Daily Archives: September 24, 2013


* Miami Herald snafu makes it appear that a commissioner is for sale (
* Comments section: “Really? A picture of a Mayor [sic] with Marshall’s price tags hanging off her?” (

usaUPDATE: A line in the memo below — “as we add a seven-day print cycle to our existing 24/7 online cycle…” — has some people wondering if USA Today is adding Saturday and Sunday editions. No, says spokesperson Heidi Zimmerman.

She writes in an email:

USA TODAY has no plans to publish a stand alone newspaper on the weekends. As announced last week by four Gannett local newspaper markets, Gannett is piloting a program where there will be a local edition of USA TODAY inside four Gannett community newspapers starting in a couple of weeks. Those local USA TODAY editions will be put together by USA TODAY staff, hence the mention in the staff note.


Rem Rieder, who resigned as American Journalism Review editor in June to become USA Today media editor, is taking on the additional duties of feature editor at Gannett’s flagship paper. The editor’s memo:

From: Callaway, David
Sent: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 2:03 PM
To: USAT ED Newsgroup
Cc: Kramer, Larry
Subject: Rem’s World


I’m happy to announce that Rem Rieder will take on the additional duties of feature editor across the news group, responsible for working with the Butterfly team, Susan Weiss’s enterprise operation, and all sections across online and Rem will join John Siniff, our new weekend editor, in helping craft the features for both print and online each week, working in the best of our investigative projects with quick hits to present a unique take on the big news of the day. Jon Swartz’s Crackberry piece today on A1 being a great example.

As we add a seven-day print cycle to our existing 24/7 online cycle, it’s important we have a constant flow of creative spot news and features to distinguish us from the competition. Rem’s experience running newsrooms and working with reporters across categories and platforms puts him in great shape to help us build this out. He’ll report to me, though he will remain seated in the Money section for now and will of course, continue his excellent media column.

Cheers. Dave


Just to be clear….

There is never any excuse to harm a child. The impulse that I described in this article does not take the form of an urge to literally bite, chew, and digest a small infant. ….

I hope that you will not only stand firm with me in refraining from infant cannibalism, but that you will also urge your friends, family members, and neighbors to do the same.

* Why do people want to eat babies? (
* Eating babies isn’t cool – no matter what great recipes you read in the Monitor (


Popular Science online content director Suzanne LaBarre explains why:

“Comments can be bad for science. That’s why, here at, we’re shutting them off. ….Because comments sections tend to be a grotesque reflection of the media culture surrounding them, the cynical work of undermining bedrock scientific doctrine is now being done beneath our own stories, within a website devoted to championing science.”

* Why Popular Science is closing its comments section (

Winners of the MacArthur Foundation’s $625,000 “genius grants” will be named on Wednesday morning.

“We make the public announcement at 12:01 am eastern time tomorrow morning via our website, Twitter, and enewsletter,” MacArthur spokesman Andrew Solomon tells Romenesko readers in an email. “Fellows are generally notified by a phone call (out of the blue).”

The foundation, in a Washington Post piece, lists five myths about the award:

1. You have to be a genius to win it. (“‘Genius’ is both too narrow and too broad to describe MacArthur Fellows.”)
genius2. The selection process is shrouded in secrecy. (“We are actually quite open about the process for selecting Fellows; it is posted on our website.”)
3. The winners are usually academics and artists. (“Many fellows are engaged in highly practical work.”)
4. Creativity “just happens.” (Creativity isn’t just a flash of brilliance.)
5. It’s all downhill after winning the Fellowship. (“If every Fellow hit only home runs, we would worry that they were not taking enough risks or that we’d chosen the wrong people.”)

* Five myths about the MacArthur “genius grants” (

“Interested ad placement,” writes the Romenesko reader who sent this story, which has a ad next to it. “The look on the model’s face is priceless.”

* Couple spotted apparently having sex while driving (

* Wisconsin judge denies courtroom access to reporters covering the case of a teen girl accused of killing her newborn. (
* We still don’t know who illegally accessed reporter Sharyl Attkisson’s computer at CBS. (
* Scott Armstrong: “There’s not a national security reporter that I can find who supports the shield law, because it won’t protect us.” (
* BuzzFeed’s president calls editor-in-chief Ben Smith “fast, good, decisive, smart, reasonable, and fun.” (
logos* Check out the Quartz Headline Generator, launched as the site celebrates one year online. (
* “We’ve turned into quite a solid business,” says Slate chairman Jacob Weisberg. (
* The pace of iTunes Radio listener growth puts it on track to surpass Pandora. (
* HuffPost Live is expected to break even by the end of next year, says HuffPost’s CEO. ( | (
* Wichita teachers aren’t allowed to tweet or be on Facebook while at work. (
* A University of Wisconsin student journalist drops acid and attends a Badgers football game. (
* Students who check their phones during Gail Shister’s class are most likely to be called on. (
* It’s a big day on Twitter for University of Nebraska-Lincoln students. (
* Apply here to be managing editor of Nate Silver’s (
* AOL exec claims cuts at Patch haven’t hurt the sites’ performance. (
* The McGraw family is funding a business journalism center at CUNY. (
* Google apologizes for yesterday’s lengthy Gmail outage. (