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Woman’s 35 years of TV news tapes bound for preservation

Fast Company | Philly.com For 35 years, Marion Stokes taped the news. And, eventually, you'll be able to find what she spent a good deal of her life preserving online, according to a story Thursday by Sarah Kessler in Fast Company. Kessler writes that Stokes, who died in 2012 at 83, was a former Philadelphia librarian and civil rights activist who began taping the news when big events happened, "and when cable transformed it into a 24-hour affair, she began recording MSNBC, Fox, CNN, CSNBC, and CSPAN around the clock by running as many as eight television recorders at a time." Stokes' 40,000 VHS tapes will go into the Internet Archive, Kessler writes, a nonprofit online library that first started in 1996. Its offering, so far, includes a Sept. 11, 2001 news archive. Stokes' tapes will slowly be digitized. (more...)
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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

Philadelphia City Paper | Philadelphia
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

Knight Foundation | Knight Blog | Philadelphia
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

Philadelphia City Paper

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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Pennsylvania’s governor will write column for Philly.com

The Philadelphia Inquirer | Philly.com
Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett will have a regular space on Philly.com's "New Voices" platform, the company announced Thursday. He'll produce "photo essays, videos and columns, highlighting the Governor’s perspective in addressing state issues of importance to Philadelphians," the announcement says.

Pennsylvania's next gubernatorial election is scheduled for 2014, and Corbett will be able to run for reelection. His inaugural column is a soft-focus Q&A with him and his wife, Susan Corbett.

So, uh, how's that going over in the newsrooms associated with Philly.com, which like The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News is owned by Interstate General Media, and some of whose content appears on Philly.com? (The company launched pay sites last month, but Philly.com remains free.) (more...)
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Philadelphia Inquirer & the Daily News launch pay sites

Philly.com | Philadelphia Magazine | News & Tech
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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Philadelphia group launches campaign to save newspapers

The Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia | SavePhillyPapers.org | Philadelphia Inquirer
A group called Save Philadelphia Newspapers has launched a petition drive "in support of the papers and the journalists and other workers who produce it," a notice from the group on the Philly Guild page says.
The coalition, whose slogan is, "A Great City Needs Great Newspapers" is responding both to the threat on the part of the new owners of the papers, IGM, to "liquidate" them if their demands are not met and to IGM's efforts to replace established journalists with younger, inexperienced, and less costly replacements. Members of the coalition were moved to act when, even after the Newspaper Guild agreed to the requested $7.1 million reduction in compensation to its members, IGM demand the right to fire long established writers at the newspapers.
"[I]magine opening up your paper and reading an article about politics written by a new arrival to our city who doesn’t know the difference between Frank Rizzo and John Street," reads a post on Save Philadelphia Newspapers' website. "Or an article on the Phillies by a kid fresh out of college who doesn’t know the difference between Mike Schmidt and the Philly Phanatic."

Petitioner comments include:
  • "The problem of our misinformed public will not be solved by less experienced reporters being paid less"
  • "A daily newspaper is a prerequisite for a healthy democracy."
  • "The printed press is the only resource to really get the news. The crap on cable is biased rhetoric for both sides. The Inquirer gives clear unbiased reporting along with opinions from all across the political spectrum."
"Further actions are planned," says the group. (more...)
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