Daily Archives: May 24, 2013

“Haynes Johnson was one of my heroes when I started out in journalism & he did great work all his life,” tweets Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne. “I’ll miss him.”
The Post’s obituary calls Johnson “one of the most incisive and best-connected reporters in Washington.”

Former Washington Post executive editor Leonard Downie Jr. tells the paper:

Haynes was a pioneer in looking at the mood of the country to understand a political race. Haynes was going around the country talking to people, doing portraits and finding out what was on people’s minds. He was a kind of profiler of the country.

He died of a heart attack at 81.

* Longtime Washington Post journalist Haynes Johnson dies (
* Remembering Haynes Johnson on “Meet the Press” (

Emilio Garcia-Ruiz

Emilio Garcia-Ruiz

Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, who has been the Washington Post’s digital strategy editor since 2010, is promoted to managing editor. He’ll be responsible for digital initiatives and operations, video, the presentation departments of photo, graphics, and design, and the multiplatform editing desk. The Post’s announcement notes that Garcia-Ruiz will work closely with Kevin Merida, managing editor in charge of news and features coverage and the Universal News Desk.

The Post’s release is after the jump. Read More

Chicago journalist Claire Zulkey wrote about the White Sox for several years ago. On Thursday, she asked on Facebook: “If I’ve written for the Wall Street Journal’s website, can I say I’ve written for the WSJ?”

Most people said it was OK, although Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg wrote: “I don’t know. Isn’t it more like playing violin in the lobby of Carnegie Hall and saying you’ve performed at Carnegie Hall?wsj ….Aren’t we presuming some theoretical listener who would care? I’ve written for a wide range of top notch publications and can’t imagine a circumstance where that would matter anymore.”

Other responses from her Facebook wall:

Eric Spitznagel: Personally, I think adding ‘.com’ just shows insecurity. Only old farts who refuse to believe that print is dying want to make a distinction. Would you list a credit as ‘Wall Street Journal the newspaper?’ Of course not.

Why is the print version more important than the dot com version? Because it pays more? From my experience, more people read the Internet than things printed on paper. Ten, even five years ago, this would be an issue. But not anymore. You write for the Wall Street fucking Journal, dammit. (P.S. I write for the New York Times Magazine the magazine.)

Jimmy Greenfield: Did they pay you? Edit you? If so, absolutely yes. There is no distinction any more between web and print. If they were basically a platform where you posted your content then I’d say no.

Nathan Rabin: As someone who has done both, the answer is yes.

I wrote to Zulkey: “I assume your takeaway from the responses is that it *is* OK. I’m curious – for possible posting – why you bring this up now, eight years after the White Sox piece was published.

She responded: “I am revamping my site including my list of clients and wanted to be accurate. And yes, my takeaway is that I can claim the wsj.”

* If I’ve written for WSJ’s website, can I say I’ve written for the WSJ? (
* Zulkey is Chicago’s living example of an Internet success story (

* The Media ask Ashton: You write “common America,” but do you mean “come on, America”? (


“A leading Caribbean weekly seeks a general assignmentreally and courts reporter interested in investigative journalism. …The ability to draw cartoons is a plus. Weekly salary is $300, to start.”

While you’re covering that trial, how about doing a few courtroom sketches, too? Um, sure boss.

* Seeking reporters for Caribbean weekly (

Dan Gross has an entertaining piece in Philadelphia magazine about his adventures as a Philly Daily News gossip columnist. (He took a buyout in January.) He writes in the June issue:

Dan Gross (credit: Chris Crisman)

Dan Gross (credit: Chris Crisman)

I have always been interested in celebrities. I grew up reading my mom’s People magazines; in high school, a friend and I published a punk fanzine called Scenester! I got my picture taken with singer Brandy at my prom. (She was the date of my classmate, one Kobe Bryant.)

In college, I published a magazine called Deal With It and profiled Todd Bridges of Diff’rent Strokes; I tried to interview Anthony Michael Hall of Breakfast Club fame, but he demanded to be paid and we ended up arguing over it. I ran the transcript of him being a dick instead. My first gotcha.

Gross writes in an email: “I’ve just launched Gross Communications, a strategic PR company offering media relations, crisis communications, social media and media training.” I assume he’s competing with former boss Brian Tierney, who runs Brian Communications Group.

* Gossip Guy: The life and times of the Daily News’ Dan Gross (

* Today’s Seattle Times front page ( | April 8, 2013: The myth of the falling bridge (
* You know you’re out of the newspaper business when you don’t care about whether blogs or Twitter or Tumblr “will save newspapers.” (
* Leonard Downie Jr.: The Obama administration’s steadily escalating war on leaks is the most militant I’ve seen since the Nixon administration. (
* Will Bunch “welcomes” new columnist Gov. Corbett. ( | Democrats criticize for giving Corbett the platform. (
* Dozens of anti-Koch protesters march to “the very expensive home” of Tribune chairman Bruce Karsh. (
* Vice Media founder: “We’re like any other media company, we’re just younger and weirder.” (
* For female sports journalists, sexist comments about their looks are as common as time-outs. (
* New York tabloids play with Weiner on their covers. (
* How Alan Sepinwall and other TV writers plan to watch “Arrested Development.” (
* Watch BuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti, NYT Co.’s Mark Thompson and others at the Future of Media conference. (
* What the Washington Post’s foreign correspondents are reading. (
* San Francisco Chronicle has a new management team. (
* High school journalist gets $24,000 award; Sierra Searcy, 18, says she wants to change the world. (
* “The Electric Newspaper” debuted at the Los Angeles Times in 1931. (
* Asking price for the Gannett Building in downtown Rochester is $4.95 million. (
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