Daily Archives: December 9, 2011

Jonathan Weisman is resigning as Wall Street Journal political correspondent to cover Congress for the New York Times. “He brings a rich, relevant background to the beat, having previously covered not only the Obama White House and the Hill, but Afghanistan, energy policy, the economy and presidential politics, too,” says the memo (posted below) announcing his appointment. Read More

What I tweeted to @romenesko followers today:
* Voice of San Diego: “We have had to lay off four of our friends and co-workers”
* When people save an online article to “Read It Later,” do they really do that?

* Five lessons for online news managers to help them compete with new rivals
* Why are cartoonists treated so differently from reporters in cases of plagiarism?
* Don Van Natta Jr. leaves NYT after 16 years to join ESPN investigative team
* Iowa Board of Regents responds to “fairly offensive” letter about soldiers in student paper
* LAT editor addresses reader complaints about “gut-wrenching” Afghanistan bombing photo
* Jonathan Eig’s ChicagoSide sports site debuts Opening Day 2012 with lineup of 36+ writers
* Mayor Bloomberg says police didn’t prevent reporters from covering #OWS
* Student newspaper essay about premarital sex causes uproar at Yeshiva University

Dan Hirschhorn

Dan Hirschhorn, who left Politico on Oct. 28 after about a year to join Ad Age, has been named National Political Correspondent at The Daily. The memo from The Daily’s managing editor/news:

From: Nizza, Mike
Sent: Friday, December 09, 2011 12:56 PM
Subject: Welcome Dan Hirschhorn!

Ladies and gentlemen,

I’m extremely excited about Dan Hirschhorn joining The Daily as National Political Correspondent.

Just as the 2012 race kicks into high gear, Dan’s going to bring the same intensity and intelligence he brought to Politico, where he was Deputy 2012 editor and reporter. Before that, Dan ran his own political news site focused on Pennsylvania’s 2010 races. Despite the tough competition, he quickly established as a must-read source for scoops and analysis.

Dan will be based in New York between trips to Washington and the campaign trail, working closely with Daniel Libit, our National Political Correspondent based in Chicago.

Please join me in welcoming Dan!


Editors at Sacramento State’s Hornet apologized in October 2010 for a cartoon (left) titled “Why Baseball is the Best Sport Ever,” which ran after a student was beaten to death with a baseball bat by his roommate. Now the school’s provost, Joseph Sheley, has ordered the Publications Board to make sure offensive material is killed before publication. He told the Sacramento Bee’s Diana Lambert:

I want the advisers and the editors to work a little harder – to discuss the issues and some of the pitfalls that might accompany certain kinds of stories, instead of dissecting them after the fact.

The Publications Board says it recently introduced a checklist for student reporters to use to guard against legal, accuracy, privacy, taste or ethics problems, and added a “not to offend for the sake of offending” policy. Hornet Editor Dustin Nosler says the cartoon flap has prompted staffers to “take more care in what we’re doing. It opened our eyes a little bit.”

* Sac State provost pushing for changes at school newspaper

Former Los Angeles Times reporter Scott Martelle — he’s now “‘The Boss’ at Self-Employed Writer” — will be throwing his holiday office party on Dec. 16.

We’ll kick things off about 5 p.m. in the Main Office (Scott’s desk) with a cold beer selected by the Drinks Committee (thanks, Scott). Then as the party warms up we’ll move into the kitchen for a non-catered meal of whatever the Food Committee (thanks, Scott) manages to rustle up. …

In a final cost-cutting move, we decided not to include spouses this year (she’s busy that night anyway). We realize that having spouses attend can be a useful disincentive for spur-of-the-moment office “romances,” but ultimately decided it really isn’t necessary.

Memo: Holiday party here at Self-Employed

Are you expecting a holiday bonus (or even a company Christmas party) this year? Let us know in comments

Journalist Danny Glover writes to

Twitter has a way of making heroes and villains of people — those who earn “15 minutes of fame” because of the medium and others (far more of them at this point) who sully their reputations by tweeting before they think. I’ve created two Tumblr blogs to document this cultural phenomenon for posterity:

Twitter Hall of Fame:
Twitter Hall of Shame:

This week alone has seen a flood of new entrants into the Twitter Hall of Shame: three foolhardy congressional staffers, actor Alec Baldwin, the president of Russia, a former Miss USA, an AP sports writer whose company settled a lawsuit with an NBA referee, and a college professor who tweeted a racially charged remark about one of his students. And last week, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback apologized for his staff’s reaction to a student who tweeted something negative about him. Of course, Rep. Anthony Weiner has a spot, too.

Both of these blogs are works in progress. In addition to inducting future nominees, I plan to go back in Twitter history to tell the stories of famous and infamous tweeters of the past. “Crowdsourcing” the research will speed the process along, so it would be great if you could tell your readers about these new blogs and invite them to nominate people.

The Grand Central Terminal Apple Store opened at 10 a.m. ET and, according to Apple Insider, some customers camped out with sleeping bags to be the first in the store, which Adam Clark Estes says “kind of resembles a fancy college library.”

The first Apple Store opened May 19, 2001, in McLean, Va. (That’s Steve Jobs and WSJ columnist Walt Mossberg at the openining.) CNET News covered the event:

More than 500 zealous Mac fans lined up as early as 4 a.m. EDT for the chance to be the store’s first customer and to support Apple Computer’s retail experiment. The crowd–which earlier broke into chants of “Apple! Apple! Apple!”–roared when the store opened at 10 a.m.

By the way, Chris Barylick — then a freelance writer — was the first Apple Store’s first customer. (Here’s his Facebook page and his Twitter feed.)

Here’s the Seattle Weekly article I mention in my tweet. || Here’s the “This American Life” story referenced by Weisberg.

The Collegiate Times has a four-page PDF of today’s special edition.

New York Times: Using Twitter, Virginia Tech’s college newspaper kept on publishing. The Collegiate Times Twitter feed went from 2,000 followers to over 20,000 in just hours. Both the Collegiate Times and Roanoke Times were inaccessible for hours after the shootings because of high demand.

Follow the Collegiate Times on Twitter.