Daily Archives: July 31, 2012

“As a metaphor for a rough battle or mob scene in any other arena, scrum seems vivid — the first time,” writes New York Times standards editor Philip Corbett. “Maybe the second. Less so the 10th or 20th time we use it that way.”

* Philip Corbett: Words we love too much (
* Earlier: Words journalists use that people never say (

Rupert Murdoch’s The Daily iPad publication is laying off nearly a third of its staff, reports Peter Kafka. Staffers will be told today that fifty of the news operation’s 170 employees will be fired.

Employees who produce the paper’s editorial page and sports coverage will be heavily hit by the layoffs, and The Daily will run skeletal versions of those sections from now on. But the cuts will affect other parts of The Daily, including its design and production staff.

UPDATE: Read The Daily editor Jesse Angelo’s note to readers.

UPDATE II: New York Observer is live-blogging the layoffs.

* The Daily lays off a third of its staff. (All Things D)
* Publisher of Murdoch’s The Daily iPad publication buys a $1.2M Brooklyn Heights co-op. (
* Pete Thamel quits the New York Times for Sports Illustrated. (The Big Lead)
* Pulitzer-winner M.L. Elrick leaves Detroit Free Press for Fox affiliate. (Deadline Detroit) | (Crain’s)
* Joe Ricketts-funded appears to be thriving. A Chicago site will launch soon. (Capital New York)
* Sports journalist Andrew Baggarly fulfills lifelong dream by appearing on “Jeopardy.” (Medill)
* Conrad Black hints at a return to newspapers. (Yahoo News Canada)
* Possible Showtime series for The Daily Show’s “senior black correspondent.” (Washington Post)
* Morningstar CEO, Chicago private equity exec invest in Texas newspaper chain. (Chicago Tribune)
* Chicago Reader staff moves into the Sun-Times building. (Chicago Reader)
* Update of former Chicago Tribune investigative reporter Maurice Possley. (
* RIP longtime Daily Breeze columnist John Bogert. (Daily Breeze) | Ex-Plain Dealer reporter Damian Guevara dies at 37. (

Emily Gitter, who is currently deputy editor of the Wall Street Journal’s Weekend Journal, has been named editor of the paper’s Friday 16-page real estate section, which launches in the fall.

Emily Gitter

“While we are proud to name Emily as the Editor of *$#@%!*&%, the name of the section itself must remain secret for a few more weeks,” says managing editor Robert Thomson, “but it will be the world’s pre-eminent print property section and thrive digitally across borders and languages.”

Thomson’s memo is after the jump. Read More

Guy Adams, UK Independent’s Los Angeles-based correspondent, says Twitter told him in an email that “we have just received an update from the complainant retracting their original request.”

“I don’t know who is the biggest assclown in this case anymore — both Twitter or NBC are fighting really hard now to win that medal,” writes Jesus Diaz.

* Earlier: Guy Adams’ Twitter account suspended after he posts NBC exec’s work email address (

— San Diego Reader

This email about hoax press releases was sent to news outlets after the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Reader posted stories based on the releases.

From: Hartman, Debra (USACAS)
Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 10:09 AM
To: [Various news organizations]
Subject: Re: HOAX Press Releases — Media Availability

Two press releases purporting to be from the office of U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy this morning regarding a shutdown of local pharmacies are a hoax.

“This office did not issue those press releases. We are looking into the source of the emails,” Duffy said.

Duffy will be available at 11 a.m. today in front of the federal building for on camera interviews.

Public Affairs Coordinator Kelly Thornton, 619-546-9726
Media Liaison Debra Hartman, 619-546-8817

Stories based on the hoax releases remain online. [UPDATE: They’ve been revised to note the hoax; the original headlines are below]:

LOS ANGELES TIMES: U.S. Attorney in San Diego cracks down on pharmacies over drug sales

SAN DIEGO READER: U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy now targeting storefront pharmacies

UPDATE II: “This hoax was conducted in retaliation against US Attorney Laura Duffy for her insubordination against the Obama Administration and Government of the United States of America,” says an email. || READ IT AFTER THE JUMP. Read More

Media General — “smaller, more focused” after selling its newspapers (but for the Tampa Tribune) to Warren Buffett — is dismissing 75 employees today. CEO Marshall Morton tells his staff:

When we sold our newspapers last month, we changed from a company with revenues of $616 million in 2011 and approximately 4,000 employees to one that will have revenues this year of about $350 million and about 1,400 employees working at our television stations. The resources that were necessary to support our larger organization are not justifiable in our smaller, more focused company.

Read his letter after the jump. Read More

Credit: @johntemplewp

What’s up, Vanity Fair? “We never talk about what we’re doing until it’s done,” a VF spokesperson tells Romenensko readers. “Sorry.” (I’ve also asked Washington Post managing editor John Temple about today’s shoot. Check your Facebook email, John.)

After The Independent’s Guy Adams was suspended from Twitter for posting an NBC executive’s public work email address, Laura Gluhanich tweeted….

* NBC exec says Twitter alerted the network to Adams’ tweets (
* Guy Adams: I’m still waiting for Twitter to explain why my account was suspended (
* Twitter also suspended @maryjunckfake || Early @maryjunckfake tweet

After Jonah Lehrer was caught fabricating Bob Dylan quotes in his book “Imagine,” Salon’s David Daley turned to former New York Times reporter Jayson Blair for his thoughts on the scandal. “Journalism is a profession that’s built on this notion of trust,” says the former journalist who plagiarized and fabricated at the Times. (He’s now a $130/hour life coach.) “I think fundamentally because of this trust in each other, our colleagues and our friends, we’re very slow to realize that any of us, under the right pressure, is capable of anything. …Once you’re young and successful, I think, in this profession you’re only as good as your last story — and you want every story to be better.”

What is Lehrer feeling today? Blair is asked.

I think on one hand he probably feels a sense of relief. On the other, a lot of sadness — sadness for losing his ability to be in a profession which by all accounts he valued, and sadness at disappointing the people who gave him a chance, and his friends and colleagues. The other emotion I would guess he’s feeling is the shock. It seems so incongruous to feel all of those things at the same time, but I’m sure he is feeling both sadness and relief.

What would Blair tell Lehrer?

Redemption is possible, and perhaps the best way to find that redemption — and, more importantly, peace — is to learn lessons from your experience and be able to help others through those lessons.

It’s rough. Very few people enter this profession wanting to do harm or damage to it. It’s heartbreaking to do it because you value it; I still feel as if journalism is my first love. The idea of losing the ability to be in the profession is bad, but the truly hard part is knowing you’ve done damage to the trust that people have in the profession.

* Jayson Blair: Jonah Lehrer’s story reminds me of my own (
* Robert Wright: Lehrer could resurface because “America is actually a pretty forgiving place” (The Atlantic)
* New Yorker says it doesn’t plan to pull Lehrer’s posts from its website (
* “A guy who looks cute and wonky is better positioned to get away with this than others” (