Daily Archives: January 10, 2013

* Sun-Times partners with Homicide Watch to launch a Chicago edition. (
* Magazine ad pages dropped 8.2% in 2012 vs. a 3.2% decline in 2011. (
* Owner of Philadelphia newspapers gets tough with the unions. (
* John Cook replaces A.J. Daulerio as Gawker editor. (
paper* A copy of the Virginian-Pilot from 1949 is found stuffed in a wall at WTKR-TV. (
* Time will publish three double issues this year. (
* Arrest warrant issued after former Tribune Co. real estate boss fails to show up in court to face fraud charges. (
* A few questions for Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch. (
* New York Post pulls Anthony Weiner “new job” story after New York magazine calls it B.S. (

-- Another floater getting in the way of progress

— Another floater getting in the way of progress

* Tulsa World City Hall reporter Brian Barber dies at 39; he had heart transplants in 2000 and 2005. (
* Bob McManus retires today as New York Post editorial page editor. (
* Claim: UT-San Diego owner Doug Manchester tried to get the mayor to call off building-code enforcers. (
* Pulitzer-winner Lisa Getter among those laid off today at Bloomberg Government. (

Balloons on the news set? Not a good idea! Here’s why.

* Balloon totally destabilizes TV newscast in Kirkland, MO (


“Just saw this strange job posting here,” writes a Romenesko reader. “Outside of the Church of Scientology looking to hire investigative reporters a few years back, I don’t know that I’ve ever seen anything like this. What executive are they talking about? What’s the story?”

I’ve responded to the ad, hoping to find out. Anyone know?

Don’t want to squint? Here’s what the ad says:

Position: Seeking Investigative Blogger / Fact Checking
Blogger for Live National Story
Location: Anywhere, United States
Job Status: Freelance
Salary: Commission/Contract
Ad Expires: February 14, 2013
Job ID: 1461310


Excellent Opportunity to Deliver A Groundbreaking Headline Story –

We need someone to blog regarding negligent fact checking in mainstream media on a specific live national headline story involving relationships/romance and a business executive… a real Fatal Attraction story.

A freelance blogger that focuses on relationships and/or technology or journalist with a blog will be considered and invited into a data room to review documents and facts.

Blogger will be allowed to develop their own content supporting the client and report on the mishandling of reporting and juxtapose it with the factual evidence.

The blogger should have an excellent following or a high quality viewership.

This job is excellent for a blogger with a journalism background who is seeking a breaking story to add to their portfolio of work.

Compensation is negotiatiable [sic].

* “Excellent opportunity to delivery a groundbreaking headline story” (

After posting the Oregonian’s summer internship rejection letter, which noted that the paper received nearly 200 applications, I wondered about the numbers from other newspapers and fired off some emails. Here’s what came back:

New York Times: “We had 1,644 valid applications for 13 positions.”
imagesWashington Post: “We do not release this information.”
Wall Street Journal: “The internship programs for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires are integrated, which makes comparison difficult. It’s a highly competitive program — we usually have several hundred applicants.”
USA Today: “Our program is for credit only so it’s unpaid. Because of that, we don’t track applicant/intern numbers like I would assume a paid program might.”
Tampa Bay Times: “We had about 300 applications this year, give or take, for 11 slots.”

I’ve sent emails to other newspapers and will post their responses when/if they come in. Meanwhile, I received this letter from a young journalist — a Cleveland Plain Dealer intern last summer — who landed a dream job at Deadspin after being rejected by newspapers.

From DOUG BROWN: One year ago today, you wrote about my story for the Daily Kent Stater where I revealed that a major donor was a former Ponzi scheme leader and then withdrew his $1 million for the athletic department. That meant a lot to me and my confidence as a reporter, so I wanted to thank you for that. It helped me realize what I really want to do with journalism and the types of stories that are meaningful to pursue.



I’m now using the skills I developed at the Stater now to write college sports/public record stories for Deadspin, my favorite website for years. Two days ago, I published an investigative piece on the football abuse allegations at Washington State, and wrote the public records requests that lead to stories on the financial struggles of the Southern Miss athletic department and subsequent scheduling maneuvering of the football team.

This fall I sent out applications to like 20 mid-to-small level newspapers advertising reporting jobs; I didn’t even hear back from most and got rejected from the ones I hear did back from, and only got in contact with Deadspin out of desperation (not thinking I had a realistic shot of writing for them) and it worked out.

* Jan. 10, 2012: Kent State alum pulls $1M gift after student reporter asks questions (

Letter to Romenesko

From BILL PITCHER: Thought this was funny.

I clicked on this story with the leading headline, “Here Is What Happens When You Cast Lindsay Lohan in Your Movie.”


Yep, cast Lindsay, and booze will follow.

* Here is what happens when you cast Lindsay Lohan in your movie (
* Earlier: Lindsay Lohan goes on a two-day bender (

Mike Fourcher, who served as Journatic editorial director for a few months last year, is quitting his three-year-old Chicago neighborhood blog, Center Square Journal, and offering it to anyone who wants to run it as a non-profit.

Mike Fourcher

Mike Fourcher

“The economics just aren’t there for a set of stand-alone neighborhood news sites in Chicago,” he writes. “They need a sponsor and a different kind of community support since I’m moving on to a new project. More on that another time.” (Three Chicago neighborhood online news sites make up Fourcher’s Brown Line Media company.)

He’s inviting readers to a Jan. 31 meeting to discuss the future of Center Square Journal.

I’m prepared to turn over all of CSJ to a non-profit, to continue operating it part-time, or whatever the community Mostly I want to see it continue in some capacity. But if the community isn’t interested – or if nobody shows up to the meeting – no problem. I’ll just fold it up and move on to my next gig.

As far as I know, this sort of thing has never been done before, anywhere in the country. I’m thinking it will have some interesting results.

I asked Fourcher if he’d tell Romenesko readers about his next chapter. “I’d like to keep the focus on CSJ for the time being,” he writes. “I think the question of ‘is neighborhood-supported hyperlocal news important enough’ is a good question to answer, and I think we’d all benefit by hearing what the neighborhood has to say.”

* Center Square Journal prepares for transition (
* July 2012: Chicago Tribune and Mike Fourcher drop Journatic (

-- Today's NYT sports front

— Today’s NYT sports front

* Charles Apple: “Today’s brilliant sports front is brought to you by the New York Times.” ( | The Times’ sports editor explains it. (
* Longtime Fort Worth Star-Telegram watchdog columnist Dave Lieber is laid off. ( | Lieber: “How to survive a layoff after 20 years on the job.” (
* Huffington Post journalists will be blogging as well as reporting now. (
* Glenn Greenwald: Why aren’t Bob Woodward’s sources — or Woodward himself — on trial next to Bradley Manning? (
* Laid-off Washington Times sportswriter: “I’m not going, ‘Woe is me.’ I figured it out before and I will do it again.” (
* Gawker and Journal News guns lists come under fire by NRA chief. (
* Struggling Freedom Forum paid its new CEO $1.6 million in 2011 — a “jaw-dropper,” says Gannett watchdog. (
* Chicago Sun-Times reposts its Mirage Tavern stories on the 35th anniversary of the controversial investigation. ( | Earlier: Pulitzer judges refuse to honor Mirage probe because of “unethical deception.” (
* Jim Warren is named New York Daily News Washington bureau chief. (@tackettdc)
* D.C. restaurant and the AP team up to offer news with your check. (
* NBC News chief digital officer Vivian Schiller to keynote the first-ever Lost Remote Show. (
* Business Insider “opens the kimono” and discloses its traffic figures and strategy. (
* The things you hear on NPR’s “Morning Edition”! (@petersagal)