Daily Archives: March 12, 2013

* Winners of the National Awards for Education Reporting are announced. (
Unknown-3* Philadelphia Daily News’s corruption report wins $10,000 Weiss Award. (
* CIR’s Ryan Gabrielson wins the 2013 Al Nakkula Award for Police Reporting. (
* NBC parent Comcast hates the news division’s “shenanigans and leaks and gossip.” (
* Essence editor says she was fired after disputes with Time Inc.’s top editor. ( | More: (
* Unemployed journalist who only has a dog and mortgage to feed says he’s “immune to the anger, depression or self-flagellation afflicting others in this club.” (
* Putting singers on magazine covers doesn’t help newsstand sales. (
* “The wrongness in Woodward’s reporting [on John Belushi] is always ever so subtle.” (
* Woodward and Bernstein reunite for “All the President’s Men Revisited” screening. (
* Norman Chad always gets cranky thinking about Nate Silver. (
* Sorry, Bud Selig, but Miami New Times isn’t giving you any anti-aging clinic documents. (
* A reader blasts Philly Daily News for its “lecherous” profile of a traffic reporter. (Romenesko Letters)


Dian Sparling, the 71-year-old midwife, told NPR that she was “taken aback” by the top headline, so it was changed.

NPR ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos writes:

[Reporter Ina] Jaffe added this honest question: What do you call people today past 60 or 70, or even 80 or 90?

What I find in reaching out to experts is, well, a lot of disagreement over what term to use. But “elderly” was decidedly taboo.

UPDATE — Erik Wemple asks: “What if you alight on a ‘home for the elderly,’ then proceed to interview a resident of that home? Are you, via the associative property, calling the interviewee ‘elderly’? Would that draw fire from your ombudsman?”

* Let me live long, but don’t you dare call me old (
* Read what they’re saying about this on my Facebook wall (


Steve Brill tells the staffers at ProPublica: “I love the success that you guys have had, but I always have this sort of fear that if journalism depends on the kindness of strangers at large that’s a real problem.”

He also told them:

Steve Brill

Steve Brill

“I deserve to do community services. I am the person who brought Nancy Grace to television.”

“If you don’t start to get paid by the people who are using the stuff as opposed to the advertisers, you don’t have a business model. I think the [Wall Street] Journal’s going to find that out with all the video they’re doing, which I have trouble imagining a lot of people are watching.”

* “If you put some of the [ProPublica] people in this room in charge of Fortune Magazine they can make it work. The [Boston] Globe is a different kind of challenge because regional, big metropolitan newspapers are being picked to death by more local websites.”

* Regarding his Time cover story: “The reaction to this thing has been by multiples heavier than anything I’ve written. Again, this affects everybody.”

* “I continue to believe that somehow, some way, that people who supply important, valuable information are going to get paid for it.”

* Steve Brill on healthcare and media in America (

stampsHarry Weathersby Stamps’ death notice has gone viral, but “he wouldn’t know what going viral means,” says his daughter Amanda Lewis. “He would have thought that was a disease he contracted, which would have excited him to have another illness to lord over folks.”

Here are some highlights from the death notice, written by Lewis:

Harry was locally sourcing his food years before chefs in Californiabunny starting using cilantro and arugula (both of which he hated). For his signature bacon and tomato sandwich, he procured 100% all white Bunny Bread from Georgia, Blue Plate mayonnaise from New Orleans, Sauer’s black pepper from Virginia, home grown tomatoes from outside Oxford, and Tennessee’s Benton bacon from his bacon-of-the-month subscription.

He had a life-long love affair with deviled eggs, Lane cakes, boiled peanuts, Vienna [Vi-e-na] sausages on saltines, his homemade canned fig preserves, pork chops, turnip greens, and buttermilk served in martini glasses garnished with cornbread.

He despised phonies, his 1969 Volvo (which he also loved), know-it-all Yankees, Southerners who used the words “veranda” and “porte cochere” to put on airs, eating grape leaves, Law and Order (all franchises), cats, and Martha Stewart. In reverse order.

He loved to use his oversized “old man” remote control, which thankfully survived Hurricane Katrina, to flip between watching The Barefoot Contessa and anything on The History Channel.

Stamps’ family “asks that in honor of Harry that you write your Congressman and ask for the repeal of Day Light Saving Time. Harry wanted everyone to get back on the Lord’s Time.”

* Harry Stamps’ obituary goes viral (
* Stamps was a ladies’ man, foodie, natty dresser, and accomplished traveler (

Earlier obits on
* Woman’s death notice shows her smiling in Jesus’s arms
* “She was a lifelong Mets fan, but that’s not what killed her”
* Her daughter betrayed her trust and her son broke her heart

UPDATE — What the Koch Industries says in a statement:

We are constantly exploring profitable opportunities in many industries and sectors. So, it is natural that our name would come up in connection with this rumor. We respect the independence of the journalistic institutions referenced in today’s news stories, but it our long-standing policy not to comment on deals or rumors of deals we may or may not be exploring.

* Ex-LAT staffer: It’s nothing more than newsroom scuttlebutt at the moment (

latownersThe next owners of the Los Angeles Times?
At right: The Koch brothers and Doug Manchester

One rumor that LA Weekly hears has the Koch Brothers helping to finance a bid for the Los Angeles Times by conservative UT-San Diego owner “Papa Doug” Manchester.
* Are the Koch brothers trying to buy the Los Angeles Times? (
* Los Angeles Times in 2011: Koch brothers now at heart of GOP power (

The New York Times is inviting readers to preview its redesigned website and give feedback. The Times says the “new” has “a cleaner, more engaging design; richer integration of photography, video and interactive story elements; more efficient customized navigation for registered users; [and] responsive designs optimized for desktops and tablets.”

* New York Times announces plans to introduce prototype ( | A first look (

uniwatch* Uni-Watch readers get a membership card after sending $25 to site creator Paul Lukas. He explains the 12-step process of designing the cards and getting them to new enrollees. (“Step 9: I sit down and sign each of them on the ‘Commissioner’ line.”) Every card comes laminated by Paul. (
* Politico’s launching a free quarterly print publication with articles that appeared on its Pro site. (
* Reporter Andrea Tornielli is the reason there’s a Vatican City media blackout. (“He was getting live feeds from cardinals inside these supposedly secret meetings.”) (
* Eric Zorn’s eyebrow is raised over Washington Post’s “cardinals led by the Holy Spirit” line. (
* Florida ethics chairman swears up a storm over reporter’s record request. (
* New York City tabloids tease Mayor Bloomberg over soda ban ruling. (
* Jon Stewart has many more reasons to move on than to come back to “The Daily Show.” (
* NBC chief digital officer Vivian Schiller describes her Soviet Union “tour escort” days. (
* “It’s ass-saving time for morning villain Matt Lauer,” writes Andrea Peyser. (
* MIT Media Lab apologizes for raunchy SXSW party wristbands. (
* Bleacher Report co-founder claims the revamped Deadspin is Bleacher Report-like. ( | He’s wrong; it’s not the same model. (
* Pasadena Star-News’ community news lounge opens today. (
* Providence Journal gets a boost from commercial printing and delivery jobs. (
* High school paper’s sex and relationships issue upsets some parents (of course). (

-- Matt Buchanan's first day at The New Yorker

— Matt Buchanan’s first day at The New Yorker

* A rough weekend for the Syracuse Post-Standard, in part because of daylight saving time. (
* Matt Buchanan shows up at the New Yorker offices looking like a New Yorker cover. (
* Orange County Press Club president defends himself again plagiarism accusations. (