Daily Archives: January 21, 2013

ocweekly“I was the brave Weekling chosen to pose in a Klan robe, namely because I’m white, tall, can run fast, and have cojones of steel. In addition to quick responses from bystanders, residents and even Sheriff’s deputies during our two-day shoot, the stares cast at my robed persona spanned disbelief and revulsion.”

— Brandon Ferguson

* One reporter’s weekend dressed in a KKK robe (

WHAM-TV (Rochester, NY) reporter Rachel Barnhart tells her followers that Sinclair Broadcasting, which recently acquired WHAM, has a policy of “owning” the social media accounts of its on-air talent.

Rachel Barnhart

Rachel Barnhart

At this juncture, I am retaining ownership of my existing Facebook and Twitter pages. Therefore, the company has started new social media accounts in my name for me to use during work hours when I am covering stories. The company has administrative control over these accounts.

Barnhart points out in the comments on her post: “The big benefit for stations is owning a reporter’s relationship with followers. The reporter can’t take the following with her if she leaves for a competitor or anywhere else.” She adds: “I don’t consider this a muzzle, as I can continue to use my own accounts, primarily as I have been. I just have to maintain additional work-only accounts.”

* “An important note to my Twitter and Facebook friends” (

UPDATE: A reader says American City Business Journals — owned by the Newhouse family — ordered its reporters late last year to set up business-related Twitter accounts named after the reporters’ beats and to share passwords with the company. “We can have personal Twitter accounts, but we have to do our business-related tweeting on our business Twitter accounts,” writes the ACBJ employee. “We also can make personal observations on our business-related Twitter accounts, though that seems to me like begging for trouble.”

* The “Fox & Friends” crew point out that it’s the most depressing day of the year. ( | “The theory of Blue Monday dates back to 2005.” (
* Andy Borowitz: “Fox News to shut down for routine maintenance Monday morning at 11:30.” (
* Notre Dame student newspaper editor apologizes for being taken in by the Te’o girlfriend hoax. (
* Te’o’s father confirms he was the source for South Bend Tribune’s story about a face-to-face “girlfriend” meeting. (
* Te’o tall tale “a massive failure of reporting, a de-pantsing of sports journalism.” ( | (
* Newspapers make creative use of office space — and try to make some money doing it. (
* Reader submission: “Satirical New Orleans carnival krewe uses Day of the Dead iconography on float about newspapers, including The Times-Picayune.” (
* Times-Picayune wins a prestigious award for a series that was produced by many journalists who’ve been laid off. (
* Should journalists donate time and money to causes? (
* Today’s publishing industry: “Authors must be willing to offset some costs associated with production and most importantly Public Relations.” (
* I understand what happened here, Star Tribune; I’m still writing 2012 on my checks. (
* Oops: Chicago Sun-Times tells readers to watch for “exclusive” Presidential Inauguration coverage on February 22. (
* Syracuse Media Group floor plan aims to encourage collaboration. (
* Lenore Skenazy: “Now it turns out that blathering is the web’s greatest strength.” (
* “I had no right to start a print publication when I was 21,” says Jacobin magazine’s Bhaskar Sunkara. (
* Meredith lays off 60 as it shifts resources toward digital strategies. (