Daily Archives: July 11, 2012

* Ivan Lajara: “I am responsible for News Cat Gifs!” (Daily Freeman)
* Ex-NYTer Charlie LeDuff has thrown out the rules of how to be a TV reporter. (
* Nina Totenberg on Supreme Court leaks and pizza with Scalia. (YouTube)
* NBC and Microsoft are getting an online divorce. (Daily Beast)
* Does’s Lynn Hoppes rely too much on Wikipedia? (
* Rupert Murdoch puts The Daily iPad newspaper “on watch.” (Politico)
* Pittsburgh Post-Gazette president resigns to become CEO of medical research firm. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
* Richard Scudder, who teamed with Dean Singleton to build MediaNews Group, is dead at 99. (Denver Post)
* CommonWealth Magazine calls Boston Herald stories on its owner “the worst type of journalism.” CommonWealth)
* Washington Post’s favorite correction comes from some fifth-graders. (Washington Post)
* Christian radio talker Bryan Fischer isn’t pleased with Jane Mayer’s New Yorker profile of him. (

The union representing Dow Jones employees says management is laying off staffers — 62 so far this year — and telling those who remain on the job that “we simply have to do more with less.” Union president Steven Yount tells union members: “From now on, you have to file for every dime the contract says that the company owes you.”

From: Steven Yount [president of IAPE, the Dow Jones employees union]
Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 3:44 PM
To: Steven Yount
Cc: Tim Martell


Since the first of the year, Dow Jones has laid off 62 of your co-workers (31 of them in the last week of June) and once again senior manaement is telling you “we simply have to do more with less.” That means they get more and you get less.

The company is counting, as always, on your willingness to work for free: stay late or work weekends and never charge the company.

Those days of free labor have to end.

Not everyone is eligible for overtime (most reporters aren’t eligible for overtime, but all are eligible for, at least, comp time) and everyone is eligible for holiday pay and a premium for working on a scheduled day off.

From now on, you have to file for every dime the contract says that the company owes you.

We have to clearly demonstrate that we’re tired of “Doing More With Less” and that there’s No More Free Labor from Dow Jones employees. I promise you that IAPE will aggressively pursue each and every claim.

If you have any problems or questions, let me know or reach out directly to union organizer Tim Martell.

Steve Yount

The prestigious Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism honors career-long outstanding service to journalism. This year’s winners are:

* Umar Cheema: investigative reporter for the Pakistani newspaper The News.
* Jodi Cobb: international photographer and author.
* Mona Eltahawy: columnist and international speaker on Arab and Muslim issues.
* John Ferrugia: investigative journalist and news anchor at KMGH-TV in Denver.
* Hu Shuli: editor-in-chief of Caixin Media and Caixin Magazine, and dean of the School of Communication and Design at Sun Yat-sen University.
* Jeff Leen: assistant managing editor in charge of The Washington Post’s Investigative Unit.
* Adam Moss: editor-in-chief of New York magazine.
* The New York Times Graphics Department: a group of visual journalists who explain, illustrate and conceptualize the news.
* Fred Papert: international advertising executive and New York City community developer.
* Ken Paulson: president and chief executive officer of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University and in Washington, D.C.

The release is after the jump. Read More

Xeriscaping (not zero scaping)

Shortly after posting this morning’s item about Sun-Times Media advertising for journalists who have less than 5 years experience, I received an email from Romenesko reader Garry Jaffe with the subject line, “WHY PAPERS DESPERATELY NEED COPY EDITORS.”

Jaffe sent a link and screen shot from the Southtown Star — a Sun-Times Media newspaper — along with this note:

From Phil Kadner’s column in today’s Daily Southtown Star:

He writes about “zero scaping” instead of [maintaining] lawns in this drought.

It is of course “xeriscaping.”

BUT…. Facebook friend Lori Korleski Richardson writes: “Maybe because I was a home-and-garden editor in a previous life, but I seem to have come across that alternative spelling of xeriscaping more and more often as the years go by.”

Copy editors?

* Lawns face a rocky future in the suburban landscape (Southtown Star)
* Earlier: No copy editors had a hand in decorating this farewell cake (

This morning I sent a few questions to SCOTUSblog publisher Tom Goldstein about his 7,000-word post (“We’re Getting Wildly Different Assessments”) on the June 28 coverage of the Obamacare ruling and he kindly responded.

What’s the reaction to what you call your “first effort at real journalism”? Have you heard from the news organizations mentioned in your piece?
Of my 9 principal sources, I have heard from 2 — 1 of whom is depicted critically — both said they thought the piece was very fair. No one has suggested any inaccuracy.

Tom Goldstein

Traffic numbers?
My best estimate is that 175,000 unique readers have read the post.

I’d give you an A for your “first effort,” but how do you grade yourself?
On rereading the post for the first time today, there are things I wish I had done differently. For example, I wish I had singled out NBC’s Pete Williams for more praise. But for me it is like a legal brief or oral argument; I always wish I did something different afterwards.

How was the experience of reporting this?
I certainly respect reporters still more now; it’s really hard. I had all the hard news in that piece a week before I posted it, so I wish I had just made myself get it out the door sooner. [It was posted last Saturday night at 10:04.] Nina Totenberg finally gave me the (encouraging) kick in the pants to get it done.

Will you do more reporting?
I don’t see a next reporting project. This was very special because I know the subject well and was trusted by the people involved. And our site does relatively little enterprise reporting. Instead I have a novel that I’ve sketched, and that’s where my time will go after my family, law practice, teaching, and the blog.

A judge ruled Tuesday that the Spokesman-Review must provide information that could identify an anonymous reader who posted a comment in February about Kootenai County Republican Party chairwoman Tina Jacobson.

Tina Jacobson

Under the name “almostinnocentbystander,” the commenter questioned whether $10,000 reportedly missing from the Kootenai County Central Committee might be “stuffed inside Tina’s blouse.”

The judge ordered the newspaper to give Jacobson any information disclosing the identity, e-mail address, and IP addresses of “almostinnocentbystander.”

The paper conceded that the blouse comment “wasn’t nice” but pointed out that it was posted on a site where people are “sometimes airing outrageous views.”

The Spokesman-Review hasn’t yet decided whether to appeal.

* Spokesman-Review must provide information about anonymous commenter (
* Can you be sued for anonymous comments on the Internet? (Digital Trends)
* Commenter kicked off site because of baseless accusation (

“With all the political experts, investigative reporters, gossip columnists and assorted pundits and bloggers around, not one has the connections to find out where Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is or what’s wrong with him?” writes Robert Feder.

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

For years the knock on Chicago media — print and broadcast — was that it was too eager to do the Jackson family’s bidding. (How else to explain the continued presence of Jesse Jackson Sr. as a Sun-Times columnist? Or his power to broker contracts for on-air talent?) But what good is that cozy relationship when the family can blatantly stiff-arm journalists’ questions and engage in a conspiracy of silence at a time like this?

“The longer the truth about him goes unreported,” writes the former Sun-Times columnist, “the worse it’s looking for Chicago’s vaunted news media.”

* Why are Chicago media failing us on Jackson story? (Time Out Chicago)
* Source denies Jackson’s mysterious absence due to suicide try (
* Mystery surrounding Jackson deepens, speculation swirls (Politico)

A job-seeking veteran reporter who was laid off from a Chicago newspaper a few years ago forwarded a Sun-Times Media help-wanted ad to Chicago Reader media critic Michael Miner and asked, “Is it legal?” (His answer: “I don’t know.”)

Here’s an excerpt of the ad (with my boldfaced line):

Wrapports and Sun-Times Media are looking for energetic, open-minded and diversely-talented individuals to work as content editors on a team responsible for putting new ideas and business models into action . . . Ideal candidates will be familiar with journalism basics, and will be recent college graduates or professionals generally with less than 5 years of experience.

What’s an older journalist to do?

Miner reaches out to Kathy Bernard, who runs and advises journalists (and others) how to get employers to focus on your qualifications and not your age. A few of her tips:

* Replace “20+ years of [whatever] experience,” with “extensive [whatever] experience”
* Remove the outdated phrase “References available upon request”
* Remove dates you attended college or received your degree.

Miner closes his column with these observations about the job-hunting experience for boomers:

Names are changed, hair is dyed, ages are hidden, experience is concealed, and the old-fashioned talents we’re most proud of go unmentioned, because that’s the way the cradle robbers want it. Forget his sexuality — Anderson Cooper flaunts his gray hair. Give the man some credit!

* The coy deceits of struggling journalists (Chicago Reader)

* In 2012 so far, the phrase “rare glimpse” turns up nearly 30 times in the New York Times. (
* Jeff Greenfield wishes political reporters would stop using the word “carefully.” (Yahoo News)
* Someone’s trying to mess a bit with Roger Ailes biographer Gabriel Sherman. (Washington Post)
* A Milwaukee journalist says The Atlantic’s David Rohde is wrong about the Beer City. (Urban Milwaukee)
* “It’s a sign of dirty journalism if a publication is getting special treatment from Twitter,” writes Dave Winer. (
* A media critic comes to appreciate CNBC’s Joe Kernen and David Faber. (MarketWatch)
* Press+ finds that “if you want to sell journalism, you have to do journalism.” (
* National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association names award winners. (
* Vevo to Google: Give us a better rate for our music videos or we’ll bolt! (