Media Matters: “During the first six months of this year, white men were no less than 58% and as high as 66% of guests on This Week, Face the Nation, Meet the Press, Fox News Sunday, and State of the Union.”
Erik Stinson makes it clear that Joan Didion isn’t in charge of @joandidion. The unverified Twitter account states: “Joan’s tweets inspired by Joan (she dislikes [micro]blogs) and edited by a chill dude who writes and works in advertising (@erik_stinson).”
The Wall Street Journal didn’t get that, though, and Storified what it called Didion’s “final tweets.” Stinson loved it:
Finally, the Journal posted this at about 1:35 p.m. ET, a half-hour after the original post went up:
From a Change.org petition:
“It is especially unfortunate to see you dismiss your only staff reporter specializing in art now that Los Angeles is increasingly recognized worldwide as the most influential center for contemporary art and culture,” they write. “For instance, just as she was being laid off, the New York Times dedicated nearly three full pages to L.A.’s significance within the international art world. …
“We hope that the L.A. Times restores this important position and better recognizes its responsibility to cover the art and culture that shapes our creative city.”
The Times’ response: “We do not discuss employee relations, but our commitment to intelligent and illuminating reporting of arts and culture in Southern California is in no way diminished.”
Finkel tells the Hollywood Reporter: “This is one of the reasons I like covering art here, which is that it is a community filled with really dynamic people who are not afraid to take a stand, and I was really moved that so many museum directors would organize so quickly to support arts writing in L.A.”
Nearly 1,000 people have signed the petition.
UPDATE: Times editor Davan Maharaj tells the museum bosses:
Please know that our commitment to intelligent and illuminating reporting of the visual arts in Southern California is in no way diminished. …[and] we will continue to provide in-depth coverage of exhibitions, acquisitions, leading artists and curators, and other news about the art scene. …We devote more staff resources to the arts than almost any other general news organization in the country. Four reporters and two critics devote a significant portion of their time to art and museum news and reviews.
* Top museum directors protest layoff of arts reporter (hollywoodreporter)
* Los Angeles Times editor: We still have plenty of arts coverage (laobserved.com)
* Petition: Reinstate Los Angeles Times arts reporter position (change.org)
UPDATE: AAA Mid-Atlantic public and government affairs manager Martha Meade tells Romenesko readers:
AAA Mid-Atlantic is obviously very embarrassed by this mistake, especially as we pride ourselves as travel experts and as the “most trusted name in travel.” Our hope is that readers/clients will forgive us and that our over 100 year history of quality will outshine this human error. Who knew that our travel experts had amazing powers, talk about moving mountains! If only we could disguise this as an attempt to increase tourism to the great state of North Dakota.
Sioux Falls, SD, meteorologist Jay Trobec tweets: “Attention South Dakotans: According to this ad in a Richmond, VA newspaper, North Dakota has stolen our four faces!” || Visit Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.
Don’t stalk them; confront them.
Asked my daughter why she doesn't want to be a journalist. Answer: "I don't want to stalk people."
— Patricia Zengerle (@ReutersZengerle) July 11, 2013
* Seattle Times executive editor David Boardman is named dean of Temple University’s School of Media and Communication. Boardman, 56, has been with the paper for 30 years. (seattletimes.com)
* Indianapolis Star is in talks to move to a shopping mall. (indystar.com) | “If the lease deal closes for the Nordstrom space, it would set up a potentially awkward landlord-tenant relationship involving the city and the state’s largest newspaper.” (ibj.com)
* “I’m one of the last independent tech brands,” says Robert Scoble. “I have never turned into a company.” (sv411.com)
* Glenn Greenwald gets the corrections he wanted from Washington Post’s Walter Pincus. (politico.com)
* “It’s an astute move,” a tax analyst says of Tribune’s decision to spin off its publishing business. (chicagotribune.com)
* Will Intern magazine have a feature on answering the phones? (@vouchey)
* Colorado Springs Gazette’s video editor was one of the motorists carried off the road by the fast-moving floodwaters. (gazette.com)
* Filmmaker seeks funding to document the life of photojournalist Chris Hondros, who was killed in Libya. (kickstarter.com)
* Convicted killer sues the Lafayette (LA) Daily Advertiser and one of its reporters over alleged inaccuracies. (thetowntalk.com)
* Dr. Ben Carson gets a weekly Washington Times column, says he’ll run for political office if it’s God’s will. (baltimoresun.com)
* CJR’s Dean Starkman joins GoLocal24 as a contributor and editor-at-large. (golocalprov.com)
* Neil Steinberg: In the future, “our children will wonder why we made such a fuss over something as meaningless as privacy.” (everygoddamnday.com)