Daily Archives: April 11, 2013

* LinkedIn buys newsreader Pulse for $90 million. ( | (
* HuffPo TV decides it doesn’t want Nate Thayer as a guest after he says he’ll talk about HuffPo’s unpaid writers. (
* Sign that said photographers need a permit to shoot in St. Louis County parks has been taken down, says parks czar. (
* Just in time for 4/20, a marijuana magazine comes out with a 3-D issue. (
* More than 500,000 Flipboard magazines have been created in two weeks. (
* Philadelphia power brokers file libel suits against the city’s newspapers. (
* “I mean, who dumps a free college newspaper adviser?” (
* Vin Scully asks what a hashtag is, then becomes one. (
* The Onion: Terrified “Newsroom” writers nod their heads at every bad idea from Aaron Sorkin. (
* Denver weatherman apologizes for overhyped forecast. (
* In Letters: We need more newsroom memos on “the fine art of baloney detection.” (Romenesko Letters)
* Even more White House Correspondents’ dinner celebrity guests. (

“Is it me, or is this one of the quietest pre-Pulitzer years in recent memory?” a California reporter wrote me yesterday. “Unlike last year, when the prognosticating started in January (thanks to you), there’s been zero buzz. I wonder why that is?”
I responded: “I think the demise of the old E&P, which was obsessed with the prizes, has a lot to do with it.” Joe Strupp used to do a great job getting judges to leak the finalists to Editor & Publisher. (The where’s-the-buzz? question was also asked in 2011.)

I asked Strupp — now at Media Matters — about his interest in the Pulitzers these days. He sent this response:

I do keep an eye out and always follow who wins, but do not follow each pre-prize contender.

I think [Pulitzer Prizes administrator] Sig Gissler has done a good job of getting people to keep quiet, although I know word will leak out this weekend to winners as it always does.

Like most things in journalism, the people who used to focus on leaking finalists and winners have died off or retired and the new crop is too damn busy with the increased workloads to spend time on it.

Meanwhile, a Pulitzer-announcement release from Columbia University arrived this morning. Read it after the jump: Read More


* “This is how one works memes into newspapers.” (@leepacchia) | (
* The column: “‘Like’ if you hate being a spam magnet” (


UPDATE: NW Documentary, which placed the ad below, seeks to “clarify a few points” in the comments section.

Romenesko reader Kevin Davis writes: “Check out this ad seeking a free, freelance writer. Only the cream of the crop need apply for this tremendous unpaid opportunity. The value of the written word can sink no lower. As a freelance writer, this is the kind of thing that maddens me, and makes it increasingly harder to make a living.”

An excerpt from the ad:

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“Why this drastic measure” of keeping headlines under 70 characters?gawker writes Gawker Media boss Nick Denton. “Google and others truncate headlines at 70 characters. On the Manti Te’o story, Deadspin’s scoop fell down the Google search results, overtaken by copycat stories with simpler headlines. Deadspin’s headline was 118 characters.”

It might seem like an oppressive constraint: geeks from outside the company giving editorial orders.

But search and social media are the two main sources of new visitors to our sites. That’s an inescapable reality. A majority of our headlines are already below the 70-character limit. Many others could do with a bit of tightening. And it still leaves plenty of room for personality and creativity.

* Boss writes memo (

* One year ago today: Khristopher Brooks puts out an NBA-style press release to announce his hiring — and is fired for it (

UPDATE: A reader sends this Buffalo News link: “The time [NHL player] Derek Roy thought reporters got traded.”

Dan Shea was one of the Times-Picayune managing editors let go last June when the New Orleans paper was restructured.

Dan Shea and Stephanie Stokes (Photo: Robert X. Fogarty's

Dan Shea and Stephanie Stokes (Photo: Robert X. Fogarty’s “Dear World” Photography Project)

His wife, Stephanie Stokes, stayed on as editor of the T-P’s weekly home and garden section — until yesterday, when she cleaned out her desk after 19 years in the newsroom.

“The last straw for me was the recent across-the-board cut in the annual freelance budget — since Oct. 1, my only budget — that required me to cut back by 25 percent,” Stokes tells colleagues. “For me, that $20,000 is meat and bone, 109 regular, popular, local articles that will not appear over the course of a year. For NOLA Media Group, that’s less than a month’s rent at the new, post-industrial offices.”

Stokes’ note is posted on her Facebook wall; I have permission to reprint it.

Today’s work day song from Les Mis: “One Day More (reprise)”: It’s my last day at The Times-Picayune, after more than 19 years as an assistant city editor and, most recently, as editor of its InsideOut home and garden section.

Many people have asked me how I could have continued working for the paper’s new incarnation, NOLA Media Group, after the shabby way it treated my husband, Managing Editor Dan Shea, and all the other dedicated friends and co-workers who were laid off in June 2012, as well as the loyal readers who loved the daily paper.

I enjoy working, and I loved my job. I took some pride that InsideOut survived as an old-fashioned “print-first” newspaper section despite The Times-Picayune’s shift to online-first publishing. I perversely liked the challenge of editing a good weekly home and garden section despite dwindling resources. And I felt a commitment to the readers, who uniformly had kind things to say about InsideOut, to the section’s many skilled freelance contributors and to my few print-team colleagues./CONTINUES Read More

* David Corn has received “a mini-flood” of would-be audio and video leaks about Washington figures since posting the Romney fundraiser video. (
* Print magazines see a slight ad revenue increase in the first quarter. ( | Black Enterprise takes a 35% hit. (
* “Increasingly, Swarthmore’s student press has served to not simply report on controversy, but to manufacture it,” says the campus paper’s sports editor. ( | Swarthmore commencement speaker withdraws over controversy. (
* Greta Van Susteren is passing on this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. (
books* Publishers Weekly staffers name the first book they read that made them love books. (
* Dan Jenkins – “the wittiest, funniest, most knowledgeable golf writer” — is called a must-follow on Twitter. (
* ESPN’s Adam Schefter never takes a vacation. “First of all,” he says, “I’m married to a woman who doesn’t like to fly. … She doesn’t like to leave the house.” ( | Watch his Medill talk. (
* Koss CEO learned about his headphones’ “Mad Men” appearance via a newspaper article, not the show’s producers. (
* The best Anthony Weiner tabloid cover goes to… (
* New York Times refused to print breast and cancer in the ’50s? (
* “I have a lower Q rating than polio right now,” jokes Matt Lauer. (
* Indiana journalism school interim dean Michael Evans resigns for Unity College job. (
* Stan Isaacs, author of Newsday’s quirky Out of Left Field column, is dead at 83. (
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