Daily Archives: July 24, 2013

WJRT-TV (Flint, Mich.) news director Jayne E. Hodak writes in an email: “This was an innocent mistake on behalf of the reporter. In no way was it intentional.”

* Reporter unwittingly draws a penis while talking about men at work (

UPDATE: Reactions from my Facebook friends and subscribers (


Jim Swift writes:

It is obvious why Mr. Spitzer’s campaign team would edit the Times article. Since he’s embracing the whole “Sheriff of Wall Street / Working man” image, it would be pretty silly to leave up a subhed that suggests unions and politicians are pushing back against his candidacy also. That doesn’t comport with the man of the people image.

* Eliot Spitzer Photoshops NYT headline in new ad ( | (
* PDF of July 9 NYT front page ( | Spitzer campaign ad (

Advertising went away and there’s nothing newspapers could have done about it.

Sharon Waxman reports that’s the conclusion of over 60 media people who participated in a “Digital Riptide” video project.

Paul Sagan Akamai Technologies noted: “Knight Ridder saw it earliest, experimented the most, worked the hardest – and it doesn’t exist anymore. Their top budget [for innovation] was $1 million – which doesn’t amount to the sushi budget in Google’s cafeteria.” (Roger Fidler was Knight Ridder’s visionary. He predicted the tablet newspaper nearly 20 years ago.)

Former Time Inc. editor-in-chief John Huey added: “The idea that the metro dailies didn’t see it coming is way wrong. There’s no evidence that if they kept moving there would have been a different outcome.”

* Media veterans say the decline of newspapers was inevitable (

New York Times reporter Rod Nordland won the top honor ($5,000) in this year’s Heywood Broun Awards competition for his reporting on children freezing to death in Afghanistan refugee camps.
Award of Distinctions ($750) go to Los Angeles Times reporters Jason Felch and Kim Christensen for “The Shame of the Boy Scouts,” and the Chicago Tribune’s David Jackson and Gary Marx for “Empty Desk Epidemic.”

Honorable Mention ($500) honors went to to Karen de Sa of the San Jose Mercury News for her series, “Loss of Trust.”

The release:

Newspapers’ Reporting on Vulnerable Children Wins Top Honors in Heywood Broun Awards

The world’s most vulnerable children became the unexpected theme of 2012 Heywood Broun Awards, with the top honor going to Rod Nordland of the New York Times for his series, “Kabul’s Killing Freezes.”

The award, which comes with a $5,000 check, is given annually by The Newspaper Guild-Communications Workers of America. Named for the crusading New York City columnist who helped found the Guild and served as its first president, the award honors excellence in journalism in the tradition of Broun — fighting injustice and righting wrongs.

“The quality of the journalism in the 59 entries reviewed by the committee was nothing short of superlative,” the Broun judges said in a statement. “That the field was so rich at a time of such tight newsroom budgets is a testament to reporters’ passion to tell a story well.”/CONTINUES Read More


I’ve asked the fired reporter and his editor for comment.

* Fired reporter Jason Kahl “had been the face of the Eagle news team” (
* “Support Jason Kahl” page on Facebook (

annruleTrue-crime writer Ann Rule says she was defamed in a 2011 Seattle Weekly cover story that accused her of “sloppy storytelling.” The piece was written by freelancer Rick Swart, who failed to disclose to Weekly editors that he was engaged to the convicted killer he was defending in his story. (The article was published when Seattle Weekly was owned by New Times; it’s now a Sound Publishing property.)

Rule’s lawyer says:

The hallmark of Ann’s career has been honest, detailed writing. This article was so blatantly defamatory and false, there couldn’t be anything more damaging to Ann than something like this. …

What Ann wants more than anything is for people to know that article is false and that she’s the real deal.

* Ann Rule sues Seattle Weekly over a 2011 cover story ( | The story (
* July 28, 2011: What Rick Swart failed to reveal to us about this week’s cover story (


Remember A.J. Clemente, the North Dakota anchor who was fired for dropping an F-bomb on his first night doing the news? He’s bartending this summer — for the third year — at the Que Pasa Mexican Restaurant in Dewey Beach, Del. “At the end of summer I’m ready to go see where the next challenge is,” he tells Molly MacMillan of (Clemente turned 25 a few days ago.)

* Viral video star A.J. Clemente back behind the bar (
* Earlier: North Dakota anchor fired after dropping the F-bomb (

CityPaperNashvilleEpaperNashville City Paper’s Aug. 9 issue will be its last. Employees of the weekly were told this morning:

In the last few days, we made the difficult decision to stop publishing The City Paper. After years of being subsidized by our investors and other Southcomm publications, we finally determined that there was not enough advertiser support for the free newsweekly model we were trying to sustain. The model proved very popular with readers, but in publishing the revenue doesn’t necessarily follow the readership.

City Paper was launched in 2000.

* City Paper to close August 9 ( | (

* Ben Jacobs: “What a pathetic showing by the tabloid covers.” (@benhjacobs)
* Restaurant critics should stop pretending they’re anonymous. ( | (
* Todd S. Purdum will become senior writer at Politico and contributing editor at Vanity Fair. ( item)
* Michael Miner contends “the only intelligent line ever uttered about the craft of writing was Red Smith’s ‘Open a vein and bleed.'” (
* Why we’re seeing more personal franchise media sites. (
* Sport Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch asks for photos of happy moments in life: ( || Deadspin goes for the embarrassing moments: (
* C-Ville Weekly now bans “racist, sexist or otherwise hate-inspired language” in its Rant column. (AP via
* Walmart’s PR machine is able to sell its story to overworked reporters in smaller markets. (
*’s archives disappear. “I’d like to keep them alive somehow,” writes its former arts editor Andrew Beaujon. (
* Google is expected to announce a $229 tablet today. (
* Essence is close to announcing its fifth editor in 13 years. (
* Slate correction: The Carlos Danger Name for Anthony Weiner is, in fact, Carlos Danger. (
* A woman attacks journalists covering the shooting of an Orlando police officer. (
* Layoffs and lower newsprint prices help Lee Enterprises turn a profit. (
* James Russell, financial columnist who predicted the dot com crash in 1998, dies at 91. (
* NY1’s Pat Kiernan “anchors” weddings on the side. (