Daily Archives: June 4, 2013

* “Like the sun, newspaper circulation rises in the east and falls in the west” (

Since 2008 circulation in America has fallen by 15% to 41 million while advertising revenue has plummeted by 42%, accounting for three-quarters of the global decline in advertising revenue in the same period. In Europe, circulation and advertising revenue have both fallen by a quarter. …

Looking further east, though, things look brighter. Circulation in Asia has risen by 10%, offsetting much of the decline elsewhere. With 114.5m daily newspapers, China has surpassed India to become the world’s biggest newspaper market.



Louisville Fox affiliate WDRB-TV tells viewers in a station promo that the term “Breaking News” is “a marketing ploy to convince you that a television station is better at bringing you the news first, as it happens” and that “it’s just not true.” WDRB promises to use the term only when there is, in fact, news that is breaking. “We will not use the term as a marketing gimmick.”

I wonder if this is something a national consultant cooked up and if we’ll see this pledge from stations across the country — stations that will increase the use of “Exclusive!!” and “First on Five!”


* Louisville station stops using “Breaking News” as marketing gimmick (

A Wall Street Journal reporter went to cover Zynga’s annual meeting this morning and all he got was this spread of pastries. (They wouldn’t let him in.)

* Zynga shuts media out of shareholder meeting (

Tuesday tweets from Ian Sherr:
* “Zynga staff not letting me into shareholder meeting. Say need to be investor. No live link for their webcast either.
* “$ZNGA may have shut me out of their investor meeting and not provided a live webcast, but they did offer some pastries and water
* “Pando Daily reporter also here, says he was shut out of $ZNGA meeting as well and wasn’t provided a live link”
* More tweets from Sherr

Statement from Chicago Newspaper Guild president David Pollard: “This gathering is not just a way to show our disgust at what the company is trying to do to our union brothers and sisters, but to the freedoms we hold dearly as United States citizens and that is Freedom of the Press. The company’s move of letting go over two dozen photographers may be looked at as a cost saving to them, but more importantly, it weakens the freedom of the press and the positive and powerful impact it has had on our country.” (Yes, it appears the Guild needs a copy editor: “photograhers”.)

Also from the Chicago Newspaper Guild:


* Guild reps “marched into” Sun-Times CEO’s office on Monday (
* Longtime Sun-Times personal finance columnist Terry Savage leaves the paper after advertiser drops out (
* Neil Steinberg’s column goes from four times a week to once a week (


* Free the Press, Buy the Tribune Company (
* Edward Wasserman on the Koch brothers and Tribune (

* We’ll see if this “posting a news story” has a future in today’s media landscape (

Letters to Romenesko

From DONN PEARLMAN, “former Chicago journalist/broadcaster now on ‘The Dark Side of the Force’ (PR)”: What can you do when a major news organization refuses to correct (or even acknowledge) an inaccurate story that is primarily based on a gross error of fact? It’s certainly frustrating.

This bag isn't a record-setter

This bag isn’t a record-setter

On or about May 27, Agence France-Presse distributed a story worldwide apparently based on an incorrect news release from a Paris auction house stating that an Hermès Birkin handbag had sold for a world record price of US$82,600. However, the actual, significantly higher record was set more than a year earlier at $203,150 in a New York City auction conduced by my client, Dallas, Texas-based Heritage Auctions, a leader in the rapidly growing luxury accessories auctions market. A quick online, fact-checking search by AFP would have revealed the correct information about a record price.

If AFP editors thought it was an apples-and-oranges comparison because the handbag sold by Heritage had been “enhanced” with diamonds (by Hermès), there are still five other “unenhanced” Birkin handbags sold at auction by Heritage that all topped the inaccurately claimed “record” price in Paris reported by AFP in their recent story.

As of today, I have not had a reply to the two polite emails I sent to AFP editors pointing out their error and requesting a correction. …As a former inhabitant of newsrooms in Chicago, Kansas City and elsewhere, I know it’s not easy to keep track of everything, but you’d think I would at least get a standard “thank you for your inquiry” response from AFP.

Care to respond, AFP?


From JOHN DORSCHNER, retired journalist (after four decades with the Miami Herald): CBS News Monday night put on their new correspondent Condi Rice to say that US must take firm action in Syria. No mention of her role in the Iraq escalation, lies. I’m deeply disturbed by how the media is leading us into another quagmire that will do nothing to stop sectarian violence (look at Iraq, Afghanistan). There wasn’t even a hint of balance or reporting in the Rice appearance, no possibility that it is time for US to stop playing the role of No. 1 meddler in the world’s problems.

* Eliminating an entire photo department is “the kind of bottom line decision that just makes a corporation look self-centered and heartless.” (
unemployment* “The day I got laid off, I had an $1,800 lens delivered to my house,” says former Sun-Times photographer Rob Hart. (
* Matt Zoller Seitz is the new editor of ( | Seitz introduces himself: (
* Jay Rosen says New York Times Co.’s CEO gave “bad information” in a speech to Columbia business school grads. (
* Uh-oh! New York magazine’s “Approval Matrix” is not a matrix. (
* Will Nikki Finke’s next big exclusive be about her Deadline Hollywood departure? (
* Jules Witcover: Anybody with or without a sane thought in his or her head can be a “journalist” these days. (
* San Francisco Chronicle’s ethics policy doesn’t apply to columnist Willie Brown because he “is not a journalist or a member of the Chronicle’s news staff.” (

EWTN news anchor Colleen Carroll Campbell

EWTN news anchor Colleen Carroll Campbell

* Stories on the soon-to-launch EWTN nightly newscast will be filtered through a “Catholic lens.” (
* Tech start-ups are hiring veteran journalists from old media. (
* Housing recovery boosts shelter magazines. Ad pages in category were up 7.2% in the second quarter. (
* David Gergen: We cross a line when the government starts criminalizing reporters for asking tough questions. (
* Bruce Karsh, whose firm is looking to sell Tribune’s newspapers, “is something of a reluctant Citizen Kane.” (
* General Mills disables comments on Cheerios YouTube Ad. The company says they “were not family-friendly.” (
* Author of Sunday’s New York Times Magazine cover story didn’t find Rahm Emanuel “abrasive in the kind of caricatured way I’d often read about.” (