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Olympics-sized coverage from two smaller papers

August 20, 2008

Part of a series of posts by Gannett Blog Olympics news analyst Ed Hutcheson, a pen name for one of my long-time readers. Ed, an employee at a GCI paper, will file occasional dispatches about Summer Games coverage. It’s all yours, Ed!

Updated at 10:31 a.m. ET. The Beijing Olympics are more than a week old, and so far, so good for Gannett’s coverage team. GCI’s plan is simple: Deliver coverage of hometown athletes to their newspapers, then complement it with broader coverage. Let the Associated Press do the rest. It seems to be working.

A byline count suggests a team of at least 16 reporters: 10 from metro and community papers, five from USA Today, plus Gannett News Service columnist Mike Lopresti. If two staffers from the smallest papers are any indication, Gannett and those hometown papers are getting their money’s worth.

Kevin Tresolini, a sports writer at The News Journal in Wilmington, Del., covered at least seven sports, including swimming, field hockey, soccer and tennis, in his first week.

Tresolini describes the job on his blog from Beijing: “Most of what I write (is) Gannett-paper specific — a story about the wrestler for the Shreveport, La., paper, the weight-lifter for the Salem, Ore., paper, the women’s basketball player for the Nashville paper, the field hockey player for Cherry Hill, N.J.,” he says. “Wednesday at swimming, I popped out three different dispatches for three different papers on three different swimmers.”

Bob Berghaus, the sports editor at the Asheville Citizen-Times, covered softball, canoe/kayak, tennis, cycling, swimming and shooting in his first week. He’s also writing columns and blogging.

On his blog, Berghaus confesses that he went into a women’s restroom by mistake, ate some mystery meat, and passed out on his flight to China. On Friday, he wrote a column about how he tried to bend the rules at the swimming venue and didn’t get away with it.

Tresolini has blogged about dishes he has not eaten, spitting in public — and the smog.

Got a tip for Ed? Post your replies in the comments section, below. To e-mail confidentially, write gannettblog[at]gmail[dot-com]; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the green sidebar, upper right.

[Images: yesterday’s front pages, Newseum]

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Hot Off the Press: Statesman Journal

July 11, 2008

Today’s print edition; click on the image for a bigger view. The paper named a new publisher yesterday — Desert Sun Editor Steve Silberman — as last month’s Friday Afternoon Massacre continued to roil Gannett’s top management ranks.

[Image: Newseum]

Salem, Palm Springs papers name publisher, editor

July 10, 2008

Updated at 7:56 p.m. ET. The Friday Afternoon Massacre continued to reverberate across Gannett today: A new publisher was named at the Statesman Journal in Salem, Ore., and a new executive editor at The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif.

Sun Executive Editor Steve Silberman (left) was appointed publisher of the Salem paper. (I don’t know Silberman’s age; the Salem paper’s story doesn’t say.) He replaces Brian Priester, made publisher of the Lansing (Mich.) State Journal on Tuesday.

In Palm Springs, Managing Editor Rick Green replaces Silberman, according to Publisher Richard Ramhoff. Green, 43, will oversee the daily newspaper, five weeklies, the website, and three niche magazines, the Sun says.

Ramhoff and then Priester were shuffled in the Friday Afternoon Massacre. Ramhoff had been publisher at Lansing. In addition to Palm Springs publisher, he’s now a vice president in the newly created West region.
Daily circulation data
  • Lansing: 61,990
  • Salem: 47,961
  • Palm Springs: 49,304

Calling out Palm Springs: Salem wants to hear all about Silberman. Post your replies in the comments section, below. To e-mail confidentially, use this link from a non-work computer; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the green sidebar, upper right.

[Photo, from when Gannett named Silberman the Sun‘s top editor; circulation data, 2007 Annual Report]

Salem’s Priester named Lansing State publisher

July 9, 2008

Brian Priester created a stir last fall when he publicly dressed down his own newsroom for failing to cover a Christian music festival while he was publisher of the Statesman Journal in Salem, Ore. Priester, 44, was appointed to the top job at the Lansing State Journal yesterday; he replaces Richard Ramhoff, who was named publisher of The Desert Sun in Palm Springs as part of Gannett’s big newspaper division reorganization.

Priester had been publisher at Salem only since February 2007; that seems like an unusually short tenure. His move to Lansing, of course, creates an opening in Salem for a new top executive.

Quote-O-Matic Alert!
From the press release announcing Priester’s promotion, a classic almost-sounds-believable quote, courtesy of chief company flack Tara Connell; this one is attributed to newspaper division President Bob Dickey: “Brian’s rich background in marketing and circulation will be strong assets as he moves to Lansing. We have no doubt that Brian will be a fantastic leader and excellent new addition to the Lansing State Journal.”

Related: the State Journal‘s story about Priester’s appointment

Earlier: Lansing sorry about that state worker database

Salem staffers: What can you tell Lansing about Priester? Post your reply in the comments section, below. To e-mail confidentially, use this link from a non-work computer; see Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the green sidebar, upper right.

Hot off the Press: Ky., Ore. primary editions

May 20, 2008

Voters are casting ballots today in the presidential race; here are this morning’s Front Pages and set-up pieces, at The Courier-Journal in Louisville and at the Statesman Journal in Salem.

[Images: Newseum]

Cutlines Only: Statesman Journal

April 26, 2008

A city worker in Salem, Ore., moves a traffic cone so cars can move past an 18-inch water-main break on Friday, the Statesman Journal says. Photo by Andrea J. Wright, Statesman Journal, via Newseum.

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Pitfalls of publishing: Olsen Twins edition!

January 28, 2008

Update on Jan. 29: The ads have been taken down — but only after I called the Olsens’ company, Dualstar Entertainment, to ask why they were still up.

Remember those tacky Virginia Tech “Tiffany” lamp advertisements I spotted on the Statesman Journal‘s website last month? Well, here’s another good example of the downside of carrying online advertising served up without human intervention. I noticed two Google-provided text ads (screenshot, above) at the top of actresses Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen‘s website. The one on the left links to a site for Peta, the very anti-fur activist group that’s dubbed their latest target Hairy-Kate and Trashley Trollsen. The ad’s link on the right, for an anorexia-related site, doesn’t work anymore; it apparently sought to profit off Mary-Kate’s reported battles with an eating disorder.

I can’t imagine the Olsens want those ads on their site. (One of them’s feeling enough heat already.) Yet, amazingly, I first saw them yesterday — and they were still on the site as of a few moments ago. Hello? Anyone awake at Olsen Headquarters? (And, no, I’m not obsessed with the Olsens. Well, OK: maybe a little.)

Hot Off the Press: Statesman Journal

December 31, 2007

This is today’s Statesman Journal in Salem, Ore.; click on the image for a bigger view. Newspapers have published lists of the year’s top 10 news stories virtually since Johannes Gutenberg invented movable type printing — and I saw plenty when I scanned Gannett front pages this morning. I’m surprised Statesman Journal editors didn’t include in print a link to an online poll asking readers for their top news picks of 2007. (Of course, the paper may have done that earlier. But then why not reflect that somewhere today?) In any case, the Journal went with The Associated Press’s list, which ranked as No. 1 the Virginia Tech massacre in April that left 32 people dead.

And speaking of Virginia Tech: When I searched the Journal‘s website for stories related to that campus tragedy, the paper served up some tasteless text advertisements (see screen shot, below). First off, the ad is misleading; these are Tiffany-style lamps — not originals. And why stop with lamps? Why not serve up some funeral home ads, too?

Statesman Journal staffers: I’m always looking for correspondents. Use this link to e-mail your contact information. See Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the sidebar, upper right. Or leave a note in the comments section, below.

The Journal at a glance:

  • Publisher: Brian Priester
  • Executive Editor: Bill Church
  • Founded: 1851
  • Joined Gannett: 1974
  • Employees: 415

[Image: Newseum]

Salem publisher ‘outraged’ over coverage

September 26, 2007

The Statesman Journal‘s Brian Priester publicly dressed down his own newsroom for not covering this past weekend’s Salem Riverfest. He says a story about the event should have been on Page One. “I am embarrassed and outraged by our lack of coverage, as I’m sure many of you are as well,” Priester wrote in a letter to readers.

The newsroom’s response? It swung back with a story today about all the festival-related noise complaints. Hah! I’d say Priester’s outrage would carry more weight if he’d actually attended the event. Can anyone cite other examples of publishers going this far? Comment, below, please.