This is the kind of post I used to write here, but now I’m contributing those posts instead to Inside Thunderdome. I also blogged there last week about our December DFMie winners for the best journalism in the company (beyond the Sandy Hook coverage).
Archive for the ‘Digital First Media’ Category
Digital First Media will recognize the best work in each of our eight geographic clusters, starting with awards for the best work in September. We want a nickname for the awards and invite employees to vote for one of the following choices.
Thanks to all employees who suggested names. We had 19 suggestions, most of them serious, and we thank you all, even — perhaps especially — for the humorous ones. Jim Brady and I narrowed the list to the four on the ballot. Please choose the name you like best. Please vote only once and only if you’re a DFM staff member.
I led a workshop Tuesday at the New Haven Register on some tips for bloggers to improve their work.
I discussed tips I have blogged about previously in various other posts:
Here are my slides from the workshop:
Bitterness is an understandable emotion. But it always hurts you more than your targets.
I think I have had a lot in common with the journalists, some of them clearly former Journal Register employees, who lashed out at our company or our CEO in comments recently about the company’s Chapter 11 filing. You can read a sampling at the end of my blog post on the bankruptcy or on Jim Romenesko’s or Josh Benton’s or Matt DeRienzo’s.
I’m not going to debate here the merits of the financial move or the criticisms we received. I already had my say about the bankruptcy filing and I’m happy to give critics their say (I haven’t withheld approval of any comments on my blog post and just checked 14 pages of spam messages to make sure no critical comments got diverted by the spam filter). And I’ll grant that critics, even bitter ones, raise some valid points and questions.
What I do want to say here is that I’ve battled bitter feelings on many occasions in my career. The details aren’t important here, but I’ve been fired and have endured the deaths of two afternoon newspapers. I’ve been caught in the middle of a legal dispute. A publisher’s wife tried to get me fired. An editor forgot I had applied for a columnist’s position I dearly wanted. I learned from the bulletin board about someone being promoted into a position I was in line for. I’ve been passed over for other jobs when I was sure I was better than the people who got them. Twice in a row I changed jobs and moved my family for exciting new opportunities only to have the top executives change directions. I consulted a lawyer about an instance of age discrimination. I’ve been demoted and had my pay cut (five days before Christmas; thank you, Mr. Scrooge). I’ve seen more colleagues lose their jobs than I can count. And I had to deliver that unpleasant news to some colleagues after losing a fight to save their jobs (I was gone myself within a year).
Every one of those incidents felt like a profound injustice at the time and I’m sure each of the offending bosses felt they were sound business decisions. But you know (and deep down I know) that life isn’t that simple. Some of them were injustices. But some of them were sound business decisions. And dammit, some were both. And an honest appraisal would note that responsibility for those unhappy moves ranged from 100 percent the employer’s to heavy responsibility for me (since I didn’t make the decisions, I can’t say it was ever 100 percent on me). (more…)
I don’t pretend to understand corporate finance. So I won’t have a lot to say about today’s announcement that Journal Register Company filed for Chapter 11 and is for sale.
Here’s what I know: JRC is making great strides in developing a healthy new business model for the digital marketplace. (So are Digital First Media and MediaNews Group, which are all intertwined but not identical; it’s just JRC that is involved in today’s filing). I don’t expect the financial measures announced today to change that beyond giving us the ability to renegotiate some debts, pensions and leases.
Jim Romenesko had some fun today with Google’s autocomplete feature, asking “Why is …” questions about various media organizations and figures.
The frequent searches for such as the New York Times, Washington Post (this one gave me a laugh), Rupert Murdoch and Rachel Maddow give you some insight into how people perceive them. Sorry, I won’t complete any of them here. You’ll have to read Jim’s post to see them.
But he didn’t search Digital First Media, so I did:
Those appear to be searches relating to the former Reagan press secretary.
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Thunderdome is happening, Baby!
I was in our Thunderdome newsroom this week, and we filled a conference room with journalists and creative energy. Our new curation team was working on a long-term project and some daily work. New politics channel manager Ryan Teague Beckwith was brainstorming convention and campaign coverage with the curation team. Thunderdome Editor Robyn Tomlin was interviewing job candidates. We ate too much cheesecake, cupcakes and gourmet chocolates. Digital First Editor-in-Chief Jim Brady and I told funny stories about embarrassing things we’d done. This is feeling like a newsroom. (more…)