Daily Archives: October 11, 2013


Tim Litsch sends today’s “Family Circus” in an email with the subject line, “Most widely published typo today.” He closes: “Your you’re welcome!” I’m checking my PressReader account, which has newspaper comic sections, to see if any papers that changed your to you’re. Let me know if you find any. I have a call in to King Features comics editor Brendan Burford.

Check out the comments on the Milwaukee paper’s website. (“This is deplorable! And twice!” writes one commenter. Another: “It’s a sign of the apocalypse! The high and mighty Keane family has made a grammatical error!”)

So far I’ve heard from readers who say “you’re” ran the Charleston Daily Mail, Orlando Sentinel, Bergen Record and Dallas Morning News. “We called in the error and got the corrected cartoon for the San Antonio Express-News,” writes a Facebook subscriber.

“Our content provider sent out a correction notice and updated graphic file long before most papers’ deadlines. So it should’ve run with ‘you’re’ in all Chicago Tribune Co newspapers,” writes Megan Craig of Tribune.

Other readers:
“I was pleasantly surprised to see that our newspaper, the Corvallis (Ore.) Gazette-Times, corrected the Family Circus error. Not bad for the typical overworked small daily newsroom.”

“The BANG [Bay Area News Group] papers also caught the error and published the correct cartoon caption.”

* “Family Circus” for October 11 (

Cribb, Greene & Associates, the oldest newspaper brokerage in the U.S., says its fall 2013 publisher confidence survey results “indicate that publishers are feeling better about the near term future than they did in 2012,” and 40 percent would recommend a newspaper career for their children. (Twenty-eight percent would tell their kids to find a different job.)

Some of the results:

Next year (2014) do you believe your total advertising revenues will be up, down or about the same as this

Up: 47%; About the same: 36%; Down: 17%
Next year (2014) do you believe that your bottom line will be up, down or about the same as this year?
Up: 56%; About the same: 36%; Down: 8%

Would you consider purchasing a newspaper currently?
Yes: 58%; No: 42%

If you currently print in-house, would you consider outsourcing your printing and eliminating your press?
Yes: 38%; No: 62%

Would you recommend the newspaper business as a career for your children?
Yes: 40%; No: 28%; Maybe: 32%

Cribb, Greene sent me some comments from the 130 publishers who completed its survey:

“I would be happy if my children pursued a career in journalism, because it’s rewarding and vital to society, but I’d be quietly concerned if they defined that as the newspaper business.”

“Media is growing, but the word “newspaper” is no longer relevant.”

“If newspapers are your passion, you will succeed.”/CONTINUES Read More

* Cox’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution is laying off half its photo staff — 5 out of 10 — on November 1. At Cox’s Austin American-Statesman and Palm Beach Post, some photographersajc are being offered buyout packages. (
* Dayton Daily News buyouts memo: “Our 2013 newspaper revenue is down, and we expect that trend to continue into next year.” ( | The chart at the end of this post tells all: (
* Pew Research finds that 71 percent of U.S. adults watch local TV news. (
* Mark Copyranter: I was fired from BuzzFeed because my content wasn’t BuzzFeedy enough. ( | April, 2012: BuzzFeed hires Copyranter. ( | Copyranter’s BuzzFeed posts.
* Google wants to join Facebook in selling users’ endorsements to marketers. (
* Everyone can search for you on Facebook now. (
* Nate Silver: “Plenty of bullshit” in TV’s coverage of the government shutdown. (
* It’s time for Belo to sell the Providence Journal, says Dean Starkman. (
* First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams delivers a somewhat surprising speech at Harvard. (
* Americans lie about watching porn online. (
* Boston’s WGBH says it won’t remove David Koch from its board. (
* Dan Harris is named co-anchor of ABC’s “Nightline.” (
* A hipster and his old typewriter at a Bowery coffee shop. (
* Magazine war: Men’s Health vs. Men’s Fitness. (