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Romenesko reader Andrew Larson writes:

Apparently, the New Haven Register thinks Sept. 11 is when the WTC was bombed. Correction of the Year?

New Haven Register commenter “Joetnymedic” writes on the paper’s website:

I would just like to clarify, the WTC was not bombed 11 years ago. It was bombed in 1993 and I had a co-worker who was a medic stationed there and made it out. I don’t know the proper word to call what happened on 9/11/01 but I think bombing minimalizes it.

* Remembering those we lost: Ceremony honors Sept. 11 victims (nhregister.com)

* Michael Lewis gave the White House quote approval for his latest Vanity Fair piece. (nytimes.com) | (vanityfair.com)
* NBC interviews “Kardashian” star during 9/11 moment of silence. (politico.com)
* Greensboro TV reporter takes credit for story written by university communications director. (roch101.blogspot.com)
* Milwaukee cops unveil the world’s best-looking police website. (adweek.com) | Take that, Journal Sentinel! (jimromenesko.com)
* New York Times doesn’t need one public editor, it needs 100. (gigaom.com)
* Megan McCarthy departs as New York Observer news editor. (capitalnewyork.com)
* Geneva Overholser: “Never forget that journalism is all about the public.” (niemanlab.org)
* Science magazine’s Jon Cohen wins the 2012 Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting. (casw.org)
* “Fox & Friends” botches unemployment comparison. (washingtonpost.com)
* “Katie” debut was basically a Weight Watchers infomercial, says Gail Shister. (phillymag.com)

Lee Enterprises is selling its Escondido-based North County Times to U-T San Diego for nearly $12 million. The deal is expected to close in October. “We intend to super serve each and every market in which we enter,” says U-T owner Doug Manchester. “Since San Diego is our home this is a logical acquisition.”

The news of the sale was first reported on Monday by San Diego Business Journal. U-T’s CEO said in the afternoon that a deal had not been completed.

* U-T San Diego announces that it’s buying North County Times (utsandiego.com) | (nctimes.com) | (nbcsandiego.com)

Conor Friedersdorf asks broadsheet newspaper editors to let their headline writers be more creative, perhaps a bit more tabloid-ish. Yes, he tells them, “a different feel might cost you a few stodgy longtime readers. But let’s be honest, you’re going to lose them to the grave soon anyway.”

Boring headlines are just one of many problems afflicting newspapers. Still, they seem symptomatic of a broader attitude that makes much of the content contained in their pages needlessly dull.

* An exasperated plea to newspapers: More exciting headlines, please! (theatlantic.com)


* Hugo Lindgren, Agent Provocateur (fashionweekaily.com)
* Is The Atlantic making us stupid? (lareviewofbooks.com)

A University of Missouri report says the journalism school’s average starting salary of $31,800 is the lowest of all university departments. (Business is the highest, at $40,900.) The overall placement rate for j-school grads is 67% — third from the bottom, but an improvement from previous years.

UPDATE: Mizzou’s $31,800 figure is higher than the national average, according to the annual University of Georgia journalism school survey. It reported the median starting salary for j-grads nationwide was $29,600.
* Journalists are poor and the sky is blue, but we’re getting better. (jschoolbuzz.com)
* Journalists are revealing their starting salaries on my Facebook page. (facebook.com)
* Job market for journalism grads shows improvement. (jimromenesko.com)

More links:
* Cartoon nudity gets The New Yorker temporarily banned on Facebook. (newyorker.com)
* Boston Globe’s Joan Vennochi returns to work after a two-week suspension for lifting from a WBUR piece. (dankennedy.net) | (Earlier on jimromenesko.com)
* Today’s New York Times 9/11 coverage is “modest.” (nytimes.com)
* How a 19-year-old student became one of the hottest political photographers in the country. (niemanlab.org)
* Andrew DeVigal — “the brains behind the New York Times’ multimedia operation” — is leaving journalism. (apple.copydesk.org)
* What j-school profs wish they’d read and listened to before starting out. (cjr.org)
* Contract talks start up again at the New York Times. (observer.com)
* Lifestyle magazines get serious about presidential election coverage. (adweek.com)
* Katie Couric tries to prove to her audience that she’s one of them. (nytimes.com) | Don’t expect any “gotcha” moments on “Katie.” (capitalnewyork.com)
* Michael Wolff on JRC: Why Chapter 11 comes before “digital first.” (guardian.co.uk)
* Police departments gather in Richmond to learn how to get their story out via social media. (timesdispatch.com)