November 6, 2009
Part of the disappointment came from learning what happened after a three part investigative story on how there was a documented evidence of a cover-up in a case where a police officer sexually assaulted a woman while on duty.
Yes, despite the investigation, the published report the two key figures are still working in their departments.
There's more on some other breakout sessions in a column you'll enjoy. Byron Beck misses having an editor, Jack Hart shared some writing stories and the comments help.
The Post article says CEO Charles Townsend and Chairman S.I. Newhouse, Jr. hired Washington, DC-based crisis manager and media coach Michael Sheehan to help with PR.
Sheehan has coached Democratic presidential candidates, including Barack Obama and "handled AIG during its near-death experience and JP Morgan in its acquisition of Chase." The magazine branch of Advance Publications has folded six magazines, including Gourmet and Cookie, and fired at least 460 employees.
The Post article also points out the rising influence of the Lucky publisher in the Newhouse family of publications.
AnnArbor.com just held a full staff meeting after three months in operation. We're a hit. Literally: 1.5 million unique visitors to our site
which led to this:
AnnArbor.com is averaging 170,000-180,000 average weekly unique visitors; 30,000-40,000 average daily unique visitors.which led to this:
Michigan media again goes under the microscope, this time at Convergence and Society: The Changing Media Landscape (#cconf09) Doug Fisher writes more about this panel and others.
November 5, 2009
Candace Beeke, editor of the Business Review West Michigan, shares that mlive.com reaches "1.77 million unique users per month — making it the largest news site in the state."
She also writes that "the Web site is now in the top 30 for newspaper sites in the country, according to Neislen's Internet ratings."
Oh, and she's looking for feedback on mlive.com's new look, how people use online news and how your news preference is changing.
Williamette Week published the memo under the headline Layoffs Are "Inevitable"
Rowe says 70 positions need to be eliminated but "only 25 full-time staffers and 6 part-time have either accepted the buyout offer or have indicated to us they are going to sign the paperwork" by the Nov. 9 deadline.
Among those going is the person behind the Portland Arts Watch, who posted "The first words of a long good-bye" online.
The Oregonian newsroom is rearranging its structure to cope with new staffing levels and news requirements.
Other Advance Publications employees weighing buyout offers include those at the Star-Ledger (50 must go), Staten Island Advance (40 must go) and Times-Picayune.
The offer includes two weeks' pay for every year of service up to six months of salary, along with medical coverage.
The Staten Island Advance is part of Advance Publications.
Serono, makers of Rebif and Cladribine and behind MSLifelines, an online support group/website with nifty journals, symptom trackers and information, now is using storytelling by 5 people diagnosed with MS in the 2000 to distribute information and tips. The best part - the company is paying the five bloggers - to be a part of How I Fight MS.
MSLifelines has featured stories before, so what's different here is that there is ongoing storytelling by the individuals.
Also shared on the site was an article about a woman with MS who leads city tours for government officials via wheelchairs. The Star Ledger’s Oct 15th Middlesex County Newswrites about Jackie Jackson and her learn by doing tours.
November 3, 2009
You've heard some of the people and conversations before. Mitchell sums it up:
"Much of the discussion involved the role a newspaper plays in facilitating in-person discussion -- in homes as well as broader communities -- in ways that online news might not. Other gaps mentioned by the group included newspaper-as-common-document for the community, the story-telling form of a newspaper article and a popular re-use of newspaper delivery bags."Interesting conversation about what happens when newspapers stop "creating the space journalism occupies" and its effect on narrative commitments. Will it jar as black-and-white movies do for some teens?
I've been wrestling with journalism and democracy, so the comeback to AnnArbor.com's We're here to save journalism added another round. Do we need journalism to save democracy?
You can read an earlier update on the forum or look at the post to get an idea of what was to happen.
The Huron Daily Tribune also will move printing to its Midland production facility, which also prints the Midland Daily News.
If you believe the photo bylines and ignore the text byline, you can still read what Reinhard thought he was moving from and to in "And one more thing: David Reinhard says thankyou and goodbye."
Or maybe the last one out of the newsroom?
"I want to be part of a team that shares a common goal and commitment. I want to work with folks who share my basic values. I no longer want to be the odd man out."
Brad Flory of the Jackson Citizen Patriot, who is still collecting a paycheck from a Michigan news organization, mourns the way technology has changed coverage of voting results in Election nights aren't the party they used to be
He calls the gathering and waiting of votes a "fairyland for political junkies." Check it out.
November 2, 2009
Two of the eight columnists featured are women, all are white.
The post prompts comments asking if the columnists match the newspaper's and news site's audience?
Birmingham News is an Advance Publications newspaper. Media of Birmingham is a networking group in Alabama.
The 40 business journals are doing better then the Newhouse newspapers and magazines because of lean staffs, no printing presses and no debt, Shaw tells the Talking Biz Journal.
Shaw also puzzles over why newspapers cut back on business coverage when the economy is such so important today, though says he's never studied if his publications benefited from that decision of newspapers.
Interesting read - more on events, wooing of reporters and editors and more. Head over.