Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Like bad virus, Pittsburgh newspaper spat spreads to more hospitals

The sale of copies of the Post-Gazette, the city’s top news outlet, has now been banned in five hospitals affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

First, it was a ban in the gift shops of three hospitals as the center complained of unfair coverage.

That prompted the newspaper to editorialize against the move.

Now the center has added two more hospitals to the list as of Monday. The papers are purchased in bulk so the hospitals can provide some free copies to patients, staff and visitors.

And while some of the hospitals have provided bedside delivery of the paper to patients, that’s being scrapped, too, by peeved hospital officials.

The center told employees Thursday that the paper’s “hostile editorials and insensitive cartoons have bled over into slanted news coverage.”

As they outlined in the paper’s editorial, Post-Gazette officials say that’s simply untrue. Read more


Unhealthy move: Pittsburgh hospitals bar sale of Post-Gazette

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's hospital is shown in Braddock, Pa., in 2010. Some of its hospitals refuse to sell the Post-Gazette.  (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s hospital is shown in Braddock, Pa., in 2010. Some of its hospitals refuse to sell the Post-Gazette. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

You may not need a dermatologist to conclude a major Pittsburgh hospital system has thin skin.

The sale of Pittsburgh’s top news outlet has been banned from the gift shops in at least three hospitals that are part of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

What a center spokesman tags “fairness issues” in the Post-Gazette coverage of the area’s health system inspire the move.

“At least three UPMC hospitals—UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Mercy and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC—say they will no longer sell the newspaper,” according to the daily.

“The Post-Gazette is edited without regard to any special interest, and our news columns are not for sale, at any price,” said John Robinson Block, publisher of the newspaper. Read more

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‘This stops today’: Images of protests on front pages and homepages

Many front pages and homepages showed images from protests in parts of the country on Friday as people continue responding to the no-indictment ruling against the New York police officer who killed Eric Garner. Here’s a collection of those fronts, from Newseum and various news sites. From yesterday, more images, including New York front pages, homepages after the news broke on Wednesday, and some political cartoons.

The Washington Post:


The Boston Globe:


Boston Herald:


BuzzFeed News:

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AM New York:







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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:


The Guardian:

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Three religion reporters leave dailies, but the job isn’t vanishing

Get Religion

St. Louis Post-Dispatch religion reporter Tim Townsend is leaving the paper for the Pew Research Center. He’s the third religion reporter at a daily to leave in recent weeks: Ann Rodgers is leaving the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to become the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh’s communications director, and Tennessean religion reporter Bob Smietana is heading to Christian publisher Lifeway.

“In journalism, we all know that three examples make a trend,” Bobby Ross Jr. writes, wondering “why no one wants to cover the religion beat anymore.” That may be overstating the case a bit, he allows. Read more


OC Register, investing heavily in print, also readies paywall

News & Tech | Nieman
The Orange County Register is preparing to launch a metered paywall this year, News & Tech reports. New Register owner Aaron Kushner has made no secret of his plans to charge for online access to the paper, but stories about his stewardship so far have focused mostly on his “print-first” strategy — adding journalists, print editions and forging closer ties between community organizations and the printed newspaper.

To make money on those investments in an age of declining print advertising, Kushner needs to bring in more money from circulation, Ken Doctor wrote last week. The Register, he said, has to install a gate to retain readers who may balk at increased subscription prices:

Once [the price of a print sub] goes up, the Register’s subscribers will no longer have the choice of dropping their subscriptions in favor of free digital.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette launches redesign after months of beta testing

Post-Gazette | Brian Rossi
A clean, bright, color-coded design for post-gazette.com was tested and honed over months of beta testing and public feedback, and on Tuesday it became official. What did the paper learn from its testing period?

Web designers listened to readers, who asked to see breaking news updates in chronological order. Reader requests for adjustment to type sizes, and easier navigation to classified listings and other PG products, including the PG electronic editions and PG+, the premium sports website, also were incorporated into the new design.

The P-G’s lead designer, Brian Rossi, blogs about the experience. Read more

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Beta testing, user feedback improve Post-Gazette’s website redesign

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is behaving like a technology startup as it rebuilds its website for the first time in years.

The company is leaning on scientific research, data-driven decision making and public beta testing to produce a new online home that satisfies users and meets the paper’s goals. What does that look like, exactly?

I talked with Pat Scanlon, director of digital strategy and business development, about how it works and the lessons to be learned.

The beta version of ppgnow.com, open for testing.

Scanlon explained that in the alpha stage — early testing during development — the Post-Gazette formed diverse focus groups of five users each. Staff observed how the users tried to interact with the new site and used eye-tracking technology to map where they focused on pages. Read more