Maybe this is why it took so long for some newspaper executives to “get” the Internet: they read this definition and their eyes glazed over.
Sara Goo posted this image on her Facebook page and wrote: “From my first AP stylebook, circa 1995. Unearthed from a dusty box.”
“We’ve been doing this nearly ten years,” Gawker chief Nick Denton tells his staff. “I’m not nearly ready to retire yet — or cash in. But we need to recognize there’s a new generation of management at Gawker Media.”
Denton writes in his memo:
* “The days of the banner advertisement are numbered. In two years, our primary offering to marketers will be our discussion platform.”
* “A historical tidbit: the original business model for Gizmodo was affiliate fees from purchases of gadgets through Amazon. We didn’t have the scale then to make that work. We do now. In December we made $70,000 from Amazon. Without really trying. No seriously, it was an accident.”
* “Unlike most companies during this bubble, we are planning for an independent existence for the next decade and beyond. And we don’t need to hire big names from outside to get us there; we grow our talent in-house.”
The full memo is after the jump.
The Orange County Register, which had 91 journalists at an Angels game for a so-called News Mob last month, has scheduled News Mob 2 — it’ll be all about Disney — for the week of June 15.
Keith Sharon, who coordinated the Register’s Angels News Mob coverage, tells Romenesko readers:
The OC Register’s second News Mob will descend on the Happiest Place on Earth during the week of June 15.
Disney’s California Adventure will re-open to the public in June with a new Cars Land, Buena Vista Street, rides and a restaurant. The Register will have photographers, videographers and reporters from sports, real estate, pop culture, theater, food, OC Moms, retail, cities, crime, features, travel, social issues – and virtually every department in our news organization — covering the event. Dozens of Disney fans will also participate in the coverage by contributing photos, memories and reviews of new Disney experiences.
The Register’s News Mob comes nine weeks after 91 staffers covered Opening Day for the Angels.
Since April 6 when the News Mob highlighted the Register’s Angels coverage, the Register’s audience for the Angels has exploded. Without counting Opening Day stories, the Angels’ regular coverage in April and May is on pace to reach page view levels only achieved (in our professional sports coverage) by the Lakers during the championship run of 2010.
In other words, one of the worst starts in Angels’ history is on par with the Lakers’ victory over the Celtics and the championship parade.
Four other News Mobs are being considered, including Election Day and the Orange County Auto Show.
Media/journalism junkie Doug Campbell shares ten “nitpicks” taken from the last three issues of Copyediting newsletter, including the four above. He writes:
The strain of achieving perfection for an eagle-eyed audience of one’s peers must be enormous. After all, what excuse can there be for a misspelled word or misplaced apostrophe when you run a publication called Copyediting? Yet, as terrible as it is, there’s something ridiculously satisfying about spotting a typo in an article devoted to the most efficient ways to catch typos.
* Who edits the copy editors? (The Awl) || Copyediting.com
Earlier on JimRomenesko.com:
* Blogger points out copyediting errors and gets hired
* The lonely life of the lowly copy editor
* “My first day as a copy editor was a shock”
The new Time magazine cover reminded me of a piece — titled “The Breast of Times” — that my former Milwaukee Magazine colleague Judith Woodburn wrote for Salon in 2006. I thought I’d share it with you.
Are you a bad mother if you don’t breast-feed? Having experienced the challenges of breast-feeding firsthand, I don’t think so. But having started down this path, my personal debate has involved a different question altogether: Am I a bad mother if I haven’t stopped?
Woodburn, who was Milwaukee Magazine editor-in-chief in the early 1990s (I was senior editor at the time), points out in her piece that in some places, her decision to breast-feed her four-year-old son might still be considered criminal.
* The Breast of Times (Salon)
* How common is extended breast-feeding? (Time)
* Time managing editor discusses the cover with Paul Farhi (WP)
* Time’s breast-feeding cover heats up on social media (USAToday.com)
In his story about Chicago Sun-Times’ parent buying the Chicago Reader for $3 million, Reader media writer Michael Miner notes that a Crain’s story has “hinted” that Sun-Times owner Michael Ferro and his allies might be interested in taking over the Chicago Tribune.
“The money’s there,” writes Miner. “Among the [Sun-Times] investors is billionaire Joe Mansueto, who controls Time Out Chicago, the Reader’s principal competition.” Ferro has said that he wants to buy more newspapers.
* Sun-Times parent close to acquiring Chicago Reader (Crain’s Chicago Business)
* Crain’s says Reader going to Sun-Times (Chicago Reader)
* March 1: Sun-Times owner wants to buy more newspapers (JimRomenesko.com)
Chris Papst: Why hazing isn't so bad
“Thought you might find this Harrisburg Patriot-News op-ed interesting,” writes a Romenesko reader.
HAZING ISN’T ALL THAT BAD — IT CAN BRING TEAMMATES TOGETHER
“Aside from the, er, unique perspective the editorial provides, it seems strange a reporter would be writing opinion columns on stories he covers for another news outlet.”
This comes from Romenesko reader Rob Devine:
Your posting of that op-ed in the Harrisburg Patriot-News reminded me of a column I had seen late last year about the same thing. It was an op/ed in the International Business Times entitled, “Why Hazing Can Lead to Positive Change,” and was written after someone died from hazing at Florida A&M.
It’s amazing to me that anyone would write these stories, but it seems at least Mr. Papst has a brother-in-arms with Mr. Carey.
* How hazing can lead to positive change (ibtimes.com)
New York Times columnist Tom Friedman and Denver Post editor Greg Moore have been elected Pulitzer Prize Board co-chairs. Both have served on the board since 2004. They replace co-chairs Jim Amoss, editor of The Times-Picayune; AP executive editor Kathleen Carroll; and Nieman curator Ann Marie Lipinski.
The press release is after the jump. Read More