Daily Archives: May 21, 2012

Arthur Brisbane

* New York Times public editor Arthur Brisbane to step down in September. (Washington Post)
* USA Today publisher Larry Kramer: “I think we are going to have to move toward more pronounced voices.” (Quote and Comment)
* “The consensus is Google+ is an empty city where the masses go to set up a profile but then seldom return.” (
* Brian Boyer leaves Chicago Tribune to lead NPR’s news apps team. (
* HuffPost Live streaming video service gears up for early July launch. (Capital New York)
* Two conservative organizations to offer awards to commemorate Andrew Breitbart. (Nominations due Friday.) (Washington Post)

Letter to Romenesko

From PAUL WOOLVERTON JR.: What should a Q&A columnist do when someone sends the same question to various columnists and one of your competitor/colleagues publishes an answer before you do? Dump the question? Does it really matter?

It looks like the someone sought help from advice columnists Cary Tennis at Salon and Emily Yoffe at Slate. The question is about a mom who lets her kids play with her breasts for years after they’ve ended breastfeeding.

The phrasing of the question at both sites is very close, sometimes identical.

Here is Emily’s May 17 column:
A Touch Too Long
My mom let me play with her breasts for years after I stopped breast-feeding, and now she’s doing it with my sister. How do I stop it?

And here is Cary’s May 20 column:
We were breast-fed really late
My mother continued to let us touch her for years after feeding stopped, and now it feels creepy and revolting

And I’m wondering, too, if Slate’s Branded column and Marshall Brain’s “BrainStuff” podcast also were in that situation regarding the history of the zipper:

April 30 Branded:
Why YKK?
The mysterious Japanese company behind the world’s best zippers.

April 13 BrainStuff podcast:
Why do most zippers say ‘YKK’ on the pull-tab?
Have you ever wondered why zippers often have the letters ‘YKK’ etched into them?

Chuck Philips

“The [Los Angeles Times’] April 7, 2008, retraction not only tarnished my reputation, but rendered me virtually unemployable, inside and outside the world of journalism,” writes Chuck Philips, referring to this Tupac Shakur story retraction. “I’ve been turned down for hundreds of reporter jobs.”

* Tupac Shakur, the Los Angeles Times, and why I’m still unemployed (Village Voice)

What journalist Buzz Bissinger said during a recent visit to the Nieman Foundation:

* On Ed Rendell backing out of the Philly newspapers deal: “I think he realized that this was just going to be a can of worms that he did not want to get involved in. Every day, someone would be saying the coverage had been be slanted one way or the other by Rendell’s influence.”

Buzz Bissinger

* “What was great about journalism when I entered it — it was literally, really, right after Watergate, it was 1976 — papers were hot. Papers were making money. But beyond that, they all wanted investigative reporting. They all wanted long-form reporting.”

* “When I went to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, I wrote 35,000-word stories. You know, seven full pages in the paper.”

* “One of the things that I don’t miss about papers is the constant — as it goes up the food chain, one editor after another, after another, after another, and what happens is it loses its voice. Everyone takes a shot at it. It’s like making a bad movie.

* “I write for Vanity Fair which doesn’t have nearly the buzz that it once had. You almost never hear anything about it anymore.”

* Buzz Bissinger says newspaper editors are too cautious (Nieman Journalism Lab)

Susan Binford, assistant dean for communications at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, says the “pubic” typo was spotted after the programs were distributed at Saturday’s commencement exercises.

“Obviously, we are mortified. It’s beyond embarrassing.”

The program went through “lots of layers of approval” without anyone catching the error.

“As soon as we realized the mistake, everybody went into overdrive and we went to work to reprint it.” All grads will be sent new copies of the program.

“Graduates have already received apology letters from the dean,” says Binford, as well as an apology tweet, which misspells egregious. (UPDATE: They’ve now corrected that.)

Binford says her biggest fear is the typo getting mentioned on “The Daily Show.” (I’m told the show is on vacation for a few weeks, so it’s not likely to be mentioned.)

“No one is laughing about this at the LBJ School.”

Dear 2012 Graduates,

The cover of this year’s commencement program contained an unfortunate typographical error, which has since been corrected and is in the process of being distributed. The error originated with UT Printing, but we failed to catch it. The mistake was inexcusable, and we are mortified. As soon as we caught the error ­ after the programs had been distributed, unfortunately ­ we immediately began work on a corrected version that we will send out electronically and in hard copy to all our graduates, with our deepest apologies. We will send three hard-copy versions to each of you so that you can pass those on to your families and friends. Let us know if you need additional copies. No one feels worse about this than I do, so please accept my deepest personal apology.

With best wishes,

Robert Hutchings, Dean
LBJ School of Public Affairs

(h/t Evan Smith)

* Earlier: Email announces Santorum’s “pubic schedule”

“Patch is the most significant media organization in the nation, bar none,” declares Patch chief content officer Rachel Feddersen.

Read the full memo after the jump.

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This a real online seminar, not a goof. (You can register here.) It’s brought to you by the guy who had his students do something a little weird last year: put out their final summer newspaper without the use of computers or any other “modern” newspaper production tools.

Doug Frantz

A Washington Post memo confirms that investigative reporter Doug Frantz is joining the paper as national security editor. “Doug comes to us with an impressive body of work and considerable experience producing and overseeing ambitious journalism,” says the memo. “He is a former managing editor and investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times. He also was an investigative reporter, foreign correspondent, and investigations editor at the New York Times. In addition, he spent eight years as an investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune.”

The full memo is after the jump.

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“I hate to speculate whether the victim was subject to attachment parenting,” jokes tipster @JeffSharon_FS (The lead was corrected.)