Tribune Spinoff Decision Raises Questions

On July 15, Tribune Co., the company that currently owns the Hartford Courant, confirmed that it will spinoff its publishing business into Tribune Publishing on August 4. The publishing company will include newspapers such as the LA Times, the Chicago Tribune, and several others. While no one has discussed specifically the decision’s implications for the Hartford Courant, it raises many questions about the paper’s future. On WNPR’s news show “The Wheelhouse” this morning, Colin McEnroe and guests Kevin Rennie, Daniela Altimari, Gerry Brooks, and David Collins discussed the possible implications. The Laurel will report more news on what this means for the Courant as it becomes available.

The Courant Wins Praise

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CJR Assistant Editor Sara Morrison gives kudos to her hometown paper,  the Hartford Courant, for its coverage of Newtown:

As bigger outlets from all over the world swarm Newtown to cover an unfathomable tragedy and as legacy outlets and prolific Tweeters alike spat out misinformation and rumors, the Hartford Courant had the best account I’ve seen so far. Its coverage continues to be excellent: patient, accurate, and compassionate.

Global Media Set Up Shop in Newtown

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CTNewsJunkie’s Hugh McQuaid on the world reporting community’s descent upon this small town.

Newtown Bee Thrust Into the Spotlight

Poynter profiles the pain and challenges faced by the weekly Newtown Bee as it covers the massacre.

Open Forum on Newtown Coverage

Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance speaks news conference shooting Sandy Hook Elementary school where gunman opened fire killing

 Laurels to members of the Connecticut news media who have given their all since Friday morning. A couple mentions:
  • Tom Dudchik’s site CT Capitol Report which has done a tremendously thorough and sensitive job aggregating the local and national coverage since the news broke
  • State Police Lt. Paul Vance. He has always been a pro and it certainly has made a difference when the eyes of the world has been on his department. As the Chicago Sun-Times writes, “Connecticut State Police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance delivered a master class in how to relay information and handle the media in the wake of a catastrophe. Composed yet compassionate, straightforward without being robotic or wooden, Vance comes across as a cop who views his relationship with reporters as cooperative rather than adversarial, more of a partnership than a necessary evil.”

Please consider our comments section an opportunity to post your thoughts on the media coverage to date. Stay Classy.

CT Post Trying to “Rid Itself of Older Reporters”?

Earlier this year we reported that Anne Amato, who has decades of experience covering the Naugatuck Valley, had filed a complaint alleging age discrimation against the Connecticut Post with the CHRO. Now comes word that she is suing the Post with the help of veteran attorney John Williams. Ethan Fry’s comprehensive story is in the Valley Independent Sentinel.

Hartford Magazine Accused of Snubbing Latinos

CTLatinonews reports that Hartford Magazine’s 50 Most Influential People edition omitted Latinos from its list.

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