PlanPhilly Moving to WHYY


PlanPhilly, the website that covers planning and development news in Philadelphia, is moving from its longtime home under the PennPraxis umbrella to become part of WHYY’s news operations.

A move of some sort had been expected since August, when Harris Steinberg, director of PennPraxis, left the university to become executive director of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation at Drexel University. PlanPhilly  was “initiated and nurtured” at PennPraxis starting 2006. The site was originally funded by the William Penn Foundation, but currently operates on funding from the Wyncote Foundation.
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Journalists “Not Willing to Budge” in Newspaper Labor Stalemate

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Labor negotiations between the journalists union and the company that owns Philly’s two largest daily newspapers have taken a “grim turn,” the union announced this week.

Talks have faltered, union officials say, over Interstate General Media’s attempt to weaken “last in, first out” seniority rules for laying off reporters during times of financial crisis at the newspapers. The result? The company has reportedly withdrawn its pay-and-benefits proposals it had hoped would govern the next contract.
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Jon Stewart Is Leaving the Daily Show at the Right Time


For his own sanity — and, perhaps, for ours — Jon Stewart couldn’t have picked a better time to announce he’ll be stepping away from The Daily Show.

To understand why, you only had to go back one night before his sudden, shocking Tuesday retirement announcement and watch Monday night’s episode of the show. The topic: NBC’s Brian Williams and his apparent record of mistruths when relating anecdotes about his experiences covering Iraq and some of the other big stories of the last decade or so.

Stewart’s take? Maybe lying is bad, but Brian Williams’ lies weren’t nearly as bad as … Dick Cheney’s lies.

You know. The ones from a decade ago.

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The Sixers and the Media: Tanks for Nothing

Illustration by Gluekit

Illustration by Gluekit

This is Bob Cooney’s sixth season on the Sixers beat for the Daily News — he’s a puppy compared to his legendary predecessor, Phil Jasner, who lasted almost 30 — but he’s a lifelong Philadelphia-area resident, and he’s amazed at what he’s seen from the franchise this season. Earnest players and coaches are no match for a front office that has deliberately turned the team — which just three years ago was one win away from the conference finals — into an NBA laughingstock. Read more »

What New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait Gets Wrong About Political Correctness

Jonathan Chait, previously a senior editor at The New Republic and currently a writer at New York magazine, spent a great amount of words last week espousing the virtues of freedom, liberty, and being able to say what you want. The New Republic is seen as something of an institution in journalism, though not without its problems, problems which have been discussed critically and ardently by prominent members of the journalism community, including The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates. In December, the magazine suffered losses as many staffers resigned in response to a change in editorial direction. Chait was among those who resigned.

Now on solid ground at New York, Chait once a voice on the front lines liberalism at his old post, is using his new footing to push back on the criticism he and his colleagues received as editors at The New Republic. Chait’s missive is a challenge to liberal culture’s need for so-called political correctness.

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Who Isn’t Partnering With to Cover Mayor’s Race?

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So maybe this is the future of journalism: Collaboration instead of competition.

We’d already told you that WHYY would be partnering with to cover the mayor’s race, with grant support from the Wyncote Foundation. Turns out the partnership is much larger than that: on Tuesday unveiled its new “The Next Mayor” website — which, along with the aforementioned organizations, includes support and contributions from the Center for Public Interest Journalism at Temple University, Technically Philly, The Committee of Seventy citizens’ group, 900-AM WURD, and Young Involved Philadelphia.

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Interstate General Media’s partners in covering the 2015 mayor’s race.

It might be easier to name Philly’a journalism and civic groups that are not part of the effort.

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Philadelphia Weekly, South Philly Review Sold to Broad Street Media


The publisher of Broad Street Media — which owns the Northeast Times, the Star and several wire services — confirmed to City Paper that the company has purchased Philadelphia Weekly and the South Philly Review. Last month, Review Publishing sold Atlantic City Weekly to Berkshire Hathaway.

Broad Street Media publisher Perry Corsetti couldn’t immediately be reached. He told CP the deal was finalized at the end of last month.

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John Bolaris Attacks “Classless” Angelo Cataldi on Twitter

cataldi-bolaris-400x400On Tuesday morning, in the wake of the Great 2015 Blizzard of Philadelphia That Didn’t Happen, there was a lot of blame going around, including on 94-WIP, where host Angelo Cataldi was ranting and raving about all of the blown forecasts, which led to Mayor Michael Nutter unnecessarily canceling school, all city offices being unnecessarily closed, your trash not being picked up today — the list of inconveniences goes on, and on, and on. Read more »

The Best and Worst of Local News Snow Coverage

“Be sure to warm up before shoveling. You can walk around, or march in place.”

This was actual advice, delivered by Action News, on Monday afternoon. It was part of a segment that warned viewers not to eat, drink coffee or smoke before shoveling. The madness that grips the local news during a snowstorm — or, in the case of Monday, the threat of a snowstorm that didn’t materialize — gives viewers some of the best television there is. I mean, Action News had a four-person team covering the weather.


But 6 ABC was trumped by CBS 3:

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Margaret Kuo Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Chinese New Year Menu

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Margaret Kuo is celebrating the Year of the Ram by offering a Chinese New Year dinner menu now through March 8th. This year marks the 40 year anniversary of Margaret Kuo’s annual New Year menu, an eternity in restaurant years. The Wayne location includes a seven course menu for $65 per person or $95 per person with wine pairings. The Media location is offering an eight course meal for $55, with an additional option of wine pairing specials.

The Chinese New Year lands on Thursday, February 19 this year.

Margaret Kuo Year of the Ram Menu – Wayne (PDF)
Margaret Kuo Year of the Ram Menu – Media (PDF)

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