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Posts Tagged ‘New Jersey Star-Ledger’

NYFCC Chair Bounced Out of His Day Job

StephenWhittyGood lede from Sam Adams over at Indiewire’s CriticWire:

You might think snagging a Pulitzer nomination and being the head of one of the nation’s most prestigious critics’ organizations would lend you a little job security. You’d be wrong.

Per Adams and Stephen Whitty‘s linked Facebook post, the Star-Ledger vet shared today that his full-time film critic position is being eliminated heading into 2015. The current chair of the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) plans to continue contributing to the paper as a freelancer.

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The Demographics of Weird N.J. Magazine

Founded in 1989 and still trucking 25 years later, Weird N.J. magazine has added two more issues this year, in May and October.

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If you think the name is weird, the official stance on subscriber demographics is even weirder:

There are no demographics to Weird NJ. We do not cater to anyone other than our readers, who unwittingly steer us in the next direction. We have no set plan as to where each new issue will take us, as the magazine has an open policy of presenting what you think is an odd occurrence, not just our own opinion. “Weird” is not a restricted term in our magazine. It is a celebrated adjective that everyone sees differently.

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Star-Ledger Columnist Tries to Make Sense of the Nightmare on Schley Street

One of the many frightening aspects of Mark Di Ionno’s column today about the fatal Christmas night shooting in Newark of a 13-year-old girl taking out the trash and a 15-year-old boy visiting is the fact that an army veteran who lives on the street is now cowering in fear.

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Eighty-one-year-old Korean War vet Johnnie Shaw tells Di Ionno that he “stays inside at night,” while 60-year-old Vietnam vet and nearby resident Ernie McRae offers some solemn, generational perspective:

“All this was decent,” McRae said. “Now it’s the ‘Land of Lack.’ There’s no jobs, there’s no opportunity. There’s no parents paying attention. There’s no leadership. These kids have no place to go. But all this violence, it’s crazy.”

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AP Promotes Kevin Shinkle to Business Editor

Kevin ShinkleKevin Shinkle joined the Associated Press as assistant business editor in 2008, at the height of the financial crisis. He was later promoted to deputy business editor and now, with Hal Ritter moving over to AP’s weekend news desk, he has been promoted once more to business editor. He will oversee the wire service’s worldwide business/finance coverage.

From today’s announcement:

“We are thrilled to have Kevin build on the great success he’s had over the past several years in guiding AP’s coverage of the business world through the most tumultuous of times,” said Lou Ferrara, the AP managing editor overseeing business, sports and entertainment coverage.

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Ex-Star-Ledger Employees Start Local News Site

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Webnewser has a story about former New Jersey Star-Ledger employees who launched NewJerseyNewsroom.com, the latest in a series of local news sites founded by refugees from print papers.

Roughly 40 of the 200 employees who took buyouts are assisting in the effort. They aren’t making any money — although they are receiving equity in the fledgling venture — but most are subsiding on the one-year salary they were given when they departed the S-L.

While Matt Romanoski, the former deputy sports editor who’s spearheading the effort, says he and his colleagues are searching for revenue streams, it remains to be seen if there’s any interested parties. With investments decreasing, we think these guys have a much better shot at securing funding.

What Would Rupert Murdoch Do With the NYT?

murdoggch.jpgThe answer is, nothing! Once and for all, Rupe does not want the New York Times! Or any other paper for that matter. Sadly, for the Newark Star-Ledger it seems he has enough newspapers. Per Murdoch at the Goldman Sachs conference today:

Whoever wrote that crap, it’s nonsense, I’m not interested. We’re not interested in buying any more newspapers. We’re happy with what we have.