Bend (OR) Bulletin parent Western Communications told employees Monday that it can no longer afford to provide health benefits and that the company-sponsored insurance plan will end on January 1. (Western owns six papers in Oregon and two in California. Show More Summary
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What if you could ditch cable, but keep the ability to record shows on a DVR? Tablo wants to make that a reality with a new DVR for cord cutters.
It has become accepted wisdom in future-of-news debates that the church-state divide between the newsroom and the business side was something of an archaism, one more legacy that legacy news had to shed. The current thinking is that reporters have to at least be aware of how their paychecks are earned, and it's hard to argue with this narrow point,...
Coca-Cola’s goal is to reduce press releases by half this year and get rid of them entirely by 2015. “I’m on a mission,” says Coke communications exec Ashley Brown. “What I want to do is kill the press release.” (ragan.com) Swatting at a storm of public relations spam. (nytimes.com) “There are no rules … Read More
Despite disappointing ratings and rumors of cancelation for AMC's Low Winter Sun, showrunner Rolin Jones is getting another pilot order from the network, this one a little less dour, in keeping with Jones' roots on Showtime dramedy The United States of Tara. Show More Summary
Tanya Rivera, an anchor at Gannett’s WFMY-TV in Greensboro, recently interviewed police officer Eric Rasecke for a recent 5:30 p.m. newscast. To make sure their were no surprises, the journalist scripted the “interview” and submitted it to the officer and the Greensboro police PR man for approval. “Please email me back your answers so we … Read More
During Wendy Davis' "filibuster" of the Texas Senate in May, seeking to block a bill to limit abortions, Gov. Rick Perry said the tactic was "nothing more than the hijacking of the democratic process." Those words were echoed in the runup to the US Senate's elimination of "filibustering" for most presidential nominees last week. Equating a "filibuster" to a crime...
Confirming what may have been the worst-kept secret in recent memory, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer on Monday officially announced that Katie Couric is joining the company as global anchor. In a Yahoo Tumblr post titled “Welcome aboard, Katie. Show More Summary
Branded content currently supplies just 5 percent of Mindshare’s revenue in North America, but CEO Colin Kinsella hopes to double that figure in two years. To lead the charge, Kinsella has named Mindshare Entertainment’s David Lang to the new North American position of chief content officer. Show More Summary
As November sweeps begin to recede in the rearview mirror, the Big Four networks are eager to put some distance between themselves and the first two months of the 2013-14 TV season. While it hasn’t been an unmitigated disaster—ABC, CBS,...Show More Summary
Specs Who Cecily Strong Age 29 New gig SNL repertory player and Weekend Update co-anchor Old gig Featured player on Saturday Night Live What was the process like for getting the Weekend Update spot? We try to keep it from being too much of a competitive atmosphere. Show More Summary
As a brand that has long had event sponsorship at the heart of its marketing formula, Pepsi sought a more scientific way to study the correlation between TV viewing and second-screen usage during live programming. So using research methods...Show More Summary
I went on "On the Media" with Brooke Gladstone this weekend. We talked about the press antics that inevitably accompany the annual cost-of-Thanksgiving-dinner press release. Have a listen: — Thanks to this New York Times report, we know that talking about the concept of redistribution two decades earlier meant the Obama administration would not pick you to run the Council...
Comcast is looking seriously at acquiring Time Warner Cable, multiple reports said earlier today, prompting rapid fluctuations in TWC's stock price, which spiked 9 percent to $132.16 a share this afternoon (the stock was trading below $120 a share as recently as Wednesday). Show More Summary
PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS -- On Nov. 14, the newly-minted Iowa Public Information Board (IPIB), whose formation was the result of years of lobbying by media groups and transparency activists, made a suite of rulings that caused some of those same activists to question how aggressively it would pursue its open-government mandate. Show More Summary
He pinned her to the floor and molested her, then he asked a question that's still seared on her mind http://t.co/LUwgi0YLTn — Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 25, 2013 “The world awaits the inevitable apology with baited [sic] breath” (slate.com) Don’t miss the comments below the tweet (@washingtonpost.com)
Shaw Media, which owns dailies and weeklies in Illinois and Iowa, is moving all employees to a 37.5 hour workweek. “The company continues to battle a challenging revenue environment, and we face increased costs in healthcare,” Shaw Media president John Rung tells employees. “The standardization of the workweek will provide a temporary reduction in expenses … Read More
Letter to Romenesko From MIKE BRICE: I thought I would share a story about why I think newspapers are struggling. It doesn’t have to do with Twitter, Facebook or the availability of online news. It is about basic business practices and customer service. I recently moved to Pittsburgh and decided to subscribe to one of … Read More