I feel the same way about the New York Times writing about video games as I do NPR talking about hip-hop: it’s always awkward.
— dansinker (@dansinker) May 15, 2012
* Los Angeles Times is folding its monthly magazine. (Fishbowl LA)
* Conservative cartoonist on his Obama/Deep Throat drawing: “It’s crude. And if I offended anyone, sweet.” (Cagle Post)
* Departing Denver Post writer: “It would be a weakness to have a large metro daily without a columnist.” (Westword)
* Journalist who “walked funny” writes about bullying and why he didn’t help two girls who were “unmercifully teased.” (Cronkite.asu.edu)
* Asked if Businessweek is profitable, editor says “we’re moving in the direction we want to be moving in.” (Capital New York)
* Huffington Post’s Elise Foley breaks her arm while trying to walk *and* text. (No word about gum-chewing.) (Fishbowl DC)
“We never go to into a cover thinking, ‘Oh let’s just shock people.’ We really don’t,” says Time magazine design director D.W. Pine.
“We really want to make sure we’re being fair to the subject and illustrating the subject …In the end, we’re here to sell magazines, and we hope it sells magazines.”
Susanne Reber, who built and led NPR’s first investigations unit, has joined the Center for Investigative Reporting to lead its national and international investigative and enterprise reporting projects. She’ll also be in charge of CIR’s team of health and environment reporters. “Susanne is a powerhouse in the investigative reporting community,”
says CIR editorial director Mark Katches.
The press release is after the jump. Read More
Excerpt of 2012 University of Montana journalism graduate Nick Gast’s speech to classmates:
I think it’s easy to get stressed out about our futures, especially when every guest speaker we’ve had for the past four years talks about a new and exciting way our industry is dying. I’ve spent my fair share of sleepless night lying awake in bed wondering why I chose this degree and the answer I come to is as simple as it is true: because I love what I do.
Sure, in five years the New York Times will probably be a Tumblr … and yes, we’re probably going to use our degrees to write stories like, “25 Cutest Bear Farts,” or we’ll try to make tiny crime machines smile at the Sears portrait studio.
Let’s be honest: It’s going to be brutal out there. But there isn’t a single person in attendance today who doesn’t have a passion for what he or she does.
Letter to Romenesko
From JAYME FRASER, 2012 University of Montana journalism graduate: It’s that time of year when young journalists wrap up their college degrees and pray for a job. I know many parents and friends wonder why we stuck with a degree that most sane people know doesn’t guarantee a stable income, if one at all. At my graduation ceremony Saturday, two of my fellow University of Montana graduates put it all in perspective in their commencement speeches. Here’s the link to photo and video journalist Nick Gast’s funny “open letter” to graduates as filmed by parents. Below is the text of the speech from Victoria Edwards, a go-getter news reporter and editor.
There are some parents who don’t want to be here right now. I mean, they want to be at your graduation, just not THIS graduation.
They probably wish they were over at the Pharmacy department, like my parents do. Others might prefer biology, business, sociology…anything but journalism.
But I’m here to tell you your child made the right choice in becoming a journalist. Although in a year when a newspaper reporter was ranked as the fifth worst job — right ahead of an oil rig worker, enlisted soldier, and dairy farmer — it can be hard to understand why./CONTINUES Read More
Washington Post’s Greg Jaffe says of Politico:
I think we put out a product that’s significantly better than Politico, which I find very chatty and very reactive and doesn’t provide much context.
It’s a publication for this tiny percentage of insiders and doesn’t have bureaus or newsrooms.
God, I hope there’s an audience for The Washington Post or our democracy is screwed. And if all we have is Politico, I think we’re really screwed because it’s just this inside echo chamber that drives me freaking nuts. Sorry to get angry.
Politico’s Austin Wright says of the Washington Post:
I might be their youngest subscriber.
I love The Washington Post, and I’ve been very sad to watch as it has been shrinking. But I do think that Politico does offer something that people want. We offer insider journalism for people that know politics. I think that’s extremely valuable, as we’ve seen. And even as Politico has had success, I don’t cheer on the demise of our competitors.
The New Yorker has relaunched its online books section “with a new landing page for all things literary — from book reviews and fiction from the magazine, to our popular podcasts, to our newly launched blog Page-Turner,” says the magazine’s release. “Expanding on the magazine’s book coverage, the blog will be a place for immediate reflections on new books and publishing trends.”
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USA Today staff photographers were told last week that they won’t be going to London to cover the Olympics because Gannett’s US Presswire team will be shooting there. (John Harrington’s comment: “It seems that USA Today is sending in the farm team rather than the best.” Gannett bought US Presswire last September.) Harrington continues:
I’m guessing that the new President and Publisher of USA Today, who will be reporting to Gannett, Larry Kramer, will be wondering why a teenager is on the credentials list along with so many other US Presswire photographers when his thoroughbred sports photographers didn’t make the cut.
That teen is the daughter of a US Presswire photographer. The shooter who identified her on a message board wrote that “it’s a bit much when by being somebody’s daughter you can get credentialed to cover the Olympic Games in London,” then later apologized for identifying her. “I hope she makes the most of it,” he wrote, and comes back with some stunning images. In the same position there is no way I would turn down that opportunity. What really hacks me off is the Gannett/USPW policies.”
NPR ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos reviewed all of NPR’s shows in the eight days after Joe Biden said he was “comfortable” with gay marriage and found “the coverage did indeed skew in favor of giving air time to the side that favors marriage equality.”
On its main news shows over that time, NPR aired 38 reports about the gay marriage debate. Every story included at least an acknowledgement of both sides of the issue, but a tally found 34 interviews with supporters of gay marriage versus 22 opposed and five uncommitted. The supporters, in other words, had a 3-2 edge over the opponents. Fourteen academics endorsed neither side, but provided analysis of polls and political trends.
The ombudsman says those numbers numbers “suggest to me that in the future more opposition voices have to be brought into the coverage of an issue on which Americans are divided. The same would not be true for an issue about which there is no longer much debate: abolishing slavery, for example.”