Daily Archives: July 23, 2012

This story was pulled after being posted on McClatchy papers’ websites:

Columbia Free-Times reports the above story by The State reporter Gina Smith appeared briefly on the websites of the Rock Hill Herald and the Charlotte Observer before being taken down. (You can still read the story here.) Corey Hutchins says this is what happened:

The governor contacted officials at The State and the paper apparently agreed to kill it, but the story was still in McClatchy’s system, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. McClatchy owns The State and cross-publishes stories that appear in the Capital City daily in other out-of-town content-sharing papers.

Here’s what Gov. Haley wrote on Facebook:

I asked The State executive editor Mark Lett and reporter Smith what happened. I’ll post their responses when/if they come in. (Tuesday morning update: No word from either.)

* Curious case of Haley’s daughter and her State House gift shop job (
* Cached story: Gov. Haley faces criticism as daughter works at Statehouse gift shop
* Memo to Haley: This isn’t an attack on your daughter, it’s a question of your judgment (

David Geffen once showed interest in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, but he tells journalists on the Television Critics Association Summer 2012 Press Tour that he’s no longer interested in newspapers.

David Geffen

“How do you see the newspaper industry now?” one critic asked. Geffen responded this way, according to Lisa de Moraes:

I was not looking to be a newspaper owner as an investment. I was going to buy the New York Times out of my foundation and make it a nonprofit because I think the New York Times is essential.

The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal are national newspapers… Friends of mine who work for the New York Times are constantly telling me how much they are cutting budgets and everything, and I thought I could do something that would be worthwhile, and keep the New York Times as strong as possible. I think the New York Times is a very important newspaper.

* TV critics to David Geffen: Buy our newspaper (Washington Post)
* Geffen: I’d kill myself before entering the music business today (Hollywood Reporter)

* Will Geffen buy the New York Times? (Daily Beast)
* Geffen goes after the Los Angeles Times again? (

The best quotes from Tumblr’s interview with New Yorker editor David Remnick:

— “Speaking to the subject is the most overrated thing in journalism. I’ve written profiles where you never even meet the person. Janet Flanner wrote an amazing profile of Adolf Hitler. I don’t think there was a lot of Hitler access!”

— “When I hear a writer say that they ‘put in a call,’ I want to pull my hair out.”

— On Bruce Springsteen: “I found him very genuine. As someone who’s covered a lot of politics, I know what it’s like to be on the receiving end of a great wind of bullshit.”

— “If a subject really loves the piece, you question whether you were discerning enough in your reporting and your writing. If the opposite happens, and they’re hysterically angry at you, you might question whether you went the other direction. I prefer not to know. I’m not writing for the subject.”

— “I used to think that I wanted to profile Bob Dylan, and I think now that would be a terrible mistake. First of all, there’s enough written about Bob Dylan to last us twenty-seven lifetimes, and I think he would be the most elusive of subjects, and I’ve seen everyone else do it and I think it would be a disaster.”

* The art of the profile with New Yorker editor David Remnick (
* The New Yorker is clearly screwing with us now (Gawker)

On Thursday, I posted a letter about Kalamazoo journalist Chris Killian using Kickstarter to fund his trip to this election’s swing states “to get the pulse of the people.”

Chris Killian’s 1984 VW bus

His plan is to live and work out of a 1984 Volkswagen bus (at right) and “travel from west to east, through Nevada, Colorado, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida.”

Apparently some Romenesko readers gave Killian’s campaign a boost as he quickly reached his goal of $2,500. (With 24 days of fund-raising left, he has $2,660 pledged at last check.) “A million thanks are flowing your way,” Killian writes on Facebook.

* Voices from the Swing States Kickstarter page | Swing State Stories on Facebook
* Kalamazoo journalist uses Kickstarter to get the pulse of the people (

The folks at Jack Daniel’s recently saw the cover of Patrick Wensink’s book, “Broken Piano for President,” and sent the author a friendly letter asking him to change his design. “We are certainly flattered by your affection for the brand,” a Jack Daniel’s lawyer told Wensink, but…

Because you are both a Louisville “neighbor” and a fan of the brand, we simply request that you change the cover design when the book is reprinted. If you would be willing to change the design sooner than that (including on the digital version), we would be willing to contribute a reasonable amount toward the costs of doing so.

The lawyer asked for a response by today. Here’s what Wensink tells Romenesko readers:

I’ve never received a cease and desist, but I don’t imagine they’re all this friendly. While I’m sad to see Broken Piano for President’s artwork go, my publisher has decided to change the cover art in response to Jack Daniel’s request. Jack also generously offered to help pay for a new cover, which I also bet doesn’t happen often. My publisher, Lazy Fascist Press, will be funding the new artwork themselves, though.

In response to controversy: Broken Piano is currently in the Amazon Top 100, which is unthinkable for a small, independent press book like this. I spent six years working on this novel, so I’m incredibly pleased and flattered by the response. Of course, I plan to celebrate like Hemingway and Fitzgerald before me…I’m going to go change my son’s diaper.

* This is how you protect your brand (

Barbara Roessner

Former Hartford Courant managing editor Barbara Roessner has been named executive editor of Hearst Connecticut Newspapers as David McCumber becomes Washington bureau chief. (He’s been editor of The Advocate and Greenwich Time and editorial director of the Connecticut group since 2009.) Roessner will oversee Hearst’s four dailies in the state — Connecticut Post in Bridgeport, The News-Times in Danbury, The Advocate in Stamford and Greenwich Time, and seven weeklies in Fairfield County.

* Earlier: Roessner says “the journalism I practiced …celebrated the separation of church and state”

The release is after the jump. Read More

The New York Post reports Weekly Reader is being folded into Scholastic News and all but five of Weekly Reader’s 60 employees are getting pink slips. Scholastic, which bought the Weekly Reader from Readers Digest Association earlier this year, says: “We are confident that the combined Scholastic News/Weekly Reader team will now offer an even better news and information experience in print and digital formats for teachers and students.” (New York Post)
* David Carr: Should Yahoo! be replaced with Yahoo? to reflect the uncertainty of the company’s purpose? (New York Times)
* Gannett CEO Gracia Martore applauds Yahoo’s CEO pick. (USA Today) | Related from Jon Friedman. (MarketWatch)
* Bloomberg LP will publish daily 32-page magazines during political conventions weeks. (
* College newspapers go digital-first to stay relevant. (Huffington Post)
* Simon & Schuster is backpedaling quickly in the final weeks before the publication of Joe Posnanski’s “Paterno” bio. (New York Times)
* One reaction to Courant en Espanol: “This isn’t even Spanglish.” (
* Celebboutique: “We are incredibly sorry for our tweet about Aurora.” (@celebboutique)
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