Daily Archives: April 18, 2014

* Tracee Herbaugh recalls her late mother – the first woman AP bureau chief to die while on assignment – and writes: “I’d become annoyed at people who assumed I would follow in my mother’s footsteps and pursue journalism. And yet, I did.” (
* U.S. newspaper industry revenue fell 2.6% in 2013. (AP via
* “People with money are excited about the news business.” (
murrow* “I believe that Edward R. Murrow (left) would have embraced our selection of Arianna Huffington as this year’s [Murrow Forum] speaker” at Tufts University. (
* “Freedom is choosing not to live behind the locked door,” says the man who shared his passwords with the world. (
* Nina Totenberg recalls being ignored in the newsroom at the start of her career because “I was not one of the guys.” (
* More on Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann and her classroom remarks about the Star-Ledger. (Raritan River Review)
* The prestigious Clark Medal goes to a University of Chicago economist who studies media bias. ( | Prof. Matthew Gentzkow talks to NPR. (
* Media bias, dammit! The Bush pregnancy was ignored! (@newsbusters)

- A paragraph from the story.

– A paragraph from the story.

An assistant district attorney tells the defendant he has to share his story with the Sheboygan Press as a part of a plea deal. What if the Press says it’s not interested? I wondered.

“We could have said no,” says reporter Josh Lintereur. “There was no pressure on us.”

Sheboygan Press key audience manager (aka editor) Dan Benson adds: “It was clear there were no ground rules and we weren’t barred from asking any questions and no expectation was laid down as to what kind of story it had to be, although their hopes or intentions were made clear.”

I judged it completely on the news value of it and that there was a public service aspect. It helped that the crash itself was so bizarre and was news when it happened. [John Krizenesky hit a utility pole with his 1966 Corvette, the pole fell and electrocuted a boy.] The only condition was that Krizenesky did not want his photo taken during the interview, but it was understood that we would be shooting stills and video in court.

Benson says he’s never had a prosecutor make this kind of request before, and “my only concern now is that they will want to do it again. If so I’ll have to consider it purely on news value again.”

Both the editor and reporter tell me they’re hearing mixed reactions to today’s page one story. “One woman accused us of making the driver out to be the victim,” says Benson. “Other reactions, which we’d already heard following the sentencing story, was that the sentence was way too lenient [30 days in jail, a fine, and a newspaper story], which is an ongoing complaint about Sheboygan judges.”

* A tragic ending to a casual drink (
* The boy was catching grasshoppers when he was electrocuted (
* Today’s Sheboygan Press front page (


From the Colorado Springs Gazette’s video about investigative reporter David Philipps’ Pulitzer-winning series: “Though Philipps was in Washington, DC, when news broke of the award, he flew home Monday evening to a hero’s reception at the Gazette office and a late-night celebration at a nearby brewery.”

How Philipps got onto the story about the Army’s mistreatment of combat veterans: “I got this call essentially saying, ‘Hey, there’s this soldier from Fort Carson who was in the psychiatric hospital here in town, and the Army pulled him out against his will and put him in jail. I thought, wow, can they do that? That seems like a really bad idea. I went to visit him and he told me his story. …I knew I had something.”

* The story behind the Gazette’s Pulitzer (
* How the Detroit Free Press won its Pulitzer for Commentary (

* Search warrant: Peoria’s mayor told police he wanted the person behind the @peoriamayor parody Twitter account tracked down. ( | Earlier: Seven cops raid home to find who’s tweeting as @peoriamayor. (
unclear* Victory for protesters: The Newseum will start including weeklies in its Today’s Front Pages exhibit. (
* ESPN profits are expected to grow in the “high single digits” the next few years. Its annual ad sales are about $3 billion. ( | Deadspin hires Dave McKenna for the ESPN beat. (
* (At right) “This can’t be a real sentence in a real news story, can it?” (@RachelSB)
* With an editorial staff of 16, the Kyiv Post “makes a remarkable journalistic difference.” (
* Ex-Washingtonian editor Jack Limpert recalls firing a film critic over her review of “JFK.” (
* Roger Ebert‘s first movie review appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times 47 years ago today. (@charlesapple)
* The Deadline Club announces its awards finalists. (
* “Surveillance, Security and Journalism Ethics” will be discussed at a May 2 University of Wisconsin-Madison conference. (
* Toronto Star digital journalists will be paid less than others in the newsroom. (
* Tucson Weekly and Inside Tucson Business are sold to East Valley Tribune parent 10/13 Communications. ( | (
* JOBS: A defense contractor in Colorado seeks writers. | Tech journalist wanted. (Romenesko Jobs Page)
* Chris Wallace has a new multi-year deal with Fox News. (
* “The LA Times is a very nice national newspaper,” says LA Register publisher Aaron Kushner. (
* Jonah Lehrer started blogging again last week. (


* RIP: David W. “Pervert Dave” Cummings ( | Image via @drewharwell

Update: “Everybody just knew him as ‘Pervert,'” says “kid sister” (