Daily Archives: June 21, 2012

From the Ann Curry interview in August’s Ladies’ Home Journal, which hasn’t hit newsstands yet:

Where she sees herself in five, 10 years from now
“I’ve been at Today for 15 years and I’d love to make it to 20. I think eventually I want to become a teacher, like my father wanted to be, and hopefully positively influence the next generation.”

On the Today show vs Good Morning America ratings war
“It’s hard not to take it personally. You worry, Am I not good enough? Am I not what people need?”

* Ann Curry wanted to last 20 years at “Today” (
* Curry soldiers on during “Today” as exit rumors swirl (NY Daily News)
* Verne Gay: Why Ann Curry didn’t work out at “Today” (Newsday)
* Shafer: “Stripped to its essence, the Curry saga might justify a 300-word short about Today‘s recent ratings volatility” (Reuters)

UPDATE — director of marketing communications Whitney Ashley writes: “Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We are investigating the allegations and will take the appropriate disciplinary actions as deemed necessary.” has been around since 1999, claims 50 million visitors a month and to have been “voted the web’s #1 site for women!”

According to the SheKnows site, food editor Joanie Segall likes to “bring readers content that is fun, unique and oftentimes brow-raising.”

We just discovered that she endorses online practices that are brow-raising too — like telling her writers to click on ads, “100 times if you want to.”

Here’s an excerpt from a recent Segall memo:

Our click-through rates are not as great as our impressions (which is not your fault). But we can help everyone out a bit if we get in the habit of clicking on any ads you see alongside your articles, on the site, in your section, ANYWHERE. Our advertisers are the reason we all have paychecks each month so it’s important that they’re happy. Literally all you have to do is click on the ad – you don’t have to stay on their site for a certain amount of time and don’t have to buy a thing. Just click! Click 100 times if you want to!

A second editor tells staffers to make sure to click on the Panera ad because “we want to keep them around.”

Both memos are after the jump. Read More

The 20-year-old magazine is ditching print and expanding online. “Layoffs are expected, but the number of positions to be eliminated is unclear,” reports the Wall Street Journal. Jeff Bercovici at Forbes notes that SmartMoney ad pages decreased 23.4% in the first quarter.

UPDATE: “The print edition’s 25 staffers, including editor in chief Jonathan Dahl, will be let go,” writes Erik Maza on “All would have to reapply for open positions at, which will add nine digital positions, or within Dow Jones.”

* SmartMoney magazine to halt print edition (
* Dow Jones shuts down SmartMoney magazine (Forbes)

UPDATE: The press release is after the jump. Read More

In its “Marriage battle stokes fundraising” story, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis discloses in the 14th paragraph that Strib employees gave to Minnesotans United for All Families, the lead group opposing an amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota.

* Marriage battle stokes fundraising (Star Tribune)

“There are all kinds of crimes and misdemeanors in this business,” New Yorker editor David Remnick tells Jon Friedman in an interview about Jonah Lehrer, “and if he were making things up or appropriating other people’s work that’s one level of crime.”

Recycling his own material “was wrong and foolish,” says Remnick, “and I think he thought that it was OK to do this in the blogging context — and he is obviously wrong to think so.”

Friedman says that by keeping Lehrer, the New Yorker “is effectively minimizing its own role. The New Yorker is telling us that Lehrer’s ‘misdemeanor,’ in Remnick’s word, didn’t warrant dire consequences. So, if the offense wasn’t that awful, then the New Yorker can’t be accused of gross sloppiness, unprofessional behavior or guilt by association.”

Erik Maza has updated his post to include this statement from Malcolm Gladwell:

The conventions surrounding what is and is not acceptable in magazine writing, books and speaking have been worked out over the past 100 years. The conventions over blogging are being worked out as we speak. Everyone who writes for a living is going to learn from this. I’m just sorry Jonah had to bear the brunt of it.

He added that allegations Lehrer had left from his books are “ridiculous.”

* New Yorker editor says Jonah Lehrer won’t be exiled (
* Industry responds to Jonah Lehrer’s self-plagiarism (

TV Newser reports the “Here today, gone tomorrow” line was put on the screen during Ann Curry’s chat with Steve Carell this morning.
* NBC wants Ann Curry off the “Today” show (

Jonah Lehrer

A Wired spokesman says the magazine is reviewing the 300 posts that Jonah Lehrer wrote while at Wired to see if they have recycled or lifted material. “We’re going to work with him to identify which stories are affected,” says Jonathan Hammond. Lehrer moved his Frontal Cortex blog to The New Yorker earlier this month.

Eric Maza reports on that Lehrer’s agent “was undisturbed by the news” that the writer recycled his material. “Self-plagiarization is … I don’t even know what it is,” agent Gordon Mazur said. “Where does that fall in the level of crimes?”

Mazur, who has no plans to drop Lehrer as a client, says: “You’re not going to write a new speech every time you go out. People understand that. Essentially people are hiring them to say the same thing over and over.”

By the way, Lehrer has said nothing on Twitter about the events of this week.

* Industry responds to Jonah Lehrer’s self-plagiarism (
* Shafer: “Lehrer was an onanist, playing self-abuse games with his copy” (Reuters)
* Frontal Cortex on | Frontal Cortex on
* The first post revealing Lehrer’s habit of recycling material (
* March 24: “Some see Lehrer as a genius, others might see him repackaging plain old common sense in fine prose” (Guardian)

“Why didn’t you go with that headline?” Business Insider’s Joe Weisenthal asked New York Times reporter Brian Stelter early this morning.

“For one thing, it may or may not be true,” Stelter said of today’s New York Daily News page one headline. “I reported negotiations, not a done deal.”

Stelter was up early — “Starbucks barista just told me to ‘Have a good night.’ I wish. Good morning!” he tweeted shortly after 4 a.m. — to work on his book about morning TV and to see if Curry would be on “Today” this morning.

At 5:32 a.m., he tweeted: “Ann Curry is indeed on ‘Today,’ today. She’s in the studio now with Matt.” (He later tweeted that “someone else was going to sit in Ann Curry’s seat this morning. Finishing a blog post about it now…” UPDATE: Here it is.)

Of course other media writers were checking “Today” this morning, including Time’s James Poniewozik, who tweeted 10 minutes after the show’s start: “Matt Lauer introduces Savannah Guthrie as “TODAY’s legal correspondent.” Omits saying, “FOR NOW [wink]!”

Curry’s reaction to all this? “Good morning twitterverse,” she tweeted at 7:04. And that was it.

* NBC prepares to replace Ann Curry on “Today” (New York Times)
* Kurtz: Everyone in TV knows Curry’s not a good fit as “Today” co-host (Daily Beast)
* Poniewozik: Why didn’t morning TV love Ann Curry? (
* “They love Ann, but it’s a bad match,” says source (
* “GMA” expected to beat “Today” show for the fifth week (Washington Post)