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Cleveland Plain Dealer Cuts Third of Newsroom Staff (AP / The Big Story)
The Plain Dealer in Cleveland cut about a third of its newsroom staff Wednesday, months after announcing it was reducing home delivery of the newspaper. About 50 reporters, photographers, page designers and other Newspaper Guild-covered employees received layoff notices, according to the guild. Crain’s Cleveland Business Employees were notified Tuesday night to wait by the phone until 10 a.m. Wednesday. If they didn’t get a call from the office telling them they were being laid off, they were to report to work at 11 a.m. Among those who got the unfortunate call was business editor Randy Roguski. Others laid off are eligible to apply for jobs at the Northeast Ohio Media Group, a new company that will produce digital content for Cleveland.com. CJR / The United States Project There is still some uncertainty, however, even for those who got the “good call.” One Plain Dealer reporter told me that now that the layoffs have occurred, Advance plans to hire some of the keepers away to the website, Cleveland.com, which is now operated by a separate digital company. The guild “had thought offers for [the] site would come first… coming after layoffs will cut the number of guild members even lower,” said the reporter, who is staying on at the paper. Philadelphia Daily News / Attytood While 50 experienced journalists are getting their telephonic pink slips, the paper is advertising for nine new journalists who will certainly be lower paid and most likely younger, with less experience and knowledge of the tangled history of an iconic, if faded, American city.
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The New York Times’ editorial board is sticking up for the Rolling Stone cover featuring the alleged Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. In an editorial, the paper essentially says that everyone needs to chill out.
Since Rolling Stone’s cover (which shows Tsarnaev looking very Jim Morrison-like) hit the Internet, the outrage has been increasing. Walgreens even came out and said they wouldn’t sell the issue. Walgreens sells Campbell’s Chunky Soup. That’s much more dangerous than a Tsarnaev selfie.
The Times says as much, and adds that the same photo used by Rolling Stone appeared plenty of other places, including the Times:
…Singling out one magazine issue for shunning is over the top, especially since the photo has already appeared in a lot of prominent places, including the front page of this newspaper, without an outcry. As any seasoned reader should know, magazine covers are not endorsements.
The paper also notes that “Thanks to the outcry on social media and the reactions of a few timid merchants, this issue should sell quite well.”
Exclusive: The Boston Globe’s web traffic across its two main websites continued to skyrocket a day after the bombing at the Boston Marathon, according to traffic numbers obtained by FishbowlNY.
To boot, the Globe’s main Twitter accounts more than doubled in followers on Tuesday and the paper’s coverage went viral across social networks like Facebook, deputy managing editor Bennie DiNardo wrote in a memo to staff on Wednesday afternoon.
“One post alone on the Boston Globe account, Adrienne’s post about Martin Richard, the boy who was killed, has now been ‘liked’ 796,000 times, and appeared on more than 23 million feeds of Facebook members,” he wrote. “Excellent work, everyone.”
Here’s a look at the numbers from Tuesday:
- Boston.com, 13.8 million page views
- Bostonglobe.com, 5.9 million page views
- Boston.com Mobile (excluding app): 1.5 million page views
- Combined, 21.2 million page views
- Video, 2 million views