Another NYT Family Member Gets a Beat While Hyperlocal Blogs Write About Lost Dogs, Plus Other News of the Day

– Another New York Times family member has received a new assignment. According to the New York Observer, Sam Dolnick – grandnephew to former Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger – will begin work on the Metro desk as an immigration reporter. Dolnick started at the NYT last year as a general assignment reporter, and it sounds a lot better than the beat given to A.G. Sulzberger, the only other family member writing for the paper.

lostdog.jpg– Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., which publishes famed magazines like Elle and Woman’s Day, has named Steve Parr president and CEO. Parr previously headed Primedia Enthusiast Media and Source Interlink Media. The previous Hachette CEO Alain Lemarchand will take a senior position within Hachette’s parent company Lagardere Active. “With 20+ years experience in magazines, books and new media, Steve has an excellent reputation in the market,” according to a company memo. “He is ideally suited to solidify the company’s position as an industry leader and execute next steps of the plan, which include increasing market share and profitability.”

– One of the masterminds behind the hyperlocal site the Lichfield Blog spoke to the Online Journalism Blog about what it’s like to start a local news site. “I’d say we both have the same aim really – to report what’s going on,” said Philip John when talking about the difference between the Lichfield Blog and traditional news operations. “But that’s where the similarity ends. We’re not constrained by space – we have a sort of motto that we’ll print anything so long as it’s relevant to Lichfield; it’s why we can have 13 articles in 5 months about lost dogs.”

– Here’s a weird office story coming from the Milwaukee Business Journal. The company has banned its former real estate reporter Lewis Millard from entering the MBJ‘s offices or speaking to any of its reporters. MBJ let Millard go in June, shortly after Millard was arrested for various misdemeanor charges, including drug and weapons possession. The judge ruled in favor of MBJ, and Millard is banned from contacting the organization for four years. But no one is saying why? Seems like a long way for a company to go, what caused this?

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