Monthly Archives: April 2014

Texas Monthly senior editor Katy Vine tweeted this about Newswest9 doing a story on “Beezin,” a fad (according to some reports) that involves putting Burt’s Bees on eyelids to get high:

Others piled on, accusing Newswest9 (Midland, Texas) of picking up on a bogus trend. The reporter on the story responded:
Newswest 9 pulled its piece, but other stations continue to warn parents about this “dangerous new fad” that “has actually been around for almost a decade.” (So which is it? A new fad or an old one?)

* Teens supposedly get high by putting Burt’s Bees on their eyelids (
* Teens getting high off lip balm in ‘beezin’ trend (

David Schick’s advice to journalism schools:

Require journalism students to publish some work in a legitimate publication. Whether that be a college newspaper, local daily, or weekly alternative. For arguments’ sake, most legitimate publications won’t accept the typical BS that some times passes in J-school classes.

Eric Oliver says his j-school doesn’t focus enough on writing:

I received the education I truly wanted in writing and reporting with the Marquette Tribune. I consider the day I joined the Tribune to be the day when my college career actually started.

* No, j-schools aren’t teaching the right skills (
* College of Communication needs to rediscover writing (

Update: My Facebook friends and subscribers have a lot to say about this.

This went out to McClatchy-Tribune News Service subscribers early Wednesday afternoon:

Hi everyone,

We thought you’d want to know that MCT had decided not to follow AP’s new style, beginning Thursday, of spelling out the names of states in stories. This advisory will be moving on the wire shortly:

BC-STATE-ABBREVIATIONS-ADVISORY:MCT — wire, managing editors (150 words)

McClatchy-Tribune News Service


The McClatchy-Tribune News Service has decided to continue to abbreviate state names in the body of stories and will not follow the change in AP style to spell them out beginning Thursday.

Continuing to abbreviate them will make the style consistent with datelines, headlines, captions, lists, tables and especially short-form identification of political party affiliations.

We appreciate the feedback that we received from some 50 subscribers and contributors representing more than 140 publications. The majority of them also plan to continue to abbreviate state names in stories, including many of our largest contributors.

We will follow the AP style of not abbreviating eight states: Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Ohio, Texas and Utah.

Also, no state abbreviation is necessary if the state is the same as the dateline.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact McClatchy-Tribune Information Services Deputy Editor Wes Albers at and/or News Service Editor Karen Kirk at

* AP to start spelling out state names in stories (

They love everything!

Just try to get a thumbs-up from them!
haters claims Steve Persall of Poynter’s Tampa Bay Times is the least discerning film critic in America. “But the lack of discernment might not be his fault,” the editors note. “To his credit, as Persall himself wrote in a review of Kevin James’ Zookeeper, he might simply love everything because he lives in Tampa, and ‘it’s just too hot outside for anything in air-conditioning to disappoint.'”

Persall tells Romenesko readers: “I am pleased to be included in such fine company at the top/bottom of any list, even one without much validity.”

The Wall Street Journal’s Joe Morgenstern — dubbed “the biggest hater” by — “disagrees with his fellow critics—and average moviegoers—more than anyone else.”

Morgenstern tells us: “I think I’d better let my reviews speak for themselves.”

* Rating America’s movie critics (

Earlier this month, Scott Bujnak resigned as St. Louis Post-Dispatch building department supervisor/carpenter to protest Lee Enterprises CEO Mary Junck getting a $700,000 bonus for refinancing some debt. He’s set up a woodworking business and promises “no more Junck.”
* April 7: Lee execs get six-figure bonuses for doing their jobs (
* Post-Dispatch head carpenter quits over CEO Mary Junck’s bonus (

* Scientific American editor says Fox told him he couldn’t talk about climate change. (
* High school board member: “If my son wants to write something proud about being a Redskin football player, the students on that paper, under the law, have no right to tell him he has to take the word ‘Redskin’ out of there.” (
* Roger Ailes won’t let Shepard Smith come out. (
* Chicago Sun-Times tells its landlord it only needs half the space it has now because of staff cuts. (@LynneMarek) | Reinventing newsroom spaces. (
* Bill Simmons says Grantland isn’t out to pick fights. “There’s a mean-spiritedness on the Internet that we’ve stayed away from.” (
* Meet the 77th class of Nieman Fellows. (
* Rupert Murdoch says he’s looking into more print and digital acquisitions. (
* The Onion’s new site, Clickhole, targets BuzzFeed and Upworthy. (
power* So many devices to charge! Forget the fancy espresso machine; hotel visitors really want more electrical outlets. (
* One last post from New York Times’ public editor before she heads to a journalism festival in Italy. (
* Guess not! “I gullibly thought the lack of criticism in the Indy Star was something about which people would be ashamed.” (
* A West Hollywood blogger (and addict) posted from a homeless shelter for over a year. (
* Garry Trudeau is the Washington Post’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner guest. (
* Howard Kurtz on how he caught Jayson Blair‘s fabrications. (


* Minute-by-minute account of a botched execution (
* “Distressing” audio: A KFOR-TV reporter describes what she saw (

That’s precious, Poynter!

- From a Poynter post today

– From a Poynter post today (rushed to get it online?)

* That wasn’t quite my reaction to Poynter’s post, but… (@EthanMagoc)
* The journalists deciding who should get SCOTUS credentials “have been as open as Chick-fil-A on Sunday.” ( | Why Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays. (
* Harper’s boss Rick MacArthur quits the Columbia Spectator board over the decision to kill the daily print edition. (
* Fashion critic Robin Givhan returns to the Washington Post. ( | NewsBeast just a bad dream for her? (@GrahamDavidA)
* Iowa ACLU honors three high school journalists for their editorial about a racy tweet. (
* “More people are on CNBC talking about Twitter than are on Twitter.” (@PeterLauria3) | Twitter user growth disappoints. (
* Jay Rosen on Vox, The Upshot and the other new sites: “They all have promise. They all have problems. I try to understand them, but I don’t try to predict what is going to happen.” (
* Something for Don Draper to check out during his down time. (“This blog got a lot of traffic – and some debate,” writes Charlotte Observer’s research librarian.) (
* Michael Barone, David Brooks, Campbell Brown, Paul Gigot and Ramesh Ponnuru were among those at last month’s super-secret luxury resort retreat for right-wingers. (
* Robert McCormick’s daughter says she’s “appalled” by John Jeremiah Sullivan’s recent New York Times Magazine cover story. (
* “Craig Ferguson‘s audience was small but intense.” (Angle yet to be explored: He won the stoner demo because of his quirky humor.) (
* Denver Post staffer tweets after being laid off: “Good thing I didn’t take one of my kids to work today!!! Lol. But it might be good lesson on “job security.” #FighterStillRemains” (

“A relatively short time ago we had a basic rule at The Wall Street Journal for what made a story, or not,” says Wall Street Journal Asia editor Paul Beckett.
“Would it appeal to the readers of our U.S. paper? Yes, we did it… No, we didn’t.

“In the past few years, that has all changed. Now, our thinking is… Does a story appeal to a digital audience somewhere in the world that is important to us?

“If the answer is yes, we do it.”

Read the transcript of Beckett’s speech at Publish Asia 2014 after the jump. Read More

Newton Daily News – the only Monday-through-Friday newspaper published in Jasper County, Iowa – is owned by privately held Shaw Media and edited by a man who fears “the Gaystapo.”

In a Monday post on his personal blog, Bob Eschliman accuses “the LGBTQXYZ crowd and the Gaystapo” of trying to reword the Bible “to make their sinful nature ‘right with God.'”

He continues:

[Jesus] said there would be deceivers. He said those deceivers would cause Christians who remain true to His teachings to become reviled. He said false prophets would follow to deceive even more, and that lawlessness will abound.

If you ask me, it sounds like the Gaystapo is well on its way. We must fight back against the enemy.

I asked Eschliman in an email if his paper can cover gay issues fairly and objectively when he’s declared gays the enemy. I also asked if he’d let one of his reporters write a similar blog post.

Eschliman took down his personal site after I sent my email – still unanswered – and a reader asked Shaw Media’s president about the post. A cached version of it is here.

* The deceivers are hard at work (