Daily Archives: January 14, 2014

This isn’t surprising: “A requirement for 17 bright students in my Merrill College sportswriting class last fall included reading two sports sections a day,” writes George Solomon. “How many of the students read an actual paper over an online version? None, I’m sad to report, for about the fifth consecutive year.” (
quake* At right: What a newsroom looks like after an earthquake. (
* Erik Wemple: Mike Allen’s excerpt of the Fox News/Roger Ailes book left out the unflattering tidbits. (
* Politico and Washington Post editors will be discussing Wemple’s coverage of Allen. (
* Allen: Wemple’s attacks on my column are “false and insulting.” (
* Eric Carvin: “The time will come when we’re all on Google Plus whether we realize it or not.” (
* Pando Daily says Chicago Sun-Times’ bitcoin paywall plan isn’t just about a struggling paper trying to look edgy. (
* Facebook is expected to launch a Flipboard-like news reader called — get this! — Paper. (
* Noted: BuzzFeed didn’t invent native advertising or coverage of silly animals. (
* Again this year, auto writers are trying to make a few bucks selling auto show swag on eBay. (
* Willamette Week hires the Oregon State University newspaper adviser who’s been in a public records fight with OSU administrators. (
* I wonder how many newspaper executives look for publisher jobs on Craigslist. (

rams— This shot was taken by Chris Lee, not @stlramsphotos

St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports photographer Chris Lee was surprised to learn from a colleague that one of his photos was on Twitter with a @stlramsphotos watermark on it.

“Not sure why someone thinks it’s okay to steal my photo then put their own name on it,” Lee tweeted to the image thief.

Chris Lee

Chris Lee

The P-D shooter tells me that “clearly, the person was aware of the value of claiming credit, but there was no mention or credit given to who actually took the picture. For all intents and purposes, the photo was by @stlramsphotos and posts by this individual seemed to imply this as well.”

Lee eventually discovered that it was a Rams fan named Alvin Lawrence who was behind the @stlramsphotos Instagram and Twitter accounts. Lee sent him an email.

He tells Romenesko readers:

I explained [to Lawrence] that he was taking credit for my pictures. His argument was that he owns the “edits” but not the photo. By “edits” I assume he means a few simple Photoshop filters or cutting out the subject from the background.

I tried to explain that if he separated his “edit” from my photo, he would have a vignetted background and a piece of text that said “@stlramsphotos.” The point of the picture, the reason why he has fans and players coming to check out his site, is because of the content of my pictures that he is taking off the Internet, not because of the “edits.”

Lee asked Lawrence that he simply give credit for each photo that he uses.

“He started adding a credit line in the message body of each picture he posted (while still imprinting @stlramsphotos directly on the picture) and I left it at that.”/CONTINUES Read More


Slate’s Will Oremus explains what happened.

* Not just Newsweek and Poynter: There were many “f gwenifill” tweets (
* “Issue has been resolved … Apologies to everyone affected” (@KateGardiner)

— Thanks to @MatthewKeysLive for the image

Poynter’s IRS Form 1099 for 2012, which went online Monday, reports that the St. Petersburg school for journalists/media website lost $1,747,581 in 2012 – an improvement over 2011’s loss of $3,815,144.

Poynter was able to cut its losses by slashing its payroll – from $4,406,865 in 2011 to $3,850,713 in 2012 — and nearly doubling its contributions. It reported $1,472,891 in contributions and grants for 2011; the institute (my former employer) shook its tin cup hard in 2012 and raised $2,925,332.

Poynter started the year with “savings and temporary cash investments” of $2,650,619; that was whittled down to $689,552 by year’s end. Total net assets at the beginning of 2012: $45,691,691; at year’s end: $43,944,100. (A decade earlier, Poynter reported net assets of $66,331,32.)

Highest paid employees’ total compensation in 2012:
* Paul Tash, chairman, $505,843
* Jana Jones, treasurer, $292,816
* Karen Dunlap, president, $259,649
* Butch Ward, senior faculty, $189,485
* Roy Peter Clark, vice president, $169,848
* Jill Geisler, senior faculty, $130,082
* Al Tompkins, senior faculty, $126,942
* Kelly McBride, senior faculty, $119,557
* Howard Finberg, senior faculty, $117,557

* Poynter Institute IRS Form 990 for 2012 (

* New York Post columnist Fred Dicker is blasted for referring to Newtown as ‘a little convenient massacre.” Tom McGeveren notes:mass “There’s not much the Post can do to defend Dicker’s blundering without digging a deeper hole.” ( | (
* “There is no apparent explanation for why Howard Kurtz would conceal these details” about his business ties to Lauren Ashburn. (
* SF Weekly has fun with a San Francisco Chronicle appointment. (
* BuzzFeed and “CBS This Morning” expand their “BuzzFeed Brews” interviews partnership. (
* High Times magazine publisher: “We’ve got people banging down the door hoping to be associated with us.” (
* “We’re not activists,” says an NBC News exec, but “I would hold up our reporting on LGBT issues in Russia — maybe not with Foreign Affairs journal, but I think we’ve done a good job of it, actually.” (
* Times-Picayune editor Jim Amoss questions Tulane students’ claim that the New Orleans paper has gone soft. (
* Publishers are doing native advertising on the cheap. “Some bad apples are skimping on fees [for writers] or avoiding hiring journalists altogether.” (
* Bill Keller: “The most perverse notion — of many — is that [wife] Emma [Keller], who has had her own double mastectomy, is somehow insensitive to cancer victims.” (
* Detroit journalist apologizes for her West Virginia/incest tweet. (
cook* Gawker’s John Cook (left) says Roger Ailes had him tailed in 2012. (
* A procrastinator finally gets around to commenting on Wall Street Journal’s 2008 story, “How to Put off Work — Constructively.” ( – h/t @me_hotchkiss)
* The National Post and Globe and Mail announce layoffs. (
* Pink-slipped sportswriter: “Our efforts, our history, our accomplishments, they suddenly don’t matter” to news outlets looking to cut staff. (
* Points Mentioned, the service that automatically maps community news articles, releases its mobile app for hyperlocal news discovery, News Bayou. [Romenesko advertiser] (