Kat Downs Mulder Named Washington Post’s Managing Editor For Digital News

Kat Downs Mulder has been named The Washington Post’s managing editor for digital, a top leadership role in which she will oversee online operations as well as video, photography, graphics, audio and other departments of the newsroom.

L.A. Times Executive Editor Norman Pearlstine Stepping Down

His resignation comes after a summer of criticism about a lack of staff diversity and incidents of toxic and poor leadership.

Arthur Sulzberger Jr. To Retire As NYT Chairman

Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr., 69, will retire as the chairman and as an active member of its board of directors on Dec. 31, completing a generational shift at a newspaper that has been in the same family for more than 120 years. He will be succeeded as the board’s chairman by his son, A. G. Sulzberger, the publisher.

Final Episode For The NY Times TV Listings

The New York Times will no longer include the programming lineup in its print edition, ending an eight-decade run. Gilbert Cruz, the Times’s culture editor, said the time had come because of the increasing number of digital on-demand options. “We are firmly in the streaming age,” he said, “and the TV grid no longer reflects the way people consume television.”

Washington Post Managing Editor Emilio Garcia-Ruiz Named Editor In Chief Of San Francisco Chronicle

Tribune Closing Five Newspaper Newsrooms

The company said the newspapers — New York’s Daily News, the Orlando Sentinel in Florida, The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa., The Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., and the Carroll County Times in Maryland — will continue to be published with employees working from home as they have been during the coronavirus pandemic.

Former Tribune Publisher To Head McClatchy

Former Tribune Publishing executive Tony Hunter will become CEO of The McClatchy Co. after its sale to Chatham Asset Management, which is expected to close in September. Chatham is acquiring McClatchy for $312 million, the New Jersey hedge fund announced last month.

Journos Cautiously Optimistic Over Hedge Fund

Hedge fund ownership of newspaper groups typically spells doom for the newsrooms. But Chatham Asset Management’s takeover of McClatchy — scheduled to be finalized on Tuesday — is actually inspiring some cautious optimism among its journalists. That’s because Chatham has agreed to allow all employees to keep their jobs while honoring existing union contracts under the hedge fund’s plan to pay $312 million for the newspaper conglomerate. It’s a stark contrast to hedge funds’ habit of job cutting when they take ownership of newspapers.

NEWS ANALYSIS

Who Will Save Local Journalism?

One of the worst affected industries during the coronavirus outbreak has been, ironically, a profession that should have been reporting on it. The long-struggling industry faces an “extinction event” amid COVID-19, robbing large swathes of the U.S. of news coverage.

WSJ Staff Ask Editorial Board For More Accuracy

Days after hundreds of Wall Street Journal staffers signed a letter calling for a clearer delineation between the outlet’s news and opinion divisions, citing concerns with the latter’s “lack of fact-checking and transparency,” the editorial board had a pointed message for its colleagues. “These pages won’t wilt under cancel-culture pressure,” read the sub-headline on “A Note to Readers” that was published online Thursday evening.

NY Times Names Meredith Kopit Levien CEO

The New York Times Co. on Wednesday named Meredith Kopit Levien, the news organization’s chief operating officer, as its next president and chief executive, making her the youngest person ever to lead its executive ranks. She will succeed Mark Thompson, the executive who oversaw a transformation from print to digital, in September.

Iowa Prosecutor: No Time For Evidence Against Arrested Reporter

Brad Kinkade, an assistant Polk County attorney, told Judge Christopher Kemp that because Des Moines Register reporter Andrea Sahouri had only been charged with misdemeanors, the case was considered a low-priority and wasn’t worth the time needed to provide evidence the defense has requested.

Hedge Fund Has Winning Bid For McClatchy

The family-owned publisher of The Sacramento Bee and The Miami Herald announced the winner of its bankruptcy sale: Chatham Asset Management, the owner of The National Enquirer.

WSJ Staff Pushing For Big Changes In Coverage

A letter from a group of Wall Street Journal reporters and editors calls for “more muscular reporting about race and social inequities,” as well as skepticism toward business and government leaders.

Coronavirus Has Closed More Than 50 Local Newsrooms Across America. And Counting.

McClatchy Heads Toward Hedge-Fund Ownership

In keeping with a nationwide industry trend, a finance firm seems poised to take control of the publisher of The Miami Herald and The Sacramento Bee.

L.A. Times Faces Painful Reckoning Over Race

Two years after the Los Angeles Times reverted to local ownership, the country’s largest metropolitan daily newspaper is facing a painful internal reckoning over glaring deficiencies and missteps regarding race and representation in its pages and its staff.

2 Sidelined Pittsburgh Journalists React: One Quits; The Other Sues

Pittsburgh Paper Becomes Its Own Story

At a time when so many local newspapers have been gobbled up by budget-slashing, profit-minded corporations, many journalists have yearned for the days when local families owned the papers and managed them with a sense of civic commitment. And yet the most toxic relationship in American media right now may be between Post-Gazette journalists and its publisher, whose family has owned the paper for nearly a century.

Top Editor Of Philadelphia Inquirer Resigns After ‘Buildings Matter’ Headline

NYT Opinion Editor Resigns Over Op-Ed

The New York Times on Sunday announced the resignation of its editorial page editor James Bennet, who had held the position since May 2016, and the reassignment of deputy editorial page editor James Dao to the newsroom. The announcement comes three days after Bennet acknowledged that he had not read, before publication, a controversial op-ed from Sen. Tom Cotton (R.-Ark.) headlined “Send in the Troops,” which called for military intervention in U.S. cities where protests over police brutality have ignited violence.

ANALYSIS

Op-Ed Controversy Leads To NYT Revolt

Earlier this week, The New York Times editorial board ran an op-ed piece from Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton calling for the military to be deployed to cities during protests about the death of George Floyd, racial inequality and police brutality. Readers accused the Times of publishing divisive and potentially harmful rhetoric that was suggesting something akin to martial law. The pushback was just as loud inside the Times as dozens of Times employees tweeted the same thing: “Running this puts Black @NYTimes staff in danger.”

Why Journos Are Walking Out Of Newsrooms

Lack of diversity has contributed to serious problems in covering racial justice.

Wary Journos Return To Charleston Newsroom

The Post and Courier, a Charleston daily, requires temperature checks at the door. An editor said she was fired after approving a reader’s comment criticizing the newspaper’s shift away from remote work.

News Corp. Shutting Dozens Of Newspapers In Australia

It’s Time To Uproot American Newspapers From Hedge Funds And Replant Them In More Hospitable Ground

COMMENTARY

Media Must Not Aid In Normalizing Virus Deaths

Margaret Sullivan: Trump wants America to ‘normalize’ coronavirus deaths. It’s the media’s job not to play along.

Layoffs Follow Furloughs At Gannett Newspapers

Philly Inquirer Offers Voluntary Buyouts

The Philadelphia Inquirer offered voluntary buyouts to 55 guild members in sales, Poynter learned via a memo on Friday. Another voluntary buyout offer was made to fulltime newsroom employees 65 and over after some employees expressed interest in such an offer.

Strapped Local News Outlets On Brink

A tsunami of layoffs, cutbacks, furloughs and closures has washed over newsrooms across the United States over the past month — a time, ironically, when readership and viewership is surging with consumers in search of reliable information about the virus.

JESSELL AT LARGE

Jessell | Local TV Won’t Be Felled By Coronavirus

A barrage of recent headlines has bemoaned the coronavirus-induced death of local news. But let’s not conflate newspapers’ endangerment with the robust television stations tirelessly tackling the pandemic.

Local Papers Facing Own Coronavirus Crisis

Readers desperate for information are more reliant than ever on local media as the coronavirus spreads across the U.S. They want to know about cases in their area, where testing centers are, what the economic impact is. Papers say online traffic and subscriptions have risen. But newspapers and other publications are under pressure as advertising craters. They are cutting jobs, staff hours and pay, dropping print editions — and in some cases shutting down entirely.

Gannett To Furlough Workers At 100+ Papers

Certain employees making more than $38,000 must take one week of unpaid leave in April, May and June.

NEWS ANALYSIS

Bail Out Journalists. Let Newspaper Chains Die

The coronavirus is likely to hasten the end of advertising-driven media, Ben Smith writes. And government should not rescue it.

Coronavirus Sends Local Papers, Radio Into Crisis

Even though demand for local news has never been higher than during the pandemic and websites are seeing upwards of five times their usual traffic, local newspapers and some radio broadcasters are already facing layoffs. “Economically, this is devastating,” said one radio executive. “We are modeling daily on how to keep people when we have no money coming in the door.”

Coronavirus Brings A Surge To News Sites

Many journalists are covering a once-in-a-lifetime story from home, thanks to Zoom and Slack. But as readers flock to large news outlets, ads are starting to disappear.

TVN’S NEWSROOM INNOVATORS

TVN’s Newsroom Innovators | WaPo’s Jorgenson Courts Next Gen On TikTok

Dave Jorgenson produces twice-daily posts geared to young audiences on nascent social video platform TikTok. In 10 months, he’s gained 400,000 subscribers there and tens of millions of views of his witty short videos, including tips on coronavirus hand washing and handshakes.

The Newsroom At The Center Of A Pandemic

“That’s what local papers are meant to do”: The journalists at The Seattle Times have been aggressively covering the coronavirus as it affects their neighbors and friends.

Cleveland’s Double Crisis — Coronavirus And A Shrinking Number Of Reporters To Cover It

COMMENTARY

In Praise Of Coronavirus Coverage

Poynter’s Tom Jones: “Despite early claims that the media was overblowing this story, creating a narrative where there was none and fueling unnecessary panic, this week has turned out to be one of journalism’s finest hours. The journalism on display this week during an ever-shifting and rapidly-moving story has been nothing short of spectacular.”