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R.I.P. — Six month newspaper circulation reports are gone for good

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Compulsive calendar watchers may have notice that May 1 has come and gone without the typical report on newspaper circulation averages for the six months ended March 31.

There isn’t such a report and won’t be.

Instead the Alliance for Audited Media is requiring newspapers to report quarterly and giving them the option of updating digital metrics monthly.

The first of the new format quarterly reports are available on AAM’s website and others will be uploaded over the next several weeks, according to Neal Lulofs, executive vice president for marketing and strategy.

The so-called Consolidated Media Reports aim to offer more detailed and more up to date information.  Of course, they include paid digital subscriptions and other variations like free Sunday distribution of coupon packets without the news to selected zip codes. Read more

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David Firestone will be managing editor of FiveThirtyEight

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FiveThirtyEight announced Monday that David Firestone will be managing editor of the data-driven news site, joining his former New York Times colleague Nate Silver.

In his new position, Firestone will help ESPN’s news site gather resources for projects, infuse statistics into the site’s journalism and create “a sense of mission around the news each day,” Silver writes.

Firestone, who was a 21-year veteran of The New York Times, announced in December he was joining many of his colleagues in taking a buyout from the paper. During his run at The Times, Firestone helped edit the paper’s coverage of “the Great Recession, Hurricane Katrina and the rebuilding of New Orleans,” according to FiveThirtyEight’s announcement. He was recently special projects editor of The New York Times editorial board. Read more

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Career Beat: HuffPost adds three from The New Republic

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Tiffani Lupenski is now news director for KGTV in San Diego. Previously, she was news director for KATU in Portland, Oregon. (Rick Gevers)
  • Greg Veis has joined The Huffington Post. Previously, he was an executive editor at The New Republic. Rachel Morris has joined The Huffington Post. Previously, she was an executive editor at The New Republic. Jonathan Cohn has joined The Huffington Post. Previously, he was a writer for The New Republic. (The New York Times)
  • Kevin Uhrmacher has joined The Washington Post’s graphics team. Previously, he was an intern at The Washington Post. John Muyskens will join the graphics team at The Washington Post. He is a graduate of Calvin College.
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It’s Jan. 5. How are those resolutions?

Good morning and happy 2015. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Remembering Stuart Scott

    ESPN's Stuart Scott died on Sunday. He was 49. (ESPN) | "Stuart Scott's death at 49 prompted a reminder that, yes, these are real people on TV." (Deadspin) | ESPN staff quietly created Scott's obit video last year. (ESPN)

  2. Some jobs are coming to The Dallas Morning News

    The Dallas Morning News' owner, A. H. Belo Corporation, is buying three marketing companies and will hire between 15 and 20 people, about 12 in sales. Print ad revenue from the Morning News dropped by about 10 percent last year. (The Dallas Morning News)

  3. Remembering those we lost

    In 2014, Anja Niedringhaus, James Foley and other photojournalists died.

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Readers expect humor on Facebook, says author of Dallas paper’s funny weather posts

Dallas Morning News Digital Communities Manager Michael Landauer doesn’t run the organization’s Facebook page — Christy Robinson, who he said has quadrupled the page’s likes, is mostly tasked with that. Landauer does, however, write funny takes on the weather for the Morning News’ page, one of which got a bit of attention last week.

The Morning News pushes out weather posts late at night so people have the most accurate information for the following morning. Landauer used to be on the Morning News’ editorial board and said he was “looking for a creative outlet” when he volunteered for weather duty. He began peppering his posts with comments like “Today’s a good day to wear pants” or asking people to observe a moment of silence for Charlie Chaplin’s birthday, he said in a phone call with Poynter. Read more

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Dallas Morning News publishes ‘Best weather forecast ever’

Wednesday “is NOT a real spring day,” The Dallas Morning News advises on Facebook. “The only day in this race that is a true spring day and has the backing of grassroots spring days across the state is Thursday… Thursday’s an honest, hardworking day that won’t take short cuts around the truth and wants what’s best for our children.”

The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang calls for a “round of applause.” ThinkProgress Editor-in-Chief Judd Legum calls it the “Best weather forecast ever.”

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New revenue at Dallas Morning News offsets majority of print-revenue declines

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At The Dallas Morning News, revenue from new businesses “offset about 60 percent of the core print advertising revenue declines in the fourth quarter and about 70 percent of these declines for the full-year 2013,” A.H. Belo CEO Jim Moroney said in the company’s fourth-quarter and full-year earnings report Wednesday.

Digital revenue at the Morning News was up 9 percent in 2013, “primarily due to the continued growth in marketing services revenue associated with 508 Digital and Speakeasy,” the report says. 508 Digital is an agency set up to sell “digital solutions” to local businesses and Speakeasy is a joint venture with an ad agency intended to “create and manage campaigns for local and national brands.”

The company’s overall digital revenue was up only 7 percent, though, offset by losses at The Providence Journal, the report says. Read more

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#JFK: media organizations taking new look at old news

Cape Cod Times | Associated Press | Huffington Post | The Washington Post | Fox News | CNN | Los Angeles Times | NBC | Boston.com | The Dallas Morning News | The New York Times | USA Today | Reuters

The news today, in many parts of the country, is about something that happened in Dallas 50 years ago. But now, the retelling of JFK’s assassination is unfolding in a way quite different than it did then — through social media.

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JOHN F. KENNEDY

With JFK50, The Dallas Morning News looks back


Hugh Aynesworth knew he wouldn’t get to cover President Kennedy’s visit to Dallas even before arriving at The Dallas Morning News on Nov. 22, 1963. But when he got to the newsroom, he looked at the assignment sheet anyway.

“Sure enough, we were covering it from every angle imaginable, but I wasn’t one of the score that was to take part,” Aynesworth wrote months later. “Somebody asked me to sit on the city desk while they went to eat at the Trade Mart. I recall thinking, ‘The hell with it. If I am not good enough to write something about all this, I’ll just go look at the crowds or walk uptown. No sitting on the desk answering phones for me.’ ”

Soon after, the investigative reporter made his way to Dealey Plaza, where he saw — and reported on — Kennedy’s assassination, as well as the arrest and shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald. Read more

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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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