Daily Archives: December 19, 2011

Dean Baquet

New York Times managing editor Dean Baquet said at a University of Southern California journalism forum that Chicago Tribune editor Gerould Kern “knows zero [chuckle] about newspapering. …[and] he was a guy who just gave the right answers to his bosses and never learned how to really be a journalist — to my way of thinking.”

Kern’s response:

I am disappointed that Dean Baquet feels compelled to attack me personally. We disagreed on many issues when he was at the Los Angeles Times, but I always respected him as a person and his viewpoints as a journalist. I still do.

Gerould Kern

Our goal at the Chicago Tribune is to build a news organization that will weather our industry’s current economic hardships and ensure that public service journalism lives on. Fair-minded people will disagree at times about ideas and methods. In time, history will render its judgment.

* Baquet slags Kern (Chicago Reader)

Philadelphia Daily News cartoonist Signe Wilkinson is on vacation, “baking cookies until January 2,” according to her Out of Office AutoReply. She wrote me — while waiting for a batch to cool? — about her fill-ins:

Mayor Michael Nutter drew today’s cartoon for the Philadelphia
Daily News substituting for me while I’m on vacation/furlough. Tomorrow Pennsylvania State Representative Dwight Evans fills in. Wednesday is City Councilwoman Marian Tasco and Thursday Acting Sheriff Barbara Deeley. With the last two contributions, I’ve significantly upped the number of women editorial cartoonists in America.

I offered the spot to a number of local pols whom I’ve drawn (and quartered) over the year and assured them they could take on whatever or whomever they wanted, including me and my paper.

You can see the mayor’s cartoon on Wilkinson’s Facebook page.

Syracuse’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications “easily claimed the top spot,” writes Jarre Fees, who surveyed 438 news professionals and others for the survey. It was followed by Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism; Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism; University of Missouri at Columbia School of Journalism; and the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. Fees writes:

A veteran journalist wanted more grammar taught, writing: “When I studied journalism, we had a writing and a grammar course every semester. The basic skills are sorely lacking in today’s communications.”

Several respondents said schools should be teaching more “digital or new media.” At the same time, a number of respondents praised journalism schools for doing just that, indicating all J-schools seem to have risen to meet that challenge in the past few years.

One reply stated schools should teach “objectivity. Too many schools are teaching advocacy journalism.”

Another subject respondents wanted J-schools to teach is plain old ethics, which was mentioned 23 times.

This issue of TV Week (PDF) also includes “The Most Powerful in Television News” rankings, with Roger Ailes on top of the list.

* Most powerful in TV News, top j-schools, more (

I’m told that Halifax Media is buying the New York Times Regional Media Group.

The sale wasn’t supposed to be announced today, but the web page you see on the right was posted this morning by accident; it shows all of the Regional Media Group papers being owned by Halifax.

The web page was quickly taken down soon, but not before someone grabbed a screenshot for me.

New York Times corporate communications senior vice president Bob Christie won’t comment now, but promises to call back. || UPDATE: He has pointed me to the Times’ press release.

* New York Times Regional Media Group papers

Does Holmes think children of American parents are generally spoiled and lazy by comparison? “That’s essentially what I’m trying to say.”From an AP story, “Some Asians’ college strategy: Don’t check ‘Asian'”

“I shall never call ‘children of American parents’ lazy and spoiled ever again — especially since I never did in the first place, and especially because I qualify as one,” Tao Tao Holmes writes in the Yale Daily News, where she’s a staff writer.

Tao Tao Holmes

It is rather frustrating to read an article being disseminated across an entire array of media outlets that has managed to misrepresent nearly everything that I expressed to its author. Then again, as the offspring of a white father and Chinese mother, failing to check “Asian” on my college apps was never a strategy for me; it was merely an aversion to boxing myself into a rigid racial identity.

She admits to feeling “a little sting” after commenter “cowcow” posted that “in my opinion Tao Tao Holmes is an antiwhite racist.” But “I rather enjoyed this forum post”: “LOL at ‘tao tao holmes’ trying to check “white” on the application, just LOL.”

I tried to reach Holmes, but Yale is apparently on holiday break and my call to the student newspaper’s newsroom went to voicemail.

* I never called white kids lazy (Yale Daily News)

The Standard-Examiner in Ogden, Utah, recently ran this front page photo of a commuter train passing over a Union Pacific steam engine, which was shot by “a trusted contributor.” Executive editor Andy Howell told readers over the weekend that “the image was actually two separate photos taken minutes apart and combined into one shot” and “for that, I apologize to readers for what was a news deception that goes against the principles of photojournalism.”

I believe the photographer did not set out to deceive us or the public. The end result was more a product of miscommunication and a naive misunderstanding on the photographer’s part.

It is also a cautionary tale for us and other newspapers as we rely more and more on citizen journalists and contributors.

The paper is getting blasted in its comments section. One person writes: “They knew the photo was altered on Tuesday, waited until Wednesday to remove it from the site and waited until Saturday to say something.”

* Photoshopped-train photo is cautionary tale for media (Standard-Examiner)
* Cool photo turns out to be a complete trainwreck for paper (Charles Apple)

Today’s Washington Post obituary for Vaclav Havel has been in the can for some time. It was written by J.Y. Smith, who died of lung cancer in January of 2006 at age 74. The onetime foreign correspondent “transformed the backwater reputation of The Washington Post obituaries desk as its first official editor,” the Post’s Adam Bernstein wrote in his Smith obit. (h/t @jfdulac)