Daily Archives: December 19, 2013

* The Wichita news anchor fired for dropping an F bomb loses another job opportunity. A Colorado Springs station that was negotiating with Justin Kraemer doesn’t “want to get national or global publicity just for making a reporter hire.” (
* New York Times pledges “strict separation between the newsroom and the job of creating content for the new native ads.” ( | (
* Chicago Public Radio is now a union shop. (
* Pierre Omidyar puts his first $50 million into his news venture. (
harry* Harry Shearer (left) – turning 70 next week – celebrates 30 years on the radio. (
* Pulitzer-winning investigative reporter Matt Apuzzo quits the AP to join New York Times. (
* Publishers Weekly reports a big book deal for the author of New York Times’s “Invisible Child” series. (
* You don’t hear about bankruptcies or buyouts at Japanese newspapers. (
* Chris Cillizza: You don’t have to be talking to “regular people” every minute of the day to do real reporting in D.C. ( | What others are saying about Sam Youngman’s Politico Magazine piece. (
* As expected, “Katie” is cancelled. (
* I still miss Tom Shales’s skewering of Kathie Lee Gifford’s Christmas specials. (

No TV reporters were injured in this “stampede.” (They got to shop early.)

(Credit: Paul Zoeller/Post and Courier)

(Credit: Paul Zoeller/Post and Courier)

The big news for the fashion crowd in Charleston today is the grand opening of an H&M store. The Post and Courier reports dozens of people waited in line for the doors to open at noon. But some Charleston TV reporter/anchors bragged on Twitter that they didn’t have to deal with the crowds; they simply used their positions to shop early.

More than an hour before the store opened, Haley Hernandez of WCBD-TV tweeted that “I already did some damage”; she assured shoppers waiting for the official opening that there was “plenty more” inventory for them.

“We bought, but got to beat the crowds!” tweeted Meaghan Wallace of WCSC-TV. “Worth it!”

The Post and Courier’s Andy Paras writes: “A few journalists who saw the tweets told me they were shocked that not only would reporters use their access to get first crack at the deals but that they would brag about it on social media.”

* TV reporters use their positions to shop early at H&M (

“Yeah, we blew it,” says Texas Monthly. “Pretty funny cover, and pretty spot on, except that the baseball players are shown wearing the Astros uniform that was retired in 2012. And not only that, but several of the players featured weren’t even on the Astros roster last year.” (The new uniform is on the right.)

* At least the steer was anatomically correct (

haitz* The publisher who told a sports columnist at The State that he’d be fired if he wrote about Gamecocks football has resigned. Henry Haitz III (left) is joining Hearst’s Connecticut Media Group. I hope McClatchy told him to take a hike after the Ron Morris fiasco. ( | (Hearst release)
* Aaron Kushner lays off 42 staffers at his recently acquired Riverside (CA) Press-Enterprise. A former P-E editor writes in an email: “In the interest of accuracy and fairness… In the OC Register’s story, Aaron Kushner is quoted as saying frontline journalists were not impacted. Videographer Chris Ercoli was the face of breaking news, and Angel Ortiz certainly put in plenty of time on the front lines. I understand each was notified his position was being eliminated.” (
* Washington Times lays off 11, including an investigative reporter. (
* New York Times Magazine will be reassessed by newsroom leaders before a new editor is named. ( | Editor’s memo: (
* Toronto Star reporter drops his libel lawsuit against Mayor Rob Ford after he gets a second apology. (
* Star-Ledger staffers fear they’ll be Times-Picayuned by the bosses. (
* Bloomberg aides claim New York Times’ five-part Dasani series was unfair to the mayor. (
predict* Smart people predict what will happen in journalism in 2014. (* Texas A&M Corpus Christi frat boys try to stop distribution of a student newspaper story about their bro’s guilty plea. (
* Ron Fournier is the political columnist we should be reading, says Marc Ambinder. (
* Hackers steal Washington Post user names and passwords – again! (
* Journalism prof’s controversial tweet prompts Kansas University regents to adopt a social media policy. (
* Rem Rieder: “We’re long past the age of the news organization as gatekeeper.” (
* City and regional magazines figured out what Patch never could. (
* Alt-weekly editors share their favorite stories from 2013.
* NYT job ad: “We’re looking for someone who lives on Twitter and Facebook.” (