Member News (10/11/18): Tronc isn’t named Tronc anymore, a sportswriter departs, WaPo and Instagram team up, a photographer celebrates 50 years of work and more

By | 2018-10-11T18:31:37+00:00 October 11th, 2018|
Tronc drops its name, goes back to Tribune Publishing

Tronc is dropping its often-ridiculed and mocked name and changing it back to its original name, Tribune Publishing Company, the company announced late last week.

The name change took effect Tuesday after the market closed. It’s new ticker for the stock market is TPCO.

In 2016, Tribune Publishing Co. became Tronc after Michael Ferro became non-executive chairman and majority shareholder of the chain.

“We are excited about the company rebranding to Tribune Publishing,” spokeswoman Marisa Kollias said in a statement. “It’s a nod to our roots, and a reinforcement of the journalistic foundation on which all of our news brands stand.”

Daily Progress sports writer leaves

The University of Virginia sports writer for the Daily Progress, Sam Blum, has left the paper.

Blum wrote on Twitter last week that he was leaving to become an Auburn University beat reporter for Alabama Media Group.

“My time as a UVA beat reporter at The DP has come to an end,” Blum wrote on Twitter. “I want to thank @John_Shifflett for hiring me, and for being a great editor. His Twitter bio says he’s an “all-around swell guy” and that’s the perfect way to describe him. Thanks to all the coaches and players, too.”

C-Ville Weekly to crowd source upcoming “You Issue,” names new editor

C-Ville Weekly is asking readers to submit stories for an issue that will be comprised solely of reader suggestions. They are calling this the “You Issue.”

“C-Ville is preparing for its first-ever You Issue, in which we’ll turn over the reins and let You, the Reader, tell us what we should be covering in each section of the newspaper,” the paper wrote in an in-house ad last week. “We’ll take your ideas, follow the story and report on whatever it is you want to see in our pages.”

The issue will be published for the week of November 28.

C-Ville Weekly has also named Laura Longhine as its new editor. Longhine replaces Jessica Luck, who left the paper earlier this year.

WaPo, Instagram team up to offer fellowship for midterms

The Washington Post and Instagram have teamed up to offer a reporting fellowship during the upcoming midterms to give students the opportunity to produce content for the Post and gain real-time experience in election coverage.

“We are excited to open our newsroom and provide a platform and resources from video to audience engagement to help empower this next generation of journalists,” said Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, managing editor at the Washington Post.

“Partnering with Instagram for this innovative storytelling project will help provide an authentic look at conversations happening on the ground of college campuses and the factors motivating the youth vote come November.”

RTD photographer celebrates 50 years at the paper

Bob Brown, longtime photojournalist at the Richmond-Times Dispatch, is celebrating 50 years of working for the newspaper.

“It’s been a great ride and at 80-years old, it’s still fun and I plan on continuing doing what I love as long as my knees hold out and then some,” Brown told VPA when he was one of our Q&As.

See a gallery of his work from over the years here.