I’ll tell you where they’re having trouble — and remember the great Tim Russert who was on Meet the Press? And Meet the Press — what a wonderful show, what a groundbreaking show — is iconic in American electronic journalism. You’d get up every Sunday morning and watch Meet the Press.
Well now David Gregory has been running Meet the Press, who is wonderful – absolutely great. But there’s something – there’s trouble. I don’t know whether it’s management, I don’t know if it’s in the production, I don’t know if it’s the resources, but they’re having trouble at Meet the Press. …Take a look, you tell me what is going on at Meet the Press?
– From this week’s LA Weekly (I crossed out the words)
LA Weekly commenters lashed out at Hillel Aron for confessing that he texts while driving — and he’s not sorry for doing it.
One wrote: “When you eventually do tear through a school zone or run over somebody’s grandmother, this article will sound AWESOME being read aloud at your hearing.” Another: “After reading this piece, I don’t care one bit if Mr. Aron dies in traffic, but I’m going to feel a lot of remorse for the people he takes with him.”
I asked Aron what he’s hearing from emailers and phone-callers. He replied:
Very negative reaction. People on twitter hoping I die in a fiery car wreck. I’ve seen some blog posts by bicycle activists condemning me. No emails or phone calls.
I’ve been thinking a lot about it. I guess I’ve been convinced that I’m wrong. It’s strange how when one side feels really strongly about something, it makes their argument more convincing. I’m not sure that’s how it should be, but that’s how it is.
When I was driving home from work yesterday I called a friend and he texted me back. I texted him back – at a red light, and then immediately felt guilty! So I guess if I had to rewrite the piece today, the headline would be: Yes I text when I drive, yes I feel guilty.
David Brooks of the Nashua Telegraph (not the New York Times columnist) sends this note:
I was recently handed a piece of paper congratulating me for working 27 straight years as a reporter and/or copy editor in my paper’s newsroom – a document that I suspect is going to be pretty rare in the future.
This led me to wonder: Who is the longest-serving newspaperperson in the country? That is, who has worked the most continuous years in the newsroom of the same publication as a full-time reporter or line editor?
No upper managers, no ombudsmen or academics, no columnists who wander in once a week with their submission, no freelancers churning out copy from their home.
And I don’t mean people who have moved around to a lot of papers. I’m looking for a rock-clinging barnacle like me – who’s the biggest newsroom barnacle of all?
* Above: That’s how Jenny DeHuff ended her Philly Daily News story today.
* Jarl Mohn is named NPR chief executive officer. (boisestatepublicradio.org)
* Bob Garfield: “Everything you need to know about the [White House] Correspondents’ Dinner is that there is a red carpet.” (npr.org)
* A New York Times “innovation report” says the paper needs “to make further structural changes in the newsroom to achieve a digital first reality.” (capitalnewyork.com)
* Plain Dealer’s page one shows how excited Browns fans are in Cleveland over the No. 22 pick in the first round. (shermanreport.com) | (cleveland.com)
* Thursday’s Chicago Tribune had eight features about the NFL draft. (chicagoreader.com)
* Nat Hentoff says the tabloids do a better job covering public education than the more respected broadsheets. “I guess because the reporters at those papers send their kids to private schools.” (observer.com)
* I made $7/week delivering papers when I was his age: “Eliot Cowan, 11, charges clients between $300 and $400 to have their [tech] product tested by groups of children.” (wsj.com)
* The Globe and Mail wants its journalists to write advertorial copy, according to the union. (j-source.ca)
* Claim: Gossip columnists are no longer needed because every journalist is a gossip these days. (washingtonpost.com)
* Lawrence Sullivan: “After 19 years at The Tampa Tribune, I was cut yesterday along with several others.” (facebook.com)
* Phoenix Business Journal decides not to share Vice.com’s “Reasons why Phoenix is the worst place ever.” An editor explains why. (bizjournals.com)
* The whole premise of Joe Nocera‘s second column on Warren Buffett and Coke “is built on a mistake,” writes the Times public editor. (nytimes.com)
* Southern Illinois University trustees table a proposed $9 student media fee, but the president promises to keep the student newspaper afloat for the next year. (thesouthern.com) | (dailyegyptian.com) | (chicagotribune.com) * Katie Couric‘s a has-been, says Andrea Peyser. (nypost.com)
* Praise for Los Angeles Times’ website redesign: “Textbook case study of how the modern newspaper website should look.” (garciamedia.com)
* Gawker’s hiring. “Inexperience required,” it says. (gawker.com)
* One Direction coverage results in a 2% sales boost for The Sun on Sunday. (theguardian.com)