Daily Archives: January 8, 2013

IAmA blogger for FiveThirtyEight at the New York Times. Ask me anything.
Q: Nate, do you think most of the popular news sources (cable, network, newspapers) intentionally overlooked the data analysis from you and those like you in order to hype up the 2012 election?
nateA: News organizations tend to have incentives to “root for the story”. Part of what were were saying for much of the campaign — both at different stages of the general election and perhaps even more emphatically in the end-stage of the primary when Romney pretty much had things wrapped up — is that the outcome had become fairly certain. So that creates a bit of a culture clash. ( | Edited transcript: (

* LocalLeaks prepares to release “huge revelations” ahead of next month’s Steubenville rape trial. (
* Rupert Murdoch with BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti at CES. (@rupertmurdoch)
* New York Times got the gun-permit list that’s on Gawker, and sued. ( | “Gawker link-baits.” (
* Hollywood sours on Facebook as a marketing tool. (
* A look at Alabama newspapers’ BCS title game special editions. (
* Apple is working on a cheaper iPhone. (
* ESPN apologizes for Brent Musburger’s comments about Alabama QB’s girlfriend. (
* Glenn Beck is expanding The Blaze and hiring investigative reporters. (
* The AP is selling ads in its tweets, but Twitter doesn’t mind. (
* “Tribune staff” comments on “Downton Abbey” season premiere mention of Chicago. (
* Huffington Post loses producer Robert Green to Conde Nast. (

Letter to Romenesko
From PETE WETMORE: Attached are four photos taken from my iPod this morning [I’m only showing two], showing CBS’ YourDay retransmitting three email alerts it posted on the morning of the Newtown massacre, plus one posted a few days [after] firefighters in NY state were killed in ambush.

Someone, somewhere goofed.

Scott Kidder

Scott Kidder

Gawker Media announced Monday that it’s partnering with the largest digital network in India, which will be publishing Gizmodo and Lifehacker. Scott Kidder, the head of Gawker’s global operations, tells colleagues about the company’s international expansion in a memo put out this afternoon.

Read it after the jump. Read More


Who wrote what some are calling “the headline of the day”? I asked Columbia Journalism Review editor-in-chief Cyndi Stivers. She responded:

That one was blurted out by my husband, John House, a former Page One editor of the WSJ (among other things). We always riff together while working on headlines; he is a master.

* Huey, Luce, and the news (

Fargo Forum columnist Devlyn Brooks writes in his tribute to Star Tribune reporter Larry Oakes, who committed suicide last week after battling depression for years: “I respected his journalistic knowledge, and to this day, I know of no Minnesota journalist that could match the beauty of his prose. As a mentor, he was a young journalist’s dream.”

Larry Oakes

Larry Oakes

Oakes’ son, Mike, tells the Star Tribune that his 52-year-old father was hospitalized last Wednesday after saying he was having suicidal thoughts. He died on Friday.

“His depression got the better of him in the last week, and I don’t think he was able to handle the weight of the world or whatever he felt,” says the KDAL-TV journalist. “It just became too much to bear.”

* Celebrating hero and friend Larry Oakes ( | His recent stories
* Longtime Star Tribune journalist Oakes dies at 52 (
* “He wrote stories in a way that the rest of us wish we had” (

UPDATE: Review-Journal editor Mike Hengel writes in an email:

We put in our required two-year notice of cancellation with AP, effective as of December 31, 2014. We are still evaluating our options and may, or may not, keep AP after that date. We want to keep our options open. I cannot comment on what we pay AP each month.


A Romenesko reader writes: “I’m told that the Las Vegas Review-Journal is going to dump the AP, saving $45K a month.”

reviewAssociated Press spokesman Paul Colford confirms that the paper has given notice (he doesn’t confirm the savings figure, though), and adds:

Historically, AP always has on file a number of cancellation notices from member newspapers. Since cancellations do not take effect for some time, in many cases the notices are filed protectively and later withdrawn before the termination of AP services.

In this very tough media economy, we’re aware that our member newspapers are reviewing their costs, and we work closely with them to maintain AP’s vital news among their offerings.

* Earlier: Tribune Co. papers (except for LAT) are dropping the AP (

* AOL says one out of nine Patch sites makes money. (
* Study: College students are still heavy users of mainstream news sources. (
* Rupert Murdoch’s phony war on “elitist” journalism. (

Richard Ben Cramer

Richard Ben Cramer

* Pulitzer-winning reporter Richard Ben Cramer is dead at 62. ( | His greatest story? (@esquiremag)
* Ex-NYT baseball writer Murray Chass opts out as a Hall of Fame voter. (
* Star Tribune reporter discovers that employees at 16 state agencies have checked his driving record in recent years. (13th paragraph) (
* Robin Givhan returns to Washington Post’s pages as a freelancer after being laid off from The Daily Beast. (
* Columbus Dispatch parent is shutting its alt-weekly, The Other Paper, at the end of the month. (
* How do those teams “fair,” (h/t Alan Stamm) (
* Journal News employees targeted in Google Map with personal information. (
* Sorry, but your dog book can’t compete with Jill Abramson’s “The Puppy Diaries” in the New York Times. (
* Super Bowl advertisers are paying $4 million for a 30-second spot. (@richarddeitsch)
* The inspiration behind New York Times Magazine’s “This by That” chart. (

Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron tells his staff this morning that the paper’s polling operation will become an independent polling group of Washington Post Media so it can start doing work for outside clients and “grow a new business for the company.”

Baron’s memo:

Date: Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 9:55 AM
Subject: Polling News
To: [Washington Post newsroom]

I want to let you know that our polling operation, led by Jon Cohen, will become an independent polling group of Washington Post Media.poll This means that it will begin to do work for outside clients as well as continue to conduct The Washington Post poll. This will allow Jon and his group to grow a new business for the company while serving the newsroom and the advertising department.

Decisions about news polling will continue to be made by the newsroom. We have appointed a newsroom liaison to work with Jon and his team. News Editor Scott Vance will play that role, working especially closely with national and local editors.

Below you’ll find the text of a press release announcing this change.

I’d be happy to answer any questions.


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The Tampa Bay Times last month sent rejection notices to summer intern candidates via email and accidentally exposed the email addresses and many of the names of the disappointed young journalists. The Oregonian made sure that didn’t happen by sending its letters the old-fashioned way — United States Postal Service. In her snail-mail letter, Oregonian managing editor Susan Gage reports the paper “received nearly 200 applications for just a few open positions” and that “the competition was incredibly tough.”

* Tampa Bay Times accidentally exposes email addresses of rejected intern candidates (