Daily Archives: March 6, 2014

Update — The Dow Jones News Fund has released this statement: “We extend sincere apologies to the persons whose email addresses are listed in the emails. We take the application process seriously, value each applicant and appreciate having the opportunity to review their materials. Something went awry with the automated notices that clearly shouldn’t have. We will work diligently to ensure this does not recur.”

Date: Mar 6, 2014 2:08 PM
Subject: Application Rejected

To: [Hundreds of email addresses]

Dear Internship Applicant:

Your application to the Dow Jones News Fund Intern Programs was reviewed by a panel of editors and professors. Unfortunately, you were not selected.

If you will be enrolled in college full-time in the fall of 2014 as a junior, senior or graduate student you will be eligible for our 2015 program.

Information should be available from your career center or communications department next September. Applications will also be available between September and late October on our website at The application deadline will be Nov. 1.

Thank you for the opportunity to review your application.

Dow Jones News Fund

I’m asking Dow Jones how this happened. Executive director Linda Shockley wasn’t aware that this happened when I called.

A couple of months ago, I had a post headlined, “What Journalists Do That Get PR People Upset.”
Here’s a follow-up that I suspect will get some PR people even more upset. One reason is this bit of advice: “Never call a reporter unsolicited, even if you have an existing relationship.” (That seems extreme.)

Here are the rules for PR people, according to the Press Friendly Blog:

Rule #1: No phone calls

Rule #2: Don’t @Reply, DM or PM or INMail (“Reporters get 300 emails a day, wouldn’t it ruin Twitter for them if they got 300 @reply pleas to read a pitch. Just don’t do it.”)

Rule #3: Give reporters time to respond to email (“If you don’t get a response, send a second email 3 days out as a reminder”)

* “Don’t ever call me” and other tips for those pitching reporters (
* Earlier: What journalists do that get PR people upset (
* Earlier: List of things that annoy PR people was published as a joke, says author (

* 2014: The monocle returns as a fashion accessory (
* Mr. Peanut issues a statement about this story (

* 1970: By jove, the monocle has returned

* 1941: More monocles are worn (@derekwillis)

* “An early frontrunner for the greatest trend story of the year,” and more comments on Twitter (
* “I’m having trouble fitting my monocle over my Google Glass” (

Cole Bolton

Cole Bolton

Cole Bolton, The Onion’s new editor — he once worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and claims he hates comedy — started working for “America’s Finest News Source” as a headline writer eight years ago. He became head writer last November, then was promoted to editor-in-chief in February.

“Yeah. I’m just that good,” he jokes.

His goal:

We just want to keep it as satirical as possible of these ridiculous outlets that call themselves news sources. And that’s sort of what we want to do, just keep that going. Crush all competitors in the media landscape. That kind of stuff.

Just complete domination.

Yeah, complete domination. We expect to subsume everything in the media landscape. Be at the forefront of all sorts of new technologies, send out a fleet of drones to brainwash people for ourselves and for our advertisers, stuff like that.

* Talking to The Onion’s new editor, Cole Bolton (


Of course, the Virginia newspaper’s commenters had a lot of fun with this on the Star’s website and Facebook page.

Editor Adam Hankins says the hed has been a traffic bonanza. He tells Romenesko readers:

Over the past 24 hours, the site has received 26k hits from over 15k unique visitors, and approximately 6500 Facebook likes. Hits are still going strong and I expect those numbers to rise significantly. Obviously, the article would have received much less attention without the carefully-worded headline.

Hankins says his average daily traffic is 2,000 hits from 800 unique visitors.

* Check out more funny heds and news bloopers on my Pinterest page (

* Former Time Inc. CEO Jack Griffin is named Tribune Publishing chief executive. (
* Newsmax TV, launching in June, aims to be a “kinder, gentler Fox News.” (
chicago* Chicago Tribune lets CNN know that one of its “Chicagoland” photos doesn’t look quite right. ( | Otherwise, the CNN series is “extraordinary.” (
* ABC News/Center for Public Integrity’s “Dying from Black Lung” report wins the $25,000 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. (
* Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) group announces its contest winners. (
* More NBC News checkbook journalism; this time the network is paying $100,000 to Reeva Steenkamp‘s family. (
* Former Washington Post editor R.B. Brenner is named University of Texas School of Journalism director. ( | (
* Twitter’s Vivian Schiller: “One of the things we want to do is try to help news organizations make sure that they can signal to their followers and try to reverse hoaxes, or reduce hoaxes.” (
* Actual headline from Gitmo public affairs: “GTMO celebrates 50 years of civil rights in America.” (@carolrosenberg)
* Playboy is ordered to pay $6 million to a fired accounting executive. (
* Times-Picayune: It was T-P Sunday editor James Karst – not Rebecca Skloot – who caught the New York Times error from 161 years ago. (
* Rob Ford coverage helps Toronto Star’s bottom line. (
* is a Snopes for reporting on Ukraine. (
ash* How many people went to church yesterday just so they could show off their ashes on Instagram? ( | (
* A rabbi sends an email to “awesome” Jeff Bezos and gets results. (
* The Oregonian drops a right-leaning freelance editorial columnist over a conflict of interest. (
* Noted: Politico’s everyone-should-stop-copying-BuzzFeed post includes links to two BuzzFeed-like listicles. (@JCEvangelist)