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Project Thunderdome Officially Closes Its Doors

In spite of melancholy circumstances, staffers at the NYC headquarters for Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome are having some fun on this, their final day. Here for example is the front of the internal farewell Web page, as shared on Twitter by project EIC Jim Brady:

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Further examples of the kind of humor that invariably courses through newsrooms can be found via the fast-moving Twitter-list stream of 51 Project Thunderdome departing members. Like this observation:

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David Butler, 63, Will Now Oversee 75 Daily Newspapers

DavidButlerPicDigital First Media, headquartered in New York City, has found its man. David J. Butler, editor and senior vice president of the San Jose Mercury News – as well as West editor for the company – has been promoted to chain editor-in-chief.

As such, Butler, age 63, will oversee 75 daily newspapers and other weekly publications that publish across the country. From today’s announcement:

“Dave Butler is a focused editorial leader who will continue to challenge Digital First Media newsrooms to innovate and to continue to transform,” said John Paton, DFM chief executive officer.

Added Butler: “I hope to bring a special appreciation and knowledge to the job having been a long-time editor at both companies (MediaNews Group, Journal Register Company). Our commitment at Digital First Media is unchanged — aggressively pursuing a new and exciting digital future while continue to produce superb, exclusive, local enterprise reporting that makes a difference in the lives of our readers, including those who cherish print.”

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NYT Managing Ed Learns From A 29-Year-Old

The first part of the panel last night on “How Newspapers Can Survive, and Thrive, In the 21st Century” at Columbia’s journalism school was essentially a retread of Robert Kuttner‘s Columbia Journalism Review piece about how newspapers are not dead yet despite the digital onslaught. Then he and others on the panel (save, perhaps, WashingtonPost.com’s Jim Brady) showed their struggles with many things digital.

“I find it curious that nobody has yet done a serous Web daily,” Kuttner said, which made us wonder about what he considers Slate or Salon, or MSNBC.com or CNN.com or the Politico or …

New York Times managing editor Jill Abramson seemed positively astounded by the idea of learning from a 29-year-old in her newsroom. “I found myself last week in the improbable position of creating a politics wiki. I probably didn’t know a year ago what a wiki was.” And she acknowledged she didn’t get the whole Arthur Sulzbergerplatform-agnostic” spiel at first, but now the “sense of excitement is palpable” over digital media there.

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