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Chuck Stone dies at 89: Journalist, UNC professor, NABJ cofounder

The Washington Post | The News & Observer | Philadelphia Daily News | NABJ | Solomon Jones
Chuck Stone, whose career spanned journalism, academia and politics, died Sunday. He was 89 and had congestive heart failure, his daughter Krishna told The Washington Post.

Until 2004, Stone was a journalism professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where Andrea Weigl reports he "became known around campus for his stylish attire, his morning commute on a bicycle and his popular class on censorship that he called 'dirty books and dirty pictures,' one that always had a waiting list."

Before academia beckoned, Stone was a journalist at black newspapers and a towering columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, "the most influential journalist in Philadelphia," former Editor Zack Stalberg said. On several occasions, John F. Morrison writes, police called Stone into dicey situations: An armed robbery where the suspects requested his presence at a standoff, and a prison incident in 1981, during which he helped negotiate the release of several hostages. (more...)
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Reporter bails on media beat after 11 years covering Philly papers

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How dispiriting is the Philly media beat? When Joel Mathis asked Steve Volk what he's learned in 11 years of covering The Inquirer and the Daily News, Volk replied: "That I don’t want to cover the media anymore, at least not local media in Philly. It’s 11 years of watching the bridge of the Enterprise shake while the cast runs from one side of the screen of the other."
Sometimes the demands of narrative make you seem impervious to the human cost of what’s going on there. And I’m not impervious. These are sort of would-be friends and colleagues, you know what I mean? I’ve been constantly covering them losing their jobs and wondering what’s next. I’m tired of marching that same beat.

I think what I’ve learned is: Experimentation is really hard. I think what’s necessary more than ever in papers is to experiment and try things to see what’ll bring more readers, more eyes and more subscribers. I think it’s been hard for people to let go of what they know and try something new. So I think there’s been this paralysis of people trying to hang on to whatever reader base they might retain, a fear of change because it might involve slipping ever farther. I feel for them, but I feel what’s needed now is a spirit of experimentation, owners who get along and are willing to lose some money in the short term by trying to make money in the long term.
Philadelphia magazine published Volk's feature, "The Fight for the Future of Philadelphia’s Newspapers," on Jan. 30.
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Potential new buyer for Philly papers emerges

Philly.com | The Washington Post | Philadelphia Magazine There's a potential buyer for the embattled Philly.com, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News, according to a report out yesterday from Philly.com. "The Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia declined to reveal the potential buyer, but said the party is interested in purchasing the entire company or a majority stake from parent company Interstate General Media, whose owners include wealthy New Jersey businessman Lewis Katz and powerful South Jersey Democrat George Norcross," the reports reads. The news follow a suit and countersuit filed by Katz and Norcross and a tangle of other developments, including the firing of editor Bill Marimow. And it comes as the papers appear to be on the edge of profitability again. Yesterday, Joel Mathis wrote in Philadelphia Magazine that rumors of profitability had been brewing for a while, but "confirmation of a sorts emerged Tuesday, as part of an explanation from Bill Ross, executive director of the Newspaper Guild, as to why the guild had publicized its bid to buy out one or all of IGM’s warring owners." (more...)
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The mess at Philadelphia’s newspapers: A timeline of recent events

The co-owners of The Philadelphia Inquirer, philly.com and the Daily News are giving their reporters lots to write about with a lawsuit in response to another lawsuit in response to a firing  -- OK. Wait. Let's just stop for a moment and take a look back in time at where this all began. October 8, 2010: Bill Marimow loses his job as editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer. The paper's owners told Marimow "he did not have the background in digital media necessary to lead the paper going forward," Christoper K. Hepp reports at the time. Stan Wischnowski is named acting editor. April 2, 2012: A group of local bigs buys the Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and philly.com. The new owners say they will "sign a pledge supporting the newsroom’s independence, after questions about interference arose over coverage of the sale," Poynter reports. April 4, 2012: Marimow is rehired as editor. Wischnowski takes a lesser role. New owner Lewis Katz tells Poynter he didn't think they needed a written pledge not to interfere: "Frankly, I thought a public statement was enough, but [fellow new owner] George [Norcross] felt stronger that it ought to be in writing.” Oct. 7, 2013: Marimow is fired. Wischnowski becomes acting editor. A source at the paper tells Poynter Marimow lost his job due to a "difference in philosophical vision in the direction of the paper." Among Publisher Bob Hall's knocks on Marimow: He didn't "support [the] company's digital strategy for Philly.com and Inquirer.com.". Oct. 10: Owners Katz and H.F. Lenfest file suit trying to bring Marimow back, claiming Hall wasn't authorized to fire Marimow. Oct. 14: "Philadelphia deserves better," David Carr writes of the owners' struggle for control. Oct. 15: The owners (except Katz, who was in the Bahamas) hold a special meeting agreeing to form a committee to defend the ownership group, Interstate General Media, and two special committee to investigate Katz's alleged interference with editorial matters and any alleged conflicts of interest on his part. (The actions are detailed in an action filed Oct. 18.) Oct. 16: The owners meet with officers from the Newspaper Guild. An Inquirer reporter is not allowed to attend. "One observer said it became apparent that neither owner would give in, short of 'complete annihilation' of the other," Thomas Fitzgerald reports. The Guild warns members to "BE VERY CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY in email correspondence, tweets, Facebook posts, etc. ... especially with regard to comments about the present in-fighting and management/ownership personnel and your colleagues." Oct. 17: Norcross files a countersuit. Katz has "repeatedly violated" his pledge not to interfere with the newsroom, a press release announcing the action says. Oct. 18: Hall moves to dismiss Katz's suit. The filing says Marimow had a "stubborn and indeed often insubordinate refusal to follow directives or implement much-needed editorial, journalistic and personnel changes at The Inquirer, resulting in a significant decline in circulation and morale problems in the newsroom during his second troubled tenure as The Inquirer's Editor." Hall, associate publisher Michael Lorenca and co-owner Gerry Lenfest warned Marimow in July he'd be terminated if he didn't make some changes, Hall's action says. This timeline will, no doubt, be updated.
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Philly Inquirer reportedly cutting opinion pages

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The Philadelphia Inquirer will cut its opinion section to one page next month, sources at the paper tell Daniel Denvir. Denvir's sources tell him the purported move is a reaction to a survey that "found that readers think the Inquirer is 'biased.' Cutting down on opinion is the supposed remedy."

Philly.com, an online portal the Inquirer shares with the Philadelphia Daily News (though both have their own premium sites as well) has a stable of opinion bloggers. Philly.com announced in May that Pennsylvania's governor would be one of them, but his sole contribution so far appears to be a Q&A with him, his wife and an unidentified questioner.

"The Saturday opinion section was quietly eliminated months ago," Denvir writes. (more...)
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Knight gives $345,000 to Philadelphia media incubator

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The Knight Foundation is putting $345,000 into Project Liberty, a digital media incubator housed in the headquarters of Interstate General Media, which owns The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com.

Knight "supported the initial launch," its release says; clients at the incubator "receive access to Philly.com, Inquirer.com and PhillyDailyNews.com as a platform for launching their new products."

Knight's press release says Philly.com "has incorporated several innovations from current and former incubator residents." (more...)
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Tensions reportedly grow between Philly.com and Philly newspapers

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Philly.com "is increasingly competing against the dailies' newsrooms with its own writers," Daniel Denvir writes. The website, like The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News, is owned by Interstate General Media and shares content with both, but the newspapers' sites are premium and Philly.com is free.

Lexie Norcross, the daughter of IGM's George Norcross, runs Philly.com, and under her leadership the site has "sometimes tested the limits of journalistic norms," Denvir writes.

Some of Denvir's examples: "In May, Philly.com posted a disclaimer next to an Inquirer business column — seemingly at the request of an advertiser"; there was the whole business of giving the governor a column; and Lexie Norcross, he writes, tweeted in support of Cory Booker. (more...)
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Wendy Ruderman leaves NYT, returns to Philly Daily News

Wendy Ruderman is leaving The New York Times and returning to the Philadelphia Daily News, she tells Poynter in an email. (She announced the move on Facebook Wednesday.) "My leaving the Times had nothing to do with the Times," she writes. "I'm really going to miss the Times and the people there. I agonized over the decision." The Times hired Ruderman from the Daily News last year to cover cops. She reported on the rape of a 73-year-old woman in Central Park last year. With Barbara Laker, Ruderman won a 2010 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.
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Philadelphia Inquirer & the Daily News launch pay sites

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Philadelphia's newspapers launched subscription sites Monday: Inquirer.com and PhillyDailyNews.com. Philly.com, which will continue to feature content from both papers, will remain free.

The sites are strictly membership-only, Interstate General Media spokesperson Mark Block tells Poynter in an email. Content on those sites is available, he writes, if:

a.) you are a Daily News single copy customer and receive your access code each day in the Daily News for PhillyDailyNews.com b.) you are a home delivery subscriber to the Daily News (for access to PhillyDailyNews.com) or Inquirer (for access to Inquirer.com)
"The membership websites will further Interstate General Media’s commitment to serving both newspapers’ loyal readers and re-ignite their relationship with the people of Philadelphia," a story introducing them says. Memberships are available via a "Subscriber Concierge." (more...)
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Daily paper guaranteed for two years in deal between Philly owners, Guild

The Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia | Philadelphia Inquirer
The Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia and Interstate General Media have struck a tentative agreement that will keep the presses running daily in Philly for the next two years. In a post describing the deal, the Guild says members will take a 2.5 percent pay cut, but there will be no layoffs in the contract's first year. Also, the company will begin "an annual employee review program, in order to give feedback to employees on their job performance."

Publisher Robert Hall told the Inquirer's Mike Armstrong that IGM "should be profitable this year" if the agreement is ratified. A vote is scheduled for next week. (more...)
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