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Deseret News’ Ten Commandments series: ‘Not just preaching’

The Deseret News inaugurated its launch of a national website Sunday with a series on the Ten Commandments. The series is “emblematic of the type of coverage you’re likely to find” on the new site, Allison Pond told me in a phone call Friday. It follows CEO Clark Gilbert’s imperative that the news organization be not “the best in our market, but the best in the world” at covering certain topics, including family, faith, culture and money.

Pond is editor of the Deseret News’ national edition and was lead editor on the Ten Commandments series. The goal was to show how they related to everyday life, she said. Mark Kellner looks at how terms like “OMG” relate to the prohibition on taking the Lord’s name in vain; Lane Anderson writes about how social media drives consumerism and covetousness.

Former Pope Benedict XVI on Jordan’s Mount Nebo in 2009, where the Bible says Moses saw the Promised Land.
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Deseret News, Atlantic find common ground for collaborative series on fathers

Content partnerships have been quite the vogue lately, and this morning The Atlantic and the Deseret News add a new chapter — a jointly produced four-part series on absent fathers and broken families, running on the sites of both publications.

At a glance this would appear a long-distance odd couple — the church-owned newspaper in Salt Lake City and the venerable Boston-bred monthly, now based in Washington. But there is an affinity — each is recognized as a leader in digital business model transformation. New approaches to content are part of the innovation formula.

“Collaboration will be a fruitful model going forward,” Deseret editor Paul Edwards said in a phone interview Friday. “Editorial specialization is a logical response to the nature of the Web. So there needs to be trading to acquire content and share expertise.” Read more

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‘Man Bites Dog’ headline resurfaces, in Utah

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Police say 27-year-old Erasmo Guadalupe Garcia-Serna bit a police dog in West Valley City, Utah. He was naked at the time, they allege.

The charges allowed the Deseret News to use a headline of mythical importance in journalism — one that is elusive but not unheard of.

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How 4 newspaper organizations created new revenue streams

U.S. newspaper organizations are shedding print ad revenue far faster than they can generate replacement dollars, reported Pew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism a year ago, and those organizations remain stubbornly resistant to innovation — except for a few outliers. For a follow-up, PEJ has just released a study on four such outliers that are making much faster revenue progress than the norm.

One of those cases, Clark Gilbert’s Mormon-owned Deseret News, will be familiar to those who follow the industry’s transformation efforts. The three others provide fresh looks and results:

Mark Jurkowitz, principal author of “Newspapers Turning Ideas into Dollars,” found a common thread in the success stories: strong, barrier-busting leadership and a vision of change much more sweeping than the tweaks and incremental improvements that fit the industry’s comfort zone. Read more

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OKEspañol expands as Utah’s Spanish-language newspaper

Salt Lake City’s El Observador is rebranding itself as OKEspañol and changing its delivery schedule. The 11,000-circulation, twice-weekly paper will still be printed and distributed only in Utah, and editor Patricia Quijano-Dark says “We’re not heading for national yet.” Note that last word.

In a press release announcing the shift, OKEspañol’s publisher, Greg Peterson, said “El Observador de Utah connected us to a Utah audience, OKEspañol includes Utah but it transcends geography and culture with a universal appeal that extends from the United States throughout Latin America and beyond.” He also says the company will “look at expansion.”

In a phone interview, Quijano-Dark taps the brakes slightly on that ambition, saying the paper, which is owned by Deseret Media Companies, is going to going to double down on issues important to Latinos, no matter where they live: Families, health, education, values, communities. “Family is a big focus” for Latino families, she says. Read more

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Deseret News parent’s KSL-TV won’t air NBC’s ‘The Playboy Club’

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The show “promotes a brand that we just cannot support,” says Mark Willes, chief executive officer of Deseret Media Companies, the parent company of both KSL and the Deseret News. “We would be helping to build a brand that stands for pornography. For us, that’s just untenable. We would never accept an ad from The Playboy Club, just as we don’t accept ads for alcohol or gambling.” (KSL also refuses to air “Saturday Night Live.” ) Salt Lake Tribune TV critic Scott D. Pierce calls the rival media outlet’s move predictable and hypocritical.

I have actually seen “The Playboy Club” pilot. It’s not lascivious or lewd. Essentially, it’s a crime drama set in the early 1960s. The characters either work at or belong to the Playboy Club in Chicago.

There’s no nudity. The bunny costumes are of the period – meaning they’re considerably more conservative than a lot of the dresses that a lot of actresses wear in a lot of other NBC shows.

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Deseret News gives column to mayor of Utah’s second largest city

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West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder says writing for the paper “will be an opportunity to share more information about West Valley City or other topics I care passionately about with a large audience.” (The mayor and his colleagues recognized L. Ron Hubbard Day earlier this year.) One reader questions the paper’s decision to give space to the mayor:

The Deseret News may be on a slippery slope with this initiative.

Where does public information end and propaganda or political campaigning begin?

What about citizens who disagree with what their elected officials are doing? Will the Deseret News give them equal space in order to present their arguments?

Deseret News CEO Clark Gilbert‘s memo is after the jump. Read more

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