Daily Archives: January 29, 2013


* Publisher of weekly papers in California and Nevada seeks print/video journalist to work in Beijing ( | The company’s newspapers (

I did a post Monday about NPR Paris correspondent Eleanor Beardsley spray-painting the city’s sidewalks to call attention to the dog feces problem.

Here’s her response to my email:

(Credit: Eleanor Beardsley)

(Credit: Eleanor Beardsley)

Yes i agree that fighting illegal dog poo with illegal tags is rather odd.

And there were moments, as I crouched over a pile with my gold paint, when i wondered if the police might come up and question what i was doing. But i was ready to give them what for! “How dare you stop me when you do nothing about these jerks leaving their filth on the streets!” I would imagine myself saying.

But seriously, you cannot imagine how this dog poo situation assualts your senses and your sanity, day after day. I was getting out of my car just yesterday and barely missed stepping into a big squishy pile! So, that is the context of my tagging. And I did originally look for washable paint. But when i couldn’t find any, i went for the gold, glitter permanent stuff.

But I must confess that after a week or so, I found some red hair spray and have switched to that. So all my tags do wash out in the rain now.

Here are some photos. Gold permanent, red washable.

Thanks for your interest!

* NPR reporter’s graffiti confession (

Alex Garcia and another Chicago Tribune photo staffer declined to tell me more about the incident. I’ve asked editor Gerould Kern about it and will post his response when/if it comes in.

bk“Oh, no! The funeral procession is headed toward Burger King! Somebody call the newspaper!”

Is that how York Daily Record reporter Brandie Kessler and photographer Jason Plotkin learned about mourners stopping by the fast-food chain to honor the deceased with a meal of Whoppers?

Not quite, I found out.

“I came to The York Daily Record at the beginning of December after six years with a sister paper, The Mercury, in Pottstown,” says Kessler. “While I’m still learning my way around York, the folks here have great contacts with their sources. My colleague, Mike Argento, got the tip about this BK story from the funeral home. I was working Saturday, so I got the assignment.”

Her piece quickly went viral. “Traffic-wise, the story is still in the top spot on our website today. The editors tell me it’s very unusual for a story to remain in the top spot three days after it was published online.”

She adds:

A lot of the traffic has come from links across the Web.mourn However, some places (like the Daily Mail) have re-written our story so thoroughly that even though a link is noted at the bottom of the page, there’s no reason for a reader to click through.

I’ve seen the story under strange/weird news on a few websites, but I think that’s a bit of a misnomer. When you read the story you see it’s about love. Linda Phiel [shown holding a bag of burgers] wanted to honor her dad in a fun way. I think she did just that.

* Funeral procession stops by BK drive-through for one last Whopper (

Romenesko reader Tony Augusty sends the image below from an OMG Yahoo story and writes: “The perils of typing editing notes directly into a story.”


* Damon imagined Douglas was Zeta-Jones during kissing scene (

tribunehqOn last Friday’s episode of “Portlandia”, the Portland Tribune was sold to LinxPDX — “a very successful online blog” — and editor George Heely was demoted to “linkalist.”

New owners Trudy (Carrie Brownstein) and Craig (Fred Armisen) meet with the staff and tell them about the paper’s new direction (“we’re just going to lose the whole print thing”).

Trudy: “People don’t need articles anymore, and we don’t want to provide things that people don’t care about.”
Craig: “They probably read about every fifth word, so just make it those five words.”

George (played by George Wendt) wants to keep doing real journalism, but he’s told to change his ways.

Trudy: “The site is called LinxPDX; we don’t actually have articles. We have links to other articles.”
Craig: “Think of yourself less of a journalist and more of a linkalist.”
George: “But we can still write stories.”
Trudy: “In your free time you can write all the stories you want.”

The tweet that got "70 million hits."

The tweet that got “70 million hits.”

In the end, George becomes the newsroom hero as his tweet — “Charlize Theron NSFW” — sets a LinxPDX record with “70 million hits.” When a colleague looks at him in disgust, George barks at the guy: “Get off my back, will ya? It’s the future!”

I asked the real Portland Tribune newsroom boss what he thought of the episode and how his newspaper was portrayed.

“I thought it was pretty funny,” says Tribune executive editor Kevin Harden. “And, given the state of the industry, I cringed just a bit because it tickled the truth.”

The Tribune shown in “Portlandia” isn’t the paper’s real headquarters, and “I can see why they didn’t use our building,” says the editor. The real Tribune interior “looks like an insurance office, except, of course, for a couple of sports editors’ desks, which look like recycling depots.”

What about George?

Wendt and Harden

Wendt and Harden

“I liked the fact that George Wendt (Norm!) was the editor, because he’s much better looking than me. The episode also fits the industry today, because there are many many times I’ve felt not so much like a journalist, but more like a ‘link-a-list.'”

Was the Tribune involved in the episode in any way?

“We didn’t have a role in the episode, but the Portland Tribune has been used as props many times in ‘Portlandia’ and in NBC’s ‘Grimm,’ which also is shot in Portland. I’ve had lunch a couple of times in the past two years with the ‘Portlandia’ folks … They apparently love the Portland Tribune because, as [director Jonathan] Krisel says, our boxes are everywhere (we’re a free publication) and its says ‘Portland’ on the flag. … The Oregonian, the Advance Publications daily in town, doesn’t say Portland, so nobody cares about it as a prop.”

He adds:

“We didn’t pitch our paper to them as a prop, they just adopted it. That’s fine with us. We’ll take that kind of marketing anytime. The ‘Grimm’ folks actually asked for permission to use the paper’s name in the TV show (they’ve done a few fake front pages as part of their story lines).”

UPDATE: Willamette Week’s offices were used for this episode. “We’re stoked that our stuff is on national television,” say the editors.

UPDATE 2: George Wendt likes this.

UPDATE 3: Watch a brief (3:30) clip from this episode.



Baltimore Sun investigations and enterprise editor Robert Little has been named NPR senior editor for investigations. “We have serious ambition for NPR’s investigative work and Bob brings a powerful set of skills to the task,” says NPR news senior vice president Margaret Low Smith.

Little has been with the Sun since 1998.

NPR’s release is after the jump. Read More

scoutsLetter to Romenesko

From CHRIS BRIDGES, Daytona Beach News-Journal: Subject — AP provides unfortunately cropped photo for ‘Boy Scouts May Lift Gay Ban’ story. That’s one of the photos provided by the AP wire for this story. I used the same photo for our version, but I cropped the arm out first.

Is AP just messing with us at this point?

* Photo editor, too? “I was always told that one needs a dirty mind to be a good copy editor” (

-- Cutline in the Cleveland Heights Sun Press

— Caption in the Cleveland Heights Sun Press

* “Yes, that’s a goof that will appeal only to the most immature of readers.” (
* Feds investigate whether media companies facilitate insider trading on Wall Street. (
* New York Times invites entrepreneurs to its headquarters “to refine and grow their businesses.” (
* Chris Cuomo is expected to leave ABC News for CNN. (
* Mark Whitaker steps down as CNN managing editor. (
* Claim: Steve Kroft’s Obama interviews diminish his standing and the reputation of “60 Minutes.” (
* Most of Ohio’s congressional delegation ignore college students’ four questions about guns. (
* Mark Cuban and Larry King discuss the future of Internet TV. (
* Most Americans surf the web while watching TV, according to study. (
* New Orleans businessman expresses interest in Baton Rouge Advocate. (
* BuzzFeed typically charges around $100,000 for four or five pieces of branded content. (
* “Smear sheet” runs hilariously inaccurate piece about New Republic’s new owner. (
* Sports Information Department does its best to put a positive spin on its team’s 42-25 loss. (
* Maybe it’s time for CBS to rethink its interest in CNET. (
* Ad Age managing editor is convinced the New York Times has an “editor-in-trolling.” (