Daily Archives: July 8, 2013

* Interviewing Selena Gomez? Questions about Justin Bieber are not allowed. (Note-taking and recording are banned, too.) (
biebs* “Smart and tough” Star Tribune editor Nancy Barnes would make a good publisher, says John Reinan. (
* Mark Leibovich: “It can be a valuable experience for any reporter to be on the other side of the phone or notebook once in a while.” (
* Salt Lake Tribune gets smaller, but the editor says “we have no intention of abandoning our print readers or dropping our print products.” (
* Meet The Awl interns, including one who knows that drunk tweeting is a problem “and promises to work on it.” (
* The Awl and its sister sites have eight full-time editorial staffers who write 60 pieces a day. (
* John McIntyre has a candidate for the dumbest AP style rule. (
* Frank Deford will receive the National Humanities Medal from President Obama on Wednesday. (
* A character in FX’s “The Bridge” is loosely based on El Paso Times reporter Adriana M. Chavez. (
* Netflix is making both cable and Internet TV better, says Rebecca Greenfield. (
* Longtime Baltimore Sun sportswriter Kevin Cowherd says “it’s time for a new challenge.” (
* “The Five” celebrates two years on Fox News. (AP via
* Teen journalist from Texas: “I think the people in New York get a bad rap … For the most part, everyone we met was so friendly and so down to earth.” (

On its first day of publishing — May 9, 2005 — the Huffington Post announced that the New York Times was starting a blog. (There are now 52 Times blogs listed in the paper’s directory.)


* May 9, 2005: Huffington Post, Vol. 1, No. 1 (

The Washington Times announced this morning that its former executive editor, John Solomon, is returning as editor and vice president for content and business development.



He replaces David Jackson, who resigned last week.

The paper also announced that the Washington Guardian, an online investigative news portal co-founded by Solomon in 2012, is being acquired by the Times.

The CEO’s memo:

To All Employees:

Today I named John Solomon to the joint role of Editor and Vice President for Content and Business Development, where he will have broad responsibility for the content, audience and business strategies of the company. In this role, he will oversee all news and opinion content in the newsroom as well as the advertising, sales and digital departments on our business side.

John has consistently been one of the country’s most compelling journalists over the last two decades. He has personally broken some of the most important stories while leading the reporters and editors around him to do the same. During his earlier stint at The Washington Times in 2008-09, the paper routinely produced compelling stories in print, online, radio and TV that attracted new audiences, created impact and won some of the profession’s highest honors. That’s exactly what I and the ownership want in this next phase of rebuilding the Times./CONTINUES Read More

Some tips from Victoria Times Colonist columnist Les Leyne:

* Always read the newspaper in a public place, and walk confidently into the store or wherever you go with the paper under your arm.

* Always dress your best and wear a really expensive watch that shows while you’re holding up the newspaper. “You want to look as if you’re killing some time while your private jet is being vacuumed.”

* Open the paper with a snap so it makes a small firecracker-like sound. “People will look up and realize something special is going on. A person is reading a newspaper.”

* Always read it with a cocked eyebrow. “You know about everything the newspaper says is happening. Hell, you made some of it happen yourself. You’re just checking to make sure we got it right.”

* Always go to an inside page first and read a really obscure story. “The more boring the story, the smarter you look reading it.”

Finally, Leyne notes: “Plagiarism is just a quaint old notion these days, given that everything ends up posted everywhere. But to be safe, the above is informed by a vaguely similar piece I read years ago, and have been unable to locate to credit properly.”

* How to read a newspaper with style (

UPDATE: I asked Leyne if he’s received additional tips from readers or colleagues and he sent me this reader email:

Dear Les Leyne

Read your article about reading the newspaper. Question: does the newspaper have style or is the reading with style. tch! tch!

I also believe that newspapers are going to have further reductions in readership. Oh well, that’s progress!

I enjoy the thought of the “current business model”… “transitioning to a more to a monetized synergistic digital presence”. However, what I would like is that newspapers move toward watching more closely the bottom line, working together and using modern digital computers.

I appreciate being a “segment” and I realize I am an elitist.

To prepare for reading my morning paper I firstly arise from my bed and wander over to the door to get my paper. However, when I take my paper to Serious Coffee to peruse its contents I fail your number one prerequisite – I’m only adequately dressed — runners, t-shirt and no watch. But I am definitely killing time as I am retired and have no job to go to.

images-1Asian American Journalists Association: “Some who saw the tabloid’s cover took offense, contending that the headline – ‘Fright 214’ — perpetuated the oft-used stereotype of an Asian accent.”

Sun-Times editor Jim Kirk: “There was nothing intentional on our part to play off any stereotypes. … If anybody was offended by that, we are sorry. We were trying to convey the obviously frightening situation of that landing.”

* Sun-Times editor Jim Kirk comments on “Fright 214” headline (
* Read what my Facebook friends and subscribers say about the hed (

* TV tops the Internet (55% vs. 21%) for the main place Americans turn to for news. Nine percent say newspapers or other print publications are their main news source. (
* Newseum pays its leaders big salaries while it struggles to cover its costs. (AP via
* Jack Shafer defends cable channels’ nonstop George Zimmerman coverage. (
camp* Enroll today in Journalism Summer Camp! (
* Richard Deitsch: New York Times reporter Tim Rohan’s story on Boston marathon bombing victim Jeff Bauman “is sensational journalism.” (@richarddeitsch)
* Tom Finkel is named Village Voice editor. He leaves Riverfront Times after a decade. (
* Seoul newscaster is criticized for expressing relief that the two dead passengers on Asiana Airlines were Chinese and not South Korean. (
* After four years online, Wall St. Cheat Sheet is reportedly making millions. (
* Conde Nast CEO Charles Townsend, 69, re-ups for two years. (
* SF Chronicle managing editor deals with other media looking for plane crash news. (@audreycooperf)
* Cheezburger CEO Ben Huh: “The most difficult week I’ve ever experienced” was when I had to lay off 24 people. (
* News Corp. kills WWOR-TV’s 10 p.m. newscast. (
* Google interns are terrorizing their neighbors. (
* Former People editor says the best cover subjects are dead celebrities. (