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Clash over Abramson’s style may have figured in Politico editor’s resignation

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Rick Berke leaves Politico: The publication’s executive editor resigned Sunday, citing “an acceptance by the three of us that the dynamics were just not there for us to function seamlessly.” The other two people in that “three of us” formulation, John Harris and Jim VandeHei, tell staffers “We have very big plans for expanding POLITICO here and elsewhere and need in place a leadership team that shares our vision, ambitions and full faith.” (HuffPost) | Erik Wemple passes on word of an awkward “Politico University” workshop in May, after Berke’s former boss Jill Abramson was fired: “Berke got a bit off-topic, putting forth his opinion that Abramson was an inept and insensitive manager. Some female staffers objected to that characterization, and the session blew up in awkward polemics about the internal politics of a competing outlet.” (WP) | “Rick Berke does not capitalize “Politico” in his resignation message.
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NYT acknowledges Carol Vogel lifted from Wikipedia

mediawiremorningGood morning. 10-ish, anyone?

  1. NYT acknowledges Carol Vogel lifted from Wikipedia: Part of a July 25 column “used specific language and details from a Wikipedia article without attribution; it should not have been published in that form,” a grisly editor’s note reads. (NYT) | Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy told Ravi Somaiya “editors have dealt with Carol on the issue.” (NYT) | “It seems to me that there can be little dispute about the claim,” Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan wrote Wednesday. “Anyone can see the similarity.” (NYT)
  2. E.W. Scripps Co. and Journal Communications will combine broadcast properties, spin off newspapers: The companies “are so similar and share the deep commitment to public service through enterprise journalism,” Scripps Chairman Richard A. Boehne says. Among the newspapers in the new company, named Journal Media Group: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and The (Memphis, Tennessee) Commercial Appeal (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) | “The complicated transaction is the latest move by media companies to focus on either television or print operations, with nearly all choosing to leave behind the slower-growing print business.” (NYT) | Al Tompkins: Scripps “is well positioned to cash in on mid-term political spending with stations in hotly contested political grounds of Ohio and Florida.” (Poynter) | “This deal looks much better for print spinoff than the Tribune deal.
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How mass layoffs in 2013 changed the lives of former Plain Dealer staffers

On July 31, 2013, after the layoff calls came, some of the current and now-former staff of The Plain Dealer got together for drinks at Market Garden Brewery in Cleveland. Newsrooms around the country called in and bought drinks for those gathered — $4,933 worth of drinks, Eric Sandy reported the next day for Cleveland Scene.

That day, more than 50 people had been laid off from The Plain Dealer.

“We drank for free all night,” John Horton remembered.

“It was bittersweet because we were together, we were supporting each other but we knew that so many of us, myself included, were not going to be going back to the building ever again,” Ellen Kleinerman said.

Plain Dealer staff gather on July 31, 2013, layoff day. (Photograph by Lisa DeJong)

Plain Dealer staff gathered on layoff day: July 31, 2013. (Photograph by Lisa DeJong)

Kleinerman and Horton were there. So were Donald Rosenberg and John Mangels. One guy, Harlan Spector remembers, drove up from Pittsburgh just to lend a shoulder if needed. Read more

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From ‘Homecoming King’ to ‘End of an Era’: How newspaper front pages handled LeBron’s decision

On Friday we highlighted The Plain Dealer’s famous 2010 front page when LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat. Here’s how that newspaper — and others, from Ohio to Florida — handled his decision to return to Northeast Ohio (most images courtesy Newseum):

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South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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National Geographic names Susan Goldberg its new EIC

The National Geographic Society Wednesday announced it was reorganizing its media properties. Susan Goldberg is the new editor-in-chief of National Geographic magazine, the society said in a press release. Her predecessor, Chris Johns, will be chief content officer and will be charged with overseeing “the print and digital expression of National Geographic’s editorial content across platforms.”

“Our efforts need to be organized around our purpose, not our platforms,” National Geographic Society President and CEO Gary Knell said in a press release. Knell left NPR in 2013 to run NatGeo; when he was at NPR he said one of his first orders of business was to “smash together the digital and so-called audio journalists.”

Speaking at the Nieman Foundation last week, the NPR CEO said “we should eliminate these distinctions. Because, really, the audience doesn’t view news that way anymore.”

Before joining National Geographic as its executive editor for news and features earlier this year, Goldberg was executive editor at Bloomberg News. Read more

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Plain Dealer readers will vote for charities to receive ‘editorial exposure,’ free advertising

The company that publishes The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer will send a ballot to subscribers Wednesday asking them to choose which of 50 local charities will receive “$1 million in free advertising in The Plain Dealer, Sun News and on cleveland.com.”

The company’s press release says “the 20 agencies receiving the most votes will get editorial exposure during the holiday season, valuable free advertising throughout 2014 and funding from donations contributed by the community.” The advertising will be in print and online, Northeast Ohio Media Group’s Shirley Stineman tells Poynter in an email.

The remaining agencies will get free advertising, and “Everyone who votes will be entered into a sweepstakes for a chance to win one of 10 iPads.”

The Orange County Register announced a similar program at the beginning of 2013. The program’s “business rationale doesn’t detract from the community value of the program; it just makes it much more affordable for the Register,” Ken Doctor wrote at the time. Read more

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Plain Dealer will move its newsroom

Multiple staffers tell Poynter that Plain Dealer Managing Editor Thomas Fladung told staffers in a meeting Friday morning the newspaper’s newsroom will leave its downtown Cleveland building.

There’s no time frame for the move — it could be eight weeks, it could be eight months, Fladung said, according to staffers. Fladung reportedly said the staffers in the building’s first and fourth floors, which contain its newsroom and copy and production hubs, could move to the Plain Dealer’s suburban production facility on Tiedeman Road in Brooklyn, Ohio, or possibly a downtown office.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group would move into the old space. That staff includes editorial staffers for Cleveland.com and the Sun News papers. Unlike the Plain Dealer’s staff, which is mostly unionized, those employees aren’t. Asked by Poynter why the staff couldn’t be placed in the same office, one person who was at the meeting reportedly expressed bafflement: ““Lord knows there’s plenty of space.”

The Advance-owned paper announced in April it would end daily delivery of the paper and would lay off staff. Read more

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Cleveland alt-weekly snags ‘@PlainDealer’ Twitter handle

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The newspaper hadn’t claimed the @PlainDealer Twitter handle, so Cleveland Scene did, Vince Grzegorek writes. “Yes, a digital-first company somehow lost the account of its namesake print product on Twitter.”

The Scene “wouldn’t want it falling into the hands of anyone who would do nasty stuff with it,” Grzegorek writes.

 

The Plain Dealer newspaper tweets as @ThePlainDealer. Its Web home, Cleveland.com, tweets as @clevelanddotcom.

On a related note, Digital First Media CEO John Paton recently told USA Today Media Editor and Columnist Rem Rieder his company owns the URL longbeachregister.com. A new edition of the Orange County Register called the Long Beach Register is challenging the DFM-managed Press-Telegram in the California town. Read more

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Plain Dealer plans special print section to explain shift to digital

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The Plain Dealer, which laid off about 50 employees Wednesday, “plans a six-page special section in Sunday’s paper to further explain the changes ahead,” Jay Miller reports.

The laid-off employees “are eligible to apply for jobs at the Northeast Ohio Media Group, a new company that will produce digital content for Cleveland.com,” Miller reports.

The paper’s guild expects “about 110 guild-covered employees to remain in the newsroom following the layoffs,” the Associated Press reports.

But in CJR, Dean Starkman writes that Publisher Terry Eggers “sent an answer that was non-responsive” when asked how many positions would remain. Read more

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Plain Dealer ‘eliminated the jobs of approximately 50 journalists’

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The Plain Dealer’s promised layoffs took place Wednesday morning. About 50 people lost their jobs, one report says.

“Many of those let go will be familiar names to readers – reporters, columnists, photographers and artists whose bylines have accompanied some of the paper’s finest content, and whose expertise touches virtually every subject the paper covers, from transportation and investigative reporting to education and sports coverage,” a post on the Save The Plain Dealer Facebook page says. “Many others, though less well-known publicly, have been every bit as essential to the quality of The Plain Dealer. They are editors, page designers and others whose skills have ensured a high-quality daily newspaper.”

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