Articles about "USA Today"

Michael Wolff no longer writes for the Guardian

Capital | CJR
The Guardian has discontinued Michael Wolff's media column, Joe Pompeo reports.
"It has been a longstanding and productive relationship for which we are grateful," a Guardian U.S. spokesperson told Capital in a statement. "It's always been interesting, never dull and more often exciting. We wish him the best of luck."

Asked if there was any specific reason for the split, the spokesperson would only say: "It's time to go our separate ways."
Wolff's hasn't written for The Guardian since late March. Last week, CJR's Ryan Chittum wrote about Wolff's columns, noting he is the founder of Newser, a news aggregator that competes with some of the companies he covers. Wolff also writes a column about media for USA Today.

The Guardian didn't answer Chittum's queries about Wolff, but USA Today Editor-in-Chief David Callaway did: “I’ll discuss with him and his editor," Callaway wrote. "We’re happy to disclose all relationships that might appear to cause conflict."

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A USA Today newspaper box is shown in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

USA Today’s two-year strategic overhaul gains traction

(This case study, the fourth in an occasional series, was underwritten by a grant from the Stibo Foundation.)

USA Today has probably changed more in the last two years than in its previous 30.

Always a circulation-driven enterprise, the paper … Read more


Washington City Paper, Buffalo News among finalists in newspaper design competition

Society of News Designers A few U.S. papers are among the 29 finalists in the Society for News Design's contest for the World’s Best-Designed Newspapers. Among them:
  • Washington City Paper, in the non-daily, circulation of 175,000 and over category (WCP Editor Mike Madden says the paper doesn't print that many papers)
  • The Buffalo News, in the daily, circulation 75,000-174,999 category
  • USA Today, in the daily, circulation of 175,000 and over category
Washington City Paper, where I was once managing editor, usually only makes news for its design when it ticks people off (example, example). Kind of a nice change! City Paper already got an Award of Excellence from SND for its June 7, 2013, "Gay Issue." Here are a few recent CP covers, courtesy Madden: (more...)

Wall Street Journal reporter missing since Saturday

Wall Street Journal | USA Today | Daily Record
Wall Street Journal reporter David Bird has been missing since Saturday, the paper reported Wednesday evening.

Bird, 55, writes about energy markets and previously worked for the Associated Press, Jennifer Maloney reports. He lives in Long Hill Township, N.J.
Mr. Bird's wife, Nancy Bird, said the couple was putting away Christmas decorations Saturday afternoon when Mr. Bird put on his red rain jacket and said he wanted to take a quick walk before an expected rainstorm. He left the house at 4:30 p.m. and didn't take his phone. Ms. Bird said her husband had been feeling under the weather with a gastrointestinal virus. He was starting to feel better, and she wasn't surprised that he wanted to get some fresh air.

USA Today apologizes for lifting weather map

In an e-mailed statement to Poynter, USA Today's Editor-in-Chief David Callaway explained how New York writer Scott Bateman's weather map ended up on USA Today's site with different (and far less colorful) wording and no credit.

"Mr. Bateman’s map was an inspiration for an effort that fell short of our newsroom publishing standards," Callaway writes. He continues:

As soon as we realized our oversight, we took immediate action to correct our mistake. We apologized to Mr. Bateman and are addressing the situation both internally and externally to give the artist the credit he deserves and to set the record straight for our readers. We do not take these incidents lightly.
Nicholas Simmons, 20, of Greece, N.Y., warms himself on a steam grate with three homeless men by the Federal Trade Commission, just blocks from the Capitol, during frigid temperatures in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. On New Year’s Day, Simmons disappeared from his parents’ house in a small upstate New York town, leaving behind his wallet, cellphone and everything else. Four days later, an Associated Press photographer, looking for a way to illustrate unusually cold weather, took his picture as he warmed himself on a steam grate a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol. His parents Paul and Michelle Simmons saw the photograph in USA Today Sunday morning after it was brought to their attention through a Facebook page set up to help find their son, according to police and family friends, and were able to report his location to D.C. police who transported him to a hospital where he was reunited with his father and brother who drove all day to find him. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin))

AP photo in local edition of USA Today leads family to missing man

Democrat and Chronicle | Associated Press Nicholas Simmons disappeared from his Greece, N.Y., home on New Year's Day. His family didn't know what happened to him until a photo of him warming himself on a steam grate in Washington, D.C., appeared in a USA Today section Sunday in the (Rochester, N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle.
AP photographer Jacquelyn Martin's picture of Simmons.
Simmons' sister contacted USA Today reporter Natalie DiBlasio, who in turn contacted AP photographer Jacquelyn Martin. Martin had been assigned to the White House that day, "but with President Barack Obama still on vacation in Hawaii, she spent the day looking for shots that would illustrate the cold weather," AP's Ben Nuckols reports. (more...)

USA Today plans to deploy reporters out yonder

Politico USA Today is expanding its coverage in places like Miami, Chicago, Boston and Las Vegas, according to Politico's Hadas Gold. Citing a memo from Editor-in-Chief David Callaway, Gold said the reporters will focus on breaking news and enterprise stories. (more...)

Newtown’s media blackout forces journalists to do their jobs

The one-year anniversary of a tragic event is a significant moment. But for journalists, such moments too often become opportunities for emotional exploitation rather than real journalism.

The citizens of Newtown, Conn., and the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary … Read more


More Gannett papers to get USA Today insert

USA Today | Gannett
Thirty-one more Gannett newspapers will see USA Today condensed editions in their pages beginning next month, the company announced today.

The company launched its "Butterfly" initiative in October, adding the USA Today inserts to the Indianapolis Star, Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, The News-Press (Fort Myers, Fla.) and The Post-Crescent (Appleton, Wisc.), USA Today reported. (more...)

It’s official: Katie Couric will join Yahoo News

Yahoo | Capital | The Hollywood Reporter | USA Today | All Things D
Katie Couric will join Yahoo News as its "Global Anchor," Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer says in a post.
In addition to being the face of Yahoo News and shooting features for our homepage, Katie will continue to host her syndicated daytime talk show, Katie.
At Yahoo, "we can do everything from a town hall meeting to in-depth interviews to a breaking news story," Couric told Alex Weprin. (more...)