Daily Archives: December 12, 2012

– From Tuesday’s Sandusky Register

Sandusky Register design desk chief Mike Schaffer gets the credit for this headline. “It was a no-brainer,” he says. “That song title popped into my head right away. …We were joking about it in the newsroom, saying things like, He’s lost that loving feeling. We’ve had a lot of fun with it.”

Schaffer, 47, says of Hall and Oates: “I’ve seen them in concert before; I know all of their songs. Some of the younger people in the newsroom didn’t get it.”

Emil Whitis, the 27-year-old reporter who wrote the story, was one of them.

“I’d never heard of them,” he says. “The sheriff deputies were rolling with laughter and I didn’t get it. Then they played the song for me.”

Whitis’ story ran on A2, but had a page one teaser — with the suspect’s mug shot — that read “Watch out, here he comes!”

* Maneater: Hall bitten by Oates ( | Maneater (Hall & Oates song) (


Is this man the Boston Globe’s next editor?
Boston Phoenix editor Peter Kadzis predicts the next editor of the Boston Globe will be either managing editor Caleb Solomon or Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editor (and former Globe Washington bureau chief) David Shribman.

Shribman might be the leader of the pack among the Globe outsiders, but my money is on Solomon.

If I’m right, Caleb can buy me a cup of espresso (Caffé Dello Sport, Hanover Street). If I’m wrong, I’ll buy him a drink at the saloon of his choice.

Also mentioned: New York Times metro editor Carolyn Ryan, and Denver Post Greg Moore. (Both are Globe alums.)

* Will Caleb Solomon be the next editor of the Globe? (

* Dean Murphy replaces Larry Ingrassia as New York Times business editor. “While it’s unclear what Mr. Ingrassia’s new position will be, executive editor Jill] Abramson said it would be ‘a larger role’ that will be announced early next year,” says the Times’ story. (
* Cindi Leive on the changes at Glamour: “Magazines have to be fast-swimming sharks these days.” (
* You can hear some of the biggest names in nonfiction on Longform Podcast. (
* For Washington reporters, “the fiscal cliff is like a bad blues cliché come to life.” (
* How 12 newspapers covered 12-12-12 a century ago. (
* Getty Images photographer is attacked by Manny Pacquiao’s aides for shooting pictures of the fallen fighter. (
* Joe Allbritton, whose family launched Politico and once owned the Washington Star, is dead at 87. (

THE LATEST: “I would strongly caution any organization from insourcing layoff decisions to the employees,” Bob Kelleher, CEO of The Employee Engagement Group, tells “There’s a reason why they pay people in leadership positions more than they pay their direct reports.”


The Kansas City Star has told reporters Karen Dillon and Dawn Bormann that one of them has to leave the paper, and they — not management — have to decide who goes.

“Dillon has seniority, so she has the option of taking it or not taking it,” says a source. “And if she does, Dawn gets laid off. Dawn’s a great person but I think Karen will vote in favor of herself because she’s got teenage kids at home.”

I emailed the two reporters and editor Mike Fannin to confirm this process. Dillon did — I haven’t heard back from Fannin and Bormann — and tells Romenesko readers that “we’ve not made an official decision” on who gets to stay. “It’s one of the most difficult situations I’ve ever faced.” ( now reports Bormann is out. I’ve asked Dillon to confirm this.)

UPDATE: I’m told that Fannin isn’t in the newsroom today. I’ve emailed and left a phone message for publisher Mi-Ai Parrish. UPDATE II: I made a second call to Parrish’s office and was told by her secretary that the publisher is “not available” to speak to me.

Fun fact: It was Dillon who first reported Paul Reubens’ 1991 arrest at a porn theater. From a Rolling Stone story: “An able young reporter named Karen Dillon, working the three-to-midnight shift at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, recognized Paul Reubens’s name on the police blotter and broke the story.” That tidbit is included in Dillon’s LinkedIn bio. (Here’s Dillon’s August 1991 follow-up story on the arrest.)

* Star unleashes “Hunger Games” on two reporters (
* Star lets veteran employees determine who stays (
* Read the reactions from my Facebook friends and subscribers (

Keith J. Kelly reports Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal and Us Weekly parent Wenner Media is trying to refinance $194 million of debt and that negotiations with banks haven’t been going well.

Last week, Standard & Poor’s added to owner Jann Wenner’s difficulties by slapping a “B” rating on the debt with a negative outlook, citing industry-wide pressures, especially in the market for celebrity tabloids such as Us Weekly.

Under the worst-case scenario, a failure to resolve the debt question next year could put Wenner Media in play, although for the moment that seems a long shot.

Kelly’s sources say Us Weekly has annual profits of $40 million, while Rolling Stone brings in $5 million a year. Wenner’s Men’s Journal is reportedly losing money.

* Wenner Media tries to refinance $200 million in debt (

* Drudge’s shocking N-word Tarantino splash ( | Reaction to it

* Owners of the UT-San Diego and the Orange County Register are interested in Tribune’s newspapers. (
* A Twitter employee was by the pope’s side when the first @pontifex tweet went out. ( | (@pontifex)
* Gawker digs up New York Times’ 12-12-12 story from 1912. (
* Rupert Murdoch: “Bloomberg may buy FT but likes New York Times too. Both small change for him and new challenge after 12 years great public service.” (@rupertmurdoch)
* Ann Curry to CNN? “Any speculation at this point is just silly,” says a network rep. (
* A Shreveport meteorologist is fired for responding to a racist Facebook post. (
* Many mainstream news outlets, including Washington Post and NBC, never mentioned Jenni Rivera’s name until Sunday. (
* Ray Suarez’s advice to young journalists: “Know a lot of things about a lot of things, and one or two things more than anybody else.” (
* Gannett Foundation’s annual IRS report is “kind of interesting.” (
* Gay Talese thinks Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter would make a great ambassador. (
* Office workers are interrupted – or self-interrupt – roughly every three minutes. (More often in newsrooms?) (
* Tech site The Verge is “very profitable” after just one year. (

– Dec. 10 “Hi and Lois”

* One vote for print from Dawg in “Hi and Lois.” (