Daily Archives: April 10, 2013

USA Today’s illegal immigrant style change “is not exactly the same as AP’s,” says a memo sent to USA Today staff this evening, “but the upshot is that we will no longer use the term illegal immigrant outside of direct quotes.”

From: Coon, William
Sent: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 6:16 PM
To: USAT ED Virginia Staff; USAT ED Field Staff

usatSubject: Change in USA TODAY style on illegal immigration

You probably have heard that the Associated Press recently changed its style on the term illegal immigrant. Starting tonight, USA TODAY is also changing its style. It is not exactly the same as AP’s, but the upshot is that we will no longer use the term illegal immigrant outside of direct quotes. Here’s the new style:

illegal immigration

The term illegal immigration is acceptable, but do not label people as illegal immigrants, except in direct quotes. Undocumented immigrant, undocumented worker and unauthorized immigrant are acceptable terms — depending on accuracy, clarity and context — for foreign nationals who are in the country illegally. An alternative is to use a phrase such as “people who entered the U.S. illegally” or “living in the country without legal permission.”

Avoid using the word alien to refer to immigrants, except in quoted matter or official government designations. Do not use illegal or illegals as a noun. It is considered pejorative by most immigrants. Migrant can be used instead of immigrant in a tight space.

* Earlier: The AP rethinks “illegal immigrant” (

* Legendary Esquire editor Harold Hayes’ advice to Washingtonian magazine. (
* Detroit Free Press had a Michigan NCAA champs book ready to go. (
* Tumblr will do just fine by leaving the storytelling up to its community. (
* Marine Corps commandant challenges journalist to participate in a difficult training program. (He accepts.) (
* Star Tribune Guild employees rally outside of the newspaper’s Minneapolis offices. (
* Consumer Reports accepts New York Guild’s “innovative” pension plan. (
* In Letters: New York Times’ “pretty amazing admission” about newsroom bookies. (Romenesko Letters)


Time Out Chicago media reporter Rob Feder writes:

“Time Out Chicago’s print edition runs out of time. …Most of the 60 people who work here will lose their jobs.”

Keith Phipps tweets:

“The cover of this week’s TIME OUT CHICAGO seems designed to twist the knife in its laid-off employees. Boo.”

(I’ve asked editor-in-chief Frank Sennett if he wants to comment.)

UPDATE — Sennett writes in an email: “Our cover stories were slotted at least six weeks in advance, and the entire staff worked on and closed this issue last Friday. Any irony, then, is purely unintentional.” (The layoff news was announced three weeks ago.)

Tweet from a “proud alumni” of Time Out Chicago:

* Time Out Chicago: The Luxury Issue (
* What’s ahead for Time Out Chicago as new owners take over? (

violentAdministrators at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, took copies of an English class literary publication out of the school bookstore and attached “graphic and violent” warning stickers on the covers.

The warning seems to link the content in the Chaffey Review to the Sandy Hook school shootings — something that puzzles students because the contributions aren’t very “graphic and violent.”

Beau Yarbrough reports:

The 239-page volume is not short on sexual content – including paintings of a woman in bondage gear, a nude man with a bear head and another painting that substitutes Popsicles for male genitals – [but] there is little content relating to overt violence.

The community college’s PR woman says “I’m not sure if it was one particular person or one particular photo or article” that prompted the addition of the cover sticker. “We’re trying to protect the college.”

* College puts “graphic and violent” warning stickers on literary journal (
* Check out past issues of the Chaffey Review (

* Politico’s Gang of Six archive | Gang of Eight archive (

* Is anyone else tired of the phrase “baby bump”? asks Jennifer Brett (
* Columnist Jim Stingl’s readers submit their “nails-on-chalkboard words” (

landmanFormer New York Times culture editor Jonathan Landman (at left) has been named Bloomberg View editor-at-large.

Bloomberg View executive editor David Shipley says in a release:

Jon has a record of revolutionizing and improving everything he touches. He will bring a fresh set of eyes to a number of important initiatives that will help Bloomberg journalism reach ever more readers.

Landman, who joined the Times in 1987, left the paper in January.

The full release is after the jump. Read More

Finalists in the Mirror Awards — called “the most important awards for recognizing excellencemirror in media industry reporting” — have been announced by Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. The winners will be announced on June 5.

The finalists and their entries are after the jump. Read More

* Investigative Reporters and Editors announce the IRE Award winners. (
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* Gawker: Tumblr declares its ambitious year-old editorial initiative an unqualified success, then shuts it down. (
* Jeff Zucker’s moves at CNN “have simultaneously invigorated and terrified its employees,” reports Paul Farhi. (
* David Carr chats with Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith. ( | Carr needs to lean in, says Diana Lind. (
* Ex-CBS president Andrew Heyward explains how local TV news can save itself — without the sweeps stunts. (
* Alan Mutter: The problem with paywalls is that they severely limit the prospects of developing a wider audience for a newspaper. (
* The newspaper business “is a mature industry and an emerging industry at the same time.” (
* The 35 most powerful people in media, according to The Hollywood Reporter. (
* Former NYT reporter McCandlish Phillips — “he refrained from smoking, drinking, cursing and gambling” — dies at 85. (
* Oakes family requests a correction on Washington Post’s Sulzberger obit — about 5 months after it’s published. (
* What?! Cosmetics firm L’Oréal has a team of 400 posting content on Facebook. (
* Outpouring of support saves University of Windsor newspaper — for now. (
* David Gregory has a fit about parking in front of his house. (
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DSC_0751_normalTampa Bay Times reporter Shelley Rossetter (at right) apparently isn’t a “Star Wars” fan. In her Sunday story on speed dating at the Tampa Bay Comic Con, she wrote that host Croix Provence asked the daters: “Are you ready to find love in all the wrong places?”

Wrong — as the Times noted yesterday:

What Provence actually said was: “Are you ready to find love in Alderaan places?” She was referring to Princess Leia Organa’s home world, which appeared briefly in the 1977 film.

* This correction caused a disturbance in the Force today (
* Rossetter’s story with “wrong places” error | Corrected version (
* Rossetter’s tweet: “Spent the day eavesdropping on a speed dating sesh at Tampa Bay. Not awkward at all.” (@srossetter)