Daily Archives: November 26, 2012

* Clark Kent has been ethically challenged for years, says former columnist Connie Schultz, and now he’s “stomped out of the newsroom and trashed the industry that gave him cover. Rumor has it that he left the paper to blog. Bad idea, meet worst nightmare.” ( | (
* DNAInfo Chicago goes live. The hyperlocal site is funded by billionaire entrepreneur Joe Ricketts. (
* ESPN refuses to acknowledge plagiarism in Lynn Hoppes’s archived stories. (
* Tom Ricks’ Fox News segment is cut short after he calls the network a wing of the GOP. (
* Why Aaron Kushner and others are investing in newspapers. (
* If you invested $100 in Canada’s Postmedia a year ago, you’d have $11 today. (@sladurantaye)
* Fund political cartoonist Bill Day for a year. ( | (
* Vancouver Province fires its cartoonists ( | (@dnmr1)
* Why Washington Post needs a paywall — and now! (
* Is the all-powerful magazine editor a thing of the past? (
* Even print journalists can reinvent themselves: a Deborah Blum update. (
* Ten computers are stolen from Berkeley j-school. (
* Patch is apparently rethinking its focus. (

Just fifteen days after the election, Politico was already writing about the 2016 presidential race. (“Rick Santorum is telling friends he wants to run again. …Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker also harbors national ambitions and remains a favorite of tea party conservatives.”)

So soon? I thought.

But then I did a quick search and discovered that Politico in 2008 wrote about possible 2012 GOP contenders on Nov. 9 — just five days after the election.

Here’s what Jonathan Martin wrote in his “GOP Gears Up for 2012” story:

Politico in 2008: Romney “uncertain” about 2012 run.

* Mitt Romney: “Sources close to the CEO-turned-politician say he’s very much uncertain about whether he’ll run for elective office again and is keeping a close eye on what direction the party takes in the months ahead, especially with regard to Palin. Romney is extraordinarily close to members of his family, and most are opposed to another run.”
* Bobby Jindal: “Though only 37 and in his first year in statewide office, Jindal is already drawing rave reviews.”
* Tim Pawlenty: The former Minnesota governor told Politico: “My day job is an honor and a privilege, and my focus is here.”
* Sarah Palin: “A source close to the Alaska governor says that she has been bruised by the finger-pointing in her direction by anonymous campaign aides … but that she’s also ‘clearly an ambitious woman.'”

* Nov. 9, 2008: GOP gears up for 2012 (
* Nov. 21, 2102: Republicans, 2016 – in full swing (

South Jersey Times online editor Jim Cook Jr. noticed there was only one candidate running for the Woodstown-Pilesgrove school board, so he “half-jokingly” encouraged his Facebook friends to write him in.

“My first post went up around 10:30 p.m. Monday night [Nov. 5], and my last went up less than 24 hours later,” he writes. “Eight posts total, asking for votes.” (He also had a little Twitter campaign going.)

Cook ended up winning a three-year term — but he couldn’t accept the job. (That’s him jumping for joy in the newsroom after learning that he’d won.)


I wish I could, but I have to take the ethical route here and make the best decision for my career and the South Jersey Times — a job and company too close to my heart to put in jeopardy.

In my field of work, it is of the utmost importance that a reporter or editor does not serve on any elected position in politics. Objectivity is the basis of our dedication to local journalism in South Jersey. That can’t be hindered. If I accepted the position, I would have to resign from a job that I worked too hard to get and feel too passionate about to give up.

“I hope I haven’t let you down, and I’m sorry I cannot accept this position,” he tells his backers. “I can, however, throw a victory party. And you’re all invited.”

* How I won an election by only using Facebook (
* Cook on Facebook and Twitter

Cox Media Group is launching “a national news website for conservative audiences that is independent, anti-propaganda and rooted in the South away from the right and left coasts,” according to ads on the Cox website. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution parent is looking for an editor-in-chief, managing editor, and content editor. Go here and type “conservative” in the keyword form to see the advertised positions.)

Cox is looking for an editor-in-chief with “an established personal brand” who is “nationally recognized as a voice for heartland conservatives.” That journalist “will be the face of the publication on TV/radio talk shows and in the public arena” and “will set the voice and tone of the publication and drive the national public conversation.”

Creative Loafing’s Thomas Wheatley writes: “Erick Erickson kinda fits the editor profile, no?”

More from the Cox ad:

This editor will mentor a small team of editors working on the 24/7 news site and offer fans/readers instant insights with humor, intelligence and transparency. The editor must establish a strong ideological narrative and lead the editorial team to find stories that mirror or magnify it. This editor embodies the soul of the publication and will be responsible for setting and meeting overall product goals and launch milestones throughout 2013 and beyond.

Cox Media Group spokesman Andy McDill tells me the company isn’t ready to disclose the site’s name or launch date. When will we get more information? “In the coming weeks, probably after the first of the year.”

* Cox planning national news website geared toward conservatives (

“Do you routinely steal content?” ChicagoNow community manager Jimmy Greenfield asked Nashville’s 107.5 after seeing the “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade drinking game” posted on the Clear Channel radio station’s site. The piece, written by T.R. Slyder, first appeared on ChicagoNow, a Chicago Tribune website.

107.5 morning host Jim Chandler apologized in the comments section:

This was my fault. We have a service that provides material for our show preparation. I confused their original content with T.R, Slyder’s content. If I had read further into the article in the wee hours of the morning, I would have seen the source. It’s good stuff, and we’ll directly link to his content in the future when he blogs more about things our audience would enjoy. My apologies.

That’s just an excerpt from the Craigslist ad placed by a 79-year-old “geezer” who writes that “I simply do not have the amount of money it would require to hire accomplished qualified professional people (who understandably expect enough remuneration to make a living wage doing such work).” You’re likely to get the job if you live “reasonably near (hopefully within ten minutes or less driving time) the intersection of highways Interstate Highway 205 and Oregon Highway 224.”

* Editor needed…over 70 yrs. old (NOT an EMPLOYEE) (

UPDATE: This Craigslist ad is swell, too: “I would like to write a book, but find myself without the time or expertise to write it.”

* Depressing Craiglist ad of the day: “Journalist wanted. No pay.”
* Ad seeks person willing to write up to 60 articles a week at .009 to .02 cents per word

Several readers tipped me off to this front page photo and headline from Sunday’s The State. I’ve asked Mark Lett, executive editor of the Columbia, S.C., paper, if it’s much ado about nothing, or if the layout should have been reconsidered. (Here’s how Deadspin cropped it.)

UPDATE: “Yes, the design-headline juxtaposition is unfortunate,” the editor writes in an email. “Certainly, no offense was intended.”

* News outlets fall for story about Andrew WK being appointed cultural ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain. (
* David Carr: For war correspondents, “the margin is razor thin between reporting on the death toll and becoming part of it.” (
* Has Rupert Murdoch gotten his “mojo” back, as NYT suggests? Michael Wolff is skeptical. (
* Dylan Byers’ list of 10 “breakout” political reporters of 2012. (
* Chicago Newspaper Guild urges Sun-Times staffers to boycott the paper’s holiday party. (Second item.) (
* Simon Dumenco’s gag: “SocialSocializing will re-revolutionize the social-media revolution in a revolutionary new fashion that re-engages consumer engagement engagingly.” (
* Hackers target the Las Vegas Sun and sister websites. (
* Campus police stop Georgia editor from distributing petitions and talking to students outside of the “free expression zone.” (
* Ex-editor: Stop me if you’ve read these lottery jackpot stories before. (
* Southern Living hopes to attract younger readers with Jenna Bush Hager as editor at large. (
* West Virginia Record editor accepts plea deal after being caught creating fake vehicle inspection and registration stickers. (