Wednesday, February 28, 2007
TL editor/publisher Richard Connor has to submit to questioning by former editor Allison Walzer's attorney, a Philadelphia federal judge has ruled. However, Walzer doesn't get the boatload of TL personnel files she claimed would help prove that she was discriminated against because she is a Jewish woman. Dumb question: Why did a judge in Philly and not Scranton rule in the case?
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Saturday, February 24, 2007
We missed this on Thursday, but the institutional voice of the Times Leader cited in support of its staff editorial... the Times-Tribune of Scranton. Does this mean that TL plans to publish a Scranton edition are on hold?
Friday, February 23, 2007
The allegation comes in Friday's TL, writing about the newspaper's latest response to former editor Allison Walzer's discrimination suit.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Monday, February 19, 2007
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Allison Walzer can't get a job at the Times Leader. Wow. Former TL editor Allison Walzer alleges in court papers that Connor is retaliating against her, continuing a course of conduct that started with Pat McHugh -- who favored Catholic charities over Jewish ones, Walzer claims. She alleges that McHugh traded favors with a Catholic charity to get his son a job and his wife a board position. Good stuff.
Kudos to Dave Janoski of the CV, who had the story Thursday - scooping the TL
Friday, February 16, 2007
DuPuis walked from his South Scranton home to the paper and barely made it, he reports in Thursday's paper.
We have visions of some third-string PR flack in New York City laughing at the pathetic reporter from "Wilkes-Barre" working during the storm of the century and calling every five minutes to talk to Engelbert Humperdinck, a singer that the PR flack probably couldn't pick out of a lineup. Not every day as a reporter is glamourous.
Wernowsky of the TL: My editor made me walk to work, people don't fight to write weather stories, etc.
Wernowsky blogs about the newspaper's weather coverage, the mayor being a big meanie to a TV girl, and other things at the Times Leader.
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Today will be one of the few days when readers look forward to the newspaper, devouring it online and in print. Who hit a home run? Who mailed it in? Discuss. To start:
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
For former TL Harrisburg reporter Kenneth P. Vogel, this is kind of like kissing your sister. Wonkette makes fun of Vogel's employer, The Politico, for filling its Web page with photo galleries of staffers at events. The screen grab (above) shows Vogel. But Wonkette only bothers to identify Vogel and his pals as "three Politico staffers." So Vogel gets blog fame, but not with his name attached. Click through to the Politico gallery to see other pictures of Vogel, as well as lots of Hill tail.
"Some people will read the stories on the commissioners, taxes and Iraq. Everyone will read the stories on the snow," Chris Kelly writes in today's paper. "Newspaper columns, like snowstorms, are measured in inches. In terms of substance, there’s not much to this one. In fact, I wrote it for no other reason than that it was snowing." Oy.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Sherry Long comes to Wilkes-Barre from The Ellis County Press, a weekly in little Ferris, Texas, just down I-45 from Dallas. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Tex. and has also worked at the Henderson (Tex.) Daily News. Welcome.
TL Web Editor Joe Soprano welcomes Long to northeastern Pennsylvania
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Jessica Grizzanti of the Times Leader writes a strangely amateurish puff piece about Jill Garrett, WNEP's health "reporter." No mention of the VNR scandal Garrett got caught up in a year ago.
Jill Garrett caught using video news release without attribution (Beale's Bites)
The Times Leader editor and publisher mails it in this week with ruminations about kids today and their buying habits.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
A month (!) after a judge ruled that a Scranton Times-Tribune source illegally leaked grand jury testimony to the newspaper, the Times Leader (Friday) and The Times-Tribune (Saturday) are on the story, kind of. The source, state narcotics agent James Kolojejchick, was fired in the summer of 2004 and is to be sentenced for contempt of court in March. Ron Lieback of the TL names reporter Jennifer Henn and editor John Murphy as the newspaper staffers involved in the case, while Michael Race's terse nine-paragraph story does not. Neither piece really does the story justice, given the stakes (the shield law for reporters, as well as a lot of professional reputations) involved.
Click the headline for the TL story, click here for the T-T story Read the January 2004 Scranton Times story that started it all
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
The Weekender editor has a lengthy interview with former colleague Steve Corbett. The story at least addresss, but glosses over, Corbett's messy and sudden departure from the TL in 2002.
Read Corbett's blog on the WILK site, which has lots of ball-busting and a few typos
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
We're sorry we didn't learn of this earlier, but Jolyn Resnick -- the feisty Wilkes-Barre City Hall reporter who covered Mayor Tom McGroarty for the Times Leader -- has died of pancreatic cancer. Resnick was at the TL from 1999 to 2002 and covered City Hall from 2000 to 2002. Barely a year after being named the paper's top reporter, she was demoted suddenly and was forced out in October 2002 shortly before her cancer diagnosis. The obituary includes memorial information. Condolences.
Resnick talks with WNEP about living for a year with pancreatic cancer (Nov. 18, 2003)
A good Resnick story about municipal mismanagement in Wilkes-Barre
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Times Leader editor/publisher Richard Connor says the TL putting locals in leadership positions might hold some lessons for the chamber, searching for a new president.
Saturday, February 03, 2007
Ric Morris of Nanticoke is one of those guys who thinks criminals read the Voice to adapt their operations to avoid police detection. "The general public doesn’t need to know how the LEAs do their crime solving," the letter reads. Apparently no one edits these letters before publication.
Friday, February 02, 2007
Jesus, what a terrible story. "A thorough review of 100 high-caliber applications from all corners of the United States?" "A great leap forward in the Record's effort to become a 24/7 multimedia local news organization?" This shit reads like the Onion. Does this mean they're not calling Iseman back for a second interview?
Thursday, February 01, 2007
This is a little late, but former Times Leader reporter Kevin Hoffman has been named editor of City Pages, the Village Voice Media-owned alternative weekly in Minneapolis-St. Paul. Kudos.