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studsRomenesko reader Jane Meyer Pickeringterk shares her photo of a Studs “Turkel” display at Chicago’s Willis Tower (aka Sears Tower). She writes “via mobile”:

[It’s located] up in the skywalk area where it tells the history of Chicago… where everyone goes to see the city the 103rd floor. We went to stand on those plexiglass bump outs that everyone goes to see. Thousands pass by it everyday .. First time I visited.

I think it is the permanent display.. Has other famous Chicagoans.

* “At least they didn’t mix him up with another famous Chicagoan, Steve Urkel” (facebook.com/jimromenesko)

tyler
Fourteen-year-old Jake Lobb produced a video to “show respect” for a boy in his middle school who committed suicide – a tribute that veteran Detroit journalist Alan Stamm first thought was professionally produced because of its high quality.

Stamm is also impressed by Lobb’s “newsroom-style approach” to his video creation.

Find sources: Hours after the March 21 tragedy in a school bathroom, the 14-year-old video whiz was in a reporting mode. He asked his 366 Twitter followers for “any pictures, videos anything about Tyler” in the first of several crowdsourcing appeals.
Be persistent: “I need some more pictures please” reads another tweet from that long day.
Do research: For context and emotional impact, the young storyteller found a quote about overcoming despair from author Harriet Beecher Stowe and hauntingly appropriate music. His soundtrack is Why, a 2009 country song about a 17-year-old’s suicide.
Stress accuracy: The victim’s Facebook page lists his birth date as May 8, 1990, which Jake knew couldn’t be right. To prepare this slide, Jake asked on Twitter for the correct date and explained: ”I’m just worried and I don’t want to get it wrong . . . So I need like proof!” He used May 8, 1999 after two sources confirmed it. No editor could expect more.

* “Citizen journalism” after a schoolmate’s suicide (alanstamm.wordpress.com)


Here it is:

At the Resort Plaza Walmart, people can save a dollar. And, apparently, waste a buck as well.

By shooting it with a handgun, that is.

* Man accused of bagging buck from Walmart parking lot (indianagazette.com)

paybyword

That’s what Joe Donatelli says. He adds:

For writers, there are two problems with the pay-by-the-word scheme. The first is that it assumes all stories are created equal. This is problematic. As our example above shows, all stories are not created equal. Some can be written relatively quickly. Some take more time and effort. Can you spot the incentive?

The other problem is that pay-by-word assumes that all writers are created equal.

* Pay-by-the-word journalism is ridiculous (joedonatelli.com)
* Who pays writers and how much (whopays.tumblr.com)


A Texas journalist says he checked several papers for editorials on the Supreme Court gay marriage hearings and didn’t find any commentary. “For what is shaping up to be a landmark ruling with both sides very vocal about what should happen, I feel like these newspapers were punting on 3rd down today,” writes Phil Jankowski. “Maybe that’s just the state of editorial boards these days.”

Care to respond, editorial writers and page editors?

* Why no SCOTUS hearings editorials in smaller papers? (Romenesko Letters)
* Another letter: Nate Thayer posts ‘a rather angry response’ on a journalism class blog

craft

* Strange craft hovers above sledders on Art Hill (stlouis.cbslocal.com)

What that “strange craft” was up to:

* 360Panorama: Aerial view of sledding at Art Hill (stltoday.com)

* “I’ve had it to here with interviews,” says a woman camping outside of the Supreme Court. “I can’t keep answering the same questions.”(nationaljournal.com) | The New York Times quotes her, too. (nytimes.com)
"Shopoholic" Buzz Bissinger

* “Shopaholic” journalist Buzz Bissinger — he has 81 leather jackets — spent $587,412.97 between 2010 and 2012. (gq.com) | Brunner: I was baffled by Bissinger’s get-up when I interviewed him. (@iamrobbrunner) | Bissinger’s outfits in a slideshow. (cbslocal.com)
* “Running Time Inc. may be the least enviable job in America,” says Michael Wolff. (guardian.co.uk)
* Ted Reed: “The Miami Herald, when I worked there, was a reporter’s newspaper and a writer’s newspaper.” (thestreet.com)
* iPhone users are younger, more active on social networks and listen to more digital radio on their phones than Android users. (adage.com)
* The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is dropping the Associated Press on April 1. (thegazette.com)
* “We, the employees of the San Francisco Chronicle, have had enough.” (mediaworkers.org)
* People who tweet negatively about their job generally tweet more than regular users and have fewer followers than those who tweet positive things about work. (gizmodo.com)
* I like this feature: You can now read the Washington Post print edition through its iPad app. (niemanlab.org)
* David Warsh: I went back and read what I was writing around the time of the US invasion of Iraq; I wasn’t very happy at what I found. (economicprincipals.com)
* Alt-weekly publishers challenge the notion that their industry is dying. (altweeklies.com)
* What does Boston Globe’s sale mean for the city? (bostonmagazine.com)
* Back Country Trader got readers to write for free long before The Huffington Post did. (theawl.com)
* Casey Newton — “the tallest reporter covering Silicon Valley” (six-five) — quits CNET for The Verge. (voxmedia.com)
* Andrew Sullivan now has a $1.99/month deal. (andrewsullivan.com)