Daily Archives: October 7, 2013

News item from June 13, 2013:
Former New Yorker intern sues after he’s paid less than $1 a hour

New Yorker cartoon from the October 14, 2013, issue:

* Ex-New Yorker intern was paid $300 to $500 for each summer he worked (
* “As a former unpaid New Yorker intern, this [cartoon] made me cry” (@alicesperi)

hallPhiladelphia magazine received documents that were allegedly written by Philadelphia Inquirer publisher Bob Hall (left), including a termination notice for editor Bill Marimow and a seven-page email to the Inquirer’s investors.

An email excerpt: “Marimow is not and never will be the change agent that we need at the Inquirer to turn around the circulation decline and grow our company. ….Marimow does not have the support of most of the newsroom, in spite of what [city editor] Nancy Phillips says. The informal nickname (from the rank and file) for several staffers is FOB, Friends of Bill. The Guild constantly gets complaints about favoritisms [sic] … in the newsroom from their members.”

Hall didn’t return the magazine’s phone calls or an email to confirm the document’s authenticity.

* Documents tell the tale of Marimow’s dismissal (


Earlier today:

billPhiladelphia Inquirer staffers received the memo below from publisher Bob Hall this morning. (Bill Marimow, at left, returned to the Inquirer as editor in April of 2012.)

From: Hall, Bob
Sent: Monday, October 07, 2013 11:15 AM
To: All IGM Employees; All Employees
Subject: Announcement

Please be advised that effective immediately, Bill Marimow is no longer employed by Interstate General Media, Inc. We wish Bill well in his future endeavors. Stan Wischnowski will become acting editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Inquirer staffers, please email me with details.

Update: “Total surprise,” I’m told.

“No details yet,” writes another Inquirer staffer. “He was at the 10:30 morning news meeting, so it had to be sudden as the wording of the email indicates. Word has it all the owners were not consulted and that Marimow has told some folks ‘it’s not over yet.'”

Update 2: “Sources at the Inquirer say Publisher Bob Hall and co-owner George Norcoss fired Bill Marimow without consent of partners Lewis Katz and Gerry Lenfest,” writes an Inquirer journalist. “Marimow is not leaving the building – says he hopes for reversal.”

“Shades of his Baltimore Sun firing” in 2004, a Sun journalist writes about Marimow’s alleged refusal to leave the Inquirer building. “Marimow continued to show up for work [at the Sun] for a full week after his firing and occupied the editor’s office, giving interviews and receiving condolences. That forced new editor Tim Franklin to work out of a windowless cubicle in the business department until he finally asked HR step in.”

* Update 3: I thought it was interesting that Marimow was fired on the day that this story linking Gov. Ed. Rendell and a mob boss ran. (Rendell rounded up the group that currently owns the Inquirer.) I’m now told that Marimow didn’t have anything to do with the story.

* Inquirer newsroom sources say Marimow is going to fight the decision (
* Hall says editorial changes are underway to respond to market research (
* Bob Hall profile: A newspaper man and his paperless plan (
* April 2012: Bill Marimow is back at the Philadelphia Inquirer (

The disclosure below appears at the end of Palisades Post’s interview with Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel. (I added the photo of Spiegel and deleted an unnecessary word in the disclosure. I’ve also asked reporter Reza Gostar about the interview rules.)

Update — Reporter Gostar writes in an email: “The guidelines came from several discussions between me and Evan’s PR representative. They wanted reassurances that the subject matter of the interview would strictly focus on his life in Pacific Palisades. The refusal to be audio taped came just before the actual in-person interview when we met at Cafe Vida in the Palisades.”

* Snapchat CEO agrees to interview, but won’t take controversial questions (
* Read comments from my Facebook friends and subscribers (

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reporter Cathy Frye, 43, was found alive but dehydrated Sunday after becoming lost while hiking with her husband during their annual “anniversary trip” to Texas’s Big Bend National Park. She was airlifted to an El Paso hospital, unable to move because of cactus thorns and soreness from dehydration. She spent five nights alone in a state park. (They went there after being kicked out of Big Bend when the federal government shut down.)

The Democrat-Gazette reports:

Cathy Frye

Cathy Frye

After three days of hiking the desert terrain with limited supplies, Frye told her husband Friday that she couldn’t travel any farther on foot. Together they made the decision for [husband Rick] McFarland to continue on toward their truck alone.

But by the time McFarland got to the couple’s truck, reached a ranger’s station and arrived with a ranger back to where he thought he had left Frye, it was getting dark and Frye was nowhere to be found.

Search crews started looking for the reporter on Saturday; a rescuer with binoculars spotted a body in a valley on Sunday and found Frye in a dry creek bed under a small piece of brush. “I just kept rotating around it as the sun moved around, trying to stay in the shade,” she told her newspaper.

* Couple has near-fatal 4-day hike after getting kicked out of park (
* Journalist Cathy Frye found after becoming lost on a hike (

* Shepard Smith tours the Fox News deck ( | “A breathtakingly ridiculous newsroom” (


The Post says “Know More” aims to make social news sharing “smarter.” Co-editor Ezra Klein explains it in a release:

The social web can be shallow. Your friends share a graph or a video or a picture and it’s great. It’s funny. Maybe it’s even profound. But then it’s over. There’s nowhere else to go. Know More is content that is meant to be shared, but also meant to present readers with the joy of intellectual discovery and the riches of the slow web.

A great graph about inequality might lead to a fascinating think tank report readers would have never otherwise discovered, much less known they wanted to read. A heartbreaking quote might bring them to a long-form story they would have otherwise passed over. It’s a new way for The Washington Post to publish. And it’s a new way for our readers to learn.

Klein tells Laura Hazard Owen: “I’d be ecstatic to see Know More develop a large audience that simply isn’t that interested in Wonkblog.”

* Know More (

* Fox News host Anna Kooiman apologizes for her bogus report about Obama using his own money to open a Muslim museum. (@annakooiman) | The satirical story: (
scaliaWhat’s your media diet, Antonin Scalia? “We just get The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Times. We used to get the Washington Post, but it just … went too far for me. I couldn’t handle it anymore. It was the treatment of almost any conservative issue. It was slanted and often nasty. And, you know, why should I get upset every morning? I don’t think I’m the only one. I think they lost subscriptions partly because they became so shrilly, shrilly liberal. …No New York Times, no Post. I get most of my news, probably, driving back and forth to work, on the radio. Sometimes NPR. But not usually.” (
* The work of legendary Mad magazine cartoonist Al Jaffee is going to Columbia University. (
* A USA Today/Bookish poll finds that 40 percent of adults own an e-reader or a tablet — more than double the number less than two years ago. (
* Atlantic Media’s Quartz is called “smart, fun, witty, basic and sophisticated at the same time.” (
* Michael Wolff writes on Facebook: “This could be the meanest column I’ve ever written … deservedly.” (
* NYT’s Jill Abramson: “I worry that politics is covered almost like sports at a relentless who’s winning and who’s losing kind of way.” (
* Hamilton Nolan: “Sure, it’s just one sentence [that was deleted by the New York Times]. But that sentence existed in that news story due to the very ingrained culture of horse race politics coverage that Abramson was complaining about.” (
* Journal Inquirer managing editor says his controversial column prompted “the national journalistic pile-on of the month.” (
* NBC News digital chief Vivan Schiller is the leading candidate for Twitter’s head of news position. (
* Esquire editor David Granger says Maxim succeeded in its early days because “it had a little bit of attitude, and it was funny.” (
* Parkersburg (WV) News and Sentinel kills comments. ( | Sacramento Bee bans anonymous comments. (
* Photojournalist embedded with Free Syrian Army: “I always carry extra batteries, local embassy numbers, and a note with my blood type.” (
* “UNITY must show greater financial accountability,” says its new president. (
* Cheers for Rochester Democrat & Chronicle’s USA Today insert. (
* Gannett watchdog is keeping track of USA Today’s cruise industry-friendly coverage. (
* NBC Sports ends gun show sponsorship. (
* Slate’s online store is now open. (