- TVNewser: Even Donald Trump knows that Donald Trump is a joke — he has pulled out as moderator of the upcoming Republican debate.
- FishbowlLA: Russ Stanton, the Editor-in-Chief of the Los Angeles Times since 2007, is stepping down. He’s being succeeded by Davan Maharaj, the Managing Editor of the paper.
- FishbowlDC: Want to have fun during the holidays like the Obamas? Eat a lot of pie.
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The New York Observer has a nice long, very smart, multi-bylined piece today about the future of newspapers. It’s worth reading the whole thing, but for those of you in a rush the short version is that newspapers should look more like Facebook! Kidding…but only sort of. Says the NYO:
The media of the 21st century is one that is blogged — not a negative thing, see later in the piece! — and merged with the users’ own experiences and viewpoints synthesized with the original. If postmodernism came to literature in the ’80s, it’s got to come to journalism now.
In the meantime here’s a quick takeaway from some of the major players the NYO spoke with:
The 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.
“If current trends in advertising are permanent, we have a really serious problem.” No kidding. Words to live by from Sam Zell who may have met his Waterloo in the form the Tribune deal he orchestrated last year, which he is currently referring to as “the deal from hell.” No doubt slightly more hellish for the couple of hundred employees that have lost their jobs in the past few months. And it’s not going to get better anytime soon thanks in large part to the enormous debt Zell has piled on, which “is forcing Tribune to take more and more desperate actions.” It’s unclear whether the fact Zell threatened to “cut off their ties” of Tribune executives “if he caught them looking so formal at future meetings” is one of them. Also worrisome: Zell’s obvious disdain for the newspaper business, his questionable hiring practices, and the fact that his COO, Randy Michaels, a former “shock jock, has installed “jukeboxes, pinball machines, and a sculpture of a six-legged man running in circles.”
Meanwhile, in a scraping the barrel sort of way, there is some good news coming out of the Tribune-owned LA Times. Top editor Russ Stanton told staffers that the recent newsroom “deep cuts” had numbered 135, instead of the expected 150, and that fewer pages would be lost. So there, the road to newspaper hell is not without its tiny rays of sunshine.
Between all the layoffs and the disappearing sections it’s sometimes hard to keep track of all the upheaval going on at the Tribune Co.-owned Los Angeles Times. However some of you will remember how back in June, amidst all the announcements of sweeping cuts (many of which were put into place these last two weeks) there was a much-discussed article in the NYT, which reported that the beleaguered paper was also planning on shuttering its monthly magazine, sort of. The article disclosed that unbeknownst to top editor Russ Stanton the magazine intended to overhaul its entire editorial staff and transfer control to its business operations. Per the NYT: “The arrangement would flout the tradition at most newspapers, which keep business operations, like advertising and circulation, completely separate from the editorial department.”
The NYT also reported that Annie Gilbar, formerly of In Style and the Home Shopping Network, had been hired as the new editor. Shortly thereafter Stanton issued a memo to newsroom staffers, decrying the accuracy of the article:
Sun-kissed sister FBLA has the inside line on what some say are the less-than-seasoned picks from newly-anointed editor Russ Stanton, who today fills some seats at the beleaguered LA Times by tapping two from within. Former managing editor John Arthur becomes executive editor and former Business editor Davan Maharaj assumes the managing editor spot.
Official release, post-jump…