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Veteran Denver Post entertainment editor and music critic Ricardo Baca has been named the paper’s marijuana editor. A memo to staff calls him “the perfect person to lead this charge.”

Ricardo Baca

Ricardo Baca

So does that mean he’s quite familiar with the drug he’ll be covering?

“The short answer: I’ve covered concerts for a living over the last 15 years,” says Baca. “That means hanging out with musicians, working with people in the industry, attending music festivals in Austin and the Coachella valley and New York and L.A. So yes. And though I’ve never been a full-on stoner, I’ve shared concerts and conversations and late-night sessions at the bar, and had Twitter wars with thousands of them.”

Baca will be hiring a freelance pot critic and a freelance pot advice columnist. Email him at rbaca@denverpost.com if you’re interested.

The Post’s drug and alcohol policy applies to this position, but that doesn’t mean the pot editor and his staff have to abstain.

“As with alcohol, you are not allowed to ingest (either via cigarettes or food) marijuanapot in the office or come to the office ‘reeking’ of marijuana,” says the human resources senior vice president. “If you do imbibe marijuana in the course of covering it for your job, we expect you to take necessary steps to ensure you do not drive while impaired or put anyone at risk.”

* Q&A with the Denver Post’s new marijuana editor (denverpost.com)
* Earlier: Denver Post seeks a marijuana editor (jimromenesko.com)
* Earlier: “Saturday Night Live” has fun with the pot editor job posting (jimromenesko.com)


St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Nancy Cambria recently wrote a column about kids playing sports year-round. This was her paper’s headline:

Nancy Cambria

Nancy Cambria

“Is it really a good idea for kids to play a sport all year round?”

Cambria’s piece was picked up by Missouri News Feed, which used this headline:

“Is it unequivocally a good thought for kids to play a competition all year round?”

The Post-Dispatch put this note at the end of Cambria’s column:

Nancy Cambria is the parent of a baseball and a hockey player, 12 and 9. Her sons do not play all year, just, um, December through October for baseball and August through May for hockey. Early next year her family will travel to South Bend, Ind., Springfield, Mo., and Chicago for weekend tournaments. But she swears, she is not one of those parents.

Here’s how that note ran on the Missouri Feed site:

Nancy Cambria is a primogenitor of a round and a hockey player, 12 and 9. Her sons do not play all year, just, um, Dec by Oct for round and Aug by May for hockey. Early subsequent year her family will transport to South Bend, Ind., Springfield, Mo., and Chicago for weekend tournaments. But she swears, she is not one of those parents.

What the hell happened here?

Cambria tells Romenesko readers: “We can only assume that the story was translated into another language and then auto-translated back to English, and then stolen and posted on [the Missouri News Feed] site.”

Missouri News Feed couldn’t be reached for comment because there is no contact information on the site.

* Cambria’s column in the Post-Dispatch | Her column on Missouri News Feed

“We don’t have rules for what we show and don’t show” in photos, says New York Times design director Tom Bodkin. He tells Erik Wemple that he’s sure some readers complained about today’s page one photo, but “if we edited the paper to get zero complaints,” the Times would be quite bland. The photo below, he says, was an “extremely appropriate” choice
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* NYTer: “Fairly unanimous consensus” to run breast photo (washingtonpost.com)

- I have typo problems, too, CNBC. Thought you'd want to correct this.

– I have typo problems, too, CNBC. Thought you’d want to correct this.

* Oregonian editor Peter Bhatia is a finalist for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln j-school dean job. (wweek.com)
* Laughs and a little controversy at last night’s International Press Freedom Awards. (capitalnewyork.com) | “The Jon Stewart of Egypt” received an award. (nytimes.com) | Bloomberg LP’s CEO was there. (buzzfeed.com)
* Red Sox owner John Henry is looking to sell his recently acquired Worcester Telegram & Gazette. (bostonglobe.com)
* AP denies reports that it sat on the U.S.-Iran talks story for months. (ap.org)
* Lots of social media chatter about this Los Angeles Times front page: (newseum.org/PDF)
* Norm Pearlstine defends Lara Logan. “More often than not it is really the editor, sitting behind the desk directing the reporter, who is more at fault and more to blame than the reporter,” he says. (huffingtonpost.com) | Fire “60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager. (whenjournalismfails.com)
* Jack Shafer: The cynic in me believes the Pogue/Couric/Bai hirings “are largely designed to produce positive press for the Yahoo name.” (reuters.com)
* B.J. Mendelson blasts NYT’s story about anti-semitism in Pine Bush. (bjmendelson.com)
* The highs and lows of Gannett’s philanthropic arm. (gannettblog.blogspot.com)
* Pope Francis, media critic. (@BrettLoGiurato)