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Posts Tagged ‘Albany Times Union’

Times-Union Reporter Reveals Major Crimp in Penn State Plans

LVB JIM ODATO HSThe online version of Albany Times-Union political reporter James M. Odato‘s (pictured) big scoop went up Tuesday night. There was no comment from SUNY beforehand, but a half-hour after the item was posted, the school turned around and provided Odato with a statement.

According to Odato’s report, Penn State trustees were all set last Friday to announce as their 18th president David R. Smith, the current president of SUNY Upstate Medical University. Instead, Smith has been put on paid leave Tuesday as SUNY continues to investigate some alleged additional, sideline compensation:

Smith, a pediatrician, became president of Upstate Medical in 2006 after five years as chancellor of Texas Tech University. SUNY pays him $625,000, including $315,000 in salary plus a $60,000 housing stipend approved by the SUNY trustees, plus $250,000 from the SUNY Research Foundation. Smith is a member of the Research Foundation’s board of directors…

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Capital New York’s First Allbritton Era Hire: Jimmy Vielkind

Albany Times Union reporter Jimmy Vielkind is going full-time with Capital New York. He had previously contributed a few freelance pieces to the website and is now, officially, the first FT hire announced since the acquisition of the website by Robert Allbritton.

Vielkind will remain based in Albany and cover state politics. From the Times Union announcement:

This will be Jimmy’s second departure from the Times Union: Following an initial stint as a metro reporter from 2007 to 2008, he left to become the Capitol correspondent for the New York Observer’s Politicker blog. He rejoined the TU as a statehouse reporter in early 2010.

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Sharing is Caring! Five New York Papers to Share Content

Worldwide financial crises make for strange bedfellows. In attempt to weather the industry-wide tsunami five New York daily papers have agreed to share editorial content.

The New York Daily News, Albany Times Union, The Record (Bergen Co., NJ), The Buffalo News, and The Star-Ledger have formed something they are calling the Northeast Consortium. Says Marc Kramer, CEO of the New York Daily News: “As the Northeast Consortium, our publications will assist each other in gathering news, sports and features materials, giving our readers access to more and expanded content from the top newspapers in each of the respective markets.”

No word yet whether this pooling of resources will result in layoffs or whether it’s just another original way to keep them from happening. Full release after the jump.

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