Musings from the media

Nov 21, 2013

Walter Hamilton at the LA Times dropped the bomb that the Tribune Co. has announced restructuring that will cut nearly 700 jobs. Or to summarize in the pithy words of Ihosvani Rodriguez at the South Florida Sun Sentinel: "gulp!" Darleene Powells at CBS Los Angeles sarcastically tweeted, "Happy holidays." Joe Pompeo at Capital New York wondered, "Is 'restructuring' ever not a euphemism?"But then Boston Globe's Wesley Lowery pointed out a small bit of good news: "CEO says most cuts won't be in newsrooms."

And by the way, the Chicago Tribune itself led with a slightly softer headline: "Tribune Co. reorganizes publishing division" Still, John Carroll at FierceBiotech wasn't fooled: "Print is dead."

Politico's Dylan Byers has the scoop that a New York Times shake-up means Washington bureau chief David Leonhardt will step down and be replaced by political editor Carolyn Ryan. "Sources say Leonhardt expected to head column focusing on data & polling, effectively replacing Nate Silver," Byers later explained. Felix Salmon at Reuters noted, "Looks like @DLeonhardt has been tapped to fill the @fivethirtyeight-shaped hole at the NYT." Also at Politico, Hadas Gold responded to the news thusly: "Bibbity, boppidity #boom." Meanwhile, Leela de Kretser reacted to Ryan's appointment by tweeting, "Superwoman!"

We're also just hearing that NY1 will be rebranded as ‘Time Warner Cable News NY1’ by end of year. Now that's a mouthful. The New York Post's Yoav Gonen appears to agree: "TWCNNY1? Boo." The change is not quite what it seems, though -- WNYC's Anna Sale protested, "That's hard to say," before following up: "Oh wait - 'it will be referred to as NY1 on air.'" Miriam Gottfried from the Wall Street Journal tweeted with amusement, "The Time Warner Cable is silent."

At the Washington PostErik Wemple posted a none-too-flattering profile of native advertising pioneer Mike Allen of Politico. Wemple's target is "Playbook," a daily e-mail newsletter by Allen highlighting stories from his publication and other outlets, but which also includes "messages" from big companies and trade associations eager to target Playbook's audience. 

Freelance journo Dominic Umile shares, "On Politico’s native ad pioneers: 'Differentiating between those ads and (Mike) Allen’s blurbs can strain the eyes'." Joe Garofoli at the San Francisco Chronicle called Wemple's piece a "Beltway beatdown. @ErikWemple rips Politico's @mikeallen for 'tossing puffballs' around Internet. Ouch." Noah Shachtman from Foreign Policy Magazine confessed, "I read this and threw up in my mouth."

Oh, and by the way, the Denver Post seeking a weed editor. You read that right. "Imagine that expense account," mused Tim Dickinson at Rolling StoneTaylor Bern at the Las Vegas Sun called it, "The only job that requires you to fail the drug test."

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