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  • Layoffs hit The Commercial Appeal

    The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal is planning “major changes” to its print edition “and, consequently, in staffing,” according to a memo that went out to employees. The Memphis Newspaper Guild says on Facebook that 13 jobs are going from its bargaining unit:

    Seven in editorial. (Two photographers, four reporters, one copy editor)
    Four in customer service.
    Two in transportation.
    In addition to those 13, four people outside the Guild bargaining unit lost jobs. That usually means managers, but we’re not sure.

    “The print product is being reorganized to reduce space and save on newsprint and production costs,” the memo reads. Among the changes, coming Thursday:

    • It will publish only one edition, discontinuing its DeSoto, Mississippi, edition.
    • Its business report will move inside the A section, with a standalone section only on Sundays.
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  • Jill Geisler changing her role at Poynter

    Jill Geisler will assume a new role in January — Poynter Affiliate. Geisler, senior faculty, leadership and management at Poynter, has been in her current role for 16 years.

    “I love helping leaders help others succeed,” said Geisler in an email. “This change paves the way for me to keep doing that in the future, both for media leaders and others worldwide. My connection with Poynter will remain strong, both in my heart and in the classroom.”

    Beginning next year, Jill will focus on her own private leadership training consulting. Geisler will continue to be involved with Poynter, spearheading a few of the institute’s most popular leadership programs, including the Leadership Academy.

    “Leadership training has long been a pillar at Poynter, made even stronger because of Jill’s pioneering efforts,” said Tim Franklin, president of the Poynter Institute, in an email to staff.… Read more

  • Washington Post editor meets with Iranian president

    Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron attended a meeting Tuesday morning with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in New York, he confirms to Poynter in an email. They discussed Post reporter Jason Rezaian’s detention, Baron said, a conversation he later recounted in a Washington Post article.

    “It was an on the record meeting with a couple dozen editors and reporters from most major news outlets,” New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet, who also attended, told Poynter. Wall Street Journal Editor-in-Chief Gerard Baker writes that Rouhani “declined to offer any new details on the arrest and incarceration of two journalists working for foreign newspapers who have been detained by Iranian authorities for the last two months.”

    Rouhani “said the fate of Jason Rezaiain of the Washington Post and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi of Au-Dhabi-based newspaper, The National, lay in the hands of the Iranian judiciary, and suggested he was powerless to intervene,” Baker writes.… Read more

Wall of Distinction
The Wall of Distinction is where outstanding journalists in Central New York are permanently enshrined.The Syracuse Press Club's Wall of Distinction is located in the theater lobby of the John H. Mulroy Civic Center in downtown Syracuse.
      First proposed by SPC President Jeff Paston, the Wall of Distinction became reality during President Chris Weidman?s administration. In between, President Tracy Carmen appointed Joe Porcello, Bob Greabell, Marilyn Dietz Nicholson, and Paston to a committee to get the project going.
     With help from Onondaga County Executive Nick Pirro, the Wall was placed in the Civic Center building. The first group of inductees was installed on Dec. 4, 2000, formally kicking off the Syracuse Press Club's 50th anniversary observance. In addition to plaques honoring inductees, there is a large plaque commemorating the SPC's 50th anniversary listing the names of the Club's presidents from 1951 to 2001.
     Below are copies of the engraving on the plaques for each inductee. Click on onefor that honoree's bio.  Note we are still in the process of getting this feature up and running on  the new web site.


"It’s all storytelling, you know. That’s what journalism is all about."
--Tom Brokaw, NBC News

Wall of Distinction


 Janis Barth

Managing Editor Local News, The Post-Standard

After starting her journalism career in the 1970s as a radio reporter in the North Country, Barth became the part-time North Country reporter for the Syracuse Herald-Journal/Herald American and Post-Standard in 1978. Over more than three decades with the papers, her byline has appeared on well over 1,000 stories.

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