Daily Archives: April 1, 2014

You mean, no need to see the Journal’s makeup artist?

From: Power, William (WSJ)
Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2014 5:21 PM
To: WSJ NY Pods All; WSJ Photo Daily; Real-Time News Desk; WSJ Infographics; WSJ Graphics Art Directors
Cc: Baker, Gerard; Patterson, Rhonda; Davis, Donna; Anderson, Monika; Hong, Annie
Subject: Pratt students coming by

If you notice a group of art students soon, it’s a group from Pratt, preparing to do projects relating to the WSJ’s 125th anniversary. They are looking for inspiration. But no need to preen.

William Power
Day Editor

“Lucky fan,” says the Post-It note that was cut off here.

— h/t @Chase_TheHour for the image

* Mets blow a save, strike out 18 times in opener (

Update: My Facebook friends are having fun with this, too.

- Glen Taylor

– Glen Taylor

Timberwolves majority owner Glen Taylor has offered to buy the Star Tribune for an undisclosed amount of cash. The Minneapolis paper is currently owned by Wayzata Investment Partners and GE Capital.

“It isn’t that I’m interested in going around and buying papers in other parts of the country,” says Taylor. “I’m interested in this one because it’s a Minnesota paper.”

The deal is expected to close in May.

* Glen Taylor makes move to buy Star Tribune (
* Taylor is the fifth-richest Minnesotan, worth $1.8 billion (


MINNEAPOLIS—April 1, 2014—Star Tribune Media Co. and Glen Taylor are pleased to announce they have executed a letter of intent for Taylor to acquire the company. Taylor is currently engaged in a due diligence process, which when complete, would lead to the acquisition./CONTINUES Read More

Last April 1, the Florence (AL) Times Daily had UFOs, the Loch Ness monster and Godzilla in a page one photo. This year there’s a “catfish as big as a Volkswagen” on the front page.


* “We have a big dam problem” with a catfish (
* From 2013: The cheesiest April Fool’s front page award goes to… (

Pimco’s Andrew Balls, who worked as a Financial Times economics reporter and columnist from 1998 to 2006, tells Bloomberg News:

- From Bloomberg's story on Andrew Balls

– From Bloomberg’s story on Andrew Balls

“[This] strikes me as one of the most interesting statements I’ve read in quite a while,” a financial journalist writes in an email. I’ve asked Financial Times about Balls’ revelation.

Update — Financial Times spokesman Andrew Green writes in an email:

The Financial Times has a long track record of integrity, independence and ethical journalistic practices, underpinned by a robust code of conduct. Our policy forbids journalists from engaging in outside work that carries conflicts of interest or where the FT’s name and reputation could be compromised. Editorial management must approve all freelance requests.

After careful consideration, the circumstance in question was deemed permissible on a single occasion.

* Andrew Balls goes from journalist to Pimco executive (

Students, faculty and staff at Boston’s Northeastern University received this April 1 gag email this morning:


* Here’s the real News@Northeastern for April 1 (

* The 2014 Mirror Awards finalists have been named. (
* No joke: New York Times and Wall Street Journal quietly loosen their profanity standards. ( | (
* This is a joke (at least for now): St. Paul Pioneer Press photo staff to abandon cameras for iPhones. (
* Good one, WaPo’s Ron Charles! “A bold new plan to deliver book reviews by drones.” (
* George Washington University’s GW Hatchet is the GW Butter Knife today. (
* Glenn Greenwald is awarded the 2014 McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage. (
* “We probably pay more writers than most news startups combined,” writes Forbes boss Lewis Dvorkin. (
* Slate hires Ben Mathis Lilley, who was fired as BuzzFeed sports editor last month. ( | (@davidplotz)
* New Orleans Times-Picayune can keep an online commenter’s name private for now. (
* A Santa Barbara News-Press photographer has been fired, reportedly for filing a mold complaint. (
* A Silicon Valley weekly buys a family of four newspapers. A reader writes: “Their first cut (one of many I imagine) was to fire the executive editor who has been in the company for 30 years.” (
* Criminal cases that result in a dismissal or an acquittal could soon be considered confidential in Alaska. (
* It’s about time interns got paid, says Toronto Life’s first unpaid intern. (