August 4, 2014

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. NYT runs a pot ad: Sunday’s paper had a full page ad on page 19 of the A-section from Leafly, which connects marijuana users to dispensaries and reviews weed strains. After the paper’s editorial board endorsed legalizing pot, “it just seemed like the right time,” a brand manager at the company that backs Leafly told Lucia Moses (Digiday) | “We accept ads for products and services that are legal and if the ad has met our acceptability standards,” Times spokesperson Linda Zebian says. (WSJ)
  2. Tribune Publishing is on its own as of tomorrow: “For now, plans to sell the Tribune newspapers, once widely reported, are off the table,” Christine Haughney reports. (NYT) | Expect a replacement for L.A. Times Publisher Eddy Hartenstein “to be named within weeks.” He’s Tribune Publishing’s Non-executive Chairman of the Board now. (LAT)
  3. A bright spot in a rough summer for Canadian journalists? Maybe all the recent layoffs mean big publishers in the True North finally have a plan. (Craig Silverman)
  4. Why did ESPN move “Outside the Lines” to ESPN2? The show’s ratings plunge when it shifts, “a curious move for a show that ESPN pitches heavy when it wants to sell its journalistic imprint,” Richard Deitsch writes. ESPN exec Norby Williamson tells Deitsch you gotta look at ratings for everything overall. (SI) | OTL’s piece on how Jim Kelly is dealing with cancer. (ESPN)
  5. Why Glenn Greenwald made his own pie charts: David Carr “mentioned that he now works for a digital news site that has a $250 million endowment from Mr. Omidyar and some very talented data journalists and graphic artists.” Greenwald: “Yeah, I know, but I would have had to wait and I didn’t want to wait.” (NYT)
  6. Music journalists for sale: A business called Fluence lets you pay journalists to listen to your music. (The Fader) | Related: Ally Schweitzer on hip-hop artists paying bloggers. (WAMU)
  7. The Boston Globe plans buyouts: They’re “not meant as a cost-cutting exercise in the newsroom,” Globe Editor Brian McGrory tells the newsroom. (Poynter)
  8. The Marshall Project publishes first story: Maurice Possley‘s story about a Texas execution runs in partnership with The Washington Post. (The Marshall Project, The Washington Post) | “Please note – we’re still a work in progress. We plan to launch in full this fall,” MP EIC Bill Keller writes in a release. | More new news: Next Media Animation will set up staff in 10 U.S. cities. (CJR)
  9. Times-Picayune tweaks home-delivery schedule: During football season, if you subscribe to Sunday, Wednesday and Friday delivery, you’ll get “bonus papers” on Saturday and Monday. Tuesdays and Thursdays the Picayune will be newsstand-only, but those editions will be broadsheet, not tabloid. Nola Media Group’s James O’Byrne throws shade at competitor The Advocate in the comments. ( | Advocate Editor Peter Kovacs: “We don’t need 500 words to explain New Orleans Advocate home delivery schedule. Two words are sufficient: Seven Days.” (@PKovacs7)
  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Tom Johnson will be executive editor for the new politics vertical from Bloomberg News. Johnson was senior broadcast producer of “World News With Diane Sawyer”. Patrick King will be senior producer of the vertical. Formerly, he was a segment producer with “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.” (Bloomberg) | Alex Postman has been named deputy editor for Self. Formerly, she was executive editor at Rodale Books. Maureen Dempsey will be site director for Self. Previously, she was executive digital editor at Martha Stewart Weddings ( | Job of the day: The Portland Mercury is looking for an arts editor. Get your résumés in! (The Portland Mercury) | Send Ben your job moves:

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Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City…
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