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With CEO Jack Griffin gone, the stage is set to break up Tribune Publishing

With CEO Jack Griffin's unexpected ouster today, all bets are off on where the company is headed strategically. Specifically, I think the stage is set for Tribune to entertain offers for its various newspaper properties, pull back to focus on the Chicago Tribune and invest the proceeds in new media tech ventures. As I wrote last fall, it … Read More
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Tribune Publishing denies sale rumor

Tribune Publishing Tribune Publishing executives in Chicago have rebuffed a rumor, started by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, that the company is on the verge of a sale: Over the Thanksgiving Weekend a rumor was reported in social media and the press regarding a potential purchase of Tribune Publishing Company. While our policy is not to comment on rumors, … Read More
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Rupert Murdoch says Tribune Publishing is being sold

Media business reporter Rupert Murdoch has scooped us all with a tweet Friday saying he has "strong word" that Tribune Publishing is being sold to a Wall Street firm and the Los Angeles Times spun off to a local group. Strong word Tribune newspaper group to be bought by big Wall St firm, LA … Read More
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What's behind this fall's wave of layoffs and buyouts?

Mid-September to mid-November brings changing leaves and football but also rampant newsroom downsizing, and this has been an especially cruel season. Just last week saw 46 layoffs to the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News and the Philly.com website plus deep cuts at National Geographic. That's not counting the 75 in process at the Los Angeles Times … Read More
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Tribune Publishing says L.A. Times columnist verdict could impact investors

L.A. Times The court verdict ordering Tribune Publishing to pay $7.13 million to former Los Angeles Times sports columnist T.J. Simers was referenced early in a previously scheduled Thursday morning Tribune Publishing call with analysts concerning the company‚Äôs third-quarter financial performance. CEO Jack Griffin said the company is planning to appeal but is taking a $5 million charge, … Read More
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Canadian newspapers run huge political ads on front pages

The Vancouver Sun ran a large front-page political ad on Saturday. (Screenshot via Twitter) The Huffington Post | National Observer A trio of newspapers in Canada ceded their front pages this weekend to enormous advertisements, an unconventional move that saw usually hallowed space taken over by paid messages bashing Liberal Party policies. "Voting Liberal Will Cost You," reads … Read More
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Tribune Publishing pleads its case with investors; share price falls further

Tribune Publishing hosted a brief "investor update" call Tuesday, making more explicit its earlier statements that the Los Angeles Times was under-performing financially and dragging down company-wide results. The market remains skeptical that Tribune Publishing's house is in order -- shares were down another 5.5 percent for the day at close Tuesday, a decline of more than 22 percent … Read More
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Tribune Publishing shares plummet 20 percent after company adjusts its 2015 forecast downward

Tribune Publishing shares were down more than 20 percent in midday trading on Monday after the company pulled back from an earlier forecast for revenues and earnings -- and largely blamed its Southern California papers for the problem. In an unusual press release issued after markets had closed Friday, the company said EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and … Read More
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The L.A. Times had some fun with social cards at last night's debate

After the last GOP debate, we spoke with The Washington Post about its decision to use social cards to illustrate some notable zingers from the candidates. Last night, the Los Angeles Times brought its own social card game to Twitter. Alexandra Manzano, director of audience engagement, said the Times hoped to do these during the last debate … Read More
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L.A. Times op-ed on online corrections: 'There's a stunning lack of transparency'

Los Angeles Times On Tuesday, former Circa Editor-in-Chief Anthony De Rosa wrote about the problems of making post-publication changes, and not noting those changes, in digital journalism. Even if corrections are added, De Rosa wrote, there's often no substance. Rarely do corrections or clarifications carry any kind of explanation: how the reporter got the wrong vote count … Read More
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Los Angeles Times has added a reporter to cover Black Twitter

Los Angeles Times Managing Editor S. Mitra Kalita announced in a memo to staff on Monday that the Times has added a reporter to cover Black Twitter. Dexter Thomas joins us today to cover Black Twitter (which really is so much more complicated than that). He will work closely with the newsroom and #EmergingUS to find communities online (Black Medium … Read More
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5 things John Carroll taught me about great investigative projects

John Carroll speaking in this 2003 file photo. At middle is Todd Merriman, who was the senior editor/news of The San Diego Union-Tribune, and Kathleen Carroll, right, executive editor of The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) When John Carroll visited me and Poynter in January 2013, he was a trim, vigorous retiree in his early 70s. So the … Read More
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Angel Rodriguez moved from digital to print and now uses both skills at the L.A. Times

The cover of Sunday's Los Angeles Times sports section, courtesy Los Angeles Times About a month ago, the sports department at the Los Angeles Times was fully-staffed, ready for a day that included a horse race, a basketball game and a boxing match. "It looked like a Tuesday," said Angel Rodriguez, sports editor. By 3 p.m., the Times' … Read More