Daily Archives: January 3, 2013

Wesley Morris is leaving the Boston Globe after 10 years to write fulltime for Grantland.

“Wesley’s presence in our world has been about so much more than just his wonderful film criticism and insightful takes on pop culture,” writes features editor Doug Most. “Wesley is a true friend to so many of us. We love him for his infectious sense of humor, his generous heart, and of course his marvelously snappy sense of fashion, as he bounds in from the Red Line wearing one of his many stylish caps.”

The memo:

From: Most, Douglas S
Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2013 6:19 PM
To: !BGHQ-Editorial
Subject: A big loss

There are so many reasons why it’s difficult to write the words: Wesley Morris is leaving us.

All we can do is try to summarize what he’s meant here.

Wesley Morris

Wesley Morris

For a moment, forget about the writing. The superb, brilliant writing. Wesley’s presence in our world has been about so much more than just his wonderful film criticism and insightful takes on pop culture. Wesley is a true friend to so many of us. We love him for his infectious sense of humor, his generous heart, and of course his marvelously snappy sense of fashion, as he bounds in from the Red Line wearing one of his many stylish caps.

As for the writing, well, Wesley won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism last year. As the Pulitzer committee wrote, he was deserving “for his smart, inventive film criticism,
distinguished by pinpoint prose and an easy traverse between the art house and the big-screen box office.” Wesley’s love of film, his knack for spot-on observations, his dazzling wit, his imagination, and his passion for storytelling come out in everything he writes. On Christmas day, for example, in a tour-de-force review of “Django Unchained,” he offered this passage: The movie is absurdly violent. When a slave owner is shot up in the opening minutes, the blood doesn’t splatter. It splashes like a bowling ball that fell 50 feet into a full bathtub. The film’s assortment of snipings, bludgeonings, and massacres don’t stoop to Tarantino’s typical fatuousness. Almost every corpse wears a principled toe-tag of vengeance.

His Pulitzer was merely a capstone to a remarkable decade-long run with the Globe. He writes three, four, and sometimes five movie reviews in a week, in addition to longer essays or features for our Sunday Movies section. He has written for Ideas, for the magazine, for Books, and for Food, covering new restaurants in our fondly remembered column Sauce.

Wesley is leaving us after 10 years to write for Grantland, where he has had a column on style in the sports world and will write on film and other cultural subjects. We will miss his writing dearly. We will miss him even more. His last day at the Globe is January 11. Please wish him well, and we plan to have a little going away for him next Thursday. Details to come.

Doug & Rebecca

* Digital cracks 50% of ad revenue at Wired magazine. (
* A reader writes: “A nice round of applause for the Knoxville News Sentinel” for reporting the arrest of the editor’s adult son. (
* Can Al Jazeera succeed where Al Gore failed with Current TV? (
* Current TV hosts have no idea what comes next. (
* FYI: The New Yorker is looking for an associate science and technology editor. (
* Can the government really ban Twitter parody accounts? (
* How BuzzFeed readers will benefit from the $20 million that the site just raised. (
nofriend* Deadspin writes about a guy you really don’t want to friend on Facebook. ( | His “profile.” (
* BuzzFeed has now raised more money than Cheezburger Network ($46M vs. $37M). (@zseward)
* Police in Mobile request input on a public information policy that they refuse to release. (
* Globe and Mail ombud admits that “there are times when you really don’t know what a correction is correcting.” (
* The Television Critics Association still matters — but barely, says one critic. (
* Gawker lets us know that it’s “roughly” ten years old. (
* Just asking: Isn’t it time to take Santa hats off Twitter avatars? (Just one of many Santa hat avatars I’ve seen)

“Think of a copy editor as a parent trying to clean up a teenager’s room,” writes Baltimore Sun copy chief John McIntyre.copy “You open the door and, God above, there are discarded articles of clothing on every surface. You start to dig in and discover dirty plates, some with unconsumed food on them; notes and uncompleted homework assignments; still more malodorous articles of clothing, along with the unspeakable sheets; and, under the bed, dust bunnies the size of tumbleweeds.

“The basic function the copy editor performs, in all circumstances, is cleanup.” || More here (

* The five stages of life as a copy editor (


“I wondered if you saw Howard Fineman’s tweet last night, in which he said ‘Florida = thugs and dumb,'” writes former Florida Times-Union columnist Abel Harding. “Many would argue the word is modern code for the ‘n-word.’ …Just another example of why journalists must be cautious on social media.”

UPDATE: “My stupid comment came just after Florida team was hit with two 15-penalties for personal fouls and punching a UofL player,” tweets Fineman.


“Yes he announced the decision during Tool Time,” writes one snarky commenter.

* “Thank you for pointing out the error. It has been corrected” (

– h/t Ethan Epstein

Unknown-1Morley Safer was in New Orleans in September, working on a “60 Minutes” piece about the Times-Picayune reducing its print publication schedule. He interviewed editor Jim Amoss and former T-P columnist Lolis Eric Elie, among others.

“60 Minutes” spokesman Kevin Tedesco tells me this morning that the segment, called “The Paper,” will air Sunday.

UPDATE: Tedesco sends this segment promo —

It’s a sure sign of the digital times when the New Orleans Times-Picayune, published every day for 175 years, goes to a three-day-a-week publishing schedule. As Morley Safer reports, it’s a fate many more newspapers face as the Internet becomes the source of almost instantaneous news. What does the Mayor of New Orleans think about this? Safer’s story will be broadcast on 60 MINUTES Sunday, Jan. 6 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

* Watch a brief preview of “The Paper” on “60 Minutes” (

Shouldn’t it be standard operating procedure at this point to make sure there aren’t gun ads next to school shooting-related stories? I called the Stamford Advocate for comment and was told to contact Hearst Connecticut Media Group executive editor Barbara T. Roessner, which I’ve done.

UPDATE: Roessner sent this email:

Our newspapers should not be running gun ads — including ads for antique and collectible gun shows — next to stories about Sandy Hook. It’s insensitive, and it shouldn’t have happened. It was an oversight, and we apologize for it. We have taken steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

— Today’s Stamford Advocate

* Earlier: Two newspapers run gun ads next to Sandy Hook school shooting stories (

The Washington Post says its new political channel, which launches this summer, “will include hundreds of easily watchable clips organized into shows totaling over 30 hours per month.”

Executive editor Marty Baron’s memo:

Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2013 11:33 AM
To: NEWS – All Newsroom
Subject: Staff Announcement


Last year was a banner year for video at The Washington Post, with the launch of The Fold on PostTV, exceptional political coverage at the conventions and through election day, and the award-winning video journalism for which The Post is known.
Today we’re announcing a significant expansion of those efforts in 2013 and beyond with the launch of a lively, engaging video channel devoted to politics. It will launch this summer. Programming will be produced in collaboration with the politics reporting team and will include hundreds of easily watchable clips organized into shows totaling over 30 hours per month. To highlight this video, The Post will introduce a more immersive, interactive video experience. Video also will be featured prominently on the homepage and within articles.

Andy Pergam will take on a senior leadership role and add this new initiative to his responsibilities. He’ll work closely with Kevin Merida, Steven Ginsberg and the politics team. He’ll also work closely with Steve Schiffman, former president of National Geographic Channels and the consultant who developed the business plan for the project. Schiffman will act as general manager for the business.

We’re going to begin recruiting for the project immediately. So, if you have recommendations, please let Andy, Peter or Shirley know. We’ll offer more information in coming months.


nprAn NPR release says Michele Norris is returning from her leave of absence next month to take on “an expanded new role” as guest host/special correspondent and that Audie Cornish will stay on as “All Things Considered” co-host. Norris, who joined NPR in 2002 to host “ATC,” took a leave from the program to work on “The Race Card Project.” She’ll return to regularly guest host NPR programs.

Read the release after the jump. Read More

* “Not Rupert Murdoch” has something to say about this Times tweet. (@nytimes)
* BuzzFeed raises $19.3 million in new financing, passes 40 million monthly unique visitors. ( | (
* A massive Wikipedia hoax is finally exposed. (
* Andrew Sullivan raises over $100,000 in six hours after announcing he’s leaving The Daily Beast. (
* James Poniewozik: “The question is how many Andrew Sullivans people are willing to pay for.” (
* The Atlantic plans to experiment with online pay models this year. (
* Read what Current TV told employees about the Al Jazeera deal. (
* Glenn Beck tried to buy Current TV but was rejected. (

BBW on Congress.

BBW on Congress.

* Ten things every journalist should know in 2013, including “depth is important.” (
* Taegan Goddard joins The Week as editor-at-large and launches The Cloakroom blog. (
* Christian Wiman to step down as Poetry magazine editor in June. (
* Google searches for “tumblr” now exceed searches for “blog.” (
* Texas Tribune: Facebook drove roughly 2.5 times the number of visits to our site as Twitter did. (
* South Carolina journalist sues Attorney General for documents relating to musician James Brown’s death. (
* The “new” Tribune? “Bullshit” goes over the air on family-friendly WGN radio. (