Daily Archives: April 29, 2014

That’s precious, Poynter!

- From a Poynter post today

– From a Poynter post today (rushed to get it online?)

* That wasn’t quite my reaction to Poynter’s post, but… (@EthanMagoc)
* The journalists deciding who should get SCOTUS credentials “have been as open as Chick-fil-A on Sunday.” ( | Why Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays. (
* Harper’s boss Rick MacArthur quits the Columbia Spectator board over the decision to kill the daily print edition. (
* Fashion critic Robin Givhan returns to the Washington Post. ( | NewsBeast just a bad dream for her? (@GrahamDavidA)
* Iowa ACLU honors three high school journalists for their editorial about a racy tweet. (
* “More people are on CNBC talking about Twitter than are on Twitter.” (@PeterLauria3) | Twitter user growth disappoints. (
* Jay Rosen on Vox, The Upshot and the other new sites: “They all have promise. They all have problems. I try to understand them, but I don’t try to predict what is going to happen.” (
* Something for Don Draper to check out during his down time. (“This blog got a lot of traffic – and some debate,” writes Charlotte Observer’s research librarian.) (
* Michael Barone, David Brooks, Campbell Brown, Paul Gigot and Ramesh Ponnuru were among those at last month’s super-secret luxury resort retreat for right-wingers. (
* Robert McCormick’s daughter says she’s “appalled” by John Jeremiah Sullivan’s recent New York Times Magazine cover story. (
* “Craig Ferguson‘s audience was small but intense.” (Angle yet to be explored: He won the stoner demo because of his quirky humor.) (
* Denver Post staffer tweets after being laid off: “Good thing I didn’t take one of my kids to work today!!! Lol. But it might be good lesson on “job security.” #FighterStillRemains” (

“A relatively short time ago we had a basic rule at The Wall Street Journal for what made a story, or not,” says Wall Street Journal Asia editor Paul Beckett.
“Would it appeal to the readers of our U.S. paper? Yes, we did it… No, we didn’t.

“In the past few years, that has all changed. Now, our thinking is… Does a story appeal to a digital audience somewhere in the world that is important to us?

“If the answer is yes, we do it.”

Read the transcript of Beckett’s speech at Publish Asia 2014 after the jump. Read More

Newton Daily News – the only Monday-through-Friday newspaper published in Jasper County, Iowa – is owned by privately held Shaw Media and edited by a man who fears “the Gaystapo.”

In a Monday post on his personal blog, Bob Eschliman accuses “the LGBTQXYZ crowd and the Gaystapo” of trying to reword the Bible “to make their sinful nature ‘right with God.'”

He continues:

[Jesus] said there would be deceivers. He said those deceivers would cause Christians who remain true to His teachings to become reviled. He said false prophets would follow to deceive even more, and that lawlessness will abound.

If you ask me, it sounds like the Gaystapo is well on its way. We must fight back against the enemy.

I asked Eschliman in an email if his paper can cover gay issues fairly and objectively when he’s declared gays the enemy. I also asked if he’d let one of his reporters write a similar blog post.

Eschliman took down his personal site after I sent my email – still unanswered – and a reader asked Shaw Media’s president about the post. A cached version of it is here.

* The deceivers are hard at work (

Just pointing out… It was “Stupid F—ing Bird” in the Washington Post’s review last June. It’s “Stupid Fucking Bird” in the Washington Post house ad that runs on A11 of today’s paper.

* Critic: Play’s rude, childish title is smack on the money (

* A Los Angeles magazine staffer to an aspiring intern: “You’re seriously calling for information about internships? When you could have just sent an email? Not to be rude,call but I can’t be bothered with these kinds of questions.” (
* Just say no to publications that want you to write something for free to be considered for a job. (
* Disney was interested in buying BuzzFeed – until a $1 billion valuation was mentioned. ( | (
* BuzzFeed-like PolicyMic gets an additional $10 million from investors “to accelerate growth.” (
* Sports Illustrated legend Gary Smith is retiring. ( | “The best magazine writer in history.” (@ReillyRick)
* New York Times gets its swagger back. (
* “We’re living in this time where if you make or consume media, the riches are almost boundless,” says “Freakonomics” author Stephen Dubner. (
* Public records humor… ( …and not so funny. (
* Alex Pareene leaves Salon for Pierre Omidyar‘s First Look Media. ( | David Scott is named AP political editor. (
* About 20 Minneapolis Star Tribune journalists are expected to take buyouts when Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor takes over. (
* Herblock winner Jen Sorensen majored in anthropology before getting into political cartooning. (
* BBC News seems “distant” to some viewers, according to a report. (
seth* Actor Seth Rogen is shocked by the number of journalists who request selfies with him. (@Sethrogen)
* Chris Matthews, Tina Brown and other media people reveal their favorite Shakespeare quotes. (
* Meet the U.S. Knight Fellows at Stanford for 2014-2015. (
* Flattered? Porn star Casey Calvert took her name from University of Florida journalism professor Clay Calvert. (