Daily Archives: January 2, 2014

On December 19, the Wall Street Journal wrote about the Bozeman (MT) Daily Chronicle’s book, “We DON’T Make This Stuff Up: The Very Best of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle Police Reports.”

bookFrom the Journal’s story:

“It has just become the fabric of Bozeman,” said Nick Ehli, the paper’s managing editor. The Chronicle brought in more than $100,000 from its first edition two years ago, selling more than 11,000 copies in three printings. “It’s really taken on a life of its own.”

How did the book do after it was plugged by The Journal?

Ehli tells Romenesko readers: “We’ve so far sold about 900 additional copies reaching all 50 states and as far away as Prague. …We sold more than the 900 after the story, but the 900 can fairly be attributed to the extra attention [from the Journal]. We have about 3,000 copies remaining but recently heard from a wholesaler we think will take a fair chunk of those. Not sure, though, if that wholesaler is a result of the WSJ story.”

* Montana paper turns its police blotter into a local bestseller (

Hilary Sargent, who found and forwarded the clipping below, tells Romenesko readers that “I search for these things in the NYT archives a few times a week just for fun.”

* This anti-cat tirade ran in the New York Times on July 17, 1914 (@lilsarg)

* Concerned about infant abductions, Madison hospitals stop giving birth-announcement information to the Wisconsin State Journal.stork City editor Phil Brinkman says: “I understand the hospitals’ concern for the safety of their patients and their families. But we have only published birth announcements from parents who have consented to share their news with their friends, neighbors and co-workers.” (
* Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg launch Re/code. ( ( | They explain the name: (
* San Quentin News editors hope to increase the inmate-produced paper’s circulation tenfold, to at least 120,000 copies. (
* Susan Goldberg leaves Bloomberg News to become National Geographic executive editor. (
* TV critic Hal Boedeker‘s wish for 2014: Not as much boasting — we were first at this accident scene! — from anchor desks. (
* will have a new look next week. The site will have more prominent video and photography, along with native advertising. (
* Charles Peters writes his last “Tilting at Windmills” column. The Washington Monthly founder says “I just turned eighty-seven, and there‚Äôs not as much gas left in the tank as there used to be.” (
* USA Today’s Rem Rieder calls New York Times’s Benghazi probe “an impressive piece of journalism … foreign reporting at its finest.” (
parker* “I am a professional newspaper columnist,” declares Kathleen Parker (left). (
* Denver Post manages to get “high” into its headline about the first day of legal pot sales. (
* A gallery of photos by AP’s Dave Martin, who died after collapsing on the Georgia Dome field. (
* Comment #8: “This article should have acknowledged that structure, scientific references, and obscure anecdotes were lifted directly from my November [Deadspin] column on the science of hangovers.” (
* The news that Time Inc. newsrooms are reporting to the business side ruins Andrew Sullivan‘s end of 2013. (
* Rupert Murdoch loses interest in China after divorcing Wendi Deng. (
* A j-prof’s journalistic hopes for the new year. (
* Former Virginian-Pilot publisher Maurice Jones is expected to join Virginia Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe‘s team. (