Daily Archives: October 10, 2013

* PolitiFact gets $625,000 in grants to launch PunditFact, which will check claims made by pundits and other media figures. (“We will hold them accountable, much as we’ve done with politicians.”) (
fact* Ken Doctor: 2014 will be disappointing if Jeff Bezos’s Washington Post “doesn’t start to move profoundly to produce new models for itself — and the industry worldwide.” (
* Business leaders honor staffers who were laid off from Gannett’s Asheville Citizen-Times. (
* It looks like Vivian Schiller is headed to Twitter. ( | Sorry about that, Adrian Holovaty! (
* Sinclair Broadcast Group twice tried to top Gannett’s offer for Belo. (
* NAHJ national board is asked to vote in favor of leaving UNITY. (
* Blackfeet elder: I was misquoted by son-in-law Rick Reilly. (
* Arizona Republic memo explains why some reporters won’t have a desk. (
* Claim: We’re unlocking our phone screens on average 110 times a day. (

“Enjoyed this story,” writes a Romenesko reader, “but now I can never read pastgreens this phrase after your recent post” about people picking at food in New York Times stories.

From today’s Times piece on Jason Collins:

* Jason Collins, openly gay and still unsigned, waits and wonders — and picks at his bowl of greens (
* A dozen examples of picking at food in the New York Times (

Update: Philadelphia Inquirer co-owners Lewis Katz and Gerry Lenfest have sued their company over editor Bill Marimow’s firing. The two say that publisher Bob Hall didn’t consult them before dismissing Marimow.

The AP reports: “The lawsuit seeks Marimow’s return and Hall’s ouster. It alleges newsroom morale has plummeted. Current and former staffers have also signed an online petition supporting Marimow.”

* Philly Inquirer owners sue company and publisher (


The firing of Philadelphia Inquirer editor Bill Marimow “has the appearance more of a coup than a carefully considered management decision,” says Robert R. Frump, the head of the Inquirer’s alumni group.inquirer The paper’s owners “need to review very carefully whether [publisher Bob] Hall acted appropriately in this matter and in fact has been a good steward of Inquirer and Daily News resources.” || Statement in support of Marimow.

Press release

Five Hundred Member Inquirer Alumni Society Urges Inquirer Chairman to Review Firing
The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News Alumni Society, with 584 former business and editorial executives and staffers, urged H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, chairman of The Inquirer’s parent company, to continue to oppose the firing of editor Bill Marimow.

Lenfest suggested Tuesday that the firing of editor Marimow was inappropriately handled, saying such a major change needed the agreement of a two-member management committee of the board composed of owners George E. Norcross III and Lewis Katz./CONTINUES Read More

* Steve Case: Great to be in Cambridge to speak about entrepreneurship (@stevecase)

McElwee and Weaver

McElwee and Weaver

I’m trying to get more information about this report from the Breaking News Network:

From: BNN-Police[SMTP:A@BNN.US]
Sent: Thursday, October 10, 2013 12:24:57 AM

NJ| Atlantic| Galloway| *Breaking News*| | Councilman James McElwee
(D) of has been charged after allegedly sexually harassing Press of
Atlantic City reporter Donna Weaver. The incident occurred on Township
property after the Oct 8, 2013 council meeting. The incident involved
inappropriate touching which was captured on the buildings security
camera.| BNN | nj575/njs731 | #671252

I’ve left messages for Weaver and Press of Atlantic City interim editor Peter Brophy. Reached at home, councilman McElwee told me he wouldn’t discuss the matter until he talked to his attorney. He said he didn’t know about the charge against him until this morning, and asked how I found out about it. (A reporter sent me the BNN brief.) The Atlantic City Prosecutor’s Office spokesperson said she’s waiting for a report on the matter.

UPDATE — Brophy writes in an email: “I question that this is bona fide from a ‘police agency’ since the police have released no report on this matter. Other than that, we have no comment.”

UPDATE 2 — The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office has issued this statement:

On Oct. 9, 2013, a 32-year-old female signed a complaint against James McElwee, 62, of Galloway Township. [You can see it here.]

This complaint alleged that on Oct. 8, 2013, Mr. McElwee subjected the female to an act of harassment by offensive touching in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:33-4b.

The allegation alleges a Petty Disorderly Persons offense under the New Jersey Criminal Code. Petty Disorderly Persons offenses carry a maximum penalty of 30 days in prison and up to $500 in fines.

The Galloway Township Municipal Court has not made a finding of probable cause, so while a complaint has been signed, no summons has been issued to Mr. McElwee.

Due to Mr. McElwee’s position as a Galloway Township Councilman, the matter will be referred to another municipal court for a determination of probable cause and ultimate disposition.

It has not yet been determined which municipal court will handle the matter.

(credit: Chuck Liddy/News & Observer)

(credit: Chuck Liddy/News & Observer)

Full MOJO Mode
Fred Zimmerman writes in an email with the subject line, “Ms. Jack-Of-All-Trades”: “This is a big local story in the NC Triangle, a big story in college sports, and here’s a woman trying to cover it, seeking some comment while holding a microphone and a huge camera. I admire her efforts, but the tide of Journalism 2013 seems to be running against her.”

Also this morning:
* Orange County Register is buying the Riverside (CA) Press-Enterprise from A.H. Belo, which is holding on to the real estate. The $27.25 million deal is expected to close in mid-October. (
* Financial Times is killing its regional print editions and going with a single global daily paper. (
* AP retracts its Terry McAuliffe story. ( | AP: “Initial McAuliffe alert moved on AP VA state wire 9:45 p.m. Story withdrawn 1 hour and 38 minutes later. That’s 1 hour 38 minutes too long.” (@PDColford_AP)
* Oklahoma State University student reporter is caught fabricating sources. The paper declines to name her. ( | (
* Phil Bronstein: “Anderson Cooper was mentioning ‘the C.I.R.’ 18 times” during a recent CNN report “and who [in TV land] knows what the C.I.R. is?” (It’s the Center for Investigative Reporting.) (
* Newspapers are cutting their opinion pages and, says one editor, “looking at themselves less as being an editorial voice and more as being a stimulator of conversation.” (
* The case of the Patch reporter threatened with jail for not naming his source is “a horrendous example of judicial overreaching.” (
* A new book describes what it’s like working for Jeff Bezos. (
* TV Newser co-editor Alex Weprin jumps to Capital New York. (
* Chicago Reader’s 70-something media critic: “Journalists of a certain vintage are confounded by the contemporary insistence on self-expression — the ukase that the story’s not finished until you’ve ballyhooed it on social media.” (
* Reuters is offering buyouts to journalists who’ve been with the company for at least 18 years. (
* Lawrence Journal-World now uses Facebook comments – and gets over 400 comment about that. (
* Noted: Janet Yellen worked on her high school and college newspapers. (
* Longtime New Republic film critic Stanley Kauffmann is dead at 97. ( | (
* There’s a lot of napping going on at The Huffington Post. (@stenmic)