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More UnPTO at USA Today

WBJ is reporting that nearly 1,500 employees at USA Today are going to get another week of unpaid time off between now and July thanks to another round of furloughs. The news came via email from USA Today publisher David Hunke yesterday. Hunke also extended the year long pay freeze by at least 90 more days.

Check out Jeff Clabaugh‘s piece on WBJ for the full scoop.

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USA Today Publisher Addresses Staff About Slumping Circ.

In an internal memo, USA Today publisher David Hunke addressed the paper’s reported decline of 398,000 copies a day.

Hunke said:

We fully expect to see circulation increases again as the economy recovers. I’m encouraged by the fact that despite the tough travel economy, we have not lost a single hotel relationship during this recession.

Even with this latest economic impact, USA TODAY remains the nation’s number one newspaper in total print circulation. We know these circulation declines are temporary and as the economy continues to recover and the travel industry rebounds, we know our circulation will rebound with it.

See Hunke’s full memo after the jump.

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That’s a Wrap: This Just In!, Scavenger Shopping & Kalb

This Just In!
On an all new This Just In! — Joe Urschel, Executive Director and Senior Vice President of the Newseum, gives listeners a tour of the mecca of news and recounts his days at USA Today. Listen in as Urschel explains why the Newseum isn’t your grandmother’s museum and why the obit for the newspaper shouldn’t be written just yet. This Just In! is produced by The George Washington University’s Global Media Institute and the Newseum. Hosted by veteran journalist Sam Litzinger, the weekly one-hour program airs every Sunday at 11 a.m. ET on XM’s Public Radio Channel 133 and Sundays at 7 p.m. ET on 1500 AM Federal News Radio in Washington, D.C.

Scavenger Shopping
CityShopGirl.com and Skincando have joined forces to host a city wide scavenger hunt. The hunt begins on Monday, October 5 with daily clues appearing in CityShopGirl’s daily email publication and on twitter handles @cityshopgirl and @skincandoAfter 10 days of hints and over 20 clues, participants willmeet with their scavenger hunt items at 6 pm on Saturday, October 17 at Lotus Lounge. The Scavenger Hunt DC grand prize(valued at over $2500) includes gift certificates from area vendors including The Ritz-Carlton, iLori, Still Point Spa, Sweetgreen, Urban Chic, LA Boxing, Ginger, Carl Ray make up artist, Crooked Monkey, Nage, Firefly, Chef Geoff and SimplySoles.

Ink on the Brink
The highly acclaimed Kalb Report series launches its 16th season at the National Press Club on Oct. 5, 2009, with “Ink on the Brink: The Future of Print Journalism.” Moderator Marvin Kalb will probe panelists representing four areas of leadership within the challenged print industry about the future of newspapers and preparations for the uncertain years ahead. Pulitzer Prize-Winning Atlanta Journal-Constitution Columnist Cynthia Tucker, Washington Post Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli, USA Today President and Publisher David Hunke, and International Herald Tribune Senior Editor Anne Bagamery will join Kalb on Monday, Oct. 5, 2009, at 8 p.m. in the main ballroom of the National Press Club (529 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C., 20045). Media wishing to attend should RSVP to Nick Massella at 202.994.3087 or massella@gwu.edu.

Kalb Report Returns with “Ink on the Brink”

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The first installment of this year’s Kalb Report series at the National Press Club is just around the corner. Titled “Ink on the Brink: The Future of Print Journalism,” the Oct. 5, 2009 event will feature moderator Marvin Kalb probing panelists representing four areas of leadership within the challenged print industry about the future of newspapers and preparations for the uncertain years ahead. Pulitzer Prize-winning Atlanta Journal-Constitution Columnist Cynthia Tucker, Washington Post Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli, USA Today President and Publisher David Hunke, and International Herald Tribune Senior Editor Anne Bagamery will join Kalb for the event.

Interested in covering the event? Hit up friend of FishbowlDC, Nick Massella at 202-994-3087 or massella@gwu.edu.

For the press release, click here.

Morning Reading List 06.11.09

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What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | MAGAZINE | NEWS NOTES | AWARDS | JOBS

NEWSPAPERS

Boston Globe: NYT Co. chairman Arthur Sulzberger said he had hoped that the Boston Globe‘s biggest union would approve a package of wage and benefit cuts and spare company officials from imposing a 23 percent wage cut, but the union’s rejection and the paper’s financial situation have left them no choice.

More from Jack Shafer at Slate.

FishbowlNY caught up with USA Today publisher David Hunke, who said that he couldn’t promise that there would not be additional cuts, but he did seem hopeful that the worst might be behind the newspaper. “But the third and fourth quarter are going to be tough,” he said. “And that’s just as far as anyone can see right now.”

Also- AP reports USA Today plans to introduce an electronic replica of the paper and charge for it.

TV

ABC News President David Westin on a new multi-platform, division-wide series “The New Normal,” coverage of what happens after the recession eases here.

Fox News’ Megyn Kelly is profiled in Haute Living Magazine, and says “If I could have half the career of Diane Sawyer, I’d be a happy woman.” Find out what else they have in common here.

A look at the reality of digital TV from WaPo‘s Paul Farhi.

MAGAZINES

Washington Whispers further reports Examiner owner and media mogul Philip Anschutz is getting ready to buy the Weekly Standard from Rupert Murdoch. Paul Bedard hears the Weekly Standard staff discussed the sale and its impact at a meeting yesterday- he says they were told the sale is imminent.

NEWS NOTES

How many brothers does Rahm Emanuel have? Two, but if there were a third, it’d be Charlie Rose apparently. In this NYT piece, Rose says he’s so close with the family he considers himself the fourth brother. (h/t HuffPost)

In response to her latest column, Karl Rove called NYT‘s Maureen Dowd “bitter, twister and deranged” in an interview on Fox News yesterday. “I actually went to an editorial board meeting at the New York Times and wasted a couple bucks on some flowers to give Maureen Dowd at the meeting so that it would give her a smile on her face. And that didn’t even work. This is a dour, downbeat liberal.” More from Rove via HuffPost here.

AWARDS

Look who surprised the DC region… Oprah. The former WJZ-TV reporter surprised her old colleauge Richard Sher at the area Emmy Awards Saturday, where he received a lifetime achievement honor.

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JOBS after the jump…

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Morning Reading List 05.01.09

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It is day 102 covering the Obama administration and week 13 for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | WEST WING REPORTAGE | NEWS NOTES | JOBS

NEWSPAPERS

More on the print/digital combo at WaPo here.

AP: Reporters at the Chicago Tribune say they believe the marketing department in recent weeks solicited subscribers’ opinions on stories before they were published, a practice they said raises ethical questions, as well as legal and competitive issues.

Named president and publisher of the Gannett Co. flagship earlier this week, David Hunke — former CEO of the Detroit Media Partnership — says some paid content could emerge on the USA Today Web site and he is not shy about making other innovations if they are required. (E&P)

TV

Market Watch’s Jon Friedman: “So far, so good for Meet the Press host David Gregory. He has kept the show on top in the ratings war, after directly following the interim host, Tom Brokaw. Still, it could be argued that NBC handed him a glamorous, high-profile, no-win job.” Read on here.

Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, BBC’s Katty Kay, Al-Jazeera Josh Rushing and Daily Beast’s Tina Brown on the White House Press Corps and the cable news “landscape” here.

Politico reports CNN staffers were warned of protestors of Lou Dobbs‘ immigration.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly says the White House press corps has been “neutered.”

NEWS NOTES

More on Ben Bradlee, Sally Quinn and Quinn Bradlee in Washingtonian here. “After reading A Different Life, you might understand Sally’s need to hover. Quinn Bradlee’s is a brutally honest tale of how he grew up hampered by physical and mental maladies in a world of wealth and privilege.”

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JOBS after the jump…

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Gannett Names President & Publisher of USA Today

Gannett has just named David Hunke president and publisher of USA Today. Craig Moon retired from the position this month.

In a release, Gannett chairman Craig Dubow says, “Dave is a highly talented, multi-faceted leader, who drives excellence throughout his organization while making the tough business decisions. At the same time, he has the courage to be innovative and take chances. He is just the right person for USA TODAY at this juncture.” Hunke was the CEO of the Detroit Media Partnership and publisher of the Detroit Free Press.

Today Hunke also announced his replacement for the paper’s editor– John Hillkirk, who is currently the paper’s executive editor.

This announcement fills a position vacant for months at USA Today. Hillkirk replaces Ken Paulson who left in February.