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AP Fires Third Employee Over Terry McAuliffe Mistake, Guild ‘Alarmed’ (HuffPost / The Backstory)
The guild that represents employees of The Associated Press responded Tuesday to the recent firing of journalists involved in a retracted story about Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, saying the employees’ rights were violated. “The firings have alarmed AP employees nationwide, and the News Media Guild will vigorously enforce the contractual rights of the employees it represents,” Guild president Martha Waggoner told The Huffington Post in a statement. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Norman Gomlak, an editor in The Associated Press’ Atlanta bureau, was among those fired in the wake of an erroneous report about Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, Politico has learned. Gomlak was involved in editing Bob Lewis’ report on McAuliffe on the night of Oct. 9 along with Lewis’ editor, Dena Potter. Lewis, Potter and Gomlak were fired on Monday. The Washington Post Lewis makes no excuses about the mess-up. But, he said Tuesday, he feels “stunned and hurt” by his firing after 28 years of “unblemished” service to the AP. “I still can’t really wrap my head around it,” he said by phone from Richmond. “The only blessing out of this has been the expressions of support” from friends, colleagues and many of the officials he has covered over his career, including Virginia’s two senators and former governors, Timothy M. Kaine (D) and Mark R. Warner (D), and the state’s current governor, Robert F. McDonnell (R). JimRomenesko.com News Media Guild members are asking colleagues to sign a petition protesting the dismissals of Associated Press journalists who were involved in the retracted story about McAuliffe. Poynter / Regret The Error Based on close to a decade of tracking media errors, my (admittedly anecdotal) view is that you’re more likely to keep your job after an error if: The mistake in question was not a willful attempt to mislead, a significant conflict of interest that was deliberately concealed, or a breach of ethical standards related to plagiarism and fabrication. The reporter has been with the organization for a long time, is not a contractor, and previously avoided other major mistakes. The reporter is well respected by colleagues internally and externally. The organization is not sued as a result of the error. The error doesn’t get too much media attention. By my count, Lewis ticks every box except for the last one: This error got a lot of attention.

Judge Stalls Sale of Boston Globe to Red Sox Owner John Henry (Reuters)
A Massachusetts judge has temporarily blocked the sale of The Boston Globe and Telegram & Gazette to Boston Red Sox owner John Henry because it could complicate a pending class action lawsuit, according to court documents. The New York Times Co had been due to seal the reported $70 million deal for the papers and related businesses with Henry on Friday, nearly three months after it was first announced. Worcester Telegram & Gazette “The defendant… is hereby enjoined and restrained from transferring ownership or interest in any of its assets… until further order of this court,” Judge Frison wrote. FishbowlNY So what next, besides the World Series home opener Wednesday at Fenway? Well, according to Nicodemus, Wednesday is also when Judge Frison will render a further decision about the restraining order.

Four More Reuters.com Employees Depart in The Wake of Reuters Next Debacle (Capital New York)
At least four Reuters employees have decided to leave the company following the dissolution of Reuters Next, an expensive and ambitious consumer-facing Web reboot that was killed in September. “It is with more than a tinge of sorrow that I want to give details of changes coming our way at reuters.com associated with the discontinuation of the Reuters Next project,” wrote U.S. managing editor Brian Tracey Tuesday in a memo obtained by Capital. “Megan McCarthy, Colin McDonald, John Peabody and Chad Matlin (from the Opinion team) have decided to part ways with the company beginning [in November].”