Daily Archives: June 15, 2012

“New media guru” Rob Curley, who recently stepped down as Las Vegas Sun chief content officer, is joining the Orange County Register “to help strengthen our journalism and deepen the relationship with our community,” says a memo to OCR employees.

Register editor Ken Brusic says of Curley:

He is a champion of great journalism, local news, fun technology and, luckily for us and our readers, all things Disney and baseball. So Rob will start working on our Disney and Angels coverage on all platforms, partnering with me, the deputy editors, Jim Radcliffe and Keith Sharon along with many others in the newsroom. The next step will be to capitalize on Rob’s planning skills to help make everything we do better.

The memo is after the jump. Read More

* Restaurant critic Brett Anderson is invited to return to the Times-Picayune after his Nieman Fellowship. (Times-Picayune)

* Milwaukee’s police chief calls the Journal Sentinel an “allegedly for-profit enterprise” and charges it $10,000 for public records. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
* Newspaper monopolies are gone forever. (GigaOM)
* A.J. Daulerio explains why editors and others shouldn’t hire Jay Mariotti, “the biggest asshole in media.” (Deadspin)
* A print sports journalist tells readers why he doesn’t care to do TV or radio. (Chicago Tribune)
* How many other PR people have served as Walmart spies? (Gawker)
* Mitt Romney is finally appearing on a Sunday talk show that doesn’t air on Fox News. (It’s “Face the Nation.”) (
* The American Society of News Editors (ASNE) broadens its mission for the digital age. (
* Sports Illustrated staffers are told that layoffs are comining. (The Big Lead)
* Most of these items appeared earlier on my Twitter feed. Follow me at @romenesko

Ebyline’s Susan Johnston used Bureau of Labor Statistics data to compare what reporters and writers make with the overall figures for workers in their state. Some of her findings:

Florida reporters make 36% more than the average Floridian. That’s followed by Rhode Island (25%), Massachusetts (23%), Delaware (22%) and Georgia (19%). Puerto Rico, not pictured on the map, is actually tops with reporters making 54% more than the median wage.

Where do journalists get the short end of the stick? Wyoming, for one, where they make 34% less than the median state wage. Nebraska (-27%), Maryland (-24%), Iowa (-22%) and North Dakota (-17%) round out the bottom of the list.

* Average writer and reporter wages by state (


Donate $15 or more to and you’ll get a signed copy of Romenesko’s DEATH LOG, a book of unusual and celebrity coroners’ reports he compiled when he was a police reporter in the 1980s.

The Orange County Register’s Keith Sharon tells Romenesko readers:

This is what the Disney News Mob looks like. We launched a new web page, plus every section in print has a huge Disney package on the cover. This time, 90 reporters, editors, photographers, graphic artists and designers contributed to 70 stories. We had about 100 Disney fan photo contributions. Several live stories will be written as the day unfolds. It’s a great day in Orange County.

* Today’s Orange County Register front page (
* Earlier: Orange County Register scores with Angels News Mob (

On May 23, Charlotte’s WSOC-TV reported that a photo in the Lake Norman High School yearbook shows a student lifting her graduation gown to her waist and allegedly showing her genitals. The station now retracts the story — IN ALL CAPS — and says that “we deeply regret these errors” and “fully apologize to the young lady shown in the photograph and to our readers.”

* Lake Norman High School yearbook photo story correction (

ANOTHER CORRECTION: Yahoo Finance posted a story this morning with the headline “New G.M. Chief Doesn’t Rule Out Bankruptcy.” Yahoo now says it’s a 2009 story from the New York Times.

The Trentonian’s Paul Mickle — now city editor — wrote about Dan Quayle’s “potatoe” mistake from twenty years ago today:

The Trentonian’s night reporter was arriving at the office and hearing the editor’s plea for a story suitable for page 1.

“What are you talking about? You’ve got the vice president in town today,’’ the reporter said.

“You know Quayle’s not going to say anything newsworthy,’’ the editor responded.

“I’m not talking about his political message. I’m saying watch for Quayle to foul up something,’’ the reporter said.

Soon after, the reporter who had covered Quayle’s Trenton tour showed up in the newsroom and was ask how the event had gone.

He said Quayle delivered the usual political pap, prompting the night reporter to holler out, “Yeah, but what did he foul up?”

“Well,’’ the reporter responded, “Quayle can’t spell potato.’’

The editor had his front-page story, complete with the only media interview with [sixth-grader William] Figueroa, who said the experience made him believe all the talk about the vice president being “an idiot.’’

Soon after the paper hit the streets, the scene in the Trenton classroom was playing on national television, just as Quayle had warned his wife it would be when he got home from Trenton the night before.

* Dan Quayle and the ‘potatoe’ kid (

[Mickle, who wrote this piece for The Trentonian in the late 1990s, tells me that David Miller was the night reporter who covered Quayle’s visit. He doesn’t know where the journalist is these days. David, are you out there?]

* Matt Lauer’s finally on Twitter, and his first four tweets are about Justin Bieber. (@mlauer)
* Dan Rather: Today’s reporters are told that “the competition has X and you need to beat it in the next 30 seconds, preferably less.” (Lost Remote)
* New York Daily News’ national website, Daily News America, to launch this month. (Capital New York)
* Time Inc. CEO on iPad subscriptions reversal: “Apple newsstand is an important place where a lot of consumers are.” (
* Alabama public TV executives fired in flap over religious programming. (
* Veteran sports journalist Tom Patterson is dead at 62. (Denver Post)
* A tip of the hat to the very first Washington Post city editor. (Washington Post)
* How much did Aaron Kushner & Co. pay for the Orange County Register and other Freedom papers? One guesstimate: (
* “My health is none of your business,” Daily Caller executive editor tells Fishbowl DC when asked about his medical leave. (Fishbowl DC)