Daily Archives: September 10, 2013


* 9 questions Buzzfeed was too embarrassed to ask: 1. Max, can we use your idea? (@max_fisher)
* “And Buzzfeed is now straight stealing @max_fisher’s features, with no direct credit” (ezraklein)

* Good of Buzzfeed to add the “inspired by” here. Beef over! (@ezraklein)

“Hang on, Paul! Paul, we’ve got colors! Paul, we’ve got colors of the iPhone 5S!”


Listen to the Bloomberg TV anchor interrupt Paul Kedrosky during the iPhone 5S colors announcement:

prison“I know what life is like [for letters editors] on these smaller newspapers,” writes Romenesko reader Lou Alexander, who noticed that papers around the country are running the same letter from a prison inmate. (Only the writer’s birth city is changed.)

“I worked at them, was the editor of one and the publisher of another. There is no staff, no time and no resources. It is easy for something like this to slip through. Perhaps a mention on your site will alert some editors not to publish the letter when it comes their way.”

“Dear Editor: I was born in Decatur County and started grade school there. Not long afterward, my father lost his job, so my parents decided to move to Nashville, Tenn. As we were moving, we had a bad car accident and my parents were killed. …”

“Dear Editor: I was born in Salisbury and I started school there. Not long afterward, my father lost his job, so my parents decided to move to Nashville, Tenn. …”

“I was born in Kalamazoo County and started grade school in Kalamazoo. Not long afterward, my father lost his job…”

I was born in Marshall and I started grade school there…”

I was born in Opelousas and I started grade school there…”

I was born in Troy and even started grade school there…”

What’s Patch’s editorial strategy now that it’s laid off hundreds of staffers and closed many of its sites? Here’s a report from a Romenesko tipster:

During a conference call last week, all Patch editors were told that each site should have 11 posts per day, per site. The company is planning to provide approximately three of these posts each day, which will consist of a mix of centrally published national news content and “widget” style posts that automatically populate with local open houses, garage sales, movie schedules etc.
The rest, about eight posts per day, will be left to local editors. Since most editors are now responsible for two or three sites, this would add up to either 16 or 24 stories per day, an obviously impossible edict to follow given the oft-slow news cycle of small towns, plus the fact that there are only so many hours in the day. To help accomplish this, editors have been told to simply split stories into pieces and run them in several separate posts, post image galleries from around town and post events and announcements as stories. But even this plan is flawed, as editors now often live far from the towns they are covering, making it geographically infeasible to post image galleries from multiple towns each day. (And let’s be honest, what will these image galleries show, anyway? More overturned traffic cones?)

On earlier conference calls, the company’s determination to continue its focus on user-generated content and free blogs was expressed in no uncertain terms. In the past, these free blogs have often been little more than SPAM-type posts promoting local businesses and niche political causes, and have rarely garnered any readership. As usual with Patch, taking the time to produce quality, engaging local news content seems to be the lowest priority, while a dwindling number of editors overseeing a “content mill” seems to be the new strategy.

Care to add to this, Patch staffers? Post in comments or send me an email.

* Earlier: Listen to AOL CEO Tim Armstrong fire Patch’s creative director for taking his picture (

Gannett employees received this memo Tuesday morning from CEO Gracia Martore:

Gannett Social Media Policy
These guidelines are an important addition to Gannett’s existing employee policies, including the Gannett Ethics Policy, the Principles of Ethical Conduct for Gannett Journalists, IT Security Policy and Standards, and Gannett’s harassment, and workplace conduct policies. The existing policies all speak to different issues employees should keep in mind when interacting with each other – both on and off the job – as well as with customers, vendors, members of our audiences and the general public.

Social media is an important part of how we, as a company, communicate with the public, our consumers, and with advertisers both present and prospective. Social media is also an important part of the lives of our employees, providing an environment where they interact with family, friends and personal communities. In fact, social media is transforming every aspect of society and is proving to be an enormous opportunity for Gannett overall, and for journalism specifically. Social media provides a mechanism to better understand and serve our local communities and to enhance and improve our journalism. It is core to our strategic goal of reinventing local journalism in the digital age.

This policy speaks to how employees should conduct themselves and comply with other company policies in the social media environment. Although nothing in this policy prohibits or interferes with employees’ rights to communicate with work colleagues about terms and conditions of employment, social media accounts should not be used to comment inappropriately on the work of others or about Gannett.


As a Gannett employee, your use of social media should comply with the following standards:

* Refrain from writing or posting anything that could compromise Gannett’s reputation as a trusted source of news and information. The ability of our customers and the general public to rely on Gannett as a trusted source for news and information is vital to our company. This is our business integrity.

* Assume that all of your activities on a social media site are public, regardless of the privacy tools you may use, and exercise discretion in sharing personal information, and political, cultural or religious views./CONTINUES Read More

* Sports columnist TJ Simers: “The [Orange County] Register experiment to beef up the paper reminds me of the thrill I felt when I got into this business.” (
* Cablevision-owned Newsday is criticized for failing to disclose its ties to a candidate. (
* A premium subscription to Politico-owned Capital New York will cost $1,000 a year. (
* Five journalists’ five views of what “off the record” means. (
* Time Inc. buys Food & Wine and other American Express-owned titles. ( | (
* Florida news outlets protest judge’s order that they not broadcast or print details about girl’s attack. (
* Susanna Wolff — media columnist Michael Wolff’s daughter — is named editor-in-chief. (
* Business Insider CTO is under fire for “homophobic, racist, misogynistic” tweets. (
* Matt Lauer: “The bigger the interview, the calmer I get.” (
* This TV news stars photo shoot was Wolf Blitzer’s idea: (
* Midland (TX) Reporter-Telegram says it was hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army. (
* is a searchable database of about 60,000 New York Times wedding announcements. (