Monthly Archives: February 2013

“I was stupid. Also naive. And I am truly sorry because, as pure gunas my motive for posting the [concealed-carry] list was, it became obvious to me that my tactic was colossally wrong.”

— Arkansas Business editor who posted, then removed a link to a gun list.

* My learning curve: Gwen Moritz’s editor’s note (
* NRA wants to keep gun records secret from everyone except the NRA ( says that New York Times fans who read the paper online at Starbucks “are in luck [because] the paper is offering 15 free articles a day.”

What this story and the Times release don’t say is that Starbucks customers for years have had unlimited free access to the paper by using the Times Reader.

I asked a Times rep what’s happening with that NYT-Starbucks perk and was told:


It is no longer available. We replaced the Times Reader 2.0 experience with this product for users on the Starbucks Digital Network to bring content to a much larger audience and device set. As you may know Times Reader 2.0 is not compatible across many of the platforms our readers and Starbucks patrons use (only Windows, Mac OSX+ and Linux devices meet the system requirements). This solution offers a more responsive and dynamic experience for users on

I then stopped at Starbucks and launched my Times Reader. I was able to read everything from today’s paper for free, and passed that good news along to the Times spokesperson. “Okay, I think the difference is you can’t download the reader via the portal anymore,” I was told.

So apparently I’m in luck because I am not limited to 15 articles a day.

* New York Times gives Starbucks visitors 15 free stories a day (
* NYT offers enhanced access to at Starbucks (press release)

Letter to Romenesko

From GARRY J.: Subject — How didja miss this one? A guy who hated the NYT has a death notice in the NYT saying he hated it. Of course, the article ran in the Post [today] & their headline called wrongly it an obit.

Garry, I *didn’t* miss it. I was the first to point out the line about the Times in the Feb. 2 Times death notice. Also, I see that the British press is having fun with the story I ran on Saturday about a Wisconsin high school class holding its 65-year reunion in a funeral home. You got your wish, Hannah Winston!

“…and there was much rejoicing on copy desks throughout the land,” writes the Romenesko reader who sent the Post link.

abc* ABC News courts newspaper reporters as the network tries to strengthen its political coverage. (
* Variety drops its daily print edition and paywall. ( | (
* Conference attendees agree that j-schools need to rip up the curriculum every year. (
* Deadspin’s Tommy Craggs answers more questions about the Manti Te’o story. (
* NYT’s Nick Kristof is receiving the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism. (
* NBC, ABC, Fox News and others fall for fake pig-rescues-goat video. (
* “I think journalism schools should have workshops for young female reporters on managing old men who have no game.” (
carrie* What Carrie Brownstein (right) of “Portlandia” reads: NYT, Slate, Salon, The Atlantic, and Boing Boing. (
* Caren Bohan leaves National Journal and returns to Reuters, where she worked for decades. (
* What the…?! NBCUniversal is looking for a freelancer (no benefits, of course) willing to work 65 hours a week. (
* The February 18 issue of Human Events that’s currently on the stands will be its last. (
* Ex-maitre d’ Abbe Diaz: “I personally have been the victim of blatant breaches of journalistic ethics several times.” (
* Gannett declares a 20 cents/share dividend. (
* FYI: A Breitbart Training seminar will be held Friday at a suburban Milwaukee Holiday Inn Express. (

UPDATE: The Sun’s story on its editor’s death is now online. “Many of [Mary J. Corey’s] initiatives came as The Sun’s owner, Tribune Co., underwent reorganization, emerging from bankruptcy this year,” it says. “In ways large and small, Ms. Corey worked to keep the newsroom focused and forward-looking throughout the process.

“For example, while maintaining a newsroom tradition of speeches and a cake for departing employees, Ms. Corey added a welcoming ‘snack party’ for new hires, who got to pick a favorite treat.”

* Mary J. Corey, the first woman to lead the Sun’s newsroom, dies of cancer (

Mary J. Corey, who has led the Baltimore Sun’s newsroom since 2010, died today. She was 49. The memo from the Sun’s publisher:

From: Ryan, Tim
Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 6:48 PM
Subject: The saddest of news

To all BSMG newsroom employees,

It is with great sadness that I inform you that Mary Corey lost her courageous battle with breast cancer today, surrounded by her loved ones.

As we learn more from her family about arrangements, and as we plan any special tributes to Mary here at BSMG, I will pass that information on to you.

For those of you not in the newsroom when we made the announcement, I know that sharing this news with you via email is far from ideal. However, I felt it was important to inform you immediately.

In the meantime, please keep Mary’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


* From 2010: “Corey’s promotion to director of content comes almost exactly two years after she was told she had breast cancer …Today, she is cancer free.”

Robert Horne, the Cherokee Scout editor who made a request for gun-permit information that was later withdrawn, has resigned.

Robert Horne

Robert Horne

He tells Romenesko readers that he wasn’t pressured by his publisher to quit, but stepped down “so the Cherokee Scout can move forward.” (Publisher David Brown did not want him to leave the paper.)

Horne, 43, says he’s received threats since requesting the names of Cherokee County residents “who have applied for and/or have received a concealed carry permits.”

The request was rescinded after locals protested on Facebook and made threats to newspaper staffers. (Some of the tamer posts: “Anyone wanna go hunting” ….”Go get em people!!!!, Somebody needs to shut his Paper Down!!!”)

Horne, who received a “hate call” while I was talking to him Tuesday afternoon, says that “I have reported the threats against me and my home to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department and they’ve responded to them professionally.”

The editor and his wife — she’s an eight-grade teacher — plan to move out of North Carolina in May, when the school year ends.

“I hope to find a job in the profession,” says Horne. “I still love newspapers.”

Here is the story that’s running in tomorrow’s Cherokee Scout:

Editor resigns

Robert Horne has resigned, effective immediately, as editor of the Cherokee Scout and Andrews Journal.

During his seven-plus years as editor, Horne led the Scout and Journal news staffs to more than 50 awards in annual contests sponsored by the N.C. Press Association and Community Newspapers Inc., including first place in General Excellence, Best of CNI and the President’s Award, along with honors for his editorial and column writing. Horne is leaving the local newspapers to pursue other opportunities as well as relocate closer to family.

“We wish Robert well in all his future endeavors,” said David Brown, publisher of the Scout and Journal. “He’s a good man who has done a lot of positive things for the area that should be remembered.”

In 2012, Horne headed up editorial coverage for the newspapers’ Celebrate Cherokee County program, which profiled every community large and small while also donating more than $12,500 in advertising and $2,500 in cash to local charitable and non-profit organizations.

“I have enjoyed my time working at the Cherokee Scout and Andrews Journal,” Horne said. “I have learned a lot from David and the staff here. I will take what I have learned here and use it in my future endeavors. I wish the Scout and Journal all the best moving forward.”

Horne, a veteran of the U.S. Marines who has been with the newspapers since 2005, will remain on staff in a production role until his departure Friday, May 24.

* The most incredible newspaper apology ever (
* Guns and public records: The Cherokee Scout saga (


CNBC reports that Tribune Co. has hired JPMorgan Chase and Evercore Partners to sell its newspaper properties, which include the Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, and Chicago Tribune.

“The sale is expected to kick off in the coming weeks and include suitors such as Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.,” reports Kayla Tausche. “It is unclear whether the auction will be restricted to newspapers, or will include some of Tribune Co.’s digital properties.”

UPDATE: The Tribune has issued a statement: “There is a lot of interest in our newspapers, which we haven’t solicited. Hiring outside financial advisers will help us determine whether that interest is credible, allow us to consider all of our options and fulfill our fiduciary responsibility to our shareholders and employees.”

UPDATE 2: Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner wants Tribune’s papers. He tells the Wall Street Journal: “As we have evaluated each of their markets, market by market, we believe from our external diligence that each of their markets could potentially have enough of the elements of what we’re looking for to run our particular business model.”

* Tribune Co. has hired bankers to sell its newspapers (
* “Tribune’s move comes as little surprise,” notes New York Times (

Earlier on Romenesko:
* Chicago Tribune staffers react to news that Murdoch’s eyeing their paper
* Murdoch “has long eyed titles such as the Los Angeles Times”

“Lil Poopy” is a rapper, dammit, not a raper!

The Daily News removed the “raper” typo just after I posted this.

* Lil Poopy’s dad in a heap of crap over son’s lewd lyrics (

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The White House News Photographers Association rescinded an award given to Washington Post photographer Tracy Woodward after learning that his “State Champion” photo was altered. Woodward recently received an Award of Excellence in the 2013 WHNPA “Eyes of History” stills photo contest in the Sports Feature/Reaction category.

Washington Post photography director MaryAnne Golon says: “The Post’s ethics policy prohibits the manipulation of photographs, and we have taken action in accordance with that policy.”

What kind of action? “I can’t discuss his status at this time …It’s an internal personnel matter.”

Golon also told News Photographer magazine today that the Post didn’t enter Woodward’s photograph into the WHNPA contest, that the photographer prepared and submitted his own entry. Then when Post editors discovered that the altered picture had been entered in the contest, she said, they informed WHNPA and the Post withdrew the image.

Woodward joined the Post in 1997 after working at the Washington Times and military publications.

* WHNPHA disqualifies altered photo, award rescinded (