Daily Archives: January 16, 2013

UPDATE: Statement from South Bend Tribune executive editor Tim Harmon:

At The Tribune, we are as stunned by these revelations as everyone else. Indeed, this season we reported the story of this fake girlfriend and her death as details were given to us by Te’o, members of his family and his coaches at Notre Dame. We’re still trying to put together stories that will be posted later tonight and printed in Thursday’s paper that will answer some, but not all, of the questions about today’s astonishing story.


The South Bend Tribune’s Eric Hansen wrote last October: “Lennay Kekua was a Stanford student and Cardinal football fan when the two exchanged glances, handshakes and phone numbers that fateful weekend three seasons ago.”

In the Tribune comments below this afternoon’s story:

I think Eric Hansen (the author of the original article detailing how Te’o and Kekua met) needs to start answering as to where did he got the information about that meeting.

Eric Hansen

Eric Hansen

If Te’o is the one who told him that, I think the book is pretty much shut that Te’o is a liar and not some innocent and naive victim here.

If Te’o didn’t tell him that, who did?

Also very curious who was feeding these stories to the Tribune and Eric Hansen who wrote it.

UPDATE II: Hansen said at tonight’s press conference — see the seventh question — that it was Brian Te’o who told him about a face-to-face meeting.

* Manti Te’o’s dead girlfriend – the most heartbreaking story of the college football season – is a hoax (


* See how many people are reading the story at this moment (

UPDATE III: @amartinmedia tweets: “You need to check out @justinrmegahan’s feed. He’s onto something.” Yes, very interesting.

* Johnny Dick and his dog rolled down a steep hill ( | Via Matt Chittum

UPDATE: My Facebook friends/subscribers have some band names that came out of newspapers. “‘Brown Cuts Neighbors’ was really cool avant band out of Albany NY who I think took their name from a headline of that same name,” writes Tom Gogola.

At the New York Times, Glenn Kramon goes from assistant managing editor for enterprise to technology editor. He’ll move to San Francisco and replace Damon Darlin. “No word yet on what’s next for Mr. Darlin,” writes Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke.

A just-distributed Wall Street Journal memo announces new Law bureau beats for Jacob Gershman, Joe Palazzolo, and Dan Strumpf. Bureau chief Joanna Chung‘s memo is after the jump.
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I figured at some point I would have to move on in some fashion. This was an opportunity to take time and make something happen. I work best under pressure and a deadline. Having a couple of months and knowing I have to do something will really and inspire me and make me do something, possibly in a totally different direction. But I am excited to be able to figure it out.

* Philadelphia Daily News veteran Dan Gross takes a buyout (

* NSFW! A memorable Gross column from 2012 (
* This weather-set name-calling (“moron”) story also came from Gross (

Letter to Romenesko

From GERHARD SCHNEIBEL: I’m a master’s student at the Deutsche Welle in Germany (and an avid reader of your blog) and am writing my thesis about newspaper coverage of the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections in the U.S.
I’m planning to do a content analysis of newspapers on specific dates along the way and then interview an editor or reporter at the newspaper. For that purpose I’m trying to find a solid local/regional daily which would be willing to send me proofs of their newspaper from a total of 18 days and grant an interview.

I was wondering if offhand you might know of a paper which would likely be willing to participate in this research project?

I told Gerhard I’d post his letter. Drop him a line if you’re interested in helping him.

Warren Buffett & Co. know it’s best to have a caffeinated newsroom

* Here’s a photo of the new coffee-maker at Warren Buffett’s Bryan-College Station Eagle (@mkiely24)
* Earlier: GateHouse newspapers cut coffee service and office supplies (


“Subject: Thought you might find this New York Post ripoff of my cartoon of interest.”

Chicago Tribune editorial cartoonist Scott Stantis sent an email with yesterday’s New York Post cover and his cartoon from last October. (That’s his subject line above.) He tags it “Plagiarism,” but as the Huffington Post points out, others have tweaked the name of Lance Armstrong’s foundation, including Jamie Lee Curtis.

* I guess I should be flattered, but… (

UPDATE: Most of my Facebook friends and subscribers aren’t siding with Stantis on this.

UPDATE II: I sent Stantis a few questions and he responded: “I will give the Post the benefit of a doubt. A reader passed it onto me. It struck me that the angle, the solid black background was similar. Then again, it is a yellow bracelet and the black certainly makes it pop. I have heard nothing from the Post. Didn’t expect to. So, yes, great minds.”

laidCedar Rapids (IA) Gazette managing editor Annette M. Schulte confirms a Romenesko reader’s report that the 50,000-circulation newspaper laid off 9 staffers yesterday. My tipster says: “The health reporter, a couple nightside editors, the soft columnist, and some others [were laid off]. All of it was on the print side; none from management or the TV station the company operates.” || News from Philadelphia: Dan Gross, Philly Daily News gossip columnist and local Guild president, has taken a buyout.
* Earlier: Star-Ledger lays off 18 in the newsroom (
* Earlier: Miami Herald tells all employees to take an unpaid week off before June 30 (
* Job opening! is looking for a Belief Blog editor ( via @FromCarl)

A Washington Post online corrections memo that went out Wednesday morning tells staffers:

* “We should never ‘unpublish’ stories from the Web.”
* “Placement for corrections reflects gravity of error. A serious error must be noted at the top of the story, blog or graphic.”
* “Clarifications should be rare and must be approved by the editor-in-chief, or managing editors.”

The memo:

Date: January 16, 2013, 6:05:02 AM PST
To: NEWS – All Newsroom
Subject: Online Correction Policies

In an effort to ensure that errors online are corrected as quickly as possible, we want to clarify our standards in this area and announce some changes to the process.
* We are committed to accuracy and transparency. We generally revise the story to make it accurate AND append a correction to the file. Typically, online corrections read like this: “Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported …”

* We should never “unpublish” stories from the Web. Once a story is up, however, the content can be removed with the approval of a senior editor. In those rare cases when we remove the content of a story from the page, it must be replaced with an editor’s note explaining the reason for the deletion. For example if an embargo has been broken, the note would read: “Editors’ Note: This article was published inadvertently and has been

* An editor must be involved in cases of substantive errors. Reporters should not ask producers to correct stories. An online correction can be approved by either a section assignment editor or an editor on the Universal Desk. Of course, speed is key. If the assignment editor is not immediately available, e-mail the Universal desk and copy the assignment editor. Editors can find instructions for posting online corrections here.

* The page for submitting corrections on The Source has been updated with two new fields: a box for the URL of the story, and a box for the text of the online correction. Your online correction should already be up by the time you file a correction for the print edition. When copy editors sign off on a print correction, they will check the online correction and change it if the two are not in sync.

* Placement for corrections reflects gravity of error. A serious error must be noted at the top of the story, blog or graphic. For smaller errors, corrections can be appended at the bottom as a footnote, and noted next to the error in the text of the story. In blogs, the tone of the correction can in some cases be made to match the tone of the blog, and a strike-thru is an acceptable alternative. For galleries, photo caption corrections should be placed underneath the photo’s caption. If a correction is needed to reflect the removal of a photo from a gallery, it should appear in the blurb of the gallery. Corrections can be posted directly into a video blurb.

* Clarifications should be rare and must be approved by the editor-in-chief, or managing editors.

Note that contrary to widespread belief, there is no policy against “repeating the error.” We generally do say exactly what was wrong, to make it absolutely clear what is being corrected.

Thank you.


* Earlier: Best Washington Post correction ever? (

* Google Creative Lab wins the 2012 USA Today Print Advertising Competition. (
* Star-Ledger lays off 18 newsroom employees. (
* There will be no white knight to save Philadelphia’s dailies. (
* The average consumer has 29 brand “friends” on social networking sites – up from seven a year ago. (

-- Crayons, not computer graphics

— Crayons, not computer graphics

* What a Tulsa TV station did when the weather computers went down. (
* Facebook’s move into search could disrupt a number of Internet businesses. (
* Wall Street to Yelp: Facebook’s search announcement should scare you. (
* Atlantic’s “sponsor content” fiasco renews ethics concerns about advertorials. (
* Mo Rocca: I ran out of opinions to offer on “CBS Sunday Morning.” (
* Money to support journalism startups comes from a variety of sources. (
* Ben Huh: Aaron Swartz’s death “has made me cry and ache in recent days more than I care to admit.” (
* The problem with WSJ’s iPhone-demand-is-crashing story. (
* “We’ve grown up as a company enormously,” says Patch president. (
* The student newspaper at Florida A&M isn’t suspended after all. (
* Ex-Washingtonian editor recalls billionaire Jack Kent Cooke’s lawsuit against the magazine. (
* MIT Technology Review editor-in-chief Jason Pontin reveals his media diet. (