Monthly Archives: December 2013

New Year’s Day update: “You can stop sending money,” Craig D. Lindsey writes as he approaches $4,000 in donations. “If you want to donate, that’s fine, but really – I’m straight. Not only do I have enough to pay off the two months’ rent, but I can pay off the next two months. Honestly, I wish I could shut the thing down, but it’s apparently going to continue until it’s finally finished on Friday.”
* “Most of the money will go to basically getting out of this damn hole”


Craig D. Lindsey (above), who hasn’t found a fulltime job since getting laid off from McClatchy’s Raleigh News & Observer in 2011, went on crowdfunding site Indiegogo and asked for $900 “so I can turn it over to my landlord’s ‘enforcer’ by the end of the week.”

When a couple of outlets I write for cut my workload in half a few months ago, it was a very big blow. Now, I really can’t pay my rent. (Seriously, I gotta go to court next week on back-rent issues if I don’t figure out something THIS WEEK.)

Lindsey was just short of his goal when I tweeted the link to his campaign this afternoon; he now has over $2,000 $3,950, with three two days left in his campaign. I’m guessing his rent will be covered for several months before it’s over.

* A journalist who’s fallen on hard times asks for $900 (
* “So, this year sucked. …I’m in my third year of joblessness” (

Lindsey’s New Year’s Eve tweet:

-- New Yorker's first cover of 2014

— New Yorker’s first cover of 2014

* Denver Post launches its marijuana website, The Cannabist. ( | Earlier: The Post seeks a marijuana editor. (
* Update: The Cannabist is at The Post’s Linda Shapley tells me the paper is negotiating to buy
REDSKINS* Reporters covering the Washington Redskins “weren’t allowed to stand in the parking lot between the media building and the team facility after owner [Dan] Snyder and [coach Mike] Shanahan arrived. The team assigned two public-relations interns to patrol the area, assigning them walkie-talkies and instructions to keep doors and window shades closed.” (
* Michael Wolff predicts Rupert Murdoch will get rid of the New York Post in 2014. (
* An eccentric Chinese recycling tycoon wants to buy the New York Times. (Will he settle for Murdoch’s Post when the Times turns him down?) (
PERRY* MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry (left) apologizes for making fun of Mitt Romney’s black grandson. (@mharrisperry)
* There’s great art with this post: “If vinyl records, straight razors, slow food and absinthe cocktails can all mount comebacks, there is no reason print can’t as well.” (
* Will Tim Tebow end up being the Phyllis George of ESPN? (
* Noted: “Not all open letters are particularly interesting or worthwhile.” (
* A New York Post rep insists editor-in-chief Col Allan has never met the soccer-mom madam. (
* Compelling! One Patch site reports its top story in 2013 was about a rock. (
* Thanks for reading in 2013.

From Gay Talese’s 1969 book, “The Kingdom and the Power”:

The “inane thing” thing that Clyde Haberman inserted in an awards list:

Tweets from yesterday:

* Haberman: “As for my next act, it is too early to say, but there will definitely be one” (
* Haberman in 2006: Abe Rosenthal was right to fire me 40 years ago (

* Newsroom staffs at Time Inc.’s magazines will soon be reporting to business-side executives. (
* “People have stopped wearing ties,” says Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth. “That’s the biggest change around here” since Jeff Bezos bought the paper. (
* No more disguises for New York magazine restaurant critic Adam Platt. (
* Chicago Symphony Orchestra launches an “online multimedia magazine.” Is this the future of arts journalism? (
* Anderson Cooper is the most-followed journalist on Twitter. (
* Alt-weeklies have a rough year. (
biz* FishbowlNY readers liked Bloomberg Businessweek’s “sophisticated Twitter” cover. (* Oregon State University says its newspaper adviser shouldn’t have filed a public records request for university documents. (OSU official: “It’s not appropriate … for an employee to request public records from their place of work.”) (
* “Few [‘Good Morning America’] viewers will really be surprised by the news” that Robin Roberts is a lesbian. ( | Read the nearly 8,000 comments on Roberts’ Facebook page. (
* WaPo’s Erik Wemple vs. Politico’s Mike Allen, cont’d. (
* Spokane Spokesman-Review turns off the comments-section “name-calling, hatefulness, homophobia, xenophobia, racism, sexism and outrageous profanity” for one week. (

A few highlights (and low points) from 2013:

* Don’t even think about asking Tim Tebow a question! Reporters covering the quarterback at Whataburger Fieldtimt were given a list of rules to follow. (Posted March 21)

* He’s kept his promise, too. Donald Trump said he was going to stop being nice because of Deadspin’s F-yourself tweet. (Posted January 18)

* The ad-sales guys probably knew about this. A fist? A can of Crisco? The journalists at Detroit’s Fox affiliate claimed they didn’t get it. (Posted July 31)

* I’m guessing they were all used in “Anchorman 2.” A consultant compiled a list of words used by TV broadcasters that are supposed to add urgency to news reports. (Posted July 2)

* The NSA’s already got it covered. Bloomberg BNA announced that it was going to put surveillance cameras in the snacks area — then decided against it after the memo was posted on Romenesko. (Posted June 21)

drink* Cheers to the journalist who wrote this headline: “Drinkwine on the job.” (Posted May 2)

* They passed Listicles 101. University of Alabama paper’s semester-end review was done BuzzFeed-style. /(Posted April 25)

* “Going forward,” “charm offensive” and many others. The Washington Post Outlook editor shared his list of words and phrases that his section avoids. (Posted March 20)

* Sure, you had to go ruin it for everyone! A store owner stopped saving newspapers after one customer submitted a ridiculous request. (Posted June 30)

uck* He still didn’t get the job. A copywriter sent grocery giant Fred Meyer a “F— You” ad after failing to hear about the spec ad he submitted. (Posted August 2)

* That’s what they all say. A drawing of what appeared to be a penis “was an innocent mistake on behalf of the reporter,” explained the news boss. (Posted July 24)

* Oh, you shouldn’t have! Really. “The most insulting note I’ve ever gotten” was from a newspaper company CEO whose birthday “gift” was a $1.25 vending machine token. (Posted October 28)

badsketch* Wanted: Kenny from “South Park.” The Bloomington (Ill.) Pantagraph ran the year’s worst police sketch. (Posted February 21)

* Bored at a bar? The history of social media outlined on a napkin. (Posted July 29)

* Don’t tell her about Weekly World News. A news anchor discovered this year that stories in The Onion are fake. (Posted February 8)

graphi* He covers meetings — and provides the art! Newspaper graphic of the day year. (The reporter’s disclosure: “Drawing not to scale. Or good.”) (Posted July 3)

* Hard reporting. A Salt Lake Tribune journalist said his Morning Glory Rd. piece was “hands down the most uncomfortable story I have ever had to interview for.” (Here’s why: Morning glory is slang for a start-of-day erection.) (Posted January 5)

* You’ve heard about the show, right? Tuscaloosa News failed to mention “Breaking Bad” when it reported that a local man named Walter White was wanted for meth manufacturing. (Posted August 16)

* FFF for AAA. “The most trusted name in travel” put Mt. Rushmore in North Dakota. (Posted July 11)

* Lower your paywall for this guy, NYT. A Brooklyn man had the New York Times T Magazine logo tattooed on his chest. (Posted July 19)

Christmas and her Christmas gifts from Washington Post readers (credit: Jonathan Newton/Washington Post)

Christmas and her Christmas gifts from Washington Post readers (credit: Jonathan Newton)

December 24: “My second year without presents,” says 11-year-old Christmas Diamond Haynesworth, who lives in a family homeless shelter. On her wish list is “some stuff for painting. And that’s about it.” (

December 26: “On Christmas,” reports the Post, “between 30 and 50 people showed up at the shelter with bags of paints, paintbrushes, easels and sketch pads for the girl.” By noon on Dec. 26, Christmas’s room was filled with art supplies. (

* NPR’s “Journalists to Watch in 2014” list includes people of color, while Politico’s list doesn’t. (
* European study finds that Facebook is “dead and buried” to older teens. (
* Bristol, CT-based ESPN has received about $260 million in state tax breaks and credits over the past 12 years. (
* People magazine’s improved paper stock will cost Time Inc. millions. (
* Andy Carvin packs up his NPR memories. (
* Quartz is wrong; 2013 was not a lost year for tech, says Om Malik. (
* Patch should have gone outside the suburbs and covered cities, too, says Merrill Brown. (
* Over a quarter of Internet users download or listen to podcasts? Jack Shafer doesn’t buy it. (@jackshafer)
* CBS News correspondent John Miller returns to law enforcement. (
* Nearly 49 percent of newspaper websites ban anonymous commenting. (AP via
* Michael Barbaro will be covering Chris Christie for the New York Times. (
* Too easy, New York Post. (It’s “development” instead of “erection” online.) (
* Everything about sports-uniforms blogger Paul Lukas’s troll is now on one site. (
* Fargo Forum parent buys the Brainerd (Minn.) Dispatch from Morris Communications. (

This memo came out of the KSL-TV (Salt Lake City) newsroom:
KSL-TV news director Tanya Vea didn’t respond to my inquiry about the memo, but she told Salt Lake Tribune TV columnist Scott Pierce that she’s vacationing and hadn’t seen the order.

Keri Wilcox: memo author?

Keri Wilcox: memo author?

“There may have been a caution that went out on this, but there is no policy – that’s definitive,” Vea said. “And if there’s a policy, that would have come from me or higher. There is no policy on this.” I’m told that the memo was written by KSL-TV News deputy managing editor Keri Wilcox. I have asked her to confirm that.
* KSL news boss says there’s no ban on video of same-sex kisses (
* Winners of the National Press Foundation’s annual awards are announced. (
* A Los Angeles Times machinist’s legacy: A sidewalk out of front pages. ( | More photos: (
* Gun terminology errors in the New York Times “might leave some skeptical readers wondering whether we know what we’re talking about on this subject.” (
* Last year, Tim Armstrong considered “ousting or sidelining” Arianna Huffington, say two sources. (
* Huffington is said to be unhappy at AOL and has periodically has entertained offers to move HuffPo to another company. (
* Washington Post loses Wonkblog economics editor Neil Irwin to the New York Times. (
* What journalists are getting paid per-mile for using their own cars while working. (
* The year’s top media stories, according to USA Today’s Rem Rieder. (
ice* Andrew Goldman to Soledad O’Brien in December of 2012: “I’ll wager $750 that in a year CNN will look much more like ‘Ice Road Truckers.'” Time to pay up? (
* Cleveland Scene and other Times-Shamrock alt-weeklies are sold. ( | Baltimore City Paper, which wasn’t part of the deal, is in talks with a potential buyer. (
* If typewriters could talk: “Does anyone remember that we never crashed?” (
* Did the New York Post burn departing NBC newsman Antoine Sanfuentes? (
* High school editors to continue their “redskin” ban. (

Retired WCCO-TV (Twin Cities) anchorman Don Shelby writes about a recent “Anchorman 2” screening: “Mort Crim, Bill Kurtis and I slink further down into our seats. We are watching a comedy about our own careers in a business that used to be about finding ways to make us all better informed. But something went haywire. …For the old-time news people watching, ‘Anchorman 2’ is pure tragedy because it is essentially the truth.”

- Mort Crim, Bill Kurtis and Don Shelby

– Mort Crim, Bill Kurtis and Don Shelby at an “Anchorman 2” screening

* A retired Twin Cities anchorman’s take on “Anchorman 2” (
* Crim, Kurtis and Shelby — a combined 150 years of anchoring (@donshelby)
* Couric and Chung recall working in the “Anchorman” environment (

“Some people have questioned the particular photo we used with the story, which depicts the couple kissing under crossed sabers,” writes Fayetteville Observer executive editor Michael Adams. “To those, I respond that no photo tells the story more clearly. The kiss under the sabers is a staple picture from military weddings.”

* Editor’s note: About our coverage of the Fort Bragg ceremony (
* Fort Bragg chapel holds first same-sex ceremony (245 comments) (
* Read comments on the newspaper’s Facebook page (
* Check out the photo on Sunday’s front page (PDF) (