* Why reporters should insist their meeting with Eric Holder be on the record: (nationaljournal.com)
* James Fallows on what seemed fishy to him about New York Times Magazine’s “My Plane Almost Crashed” piece. (theatlantic.com) || Update: Times Magazine editor Hugo Lindgren responds.
* William Grimes checks out the New York Post and TMZ bus tours. (nytimes.com)
* Editor: “We don’t typically do stories about flaps between business owners and customers,” but… (mlive.com)
* Michael Gartner’s memories of the Register and Tribune Building in Des Moines. (dmcityview.com)
* Former Los Angeles Times reporter apologizes for his attacks on Gary Webb. (laweekly.com)
* High school newspaper adviser who served for a decade quits over board’s prior review policy. (nj.com)
* Oklahoman reporter is arrested for allegedly taking upskirt photos at a graduation ceremony. (okcfox.com) | (thelostogle.com)
* National Letter of Intent signing ceremony covered by El Paso media turns out to be “a major embarrassment.” (elpasotimes.com)
Jeremy Barr, creator of the Local People With Their Arms Crossed Tumblr, tells Romenesko readers how he came up with this idea:
I’ve always enjoyed scrolling through the front pages section on the Newseum’s website — I think it’s fascinating. A few weeks ago, I was looking for articles that I could use for a different Tumblr when I started to notice a few of these poses. I checked back the next day, and noticed a few more. It’s an amazing, ridiculous pose, so I thought it would be fun to compile them.
* Local People With Their Arms Crossed (tumblr.com)
Sun-Times lays off its entire photo staff
— image via (@ianwarsenault)
Actually, there were some photos taken after the announcement.
Sun-Times photographer Rob Hart tells News Photographer: “Being in the room with [Pulitzer-winning photographer] John White when we got laid off was a highlight of my career. About 30 of us got the axe. As soon as [editor] Jim Kirk said they were going to have the reporters produce multimedia for their rapidly changing platforms, I just had to walk out.”
Statement from The Newspaper Guild-CWA on
Chicago Sun-Times Laying Off All Photographers
The Newspaper Guild-CWA is stunned by the announcement this morning that the Chicago Sun-Times is laying off its entire photo department, 28 employees including 20 Guild members.
“This is offensive and wrong on so many levels,” Guild President Bernie Lunzer said. “As a union, we are deeply concerned about the workers who are losing good, family-wage jobs. As an organization of journalists, we are appalled that any newspaper would treat its photojournalists as expendable.
“I have learned time and again how the eye of a professional photographer can see and express things that I can’t,” he said. “Apparently some accountant/manager can see and express things that I can’t understand. Because this makes no sense.”
Lunzer said the Guild and its members, who immediately took to social media to denounce the decision, will “make the case and put as much public pressure on the Sun-Times as possible” to try to persuade the company to reverse course.
Chicago Tribune reports: “About 20 full-time [photo] staffers received the news Thursday morning.”
The Chicago Newspaper Guild’s executive director tells Crain’s: “We will be looking into all of our options, legal and non-legal. We think this is a terrible move for the paper and community.”
The Sun-Times’ statement:
The Sun-Times business is changing rapidly and our audiences are consistently seeking more video content with their news. We have made great progress in meeting this demand and are focused on bolstering our reporting capabilities with video and other multimedia elements. The Chicago Sun-Times continues to evolve with our digitally savvy customers, and as a result, we have had to restructure the way we manage multimedia, including photography, across the network.
Warren Buffett’s BH Media Group is buying the Roanoke (Va.) Times from Landmark Media Enterprises for an undisclosed price. The Times is the 29th daily paper owned by the Berkshire Hathaway division. BH Media CEO Terry Kroeger says the Times is “a great fit with our newspapers in Virginia.”
* Warren Buffett’s BH Media Group buys the Roanoke Times (omaha.com) | (roanoke.com)
You’ll regret this error! Man threatens to blow up sign over missing “D” in “and.”
Leonard Burdek, 50, walked into the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission office in Salem, Ore., with a pressure cooker bomb and told employees he tried to blow up their sign because of a missing letter. He also complained that the instructions to detonate the bomb, which failed to go off, also had misspellings. The standards commission executive director says it’s possible someone scraped the D off or it wore off over time. (statesmanjournal.com)
Also this morning….
* AP, New York Times and others refuse to attend Eric Holder’s meeting because it’s off the record. (cnn.com) | (washingtonpost.com)
* New York Times might let more advertisers sponsor stories on its website. (bloomberg.com)
* Garry Trudeau takes a break from “Doonesbury” while he works on an Amazon Studios comedy. (washingtonpost.com)
* The Harvard Crimson’s “Snow Fall”? (thecrimson.com)
* BuzzFeed: “We’ve been covering llamas since the early days of BuzzFeed. The Onion trolled us… A+ job.” (mediabistro.com)
* The Guardian’s coffee shop has “infographics everywhere, iPads built into tables, [and] not a newspaper in sight.” (thecommentator.com)
* Association of Food Journalists announces its awards competition finalists. (afjonline.com)
* “The Internship” director says: “I could only fit about 65% of the weird facts that I learned about Google into the movie.” (newyorker.com)
* About two dozen anti-Koch protesters showed up at Tribune Tower on Wednesday. (chicagotribune.com)
* “Many of those up in arms about the prospect of the ideologically minded Kochs expanding their footprint in media for nefarious reasons, I’ll wager, couldn’t be bothered to subscribe to a newspaper,” writes Brian Lowry. (variety.com)
* A WSJ scoop? CNN boss Jeff Zucker reveals his summer travel plans. (allthingsd.com)
* Grumpy the Cat joins the elite ranks of those with a WSJ hedcut. (@lheron)
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