Daily Archives: October 1, 2013


Malcolm Gladwell, who just came out with “David And Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, And The Art Of Battling Giants,” says in his hour-long Longform podcast:

Facebook is no longer an underdog — it’s now everything it once despised. I am everything I once despised. When I was 25, I used to write these incredibly snotty, hostile articles attacking big-name, nonfiction journalists. Now I read them and I’m like, “Oh my God, they’re doing a me on me!”

The critics do a Gladwell on Gladwell:
* “Gladwell should stick to shorter works” (
* “The morals of the stories [Gladwell] tells lack solid foundations in evidence and logic” (

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A Romenesko reader writes: “On that Daily News cover, maybe they borrowed a bit from this [image on the left], put out by Dems on the House Rules Comm a week or so back? Hmmm?” || Charles Apple: “Despite the poor metaphor, despite the poor copy editing, despite the potty humor, the Daily News seems to have succeeded in creating another talker.”

* “We are delighted to have someone of George’s stature join Fox” (

A memo to Gawker Media staffers:

From: Nick Denton
To: All Staff
Sent: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 11:12 AM
Subject: Just shy of 100m


And that’s before the Kinja effect has really made itself felt. September’s surge was mainly down to kick-ass editorial, especially the speedy and skillful repackaging of Casey Chan at Gizmodo and Neetzan at Gawker.

(NB. Another reason these numbers might seem high: Quantcast has changed its methodology to include more iPhone usage and count uniques rather than unduplicated people. And I’m quoting global numbers rather than the US audience that drives most of our revenue.)

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For alone, “we booked 15,293,984 U.S. uniques in September, making it the best month in the history of Gawker, beating our No. 2 month of July ’13, when we did 12.2 million,” editor John Cook tells his colleagues. Gawker Media’s Gizmodo, I’m told, went from 8.5 million uniques in August to 16.4 million in September.

-- "Traditional" family

— “Traditional” family

The view of Manchester (Conn.) Journal Inquirer managing editor Chris Powell:

Newspapers still can sell themselves to traditional households — two-parent families involved with their children, schools, churches, sports, civic groups, and such.

But newspapers cannot sell themselves to households headed by single women who have several children by different fathers, survive on welfare stipends, can hardly speak or read English, move every few months to cheat their landlords, barely know what town they’re living in, and couldn’t afford a newspaper subscription even if they could read. And such households constitute a rising share of the population.

* Journalism’s problem may not be the Internet (
* Read what my Facebook friends/subscribers say about Powell’s column (

Update — Matt DiRienzo writes: “It takes a special kind of misogyny to believe that the decline in print newspaper subscribers is due to women who get pregnant out of wedlock. Maybe the decline really started with women getting the right to vote, or working outside of the home?”


marilynhThe restaurant with the best bacon at this weekend’s “Happy Harry’s Beer and Bacon Festival” in Grand Forks wins a framed caricature of Grand Forks Herald columnist Marilyn Hagerty (left), whose Olive Garden review went viral last year. The “Hog-erty” Award is called “a wonderful, yet lighthearted, way to honor Marilyn Hagerty for all of her work in promoting the Grand Forks region throughout her career.”

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* “The Daily News wins for the most vivid shutdown cover.” ( | You win the morning, Daily News. (
turd* Medill is now asking news organizations if they’re OK with paying minimum wage to students interns. (
* Dallas Morning News takes its paywall down and focuses on premium content. ( | (news release)
* A McClatchy reporter raises $3,245 for a furlough-week book tour. (
* Gawker Media audience is up 38 percent in the last 12 months, reports Nick Denton. I’m told: “We booked 15,293,984 U.S. uniques in September, making it the best month in the history of Gawker, beating our No. 2 month of July ’13, when we did 12.2 million.” (
* A Tampa Bay Times/Center for Investigative Reporting joint project wins the top Barlett & Steele Award. (
* Why does allow you to read stories for free if you come in via Google? (Because search is too important a component of their traffic to cut off.) (
* The fight to save the Times-Picayune: One year later. ( | More about the book: (
* Questions on the one-year anniversary of the Alabama Media Group. (
* Sarah Bartlett is named dean of CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. (
* Kathy Best succeeds David Boardman as Seattle Times editor. She urges colleagues to produce “useful, meaningful, kick-ass journalism.” (
* Yale drops criminal trespassing charges against Brazilian journalist Claudia Trevisan. (
* NPR’s David Folkenflik launches, a complement to his soon-to-be-published book. (
* “I’m obsessed with drones right now,” says Tumblr founder David Karp. (
* Journalism organizations support the Patch reporter in Illinois who has been ordered to reveal his source. (

New York Times standards editor Philip Corbett writes: “By my count, we’ve used ‘-centric’ almost 150 times in print stories so far this year — compared with 72 times in 2000 and just 24 in 1995. …It may have been fresh and engaging once; not anymore. Let’s try to be more judicious and look for alternatives.”

* New York Times standards editor: Words we love too much (

Earlier on
* Words and phrases that Washington Post’s Outlook section avoids
* “We are seriously over-using the word ‘iconic,’ Journal Sentinel editor tells staff