Daily Archives: August 14, 2012

Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson, 55, the BBC’s outgoing director general, will join the New York Times Co. as chief executive officer in November.

He says in a statement:

The New York Times is one of the world’s greatest news providers and a media brand of immense future potential both in the U.S. and around the world. It is a real privilege to be asked to join the Times Company as it embarks on the next chapter in its history.

Times Co. chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. says:

Mark is a gifted executive with strong credentials whose leadership at the BBC helped it to extend its trusted brand identity into new digital products and services. Our board concluded that Mark’s experience and his accomplishments at the BBC made him the ideal candidate to lead the Times Company at this moment in time when we are highly focused on growing our business through digital and global expansion.

* Mark Thompson is named New York Times Co. CEO (
* Read the Times’ release on Thompson’s appointment || Read Sulzberger’s memo

— From the September 2012 issue of True West

* Earlier — “Repeat after me, Anne Meadows, Daniel Buck, and Bob Boze Bell” (

Letter to Romenesko

From SEAN WOOD: Mitch Schnurman, award-winning business columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, finally gets snatched away for the Dallas Morning News.

Mitch Schnurman

Yet he still appears prominently on the Star-Telegram website.

When I was at the Startlegram, if you left for Dallas, you had 10 minutes to pack up your desk and were escorted out the building. Now the Star-Telegram is desperately holding onto the most valuable asset their business desk once could offer?

I’m a bit confused.

I asked Houston Chronicle report Yang Wang what she thought of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram running her byline as YANK WANG.

Here’s what she tells Romenesko readers:

Just saw it! It’s indeed pretty funny… Chronicle has never misspelled it. I don’t know how the Star-Telegram got it wrong.

Yang Wang

“Yang” is a very, very common Chinese first name, but a lot of people here still won’t believe it. I once received reader comments who question the legitimacy of my articles just because they think the byline isn’t something they feel familiar with.

Some of my Chinese friends changed their names to “Jim”, “Lucy” or some traditional American names because they are too tired of people calling/spelling their names wrong. I stick to mine, because I’d like to think it a way of educating American public about some basics of Chinese culture.

Oh, by the way, my twitter handle is “YangYangYang”, just to stress the correct spelling of my name. lol…

* Today’s unfortunate byline typo: Yank Wang (

This is from Saturday’s Augusta Chronicle. (h/t Rick McKee of the Chronicle)

I did a post yesterday about Tucson bicycling blogger Michael McKisson billing KOLD-TV $300 for using his video without permission. “I figured a decent rate was $100 per hour and I worked at least 3 hours shooting, editing and posting the video,” McKisson told Romenesko readers.

He now tells us that the station has agreed to pay the bill.

I spoke with the station’s news director, Michelle Germano, who said the story was produced by a new reporter. The station has a policy of not using YouTube videos and because the reporter did not cite the video as a YouTube video, the editors looking over the script missed it and didn’t take it out.

She said the reporter is being reprimanded and their corporate office is sending me a $300 check.

* Earlier: Blogger bills TV station after seeing his video in a news report (JimRomenesko)

Arizona State University Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication junior DiAngelea Millar on her summer internship at the Times-Picayune:

Friends and family told me that this was a good “lesson” for me to learn so that I will realize that reality can be harsh. I already knew about reality. But they were right—I did learn a valuable lesson about the business of journalism.

The paper is a product and reporters are considered disposable. What the destruction of the Times-Picayune and the creation of Nola Media group has engrained in my young mind is the knowledge that a reporter is never safe. You’ve got to keep your options open and keep working and honing your skills.

* The last Money intern at the Times-Picayune (

(Credit: Catherine Threlkeld)

“An ad for Google ads in today’s Globe [and Mail] demonstrates the value of print ads, yes?” tweets media reporter Steve Ladurantaye.

Fareed Zakaria

* Fareed Zakaria defends not attributing quotes in his best-selling 2008 book, “The Post-American World”: “This is not an academic work where everything has to be acknowledged and footnoted,” he tells Paul Farhi. The book contains “hundreds” of comments and quotes that aren’t attributed because doing so, in context, would “interrupt the flow for the reader.” Farhi notes that Zakaria’s column will not be running in the Washington Post this month. The Time and CNN journalist apologized last week for plagiarizing from The New Yorker. (

* With over $170,000, 99% Invisible becomes the most funded Kickstarter in journalism. (
* The leading bidder for Variety is a hedge fund whose holdings include the National Enquirer parent. (
* Jane magazine founder Jane Pratt is 49, but insists 15 is her emotional age. (
* Iver Peterson, who covered the Vietnam war for the New York Times, dies at 70. (
* Twitter suspends Nikki Finke accounts — both the real one and a spoof one. (
* Twitter account of Dell CEO’s daughter is shut down. (
* NBC says nearly 220 million people watched the Olympics. (
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