Composition time, like in college days: Starting Monday, reporters at the South Bend Tribune are being required to write a detailed memo to their editors on what they accomplished during the previous eight hours.
No indication if this includes what type of sandwich was munched for lunch.
In other Grumpy Editor end-of-week leftover notes:
Last of free home-delivered Baltimore Examiner copies roll off the presses on Feb. 15, putting 90 employees out of work…Also on Feb. 15, the last Book World tabloid section will appear in the Washington Post. After that, book content will be scattered in other departments…McClatchy Co., which owns 30 daily newspapers in 29 U.S. markets, is suspending “for the foreseeable future” its quarterly dividend after this quarter’s payout.
All steamed up: A Wednesday photo caption in The Wall Street Journal described smoke being discharged from a U.S. Steel plant in Clairton, Pa. Actually, it was steam. A correction note ran the next day…Is it still a “daily”? Blaming economic circumstances, the Las Vegas (N.M.) Optic, starting March 2, will publish on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays…New York Times Co. ad revenue at its 19 news media properties fell 15.8 percent last month, normally a lucrative period with the holiday season.
Hot and cold: Top front-page story Tuesday in the Los Angeles Times focused on climate change while a few columns away, above the fold, was a photo of an Altadena (suburb of Los Angeles) resident scraping an unusual layer of ice off her car’s rear window. Meanwhile, The Times plans to eliminate 300 positions, including 70 in the newsroom in coming weeks.
Attention-grabbing ad, but: Microsoft Corp. is running strange full-page ads in publications, including The Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek, that show a marker-like shading over five columns of printed text and an X over a photo. Only a few unshaded words remain that, when combined, form a sentence, such as “It’s everybody’s business to be on the same page.” Readers have to look closely to see, in tiny type, that it’s a pitch for Microsoft’s “people ready solution.”