Amazon.com buys Goodreads
San Francisco-based Goodreads was founded in 2006 by Otis Chandler. Terms of his deal with Amazon weren’t disclosed. Author Hugh Howey says in Amazon’s release: “I just found out my two favorite people are getting married. The best place to discuss books is joining up with the best place to buy books — To Be Read piles everywhere must be groaning in anticipation.”
* Amazon buys book-based social network Goodreads (paidcontent.org)
* Bill Keller’s talks with Columbia j-school about the dean job “didn’t go anywhere.” (washingtonpost.com)
* Orange County Register’s paywall is going up in April. (ocweekly.com)
* Roland Martin is named NABJ’s Journalist of the Year. (flcourier.com)
* What the…!? Judge orders journalists to not photograph teen who’s being tried as an adult or report in detail any evidence from his proceeding. (AP via mysanantonio.com)
* Time’s “How to Cure Cancer” cover is called wrong and cruel. (slate.com)
* CommonSense Media files for bankruptcy; lists prominent blogs and news sites as creditors. (huffingtonpost.com)
* Chicago public radio newsman asks listeners to help him to get answers from the governor’s office. (chicagotribune.com)
* Los Angeles Times’ heavy investment in local elections “runs against broader trends across the media industry.” (cjr.org)
* A story that journalists are missing: how new laws and regulations are promoting monopolies to the detriment of consumers. (ajr.org)
* New York Post transit reporter Jennifer Fermino jumps to the Daily News. (capitalnewyork.com)
Former NBC News correspondent Ed Rabel complains that local TV news “is populated by bubble-heads and glib, young, sometimes pretty know-nothings” who “wouldn’t know a news story if it slapped them in the face.” (They’re lucky to have consultants writing scripts that are read by small-market anchors across the country.)
Viewers don’t get real news on local TV because “station owners and managers forbid their news departments from stepping on toes and ruffling feathers, out of fear that such stories might insult local advertisers or offend politicians on whose toes reporters might stomp.”
Investigative or original reporting is costly, meaning real reporters must be hired to do real reporting, a job that requires lots of time and money that the stations have no time for. Instead, I remember one Huntington TV station leading its newscast last December with the astonishing news that Christmas tree sales were on the rise. Hold the presses!
* Local TV “news” is a waste of your time (wvgazette.com)
A Romenesko reader sent this screenshot from Wednesday’s 5 p.m. KUTV (Salt Lake City) newscast. She writes:
The two pictured on the screen are high-ranking state politicians. The man on the left is John Swallow, the state’s embattled attorney general. Gary Herbert, the governor, is on the right.
Needless to say (this is Utah, right?), neither of the Republican lawmakers are fans of gay marriage or, probably, gay people in general.
The AG’s media rep, Paul Murphy, thinks “it’s pretty funny.” He writes in an email: “Attorney General John Swallow also thought it was hilarious. I don’t think anyone in Utah will mistake the Governor and the Attorney General as one of the ‘gay couples’ filing the lawsuit.” (I’ve also invited the governor’s spokesman to comment.)
I also called the KUTV newsroom and was told that news director Jennifer Dahl will want to comment when she gets out of a meeting. I’m still waiting for her call back. [FRIDAY UPDATE: Still waiting.]
* Gay couples sue Utah for the right to marry (kutv.com)
* Utah’s governor was the keynote speaker at a “traditional marriage” rally (mediabistro.com)
On Tuesday, a Romenesko reader shared her photo of the Studs “Turkel” display at Chicago’s Willis (formerly Sears) Tower. (The Chicago Tribune followed with a piece on the typo.)
Today I got an email with the image below from WBUR-FM senior associate producer Alexander Kingsbury. “More spelling mistakes… from atop Rock Center in NYC.” He says he took the photo about a year ago and “seeing the Studs thing reminded me of it.”
The Sex Issue is returning to newsstands at Central New Mexico Community College.
The administration on Tuesday said CNM Chronicle’s content was “raunchy…offensive and not appropriate for the educational mission” of the college. Officials confiscated the papers and suspended publication for at least the rest of the semester.
On Wednesday — after the controversy made national headlines — the college’s publication board held an emergency meeting and decided that the student journalists could continue to publish the Chronicle and distribute their sex issue.
CNM President Katharine Winograd now says the paper was pulled because “a high school student was included in this issue and we needed to check on the legal ramifications of information on a minor in a publication of the college.”
Chronicle editor-in-chief Jyllian Roach says a 17-year-old was interviewed for a story on abstinence, but the paper got a permission letter from the girl’s parents.
The Santa Fe Reporter says it’s “curious about what ‘legal ramifications’ could arise from publishing an interview of a high school student about why she abstains from sex.” Good question.
President Winograd said the college should give the student paper “the level of editorial resources and education that it needs and deserves” and that she wants the publication board to “discuss ways the college can provide you a better educational experience through your participation with the CNM Chronicle.”
Editor Roach tells the University of New Mexico’s Daily Lobo:
We are all excited that we are going to continue our publication without any interruption. We are going to continue to do what we have always done. We are going to continue to print whatever is important to our readers.”
We all have moments when we react emotionally. I feel that the administration here had a moment like that, and after they had a good night’s sleep on it, they reconsidered. I’m very happy that they did.
* NM college letting suspended paper publish again (Associated Press)
* After blowback. community college reverse decision to suspend paper (sfreporter.com)
* Read the college president’s statement to the Chronicle staff
* Chronicle: “We would like to thank everyone who supported us during this event” (facebook.com)
* Earlier: Community college suspends student paper over sex issue (jimromenesko.com)
* Studs Terkel’s name has been misspelled at Chicago’s Willis Tower for nearly 14 years. (One of my readers pointed it out earlier this week.) (chicagotribune.com)
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* AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong says his relationship with Arianna Huffington “is the strongest it’s ever been.” (businessweek.com)
* How to succeed in journalism, according to Business Insider. (pbs.org)
* Judge tosses Boston rocker Tom Scholz’s defamation lawsuit against the Boston Herald. (bostonherald.com)
* Boston Herald’s old home is about to become a Whole Foods store and apartments. (bostonherald.com)
* Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth’s total compensation last year was $2.4 million. (washingtoncitypaper.com)
* Joel Achenbach on Summly as “another harbinger of doom for those of us in the professional news business.” (washingtonpost.com)
* Keith Sharon: “A typewriter sounds either like a glorious calliope or a very old man slogging up stadium steps in metal shoes, depending on your perspective.” (ocregister.com)
* “At least while Conrad Black was robbing the place it was making money,” says ex-biz editor at Sun-Times Media’s Southtown Star. (chicagoreader.com)
* BuzzFeed’s more than gossip and wacky news, says AJR editor Rem Rieder. (usatoday.com)
* Chris Hayes wants his show to be “high-quality journalism – compelling, dynamic and addictive.” (mediabistro.com)
* Committed to print: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is buying new presses and considering a newsroom move. (post-gazette.com)
* Gizmodo knocks down New York Times and BBC stories about an “online attack.” (gizmodo.com)
* Report: The Sporting News dismissed about a dozen staffers on Wednesday. (thebiglead.com)
* Steven Swartz to succeed Frank Bennack as Hearst CEO. (adweek.com)