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Cops catch copper thief in old Seattle Times building

The Seattle Times

A copper thief skulking around the former headquarters of The Seattle Times was busted Saturday morning after workers at soup restaurant in the building complained their water had mysteriously shut off, John de Leon writes for The Seattle Times.

The culprit? A man with “crescent wrench, pipe cutter, pliers, wire snips, a utility knife, two flashlights and a set of keys” who was “gathering up a pile of copper pipes” underneath the restaurant, according to The Seattle Times. The man was arrested and booked for investigation of burglary.

The Seattle Times sold its longtime headquarters on 1120 John St. in 2013 for $29 million. The staff has occupied an office building at 1000 Denny Way since 2011. Read more


Friday, Sep. 19, 2014

Career Beat: Keith Jenkins becomes general manager at National Geographic Digital

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Kirstine Stewart is now vice president of North America media partnerships at Twitter. Previously, she was head of Twitter’s presence in Canada. (Recode)
  • George Rodrigue is now assistant news director at WFAA in Dallas. Previously, he was managing editor at The Dallas Morning News. (Romenesko)
  • Keith Jenkins is now general manager at National Geographic Digital. Previously, he was National Geographic’s director of digital photography and executive editor for digital content. (National Geographic)
  • Julianne Escobedo Shepherd will be culture editor at Jezebel. She is an instructor at Tisch School of the Arts and a contributor to Rookie. Jia Tolentino is now features editor at Jezebel. Previously, she was a contributing editor at The Hairpin. Clover Hope is now a staff writer at Jezebel. Previously, she was a deputy editor at Vibe. (Jezebel)
  • Robert Jordan is now a journalist-in-residence at the University of Chicago. He is a reporter and anchor at WGN in Chicago. (Robert Feder)
  • Sam Schlinkert will be associate social media editor at BuzzFeed. Previously, he was deputy social media editor at The Daily Beast. (@sts10)

Job of the day: The Idaho Mountain Express is looking for an arts and events editor. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

From the archives: Sig Gissler, Pulitzer administrator 2002-2014

Sig Gissler, left, is toasted by Seymour Topping during a reception honoring Gissler's appointment as administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes Thursday April 18, 2002, in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Sig Gissler, left, is toasted by Seymour Topping during a reception honoring Gissler’s appointment as administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes in 2002, in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Sig Gissler announced his retirement as administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes in January. He served in the position since 2002. Here’s a look back at Poynter’s archives on Gissler and the Pulitzers during his time.

2004: No feature winner

In 2004, Poynter’s Roy Peter Clark wrote about the Pulitzer Board’s decision not to name a feature winner.

When I first heard that the Pulitzer Board had not awarded a prize in feature writing this year, I assumed the worst. I figured that scandal fatigue had filled board members with paranoia, that members were arguing about the lack of transparency in stories – to use the word of the day – about sourcing and attribution.

My fears, I am happy to report, were unfounded.

2005: A view from the inside and support from online

In 2005, Jim Romenesko reported for Poynter that online material could be submitted in support of entries.

“It’s a very significant change,” says Pulitzer Prize administrator Sig Gissler. “This reflects the growing importance of online content, but, at the same time, print remains very important, and I think the Pulitzer competition now reflects a blend of print and online, which is what most newspapers are seeking to achieve these days.”

Roy J. Harris Jr. reported for Poynter from The World Room at Columbia University, where the Pulitzers are announced.

While the overall process of disseminating information on the year’s prizes is much higher-tech these days, Monday it still seemed like the 1950s in the World Room.

“Let’s pass out the press kits and sprinkle fairy dust on people and change their lives forever,” said Pulitzer Prize administrator Sig Gissler in welcoming the 40-person press corps. Then, he declared a 20-minute break for phoned-in reports.

2008: The rise of the web

In April of this year, Jonathan Dube spoke with Gissler and wrote for Poynter about the growing presence of reporting on the web in the prizes.

What lessons have you learned about online journalism from observing the online work included in the Pulitzer entries over the past few years?

Gissler: We’re on the right track. Our competition is for the blended newspaper, part online, part in print.This reflects where the industry is and where it is continuing to head.

2009: Changing rules for entries

In 2009, Jim Romenesko reported for Poynter about changes for online entries. From the press release:

The requirement sometimes excluded possibly promising entries — notably by online columnists, critics and bloggers — because of the nature of their Web affiliation, according to Sig Gissler, administrator of the Prizes.

“The revised rule will provide more flexibility as we focus on the merit of an entry rather than the mission of the Web site where it appeared,” Gissler said.

Also this year, Gissler tightened up leaks about the awards, Roy J. Harris Jr. reported for Poynter.

Regulars among the ever-changing jury panels noted that Pulitzer Prize Administrator Sig Gissler’s increasingly fervid secrecy campaign simply might have achieved peak success this year.

“Sig has been saying that the spreading of rumors can create false hopes and can generate lobbying,” said Philadelphia Inquirer editor Bill Marimow, a juror in the public-service category in 2008 and this year in a category he wouldn’t disclose. Jurors took “a solemn oath,” he said, “which was signed en masse.”

2011: No breaking news winner

In 2011, there was no Pulitzer winner for breaking news. Poynter’s Al Tompkins wrote about the prizes that year.

“While it is the first time that we did not have a winner in this category, it is the 25th time the Board has not awarded a Prize in a category,” said Sig Gissler, Pulitzer Prize administrator.

Later that year, Julie Moos reported for Poynter on changes to the definition for the breaking news category to emphasize real-time breaking news. All submissions would also now be sent in digitally.

Gissler said by email: “Looking ahead, we don’t expect every entry to be so elaborate but the Seattle package does point in the right direction — namely, swift use of available tools to tell a breaking story. At this point, we don’t have other examples to offer.”

2013: First freelance photographer wins a Pulitzer in 17 years

Javier Manzano won for feature photography, Mallary Jean Tenore reported for Poynter, and the win marked the first for a freelancer in 17 years.

Freelancers have won Pulitzer prizes in the past, but not nearly as often as full-time journalists have. Pulitzer administrator Sig Gissler told Poynter that it’s been 17 years since a freelance photographer won a Pulitzer. (Two freelance photographers — Charles Porter IV and Stephanie Welsh — won in 1996.)

2014: No feature winner

The Pulitzers this year named no winners in the feature category, Sandra Oshiro wrote for Poynter.

Since three finalists were chosen by the nominating jury for that category, why was one not selected by the board? Pulitzer Prizes administrator Sig Gissler told IBT’s Christopher Zara: “It’s not a statement on the quality of feature writing in America,” he said in a phone interview. “They were thoroughly discussed and carefully considered.”

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Pew: Americans tuning out coverage of Iraq

The Pew Research Center reported today that one-fourth of Americans are paying attention to the tumult and violence in Iraq, even as America’s involvement in the situation begins to grow.

Americans are 'modestly' interested in Iraq coverage, according to a recent survey from the Pew Research Center

Americans are ‘modestly’ interested in Iraq coverage, according to a recent survey from the Pew Research Center. Credit: Pew Research Center

The report, which was based on a survey of 1,002 adults from June 26 to 29, shows that a slightly larger proportion of Americans (29 percent) are more interested in the problems afflicting the country’s veterans hospitals than they are the strife in Iraq. It also notes that Interest in the recent spate of Supreme Court decisions (15 percent) is lower than the interest in the World Cup (17 percent).

Audience interest changes by age, the study found. Adults younger than 30 are paying more attention to the World Cup than they are to news coming out of the capital, the survey found. About 24 percent of young adults are watching the drama play out in South America, but just 13 percent of them are following the insurgency spreading across Iraq.

The study also found that interest in some stories is divided along party lines. About 33 percent of Republicans are keeping up with the IRS’ targeting of certain political groups, compared to 16 percent of Democrats. Read more


Monday, May 19, 2014

Live coverage of Jill Abramson’s speech at Wake Forest commencement


Wednesday, Jan. 08, 2014

Swedish journalists missing in Syria are freed

GlobalPost | Associated Press

Wednesday morning, GlobalPost reported that two Swedish journalists who were missing in Syria have been freed. According to Agence France-Presse, the news was confirmed by a source with the International Committee of the Red Cross.

In November, Poynter wrote about Magnus Falkehed and Niclas Hammarström,  who may not have had the right papers and were abducted in November when trying to leave the country.

The GlobalPost story does not name the two journalists who have been freed, but the Associated Press reported Wednesday that Sweden’s Foreign Ministry confirmed the two freed journalists were Falkehed and Hammarström. Read more


Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013

Stock table

Company         2012 Close    2013 close    Percent change

Gannett                $18.01           $29.59          64.4%

E.W. Scripps          10.81              21.70         100.7

New York Times       8.53              15.87           86.0

A.H. Belo                   4.65               7.43             59.8

Journal                      5.41                9.30            71.9

McClatchy                  3.27                3.39             3.7

Lee                             1.14                3.48           205.3

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Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013

Tribune closes $2.7B deal for Local Holdings stations

Tribune Co.

Tribune announced Friday it closed on its purchase of Local Holdings LLC. The acquisition produces the “largest combined independent broadcast group and content creator in the country,” the company stated in a news release.

The company announced in the summer that it planned to purchase 19 stations from Local Holdings for $2.7 billion.

Peter Liguori, Tribune president and CEO, called the purchase “a transformational acquisition for Tribune, providing us with significant scale to drive our business objectives and create substantial shareholder value.”

The deal brings the total number of television stations owned by Tribune to 39, according to the company, and continues Tribune’s efforts to transition away from print.

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Monday, Nov. 11, 2013

Newspaper Title Style Guide

Major U.S. Newspapers

  • The Arizona Republic
  • The Boston Globe
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Chicago Sun-Times
  • The Dallas Morning News
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Miami Herald
  • New York Daily News
  • New York Post
  • The New York Times
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • The Seattle Times
  • Tampa Bay Times
  • USA Today
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • The Washington Post

Alphabetical Listing

  • Akron Beacon Journal
  • Albany Times Union
  • Amarillo Globe-News
  • Anchorage Daily News
  • Anderson Independent Mail
  • The Ann Arbor News
  • Arizona Daily Star
  • The Arizona Republic
  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Austin American-Statesman
  • The Baltimore Sun
  • The Birmingham News
  • Bonita Daily News
  • The Boston Globe
  • Boston Herald
  • The Boston Phoenix
  • Bradenton Herald
  • The Buffalo News
  • The Cape Cod Times
  • The Charlotte Observer
  • Chester Sun Times
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Chicago Sun-Times
  • The Christian Science Monitor
  • The Cincinnati Enquirer
  • The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.)
  • The Columbus Dispatch
  • The Commercial Appeal (Memphis)
  • Contra Costa Times
  • The Courier (Houma, La.)
  • The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.)
  • Courier-Post (Camden, N.J.)
  • Daily Globe
  • The Dallas Morning News
  • The Daytona Beach News-Journal
  • Democrat and Chronicle
  • The Desert Sun
  • The Des Moines Register
  • Detroit Free Press
  • The Detroit News
  • Duluth News Tribune
  • East Valley Tribune
  • Edmonton Journal
  • Evansville (Ind.) Courier & Press
  • The Florida Times-Union
  • Florida Today
  • Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Va.
  • Gwinnett Daily Post
  • The Hartford Courant
  • The Henderson Gleaner
  • The Herald (Everett, Wash.)
  • Honolulu Star-Advertiser
  • Houston Chronicle
  • The Indianapolis Star
  • The Island Packet
  • The Journal News
  • The Kansas City Star
  • Las Vegas Sun
  • The Lawrence Journal-World
  • Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader
  • Los Angeles Times
  • The Miami Herald
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • The (Minneapolis) Star Tribune
  • The Modesto Bee
  • Montgomery Advertiser
  • The Morning Call
  • Naples Daily News
  • New York Daily News
  • New York Post
  • The News & Observer
  • News & Record (Greensboro, N.C.)
  • The News Journal
  • The News-Press
  • The News-Sentinel
  • The New York Times
  • Ocala Star-Banner
  • Omaha World-Herald
  • The Orange County Register
  • The Oregonian
  • Orlando Sentinel
  • The Palm Beach Daily News
  • The Palm Beach Post
  • Philadelphia Daily News
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Philadelphia Weekly
  • Pioneer Press
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • The Plain Dealer
  • Politico
  • Portland Press Herald
  • Post Register
  • Poughkeepsie Journal
  • Press-Register (Mobile, Ala.)
  • The Providence Journal
  • The Roanoke Times
  • Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch
  • St. Joseph News-Press
  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • St. Petersburg Times
  • The Sacramento Bee
  • The Salt Lake Tribune
  • San Antonio Express-News
  • The San Diego Union-Tribune
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • San Jose Mercury News
  • Sarasota Herald-Tribune
  • Savannah Morning News
  • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  • The Seattle Times
  • The Shreveport Times
  • South Florida Sun-Sentinel
  • The Standard Times
  • Star-Banner
  • Star-Gazette (Elmira, N.Y.)
  • The Straits Times
  • The Sun Chronicle
  • The Sun Herald (Biloxi, Miss.)
  • The Sun News
  • Tallahassee Democrat
  • Tampa Bay Business Journal
  • The Tampa Tribune
  • Times Herald-Record
  • The Times-Picayune
  • The (Toledo, Ohio) Blade
  • The Topeka Capital-Journal
  • Toronto Star
  • USA Today
  • The Virginian-Pilot
  • Waco Tribune-Herald
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • The Washington Blade
  • The Washington Post
  • Waterbury Republican-American
  • Wisconsin State Journal
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Tuesday, Nov. 05, 2013

Ad revenue rises at AOL, but Patch weighs on results

Reuters | Forbes

AOL announced its third quarter earnings Tuesday. Ad revenue grew at the company, but expenses related to Patch weighed on results.

Ad revenue grew 14 percent over the third quarter of 2012 and, as Reuters reports, “the digital media and entertainment company said on Tuesday it took a pre-tax restructuring charge of $19 million and an impairment charge of $25 million, both related to Patch, sending operating income down 61 percent to $16.7 million.”

“AOL’s Q3 results are another step forward in our long-term plan,” Tim Armstrong, AOL Chairman and CEO, said in a news release. “The Q3 results highlight the strength of AOL’s strategy and the consistent execution of our team in delivering great consumer experiences and successful customer results.”

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