Daily Archives: August 9, 2012

“Just 8% of editors polled said they thought freelance rates were likely to increase in the next 12 months, although 28% said they thought they’ll use freelancers more in the next year.”

* Editors to freelancers: About that raise you were expecting… (

Marc Duvoisin

Marc Duvoisin, the Los Angeles Times’ new managing editor, has in his 10-plus years at the paper “had a guiding hand in some of the finest journalism we’ve published,” writes editor Davan Maharaj. “Marc has credentials to spare. He’s been a reporter, a foreign correspondent, a city editor, a projects editor. I’ve long valued his advice and admired his surgeon’s touch with copy, his exacting standards and his passion for the work we do.”

Read the editor’s full memo after the jump. Read More

The just-released annual journalism jobs survey from the University of Georgia found:

* The job market for graduates of U.S. journalism/mass communication programs showed modest signs of improvement.
* Still, 2011 graduates faced more limited job prospects than did grads four years earlier.
* Graduates landing full-time jobs reported slightly higher salaries than did graduates a year earlier.
* 2011 graduates actually earned significantly less than did the 2006 graduates in inflation-adjusted dollars.

The report notes:

The 2012 graduates do have at least one finding that may help them generate some optimism. The level of employment of the 2011 graduates increased over the seven months for which survey results were tabulated. The 2011 graduated started off where the 2010 graduates ended in terms of level of employment and built up a bit from it.

The full report is here and the press release is after the jump. Read More

New York Times standards editor Phil Corbett sent this to colleagues today:


As we increasingly use DocumentCloud and other tools to allow readers to view source documents, here’s an important reminder.

Posting documents with our stories can add significant journalistic value. But it can also raise a range of legal issues. Editors should consult with our colleagues in the legal department and give them time to review the documents before we post them.

In most cases, private entities have a copyright claim to their own documents, even if the documents have no obvious commercial value. Even state and local governments may hold a copyright claim in their documents. (The federal government is an exception; it does not have such a copyright interest.) In some case, it may be wise to post excerpts, or to publish only a limited selection.

Posting documents may also raise privacy questions, libel concerns or other issues. Our lawyers may also want to review how documents were obtained.

As always, their goal is to help us find the right way to publish what we need to publish, not to prevent us from doing so. But their advice could save us a lot of trouble.

Let us know if you have questions. Thanks.

Phil Corbett


My tipster is 99% sure where this came from, but I’m hoping to hear from a reader who is 100% certain. If that’s you, please drop me a line.

UPDATE: It’s confirmed that it’s from the Detroit Free Press and appeared on 2A. “First edition of today’s Detroit Free Press,” emails a Detroit journalist. “They caught it for the second [at the left]. Hey, at least the subhead didn’t say ‘police pour over temple shooting evidence’!” (Thanks to Michael Westendorf for sending the above image.)

Bob Thomas ends his Nevada Appeal column today with the disclosure that “research for today’s column was done by Ken Beaton of Carson City. Ken did the work, and I’m getting the credit.”

Don’t worry, Bob; Ken didn’t have to work too hard to come up with your column fodder because he simply lifted it from an Internet essay that’s been circulating for 13 years. (There are a few punctuation changes in Thomas’s column, but that’s about it.)

THOMAS’ AUGUST 9 COLUMN: “What kind of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants. Nine were farmers and large plantation owners — men of means and well-educated, but they signed the Declaration knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured. Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and property to pay his debts and died in rags.”

“THE PRICE THEY PAID” 1999 e-mail essay: “What kind of men were they? Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well-educated. But they signed the Declaration knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured. Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and property to pay his debts and died in rags.”

The plagiarism continues.

I’ve asked Thomas and Nevada Appeal editor Dennis Noone for comment.

Thomas’s column is behind a paywall but a reader sent me the text, which is posted after the jump. Read More

Six foundations have warned journalism schools that if they continue to lag behind they “will find it difficult to raise money from foundations interested in the future of news.”

The funders’ letter to university presidents says in part:

We believe journalism and communications schools must be willing to recreate themselves if they are to succeed in playing their vital roles as news creators and innovators. Some leading schools are doing this but most are not. … We are calling on university presidents and provosts to join us in supporting the reform of journalism and mass communication education.

* Funders warn j-schools: Lag at your own risk (

“Two years ago today, an incredibly talented crew of journalists launched TBD,” writes Steve Buttry, a former TBDer. “TBD now exists in URL only, its concept abandoned, its talent scattered, its name linked to history’s most famed sinking ship.” He updates us on staffers’ whereabouts.

* Two years after TBD launched the #TBDiaspora are doing OK (

The owner of the weekly Carrboro (NC) Citizen tells his readers that “my energy and enthusiasm for this newspaper have waned under the constant assault of all the worries associated with running a small business” and he’s putting it up for sale. (The paper will fold in the fall if it’s not sold.)

“I guess I’m just tired,” says Robert Dickson, who launched the paper in 2007.

He invites readers to bid for the Citizen, which he admits “has been a financial burden.” (“That’s definitely a part of the weariness I’m feeling,” he notes.) The weekly paper is “manageable,” though, “by the right person or group who sees the value of what we’ve built here, and who has the energy and resources to take on this task.”

Any takers, Mr. Dickson? I asked this week.

“We’ve had definite interest,” he tells Romenesko readers in an email. “I had two potential buyers visit the office yesterday. One I would characterize as a real possibility.”

I’ve also had a number of emails from readers concerned about the possible loss of “their” newspaper. A local elected official emailed yesterday and wants to meet about possible strategies for “saving” The Citizen.

Price? I haven’t gotten that far with the potential buyers, but if we do it should be an interesting discussion. As I told both of them, The Citizen doesn’t represent much of a financial asset but as a community asset it’s worth a good deal more.

For example, distribution for the July 26th issue (the most recent issue we have data for) yielded 7013 picked up out of 7616 distributed at our 196 drops. I’ll stack those numbers up against any community newspaper, free or paid. And it’s consistently over 90%.

So I have this little newspaper that the community loves (Carrboro as well as Chapel Hill, where most of our papers are distributed) with burgeoning readership but lagging revenue.

I’m fascinated to see where this process goes.

* The Carrboro Citizen is for sale, says “tired” owner (

* Fired Oxford American editor insists his touching of employees was always “paternalistic and nonsexual.” (
* New York Times Book Review reviews about 1% of the books sent by publishers. (
* Chicago Sun-Times editor wants to bring back political endorsements, but says “I don’t think my bosses are there yet.” (
* James Poniewozik: “It is now possible to get called a liar by PolitiFact for saying something true.” (
* News Corp.’s publishing division revenue declined 14% in the last quarter. (
* Is “liking” something on Facebook protected free speech? (
* Ex-Detroit Free Press reporter who’s now blogging is upset with Voice of San Diego for claiming it broke a story that he uncovered. (
* Terry Tang is named New York Times deputy editorial page editor. (
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