Daily Archives: June 11, 2012

I called Atlanta’s WSB-TV and was told that the newsroom just learned of the “Fuck Fear” sign in the background from another caller. This report about vandalism at the Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium aired today. (Here’s a better look at the sign.) h/t @alexremington and @atlantaville

* New York Post, June 11: State comptroller Tom DiNapoli gets campaign cash and backs donors’ efforts against Chevron
* New York Times, Oct. 10, 2011: Plaintiffs representatives helped persuade state comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli speak out against Chevron

There are currently six answers to the question: “What is the cheapest, legal thing a person could do to get front page coverage in the New York Times?”

The best one comes from Times reporter Charles Duhigg:

1. Call me up and in a whispered, gravelly voice say something like “I have evidence that the President of the United States hired people to break into the campaign offices of the opposition party.” Then, hang up really fast. (Note: must actually have evidence to get on the front page.)

Charles Duhigg

2. Take all of your money out of the bank. Throw said money on the carpet. Take off all of your clothing and lie down on said carpet. Take a full body photo of yourself with your cell phone, and send it to me and/or a 22 year-old intern. (Note: must be member of Congress.)

3. Tell New Yorkers that, if they want to drink 12 gallons of soda in one sitting, they need to order it in three separate containers. Wait for predictable outrage from people who compare said proposal to “1984.” (Note: must be mayor of New York.)

4. Get a huge tattoo that reads “The New York Times” across your chest. (Note: not likely to actually get you on the front page, but will definitely get you a free drink the next time we’re in a bar together.)

5. Email me a brief synopsis of why whatever you want to get on the front page of The New York Times should be on the front page of The New York Times. If possible, include a description of why what you are describing is new and reflects a broad trend with important implications. Further, if possible, tailor said email to topics I have previously written about. I’m at (Note: not guaranteed to work – but you would be surprised how often great articles start this way. Really: we get emails all the time from people that become front page articles. We like getting well-written, interesting emails as much as the next person. Particularly from naked legislators.)

* Earlier: Duhigg defends Forbes writer accused of “stealing” his work (
* Earlier: Quora users (and Romenesko readers) share their favorite New Yorker stories (

* See a larger version of this chart || Journalists who quote women the most, least (
* Women, people of color still marginalized online (

Freedom Communications has sold the Orange County Register and six other properties to 2100 Trust LLC, a privately-held company led by Aaron Kushner, who had hoped to buy the Boston Globe.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the opportunity to lead the hard-working and talented employees of Freedom Communications in serving these communities,” Kushner says in a release. “We believe that newspapers are essential to the fabric of our lives and are excited to own and grow these unique institutions.”

In addition to acquiring the Register, Kushner & Co. get the Desert Dispatch; the Appeal-Democrat; the Daily Press; the Porterville Recorder; the Colorado Springs Gazette; and the Yuma Sun.

Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

* Orange County Register bought by private firm (
* Earlier: Who’s Aaron Kushner and why does he want the Globe? (Adweek)

Be careful out there, incoming Times-Picayune publisher Ricky Mathews!

* Major advertisers join citizens’ group in calling for Times-Picayune to publish seven days a week. (
* What media companies could learn from University of Oregon’s student newspaper. (
* Sarasota Herald-Tribune publisher Diane McFarlin named University of Florida journalism school dean. (
* Former St. Louis Post-Dispatch editor Arnie Robbins named American Society of News Editors executive director. (
* Tragedy rips away a newsman’s hard shell. (
* A pregnant reporter finds out who’s most likely to give up a bus or train seat. (Washington Post)
* Allbritton’s TBD loses its last full-time employee. (Washington City Paper)
* Could serialized stories bring readers back to the daily newspaper? (Mansfield News Journal)

A Romenesko reader writes: “The Daily News reverted to its longtime [People Paper] slogan today, ending [former editor Larry] Platt’s brief and completely tone-deaf addition of the letter ‘s.'”

A memo to Wall Street Journal staff says the paper will launch a weekly political show out of Washington this week, “and before the end of the summer, we will launch a video blog that will provide a venue for all our reporters equipped with iPhones to make regular contributions to video.”

From: Murray, Alan
Sent: Monday, June 11, 2012 9:38 AM
To: WSJ All News Staff
Subject: Video Milestones

All —

Please take a look at the excellent Facebook video — “Unfriended: The Facebook IPO Debacle” – on the website today. This video marks the beginning of an effort to produce longer, more in-depth videos, that reflect are very best of WSJ journalism.

The last few months have seen a rapid expansion of the reach of our video. In May, we had 19.7 million video streams — close to three times what were getting at the first of the year. That reflects the expansion of our “WSJ Live” service to new platforms — the WSJ Live iPad app, Apple TV, Roku, Samsung Smart Tv, etc. – as well as some new programming, in particular the successful launch of live shows from both London and Hong Kong.

There’s much more to come. This week, we will be launching a weekly political show out of Washington. In the coming days, WSJ Live will be offered on the Xbox. And before the end of the summer, we will launch a video blog that will provide a venue for all our reporters equipped with iPhones to make regular contributions to video.

Many thanks for your help in these efforts. WSJ video is built on the work of our great journalists around the world; we need you to succeed!


A Romenesko tipster says the committee looking for a new Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism dean invited the four finalists to meet the community and give presentations last month. They are:

Ron Elving, NPR senior Washington editor
Jim Schachter, New York Times associate managing editor
Ted Conover, NYU professor and author
Ed Wasserman, Washington and Lee University professor

I’m told that Berkeley will announce the new journalism dean this week. I asked the school about the search last week and never got a response.
* Earlier: Berkeley panel recommends new j-school dean to administrators

UPDATE: Jim Schachter says he’s no longer involved in the search. “I’ve concluded that I want to stay focused on doing journalism, and expect to have many opportunities along the way to share what I know about the craft,” he writes in an email.

* Spotted in the Times-Picayune newsroom: Lou Grant (Gambit)
* Gambit editor talks about Times-Picayune’s troubles (Capital New York)
* Times-Picayune staffers could learn of job status on Tuesday (
* At Birmingham News, the meetings might start today (