Daily Archives: June 5, 2013

“This would make a great poster,” someone wrote on Boston Magazine’s Facebook wall in April.

poster3In fact, it is a poster, and it’s selling well – with all net proceeds going to charity.

“As of Tuesday, 6,085 [posters were sold], which translates into a $92,900 donation to The One Fund Boston, after paying direct costs for paper, mailing tubes and postage,” Boston Magazine CEO Rick Waechter writes in an email. “When combined with T-shirts and puzzles, we expect to raise a minimum of $110,000 for The One Fund Boston.” (I’m told the magazine said no to someone who wanted to put the cover image on iPhone cases.)

Waechter notes that photographer Mitchell Feinberg gave the magazine permission to use his photo for fundraising.

The poster cost $20, of which $4.75 goes to printing costs and shipping. The remaining $15.25 goes to the One Fund Boston, which helps people affected by the April 15 bombings.

* “This would make a great poster” ( | Buy the poster

Northern Virginia Daily community engagement editor’s Facebook post:

A Romenesko reader writes:

The Northern Virginia Daily in Strasburg, Va. (Northern Shenandoah Valley), which is down to 4 reporters and 1 photographer, now finds itself needing to line up four people to shoot local high school graduations on Saturday since they are all at the same time. An editor posted it on her own Facebook page. …

Ogden took over the paper last March [2012]; it was a family owned shop for nearly 80 years. They let one photographer go and did not replace the first two reporters that left shortly after the takeover.

Charles Koch tells the Wall Street Journal that Koch Industries might add newspapers to its portfolio, but insists that the company is looking for profitable publications rather than platforms to spread the Koch brothers’ views.

Charles Koch

Charles Koch

“There is a need for focus on real news, not news with an agenda or not news that is really editorializing,” he says.

He adds that the editorial page of any paper that Koch Industries acquires will “be a marketplace of ideas where all sorts of approaches to public-policy issues are vetted and contrasted, and there could be ongoing debate.” That, he predicts, “would ultimately improve newspapers as a business proposition.”

The Journal reports:

A person familiar with the matter said the Koch brothers have indicated an interest in the Tribune papers but may also look at other newspaper assets. Koch Industries said it has hired a financial adviser to look at various possible media investments but declined to identify that adviser.

* Koch Industries eyeing potentially profitable newspapers (

At about 6 a.m. today, Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee lawmakers voted 12-4 — with Republicans in the majority — to add a provision to the state budget expelling the non-partisan Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism from its University of Wisconsin-Madison offices. Also, lawmakers want to prohibit UW faculty from working with the center.

“We were blindsided by the action of JFC, the Legislature’s budget-writing committee,” executive director Andy Hall tells Romenesko readers. “Oddly, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism doesn’t receive direct state funding. Its $400,000 budget is supported by private foundations, individuals and news organizations.”

Here’s the email from Hall:

Today I’m overwhelmed by messages of support from journalists and journalism educators, here and across the nation. They’re concerned that the Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee’s action could have a ripple effect, limiting the public’s access to critical information that holds the government accountable, threatening the operations of other campus-based nonprofit journalism centers across the nation, and unreasonably restricting academic freedoms of educators to draw upon the best resources for educating students.

Andy Hall

Andy Hall

We were blindsided by the action of JFC, the Legislature’s budget-writing committee. Oddly, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism doesn’t receive direct state funding. Its $400,000 budget is supported by private foundations, individuals and news organizations. It operates in two small offices in Vilas Communication Hall — used by its four-member professional staff and four UW-Madison reporting interns — under a Facilities Use Agreement that requires the Center to provide paid internships, classroom collaborations, guest lectures and other educational services.

The Center’s award-winning journalism is making Wisconsin a better place by shining a light on key state issues to strengthen our democracy while training the next generation of investigative journalists.

Last year, APME honored the Center and the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication with its inaugural Innovator of the Year for College Students award.

The Joint Finance Committee recently relied upon our investigation into the reliability of GPS tracking of offenders to curtail the governor’s requested expansion of GPS tracking until the reliability can be proven.

* Wisconsin Republicans want to kick journalism center off UW campus (
* Center for Investigative journalism responds to lawmakers’ attack (

Around this time in 2003, I summarized and linked to a story about an Indiana teen-journalist prankster’s suspension: “High school senior Drew LaMar used the first letter of each paragraph in his Cub Reporter column to direct an obscenity at a teacher.tenyears ‘We would have never known if it hadn’t been for another student telling us,’ says a school official. ‘(Drew) is a well-behaved, decent young man who just had a lapse in judgment.’ He’s kicked out of classes for eight days and can’t attend graduation. (

What LaMar’s doing now: The prankster is still in journalism. He hasn’t responded to my tweet, but I see he’s written for Bleacher Report. LaMar says on his blog that he’s “a published writer looking to get back in the game with a blog about sports” and “is currently serving in our Armed Forces.”
In the spring of 2003, the New York Times was trying hard to recover from the Jayson Blair scandal. Washington correspondent Adam Clymer advised his colleagues in a memo that was leaked to me “to take a deep breath and think about the New York Times” and stop their public feuding.

I share your contempt for Jayson Blair and Rick Bragg. And I share your anger at some of the failures of management that enabled them. I agree with a lot of what Times people have told outside reporters, either directly or in internal E-mails that have quickly found their way to the Internet. In particular, Peter Kilborn made the case against Bragg’s excuses with telling effect.



But I think by now we have hit back, fairly and convincingly, and Blair and Bragg are gone, belatedly, from our ranks. The time has come to stop feeding this destructive monster. The Times that we are honored to work for will be damaged if we continue to fight with each other in public. And that’s more important than our own grievously, justifiably injured pride.

Some wise friends urged me not to send this message, saying all it would do is provide more material for Jim Romanesko [sic] or Howie Kurtz. I know it will do that. I hope it will do more.

Clymer retired from the Times in 2003, but he was back in the paper this week with his Frank Lautenberg obit.

* High-schooler uses column to direct obscenity at faculty member (
* Clymer to colleagues: Stop fighting with each other in public (Romenesko Memos)

From Pew Research:

Because 91% of the adult population now owns some kind of cell phone, that means that 56% of all American adults are now smartphone adopters. One third (35%) have some other kind of cell phone that is not a smartphone, and the remaining 9% of Americans do not own a cell phone at all.

* 2013 Smartphone ownership study | Full report (

The Washington Post says its $9.99/month metered subscription model will be phased in over a period of several weeks. Readers get 20 free articles a month.

UPDATE: Here’s the Post’s story on today’s announcement.

The release:

The Washington Post To Begin Digital Meter Rollout June 12
Subscription model to be implemented over multiple weeks

WASHINGTON—June 5, 2013—The Washington Post today announced that its metered subscription model will be phased in over a period of several weeks beginning June 12. The Post plans to implement the meter to random selections of readers to ensure they have the best possible experience.
The metered model will initially require a paid subscription after 20 articles or multimedia features have been viewed per month. Digital packages will be priced at $9.99 per month for access to the desktop and mobile web and $14.99 for the Digital Premium package, which also includes access to all of The Post’s custom apps.

“Over the coming months, we will learn more about how everything is working, listen to reader feedback and modify our model accordingly,” said Katharine Weymouth, Publisher, The Washington Post. “There is going to be a great deal of experimentation ahead to strike the right balance between ensuring access to critical news and information and building a sustainable business.”

Home delivery subscribers will continue to have complimentary access to all of The Post’s digital products. Access to The Post’s homepage, section front pages, videos and classified advertising will not be limited for any readers.

Students, teachers, school administrators, government employees and military personnel will have unlimited access to The Post’s digital content while in their schools and workplaces. In addition, visitors who come to The Post through search engines or shared links will still be able to access the linked page regardless of the number of articles they have previously viewed.

* A new report says newspapers’ total revenue will continue to decline through at least 2017. (
* Keith Olbermann signs with Turner Broadcasting. (
* Intern: “I don’t understand how people sign on to an unpaid internship and then have the audacity to demand payment afterward.” (
* Report: John Paton’s Digital First Media is taking a look at Newsweek’s books. (
* Bloomberg News begins investing in start-ups, including some that its tech journalists write about. (
* “Bazooka Joe” turns 60. (Did you know that his eye-patch was a spoof on a Hathaway shirt ad?) (
* Hearing reactions to the demise of Pro Football Weekly is like “being at your own funeral,” says the editor. (
* Politico editor says media firms should fear Bloomberg “because they have huge ambitions and huge cash reserves and they clearly have an appetite for more Washington coverage.” (
* “The single most consistent and universal trait of all reporters is that they are curious,” says ex-Time Inc. editor-in-chief John Huey. (
* Has the New York Daily News become “a star-studded shock sheet.” Its editor says: “We’re doing no more than reflecting lifestyles in terms of what our readers watch on TV.” (
* New York Post “newsroom institution” Myron Rushetzky is leaving the paper. (
* A new journalism school at Morgan State University will be led by USA Today columnist DeWayne Wickham. (
* New York State’s education commissioner gets tough questions from high school journalists. (
* Jonah Lehrer, who hasn’t tweeted since his controversial $20,000 Knight Foundation talk in February, is shopping a book about love. (
* Great video! OK Go plays “All Is Not Lost” hundreds of times while NPR Music’s “Tiny Desk” HQ moves to its new building. (
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