The New York Times named Dick Stevenson the new Europe Editor, based in Paris, and Alison Smale as the new Berlin Bureau Chief, they announced today. The appointments come after the recent announcement that the International Herald Tribune will be renamed the International New York Times. Read More
The Department of Justice is investigating allegations that WSJ‘s Chinese bureau has bribed Chinese officials in exchange for information used in news articles, The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday. However, a search by the Dow Jones, WSJ‘s parent company found “no evidence to support the claim.” Read More
The Boston Phoenix, an alt-weekly popular for it’s political and arts coverage, is shutting down, they announced today. Next week will be the last print publication, and the following week will bring the last online edition. Before releasing a statement, the magazine announced their closure on Twitter, writing “Thank you Boston. Good night and good luck” earlier today. The post has now been retweeted 639 times. Read More
In a memo that went out this afternoon, The New York Times confirmed that they are planning to sell The Boston Globe.
“This was not an easy decision as the New England Media Group has, for many years, brought tremendous value to our Company,” publisher Arthur Sulzberger and CEO Mark Thompson wrote in the newsroom memo. ” While part of the Times Company, The Boston Globe has been awarded 10 Pulitzer Prizes and many other professional awards.” Read More
The English- and Chinese-language websites went down just a couple hours after the story went up on Friday morning there. When the article was mentioned on the BBC, the station suddenly went black, tweeted Louisa Lim, NPR’s Beijing correspondent. The topic has been banned from Weibo, a Chinese social network similar to Twitter. Read More
Last Friday, New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson addressed the newsroom troops in a town hall meeting. The semi-annual event, known as “Throw Stuff at Bill” under her predecessor Bill Keller, had been rebranded: “Grill Jill.”
“The past few months have been a time of tremendous creative energy in our newsroom, sadness and some tension,” her remarks began.
Times reporters have been without a contract for more than a year and some of them say morale is an historic low. The Newspaper Guild that represents them is engaged in a protracted and contentious battle over the company’s pension plan—a crucial retention incentive and a staggering legacy cost—that has dialed up the normal grumblings of know-it-all newsmen to an impassioned fever pitch.
Reporters signed open letters criticizing chairman, publisher, Ochs heir and acting CEO Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., and were filmed protesting the sacrosanct Page One meeting. Pulitzer Prize-winners Amy Harmon, Dan Barry and Kevin Sack appeared in a video put out by the Guild that publicly reminded management that Bloomberg, Reuters and the Huffington Post pay competitively and—having already lured an unprecedented number of Times reporters to their digital shores—win fancy prizes now too.
Before that, a long-simmering e-mail chain among a couple hundred senior reporters bubbled over into Gawker’s pages. The site published one especially vivid installment in which science reporter Don McNeil accused Mr. Sulzberger of dilettantish leadership, citing his Himalayan excursion with leadership guru Michael Useem. Read More
According to the New York Post, the “genius who dreamed up the iconic New York Post headline” is leaving the paper.
Vincent A. Musetto is best known for the 1983 headline “Headless Body in Topless Bar,” although he told his colleagues at his good-bye party that personal favorite was “Granny Executed in Her Pink Read More
The expansion of The Guardian‘s international presence online comes with a casualty: the demise of print editions of The Guardian and its Sunday paper Observer outside the UK.
This affects a whopping total of 40,000 people, whom we picture as a small tribe of eccentric British expatriates in velvet smoking jackets and ascots who probably Read More
Big changes at the Washington Post Style Section today. Robin Givhan and Blake Gopnik are both out, according to an afternoon memo.
Blake Gopnik wrote about art and architecture. He did not like censorship. It is unknown where he’s headed.
Robin Givhan is a Pultizer-winning style writer who in recent years Read More
But it is a beat, apparently! On Monday Jennifer Preston announced via Twitter that she was stepping down as the New York Times’s Social Media Editor and will go back to reporting…on social media. Today Poynter spoke with Preston, who elaborated on her Tweet-evangelizing role:
While some journalists at the Times Read More