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Poynter and McClatchy expand customized training program

The Poynter Institute and The McClatchy Company will expand the training program they began last year. Poynter was able to align some new teaching around McClatchy’s emphasis on news video, Poynter Director of Training Partnerships and Alliances Howard Finberg said in a phone call: “We were able to help shape the offerings for this year in support of their efforts,” he said.

McClatchy Vice President of News Anders Gyllenhaal said Poynter’s training reached “a little less than half” of the company’s journalists in the past year through three certificate programs and 11 webinars offered through Poynter’s News University.

Sacramento Bee Executive Editor Joyce Terhaar tells Poynter in an email that 54 people in its newsroom took 120 hours of Poynter classes last year. “I’m happy with that number because our big training emphasis in Sacramento last year was on our new Newsgate 3 publishing system, which involved 1,406 training hours across the room,” she writes. Read more

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McClatchy ends year with circulation revenue up

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Circulation revenue in 2013 was up 5 percent over the previous year, McClatchy said in its fourth-quarter and year-end earnings report. Total advertising revenue was down 6.7 percent across the company’s platforms, and down about 9 percent in print.

After taxes, McClatchy made $8.2 million on its sale of the Miami Herald’s property, the report notes. Compensation expenses were down about 7 percent compared with 2012. Revenue from McClatchy’s digital subscription program, called Plus, “provided more than $8.8 million in new revenues in the quarter and $31.4 million in total for all of 2013,” the report said. The company says it has 60,300 digital-only subscribers. Read more

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Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron complained to the New York Times about not crediting his paper. Times Public Editor Sullivan e-mailed with the Times’ associate managing editor for standards, Philip B. Corbett, about the issue. He replied:

One complication is that there’s no clear or simple rule on when and how to credit. When information reported by another news organization is not widely known and we haven’t been able to match it ourselves, we normally attribute it or link to the source. But in cases where we have done our own reporting, it’s less clear-cut. We still want to credit another news organization if they have done major enterprise or have unearthed a big story — something no one would have known about without that initial reporting. But for an ongoing story or beat — where lots of reporters are chasing the same story line and may break different elements at different times — it’s not always practical or useful to tell readers, well, this element was first reported by News Organization A, and this other part was broken by Organization B, and we were the first to report these other pieces, etc.

Margaret Sullivan, The New York Times

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McClatchy’s Deb Leithauser will become publisher of Pennsylvania paper

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Debra Leithauser will leave her job as editor of McClatchy-Tribune Information Services to become publisher of the McClatchy-owned Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa. She joined McClatchy in 2012 after a long hitch at The Washington Post.

McClatchy Vice President for News/Washington Editor Anders Gyllenhaal tells staffers in an email that Wes Albers will become deputy editor of the news service, which is absorbing the clients of Scripps’ wire service.

In a note to staff, Leithauser said the move “was not something I anticipated.”

But being a publisher has always been a dream of mine, so when the opportunity presented itself, I had to take it. The Centre Daily Times is a terrific paper, the job lets me stay with the McClatchy Company, and State College is a wonderful place to raise kids — all of those things equaled an opportunity to good to pass up.

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McClatchy updates policy on handout photos: ‘it’s important to take a stance’

“The editors of McClatchy newspapers have agreed not to publish photography issued by the White House,” McClatchy Vice President for News/Washington Editor Anders Gyllenhaal told staffers in an email Tuesday night. The policy is not “a significant departure from current practices,” he says.

USA Today told staffers Sunday it wouldn’t use such photos. News organizations protested the White House’s stingy rules about photo access last week.

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Dallas Morning News will print Star-Telegram, which plans layoffs

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The Dallas Morning News will start printing the Fort Worth Star-Telegram next year, Gary Jacobson reports. Two hundred and seventy-five people will lose their jobs, 75 of them full-time positions, because of the move. “This makes all the sense in the world,” said Morning News Publisher and A.H. Belo CEO Jim Moroney, according to Jacobson.

The Star-Telegram plans to sell its printing facility. Its publisher, Gary Wortel, tells his paper that “one added convenience for Sunday subscribers is that they will begin receiving their advertising circulars in a sealed plastic bag.” Read more

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Nontraditional sources of revenue rise at McClatchy

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Revenue from digital advertising and direct marketing now account for about 40 percent of McClatchy’s advertising revenue, the company said in its third quarter earnings report Thursday. Overall, revenues were down 4.2 percent.

Advertising revenue fell 8 percent, but circulation revenue rose 6.5 percent over the same period in 2012. The company attributes the gain to its paywall plan, called the Plus Program, which it said is “exceeding expectations.”

In a statement accompanying the earnings release, McClatchy CEO Pat Talamantes said, “We now expect the program to generate between $27 million and $30 million in new revenues in 2013.” Audience grew at the company’s websites despite the paywalls, McClatchy says. Read more

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McClatchy asks administration if it helped New Zealand track a journalist

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“We regard any targeted collection of the metadata of our journalists as a serious interference with McClatchy’s constitutional rights to gather and report the news,” McClatchy’s Anders Gyllenhaal and Karole Morgan-Prager write in a letter to U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. The letter comes in response to a report in a New Zealand newspaper that the country’s government used U.S. intelligence to help track McClatchy journalist Jon Stephenson. Read more

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McClatchy second-quarter report reflects drop in earnings, increase in subscribers

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McClatchy’s latest earnings report shows it earned $11.8 million in the second quarter compared to $26.9 million in the same quarter last year. Last year’s second quarter results were boosted by a $7.9 million tax gain, the Associated Press reports.

The earnings report explains:

Total revenues in the second quarter of 2013 were $308.8 million, down 3.5% from the second quarter of 2012. Circulation revenues were $88.5 million, up 4.8% and advertising revenues were $207.7 million, down 6.7% from the same quarter in 2012. Total digital-only revenues, which include digital-only revenues from advertising and circulation, were up 10.6% compared to the same quarter last year.

After the first quarter this year, McClatchy had 22,000 digital-only subscribers. That number grew by more than 3,000 in the second quarter. McClatchy President and CEO Pat Talamantes said in the earnings report:

We believe that we will continue to benefit in the future as our efforts to build our circulation revenues gain even more traction.

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Media CEOs ‘hopeful’ about digital subscription growth

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At the American Society of News Editors convention in Washington, D.C., Associated Press reporter Martin Crutsinger listened to various newspaper honchos speak about about whether they’d keep publishing daily editions, especially in light of recent changes at Advance-owned papers that have reduced the frequency of print editions and home delivery.

McClatchy’s CEO Patrick Talamantes, New York Times Co. CEO Mark Thompson and Washington Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth all said they were sticking with daily publication. Gannett CEO and President Gracia Martore “was less certain,” Crutsinger reports. “I can’t predict what is going to exist in five years,” she said.

The executives were bullish on paywalls, Crutsinger writes; McClatchy had “22,000 digital-only subscribers” at the end of the last quarter. He says the CEOs were “hopeful about their future” after seeing digital subscriptions grow.” Read more

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