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tronc is the fuckin worst

maura, Saturday, 27 January 2018 20:08 (eight months ago) Permalink

see also

maura, Saturday, 27 January 2018 20:09 (eight months ago) Permalink

from the huffpo piece (this is the tip of the iceberg)

At a recent meeting that D’Vorkin held with a group of reporters and editors, one employee asked what Levinsohn’s Jan. 18 presentation meant for Times staffers. D’Vorkin didn’t have an answer, according to a current employee and a former employee. “I didn’t see Ross’s presentation” was all he would allow. Staffers pressed him, explaining that that’s not what they’d asked — they had asked what was going to happen to them. “I didn’t see Ross’s presentation,” he said again.

“The Los Angeles Times is like a Soviet circus right now,” said one current employee. “Propaganda. Dancing bears. Mercurial leaders who say weird shit. People who disappear. It sucks, because we have a good team here.”

maura, Saturday, 27 January 2018 20:19 (eight months ago) Permalink

Foreign news coverage has been taking a hit for decades. According to a 2014 Pew report, American newspapers even then had cut their international reporting staff by 24 percent in less than a decade. Network news coverage of stories with a foreign dateline averaged 500 minutes per year in 2016, compared to an average 1,500 minutes in 1988, according to a study by Tyndall.

“Clearly it’s harder for international stories to end up on front pages now,” says Ben Pauker, who served as the executive editor of Foreign Policy for seven years until the end of 2017. He is now a managing editor at Vox. From his own experience, Pauker says, it’s simply an issue of editorial bandwidth. “There’s only so much content an editorial team can process.”

maura, Thursday, 1 February 2018 13:08 (eight months ago) Permalink

More Newsweek upheaval: EIC Bob Roe, managing editor Ken Li and investigative reporter Celeste Katz fired, apparently for investigating their own parent company's financial woes which triggered a raid by Manhattan DA's office on 1/19...

— Keith J. Kelly (@media_ink) February 5, 2018

maura, Monday, 5 February 2018 20:18 (eight months ago) Permalink

oh man

The publisher of Newsweek and the International Business Times has been engaging in fraudulent online traffic practices that helped it secure a major ad buy from a US government agency, according to a new report released today by independent ad fraud researchers., the publisher’s US business site, last year won a significant portion of a large video and display advertising campaign for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a federal agency. Social Puncher, a consulting firm that investigates online ad fraud, alleges in its report that the ads were displayed to an audience on that includes a significant amount of “cheap junk traffic with a share of bots.”

maura, Monday, 5 February 2018 20:49 (eight months ago) Permalink

Biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong has agreed to purchase the Los Angeles Times from its parent company Tronc, restoring local ownership and perhaps ending a turbulent period for the storied 136-year-old institution.

Chicago-based Tronc on Wednesday announced the sale of The Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune to Soon-Shiong's investment firm Nant Capital for nearly $500 million in cash. In addition to the purchase price, the deal includes the assumption of $90 million in pension liabilities.

"We look forward to continuing the great tradition of award-winning journalism carried out by the reporters and editors of the Los Angeles Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune and the other California News Group titles," Soon-Shiong said in a statement.

Tronc also announced that it will form a new division called Tribune Interactive, which will be led by Los Angeles Times Publisher Ross Levinsohn. The company said that an independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment at previous companies found "no wrongdoing" by Levinsohn, who has been on unpaid leave since Jan. 19.

eye roll at that last bit

maura, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 15:08 (eight months ago) Permalink

In a memo to staff on Wednesday morning, Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff announced plans to lay off around 50 employees, with the Racked, Curbed, SB Nation, and Video Services teams "bearing the biggest impact."


Bankoff said that initiatives around native social video, while "growing successfully and surpassing audience growth goals, "won’t be viable audience or revenue growth drivers for us relative to other investments we are making." He cited "industry changes over the past few months and our long term budgeting process" as contributing factors.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 21 February 2018 15:02 (eight months ago) Permalink

the unpivot

El Tomboto, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 15:03 (eight months ago) Permalink

was Vox's union ever made official?

Simon H., Wednesday, 21 February 2018 15:05 (eight months ago) Permalink

Yeah, I saw this story tweeted out by the Vox Union account.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 21 February 2018 15:09 (eight months ago) Permalink

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