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* McClatchy’s Fort Worth Star-Telegram will have its papers printed by A.H. Belo’s Dallas Morning News. More than 75 full-time workers and 200 part-timers will lose their jobs. (star-telegram.com)
* ABC News “20/20” co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas gets help for alcohol abuse. (mediabistro.com)
* Bill Gates guest-edits the December issue of Wired. (@mat)

via @mat

via @mat

* The owner of a remodeling firm is found dead hours before St. Louis’s KSDK-TV is scheduled to run an investigative report about him. (stltoday.com)
* Biz journalist: “We need to start covering the personal finance aspects of poverty and people who’ve taken major setbacks.” (talkingbiznews.com)
* More questions about the “60 Minutes” Benghazi report. (huffingtonpost.com)
* Anna Holmes recalls the early days of Jezebel — a name she never really liked. (thehairpin.com)
* Popular Science editor-in-chief Jacob Ward jumps to Al Jazeera America. (capitalnewyork.com)
* Poor things! Twitter’s just too much for some celebrities and pro athletes. (AP via yahoo.com)
* Guns and Ammo magazine’s pro-gun control editorial angers readers. (adage.com)

Outdoor Life columnist Brian Lynn tells his readers that he received a $15 PETA membership as a gag gift from a friend, and he wants to do something about it. logos

“I enjoy costing PETA as much money as I can,” writes Lynn. He signed up to get some free stickers — that’ll cost the animal-rights group money! — and now he’s encouraging his readers to do the same. Lynn put the free-stickers URL in his column.

“Readers who click on the link to PETA’s website in Lynn’s post are in for a surprise,” PETA spokesperson Colleen O’Brien tells Romenesko readers. “We made sure that they’re redirected to this study pointing out the link between an enthusiasm for hunting and a less than impressively sized penis. The link is still live on OutdoorLife.com, and at least one reader has noticed, commenting, ‘oh btw, PETA, I’M HUGE!!!!!'”

* I joined PETA, help! (outdoorlife.com)

The first three letters-to-the-editor in the Nov./Dec. issue of Columbia Journalism Review criticize the magazine for printing “Not Fucking Rocket Science”cjrcover on its Sept./Oct. “Journalism Is” cover.

* “I’m sure there are instances where I would agree the use of the word is warranted,” writes VanZandt Newspapers managing editor Donnita Nesbit Fisher. The cover of a magazine describing journalism isn’t one of them.”

* “Could we keep the profanity off the cover?” asks Hugh Bouchelle.

* “How dare CJR include the F-bomb on its cover!” writes RAR president and former WGN-TV anchor Rick Rosenthal. “The F-bomb has no place anywhere in CJR! Putting it on the magazine cover was outrageously offensive!”

I wondered how many more complaints CJR received, and if anyone praised the magazine for its “daring move.” Interim editor Brent Cunningham answered my questions in an email:

I think the ones we ran in the Letters section are mostly all we heard from. There probably were a couple of others, but not many. I know I went back and forth (collegially: we agreed to disagree) with two or three of email writers, and we didn’t publish those.

As far as support, we got a lot of compliments on the cover itself, but no one praised the use of the f-word specifically that I’m aware of. We discussed using asterisks, but I felt that word was in context and not gratuitous, which is my standard on this sort of thing. It came from Ira Glass’s response to the What Is Journalism For? question. We checked with our newsstand distributor who cautioned that some places might not put it out with this on it, but, I mean, we are on so few newsstands anyway.

I knew it would anger some folks, but I think the negative reaction was considerably less than I was prepared for.


The journalist who alerted me to this tweet writes: “Local TV reporter known for his lush eyebrows was told to trim those puppies down.” Viewers couldn’t focus on the news because of them? Tom Miller is a reporter for KSBW-TV in Salinas, California.brows

* Read what my Facebook friends and subscribers say about this (facebook.com/jimromenesko)

Michelle Goldberg

Michelle Goldberg

Michelle Goldberg has left The Daily Beast to join The Nation, where she’ll write monthly editorials, print edition features, and a weekly blog post for TheNation.com. (Her first piece will be posted here later today.)

“At The Nation, I’m particularly excited to have the chance to report on social movements of both the right and the left in more depth than the daily news cycle allows,” says Goldberg. “And since my background is in progressive media, I’m thrilled to once again be part of a news organization that’s fighting to improve the world as well as cover it.”

gaymayor

“So with the new political landscape in terms of race, sexual orientation, mixed families, etc., headline writers will have to get more in step,” writes Romenesko reader Andrew Patner. The Washington Post does note in the last graf of its story that Ed Murray is gay.

* Seattle voters turn out third straight mayor (washingtonpost.com)
* Seattle gets first gay mayor: Ed Murray (keennewsservice.com)

* Memo about layoffs at McClatchy’s Charlotte Observer is sent on Election Day. (“Would it have killed them to wait a day instead of breaking the bad news on Election Day, of all days?” asks Charlotte magazine.) (charlottemagazine.com)
* It’s not election-night in the newsroom until the pizza arrives. (caller.com) | (storify.com)
* “Nikki Finke will no longer be leading Deadline Hollywood,” says Deadline. “This is an emotional and painful parting.” (deadline.com) | TOLDJA! says The Wrap. (thewrap.com) | “I’m so happy,” says Finke. (latimes.com) | “A very, very happy day.” (gawker.com)
* Toronto newspaper fronts: The Sun; The Star; Globe and Mail; and National Post.
toronto* “60 Minutes” defends its Benghazi story. “We killed ourselves not to allow politics into this report,” says Lara Logan. (nytimes.com)
* Sale of the Riverside (CA) Press-Enterprise to Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner is delayed. He has to prove he has enough cash to run the paper. (latimes.com)
* Fired AP reporter Bob Lewis joins McGuireWoods’ media relations team. (digitaljournal.com) | (@APBobLewis)
* Press+, founded by Steve Brill and Gordon Crovitz, is on the market, reports Ken Doctor. (niemanlab.org)
* Dan Stewart: I’m rather flattered I was plagiarized by Rand Paul. (theweek.com)
* Washington Times will no longer run Rand’s column. (washingtontimes.com)
* Laconia (NH) Daily Sun editor is elected mayor of Laconia. (AP via Concord Monitor) | His paper’s story on the victory: (laconiadailysun.com)
* The Philadelphia Inquirer paid PR man and Poynter fundraiser Brian Tierney $25,000 a month to sell ads, but a memo says he was “unsuccessful in producing any new accounts.” (bigtrial.net)
* Science journalists announce their contest winners. (aaas.org)