Daily Archives: February 14, 2012

A Romenesko reader writes: “Check out the anchor photo on this page….[C9, on the left] and then consider the audience for the very next page [C10, on the right].”

Washington Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton’s verdict on this:

Passion and physicality are indeed facets of love. But the photo was also a bit tasteless. I would not have run that [butt squeeze] photo. It’s a touch too edgy for a family newspaper. And the coincidence of having it on the reverse of KidsPost, with Valentines’ cutouts? Well, Cupid must have had a hand in that, or on that.

* The cheek squeeze that roiled the world

More Tuesday tweets to @romenesko followers:
* PolitiFact investigates claim made in “Glee” episode. How long before “Gossip Girl” is fact-checked?
* Ebert’s #23 & Zell’s #26 on Chicago mag’s “Most Powerful” list. Groupon’s Lefkofsky & Mason are #10 & #11
* BuzzFeed’s bringing in aggressive web types with their eye on the ball in terms of traffic
* For the first time in at least 25 years, operating profits at Buffalo News fall below $10 million
* Philly Inquirer editor: Hullabaloo over PMN sale coverage a “major distraction,” but staff is focused
* Best author bio ever, says Chicago paper: “Sergio De La Pava is a writer who does not live in Brooklyn.”

The News Reels from Sean Kelly on Vimeo.

Sean Kelly writes in an email:
Hope you’ll take a look at a fun video about old and new media…

“THE NEWS REELS: How Modern Technology Disrupts Old Media.” The future of newspapers is uncertain. But a lesson might be found in the past.

The Verge reports Sony is developing power outlet technology that determines a user’s identity or permissions, and could be used to make people pay for the power they use in public places. Travelers could soon be paying for both WiFi and to keep their laptop charged, notes Engadget, but “perhaps being able to charge for a charge will convince New York City Starbucks to give us our outlets back.”
* Sony developing authenticating power outlets; pay-to-charge on the way?
* Sony prepping power outlet that demands payment, identification
* Starbucks confirms it’s covering power outlets at some stores

I’d been trying to come up with a good media-related Valentine’s Day post all morning and not having much luck.

NPR reminded me about their annual Feb. 14 promotion, and I considered that:

We designed 13 cards this year with sayings like ‘Your love is like the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation… It supports me.’ and ‘I’m gonna court you so supremely, Nina Totenberg will report on our love story’?

Just a fun way for news hounds and NPR fans to celebrate holiday. They can be found online at [her] or shared on Facebook.

Nice, but I’ve seen the cards all over the place.

Then it hit me: why not remind readers of the most romantic item I’ve posted in my 14 or so years of blogging — a couple’s newspaper-themed wedding — and get an update on it. So here it is: journalist Megan Poinski wrote me last June:

When we started planning our wedding a year ago, we knew that it had to pay homage to newspapers as much as possible. We:

* Wrote a press release to give information about the wedding venue, dinner, etc in our invitation. The invitation itself was in typewriter font.

* Made gift bags for our out-of-town guests out of newspapers we had saved.

* Made an eight-page newspaper as our programs.

* Had my cousins — 10-year-old twin boys — dress up as old-fashioned newspaper boys to hand out the programs to wedding guests as they came in. (From what I hear, they really got into the whole, “Extra! Extra! Read all about it!” thing.)

* Designed the place cards for guests as press passes, complete with neck lanyards. I think about half of the guests actually wore them. Centerpieces were made out of old typewriters.

* Made centerpieces out of old typewriters. We put table numbers on card stock and put that inside the typewriter, and then the typewriters were covered with flowers.

* Designed my bouquet with “LOVE” in typewriter keys on ribbons going down the stems.

* Had guests put cards for us in an old paperboy bag.

* Gave out notebooks and pens for our favors.

This morning I asked Megan if she’d give Romenesko readers an update. Here’s her email:

Some brides hope that their wedding is featured in bridal magazines or society pages. As for me, I’m thrilled that my wedding was featured on your site, in E&P, and in The Atlantic.

We got quite a bit of attention for our unique wedding, and I hope that we were able to inspire anyone else wanting to do things at their wedding that were a bit different. I definitely got a lot of emails from people asking questions about what we did. [I asked if she had become a newspaper-themed wedding consultant, of sorts.]

Tim [Fields] and I are both still at the same full-time jobs. I am still the associate editor at, a nonprofit website covering Maryland state government and politics. (Incidentally, this means I am spending my Valentine’s Day in the Maryland State House press room.) Tim is still a support specialist at the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. We’ve taken on some other things on the side since last May. I’m currently also an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University (my alma mater), teaching an introduction to newswriting and reporting class. Tim is working on his paralegal certification (putting his investigative reporting skills to good use) at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies.

We bought our first home together in Maryland a few weeks ago. (We’re not looking forward to physically moving all of the typewriters; we were only able to get rid of just 2 or 3 after the wedding.) Today, it finally felt like home: It was the first day we walked out to find the newspaper on our front doorstep.

* Tying the knot with newsprint: The ultimate newsie wedding

XXL editor-in-chief Vanessa Satten says she ordered rapper Too $hort’s video taken down after watching his advice to boys on how to “turn girls out.” She writes: “I was truly offended and thought it crossed the line. …I am disappointed that an employee decided to post it and I am putting internal procedures in place to make sure content like this does not go on the site.” The video, she adds, “goes against my value system and represents poor judgment on behalf of the individual who posted it.”

What Too $hort is saying now:

When I got on camera I was in Too $hort mode and had a lapse of judgement. I would never advise a child or young man to do these things, it’s not how I get down. Although I have made my career on dirty raps, I have worked over the years to somewhat balance the content of my music with giving back to the community.

* XXL and Too $hort speak on video controversy | What he told boys
* Too $hort tweets: “The stupid joke was SUPPOSED to be bad advice but in this case it just wasn’t funny. Rape & assault? Get the f— outta here!”

Dave Kindred asked a few friends to help him compile a list of twenty newspaper people under age 40 who could be sports columnists. “In an hour, I had 27 names,” he writes. “In a day, my list carried 45 names.”

Some of these people may be over 40, some may be columnists, and some have moved out of sports. Still, the list was instructive because the people on it – if I trust my sources, and I do – are young, good, and committed to journalism, be it done in newsprint or on a website.

Here they are — alphabetically — with their Twitter feeds linked to their names:

Rachel Bachman

Kent Babb, Kansas City Star; Rachel Bachman, Wall Street Journal; Judy Battista, New York Times; Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe; Greg Bishop, New York Times; Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times; Sam Borden, New York Times;

John Branch, New York Times; Jerry Brewer, Seattle Times; Scott Cacciola, Wall Street Journal; Nathan Fenno, Washington Times; Mike Garafolo, Newark Star-Ledger; Jason Gay, Wall Street Journal; Rachel George, Orlando Sentinel; Israel Gutierrez, Miami Herald;

Chico Harlan, Washington Post; Baxter Holmes, Los Angeles Times; David Hough, Chicago Sun-Times [I think they mean David Haugh, Chicago Tribune]; Patrick Hruby, Washington Times; Lindsay H. Jones, Denver Post; Adam Kilgore, Washington Post; Michael Kruse, Tampa Bay Times; Michael Lee, Washington Post;

Stefanie Loh, Harrisburg Patriot-News; Juliet Macur, New York Times; Rick Maese, Washington Post; Brady McCollough, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star; Jeff Miller, Orange County Register; Ben Montgomery, Tampa Bay Times;

John Niyo

Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman; John Niyo, Detroit News; Bill Oram, Salt Lake Tribune; Steve Politi, Newark Star-Ledger; Eric Prisbell, Washington Post; Jason Quick, Portland Oregonian; Ian Rapoport, Boston Herald; Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel; Eli Saslow, Washington Post; Dave Sheinen, Washington Post; Ethan Skolnik, Palm Beach Post; Brian T. Smith, Salt Lake Tribune; Dan Steinberg, Washington Post; Barry Svrluga, Washington Post; and Pete Thamel, New York Times.

* An optimistic outlook of sports journalism’s future

What I tweeted this morning to @romenesko followers:
* The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening donates $500,000 to UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
* Glenn Garvin: Deep Throat’s leaks “were often either carelessly inaccurate or maliciously false”
* AP files lawsuit against Meltwater News, says it uses unlicensed AP content to compete against AP
* A conservative journalist explains his “eBay of investigative journalism” idea
* Aaron Kushner fails to acquire MaineToday Media
* Hearst to make many of its magazines on Kindle Fire shoppable by linking products to
* In a poll of conservatives, 70% say Fox News has moved left. (“Casual viewers might barely notice”)
* WSJ reports Apple is working with suppliers in Asia to test a new tablet with an 8-inch screen

Doug Brown

About five weeks ago, Kent State University lost a $1 million gift after the student newspaper’s enterprise reporter, Doug Brown, started asking questions about the donor’s SEC violations. Brown obtained hundreds of emails through an open records request and uses them to describe how the university accepted — then lost — the alum Jason Cope’s donation.

On Dec. 21, emails showed Tom Nader, Record-Courier sports editor, was the first to ask if the athletic department was aware of Cope’s SEC violations.

“He wasn’t really looking to do anything negative with it, just asking more if we were aware of it before moving forward with the court name,” relayed Todd Vatter, interim director of athletic communications, to Nielsen, Tom Kleinlein, deputy director of athletics, and Geis on Dec 22.

Nielsen responded and said, “We were aware of the 2000 SEC case,” and copied into the email Harvey and Tom Neumann, associate vice president of marketing and communications, Finn, Steve Sokany, senior associate vice president of institutional advancement, Lefton, Reed and Walker. “Todd, let’s get with [University Communications & Marketing] to discuss drafting a response to media should this question arise again.”

* Behind the scenes of a $1 million withdrawal
* Earlier: Kent State loses gift after student paper asks questions