Posts Tagged ‘Doyle McManus’
Washington Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth participated in an Aspen Institute roundtable discussion today along with Ben Bradlee, Sally Quinn, Harry Jaffe, Doyle McManus, John Walcott, Bernard Shaw, Jonathan Rauch, Rem Rieder, Janet Terry, Beverly Kirk and Brooke Townsend.
Weymouth shared her thoughts on…
…The Huffington Post: “They are a good kick in the pants for us. We have to make our news more compelling and engaging for the reader.”
…competing in a fast-paced Internet environment: “We’re not going to prostitute ourselves — no Britney Spears stories. … But, in the context of our brand, we need to ask ourselves, what can we be doing better?”
…the state of Washington Post Radio: “The short answer is: It’s over. … It ended about six months ago. I guess you missed it a lot!”
…the Washington Post’s national and even international appeal: “The Washington Post still sees its mission as based in local reporting. … We’re a local paper that happens to sit in the nation’s capital.”
…the election of Barack Obama: “Washington itself will be a big story over the next four years.”
A source informs FishbowlDC…
Cissy Baker, Tribune Broadcasting’s Washington bureau chief and vice president for news operations, will preside over a combined Tribune bureau, which houses such papers as Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, Baltimore Sun, and Los Angeles Times.
It’s long been expected that big changes were planned for the Tribune’s DC bureau following the presidential election and we recently reported that Doyle McManus was not expected to remain the Los Angeles Times’ D.C. bureau chief.
>UPDATE: Tribune rushes out a release…It’s after the jump…
Earlier on FishbowlDC: “Source: McManus Out As Bureau Chief Soon…”
Romenesko has an email from an anonymous Los Angeles Times staffer, declaring…
Well, let’s just say it’s bad in every way it can be bad. Basically, the LAT no longer has a Washington bureau and we will be under the control of the Tribune Co., much like McClatchy is run. The much-touted 3-man committee was basically used to vote the LAT down 2-1 every time. The formal announcement will be made on Nov. 7, people will be informed they will be laid off on the 18th, and the new bureau begins on the 19th. Numbers are still fudgey, but 8 LAT layoffs seems to be the working number.
At the end of the session, Doyle basically put it simply: This was a well-orchestrated corporate campaign to sever the Washington bureau from the LAT. He appeared quite sheepish, since in hindsight this was all pretty clear…as he noted, Zell’s rant in Feb. has pretty much come true.
An internal email from LA Times’ D.C. Bureau Chief Doyle McManus:
From: McManus, Doyle
Sent: Tue 7/22/2008 3:45 PM
Subject: Judy Pasternak
I am very sorry to report that Judy Pasternak, whose reporting has graced the pages of the LA Times for 24 years (almost 10 of them in Washington), has decided to leave the staff.
As you probably know, Judy has been on leave writing a book version of her 2007 series on the environmental and health costs of uranium mining on Navajo lands, a series that won both the Oakes Award for environmental journalism and the Risser Award for reporting on the American West. She’ll be spending some time as a fellow at Stanford while she works on the book, which is scheduled for publication in 2010.
We will give her a proper sendoff soon.
Note: The guest lists for Tim Russert was unavailable.
So Sam Zell is visiting the Tribune’s D.C. bureau today and, guess what? He would not change meeting times with LA Times people so that they could make an 11 a.m. memorial service at the Newseum for the late Rudy Abramson, a much beloved and longtime LA Times Washington correspondent.
Some defiant staffers attended service anyway; many others stuck to the meeting (including bureau chief Doyle McManus).
Either way, the move by Zell left a lot of LA Times’rs pissed.
Romenesko has the memo from LATimes DC Bureau Chief Doyle McManus, in which he says, “I am sorry to announce that Marilyn Thompson will be leaving us next month to become a reporter in the Washington Bureau of the New York Times.” McManus also makes a plea for any good leads on a replacement reporter.