Daily Archives: March 18, 2013

The North Carolina newspaper that apologized to its readers and the local sheriff for requesting gun-permit information is advertising for a new editor.editor (Robert Horne resigned after the brouhaha, saying he wanted to help the Cherokee Scout “move forward” after the controversy.)

The Scout now wants a journalist whose goal isn’t “challenging the community with your extreme political views” but more interested in telling “good stories.”


* Editor who knows how to tell good stories wanted (
* Earlier: The most incredible newspaper apology ever (

UPDATE: Read the dozens of comments about this ad on my Facebook wall

Starting this summer, the Washington Post will start charging website visitors who click on more than 20 articles or multimedia features a month.Unknown-1 The Post hasn’t set rates yet.

“We’re definitely engaging in research to come to the right price,” says publisher Katharine Weymouth.

A Post news release notes that “visitors who come to The Post through Google, Facebook or other searched or shared links will still be able to access the linked page regardless of the number of articles they have previously viewed.”

* Washington Post to charge frequent web users (

Concord Monitor reporter Annmarie Timmins told her colleagues and readers over the weekend about her long struggle with depression. (Her revelation was part of the Monitor’s mental health series, “In Crisis.”)

I have been hospitalized twice for “suicidal ideation,” most recently for eight days in 2009 with a diagnosis of “major depressive order and anxiety disorder,” according to my records. I take four medications a day and have my counselor’s name and number in my emergency contacts on my cell phone.
“In Crisis.”) crisis

This will be news to most of the people who know me, family members included. That’s because with lots of help from my husband, a lot of exercise (one of my therapies) and medication, I’m able to keep my depression and breakdowns private.

Timmins says she survived college because she discovered in journalism classes that her reporter’s notebook “could be my shield against a world that distressed me” and that “the notebook allows me to be a version of myself that I like better.”

That’s why despite my mental illness, I’ve been able to take on difficult, challenging and stressful stories at the Monitor, from the Catholic Church abuse scandal to a death penalty trial, to reporting during the reign of former House speaker Bill O’Brien, who didn’t hide his disdain for my reporting or my paper.

* Annmarie Timmins: I’m one of the 26% with mental illness (

UPDATE: I asked Timmins a few questions earlier this afternoon.

What are you hearing about your story?

The response has surprised and overwhelmed me. I would never ever have expected to hear from so many people. I’ve gotten over 100 emails from different parts of the country and an equal number of comments from Twitter and Facebook. We’ve gotten nearly 9,500 hits on our website since Sunday. This does not typically happen for us at the Monitor. All the feedback has been supportive, even from our online commentators, who tend to be critical. Many people, most of whom I don’t know, wrote to say they have struggled with the same experience. I would never have imagined my piece would resonate with so many folks.

How long have you been thinking about telling your story?

Annmarie Timmins

Annmarie Timmins

I told part of this story in 2010, when I was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. On Monday nights, the fellows had to give a “sounding” during which we talked about our career. It was a small, protective audience I knew well, and I explained how journalism had helped me overcome moments of incredible self-doubt, fear and depression. I also talked about my hospitalization, which was still fresh then. At the end of my presentation, a reporter from the BBC asked if I had considered writing this story. The thought had never occurred to me, mostly because I’m uncomfortable with person attention.

I didn’t consider writing this story until about two months ago, when a colleague and I began planning our In Crisis series about New Hampshire’s failing mental health system. I had initially planned to make this story one of the four stories in the series. But after a few weeks of reporting, I changed my mind because I really thought I would find “real people” who would be able to tell this story better than I could. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find anyone willing to be so public about their success in hiding their illness.

Still, I didn’t think about writing my story until we began getting feedback from readers of our series who were surprised that an estimated 26% of people in NH have a mental illness.

So, I sat down Tuesday of last week and wrote out a draft of the story that appeared on Sunday. I began to think more seriously about publishing it and sent it to my editor and husband for their thoughts. They were both encouraging but I still needed another couple of days to think about it. I finished it on Friday and told my editor she could run it. And yes, I wavered – right up until Sunday morning.

After Sarah Palin spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday, fake news anchor Will McAvoy tweeted: “When will the media stop talking about the politically irrelevant Sarah Palin at CPAC? I’m devoting the hour to that topic tonight!”

That didn’t go over well with Young Republicans National Policy Chairman and self-described “Reagan Republican” Jason B. Whitman.


He deleted his tweet after someone pointed out that McAvoy is a fictitious anchor.

* Palin-related tweets make for a fun afternoon (
* “Please tell me you made this up to amuse us…” (
* Whitman points a gun at you on his Google+ page (

The winners of the James Beard Journalism Awards will be announced May 3. Here are the finalists.

Food Coverage in a General Interest Publication
· Los Angeles Magazine
· Men’s Health
· Real Simple
· Washingtonian

Personal Essay
· Fuchsia Dunlop (Lucky Peach)
· Hua Hsu (Lucky Peach)
· Joy Manning (Table Manners)

· Lisa Hanawalt (Lucky Peach)
· Alice Laussade (Dallas Observer)
· Michael Procopio (Food for the Thoughtless)

More after the jump. Read More

Former Washington Post managing editor Steve Coll succeeds Nicholas Lemann as dean of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

Steve Coll

Steve Coll

“Steve Coll is one of the most experienced and respected journalists of his generation,” says Columbia president Lee Bollinger. “Sweeping changes in digital technology and the global marketplace have created unprecedented challenges and opportunities for the news media that demand our constant reflection on the mission and substance of a modern journalism education.”

Coll, who is currently president of The New America Foundation, begins his Columbia j-school duties on July 1.

Read the release after the jump. Read More

State of U.S. News Media — Some highlights from Pew’s Annual Report
* Nearly a third of adults have stopped turning to a news outlet because it no longer provided them with the news they were accustomed to getting.state
* While mobile advertising is growing rapidly, 72% of that market goes to just six companies – including Facebook.
* 450 of the nation’s 1,380 dailies have started or announced plans for some kind of paid content subscription or pay wall plan.
* Regular local TV viewership among adults under 30 fell from 42% in 2006 to just 28% in 2012.
* ( | Coverage of the report from New York Times, Adweek, and Associated Press.

* DOJ looked into allegations that Wall Street Journal staffers bribed Chinese officials. ( | (
* The issue of Time with Steve Brill’s 36-page cover story on medical bills sold more than double the typical number of copies. (
* Iowa publisher doesn’t regret adding racist comments to his university salaries list. ( | He claims “hyphenated, unspellable, and oriental names may get you the big bucks.” (
* New York Times reporter Jason DeParle defends the paper’s poverty coverage. (
* Anderson Cooper wins GLAAD’s top honor. The gay media watchdog also honored the Boston Globe, Rolling Stone, City Pages’ Andy Mannix, Frank Bruni and The Advocate/Out. ( | (
* CNN too sympathetic to Steubenville’s teen rapists? ( | (
* “The media’s actually been grieving the ends of these rapists’ young lives for a few days now.” (
forbes* Forbes editor Lewis Dvorkin: Among traditional media companies, mine is the only one I know of charting a new course. (
* Towson prof: “The tendencies of most major news media trend left. There is no serious dispute.” (
* Media throw Bradley Manning to the wolves. (
* Ex-Washington Post reporter Brian Krebs, who now covers cybercrime on his own, is a “SWATing” victim. (
* Ten years of Iraq in Newsweek. (