Daily Archives: March 13, 2012

* Washington Post aims to generate ideas and start building them at #PostDisrupt. (Gawker)
* Husni: “I was able to show students you didn’t have to be from New York to be a great magazine editor.” (American Journalism Review)
* More on the Conan O’Brien “End of Email Overload” video clip. (Fortune)
* Harper’s publisher’s “objections to the Internet come down to money …his inability to make any online.” (The Atlantic)
* Landfill magnate claims frequent commenter is a federal prosecutor. (New Orleans Times Picayune)
* Institutional Investor’s William Inman has been named editor-in-chief. (Talking Biz News)
* Publisher buys Collier’s magazine at auction for $2,000, starts subscription drive with 200,000 goal. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
* New Yorker’s Ian Frazier wins March Sidney Award for Stella D’oro story. (Hillman Foundation)

Mike Trimble, who has been with the A.H. Belo-owned Denton Record-Chronicle for 18 years, was fired after a dispute with publisher Bill Patterson. The Dallas Observer’s Greg Howard hears that the editorial stances taken by the 68-year-old Trimble weren’t conservative enough for the boss. Trimble tells Howard:

When I started, when someone got fired you went back in the storage room and found empty round boxes to put your shit in. Now they have ‘you’ve been laid off’ boxes back there. Brand new, folded up, still have the creases and everything. I guess that’s what they’re for.

* Denton Record-Chronicle opinion editor fired after clash with publisher

Jessica Silver-Greenberg had a front page byline, along with Nelson Schwartz, after her first day at the New York Times. There was one problem, though: her name wouldn’t fit. Business Day night editor Keith Leighty explains how that was solved:

From: Leighty, Keith
Sent: Monday, March 12, 2012 11:13 PM
To: !NYHQ-bizback
Subject: nite note 03/13

I don’t know if A.M. Rosenthal started this way.
But Jessica Silver-Greenberg would not fit in a one-column space on Page A1.
Nor would Jessica SilverGreenberg, and Jess Silver-Greenberg just wasn’t right.
Thus arises: J.B. Silver-Greenberg.
Thanks a tip of the Stetson to our newest writer.


* Feb. 17: Silver-Greenberg leaves WSJ to cover banking for NYT

The Los Angeles Times announced last week that it will no longer use star ratings with restaurant reviews. A day after LAT’s announcement, the Buffalo News told readers that it’s getting rid of stars and introducing a numerical rating. “[The new critic’s] using a 10-point scale, with 1 meaning ‘stay home,’ 5 meaning ‘worth a try,’ and 10 meaning ‘extraordinary or almost flawless,'” explained editor Margaret Sullivan.

Now the San Francisco Chronicle is asking readers what they think about star ratings. “I, and many other critics, have a love-hate relationship with rating systems,” writes Michael Bauer. “However in the end I come down on the side of the star rating, as difficult and sometime as incongruous as the stars might seem.”

* LAT: Stars are out, at least for restaurant reviews
* It’s numbers now — not stars — in Buffalo News restaurant reviews
* Should the San Francisco Chronicle drop its star ratings?

To be fair to the Santorum camp, many reporters have done this too. I recall several pubic/public anecdotes coming in when I compiled the news bloopers a dozen years ago. (Wait a second or two for the Wayback Machine to kick in and take you to the bloopers link.)

AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong told investors this morning that he has “a lot of tens of millions of dollars” invested in Patch “and I would not put investors in any situation that I wouldn’t want to be in myself.” The average Patch roughly costs $150,000 to run, he says, while the average marketplace that it’s in has about $900 million of commerce.

There’s no tremendous interest in it from a media landscape other than to say a lot of – basically, gossip about Patch in terms of what has happened, what’s happening there and how is it performing and people love to talk about it. But the reality is Patch has gone from zero to – went up to number four in local – in one year on the Internet.

(I suspect he’s including this Feb. 8 Romenesko piece in his “gossip” reference.)

Business Insider is all over Armstrong’s remarks. Here’s today’s coverage:
* Armstrong passionately defends AOL’s decision to spend mllions on Patch
* “We removed a bunch people out of the company [and] our results got better”
* It looks like Armstrong’s ready to sue over patents

A reporter for a Washington, DC-based political magazine sends this image and note:

Just saw this on CNN… show was on mute, so I don’t know the context, but this is pretty idiotic:

“Hand-to-hand combat, maybe that would be a better way to decide the presidency?” Also, newsflash, we tried using combat to decide the presidency in the 1860s and it didn’t go well.

The Miami Herald says it’s running all but one of this week’s “Doonesbury” strips in the print edition. Managing editor Rick Hirsch tells me it’s the Thursday strip that won’t run — the one with the line: “By the authority vested in me by the GOP base, I thee rape.”

Buffalo News editor Margaret Sullivan tells readers that “Doonesbury” won’t appear on the comics page this week, “but the News will run all six of the daily strips in a single block on an inside page of this Sunday’s Viewpoints section, amid other political cartoons, with an explanatory note.” She adds: “This allows our readers to see the strips in print in a more appropriate context.”

The Poughkeepsie Journal has posted all of this week’s strips on one page (PDF).

Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial director J.R. Labbe tells readers that “the reason for not printing the strip [this week] has nothing to do with left- or right-wing politics. It has everything to do with civility and consistency.”

The Patriot-News chose not to run the strips, and editor David Newhouse says “most of the emails or calls we received took us to task for right-wing “censorship.” His reaction to that:

First of all, we’d like to welcome anyone who feels this way to join our volunteer Conservative Bias Panel – your job will be to contact the next e-mailers or callers who accuse us of being a “left-wing rag” so you can set them straight and explain that we’re actually a right-wing rag!

The Daily Cartoonist has a list of the papers that aren’t running the strip in the print edition this week.

Time says in a memo that its new Keeping Score sports blog “will be much more than a chronicle of games and statistics. Instead it will explore the key issues and personalities, controversies and trends, driving the daily conversation about sports.” Read the full memo after the jump.
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James (Bob) Hagerty, who told Romenesko readers a little bit about his mother in a Monday post, tells more today in a front-page Wall Street Journal story. He says his 85-year-old mom, Marilyn Hagerty, “wasn’t expecting anyone other than her thousands of loyal readers in North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota to take note” of her Olive Garden review in the Grand Forks Herald. “She didn’t worry about how her story would play on Gawker, partly because she had never heard of Gawker.” He closes his piece, noting that….

The only downside of the world’s belated discovery of my mom is that she is too busy being interviewed on national television to play online Scrabble with me.

Mom, if you ever get time to read this, it’s your move.

* James Hagerty: When Mom goes viral
* In defense of Marilyn Hagerty’s Olive Garden experience