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“This unfortunate typo in today’s Star-Telegram byline is on the Metro cover,” writes my tipster. “The reporter’s name should be Yang Wang,” not Yank Wang.

Here’s the story with the reporter’s name spelled correctly.

UPDATE: Here’s the correction.

* Kansas City blogger retracts post and apologizes to former firefighters’ union chief. (Kansascity.com)
* Huntington Ingalls insists selection of Gannett CFO to board wasn’t meant to influence media coverage of the company. (DailyPress.com)
* Three things news outlets can do to get their emails opened and read. (Charlie Meyerson)
* Google buys travel guide publisher Frommer’s from John Wiley and Sons. (betabeat.com)
* AP’s U.S. Elections Style Guide tells journalists what to avoid in their political stories. (Erik Wemple)
* Why the Huffington Post and Boston.com are getting into streaming media. (NiemanLab.org)

“How often do newsrooms receive the missing man press releases from police?” Ottawa Citizen senior editor Melanie Coulson asks in an email. “And how often does a reporter on assignment actually find the missing man?”

Newsman Zev Singer checked out the police photo of William Dupon at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Less than an hour later, as I happened to be driving on Ogilvie Road for an unrelated story, I saw a man at the bus stop on the other side of the street wearing a black leather cowboy hat that looked just like the one in the picture of Dupon. I turned the yellow Citizen car around. …

I walked to the bus stop, and, after a moment of comparing, I showed him my Blackberry and asked: “Is this you?”

His eyes widened a bit.

“Yes,” he said.

I told him I was a reporter and explained why I had that picture. To be sure, I asked his name.

“William Dupon,” he said.

Coulson notes that “our readers lapping this up. It is the most-read story and responsible for 6% of all traffic to our site … the number one item, including our Olympics stories.

“Who says readers don’t like a good news story?”

* Missing man found at bus stop by Citizen reporter (ottawacitizen.com)

Longtime Cosmopolitan magazine editor-in-chief Helen Gurley Brown died today. She was 90. “Her formula for honest and straightforward advice about relationships, career and beauty revolutionized the magazine industry,” says Hearst CEO Frank A. Bennack, Jr. “She lived every day of her life to the fullest and will always be remembered as the quintessential ‘Cosmo girl.’ She will be greatly missed.”

Hearst’s press release is after the jump. Read More

A Romenesko reader writes in an email with the subject line: “Is this legal?”:

Is that what’s come to? Please, make sure you aren’t too old when you apply, and we’ll be able to tell by making sure you send in a photo.

* Editor-in-chief needed for lifestyle website (craigslist.org)
* Visit Joonbug.com

The New York Post reported “exclusively” this morning that CNN “has started seeking out reality-show ideas” and that “in a series of conference calls, the network has been soliciting ideas from the same producers who supply reality shows to channels like Bravo, Discovery and History.”

Here’s what CNN says about that:

CNN, which recently announced the hiring of Anthony Bourdain as a contributor, is continuing to explore other nonfiction original series for the weekend. We routinely pursue new talent and programming concepts within the news category and often shoot pilots for any number of our networks.

* CNN to promote nonfiction TV, not reality TV (nytimes.com)
* Late night and reality shows in the works at CNN (nypost.com)

Michael McKisson, who runs a website covering Tucson’s cycling community, posted a story and video two months ago about an elementary school installing a bicycle track.

“Yesterday, our local station [KOLD-TV] ran a story about the track and included my footage in their piece,” he tells Romenesko readers. “I was not contacted by the station to use the footage, nor was any credit for the footage provided. They must have done a video screen capture of the YouTube version to be able to add it to their report.

“I have sent an email to the news director with an invoice attached for the use of the video footage. I billed them $300. I figured a decent rate was $100 per hour and I worked at least 3 hours shooting, editing and posting the video.

“I have yet to hear back from the news director.” UPDATE: “The news director has responded and said they are looking into it,” reports McKisson.

* McKisson’s video || KOLD-TV’s report

The Florida reporter who wrote on his Facebook page that “the level of hatred, unfounded fear and misinformed people [who showed up at Chick-fil-A on "Appreciation Day"] was astoundingly sad” has resigned from his paper, I’ve confirmed.

After his post was shared nearly 100 times, Fort Myers News-Press reporter Mark Krzos pulled the rant and left Facebook. His editor, Terry Eberle, told News-Press and Romenesko readers that the post was “completely inappropriate” and that “we will take strong and appropriate action.”

Krzos resigned after a meeting with Eberle.

Mark, I welcome comment from you. News-Press staffers, please send me any additional information about your colleague’s departure.

* Krzos on Aug. 1: “I have never felt so alien in my own country” (jimromenesko.com)

The Times-Picayune reporter who shared with Romenesko readers the letter she wrote to her bosses in early July (“I can’t just keep my mouth shut and pretend everything is okay or that it doesn’t matter”) has left the paper.

“Today was my last day,” Kari Dequine Harden writes in an email sent late Sunday. “Gonna try to move forward and find something to believe in again. Not that he gives a rat’s ass, but I decided I would let Steve Newhouse know my reasons for an early departure.”

Her letter to the Times-Picayune owner is after the jump. Read More

Jim Naughton

Prank-loving journalist Jim Naughton — former New York Times reporter, Philadelphia Inquirer editor and Poynter president — died on Saturday after battling prostate cancer for more than a decade. “Throughout, he engaged his illness with the humor that laced his life at home and at work,” write Butch Ward and Bill Mitchell. “At one point last year, friends and colleagues clicked open an email to find a photo of Jim about to climb onto a table for radiation treatment, dressed as a Sumo wrestler.”

Jim hired me at Poynter in 1999 and he always defended my work, even when it was attacked by prominent editors on Poynter’s national advisory board. (They didn’t like that I posted memos and linked to press criticism from alt-weeklies.) He was a great boss. “Jim was a good man, and everyone who knew him knows that,” Jim’s wife Diana told the Inquirer. “He leaves a lot of good memories with many, many people.” The tributes on Jim’s Facebook page prove that.
* An editor who brought fun to the newsroom (philly.com)
* Naughton liked to say he covered the political losers (nytimes.com)

MORE WEEKEND AND MONDAY LINKS
* David Carr: Print magazines don’t work very well in the marketplace anymore. (nytimes.com)
* Bird Talk magazine to drop the print edition and go web-only. (Subscribers are unhappy about getting Dog Fancy in the bird title’s place.) (nytimes.com)
* Chris Vognar: “Lehrer and Zakaria are considered first-rate thinkers … Why, then, do they cheat?” (DallasNews.com)
* Obama campaign aides stop Philly reporter trying to interview people outside of First Lady event. (“You can’t be doing this in line.”) (newsworks.org)
* Huffington Post launches its live web video news channel. (AllThingsD.com)
* Boston Globe’s Bob Ryan steps down as a full-time sports columnist. (BostonGlobe.com)
* Chicago Reader press critic: “Nothing of mine is going over to the Sun-Times, and that includes me.” (TimeOutChicago.com)
* Arizona Republic warns readers that a subscription model is coming. (azcentral.com)
* NBC’s Bob Fitzgerald confuses actor Jesse Eisenberg for Mark Zuckerberg. (SBNation.com)