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A Romenesko reader writes:

rulesI’m a longtime newspaper reporter who was recently hired as a metro editor. This is my first foray into management and working with reporters from the other side.

I was wondering if you or your readers had any good book recommendations for folks new to management. Especially any books by newspaper people about leading a newsroom.

I posted this note on my Facebook wall a few minutes ago and suggestions are already pouring in. Do you have any books to add to the list?

* Read the suggestions from my Facebook friends and subscribers (facebook.com)

citypaper

* Baltimore City’s Guide to the High Life (citypaper.com)
* From February: Baltimore Sun Media Group buys City Paper (jimromenesko.com)

Highlights from New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson’s podcast chat with Catie Lazarus:

* “[Nate Silver’s lawyer] said to me, ‘[Repping Nate is] like representing the prettiest girl at the party.’ I looked at him with kind of a raised eyebrow and just in a deadpan voice, I said to him, ‘I’m very sorry, but The New York Times is always the prettiest girl at the party.’ I believed that then and I believed that now.”

* “I have often paused and wished I could take a month off and go to business school and really study. Actually, my predecessor Bill Keller did that, and I think before him that Howell Raines did that as well. I envy them that they did that.”

Are these the glasses that a prison inmate wanted?

Are these the glasses that a prison inmate wanted from Jill Abramson?

* About letters she’s received: “The most absurd is after a C-Span appearance a reader, who was in prison, wrote me begging me for a pair of my glasses. I thought that was absurd and slightly ominous.”

* About her tattoos: “I have now four. I think eventually, when I finish doing them, will tell the story of me, of where I lived, and what things have been important to me. … I have two then on my back that are the two institutions that I revere, that have shaped me. One is unsurprisingly the amazing ‘T’ in The New York Times newspaper. Then I have a Crimson Harvard ‘H’ and that’s for Harvard, and also for my husband Henry, who we met when we were in the same class at Harvard. … And now I feel like shooting myself for spending, like 10 minutes, talking about such a trivial thing.”

* Jill Abramson on Nate Silver, tattoos, and Anita Hill (out.com)
* Nate Silver is #36 on Out’s just-released Power 50 list (out.com)

worstCareerCast is out with its latest best/worst jobs listings. Newspaper reporting – ranked the worst job out of 200 occupations last year – is in the 199th slot this year.

191. Corrections officer
192. Firefighter
193. Garbage collector
194. Flight attendent
195. Head cook
196. Broadcaster
197. Taxi driver
198. Enlisted military personnel
199. Newspaper reporter (“A job that has lost its luster dramatically over the past five years is expected to plummet even further [-13%] by 2022 as more and more print publications abandon operations.”)
200. Lumberjack

CAREERCAST’S TOP TEN JOBS: Mathematician; tenured university professor; statistician; actuary; audiologist; dental hygienist; software engineer; computer systems analyst; occupational therapist; and speech pathologist.

CareerCast publisher Tony Lee explains why the reporting job moved up a notch: The work environment for lumberjacks “got a little worse,” while it stayed the same for reporters. Also, pay for lumberjacks declined more than it did for reporters.

* The worst jobs of 2014 (careercast.com) | Jobs ranked from best to worst (careercast.com)
* April 2013: Why lumberjack ranked higher than reporter in CareerCast’s survey (jimromenesko.com)


globe

* Boston Globe wins the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news (bostonglobe.com)
* Read the letter that Globe editor Brian McGrory wrote to Pulitzer judges (pulitzer.org)
* Today’s Boston Globe front page (“A year since attacks…”) (newseum.org)

* It was “idiotic” for the Pulitzer judges not to give a feature-writing prize, says Daniel Okrent. “The notion that there was no prize-quality feature-writing this year doesn’t imply there’s anything wrong with feature writing; it just suggests there’s something wrong with the prize committee.” (dailynewsgems.com)
* Jay Rosen: “No prize for the network of journalists and newsrooms that brought the surveillance story forward.” (pressthink.org)
sig* Sig Gissler (left), administrator of the journalism prizes, refuses to channel Joseph Pulitzer. (theawl.com)
* Surprise! People don’t rush out to buy newspapers just because they’re Pulitzer-winners. (fivethirtyeight.com)
* Sorry, Pulitzer winners, but we’ll quickly forget that you got the prize. (washingtonpost.com)
* University of Missouri-St. Louis student government sticks with its decision to cut newspaper funding. (stltoday.com)
* Scott Smith: “People who bemoan lack of comment sections are Web 1.0 folks who remember when comments were discussions, not digital cross-burnings.” (ourmaninchicago.net)
* John Cook, editor-in-chief of Pierre Omidyar‘s The Intercept, is looking to hire journalists who are fast, not white, and not male. (niemanlab.org)
* A California newspaper publisher – the guy who lifted a Michael Sam commentary a few months ago – faces a $5,000 fine for running misleading political ads. (thedowneypatriot.com)
* Akron Beacon Journal is the only news organization that’s staying on top of the Kent State documents-shredding story. (whenjournalismfails.com)
* Ryan Chittum on USA Today’s clickbait. (“I counted 12 bylines in one day from one reporter.”) (cjr.org)
* Aol.com adds what it calls “premium” video content to its home page. (hollywoodreporter.com) | Jeff Jarvis: “Aol premium video? Looks like cable leftovers: meatloaf TV.” (@jeffjarvis)
* Looking for a scent critic? Michael Perry‘s your man. (madison.com)