In a column that he wanted published after his death, the USA Today founder said that “as a journalist, I had a wonderful window on the world” and “for nearly 50 years as a reporter and editor, I tried to tell stories accurately and fairly, without opinion.”
Ulster Gazette deputy editor Richard Burden is responsible for this headline, inspired by Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
“If there’s a film, a song, a lyric – anything that springs to mind and it lends itself, you’ll try to fit the words in round it,” he says. “[Queen is] my favourite all time band, so it was an obvious thing for me.”
He says of “Bohemian Rhapsody”:
“It’s one of those iconic songs, the tempo and the lyrics lend themselves to the headline. You recognise it right away, it’s not an obscure song, I think it’s pretty obvious what it’s on about.”
Several readers have sent me their local newspapers’ food sections with an AP story on pressure cookers written by food editor J.M. Hirsch.
“See attached for Section D (Food and Drink) of the Victorville (CA) Daily Press’ Wednesday edition that has a huge headline that reads “Pressure Cooker Redeems Itself” and a feature on pressure cookers!” writes Stev Ulrecht. “Readers are disgusted here to say the least.”
I asked Daily Press editor David Keck if this was printed before Monday and if he’s hearing from readers about it. “Yes to both,” he writes in an email. “The food page was designed in advance and we received eight or 10 calls/emails complaining. Most were somewhat understanding because they realized the food page was built in advance. Still, it’s a bad break we should have caught.”
AP’s Hirsch tells Romenesko readers:
As with most recipes the AP moves on the wire, I began working on that piece several months ago. It moved on the wire last Friday.
Given this week’s events in Boston, that obviously turned out to be horribly unfortunate timing. AP’s members often hold our food stories for use weeks or even months after we run them.
To date, I have not heard any concerns from readers regarding this.
— Dan Cassavaugh (@DanCassavaugh) April 18, 2013
The Stanford Review is investigating Cassavaugh’s allegations of plagiarism.We have absolute zero-tolerance for journalistic dishonesty.
— Stanford Review (@StanfordReview) April 19, 2013
* Cassavaugh in 2006: College athletes shouldn’t be paid (imprintmagazine.org)
* Vasant Ramachandran in 2012: Should college athletes get paid? (stanfordreview.org/cached) | Ramachandran’s story archive
There are many comments like this:
This is one of the most tasteless and insensitive acts I have seen this week. First, the bombs in Boston, then West, Texas is blown up, and now our tasteless, tacky local newspaper chooses to smear such a picture all over Facebook. Scum is a word that comes to mind.
But the cover photo has its defenders, too:
Look, to all of you who say take it down, it’s fake blood, putty lacerations, and completely staged. To be completely honest with the people who think its “too obscene”, get a reality check. I’m sure you’ve come across worse things on Facebook.
* Ryan Chittum: A remarkable press performance on a wild night of news. (CJR.org)
* At NBC, Pete Williams is being called a hero for his solid Boston reporting. (politico.com)
* “I was rooting for ‘[BLEEP] THIS WEEK’ as the headline but (the cover on the right) works too.” (@crepeau)
* Uni Watch’s Paul Lukas interviews his website’s most annoying troll. (Trolling is “sort of my last release. I’m 30, I’m married, I’ve grown up — some.”) (uni-watch.com)
* Kevin Sessums: “In the old days, [profile] subjects spent a lot of time with you. Weeks! Now you’re lucky to get an hour between a Botox injection and a bowel movement.” (slanthere.com)
* Susan Patton returns to Princeton to discuss her controversial husband-hunting piece. (dailyprincetonian.com)
* AP war correspondent’s fans fuming over failed bid for posthumous Pulitzer. (oregonlive.com)
* The Verge launches a science section and names Katie Drummond the editor. (voxmedia.com)
* The top 25 U.S. newspapers with digital editions. (auditedmedia.com)
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