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The deleted passage from the Harvard Voice’s “5 People You’ll See at Pre-Interview Receptions”:

You can always spot the Asian contingent at every pre-interview reception. They dress in the same way (satin blouse with high waisted pencil skirt for girls, suits with skinny ties for boys), talk in the same sort-of gushy, sort-of whiny manner, and have the same concentrations and sky-high GPAs. They’re practically indistinguishable from one another, but it’s okay. Soon, they will be looking at the same Excel spreadsheets and spend their lunch talking about their meaningful morning conversations with the help desk of Bloomberg. Uniqueness is overrated when you make six-figure salaries

The apology:

Note from the Editors: We deeply apologize if this article has offended some of our readers. Though the article was written by an anonymous contributor, we have removed the inappropriate content because it is not in line with The Voice‘s mission of promoting satirical, yet inclusive, content.

In 2009, the Harvard Voice apologized for a blog post about actress Emma Watson’s visit to campus, but added that it “denies any efforts to orchestrate a mass mob of gawkers.”

* Harvard student magazine satirist writes racist garbage (jezebel.com)
* Harvard students express outrage at blog post (thecrimson.com) | (thecrimson.com)
* Harvard article stereotypes, cycles through apologies (yaledailynews.com)

“I am fine,” Gerry Sandusky tells Romenesko readers. “It’s always been my wife and kids I worry about and last night even my wife laughed about the whole crazy situation. I take that as a very good sign.”

Gerry Sandusky (left) and Jerry Sandusky

Just to be clear, the man who sent that email over the weekend is Gerry — not Jerry — Sandusky, the Baltimore Ravens radio broadcaster and WBAL-TV sports director. He’s spent much of this year explaining that he’s not the Penn State Sandusky, and why he won’t change his name. (“The easiest thing in the world for me to do in the short term would be to change my name. But if life has taught me anything — if the Penn State situation has taught America anything — it’s that doing the easy thing in the short term is almost never the right thing to do in the long term. I’m not going to make the same mistake they did.”)

“I lost track of the interview count when it passed 60,” says Sandusky, who has told his story to Sports Illustrated; to ESPN; his employer, WBAL-TV; and to many newspaper reporters and bloggers.

“I don’t get tired of interviews because I do them hoping they can bring strength to other people’s struggles, others who deal with far bigger problems then I face.”

Sandusky takes time to respond to the many tweets from people who think he’s the man who was convicted of child sex abuse.
For example:

* “Breathe and exhale Sammy. I’m Gerry with a G. Baltimore sportscaster. No relation to former Penn St coach,” he responded to a tweet that said, “Fuck you why are you still allowed to tweet!!! This is unfair what a jackass.”

* “I think you mean ‘you’re’ sick, not your sick. And no, I’m not. I’m Gerry with a G, no relation to the former Penn St coach,” he responded to someone who simply tweeted, “Your sick.”

* “No need to be outraged. I’m not related to the guy in jail. Have a great day,” he told @_Shocker_, who was upset that “now they r letting convicts use twitter in jail?!”

On the Sandusky Group blog, the broadcaster posts 20 lessons he’s learned from this “impossible situation,” including: “Be a winner, not a whiner. Don’t waste time whining about ‘why me.’ The world has enough whiners. It never has enough winners.”

The good news, he says, is that “the number of hate tweets I get has started to go down, in general.” Unfortunately, though, “they did flare up last week when Jerry Sandusky was sentenced.”

* Meet Gerry Sandusky, another victim of the PSU scandal (Dallas Morning News via courier-journal.com)
* Thanks to Jerry Sandusky, it’s hard being Gerry Sandusky (baltimoresun.com)
* WBAL-TV sports director not related to former PSU football coach (wbaltv.com)
* Scroll through @gerrysandusky’s tweets (allmytweets.net)

Glenn Beck is now selling his own line of jeans, called 1791 Denim.

“The jeans were conceived by Glenn, who has been involved with the new jeans in every step of the process from the stitching, to the buttons, and to the quality of the rivets,” says the release at GlennBeck.com.

Last September, Beck went after Levi’s for airing an ad that he said “glorifies revolution”; he swore at the time that he’d never wear Levi’s again.

Beck’s jeans go for $129.99

* Glenn Beck is now selling jeans (hypervocal.com) | Shop now! (1791.com)
* September, 2011: Glenn Beck’s Levi’s boycott (mediaite.com)
* “I’m turning my red tabs in. I will not wear Levi’s” (glennbeck.com)

“Clearly, the Globe does need a copy editor,” writes one tipster. “I was browsing the list of all jobs available at the NY Times Company and came across the attached listing,” which I’ve condensed below.

[UPDATE: It's been corrected.]

Two Romenesko readers spotted and forwarded the Houston Chronicle “boarder patrol” typos below.


* Funeral for boarder patrol agent Nicholas Ivie (chron.com) [UPDATE: It's been corrected.]

Finally, Anthony Adragna writes: “The Washington Post is either on a first name basis with Rep. Paul Ryan, Sen. Rand Paul has truly emerged on the national scene, or this was a pretty bad typo from [Saturday's print] edition.”

* Earlier: Paul Ryan … Ryan Paul … he answers to both names (jimromenesko.com)

Jeff Jarvis reports CUNY Journalism School will start publishing print books and ebooks about journalism, focusing on new business models. The first offering from CUNY Journalism Press will be Andy Carvin’s account of tweeting the Arab Spring. “Distant Witness: Social Media, the Arab Spring and a Journalism Revolution” will be available by the end of the year.

Other upcoming titles:

* “Fighting for the Press: The Inside Story of the Pentagon Papers,” by James Goodale
* “Investigative Journalism in America: A History,” by Steve Weinberg
* The Pleasures of Being Out of Step: Nat Hentoff’s Life in Journalism, Jazz and the First Amendment,” by David L. Lewis.

“If I manage to get off my duff and get moving on a project I’ve been working on, I might add to that bookshelf myself,” writes Jarvis.

* Jeff Jarvis: Start the presses (buzzmachine.com)

A Romenesko reader writes: “This NY Daily News story had a funny editor’s note left at the bottom of the online edition at 10:10 p.m. [Sunday]. It was gone by 10:14 p.m.”

A screenshot of the final paragraph and editor’s note at the end of a story about Nick Swisher and Yankees fans:


* Nick Swisher says fans blamed him for Derek Jeter’s injury (nydailynews.com)

A memo that Nick Denton sent to the Gawker Media staff last week has — in addition to September traffic stats — a reminder that “conversation is more revealing than what passes for news in newspapers and on television” and that “that conversation should be the story.” Denton adds: “The uninhibited expression of a writer’s mind — the gossip, the revealing anecdote, the politically incorrect analysis, the skepticism about a source’s motives — is our purpose. …We hire people who have a similar detestation of bullshit — and a desire to do work that endures.”

From: Nick Denton
To: [Gawker Media staff]
Sent: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 3:42 PM
Subject: Phew

The great thing about journalism: news always comes along.

It seemed for five long months that rule had been suspended.

Here’s a little memo about traffic I sent to Tom and other department heads in June.

Nick Denton

1. Audience stagnation is alarming and unprecedented
2. Particularly a Gizmodo issue — but we don’t know how much to attribute to management, personnel, general dearth of news, stagnation of sectors such as consumer electronics or eclipse of standalone media brands as readers move to Facebook
3. Though it won’t help with immediate traffic problem, focus Gizmodo and Kotaku on their future missions: design and play, independent of consumer electronics and videogame industries
4. To the extent that the problem is the rise of the aggregator, underlines urgency of move to Kinja: premium content does not appear to be a defensible business.
5. In meantime, refocus on the “Gawker exclusive”. Rollout of Kinja discussions, enforcement of editorial participation and lively web chats. And wait and see.

Anyway, we waited. And phew: we’ve had a great run of stories. Gizmodo’s iPhone coverage was exceptional. Gawker scored with royal breasts and (this month) Hulk sex. Jezebel turned the tables on Reddit’s misogynists. A sports star came out for gay rights on Deadspin. And sites made powerful use of Kinja and their readers in developing collections such as Jalopnik’s guide to the coolest car factories and Kotaku’s survey of sunsets in videogames.

Each site hit target in September. The group audience is at an all-time high — 41.9m worldwide in the last 30 days. And we have the first indication that Kinja will get us back to that high water mark next year and leave it behind.

If you haven’t seen it, here’s a recapitulation of the Purpose of Gawker.

But if that’s too much mission statement for you, September’s top stories carry the same message.

* Earlier: Gawker’s Hamilton Nolan speaks the unvarnished – and sometimes, mean – truth (jimromenesko.com)

* Gannett reports third-quarter revenue rose 3.4% to $1.31 billion, beating analysts’ expectations. Net income increased to $133.1 million from $99.8 million in the same quarter last year. “Political (advertising) is going off the chart,” says one analyst, “and newspapers are on track, which is encouraging.” (Reuters via Yahoo Finance) | (Gannett release)
* Marie Claire is Ad Age’s Magazine of the Year, while Bloomberg Businessweek’s Josh Tyrangiel is Editor of the Year. (adage.com)
* NPR’s “Morning Edition” is the highest-rated news program on radio. “Cumulatively, ‘Morning Edition’ reaches about 12.5 million people for at least a few minutes a week, the same number that [Bob] Edwards reached in his last full quarter on the program,” writes Brian Stelter. (nytimes.com)
* Newspaper industry’s shift to paywall model is cheered by Wall Street. (wsj.com)
* Globe and Mail in Toronto to roll out metered paywall. (theglobeandmail.com)
* Reddit rents John McCain’s “Straight Talk Express” bus for its “Internet 2012″ road trip. (adweek.com)
* “News organizations are great at storytelling. But lately, not so great at news design.” (apple.copydesk.org)
* New York Times is adding a Portuguese language edition. (nytimes.com)
* The AP names its first international social media/user-generated content editor. (ap.org)