Worth Noting

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Will Ripley of Manchester and the world.

Tronc. The owner of the Hartford Courant has laid off seven journalists at the San Diego Union-Tribune. Many of the reporters had been on staff for years. A continuing sign of cost cutting imperatives.

Dan Rather. The former CBS newsman has found a new voice on Facebook.

Will Ripley. The Manchester High graduate and CNN international correspondent finds himself in North Korea again – this time talking with North Koreans about Donald Trump.

WNPR. John Dankosky hosted a town hall on the role of the local news media in the Trump administration Monday night. It was carried on Facebook Live and your can see it here.

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NYT. What do WNPR and the New York Times have in common? Both are using marketing campaigns that play off concerns about the Trump administration to urge readers and listeners to buy subscriptions and make donations.

 

Malcolm Johnson, 79

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Malcolm Johnson, a long-time reporter and editor with the Hartford Courant is dead at the age of 79.

He spent his entire career as a journalist at the Courant, completing his time there as a film and theater critic. Social media was filled this weekend with remembrances from former colleagues once the news broke.

Simpson Endowed Chair

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Former Hartford Courant columnist Stan Simpson has been named the Robert C. Vance Endowed Chair in Journalism and Mass Communications at Central Connecticut State University.

The appointment runs through the end of 2017. Simpson will teach one class per semester. He is a graduate of Central.

Flight of the Falcone

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Long-time Connecticut journalist, communications advisor and all-around nice person Amanda Falcone is leaving her position as communications specialist for CREC later this month.

The former Hartford Courant reporter and University of Connecticut journalism school graduate begins a new job as public relations director for Middlesex Hospital in January.

Congratulations Amanda!!

Wolf Path

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Photo: Cloe Poisson, Hartford Courant.

It is hard to ignore someone named Chion Wolf.

Though she has a modest title at WNPR; her name, her on-air delivery, and the personality behind it make her an outsize presence. And according to a weekend profile in the Hartford Courant, it all started at a small town cell phone store in Plainville, Connecticut.

The Deal’s Off!

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Gannett announced Tuesday it is dropping its bid to buy Tronc, the parent company of the Hartford Courant.

Hold on Page One!

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Today was supposed to be an important day in the effort by Gannett to buy the former Tribune Publishing(now Tronc), but Ken Doctor of Politico – who has owned the story over the last several weeks – is reporting the whole thing is on hold.

This is crucial information for our friends at the Hartford Courant – a Tronc owned property.

According to Politico, a Tronc board meeting was abruptly cancelled Wednesday afternoon because a few important details of the Gannett deal have yet to be worked out.

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