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Newspaper Editor Bows to Canine Author’s Page Views

The bylined author of this particular item for the Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon certainly has a unique POV.

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Here’s her lede:

Hi friends, Gwen here. As many of you know, I am an old dog and as such, I have years of wisdom to share. In dog years, let’s see, Cesar Milan says I would be 65, WebMD says I’m 74 and one dog-food company says I am 80!

Gwen’s itemization of “Five Common Mistakes Made by Dog Owners” (Example: 2. Assuming your dog behaves badly by choice) struck a chord with the newspaper’s readers. The June 20 article remained the most viewed article on the paper’s website for days, prompting a respectful weekend review from executive editor Michael Davis:

As of Friday afternoon, the helpful hints for patrons of pooches had generated a total of 11,430 page views on desktop computers, and an astounding 15,580 page views on mobile devices, such as Smartphones.

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Founding Editor of WSJ Metro Section Cut

WSJ-twitter-logoJohn Seeley, the founding editor of The Wall Street Journal’s Greater New York section, has been cut by the paper. Seeley had been with the Journal since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, he served as deputy managing editor of The New York Sun.

A Journal spokesperson told Capital New York that the paper has been ”evaluating many areas of the newsroom.”

Seeley, in a memo to staffers, had a different way of describing his ouster:

Tonight I’m the bearer of bad news: The corporate belt-tighteners have decided that it would be best for the company if I were squeezed out. The worst part for me is that I will no longer be able to work to continue the section’s exciting maturation. The best part is that I got to teach my kid a new word — downsizing.

NYT Shutters The Lede

Some important, two-pronged Grey Lady news this afternoon from Andrew Beaujon.

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After revealing that the New York Times has decided to pull the plug on The Lede, the Poynter media reporter followed with a second item. For that one, he got comment confirming that there will be more nytimes.com blogs shutting down in the near future:

[Assistant managing editor Ian] Fisher declined to name which blogs would get the hook next, but he said, “There’s little chance that our marquee blogs, ones like DealBook, Well, Bits, will be going anywhere anytime soon.”

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Revisiting That ‘Tom Sawyer Business Plan’

Five years ago, the New York Times painted a not entirely hopeful picture in Santa Rosa, NM.

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The article was all about the decision by laid off Rocky Mountain News D.C. correspondent M.E. Sprengelmeyer to purchase weekly community newspaper The Guadalupe County Communicator. Anchored to an area two hours east of Albuquerque, the paper had a circulation of just a few thousand:

“It’s the Tom Sawyer business plan: I’m trying to convince all my friends how much fun it would be to help me,” said Sprengelmeyer.

Cut to 2014. As part of a special article commemorating the enduring success of another AZ print publication, the Sante Fe Reporter, Sprengelmeyer, once also a reporter there, revealed the following:

Just this month, he used profits from the [Guadalupe] paper to make the final payment on a five-year loan he took out to buy it. He’ll tell anyone who asks, “The future of print is print.”

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NY Post Reports on Daily News Price Hike

The Daily News is set to raise its newsstand prices this week — from 75 cents to $1.25 — and The New York Post has some feelings about that.

The front page of today’s Post features a giant sidebar illustration explaining that the News is increasing its prices by 66 percent and a suggestion to “Buck the News! Buy the Post.” There’s also a bandit-like character with a “M” on his belt that is definitely meant to represent Mort Zuckerman, the News’ publisher and owner.

We look forward to the next time the Post raises its price, if only for the Rupert Murdoch cartoon that is sure to be featured on the front of the News.

USA Today Remains a Respectable News Organization

Remember about an hour ago, when we posted about how Americans’ confidence in the news media is at an all-time low? Well, yeah.

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NY Times Corrects World Cup Error

The New York Times issued the above correction to an article covering Germany’s World Cup win over Portugal.

It’s a pretty bad mistake, but to be fair, 1990 does seem like it was about 924 years ago. The year’s biggest music hits were Madonna’s Vogue, Sinead O’Connor’s Nothing Compares 2 U, Roxette’s It Must Have Been Love and Hammer’s U Can’t Touch This. This, incidentally, makes us wonder: Why the sudden affinity for replacing “you” with “u?” Did Sinead and Hammer collaborate on that?

NY Times Staffers on What Makes a Good Editor

NYtimes buildingWhat makes a good editor? It’s a simple question that can be answered in a variety of ways. It’s completely subjective, of course, but it’s always interesting to hear what people think. The New York Times, as part of its Times Premier package, asked some of its staffers for their thoughts, and below are some highlights.

David Carr:

A good editor is the enemy of clichés and tropes, but not the overburdened writer who occasionally resorts to them.

Frank Bruni:

A great editor makes you feel safe and supported enough to take chances, but pipes up when you’re taking a truly stupid one.

Gretchen Morgenson:

She or he stands behind the reporter throughout any firestorm that ensues. A spine of steel is imperative.

Dean Baquet has Malignant Tumor Removed

Dean Baquet GIt has been an interesting couple of months for Dean Baquet, to say the least. The executive editor of The New York Times had a malignant tumor removed from his kidney on Saturday, only two days after doctors discovered it and felt it required immediate attention.

In a memo to Times staffers, Baquet sounded upbeat about the situation. He described the surgery as “minimally invasive” and “completely successful.” “My doctors have given me an excellent prognosis,” added Baquet.

The Times’ top editor also wrote that while he would be spending a week away from the paper to recover, he would “remain in touch with the newsroom leadership.”

Baquet was named the executive editor of the Times just last month. As you’ve probably heard by now (several times, we imagine), Baquet’s ascension came under murky circumstances in which Jill Abramson was fired.

Hopefully the next couple of months are a lot calmer for Baquet than the last two.

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