Daily Archives: March 20, 2014

This college columnist went on to work for the Washington Post.

Daily Pennsylvanian column lede from 1969, via @dhm

* Charles Krause — from journalist to gallery owner ( | (

“Requester agrees not to use the Media Video in a manner which could cause damage, injury or impairment to Halliburton or to portray Halliburton in a negative light.”hall

The Casper Star-Tribune received the release below from Halliburton after requesting an interview. (I added the blue highlight above.)
Star-Tribute Opinion editor Jeremy Fugleberg writes: “I’ve previously worked as a reporter and editor covering business and energy. I’ve never seen a request like this, with such a requirement. It makes me wonder: what other media outlet has been asked to sign this? Who’s said yes?”

Interview and Photography Release
By this Interview and Photography (“Release”) Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. (“Halliburton”) hereby grants permission to the News Media Outlet referred to herein as “(Requestor”) the right and permission to interview and/or take photographs of certain Halliburton employees who have been preapproved by Halliburton for such interviews and photographs (collectively, referred to as “Media Video”) in connection Live Well Wyoming. The Media Video is to be used for the purposes contemplated herein, which includes use by Requestor in its news stories./CONTINUES Read More

The Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia says layoff notices were given to 24 employees of the Digital First Media-owned Delaware County Daily Times, Norristown Times Herald, the Pottstown Mercury, and the Trentonian. (Are there other DFM papers affected? dfm

Bill Ross, executive director of the Philly Guild, tells me Digital First Media had a no-layoffs clause for the initial year of the journalists’ contracts, “and has now decided to eliminate positions as revenue continues to decline.”

He adds: “We believed our contracts gave the employer the tools to become profitable, after the first year. For my members who remain, it’s disheartening, because we are already cut to the bone, and can’t go any deeper.”

I’m told the layoffs are effective April 11.

I’ve invited Digital First Media spokesman Jonathan Cooper to comment.

Meanwhile, at GateHouse — A tipster emails: “[Our newspaper] just held newsroom meeting. Copy desks are moving to GateHouse design center in Austin TX in October. Publisher said meetings like this are going on all around GateHouse ‘right now.’ Some editors will be able to reapply for positions here as “multimedia editors” and others are encouraged to apply to Austin.”

Employees were told that the chain’s Local Media Group’s copy editing and page design functions will move into GateHouse Media’s Center for News & Design in Austin, starting in August. The move will be complete by November.

On Wednesday, I did a post about Roosevelt Institute Pipeline looking for bloggers to work for no pay from April to September.

The organization, which aims to solve “pressing economic and social issues,” now says that advertising for unpaid labor was a mistake. Here’s it’s statement:

We made a mistake yesterday. Roosevelt Institute Pipeline announced a call for unpaid writers to contribute to the New Guard, an offshoot of Roosevelt Institute’s Next New Deal blog.pipe It was the wrong thing to do, for a couple of reasons: 1) As a progressive organization, Roosevelt Institute is committed to paying people, including interns, for their work – and does, and 2) in our eagerness to announce a publishing opportunity for emerging voices in the policy space (something that our student members in particular were calling for), we posted the opportunity without fully vetting it. We worked hastily and made an error yesterday. We are grateful that the community of journalists, students, and progressives called us out on the mistake so quickly and reiterated the values of fair labor that should undergird all we do.

In line with that, we are temporarily putting the brakes on the call for New Guard writers while we develop the compensation structure. To be crystal clear: We remain committed to bringing new, younger voices to the policy space. We want to ensure that we pursue that goal with the kind of intentionality and standards of fair practice that are the hallmark of our work and represent Roosevelt’s values. So, we’re doing what we should have done to begin with — to take a bit more time with it. Stand by, there’s more to come soon.

* Earlier: Dear Roosevelt Institute: “National exposure” doesn’t put food on the table ( | The job announcement is found here (

“I’m smack-dab in the middle of posting a story,” Topeka Capital-Journal reporter Steve Fry told me when I called to discuss coverage of Fred Phelps’ death. Fry had just filed a piece that had Shirley Phelps-Roper – the Westboro Baptist Church leader’s daughter – confirming the death, and was too busy to talk; there were more Phelps stories to do.

Capital-Journal editor Tomari Quinn tells me the paper had been preparing for the death.
“Within the past two or three years rumors began to fly about Fred Phelps’ health, so we had quite a lot of background material ready to go.”

While Fry has been writing most of the Westboro/Phelps stories – the church is based in Topeka – others in the newsroom have pitched in. (The paper has 13 reporters.)

“We’ve had a variety of reporters covering the church,” says editor Quinn. “When Phelps went before the Supreme Court [in 2011], we had two reporters covering that.”

She adds: “There are people here [in Topeka] who think that if there’s no coverage whatsoever [of the Westboro Baptist Church], they’ll go away. But that hasn’t been the case. My understanding is that there were a few years where the paper didn’t write stories about the church,” and that didn’t stop its protests and other activities.

Recently, though, the Capital-Journal has kept close watch on the church. On Sunday, Fry exclusively reported that Phelps was excommunicated after a church power struggle. Fry’s story was called “inaccurate” and TMZ-like by the church’s spokesman. He said suggestions that Phelps was near death were “foolish.”

Here’s the church’s email to the Capital-Journal:

From: Media Reply (
Sent: Monday, March 17, 2014 2:55 PM
To: Fry, Steve; Quinn, Tomari; Ireland, Gregg;;
Cc: [Three AP reporters]
Subject: Your story

Hi Steve Fry and Editors of the Topeka Capital Journal-

Your latest ‘story’ is so inaccurate – the utter lack of journalistic integrity is breathtaking./CONTINUES Read More

Thursday’s Philadelphia Inquirer:

* Philadelphia Inquirer front page for March 20, 2014 (

* NPR News editor: “Since the name of the team is the Washington Redskins, we use that in our reporting.” (
* What was your first tweet? (
* Forbes and other sites have run stories by authors who were allegedly paid to promote the stocks they wrote about. (
* A new app from Tribune Digital Ventures reads the news to you. ( | (
fox* Critics of the relaunched FiveThirtyEight “are burning a straw fox.” (
* The Huffington Post may eventually charge for its content, says CEO Jimmy Maymann. (
* A journalism student notes that the Huffington Post “sometimes has legitimate articles.” (
* Dan Reimold brackets college newspapers “with a smile.” (
* Beacon asks readers to pay for independent journalism. Five bucks a month gets you access to all of the site’s content. (
* Charles Krauthammer calls CNN’s wall-to-wall Flight 370 coverage “capitalism at work.” (
* The New Republic’s editorial boss says readers want “someone who can cut through the bullshit of the daily news cycle.” (
* If sells for the asking price, Tribune will get $840 million; Gannett, $810 million; and McClatchy, $750 million. (
miles* Miles O’Brien is looking to get a specially-fitted prosthetic arm that will let him fly a plane and shoot video. (
* Only six hands go up in a room of 50 journalism students when they’re asked who reads print newspapers. (
* Cord-cutting confirmed: (