Daily Archives: July 29, 2013

* Science journalists are angered by Michael Pollan’s tweet about Amy Harmon’s “Race to Save the Orange” story. (
* “To be honest — there’s not very much I’ll miss about pulling back from politics some,” Nate Silver says in a Deadspin Q&A. ( | (
* Religious scholar Reza Azlan benefits from an awful Fox News interview. (
* Huntsville TV reporter is fired for her online “confessions.” (She’s worked without a bra!) (
* The Royal baby generated more front page stories than other recent major news events. (
* The Advocate, which has been hiring Times-Picayune journalists, offers buyouts to its veterans. (
* Chicago Reader is scolded for failing to credit media reporter Robert Feder for his Torey Malatia scoop. (Michael Miner responds.) (
* GlobalPost partners with NBC News. (
* Vulgar troll apologizes when someone threatens to send his tweet to his mother via snail mail. (@JLKnapp)
* Some unanswered questions about Amazon’s Kindle Singles Interview series. (
* Lots of good wishes for NPR’s Scott Simon and his mother. (
* Charlie Rose to appear in “Breaking Bad.” As what? “He could be anyone,” says series creator Vince Gilligan. (

“David Boardman’s 3 C’s approach at The Seattle Times — content, curation and community — is a top new industry model,” writes newspaper industry analyst and former editor Ken Doctor.


In most big-city newsrooms a dozen years ago, many journalists wrote nothing and never interacted with the public. Newspapers had so many copy editors, designers and midlevel managers and editors that each piece of reporter-written copy was often “touched” a half-dozen times.

Now, at The Seattle Times, there are fewer touches. More of the reduced staff is focused on creating stories, blogs and video segments. Then the curators take over, giving the content its best possible immediate usage on smartphones, tablets, the website and tomorrow’s print.

The “new” Plain Dealer can learn from that, says Doctor.

* Paper chase in Cleveland (
* What the “Save the Plain Dealer” folks have planned for this week when layoffs come down (

A Romenesko reader writes:

“Employees at Charleston Newspapers (parent company of the Charleston Gazette and the Charleston Daily Mail) have been told to sign a form agreeing to submit to random drug and alcohol testing.

“The form reads, in part:

drugfreeI understand that all Charleston Newspapers employees may be subject to testing when there is reasonable suspicion to believe that I may be using drugs or alcohol…I also understand that refusal to submit to testing will result in initiation of disciplinary action, up to and including termination. ….

The company in its sole discretion, reserves the right to test all employees at one or more sites of employment to effectuate the purpose of promoting and maintaining a drug and alcohol free environment, employees should anticipate that in most cases the company will do so.”

“At least one reporter was told that if he didn’t sign the form he would probably be fired.”

(Another reader writes me: “For Morris publications I can’t think of a time when contracts didn’t have a clause for random substance testing.”)

I’ve asked Charleston Newspapers president/publisher Elizabeth Chilton about the random-test policy. UPDATE: I received this response to my email: “Mrs. Chilton is away and will not be back in the office until next Tuesday, August 6. She is at the beach on vacation.”

* There are many comments about this from my Facebook friends and subscribers (

July 1, 2013: John Keim joins Washington Post’s Redskins coverage team.

July 29, 2013: John Keim leaves the Washington Post for ESPN.

John Keim tweets that “the Post has been terrific through this whole situation. Honest and understanding. Couldn’t ask for better.” He adds: “Was a contractor with the Post. This is a fulltime gig with benefits.” (Shirley Povich, by the way, did put in 75 years at the Post.)

* John Keim is leaving the Washington Post for ESPN (
* Earlier: Keim joins the Washington Post’s Redskins coverage (


* Esteban Contreras shows us the history of social media on a napkin (

* “Where it used to be the bellwether news organization and at the head of the pack, the Associated Press is now destined to be just another news source,” writes a former AP bureau chief. ( || Ex-APer George Tibbits: “I would disagree that everything has been in decline at AP.” (
notetoreaders* Chicago Tribune apologizes for “major inaccuracies” in its story about a blind man and his guide dog. The feature subject, according to the Tribune, “said he made up the [roadside bomb] story last year while socializing with co-workers and that it unexpectedly took hold.” The man said: “I felt I couldn’t stop it.” He lost his sight to diabetes, not war. ( || The story.
* Boston Globe bidders submit their final offers. (
* Joseph Stinnett replaces Carole Tarrant as Roanoke Times editor. He comes from the Lynchburg News & Advance. (
* Washington Post launches two political web shows. (
* Boston Herald Radio debuts next Monday. (
* “The best part of wearing my [Google] Glass has been recording the response it elicits in others.” (
* NPR’s Scott Simon tweets from his mother’s deathbed: “Her passing might come any moment, or in an hour, or not for a day. Nurses saying hearing is last sense to go so I sing & joke.” (@nprscottsimon)
* Politico owner to sell eight TV stations to Sinclair. (
* Oregon journalism students are robbed of electronics and “years of memories” while in Ghana. (
* Los Angeles Times sports columnist TJ Simers has been MIA since mid-June. (
* Longtime NBA reporter Chris Palmer is leaving ESPN. His reps at CAA are confident “he’ll land in a spot best suited for his skill set.” (
* Guardian CEO says 10% of the newspaper’s traffic now comes from social media. (
* Twitter favoriting means different things to different people. (
* The old Miami Herald building has a hot role on “Burn Notice.” (