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The role of journalism schools is changing, writes Geneva Overholser on MediaShift:

"Perhaps the most striking change for journalism schools is the degree to which we have shifted from being learning labs whose actual journalism (if any) was limited in its distribution and impact, to being significant - even major - media players in our communities." As Overholser underlines, journalism schools across the United States are focusing on making substantial contributions toward filling the holes left by the hollowing out of local "legacy" media.

For more on this story, visit our sister publication, editorsweblog.org.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-13 16:20

USA Today has announced the appointment of a social media editor and social media analyst, while The New York Times has just folded the social media editor position into the responsibilities of the interactive news team.

Michelle Kessler, formerly a USA Today tech reporter and editor, is now social media editor for the paper and hence responsible for social media initiatives throughout the newsroom. She will help run social.usatoday.com, which provides updates about the paper's social media activities, and @SocialUSAToday, the paper's rebranded Twitter account.

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Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-12-09 19:16

The position of chief digital officer looks like it's making a comeback.

Recently, Time Inc. began the search for its first CDO. Gannett Co., Inc. and Clear Channel, meanwhile, have been trying to fill the same position after months of searching. Wenner Media, which hired its first CDO two years ago, is also rumoured to be recruiting for the role, AdAge reported.

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The CDO position first began making headlines five years ago, when content companies began to create the role, which "involved a lot of hand-holding as media attempted to adapt to interactive platforms."

Today the role is changing, and is now more about managing standalone digital businesses, Michael Wolf, former COO of MTV Networks and founder of Activate, told AdAge.

However, titles can "actually hinder progress," Kendall Allen wrote in MediaPost blogs, commenting on the AdAge report. "If you've ever taken a good look at the company context around a 'digital strategist,' 'vice president of digital,' 'senior vice president of innovation,' or any number of associated divisions or special forces, you'll usually find a lack of operational grounding."

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-11-25 18:04

The Financial Times will give its editorial staff a three percent wage increase in 2011 as well as a performance-related bonus estimated at £1,000, Journalism.co.uk reported today. The company will also distribute vouchers so all employees can buy an iPad or another tablet.

FT Managing editor Lisa MacLeod explained in an internal memo that both the pay increase and the bonus "were the result the strength of the financial performance of the business and the excellent contribution of the editorial department," the Press Gazette explained.

In the first six months of the year, the media group doubled its operating profit by £30 million, mostly due a nine percent growth in revenue, according to the Press Gazette. Furthermore, its parent company, Pearson, sold its 61 percent stake in Interactive Data for £1.28 billion.

According to the memo, the bonus "is in recognition of the exceptional effort put in by you all over the past year," and it had been negotiated by the National Union of Journalists in 2008. It will be paid in March. McLeod also said that, from now on, the starting wage for editorial positions would be £40,000.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-11-18 20:07

Journalists from five Irish Johnston Press Group newspapers intend to go on strike next Tuesday after hearing of possible staff cuts that will occur as a result of putting a new editorial production system in place that the publisher's management thinks will abolish the need for sub-editors, MediaGuardian reported.

"This strike is about protecting employment but it is also about defending journalistic standards," said Nicola Coleman, the organiser for the National Union of Journalists in Ireland. "The experience of this union in the UK is that the new system and reduced staffing levels have led to chaos - the results have been disastrous publications."

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Coleman added that papers were sent to the printing press with missing pictures, erroneous headlines, "serious" subbing mistakes and once, without a bar code (meaning that shops weren't able to sell that issue), the Press Gazette added.

Author

Alisa Zykova

Date

2010-11-18 19:12

The New York Times announced today it will further merge its print and online operations, with online producers now reporting directly to their respective desks, according to Yahoo! news blog The Cutline.

Digital news editor Jim Roberts has been made assistant managing editor for news, and the new editor for emerging platforms is Fiona Spruill, currently the Web newsroom editor. The continually consolidating print and online staff is an effort to continue streamlining operations, executive editor Bill Keller explained. There is also a possibility that the separate online and print union contracts will be merged.

In a memo to staff, Keller explained that the new positions Roberts and Spruill will be in are an important part of the plan to end up as a "single newsroom." Some parts of the plan to completely integrate the Web and print teams are still under discussion, however.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-11-16 23:38

Tribune Co. Chairman Sam Zell announced yesterday he will leave the company after it exits bankruptcy proceedings - the largest bankruptcy in the history of American media.

"I think when we're done with the bankruptcy process I will turn it over to whoever the creditors decide they want to run it, and wish them a lot of good luck," Zell told CNBC in an interview. He has even admitted that the situation at the Tribune is a "deal from hell;" however, he insists the company now is in "dramatically better shape" than when he took it private in 2007, and has a healthy cash flow for the next 12 months.

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Last month the company began moving closer to exiting bankruptcy, as it filed a reorganisation plan backed by its leading creditors, including Goldman Sachs Loan Partners, Oaktree Capital Management and Marathon Asset Management.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-11-16 22:38

USA Today has only five reporters covering Congress, but 27 covering entertainment news, the Gannett Blog reported, after its editor Jim Hopkins obtained copies of newsroom flow charts dated October 21-22. Hopkins, a former USA Today reporter, believes that "this is the first time USAT's editorial staffing breakdown has been made public."

The document showing the distribution of staff shows that as well as the five staff allocated to Congress/Politics, there are another six assigned to White House/Legal, another four to Federal and five to Economy/Jobs. This total number covering political issues is still less than the 27 focused on entertainment, however, which accounts for by far the largest group.

For more on this story, visit our sister publication, editorsweblog.org.

Author

Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2010-11-16 16:07

Thirty-three percent of Spain's free newspapers have reduced their personnel this year, a significant decline from the 50 percent that reported staff cuts in 2009, according to a survey conducted by the Spanish Association of Free Press, 233grados.com reported yesterday.

However, the study showed that 20 percent of the publications increased their staff numbers while 45 percent said their advertising revenue had declined. Last year, 79 percent reported advertisement losses.

According to the study, the biggest ad investors are the commerce and tourism sectors, which place ads in 76 percent of the Spanish free press. Other sectors include the automobile industry (34 percent), real estate (38 percent), mass consumption goods (31 percent) and banking (17 percent).

The increase in advertisement was offset by a 34 percent increase of advertising coming from education and health areas. Furthermore, 83 percent of the publications depend mostly on private ads, while only 17 percent relied heavily on the government.

The study surveyed 240 editors of free newspapers in the country.

Author

Clara Mart

Date

2010-11-11 20:01

Ireland's oldest provincial newspaper, the Limerick Leader and Limerick Chronicle, have announced a review of the newspaper's printing operations in Limerick. If the proposals are implemented, the facility could be closed by mid-December and 29 people would be laid off, the Limerick Leader reported yesterday.

The staff has taken a 40 percent pay cut and opted for a three day week to keep the printing plant in operation, according to a report by RTE. The Unite trade union that represents the workers at the plant will be meeting with the management of Johnston Press, which owns the newspaper, in the coming days to explore alternative possibilities to closure or to secure a fair redundancy deal.

The company has said it will make "every effort to minimise the impact of this proposal on affected staff through, where possible, by re-deployment to alternative positions in the group," David Crow, divisional managing director of print for Johnston Press, told the Limerick Leader. "Despite the best efforts of the staff and management at Leader Print Limited, the unprecedented reductions in printing requirements across the industry has resulted in the company having to review its operations in Limerick."

Author

Savita Sauvin

Date

2010-11-10 16:27

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