Editor’s media picks – 4/20

Half Moon Bay High School to start print-only journalism class

Half Moon Bay High School is dropping its mass media class, which involves broadcasting and print, and is starting a print-only journalism class this fall, the Half Moon Bay Review reports.

The switch is due to the fact that the University of California wouldn’t certify the mass media class for purposes of its four-year-university track. UC deemed the class, taught by former sportscaster Pat Olson, was “too vocational.” …More via San Francisco Peninsula Press Club

Patch editor accidentally plagiarizes, apologizes
By Andrew Beaujon

Maplewood-Brentwood Patch
Doug Miner says he thought he was copying a press release:

Early that month, I received an email from a friend who works in the St. Louis media industry. The email contained several paragraphs about Maplewood’s Home Wine Kitchen making and selling its own jams, sauces, etc.

The author of the article was not included. I assumed it was generated from Home Wine Kitchen, and was something akin to what we’d post in our announcements or Local Voices sections. So I went to the restaurant, took my own photos of some of the products, then put it all on Patch as an article. I credited the story to Home Wine Kitchen at the bottomMore via Poynter

NYT: Digital ad sales hurt by debt crises

Digital advertising is undergoing a “shift in psychology” that is making it susceptible to macroeconomic concerns, according to a senior New York Times Co.  NYT -0.31 percent executive who spoke Thursday during the company’s first-quarter earnings call.

While ongoing declines in print advertising have been the norm at newspapers for several years, digital ad sales had been a bright spot for New York Times and other newspaper companies in recent quarters. In the first quarter, however, digital ads at New York Times Co.’s newspapers slipped 2.3 percent. Print advertising fell 7.2 percent, reflecting an industry-wide trend that has persisted for more than five years… More via Market Watch

Q&A: Conde Nast revamps Brides

Conde Nast’s Brides magazine is undergoing a revamp from content to staff, positioning the book to stand out in a cluttered market. Here, we talk to vice president and publisher Michelle Myers about what’s changed and what’s next for the title, shortly before the reimagined May issue hits newsstands… More via FolioMag.com

SF Examiner in talks to buy SF Bay Guardian

East Bay Express was the first to report that the San Francisco Examiner is in talks to buy the San Francisco Bay Guardian. SF Weekly followed, and said it’s been told the Guardian “has been on the block for around two months at a price of $1 million.” …More via JimRomenesko.com

Katrina M Mendolera

Katrina Mendolera took the helm of inVocus as editor in chief in 2009, and has been running the site ever since. She initially joined Vocus as a senior media researcher for newspaper content in 2007. Prior to that, Katrina worked in daily and weekly newspapers. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She is also an editor with Booktrope Publishing and the author of Fractured Dream (The Dreamer Saga). Email: krandall(at)vocus.com.

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