Daily Archives: March 27, 2014

* Correction: Spelling Bee word-shortage story (AP via
* Earlier: Fox News misspells spelling bee (
* Earlier: Spelling bee certificate misspells spelling (


WLOX-TV (Biloxi, Mississippi) news anchor Dave Elliott, who advises the LGBT community to take a “gaycation,” is “on the air seven days a week,” according to his bio. Maybe he’s the one who should be taking the break.

Update — WLOX-TV says on its Facebook page that “we are not happy at all with the post or any imagined ‘free publicity'” that the station gets from it.

I’ve emailed Elliott and news director Brad Kessie for comment. (Note to WLOX: Your phone system apparently isn’t working; I could hear you, but you couldn’t hear me. And my phone is working fine.)

999814_10152386262524369_481888547_n – From Poynter’s story about Willow Bay joining USC Annenberg[/caption]

Poynter’s post about Willow Bay being named director of USCs Annenberg School initially mentioned that she’s married to Disney CEO Bob Iger. He was later scrubbed from the post. Read the discussion about that on my Facebook page.

* “A potential conflict of interest. It warrants inclusion” (
* Earlier: USC president calls Bob Iger “a venerated member of USC’s Trojan Family” (

Update: Poynter’s Andrew Beaujon writes in an email:

Yesterday afternoon, Kristen Hare [author of the Bay post] and I were talking about the post and we decided that Bay’s husband wasn’t relevant in a news brief. We decided to take out that line, which we did not add in elegantly in the first place. But we didn’t want to change a post without indicating we made a change. So we added a correction.

Obviously you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure out what we took out. I did look at some of our other stories about men making job moves and I noticed they rarely if ever mentioned their spouses. Iger is not just any spouse but I thought that information would be more relevant in a longer story, not a quick news hit. Mostly I wish I’d done a better job editing this piece in the first place.

* Willow Bay named head of USC journalism school (

Rick Kushman, who left the Sacramento Bee in 2010 to “try something new,” is now a substitute host on Capital Public Radio’s “Insight” show. On Monday, one of his guests was former colleague Tim Swanson, the Bee’s features editor. Swanson was asked if restaurant critic Blair Anthony Robertson’s reviews are “mean.”

The exchange:

KUSHMAN: Your restaurant critic is pretty controversial, and some of the argument is simply that he takes opportunities when he doesn’t like a place to be mean. There is an argument in the business community that that’s just really — what’s the point? Why not just tell you what the place was like and not be mean?

SWANSON: Well, I don’t know if I would categorize Blair – Blair Anthony Robertson’s reviews as “mean.” I think he tries to be objective. I think he is a truth teller. I think that there aren’t — there are few other critics, at least restaurant critics in our city, who do that sort of thing. …some people have confused journalism with cheerleading, and we are first and foremost journalists.

I asked Robertson this afternoon: Are you mean? His response: “[Kushman] is certainly entitled to interpret my work however he pleases. Sometimes being critical is seen as being mean, but that is never my intention. I welcome all kinds of feedback and, as a writer, I’m always looking at my work to see how it can be better. But I know I will never be able to make everyone happy.”

* Bee features editor defends “mean” restaurant critic (
* Robertson in 2010: “I don’t like writing negative reviews at all. It stresses me out” (
* Earlier: Restaurant critics recall threats from mean people (

-- From the latest issue of Fortune magazine

— From the latest issue of Fortune magazine

* Tom Brokaw talks about “Today,” Twitter and other things (
* Ed Helms does his Tom Brokaw imitation ( | Watch it on YouTube (
* “Anyone else think David Folkenflik sounds like Ed Helms?” (@Chris_D_Smith)
* Have you ever seen the two in the same room? (@davidfolkenflik)

On Sunday, Greensboro blogger Ed Cone advised the Warren Buffett-owned News & Record to rename its unscientific “Online Poll” feature.question (“It’s easy to manipulate,” Cone noted. “I just voted several times.”)

On Wednesday, News & Record employees got this memo:

Our online polls are now being called “Question of the Day.” We’ve changed the name to be less misleading to readers who might assume our polls are scientific. Please keep that in mind when you’re touting them on social media. Thanks!

Morgan Josey Glover
Community Engagement Editor, News & Record

* The problem with News & Record’s “Online Poll” (
* “I’ve been guilty of publishing these ‘polls’…” (

* New York magazine tops the National Magazine Awards nominations list with nine finalists. (
* American Scholar editors come up with a list of Ten Best Sentences in fiction and non-fiction, and invite readers to add their favorites. (
* Jay Rosen: “Building a niche site is hard work, turning it into a business harder.” (
lego* Quartz suggests you ditch the traditional resume and just tell your story to potential employers. ( | Or you could pitch yourself as a Lego character (at right). (
* Paul Farhi on the slow deterioration of local-news reporting. ( | Farhi will be in Idaho tomorrow, talking about Washington’s war on the press. (
* Journalists in Afghanistan hold a candlelight vigil for Agence France-Presse’s Sardar Ahmad, killed in a Kabul hotel attack. (
* Mail Online’s ad revenue is up 51%, but that doesn’t satisfy its parent company. (
* “Humor, jokes or commentary” get the most Likes on Facebook; brag posts get the least. (
* Two former New Orleans Times-Picayune reporters – they’re now at the Advocate – are ordered to testify at a reputed crime boss’s hearing. (
* The four Michael Kelly Award finalists have been named. (
* Wichita State wants a “full and formal apology” from PR News for an email “cheap shot.” (
* Really? The “big story” in Philadelphia is about a cat lady. (@dhm) | The Inquirer doesn’t see it that way: ( one PDF)
* More questions about the firing of Los Angeles Times investigative reporter Jason Felch. (
* The most enterprising Gawker Media “recruits” can make $6,000 a month. (
* Matt O’Brien leaves The Atlantic for Washington Post’s Wonkblog. ( | (
* More on Nate Silver vs. Paul Krugman. ( | Wonks at war. (
* Relax, it’s only an AP style change and not the end of the world. (
* “Meet the Press” in the ratings basement. (

Joe Bissen is a sports copy editor at the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
* “Thank God for page designers who can double as copy editors” (