In early February, investigative journalist Teri Buhl threatened to sue me and others for using her Twitter background on posts about her. I used it to accompany a response to Techdirt that she asked me to post. (Yes, I did her a favor and she “thanked me” with a lawsuit threat.)
Here’s an update on Buhl: She was found guilty Friday of harassing a former boyfriend’s daughter by posting the teen’s journals — with accounts of sex and underage drinking — on Facebook. Buhl allegedly posted the material under the name “Tasha Moore.” (“Moore” doubted the high-schooler would file a police report about the Facebook posts because, she said, her “own father would find out about the embarrassing information in the journal.”)
New Canaan News reporter Tyler Woods writes:
During a court recess, Buhl said she was using the diary entries, which she claimed had been given to her by one of the girl’s peers, for an investigative piece on adult-sponsored teen drinking parties in New Canaan, which she said she still plans on publishing.
The prosecution made the argument that the actions could have no other intent than to harass and annoy, so if Buhl committed the actions, that’s what she must have wanted.
Buhl’s investigative journalism blog doesn’t mention the verdict.
* Teri Buhl guilty in Facebook harassment case (newcanaannewsonline.com)
* Earlier: Teri Buhl threatens to sue over photo use (jimromenesko.com)
* November 2010: Teen says reporter stole her sex diary, posted it on Facebook (businessinsider.com)
* “I cannot wait to go to trial,” Buhl said last November (ncadvertiser.com)
UPDATE: What my Facebook friends and subscribers say about Buhl
UPDATE: The announcement has been moved to the Chronicle’s free area.
The San Francisco Chronicle has a new pay wall, but the full announcement is behind the pay wall. Only one paragraph is a free-read. There’s no news about the new subscription site on the Chronicle’s no-charge sfgate.com.
A tipster writes: “If someone happens to visit the brand new www.sfchronicle.com site they’ll find a letter from our editor announcing the new pay wall. But here’s the ultimate irony: they have to pay to read it.
“I wish I could leak you the text of the announcement, but management won’t give employees logins to the premium site unless we buy a subscription. So we can’t even read our own work!”
* SF Chronicle introduces paywall, puts introduction of paywall behind a paywall; editor: here’s the story…
* Is Huffington Post trying to kiss and make up with Walmart? It appears that way, says Erik Wemple. (washingtonpost.com)
* Tim Noah: “I just got fired from The New Republic. Don’t have a clue why.” (nytimes.com) | (huffingtonpost.com)
* Chicago Bulls analyst Kendall Gill is suspended for the rest of the Bulls season after getting into a fight with a colleague in the Comcast Sportsnet newsroom. (mije.org)
* Medium-sized papers aren’t having much luck with pay walls. (paidcontent.org)
* On Iraq, journalists didn’t fail; they just didn’t succeed. (washingtonpost.com)
* NYU’s hyperlocal blog moves from New York Times to New York magazine. (niemanlab.org)
* Make up your mind, GLAAD: Do you or do you not want Fox News at your events? (mediabistro.com)
* Mizzou prof explores using drones for journalistic purposes. (nydailynews.com)
* Peter King signs a $3 million deal to stay at Sports Illustrated. (shermanreport.com)
* Washington Post hires a San Francisco architecture firm to design its new offices. (washingtonpost.com)
* Nokia CEO takes reporter’s iPhone and throws it on the floor “as if it were a piece of useless junk.” (idownloadblog.com)
* The Rocky Mountain News will live forever in the Denver Public Library. (denverpost.com)