Daily Archives: September 30, 2013

A sobered-up Lyden writes:

* Reporter’s tweets go from slightly saucy to full-blown crunked (

Beetle Bailey: No longer in the weekday Stripes.

Beetle Bailey: No longer in the weekday Stripes.

Star and Stripes announced today that several columns and features, including “Dear Abby” and “Click and Clack Talk Cars,” are being dropped as the print edition goes from 40 pages to 32.

The comics in the weekday paper go from three pages to one, while the Sunday funnies are cut in half – to eight pages. (“Beetle Bailey” is one of the strips that’s getting the hook on weekdays.) Also, Stripes says it will no longer use the Scripps-Howard News Service.

“People are less engaged in our print product, but more engaged than ever in our digital product,” says publisher Max Lederer said. “Consequently, we’ll allocate fewer assets to print and more and more to digital.”

* Challenging times lead to changes at Stars and Stripes (

Virginia “Jersey Ginny” Hicks, who died at 90, doesn’t want people making a big deal out of her passing.
“There will be no viewing, no funeral services,” the former waitress writes in the obituary she left behind. “You should have all visited me with kind attention when I needed you to put a smile on my face and love in my heart.”

That’s telling ’em, Ginny!

* Atco woman writes own obituary (
* “Jersey Ginny” Hicks was a wonderful neighbor (

“This is a post about my decision to stop trying to be a journalist. I’ve figured it out. For the past 6 years I’ve been a writer trapped in journalist’s body” — Marina Shifrin

University of Missouri School of Journalism grad Marina Shifrin quit her Next Media Animation job in a dance video that’s gone viral. She writes on her blog: “I spent hours in the office perfecting my headlines, my voice overs, my stories. But as the workload increased, I found I could no longer keep up. I tried. I came in earlier, I stayed later, I worked on weekends. Scared I wasn’t pulling my weight, I went to my boss and told him how I felt. ‘Make deadlines, not art,’ was his response.”

* Mizzou grad quits her job in a blaze of glory (
* Journalism is Dead (To Me) (
* Read her tweets about the video and reactions to it (@marinavstweets)

From Missouri School of Journalism:
* Two j-students create a “100 Ages” multimedia exhibit (

Letter to Romenesko
“Disappointed UCF grad” writes: “Thought I should bring this to your attention. …The University of Central Florida’s Society of Professional Journalists chapter has a public Facebook group. A UCF professor made a post in the group trashingflorida the student newspaper (The Central Florida Future) and a journalism student. The thread then escalated into a total sh*tstorm, with professors personally attacking students (former/current) and even a fellow professor.

“I want this to be brought to your attention because I feel that professors who belittle their students in a public forum shouldn’t be professors. If something is a reoccurring problem, then why should they blame the students? Shouldn’t the professors do a better job teaching? Everyone needs to step their game up, but the UCF professors seem to think they do a good enough job and that it’s okay to sh*t on their students in a public forum. It’s not right.”

The prof’s post:


Brunson wrote on Sunday that he regrets the hard feelings caused by this “digital schoolyard brawl between alums and faculty.” He adds: “I will continue to vigorously praise, encourage and criticize whenever I believe it’s warranted, helpful and constructive. But I will do so in my classes, during my office hours and on my own personal social media channels” — and not on the UCF Society of Professional Journalists Facebook page.

* “This is the worst lead I’ve read on a speech story in a long time” (
* “I’ve been reflecting this weekend on Thursday’s rant-turned-rumble (

* Update: “When you write for publication, just as when you sing, act, or play a musical instrument publicly, you open yourself to public criticism,” and other comments from my Facebook wall. (

* Update 2: Brunson has let me know that he criticized the lede to a news story about the school president’s speech and not the op-ed piece about the speech, which I had linked. “Also, it appears that the story in question has since been updated and revised with a new lead, so it won’t help to link to the ‘offending’ story because the problem in question appears to have been resolved,” he writes.

A reader sent the original lede:

* Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger: “With a rigid pay wall, you end up with a small, elite audience, with restricted access for everyone else. We want a large audience and international influence, and not just with elites.” (
* D.C.-based Brazilian reporter Claudia Trevisan is arrested and jailed by Yale police while trying to cover a seminar. (
hughes* New Republic owner Chris Hughes (left) says it’s “very important for me to be able to work on both sides [editorial and advertising] of the organization.” (
* “Breaking Bad” finale on Albuquerque Journal’s page one: ( | The story: (
* CNN Films cancels its Hillary Clinton documentary. (
* Former Creative Loafing editor and Miami Herald staffer John Sugg is now editing the Scientologists’ Freedom magazine. (
* David Carr: “A low point in a long campaign to rein in reporters and chill their sources may turn out to be a very big blessing in disguise.” (
* Business Insider invests in longform journalism. (
* The Minneapolis Star Tribune could go on the block as early as 2014. (
* Bleacher Report describes its copyediting process. (
* Bozeman Daily Chronicle kills its Monday print edition. (
killing* Bill O’Reilly says the Holy Spirit summoned him to write “Killing Jesus.” (
* New York Sun published its final print edition five years ago today. (
* Washington Post reveals that Robert Allbritton, Michael Bloomberg, and Eric Schmidt were among those approached about buying the paper. (
* Michael Wolff: Don’t blame salespeople for the print advertising decline. (
* San Francisco Chronicle’s David Steinberg is named UNITY president. (
* Frédéric Filloux: The old “trusted news brand” notion is going away. (
* Jeff Bezos and Newspaper Characters. (