* Teens punch girl during brawl ( | @carriemelago (

Journalists at The Missourian in Washington, MO, visited Washington, DC, last week and were disappointed by the sloppy dress of visitors to the U.S. House and Senate office buildings.

An editorial in Wednesday’s paper asks:images “When did wearing jeans and walking shoes (we used to call them tennis shoes) become proper dress when visiting congressmen or -women?”

More on these uncouth visitors:

There were a few in shorts. Others wore baggy and loose-fitting clothes. Some of the people wondering around the halls trying to find the office they wanted to visit were not much removed from some of the street people we observed. And they didn’t appear to be much cleaner than the typical homeless person!

The journalists from Washington, MO (population 14,031) “saw one man wearing a T-shirt with an American flag imprinted on it and, of course, he had long, stringy hair.” (Of course!) “Another man wore gold-colored shoes and loose clothing.”

Other Washington, D.C. observations from the Missouri paper’s editorial:
* “We were a bit surprised at the large number of small children with parents.”
* “There seemed to be as many Asians as African-Americans.
* “Many people had their computers with them.”
* “It seems everybody had a cellphone.”

I’ve asked Missourian editor Bill Miller if he has photos of sloppy dress in D.C. to share with Romenesko readers. Update: No photos, he says.

* We’ve lost it …. proper dress code (

h/t Scott Charton

LOOKING FOR YOUR BEST WORK! 2014 National Press Club Journalism Awards
The National Press Club, the World’s Leading Professional Organization for Journalists, is now accepting nominations for its 2014 Journalism Awards. Deadline for entries is April 1, 2015.unnamed
Award categories include, among others:

* Consumer journalism – Print/online, broadcast and periodicals ($750 prize)
* News or feature photo (a year’s free membership)
* Online Journalism Award ($750 prize)
* Humor, Media, Animal welfare coverage (prizes from $750 to $1,000)
* Political Reporting _ political analysis, young journalists ($750 prizes)

For details, all categories, visit or contact Will Lester at

* National Press Club Journalism Awards

- From the Homer (Alaska) Tribune

– From the Homer (Alaska) Tribune

There are many great lines in this nice send-off, including:

He thought everyone could, and should, live on a strict diet of salmon, canned peas and rice pilaf, and took extreme pride in the fact that he had a freezer stocked full of wild game and seafood. His life goal was to beat his wife at Scrabble, and although he never succeeded, his dream lives on in the family he left behind.

Don had a life-time love affair with Patsy Cline, Rainier beer, iceberg lettuce salads and the History Channel (which allowed him to call his wife and daughters everyday in order to relay the latest WWII facts he learned).

* Obituary for Captain Donald Alexander Malcolm Jr. (

- h/t Sarah Hinman Ryan

* A Colorado Springs Gazette reporter says of her paper’s editorial board-written anti-marijuana series: “I wish that it had been labeled [as an opinion package] more clearly than what it was, especially online … I thought that there was a lack of transparency with that element.” (
images* How the New York Times keeps ads off stories about tragedies. (
* Uber and Lyft are blamed for the demise of Carriage News, a 45-year-old publication for Boston taxi drivers. (
* “There will always be a willing media outlet for [Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz‘s] latest campaign.” (It will most likely be USA Today, the SBUX PR department’s favorite publication.) (
* No surprise that Facebook “will continue to creep into new and unexpected areas of our lives, like customer service.” (
* Jay Mariotti, who recently joined the San Francisco Examiner, writes: “I’m ready to put out a cool sports section in a wonderful part of the world.” (
* JOBS: A new NYC-based website is looking for education reporters; Honolulu Civil Beat seeks an investigations editor. (Romenesko Jobs)
bogus* Daily Penn’s joke issue fools many. (Media outlets ran the Emma Watson story on the right as real news.) (
* Twitter reportedly paid $100 million for interactive video app Periscope. “Worth every penny,” writes Mat Honan. “It’s completely fantastic.” (
* Creators puts Ben Carson‘s syndicated column on hold. (
* The White House briefing room seating chart has been updated and now includes Buzzfeed and Al Jazeera. (
* Winners of the 2015 ASNE Awards for distinguished writing and photography have been named. Los Angeles Times wins two of the nine awards. (
* The $25,000 Michael Kelly Award finalists have been announced. (
* St. Louis alt-weekly Riverfront Times is sold to Cleveland-based Euclid Media Group, which now owns six papers. (
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Miami-Dade Police Department public information officer Nancy Perez, who is getting a new assignment on Friday, sent this farewell to reporters on the cops beat. My tipster writes: “I have a feeling it was meant as a final fuck you to a more than a few Miami journalists.”

Today I say goodbye to you, the media. This doesn’t have to be a period of sadness, or maybe a period of happiness for some of you. Let’s try focusing on the benefits of transferring to a District. No, I did not forget to tell you which district, I omitted it on purpose.

1. No more on-call 365 days a year. (this includes nights also)
2. No more accusations of trying to hide something.

3. No more arguments with reporters over reporting the truth, and not sensationalizing the story.

4. No more it’s an emergency phone call. But the emergency is insignificant.

5. No more requests for information and my deadline is 1 hr. away.

6. No more why? Why? Why?

7. No more Me! Me! Me!

8. No more I need, I need, I need.

9. No more backdooring me in order to get information.

10. No more threats “I will contact your boss!”

I hope you finally learn the mysterious emotional appeals that I have made to Oprah and Dr. Phil the last nine years of having worked as a Public Information Officer.

In closing, I will miss many of you who really took your jobs seriously and acted in a professional manner. Also, those of you who have a BIG heart and really care of the community that you along with us serve.

“Value the people who sacrifice something for you, because maybe that something was their everything.”

* From 2012: “The cop who arrested me is a media spokesperson” ( | (

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Letter to Romenesko
From MIKE HOTCHKISS: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s website makes you answer questions occasionally, if you’re not a subscriber, to read an article. I’ve never seen this question before: What is the current year?

The best part is that the first time I answered, the site told me to take more time and try again. I put in 2015 both times. Second time was the charm.

This is the article [about the Riverfront Times being sold] where it happened to me.

* Screenshot of the story intro and questions (Google Drive)
* “It’s data and information collection used to make money” (



- Patty Hearst's T-shirt

– Patty Hearst’s T-shirt

Jill Abramson’s answer (from the Harvard Gazette, March 24):
Turn upside-down for the correct answer:

* Do you remember who pardoned Patty Hearst? | It was Clinton (
* For Jill Abramson, journalism comes full circle (


The Midland Daily News’ story about Tony Lascari being promoted to news editor includes this quote from the journalist: “I enjoy spending time with my nieces and my nephew, I’m an occasional runner and I love spending time in Midland’s parks. I live in Midland with my husband, Mark.”

That last sentence prompted State Rep. Gary Glenn to post a Facebook status update and send out a tweet “to alert readers to the reasonably observed possibility that this new position might be used to promote a political agenda or bias that’s at odds with our community’s values.”

Lascari says of Glenn: “I welcome him to contact me to speak about any topic at any time. In my new role as news editor at the Midland Daily News I look forward to helping my team produce quality stories that are accurate, interesting and important.”

Update – Lascari tells Romenesko readers: “I wrote a column yesterday that is the best statement of my views/reaction to Glenn that I can give.” He adds:

I have heard overwhelming positive feedback from the Midland community about my promotion. I also have received positive support about the column I wrote about my marriage, in which I say that I don’t think my marriage is worthy of receiving an “agenda alert” from a state representative. Rep. Glenn didn’t reach out to me to see what my political leanings may be before issuing the “alert.” …

The journalist (left) and the politician.

The journalist (left) and the politician.

On Facebook, my column has reached 47,200 people and received 579 likes, 96 comments and 67 shares as of 1:30 p.m. today. Those are enormous numbers for us at a small community newspaper. The comments have been almost all positive. The column was published in today’s print edition, and we will have to wait to see what the response is from our more traditional readers.

My colleagues at the Daily News have been supportive of me from the start. We may not agree on all issues, but we respect each other as journalists and intend to do the best work we can for our community.

* Glenn issues “agenda alert” over gay journalist’s promotion (
* “My marriage is a non-issue in Midland,” writes the news editor (
* Read Glenn’s Facebook post and comments about it (
* Glenn is accused of blocking Facebook comments (

Forbes contributors were told Tuesday that their pay will be cut for visits to content that’s more than 90 days old, because “advertisers are increasingly buying premium ads for new content, not old.”

Assistant managing editor Kerry Dolan writes in a memo [with my boldface]:

“We [currently] pay the same for every view, whether it comes from new content, or content that’s 90 days old, or a year old, or 3 years old.images-3 Starting April 1, we’ll pay the same rate we now pay per visitor to content that’s within 90 days of publication. We’ll pay 25% of that amount for visitors to content more than 90 days old.

The full memo:

As you’re probably aware, the digital advertising marketplace is changing, radically and suddenly.

In the past few months there’s been a drastic move toward ad viewability — in other words, advertisers only paying for the ads we can prove that people see.

In addition, advertisers are increasingly buying premium ads for new content, not old.

To keep pace with these changes we need a reset on the way we’ve paid our contributors.

And that’s going to impact the way your earnings are calculated./CONTINUES Read More