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How Jim Brady plans to make money in local

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Was SI’s LeBron James scoop legit? Sam Kirkland rounds up some thinkination from thinkinators and notes that SND’s Rob Schneider said the NYT’s celebrated sports section front on Saturday was inaccurate — James hadn’t signed at the time. (Poynter) | The “item did move on the sports AP wire, exactly as presented,” Margaret Sullivan writes. “I guess I can see his point, but it’s too literal,” Benjamin Hoffman, who designed the page, told her. (NYT) | James decided to go to SI rather than ESPN because 2010′s “The Decision” “upset America’s collective stomach and spoiled his reputation as a basketball god,” Robert Weintraub writes. “The average fan could read his moving, sincere announcement on SI.com and subconsciously think, Maybe it was ESPN’s fault, not LeBron’s, all along.” (CJR) | The “trade rumor — shorthand here for any offseason transaction news — has become the dominant form of NBA journalism.” (Grantland)
  2. How Jim Brady plans to make money in local: His Philly news startup Brother.ly will use a “mix of advertising, events and memberships,” Joe Pompeo reports. Advertisers will have options beyond display ads: “A security company might sponsor a public-safety discussion group, for instance.” (Capital)
  3. NPR “downgrades” ombudsman job: The next occupant of that seat will focus “on fact gathering and explanation, not commentary or judgment,” Jay Rosen reports. “In my view, NPR is far stronger than this short-sighted and half-assed decision suggests. It has nothing to fear from an empowered ombudsman.” (PressThink)
  4. BuzzFeed articles disappear: After a “review of our most updated policies and standards,” BuzzFeed “edited some posts, removed certain posts and left other posts as is.” (Gawker) | BuzzFeed gave some early, senior employees the ability to go back and memory-hole articles. (Poynter)
  5. News orgs’ investments in race beats pays off: AP race and ethnicity reporter Jesse Holland broke the story of black Democrats supporting Sen. Thad Cochran after several reporters “had noticed advertisements in two of the state’s black newspapers, but no one knew who was behind them,” Tracie Powell reports. “I picked up the phone and called the black newspaper and asked who placed the ad,” Holland told Powell. “I’m not sure why no one else thought to do that.” (CJR)
  6. Twitter is 8 years old. Here’s Biz Stone‘s announcement of “Twittr”‘s website from July 15, 2006: ” It’s fun to use because it strips social blogging down to it’s essence and makes it immediate.”

  7. Following in Chrystia Freeland’s footsteps? Former Toronto Star reporter Allan Thompson is running for parliament. (Toronto Star)
  8. Lumberjacks’ revenge: Newspaper reporter makes “endangered jobs” list (Poynter) | Employment at TV stations slips a little. And “Total radio news employment is up this year versus last year, but not in the way radio news people would like.” (RTDNA)
  9. “This is a publicity stunt for sure, but one with heart”: Fans react to Archie Andrews‘ impending death, saving a gay friend. (AP) | “Archie is actually still alive in the Archie series set in the present day” and there’s a series where he’s a zombie, too. (Vulture)
  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: David Plotz is “dropping the mic” as editor of Slate, leaving his former deputy editor, Julia Turner, in charge. Said Plotz of his decision: “What am I gonna do, die here?” (Poynter) | Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, he of the leaked New York Times Innovation Report, has been named senior editor for strategy at the Times. (Poynter) | Maria Russo will be children’s books editor of The New York Times Book Review in August. (@PamelaPaulNYT) | Amanda Kost, an investigative journalist at KMGH in Denver, will be a national investigative reporter at the Scripps Washington Bureau. (Scripps News) | Alisyn Camerota is now an anchor at CNN. She was previously a co-host of America’s News Headquarters at Fox News. (CNN) | John Homans is leaving his job as New York Magazine executive editor to join Bloomberg Politics, a vertical led by “Game Change” authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. (Capital) | David Sirota joins International Business Times as a senior writer. (Digiday) | Marta Tellado, vice president for global communications at the Ford Foundation, has been named chief executive of Consumer Reports. She will replace Jim Guest, who became CEO and president in 2001. (New York Times) Want to meet LeBron James? The Northeast Ohio Media Group (which includes the Plain Dealer) is hiring a sports reporter. Get your résumés in! | Send Ben your job moves: bmullin@poynter.org.

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‘Calvin and Hobbes’ creator secretly returned to comics pages last week

The Washington Post | Pearls Before Swine | Team Cul de Sac

Bill Watterson drew the middle panels of Stephan Pastis’ “Pearls Before Swine” strip for three days last week, Michael Cavna reports. It’s his first newspaper strip since 1995, when he quit drawing “Calvin and Hobbes,” saying “My interests have shifted.”

It was “like getting a call from Bigfoot” to hear from Watterson, Pastis told Cavna. They settled on a conceit that a little girl named Lib (“Hint, hint: It’s almost ‘Bill’ backwards,” Pastis writes on his blog) would draw “rich worlds of imagination beyond the signature style of the strip,” as Cavna writes. For instance, the Mars invasion scene in this strip.

They’ll auction off the artwork to benefit Team Cul de Sac, a charity co-founded by “Cul de Sac” author Richard Thompson that raises money for Parkinson’s disease research.

I had the great privilege of having breakfast with Bill on June 4th and handing him the morning paper,” Team Cul de Sac co-founder Chris Sparks writes. “I watched him read his first newspaper work in 19 years. I don’t think he’d mind me saying he was grinning from ear to ear.”

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Denver Post kills ‘Doonesbury’ in print edition, readers yawn

Westword | Denver Business Journal
Editor Greg Moore says he’s heard “zip” about “Doonesbury” and the other strips that were cut, including the weekday ‘Peanuts,’ ‘Non Sequitur, Overboard,’ ‘Rhymes with Orange’ and others. (Managing editor/administration Jeanette Chavez got one complaint about the missing “Doonesbury.”) “There’s no mystery why the strips are bidding farewell, print-wise,” writes Michael Roberts. “Last week, [editor Moore] confirmed a 4 percent budget cut and shrinkage to the feature section, where the comics appear, as well as the sports section.”

Denver Business Journal new media editor Mark Harden reacts to the news:

I’m sure the Post is armed with a sheaf of readership data that told its editors that, for example, Beetle Bailey – about a guy who’s been a private for 60 years in an Army that never seems to get deployed anywhere — was worth saving. But still, I was stunned Sunday when I went looking for Doonesbury in my Sunday Post and couldn’t find it – Doonesbury, arguably the most influential, most talked-about strip of the last generation.

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