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 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 will use a “mix of advertising, events and memberships,” Joe Pompeo reports.
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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. Read more


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.

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