Daily Archives: June 10, 2013

UPDATE: I asked if the cakes were delivered on Tuesday. Josh Stearns’ response:

I have gotten delivery confirmation from the bakery for every cake. Most were delivered before noon today, but some were later in the afternoon.

I have been hoping to see some pictures too. [I told him I hadn’t seen any cake photos on Twitter.] I emailed editors at every paper yesterday to let them know the cakes were coming in hopes they would keep an eye out for the delivery.

CHOOSE CAKE, NOT KOCH: This cake will be delivered Tuesday to the newsrooms of Tribune’s eight daily newspapers.

Free Press, a sponsor of one of the Stop the Koch Brothers movements, is sending this cake Tuesday to journalists at the Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, Daily Press, Hartford Courant, Los Angeles Times, Morning Call, Orlando Sentinel and South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

The Free Press’s Josh Stearns says in a statement:

The Tribune Company’s birthday reminds us of the historic role Tribune newspapers have played in their communities. Selling these papers to the Koch brothers, who attack journalists they don’t agree with and want to use these outlets to push their political agenda, would jeopardize these relationships.

Our birthday wish is for the Tribune Company to find local buyers for their papers. We need owners who will invest in the kind of robust and uncompromising journalism communities need to stay informed.

* Tribune was founded on June 10, 1847, when the Chicago Tribune published its first edition. The original press run consisted of 400 copies printed on a hand press. (

UPDATE: Potential Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune buyers line up (

chad2“Bravo to @BostonGlobe staffer who conceived this gem of a hed: “Chad ‘Ochocinco’ gets treinta days in jail,” tweeted tweeted Joshua Green. Emily Mitchell called it the “Best Inadvertently Bilingual Headline of the Day.”

The headline was changed earlier today to “Backside slap gets ‘Ochocinco’ jail time” to fit into a lower position on the home page, says sports editor Matt Pepin. “The producer who wrote the original headline, Jack Pickell, is one of our top headline writers.”

* Boston Globe’s meteorite headline “has to be one of the year’s best” (


* Journalism is the worst four-year college investment (
* Still … the teen daughter of WaPo’s publisher wants to be a reporter (
* Earlier: Why lumberjack did better than reporter in jobs survey (


Paige Williams did a Q-and-A with Washington Post reporter Eli Saslow about his must-read Sunday profile of a couple who lost their 7-year-old son in the Newtown shootings.

He tells her:

I spent about a month working on it – two trips to Newtown, and then a week or more of writing. For most of that time the story occupied a good bit of my mind. I couldn’t shake it. Both the reporting and the writing had hard moments when I felt emotionally drained, but even writing that, to you, now feels lousy, because of course anything I experienced was fractional and irrelevant compared to the emotional toll I was writing about.

Williams asked Saslow if he stayed with the family while reporting the story.

No, it wouldn’t ever feel appropriate to me to stay with someone I was writing about. But I did spend all day with them, always. I traveled with them on the train to Delaware and I got a hotel room in the same hotel. Sometimes, when we were at their home and I sensed they needed a break, I would go into the room in their house where they stored all the mail they have received since the shooting, and I would go through some of that and soak it in.

The family’s reaction to the story?

They felt like it was right. That mattered a lot to me.

* The kind of story that can leave you limp for days ( | Saslow’s piece (

Phil Mushnick: “The funny thing about National Public Radio is that it takes itself so seriously it doesn’t seem to realize how funny it is.”

What do you mean — takes itself so seriously? NPR’s selling “fun” temporary tattoos now, Phil!
By the way, Romenesko reader Alexander Nazaryan says that “I can’t be the only one who thought Phil Mushnick’s slander of NPR in Sunday’s New York Post was racist.”

I suspect he’s referring to passages like this:

[NPR] continues to present long interviews with folks — foreign ambassadors, activists from Rangoon, Kamnik, Timbuktu, journalists from Sumatra, Tunis, La Paz — who seem to be able to speak English, but not so clearly that we can understand them much beyond “yes,” “no” and, finally, “You’re welcome.”

Given that radios do not yet come equipped with translation graphics, this makes many of these interviews a complete but comical waste of time. As Popeye said when handed a menu written in Arabic, “I can read writin’ but not when the writin’s written rotten.”

* NPR’s curious radio daze (

Philadelphia magazine on the editor’s tweet: “The supposedly neutral chief of the region’s most influential journalistic outlet is cheerleading for a political candidate … backed by her dad … who owns said journalistic outlet. Hmm.”

* Supposedly objective director of major media outlet unabashed Cory Booker fan (

justask2How many people have applied for The Awl’s editor-in-chief job, which Andrew Beaujon said “sounds like it may be one of the best jobs in journalism.”

The Awl co-founder Choire Sicha tells Romenesko readers:

Looks like we’ve received somewhere north of 50 inquiries so far. [The ad was posted last Wednesday.] Our last job posting had about 115 applicants, and I’d say we’ll probably get there over the course of this week. Overall, I’d say they skew a bit male, though actually not terribly, and are more than a bit white (as near as I can tell).
Otherwise, they’re all over the map, which is kind of cool. In terms of background (and these are essentially categories we’re disregarding in hiring), there’s a seriously broad mix of experience, ranging from glossy magazine editorships, newspaper work, and Internet experience, as well as the full range of currently quite shockingly “well-employed” to the under-employed. It’s gratifying to see people currently in what are thought of as “dream jobs” applying.

Choire Sicha

Choire Sicha

Of course there are a couple notes with misspellings and whatnot that are going straight in the trash, and a couple that are just wildly inappropriate, but that’s par for the course with a public posting. I have noticed that a few of the applicants are really pretty young, which is kind of cool, while there are others that are far more established. On the young side, we were especially impressed with the person who told us that the position would mesh really well with an internship they’re starting at another publication later this year. Probably the kind of person with whom we’re going to entrust this editorial budget is not someone else’s intern! (Unless they’re really amazing? I guess? We really are trying to keep an open mind!)

Our timeline is that we’re letting it all pile up all throughout this week, and we’ll start reading them in earnest this coming weekend. I really do think this is a great job, with more freedom than you’d have almost anywhere else, and with a budget to hire some excellent people with whom to go forth and have a ball.

* A new Pew report finds the financial outlook of nonprofit news sites decidedly mixed. “Many feel starved of the resources necessary to grow their operation and ensure some kind of financial security,” writes Justin Ellis. (
* “Whenever I want my blood pressure to go up, I’ll read [Paul] Krugman,” says a man who’s written about 500 letters to the Raleigh News and Observer. (
* The Guardian has an “avowedly liberal voice.” ( … and it’s not owned by Rupert Murdoch. (@davidfolkenflik)
* The Guardian’s Miriam Elder is named BuzzFeed foreign editor. (
* Edward Snowden used “Verax” as his code name – “truth teller” in Latin. (
* Frank Magid survey: 54% of Americans between the ages of 18 to 34 own a tablet. (
* Pew Internet survey: 34% of American adults ages 18 and older own a tablet computer – up from 18% a year ago. (

- Today's Baltimore Sun sports cover

– Today’s Baltimore Sun sports cover

* Glenn Greenwald spars with Mika Brzezinski on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” (
* “Look at the centerpiece hed on the Sun sports cover…” (at right) (@JamesEBriggs)
* What a Koch-owned Los Angeles Times might look like. (
* Simon Dumenco: The eventual demise of Facebook has become something of an obsession for many pundits. (
* Kelly Wallace returns to CNN as a digital correspondent covering women’s issues. (
* How the Los Angeles Herald Examiner named Richard Ramirez the “Night Stalker.” (
* David Carr calls Nikki Finke “erratic but very effective, using old-school tactics to power a new media enterprise.” (
* University System of Georgia is sued for failing to produce records about Georgia Perimeter College’s $25 million budget shortfall. (
* Saudi prince sues Forbes for undervaluing him at $20 billion. (Reuters via
* How the Forbes India editors were forced out. (