Daily Archives: September 18, 2013

On Tuesday, Lincoln Journal Star sports columnist Stephen M. Sipple said the tipster who gave Deadspin the recording of Nebraska football coach Bo Pelini’s F-bombs was a “degenerate” and a “weasel.” The coach, according to Sipple, is “outspoken … brazen,” and “sometimes uses harsh language.”

On Wednesday, Lincoln Journal Star local columnist Cindy Lange-Kubick guessed that Deadspin’s tipster is “male, 28-35, Blackshirts flags on his F-150, C-minus in freshman composition.” She adds: “I was at a ‘Make a Wish’ dinner and Bo Pelini and all his coaches were surprising a sick kid with a car. I think someone has video.”

I’m seeing a big Pelini feature on the front page of this Sunday’s Journal Star, with an “exclusive” interview with the coach.

* Deadspin’s “weasel” tipster seizes the moment (
* Dear Deadspin: Psst – have I got an article for you! (
* Journal Star editorial tells Husker Nation to chill out, have fun (
* “That paper has been in the tank for Nebraska for as long as I can remember” (


* 162 years ago, the New York Times began publishing (
* The Week celebrates NYT’s birthday by sharing its favorite newspaper slang (


“Had to be intended as ‘anal retentive,'” says one of my Twitter followers.

UPDATE: Writer Paul Turner tells that the headline is correct. “I was wanting to include ‘anal’ in the head. As in ‘anal-retentive,'” he explained. “Though I was quite mindful of how the head sounded and hoped it would attract readers, I felt like the actual post would clarify the matter.”

* When anal is the way to go (


Romenesko reader Doug Warren shares the email he sent to Down East, a Maine monthly, and the photo director’s response:


as a down east subscriber and a longtime, part-time orr’s island resident, i was pleased to see the photo on the cover of the september issue. one of my favorite trips is the ride over the little bridge from great island to orr’s island.

however, something about the photo struck me as being too perfect. i was out that way today and stopped to take the photo [above]. somehow, the utility poles and lines that are part of the landscape were removed from your cover photo. this injudicious use of photoshop seems like an unacceptable bit of journalism to this career journalist.

this pretty part of maine needs no assistance in transmitting its inherent beauty. what your cover shot does is misrepresent and undermine the truth of the image. i hope you will share this transgression with your readers.


doug warren

Down East photography director Dawna Hilton replied:

Hi Doug,

I’d like to start by thanking you for caring so much about our magazine and the great state of Maine that you would study the photograph so closely that you noticed that we removed a power pole and the lines to that pole.

We do occasionally remove power lines from some of the photographs we run in the magazine. When we see a scene in person our brain automatically edits those types of things out and we experience the beauty of a locale without their distraction. When we compress a scene into a one-dimensional image they stand out and the eye tends to focus on them instead of filtering them out. So yes, sometimes we do remove these distractions to make a scene more appealing to a viewer.

Please understand that any adjustments we make are carefully considered by the editor and design staff. These are decisions that we take very seriously. We realize there is a fine line between fundamentally changing an image and making it slightly more aesthetically appealing for a cover. Obviously most magazines go very far with Photoshop these days. We tend to be very conservative.

We appreciate your concerns and thank you for holding us to such a high standard!


* The best drives Maine has to offer (

Your thoughts? (Read the comments from my Facebook friends and subscribers.)

“A crazy little experiment …. We wanted to find out just how quickly something completely ridiculoso could go viral while also testing the diligence of our local news gatherers.” (It didn’t take long.)

* Sorry Williamsburg, but you can not has cat cafe; but we’ve got a Newsroom for you! (

Nancy Barnes

Nancy Barnes

Nancy Barnes, who has led the Star Tribune newsroom for six years, is heading to Houston to become editor of Hearst’s Chronicle. The paper has been without an editor for a year. Managing editor Steve Proctor was put in charge of the newsroom last September after editor Jeff Cohen was moved to the editorial page.

Strib publisher Mike Klingensmith says of Barnes: “Under her leadership, the Star Tribune has made tremendous gains in the quality and depth of the news and information we present and innovative ways we deliver that content to readers.”

* Star Tribune’s Nancy Barnes named Houston Chronicle editor ( | (

* “Big news at Reuters: Reuters Next is being cancelled, @nycjim and @kylestanding both leaving. Very, very sad day.” (@felixsalmon) | Read the memo: (
* Earlier: Ex-New York Times AME Jim Roberts (@nycjim) to join Reuters on Feb. 25. (
* Family discovers via a Denver Post photo that their sister survived the flooding. (
* The five things we write too much: (
farmer* Modern Farmer magazine’s editor is so busy she had to hire a farmer to take care of her overgrown garden. (
* Veteran Boston media critic Dan Kennedy is writing a book about the new breed of newspaper owners. (
* The 2013 Online Journalism Awards finalists are named. (
* “We’re in an abusive relationship with CNN,” says Jon Stewart. (
* Penthouse owner FriendFinder files for bankruptcy protection. (
* The man who sold to the Sun-Times is now the newspaper’s chief technology officer. (
* There’s talk of layoffs — and new hires — at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. (
* At least eight college newspapers claim to be the oldest in the country. (
* Conde Nast is a client: “Even companies that have received bad advice from McKinsey still tend to continue using them,” says author. (
* Correction of the Day: He said anyone with a pulse, not anyone with nipples. (
* PSA: Los Angeles Times paywall is lowered until Oct. 11, thanks to a sponsor. (
* Washington Examiner CEO to staffers: “As a token of gratitude for your hard work, today I am treating everyone to lunch.” (The memo doesn’t say where they’re dining.) (via memo)