1. "Not infrequently, I get calls about opportunities elsewhere in the industry and in academics. On occasion, I listen to those calls because I think it's a healthy thing to do.
"I've always decided that the job I have—working for and with great people at a great news organization in a great city—is a better fit for me than what's out there."
That's what Seattle Times outgoing Executive Editor David Boardman told Fizz exactly two months ago, explaining that he'd withdrawn his name from consideration for a job as dean of USC's Annenberg School of Journalism.
Yesterday, however, Boardman announced he's leaving the Seattle Times to take a job as dean of the School of Media and Communication at Philadelphia's Temple University starting September 1.
No successor has been named.
Boardman, 56, has been at the Seattle Times for 30 years and has been the top editor for seven years, leading the paper to four Pulitzer Prizes, most recently in 2012.
He's also dealt with some trauma and controversy at the paper in recent years, including the decision to move the online edition behind a paywall and the uproar over the paper's decision to do independent expenditures for Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna and the gay marriage measure by providing free and discounted ad space.
On his Facebook late yesterday afternoon, Boardman wrote:
Friends, I'm excited to share this news: After 30 stupendously wonderful, rewarding years at The Seattle Times, I decided I was ready for a second act that will allow me to influence the future of the profession I love in new and meaningful ways: I've been named dean of the School of Media and Communication at Temple University in Philadelphia.
2. We noted it in yesterday's PubliCalendar, but it's worth repeating in Fizz:
Minimum-Wage Workers Unite
In response to the May 30 fast-food workers' strike, in which employees of fast-food chains across the city walked out to protest poverty-level wages (and demand a "living wage" of $15 an hour), the city council is hosting a brown bag to learn more about poverty-level jobs, wage theft, health and safety concerns, and workers' fear of retaliation for union organizing.
Fast-food Workers' Brown Bag Discussion, Thurs, July 11, 12pm–1:30pm, Council Chambers, City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave., free
Fast food workers and policy experts will brief the council on what it's like to live on fast food wages.
Meanwhile, the lefty Economic Policy Institute has devised a Family Budget Calculator that may give you an idea. For example, one adult and one child need to make about $52,000 a year to cover the basics. The average fast food worker in Seattle makes about $12,000 a year, working the industry 24-hour weekly average.
3. In case it got lost in all our mayoral campaign speculating, definitely check out the news story we posted yesterday about local environmentalists who are confounded by Gov. Inslee's position to stand by the previous administration's decision to appeal a federal court ruling that ordered the state to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
Environmentalists from the Washington Environmental Council and the Sierra Club took the state on in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday.
Today's Morning Fizz sponsored by Our Schools Coalition.