Purely for the press
POLITICO reportedly has imploded, which sounds awful and messy to us ("restructuring" is the word from the other end of the spectrum, and somewhere in the middle is "shake-up"). "Politico is breaking up with us," laments Newsweek's Margarita Noriega. Here's the statement from Politico CEO Jim VandeHei, who is departing along with Mike Allen. "In 2017, Politico will not have Jim VandeHei, Kim Kingsley, Mike Allen and (likely) Susan Glasser…. Who steps in?" asks CNN's Dylan Byers, who goes on to add, "From the readers’ perspective, the most pressing question is this: What happens to @MikeAllen’s Playbook?" BuzzFeed's Ben Smith asserts, "Politico doesn't get enough credit for being among first competitive, aggressive new news outlets. Sad to see." Daily Mirror's Mikey Smith takes it even further: "Remember when @paulwaugh left Politics Home and everyone panicked? This is worse. You should panic." Also, David Granger is out at Esquire and Town & Country’s Jay Fielden has been named editor-in-chief. More in Monday's career updates.
Elsewhere in sadness, the 149-year-old Canadian newspaper Guelph Mercury's final front page is pretty much perfect. "Yesterday, the community came out to thank reporters and hug the building," Poynter's Kristen Hare shares a tear-jerker detail. And this happened: "I have been sacked from my Sunday Herald column after expressing solidarity with @GrahamSpiers," tweets The Common Space's Angela Haggerty. "At the risk of wading into a stupid meta journalism fight, local media was there for Flint. A nat'l audience wasn't," harmonizes BuzzFeed's Brandon Wall. And in Burundi, two foreign journalists have been arrested. "#Burundi, erstwhile eager for credibility in eyes of global community, arrests 2 eminent foreign journalists," elaborates Jina Moore, also with BuzzFeed.