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Post Faces Another Discrimination Suit

nypost126.jpgIt seems that The New York Post has become somewhat of a target for employee discrimination suits of late. The latest, filed last week in federal court in Brooklyn, has been brought by longtime Post photographer Mary McLoughlin against the city tab.

McLoughlin, who worked at the paper from 1976 until taking disability leave last year, claimed she was discriminated against because of her age and injuries that she sustained while on the job, which limited her ability to complete certain assignments and travel for her job. She also alleged that she was discriminated against because of her sex, and treated differently from her male counterparts. The complaint also names her boss, photo editor David Rentas, as allegedly perpetuating the harassment.

“While she has worked feverishly to adhere to the new requirements placed upon her, it is clear that her younger counterparts are favored by Mr. Rentas and she is being asked to do more than others while she is being treated in a disparate way due to her age and gender,” the complaint states.

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FishbowlNY Readers Respond: The Media’s Biggest Misstep In 2009 Was Gourmet‘s Closing

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Wow, people really cared about Condé Nast‘s epicurean magazine Gourmet, huh? Not only did our readers vote it the saddest magazine closing in 2009, but also the biggest media misstep (by 39 percent) made in a year that was chock-full of wrong turns and dead-ends.

Surprisingly, nobody thought BusinessWeek‘s sale to Bloomberg LP was the biggest mistake (except for former BusinessWeek employees, of course), while only 4 percent thought that The New York Post‘s firing of editor Sandra Guzman after speaking out against its controversial cartoon was the biggest blunder. In fact, what about the cartoon itself, which we didn’t put on our poll but certainly belongs in the Top 10 “D’oh!” moments of 2009.

Meanwhile coming in second place was our all-encompassing reference to “Everything the Tribune Co. has done this year,” which ranges from endlessly pushing back their filing of a Chapter 11 reorganization plan while their lenders grew impatient, to letting some of their best writers and editors go over to the Chicago News Cooperative. All of those things lead to 24 percent of our readers shaking their heads at the many, many mistakes of Sam Zell and Tribune Co.

With 12 percent of the votes, readers chose to pick Rupert Murdoch‘s war with Google as the biggest mistake of the year…although since Murdoch has yet to act on his threats, and the move to Microsoft’s Bing might actually be beneficial to Murdoch and other news companies in the long run, we’ll have to wait to see how that pans out.

Coming in with four percent was Long Island newspaper Newsday‘s decision to put up a pay wall for its Web site, so have fun paying for your news next year, guys. Also given four percent of the vote was Reader’s Digest‘s bankruptcy filing, though the publisher’s decision to shut down Purpose Driven Connection was probably one of the best moves of the year.

And of course, nine percent of our readers decided to be contrary and choose “Other.” Maybe they were thinking that the government’s lack of a bailout for the media was the biggest misstep we saw in 2009?

Previously: Reader’s Digest Files For Ch. 11, What Was The Media’s Biggest Misstep in 2009?, Video: News Corp. Gets Grinchy With Google , Is the New York Post Comparing Obama to a Rabid Monkey?

FishbowlNY’s 2009 Lists: The Year’s Biggest Moves In Media

door.jpgThis year — full of flux and uncertainty about where the media is heading — has resulted in a vast number of job changes and departures across all matter of media companies and publications. In almost every field of journalism, big names have either been fired, promoted, retired, or simply moved on to more lucrative positions. Here, we take a look back at the biggest industry shakeups of 2009.

The Biggest Move in Magazines: Stephen Adler leaving BusinessWeek.
When editor Stephen Adler announced his departure from BusinessWeek this October following the magazine’s sale to Bloomberg LP, he wasn’t just making a statement, he was starting a trend. Soon he was followed by some of his former colleagues, like John Byrne and BusinessWeek‘s president Keith Fox, who decided to stay with magazine’s original parent, McGraw-Hill. (Not to mention all of those who involuntarily left the pub not long after.) It takes a lot of chutzpah to up and quit your editor gig in the middle of this turbulent media landscape, it takes even more to get your coworkers to come with you. Fortunately for Adler, he’s already landed another gig at Thomson Reuters.

Runners Up: Time.com managing editor Josh Tyrangiel comes on board as editor at Businessweek; Marie Claire‘s publisher Susan Plagemann joins Vogue; Nancy Berger Cardone of shuttered Gourmet takes Plagemann’s spot at Marie Claire; Janice Min leaves Us Weekly; Mariette DiChristina becomes Scientific American‘s first female editor-in-chief.

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New York Post Hit With Second Discrimination Suit

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New York Post senior reporter Austin Fenner was fired from the paper on November 9, the same day that a former colleague, Sandra Guzman, filed a discrimination suit against the Rupert Murdoch-owned paper. This week, Fenner, who is black, leveled his own allegations against the Post, filing suit yesterday is U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

And there is more of a connection between Fenner and Guzman, who was let go from the Post in October months after speaking out against a controversial cartoon portraying a dead chimpanzee in reference to President Barack Obama‘s stimulus plan. Fenner also spoke out about the racist implications of the cartoon, which ran in the Post in February.

Using the same attorneys as Guzman, Fenner has produced a 27-page complaint against the paper claiming the paper’s editors used “Jim Crow”-era tactics to keep him from entering the newsroom after he spoke out against the cartoon.

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Stimulus Tracker|Post Lays Off Black Reporter|Hearst Stockpiles $1B|Supreme Court Justice Censors High School Paper|Shafer Calls Murdoch’s Bluff

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WebNewser: MSNBC.com and Onvia have teamed up to launch The Stimulus Tracker, which monitors Stimulus-funded projects across the country.

Huffington Post: One day before fired New York Post editor Sandra Guzman filed a suit against the paper, the Post let another minority staffer go, black reporter Austin Fenner.

New York Post: Hearst Corp. may have $1 billion war chest.

New York Times: After speaking at New York City private school Dalton, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, “widely regarded as one of the court’s most vigilant defenders of First Amendment values,” insisted on reviewing a copy of any story written by the school paper before it ran.

Slate: Jack Shafer takes down Rupert Murdoch. “Murdoch is simply jawboning. Three months ago he promised that News Corp. would start charging for its newspapers by June 2010. Now he doubts that the company will hit that mark. In typical Murdochian fashion, he’s sowing confusion and harvesting bewilderment.”

Fired Post Editor Comes Forwards With Allegations

guzman.jpgRupert Murdoch just can’t catch a break these days: He’s waging war against Google, The New York Post‘s readership is down, and he’s got to deal with this Glenn Beck debacle for calling Barack Obama racist. On top of that there has been this scandal of Sandra Guzman, the editor who was fired from The Post for after speaking out against their cartoon portraying Obama’s stimulus package as a dead monkey, which has raised complaints of racism from the NY Association of Black Journalists, among other groups. (The Post has denied there is any connection between the complaint and her termination.)

Now Guzman has come forward with a 38-page complaint against The Post and its editor in chief Col Allan for not only being racist, but sexist as well. Some of the highlights of the suit, after the jump.

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NY Association Of Black Journalists Speaks Out Against Post‘s Firing Of Guzman

guzman.jpgEarlier this week we learned that The New York Post has laid off associate editor Sandra Guzman, who edited the Latino-focused section, Tempo, for the paper.

Guzman also spoke against a Sean Delanos cartoon that debuted earlier this year featuring a monkey and a possible reference to President Barack Obama. Combine that with the fact that the Post doesn’t have too many editors of color and it’s Hispanic Heritage month and Guzman’s departure was destined to stir up some controversy.

Today, the New York Association of Black Journalists put out a statement about Guzman’s departure, signed by the organization’s vice president of print Zachary R. Dowdy and president Gary Anthony Ramsay, saying they were “dismayed” by the news.

“We are further disturbed to hear the firing took place as the Post interviews candidates for a similar position at the paper’s city desk, which remains open,” the statement said, arguing Guzman should have been offered the opened job before being let go.

Their full statement, after the jump

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Post Fires Editor Who Was Critical Of Racist Cartoon

delonas.jpgThe Huffington Post reports that The New York Post has fired associate editor Sandra Guzman, months after she was critical of a Sean Delonas cartoon that garnered criticism last February for its comparison between a crazed chimpanzee and President Barack Obama.

Although HuffPo, citing anonymous Post employees, said Guzman’s firing “seemed retributive,” the News Corp.-owned paper claims the editor was dismissed because they “discontinued” the section she worked for, Tempo, which focuses on Latino culture and heritage.

But perhaps the Post could have picked a better time to end their Latino-focused section than in the midst of Hispanic Heritage Month. We imagine this isn’t the last we’ll hear of this latest Post controversy.

NY Post Fires Editor Critical Of Racist Obama-Stimulus Cartoon –Huffington Post

Earlier: Is The New York Post Comparing Obama To A Rabid Monkey?