Daily Archives: March 26, 2014

- "Clickbait" from 1922

– “Clickbait” from 1922

* Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth received $2.7 million in bonuses last year. (
* Tim Marchman on clickbait: “If journalism were as easy as tricking people into pushing buttons, it would have been automated by now.” (
* “The goal of Whisper, says Neetzan Zimmerman, “is not to become TMZ or Page Six, but rather to become a unique outlet for stories that other outlets won’t touch.” (
* Kickstarters are advised to stop complaining about the Facebook-Oculus deal. (
* New York Times’s Niko Koppel is named NPPA Newspaper Picture Editor of the Year. (
* Iowa Writers’ Workshop director Samantha Chang was surprised to see her program featured on the “Girls” season finale. (
* Washington Post makes fun of New York Times’s new digital offerings. (
margaret* Times public editor Margaret Sullivan: “Anonymous quotes shouldn’t be used for wild speculation, for smearing someone, or in any unnecessary way.” (
* Expect Paul Krugman to mention FiveThirtyEight at least 400 times between now and the 2016 presidential election. (
* Ecuador’s largest daily is fined for not running corrections. (

Washington Post’s PostTV says excerpts from this morning’s Jimmy Carter interview will be online soon. Update: They’re here.

Letter to Romenesko

Romenesko note: Journalism professor Donna Lampkin Stephens was recently named head of the University Arkansas Center for Ethics in Journalism. KFSM-TV (Fayetteville) managing editor Larry Henry questioned the appointment, but failed to mention that his mother-in-law was on the selection committee (she didn’t back Stephens) and that he had been rejected twice for university positions. Comments on his piece were turned off after readers pointed that out.

I’ve left messages for Henry and his news director Randy Bagley.

From A READER: Please keep me anonymous. My company’s editors have long ago asked that we not engage in conversations about a particular someone openly….

Newsrooms in Arkansas are rumbling with excitement after Arkansas Business editor Gwen Moritz published a letter to KFSM’s news director today.

Larry Henry

Larry Henry

Channel 5 (KFSM) news manager Larry Henry crossed over to TV journalism from print two years ago. Since that time he has constantly muddied the water with ethics and has used his position along with social media to attack print journalists, along with the University of Arkansas. It should be added that most journalists in this state have a few choice words about certain happenings at the University of Arkansas.

However, many print journalist I know were outraged last week when Henry printed a confusing story about the hiring of a top position for the university’s ethics center. This attack story, with little to no facts, was written without mention of his mother-in-law’s involvement or the fact that he has applied twice to a position at the university and was not hired. A few of these facts are common knowledge among journalists in the state. When comments started mounting up on the story about some of these facts, the comments were mysteriously turned off.

Arkansas Business editor Gwen Moritz laid the facts on the table with her letter. You can’t understand how exciting and how relieving this letter is for many in this state.

* An open letter to KSFM’s news director (

Just to let the world know…

“It was entirely rewritten except for a paragraph and some sentence fragments,” writes Andy Dehnart. He also tells me: “I tweeted to make sure people knew that the writing and arguments–while all very good!–weren’t mine, but mostly because I felt weird and bad about having someone else’s work attributed to me.”

Vulture’s spokesperson says they have no comment.

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* “Survivor” vs. “America’s Next Top Model” (

Update: My Facebook friends have stories to tell about editing and being edited. One writes: “We should be grateful there are still editors who take pride in their publications and work to improve what appears there.”

willow* Willow Bay (left) has been named director of USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism. She says: “I’ve had the privilege of personally hiring and working with some outstanding Annenberg graduates at The Huffington Post. I look forward to leading the school as it educates and inspires the next generation of journalists and public relations professionals.” Bay is married to Disney CEO Bob Iger. (
* State of the News Media 2014: A majority of Americans now get their news through a digital platform … and many other findings. ( | The report “sees a lot of reasons for hope.” (
correct* Facebook is the front page for young news consumers. (
* Young people (and some old folks like me) spend more time watching movies and TV shows on their computers, smartphones and tablets than they do on their TV screens. ( | The study: (
* The number of frequent moviegoers ages 18 to 24 plunges. (
* Facebook’s $2 billion Oculus deal leaves a bitter taste for the young VR company’s Kickstarter backers. ( | This acquisition could turn out to be a good thing. (
* New York Times introduces NYT Now, a lower priced ($8/month) app. (
* Charlie Warzel: “Almost everything about NYT Now feels like high stakes.” (
* Times Premier will cost $45 a month — NYT’s most expensive subscription product. (
greta* Greta Van Susteren (left) apologizes for calling Thailand lame. (
* Sorry, young journalist, but that Austin American-Statesman photographer was just doing his job at an accident scene. ( via
* Tennessean devotes its front page to columnist Gail Kerr, who died at 52. ( | (
* And who’s going to do the reporting? Prof predicts 90% of news stories will be written by computers by 2030. (
* Washington Times defends opinion editor David Keene‘s outside political endorsements. (
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A reader of The Californian in Salinas, CA, complained in a letter-the-editor this week that she’s waited more than a year for columnist Jeff Mitchell to explain why he used “the vile word ‘tea baggers'” in his March 14, 2013, column. Cynthia Shaffer writes: “Shockingly, his bosses have covered and excused him as they sanction the use of the word.”

One of those bosses finally responded to the reader on Monday:


* Tempest in a teapot (second letter) ( | “Teabagging” defined (
* From March 2013: Shaffer’s first letter about the column (