Daily Archives: September 26, 2013

* “[Insert name here], call your office!” Elon Green’s guide to the people Chris Cillizza has commanded to call their offices. (
* Former SF Bay Guardian editor Tim Redmond launches San Francisco Progressive Media Center, a news/arts/culture nonprofit. (
* Why so few mean book reviews? (
* Timothy B. Lee: “The unprofitability of the news business is a self-correcting problem.” (

Mascot kidnapped!

Mascot kidnapped!

* Baltimore City Paper mascot Besty(TM) has been kidnapped. (
* “Sport is a bigger part of me than being gay,” says a BBC broadcaster who will be covering the Winter Games in Sochi. (
* BuzzFeed is the top publisher on Facebook; Huffington Post is No. 2. (
* Union: NLRB rejects NBC Universal’s attempt to cut journalists’ pay and benefits by reclassifying them as “content producers.” (
* CNN boss Jeff Zucker dips his toe into social media. (
* Allen West is booted from Pajamas Media after calling a staffer a “Jewish American princess.” (
* Manny Garcia leaves Miami Herald Media after 23 years to become Naples (Fla.) Daily News editor. (
* Israeli online publication editor: “Every tweet or Facebook post that I do is a story. It must be well-written, factual, checked in advance and commented on before I put it up.” (
* Rogers Media is launching a “Netflix for magazines.” (
* Another round of layoffs at the Durham Herald-Sun. (

From a story about New York Times media columnist David Carr’s talk at Boston University:
“Drawing from decades of experience, Carr artfully crafted a presentation full of advice, history, and information for the up-and-coming generation of journalists. He imbued the room with an anticipatory buzz, as if those in attendance were standing at the precipice of the future.”

* The Future of Journalism: A Lecture by David Carr (


Google chief economist Hal Varian said at Wednesday’s Italian journalism award ceremony:

A few weeks ago Jeff Bezos signed onto his Amazon account. The message he saw said “Based on your recent purchases, we recommend the New York Times, The LA Times and the Chicago Tribune.” How long do you think it will be before all Post subscribers get a Kindle? I would say less than a year. (Note: the Kindles now sell for under $100 and the cost of a yearly subscription to the paper version of the Washington Post is $350 per year.)

* Hal Varian on the economics of newspaper publishing (

Reuters staffers have to do without print newspapers today. I’m told the carrier — when not ill — drops off the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, and the three New York dailies.

From: Blackwood, Oswald (Oz) (Reuters)
Sent: Thursday, September 26, 2013 9:50 AM
To: US-NY-3xS-News
Cc: Baum, Richard (Reuters)
Subject: No Newspaper Delivery Today

G’morning all,

sickUnfortunately, there will be no newspaper delivery for editorial, 3xSq, today due to the illness of our delivery person. We will try to figure out an alternate plan for tomorrow in case he is still sick.

He sends his apology for the inconvenience.

Thanks for your understanding and patience.


Alternate plan suggestion: Check the online editions.


Update: I asked about the cover and got this email from Presentation & Planning editor Dave Elsesser:

Brady Jones, one of our 1A designers, is the brain behind our front page today.

Some members of our Living crew (reporter Kevin Coffey, designer Theresa Berens, editor Jeff Reece) worked together on a fun little timeline/charticle on the 50th anniversary of the cassette tape.
It was one of those things that was too good not to tell our readers about. (Who doesn’t remember wearing out their favorite cassette?) … So, on a bit of a slow news day, we wanted to be bold in calling attention to our Living cover.

Brady Jones, our 1A designer last night, handled the rest. The mix-tape cassette treatment – complete with our handwritten OWH flag – was Brady’s idea and execution. Other than some minor tweaking throughout the editing process, there wasn’t a lot of discussion. Executive Editor Mike Reilly and Managing Editor Melissa Matczak liked the concept and signed off on it quickly.

It seems to have been well received. More importantly, I think it achieved the goal of sending readers to Theresa and Kevin’s fun little spread on the Living cover.

* PDF of today’s Omaha World-Herald front page (
* Famous musicians share memories of the cassette tape (

From Time magazine’s video interview with Robert Reich:

Belinda Luscombe: “Is it true you went on a date with Hillary Rodham? This is what the Internet tells me.”

Robert Reich: “When she was running for president — or the Democratic nomination for president — I got a call from a New York Times reporter and he said, ‘We found this collection of letters and apparently she had a date with you.’ Then he asked, ‘Is there anything you can remember about that date which might shed some light on how she would be as president? This is exactly what he said. I didn’t laugh — I was about to laugh because it was such an absurd [question] — but I didn’t even remember the date at first. I said to the reporter, ‘Well, I do remember she wanted an inordinate amount of butter on her popcorn.'”

Luscombe: “Is that true, or did you make it up?”

Reich: “I made it up because I thought it was such an absurd question he asked. And then I heard nothing on the other end. And then two days later in the New York Times — they have this little gossip column …[and] it had my quote – she wanted an inordinate amount of butter on her popcorn.”

* Robert Reich on his date with Hillary Clinton (
* “She wanted what seemed to me to be an extraordinary amount of butter on her popcorn. (
* Hillary Clinton, butter-grubbing date from hell (

What they're doing at the Los Angeles Times

What they’re doing at the Los Angeles Times

* A federal appeals court says it’s OK for Cavalier Daily and Collegiate Times in Virginia to run ads for alcohol. (
* Cavalier Daily editor-in-chief: “I think this decision has significant potential to provide an alternative source of revenue for our advertising department, as well as catering to our readership, the majority of which is over 21.” (
* The Pulitzer board would like to see more editorial-writing entries. (
* The story behind New York Times’ Christine Quinn documentary. (
* USA Today considers putting up a pay wall. (
* Sinclair Broadcast Group plans to buy eight TV stations in Pennsylvania and Florida in a $90 million deal. (
* Non-profit news outlets need to show they’re having an impact if they want to attract and retain philanthropic support. (
* Conde Nast Traveler lays off 17 staffers as it shifts to shorter features. (
* Anyone surprised? “Consumers would rather pay for movies and music than for news.” (
* Oklahoma State football has a new interview policy following Sports Illustrated’s investigation. (
* The Daily Beast’s Josh Rogin is punched in the face after tweeting about stand-up comedian Dan Nainan. (
* People magazine editor: “I’d be lying if I said that minorities don’t have a harder time selling covers.” (