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The Pulitzer Prizes were announced about a half-hour ago, and let's put it this way: It's a good day for Hassan Elmasry. The Times snagged only one award this year, in the Feature Writing category. That's the same total as the Daily News and Newsday — and for that matter, the Oregonian, the Miami Herald, the Los Angeles Times — which all also won one prize, but without the pesky dual-class ownership that Elmasry so dislikes and we'd all like to argue protects the paper's superior journalism. Then again, it was a year without any big winners, and the only paper to win two prizes — the Wall Street Journal, with Public Service and International Reporting — is a dual-class paper, too. Congratulations, Bancrofts. The Pulitzer Prizes 2007 [Pulitzer.org]
MEDIA • NBC to fire Nightly News exec producer John Reiss. But is it for ratings, or does Reiss not get along with anchor Brian Williams? [NYT and LAT] • Tunku Varadarajan moves from an editorial-page writer to an assistant managing editor at the Wall Street Journal, only the third time in 50 years someone has jumped that divide. [NYO] • Bellevue Hospital starts its own imprint; wannabe Ken Keseys hope for literary success. [NYT]
Ms. Crow, 44, for example, learned last year that she had breast cancer; the ad with her includes part of a Journal article about breast cancer.You know, as opposed to all those old Journal ads featuring men talking about their prostate cancer. Newspaper Readers of a Different Kind [NYT]
MEDIA • The story of the jet-fueled relationship between ex-Citigroup exec Todd Thompson and CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo has turned from a snowball into an avalanche. [WSJ] • Newspapers eliminated about 1,500 positions in 2006, an improvement over 2005, when 2,500 scribes took a walk. [E&P] • Putting scratch-and-sniff ads in the Wall Street Journal actually makes us less inclined to read a newspaper. [AdAge]
In 2002, Ms. Donahue began offering a Bad Santa for singing telegrams and party visits. ...Her Bad Santa, whose services start at $110 for 15 minutes, sings Christmas carols with unprintable lyrics, breaks down in tears or perhaps throws gifts across the room.Because it's The Wall Street Journal, there's a whole "wintersolsticblahblahblahiconimageblahblah" section on the history of Santa the intern probably worked on all week, establishing that men getting drunk and feeling people up at Christmas parties may well be an homage to the Pennsylvania Dutch character of "Pelz Nicholas," rather than, you know, men pretty much using any opportunity to get drunk and feel women up. There's even the inevitable party pooper:
The Santa her company had hired sat on guests' laps, flipped candy across tables and made lewd comments to some of the women. "He was a little obnoxious," said Ms. Requiro, a company director. "I didn't really even want to be near him, because it was uncomfortable. I didn't eat my candy."You didn't like your candy? You probably cried when he put you on his lap, too. You Better Watch Out [WSJ]
The Wall Street Journal's decision to exit Canada and eliminate four editorial positions has understandably raised questions with Newswires' staffers about our intentions in Canada.The Journal's decision to exit Canada? The newspaper is retreating from our neighbor to the north? We know Ottawa isn't exactly a hotbed of market-moving business news, but, still, it seems a bit strange. Have conditions on the ground there gotten so difficult it's unsafe to ask reporters to stay? Has the paper's aggressive reporting on, say, ice-hockey fights so upset the government its reporters are no longer welcome? Or is the paper just bored? Well, none of the above. "The Journal is laying off its small number (four full-time, two part-time) of direct staffers in Canada," spokesman Robert Christie explained when we asked. "Instead, we will cover Canadian companies with the beat reporters in the U.S. who cover the relevant industries … We will cover Canadian international affairs, politics, and economics with a combination of DJ Newswires, which will retain twenty or so staffers in Canada, and Journal reporters in Chicago, New York, and Washington." Phew.
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