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Daily Archives: April 11, 2014

* Chicago Sun-Times pulls the plug on comments while it works on a better discussion platform. (suntimes.com)
* Texas Monthly is suing the New York Times over the hiring of editor Jake Silverstein.texas The recently appointed Times Magazine editor is not being sued, the president of Texas Monthly parent Emmis Communications tells Joe Pompeo. Emmis seeks between $200,000 and $1 million from the Times. (nytimes.com) | (capitalnewyork.com)
* “Experts” are concerned about the fate of the Los Angeles Times under Tribune’s spinoff plans. (latimes.com)
* Advertise yourself – or your news organization’s job opening – for just $25 a week (100-word ad). (JimRomenesko.com Jobs)
* Tribune Publishing will take on at least $375 million of debt when it becomes a standalone company. (chicagotribune.com)
* Michael Isikoff is out as NBC News investigative reporter. (mediabistro.com)
* Why aren’t Americans more concerned about the declining number of investigative reporters? (publicintegrity.org)
* Newspaper publisher Elizabeth Ailes – the Fox News chief’s wife – threatens to sue a village trustee over her Facebook “Like.” (philipstown.info)
* Denver Post CEO Mac Tully won’t discuss sale rumors. (westword.com)
* New York Times’ diabetes article wasn’t perfect, says the paper’s public editor, but it was “sound journalism.” (nytimes.com)
happy* Asbury Park Press staffers make a video about their move. (Why is “Happy” going into the paper shredder?) (youtube.com)
* Southern Living editor M. Lindsay Bierman is named chancellor of University of North Carolina’s arts school. (bizjournals.com)
* Guild leader says Lee Enterprises workers – not executives – deserved bonuses. (gatewayjr.org) | Earlier: Lee execs get six-figure bonuses for doing their jobs. (jimromenesko.com)
* The new Jayson Blair documentary – a “superficial accounting” of his misdeeds – gets a thumbs-down four-graf review in the New York Times. (nytimes.com)
* OnEarth magazine is going all-digital. (mediabistro.com)

angelospizza

I wondered if Mr. Pizza had his name changed when got into the pie business. No, Sun restaurant critic Richard Gorelick tells me, “that’s his family’s name. And both sides of the family were in the restaurant business. Though they don’t pronounce their family name as peet-sa – more like PEE-za.”

* Angelo Pizza says the closing of Angelo’s pizza has been a nightmare (baltimoresun.com)

The Rutgers student who wrote about athletic director Julie Hermann telling a journalism class that it “would be great” if the Star-Ledger went under did it because he craves attention, according to a Rutgers sports columnist.
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“He and his website shall remain nameless,” writes James Stumper Jr. — I’ll tell you, though: his name is Simon Galperin and his website is Muckgers.com — but “I can assure you that the disputed quote regarding Hermann’s dislike of the Ledger was said with no malicious intent, at least from my perspective.”

Stumper says the athletic director “is a big girl” who has “handled much worse than this, and she’ll get through it.” But he predicts “she will never come in to a class as a guest speaker again.” (If she’s in fact the “big girl” you claim she is, James, she’ll return to the journalism classroom.)

Stumper continues:

It saddens me as a Rutgers student that one of my classmates would take this learning opportunity and use it to fulfill his own agenda — and for what? To tell the world something everyone already knew? If you were surprised by the fact that Hermann isn’t a fan of The Star Ledger, come sit down … I have to tell you something about Santa Claus.

Simon Galperin

Simon Galperin

“Fulfill his own agenda”? Galperin simply did what journalists do: share newsworthy comments made by a public figure. (I contacted Galperin earlier in the week and asked how students reacted to Hermann’s remark about the Star-Ledger dying. He refused to tell me, insisting that “that’s not relevant.” Actually, it is, Simon. I then contacted someone who heard the tape of Hermann’s talk and was told it “sounded like polite laughter in the background.” Rutgers lecturer Bruce Reynolds, who invited Hermann to speak to his class, did not respond to an email I sent on Monday.)

* Stumper: Hermann controversy receiving undue media attention (dailytargum.com)
* Five takes on the Julie Hermann, Star-Ledger situation (dailytargum.com)
* Earlier: Hermann says it would be great if the Star-Ledger went out of business (nj.com)

Update: The student columnist is taking some hits on my Facebook page.

* AlaskaDispatch.com mocked print journalism for years before buying a print newspaper, says Anchorage Press. (anchoragepress.com)
* Daily Kent Stater editor apologizes for his reporter’s fabrication, which “was the result of a reporter who didn’t understand the magnitude of what he was doing.” (kentwired.com)
* New Orleans Times-Picayune gives a judge “voluminous” information about two of its commenters. (theneworleansadvocate.com)
letter* Meet the woman who’s had more than 200 letters published in the New York Times. (newyorker.com)
* Noted: Michael Wolff‘s been wrong quite a few times. (cjr.org)
* Gawker criticizes The Huffington Post’s “Casualties of War” chart … and it’s taken down.
* Kyle Smith: “Millions of conservatives won’t be watching” Stephen Colbert. (You think they were watching left-leaning Letterman?) (nypost.com)
* Salt Lake Tribune cuts eight newsroom positions and eliminates its stand-alone Faith section. (sltrib.com)
* Roanoke Times’ asbestos removal is under investigation. (wsls.com)
* Ezra Klein defends HuffPo’s “What time is the Super Bowl?” post. (nymag.com)
* Mormon Church’s Temple Square reporter ban not so bad? (sltrib.com)
* The first black journalist to cover a White House press conference is honored. (npr.org)
* No giant banjo statue after all: “We were hoaxed by a normally reliable source,” says business editor. (holdthefrontpage.co.uk)
* Dan Rather: “My biggest mistake was not leaving the anchor chair sooner than I did.” (soundcloud.com)
* Former Businessweek media writer Jon Fine is named Inc. executive editor. (nypost.com)
* St. Petersburg blogger defends his post about Tampa Bay Times editor’s heart attack. (saintpetersblog.com)
box* Jeff Bezos tells shareholders: “Our battle against annoying wire ties and plastic clamshells rages on.” (sec.gov)
* JOBS SECTION: Technology reporter wanted | Seeking web producer/online editor job. (jimromenesko.com)
* Peekster app scans print headlines and brings up a digital version. (springwise.com)