Journalists might finally get paid for all those long days
Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.
- But your late-night tweets might not countPresident Barack Obama's proposal to grant overtime pay to millions of Americans should affect "the many reporters, editors and producers who routinely work long and unpredictable hours for relatively modest pay," Michael Calderone and Dave Jamieson write for The Huffington Post. But in the case of journalism, the definition of work remains fuzzy. "Tweeting news from one's couch at 10 p.m. may suggest one is on the clock, but what if one is simultaneously tweeting about a basketball game or awards show? The line between reporting and socializing, on social media and otherwise, easily blurs." (The Huffington Post) | Related: How poorly are journalists paid? Depends on where you live. (Poynter)
- Another pressroom guttedWillamette Week reported Wednesday that The Oregonian plans to shutter its Portland-based printing plant, resulting in layoffs for "between 100 to 200" pressroom workers. (Willamette Week) | The paper says the cuts amount to "minor changes in our work flow." (The Oregonian) | That news comes about a month after the newly renamed San Diego Union-Tribune announced it was laying off 178 employees, most of them in the print and distribution divisions. (Los Angeles Times)
- Denver Post shrinks amid buyoutsA memo sent to Denver Post staffers from editor Greg Moore Wednesday announced that the paper's Monday and Tuesday editions — the weakest in terms of revenue — will be smaller. "These 'quick read' newspapers will require much tighter editing of stories and virtual elimination of jumps." He writes that the paper is examining which beats to prune and which to add as it looks to focus its coverage "more sharply." (Romenesko) | The newsroom is weathering another round of buyouts that will result in the loss of 20 jobs. (9News) | Several properties owned by The Denver Post's parent company, Digital First Media, have trimmed staff in recent months. The Saratogian and The Record, DFM properties in New York, went through a round of buyouts. (The Record) | Washtenaw Now, a DFM operation in Michigan, was shut down entirely. (MLive)
- The BBC downsizesDue to a funding shortfall, managers at the BBC are cutting more than 1,000 jobs, Jane Martinson reports. The $234 million budget gap, caused by a "faster-than expected switch to online viewing," will result in the loss of jobs in the company's management ranks. (The Guardian) | The BBC's television viewership recently eclipsed its radio audience for the first time in history. (The Guardian)
- Reporter denies giving Hillary Clinton veto power over storyLeslie Gelb a former reporter for The New York Times, pushed back against an assertion that he allowed then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to control the contents of a 2009 article for Parade magazine titled: "24 Hours with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton." In an interview with Erik Wemple, he rebuffed charges that surfaced in a newly released trove of Clinton correspondence released by the state department this week. "The thought that Les Gelb would say, ‘I’m going to give somebody veto power over something I write’ — nuts." (The Washington Post) | E.L. Rothschild, CEO Lynn Forester de Rothschild, emailed Clinton in 2009 after talking to Gelb about the potential for a glowing story. "He said he would give you a veto over content and looked me in the eye and said, 'she will like it.'" (Washington Examiner)
- More money, more readers?That's the dictum from the Harvard Business Review, which is attempting to simultaneously increase its subscription price while growing its subscriber base, Joseph Lichterman writes. How? "HBR thinks readers will be willing to pay more for a subscription because the magazine is adding new products it hopes will offer readers additional value for the added cost." Those products include Visual Library, a repository of HBR's charts, graphics and other resources, and a "concierge service" giving users the ability to build their own collections of stories from the magazine's archives. (Nieman Lab)
- This newsletter item marks the end of the NYT/guac storyLike a dollop of guacamole that goes rancid without a squeeze of lemon, I fear that a certain story about a major American newspaper and a favored condiment is beginning to grow old. On Wednesday, dozens of news organizations wrote stories responding to a tweet from The New York Times suggesting that readers add peas to their guac. "Now it begins: Every damned news organization writing its own fucking peas story." (@jeffjarvis). We were not exempt from the spicy green fever. (Poynter) | Even the President weighed in. (@POTUS) | Let the following sentence be the official end of the mania: Peas do not belong in your guacamole.
- New York Times SCOTUS reporter wants a breatherAs Supreme Court ruling season draws to a close, New York Times SCOTUS scribe Adam Liptak is ready for a break. The flurry of momentous rulings in the last week or so resulted in at least 10 bylines for the lawyer-turned-reporter in a short span. Five of them were written on the same day, a personal record. "I hope the byline on the piece is the last one of mine you see for a while," he writes. Go take a recess, Adam. (The New York Times)
- Front page of the day, selected by Kristen HareABC in Spain led with continuing frustrations over the Greek debt crisis.
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- Job moves, edited by Benjamin MullinClay Fisher has been named senior vice president of consumer marketing at The New York Times. Previously, he led the digital marketing and media group at DIRECTV. (The New York Times Company) | Paul Lewis has been named West Coast bureau chief for Guardian U.S. He is The Guardian's Washington Correspondent. (@PaulLewis) | Brendan James will be a media reporter at The International Business Times. He is a newswriter at TPM. (@deep_beige) | Chris Thile will host "A Prairie Home Companion." Thile is a musician who plays for Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers. (Paste) | Job of the day: The Intercept is looking for a political corruption blogger. Get your résumés in! (The Intercept) | Send Ben your job moves: firstname.lastname@example.org.