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Philadelphia Inquirer names 2 managing editors

Sandra Clark and Gabriel Escobar are The Philadelphia Inquirer’s new managing editors, its editor, Bill Marimow, announced Wednesday.

Clark “will oversee The Inquirer’s features department, the copy desk, news desk, graphics, photo and Inquirer.com,” the paper says in a press release. Escobar “will lead the Metro desk, business news, health and science, the investigative team, and he will work closely with those teams responsible for further developing the company’s digital strategy.”

Clark was a deputy managing editor in charge of features and Inquirer.com’s strategy, the release says, and Escobar was its deputy managing editor for news and “was integral in developing Inquirer.com and its social media linkages.” … Read more

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Bloomberg publications await launch dates, alt-weeklies get together on a story

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Where are Bloomberg’s new verticals? Its politics site will launch in October, “30 days before the 2014 Midterms,” Joe Pompeo reports. Bloomberg Business, Bloomberg Markets and Bloomberg Pursuits have “no hard launch dates,” Pompeo writes. “‘It’s still mostly chatter about strategy with no product being delivered,’ said one executive who was not authorized to speak on the record. ‘People want to see something on the table, basically.’” (Capital)
  2. Pulitzers have a new boss: Former Concord Monitor Editor Mike Pride will become the administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes this September. (NYT) | Pride talks with Kristen Hare: “What the Pulitzers really have to do, like every other institution associated with journalism, they have to change with the times and the times are changing very quickly.” (Poynter)
  3. Brown Moses is launching a site for crowdsourced reporting: Bellingcat will give citizen journalists “a chance to learn what I’ve learnt over the last two years by trial and error,” Eliot Higgins, a.k.a.
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Lewis Katz’s son sells share of Philadelphia papers to Gerry Lenfest

Big Trial | Philadelphia Magazine | Philly.com

The son of the late Lewis Katz will sell his interest in Interstate General Media, Ralph Cipriano reported Tuesday for Big Trial. Lewis Katz won an interest in several publications, including the Philadelphia Inquirer, two weeks ago. He died in a plane crash on May 31. But, Cipriano wrote, tension between Drew Katz and his father’s partner in the deal, H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, already existed and got worse after Lewis Katz’s death.

Even though the sale wasn’t formally supposed to close until June 11th, Lenfest had already taken over. He put his name on the Inquirer masthead as interim publisher. On June 2nd, Lenfest announced in an email to all employees that he was bringing back former Inky publisher Brian Tierney as a sales consultant and former Tierney lieutenant Mark Frisby as associate publisher for operations.

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Lewis Katz planned ‘a new level of ambition’ for Philly papers

Lewis Katz, who just last week won an auction for The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com, died Saturday in a plane crash in Massachusetts. Some updates:

  • Katz had attended a fundraiser Saturday for the Concord River Institute at the Concord, Massachusetts, home of historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Dan Adams, Jeremy C. Fox and Martin Finucane report for The Boston Globe. He brought three friends with him: Anne Leeds, Marcella Dalsey and Susan K. Asbell. All died in the crash, as well as three crew members who haven’t yet been identified, the Globe reports.
Katz, right, with his son Drew in November 2013. Drew Katz will take his father’s place in the ownership structure of the Inquirer, the Daily News and Philly.com.

  • Philly.com has more about Katz’s friends: Dalsey worked with a number of Katz-associated nonprofit initiatives and operated an ice cream parlor in Haddonfield, New Jersey.
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in Philadelphia, Tuesday, April 27, 2010. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Inquirer, Daily News sold for $88 million

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Lewis Katz and H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest won the English-style auction for Interstate General Media’s publishing properties Tuesday, including The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com. They paid $88 million, David Sell reports.

Katz and Lenfest told the court they were “trying to right what we think was a wrong” when Inquirer Editor Bill Marimow was fired. He was later reinstated by a judge. “I certainly hope to stay, and that – of course – is up to our owners,” Marimow told Poynter in an email. Lenfest will serve as interim publisher, the new owners told staffers.

“[W]e are happy for the company’s employees, readers and advertisers that this issue is now resolved,” said now-former owners George E. Norcross, William P.… Read more

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A Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News, center left, building vending machines are seen in Philadelphia, Tuesday, April 27, 2010. Philadelphia's two largest newspapers are scheduled to go on the auction block in a New York City law office as part of a bankruptcy reorganization plan for Philadelphia Newspapers LLC. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philly newspapers go on the auction block this morning

The Philadelphia Inquirer

At 9:30 Tuesday morning, owners of The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com will bid for control of the properties and their parent company in an auction, David Sell wrote Tuesday in The Inquirer. (UPDATE: They were sold for $88 million to Lewis Katz’s group.)

The two groups in that auction, which is closed to both the public and the press, are George E. Norcross III, William Hankowsky and Joseph Buckelew, Sell reported, and Katz and H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest.

The dispute erupted and litigation began in October, when publisher Robert F. Hall fired Inquirer editor William K. Marimow over the objection of Katz. A Philadelphia judge reinstated Marimow, but denied Katz’s request to have Hall removed.

The dispute prompted the two groups to seek to dissolve the company, with the auction used to decide who gains control.

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Media can’t attend Philadelphia Inquirer auction

The Philadelphia Inquirer | Big Trial

Next Tuesday, the owners of The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com will meet in a courtroom to determine which of them will get to keep the properties. The auction will be closed to the public and representatives of the media, David Sell reports in the Inquirer:

“Having considered the parties’ submissions, I conclude that the auction should be conducted confidentially and that the auction should be closed to everyone but the participants and the trustee,” Delaware Court of Chancery Vice Chancellor Donald F. Parsons Jr. wrote in a letter accompanying his order.

Parsons did order that the winning bidder and eventual sale price of the publishing assets be released. One group of the current owners, as well as the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia, asked for an open auction, Ralph Cipriano reports for Big Trial.… Read more

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New Jersey businessman and co-owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer, George Norcross, left, meets with attorney Michael Chertoff outside Judge Patricia McInerney's courtroom during a recess, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at City Hall in Philadelphia. McInerney heard arguments over who should control The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Judge orders Philadelphia Inquirer’s ownership dissolved, sold by auction

Vice Chancellor Donald F. Parsons Friday ordered that Interstate General Media, the partnership that owns The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com, be dissolved and sold by an “English-style” auction among partners.

“The minimum bid for the auction shall be set at $77 million in cash,” Parsons writes in his ruling, which you can read below. The auction can be held no later than May 28, he ordered.

The decision “was a victory for George E. Norcross III, the co-owner who has argued for a private auction and has pledged to bid at least $77 million to win control of the company,” David Sell writes in the Inquirer.

“We are pleased that Vice Chancellor Parsons has agreed that the best way to end the IGM partnership is through a members only sale process, just as the original agreement stipulated,” IGM spokesperson Dan Fee said in a statement emailed to Poynter.… Read 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.

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Judge rules Marimow must get Inquirer job back

Associated Press | Philadelphia Inquirer | WCAU-TV | WHYY

A Philadelphia judge has ruled that Philadelphia Inquirer Editor Bill Marimow should not have been fired. “Mr. Marimow is immediately reinstated as Editor of the Inquirer,” Judge Patricia A. McInerney writes in an order issued Friday. The action comes amid a larger dispute among the paper’s owners. Marimow was fired Oct. 7.

Marimow walking to court on Oct. 28, 2013 (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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