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* Pulitzer contender? This coffee takedown was actually a three-parter (sfgate.com)

From the September 7, 2005 Chronicle:

At times, San Francisco’s attention to matters of the palate takes amusing turns. In what other city would a major daily newspaper put a culinary quest on the front burner — and the front page? The San Francisco Chronicle did, with a February 18, 1963, banner that screamed “A Public Disgrace — The Terrible Coffee in S.F.’s Restaurants.” The story itself was headlined, “A Great City’s People Forced to Drink Swill.”

The crusade continued for several weeks. The results: Street sales of the newspaper soared — and the coffee served in upscale restaurants improved markedly.

* What other newspaper would use a word like “swill” to describe bad coffee in a front-page headline? (ajr.org)

Letter to Romenesko

internet2From DANNY GRONER: I’m interested in learning whether the old style of capitalizing the word “Internet” is still the way to go in this day and age. We’ve budged on “Web site” and similar nomenclature, so why would the capital I continue to rule the day?

Even if old style sheets continue to preach the capital I, I wondered if any news outlets have opted to violate this traditional rule and lower-cased their Is. I thought you might be of some help as I try to make the case that my company’s articles and literature should make a move in the lower-case direction.

Have you come across any evidence that lower-casing “Internet” as a rising style?

I’ve noticed that tech sites have embraced the lower-case i. What’s your newsroom’s style?

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* Winners of the George Polk Awards are announced. (Three awards for New York Times and two for Bloomberg News.) (nytimes.com)
* Reader’s Digest files for bankruptcy – again – to cut $465 million in debt. (bloomberg.com)
linked* Over 80,000 people bragged on Twitter about having most-viewed LinkedIn profiles. (techcrunch.com)
* A country bumpkin about to marry the sophisticated city slicker? WSJ on the Time Inc./Meredith deal: (wsj.com)
* A freelance conservative columnist quits the Courier-Journal after his piece advising editors how to run the paper is spiked. (wfpl.org)
* Joe Weisenthal is promoted to executive editor at Business Insider; Henry Blodget remains editor-in-chief. (nytimes.com)
* “An outpouring of support” for the Marquette University Tribune print edition after cuts are announced. (marquettetribune.com)
* Robert Draper discusses his NYT Magazine cover story about two young conservative techies. (nytimes.com) | Here’s what the guys published in college: (oregoncommentator.com)
* A photographer explains how he got his picture of Oscar Pistorius crying in court. (fawny.org)
* Dave Maass, one of San Diego’s best investigative reporters, moves to San Francisco to join EFF. (sdcitybeat.com)
* At “stylish” Wired magazine, “there are quite a few gentlemen who dress up in ties and ladies in dresses.” (bloomberg.com)
* Why there isn’t a more attractive version of Craigslist: (mashable.com)
* RIP Jimmy the Newsfish, Edmonton Journal’s newsroom mascot. (edmontonjournal.com)
* The latest Entertainment Weekly says a new documentary “is for hardcore Dahmer obsessives only.” I ran into those people 21 years ago. (my_magazine_work)