Daily Archives: September 25, 2013

Don’t loiter too long at the coffee bar, Dow Jones staffers!

From: DJ Communications
Sent: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 9:02 AM
Subject: Going live.

We’re going live. Starting today, live feeds of the South Brunswick, Hong Kong and Singapore coffee bar common areas, as well as the Tokyo canteen and the Lagrange and Federal Way print plants, will be transmitted to New York and publicly displayed on a column by the 1211 bar, helping further connect the global offices by showcasing the daily happenings of these common areas. If you’re in these spaces, you’ll be in the live video feed.

The video will be broadcast across a secure internal network; no one outside the company will be able to access


More from the Murdoch empire:
* “Print is still a very powerful platform,” says News Corp. CEO Robert Thomson. “Look at the strength of the Wall Street Journal” (
* WSJ managing editor Gerard Baker: “The clear delineation between news and advertising is becoming more and more blurred. We have to resist that” (

UPDATE: Here’s the five-question quiz. (via @stevebuttry)

A Plagiarism/Attribution Quiz and webinar that’s required for Digital First Media staffers “is intended to protect our honest journalists from the embarrassment and damage we all feel when any colleague’s journalism does not meet our standards,” writes Digital First Media’s Steve Buttry. He notes that “we have had too many plagiarism cases recently in Digital First newsrooms.”

From: Steve Buttry
Date: Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 11:05 AM
Subject: Plagiarism/Attribution quiz and webinar

Digital First Editors:

We have had too many plagiarism cases recently in Digital First newsrooms. We need to make clear that Digital First does not tolerate plagiarism, and we need to make sure all our journalists understand how to attribute We want all our editors to ensure that all of your staff members are trained in our standards. Please be sure that each member of your staff does the following:

* Take the plagiarism/attribution quiz.
* Join one of the three webinars scheduled for October. Information for the webinars is below my signature (with system info only listed with the first one). The dates and times are Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 3 p.m. Eastern time (2 Central, 1 Mountain, noon Pacific), Thursday, Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. Eastern time (1 Central, noon Mountain, 11 a.m. Pacific) and Monday, Oct. 14, at 3 p.m. Eastern time (2 Central, 1 Mountain, noon Pacific). If someone on your staff can’t make one of the scheduled times, please let me know and we’ll schedule another one. The webinar will not take more than an hour.

If you want access to the spreadsheet that tracks who has taken the quiz and how they did, let me know and I’ll share you in. I encourage making the quiz and webinar mandatory. We have had too many instances to presume that our staffs know our standards. We need to be explicit and make sure everyone has the training. We are confident that the vast majority of DFM journalists understand what plagiarism is and share out abhorrence for any form of dishonest journalism. Please assure those journalists that this training is intended to protect our honest journalists from the embarrassment and damage we all feel when any colleague’s journalism does not meet our standards. The training goes beyond telling journalists what not to do and will also cover good attribution and linking practices.

Few things are more important than our integrity as individual journalists, as newsrooms and as a company. Please make this quiz and webinar a high priority for your newsrooms.


Steve Buttry
Digital Transformation Editor
Digital First Media


Meanwhile, USA Today Nashville correspondent Brian Mansfield tweeted this:

* Brian Mansfield’s review ( | The now-trimmed Daily News review (see the comments) (

2005 Dassault Falcon 2000EX jet

2005 Dassault Falcon 2000EX jet

September 2008: “McClatchy only grounded its corporate jet (a 2005 Dassault Falcon 2000EX jet, tail number N57MN) in the last month. As McClatchy was making its employees bleed to pay off crushing debt incurred by corporate decisions, McClatchy executives were jet-setting in luxury. From April 16 to Aug. 5, the jet was flown 30 times, according to Many of the destinations were only a one- or two-hour drive away.” — from a Newspaper Guild memo I posted on Sept. 17, 2008.

September 2013: McClatchy is ending its health-care plan for retirees at the end of 2014, reports

The years-long “Baby Veronica” custody battle has gotten a lot of coverage on WCBD-TV in Charleston, SC, and one of the station’s reporters touted the news team’s advocacy in a Facebook post early Wednesday:

The owner of a home inspection firm responded with a journalism lesson for “Count on 2 News”:

* “We’re proud of the work we’ve done advocating for Veronica” (

Amazon CEO and soon-to-be Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos told NBC News reporter Kate Snow this week:horse “Some day — I don’t know how many years in the future; could be decades — but I think printed newspapers on actual paper may be a luxury item. It’s sort of like, people still have horses, but it’s not their primary way of commuting to the office.”

Wall Street Journal columnist Gordon Crovitz tells Romenesko readers: “This rang a bell, and I retrieved an interesting quote from him about horses and printed books. I quoted him in an ‘Information Age’ column in 2008 comparing printed books to horses, making a similar (and I think correct) point that they may become used only by a smaller group of people willing to pay for the luxury, but will not disappear altogether. The reference is in this column, and the relevant excerpt is…”

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos disclosed that for books available on the Kindle electronic reader, some 6% of Amazon sales are now for the digital version. He enjoys physical books, but their future is in doubt now that there is the more powerful way of reading through electronic devices. “We’re not going to keep riding our horse to work just because we love our horse,” he said, a remarkable comment given that Amazon offers the world’s largest selection of old-fashioned volumes.

* Jeff Bezos: “People still have horses, but it’s not their primary way of commuting to the office” (
* From 2008: “We’re not going to keep riding our horse to work just because we love our horse” (

* Jeff Bezos says of his Washington Post visit: “My impression was people are super excited, and excited about the future! They’re optimistic.” Will he buy other papers? “No, I don’t think so.” (
jeff* More Bezos: “[The Post is] a personal investment. I’m hopeful that I can help from a distance in part by providing runway for them to do a series of experiments, in part through bringing some of the philosophy that we have used at Amazon to the Post.” (
* Young freelancers in Syria are paid as little as $70 per story. “Experienced journalists do not want to do it, because it’s so dangerous,” says a Vanity Fair contributing editor. (
* McClatchy is ending its health-care plan for retirees. (
* Former Tribune Co. executive gets two years in prison for stealing $260,000 from the company. (
* BuzzFeed president tells Princeton audience: “The concept of having entertaining content adjacent to hard news content is very traditional, actually.” (
* Lloyd’s List, which started as a 16th century coffee-shop newsletter, kills its print edition after learning that 97 percent of its readers prefer online news. (
tony* Tony Soprano would be furious: Crain’s kills Waste & Recycling News — “the best damn paper I read,” says one disappointed commenter. ( | “People loved WRN, almost universally, despite the fact (or maybe because of the fact) that we didn’t act like a typical trade publication.” (
* CNBC’s Joe Kernen apologizes for making a 7-Eleven joke with an Indian accent. (
* Indiana University provost releases proposal outlining the possible merger of the departments of Communication and Culture and Telecommunications and the School of Journalism. They would be called The Media School. ( | (
* A columnist says he wasn’t allowed on EasyJet after tweeting a critical comment about the airline. (
* Take the 2013 Media Credentialing Survey. The results will be used as support for research and legislative efforts to improve newsgatherer access. (