Inside Media - February 13th, 2020 |

Inside Media (Feb 13th, 2020)

McClatchy files for bankruptcy / Is media snubbing Bernie Sanders? / NYC reporter arrested

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1. McClatchy Co., the publisher of 30 newspapers including the Kansas City Star, Miami Herald, Charlotte Observer, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and the Sacramento Bee, announced this morning that it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. McClatchy is the second-largest newspaper outlet in the U.S. In a statement, the company said the filing would allow it "to shed costs of its print legacy and speed shift to digital." The company's revenue dropped 14% to $183.9 million in the fourth quarter of last year. Its statement said that newsrooms would not be immediately affected. Many people in the industry reacted to the news on Twitter. For example, Justin Hendrix, of NYC Media Lab + RLab, cited a thread that details "a range of interventions to recapitalize journalism," calling it an "urgent national security issue." NPR reporter Hannah Allam referred to the bankruptcy filing as a "gut punch." -- MARKETWATCH

2. Two media outlets published opinion pieces about Sen. Bernie Sanders yesterday, commenting on how the media is snubbing the presidential candidate despite his win in New Hampshire's primary. Washington Post columnist Margaret Sullivan's piece, "The media keep falling in love — with anybody but Bernie Sanders," walks us through the way media has focused on one candidate to the next as the "sure thing." Much like those love lists we all made in grade school where we rated the boys (or girls) in our class that we liked from one to 10, Sullivan tracks the order in which the media has focused attention on (1) Beto O'Rourke, (2) Kamala Harris, (3) Elizabeth Warren, (4) Joe Biden, (5) Pete Buttigieg, and (6) Amy Klobuchar. When Sanders won the New Hampshire primary (albeit by a small margin), we got variable crickets from the media, she adds. A similar story entitled "Bernie Sanders only gets partial credit from the elite political media" by Press Watch notes how stories after the primary focused on Buttigieg almost coming in first and the sudden surge by Klobuchar. Author Dan Froomkin also provides a summary of the primary's morning-after headlines in the piece. -- WASHINGTON POST and PRESS WATCH

3. Amr Alfiky, a photo editor at ABC News and contributor to Reuters and The New York Times, was arrested in New York City last night and charged with disorderly conduct. Alfiky was on the lower east side filming an arrest. An NYPD spokesperson said that he was detained because he “refused to comply with repeated requests to step back.” Although police say he did not identify himself as a journalist, a video taken by a friend of Alfiky - who was present at the time of the arrest - shows him repeatedly telling officers he was a journalist and offering to show them his press credentials. -- CPJ

4. The candidates who are getting more media interviews are getting more votes, according to Brian Stelter from CNN's Reliable Sources show. In his daily newsletter this morning, Stelter tallies the top candidates' Sunday morning show appearances, correlating them to the New Hampshire poll results -- Sanders had three appearances, Buttigieg had three, and Biden and Warren each had one. His final summation is that "national and local TV remains massively important to candidates." (Those of us in the media might have already known that. - Kathleen) -- CNN RELIABLE SOURCES

5. Amal Clooney and the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute released a report yesterday detailing how foreign governments are killing, torturing, abducting, intimidating and arresting journalists for their reporting. More than 250 journalists were imprisoned last year for their reporting activities, including many that were accused of spreading false news. Clooney and a panel to defend media freedom proposed international sanctions that would extend to all countries. Currently, only a small number of countries, including the U.S. and Canada, protect journalists through human rights sanctions. -- THE GUARDIAN

6. Yahoo Sports has replaced live coverage by its editorial team in the UK with content from newswires and syndicated copy. According to an unnamed source at the Press Gazette, a team of six was told that Yahoo was "putting all their efforts” on U.S. sports instead. Yahoo Sports is owned by Verizon Media. -- PRESS GAZETTE

7. Authorities detonated an explosive device at the home of a journalist in Naranjal, Ecuador, yesterday. The journalist, Víctor Aguirre, covers politics in Naranjal at VA Televisión. It is not clear when the device was left at the home. The detonation damaged Aguirre's home but did not cause any harm to him or his wife. Aguirre has been the target of other threats, including him and his brother being forced into a car after he covered a confrontation between Naranjal Mayor Luigi Rivera and anti-government protesters. “They threatened to do me bodily harm and destroy my car if I continued to publish these things,” Aguirre said at the time. -- CPJ

8. In a report about the state of the media business in the U.S., Pew Research Center has pointed out something most people in the media have known for years: that the "greatest decline in newsroom employment in the United States in recent years has occurred at newspapers." According to Pew, the number of newsroom jobs across all media types has declined by 25% in the last decade. Between 2008 and 2018, half of the number of newspaper jobs were lost, dropping from 71,000 to 38,000 workers. Nine charts created by the study explore specific facts statistics of the decline. -- THE HILL


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Written and curated by Kathleen Walder, writer and humorist who co-hosts KatSoup, a weekly program on Ohio’s Radio Reading Service for the visually impaired and print disabled. Her blog, Date-a-palooza, takes a jaundiced look at the world of online dating. Follow her on Twitter @KatWalder.

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