1 Comment · Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Every reporter has undertaken some assignment without a chance for adequate preparation. It comes with daily journalism.
3 Comments · Wednesday, March 5, 2014
This is my last article as a staff writer at CityBeat.
At the end of the week, I will be leaving Cincinnati for Washington,
D.C., to join a new journalistic venture.
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 29, 2014
The media does a terrible job explaining
public policies, and one of the major causes is reporters’ reliance on
“he says, she says.”
by German Lopez
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Parent company Gannett lays off 400-plus around nation
Although it’s moving staff out of its offices in Kentucky, The Cincinnati Enquirer intends to continue publishing a daily Kentucky edition with unique content for Northern Kentucky.
Editor Steve Wilson was among those laid off from The Kentucky Enquirer yesterday. He will remain at the newspaper for four weeks, along with several colleagues who were also laid off.
Wilson told CityBeat that The Enquirer isn’t backing away from its commitment to northern Kentucky, but acknowledges problems posed by the layoffs.
“Clearly, all things being equal, you want to have
reporters based in the area they’re covering. That just makes sense.
Everybody would agree with that,” Wilson says. “But in this case, they
apparently had their reasons that made sense to them.”
Wilson won’t speculate on the reasons, but he cites cost
concerns as an ongoing problem. “Gannett, like most companies, is very
bottom-line-driven, and they had to do something to reduce expenses,” he
says, pointing to the continuing trend of downsizing in the news industry.
Following the demise of The Cincinnati Post in 2007, The Cincinnati Enquirer
and its Kentucky edition made strides to appeal to northern Kentucky
readers. One example: The newspaper stopped referring to the region as
“Greater Cincinnati,” instead adopting “Greater Cincinnati and northern
Kentucky” — a lede-unfriendly moniker that was meant to show The Enquirer was serious about reaching out.But a source close to The Enquirer who asked to remain anonymous questioned the success of those efforts, given yesterday’s layoffs.
Gannett Blog claims 23 people were laid off at Enquirer
offices, but it’s difficult to confirm the report because of Gannett’s
secrecy with staffing issues. More than 400 people lost their jobs at
Gannett newspapers around the nation, according to the blog.
Based on information gathered so far, the local layoffs span through the Cincinnati and Kentucky versions of The Enquirer, Community Press and Community Recorder.
A source close to the situation told CityBeat
that eight reporters, two editors and one photographer are moving from
the Kentucky offices to downtown Cincinnati, with the
remaining Kentucky staff members laid off. Staff members were also moved from the newspaper’s West Chester
office, which covered Butler and Warren counties.Original reports claimed the Kentucky and West Chester offices were closing, but they will apparently remain open for reporters in a limited capacity.
The source gave the names of five people who were laid
off: Wilson; Bill Cieslewicz, a mid-level editor; Jackie Demaline,
theatre critic and arts writer; Paul McKibben, breaking news reporter;
and Ealer Wadlington, listing coordinator.
When asked about the layoffs, Gannett spokesperson Jeremy Gaines told journalism industry blogger Jim Romenesko, “Some USCP (U.S. Community Publishing) sites are making cuts to align their business plans with local market conditions.”
The nationwide layoffs come a couple weeks after Gannett CEO Gracia Martore proudly claimed on July 22, “We are accelerating our transformation into the ‘New Gannett’ every day.”Updated on Nov. 4 at 12:03 p.m.: Added final layoff numbers from Gannett Blog.Updated on Aug. 6 at 11:13 a.m.: Added the latest layoff numbers from Gannett Blog.Updated on Aug. 6 at 10:47 a.m.: Reports now say that The Enquirer will keep its Kentucky and West Chester offices open in a limited capacity. The story was updated to reflect the latest news.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 30, 2013
I still object to shield laws. They are a de facto
form of licensing reporters. You are your sources are unprotected if
you’re not included in the definition of “journalist” or your work isn’t
Media musings from Cincinnati and beyond
0 Comments · Friday, October 4, 2013
I was covering federal courts and agencies for the
Enquirer 17 years ago during the previous lockout. One impression
remains unshakable: most federal employees told to stay home were
offended by the “non-essential” designation. They didn’t think of themselves as bureaucrats, but more
as civil service; apolitical and doing the best job they could with the
resources provided by Congress.
Annual media watchdog list critiques coverage of whistleblowers and wealth gaps — and the notion of journalistic objectivity
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Unable to tell the story of a trend and
unable to talk about rising inequality for fear of appearing partisan,
reporters often fail to connect the dots for their readers.
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 11, 2013
CityBeat has been recognized as
the second-best weekly newspaper in the state by the Ohio Society of
Professional Journalists, which last week released the results of its
statewide contest for work published in 2012.
9 Comments · Tuesday, July 23, 2013
If Zimmerman is guilty of anything, it was prosecutors,
not jurors, who let him walk free. That kind of over-charging isn’t alien
to Hamilton County, but it too rarely is questioned by reporters,
especially when pleas to lesser charges are accepted by prosecutors and
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 26, 2013
A press card means we’re special until we
irritate someone who can ignore it or take it away. It doesn’t matter
what level of government is involved; the power to issue a press card is
the power to withhold.