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  • Charter gobbles Time Warner, Post reporter’s dubious ‘trial’ begins

    Good morning. Ready for a four-day work week?

    1. With Comcast deal down the tubes, Charter swoops in for Time Warner Cable

      The ravenous, decades-long ambitions of cable billionaire John Malone were obvious when regulatory qualms killed the Comcast-Time Warner deal. Now his Charter Communications is offering $55.1 billion in stock and cash, or a nice 14 percent hike ($195 a share) above Time Warner’s pre-Memorial weekend closing price. Time Warner is No. 2 in the cable industry, Charter is No.4. (Bloomberg News) And with a smaller, $10 billion deal also to be formally announced Tuesday for most of the Newhouse-owned Bright House Networks (which operates mostly in Florida), cable consolidation that's largely about the internet proceeds apace. (The New York Times)

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      French existentialist writer Jean-Paul Sarte’s classic play, “No Exit,” is about men stuck in a Hell of being confined to one room.

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    Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

    • Tyler Borchers is now senior audience strategy editor at Time magazine. Previously, he was audience engagement editor there. (Email)
    • Ben Klayman is now editor-in-charge of U.S. general news in the Midwest at Reuters. Previously, he was an automotive correspondent. (Fishbowl NY)
    • Janine Gibson has left The Guardian. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of the website there. (Politico)

    Job of the day: The Huffington Post is looking for a special projects editor. Get your résumés in! (MEOJobsOnline)

    Send Ben your job moves: bmullin@poynter.org.

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  • At Nashville Public Radio, Emily Siner’s bringing together the movers, the thinkers and the community

    In April, about 50 people gathered at Nashville Public Radio to hear enterprise reporter Emily Siner interview a pastry chef, a letterpress poster maker and a cyber security expert.

    The idea, as Emily puts it, was to find people who work behind the scenes in fascinating places and ask them more about their jobs.

    I love that Emily pitched the idea for a bimonthly event series to her bosses and that they championed the idea. But what I love even more was that Emily then turned the live event into both a podcast and a newsletter — ensuring that a feedback loop was then created between the station and their audience in person, then on digital, and then through email.

    Emily Siner, screen shot

    Emily Siner, screen shot

    The podcast, called Movers and Thinkers, is described as “one part TED Radio Hour and one part Fresh Air — mixed with a Nashville flavor.” I asked Emily to talk a little bit more about the podcast and what other local journalism organizations could do to ensure that their live events live beyond the event itself. Read more

2010 Wall of Distinction Honorees

The Syracuse Press Club bestowed its most prestigious award Thursday night to five outstanding Central New York journalists.  In a dinner held at Drumlins in Syracuse the club installed the five to its Wall of Distinction.

 

 

The honorees are:
Robert Atkinson, Executive Editor of The Post-Standard
(Retired)
Janis Barth, Managing Editor Local News, The Post-Standard
John Krauss, General Manager WRVO Stations (Retired)
Ron Lombard, General Manager, Your News Now
Hart Seely, Reporter, The Post-Standard

The Wall of Distinction is in the theater lobby of the John H. Mulroy Civic Center in downtown Syracuse.  Matt Mulcahy of WSTM-TV.CNYcentral served as the MC for the evening. Former WSTM anchor and now CBS News weekend anchor Jeff Glor was the keynote speaker.  


 

 

 

Robert Atkinson

Like many in our community, Robert Atkinson began his career in journalism by attending Syracuse University. After six years in the U.S. Navy, where he began his career as a journalist, he returned to Syracuse to get a job with The Post-Standard. He began his forty year career at the paper with a posting as bureau correspondent in Saranac Lake in 1954.  He spent time as the Watertown Bureau reporter before making it as a reporter on he city desk. By 1965 he had moved up through the ranks to become Managing Editor, overseeing the paper's entire news operation.  In 1981 Atkinson was named Executive Editor, overseeing the paper's news operation and its editorial voice.
While Atkinson was at the helm of the paper it was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for a series of reports in 1992 on how poor medical care in New York's prisons made them the deadliest in the nation.
Atkinson also showed editorial courage in a community in love with Syracuse basketball when a series of articles titled "Out of Bounds" revealed NCAA violations in basketball recruiting.  The series resulted in sanctions against the basketball team.
He retired in 1993.

Janis Barth Managing Editor Local News, The Post-Standard

Janis Barth began her career in journalism in radio working as a reporter in the North Country. She later switched to print as a part-time North Country reporter for the Syracuse Newspapers in 1978. By 1990 Barth joined the main newsroom in
Syracuse as a reporter on the city desk.  She quickly was named an assistant city editor.  In 1992 she was promoted to city editor for the Herald Journal/Herald American.  Barth later rose to the positions of Assistant Managing Editor and Managing Editor, leading the paper's news staff and coverage.

Barth's story ideas, newsroom leadership and editing skills lead the staff of the paper as it reported some of its most compelling and award-winning stories.  Among them the six month long investigation  by Jon Craig and Hart Seely that toppled the management at the NYS Division for Youth. The report found physical and mental abuse of young people incarcerated by the state.  Barth was the prime mover and final arbiter for every word and phrase of the series. 
Barth also personally led the paper's coverage at Woodstock '99. Staying with a team of reporters in a  rented trailer at the site. As the concert weekend came to a close, a riot erupted and Barth was there personally directing her team caught between thousands of rioters and state police.

John Krauss-General Manager WRVO-FM (Retired)

John Krauss is one of the rare people in broadcasting today who has spent more than forty years at one station, and the listeners of WRVO-FM are he better for it.  Krauss joined WRVO  when it signed on the air as a 10 watt educational radio station on the campus of SUNY Oswego. As the station grew in size and power, Krauss worked in all facets of station operations becoming its first news director and also served as morning host.
As WRVO increased its coverage area by adding stations in Utica and Watertown, Krauss was promoted to Assistant General Manager.  Ten years later he became the station's General Manager. Under his leadership the station continued its growth in  size and news coverage.  WRVO now broadcasts at 50,000 watts and in HD.  The station continually ranks as one of the top eight stations in the Syracuse area. In recent years its strong local news department and its affiliation with NPR has filled the gap in radio news coverage as fewer commercial stations in the area make a commitment to local news coverage.  That success can be seen in the growing number of SPC awards as well as statewide awards WRVO has won.

Ron Lombard-General Manager Your News Now

Your News Now, (originally News 10 Now) is an ambitious endeavor by Time Warner Cable to deliver 24 hour news across New York State. Ron Lombard was selected by Time Warner to handle the tremendous job of putting this operation together from scratch; hiring the staff, supervising the build out of studio and newsroom facilities, and training a young staff to make it all happen.  The Syracuse operation he oversees covers news stories from Binghamton to Watertown and from Utica to Auburn providing viewers with local news any time of the day.
Lombard is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication. He began his career in central New York as a reporter and anchor at WSYR radio. He later moved to WIXT (Now WSYR-TV) Newschannel 9. Ron started as assignment editor before moving on to the position of assistant news director. He was news director from 1991-2001, helping lead the station to its place as the dominant ratings leader in the market.

 

 

 

 

Hart Seely-The Post-Standard, Author

Hart Seely is a reporter, author, essayist, political commentator and so much more. Hart is one of the most versatile reporters and writers in central New York. He's written hard-hitting investigative pieces like his expose on abuses of teen inmates in New York, and his reports from Iraq while embedded with the soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division.
Seely is also an accomplished writer of features and humor columns.  His work is not just seen in Syracuse. Seely's writing appears in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington, Slate.com and National Public Radio. Seely is also a published author of "Mrs. Goose Goes to Washington: Nursery Rhymes for the Political Barnyard," (Simon & Schuster, 2007). He is the co-editor of "O Holy Cow: The Selected Verse of Phil Rizzuto" (Ecco Press, 1993), "2007-Eleven and Other American Comedies" (Random House, 2000), and editor of "Pieces of Intelligence: The Existential Poetry of Donald Rumsfeld" (Simon & Schuster 2003).
 

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Wall of Distinction


Jack Morse

WIXT

WHEN / WTVH

WTLA

It was back in his native Whitney Point when he was a sophomore in high school that the broadcasting bug bit Jack Morse. Jack recalls that he was asked to go on a station in nearby Binghamton to promote the Sophomore Ball. He can still tell you just what he said.
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