Daily Archives: March 18, 2014

From today’s Norwich (NY) Evening Sun:
* Irish flag raising in the park (

* March 2013: Don’t forget the L – especially with clock and public (

Update: My Facebook friends/subscribers have some good missing L stories (

* General Motors CEO Mary Barra “only took questions from a group hand-picked by GM. Almost all were print reporters.” (
* Erik Wemple examines the case of fired Los Angeles Times investigative reporter Jason Felch. (
peach* Nominees for the James Beard Foundation Broadcast and New Media Awards (including Lucky Peach) have been named. (
* Readers of the Dallas Morning News, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and four other papers will soon get full access to the Washington Post’s site. ( | (
* Tomorrow’s debut issue of the redesigned New York Observer will be over 100 pages. (
* Outsports editor: The media were wrong about pro athletes coming out. (
* Countdown to Shep Smith coming out? ( | Earlier: Don’t expect an announcement. (
yikes* Nate Silver‘s debut science post is panned by Knight Science Journalism Program blogger Paul Raeburn. ( | FiveThirtyEight expectations were too high? (
* In case you’re the last person to hear about the surprising penis cameo on Denver’s Fox31 (reaction at right): (
* Romenesko reader John Nero‘s contribution to the You Need a Dirty Mind to be a Copy Editor file: (
* “All editors write headlines they dare not use. Put them here instead.”
* John Updike was a Talk of the Town reporter for The New Yorker before he was a successful novelist. (
* CBC journalists have accepted paid speaking engagements from groups that are often in the news. (

Minneapolis Star Tribune metro columnist Jon Tevlin tells a Byline Confidential podcast interviewer about his start in newspapers, how he was able to escape from New Ulm, Minnesota, where he covered the Hardee’s restaurant opening, and what it was like working with David Carr.

Here are excerpts from the podcast:

Jon Tevlin: Between college and [starting work at] the New Ulm Journal, I went and taught English in Bogota, Colombia. So I was down there teaching English, trying to stay out of trouble, and dating beautiful Colombian women. I came back and I got a job fairly quickly at the New Ulm Journal and I remember my first story was writing about – they had finally landed a Hardee’s that was going to move to town. And I thought, I was just in Bogota watching the drug wars, and I can’t believe I’m going to come back and write about a fucking Hardee’s coming to town. …

Interviewer: I know a lot of young journalists who have to do that kind of story and are pissed about it. How did you manage that?

Tevlin: I tried to make them as interesting as possible, and it was a real challenge to me to write the hell out of it, and that’s why I got noticed by some other people at other papers because I would take a shit assignment and have a great lede, have a great story – it would be funny, or entertaining or colorful in some way.

I remember doing one where – it was a big deal in some small town in southern Minnesota – about their sewer system. They were going to send a camera down through the sewer system to make sure it was bad enough that they needed a new sewer. … And then they showed the video at a town meeting, and I covered it like it was a movie premiere. People got mad at me but I thought it was really funny. That got noticed by the Rochester Post-Bulletin and they later hired me.

At about 19 minutes into the podcast, Tevlin talks about freelancing for “brilliant and difficult and off-the-wall” David Carr, who was then editor of the Twin Cities Reader. (“I didn’t want to work on staff because I knew enough about David as a difficult person. but I thought it was would great to freelance for him, and he was a terrific editor.”)

“I had just come back from Bogota, Colombia, and David had just gotten out of treatment. The one thing I says [to Carr]: ‘Boy, I’m glad we didn’t meet six months ago. We’d both be in prison.’ I had the connections in Colombia, and he had the appetite.”

* Byline Confidential Podcast: Jon Tevlin (

New on 2/13/2015: More memories of the late Times columnist (

ChicagoSide founders Jonathan Eig and Sol Lieberman are selling their two-year-old site to Nick Tranfaglia of ticket broker TiqIQ.
“We set out to create the best online sports outlet in Chicago, and we met feel like we met our goal,” they write in an email. “Would we be more proud if we’d made big money? Okay, maybe a little. But why nitpick? We had fun and we made a lot of friends.”

From: jonathan eig
Date: March 18, 2014 at 12:34:43 PM CDT
Subject: ChicagoSide makes a handoff

Dear Friends of ChicagoSide,

ChicagoSide is making a handoff. After two years of hard work and hundreds of terrific stories, Sol and I are stepping aside to let our friend Nick Tranfaglia run the site.

Jonathan Eig

Jonathan Eig

Nick has a degree in sports management from the University of Massachusetts and he’s excited to finally see his Minutemen play in March Madness for the first time in 16 years. Having worked with top online sports brands such as ESPN, Golf Digest and SB Nation, he has the right experience for the job. His team has a great background in SEO and social media and they’re eager to build on our success at ChicagoSide./CONTINUES Read More

While some newspapers have ditched their paywalls after finding out that readers don’t want to spend money on online content, Warren Buffett’s Omaha World-Herald is asking all-access subscribers to pay even more. Beginning April 17, the all-access price goes from $9.95 a month to $19.50. An “additional benefit” is the replica edition of the newspaper. I’ve asked the World-Herald for comment.

* From 2012: The newspaper paywall has a champion in Warren Buffett (
* 2012: Buffett says newspapers have been giving their product away for too long (
* 2011: An paywall is coming soon (

crash* A KOMO-TV helicopter crash (above) leaves two dead in Seattle. ( | (
* Coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 boosts CNN’s ratings, which were up almost 100% in prime time last week and over the weekend. ( | Bill O’Reilly finds the coverage “headache-inducing.” ( | Howard Kurtz complains about all the “loose talk on the air.” (
* Jack Shafer: “If you don’t like the MH370 story, do us a favor and pick something else.” (
* Paul Krugman and other journalists pan FiveThirtyEight. (
* The Ohio Supreme Court refuses to hold an Akron Beacon Journal reporter in contempt for refusing to testify in a lawyer’s disciplinary hearing. ( | (
* Alt-weeklies need to kill their fear of failure and start innovating. (
* “Someone is wrong on the Internet,” writes Emily Bell, “and I wonder if it might be me.” (
* The redesigned New York Observer hits newsstands today (The online edition has a new look, too.) ( | Is that the f-word in the Observer’s social icons? (@_Cooper)
* Claim: “The pageview is fast becoming passé.” (
* Enough with “Game of Drones” headlines! (
* University of Colorado at Colorado Springs students vote to keep their campus paper’s print edition. ( | (