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  • Rumor tracker Emergent has ceased updating

    Emergent, the real-time rumor tracker founded by Poynter adjunct faculty member Craig Silverman, has gone dormant since its creator joined at BuzzFeed.

    In an interview with Poynter, Silverman said he ceased updating Emergent after he began his new job as editor of BuzzFeed Canada. The site, which sprung from Silverman’s fellowship with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, has been at a standstill for about two weeks, Silverman said.

    In his new role, Silverman will oversee the six-person team at BuzzFeed Canada, which will include a political editor and a social news editor, among other positions. Meanwhile, the future of Emergent remains uncertain. The viral news outlet is not acquiring the rumor-tracker, partially because the technology it’s built upon doesn’t mesh well with that of BuzzFeed’s, Silverman said. Read more

  • McClatchy’s stock continues to take a pummeling

    McClatchy_logoMcClatchy reported a first quarter net operating loss of $11.3 million and more deep declines in print advertising today as its stock continues to takes a pummeling.

    McClatchy shares have been trading between $1.50 and $1.60 the last several days. That is about half where they were at the start of 2015, and they have lost roughly three-quarters since this time a year ago.

    Wall Street values the company at a market capitalization of $135 million,  That’s less than $5 million per paper in a collection of 29 titles in 28 cities including the Miami Herald, Kansas City Star and Charlotte Observer.

    Continuing the trend of recent earning reports, print advertising was the problem spot, down 15.7 percent year-to-year with national advertising especially bad, off 25 percent. Read more

  • Alexis Madrigal named EIC at Fusion

    Capital New York

    Alexis Madrigal, who decamped from to join Fusion months ago, has been appointed editor-in-chief of the millennial-focused news organization.

    Jane Spencer, formerly editor-in-chief of digital there, will be senior vice president of emerging platforms, according to a memo from Fusion CEO Isaac Lee.

    News of the leadership change was reported first by Capital New York.

    Before coming to Fusion, Madrigal was deputy editor at In the last year, the news outlet has lured several prominent journalists, including Madrigal, New York’s Kevin Roose, Felix Salmon of Reuters and NBC News’ Hillary Frey.

    Here’s the memo:


    I have important news and updates to share with you about the future of Fusion.

    In the coming months, with the full support of our parent companies, we will be doubling down on our digital efforts, further investing in key areas, while setting our collective sights even higher.

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Veteran broadcaster Alan Milair dies

Long-time veteran of WSYR Radio and television has died.  The family of Alan Milair says the broadcast personality and program host died.  His family provided us with this obituary:

Alan Milair, 81, of Syracuse passed away peacefully at Loretto Cunningham on April 21, 2012.  Born in Charleston, WV, he spent his boyhood there and Lewiston, PA before moving to Cortland, NY where he started his radio career @ WKRT. 

Then moving to Syracuse to work at WSYR where he had a storied 30 year career in Radio and Television.   He was an on air personality with many radio shows including “Music just for you” and several classical programs.  He created and performed in Monster Movie Matinee which ran for 16 years.  He was also a news and weather man as well as a talk show host for many years for WSYR Television. He completed his career as AM/FM Program Manager for WSYR Radio. 

Throughout his life he sat on several boards, including Onondaga Community College, Onondaga County Co-operative Extension and Crouse Hospital Foundation.

  He was also active in local theatre throughout his life.   He also enjoyed fishing, family and friends. 

He is pre-deceased by his wife, Eloise, of 31 years and Helen Anderson of 14 years, and his Son Erich Milair.  He is survived by his Daughter, Shawn Wayson (Martin), Son Dana Milair of Maine and 8 Grandchildren.      

Calling hours are 4-7pm on Tuesday April 24th at Fairchild and Meech Dewitt Chapel.   Memorial service will be held on Wednesday April 25th at 4pm at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Dewitt. 

 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Loretto Cunningham, 7th floor, 700 E. Brighton Ave., Syracuse, NY 13205.



Last Updated ( Monday, 23 April 2012 20:00 )
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Jackie Robinson's work as a television news broadcaster and an involvement in community organizations has made her one of the best-known women in Central New York, as well as a role model and positive influence for area youth.
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