Daily Archives: September 9, 2013

This ad ran today in the Lee Enterprises-owned Wisconsin State Journal. I called Tumbledown Trails Golf Course this evening and was told to speak to the manager in the morning. The man who answered the phone mentioned that this is the third year the Verona, Wisconsin, club has offered the $9.11 special “commemorating” 9/11.
— via @joshorton

* “Super tasteless promotion you’re running right now,” and other comments from the club’s Facebook page (

Update: Here’s what the golf club has posted on Facebook:

We would first like to apologize to everyone that we have upset or feels we have disrespected in anyway. By no means did we mean to do this.

Here is what we will do this Wednesday 9-11; we will still let all that have tee times booked play for the previous rates we posted. Then for all other golf that day we would like to donate the $ difference between our normal rate and the previous price for the day to the 9/11 Memorial.

We hope that everyone will now see this as a positive as we really meant it to be. Again we do sincerely apologize for offending anyone & hope that you do accept our sincere apology.


The Miami Herald publisher’s memo, via Bill Cooke at Random Pixels:

From: Landsberg, David
Date: Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 7:26 PM
Subject: Caliente
To: MIA All Herald Users

We are excited to announce that beginning Sept. 18, The Miami Herald Media Co. is launching Caliente, a free Spanish-language tabloid, and a fresh idea for our market.

Caliente is fun and makes perfect business sense for us: it targets Spanish preferred readers who currently do not consume our products. The 40-page tabloid features weird local stories (no shortage), loud headlines, celebrity gossip, horoscopes, a relationship column, recipes, immigration information, sports – especially futbol y beisbol – and a bikini model.

Stories are short, photos and graphics large and vivid. It will be interactive & fun because we will ask readers to participate. Our website will be

Our initial launch, at nearly 70,000 copies, will go to homes and businesses and be placed in racks in selected zip codes in Hialeah and Little Havana. We’ll share further details on the launch shortly.


* Prototype includes “woman with the world’s largest hips” (

friend“Supervisors should not ask to be Facebook friends with staff who report to them. It creates an awkward situation where the person being asked may feel obligated to approve. … On the flipside, it’s perfectly acceptable for a staffer to ask their supervisor to friend them on Facebook — the power relationship is reversed — with the proviso that nobody is under any obligation to approve.”

* Read the Canadian Press Social Media Policy (
* Read what my Facebook friends/subscribers say about this policy (


“This is going to be the death of me,” WMAZ (Macon, GA) reporter and 1985 Pulitzer winner Randall Savage says, not knowing he’s live on camera. “I’m on? Now?”

* WMAZ reporter Randall Savage: “I’m on? Now? (

“For $80 I can get a ticket to an event that will reveal to me the identity of the Baltimore Sun’s restaurant critic?” a Romenesko reader asks after seeing the Sun University promo. “I thought these guys were supposed to be super secret. If I were a restaurateur, I think I would go just to see who Richard Gorelick is, then post his picture in the back of my restaurant with a sign that says, ‘If you see this man, treat him like a king.'”

I asked Gorelick about this and he responded:

Yes, he will be able to see what I look like. But he should know that Gertrude’s adds 10 pounds, more like 20.

After a lot of discussion internally and with features editors elsewhere, we feel comfortable expanding the Sun University series into dining.

As you’ve noted in the past, the Association of Food Journalists has acknowledged that true anonymity is virtually impossible in these days of social media. But I do my best. I’ve scrubbed my photograph from the Internet; for this event we will ask attendees not to take pictures. I don’t make reservations in my own name, and I ask that my traditional entrance theme not be played as I’m being seated.

But I don’t wear disguises. I’ve been “spotted” from time to time by restaurant owners and career servers, and other times by people I went to high school with. Whether I’ve been recognized and how that may have affected a meal is absolutely something I consider when I sit down to write the most impartial review possible of a restaurant. But I don’t pretend that I’m perfectly anonymous, and I’m comfortable showing my face at these subscriber events. If I wasn’t, we wouldn’t be doing them.

* Baltimore Sun Supper Club debuts next Monday (

perkyInteresting journalism job ad of the day
“You must be a good writer that can crank out both short and in-depth stories and articles. Must also be perky, articulate, detailed, friendly to work with and good with MS Word, Excel and telephone skills.”

“Starting pay of up to $35,000 per year requires 45-hour workweeks on-site at our beautiful Darien, IL office complex. Must have 5 or more years of experience in writing about personal financial matters.”

* “Journalists/writers wanted: up to $35,000 to start!” (

* Politico owner Robert Allbritton buys Capital New York and plans to expand its staff by “I would not have purchased the company if [Capital New York founders Tom McGeveran and Josh Benson] had not agreed to join us for this great experiment,” writes Allbritton. McGeveran says: “We felt we were in a position to grow with the right kind of money behind us.” ( | ( | (
* Riptide: Dozens of media people explain what really happened to the news business. The oral histories are “personal recollections of a broad but select group of principals who faced the choices, made the decisions, placed the bets, and now have the benefit of hindsight as to how it could, or couldn’t, have played out differently.” (
* Brian Williams was open about his knee surgery “because in this day and age there is no such thing as an unexcused, unexplained one-month absence from your day job.” (
* Vanity Fair toughens its coverage of Hollywood; some celebs and their reps aren’t pleased. (
* The “new” Oregonian will be more than briefs, breaking news and crime du jour, says its editor. (
* MIA Los Angeles Times sports columnist TJ Simers is reportedly joining OC Register. (
* Longtime New York Post TV critic Linda Stasi joins the Daily News. (
* Philadelphia Inquirer redesign critiqued. (
* CBS News scores some impressive Syria coverage wins. (
* I’m shocked that Marilyn Hagerty’s big book event is at Sander’s restaurant and not The Olive Garden. (
* In the case of journalist-agitator Barrett Brown, the feds “are suggesting that to share information online is the same as possessing it or even stealing it.” (

Swisher and Wolff

Swisher and Wolff

* Michael Wolff on All Things D’s Kara Swisher: “Nobody wants to challenge her for fear of her backlash.” ( | Swisher tweets: “Hey, I just read I am a ‘crazy scary’ lesbian.” (@karaswisher)
* Howard Kurtz’s new “Media Buzz” show on Fox News “shows a fair bit of promise,” writes Erik Wemple. ( | The show’s formula feels familiar, a bit “Reliable Sources”-like. (
* NPR ombud Edward Schumacher-Matos no longer has a problem with news outlets using the term “Obamacare.” (
* Megan Liberman leaves the New York Times to become Yahoo! News editor-in-chief. (
* “My bet is Jeff Bezos will use lessons from Amazon’s Prime service” at the Washington Post. (
* Groupon founder Andrew Mason is going to be a dad. (

From September 4, 2012:

From September 8, 2013

* “Unfortunate printer #fail in my parents’ hometown paper” (@marincogan) | Erie Times-News Fall Arts highlights (