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Posts Tagged ‘Jim Romenesko’

New York Times Buyout Deadline Hours Away, Joe Sexton Leaves [Update]

The next few days are going to be rough at the New York Times. Not only is the deadline for editors to accept buyouts today at 5 pm, Jill Abramson said in a memo that staffers will have to wait “a day or two after that” to know if there are going to be layoffs.

“If you think the buyout is something that works for you at this time in your life, we urge you to give the offer serious consideration if you haven’t already,” wrote Abramson, in the note obtained by Jim Romenesko. “Each buyout we record reduces the possibility of layoffs.” No pressure though!

In the meantime, two editors have decided to join the others who have accepted the Times’ offer.

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Wesley Morris Leaves Boston Globe for Grantland

Wesley Morris, the Pulitzer-winning veteran of The Boston Globe, is leaving the paper for a full-time spot with Grantland. Morris has been with the Globe for the past 10 years. He had been a contributor to Grantland since 2011.

According to a memo obtained by Jim Romenesko, at Grantland he will continue to cover film and other pop culture subjects.

“For a moment, forget about the writing,” wrote Doug Most, the Globe’s feature editor, in the note to staffers. “The superb, brilliant writing. Wesley’s presence in our world has been about so much more than just his wonderful film criticism and insightful takes on pop culture. Wesley is a true friend to so many of us.”

New York Times’ ‘Snow Fall’ Piece is a Huge Hit

We loved The New York Times’ amazing “Snow Fall” piece, written by John Branch. It turns out a lot of other people did, too.

According to a Times memo obtained by Jim Romenesko, the feature grabbed 3.5 million page views, was shared over 10,000 times on Twitter, and at its peak (no pun intended), was visited by 22,000 people at once.

“The Times is a premiere online destination for news and information, but rarely have we been able to create a compelling destination outside the home page that was so engaging in such a short period of time on the Web,” wrote Jill Abramson, in the memo.

For the full note, click through.

How Reddit Stole a Colorado Journalist’s Wizard of Oz Thunder

Friday was another bittersweet day for Rick Polito. Actor George Takei posted a screen grab on Facebook of the Boulder, CO freelance journalist’s hilarious bygone Wizard of Oz gag synopsis. However, because Takei sourced a Reddit user’s errant crop job, tens of thousands of people initially liked and shared an item that attributes the summary to the wrong guy: the late Lee Winfrey. (To Takei’s credit, this morning he added “Credit: Rick Polito.”)

Jay Leno first quoted Polito’s 1998 synopsis on The Tonight Show a decade ago. When the talk show host revisited the same material for a “Headlines” segment in late October, a Reddit user launched the synopsis on its merry viral way. With Polito’s name as the source author cut out. (It was visible on Leno, although somewhat cryptically, the attribution reads: ‘Inquirer Television Writer Lee Winfrey and Rick Polito of Universal Press Syndicate contributed to this report.’)

“Part of what bothers me is that both times, Leno presented this as a mistake in the newspaper, when obviously it’s a joke that I wrote,” Polito tells FishbowlLA via telephone. “My Marin Independent Journal TV column was syndicated at the time to the Philadelphia Inquirer and other newspapers.”

Jim Romenesko was the first to point out the viral mistake. “Romenesko did his homework,” Polito explains. “He called me up on that Friday [October 26] and then FishbowlLA picked up on it, as did Gawker, BuzzFeed, Entertainment Weekly and some other places.”

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The Best Wizard of Oz Synopsis Ever Written

The above synopsis of The Wizard of Oz was written by Rick Polito in 1998, when he was a journalist for the Marin Independent Journal. The picture just went viral when someone posted it on Reddit.

Polito tells Jim Romenesko that he is doing some freelancing, but is otherwise an “unemployed dad.”

Someone hire that man.

Internet Catches Up to TV Critic’s Cheeky Wizard of Oz Synopsis

Fifteen years after being recognized in the LA Times by Roy Rivenburg as the “TV Listing of the Week,” a brief Wizard of Oz plot synopsis is getting a major new round of props thanks to Reddit and Imgur.

Jim Romenesko tracked down the author of the Kansas-busting logline, Rick Polito, who now resides in Boulder, Colorado and juggles a little freelancing with a lot of stay-at-home-dad duties. Polito wrote the cheeky summary during his years as TV critic for the Marin Independent Journal:

“It was just on Leno, it was a clue in a crossword puzzle, it showed up in Playboy, and people use it as their email signatures. Someday, I’m going to walk down the street and see it on a T-shirt and punch the person who’s wearing it,” he jokes.

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Los Angeles Times Gets Their Armstrongs Wrong

Either the Los Angeles Times needs a copy editor for their headlines, or a dead astronaut just lost an endorsement deal with Nike.

The headline has been corrected since this screen shot was taken, but not before Jim Romenesko took notice. Original version can still be viewed with Google Cache.

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New York Times Union Members to Walk Out Over Contract

The long-lasting contract negotiations between The New York Times and the Newspaper Guild of New York is taking a new twist today: A planned walk out by union members.

According to a memo sent out by the Guild, Times staffers will stage a walk out at 3:35 pm, then hold a brief rally, where pro-union stickers will be distributed. Afterward staffers will return to their desks.

“It is long past time for the company and its negotiators to pay attention to what matters most of all to us,” reads the union memo, which was obtained by Jim Romenesko. “Together, we can make sure that happens. Join in, as beginning today, we will repeat our message until they hear it: Nothing less than fair wages and benefits.”

USA Today Says Its Logo is ‘Cool’

As we’ve mentioned, the new USA Today logo is sort of odd. In a memo obtained by Jim RomeneskoSam Ward — the artist behind the new look — explains the update. Sadly, he doesn’t do himself or USA Today any favors.

First of all, the title of the internal memo — sent to staffers by chief marketing officer Maryam Banikarim — is titled “Cool Balls.” It gets worse from there:

I have a dream . . . that one day all Americans will join hands and declare their undying love for our balls; our spheres of influence, our behaviors, or whatever one chooses to call them.

Actually, and perhaps with an air of creepiness, I DID have a dream about this very topic. I dreamt that people all over the place were talking about the images in USA Today’s balls.

That’s the beginning. Ward’s note goes on:

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Unfortunate Photo Snafu for Orange County Where

Jim Romenesko points out this unfortunate (and awesome) photo placement in the latest issue of Orange County Where magazine.

Orange County Whore would fly off the shelves, me thinks.

[H/T JimRomenesko.com]

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