Daily Archives: May 7, 2013

“Good thing about journalists who actively tweet,” writes Romenesko reader Doug Conarroe, “they have lots of help when stuck in a courthouse elevator. Robert Allen works for the Fort Collins Coloradoan.”

Allen tweets his saga. (He’s now out of the elevator.)

* 2013 is turning into the Year of Paywall Tinkering. (
* Chicago Sun-Times replaces its Weekend section with Chicago Reader listings. (
* CNN under Jeff Zucker is “working out great,” says Time Warner’s CEO. (
* NYT’s Jill Abramson defines a “pizza story” as a huge breaking-news event that keeps journalists holed up in the newsroom for a long time. (
* San Antonio Current hires former Seattle Weekly editor to cover the Spurs. (
* A Seattle Times staffer gets Dennis Rodman to tweet to Kim Jong Un about Kenneth Bae. (
* Greta Van Susteren and Megyn Kelly renew their Fox News contracts. (
* Times-Picayune/Baton Rouge Advocate rivalry is good for readers, says a veteran Louisiana newsman. (
* NBC’s Richard Engel will be reporting on his latest trip inside Syria. (

A county elections board worker who posted comments as DeathbyAkron was fired after his bosses discovered he wrote on that he hoped a judge and prosecutor would be the next victims of an accused killer. Andrew Wright, who has posted hundreds on comments on the Beacon Journal’s site, wasn’t charged, though.
“There’s no crime for being a windbag,” says a prosecutor.

Beacon Journal editor Bruce Winges questions the county’s investigation of Wright, who is now banned from commenting on “This seems like an awful lot of effort for something that did not rise to the level of a criminal offense,” says Winges.

* Summit County worker fired for online comment (

surveymoreU-T San Diego is asking readers how often they read the paper’s sports columnists. A sports journalist from another newspaper tells Romenesko readers:

This has been running for a few days. It was stripped across the bottom of the sports front and now it is online.

A Union-Tribune staffer to whom I spoke said no one has any idea what the purpose of it is. Staff had no advance warning.

It would seem they may be doing evaluations based on popularity. High school prom of journalism.

I asked editor Jeff Light: “How will the paper use the results of this survey? Should the columnists who land at the bottom of the survey be concerned for their jobs?”

He replied: “We will use it to know who is reading what, Jim. seems like newspaper 101.”


* Here’s the survey

Macon Telegraph enterprise reporter Joe Kovac sent this memo and photo to his newsroom colleagues:

From: Kovac, Joe
Date: Tue, May 7, 2013 at 1:17 PM
Subject: Such glee from our TV friends at WMAZ …

At the scene of a search for a missing college student, reporter Judy Le dashed off this tweet:

With @TheTomGeorge in Cochran searching for 19yo Jmaal Keyes.

She included the below picture. Smiles, everyone.

So kind of them to lend a hand “searching.”

Pro Tip: That might be OK at a craft fair. But at a hunt for a missing kid? No way.

* Search continues for college student who was last seen on April 25 (
* Tweet: With @TheTomGeorge searching for 19yo Jmaal Keyes (@judyhle)

UPDATE: Read what they’re saying about this on my Facebook wall


Reader’s Digest asked more than 1,000 people to rank the trustworthiness of about 200 influential Americans. Here’s what the magazine found:

Robin Roberts, co-anchor of “Good Morning America,” is the most trusted woman on television (56%). Other trusted television personalities and journalists who earned high marks include Ellen DeGeneres (54%), Diane Sawyer (51%), Brian Williams (50%), Katie Couric (49%), Barbara Walters (50%), Anderson Cooper 48%), Oprah Winfrey (46%), George Stephanopoulos (47%), Scott Pelley (46%), Kelly Ripa (44%), Steve Harvey (44%), Savannah Guthrie (42%), and Matt Lauer (41%), among others. Amongst the late-night hosts, Jay Leno (35%) topped real-life rival David Letterman (30%).

Reader’s Digest also reports that Jon Stewart (36%) and Stephen Colbert (33%) outscored more serious commentators Bill O’Reilly (30%), Chris Matthews (28%), and Rush Limbaugh (22%).

* Check out the results of the Reader’s Digest Trust survey (

After I reported the demise of in mid-April, HitFix writer Alan Sepinwall tweeted that the news was “a damn shame” because the 13-year-old website was “such a great one-stop shopping place for TV news.”

Today Sepinwall announces that HitFix is rescuing TV Tattle.

Starting today — right now, in fact — you can find TV Tattle at, or through its original URL, Nothing changes about the site; [founder] Norman [Weiss] has full editorial independence to pick whatever links he likes. We wanted Tattle to continue to exist as it always has.

We don’t have the power to uncancel shows most of the time, but we did have the ability to uncancel TV Tattle. Sounds good to me.

TV Tattle’s founder told me last month that “banner ad revenue has dwindled so much that it no longer pays the bills.” He added that “I want to continue doing TV Tattle. I’d love to continue doing it. But I’ve exhausted all options when it comes to advertising and so I’ve had no choice but to pull the plug.”

* HitFix partners with TV Tattle to bring the blog back to life (
* April 18: TV Tattle calls it quits after 13 years (

aplogoOne of AP’s updates says “staffers are advised to avoid spreading unconfirmed rumors through tweets and posts.” Also, there’s new guidance on handling breaking news that surfaces first on a public figure’s social media account. (“Before you quote from newsmaker’s tweets or posts, confirm who is managing the account. Is it the famous person? His or her handlers? A combination? Knowing the source of the information will help you determine just how newsworthy the tweet or post is and how to characterize it.”)

* AP Social Media Guidelines update (
* Social Media Guidelines for AP employees (

The Times needs more metalheads, too?

New York Times corrections for May 7:

* “I wonder how they would handle Flo Rida,” writes a Facebook commenter (

* About 360,000 people watched Howard Kurtz’s apology on Sunday. (
* Report: Tina Brown was looking for a way to get rid of Kurtz so she wouldn’t have to pay his $250,000 salary. (
* Cal Thomas’s view: “It can’t get much worse for newspapers. Perhaps things might get better with the Kochs.” (
* New MSNBC hires come from Mother Jones, the Washington Post and other news outlets. (
* Charlie Mahtesian, who recently left Politico for NPR, says “the way I see it is that it’s a great time to be a political journalist.” (
* Stanford Daily editor-in-chief: “We [at the paper] hope people continue to respect what journalists can do in 500 to 700 words. We hope our culture doesn’t turn into something where 160 characters is good enough.” (
* Here’s the PDF of today’s Cleveland Plain Dealer front page: (
* Who caused more harm to the New York Times in 2003 — Jayson Blair or Judith Miller? (
* New book says Rupert Murdoch calls Roger Ailes “cuckoo” and “bonkers,” but keeps him around to bring in big profits. (
* There’s a turtle in Queens named Ira Glass and a woman in Missouri who changed her name to Korva Coleman. (
* Don’t tweet from the dinner table, and other social media dos and don’ts. (
* What you won’t hear at today’s Gannett annual meeting. (
* Six ebook singles that should be written now. (
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