Daily Archives: March 9, 2012

* Los Angeles Times stops using star ratings for restaurant reviews (Los Angeles Times)
* New York Times Co. says in a new filing that ex-CEO Janet Robinson’s exit package was nearly $24 million. (Reuters)
* ….meanwhile, New York Times stock closes the week at $6.66. (Yahoo Finance)
* Sheriff pulls about $250,000 in ads from Beaver County Times. (Beaver Countian)
* Judge says Sacramento County inmates allowed to get Prison Legal News. (Sacramento Bee)
* Oregonian runs Willamette Week editor’s “arm-twisting” email. (Print edition headline: “Editor lobbies for candidate.”) (Oregonian)
* The haunting photo from Syria that appeared on front pages of WaPo, NYT & WSJ was shot by AP’s Rodrigo Abd. (New York Times)
* Roger Fidler: “I can’t honestly say whether Steve Jobs took his inspiration for the iPad from my tablet.” (Washington Post)

Eli Boardman

It’s been a big week for Boardman Camera editor/publisher Eli Boardman. The 11-year-old boy was profiled in the Boulder Daily Camera, then was a guest on Wednesday’s “As It Happens.” Here’s an excerpt from that CBC radio show:

SHOW HOST: Other kids have started newspapers before and they’ll do one, maybe two issues and then they give up. You’ve been doing this now for years — several years — and you now have 200 editions. Why did you keep going?

ELI BOARDMAN: It was fun, and I learned lot of things – I learned a lot of things I never knew about. I meet a lot of new people, and I think a lot of people would be disappointed if I stopped. I have a circulation of well over 160, I think.

HOST: You’ve got 200 issues so far. What are your plans?

ELI: I think I’ll keep going. It’s been fun. I probably won’t pursue it as a career or anything, but it’s been fun. I’ll probably keep it as a hobby for a while at least.

HOST: As a fellow journalist, I’m curious as to why you wouldn’t want to be in our profession.

ELI: Oh, I don’t know. It’s been fun, but it’s been hard and there’s some other things — I might want to be a photographer or a veterinarian.

HOST: Do you have any advice for anyone who might be listening to this that might want to start their own community newspaper?

ELI: Go ahead and start it. It’s really fun. It’s hard and — I’d say the hardest part is finding out article ideas and actually writing the articles, but it’s really fun. One of the tips for getting a story is: Every person has a story and you just have to ask.

HOST: You are so right, Eli. Thank you.

* CBC “As It Happens” (the segment starts at 17:00)
* 11-year-old publishes 200th issue of community newspaper

A Romenesko reader emails: “Next week’s ‘Doonesbury’ cartoons, on the Texas anti-abortion/mandatory ultrasound law, may cause some newspapers to use “Flashbacks” instead of the live cartoons.”

I asked around and was told that the Oregonian and Dallas Morning News are among the papers that have discussed pulling the strips. (I’ve left messages with editors at both newspapers to see what they’ve decided.) UPDATE: “We thought the strips were over the line for the comics pages and won’t be running them,” says Oregonian features editor JoLene Krawczak. “We’ll tell readers where they can read them online.”

UPDATE #2: The Dallas Morning News will run the strips, and have a story tomorrow about them.

UPDATE #3: Garry Trudeau talks about the strips.

The Chicago Tribune, which pulled “Doonesbury” strips in September and February, will be running them, says associate managing editor/entertainment Geoff Brown.

Here’s what’s in the strips:

Monday: Young woman arrives for her pre-termination sonogram, is told to take a seat in the shaming room, a middle-aged male state legislator will be right with her.

Tuesday: He asks her if this is her first visit to the center, she replies no, that she’s been using the contraceptive services for some time. He says, “I see. Do your parents know you’re a slut?”

Wednesday: A different male is reading to her about the transvaginal exam process.

Thursday: In the stirrups, she is telling a nurse that she doesn’t want a transvaginal exam. Doctor says “Sorry miss, you’re first trimester. The male Republicans who run Texas require that all abortion seekers be examined with a 10″ shaming wand.” She asks “Will it hurt?” Nurse says, “Well, it’s not comfortable, honey. But Texas feels you should have thought of that.” Doctor says, “By the authority invested in me by the GOP base, I thee rape.”

Friday: Doctor is explaining that the Texas GOP requires her to have an intimate encounter with her fetus. He begins describing it to her. Last panel, he says, “Shall I describe it’s hopes and dreams?” She replies, “If it wants to be the next Rick Perry, I’ve made up my mind.”

Saturday: Back in the reception area, she asks where she goes now for the actual abortion. Receptionist tells her there’s a 24-hour waiting period: “The Republican Party is hoping you get caught in a shame spiral and change your mind.” Last panel: She says, “A final indignity.” Receptionist replies, “Not quite. Here’s your bill.”

Is your newspaper using “Flashback” strips next week? Let me know at

Amy Nelson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press emails: “Re: Doonesbury strips. We are subbing in print at the Pioneer Press and directing readers to online if they want to read them. Not appropriate for Comics pages with its mix of Garfield and The Duplex and not a great solution to move them to the Opinion pages for a week. Just made the decision a few minutes ago.”

* Above: Library employee and photo enthusiast John Fancher. The Tulsa World used his images from a shooting scene near the Tulsa courthouse.

* Tulsa World photo editor discusses the decision to use the librarian’s shooting scene photos. || The news story.

A Romenesko reader emails: “Did you notice WSJ, NYT and WP all lead with the same Syria picture?”

I did after checking the Newseum’s Today’s Front Pages.

* Rodrigo Abd’s haunting photo of a mourning boy

* Northwest Indiana Times: Purdue University Calumet poli-sci professor Maurice Eisenstein, who was recently was cleared of harassment charges by the school, claims the student newspaper cartoon below is anti-Semitic.

* The paper’s position: “Eisenstein is using his religious background as a way of diverting the conversation away from the remarks he has made both online and in his classroom. Rather than defend or clarify his opinions, Eisenstein has instead labeled anyone who opposes him as a bigot.”

* Earlier: Students protest professor’s comments, Facebook page

* Los Angeles Times wins Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism for its “Billions to Spend” colleges probe. (Nieman Foundation)
* Facebook Interest Lists turn your feed into a personalized newspaper. (Mashable)
* Kentucky newspaper offices are destroyed by a tornado, but the staff keeps publishing. (
* New York Times Magazine editors have tips for readers interested in writing a “Lives” essay. (New York Times)
* Chris Wallace: “No one [at Fox] – well, almost no one – is a jerk because Roger [Ailes] won’t allow it.” (Washington Post)
* New York Times and Conde Nast are “sending a formidable fleet” to SXSW. Abramson will be discussing the future of NYT. (Capital New York)
* Report: Philly Daily News editorial cartoonist was told her job is targeted if not enough people take buyouts. (

New York Times Magazine editor Hugo Lindgren told a Columbia journalism school audience on Thursday:

At the moment we have a real problem: we do not have a separate iPad app, and our presentation on the New York Times app is not good enough … When I got there, we had a budget to create our own app. Literally, we were about to hire our own people and the budget disappeared. And I got pretty focused on the magazine, on the print magazine, because that’s where we needed a lot of attention. And I probably kind of blew it a little bit not fighting that hard enough, and we’re going to get that restored.

* NYT Magazine editor thinks he possibly blew it by not building his own app

Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes, 28, says his focus will be on distributing The New Republic’s long-form journalism through the iPad and other tablets. A former Mark Zuckerberg roommate, Hughes says that “profit per se is not my motive” in buying the magazine. “The reason I’m getting involved here is that I believe in the type of vigorous contextual journalism that we – we in general as a society – need.” The New Republic has been owned by a consortium led by media banker Laurence Grafstein.

* New Republic gets an owner steeped in New Media
* Read Hughes’ letter to The New Republic readers
* Hughes talked to NPR’s “Morning Edition” about his new property