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Deborah Solomon has left Bloomberg View after 15 months and returned to the Wall Street Journal.

From: Seib, Jerry
Sent: Friday, March 22, 2013 5:09 PM
To: WSJ All News Staff
Subject: A good friend returns to the fold

Friends:

I’m delighted to let you all know that Deborah Solomon has returned to her rightful home at The Wall Street Journal.solomon Deb, as you all know, was a top-notch Journal reporter here and in New York before she departed for Bloomberg View. We’re all thrilled that we’ve succeeded in luring her back into the fold.

Deb began her second life at the Journal this week, and will oversee the financial regulatory group. She’ll take on a player-coach role in which she also will look for opportunities to write some of her own pieces in this important area. Her background covering financial and regulatory issues in Washington, as well as her recent editing experience, make her the ideal person to lead our coverage in this important area.

I know you’ll all join me in welcoming Deb back home.

Jerry Seib

* January 2012: Deborah Solomon joins Bloomberg View (bloomberg.com)

* Science writer is quite the specimen himself: He’s 94 (latimes.com)
* Don’t even think of calling him “elderly”! (jimromenesko.com)

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This “is so factually flawed it would be laughable, were the article not published by a business competitor and written by an unhappy former Democrat employee and former freelancer, Audrey Post.”
Tallahassee Democrat executive editor Bob Gabordi

“I am saddened that you chose to attack the credibility of two very talented individuals, Rosanne Dunkelberger and Audrey Post, who are award-winning, respected journalists in our community.”
— Tallahassee Magazine’s Linda Kleindienst

* Florida’s shrinking Capitol press corps (tallahasseemagazine.com)
* Editor: Article about the Democrat is just plain wrong (tallahassee.com)
* The magazine responds to the editor’s criticisms (facebook.com)


From freelancer Gaby Dunn‘s Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything):

Q. How many writing jobs have you had, and which was your favorite?

A: “A zillion. In college, for two years, I was a nighttime crime reporter at the Boston Globe. I went to school during the day and worked at the newsdesk from 6 pm to 2 am.

Gaby Dunn (via hercampus.com)

Gaby Dunn (via hercampus.com)

“They gave me a car and a police radio and I went out every night and covered fires, shootings, other various crime. It was an invaluable experience, even as it probably messed me up in the head for a while. I mean, I was 19 and looking at brains on the sidewalk and banging on the doors of family members to get comment. I basically never slept, but I learned so much about daily journalism. While it was going on, I felt crazy but now, looking back, it’s my favorite. I’ll never have that again, I don’t think.”

Dunn’s advice to writers:

– “Do not undervalue yourself. Do not write for free for too long without demanding pay. Even $20 a post.”

– “Write about what you want to be writing about. .. If you want to be writing for Scientific American, write science pieces on your blog or for other smaller science-based publications. You only need to catch the eye of the places that write about what you’re already into writing about.”

– “Do not get discouraged by rejection. Every single writer, even the best ones, get rejected. It does not mean you are not cut out for this.”

* I am Gaby Dunn, writer for New York Times Magazine (reddit.com)

newnoteRomenesko reader Carl Sewall sent this clip from the Bagley Farmers Independent in Bagley, Minn.

“Saw this today. It’s an ‘editor’s note’ atop a story about the EPA regulating pollution on coal-burning power plants,” writes Sewell, news director at RP Broadcasting in Bemidji, Minn. “Not exactly what I would call ‘objective.'”

“Editor’s note: We print this article for the benefit of readers who might want to know how the EPA, through its rules created without legislative votes, can use dictatorial powers to impose unreasonable and counterproductive burdens on consumers of electricity.”

The story originally ran in Processing Magazine.

Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory spoke yesterday at the MIT Center for Civic Media. Here’s what he said, according to the live blog that “may contain errors”:

— The Globe, which is on the market, is getting a lot of interest from Boston investors as well as New Yorkers. “The books are going out to interested suitors, and we don’t know what the future holds.”
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— The ‘dirty secret’ of newspapers is that classified ads once funded most of print journalism.

— “There was one Sunday paper that weighed up to 10 pounds, just filled with classified advertising. The Globe once made 160-180 million dollars a year on these ads. That money has been lost to Monster.com, Craiglist and others and it’s not coming back.”

— What Boston would be like without the Globe:

* Whitey Bulger would still be killing with impunity – the Globe broke the story of his connections with the FBI,
* Cardinal Law could be sending one pedophile priest after another to towns across the state, and
* The probation dept would still be run like a criminal enterprise.

— “I come into this space not steeped in our digital side. I’ve been very upfront about that. That doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate that side; it’s our future.”

* Brian McGrory on the Boston Globe’s new frontiers (mit.edu)

Romenesko readers love the “Things We Do Not Say in Outlook” list from the Washington Post. “People have sent us great phrases to add,” says Outlook editor Carlos Lozada.

He tells us the story behind his list of words and phrases to avoid:

I think it started a couple of years ago as a joke among the Outlook staff, whenever we’d see some tired, only-in-journalism phrase in a piece someone submitted, or in a Post story, or in another newspaper/magazine/site/blog. “It’s going on the list!” I’d say, even when there was no actual list. Then one day I just started writing them all down in a Word file, and it kept growing.Unknown-1

Maybe about a year ago I was talking to Anne Kornblut (now our deputy national editor) and turned out she was keeping track of her own pet peeve phrases. So we added a bunch more, and she and I still email each other maybe once a week when we see a new gem in some high-profile story somewhere. I’d say at least a dozen Post staffers have contributed lines to it. Once you start looking for them, they’re everywhere. I even wrote an Outlook piece last month about the unending calls for “a national conversation.” It’s sort of a hobby now.

I’m definitely not the only person to do it. (Just follow Mark Leibovich on Twitter and you’ll see he’s a master of pinpointing tired lines and ideas). But the reaction to your post has been hilarious — people really get into it on Twitter and have sent us great phrases to add: I can’t believe we hadn’t put “the new normal” or “game changer” or “at the end of the day” on the list. I hear some people have distributed the list in other newsrooms. Of course, it’s gotten so long that now I’m paranoid lots of the lines are still making their way into Outlook. “Banned” is a strong word. A list like this is more honored in the breach. (Hey, there’s another one.)

* “At a crossroads,” “at first glance” and other phrases to avoid (jimromenesko.com)


A tipster writes: “Subject: Vis Quantico. Bad timing for below. Monica is Deputy Local Editor.”

From: Monica Norton
Date: March 21, 2013, 8:00:49 PM EDT
To: [Washington Post staff]
Subject: FYI: Many, if not all of the local editors will be migrating to Outlook tonight……

That means we will be without email until at least 10 a.m. Call, do not email, if there’s breaking news.

Monica Norton
The Washington Post

* Breaking news: Three Marines die in shootings at Quantico (washingtonpost.com)

* Amy Wilentz: How Google killed me. (“It was all the fault of my distant cousin Joel, a legendary Florida dermatologist, whom I have never met.”) (amywilentz.tumblr.com)
NOTDEAD* Stephen Colbert surprises the crowd at Slate’s Political Gabfest taping. (capitalnewyork.com)
* The AP is told it’s not invited to Philip Roth’s 80th birthday party. (njnewscommons.org)
* Median age of a Google employee: 29. Median age of a newspaper staffer: 45. (newsonomics.com)
* Book publishing world salaries: “It’s tough out here, as these numbers prove.” (lifenpublishing.com)
* SEC filing says Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze is raising $40 million in new funding. (techcrunch.com)
* Bill Grueskin was seen by many as “the obvious, even inevitable choice” for Columbia j-school dean. (capitalnewyork.com)
* Ethics panel’s meeting on openness is closed to the Boston Herald. (bostonherald.com)
* California governor considers $10 charge for each public records search. (AP via kqed.org)
* Chicago Reader “is perhaps Sun-Times Media’s healthiest title,” says Reader’s press critic. (chicagoreader.com)
* Reader rival NewCity says revenues are up 33% in the first quarter. (newcitynetwork.com)
* Jim MacMillan is named Center for Public Interest Journalism assistant director. (cpijournalism.org)
* “I’m gonna come after you,” county lawyer warns Missourian reporter. (emissourian.com)
* Texas Monthly’s new barbecue editor wants “to cover the entire life-cycle of barbecue.” (eater.com)
* Newspapers could find revenue in membership programs. (streetfightmag.com)
carl* NPR legend Carl Kasell is named press group’s North Carolinian of the Year. (ncpress.com)
* Patch posts Dunkin’ Donuts “news.” (Romenenesko Letters) | News & Record posts McDonald’s “news.” (news-record.com)
* Former New Hampshire Union Leader editor is charged with child porn possession. (unionleader.com) | Photo: (wcvb.com)