Daily Archives: April 25, 2014

A Delaware judge ruled Friday afternoon that Philadelphia’s dailies will be sold at an ascending-bid auction open only to insiders no later than May 28, 2014. The decision is a victory for Inquirer and Daily News co-owner George Norcross.
Lewis Katz, another owner, wanted the papers and to be sold at a sealed-bid auction open to anyone.

Norcross’s spokesman sends this statement:

We are pleased that Vice Chancellor Parsons has agreed that the best way to end the IGM partnership is through a members only sale process, just as the original agreement stipulated. We are also pleased that he has agreed that the bidding process should be open and transparent and that it should be done quickly.

Mr. Norcross looks forward to the bidding process and, if he is successful, restarting the progress the company was making before being derailed by this litigation.

* Judge says Philly papers to be sold to insiders (AP via


The NRA convention is being held in Indianapolis this weekend, and the Gannett-owned Star is all over it.

The paper’s Facebook page banner is a photo of the Convention Center sign, noting that the NRA event has “9 Acres of Guns and Gear.” Just below that is the paper’s post about Indianapolis’s 50th homicide.

On Twitter, the Star is telling readers to post photos of their weapons with the #ShowUsYourGuns hashtag. Some are doing that, while a good number of people are protesting the paper’s request.

“I don’t think #ShowUsYourGuns is the appropriate hashtag to use considering all of the shootings in the area,” writes @NickRevell317.

“Shame on you for this inane hashtag,” writes Andrew J. Bailey. “Kudos to those who are using it to show ‘proud’ gun owners/users (some NRA members) like Adam Lanza.” (The Star’s response: “Andrew. It’s not our intention to do anything but to start conversations that will hopefully make our community better.”)

Even @WillMcAvoyACN chimes in: “I usually like the @indystar, but I don’t think the #ShowUsYourGuns idea is a particularly well thought out one.”

I’ve asked Star editor Jeff Taylor and reporter Cori Faklaris – here she is with her gun – about the hashtag and reaction to it.

UPDATE: Star editor Jeff Taylor’s response:

We have more than 70,000 visitors in our city for the NRA national meeting this weekend and, as part of our coverage, were trying to engage with that audience.

Jeff Taylor

Jeff Taylor

In no way did we intend to appear insensitive to the serious problems of gun violence and homicides in Indianapolis. We have devoted significant resources to providing extensive coverage of those issues and the devastating impact on families and neighborhoods, and will continue to do so — along with providing forums for an important dialogue on how to address those problems.

Our efforts today were aimed at interacting and providing a destination for conversation among our many local readers and visitors who own guns responsibly and consider them an identifying part of their life.

* Show us your guns for the NRA convention (
* Read the Facebook comments about #ShowUsYourGuns
* Search results for #ShowUsYourGuns (
* The Indy Hyatt isn’t as enthusiastic about showing off guns (

But your columnist’s name is Shryock…not Shyrock

-- South Jersey Times misspells its veteran columnist's name - again

— South Jersey Times misspells its veteran columnist’s name – again

Bob Shryock has been with the South Jersey Times for 40 years and the paper still has troubles spelling his name. In fact, so many people misspell it that he titled his collection of columns, “It’s Shryock – Not Shyrock.”

He writes today:

Kudos to prolific feature writer par excellence Kelly Roncace for her flattering story about my career, and the signing, on page A-10 of Tuesday’s paper.

Kelly joined the ranks of those who have difficulty with my name by misspelling Shryock three times in the story. No one on the desk caught it, either.

He says he laughed at the errors, which have been corrected online

* “Shyrock” will probably end up on my tombstone (

* Explainer rage! “I refuse to do any more of my trademark explainers until this madness ends.”EXPLAIN (@moorehn) | Explainers are now “a useful tool for journalists to treat readers like children.” (@moorehn)
* Emails reveal Rahm Emanuel involvement with CNN’s “Chicagoland.” The Chicago Tribune reports: “City Hall’s frequent correspondence with the producers illustrates how senior aides to a mayor known for shaping his media image managed how CNN would portray their boss to a prime time national audience.” ( | How one blogger sees it: “Interview request: Dear @ChicagosMayor: I swear I will make you look like the most awesome mayor ever…” (@BeachwoodReport)
* New York Times is doing an above-average job with its print-to-digital transition, says Ken Doctor. (
* Patton Oswalt: “It’s a huge deal for me to be here at Ebertfest.” (
* Jeff Jarvis explains CUNY’s new master’s degree in social journalism. “The first skill we will teach in this new program is listening to a community, hearing and discerning its needs and then thinking about how best to help it meet those needs.” (
* EDITING SKILLS NEEDED; CLOTHES AREN’T: Nude recreation publication seeks an editor. (Romenesko Jobs)
* Los Angeles Times’ new tech editor, Russ Mitchell, will be based in the Bay Area. (
* Dirty cops get off the hook and the Philadelphia Daily News reacts: “Disgusting. Unbelievable. Sickening.” ( | The front page. ( | The Daily News won a Pulitzer in 2010 for its investigation of these cops. (
* Nearly 80% of JetBlue passengers use the free WiFi on long flights. (The others are sleeping?) (
* Ellen Kampinsky is named Consumer Reports editor-in-chief. ( | Earlier: Why pay for Consumer Reports when free product reviews are all over the Internet? (
* Former Tumblr president John Mahoney is named Circa boss. (
* New York Post points out that Us Weekly airbrushed its Prince George photo. (Nothing’s altered in that Murdoch tabloid, of course.) (
* Post-Dispatch letter: Lee CEO Mary Junck‘s $700,000 bonus is “outrageous.” (