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FishbowlDC: The LA Times, Chicago Tribune and Baltimore Sun (Tribune’s Washington Bureau) might all be moving to the Scripps bureau office.

FishbowlLA: A good use for all of those empty newspaper boxes: planters for pretty flowers.

WebNewser: Al Roker Tweeted himself into a corner when he posted pictures from his trip to jury duty on his Twitter feed yesterday.

Forbes: New York Times “is leading a charge among big newspapers and magazines to create gripping digital ads that interweave marketing images with editorial content and respected journalism brands,” like those annoying ads that take over the whole homepage.

Reuters: Private equity firm ZelnickMedia Corp. is reportedly no longer interested buying Austin newspaper the American-Statesman. But current owner Cox Enterprises said it had found a buyer for two other Texas papers, The Lufkin Daily News and The Daily Sentinel in Nacogdoches.

Obama Presser: ‘Sam Stein, Huffington Post — Where’s Sam?’

s-PRESSER-large.jpgThose of you watching President Barack Obama‘s first national press conference last night — and due to the blanket press coverage it was hard to miss — may have done a small double take when the President called on Sam Stein of The Huffington Post for a question. Considering the President only made time for 13 questions, and those left out included the Wall St Journal, Chicago Tribune, and Newsweek, the selection (journalists had been pre-selected by the White House) turned some heads. But hey, it’s supposed to be the Internet presidency right! And anyway, Stein asked a good question (in full after the jump).

We caught up with Stein, who in our opinion was remarkably composed last night, and asked him what it was like to be thrust into the Obama presser klieg lights.

I think this underscores just how far new media has come. I can’t pretend that it wasn’t great to be called on by the President. But I think this says more about the how journalism has changed and evolved. And, I should add, there are tons of other online reporters that deserve the chance (more than I probably did) to pose questions to the president.

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Today in Blagojevich: Tribune Co. Acknowledges Subpoena

402007larsen.gifOh the travails of the Tribune Co. Here’s the latest. The company has confirmed that it has in fact received a federal subpoena as part of criminal charges against Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The “close associate” of Sam Zell who was allegedly approached by Blago’s people for “help”, and is now being interviewed by the FBI, has been identified as Nils Larsen. According to the Chicago Tribune Larsen is the “38-year-old financial whiz who was instrumental in Zell’s takeover of Tribune Co.” A deal Zell now concedes perhaps wasn’t as well thought out as it could have been.

Whether Larsen ever attempted to apply pressure to Tribune officials remained unclear.

At the news conference announcing the arrests, U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald declined to say how far the effort went, “other than the person who was identified as a person to be fired was not fired and still works there today.”

It should be noted that the Tribune Co. and Zell maintain they did nothing wrong and that none of the Trib‘s editorial members were fired.

Tribune and Tribune Co. Issue Blagojevich Statements

43789308.jpgWe have to imagine this is just the beginning. Earlier today the Chicago Tribune released a statement which basically says it held back on reporting certain parts of the Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich story at the request of the U.S. attorney’s office. Fine. This story may turn out to be the best thing that has happened to the Tribune. We shall see.

Just now the Tribune Co. released its own statement saying “the actions of the company, its executives and advisors working on the disposition of Wrigley Field have been appropriate at all times.” Says Gerould Kern, editor of the Chicago Tribune: “No one within Tribune Company has ever complained to me about the positions taken by our editorial board, or attempted to influence our coverage of the governor in any way.” We shall see. But wow the Tribune Co. is having a crappy week. Full release after the jump.

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Illinois Gov. Corruption Charges Involve Tribune Co.

09illinois2-600.jpgThis stranger-than-fiction election year just absolutely refuses to die. Curious what people are referring to when they say “Chicago Politics?” Well looks like we are about to get a healthy dose, and then some. You may have already heard that earlier this morning Chicago Governor Rod Blagojevich (bluh-GOY-uh-vich) was arrested on corruption charges for possibly trying to sell Barack Obama‘s vacant Senate seat (and people here are freaking out cause our awesome Governor might give it to a Kennedy!).

Apparently Blagojevich is on tape saying “Unless I get something real good s***, I’ll just send myself, you know what I’m saying [a Senate seat] is a f***ing valuable thing, you just don’t give it away for nothing.” Which, you know, is probably true in every state just not something as governor you necessarily SAY OUT LOUD. But it gets better! And by better we mean the newly bankrupt Tribune Co. is involved.

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Obama Sells Out Dead Tree Editions of Local Newspapers

05line1.480.jpgWe’ve noticed a number of people twittering and facebooking today that they couldn’t find a copy of various papers this morning. Turns out they weren’t imagining it! The Daily News sold out of even the extra printed copies of their regular morning edition and planned on printing and distributing an updated second edition. The New York Times reported that the New York Post had also sold-out (in our non-scientifically based experience it is always the first to go) along with the Times.

The [Times] printed 35 percent more papers in the ‘single copy’ print run, which supplies newsstands. Still, by morning, company officials found that papers were “selling out all across the metropolitan area” and decided to print 50,000 more copies for sale in the New York area.

This isn’t a New York-based phenomenon, either. Apparently the Washington Post also sold-out of newsstand copies and the Chicago Tribune was experiencing very long lines. Now if Barack Obama could just do something historic and momentous every single day for the next four years he could feasibly save the entire print journalism industry!

Los Angeles Times Undergoes Another Round of Layoffs

lgga_times.jpgThe news is bad from coast-to-coast. FishbowlLA is reporting that the deep cuts taking place at Tribune Co. papers have struck once again. L.A. Times EIC Russ Stanton announced via email this morning that the paper is laying off 75 people from editorial, about 10% of their total staff.

The growing economic downturn is forcing us to undergo another round of job reductions and cost cuts. I deeply regret to report that today, 75 of our friends, colleagues and capable staff members in Editorial will be told that they are losing their jobs. This is about 10% of our total staff and these cuts are comparable in scale to those made on the business side of The Times last week. The severance terms being offered to our colleagues are similar to those offered in the other reductions we’ve faced this year.

In further Tribune news FishbowlDC is reporting that Sam Zell has decided to combine the Chicago Tribune and L.A. Times Washington bureaus into one operation. The plan includes reducing the staff of 42 by 12 and eliminating duplicate beats.

Tales of the Tribune Co.: Hiller and Lipinski Out

lattrib.pngRumors were flying this morning that Los Angeles Times publisher and CEO David Hiller was about to be shown the door by Zell and Co. and now it’s official. Randy Michaels (he of the more words, less reporters doctrine) just announced Hiller’s departure, effective immediately. FishbowlLA has the memo. Hiller was presumably preparing to oversee the sweeping cuts that were made at LAT last month, and which are apparently being put into effect as we speak (again, FishbowlLA has details here) Perhaps a trip to India will be included in all the severance packages.

Elsewhere in Tribune land Ann Marie Lipinski, who began her tenure at the Chicago Tribune as an intern thirty years ago, and was named editor shortly before 9/11, has announced her resignation in a memo to staff today. Lipinski doesn’t directly reference the recent staff cuts at the Tribune as reason for her decision but does tells the staff that “your new owners should have their own editor, compatible with their style and goals” (also, the same line of thinking used by departing WaPo head Len Downie). Gerould W. Kern, Tribune Publishing vice president of editorial since 2003 has been named as her successor.

Tales of the Tribune Co.: Chicago Tribune Latest to Feel the Cut

ChicagoTribune-Sign.jpgFollowing last week’s announcement that the LA Times plans to cut 250 jobs by the end of the summer comes word that the Chicago Tribune will also be scaling back on both employees and pages.

The Tribune says it plans on eliminating approximately 80 of its current 578 newsroom positions by the end of August as well as reduce the number of pages it publishes by 13 percent to 14 percent each week.

Margaret Jones/Peggy Seltzer Toteboard

Margaret B. Jones/Peggy Seltzer Scoreboard:

Chicago Tribune
Why they lie

Financial Times
Tall tales of the would-be victim

New York Times
Strong reporting nearly makes up for the initial flabbiness. No dog-pile of op-eds, but did they really need the lame spoof? Good letters to the editor.

Foundation Is Questioned After Memoir Is Exposed
Tracking the Fallout of (Another) Literary Fraud
Gang Memoir, Turning Page, Is Pure Fiction
A Refugee From Gangland
However Mean the Streets, Have an Exit Strategy

Los Angeles Times
Lots of columns and opinions, but with the exception of a couple of quotes from Seltzer’s mom and Sandy Banks walking around the ‘hood, not much news. Where’s the former classmate, the former teacher? Never underestimate the power of googlebait for the MSM.

Caught lying? Shame on you
Authors Rita Williams, Samantha Dunn and Denise Hamilton on literary liars.
Why we fall for the fakes
Why would author label fiction as fact?
Margaret Seltzer’s fake memoir
Fact and fiction on L.A.’s mean streets
Margaret B. Jones’ foundation appears to be fake
Author admits gang-life ‘memoir’ was all fiction

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