Daily Archives: November 21, 2013


Alabama beer brewer Dan Murphy asks Alabama Media Group breaking news director Michelle R. Jones: “What kind of person doesn’t think about double meaning in what they put out in public? You need an editor.” Jones responds: “What kind person thinks that is an attempt at humor? Get real.” (I see this tweet and wonder if it comes from someone with a, let’s say, police-reporter sense of humor.)

* @MichelleR_Jones

In 1994, a reporter from the Baltimore Sun named Roger Simon wrote: “The Washington Redskins are being sued by American Indians who argue that the term ‘Redskin’ is ‘degrading, offensive, scandalous, contemptuous, disreputable, disparaging and racist.’ At least three major newspapers — the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Portland Oregonian and the Salt Lake Tribune — will not print the name ‘Redskins’ in their pages.”

Uni Watch reader Lindsay Resnick spotted the 19-year-old Sun story and sent it to Paul Lukas, the blog’s editor. He forwarded it to me with this note: “This was in 1994! I was not aware of newspapers (or any other media outlets) boycotting the Redskins’ team name at that time. Also, while several newspapers are currently boycotting the team’s name, I don’t think the list includes the three papers mentioned in that 1994 BaltSun piece. So did those three papers go back to using the team’s name? If so, when and why?”

I emailed the sports editors of the three papers and received responses from two.

The Oregonian’s Seth Prince: “Our policy on Native-themed mascots and nicknames remains in place as it has since 1992. Here is a link with more context. If you’ve seen the word in the printed paper please let me know; it may occasionally slip through despite our best efforts.

“Online, we have the same policy for local and wire stories that we post ourselves. There are parts of OregonLive, however, that have automated AP feeds over which we have no control, and the nicknames do appear in those stories. We don’t, however, push those to the more prominent pages of the site.”

Salt Lake Tribune’s Joe Baird: “We implemented the ban under a previous management team. The nickname was restored after a management change. At the start of this season we reinstated the ban.”

Star Tribune’s Glen Crevier: “The policy was reversed under [former editor] Anders Gyllenhaal in June 2003. It has not changed and there are no plans to do so now.”

Update — Tim McGuire writes on his ASU blog: “In 1994, as Editor of the Minneapolis Star Tribune I banned the use of Indian nicknames to describe sports teams. My sports staff was not happy and criticism came from many quarters. Among other things, we were accused of being self-aggrandizing.”

* From 1994 — The Chinks’ nickname: it’s not PC, it’s decency (

Light posting day: I’m driving to Milwaukee (from Chicago’s North Shore) for a dentist appointment this afternoon. Posting will resume when I’m out of the chair.
* Journalists from around the world are in Dallas for the JFK assassination anniversary. There were 900+ media credential requests for Friday‚Äôs Dealey Plaza event, but fewer than 600 were granted.( | Today’s Philly Daily News JFK cover: (@PaulMSparrow1)
* The Life magazine cover that was bumped for JFK. (
* Ex-Associated Press reporter recalls serving as an Oswald pallbearer. “I remain a reluctant and minor footnote in American history, writes Mike Cochran. (AP via Yahoo News)
* As the old joke goes: The psychics didn’t see it coming? (
* Erik Wemple finds that special interests that pay for slots in Mike Allen’s daily newsletter “get adoring coverage elsewhere in the playing field of ‘Playbook.'” ( | Reaction to the piece: (
* Can K Street buy Mike Allen? (
* Marion Stokes, who died last year at age 83, left 140,000 VHS tapes of TV news items from 1977 to 2012. (
* Journalist’s advice to j-students: Don’t call sources – including journalists – at 7:30 a.m. (@spiegelpeter) | A History major asks: Is journalism worth getting into? (
* NPR gets an earful after reporting that Ernie (“Mr. Cub”) Banks played for the White Sox. (
* An award-winning Reuters shooter’s seven golden rules of photojournalism. (
* Philadelphia Inquirer owners are unable to strike a deal. (
* The Associated Press is hiring 20 summer 2014 interns. They will be paid. (
* “The core of Reddit has not changed much since we launched it,” says its founder. (
* No Maxim magazine sale? “Sources said they’ve been told the deal is off.” (