Monthly Archives: July 2013


* Weiner’s sexting partner tells all on Howard Stern’s show ( UPDATE: The story is pulled.
* Earlier: “We all know what happened to the Segway: it bombed” (


Los Angeles Times reporter Catherine Saillant’s use of public storage “has caused us some concern,” writes Public Storage paralegal Ann Dickerson. “We trust, of course, that this usage was inadvertent and will be avoided in the future.”

Saillant is told what she did wrong:

From: Ann Dickerson
Sent: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 8:53 AM
To: Saillant, Catherine
Subject: General Comment

Dear Ms. Saillant:

I would like to bring something to your attention which, although probably unintentional, has caused us some concern. In an article found [here], I observed the term PUBLIC STORAGE used improperly in the article to describe a self-storage unit or facility. As PUBLIC STORAGE is a registered trademark of our company, it should be used distinctly.
In order to maintain consumer perception of our trademark, we request that you follow the rules of proper trademark use. Proper use of the Public Storage trademark is as an adjective modifying a proper noun, with capitalization of the mark in type. Also, we ask that you display the proper trademark notice when using our trademark. Furthermore, PUBLIC STORAGE should not be used except to indicate our company’s storage facilities. “Self-storage” or “mini-storage” are suggested alternative adjectives or modifiers for other situations.

We trust, of course, that this usage was inadvertent and will be avoided in the future. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.


The Times reporter says she didn’t bother to reply.

UPDATE: Reporters share their warning-letter stories. (“I once got a letter from DayGlo after using the term ‘day-glow’ in an article.”)

UPDATE: The Tribune’s social media manager explains what happened.


* Chicago Tribune makes the best Internet mistake of the day (
* Check out more news bloopers on Romenesko’s Pinterest page (

The Indianapolis Star has laid off 11 employees, including three copy editors, a graphic artist, the metro/region team leader, and two custodians.
“Some of us have long believed that Gannett practices age discrimination, targeting employees who are 50 plus for dismissal,” writes retired Star columnist Ruth Holladay. “I do not know all faces behind the names on this list [of employees laid off on Monday], but those I recognize are individuals who are 50-plus or 55 or so. Perhaps it is time for the Indianapolis Guild and/or some of these fired to contact an attorney about age discrimination.”

Star management calls the layoffs “a resizing of the organization.”

* A new round of layoffs at the Indianapolis Star (
* Hit list: Names of the 11 Star employees who lost their jobs (

Pueblo Chieftain’s Ray Stafford to Sen. Angela Giron on March 3:
“I am the General Manager and responsible for the entire newspaper, including the newsroom. I want you to know I oppose all the [gun-control] bills currently being considered.”

July 28: The Chieftain’s assistant publisher, general manager, and production director all signed recall petitions against Sen. Giron.

* Chieftain newsroom execs sign Sen. Giron recall petitions (
* Will the Chieftain’s coverage of recall election be fair? (
* Call for Pueblo Chieftain to disclose conflict of interest (

* Montana’s Attorney General won’t give the Associated Press information about the state’s concealed carry permit holders. (
* WSJ visits Intel headquarters to see how it plans to change TV viewing. (
sandals* Los Angeles Daily Journal dress code memo targets women. One rule: “Strapless flojo, slip-on, or slipper-type sandals/shoes are not allowed. The shoe must have some type of strap around the ankle.” (
* Publishers Weekly: Does President Obama hate independent bookstores? (
* Some news shops at Sinclair stations do very good work, says a veteran viewer/TV critic. (
* Using his newspaper’s stationery, a Post-Tribune columnist writes a letter in support of a man who has pleaded guilty to child porn possession. (
* Scott Simon’s real-time grieving was “occasionally saccharine, sometimes uncomfortable, sometimes tonally jarring.” (
* NYT ad veep Todd R. Haskell, who joined the paper as an intern in 1989, quits to join Hearst’s digital team. (
* NYT standards editor: The anecdotal lede occasionally works brilliantly, but sometimes seems shopworn and formulaic. (
* Ex-Contra Costa Times reporter Michael Taugher dies while snorkeling in Hawaii. (
brake* Nick Ravo’s comment on my Facebook post about drug/alcohol testing at Charleston Newspapers: “As a joke, I deliberately scuttled a drug test at the Orlando Sentinel during a job interview in the mid-80s by putting brake fluid in my urine (I thought it would show drive) and then wrote a story about it for The Miami Herald’s Tropic magazine, which killed it; the editor said he was doing me a favor. I think the publisher at the Herald was ranting about Reagan’s ‘Just Say No’ bullshit or something.”

* 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 (