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- Last Thursday's New York Post

– Last Thursday’s New York Post

New York Post managing editor Frank Zini: “We recognized early on that an image intended to amuse and play off the Yankee nickname ‘Bronx Bombers’ might be considered offensive by some people, even though that was not our intention. Therefore, it was removed after a very small number of papers had been printed.”

Asian American Journalists Association: “We appreciate your candor in explaining that the image and accompanying headline were meant to ‘amuse and play off the Yankee nickname ‘Bronx Bombers.’ We take you at your word that it was not the paper’s intent to offend. However, when something that egregious is published, we believe it warrants a more direct apology.”

* AAJA seeks apology for Japanese bomber imagery (aaja.org)
* Earlier: AAJA wants newspaper to apologize for its “Fry Rice” poster (jimromenesko.com)

- via @heyfeifer

– via @heyfeifer

Boston Magazine is asking Bath to “make a significant donation to the One Fund in the name of those who were unable to finish the race.”

– h/t Jason Feifer

“People don’t appreciate how difficult it is to do interesting journalism that is monetizable and sustainable over time,”easy says Politico/Capital New York CEO Jim VandeHei.

Gigaom CEO Paul Walborsky adds: “There is no way you can have enough page views and scale to make enough money to support a great editorial brand.” His site makes money from hosting conferences.

The New Yorker’s George Packer: “What the Web has never figured out is how to pay for reporting, which, with the collapse of print newspapers, is in desperately short supply, and without which even the most prolific commenters will someday run out of things to say.”

* News websites proliferate, stretching thin ad dollars (wsj.com)
* George Packer: Telling stories about the future of journalism (newyorker.com)

Wall Street Journal deputy editor in chief Matt Murray told staffers today that the Journal’s low-hanging chandelier will come down once they figure out how. “It seems that it’s an antique and that complicates things,” says my tipster.

The reader who sent me the chandelier photo last March says today that “it was definitely a Lex thing” — referring to recently ousted CEO Lex Fenwick — “although he obviously didn’t get to keep it as part of his severance package!”

The chandelier, by the way, has 724 followers on Twitter.

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* Welcome – and don’t hit your head on the way in! (jimromenesko.com)

Michael Norman, who was the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s pop music critic from 1992 to 1999, shared this Pete Seeger anecdote on Facebook:

I interviewed Pete Seeger in 1996, right before he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger

When I called, he was late coming to the phone because he was out chopping wood. He was in his late 70s then, but an exercise fanatic. We had a great interview about music, politics, history, life. And when it was over, he asked me whether I enjoyed working in journalism. I said I did. And then he scolded me.

“Worst damn thing that ever happened to America was the invention of the Sports pages!,” he said. “Turned us all into a nation of watchers and couch potatoes!”

I protested a bit, blaming it on TV. And he wouldn’t have it. “It all started with you guys in the newspapers!” That was Peter Seeger. He was such an uncompromising, but lovable character. One of the great artists, activists and souls of the 20th Century.

More Seeger memories from Norman.

* Folk singer and activist Pete Seeger is dead at 94 (ap.org)
* Seeger sang for Newspaper Guild members in Buffalo last November (newsguild.org)

Update — Debra O’Connor of the St. Paul Pioneer Press tweets: “Back when I wrote a children’s music column for Pulse! magazine, Pete Seeger, fond of little protesters, sang to me.”

The Boston Globe announced today that deputy managing editor for features Doug Most becomes deputy managing editor for special sections and new initiatives. He’ll be in charge of developing new print sectionsglobe as well as digital and print concepts, says editor Brian McGrory.

Film and book development editor Janice Page has been named features editor.

Their appointments, says McGrory, are part of an effort “to think in more entrepreneurial fashion, to be more creative, and to search out and grab at opportunities that can support the world-class journalism we do at The Globe.”

McGrory’s memo is after the jump. Read More

* At Jason Calacanis‘s just-launched Inside.com, “we consider ourselves curators” not content creators.inside “We’ll do a thousand stories or updates a day.” Peter Kafka asks: “Do we need another service that summarizes news other people have written?” (recode.net) | (capitalnewyork.com)
* David Plotz: I don’t like Stephen Glass, but he should be allowed to be a lawyer. Yesterday’s California Supreme Court ruling was “misguided and cruel, a verdict that embodies what is wrong with American law.” (slate.com)
* Buzz Bissinger annotates the first piece he did for Vanity Fair. “The story was deeply reported,” he notes. “If a story is wonderfully written but with little reporting, you can smell the holes and so can the reader. It has no weight. It feels insubstantial. Vice versa, with great reporting and okay writing you can still come away with something terrific.” (niemanstoryboard.org)
nate* Nate Silver‘s FiveThirtyEight has hired 15 “amazing” journalists so far, and is still interviewing for open positions. (fivethirtyeight.com)
* A Fargo prosecutor decides not to charge a TV reporter who went into a school without permission for her hidden camera report. (inforum.com)
* An appeals court sides with Bloomberg LP in Swatch’s lawsuit over a conference call recording. (reuters.com)
* New York police are investigating the beating of arts journalist Randy Gener. (mije.org) | (villagevoice.com) | (@RandyGener)
* Knight Foundation is giving small grants ($25,000 to $35,000) to about 30 media organizations to help them try out new ideas in business, technology, or operations. (niemanlab.org)
spell* New York Times standards editor: “We should always, always, always double-check the spelling of ‘Katherine.’ Or ‘Katharine.’ Or ‘Catherine,’ ‘Cathryn’ or ‘Kathryn.'” (nytimes.com)
* “The Web – so elemental in making Ezra Klein a big and sudden success — is also his biggest threat,” writes Jack Shafer. “Anything [he and Vox Media] can do can probably be done cheaper and maybe even better by somebody else.” (reuters.com)
* Jon Healey: There was a journalistic reason for Gawker to link to Quentin Tarantino‘s leaked script. (latimes.com)
* Al Jazeera America’s audience is small, but “we’re committed for many, many years.” (usatoday.com)
* Time Inc. layoffs could come next week. (wwd.com)