Daily Archives: November 13, 2013

* Jack Shafer: “Most pieces billed as an exclusive interview are usually no more exclusive than a seat in a public commode.” (
* Meet the “most influential people” in e-book single publishing. (
* A Detroit News veteran known for triple-checking facts copy edited his own obituary before dying on Saturday. Michael Trojanowski was 77. (
* Ex-Rolling Stone editor Eric Bates joins Pierre Omidyar’s media venture. ( | Guardian’s Harry Enten goes to work for Nate Silver. (
* John Henry has yet to stop by the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, which he bought several weeks ago. ( | Is he selling the paper to locals? (
* CNBC’s Courtney Reagan gets a surprise on-air proposal from her hedge-funder boyfriend. ( | (

She said yes to marriage during the CNBC

She said yes to marriage during the CNBC “Nightly Business Report”

* Why Jessica Lessin left the Wall Street Journal: “I wanted to build a new publication for professionals who wanted a deeper take on tech than general interest publications provide.” (
* Six are laid off at Time Out New York. (
* Gawker Media’s Nick Denton has thought about buying Business Insider (along with dozens of other sites, I’m guessing). (
* Politico says the New York Times has a “brain drain” problem; WaPo’s Erik Wemple asks: What about Politico’s brain drain? (
* Times public editor: The departures are notable, “but they fall short of a disastrous trend.” (
* Wired editor: When Bill Gates is guest-editing your magazine, the world opens up to you. (

Amanda Bennett

Amanda Bennett

Amanda Bennett, Bloomberg News editor-at-large and former head of Bloomberg’s investigations/projects unit, has resigned. She’s been with the news organization since 2007.

A Bloomberg News spokesperson declined to comment on the editor-at-large’s departure. I’ve also asked Bennett to comment.

Bennett and Washington Post Co.’s Don Graham were married in June of 2012.

* Pulitzer-winner Amanda Bennett leaving Bloomberg News (

Update: The Chronicle’s managing editor writes: “We’re disappointed by recent inaccurate reports in the New York Times, which has attempted to compete with us in this arena.”

Instead of cutting, as our competitor asserts, we are increasing our investment in terms of digital and print offerings.

We are reinvesting in this coverage, exploring ways to have it more deeply permeate the entire newspaper while making all newspaper sections even more modern and relevant.

* Managing editor’s response to the New York Times (

The Times reports: “In a meeting this month, the paper’s president, Joanne Bradford, told members of the staff that the section just was not ‘sustainable.'” Bradford, by the way, announced last week that she’s leaving the Chronicle and joining Pinterest.

* San Francisco Chronicle plans to end its prized food section (
* “I wonder if anyone told the Sports editor that his section was not ‘sustainable'” (
* Best Newspaper Food Coverage award goes to the Chronicle (

Anchors from Detroit’s WDIV react to an off-camera reporter using the F-word in a live remote shot

“I don’t have IFB [interruptible feedback],” reporter Lauren Podell said, unaware that the co-anchors were ready for her fire report and that she was heard by viewers. “I don’t know when we’re going, neither does Jim. I can’t get this fucking in there!” Co-anchor Evrod Cassimy quickly told viewers: “We apologize for that.”

Lauren Podell

Lauren Podell

* WDIV-TV’s Lauren Podell drops the F-bomb while live at a fire scene (
* Pro tip: Always assume the f-ing mic is on (
* “Wife, daughters caught this example of the chaos of live TV by Lauren Podell at breakfast” (@stevefrye)
* Podell in 2009: In the TV biz, “the highs are highs, but the lows can be very, very low” (

“AP has put its employee recognition program on hold,” writes a Romenesko reader. “No more luggage for 30 years with the company!”
According to the latest News Media Guild dispatch, an AP staffer asked about his 10-year gift and was told he was out of luck because program was suspended. AP human resources veep Jessica Bruce told the union that the news service is “looking at not spending money on that program anymore.”

From the union’s post: “The Guild said [gifts program] could be considered a past practice and that AP might be obligated to bargain over putting the program on hold or changing it.”

I asked my Guild president Martha Waggoner about the type of the gifts, and this is what she said: “I don’t remember everything but … I got a leather duffel bag at 20 and four Waterford double old-fashions at 25. Jewelry, clocks, a set of knives (I think). It’s a good program, and staffers will be sorry if it’s ended. Some of the gifts are nice, especially as you gain seniority.”

Another AP union concern:

The Guild also asked why the AP discontinued the use of “For the Associated Press” as the byline for stringers and instead give stringers the same bytitle as staffers. People are upset about the lack of difference, the Guild said. The company said it would look into the matter.

AP staffers: Tell us about your anniversary gifts. Post in comments section or send me an email.

* Associated Press union’s report from the bargaining table (

* New York Times public editor: Recent staff departures are notable, “but they fall short of a disastrous trend.” (
* Gene Lyons: If CBS wants its reputation back, it needs to give a better explanation for its bad Benghazi report. (
* FYI: “Employment Policies Institute” (EPI) is a PR outfit, not a think tank. (
* Richard Cohen will continue to write his Washington Post column “until Gawker sends over a hit man.” (
* New York Times losing a few staffers isn’t a big deal, says managing editor Dean Baquet. (“People have always left.”) (

She pointed at gun at a TV reporter.

She pointed a gun at a TV reporter.

* Suspended 911 supervisor is accused of pointing a gun at a TV reporter who showed up at her door. (
* Meet the creator of KRON-TV’s “People Behaving Badly” feature. (
* Chris Hughes: New Republic’s circulation base grew by 20 percent in 2012 and is on track to grow by another 20 percent in 2013. (
* “I always thought we’d sell to a big old media company,” says Curbed founder Lockhart Steele, who sold his blog network to Vox Media. (
* Google is now bigger than both the newspaper and magazine industries. (
* Newspaper Guild blasts Boston police for trying to intimidate journalists. (
* “Meddling is what the lawsuits in the dispute over the Inky are all about,” writes Philly blogger (and ex-Inquirer reporter) Ralph Cipriano. (
* Binghamton University newspaper column defending the use of blackface leads to protests outside of the newsroom. (
* PaidContent – acquired by Gigaom last year – is shutting down. (
* Editor: Fort Worth Star-Telegram founder would not be turning over in his grave over outsourcing decision. (

Last month, Indiana University trustees approved a controversial plan to merge the School of Journalism with the Department of Communication and Culture, and the Department of Telecommunications. (“One trustee compared it to the 2000 firing of Bobby Knight,” according to the “Save Ernie Pyle Hall” Facebook group.)

On July 1, 2014, the IU Media School replaces the School of Journalism. Here’s an ad for the new school that’s going to run in the Chronicle of Higher Education. (I’m told that – the link in the ad – won’t go live until Friday.)
* “Fight to keep the IU School of Journalism. The next generation of reporters should be more than just communications experts” (