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  • Eighteen months after dropping AP, Tribune happy with Reuters

    When newspaper ad revenues were in free fall in 2008, there was much angry complaining among editors about the high cost and inflexibility of the Associated Press service. At a gripe session in Washington, one editor compared the cooperative to the USSR’s politburo.  Threats to quit were common.

    In the end though, AP cut its rates, offered several levels of service and has retained the great majority of its newspaper members (who also own the cooperative and hold most its board seats).

    But there was an exception.

    Starting in 2009, Chicago Tribune editor Gerould Kern quietly began working with Reuters to build an acceptable substitute service.  Kern told me the Chicago Tribune ran its last AP material in March 2012.  With six other Tribune papers (but not the Los Angeles Times), it dropped AP entirely at the start of 2013.

    Kern said in a phone interview that he cannot recall a single reader complaint about inferior wire coverage.  At “a price that has saved us significant amount of money,” Kern said, the Tribune and others are getting “more than adequate” content from Reuters and can devote more resources to local investigations, arts and sports.

    “We are not anti-AP,” Kern told me several times, “but we believe in competition and choice in the market place. … Read more

  • Alan Murray: Fortune ‘feels like a calling’

    Murray in 2008, when he was an executive editor of The Wall Street Journal. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    In a memo to Pew Research Center staffers this morning, President Alan Murray said he hadn’t pursued the job of Fortune editor. He was named to the post this morning.

    The magazine was “one of only two places I applied to work after finishing my graduate degree,” he writes, saying the opportunity to go there “feels like a calling, and it is one I find impossible to resist.”

    Pew “will promptly begin a search for the new president” of the research center, Pew Charitable Trusts President and CEO Rebecca Rimel told Poynter this morning. Jim McMillan will act as president during the search, Murray writes.

    Memo:

    It is with very mixed emotions that I announce I am leaving at the end of the month to become Editor of Fortune magazine.

    This is not a job I was looking for, or sought. But Fortune, created by Henry Luce some 85 years ago, is one of the nation’s great and enduring journalistic brands. It is one of only two places I applied to work after finishing my graduate degree. The opportunity to lead this iconic news organization into the new media world does not feel like just another job opportunity.

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  • Advice from journalists of color: ‘Don’t sacrifice who you are for where you want to go’

    Buzzfeed

    Buzzfeed writers Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton asked 20 writers of color for advice for their counterparts who are just beginning their careers in an article published today.

    Mostly, the responses emphasized the importance of hard work and building a professional reputation marked by attention to deadlines, creative storytelling and persistence. Among the pieces of advice:

    -Jenna Wortham, a technology reporter with the New York Times, said the best reputations are cemented by quality bylines.

    “That is how you earn respect and get plucked for the best jobs — with bylines and pieces that can’t be ignored. And reputation matters more than anything; maintain credibility at all costs. Trust your gut, and be yourself. Don’t sacrifice who you are for where you want to go.”

    -Mychal Denzel Smith, a contributor at The Nation magazine, wrote that hustle — writing and networking and being seen — is more important than talent, which is “a fluke.”

    On Monday, broadcast journalism student Raecine Williams engaged in a similar conversation from the other end. Williams wrote “Am I Giving Up Being Jamaican for an American Broadcasting Career?” for the American Journalism Review, questioning whether or not to give up her Jamaican accent to better her chances of landing a job.… Read more


Laura Hand Wright

WSTM-TV

Laura Hand is probably best-known as the news anchor on WSTM-TV's "Action News at Noon," but she has many other jobs at the station -- and has taken on many roles in community organizations as well.
Laura got into news broadcasting while studying at Syracuse University. In the 1969-70 school year, she served as news director for WAER-FM. She spent the following summer as editor of "Report to the Middle East" at the Voice of America in Washington. After receiving a degree in journalism and political science in 1971, she joined WFBL radio as a news reporter for two years.

In 1972, Laura switched to television, joining WSYR-TV (now WSTM-TV) Channel 3 as a reporter. She's been there ever since -- mostly in news. She not only anchors Channel 3’s noon newscast, but also puts the program together every day. She also hosts and produces "Our Community" each Sunday, produces and writes the community calendar feature "3 in Touch," and is the web content manager for CNY Entertainment on wstm.com. Until a few years ago, Laura was the early morning news anchor and producer/anchor for public affairs documentaries.

Since January 1993, she added the position of community relations director to her resume. In that role, her responsibilities include developing campaigns to increase Channel 3's visibility in the community, producing and tracking public service announcements, and involving members of the station staff in community activities.

When it comes to community activities, Laura could be the role model for involvement. She is vice chair of the Salvation Army’s Advisory Board, working on marketing and annual resource development. She initiated the annual Tree of Lights gift program during the Christmas holidays, and expanded the Salvation Army's Dome Day food donation program.

She is also on the Northeast Community Center’s board of directors and serves on Syracuse’s Weed & Seed steering committee. And if all of this isn't enough, she finds time to read to school children and emcee community events.

Over the years, Laura has served with the "Hope for the Bereaved" advisory board, where she helped establish the Butterfly Garden of Hope on Onondaga Lake Parkway; the Mental Health Association Task Force on Children and Adolescents; Metropolitan Commission on Aging outreach project; American Lung Association CNY Chapter Board; Syracuse organizing committee, National Senior Sports Classic, Syracuse Press Club board; and a number of SU organizations including the Newhouse School Alumni Association board.

All of these activities have won Laura a large number of awards. Among them, she was named an SU Outstanding Alumna in 1992; She received the Marguerite Higgins Journalism Prize for Gulf War coverage; a National Merit Award from the Community Action Network for the "Feed the Hungry" campaign in 1994; three awards from the Associated Press and 10 from the Syracuse Press Club, including two SPC Professional Standards awards. Laura is listed in "Who’s Who of American Women."
--Joseph A. Porcello
Last Updated ( Monday, 17 November 2008 01:24 )
 

"Paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people and sending them off to distant lands to die of foreign fevers and foreign shot and shell."--Hugo L Black, Associate Justice, US Supreme Court (Ruling that upheld the press’s right to publish the Pentagon Papers)

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 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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