Daily Archives: February 25, 2013

dollarFolio posts the results of its annual magazine editorial salaries survey.

Men — Editor-in-chief: $100,800; executive editor: $84,200; senior editor: $63,600.
Women — Editor-in-chief: $85,100; executive editor: $85,700; senior editor: $58,200.

* A five-year look at magazine editorial salaries. (

* Sheldon Adelson sues the Wall Street Journal reporter for libel. (
* The owner of SF Weekly, Bay Guardian and Examiner “has gone out of his way to make himself notorious.” (
* Former Onion staffers blast CEO’s apology — “the first time The Onion has ever retracted anything and run a real apology‬.” ( | Read their parody apology. (
* The Onion’s CEO did the right thing, says Rem Rieder. (USA Today via
* International Herald Tribune becomes International New York Times this fall. (
* Michael Wolff is surprised that “such a primitive product” like Craigslist has lasted so long. (
* Author of NYT Magazine story on addictive foods: “I got calls from doctors saying if you want to see something really deplorable, look at hospital cafeteria food.” (
* Hundreds of Seattle Times readers react to the news that the paper will charge $4/week for a digital subscription. (
* Why traditional news outlets won’t buy the Boston Globe. (
* What recently newspaper industry developments might mean for Twin Cities newspapers. (
* Gizmodo editor Joe Brown returns to Wired as New York editor. (
* Detroit newspaper employees finally get raises. (
andrew* How long will it take Andrew Sullivan to raise the remaining $300,000 or so that he says he needs? (
*’s Raju Narisetti is promoted to a News Corp. strategy post. (
* CUNY Graduate School of Journalism dean Stephen B. Shepard is stepping down at the end of the year. (
* Cincinnati Enquirer investigative reporter Barry Horstman collapses and dies in the newsroom. (

The Cherokee Scout in Murphy N.C. apologized Friday for asking the local sheriff for the names of gun-permit holders and permit applicants. The paper calls its records request “a tremendous error in judgment” and apologizes to the sheriff for submitting it.
“We never meant to offend the wonderful people of this fine community,” says publisher David Brown, who declined comment on Monday. (I’m hoping he’ll talk yet this week.)

Timeline and documents:

* Feb. 19: The paper asks the sheriff for the gun information
* Feb. 19: The sheriff claims what the editor is requesting isn’t a public record
* Feb. 20: The editor says he’s told by an attorney that the records are public
* Feb. 21: The paper tells readers: “The Cherokee Scout has heard you – loud and clear”
* Feb. 22: Editor to sheriff: “Please consider this request officially dropped”

The paper then published the publisher’s note below:


The Cherokee Scout made a tremendous error in judgment this week, and thanks to our readers we learned a tough lesson.

As publisher of your local newspaper, I want to apologize to everyone we unintentionally upset with our public records request for a list of those who have or have applied for a concealed carry permit. We had no idea the the reaction it would cause.

David Brown

David Brown

Sheriff Keith Lovin had the best interests of the people of Cherokee County at heart when he denied our request. The Scout would like to offer an apology to him as well.

To that end, Editor Robert Horne spoke with Lovin on Friday morning to tell him we were withdrawing our public records request. He asked for a written copy of request, and Horne dropped it off at his office that morning.

While Horne was on the phone with the sheriff, he also thanked him and his staff for their quick response when some people who saw Facebook posts started making personal threats against him. Horne also requested a sit-down meeting in the near future to iron out any issues between the Scout and the sheriff’s office, which Lovin graciously accepted.

I realize many people are upset with Horne, myself and the Scout and we can understand that. We never meant to offend the wonderful people of this fine community nor hurt the reputation of this newspaper. We do a lot of positive work that helps make Cherokee County an even better place to live, and I hope more good work will repair our reputation with readers.

Many of you have asked where Horne is from. He is from a small town in south Georgia — Cairo, Ga., to be exact. It is a rural area much like Murphy, and his roots are helping him better understand this community. [He has been editor of the paper since 2005.]

As for myself, I attended Murphy High School. I was married and baptized here, and three of my children are proud Bulldogs. This county has been important to me for a long time.

I know where this community is coming from, and I hope we can regain your trust. I know it may take a while, but we’re going to try. Thanks for reading.


Publisher David Brown

* Dear readers: We made a tremendous error in judgment… (
* Dear readers: The readers have spoken, and the Cherokee Scout has heard you – loud and clear… (
* Read the comments about the newspaper’s apology (
* Earlier: Bangor Daily News rescinds gun-records request after locals protest (


Letter to Romenesko

From SAM LANE, managing editor, The Daily Iowan: I wanted to reach out today regarding a special project we just completed at The Daily Iowan.

One of our photographers, Callie Mitchell, documented her journey through an unplanned pregnancy and the process of putting her baby up for adoption. She took most of the photos herself, which we think makes the story all that much more incredible. She had some assistance from photo editor Rachel Jessen, who took photos in the delivery room.

We devoted an unusually large amount of space in our paper today due to the unprecedented access and a look into a journey many wouldn’t even consider discussing, let alone publishing a story and photos. The story is set up as a series of diary entries. Throughout the online version, we’ve placed three multimedia pieces, a photo slide show, some statistics and graphs, and a link to the Daily Iowan TV interview with Callie. Our design editor Haley Nelson laid out the page. Photo editor Adam Wesley, projects editor Dora Grote, and Editor-in-Chief Emily Busse all played large roles in the project.

Here’s the link to the online version.

Using the c-word in reference to Quvenzhané Wallis “was crude and offensive—not to mention inconsistent with The Onion’s commitment to parody and satire, however biting,” says Onion CEO Steve Hannah. “No person should be subjected to such a senseless, humorless comment masquerading as satire.”

The tweet was taken down within an hour of publication. We have instituted new and tighter Twitter procedures to ensure that this kind of mistake does not occur again.

In addition, we are taking immediate steps to discipline those individuals responsible.

* Why The Onion must be held accountable for its vile tweet ( | The Onion apologizes

Warren Buffett has added another daily newspaper — the Tulsa World — to his portfolio.
The billionaire’s BH Media Group is buying the 95,000-circulation daily from the Lorton family for an undisclosed amount. The Lortons have owned the paper for four generations.

World chairman Robert E. Lorton Jr. says: “The newspaper business has become a difficult business model within a changing society and in particular for local family owned newspapers. BH Media Group presents the best opportunity to continue a local paper that will serve this community, our friends and neighbors.”

BH Media CEO calls the World “a special newspaper in an outstanding market” and “a great fit for our company.”

Buffett bought the Greensboro News & Record about a month ago.

* Warren Buffett buys the Tulsa World (
* Tulsa World will be sold to BH Media Group (
* Earlier: Warren Buffett invests in newsroom coffeemakers, too (

“Every now and then, Facebook comments can be so, so great,” writes Mark Coatney. (The critic that Sherry Johnson is referring to is ThinkProgress’s Alyssa Rosenberg. Here is her piece.) comment

* Facebook comments can be so, so great (
* Why Seth MacFarlane bombed at the Oscars (

* The Onion is under fire for calling a 9-year-old actress the C-word in a tweet. ( | (
* A charter flight to Newport News, Va., for a presidential speech on Tuesday will cost reporters between $1,300 and $4,300. (
alist* Deadspin, The Onion, Nate Silver and eight others make Ad Age’s 2013 Digital A-List. (“I never thought we were just the [Brett Favre] penis site,” says Deadspin’s editor.) (
* Silver did well with his Oscars predictions, getting four out of six right. (
* Former Boston Herald and NYDN editor Kevin Convey is a college student again. (
* “CNN absolutely, positively needed to be changed,” says Soledad O’Brien. (
* The New Yorker looks at how the Newtown Bee covered the Sandy Hook shootings. (
* Mizzou and Nebraska are offering courses in drone reporting. (
* Jeff Zeleny quits the New York Times to become ABC News senior Washington correspondent. (
* Zeke Miller out, Evan McMorris-Santoro in on the BuzzFeed White House beat. (
* Jet defends using a decade-old photo of Fantasia on its cover. (
* Recalling when the Detroit Free Press used the N-word nine times in an article. (
* Glenn Beck wants his Internet channel, The Blaze, on cable systems. (
* Howard Kurtz: It’s hard to dispute that most journalists lean left on gay rights and other social issues. (
* Freedom Forum Diversity Institute cancels a journalism workshop, citing financial difficulties. (
* Hearst’s debut Delish magazine did so well that it’s now a quarterly. (