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Tribune Co. Sets Date for Media Division Spinoff

TribuneCoLogoChicago Tribune media reporter Robert Channick has the logical scoop on an important upcoming date for his parent company. We’re talking Monday August 4.

According to Channick, that’s the date Tribune Co. has set for completion of the spinoff of Tribune Publishing. From his item:

The spinoff date was included in a presentation for lenders conducted by Tribune Publishing June 17 in New York, according to sources. Tribune Publishing is seeking to raise $350 million in conjunction with its planned spinoff from Tribune Co.

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Reporter Cracks Up as Harold Ramis Explains Movie’s Psychology Today Connection

HaroldRamisSheridanRoadMag_FeaturedIn 2009, not long after historic preservation foundation Landmarks Illinois celebrated former Chicago Tribune messenger boy Harold Ramis along with Cubs great Ernie Banks and Chicago marathon founder Lee Flaherty, the filmmaker spoke with Jake Jarvi for a subsequent article in Sheridan Road magazine. Perusing the interviews conducted over the years by Ramis, who passed away today at age 69, this one stands out not so much for what’s on the page but rather because of the Web version’s inclusion of audio of additional, unpublished conversation snippets.

In the five-minute segment, Ramis repeatedly has Jarvi in stitches, starting with a recollection of how he got his first Hollywood agent and how a Psychology Today article inspired one of his films:

“Travel is not necessarily about relaxing. It can be a real hassle. I did a whole movie about that once, Club Paradise.”

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Former Chicago Tribune Columnist Brings One-Woman Show to New York

In terms of organic self-promotion, it’s going to be hard this week to beat the teaser for Kelly HaramisDouble Happiness, debuting Thursday at St. Marks Theater as part of the Frigid New York festival and encoring February 23, 26, March 1, 4 and 6. The show is about Haramis’ fertility and adoption quest to build a family, and the promo for the NYC performances features her two young daughters.

The one-woman show picks up, essentially, where Haramis’ 12-year journalism career left off. From a recent write-up by Chicago-based Huffington Post contributor R. Clifton Spargo:

Formerly a writer and editor for the Chicago Tribune, Haramis chronicled her efforts to adopt a child through a popular column, “Journey to Adoption,” in the paper’s Sunday “Q” style section from 2005 through 2007. She received hundreds of letters from around the world, and her daughter, Athena, would be recognized on the street after her arrival in the U.S.

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There’s Something About That Cameron Diaz Book…

On December 31, Cameron Diaz published her version of a New Year’s female resolutions manifesto. It’s called The Body Book and boy, has it been fun to read the reactions and reviews that have followed. Just today for example, NOW magazine UK showbiz editor Caroline Millington, via her “My Big Fat Diet Blog,” frames a quote from Diaz about not liking sugar as follows:

Oh, do sod off Cameron Diaz. Her ‘love your body beautiful’, The Body Book, is out now. Bleurgh.

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Two New Editorial Hires at Reuters

Duff Wilson and Megan Twohey are joining Reuters expanding Global Enterprise Team. Wilson, most recently a reporter at The New York Times, will be an investigative reporter and associate editor at Reuters. Twohey comes to Reuters from the Chicago Tribune, where she was a reporter. In her new role, Twohey will be an investigative reporter.

Fiscal Times Will Have Powerhouse Of Journos, Content

jackie.jpgNow see, this is the kind of publication we hope to see more of in 2010: The Fiscal Times, set to launch next year, will be an online-only entity that “will aim to drive the conversation surrounding our nation’s most pressing economic issues.”

Sure, there are plenty of economic blogs out there right now, but there are two things that make us excited about The Fiscal Times. One is its content sharing agreement: the news org already has a deal with The Washington Post, and is working on arrangements with other publications, much in the way that The Business Insider has done. Secondly, The Fiscal Times really has culled some of the best financial reporters and editors: Ann Reilly Dowd, formerly of Fortune and Money; Elaine Povich from The Chicago Tribune and Newsday; Dan Morgan, an ex-investigative reporter for The Washington Post and Eric Pianin, a 28-year veteran of The Washington Post. What’s more, TFT’s editor-in-chief is Jackie Leo (at left), who formerly held the same position at Reader’s Digest and was editorial director of Consumer Reports.

With this group, it finally makes sense why the organizations that are sharing content would actually want to take articles from The Fiscal Times, and not the other way around.

Says one of the founders of the publication, Peter G. Peterson, “The Fiscal Times is a new entity whose time has come, an independently supported publication comprised of top journalists and opinion makers covering the critical economic issues of our time.” We might actually believe him.

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More Tribune Employees Join Chicago News Cooperative

295628-16100450.jpgBetween all the layoffs at Conde Nast and The New York Times, you’d think that a journalist who still has a job would hold tight for dear life. Well, as we learned last week with ex-Tribune Co. employees starting The Chicago News Cooperative and selling their content to Tribune competitor, New York Times Co., sometimes leaving a job can be good for your career.

Now James O’Shea‘s new project has attracted another Chicago Tribune writer, famed columnist David Greising, who will be leaving Sam Zell‘s publishing nightmare for more cooperative pastures.

Greising was the Tribune‘s chief business correspondent, so it’s hard not to take his departure as a microcosm of Tribune Co.’s quickly decaying structure. Greising will be joining former Tribune managing editor James Warren and former Tribune editor Ann Marie Lipinski.

Tribune’s Greising Joins O’Shea’s Chicago News CooperativeCrain’s Chicago Business

Earlier: Jim O’Shea Explains The Chicago News Cooperative

The Atlantic Becomes Latest Publication To Trumpet Digital Ad Sales Program

atlanbusy.pngIt’s a baffling recent development to receive daily press announcements from publishers that are “proudly introducing” a new digital ad structure or employee. We’ve seen the Meredith Corporation promote Andy Sareyan to “brand officer…in charge of online platforms“, Josh Stinchcomb and Alice McKown take over Conde Nast‘s new online advertising structure, and Chicago Tribune journalists writing about their own publisher’s new cross-platform ad sales group.

Today, The Atlantic joins the ranks of its print-and-web contemporaries with its hiring of Breda O’Reilly as digital ad manager, “during a period of vigorous online expansion and innovation.”

Why is this news? Traditionally, when print publications hire someone to oversee a sales force, there’s no press release, no giant blurb sent out to other publications. And when blogs like Gawker or TMZ hire ad people, there is likewise little hooplah. It’s only when print publishers (which have had such a hard time transitioning between the mega bucks of print ads and the scarce terrain of online media buyers) find someone to fill their digital ad sales spot that it’s cause for celebration. Because it proves that The Atlantic (or Conde Nast, or Meredith, etc.) has finally calculated how to turn their pageviews into cash.

We have to give credit to The Atlantic though for at least trying something new with their online content: When talking to publisher Jay Lauf two weeks ago on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu, he spoke about The Atlantic Wire and the pitch to advertisers of intellectual readers as a specific marketing niche.

Related: The Atlantic Names Breda O’Reilly Digital Ad Manager

Tribune Employees To Create Content For NYT In Chicago

Today’s New York Times news has to do with the buying of content from former Chicago Tribune employees. Considering that Sam Zell ran the Tribune and his other assets into bankruptcy, there’s a certain irony in those writers and editors (who formed a lawsuit against Zell last year) teaming up with Arthur Sulzberger and Co. to provide material for another paper.

And James E. O’Shea, a former Los Angeles Times editor and Chicago Tribune managing editor, is defecting to the new Chicago-based non-profit group, The Chicago News Cooperative, that will be providing the Times with local content for its Chicago edition — which is similar to the Bay Area edition launched last week.

Also part of the group, which is funded in part by The MacArthur Foundation (known for their NPR patronage and support of journalists) is Ann Marie Lipinski, former Tribune editor. That’s both great news for the Times, which is looking expand its local content to different areas of the nation, and a giant stick in Zell’s craw. Everyone wins?

Chicago News Venture To Sell Content To New York TimesNew York Times

After Witnessing Layoffs and Cutbacks Firsthand — And Surviving — Are Newspaper Journalists Better Prepared To Cover Economic Woes?

schultz.pngConnie Schultz, a columnist at the Cleveland Plain Dealer, used her column in this Sunday’s paper to respond to a comment made by digital media maven Tina Brown to the Chicago Tribune last week while finding some sort of silver lining to the apparent death of newspapers.

Yes, Schultz conceded, veteran journalists are worried about job security. But they also fear “the online threat to standards we hold dear,” she said. Brown, who said journalists in their 50′s are afraid of the moves the industry is making towards digital media, was “too flip in assessing what worries many journalists,” Schultz added.

Schultz argued that, contrary to what Brown and others think, blogs are not the future of the media. “The so-called citizen journalism of most blogs is an affront to those of us who believe reporting and attribution must precede publication.”

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