Daily Archives: May 14, 2013

“A very timely error, given the multiple corruption arrests recently in the New York State legislature,” writes the Romenesko reader who passed this along. “The Post-Star [of Glens Falls, NY] is a Lee Enterprises paper.” (Note: Readers have been kind enough to point out typos on my site, too.)
* BBC admits error in piece claiming that race placed a role in the Plain Dealer’s missing girls coverage. ( | Earlier: Cleveland editor responds to BBC: (

East Village Eye: Now online.

East Village Eye: Now online.

* Associated Press CEO says Department of Justice’s response to his letter “does not adequately address our concerns.” (
* AP Washington bureau chief Sally Buzbee was one of the journalists targeted in DOJ’s phone records seizure. (
* David Carr: Some are worried that Big Brother is coming; others say he’s already here. (
* All 72 issues of the East Village Eye are going online in PDF format. (
* Report: ESPN tried to get Seth Meyers to host a late-night sports talk show. (
* Meyers is a solid, safe choice to take over for Jimmy Fallon. (
* Assignmint helps freelance writers deal with publishers. (
* The Stranger seems obsessed with the Seattle Times, says one of the daily’s journalists. (
* GateHouse Media is closing its two new production hubs and opening a new one. (
* University of California Irvine students agree to pay $3 a year to save the school’s print newspaper. (
* Nate Silver will keynote the 2013 Online News Association conference. (

Chicago Reader press critic Michael Miner wrote earlier in the year about coming home from vacation and seeing a bunch of Chicago Tribunes piled up — even after canceling the paper.

The advertising rag that Just. Won't. Go. Away.

The advertising rag that Just. Won’t. Go. Away.

Today he writes about trying to stop delivery of the Tribune’s weekly ad flyer, Red Plum/Local Values. (“It’s the advertising rag that Just. Won’t. Go. Away.”)

He makes a weekly call to the Philippines, where Tribune’s customer service operators are located, and asks that the freebie publication be stopped. It never is.

My advice, Michael: Forget the phone calls. Instead, wait for the delivery guy (you work at home, right?), and make it clear to him that you never want to see Red Plum/Local Values on your lawn again.

* The advertising rag that keeps coming (

That’s what Mike McCoy (right), a director of Chicago’s Metra train system, said after learning that it would cost tens of millions of dollars to equip his trains with Wi-Fi.

* Installing Wi-Fi is costly, challenging for Metra (

Matt Drudge rarely talks to journalists, especially when they’re from the so-called liberal media.

A few years ago, New York Times reporter Jim Rutenberg wrote a long piece about The Drudge Report and its influence, but couldn’t get Drudge to talk.drudge The blogger, he wrote, “for all his renown in politics is a somewhat spectral presence who rarely agrees to meet with political operatives or journalists and who did not respond to requests for an interview for this article.”

We learned last weekend how a Timesperson can get Drudge to talk: just bring up posture. He was in the lead (and beyond) of Amy Schoenfeld’s piece on Esther Gokhale, the “posture guru of Silicon Valley.” The reporter tells Romenesko readers how that happened:

Ms. Gokhale connected me with Mr. Drudge after he took a course with her early in the year (I had already interviewed her several times and she knew I wanted to speak with clients). He was very open to chatting and was willing to share his experience because he felt strongly about it. Her method had worked well for him and he wanted others to know about it. As a heavy computer user, he is concerned about the consequences of computer use.

* The posture guru of Silicon Valley (
* Matt Drudge has beautiful, perfect posture (

Mark Saal has a new column in the Ogden (UT) Standard-Examiner, but he doesn’t have a name for it yet. The reader who comes up with a winner gets life-sized cardboard cutouts of Palin and Saal.

“That’s right, TWO cardboard cutouts for just ONE winning entry,” he writes. “Granted, this second cutout is a homemade job I cooked up in my garage by lying down on a piece of a refrigerator box and having my wife outline me with magic marker. So really, it looks more like the chalk outline of a body at a crime scene. With a smiley face on it.”

There’s more! The winner also receives tickets to a Judy Collins concert, lunch with the columnist, a Standard-Examiner ice scraper and a few other items.

I like this column name that someone tweeted: “That’s Saal Folks!”

UPDATE: I asked Saal how his contest his going. He replied via email: “Just 50 entries so far, although that number’s climbing. And in terms of actual column name ideas we’ve probably gotten 150 or more, since many are fudging and offering multiple names. (Because, really, who DOESN’T want a Sarah Palin cardboard cutout?)

“The early frontrunner so far is probably “This Column Sucks,” but we may have to disqualify that one since it wouldn’t look good to be awarding the prize package to a family member.”

* Up for grabs: Sarah Palin cutout for naming this column (

The Association of Food Journalists has updated its guidelines and ethics code “to address issues emerging in the digital age, such as the challenge of maintaining anonymity and competing with bloggers.”
The group acknowledges that “true anonymity is often no longer possible” but restaurant critics “should engage in the practice of anonymity [and] that means keeping all social-media profiles photo-free and restricting public appearances.”

What should a critic do if he or she is recognized and the restaurant sends food to the table? “Request that the cost of the items be added to the check,” AFJ advises. “If such an incident occurs, it should be acknowledged in the review.”

UPDATE: Check out this story about a New York critic’s behavior in a three-star restaurant in Spain: “[She] made it very clear who she was, even put her notebook on the table, and proceeded to gorge her and her boyfriend on free food. The owner hovered over her, more free wine, etc. I was thoroughly disgusted, and told her so, after I paid my tab of $400 for two.”

AFJ’s release:

Association of Food Journalists Updates Critics’ Guidelines and Ethics Code

ATLANTA – The Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) has issued revised versions of its Food Critics’ Guidelines and Ethics Code.

AFJ’s Ethics Committee completed the revisions in order to address issues emerging in the digital age, such as the challenge of maintaining anonymity and competing with bloggers. Also, the new documents offer fresh guidance on handling common situations, such as being invited to a media dinner or free food sent in a restaurant, and are intended to apply to food writers who write for a variety of different print and electronic media.

“One of the main reasons that AFJ was founded in 1974 was to promote ethics in food journalism, and it’s important that we continue to advance ethical standards in a changing world of food journalism,” said AFJ president Debbie Moose. “We wanted to make sure that our guidelines took into account today’s technology and trends in food writing. Thanks to the committee members for all their hard work.”

The AFJ Food Critics’ Guidelines were originally released in 2001 to offer suggested best practices for critics, aspiring critics and editors. The AFJ Ethics Code was released in 1975 with the ultimate goal of protecting members’ integrity and preserving their credibility.

* Food critics’ guidelines (

* New York Times Co. CEO says he’s “very pleased with the interest, and the progress, that’s been expressed so far” in the effort to sell the Boston Globe. (
* Times-Picayune loses columnist James Gill to rival Advocate. (
* BuzzFeed puts up a GIF that showing Obama transforming into Nixon. ( | The White House wants to stay out of the AP phone records mess, but… (
* Lawyer and ex-reporter: “A sad week for the nameless and faceless brave sources who have stories to tell and for the public, which will lose the opportunity to hear those voices.” (
* Here’s an even larger O.J. on New York Post’s cover: (
* Pro-gun news site Photoshops Mike Peters’ cartoon and changes its message. (
* Atlantic Media to launch Defense One, a site for the national security community. (
* CNN anchor Zoraida Sambolin says she has breast cancer and is getting a double mastectomy. (AP via | Read her Facebook message
* “I used to work for Bloomberg News, so what I’m about to say is informed by that experience….” (
* Milwaukee radio talker: Memo leak suspects “are legion, given the groupthink in that [Journal Sentinel] newsroom.” (
* Mac Tully leaves the San Jose Mercury News to become Denver Post publisher. ( | Steve Rossi replaces him. (


Here’s Sunday’s Press Enterprise of Bloomsburg, Berwick and Danville, PA, sold at a McDonald’s in Bloomsburg. (Thanks, Peter Hall; image via CJ Killmeyer.)

Check out Sunday’s Press Enterprise front page and read the newspaper’s meth series.