The Plain Dealer’s longtime Cleveland Browns beat writer thought he was tweeting a private message when he called the team’s owner “a pathetic figure, the most irrelevant billionaire in the world.” It ended up going to all of Tony Grossi’s 15,000-plus Twitter followers before being deleted. Cleveland Scene reports Grossi has been pulled off the Browns beat because of his mistake.
* Tweet gets Plain Dealer writer pulled off Browns beat
Earlier today I tweeted a link to what the NPR Tumblr-masters said were the lyrics to the “Morning Edition” theme song. Romenesko reader @JoeDeaux was skeptical, and tweeted the above. I asked NPR spokeswoman Anna Christopher to tell us more about the lyrics:
They are real (or realish). I’m told it’s something BJ [Leiderman] did on a lark — the theme doesn’t “have” lyrics that to my knowledge have been recorded or that anyone actually knows. It’s a little quirky thing. …BJ wrote lyrics for a laugh — it was nothing official, nothing that NPR had asked for.
* NPR Tumblr
Facebook is reporting that “the average journalist has seen a 320% increase in [Facebook] subscribers since November 2011.” My question is: does that include the spam subscribers? Let’s take a look the ten most recent subscribers to my Facebook updates:
- Santos Vicente Valde Zgallo
- Kadir Daghan
- Ebn Jabal
- Kinq ÖzMert
- Giova Vltj Landa Contreras
- Anne Marie Moonshine (from “New zeland”)
- Maria Becker Fowler
- Mert Cumur
- الزعيم اسلام محمد [Arabic]
- Jasmin Halilovic
Really? These people are interested in reading my posts about American journalism? (OK, Maria Becker Fowler might be; she works at USA Today.)
What’s the quality of your Facebook subscription list? Please post in comments.
* How journalists are using Facebook Subscribe
* Are Facebook “Subscribe” numbers for real?
I’m going to go all Nikki Finke on you and say: TOLDJA! It was announced this afternoon that the American Press Institute is merging with the Newspaper Association of America Foundation — something I reported in December. The release is after the jump. Read More
“I am extremely disappointed in The Lantern for allowing this ad to run,” says Ohio State University student Jana Al-Akhras. (The ad lists 10 terror suspects under the headline: “Former Leaders of the Muslim Student Association (MSA): Where Are They Now?”) “It was paid for. It is not an op-ed, and they had every right to deny it as hate speech.”
Lantern faculty adviser Dan Caterinicchia says the paper can reject ads that denigrate individuals, groups or organizations based on such things as race, nationality, ethnicity and religion, but “in this, the adviser and co-chair of the publications committee agreed that the ad did not violate the policy.”
Ayan Sheikh writes in the Lantern: “I consider myself to be a devout Muslim woman, and it hurts me dearly when I see people speak ill of a religion which I hold so dearly. Therefore, I understand when some, if not most Muslim students at Ohio State were offended by the ad that ran in Monday’s paper. However, I strongly believe the majority of students overreacted over the ad.”
* Ad in Ohio State’s Lantern upsets Muslims
* Lantern staff says it prides itself on diversity, dialogue
* Lantern not anti-Islam despite ad, says student
Andrew Beaujon, who is joining Poynter’s online team, offers this theory for why so many media critics are white males: “Media criticism, which is a fly-in-the-soup job, is fundamentally an alt-weekly pursuit, and alt-weeklies’ DNA is heavily white and male. In turn, I have a couple theories about that, but my working one is that it’s because working at such places gives white males such as myself a chance to feel like an underdog for once in our lives.” When Beaujon joins the diversity-sensitive Poynter next month, the institute’s online team will have two white women and four white males. (Before I left Poynter in November, online director Julie Moos was so concerned about the pool of candidates she had — there were many middle-aged white men applying for my job — that she was thinking about placing the job-opening ad a second time. I don’t know if that happened.)
* Where are the women and non-white media critics?
* Meet Andrew Beaujon, the New Romenesko
My favorite recurring “Saturday Night Live” sketch features Kristen Wiig as Target Lady, best described by Julia Rubin as “the overenthusiastic cashier you hope you never have to interact with.” (Other Target employees in the sketches are just as dumb and dippy.)
On Monday, I asked the PR team at Minneapolis-based Target what the retailer thinks of the less-than-flattering SNL sketches. Spokeswoman Jessica Carlson responded in a Minnesota Nice fashion via email this morning:
Here’s what I can share with you:
We pride ourselves on our light-hearted and fun voice and we’ve laughed along with audiences at these pop culture references to the Target brand. As they say, “imitation is the highest form of flattery.”
Target has not been in direct contact with SNL regarding these skits.
* “Oh my God, the Target sketches on SNL are so accurate, except…”