jersey. The list had been submitted by prosecutors to defense lawyers and the judge. Aides to Republican Gov. Chris Christie were accused of engineering the traffic jams at one of the world's busiest bridges in September 2013 by ordering lane closings in Fort Lee to punish its mayor, a Democrat who didn't support Christie for re-election. The lane closures caused four days of massive traffic jams.
Cable news network Al Jazeera America to shut down
The Al Jazeera America cable news network said Jan. 13 it will shut down two and a half years after its launch, a victim of a rough business environment and political headwinds it could not conquer. The channel, an offshoot of the Qatar-based Al Jazeera cable network, had trouble persuading cable and satellite companies to carry it, and viewers to watch. It failed despite a promise to offer serious-minded journalism and some award-winning work. The cable network will shut down on April 30. It launched in October 2013. Al Anstey, CEO of Al Jazeera America, said the economic climate for media forced the decision. "Al Jazeera America is committed to conducting this process in a way that is consistent with its respect for colleagues," Anstey said.
EU opens case against Poland over new media, court laws
The European Union has escalated its standoff with Poland's new government, deciding on Jan. 13 to open a case over new laws affecting the country's constitutional court and media that have been criticized as running counter to the bloc's fundamental principle of the rule of law. In December, Poland's ruling Law and Justice party, which has a parliamentary majority, took steps to gain influence in the constitutional tribunal, which is supposed to be an independent arbiter with the power to block the government's legislation. It is currently dominated by judges linked to the opposition. In addition, Poland's president signed a law last week that heads toward giving the government full control of state radio and television, a move critics see as undermining free speech.
New Media investment Group closes deal for Erie Times-News
One of Pennsylvania's oldest family-owned newspapers is no longer family-owned. The Erie Times-News reports New Media Investment Group Inc. closed Jan. 12 on its deal to buy the newspaper. The Times Publishing Co., which owns the newspaper and goerie.com, announced the sale to New Media and its subsidiary, GateHouse Media Inc., last month. New Media Investment Group is the holding company of GateHouse Media of Fairport, New York, which controls 575 publications in 32 states. The Mead family had completely owned or controlled The Times Publishing Co. for 127 years. Publisher Ken Nelson says the deal will enable the newspaper and website to remain Erie's "dominant provider of news and its best platform for advertising."
Philadelphia newspapers, website handed off to new nonprofit
The owner of Philadelphia's two largest newspapers and their joint website, philly.com, has handed them off to a nonprofit created to help them survive the digital age with help from foundation grants, university partnerships and other boosters. Local philanthropist H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, who bought the media company 19 months ago, will give the struggling properties to the new Institute for Journalism in New Media and donate $20 million to endow the enterprise. Lenfest pledged the newsroom would continue to produce "independent public service journalism and investigative reporting that positively impacts the community, while also creating innovative multimedia content."
Appeal seeks mental exam of media mogul Sumner Redstone
Attorneys for Sumner Redstone's longtime companion are asking a California appeals court to order a mental examination of the ailing media mogul. The petition filed with the 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles also requests an order allowing Redstone to be deposed in a dispute over his health. Redstone controls CBS Corp. and Viacom Inc. A lower court judge has denied attempts by attorneys for Manuela Herzer to obtain their own mental examination of the 92-year-old. The judge cited Redstone's privacy rights in rejecting the requests. Redstone's publicist declined comment on the filing. Herzer was in control of Redstone's care until late last year, when she was thrown out of his home. She has said she is only interested in the billionaire's care, not his fortune.
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News executives urge Kerry to push Iran to release reporter
Executives from 25 news organizations, including The Associated Press, sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging him to press Iran to release jailed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian. The letter said Iran should recognize that independent journalism is "a fundamental human right" and free Rezaian. "The United States has considerable leverage with Iran right now to press that point, and we urge you to continue to do so," the executives wrote. Rezaian, 39, was born in California and holds both U.S. and Iranian citizenships. He was convicted in closed proceedings last year after being charged with espionage and related allegations. The length of his sentence has not been disclosed publicly. "Iran has never offered any evidence that even makes a pretense of justifying this imprisonment," the news executives wrote. They noted: "Many of our organizations employ journalists who, like Jason, operate in countries, like Iran, that do not always hold a high regard for the free flow of information. We understand the risks involved." ... Media organizations represented in the letter included the AP, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN. The State Department responded that it was "working very hard to get our citizens back home and we call again on Iran to release them.”
Pulitzer Prizes begin 2016 centennial anniversary; marquee events will be in Florida, California, Texas and Massachusetts
The Pulitzer Prize Board is launching a series of events all across the United States to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the prizes. Grassroots Pulitzer-themed programs are scheduled throughout 2016. Larger marquee events will be held in four major U.S. cities: St. Petersburg, Dallas, Los Angeles and Cambridge. The prizes’ website, pulitzer.org, has been redesigned to reach new generations of followers and interact with the public through social media platforms. Joseph Pulitzer’s 1904 will enumerated three journalism prizes and four letters prizes. During the last century, as journalism and the arts have changed, the board that oversees the prizes has modified the plan of award. There are now 21 prizes given annually, 14 in journalism, five for books, one for drama and one for music composition. The centennial celebration focuses on former Pulitzer winners, their prize-winning work and the journalistic and cultural values that the prizes represent. “We are excited about the more than 100 events planned for 2016, organized by communities from Guam to Bar Harbor, Anchorage to Miami,” said Keven Ann Willey, editorial page editor and vice president of The Dallas Morning News and chair of the Pulitzer centennial committee. “And the four marquee events have great potential to inspire new audiences around the best of American journalism, letters, drama and music.”
Philadelphia newspapers donated to newly created nonprofit
The owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia DailyNews and Philly.com has turned over the media company to a nonprofit institute in the hope that a new business model will help them survive the digital age and stanch years of layoffs and losses. Local philanthropist H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, who bought the media company 19 months ago, will give the struggling properties to the newly formed Institute for Journalism in New Media and donate $20 million to endow the enterprise. "My goal is to ensure that the journalism traditionally provided by the printed newspapers is given a new life and prolonged, while new media formats for its distribution are being developed," Lenfest said in a statement. He pledged the new endeavor would continue to produce "independent public service journalism and investigative reporting that positively impacts the community, while also creating innovative multimedia content." The broadsheet Inquirer has won 20 Pulitzer Prizes for excellence in journalism, and the tabloid Daily News has garnered an additional three. ... Late last year, Philadelphia Media Network announced a consolidation of its newsrooms in a cost-cutting move following a decade of cutbacks and management upheaval. The move to a single newsroom was expected to save $5 million to $6 million annually. Earlier, the Philadelphia Media Network tapped one of its vice presidents to be the top editor of the consolidated newsroom. Stan Wischnowski will move into the newsroom as executive editor and be responsible for leading the combined staff. Inquirer Editor Bill Marimow, Daily News Editor Michael Days and Ulken had already been reporting to Wischnowski and will continue doing so.
New Republic again for sale
The New York Times reports that Chris Hughes, the Facebook co-founder who bought The New Republic in 2012 and prompted a revolt among staff members and contributors when he tried to remake it, said this week that he had decided to put the magazine up for sale. “I bought this company nearly four years ago to ensure its survival and give it the financial runway to experiment with new business models in a time of immense change in media,” he said in a letter to his staff. “After investing a great deal of time, energy, and over $20 million, I have come to the conclusion that it is time for new leadership and vision at The New Republic.” When Mr. Hughes bought the magazine in 2012, many were optimistic about his Silicon Valley experience combining with the publication’s reputation.
Trump, Union Leader feud grows as paper dropped from debate
Donald Trump continued his war of words with New Hampshire's largest newspaper and claimed credit for ABC's decision to drop the paper as a co-sponsor of its upcoming Republican primary debate. Trump's campaign and the Union Leader have been engaged in a mudslinging contest since the paper's publisher, Joseph McQuaid, wrote a series of front-page editorials criticizing Trump. In one, McQuaid called Trump a "crude blowhard." Trump, in turn, said the paper is failing and that McQuaid begged him to buy advertising space. At a recent campaign rally, Trump read from an advertising letter sent to his campaign from the paper. "Does anybody want the back cover of a newspaper that's lost all credibility?" Trump asked the crowd. ABC is hosting a GOP debate in New Hampshire on Feb. 6. The network cited the ongoing feud between the Union Leader and Trump, as well as the paper's endorsement of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, as reasons for severing the partnership.
Rupert Murdoch announces engagement to Jerry Hall
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has announced his engagement to Texan Jerry Hall, the American actress and former supermodel who had a long-time relationship with Mick Jagger. Murdoch, 84, and Hall, 59, placed a classified ad in the Births, Marriages and Deaths section of the Times newspaper, which is owned by Murdoch's News Corporation. Murdoch, the executive chairman of News Corporation, and Hall have been dating since late summer after being introduced by one of Murdoch's sisters and his niece in his native Australia, the Times reported in a story posted online. They made their relationship public in October when they appeared together at the Rugby World Cup Final in London and got engaged last weekend while attending the Golden Globes awards in Los Angeles. Murdoch has six children from his three previous marriages.
New publisher named for Ohio newspapers
APG Media of Ohio, the parent company of The Athens Messenger, has named James Shine publisher of sister newspapers Logan Daily News and Perry County Tribune. Shine will be leading operations in the Logan and Perry markets. The two newspapers are part of the Ohio region of Adams Publishing Group. APGMedia of Ohio is based in Athens and has newspaper and digital operations in Athens, Jackson, Logan, Circleville, Defiance and Perry, Pike and Vinton Counties in Ohio and a weekly newspaper in Gladwin, Michigan. Most recently Shine was the publisher of the Lima News in Lima, Ohio.
Tom Wiley named publisher of Hartford Courant
Tom Wiley has been announced as the new publisher and CEO of the Hartford Courant Media Group. He succeeds Richard Daniels, who is leaving to lead Tribune Publishing media companies in Baltimore and Allentown, Pennsylvania. Daniels has been serving the role on an interim basis since September, when Tim Ryan was named CEO and publisher of the Los Angeles Times. Daniels previously worked for The Boston Globe and as CEO of GateHouse Media New England. Wiley served most recently as a sales executive for Digital First Media, where his responsibilities included oversight of publications including the New Haven Register, Torrington Register Citizen, Middletown Press and Connecticut Magazine. The Courant (http://cour.at/1UtsGf6 ) reports the appointments were announced by Denise Warren, CEO of East Coast Publishing at Tribune.
McClatchy names Berg as Kansas City Star's new publisher
The McClatchy Co. has promoted Tony Berg, 38, to president and publisher of The Kansas City Star. Berg joined the Star in April 2015 as vice president for advertising after holding a similar job at the Wichita Eagle. Under his leadership, both newspapers restructured their sales forces, launched new products and services and posted double-digit growth in digital sales. Before moving to Wichita, Berg worked at the Arizona Republic and the Lawrence Journal-World. He replaces Mi-Ai Parrish, who became president and publisher of the Arizona Republic last September.
Robertson Barrett Named President of Digital Media for Hearst Newspapers
Robertson (Rob) Barrett has been named president of digital media for Hearst Newspapers. Most recently, Barrett served as vice president of media strategy and operations at Yahoo, where he managed content strategy and development across all Yahoo Media properties. The announcement was made by Hearst President and CEO Steven R. Swartz and Hearst Newspapers President Mark Aldam, to whom Barrett will report. In this new role, Barrett will have responsibility for all digital development and product innovation of the next wave of news, information and entertainment across Hearst Newspapers' local markets. Barrett is based at Hearst Tower in New York City.
News service in Maine selects new publisher
The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting has named veteran journalist and new media entrepreneur Jack Beaudoin as its new publisher, according to a news release. Beaudoin, a Brunswick resident, took over as the new publisher and senior reporter. The two co-founders of the award-winning nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news service will remain in key roles at the center. Naomi Schalit will stay on as a senior reporter and John Christie will remain with the center as senior editor. “We’re pleased to have found an experienced Maine journalist to take over the reins of the center,” said the center’s board president, Nick Mills.
NPPA/University of Georgia Plan First Amendment Rights Symposium
First Amendment rights of citizens and journalists when news breaks on campuses and other public spaces will be the focus of a Jan. 22 program hosted at the University of Georgia by the National Press Photographers Association and the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. There is no charge to attend the one-day symposium, sponsored by the Sinclair Broadcast Group. Sessions led by Dean Charles Davis will examine what happened at the University of Missouri and why, and how schools and others can better educate and communicate with students and the community. Lunch speaker will be CNN Senior White House Correspondent Joe Johns.
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CPJ Report: 69 journalists died on the job in 2015
Sixty-nine journalists were killed around the world on the job in 2015. Twenty-eight were slain by Islamic militant groups, including al-Qaida and the Islamic State group, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The New York-based organization says Syria again was the deadliest place for journalists, though the number of deaths there in 2015 — 13 — was lower than in previous years of the conflict. "These journalists are the most vulnerable," Joel Simon, the committee's executive director said of reporters and broadcasters working in Syria and other areas inundated with Islamic extremists. "This is, clearly based on the data, an incredible risk for journalists." Those killed by Islamic extremist groups this year included eight journalists killed in an attack in Paris in January at the office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which had published caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. The group al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility for the attack in which two gunmen massacred 12 people. They said it was in "revenge for the prophet."
Lee Enterprises prepares leadership transition
A planned leadership transition will begin at the annual meeting on Feb. 17 for Lee Enterprises, which has its headquarters in Davenport, Iowa, and is a leading digital and print provider of local news, information and advertising in 50 markets. Mary E. Junck, chairman, president and chief executive officer, will become executive chairman, continuing to guide Lee’s overall strategy and direction. Kevin D. Mowbray, a 29-year veteran of Lee, will advance from executive vice president and chief operating officer to president and chief executive officer. "Mary has been an outstanding CEO for 15 years. During that time Lee has been recognized as a leader in local news and information, producer of consistent results, and an innovator in its industry. The board, shareholders and employees are all thankful for her many contributions," said Herb Moloney, lead independent director. "It is also fortunate for Lee that Mary has developed and identified Kevin as her successor. Like Mary, Kevin is an extraordinary leader with a deep understanding of our markets, customers, operations and people."
Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary purchases Virginia newspaper
Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary BH Media Group has purchased The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Virginia, adding to its newspaper holdings in Virginia. The purchase announced increases the Omaha-based BH Media’s daily newspaper count to 32, most of them across the South and Midwest. The company has 10 daily papers in Virginia, including The Richmond Times-Dispatch and dailies in Charlottesville, Roanoke and Danville, plus nearly 20 weeklies in the state. BH Media also owns the Omaha World-Herald. Sandton Capital Partners had acquired the Fredericksburg newspaper and its affiliates during bankruptcy proceedings in June 2014.
Las Vegas newspaper sold to GOP supporter Adelson
The New York Times reports that until a few weeks ago, Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino mogul and Republican party benefactor, was better known for suing newspapers than owning them. Adelson, the chairman of the Las Vegas Sands Corp., has sued the Daily Mail, a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and a columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal for defamation. Now, Adelson controls the Review-Journal. His family secretly bought it this month through a shell company headed by an executive, Michael Schroeder, who declined to identify its owners when the deal was announced. It took just days for the Review-Journal reporters to unravel the mystery of the paper's ownership, but the revelation has spawned a new round of mysteries and raised concerns about Adelson's motivations in buying Nevada's largest paper. ... Billionaires buying newspapers is nothing new. In recent years, Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, acquired the Washington Post and John Henry, a former commodities trader, purchased the Boston Globe. Media watchdogs routinely question whether new owners will use papers to advance their personal agendas, but both of those transactions have been beneficial for the publications. Shortly after Adelson’s purchase, the editor of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Mike Hengel, announced that he was leaving after accepting a voluntary buyout.
Four Kentucky newspapers being sold next month
Four Kentucky newspapers owned by Schurz Communications Inc. are to be sold. Schurz said in a news release that the newspapers are The Advocate-Messenger in Danville, The Winchester Sun, The Jessamine Journal and The Interior Journal in Stanford. Publisher Larry Hensley said the transaction is expected to be completed in early January. Hensley will remain as publisher of all four papers. The buyer is new Kentucky company Bluegrass Newsmedia LLC, managed by Boone Newspapers Inc. of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Boone acquired The State Journal in Frankfort in October and also manages newspapers in Louisiana, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Minnesota, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Michigan.
Trib Total Media closing 2 western Pennsylvania newspapers
Trib Total Media is closing two of its western Pennsylvania newspapers after failing to sell them, leaving 87 employees out of work. The company says in a statement that The Valley Independent in Monessen and The Daily News in McKeesport were to be shut down on Dec. 31. Jennifer Bertetto, the company's president and CEO, says they've been trying to sell the papers since August but "nothing ever came to fruition." Trib Total Media will instead publish three regional editions of its flagship newspaper, the Tribune-Review:
Jim Perry named publisher at Harrison (Arkansas) Daily Times
Phillips Media Group president Jim Holland announced that long-time community newspaper Publisher Jim Perry has been named publisher of the Harrison (Arkansas) Daily Times. Perry moved to the Ozarks in July to oversee the acquisition of the West Plains Daily Quill by Phillips Media. He launched a new weekend edition there and moved the Quill into its new building. He will continue to supervise the Quill operations as well as serve as publisher in Harrison.
Braton named publisher of Globe Gazette, North Iowa papers
A new publisher will take the helm of the Globe Gazette in Mason City, Iowa.. David Braton, 64, publisher of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, will add publishing duties at the Globe Gazette, Lee Enterprises group Publisher Chris White announced. Braton will also supervise the North Iowa Media Group's weekly publications -- Mitchell County Press News, Forest City Summit and Britt News Tribune. He served as interim publisher of the North Iowa Media Group after the death of long-time publisher Howard Query on Sept. 22.
Publisher of family owned Vermont newspapers stepping down
The publisher of two family owned Vermont newspapers is stepping down. The Rutland Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1OqIjiO ) that R. John Mitchell announced he is stepping down as publisher of the paper and The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus. He will stay on as president and chairman of the board of directors. Catherine Nelson will succeed Mitchell as publisher. She had been vice president and CEO of the newspapers. His son, Rob Mitchell, was named editor-in-chief. The Herald has been in the Mitchell family since 1947. The Times Argus has been in the family since 1964.
Henderson named publisher of the Las Cruces Sun-News
Veteran media executive Rynni Henderson has been named publisher of the Las Cruces (New Mexico) Sun-News and she has plans to expand the audience of the paper. Henderson's appointment was announced (http://bit.ly/1lTCxAi ) by Sergio H. Salinas, president and chief executive officer of the Texas-New Mexico Newspapers Partnership, which publishes the Sun-News and other newspapers. Henderson replaces Frank Leto, who left the Sun-News to become a publisher in Pennsylvania. In her new role, Henderson also will oversee the Deming Headlight and Silver City Sun-News.
Two Alaska newspapers sold to foundation
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and another Alaska newspaper are being sold. The News-Miner (http://is.gd/zC57g4 ) announced that the newspaper and the Kodiak Daily Mirror are being purchased by the Fairbanks-based Helen E. Snedden Foundation, which was created by the late wife of former News-Miner publisher Charles W. Snedden. The deal is expected to close early next year. The sales price was not immediately disclosed. The current owner, William Dean Singleton, and late business partner Richard B. Scudder bought the Fairbanks paper from Snedden heirs in 1992. The Snedden family owned the News-Miner between 1950 and 1992. In announcing the deal, Singleton said the "Singleton and Scudder families grew to love these newspapers and the Alaska communities they served during our 24 years of stewardship.”
Journalists behind bars: 2015 report highlights China, Egypt
China, Egypt and Iran top the list of the world's leading jailers of journalists in a new annual report by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists. Eritrea, Ethiopia and Turkey also figured prominently on the list. The report released early Tuesday says a quarter of the 199 journalists worldwide who were in prison as of Dec. 1 because of their work were in China. The Communist Party-run country under President Xi Jinping had 49 journalists behind bars, the highest number for China since the CPJ began its annual survey in 1990. The report also singled out three jailed Chinese who were not included on its annual list: the three brothers of a U.S.-based journalist with Radio Free Asia who covers China's treatment of his ethnic group, the Muslim Uighurs. CPJ calls the jailing of Shohret Hoshur's brothers an act of retaliation for his reporting and an example of "the lengths to which China is willing to go to silence its critics." Egypt was second on the list with 23 journalists in prison, up from a dozen a year ago and zero in 2012.
Free Press parent opens D.C. bureau
Free Press parent company Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., a leading publisher of local newspapers and websites, has announced the opening of a Washington, D.C., bureau to serve its markets in 23 states. Kery Murakami, an investigative and politics reporter, was appointed the bureau chief. Bill Ketter, CNHI’s senior vice president of news, said Murakami will provide localized coverage and analysis of federal government issues affecting the cities and towns where the company owns and operates news outlets. “What happens in Washington affects readers across the CNHI landscape,” Ketter said. “The Washington bureau will drill down into issues and policies that matter to our markets, and also diligently scrutinize the activities of the congressmen and senators who represent those markets.”
Publisher of Erie Times-News, website selling to New Media
The family-owned Pennsylvania company that publishes the Erie Times-News and goerie.com is selling to New Media Investment Group Inc. The Times-News reported the deal Monday. The newspaper says New Media expects to close the purchase early next year, subject to approval by shareholders of The Times Publishing Co., the Erie-based parent company. New Media Investment Group is the holding company of GateHouse Media of Fairport, New York, which controls 490 publications in 31 states. The Mead family has completely owned or controlled The Times Publishing Co. for 127 years. Erie's publisher, Ken Nelson, says, "The industry, and this newspaper, have evolved to the point where family-owned, independent newspapers face too many hurdles to survive long-term without help." Nelson expects the newspaper to remain Erie's "dominant source for news for years to come."
China's Alibaba pays $266M for influential HK newspaper
E-commerce company Alibaba is buying Hong Kong's South China Morning Post for 2.06 billion Hong Kong dollars ($266 million), it said Monday, in a deal that's stirred concern the English-language paper's reporting may be softened under new Chinese owners. The Chinese e-commerce giant is paying cash for the newspaper and the SCMP Group's other media assets, including magazines, outdoor advertising and digital media, the company said in a filing to the Hong Kong stock exchange. The deal was announced on Friday but no amount was given for the transaction. The sale of the 112-year paper, which has a wide international following for its China coverage, has raised fears that its reporting would be watered down under the ownership of a mainland Chinese company. The Post, whose current owner is Malaysian sugar tycoon Robert Kuok and his family, has won awards for coverage of political scandals and human rights in China, topics that are off-limits to mainland media.
Las Vegas Review-Journal owner: Paper sold for $140 million
The owner of the Las Vegas Review-Journal says it sold Nevada's largest newspaper for $140 million and will continue managing it. New Media Investment Group paid $102.5 million earlier this year for the newspaper and several Stephens Media publications in other states. Its sale to News + Media Capital Group LLC involves just the Review-Journal and affiliated publications in Nevada. The purchase was first announced late Thursday without a sale price. Little is being revealed about News + Media, which incorporated in September in Delaware. Review-Journal Publisher Jason Taylor says he isn't at liberty to identify the group's backers. He doesn't expect the group to be involved in news or editorial decisions. The newspaper reports the group's manager Michael Schroeder leads Central Connecticut Publishing and worked at Newsday, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and the Orange County Register.
Rupert Murdoch's UK papers won't face phone hacking charges
More than four years after revelations of tabloid phone hacking shocked Britain, prosecutors said Friday, Dec. 11, that the criminal investigation is over, ruling out corporate prosecution of Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers or charges against individuals including former CNN host Piers Morgan. Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders said there was "insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of a conviction" over corporate liability by Murdoch's News Group Newspapers. She said 10 individuals under investigation at the rival Mirror Group — including former Daily Mirror editor Morgan — also will not face charges.
Newspaper columnist injured when Iowa State fans storm court
Des Moines Register columnist Randy Peterson suffered what the newspaper said was a broken leg when Iowa State fans stormed the court after a win over Iowa.The fourth-ranked Cyclones rallied from 20 down to beat their in-state rivals 83-82 Thursday night on a winning shot with nine seconds left. Fans rushed the floor at Hilton Coliseum and Peterson was injured while heading to the postgame press conference. Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard told the Register that he believes Peterson suffered a compound leg fracture.
Newspaper finds 85 dental patient deaths in Texas since 2010
At least 85 dental patients have died in Texas since 2010 and the number of similar deaths nationwide is likely much higher, according to a new investigation by The Dallas Morning News. The newspaper listed several potential risks of bad dental care, including oversedation, inhaling objects, bleeding and facial fires. Other concerns included monitoring and emergency-response failures, accidental or deliberate violence, unsterilized equipment and intoxicated dentists. Texas is the only state in the nation that requires dentists to report all deaths that might be treatment-related and produces a detailed accounting of those reports, the paper found. It said that many states refused to release death reports that dentists have submitted, making it impossible to have a complete picture of why patients die and how many cases are related to treatment errors.
Globo secures Olympic TV rights in Brazil through 2032
Globo has secured broadcast rights in Brazil to the Olympics through 2032, the latest long-term, multi-games TV deal for the IOC. The International Olympic Committee said Thursday, Dec. 11, that Globo, Brazil's dominant media company, was awarded the rights on a non-exclusive basis for free television and on an exclusive basis for subscription TV, internet and mobile platforms. Terms of the deal were not announced. The agreement comes at a time when Brazil is mired in deep recession, and less than eight months before the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. In 2009, Globo and two other Brazilian media companies, Banderiantes and Rede Record, secured the rights to the 2014 and 2016 Olympics. The rights fee for those deals was put at $150 million, plus $40 million in media promotional packages.
Trump's Muslim proposal makes for electric TV moments
Among Chris Cuomo, Joe Scarborough and George Stephanopoulos, it was tough to tell which television host became more exasperated talking to Donald Trump about his proposal to block Muslims from entering the United States. Trump made himself as available to the news media as he always does, despite espousing a plan more polarizing than any in a campaign that has thrived on confrontation. The stakes had perceptibly changed, though, and that made for electric if not always informative television moments Tuesday. The call-in telephone interview with Trump has become a staple of TV news programs the past few months. News producers hate such interviews — nothing's more boring than a disembodied voice speaking over a still photograph on the screen — but can't resist Trump's ratings catnip. He's a favorite of "Morning Joe," and on Tuesday was also interviewed by Cuomo on CNN and Stephanopoulos on ABC's "Good Morning America."
Lawmakers want social media companies to report terrorists
Responding to the San Bernadino shootings, lawmakers introduced legislation Tuesday, Dec. 8, to require social media companies to report any online terrorist activity they become aware of to law enforcement. The bill by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., matches language that was dropped from the Senate's annual intelligence authorization bill earlier this year. Companies would be required to report to law enforcement if they became aware of terrorist activity such as attack planning, recruiting or distribution of terrorist material.
World Trade Center incentives mulled for News Corp., Fox
The government agency rebuilding the World Trade Center is considering giving millions in incentives to News Corp. and 21st Century Fox. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's agenda for a meeting Thursday, Dec. 10, included a proposal to provide the incentives to the companies, which are effectively controlled by billionaire Rupert Murdoch's family. They would be tenants at the planned 2 World Trade Center building, which is expected to be built by developer Larry Silverstein. Negotiations on a lease are ongoing. Representatives of Silverstein, News Corp. and 21st Century Fox all declined comment. The two media companies are presently based in midtown Manhattan.
INDUSTRY NEWS 12-9-15
Social media, the new megaphone for violent perpetrators
Tashfeen Malik, the woman involved in Southern California’s mass shooting, has another claim to notoriety: She's the latest in a growing line of extremists and disturbed killers who have used social media to punctuate their horrific violence. A Facebook official said Friday, Dec. 4, that Malik, using an alias, praised the Islamic State group in a Facebook post shortly before — or during — the attack. Malik's posting echoes similar bids for attention by violent perpetrators, including a disgruntled Virginia broadcaster who recorded himself shooting two co-workers and then posted the video online and a Florida man who killed his wife and shared a photo of her body on social media. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media companies do their best to block or remove posts that glorify violence but experts say it's an uphill battle.
Thai printer of Int'l NY Times blocks stories for third time
The New York Times decried limits on media freedom in Thailand on Friday, Dec. 4, after its local printer refused to publish articles about the Southeast Asian country for a third time. The printer removed a column from the opinion page of Friday's edition of the International New York Times about Thailand's Crown Property Bureau, which manages the financial affairs of the royal family. The column said the bureau was not publicly accountable and its assets may total as much as $53 billion. Discussion of Thailand's monarchy is highly sensitive, and criticism can be punished by up to 15 years in prison. Instead of the column, the newspaper ran a blank space, with a notice in the middle saying "The article in this space was removed by our printer in Thailand. The International New York Times and its editorial staff had no role in its removal."
Paper: Reporter's case should give US pause in Iran dealings
The publisher of The Washington Post says the United States, other governments and businesses should keep the newspaper's detained reporter in mind when considering improved relations with Iran. Thursday marks the 500th day of journalist Jason Rezaian's detention, and publisher Frederick J. Ryan Jr. says the case should give everyone pause. Ryan says in a statement that "if the callous regime in Tehran imprisons and abuses a fully accredited and innocent journalist, what might they do to a visiting delegation?" He also wonders "how would they treat employees stationed in Iran?" Ryan says Rezaian should be released immediately. The 39-year-old Rezaian has dual American and Iranian citizenship. Iranian TV reports he's been sentenced to prison on charges that include espionage.
Brother of Iran-held reporter delivers petition for release
The brother of a Washington Post reporter detained in Iran since July 2014 delivered a petition to Iran's United Nations mission on Thursday, Dec. 3, demanding the journalist's release. "They need to know that folks around the world are concerned about this," Ali Rezaian said before handing over the petition seeking the release of his brother Jason Rezaian. Thursday marked 500 days since Jason Rezaian's arrest on July 22, 2014. Rezaian was detained with his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, and two photojournalists. The others were released, but Rezaian went on trial in four closed-door court hearings at Tehran's Revolutionary Court.
Washington Post: Iran-held reporter is in 'immediate danger'
The Washington Post reported Wednesday, Dec. 2, that its journalist detained in Iran is in "immediate danger" as his health deteriorates and mistreatment of him intensifies. Thursday, Dec. 4, will mark 500 days since Jason Rezaian was arrested, the newspaper noted, with executive editor Martin Baron calling it the "grimmest" of milestones. The newspaper said Rezaian's brother, Ali, will deliver a petition to Iran's mission to the United Nations with more than 500,000 signatures asking for his immediate release. The Post also said it has submitted new information about Rezaian to a U.N. working group on arbitrary detention. Earlier this year, it appealed to the group to intervene in the case. The 39-year-old Rezaian, who grew up in northern California, has dual American and Iranian citizenship.
Postal service warns Oregon newspaper about pot ads
The U.S. Postal Service office in Portland, Ore., delivered some potentially bad news last week to Northwest newspapers: If news outlets run ads for the region's booming marijuana industry, they might be violating federal law. The memo pointed out it was illegal "to place an ad in any publication with the purpose of seeking or offering illegally to receive, buy, or distribute a Schedule I controlled substance," according to a copy sent to the editor-publisher of the Chinook Observer in Long Beach, Washington. "If an advertisement advocates the purchase of clinical marijuana through a Medical Marijuana Dispensary, it does not comply with" the law.
Int'l NY Times' Thai printer refuses to run front-page story
The printer of the International New York Times in Thailand refused to print an article portraying a gloomy outlook for the country, leaving in its place a large blank space at the center of Tuesday's front page. The printing company called the story too "sensitive" but declined to specify the offending material. The article, titled "Thai spirits sagging with the economy" in the paper's other Asian editions, described a moribund economy, pessimism after years of political turmoil and concern about the royal succession.
Swift Communications buys Park City newspaper in Utah
Swift Communications is buying The Park Record newspaper in Utah. The acquisition of the publication in Park City, Utah adds another mountain town newspaper to the Nevada-based company's collection. The company already owns the Snowmass Sun, Aspen Times, Summit Daily News and Vail Daily in Colorado and the Tahoe Daily Tribune and Sierra Sun in California. Swift is based in Carson City, Nevada and owns more than 20 publications in Nevada, California, Colorado and Nebraska. It also owns a publications group in Wisconsin that produces farming magazines. The Park Record reported the sale Tuesday, Dec. 1. The company did not disclose how much it paid. The Park Record publishes twice a week in Park City east of Salt Lake City. The resort city is home to several major ski resorts and hosts the annual Sundance Film Festival.
INDUSTRY NEWS 12-1-15
Network veteran, Nick News chief Linda Ellerbee retiring
Linda Ellerbee, a veteran newswoman who wrote an irreverent best-seller about her time on television and built a second career at Nickelodeon explaining tough stories to youngsters, says that she's signing off the air for good. Ellerbee, 71, said Tuesday she's retiring from TV after Nickelodeon airs a one-hour retrospective of her work on Dec. 15. The outspoken Texan and multiple award-winner was among the first prominent women in TV news and a model for the sitcom character Murphy Brown after actress Candice Bergen studied her work. Ellerbee — and later Murphy Brown — survived breast cancer. Ellerbee began a television news career after being fired by The Associated Press in 1972. On the night desk in Dallas, she wrote a gossipy letter to a friend that was inadvertently sent on the wire to three states. A news director at Houston's KHOU-TV saw it, thought Ellerbee was a funny writer, and hired her.
'Spotlight' tops Gotham Independent Film Awards
The investigative journalism procedural "Spotlight" won best feature at the 25th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards, landing the first of what could be a string of awards for Tom McCarthy's acclaimed newsroom drama. The film, about the Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting on sex abuse by Catholic priests, also was honored for its screenplay by McCarthy and Josh Singer, and it was given a special award for its ensemble cast that includes Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams. The Globe reporters who inspired the film were in attendance, too, Monday night at the dinner held at Cipriani's Wall Street in lower Manhattan.
Reporter mocked by Trump says the 2 knew each other well
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he couldn't have been making fun of a reporter's disability because he doesn't know the man. Not so, says the reporter. Serge Kovaleski of The New York Times says he has met the real estate mogul repeatedly, interviewing him in his office and talking to him at news conferences, when he worked for the New York Daily News in the late 1980s. "Donald and I were on a first-name basis for years," he said in a Times story about Trump's behavior at a rally in South Carolina last week. Onstage Tuesday, a mocking Trump flailed his arms in an apparent attempt to imitate mannerisms of the "poor guy." He accused Kovaleski of backing off a story from a week after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks that said authorities in New Jersey detained and questioned "a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks."
Ohio Wesleyan faculty bans student newspaper from its meetings
When Ohio Wesleyan’s student newspaper agreed last year to exchange news stories with the Delaware Gazette, the city’s newspaper, neither thought much about it. But stories about budget tightening, student housing and other issues suddenly were being shared with thousands of readers instead of just the private college’s community. In recent weeks, the sharing idea has come under fire, culminating with a Nov. 16 vote by faculty members to ban five students from faculty meetings, a move that has riled some students and the chairman of the journalism program. The vote bans Wesleyan Council on Student Affairs student representatives, as well as the student newspaper, The Transcript, from future meetings. Unlike public universities, the private school of about 2,000 students isn’t subject to Ohio’s public-records or open-meeting laws.
Norman Rockwell's view of Missouri newspaper hits auction
After a long delay, art critics now recognize paintings such as "Norman Rockwell Visits a Country Editor" as treasures. At auction Thursday, Nov. 26, it fetched $11.5 million from an anonymous bidder. The irony, though, is priceless. The St. Louis-Post Dispatch reports that its value has soared while the newspaper industry it was intended to depict has faded. To capture the life of a small-town newspaper editor in the 1940s, Rockwell, working as an illustrator for the Saturday Evening Post, ended up at the Monroe County Appeal in tiny Paris, Missouri. There, he found Jack Blanton, an editor of more than 50 years who not only had ink in his veins, but whose fingers were shortened by a printing press accident when he was a boy learning the craft from his father. The painting captured the idealistic spirit for which Rockwell is known.
Brian Williams settles into new job at MSNBC
Coming out of a commercial break shortly before 11:20 a.m., Brian Williams had slipped into the anchor chair on MSNBC Tuesday, Nov. 23, as President Barack Obama met with French President Francois Hollande. "We have an eye on the East Room of the White House," Williams said, where reporters waited to question the two leaders. Williams set the scene and talked about the day's news for 40 minutes before the two men emerged, and he was off the air after the news conference and analysis. The appearance was consistent with how Williams has been used on the news network since he started the new assignment two months ago. He had been off the air since February and lost his job as NBC's "Nightly News" anchor for misleading viewers about his role in news stories.
AP staffers win prestigious Indian journalism awards
Two Associated Press journalists are among the winners of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards, India's most prestigious, for work exposing the public health and environmental damage done by the country's asbestos industry and capturing the devastation of last year's floods in the Kashmir region. New Delhi-based Correspondent Katy Daigle, who manages the AP's text report in South Asia, received the foreign correspondent award for her 2014 series on asbestos. Srinagar-based photographer Yasin Dar won the photojournalism award for his work capturing the floods that swamped large parts of Kashmir. The awards were presented to Daigle and Dar by India's Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi on Monday, Nov. 23.
Research shows women far from equality with men in the media
New research supported by the United Nations agency promoting women's rights has found that women make up only 24 percent of the persons heard, read about or seen in newspaper, television and radio news — exactly the same percentage as in 2010. UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called the research "a wake-up call to media houses and newsrooms." The Global Media Monitoring Project, conducted at five years intervals by the advocacy group World Association for Christian Communication has been supported in 2010 and 2015 by UN Women. The project's global coordinator, Sarah Macharia, said the report released Monday. Nov. 23, examined the visibility, voice and mention of women and men in the news media in 114 countries "and finds a sexism that has endured across decades and geographical boundaries."
Valley Metro CEO resigns amid newspaper's investigation
The chief executive officer of the Phoenix metropolitan area's bus and light-rail systems announced his resignation Tuesday, Nov. 24, amid a newspaper's investigation into his expense reports. Valley Metro officials announced Steve Banta will be leaving the company in January, but they didn't immediately give a reason for his departure. "I will be leaving Valley Metro after the first of the year to pursue other and unique challenges in the transit industry," Banta said in a statement. The Arizona Republic reported Tuesday that it had been investigating the expenses incurred by Banta, who has been Valley Metro's CEO since January 2010 and reportedly has an annual salary of almost $265,000. The newspaper said it gathered hundreds of pages of documents through the state's public records law.
Fox's Elisabeth Hasselbeck quitting morning show
Elisabeth Hasselbeck said Monday, Nov. 23, that she's leaving as one of the three co-hosts on the "Fox & Friends" morning show to spend more time with her three children. Hasselbeck was the conservative voice on "The View" before joining Fox News Channel in September 2013. Her co-hosts, Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade, have been on the morning chat show since it launched in 1998. It is the top-rated morning news show on cable. She said in a statement Monday that she wants to start the day with her children first. She and her husband, former pro football quarterback Tim Hasselbeck, have two boys and a girl between ages 6 and 10.
Vatican court rejects journalist's bid to drop leaks charges
A Vatican tribunal on Tuesday, Nov. 24, rejected a journalist's request to dismiss charges against him for publishing confidential documents as a trial opened in the Holy See's latest leaks scandal. Journalists Emiliano Fittipaldi and Gianluigi Nuzzi are accused of having published books about Vatican waste, greed and mismanagement that were based in part on confidential Holy See documents. Alongside them in the courtroom Tuesday were three people, including a high-ranking Vatican monsignor, accused of leaking them the information. The trial opened despite appeals by media watchdog groups, including the Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders and the OSCE, for the Vatican to drop the charges against the reporters on the grounds that a free press is a fundamental human right.
Iran sentences US journalist to prison
Iran has sentenced detained Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian to an unspecified prison term following his conviction last month on charges that include espionage, Iranian state TV reported Sunday. Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi, the spokesman for Iran's judiciary, announced the punishment in a statement on the TV station's website. "In brief, it is a prison sentence," he said. The verdict is "not finalized," he added, referring to an expected appeal. Ejehi was responding to a question from a local reporter at a weekly news conference. He said the verdict has not been officially communicated to Rezaian or his lawyer.
Ball State weighs putting TV frequency up for auction
Officials at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., are considering whether to take part in a federal auction of broadcast frequencies that could lead to its public television station going off the air. The Federal Communications Commission is planning an auction process to free up frequencies for use by wireless broadband companies, such as AT&T and Verizon, and giving them more capacity for mobile data services and easing congested networks. The agency set a maximum of $277 million that the government would pay Ball State to give up WIPB-TV's license, although experts say it is unlikely the university would receive that much, The (Muncie) Star Press reported (http://tspne.ws/1Nc9js4).
Lawyers for Winston, Kinsman unhappy on eve of documentary
The back and forth between the representatives of Jameis Winston and Erica Kinsman has ramped up on the eve of CNN's airing of the film "The Hunting Ground." The cable news station is scheduled to show documentary about sexual assault on American college campuses Nov. 22. The film aired at the Sundance Film Festival and features Kinsman, who accused Winston of sexual assault while the two were students at Florida State. The Hollywood Reporter said Nov. 20 that a Winston lawyer sent CNN a letter cautioning the station about airing the documentary because it is defamatory toward Winston and threatened to sue.
New publisher, ad director for Williston, Sidney newspapers
The Williston Herald in North Dakota and the Sidney Herald in Montana have a new publisher. Wick Communications Regional Publisher Randy Rickman says Karen Brown will fill the position, along with serving as advertising director. The Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1T3yqw7 ) that Brown has more than 30 years of experience in the newspaper industry. She most recently was general manager and media director for the Sidney Daily News in Sidney, Ohio. Her first day in Williston will be Dec. 7.
College defends decision to restrict media at student sit-in
Smith College has defended its decision to ban media from a recent student sit-in unless reporters declared solidarity with the protesters. The Northampton, Massachusetts, college said in a statement Nov. 20 it wasn't notified in advance of the students' request. The demonstration, held at Smith's campus center, joined dozens across the U.S. calling for better treatment of minority students. Staff members at the private women's school "were forced to make a decision in the moment," the statement said. "On balance, as strongly as the college prefers to err on the side of a campus open to media, the students' opposition to it at their own event — which they had created and were hosting — was honored," according to the statement from Smith, a private, liberal-arts college of about 3,000 students.
Media asked to leave Emporia State diversity forum
Emporia State University excluded media from a public forum on race but later allowed reporters back into the event. The Emporia Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1T3sWkO ) that reporters on Nov. 21 were asked to leave the forum, which the university had announced earlier in a press release. Emporia State officials allowed reporters back into the event after discussing the issue with the university's general counsel. Emporia State's Interim President Jackie Vietti said the reporters were asked to leave the event because students thought the forum would not be open to the media. She said the university would work to avoid that confusion in the future. The Kansas Press Association says denying media access to a public meeting would be a violation of the state's open meetings law.
Museum puts 1840 newspapers edited by Abraham Lincoln online
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is making copies of a campaign newspaper edited by Lincoln and other politicians available online for the first time. In a news release, museum officials say The Old Soldier was published between February and October 1840 to support William Henry Harrison's presidential campaign. It was published from the Springfield offices of the Sangamo Journal. The 18 copies of the newspaper were split between four libraries and museums. But the Lincoln museum's Center for Digital Initiatives was able to compile a complete set from those collections and put them online. Daniel Stowell is the center's director. He says: "The Old Soldier is a unique resource for the study of Abraham Lincoln as a young political operative."
Decades of hosts return for 'GMA' anniversary
ABC's "Good Morning America" celebrated its 40th anniversary Nov. 19 with a studio jammed with the men and women who hosted the wake-up broadcast through its long history. "Every one of your favorite faces from 'GMA' is back," host Robin Roberts told viewers at the top of the alumni-packed telecast. Starting with original hosts David Hartman and Nancy Dussault, producers cleverly moved through the hosts chronologically as they raised coffee mugs and looked into the camera with the show's signature greeting, "Good Morning, America!"
International NY Times to end print edition in Thailand
The International New York Times says it will cease printing and distributing its print edition in Thailand at the end of the year, attributing the decision to the rising cost of operating in the Southeast Asian country. The newspaper, known until 2013 as the International Herald Tribune, announced the move in a letter to subscribers. It was confirmed Nov. 19 in an email from Charlotte Gordon, its vice president for international marketing. Gordon said the print edition will still be available in six other Southeast Asian nations: Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Myanmar.
Post-Gazette president leaving, parent firm exec taking over
The company that owns the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says it is eliminating the position of president at the newspaper in a move to centralize executive functions. As a result, the company said Nov. 17 that Joseph Pepe is leaving. He had been the Post-Gazette's president and general manager since October 2012. Pepe's responsibilities will be assumed by Joseph Zerbey. He is vice president of Block Newspaper operations and president and general manager of The Toledo (Ohio) Blade, the Post-Gazette's sister newspaper. Zerbey has been an executive with Block since 2004. Company officials say Post-Gazette operations director Lisa Hurm will assume the added role of interim general manager.
Mom of journalist killed by IS: Hostage policy not effective
The mother of American journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by Islamic State militants last year, demanded proof on Tuesday that U.S. policy not to negotiate with terrorists is saving American lives and decreasing the rate U.S. citizens are being captured. "I recognize that it is complex because we certainly don't want to fund terrorists," Diane Foley told a House subcommittee. "But is it wise to not even engage these people? ... Then we don't know what's going on. Then we don't know what they want. We don't know who they are. I just think we need to be a lot shrewder."
Reporter appears for Vatican summons, but refuses to answer
An Italian journalist who is under criminal investigation by the Vatican for publishing a book about scandals at the Holy See said Nov. 17 he refused to answer the Vatican prosecutor's questions during an interrogation this week, citing his right under Italian law to protect his sources. Emiliano Fittipaldi, author of the new book "Avarice," based on leaked Vatican documents, said he agreed to go to the Vatican on Nov. 16 after being formally summoned because he wanted to understand exactly what he was accused of. But he told reporters the next day that he refused to answer the prosecutors' questions, citing the protections journalists enjoy in Italy to shield their sources — protections which don't exist in the Vatican legal code.
INDUSTRY NEWS 11-17-15
Quincy Il. Newspapers Inc. acquires four TV stations
Quincy Newspapers Inc., parent company of The Herald-Whig and WGEM-TV and Radio, took ownership of four television stations on Monday. The acquisitions mean QNI now owns television stations in 14 markets that provide a total of 47 program signals. Three stations acquired from Granite Broadcasting are WEEK-TV, serving Peoria and Bloomington in Illinois; KBJR-TV, serving Duluth, Minn., and Superior, Wis.; and WBNG-TV in Binghamton, N.Y. QNI also acquired WPTA-TV in Fort Wayne, Ind., from Malara Broadcasting.
Media General rejects Nexstar bid, but willing to talk
The television company Media General rejected a $1.9 billion buyout offer from Nexstar Broadcasting on Monday, but said that it's still willing to talk. The Nexstar bid comes in the wake of a $2.4 billion bid from Media General Inc. for Meredith Corp., which owns television stations and publishes about 20 magazines. Media General said in September that a deal with Meredith would create a company with almost 90 television stations in 54 markets and magazines including Better Homes and Gardens and Martha Stewart Living. Some see the bid from Nexstar, which owns, operates, programs or provides services to more than 100 television stations in 58 markets, as an attempt to drive a wedge between Meredith and Media General.
Journalist snubs Vatican magistrates seeking to question him
One of the Italian journalists whose expose of Vatican mismanagement has made headlines is refusing to appear before Vatican magistrates to be questioned in a criminal case over leaked confidential documents. Gianluigi Nuzzi, author of "Merchants in the Temple," received an official summons from the office of the Vatican prosecutor to appear Tuesday to be interrogated in the case against a Vatican monsignor accused in the leaks probe. Nuzzi, who has been placed under investigation in the case, said Monday he wouldn't appear for questioning. In a statement, he accused the Vatican legal system of punishing journalists and criminalizing the publishing of news, and noted that there are no norms in the Vatican legal code allowing journalists to protect their sources.
CBS hopes debate coverage will boost streaming service
CBS News sees its coverage of Saturday's Democratic presidential debate as a key moment in helping to establish CBSN, the streaming service that just celebrated its first birthday. Political reporter Major Garrett will host a preview of the debate an hour before it begins on CBSN. The free service will stream the debate live, accompanied by data and tweets provided by Twitter, with Garrett stepping in with reactions during commercial breaks of the televised contest. It is also being shown on the broadcast television network. CBSN, which launched on Nov. 6, 2014, provides a continuous newscast and also allows users to click on streams of individual stories. It is available on the CBS News website, on the network's mobile apps and through services like Apple TV, Roku and Android TV. Starting this week, it can also be seen on Xbox One.
Slain journalist Foley's family: Drone strike small solace
The family of a journalist beheaded by an Islamic State group fighter known as Jihadi John said Friday, Nov. 13, that a U.S. drone strike targeting the extremist provides little comfort. Diane and John Foley, of Rochester, the parents of James Foley, said the U.S. should put more effort into finding and rescuing hostages. "It is a very small solace to learn that Jihadi John may have been killed by the U.S. government," the statement said. "His death does not bring Jim back. If only so much effort had been given to finding and rescuing Jim and the other hostages who were subsequently murdered by ISIS, they might be alive today."
UW-Madison paper cutting print production
One of the oldest student newspapers in the country is cutting production of its print edition from four to two days a week. The Daily Cardinal at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will print Mondays and Thursdays next semester. Editor-in-chief Jim Dayton says the 123-year-old paper will shift its focus to web and mobile products. Just a few years ago, the university had two daily student newspapers. The other paper, The Badger Herald, now prints weekly and focuses on online reporting. UW-Madison journalism professor Katy Culver tells the State Journal that college papers once had a captive audience of students, but that's no longer the case. Advertisers can now reach young consumers directly through social media. The student newspapers do not receive revenue from the university.
Public radio station KUOW announces plans to purchase KPLU
Seattle-based public radio station KUOW announced plans on Thursday, Nov. 12, to buy KPLU in an $8 million deal. The University of Washington station, known for National Public Radio content, will buy the KPLU broadcasting licenses from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. Pacific Lutheran University spokeswoman Donna Gibbs said Thursday the deal came from more than a decade of talks about how to better serve public radio listeners in the Puget Sound region.
Man convicted of stalking Philadelphia TV anchor
A suburban Philadelphia man has been convicted of stalking a television anchor after she broke up with him in 2011. The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/1GZlRAC ) reports a Philadelphia jury convicted 39-year-old John Hart of Havertown of stalking and harassing Erika von Tiehl of KYW-TV. Von Tiehl was not in court for Thursday's verdict, but released a statement expressing relief. She says, "It was important to me to speak up, not only for myself, but also for all of the women he has victimized in the past who didn't have their day in court." Hart has several arrests and convictions for similar crimes. He'll be sentenced in January.
Prosecutors sue AG Kane, claim retaliation, misuse of office
Five former Pennsylvania prosecutors and investigators sued Attorney General Kathleen Kane on Thursday, Nov. 12, saying she illegally used the power of her office to retaliate against them after they criticized her public statements and handling of high-profile cases. The federal lawsuit also names the Philadelphia Daily News and a reporter, and claims the plaintiffs' free speech rights were violated and their reputations sullied by the embattled attorney general. The allegations relate to a series of episodes that have kept Kane — and the plaintiffs — in headlines since she took office in early 2013, including a leaked story the newspaper published last year that prompted criminal charges against Kane, the state's top prosecutor.
Owner of LA Times, Chicago Tribune expects to cut jobs
The owner of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and other newspapers says it expects a buyout offer to cut its staff by 7 percent. Tribune Publishing employees had to apply by Oct. 23. The company said in October that layoffs could follow the buyouts. Spokeswoman Dana Meyer said Thursday that CEO Jack Griffin had said last week on the company earnings call that "initial results indicate that the company will reach its internal targets" for buyouts. Meyer declined to comment on how many employees took a buyout or how many employees Tribune Publishing has. As of the end of 2014, it had 7,595 full- and part-time employees.
UF journalism school gets $1M for watchdog reporting
The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications will receive a $1 million boost to advance the teaching of watchdog journalism. Sarasota homebuilder Lee Wetherington said in a news release he is giving the school the funds “to provide the means to help our next generation of journalists continue the tradition of being on the front lines of making sure our government and leaders do not take advantage of the trust we have put in them.’’ “Investigative journalism is one of the best means to do this,” he said in the release on Thursday, Nov. 12.
Missouri protesters welcome media, day after shunning it
Protesters credited with helping oust the University of Missouri System's president and the head of its flagship campus welcomed reporters to cover their demonstrations Tuesday, Nov. 11, a day after a videotaped clash between some protesters and a student photographer drew media condemnation as an affront to the free press. Activists removed yard signs warning the media to stay away from a grassy area of campus that has served as an impromptu campsite for the protesters in recent days. Concerned Student 1950, a group which led the protests, put out fliers titled "Teachable Moment" that encouraged demonstrators to cooperate with the media.
Trib Total cutting 153 jobs, merging Pittsburgh metro papers
Trib Total Media will lay off more than 150 employees at year's end and consolidate its three main daily newspapers in the Pittsburgh metro area as part of an ongoing reorganization intended to bolster its digital delivery of news, the company announced Tuesday, Nov. 11. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Tribune-Review in Greensburg and the Valley News Dispatch in Tarentum will become a single paper, the Tribune-Review, the company said. The two suburban papers will become locally zoned editions. The company also is closing its printing operation in Greensburg and reducing its home delivery footprint, eliminating unprofitable routes.
INDUSTRY NEWS 11-11-15
Jury overturns Little Rock housing director's FOI conviction
A jury has overturned the conviction of Little Rock's housing director for violating the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1MhvKpO ) the Pulaski County jury deliberated for about 2½ hours Friday before finding Metropolitan Housing Alliance Executive Director Rodney Forte not guilty of violating the FOI Act. Forte had appealed his June misdemeanor conviction of failing to respond to FOI requests from the newspaper within three working days — as required by state law. He was sentenced to pay a $100 fine and $140 in court costs. A reporter for the newspaper started submitting requests after learning the organization hired a deputy executive director at a $92,000 salary. The reporter and an editor asked several times for information that included employee documents, work orders and tenant complaints.
Carson defends West Point story, calls news media 'unfair'
Criticizing the news media as unfair, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is defending his past descriptions of receiving a scholarship offer for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point even though it does not offer scholarships and he never applied for admission. Questions about Carson's assertions about his personal history, including his claim that he was a troubled youth beset at times by violent behavior, and his inaccurate pronouncements about historical events have gained attention as he has risen to the top of some national polls.
News Corp. misses Street 1Q forecasts
News Corp. (NWSA) on Nov. 5 reported fiscal first-quarter profit of $175 million. On a per-share basis, the New York-based company said it had profit of 30 cents. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring gains and to account for discontinued operations, were 5 cents per share. The results did not meet Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 7 cents per share. The publishing company whose flagship is The Wall Street Journal posted revenue of $2.01 billion in the period, which also fell short of Street forecasts. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.11 billion. News Corp. shares have declined 2 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index has climbed 2 percent.
Iranian president criticizes recent arrests of journalists
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticized in remarks published Thursday the recent arrests of journalists amid an ongoing crackdown on expression by the country's hard-liners. According to a report in the state-owned daily IRAN, Rouhani said hard-liners "misuse" remarks by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on the possible spread of U.S. influence in Iran as an excuse for the detentions. The president was referring to Khamenei's statements this week that reflect deep suspicions of the United States and prevailing views among hard-liners in Iran that U.S. policies are a threat to the country.
Media outlets sue Kansas governor in open records lawsuit
Three media organizations are suing Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and two others in his administration under the Kansas Open Records Act, seeking the public disclosure of documents related to the appointment of a magistrate judge to replace another who retired before the end of his term. The lawsuit filed late Wednesday, Nov. 4, by The Associated Press, The Hutchinson News and the Kansas Press Association, follows a flurry of media requests for more transparency in the appointment to a usually elected position. The administration has repeatedly refused to release application documents, saying the material is exempt under the Kansas Open Records Act. The lawsuit filed in Shawnee County District Court names Brownback, his spokeswoman Eileen Hawley and his director of appointments Kim Borchers. It asks the court to order the disclosure of the requested records and seeks costs and attorney fees.
Ex-LA Times columnist awarded $7.1M in discrimination suit
A jury on Wednesday, Nov. 4, awarded $7.13 million to former Los Angeles Times sports columnist T.J. Simers, who claimed he was forced out of his $234,000-a-year job by age and health discrimination. The Superior Court jury made the lawsuit award after a six-week trial, the Times reported. Simers had sought more than $12 million. The newspaper believes Simers made unfounded allegations and will appeal, spokeswoman Hillary Manning said. Simers, 65, was a Times columnist for a decade but left two years ago to work for the Orange County Register.
LA Times owner offers $3M loan during Freedom bankruptcy
Chicago-based Tribune Publishing told a federal bankruptcy judge that it's willing to loan Freedom Communications the money for day-to-day operations — with the money counting in any bid Tribune might make for Freedom's assets. Freedom, which owns the Orange County Register and the Riverside Press-Enterprise, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Sunday. It lost more than $40 million in two years during a rapid expansion under former CEO Aaron Kushner, who started newspapers in Los Angeles and Long Beach that were later closed.
Newspaper: Corker failed to disclose Chattanooga earnings
Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee made profitable short-term trades in a Chattanooga real estate firm, but didn't properly disclose the deals until challenged by the Wall Street Journal. The newspaper reports Corker, a former Chattanooga mayor who is now chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, bought between $1 million and $5 million in shares of CBL & Associates Properties Inc. 2011, and sold them again five months later at a 42 percent gain. Earlier purchases in the names of his daughters in 2009 likely netted more than $1 million, though the paper says the exact gain isn't possible to calculate. Corker in a written statement to the Wall Street Journal blamed the lack of disclosure required by congressional ethics rules on "filing errors" by his accounting firm.
One hundred international journalists visit St. Petersburg
One hundred journalists from more than 80 countries have gathered in St. Petersburg, Fla., this week to "examine the role of independent media in fostering and protecting freedom of expression and democracy around the world," according to a news release. Nonprofit World Partnerships, based in the Tampa Bay area, hosts the 10th anniversary of the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists. The program, part of the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program, has brought thousands of international journalists to the U.S. This year's group, comprised of journalists from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, will spend two days at the Poynter Institute (which owns the Tampa Bay Times) for an advanced training symposium and visit print and broadcast media outlets in the area.
GMA anchor Lara Spencer posts photo hugging Donald Trump
An Instagram photo of ABC News' "Good Morning America" co-anchor Lara Spencer hugging presidential hopeful Donald Trump is drawing a mix of responses on social media and in real life. In the photo posted Tuesday, Nov. 3, Spencer has one arm around Trump's shoulder and the other across his midsection. Trump's hand is on her waist. They are both smiling. Spencer's message that initially accompanied the photo: "Can't beat having the REAL DonaldJTrump on," with a smiley face. The photo, snapped Tuesday morning on the "GMA" set, triggered comments on Instagram that ranged from support for Spencer and Trump to attacks on her professionalism. After a number of critical comments were posted, Spencer clarified in the Instagram post that she was not seated in his lap, as it appeared to some observers, but "standing next to Donald Trump. Said a quick hello and welcomed him to the GMA studio for first time since he announced his candidacy."
Sports, political contests dominate TV ratings
Nothing beats athletes clashing on the field for impressive TV ratings, but the skirmishes of CNBC's Republican debate came close. NFL programming and baseball's World Series dominated last week's ratings, taking seven of the top 20 spots, the Nielsen company said Tuesday, Viewers also were drawn to the debate with leading GOP presidential candidates. It was the week's top-ranked cable show with an audience of 14 million — a record for CNBC — and was among TV's top 10 overall despite competition from Game 2 between the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets. As impressive as the debate viewership was compared to previous years, it was down sharply from the 24 million who saw the first GOP contest on Fox News Channel in February and the 23 million viewers who tuned in to CNN's event.
FCC probing US radio firm said to be backed by Chinese govt
A spokesman for the Federal Communications Commission confirmed Tuesday, Nov. 3, that the agency will open a probe into G&E Studio Inc., a Los Angeles-based company reportedly owned by James Su, a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Shanghai. The company leases stations and air time, and broadcasts in more than 10 cities across the U.S., including Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. Its operations were disclosed in a report Monday by Reuters.
Owner: Over 40 layoffs at Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News
The owners of The Philadelphia Inquirer and its tabloid partner, the Philadelphia Daily News, plan to lay off more than 40 members of the news staff, but won't comment on how many managers might lose their jobs. Philadelphia Media Network said in a message to Guild members Monday, November 2, that the 46 newsroom layoffs will be effective Dec. 4. The company also says cutbacks are expected for management and other areas. Publisher Terrance Egger on Friday told staff its digital operation, Philly.com, would also be part of a consolidation to move to a single newsroom. He said the Network will save $5 million to $6 million annually. The newspaper owners are to meet with Guild leadership Wednesday to further discuss the layoffs. Egger took over as publisher on Oct. 1.
INDUSTRY NEWS 11-5-15
Blogger's widow urges safe houses for writers on death lists
The widow of a Bangladeshi-American atheist blogger killed earlier this year decried the Bangladesh government's failure to prosecute the perpetrators of deadly attacks on writers Monday and urged countries to provide safe houses for dozens more on death lists. Rafida Ahmed, who was hacked four times in the head and had her thumb sliced off in the Feb. 26 attack in Dhaka that killed her husband Avijit Roy, was the surprise speaker at a panel Monday to mark the second International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists. They lived in Atlanta and were visiting Bangladesh where he spoke at a book fair just before the attack. Ahmed, who helped her husband with his writings, said there is a death list of 84 bloggers given to the government by "Islamic terrorists," adding that they are also killing people outside the list and she has also been threatened.
On trail of reporters, film puts 'Spotlight' on journalism
A group of Boston Globe reporters and editors recently gathered in New York to celebrate the premiere of Tom McCarthy's drama about their Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting of the Catholic priest sex abuse scandal. When asked why "Spotlight" — the film named after their investigative team — has earned their respect, they respond in an eager chorus. "They got it right," echoes around the table of Walter Robinson, who headed Spotlight, former deputy managing editor Ben Bradlee Jr., and two reporters from the team: Sacha Pfeiffer (now a columnist) and Mike Renzendes, who remains a part of Spotlight. In the film, they're played, respectively, by Michael Keaton, John Slattery, Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo. Usually, the gulf between fiction and reality, Hollywood and the newsroom (or anywhere else), is too wide to engender the kind of enthusiasm shared among the veteran journalists.
Some Ohio prosecutors use social media to explain law, cases
Some prosecutors in Ohio are turning to social media to help update the public on court cases and the legal system. Knox County Prosecutor Chip McConville in Mount Vernon said he has been working since January to find ways to use Facebook and other social media to help the public, The Columbus Dispatch reported Sunday. Online comments about the case of a man charged in the fatal shootings of his mother and girlfriend made McConville realize people don't always understand the legal process, he said. So he made a short video and posted it on Facebook to help explain the process. "Ordinary people do not understand because, for most, luckily, they've never had any interaction with law enforcement or the courts in this way. And it is the responsibility of the prosecutor to explain the process of the law," McConville said. Union County and Delaware County prosecutors are among others who are embracing social media to keep the public updated on cases and their offices' work.
NYT to name successor to publisher Sulzberger within 2 years
New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger says a successor will be chosen within two years. He said Monday in a "State of the Times" speech to employees that the board, senior management and family trustees would be involved in choosing a deputy publisher. Sulzberger is 64. New York Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy sent a transcript of his speech to The Associated Press. Like other newspapers, The New York Times Co. has suffered from the decline of print ads during Sulzberger's tenure, as readers migrate online. But the company has managed to grow its online circulation, and now has more than 1 million digital-only subscribers. It has set a goal of doubling its digital revenue, to $800 million, by 2020. Sulzberger has been publisher since 1992, when he was 40. "I've hit my mid-sixties, so it should come as no surprise that the task of choosing my successor has begun," he said Monday.
Campaign underway to fund UW-Oshkosh student newspaper
Faced with $74,000 in debt, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh student newspaper has launched a fundraising campaign to help keep it afloat. The Advance-Titan launched the drive using the hashtag WeNeedTheAT last Monday, Oshkosh Northwestern Media reported (http://oshko.sh/1P4Ppzh ). The student newspaper is working with UWO administrators to develop a plan to pay off that debt $5,000 a time each February for the next decade. University officials say they will not bail out the paper if it cannot come up with that amount.." Faculty adviser Vince Filak fears that if the A-T shuts down, it won't reopen.
Orange County Register owner files for bankruptcy protection
Freedom Communications Inc., owner of the Orange County Register, has filed for bankruptcy, and the newspaper's publisher said he plans to lead a bid to purchase the troubled company. Freedom filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court's Central District of California, the Santa Ana, California-based Register reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/1HlrF1M ). Rich Mirman, Freedom's chief executive and publisher, and other local investors plan to reorganize the company's finances and assume ownership. Mirman said he expects the bankruptcy case to have no impact on day-to-day operations. Staffing will remain steady and payments to employees, key vendors and partners will continue, he said.
Man arrested at Idaho newspaper for attempted kidnapping, rape
Police in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, have arrested a man at the office of the Coeur d'Alene Press for investigation of kidnapping and attempted rape charges. KXLY-TV reports a 27-year-old woman was working alone in the newspaper office on Sunday morning when a subcontractor for the paper came into the building and told her a friend was waiting outside to talk to her. Police say the woman followed 44-year-old Jason Edwards, where he grabbed her, verbally threatened her and held a knife to her stomach. She was able to break free and take his knife. Edwards was cut in his hand during the struggle. The woman ran back into the building, locked the door and called police. Police say Edwards chased her but was not able to get back inside. Coeur d'Alene police arrested him and took him to get treatment for his injuries. Once released, he will be taken to jail. He faces kidnapping, aggravated assault, attempted rape, burglary and DUI charges. Police said Edwards is a registered sex offender.
Journalist files lawsuit against Baker City, Ore., for retaliation
A journalist has filed a federal lawsuit against Baker City, Ore., and its police chief, claiming officers retaliated against him after he wrote an editorial that was critical of the agency. Journalist Brian Addison filed the lawsuit Oct. 29 that says police harassed him and tried to get him fired in 2014 from a new job. The suit alleges the retaliation stemmed from a 2008 editorial in the Record-Courier in which Addison criticized a Baker City police canine unit for patrolling a high school gymnasium with drug-sniffing dogs during a basketball game. The editorial called the "random search by a canine unit" a violation of the U.S. Constitution's 4th Amendment. Baker City Police Chief Wyn Lohner told The Oregonian he hadn't seen the lawsuit but that the harassment allegations are false.
Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News to consolidate, cut jobs
The Philadelphia Inquirer and its tabloid partner, the Philadelphia Daily News, will merge newsrooms but continue to put out two separate newspapers, leading to an unknown number of job cuts, the owner announced Oct. 30. Publisher Terrance Egger said the digital operation, Philly.com, would also be part of the consolidation. Egger, in his first staff meeting since coming on board weeks ago, told employees the move to a single newsroom is designed to save Philadelphia Media Network $5 million to $6 million annually.
Charges filed in altercation between Tesla guards, RGJ staff
Storey County prosecutors have charged a Reno Gazette-Journal photographer with misdemeanor counts of trespassing and battery, and a reporter with misdemeanor trespassing after an altercation with two Tesla Motors security guards at an industrial park east of Sparks. The newspaper's lawyer says the journalists were trying to leave the area when they were attacked by two guards on Oct. 9. Photographer Andy Barron initially was booked on one trespassing count and two counts of felony battery with a deadly weapon after the guards told investigators he drove a Jeep into them, causing minor injuries to both.
GOP suspends partnership with NBC News for February debate
Still annoyed by CNBC's handling of this week's presidential debate, the Republican National Committee said Oct. 30 that it was suspending its partnership with NBC News and its properties on a primary debate scheduled for February. NBC News said it was disappointed in the development and will work to resolve the issue with the GOP. It was unclear in the letter from RNC Chairman Reince Priebus to NBC News chief Andrew Lack whether the party would forbid NBC from televising the Feb. 26 debate and open up the broadcast rights to others. The debate was expected to be telecast on NBC and its Spanish-language partner, Telemundo.
Editors from around the world urge Turkey to protect media
Dozens of editors from leading international news organizations have written to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressing "profound concern regarding the deteriorating conditions for press freedom in Turkey." The letter is signed by editors of news organizations in more than two dozen countries, including The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Agence France-Presse, Germany's ARD and Japan's Mainichi Shimbun. "We urge you to use your influence to ensure that journalists, whether Turkish citizens or members of the international press, are protected and allowed to do their work without hindrance," the editors write. Erdogan's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Publisher of Logan, Utah, newspaper to resign
The publisher of The Herald Journal in Logan, Utah, is resigning. Publisher Mike Starn wrote in the northern Utah newspaper that he'll be leaving his post of five years after Jan. 1. Starn says he's stepping away to spend more time with his family after 34 years in the newspaper business, an industry that also employed his father and grandfather in Pennsylvania. The 53-year-old says his first job was managing newspaper carriers while studying at Ohio State University. Before joining The Herald Journal in 2011, he served as publisher of The High Point Enterprise in North Carolina, The Independent in Massillon, Ohio and The Times-Reporter in New Philadelphia, Ohio. The Herald Journal is owned by Seattle-based Pioneer News Group.
CNBC reaches 14 million viewers with GOP debate
CNBC reached its biggest audience ever with the third Republican presidential debate, but paid a price in criticism of how its moderators handled the opportunity to question the candidates. The Nielsen company said 14 million viewers watched the debate Wednesday night, down from the 24 million who saw the first contest on Fox News Channel in February and 23 million viewers for CNN's second contest. Still, it's an extraordinarily high bar: a 2011 debate with GOP candidates on CNBC had 3.3 million viewers, Nielsen said. This week's debate also competed against the second game of the World Series.
PRC settles failed lawsuit against a newspaper for $20,000
The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission is paying $20,000 to a New Mexico newspaper as part of a settlement in a failed lawsuit. The agency filed suit last August in an attempt to stop the Santa Fe New Mexican from publishing documents on an electric utility's coal plant plans. The newspaper's attorney says a countersuit seeking damages and attorney's fees will continue against Public Service Company of New Mexico and two coal companies. PNM and the coal companies also sued to stop publication of the records, which were related to the San Juan Generating Station near Farmington. The commission also agreed to never again attempt to impose a publication restraint on the newspaper.
Brown, Shelby elected to Pulitzer Prize Board
The board that chooses the winners of the Pulitzer Prizes has two new members.
Columbia University announced on Thursday, Oct. 29, that Neil Brown, editor and vice president of the Tampa Bay Times, and Harvard University Professor Tommie Shelby have been elected to three-year terms on the 19-member board. Brown became editor of the Times in 2010 after being managing editor and executive editor. It has won five Pulitzers under his leadership. Shelby is a professor of African and African American studies and of philosophy at Harvard. He has written two books and is working on his third, which focuses on black urban poverty. Members of the board can serve up to nine years. Columbia manages the prizes, which recognize excellence in journalism, books, drama and music.
BBC: Police used terrorism powers to seize reporter's laptop
British police used anti-terrorism laws to seize the computer of a reporter who has interviewed supporters of the Islamic State group, the BBC said Thursday, Nov. 29. The broadcaster said police had obtained an order from a judge under the Terrorism Act "requiring the BBC to hand over communication between a 'Newsnight' journalist and a man in Syria who had publicly identified himself as an IS member." The BBC said the man had appeared in reports on the "Newsnight" program by journalist Secunder Kermani and was not a confidential source.
Florida newspaper says Rubio should resign from Senate
In a blunt editorial, a top south Florida newspaper called on Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio to resign from the Senate, saying he was not doing his job in Washington. Citing his missed votes and his complaints about dysfunction in the Senate, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, based in Fort Lauderdale, said Rubio should step down and "let us elect someone who wants to be there and earn an honest dollar for an honest day's work." "Marco Rubio should resign, not rip us off," says the editorial's headline.
Turkish police raid media company tied to US-based cleric
Istanbul police used tear gas in a dawn raid Wednesday on the headquarters of a major media company linked to a government critic, enforcing a court order to seize the business just days before Turkey holds a national election. Police scuffled with hundreds of Koza-Ipek Holding employees, supporters and opposition legislators before breaking down the company's iron gates and escorting the newly appointed trustees into the building. The melee was broadcast live by Bugun TV and Kanal Turk. A prosecutor has ordered Koza-Ipek Holding placed under the management of a trustee while its ties to the movement led by Fethullah Gulen, a U.S.-based moderate Islamic cleric, are investigated. The government accuses the movement of trying to destabilize the state and prosecutors have labeled it a terrorist organization.
Telemundo closing gap on Spanish-language leader
Telemundo, the perpetual little brother to Univision in the competition between Spanish-language television networks catering to a U.S. market, is closing the gap this season with the help of fast-paced soap operas involving characters in the drug trade. So far this season, Telemundo's prime-time viewership is up 23 percent to 1.46 million, while Univision is down 21 percent to 2.29 million, the Nielsen company said. Telemundo has never beaten Univision in prime time, and the margin this year is smaller than it has ever been. Among viewers aged 18-to-49, Telemundo has cut the difference by 54 percent since 2010. The biggest factor are the so-called "narco novelas" like "Senor de los Cielos" and "Senora Acero." Spanish-language novellas, which air five nights a week in the same time slot, have generally run up to 150 episodes before reaching a conclusion, and Telemundo has been cutting these runs by as much as half.
'Spotlight' film illuminates Boston clergy abuse scandal
It was a scandal that shook the Roman Catholic Church to its core: Hundreds of priests molested children for decades and got away with it because church leaders covered it up. More than a decade later, the story of how The Boston Globe exposed the church's secret is being told in "Spotlight," a movie starring Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo, set for release in the U.S. Nov. 6. In Boston, where the scandal led to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law and settlements with hundreds of victims, key figures featured in the film say it captures the shock of the scandal as it unfolded, the pain suffered by the victims and the work done by journalists to bring it to light.
INDUSTRY NEWS 10-27-15
Indiana media executive will lead Quad-City Times
Lee Enterprises has named a media executive from Indiana as the publisher of the Quad-City Times in Davenport, Iowa.
Lee announced that it has promoted Deborah Anselm to publisher of the Quad-City Times, replacing Greg Veon who retired after nearly 40 years with Lee.
Anselm will shift from her current position as general manager of northwest Indiana's Times Media Company, publisher of The Times in Munster, Indiana. Anselm has held leadership positions at the company for 15 years.
Idaho Statesman names Debra Leithauser as new publisher
The Idaho Statesman has named Debra Leithauser as its new president and publisher.
The newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/1jT9k6T ) that 44-year-old Leithauser has been president and publisher of McClatchy's Centre Daily Times in State College, Pennsylvania since last year. She replaces Mike Jung, who left the Statesman in August.
Leithauser has worked as an editor of The Washington Post, acting as the Post's online Going Out Guide editor and editing the print entertainment section Weekend. She previously served as editor of The Washington Post Magazine.
Fred Scheller named publisher of Daily Star in New York
Fred Scheller, a veteran newspaper executive, has been appointed publisher of The Daily Star in Oneonta, New York, effective immediately.
Scheller moved to Oneonta from Pennsylvania, where he served as assistant general manager and audience director for The Daily Item in Sunbury.
Both newspapers are owned by Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc.
Hines to develop Houston Chronicle block
A partnership led by Houston development giant Hines has purchased the Houston Chronicle building for a future project.
The deal for the 10-story building that houses the Chronicle's editorial, circulation and advertising operations, as well as an adjacent parking garage, closed recently.
Hines, whose development portfolio includes such iconic nearby structures as Pennzoil Place, JPMorgan Chase Tower and Bank of America Center, said it plans to demolish the Chronicle building but has not decided what to build in its place.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, charity to grow Point Park journalism slate
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is partnering with the Allegheny Foundation to help Point Park University expand its journalism program and establish a $2.5 million Center for Media Innovation.
"The Center for Media Innovation will play a key role in the university's mission to teach students to be entrepreneurs and to embrace technological change," Point Park President Paul Hennigan told the newspaper.
An Allegheny Foundation grant will pay for most of the center, which should open next year. The foundation was headed by Dick Scaife, publisher of the Tribune-Review and head of its parent company, Trib Total Media, before his death last year. H. Yale Gutnick, Trib Total Media's chairman, said the newspaper will cover the other costs of the center through a sponsorship agreement.
INDUSTRY NEWS 10-21
Salt Lake City's daily newspapers want to extend court delay
Lawyers for Salt Lake City's two daily newspapers are asking a judge to extend a delay in a lawsuit over their business arrangement. Court documents show attorneys asked Friday, Oct. 16, for U.S. District Judge Jill Parrish to keep the case on hold for another three months. The document cites ongoing discussions, though it doesn't elaborate and it is unclear if the talks are related to a possible sale of The Salt Lake Tribune. Utah billionaire Jon Huntsman Sr. said last year he's interested in purchasing the Tribune but would wait until the lawsuit is settled. Former Tribune employees sued over the joint-operating agreement between the newspaper's corporate owners and the Deseret News. They argue it violates federal antitrust laws and could put the Tribune out of business. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints owns the Deseret News.
Biermann named new Star-Tribune publisher
Casper Star-Tribune operations director Tom Biermann will become the new publisher of Wyoming’s statewide newspaper, Nathan Bekke, vice president of consumer sales and marketing and group publisher for Lee Enterprises, the newspaper's parent company, announced Friday, Oct. 16. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with the leadership team in place here as we continue to serve our customers across Casper and Wyoming,” Biermann said. Lee Enterprises is also the parent company of The Billings Gazette, Missoulian, Montana Standard in Butte, Helena Independent Record, and Ravalli Republic in Hamilton. Biermann, of Casper, has served as interim publisher since July.
Trib Total Media has deal to sell 2 dailies, 6 weeklies
Trib Total Media, which publishes the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, has agreed to sell eight of its smaller newspapers. The Trib announced in August it hoped to sell some smaller papers as it reorganizes to enhance its digital operations. On Friday, Oct. 16, the company announced that Sample Media Group affiliate West Penn Media LLC will buy the Leader Times in Kittanning and the Daily Courier in Connellsville. West Penn will also buy six weekly publications: The Dispatch in Blairsville, The Mount Pleasant Journal, The Independent-Observer in Scottdale, The Ligonier Echo, The Times-Sun in West Newton, and The Jeannette Spirit. Terms weren't disclosed and it wasn't immediately clear when Sample will take over the papers. President George "Scoop" Sample III says his company is committed to carrying the legacy of those newspapers into the future.
Foundation to run in remembrance of slain journalist
Supporters of the James W. Foley Foundation will be running in remembrance of the journalist who was executed in August 2014 after being held hostage in Syria by the Islamic State. Foster's Daily Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/1Oz0ZT0 ) the foundation is holding its inaugural Foley Foundation 5K on Saturday in Rochester. Officials say the run is meant to celebrate Foley's legacy and the work of the foundation. More than 1,200 people have registered for the run. That includes Gov. Maggie Hassan and U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte. His parents, Diane and John, established the foundation to carry on his legacy of American hostage advocacy, freedom of the press and education opportunities for disadvantaged youth.
CBS bans advertising for critical film
CBS has refused to run advertising for "Truth," the film starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford that revisits a painful episode in the network's past involving a discredited 2004 news story on former President George W. Bush's military service record. CBS has denounced the movie, which opens Friday, as a disservice to the public and journalists. Redford plays Dan Rather in "Truth," with Blanchett as producer Mary Mapes. Together, they were behind a "60 Minutes II" story that questioned Bush's Vietnam War-era commitment to service in the Texas Air National Guard. But CBS apologized for the story after documents used were called into question and could not be verified. Mapes and three news executives were fired.
Officer convicted of lying about arrest of news photographer
A New York City policeman has been convicted of lying about the arrest of a New York Times photographer. Prosecutors say journalist Robert Stolarik was photographing police Officer Michael Ackermann handcuff a teenager in 2012. They say he was using a camera not equipped with a flash and was several feet away. But they say Ackermann arrested him for obstructing governmental administration, claiming on court papers he repeatedly got in the officer's face firing a flash. The charge later was dismissed. Ackermann was convicted Thursday of offering a false instrument for filing. He faces up to four years in prison. He says he made an honest mistake. The New York Press Club says it's imperative journalists be allowed to do their work without the threat of police intimidation or false arrest.
Cable news pundit charged with fraud; ties to CIA disputed
Federal prosecutors say a Maryland man who offered national-security commentary on Fox News has been charged with fraud for falsely claiming a CIA career. Authorities say they arrested 62-year-old Wayne Simmons of Annapolis on Oct. 15 and charged him with fraud against the U.S. and making false statements to the government. An indictment states Simmons lied about having a 27-year career with the CIA as an "Outside Paramilitary Special Operations" officer. The indictment alleges that Simmons made the claim as he sought security clearances and in seeking work as a defense contractor.
Harmon named publisher of The Columbus Dispatch
A veteran newspaper group manager has been named president and publisher of The Columbus Dispatch. The Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1X7cy5d ) says Oct. 15 that Bradley M. Harmon has been appointed president and publisher of the newspaper, as well as president of the Dispatch Media Group. He was previously vice president for large dailies for Gatehouse Media, whose parent company bought the Dispatch earlier this year. Harmon began his career in Willoughby, Ohio, with The News Herald and went on to work for newspapers in Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Portland, Oregon, before joining GateHouse Media in 2010. Harmon replaces interim publisher Jim Hopson. The newspaper has a circulation of more than 130,000 daily and 235,000 on Sundays. The group also includes 24 suburban weeklies and a magazine division.
Village Voice has new owner with longstanding newspaper ties
The Village Voice, an alternative New York weekly founded six decades ago, has been bought by the owner of a Pennsylvania newspaper whose family has been involved in the industry for generations. Peter Barbey told The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/1MxrdDA) that the Voice has "a unique journalistic role in New York and the country as a whole." Barbey's family has been the longtime owner of The Reading Eagle. He bought the Voice for an undisclosed sum from the Voice Media Group, which owns a number of weekly newspapers.
Brother of US journalist condemns 'cruel' detention in Iran
The brother of Jason Rezaian, The Washington Post journalist detained in Iran and convicted in secret, described his brother's imprisonment Oct. 13 as "cruel and inhumane" and called on the U.S. government to take "any appropriate actions" to win his freedom. Ali Rezaian told The Associated Press in an interview in Washington that the charges were "trumped up" and there was no evidence that his brother tried to access security information. Iran's judiciary spokesman confirmed the verdict on state TV Sunday, saying the ruling is eligible for appeal within 20 days, but gave no indication of what punishment the 39-year-old Iranian-American journalist could face.
Journalist says Canada PM abandoned him during Egypt ordeal
A Canadian journalist who spent much of last two years jailed in Egypt said Oct. 13 that he felt "betrayed and abandoned" by Prime Minister Stephen Harper during his ordeal. Mohamed Fahmy, a former al-Jazeera journalist who was released last month after receiving a pardon from Egyptian President el-Sisi, said Harper should have intervened more aggressively to get him freed faster. Instead, Fahmy said, Harper delegated his responsibility to people who lacked the clout to win his freedom.
Germany's top-selling daily combats ad blockers
Germany's biggest-selling daily is giving online readers who use ad-blocking software a choice: turn it off, or you can't read any content unless you pay a subscription. Publisher Axel Springer SE said Oct. 13 the experiment on the Bild newspaper's website is starting immediately. Users who don't switch off ad blockers won't be able to see any articles unless they pay a 2.99 euro ($3.40) monthly fee for "almost ad-free" access. Axel Springer's move is a response to the increasing use of software to block advertising that is important for publishers' revenue. Bild group management board chairwoman Donata Hopfen said that "even on the Internet, journalistic services need to be financed via the two well-known income streams — advertising and revenues stream — in order to continue to offer independent journalism."
INDUSTRY NEWS 10-7-15
AP to use Knight grant to expand access to data journalism
The Associated Press has announced plans to expand its data-driven journalism with a $400,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation that will improve public access to critical information and provide increased distribution of localized data to thousands of news organizations. The hiring of additional data journalists will enable the AP team to increase its production of projects based on analysis of national and local data, bring data journalism into more newsrooms and lead to more collaborative projects with reporters and editors at all kinds of news organizations. The data will be distributed to AP members and customers, including broadcasters, newspapers and new media.
Buyouts coming at company behind Chicago Tribune, LA Times
The owner of the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and other newspapers is offering buyouts to employees. Tribune Publishing announced the "Voluntary Separation Program" in a memo from CEO Jack Griffin to employees that was obtained by The Associated Press on Monday. The memo says the newspaper publisher needs to reduce costs but does not specify by how much. A separate memo to employees with more details on the buyouts says that after they are done, the company will determine if it needs to make "additional involuntary reductions" — layoffs.
Media company: DJ tried to influence listening habits
The owner of a Florida media company said Monday that radio host Bubba The Love Sponge Clem tried to influence the listening habits of a person who was participating in a ratings survey. In a statement, Beasley Media said Clem was contacted directly by someone who had a ratings device to measure listening habits. Nielsen calculates its ratings by putting listening devices that resemble pagers on people. Beasley said that Clem attempted to influence the person participating in the Nielsen ratings survey. "Beasley strongly condemns the actions of Mr. Clem," the statement said.
Publishing executive to lead Northeast Ohio Media Group
A longtime publishing executive will become president of Northeast Ohio Media Group, which operates Cleveland.com, the Sun News and is responsible for multimedia ad sales and marketing for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland. NEOMG announced the hiring of Timothy P. Knight on Cleveland.com (http://bit.ly/1OhYYdG ) Monday. He will succeed Andrea Hogben, who said in August that she would leave the company at the end of the year. For the last four years, Knight has been chief executive officer of Wrapports LLC, which owns the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Reader and Splash and is an investor in digital startup businesses. Knight has previously served as president and CEO of Newsday Media Group, publisher of Newsday and has held executive positions with Tribune Publishing Company and Chicago Tribune Media Group.
Police: Man vandalizes News & Observer newspaper building
Police have distributed surveillance images of the man they say broke into the Raleigh, N.C., offices of The News & Observer newspaper and damaged property inside. The newspaper (http://bit.ly/1KUnH3O ) reports that a man vandalized the offices early Sunday morning, throwing computers through windows, tossing administrative files outside and leaving several bloody smears behind. Publisher Orage Quarles III says surveillance footage shows the suspect, who he says appears to have been intoxicated. He says nobody was injured during the vandalism. Police say the nearby First Presbyterian Church was also vandalized overnight, with similar broken windows and blood traces left behind. Quarles said The News & Observer had no security guards on duty Saturday night and Sunday morning.
IAPA reports 11 journalists killed in Americas since March
The Inter American Press Association says that 11 journalists from around the Americas have been killed since March — three each in Brazil and Mexico, two in Guatemala, and one each in Colombia, Honduras and the Dominican Republic. That brings to 16 the number of journalists killed in the region since the beginning of the year, the press group said in a report delivered during its current meeting in Charleston, S.C. It also said that there have been convictions in only 19 of the 145 journalist killings it has tracked since 1977. The association singled out Venezuela for criticism, saying "the attacks against freedom of expression are part of the deterioration ... occurring in the country."
Grant allows historians to digitize Idaho newspaper
Officials with the Idaho State Historical Society say they have secured a $250,000 grant to digitally preserve thousands of pages of old newspapers. KTVB-TV (http://bit.ly/1QPIEhH) reports that the grant will pay to digitize 100,000 pages of Idaho newspapers published between 1864 and 1923. Newspapers printed before 1923 are in the public domain and are not protected by copyright. Steve Barrett, with the society, says Idaho's newspaper archive was converted to microfilm in the 1980's. The microfilm now fills racks inside the society's facility, but officials are determined to keep up with technology. "They're priceless. They're absolutely priceless," Barrett said.
Vargas Llosa: More freedom now for Latin America press
While there's more freedom of the press for Latin American media under democracies than the dictatorships once common in the region, drug cartels pose a threat to such freedoms, Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa said Saturday. The Peruvian journalist, author and scholar who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2010, spoke on a variety of issues during an appearance at the Inter American Press Association which is meeting in Charleston, S.C. through Monday. Vargas Llosa comments in Spanish, interpreted by a translator, on some of those issues:
Late Las Vegas journalist Laura Myers named to Hall of Fame
The late Laura Myers, a veteran journalist and humanitarian who most recently served as the lead political reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, was posthumously inducted into the Nevada Press Association's Hall of Fame on Friday. Myers died June 19 at the age of 53, two years after she had been diagnosed with colon cancer. Her family accepted the award on her behalf during the association's annual awards banquet in Sparks. Myers, a Las Vegas native, began her journalism career in 1984 as a reporter for the Reno Gazette-Journal. She spent more than 17 years on and off with The Associated Press, starting in 1987 in the Reno bureau and including a stint as AP's political editor during the 2000 presidential elections.
24-hour news, social media put pressure on cops, reporters
The 24-hour news cycle and social media put enormous pressure on reporters and law enforcement to get accurate information out quickly in a crisis such as the Charleston, S.C., church massacre, officials who responded and journalists who reported on the tragedy said Friday. Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr., city police chief Greg Mullen, and journalists who covered the shootings discussed the challenge at a meeting of the Inter American Press Association that was held just a few blocks from the church. Mullen said there was pressure on police after the shootings to get accurate information to the news media quickly, but he said police simultaneously had to investigate the crime, ensure people were safe and help victims. Mullen and Riley met with the families of the shooting victims before information was released to the media.
Photographers association seeks repeal of Atlanta ordinance
A national organization that represents news photographers on Friday asked Atlanta's mayor to repeal a city ordinance it says is being used to stop news photographers from taking photos on public sidewalks. The National Press Photographers Association, joined by 11 news organizations including The Associated Press, sent a letter to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed saying it appears the ordinance is being applied too broadly and in a way that violates the constitutional right to free speech. Anne Torres, a spokeswoman for the mayor, said Atlanta police officers are being advised not to enforce the ordinance and that Reed's administration plans to introduce an ordinance on Monday to repeal it. She added that no one has been arrested or cited under this ordinance.
APG Media buys 4 Wyoming newspapers
The four Wyoming newspapers in the McCraken Newspaper Group have a new owner. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1L91oce ) that APG Media of the Rockies LLC has purchased the newspapers, which include the Wyoming Tribune Eagle in Cheyenne, the Laramie Boomerang, the Rawlins Daily Times and the Rock Springs Rocket-Miner. APG is a subsidiary of the Minnesota-based Adams Publishing Group, which publishes community newspapers, digital products and magazines in several states. The former WTE publisher and president of Cheyenne Newspapers Inc., L. Michael McCraken, says he's pleased with the purchase and praised APG's support of community newspapers.
Spain media mogul seeks libel charges against El Pais editor
Two of Spain's top media companies are facing off after a broadcasting magnate who has bankrolled Woody Allen movies asked a court to file criminal charges against the editor-in-chief of the country's leading newspaper. Jaume Roures, who heads Barcelona-based Mediapro, says El Pais newspaper hurt his reputation with an article last year stating he had 250 million euros ($278 million) in 150 accounts around the world, much of it in tax havens. He tried to force El Pais to publish a correction, but a judge dismissed that plea in August, saying Roures wasn't hurt and failed to prove the article was false. Now Roures has mounted a criminal libel and slander case against El Pais editor-in-chief Antonio Cano and reporter Rosario Garcia Gomez in a case made public last week after a magistrate said there was enough evidence for an investigation. If convicted, they could face up to two years in prison.
Jeffrey Shabram named Midland Reporter-Telegram publisher
Omaha, Nebraska, digital media executive Jeffrey Shabram has been named as the new publisher of the Midland (Tex.) Reporter-Telegram. Hearst Newspapers announced that Shabram will be responsible for the performance of the chain's West Texas newspapers, including the Reporter-Telegram and the Plainview Herald and two weeklies, the Muleshoe Journal and Canyon News. He succeeds Mike Distelhorst, who is now publisher of three eastern North Carolina dailies. Shabram is scheduled to take up his duties Monday. He comes to Midland from his position as senior director of Digital and corporate director of Digital Agency Services in the Berkshire Hathaway Digital Services Division. Before that, he was vice president of Midlands Newspapers from 2010 to 2014 and director of digital at the Omaha World-Herald from 2006 to 2010.
Newscast airs from lawn after bomb threat on building
Southern California TV station KABC-TV had to do its afternoon newscast from the building's front lawn after a bomb threat. The station's anchors, David Ono and Ellen Leyva, stood on the grass Wednesday, Sept. 30, and used trucks to broadcast as though they were reporters in the field. Glendale police said they received a call from an anonymous man who said there were multiple bombs inside the building. A bomb squad and search dogs combed the offices, which are also home of West Coast operations for ABC national news. Nothing was found, and the scene was declared safe. The KABC newscast included shots of the empty newsroom from an unmanned camera. Still, the mood outside was light-hearted. Weatherman Dallas Raines, in 90-degree heat, said it was neat to be in the weather rather than just forecast it.
News Corp. slashes 500 jobs at Amplify upon sale
News Corp. says it has laid off about 500 of the 900 employees at its money-losing Amplify educational unit and sold it to Amplify managers and private investors for an undisclosed amount. The move comes after the publishing company booked a $371 million write-off on the Amplify business, which sought to sell tablets to schools and develop a digital curriculum. The business lost $93 million in the year through June on $109 million in revenue. Joel Klein, the former New York City school chancellor who led the education business at News Corp., is to remain a director at News Corp. and Amplify. Amplify executive Larry Berger replaces him as CEO. Amplify will now focus on curriculum and assessment after it stopped selling tablets earlier this year.
Court upholds California law to control driving by paparazzi
An appellate court ruled Sept. 30 that California's newest anti-paparazzi law aimed at curtailing reckless driving by photographers is constitutional and does not violate the First Amendment right to freedom of the press. A three-justice panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles also unanimously decided the law is not vague and does not place an undue burden on the rights of newsgatherers, as opponents of the statute have argued. The ruling came in a case involving photographer Paul Raef, who was charged under the 2010 law after being accused of engaging in a high-speed pursuit of Justin Bieber along a Los Angeles freeway in 2012.
ABC apologizes for mixing up video of Indian actresses
ABC's "Nightline" is apologizing for confusing new network star Priyanka Chopra with another Indian actress. The news magazine aired a feature earlier this week about Chopra, the star of ABC's new drama "Quantico." A video shot supposedly showing Chopra in the Miss World pageant was included. But the video was of Yukta Mookhey, who won the crown in 1999. Chopra was the 2000 Miss World winner. The error was noted online by viewers, and ABC responded with an apology and posted a corrected version of the "Nightline" story online. Chopra, a Bollywood star who plays an FBI recruit in "Quantico," responded to the mix-up on Twitter by posting "LOL" and linking to another post that read, "Uh oh, @Nightline!"
Philadelphia alt weekly City Paper ending print edition
The Philadelphia alternative weekly newspaper City Paper will stop printing after it was purchased by a company whose investors include the publishers of a competing publication. Broad Street Media LLC said Wednesday it expects to incorporate City Paper's best features into the competitor, Philly Weekly. It also will combine their websites. SB New York Inc., which publishes the free Metro daily newspaper in Philadelphia, New York and Boston, had owned City Paper since August 2014. City Paper will cease print publication Oct. 8. Broad Street Media publisher Perry Corsetti says the company respects City Paper's history, dating to 1981, but doesn't want to run competing newspapers. Both free publications provide extensive coverage of the city's food, arts, music and entertainment scenes. As of last year, each reported weekly circulation of around 63,000.
German publisher Springer to invest in Thrillist Media Group
German publisher Axel Springer SE says it plans to buy a minority stake in Thrillist Media Group, the second U.S. investment plan it has announced this week. A statement Sept. 30 from Springer, the publisher of Germany's mass-circulation Bild newspaper and broadsheet daily Die Welt among other titles, didn't specify the size of the stake it will take in New York City-based TMG or the value of the deal. TMG operates the lifestyle portal Thrillist. Springer CEO Matthias Doepfner said the investment is "a further step we are taking to expand our global footprint as a digital publisher, especially in English-language markets." Springer said Sept. 20 that it will buy 88 percent of the Business Insider news website for $343 million.
Fox, SiriusXM launch headline news service
Fox News is collaborating with SiriusXM to launch a 24-hour news service that will update satellite radio listeners and mobile device users on headlines every 15 minutes. The service, to launch Oct. 5, is Fox's most high-profile new business venture since the Fox Business Network was started in 2007. Fox is hiring 40 to 50 new journalists and building a new newsroom for the operation, said Jay Wallace, Fox's senior vice president of news. Fox News Headlines 24/7 will introduce SiriusXM subscribers to a concept familiar to radio listeners in many of the nation's biggest cities — top stories continuously updated and repeated in 15-minute increments.
40 percent of millennials pay for print, online news
In a world flush with free information, some young people are still willing to shell out for news they read. A recent poll shows that 40 percent of U.S. adults ages 18-34 pay for at least some of the news they read, whether it's a print newspaper, a digital news app or an email newsletter. Another 13 percent don't pay themselves but rely on someone else's subscription, according to the survey by Media Insight Project, a collaboration of the American Press Institute and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Older millennials are more likely than younger ones to personally pay for news.
INDUSTRY NEWS 9-29-15
Nexstar offers about $1.9B in cash, stock for Media General
Nexstar Broadcasting, attempting to drive a wedge between Media General and Meredith Corp., offered nearly $1.9 billion to buy Media General on Monday. Media General Inc. earlier this month made a $2.4 billion offer for Meredith, which owns television stations and publishes about 20 magazines. The deal, according to Media General, would create a company with almost 90 television stations in 54 markets and magazines including Better Homes and Gardens and Martha Stewart Living. Nexstar on Monday bid a combination of cash and stock valued at $14.50 for each Media General share, a 30 percent premium to Media General's closing price Friday.
Media rights group says EU is too soft on Hungary
An international press freedom group says the European Union has been too lenient in its treatment of media abuses in Hungary and accuses it of economic bias in defending the rights of journalists. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said in Tuesday's report "Balancing Act" that the 28-nation bloc was struggling to match its lofty human rights standards with its day-to-day actions in protecting journalists around the world. "There are significant challenges that undermine press freedom and new threats are emerging," the report concluded.
Some millennials digging into news, contrary to stereotype
Don't believe everything you see tweeted, shared or posted about the millennial generation being uninformed. A sizable group of these young adults — 4 of every 10 — actively seeks out the news, an analysis of their media habits finds. Even the out-of-it others say they stumble on news while they're catching up with friends on Facebook, scanning their Twitter feeds or looking for entertainment online. Like generations before them, the millennials are more nuanced and complicated than the stereotypes about them would have it.
Rouhani, meeting editors, hopes for better US relations
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is holding out the possibility for improved relations with the United States if the international nuclear deal that has caused controversy in both the U.S. and Iran gets fully implemented later this year. Asked specifically about the possibility of freeing Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, who has been held for over a year in an Iranian prison, Rouhani said he favored freeing U.S. prisoners in Iran and all Iranians held in U.S. jails, but the matter was mainly in the hands of Iran's judiciary. Speaking to a group of editors Friday after arriving for the annual U.N. General Assembly, Rouhani said implementation of the nuclear deal would improve the atmosphere to allow progress to be made.
Arizona Republic hires Parrish as new publisher
The Arizona Republic has named Mi-Ai Parrish of the Kansas City Star as its new publisher. Parrish has been publisher at the Kansas City newspaper for the last four years and previously held the top position at the Idaho Statesman in Boise. She replaces John Zidich, who was promoted to president of domestic publishing for Gannett Co. In her time in Kansas City, the 44-year-old Parrish won praise for embracing digital media and engaging with readers and the community while improving the overall quality of the newspaper's journalism. She previously worked at newspapers in Minneapolis, San Francisco and Chicago and served as an editor at the Arizona Republic from 1999 to 2001. Parrish said she looks forward to returning to Phoenix and building on the paper's strong tradition of investigative journalism.
Kirk campaign launches unusual attack on Chicago Tribune
Sen. Mark Kirk's campaign has launched an unusual public attack on a Chicago Tribune reporter, accusing him of "bullying" former and current staff members with questions about allegations that the Illinois Republican has been physically and verbally abusive toward employees. Kevin Artl, who is Kirk's re-election campaign manager, released a memo this week in which he said Tribune reporter Todd Lighty had contacted more than 15 people connected with Kirk, including current and former staffers and the senator's sister and mother. According to Artl, Lighty has identified four former staffers who the reporter says were subjected to abusive treatment. Artl says those staffers have denied any abuse took place. More broadly, the campaign denies that Kirk has been abusive toward any staff members.
ABC apologizes for claiming O.J. Simpson video as exclusive
ABC News apologized for promoting as an exclusive a videotape of O.J. Simpson that NBC had aired 15 years ago. In a statement issued Friday, ABC said it had the wrong impression that video footage from a 1990s civil suit deposition given by Simpson had not aired before at length. But NBC's "Dateline" had broadcast video from the deposition in 1999. The tapes were part of ABC's "20/20" broadcast that aired Friday after being heavily promoted by the network as including "never-before-seen videos" of Simpson being questioned about the killings of his ex-wife, Nicole Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman.
Israeli officer suspended after journalists abused
The Israeli military says it has suspended an officer after soldiers were caught on camera assaulting a pair of Agence France-Press journalists in the West Bank. The army said Sunday that after a preliminary review, it determined the officer in charge "did not conduct himself in accordance with professional expectations." It called the incident "grave and in contravention of its code of ethics" and said the investigation was continuing. The Foreign Press Association, which represents journalists covering Israel and the Palestinian territories for international news organizations, has said the AFP photographer and cameraman were beaten by Israeli troops Friday in an unprovoked attack. The soldiers smashed a video camera and a still camera. The army has a long history of ignoring complaints of alleged violence against journalists.
Wesleyan students push boycott of campus newspaper
At Wesleyan University, known for its liberal culture, a campaign to shut down the campus newspaper is coming from an unlikely source: its students. The student government for the liberal arts school is weighing a petition to strip The Wesleyan Argus of funding after some students objected to an opinion piece it published on the Black Lives Matter movement. The university president, Michael Roth, has weighed in on the side of the press. In a statement titled "Black lives matter and so does free speech," he and two other administrators objected to what they described as harassment of the newspaper's editors and said the campus should not "demand ideological conformity because people are made uncomfortable."
Ad blockers rise as ads annoy, bog down websites
When you visit a website, you often find yourself waiting and waiting for advertisements to load. Video starts playing automatically, and animated ads jump in front of what you were there to see. The seconds tick by. It doesn't have to be this way. There are easy ways to block such annoyances, and Apple is now permitting apps that block ads in its Web browser for iPhones and iPads. All this might help users navigate, but it also threatens the livelihood of websites and publishers that depend heavily on advertising revenue — companies like Google, Hulu and The New York Times. While the rise in ad blocking isn't causing panic yet, publishers and content creators are watching.
Study: Presidential campaign coverage outpacing past
By one measure, the 2016 presidential campaign has made more news at this early stage than any of the six previous contests. ABC, CBS and NBC have devoted 504 minutes to campaign news on their evening newscasts through last Friday, according to an analysis by the Tyndall Report, which studies the content of these programs. The previous high of 462 minutes at this point came in 2007, another year when no incumbent was running. Tyndall made no such measurements prior to the 1992 campaign. Republicans have accounted for two-thirds of the coverage, partly because of the two debates and partly due to Donald Trump.
Off the air: Trump boycotts Fox News over campaign coverage
Donald Trump says he's done appearing on Fox News shows for the "foreseeable future" because he doesn't like the network's coverage of his presidential campaign. The billionaire businessman and leading Republican candidate tweets that Fox News has been treating him "very unfairly" and that he's going to stop appearing on its shows. Trump has been feuding with the network since first Republican primary debate, when he objected to the moderators' questions. There was a brief detente. But the feud escalated this week, with Trump tweeting and retweeting complaints about the network and hosts, including Megyn Kelly. Trump has become a constant presence on cable news shows and often phones in to share his thoughts. A Fox spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Journalists subpoenaed in lawsuit over Petraeus scandal
Nine journalists were issued subpoenas Sept. 22 as part of a lawsuit over the Obama administration investigation that led to the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus. Those subpoenaed to provide depositions and documents include current and former reporters and editors at The Associated Press, The Washington Post, the Daily Beast and Fox News. Jill and Scott Kelley of Tampa, Florida, sued the federal government in 2013, alleging that officials violated the U.S. Privacy Act by disclosing information about the couple. Jill Kelley was implicated in 2012 scandals involving Petraeus and Marine Gen. John R. Allen.
Brian Williams returns to airwaves for pope coverage
Brian Williams returned to the airwaves of MSNBC to anchor coverage of the visit of Pope Francis to the United States on Tuesday, Sept. 22, his first day back at work following his suspension from NBC News and demotion for misleading viewers about his role in news stories. Dressed in a suit and blue striped tie, Williams made no mention of his absence. He anchored the network's coverage from 3 to 5 p.m. EDT, stationed in a Manhattan studio. Except for an interview with Matt Lauer on "Today," he'd been off the air since his suspension from "Nightly News" in February. He was caught telling a false story about his coverage of the Iraq War, and lost his "Nightly News" job after an NBC investigation turned up other instances of exaggerating his role.
Edwards chosen as new publisher of The Clarion-Ledger
Nathan Edwards will become president and publisher of The Clarion-Ledger and Mississippi Media, starting Oct. 1. Michael Kane, president of Gannett East Group, announced Edwards' new job Tuesday, Sept. 22, in The Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/1YzAQ9D ). Edwards will also have responsibility for the Hattiesburg American, which is also owned by Gannett. He has been general manager of the Hattiesburg American since March. Kane says a new general manager will be hired in Hattiesburg. Edwards was previously vice president of sales for the Augusta Chronicle and classifieds director at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. At The Clarion-Ledger, he will succeed Jason Taylor, who was named publisher of the Las Vegas Review-Journal in June. Owner GateHouse Media LLC also named Taylor president of its western U.S. publishing operations and CEO of GateHouse Media Live and Virtual Events.
INDUSTRY NEWS 9-23-15
AP’s Kathy Gannon and other international journalists win press freedom awards
International journalists who have endured death threats, physical attacks and imprisonment or exile are to be honored with Press Freedom Awards. The Committee to Protect Journalists' 2015 International Press Freedom Awards will be presented to Malaysia's Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, Paraguay's Candido Figueredo Ruiz and bloggers and journalists from Ethiopia and Syria at a ceremony in New York on Nov. 24. Veteran Associated Press foreign correspondent Kathy Gannon, who was shot six times by an Afghan security officer while on assignment in Afghanistan, will receive the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for lifetime achievement in the cause of press freedom.
International NY Times blocked in Thailand over king article
The local printer of the International New York Times decided not to publish Tuesday's edition in Thailand because of an article on the future of the Thai monarchy that it called "too sensitive to print" in the country, where strict laws limit open discussion of the royal family. The article, headlined "As Thai king ails, crown's future unclear," discussed the declining health of 87-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej and concerns about the monarchy's succession. The story, published on the front page of the newspaper's Asia editions, was written by its Bangkok-based correspondent.
After outrage, India rethinks draconian social media policy
The Indian government backtracked Tuesday on a proposed requirement for all messages sent on social media and mobile chatting apps to be saved for several months as a way of defeating encryption technology. The proposed law stipulated that all social media users would have to save plain-text versions of messages for 90 days. Services such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Viber and Google Chat encrypt messages as they are sent between users. There was widespread outrage online over the threat to privacy and the possibility of prosecution for those who refused to save their communications. The uproar comes just days before India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads to Silicon Valley where he is to meet technology entrepreneurs to persuade them to invest in India.
Newseum displays freedom slogans in Chinese during Xi visit
Washington's popular museum about news media is preparing an eye-catching welcome for Chinese President Xi Jinping's high-profile state visit this week: large banners calling for his authoritarian government to respect human rights and press freedom. The nonprofit Newseum, which lies on Pennsylvania Avenue a few blocks from the White House, will unveil the Chinese-language slogans Tuesday morning. Xi is set to arrive in Washington on Thursday ahead of an Oval Office meeting with President Barack Obama. Jeffrey Herbst, the Newseum's chief executive officer, said it is the first time the museum, which has occupied its current site for seven years, has used its prominent facade to highlight a situation in a foreign country when its head of state visits Washington.
Rural NC tract is last shortwave site for US broadcaster VOA
Despite broadcast satellites and cellphones, the U.S. government continues to transmit that staple of Cold War spy movies — shortwave radio — from miles of transmission towers tucked away in a corner of rural North Carolina. The last Voice of America shortwave transmission station in the United States spreads across 2,700 acres eastern North Carolina's flat coastal plain, ready in a crisis to blast news to the world's remote corners. The taxpayer-funded transmission site near Greenville, named for legendary broadcaster and former director of VOA's parent agency Edward R. Murrow, reserves a domestic option for the government broadcaster that has overwhelmingly gone digital or sends its signals from overseas sites.
Kate Snow appointment continues MSNBC transformation
MSNBC has appointed Kate Snow to anchor an afternoon news broadcast, nearly completing a daytime refocus of the struggling network back to news that will be fully on display next week when Brian Williams returns to the air for coverage of Pope Francis' visit to the United States. Since Andy Lack returned this spring to take over the NBC News operation, he's spent much of his time plotting a reconfiguration of MSNBC into something similar to what was envisioned at its start two decades ago — a fully integrated arm of NBC News. Gone are opinion-based programs with personalities like Ronan Farrow, Ed Schultz, Al Sharpton and Alex Wagner, which Lack said were rejected by viewers. Instead, the daytime lineup will have news programs anchored by Snow, Andrea Mitchell, Thomas Roberts, Tamron Hall and Jose Diaz-Balart, with Williams moving in probably a couple of times a week as news warrants.
AP appoints new vice president of sales for Asia
The Associated Press has announced the appointment of YK Chan as its new vice president of sales for Asia. Chan, who has been head of AP's Global Media Services unit for Asia, will succeed Maria Ronson, who will conclude her long tenure as an AP executive at the end of the year. Asia, a key region for AP, continues to evolve at a fast pace. Chan, a native of Singapore who is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese, joined AP in 2001 as a regional sales executive for Asia. Based in Hong Kong, he worked across different areas of the business before leading GMS in Asia, with a focus on Japan, China and Australia. He has already made a significant contribution to the Chinese market and the growth of customer revenues for AP.
Canada’s La Presse ends weekday paper
Another alarm bell sounded last week for the future of print newspapers in Canada when one of the country's largest and oldest dailies announced the end of its printed weekday edition nearly three years after introducing its free digital tablet edition. Montreal La Presse, owned by Power Corp., announced Sept. 16 that the print edition of the 131-year-old French-language paper will only be available on Saturdays after Jan. 1. Publisher Guy Crevier says the paper will become the world's first major daily to go completely digital on weekdays as it responds to a permanent shift in advertising spending.
Newspaper, Pennsylvania attorney general in court over release of emails
Lawyers for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane and a Philadelphia newspaper sparred before a state appellate court in Harrisburg over the release of more pornographic emails from her office. At a hearing in Commonwealth Court on Wednesday, Sept. 16, Kane's attorney argued only emails relating to government business must be released under Pennsylvania's Right-to-Know law. But Terry Mutchler, representing The Philadelphia Inquirer, said the emails are public records not only because they document official transactions, but also because they shed light on how employees use state time and resources. The Inquirer filed a Right-to-Know request last year for all the pornographic emails. Kane's office released some of the pornographic emails last year, resulting in a wave of resignations and firings, including a state Supreme Court justice, and the courts released more last month.
Brother of Post reporter detained in Iran appeals to UN body
The brother of jailed Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian has appealed to a U.N. human rights panel in to urge his release from detention in Iran. Ali Rezaian made the plea Tuesday, Sept. 16, at a working group on arbitrary detention at the Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva.
AP: Hungary police forced journalist to delete footage
The Associated Press is protesting the brief detention of one of its journalists by Hungarian police as he covered migrants crossing the border, saying he was forced to delete footage that included images of a police dog knocking down a refugee. Hungary disputed the account Tuesday, Sept. 15. The incident took place Saturday evening as the cameraman, Luca Muzi, was filming migrants who had crossed from Serbia through fields near the Hungarian town of Roszke. Police moved in to stop the people, and one policeman let a muzzled police dog attack a Syrian man, knocking him to the ground as the Syrian cried out, "Please, please, I'm a refugee!" Muzi said.
INDUSTRY NEWS 9-16-15
Gray Television to acquire TV, radio stations for $442.5M
TV station owner Gray Television Inc. said Friday it agreed to buy Schurz Communications Inc.'s TV and radio stations for $442.5 million. Gray said the acquisition will bring its operations to 49 television markets and 28 states, up from 30 markets in mid-2013. Gray will acquire TV stations in markets ranging from Wichita, Kansas and Augusta, Georgia to Anchorage, Alaska. Consolidation has swept the broadcast and cable industries as people increasingly turn to the Internet for video and content costs rise for cable and TV companies.
Judge in hot car death case allows news media in hearings
A judge on Monday refused to bar the news media from the courtroom during pretrial hearings for a Georgia man accused of killing his toddler son by leaving him in a vehicle on a hot day. Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley said defense arguments to close the hearing did not outweigh the value of open proceedings. She also said careful questioning during jury selection and clear and direct instructions from the court should protect Justin Ross Harris' right to a fair trial. Harris faces charges including murder in the June 2014 death of his son, Cooper. Harris has pleaded not guilty to the charges, and his lawyers have said the boy's death was a tragic accident.
Sacramento Bee to hold public records seminar for readers
The Sacramento Bee will host a seminar this month to help readers understand how they can obtain information kept by government agencies. The event, titled “Your Right to Know,” will take place Sept. 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Sacramento Bee, 2100 Q St., Sacramento. In the first hour, panelists will explain state and federal public information laws and share strategies for dealing with agencies that refuse to provide records. During the last half-hour, readers can meet with reporters, editors and open-records experts to ask questions about how they can obtain public information. Media law experts Karl Olson and Terry Francke are among those expected to attend.
Clooney says Canada should press Egypt on jailed journalist
George Clooney urged Canada's prime minister on Friday, Sept 11, to put pressure on Egypt's government to free jailed Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohamed Fahmy from prison. Clooney's wife, Amal, is Fahmy's lawyer. The actor made the remarks about Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the red carpet of the Toronto International Film Festival. Fahmy, a Canadian, and two other journalists were sentenced to three years in prison this month in a case criticized by press freedom advocates and others.
Warden elected president of Missouri Press Association
The third-generation publisher of an eastern Missouri newspaper has been named president of the Missouri Press Association. Dennis Warden of Owensville is publisher of the Gasconade County Republican and president of Warden Publishing Co. He was elected Friday in Columbia at the MPA's annual convention. He succeeds outgoing president Jim Robertson, managing editor of the Columbia Daily Tribune. Warden became publisher and sole owner of the Republican with his wife, Connie, in 2008. Other 2016 MPA officers and directors elected Friday include: First Vice President, Jeff Schrag, Springfield Daily Events; Second Vice President, Carol Stark, The Joplin Globe; Secretary, Michael Jensen, Sikeston Standard-Democrat; and Treasurer, Liz Irwin, Missouri Lawyers Media, St. Louis.
Purdue, newspaper resolve suit over police confrontation
Purdue University and the school's student newspaper have resolved a lawsuit filed over a confrontation that campus police officers had with a student photographer shortly after a student was slain inside a classroom building. The parties said in a joint statement that their agreement includes the dismissal of the lawsuit that the Purdue Exponent newspaper had filed seeking release of a video of the photographer's detention by police. Bill Kealey and Steve Badger, attorneys representing Purdue and the Purdue Student Publishing Foundation, said the parties "found common ground on their shared concerns and reached a forward-looking agreement on how to improve communications and procedures."
Journalists listed as friends to witness Oklahoma execution
Two journalists and an outspoken death penalty opponent are among the execution witnesses for condemned Oklahoma inmate Richard Eugene Glossip. State Department of Corrections records show Huffington Post reporter Kim Belleware and Sky News reporter Ian Woods are listed among five friends of Glossip authorized to witness his execution on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Anti-death penalty advocate Sister Helen Prejean is designated as Glossip's clergy witness. Belleware and Woods both say they were asked by Glossip to attend because of their coverage of his case. They will not be considered among the five media witnesses. Department of Corrections policy provides one media spot to a reporter for The Associated Press and another to a media outlet from the city where the crime occurred. The remaining three media witnesses are selected by random drawing.
NBC's Chuck Todd settling in after year at 'Meet the Press'
One of the ironies in this season of Trump is that the man who publicly mocked "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd for low ratings was responsible for Todd's best ratings ever on the show. NBC hopes that numbers for the recent Sunday where Todd interviewed Donald Trump from Iowa aren't just an outlier. Todd has some momentum at his one-year anniversary at "Meet the Press," reimagining a show that began in 1947 while preparing for a new weekday role at MSNBC.
Brian Williams returning to air on Sept. 22
Former NBC News anchor Brian Williams will return to the air on Sept. 22 as part of MSNBC's coverage of Pope Francis' visit to the United States. The network pinpointed the date on Thursday. It had been looking toward coverage of the pope's visit as the place to start him in his new job of covering breaking news stories during MSNBC's daylight hours. Williams lost his job as anchor of NBC's "Nightly News" and was suspended for six months after a pattern emerged that he had lied about his role covering certain news stories. Lester Holt has taken over at "Nightly News" and maintained NBC's lead in the evening news ratings competition.
Deal gives Fox majority stake in National Geographic media
The 127-year-old nonprofit National Geographic Society has struck a $725 million deal that gives 21st Century Fox a majority stake in National Geographic magazine and other media properties, expanding an existing TV partnership. The agreement announced Wednesday will give the company controlled by Rupert Murdoch's family a 73 percent stake in the new National Geographic Partners venture. The society retains 27 percent ownership. The move shifts the longtime nonprofit flagship magazine into a for-profit venture. The arrangement brings together National Geographic's magazine with its cable channels and other media businesses.
NTSB: Crew neglected pre-flight check in crash that killed 7
The pilots of a business jet that crashed in Massachusetts last year, killing a Philadelphia newspaper co-owner and six other people, did not perform a pre-flight check, failed to disengage a safety mechanism before attempting takeoff and reacted too late to a warning light, federal investigators said Wednesday, Sept. 9. The system the pilots forgot to disengage was supposed to keep the moving Gulfstream IV from reaching a speed needed for takeoff, but failed to do so, the National Transportation Safety Board said during a meeting in Washington to discuss the final report into the May 2014 crash at Hanscom Field in Bedford. The pilot, co-pilot and flight attendant as well as four passengers, including Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz, died. The passengers had been at an event at the home of historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin.
Trump asks CNN to give debate advertising sales to veterans
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is asking CNN to donate to veterans the proceeds from advertising sold to air during this week's Republican debate. In a Tuesday letter to the cable news network, the billionaire says he is the reason the network sharply increased its rates ahead of the Sept. 16 debate in California. Trade publications have reported that CNN is asking for up to $200,000 for a 30-second ad, and that typical rates run as low as $5,000. Trump writes that the spike in viewer interest "is due 100 percent to Donald J. Trump." Trump angered some veterans in July when he mocked Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee and a former prisoner of war in Vietnam.
The Jersey Journal gets new publisher
An executive with long experience in newspapers and online operations has been named publisher of The Jersey Journal. David Blomquist was the former editor-in-chief of NJ.com and has recently been a strategist and mentor at several Advance New Jersey companies. The Detroit native spent 15 years at The Record newspaper, working his way up from municipal reporter to director of online development. He then led online operations at the Detroit Free Press, returning to New Jersey to join NJ.com and Advance in 2006. Blomquist told the newspaper's staff that working together, they will create a Jersey Journal that respects the paper's 148-year legacy of community service and leads the region into the future.
Los Angeles Times publisher is fired after year on job
Tribune Publishing Co. on Tuesday, Sept. 8, fired the publisher of the Los Angeles Times after little more than a year on the job. Tribune gave no explanation for Austin Buetner's abrupt departure, which took effect immediately. It appointed Timothy Ryan, publisher of The Baltimore Sun, to replace Buetner as head of the company's California Newspaper Group, which includes The San Diego Union-Tribune. Buetner, a former investment banker and Los Angeles civic leader, said on Facebook that he was fired. He was named publisher in August 2014, shortly after Chicago-based Tribune Publishing was spun off from broadcasting properties owned by Tribune Media Co.
Canadians urge PM to work to free journalist jailed in Egypt
Some 300 prominent Canadians have sent a letter to Canada's prime minister urging him to take action to get Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohamed Fahmy freed from an Egyptian prison and returned to Canada. Former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin, Supreme Court of Canada justice Louise Arbour and author Michael Ondaatje are among those who signed the letter to Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The Committee to Protect Journalists also joined in the call for Harper to do more. Fahmy, a Canadian, and two other journalists were sentenced to three years in prison this month in a case long criticized by press freedom advocates and others.
Media General buying Meredith in $2.4B deal
Media General is buying Meredith Corp. in an approximately $2.4 billion cash-and-stock deal. The combined company, called Meredith Media General, will have 88 television stations in 54 markets and media brands including Better Homes and Gardens, Parents and Shape. Meredith shareholders will receive cash and stock valued at $51.53 per share. That's a 12 percent premium to the company's Friday closing price of $45.94. Media General stockholders will own about 65 percent of the combined company, while Meredith shareholders will own approximately 35 percent. The board will include 12 members, eight appointed by Media General Inc. and four by Meredith. The deal is targeted to close by June 30, 2016. It still needs approval from Meredith and Media General shareholders and the Federal Communications Commission.
Image of dead child on beach haunts and frustrates the world
The photo of the dead 3-year-old Syrian boy on a Turkish beach is haunting. It captures everything we don't want to see when we tap our phones or open our newspapers: a vicious civil war, a surge of refugees, the death of an innocent. The image of little Aylan Kurdi is hammering home the Syrian migrant crisis to the world, largely through social media. Aylan died along with his 5-year-old brother and their mother when their small rubber boat capsized as it headed for Greece. The Associated Press distributed the photos to its subscribers. The photos were from the Turkish news agency DHA.
Apple wants to guide your news consumption with News app
Apple wants to be a central part of how you consume news.The iPhone maker has forged partnerships with CNN, National Geographic and others — more than 50 companies so far, representing hundreds of outlets. Apple will launch a News service on iPhones and iPads as part of a free software update this month. That means millions of devices will get the app on the home screen, with no separate download required.
News Corp confirms return of Rebekah Brooks in top role
News Corp, Rupert Murdoch's media empire, has confirmed that Rebekah Brooks is returning to the top spot in London more than a year after she was acquitted of charges in a hacking scandal that shocked the U.K. The New York company said Wednesday, Sept. 2, that Brooks, 47, will be CEO of News UK, returning to a role she left in 2011 amid the hacking scandal at the company's now defunct News of the World paper. News Corp has spent more than $500 million in legal settlements with hacking victims and other related costs after it came to light that reporters eavesdropped on private voicemails of thousands of people.
Century-old home of former LA newspaper will get new life
Developers are planning new life for a century-old building in downtown Los Angeles — the former home of the Herald Examiner newspaper. The Mission Revival style building with its red-tiled roof, front arches and marble-and-gold lobby has been closed to tenants since the paper closed in 1989. Since then, it's mainly been used as a filming location. But the Los Angeles Times says a New York developer, Georgetown Co., is partnering with the Hearst Corp. newspaper chain on a $40 million redevelopment project. They plan to convert the building into 80,000 square feet of office space, with ground-floor restaurants. Publisher William Randolph Hearst commissioned the building, which opened in 1915. The redevelopment is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.
INDUSTRY NEWS 9-3-15
The Associated Press to move to new NYC headquarters in 2017
The Associated Press plans to move its global headquarters from Manhattan's far west side to a smaller, less-expensive space adjacent to the World Trade Center site, the news cooperative's president said.
The move, planned for early 2017, would bring the AP to 200 Liberty St., which is across the street from the Sept. 11 memorial in a waterfront neighborhood that has blossomed as the city has recovered from 9/11. At the time of the terror attacks, the building was known as One World Financial Center.
"We're going to a better building in a better location for less money," said Gary Pruitt, AP president and CEO.
He said the lease will be for at least 21 years, cementing the AP's presence downtown for the long term.
The building would be the 11th corporate address in New York for the AP since it was founded in 1846 by a group of newspapers that wanted to share the costs of covering the Mexican War. It stands just blocks from the AP's earliest address, 83 Liberty St.
Bloomberg News to lay off about 80 journalists
The Washington Post reports that Bloomberg News, the global media organization headed by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, will lay off about 80 journalists in a rare retrenchment for the high-flying company.
New York-based Bloomberg employs about 2,400 journalists in 150 bureaus worldwide, and it generally has been in a growth mode in recent years as other news organizations have pared back.
But the privately held company will announce this week that it is cutting about 3 percent of its editorial staff. The layoffs will be spread throughout the company and across bureaus, people familiar with the plans said.
About a dozen positions will be cut in Bloomberg’s 200-person Washington bureau, with a larger, undetermined number in New York and elsewhere.
Daily Transcript in San Diego, California, gets new life
The Daily Transcript of San Diego, California, which was scheduled to cease publication following a 130-year run, will live on, thanks to the purchase of its name and masthead by the Los Angeles-based Daily Journal Corp., the newspaper announced. While the Daily Journal did not buy the newspaper company itself, its purchase means it will be able to put out a print publication under the name of The Daily Transcript and as part of that, publish “public notice advertising,” explained Transcript Publisher Robert Loomis. The Daily Journal Corp., which operates small business and legal newspapers in California and Arizona, has hired four Transcript reporters and is expected to publish its first version of the new Transcript soon.
9 western Pennsylvania newspapers put up for sale
Nine western Pennsylvania publications, including four daily newspapers, are up for sale as Trib Total Media implements a strategic plan.
The company said (http://bit.ly/1EpbV1U ) it was selling The Valley Independent in Monessen, the Leader Times in Kittanning, The Daily News in McKeesport and the Daily Courier in Connellsville.
It's also unloading five weeklies in Westmoreland County. They are The Mount Pleasant Journal, The Independent-Observer, The Ligonier Echo, The Times-Sun and The Jeannette Spirit.
Chief executive Jennifer Bertetto says the company will offer buyouts to about 430 employees at other properties and expects about 75 to accept. She says the company plans to enhance its digital operations.
Trib Total Media is changing after owner Dick Scaife's death last year. It currently has 77 publications.
Parent firm of Philadelphia newspapers names new publisher
The parent company of Philadelphia's two daily newspapers has named industry veteran Terrance Egger as its new publisher.
The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/1NwP1Z6 ) reports that Egger takes over Oct. 1 as the publisher of Philadelphia Media Network, which includes the Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com.
Fifty-seven-year-old Egger previously led the Cleveland Plain Dealer and St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Current publisher H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest called him "a proven leader in the industry" who understands how to keep the printed papers strong while expanding digital news.
Roswell (New Mexico) Daily Record names new publisher
A member of the family that has owned the Roswell (New Mexico) Daily Record for decades has stepped in as the new publisher.
The Roswell Daily Record announced the appointment of Barbara Beck. She replaces Charles Fischer, who left in early August after eight years at the helm.
Beck is a daughter of Robert Beck, president of Roswell Publishing Co., and sister to Cory Beck, who was the paper's publisher for nearly 20 years until his death in 2006.
Barbara Beck is an educator and worked as a journalist for The Associated Press for several years in the Middle East during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Elderton named newspaper’s new general manager
The new general manager of The Sentinel-Record in Hot Springs, Arkansas, started his newspaper life in 1969, working for his hometown daily in Springdale.
Numerous disruptions have reshaped the media landscape during the ensuing 46 years, but Bill Elderton maintains newspapers are no less indispensable. It’s an essential quality that’s difficult to capture with circulation numbers, advertising revenue or awards.
Elderton started in the advertising and business departments, moving on from Springdale to work at the Camden News, Arkansas Gazette and El Dorado News-Times.
A career arc that bent toward management put him in charge of as many as five newspapers in Arkansas and Mississippi as a group publisher for Horizon Publications Inc.
Hamilton takes the helm at Journal Tribune in Biddeford, Maine
Devin Hamilton is the new publisher of the Journal Tribune in Biddleford, Maine.
“We are pleased that Devin has joined the Journal Tribune team,” George Sample, CEO of Sample News Group, parent company of the Journal Tribune, said. “He comes with great experience and a youthful exuberance to take the Journal Tribune into a new era.”
Hamilton comes from Community Media Group, where he was publisher of The Courier-Express and related publications in central Pennsylvania. Hamilton previously served as publisher of The Madison Press in central Ohio. He has worked for the Times Publishing Co. in Erie, Pennsylvania and Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. in various roles. In 2011, Hamilton was named to Editor and Publisher’s Top 25 under 35.
John Brewer to retire from newspaper in Port Angeles, Washington
John Brewer, who guides the Peninsula Daily News in Port Angeles, Washington, as its publisher and editor, will retire in early October, closing out almost 18 years at the PDN and five decades in journalism.
Brewer has overseen the newspaper's transition from a print-centered operation to one that also delivers content through the Web, social media sites including Facebook and the PDN's eEdition, an electronic page-by-page replica of the newspaper's daily editions tailored for Clallam and Jefferson counties.
“It's been a joyful, rewarding, challenging, fascinating and occasionally bumpy ride,” said Brewer, who will turn 68 in October.
New North Dakota law bolsters student journalists' free speech rights
Journalism students returning to North Dakota public schools this fall will be able to do their jobs at high school and college newspapers with stronger free-speech protections thanks to a new state law that observers are hoping will also spur changes nationwide.
The new measure guarantees student journalists the right to exercise free speech in school-sponsored media, regardless of whether the school supports the media financially or students participate as part of a class. The law puts North Dakota among a few states that have enacted legislation meant to counteract a 1980s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said limits can be set on the free-press rights of high school students.
Under the new law, North Dakota school administrators can only exercise prior restraint of school-sponsored media if it is libelous or slanderous; constitutes an unwarranted invasion of privacy; violates federal or state law; or incites students to commit a crime, violate a school policy or disrupt school operations.
INDUSTRY NEWS 8-26-15
Owner of New York tabloid says it's off the market
Mort Zuckerman, the owner of the New York Daily News, says the tabloid is no longer up for sale. In an internal memo made available to The Associated Press, Zuckerman says that after meeting with "several potential interested and well-intentioned suitors," he's withdrawing the paper from the market. He had said in February that he had been approached by a potential buyer. The Daily News has in recent years beefed up its website with a focus on national and celebrity news, and Zuckerman says the digital arm of the Daily News will be increasingly important.
AP Poll: No digital divide among black, white millennials
A new poll finds African-American millennials say they are just as engaged in getting news online as their white counterparts, further debunking a long-held belief that people of color are at risk of being left behind technologically. In general, 64 percent of millennials say they read and watch news online regularly, including 66 percent of African-Americans, according to the poll, conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the American Press Institute. Sixty-five percent of white millennials say they keep up with the news online, while 53 percent of Hispanics do the same. The findings suggest that, despite fears that millennials — those 18-34 years old — may not be going to traditional sources for news, they are clearly getting news from social media. Overall, 57 percent of millennials say they get news and information from Facebook at least once a day, and 81 percent say they get it from Facebook at least once a week.
INDUSTRY NEWS 8-19-15
West Virginia attorney general files petition over newspaper combination
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has asked a Putnam County judge to require the Daily Gazette Company to turn over information about the joining of the Gazette and the Daily Mail newspapers. Morrisey's office filed a petition last week in Putnam Circuit Court asking that a judge require the company to comply with an investigative subpoena about the newly formed Charleston Gazette-Mail. The attorney general’s office is looking into whether any antitrust violations occurred under state law when the newsrooms combined. Attorneys for the newspaper argue Morrisey has no probable cause for the subpoena and said they welcome an independent judicial review.
INDUSTRY NEWS 8-12-15
Stewart ends 'Daily Show' with 'moment of Zen,' Springsteen
Jon Stewart said goodbye to "The Daily Show," America's foremost satirist of politicians and the media ushered out by Bruce Springsteen and a reunion of the many colleagues that he worked with during 16 years as host. "Guess what?" Stewart said. "I've got big news. This is it." Armed with a razor-sharp wit and research team adept at finding video evidence of hypocrisy or unintentional comedy among the nation's establishment, Stewart turned a sleepy basic-cable entertainment show into a powerful cultural platform. But the 52-year-old comic announced last winter that he was getting restless and it was time to move on.
Trial wraps up for Washington Post reporter held in Iran
A Washington Post reporter detained in Iran more than a year ago and charged with espionage appeared in a Tehran court for a final hearing, with a verdict expected in the coming days in a trial that has been condemned by the newspaper and press freedom groups.Jason Rezaian's lawyer, Leila Ahsan, submitted a 20-page defense brief at the start of the session and provided an oral defense during the hearing, she told The Associated Press. Rezaian also spoke in his own defense, she said. She declined to provide details, citing confidentiality rules surrounding the trial. The fourth closed-door hearing in Rezaian's trial ended after a few hours devoted to his defense. Rezaian was tried by a Revolutionary Court, which hears sensitive cases, including those related to national security.
Times-Shamrock selling papers in Pennsylvania, New York
Times-Shamrock Communications is selling three groups of newspapers in Northeast Pennsylvania and South Central New York to the Sample News Group.The newspapers include dailies, weeklies and monthlies and are all part of the Towanda Printing Company, a Times-Shamrock unit being sold along with its printing plant.The Pennsylvania papers changing hands include The News-Item in Shamokin and The Daily Review in Towanda. Times-Shamrock will continue operating four dailies in the northeastern part of the state, including The Times-Tribune of Scranton. The Sample News Group currently operates 15 dailies in six states, including The Daily News in Huntington and the Latrobe Bulletin, both in Pennsylvania.
Frankfort, Kentucky, newspaper to be sold
The State Journal in Frankfort, Kentucky, which has been published by Dix Communications for more than 50 years, is being sold to Boone Newspapers Inc. Publisher Ann Dix Maenza told the central Kentucky newspaper staff about the pending sale. G. Charles Dix II, president of Ohio-based Dix Communications, told The State Journal that the two companies have signed letters of intent and are "moving toward the completion of a purchase agreement." They expect to close around Sept. 1. Boone newspapers and its affiliates own about 40 newspapers. Meanwhile, an affiliate of Boone Newspapers Inc., which has corporate offices in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Natchez, Mississippi, has acquired two newspapers in Georgia. The Americus Times-Recorder and The Cordele Dispatch were acquired for an undisclosed amount from Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. of Montgomery.
Newspaper executive named regional publisher at Florence, South Carolina
Veteran newspaper executive Joseph Craig has been named regional publisher of the Morning News in Florence, South Carolina, and the Carolina Publishing Group.The Morning News reports (http://bit.ly/1MNk2HT) the announcement was made by Kevin Kampman, vice president of BH Media's Southern Group. Craig, who has more than 40 years in newspapers, will lead the newsroom, advertising and circulation departments.
San Francisco Bay area news crews targeted by robbers
San Francisco Examiner photographer Mike Koozmin was on a routine assignment at the city's Hall of Justice in the middle of the day when he was robbed of his camera equipment."They pulled me into an alley and were tugging on my camera strap," Koozmin said of his two assailants, who ended up with $10,000 worth of equipment last month. "I was resisting at first, but then I saw how desperate they were and gave it to them." It was the latest of at least a dozen robberies of television news crews and still photographers that has plagued the San Francisco Bay Area in recent years.
Vice digital editorial staffers join union
Vice Media's digital editorial staff are joining a union, the latest in a wave of digital staffers voting to unionize. The Writers Guild of America, East said that the next step is negotiating a collective bargaining agreement with Vice management. Vice is based in New York. Vice CEO Shane Smith said he supported the writers' decision to unionize. Over the summer, Gawker Media and Salon joined the same union. Guardian U.S. editorial staffers joined The News Guild-CWA. Before that, no digital media sites had been unionized.The Associated Press, The New York Times and other newspaper staffers have union representation. The Writers Guild of America, East is part of the AFL-CIO, the largest federation of labor unions in the United States.
Idaho Statesman Publisher Mike Jung announces his departure
Mike Jung is leaving the Idaho Statesman in Boise to become president and publisher of The News-Press in Fort Myers, Florida. A search for his successor is underway, according to Mark Zieman, the vice president of operations for McClatchy Co., the Sacramento, California, company that owns the Statesman. Jung spent 10 years working in advertising sales for Florida Today in Melbourne, Florida. Both The Fort Myers newspaper and Florida Today are owned by Gannett Co., which owned the Statesman from the 1970s until 2005.
INDUSTRY NEWS 8-6-15
Philadelphia newspapers offer buyouts to 170 guild members
The company that owns The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News is offering buyouts to news guild members with at least 25 years of experience.
Philadelphia Media Network says that about 170 people are eligible. They would get 40 weeks of pay and six months of health insurance.
Vice president Keith Black says the buyouts are part of the latest contract negotiated with the local Newspaper Guild.
He says the company does not have a target number of staff reductions in mind.
The company has changed hands and cut staff frequently in recent years amid industrywide declines. The current owner is local philanthropist H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest.
New publisher named for Capital Journal newspaper in Pierre, South Dakota
A veteran Midwestern newspaper executive has been named publisher of the Capital Journal in Pierre, South Dakota.
Wick Communications says (http://bit.ly/1MxzHel ) John Clark comes from Delaware, Ohio, where he spent several years as a group publisher for Civitas Media. He was responsible for 19 daily and weekly newspapers in seven markets.
Clark replaces Steven Baker, who left in May to become publisher at the York News-Times in Nebraska.
American Journalism Review to stop publishing after 38 years
The American Journalism Review will stop publishing online, bringing to an end 38 years of reporting on the news media.
Lucy Dalglish, dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, which published the magazine, announced the closing on the college's website.
AJR, which once published 11 print editions a year, cut back to three times and year and ceased print publication in 2013, according to its website.
The magazine, founded in 1977 by American University graduate student Roger Kranz, was first published as the Washington Journalism Review.
Dalglish says the AJR website and its archives will remain available online.
Tampa Tribune sells downtown headquarters to Miami developer
The Tampa Tribune says it has sold its downtown Tampa building to a Miami developer.
The Tribune (http://bit.ly/1JVTRZx) reported that the deal paves the way for development of a 400-unit residential complex on the west bank of the Hillsborough River.
The newspaper's staff will remain until demolition starts, likely in the spring of 2016. Tribune Publisher Brian Burns says the newspaper is consulting with relocation experts on a future location.
Tampa Media Group, owner of the Tribune, sold the building to Related Group of Miami.
William Morris IV named CEO Of Morris Communications
William S. “Will” Morris IV has been named chief executive officer of Morris Communications Co.
The appointment was announced by his father, William S. “Billy” Morris III, 80, and is effective immediately.
Will succeeds his father as CEO, while his father continues as chairman of the board. His father also will continue as publisher of the Augusta (Florida) Chronicle until April 12, 2016, when he will complete 50 years in that role.
In his new role as CEO, Will Morris, 55, will have direct operational oversight of the company’s corporate operations and its business divisions.
Morris Communications is a diverse, privately held company headquartered in Augusta, with divisions in media, hospitality and agriculture and holdings throughout the United States and abroad.
Rolling Stone selects Jason Fine as new managing editor
Jason Fine, the editor of Men’s Journal, will take over as the managing editor of Rolling Stone as part of what the magazine’s publisher, Jann S. Wenner, described as a “shake-up.”
Fine will succeed Will Dana, who ran Rolling Stone for a decade before it was announced he was leaving. The leadership comes after the magazine in April retracted a widely criticized article that alleged a gang rape at the University of Virginia.
Meanwhile, three University of Virginia graduates and members of a fraternity profiled in the debunked article filed a lawsuit against the magazine and the article's author, court records show.
Post Register newspaper up for sale with 3 other Idaho papers
Jerry Brad, president of the Post Company, says the family-owned business that includes the Post Register in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and three other Idaho newspapers is for sale and there's an interested buyer.
The Post Register reports (http://bit.ly/1eDhLQE) that Brady informed employees of the potential sale in an email.
Brady says the company needs additional resources that a larger company could provide.
Brady and his brother, Jack, own about two-thirds of the company, with employees owning the rest through an ownership plan. The Post Co. has been a family business since 1925.
Joseph Craig named publisher of Morning News
Veteran newspaper executive Joseph Craig has been named regional publisher of the Morning News in Florence, South Carolina, and the Carolina Publishing Group.
The announcement was made by Kevin Kampman, vice president of BHMedia’s Southern Group.
INDUSTRY NEWS 7-30-15
Trump campaign bans Iowa newspaper from event
The Des Moines Register says Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has denied press credentials to its reporters after the newspaper published an editorial calling on the billionaire businessman to end his campaign.
The Register says its reporters were denied credentials to a Trump campaign event in Oskaloosa, Iowa. The newspaper says Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski told its reporters they were being excluded because of the editorial.
In the editorial, the newspaper called Trump a "feckless blowhard" who is "unfit to hold office."
Washington Post seeks UN agency help in freeing reporter
The Washington Post has filed an urgent petition with the United Nations in the hopes that the institution will pressure Iran to release journalist Jason Rezaian, the newspaper's top editor and lawyers said.
The announcement came on the one-year anniversary of the arrest of Rezaian and his Iranian wife, who was later released. Rezaian, the Post's bureau chief, remains in prison under charges of espionage and distributing propaganda against the Islamic Republic. He has faced several closed-door hearings.
The Post's lawyers and his family have denied the allegations and say Iran has no credible evidence to keep holding him.
San Diego's Daily Transcript to close after nearly 130 years
The Daily Transcript of San Diego says it will publish its last edition Sept. 1, ending a nearly 130-year run in the newspaper business.
The newspaper is no longer viable due to rising costs for health care and other expenses and an uncertain future for the industry, Publisher Robert Loomis wrote in a note to readers.
The privately held Daily Transcript began publishing in 1886 and provided extensive coverage of local businesses, legal affairs and government.
AP gets $250,000 grant from Knight Foundation to research effective exit polling
In the last presidential election, more than a third of voters did not go to a polling place on Election Day but instead voted ahead of time or by mail.
“Voters are increasingly … challenging exit polls’ ability to fully capture the electorate’s opinion on Election Day unless extensive supplemental telephone polling is also done,” Washington Bureau Chief Sally Buzbee told the Nieman Lab blog, as AP was awarded a $250,000 grant from the Knight Foundation for a research project called “The Next Generation Beyond Exit Polls.”
AP works with a consortium, the National Election Pool, made up of AP and the networks (ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox and NBC), which contracts with the well-respected Edison Media Research to conduct exit polls.
Working with AP’s two polling partners, GfK and the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, AP will test new methodologies and methods during a handful of elections this fall and the early 2016 presidential primaries.
Block Communications names ex-leader of Post-Gazette vice president
Diana Block has been appointed to the position of executive vice president of Block Communications Inc., company chairman Allan Block announced.
Ms. Block will report directly to Mr. Block and will be based at BCI’s headquarters in Toledo, Ohio. She will assist Mr. Block as a member of the corporate executive staff.
“I am delighted to have Diana back in Toledo to strengthen our executive team,” Mr. Block said.
Ms. Block is the great-granddaughter of Paul Block, who bought The Blade in 1926 and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 1927 and was publisher of both papers. She is the daughter of William Block, Jr., cousin of Allan Block and John Robinson Block, publisher and editor-in-chief of both newspapers.
Ms. Block, who is 42, served as president and general manager of the Post-Gazette and co-publisher of The Blade and Post-Gazette. She stepped down in July 2009 to spend more time with her children.
Charleston's two newspapers combine newsroom operations
The Charleston Daily Mail and The Charleston Gazette have combined their newsroom operations.
The West Virginia dailies announced the decision in a statement posted on their websites. The Charleston Gazette-Mail then published its first edition. The statement says the newspaper will continue to publish separate editorial pages.
According to the statement, the move "is not one paper gobbling up the other," but will combine newsroom staffs to bolster investigative reporting and increase online breaking news and multimedia stories. The statement did not immediately address newsroom positions.
The newspapers are owned by The Daily Gazette Co. Their advertising, circulation and production departments were merged into one corporation in 1958.
Naples (Florida) Daily News creates advisory board
The Naples (Florida) Daily News has created a 12-member advisory board to help keep the multimedia news company connected with the community as it covers and shapes Southwest Florida’s future.
The board members, who come from throughout Collier and south Lee counties, reflect the demographic and economic diversity of the region.
“The assembly of this talented and diverse group is just one more example of the diligence we are placing on transparency and representing the whole community we serve,” said William R. Barker, president and publisher of the Naples Daily News and vice president of the parent company, Journal Media Group.
Wheeling newspaper named historic site by journalism group
The Intelligencer in Wheeling, West Virginia, has been named a National Historic Site in Journalism by the Society of Professional Journalists for its role in the birth of West Virginia and other historical events.
The Society says in a news release that the newspaper opposed Virginia's secession and supported West Virginia's creation during the Civil War. The Intelligencer also led the call for Abraham Lincoln to run for president.
The Intelligencer began publishing on Aug. 24, 1852. It's West Virginia's oldest continuously published daily newspaper.
INDUSTRY NEWS 7-22-15
Former Colgate University president to head Newseum in DC
A former university president will be the next president and CEO of the Newseum, a museum about journalism and the First Amendment in Washington that has been struggling to cover its costs, The Associated Press reported.
The Newseum named political scientist Jeffrey Herbst as its next chief executive. Herbst recently stepped down as president of Colgate University after five years at the Hamilton, New York, school. He will join the Newseum on Aug. 3.
Herbst is credited with leading Colgate's recent $480 million fundraising campaign, which he extended by $54 million above the initial goal.
The Newseum has struggled for years to raise enough funds to cover its costs since opening a new museum and conference center along Washington's Pennsylvania Avenue in 2008.
Former CEO James Duff resigned in November after three years at the museum.
WTMJ, Milwaukee Business Journal form partnership
The Milwaukee Business Journal and WTMJ have announced a new partnership.
WTMJ will air Milwaukee Business Journal Updates eight times each weekday, featuring the latest on business news in southeastern Wisconsin. In addition, Milwaukee Business Journal reporters will join WTMJ hosts discussion on the biggest stories affecting the Wisconsin business community.
WTMJ news reporters will contribute business stories as well and be an additional resource. This partnership enhances coverage for listeners and readers on multiplemedia platforms.
Liens placed on Times Publishing properties for missed pension payments
The federal agency that protects private-sector pension plans has placed liens on property owned by Times Publishing Co., which publishes the Tampa Bay Times, and its parent, the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, valued at $30.5 million.
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. said the filings were for missed pension contributions for the Times Publishing Co. Pension Plan, and the figure includes interest and penalty.
Jana Jones, vice president and chief financial officer at Times Publishing, said the figure represents the difference between the value of the assets in the plan today and the calculation of all future payments.
"As we have previously acknowledged, the Times received approval to delay some of its contributions to the pension plan during the economic recession and recovery," she said in a statement emailed by Times Publishing. "Related to those approvals, the Times agreed to provide collateral to the PBGC. These liens are part of this process."
The Times reported it is about $10 million behind in its contributions.
Times' publisher accepts job in Florida; controller promoted as interim
The publisher of the Beaver County Times, a sister newspaper of the Herald-Standard in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, is heading south to oversee a Florida newspaper.
Lisa Reese has been appointed president and publisher of the Gannett-owned Pensacola News Journal, effective Aug. 10. She is leaving the times, where she has served as vice president of publishing in charge of the western Pennsylvania division for Calkins Media.
Tina Bequeath, controller, has been named interim publisher and vice president in which she will oversee operations at The Times and the Ellwood City Ledger, as well as the Herald-Standard and SWC Properties, both in Uniontown.
Newspaper executive Kirkpatrick steps down as LNP president
John Kirkpatrick, a prominent central Pennsylvania newspaper executive, is stepping down as president of LNP. The Lancaster-based news company announced Kirkpatrick's resignation.
In a letter to LNP publisher and board chairman Robert Krasne, Kirkpatrick cites his work goals and home-life balance among the reasons he is stepping down.
Kirkpatrick had been at LNP since 2013. He was previously publisher and president of The Patriot-News in Harrisburg. It was under his leadership that the Patriot-News won its first Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for its coverage of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal at Penn State University.
INDUSTRY NEWS 7-9-15
Wisconsin State Journal: Scott Walker, legislative leaders drop open records changes
In the face of withering criticism, Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican leaders of the Legislature announced that a provision added to the state budget to gut the open records law “will be removed from the budget in its entirety,” the Wisconsin State Journal reports.
Walker made the announcement in a joint statement with several legislators, including the Senate majority leader.
“We are steadfastly committed to open and accountable government,” the statement said. “The intended policy goal of these changes was to provide a reasonable solution to protect constituents’ privacy and to encourage a deliberative process between elected officials and their staff in developing policy. It was never intended to inhibit transparent government in any way.”
Advance Central Services Oregon will outsource printing of The Oregonian
Advance Central Services Oregon, which prints and distributes The Oregonian, has signed a contract with a Portland-based company to print the newspaper.
The new printing contract with Signature Graphics will be phased in later this summer. Financial terms were not disclosed. Signature, located near Portland International Airport, also will print the Oregonian Media Group's weekly papers and specialty publications.
Advance Central Services Oregon was formed as a separate company in October 2013 to print and distribute The Oregonian and other publications. Its sister company, the Oregonian Media Group, publishes OregonLive and The Oregonian.
Newspaper: Health system bans sales over media coverage
A major health system has banned the sale of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from some of its hospital gift shops, accusing the newspaper of "slanted" coverage, the newspaper reports.
At least three hospitals in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center system have said they will no longer carry it, the Post-Gazette said.
UPMC, in an internal note, accused the Post-Gazette of treating the medical system unfairly.
"The P-G's hostile editorials and insensitive cartoons have bled over into slanted news coverage," UPMC said. UPMC did not address the gift shop ban in its note. But it did say it cannot support the Post-Gazette through advertising or subscriptions.
Poynter Institute to host marquee event in celebration of Pulitzer Prizes centennial
The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida, has been selected to host the first of four marquee events in 2016 that will celebrate the centennial of journalism's top award.
Called "Voices of Social Justice and Equality," the free two-day event on March 31 and April 1 will examine the effect of the Pulitzer Prizes and how award-winning reporting has shaped civil rights in the United States.
"It's a great opportunity not only to highlight journalistic excellence but also Poynter's role in fostering it," said Tim Franklin, the institute's president. "It's a tremendous honor."
The non-profit Poynter Institute, a school for journalists, owns the Tampa Bay Times.
Other partners include the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard; the Los Angeles Times and USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism; and the Dallas Morning News.
Providence Journal building sold, newspaper may relocate
The Providence Journal building in Providence, Rhode Island, has been sold to two real estate development companies.
Nordblom Company and Cornish Associates announced they had purchased the downtown Providence building and two adjoining parking lots from Dallas-based media company A.H. Belo.
A.H. Belo sold the Providence Journal newspaper to Gatehouse Media in September but retained ownership of the building.
The new owners have not disclosed how much they paid for the property.
Journal President and Publisher Janet Hasson says the newspaper is working with the new owners to remain in the building and also exploring other options in Providence.
Philadelphia newspapers, union reach tentative 2-year deal
The owner of Philadelphia's two largest newspapers and their companion website has reached an agreement with the news outlets' largest employee union on a new two-year contract.
The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/1dnBy61 ) reports that the accord between Philadelphia Media Network and the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia was reached after a marathon negotiating session.
The union represents many editorial, advertising and circulation workers at The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com.
Gannett completes split of print, broadcasting divisions
Gannett has completed the split of its print and broadcasting divisions into separate companies.
The broadcasting and digital arm, which will be called Tegna Inc., will run the company's television stations and websites such as CareerBuilder. It will also include Cars.com. Tegna will start trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the "TGNA" ticker symbol.
Gannett announced its plan in August, one of many media companies to split up as people increasingly head online for their news. Gannett's move follows similar maneuvers by major operators such as Time Warner Inc. and News Corp.
Gannett's publishing arm will keep the Gannett name and include USA Today, local U.S. daily publications, and Newsquest, a regional community news provider in the U.K.
Both companies will remain headquartered in McLean, Virginia.
McClatchy names Roy Heatherly as new Wichita (Kansas) Eagle publisher
Roy Heatherly, 59, has been named the new president and publisher of The Wichita (Kansas) Eagle.
Heatherly, who was a 1978 graduate of the University of Kansas, comes to The Eagle from the Jackson Sun, where he was president, publisher and advertising director for the Gannett-owned newspaper in Tennessee.
At The Eagle, he replaces Kim Nussbaum, who was promoted to vice president for advertising of McClatchy Co., based in Sacramento, California.
Ken Browall named publisher of Record Herald in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
A veteran newspaperman is the new publisher of The Record Herald in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, the latest step in a career dating back to when he was a 10-year-old paperboy for The Boston Globe.
Ken Browall became senior group publisher for GateHouse Media's Mid-Atlantic Group. In addition to serving as The Record Herald's publisher, he leads a group that includes other papers in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Casper (Wyoming) Star-Tribune publisher announces resignation
Casper (Wyoming) Star-Tribune Communications publisher and editor Jason Adrians has announced his resignation.
Adrians joined the Star-Tribune in 2013 as editor. He has acted as both the publisher and editor for the state’s largest news organization since February, when previous publisher Nathan Bekke accepted a promotion to vice president of consumer sales and marketing within Lee Enterprises -- the Star-Tribune’s parent company located in Davenport, Iowa.
Adrians is relocating to Wisconsin, where he will be executive editor at the Appleton Post-Crescent.
Pittari named publisher of Picayune (Mississippi) Item, other outlets
Jeremy Pittari, 38, has been named president and publisher of Picayune Newsmedia LLC, which publishes The Picayune Item, The Poplarville Democrat and their affiliated print and digital products in Mississippi. The announcement was made by Boone Newspapers Vice President Dennis Palmer.
New publisher named at Journal-Tribune in Marysville, Ohio
Kevin Behrens has been named publisher of the Marysville (Ohio) Journal-Tribune, becoming the fourth generation of the family to serve in that capacity.
His father, Dan Behrens became editor and publisher in February 1997 after the death of his brother, David. The paper has been owned by the Gaumer-Behrens family since 1904.
The younger Behrens is the fifth generation of his family to be involved in the newspaper industry as his great-great-grandfather Dr. T.M. Gaumer was an owner-operator of the Champaign Democrat, now the Urbana Daily Citizen, and the Zanesville Signal, as well as other newspapers.
Clinton-Dunne named publisher of Alabama newspaper
Tricia Clinton-Dunne, 34, became publisher of The Times-Journal in Fort Payne, Alabama.
She succeeds David Clemons, who left the paper to pursue other interests.
Clinton-Dunne has worked at The Times-Journal nine years.
Michael Distelhorst moving to North Carolina newspaper group
Hearst Newspapers announced that Publisher Michael Distelhorst will be leaving Midland, Texas, to take a similar position with a newspaper group in North Carolina.
Distelhorst will be leaving the Reporter-Telegram and will assume a similar position with a trio of Gatehouse Newspapers -- The Daily News in Jacksonville, the Free Press in Kinston and the Sun Journal in New Bern.
Charleston (West Virginia) Gazette announces new publisher
The Daily Gazette Company President Elizabeth E. Chilton announced that Susan Chilton Shumate has been elected publisher of the Charleston (West Virginia) Gazette. Shumate, a lifelong Charlestonian, is the daughter of the late Gazette editor and publisher, W.E. Chilton III, and Elizabeth E. Chilton.
Lima (Ohio) News names Stricker as new publisher
A veteran newspaper executive has been appointed publisher of The Lima (Ohio) News.
The northwest Ohio newspaper announced (http://bit.ly/1TPdRoA ) that Pamela Stricker is taking over the post from Jim Shine. He stepped down recently after leading the newspaper since 1995.
Stricker has been publisher of the Wilmington News-Journal in southwest Ohio for 14 years and was an assistant regional director for Civitas Media's southern Ohio newspapers. Civitas Media owns the Lima and Wilmington newspapers.
Chappell named Gainesville (Texas) Daily Register publisher
Lisa Chappell, a veteran newspaper executive, has been named publisher of the Gainesville (Texas) Daily Register.
Chappell is currently publisher of Herald-Banner Publications which includes the Herald-Banner in Greenville, Rockwall Herald-Banner, Royse City Herald-Banner and The Commerce Journal. As a senior publisher, she will continue in that role as well as serving as publisher of the Gainesville Daily Register.
INDUSTRY NEWS 6-25-15
Dow Jones begins layoffs
Dow Jones, the parent company of The Wall Street Journal, began a sweeping round of job cuts, including eliminating entire teams of reporters and closing international bureaus, The New York Times reported.
The Journal’s editor, Gerard Baker, said in a memo to the staff that the company was trying to transform to a more digital operation. “This process inevitably requires us to discontinue some of our activities as we invest more in others,” he said.
He listed challenges that the company faces and outlined its strategy in the memo, which had the subject line “The Next Steps.” Job cuts are mentioned for the first time in the ninth paragraph.
“We will be consolidating some areas of coverage,” he said, “merging some bureaus and teams, and discontinuing completely some of what we do.” That includes reducing the size of European bureaus, he said, and closing those in Prague and Helsinki. He said the company would reduce the number of blogs and eliminate the small-business group and the New York-based economics team.
Longtime newspaper executive is new Record-Eagle publisher
Longtime newspaper executive Paul Heidbreder has joined the Traverse City (Michigan) Record-Eagle as its new publisher.
Heidbreder is a former advertising manager and publisher in Michigan, Maine, Illinois, Indiana and Iowa.
Rossi Appointed CEO of Digital First Media
Steve Rossi, a veteran newspaper executive, has been appointed CEO of Digital First Media, the company that operates the Bay Area News Group and its digital and newspaper properties.
Rossi succeeds current CEO John Paton effective July 1. Paton is retiring.
Since January 2014, Rossi, who is based in San Jose, California, has served as president and chief operating officer of DFM, which manages more than 800 print and online products serving 67 million readers each month.
INDUSTRY NEWS 6-18-15
Sale of The Columbus Dispatch newspaper completed
The $47 million sale of the publishing operations of The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch to the New York-based New Media Investment Group has been completed.
New Media announced the completion of the sale of the newspaper, which has been owned by the Wolfe family for more than a century. The sale affects about 1,100 employees.
The newspaper's publisher, John F. Wolfe, has said the sale offers the best chance for the publication's future.
The deal between Dispatch Printing Co. and the New Media Investment Group includes the Dispatch, which has a circulation of more than 130,000 daily and 235,000 on Sundays; ThisWeek Newspapers, a group of 24 suburban weeklies; and seven magazines, including Columbus Monthly.
The Dispatch Printing Co. will retain nonprint assets, including broadcast operations and other enterprises.
Post Community Media to close Maryland papers, sell others
Post Community Media LLC, which is affiliated with The Washington Post, announced plans to close some suburban weekly newspapers in Maryland and sell others in that state and Virginia.
The company told employees that The Maryland Gazette will cease publishing its two editions in Montgomery and Prince George's counties June 18 after no buyer was found for the weekly papers. The company declined to disclose how many employees would be affected.
Post Community Media was part of the Washington Post Co. that was sold to Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos in 2013.
Owner says 2 Alaska newspapers are for sale
Two Alaska daily newspapers will be offered for sale, a newspaper executive says.
The two publications being sold are the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and the Kodiak Daily Mirror, chief executive officer William Dean Singleton said in a letter to employees.
The family trusts of Singleton and his media partner, Richard Scudder, bought the News-Miner from C.W. Snedden in 1992. The News-Miner owns the Kodiak newspaper.
Singleton and Scudder formed MediaNews Group, which at its height owned dozens of newspapers across the nation. Scudder died in 2012, and Singleton retired a year later.
Guardian US to launch mobile innovation lab
Guardian US plans to create an open innovation lab focused on mobile technology with $2.6 million from The Knight Foundation, the two organizations announced.
The lab aims to help publishers navigate the mobile-centric future of news as traffic from those devices continues to climb.
With mobile audiences now accounting for over 50 percent of the Guardian’s daily traffic, the lab will aim to create new and more engaging ways for people to consume news on their mobile devices. Additionally, the lab will explore the challenges faced by journalists in the mobile age and experiment with new ways of bringing stories to life on smaller screens.
Ashland (Ohio) Times-Gazette names Andrew Dix as new publisher
The Ashland Times-Gazette in northeast Ohio has named Andrew Dix as its new publisher. He takes over from Troy Dix, who will continue working for the corporation.
The 42-year-old Dix also is publisher of The Daily Record of Wooster and The Daily Jeffersonian in Cambridge. The two men are cousins.
Dix Communications owns three other Ohio newspapers: the Kent-Ravenna Record Courier, the Crescent News in Defiance and the Review in Alliance. The company also owns radio stations in Ohio, Maryland and Florida.
Adams Publishing Group acquires papers, publications
Adams Publishing Group, based in Easton, Maryland, recently announced that it is acquiring The Post Community Media Group’s Southern Maryland Newspapers and Comprint Military Publications.
This acquisition includes 13 newspapers and their associated digital assets. The group includes three twice-weeklies, nine weeklies, and one bi-weekly publication covering Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s Counties in Maryland, along with 12 military installations in Maryland, District of Columbia and Virginia.
Prior to this acquisition, APG’s Maryland and Delaware properties consisted of two dailies, The Star Democrat (Easton, Maryland) and Cecil Whig (Elkton, Maryland) along with a number of weeklies, specialty magazines and websites.
Pioneer Press Sells Downtown Headquarters to Apartment Developer
The Pioneer Press sold its downtown St. Paul headquarters to a South Dakota real estate developer who plans to convert the building into an apartment complex.
The newspaper is planning to relocate to a newer, nearby facility in St. Paul and expects to release the details of that plan soon, according to a company statement. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. It had been listed at $4.2 million.
Apple to offer a new app for news
Apple will offer a new app for news, with a personalized feed based on your interests and choices.
The app pulls text, photos and video from a variety of sources.
Stories that use Apple's new News format will look best on the app.
Features include the ability to save articles to read later and to get suggestions on new publishers and topics by selecting "explore."
It's not immediately clear how Apple will handle news sources that require subscriptions. Apple says it has worked with leading organizations such as The New York Times and ESPN to bring stories to the app.
The app will initially be offered in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia. It was unveiled at the technology giant's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.
USA TODAY publisher Kramer retiring as Gannett board approves print spinoff
Gannett, owner of TV stations and 93 daily newspapers and their digital operations, said its board of directors has approved the planned spinoff of the publishing unit, and USA TODAY Publisher Larry Kramer will step down once the transaction is completed.
Kramer, who has headed Gannett's largest newspaper for about three years, will stay in his current job until June 29, when the new publishing company begins trading as a separate company. He will then become a member of the board of the publishing company, which will be headed by Robert Dickey, now the head of Gannett's U.S. community publishing division.
John Zidich, who was Arizona Republic publisher until he was promoted to Gannett's president of domestic publishing in late April, will succeed Kramer as USA TODAY publisher on an interim basis.
The company is based in McLean, Virginia.
Report: Women produce about a third of US news content
Men are behind more news stories than women by a nearly 2-to-1 margin across print and television platforms, though there was a slight increase in bylines and credits for women last year, a new study says.
The Washington-based Women's Media Center released its study as part of its fourth annual report on "The Status of Women in U.S. Media."
Overall, the study found that the percentage of bylines, on-camera appearances and producer credits for women had increased nominally from last year. In 2014, about 37 percent of news was generated by women, up from 36 percent in 2013.
Dickerson plan as 'Face the Nation' host: Stick to the news
John Dickerson says just-retired Bob Schieffer left him with one piece of advice about moderating CBS' "Face the Nation" — and he's going to follow it.
Dickerson ended his debut broadcast as permanent host of the public affairs program by repeating what Schieffer told him: "Stick to the news."
The CBS News political director says that's what Schieffer did and "that's what we'll do — inviting people on to help us understand the news" and trying to ask the questions that viewers want answered.
Schieffer stepped aside after 24 years as the show's moderator.
Las Vegas Review-Journal gets a new publisher
Nevada's largest newspaper has a new publisher. GateHouse Media announced that Jason Taylor will be president and publisher of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Taylor arrives in Las Vegas nearly a year into his tenure as president and publisher of The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, which is owned by Gannett Co. He was president of the Chattanooga Times Free Press in Tennessee for seven years, and senior vice president of sales and marketing for The Honolulu Advertiser.
Greenspun Media Group names new group publisher
Greenspun Media Group has a new group publisher.
The Las Vegas Sun, which is owned by Greenspun Media Group, reports (http://bit.ly/1IpEYTG ) that Gordon Prouty will oversee Las Vegas Magazine, The Sunday, Las Vegas Weekly and Vegas2Go starting later this month.
Brian Greenspun remains editor and publisher of the Las Vegas Sun newspaper, as well as owner and chief executive of Greenspun Media Group.
Prouty is president and publisher of the Puget Sound Business Journal in Seattle.
The former group publisher, Travis Keys, will stay with the company as vice president for business development.
Black journalists' convention planned for Detroit in 2018
The National Association of Black Journalists has selected Detroit to host its 2018 convention.
Felecia Henderson, president of the Detroit Association of Black Journalists and an assistant managing editor at The Detroit News, tells the newspaper (http://bit.ly/1GsGbq1 ) the convention traditionally attracts thousands and it was held in Detroit in 1982 and 1992.
National Association of Black Journalists says Detroit is "America's great comeback city." Detroit emerged in December from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.
INDUSTRY NEWS 6-3-15
Maine newspapers' sale complete; most employees offered jobs
The sale of the Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal, Morning Sentinel and weekly Coastal Journal newspapers by financier and philanthropist Donald Sussman to MTM Acquisition was completed on Monday. Media executive Reade Brower, who controls MTM Acquisition, said he aims to build on the MaineToday Media newspapers' success of watchdog and investigative reporting over the past three years, a period in which Sussman spent $13 million to hire reporters and editors, buy new equipment and make other improvements. Jobs were offered to 98 percent of employees at the same wages and benefits, and CEO Lisa DeSisto will stay in place and remain responsible for day-to-day operations, Brower said. Financial details were not released.
NBC approaching 4 months without Williams decision
As the four-month anniversary of Brian Williams' suspension for misrepresenting his experiences as a journalist nears, NBC News has remained mum on whether he will return as the network's top anchor, be cut loose or take on some other role for the news division. Lester Holt continues as Williams' substitute on "Nightly News," keeping NBC slightly ahead in a ratings competition with ABC's "World News Tonight" that Williams had dominated. NBC suspended Williams for six months on Feb. 10 after he admitted to falsely claiming that he had been in a helicopter hit by enemy fire during the Iraq War, when in fact his helicopter had not been hit. The network subsequently ordered an internal investigation into other instances where Williams allegedly embellished his experiences, most often in talk show appearances.
Gannett acquiring 4 Pennsylvania newspaper companies
Gannett Co. has announced it is acquiring four newspapers in south-central Pennsylvania, including the York Daily Record/Sunday News, the largest of the group. The McLean, Virginia-based company said Monday the deal is part of a larger purchase of newspapers from Digital First Media. It includes media properties in Texas and New Mexico. The other Pennsylvania papers joining Gannett are the Public Opinion in Chambersburg, the Lebanon Daily News and The Evening Sun in Hanover. Daily Record publisher Sara Glines told members of her staff that The York Dispatch is included in the acquisition. The Daily Record and the Dispatch have had a joint operating agreement since 1990 and operate as the York Newspaper Co. Both are now morning newspapers. The Daily Record said the two newsrooms will remain independent.
Gannett buys El Paso Times, 6 New Mexico papers
Gannett Co., Inc. has purchased 11 media organizations from Digital First Media 11, including the remaining majority interest in the Texas-New Mexico Newspapers Partnership, Gannett announced Monday. The McLean, Virginia-based media company said that Gannett now will own 100 percent of the Texas-New Mexico Newspapers Partnership. That partnership includes the El Paso Times; Alamogordo Daily News; Carlsbad Current-Argus; The Daily Times in Farmington; Deming Headlight; Las Cruces Sun-News; and the Silver City Sun-News.
Charlie Rose to get university's 2015 Walter Cronkite Award
Charlie Rose, anchor of "CBS This Morning" and host of a weekly interview show on PBS, will receive the 2015 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism from Arizona State University's Cronkite School. The university announced Monday that Rose will receive the award during an Oct. 19 luncheon in Phoenix. Rose said in a statement released by the university that he treasures the award from the school located in downtown Phoenix partly because it honors Walter Cronkite, the late longtime CBS News anchor whom Rose said was "the constant connection to our world." A North Carolina native, Rose is a graduate of Duke University with a bachelor's degree in history. He also has a law degree from Duke.