— Alex Kantrowitz (@Kantrowitz) September 19, 2012
For the second night in a row, MSNBC on Tuesday beat Fox News in primetime in the key 25-54 demo.
On Monday MSNBC averaged 471,000 demo viewers to Fox News Channel’s 469,000. On Tuesday, MSNBC drew 575,000 demo viewers, to FNC’s 526,000.
* MinnPost cracks down on unruly commenters; “we are tightening our standards.” (MinnPost.com)
* Albany press corps seeks to expel one of its own for taking an Assembly job. (capitalnewyork.com)
* Houston Chronicle expands its energy coverage; hires Harry Weber, who covered Deepwater Horizon for AP. (fuelfix.com)
* Fully 52% of USA Today’s circulation goes to hotels that get the paper at deeply discounted rates. (newosaur.com)
* Grady j-prof Vicki Michaelis is “an accidental tourist in sports reporting.” (redandblack.com)
* I’m told that Roanoke Times intern Katrina Tulloch created this internship program video. (roanoke.com)
* Winnipeg Free Press lays off seven staffers: five reporters, one paginator and one manager. (j-source.ca)
Letter to Romenesko:
From JASON FEIFER: I’ve been watching the first season  of The West Wing, because friends keep telling me I missed something great. (My verdict: I didn’t.) Last night I came across a scene that was hilarious. Video here:
twitvid.com/C31LA – How outdated in West Wing? This episode: News “is going to break tomorrow. It’s on the Internet right now.” Quaint!
— Jason Feifer (@heyfeifer) September 19, 2012
Context: It’s evening at the White House. News about the chief-of-staff’s past drug addiction is found to be “on the Internet right now,” which means the White House expects the news to “break in the morning.” So, they’ll do a press briefing then—the next morning.
How quaint! What a different, unrecognizable time.
Washington Post executive editor Marcus Brauchli today announced “a talent exchange with our cousins at WaPo Labs” that “should accelerate the pace of digital innovation in the Newsroom and add editorial weight to the team at Labs.”
* Sandy Sugawara, founding editor of the Universal News Desk, becomes managing editor of WaPo Labs.
* Greg Barber, who has been WaPo Labs managing editor, joins the newsroom as editor/digital special projects.
The memo is after the jump.
David Simon says:
– “At some point I realized that some dynamic of pseudocelebrity had landed on me a couple of years ago after ‘The Wire’ had had its run and I realized that that parabolic arc of exalt, exalt, exalt — more than it deserved — and then teardown, teardown, teardown… That I was on that train.”
– “Now I’m wary. There are certain interviews I won’t do and there are certain things I won’t say… I’ve gotten myself in trouble saying some things I didn’t mean or in ways that I didn’t mean them. And I’ve gotten myself in trouble for not saying things at all that I somehow said in print.”
– “I don’t care how the product is delivered. I care about the numbers of journalists working as professionals in any given metro area and contributing to its news report. When that number starts to diminish, when the news reports start to die, that’s the important thing, not the delivery system.”
– “Until you establish a revenue stream and pay for [news], everything is sort of desperate and incremental. I don’t believe a thousand points of blogger light is going to pick up the slack for what is a job. It’s a profession.”
North County Times reporter Bradley Fikes wrote the passage below to clarify a Voice of San Diego post about his coverage of new Times owner Doug Manchester’s newsroom talk. (“I know, I’m on a high wire without a net,” writes Fikes. “But I’m covering this story as much as humanly possible like any other I’ve covered.”)
Meanwhile, some people who don’t care for Manchester’s right-leaning U-T San Diego are hoping the Los Angeles Times returns to San Diego. They’re approaching 200 “Likes” on Facebook.
Letter to Romenesko
I’d pay a reasonable amount of money just to listen to the jokes in the USAT design department.
* USA Today publisher Larry Kramer calls Colbert’s segment on the redesign “fantastic” and “great fun” (usatoday.com)
* Wemple: “Give redesigns an amnesty of at least a couple of months” (washingtonpost.com)
* Are you following @USATodaysBalls on Twitter? (twitter.com)
Florida Initiative for Electoral Reform president Yury Konnikov wanted to send the email below to a colleague, but it ended up going out to nearly 200 Florida journalists when he accidentally hit “send” to his entire contacts list instead of “save.”
In the email, Konnikov tells his co-worker how to make editors “feel they are getting exclusive dibs” on op-eds.
I counted 199 addresses attached to his message. (You’ll notice that I erased portions of the few displayed here.)
Konnikov followed it up with this apology and tweet:
Tech lesson of the day: Using BCC to copy/paste a contact list on a mobile device then pressing SEND, not an act of brilliance #justsayin
— FL Electoral Reform(@FLIEReform) September 19, 2012
Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly’s “Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium” takes place Oct. 6 at George Washington University. Tickets for the event — already sold-out — cost $75 to $100; the live-stream is $4.95. Half the net profits will go to “a number of charitable causes.” (washingtonpost.com)
* Retired reporter Bill Cotterell says “news judgment, reporting and editing don’t need to be taught in college.” (flaglerlive.com)
* Prof: Don’t just teach skills, train j-students to be lifelong learners. (niemanlab.org)
* “Fox & Friends” prankster was senior class president at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Ill. (chicagotribune.com)
* Stephen Colbert: USA Today is focusing its energy where it counts — the logo. (colbertnation.com)
* Edward Wasserman; “What’s condemned as plagiarism is actually a slippery thing.” (denverpost.com)
* Soledad O’Brien: “Anytime someone spins a story in a certain way, you’re responsible, you’re required to fact-check it.” (washingtonpost.com)
* GOOD takes a big step into the future of the Internet by launching a platform: good.is. (pandodaily.com)
* Conde Nast publishers are told to cut 5% from their budgets. (adweek.com)
* “It is simply unthinkable to contemplate public life in Massachusetts without a daily print Boston Globe.” (wbur.org)
* Boston Phoenix wants Twitter to shut down a parody account. (bostonherald.com)
* Los Angeles Times is looking for a deputy books editor. (laobserved.com)
* New York Observer shuts down velvetroper.com and makes the editor a “consultant.” (nypost.com)
* Matt Lauer has become an “anchor animal” at struggling “Today,” reports Page Six. (nypost.com)