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Cox Media Group is backing away from an editor’s memo telling staffers at the Dayton Daily News to be nice to CBS. Cox Media Group owns the paper and local CBS affiliate WHIO. Rashida Rawls, a Cox Media Group editor, called out staffers Friday for running a wire story that critiqued America’s most-watched network, saying the paper shouldn’t “run any stories that cast our station in a negative light or even allude to it negatively.”
In Dayton, Cox Media Group is integrating its print, TV (CBS affil WHIO) and radio operations and using the slogan, “Come Together.” According to a memo that staffers received on Friday, coming together means not publishing anything critical about CBS.
Newsrooms such as The Arizona Republic and the Dayton Daily News are among the growing group of media companies that are consolidating their reporting efforts for Web, print and TV. “The bottom line is for breaking news — get something back to digital right away,” says Cox Media Group Ohio’s Sean Dunster. After breaking the news online, these newsrooms produce longer pieces for print and TV. Part two of a four-part special report. Read part one here.