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New York Times Union Letter at Over 270 Signatures

The open letter sent by the New York Times’ union to Arthur Sulzberger Jr., protesting the recent moves that he has made, now has over 270 signatures. The letter, which can be viewed here, is currently endorsed by 272 Times staffers, including Howard Beck, Jeremy Peters, Andy NewmanGinia Bellafante and many more.

Bill O’Meara, the president of the union, told The Huffington Post that it could have been worse. “There were people who wanted to storm Arthur Sulzberger’s office,” said O’Meara. “There were people who wanted to stage a walkout.”

O’Meara said that plans to issue the letter and the signatures to Sulzberger at the end of the week, and he will also be publishing some searing comments the staffers made, if given permission. We’re sure those will make for a juicy read.

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Newsweek/The Daily Beast Ousts Publisher Ray Chelstowski

Ray Chelstowski, Publisher of Newsweek/The Daily Beast, has been shown the door. According to the Wall Street Journal, Chelstowksi, who had been with the company for only about 10 months, was let go because of poor ad sales. Through the November 7 issue of Newsweek, ad pages were down 21 percent compared to last year.

Eric Danetz, who had most recently worked at CBS as Vice President of Interactive Sales, is taking over Chelstowski’s spot.

The change is effective immediately.

UPDATE:
The New York Times is reporting that Managing Editor Tom Weber is out as well. Weber has resigned and won’t be replaced.

UPDATE TWO:
Jeremy Peters of the Times tweeted that Newsweeks’s Executive Editor, Edward Felsenthal, has resigned. Mark Miller is rumored to be replacing Felsenthal.

The Best Romenesko Reactions

You probably already know this by now, but last night Jim Romenesko — a man widely respected in the media world — resigned early after a ridiculous piece by Poynter’s Julie Moos went up during the day. In the article, Moos attacked Romenesko for the very thing everyone thinks he does the best: Crediting sources and linking.

Moos’ take was so off base and wrong that everyone immediately lashed out at it and her. Romenesko was taken aback by it too, so he quit earlier than he planned to, telling the New York Times, “This really did throw me for a loop.”

A loop is putting it lightly and politely. Romenesko was Poynter, and for them to do that to him was almost surreal. We hope Moos enjoyed writing that, because now that Romenesko is gone, the site’s traffic will disappear too. But enough from us, let’s take a look at some of the best reactions from around the blogosphere.

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New York Media Insiders Gather at Atlantic Media Company Soiree

Justin Smith, President of Atlantic Media Company, hosted a party at his home in New York last night in honor of Atlantic Senior Editor Alexis Madrigal, who recently published “Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology.”

The party was packed with New York media insiders. Here are some pictures from the evening:

Alex Madrigal and Chance:

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Glamour iPad App Allows Instant Shopping Experience

Spotted: Condé Nast and GAP, mingling together in a reality series made for the Glamour iPad app, called Glamour Girls. Obviously a direct rip-off of Gossip Girl, the series is about much more than rich kids with too much hair: It’s about allowing consumers to instantly purchase clothes featured on the show from gap.com.

Jeremy Peters says that each of the four Glamour Girls episodes is about 10 minutes long and incorporated with the “shop the looks” feature. William J. Wackermann, Senior Vice President and Publishing Director for Condé Nast says that the unique experience will be worth it, explaining, “This is cracking the code — finding a way to integrate products organically in the storytelling and actually having it be of value to the reader.”

It’s definitely a smart move by Condé Nast to try this, but the danger here is that the show is so cheesy consumers turn it off.

Just how much effort did Condé put into ensuring that doesn’t happen? That’s one secret we’ll never tell. You know you love us. XOXO, FishbowlNY.

Jack Griffin Forced Out at Time Inc.

Jack Griffin – who only came aboard at Time Inc. in August – was fired late last night. In what was an unually harsh internal memo, Jeffrey L. Bewkes, CEO of Time’s parent company Time Warner, said, “I concluded that his leadership style and approach did not mesh with Time Inc. and Time Warner.”

The reasons for the swift change seem to be plenty. Jeremy Peters says when Griffin implemented changes – such as separating the news and sports groups –  it was met with resistance from other executives. Griffin also insisted every single Time publication masthead carry his name first, which FishbowlNY thinks is an especially nice touch.

Then there was the fact that Griffin was a devout Catholic, and would often reference his faith, making other employees uncomfortable.

There’s actually more, but there’s no need to list it all. One thing we would like to know: Did Time actually interview Griffin? Did Bewkes, taking a page from say – Duane Reade when they hire a new cashier – actually speak face to face with the man? Because if he did, and he didn’t realize Griffin’s style wouldn’t “mesh” with the company, maybe it’s time to change the interviewing process.

Tina Brown Adds Peter Boyer and Wayne Barrett

Sidney Deane, the hustler charachter from White Men Can’t Jump, once said,  “I don’t mean to brag, but I’m the greatest!” After today, FishbowlNY imagines Tina Brown might want to add that quote to her repertoire as well.

The Newsweek/Daily Beast venture she’s in charge of keeps adding elite talent, showing that Brown knows how to put together a winning squad. The latest additions include Peter Boyer from The New Yorker and Wayne Barrett, most recently from The Village Voice.

According to Jeremy Peters at Media Decoder, Boyer will be a correspondent for news and politics, and Barrett will do what he does best – investigative reporting.

Once the Newsweek/Daily Beast entity gets launched we fully expect Brown to send out an email to competitors with the subject, “It’s hard work makin’ you look this bad.”

New York Times A Couple of Years Late Reporting On the LA Times’ Struggles

The New York Times ran an extremely belated piece today on the struggles at the LA Times. Thanks to the Grey Lady we learn that since the Tribune Company took control of the LA Times, half the newsroom positions at the paper have been cut and the paper shut down its Orange County plant. Which is a bit like telling us Obama was elected president. We figured that one out quite some time ago.

LA Observed‘s Kevin Roderick says he was contacted for the piece over a month ago by reporter Jeremy Peters.

I never was quite clear on [Peters] rationale for writing that story now. I think my quip was that it seemed more like a peg for 2008. After reading his piece in Monday’s NYT, I’m still not sure why now.

Couldn’t agree more. News has been quiet on the LAT front since the LATExtra “innovation.” In fact, things seem to be looking up–no more Randy Michaels, all indications are Sam Zell wants nothing more to do with the print business, the paper is profitable. Sorry, Gray Lady, think you blew it on this one.

Newsweek Names Chelstowski as Publisher

Ray Chelstowski, formerly with Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly, has been named Publisher at Newsweek. According to Jeremy Peters at Media Decoder, one of Chelstowski’s first steps will be unifying the sales teams at The Daily Beast and Newsweek, which he insists won’t lead to more chaos:

Right now there are two separate sales staffs, two separate operations. I think the best way to go to market is in an integrated capacity.

Chelstowski told Peters he was optimistic that he and Tina Brown could turn around Newsweek, but then, perhaps realizing that looking on the bright side of things isn’t very in vogue these days, added, “I don’t think that any kind of media proposition is easy today.”

Veteran Political Writer Wayne Barrett Out At The Village Voice

After nearly 40 years of service, The Village Voice’s Wayne Barrett is leaving his post as the weekly newspaper’s leading political reporter.  Barrett published his farewell post on The Village Voice’s website and, according to a tweet by The New York Times’s Jeremy Peters, he was fired by the Voice.  Fellow political columnist Tom Robbins has reportedly quit in protest of Barrett’s firing, however he will remain with the paper until the end of the month.

Barrett, who has served under 14 different editors at the Voice, offered a long goodbye in his final column and waxed poetically on the tenets of journalism:

There is also no other job where you get paid to tell the truth. Other professionals do sometimes tell the truth, but it’s ancillary to what they do, not the purpose of their job. I was asked years ago to address the elementary school that my son attended and tell them what a reporter did and I went to the auditorium in a trenchcoat with the collar up and a notebook in a my pocket, baring it to announce that “we are detectives for the people.”

UPDATE: Village Voice editor-in-chief Tony Ortega denies that Tom Robbins resigned from the paper in protest of Barrett’s firing:

For [Times reporter Jeremy] Peters to say that Robbins quit in protest without even calling me and asking me about it is really irresponsible. I really enjoyed working with both of these guys. There are no hard feelings between either of us.

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