Daily Archives: May 20, 2014

This photo and cutline (without the red letters and name redacted) was distributed to the AP wire.


At least one newspaper ran the cutline – with the aspiring BuzzFeed photo editor’s name. I did the job-seeker a favor and blacked out the name. I’ve confirmed that the person is a current AP employee but not Arian Schuessler, credited for this photo.


* “This is a Linda Ellerbee moment,” writes a Facebook friend (

“So yesterday, I posted all the public records that the Georgia AG was trying to force a college kid to remove from his blog,” Michael Koretzky writes in an email.

David Schick

David Schick

“And then the SPJ president followed suit. Hours later, the AG withdrew his motion. I love it when a plan comes together. …Just wanted you to know sometimes the good guys win.”

The documents that David Schick posted were “inadvertently disclosed,” the University System of Georgia Board of Regents claimed.

* Georgia attorney general wants student to scrub public records from his blog ( | (
* Georgia’s AG needs a civics lesson, says SPJ president (
* Georgia’s AG withdraws his motion after SPJ sites post the records (

- via @katemedley

– via @katemedley

Gaffney (SC) Ledger executive editor Klonie Jordan tells me that trains were backed up for 100 miles because of this train vs. frozen food truck accident.

“It took about 5 hours to clean the mess up and all rail traffic between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta was halted for a time,” he says.

The 6,000-circulation Ledger also got video of the lasagna spill. The story is behind a pay wall, but Jordan sent me the text to post here.

* “The spill had arteries clogged for blocks,” and other wisecracks (

Read the Ledger’s story after the jump. Read More

NPR says it’s eliminating 28 positions – eight of them already vacant.

David Folkenflik, the radio network’s media reporter, writes:

Ultimately, NPR’s total headcount will be seven percenttell lower than the level it stood at last year. NPR has run deficits in all but one of the past six fiscal years, including the one ending Sept. 30.

He also points out that “Tell Me More” is the third NPR program geared toward minority listeners that’s been killed in recent years.

In her tweet, Michele Norris is referring to NPR picking up a Peabody Award at yesterday’s ceremony.

* NPR to end “Tell Me More” and cut 28 positions ( | (
* Host Michel Martin: “As you imagine, I’m very disappointed with today’s news” (


New York Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy tells me the paper wasn’t printed because of this story about New York University’s Abu Dhabi campus. “We’ve been in touch with our local printer in the UAE to express our profound disappointment in this decision,” she writes in an email.

* Workers at NYU’s Abu Dhabi site face harsh conditions (

Note: An earlier version incorrectly reported that it was today’s Times story about an NYU apology that prompted the printer’s move.

Earlier on
* Earlier: Malaysian printer censors International New York Times photo of pigs
* Pakistan censors International New York Times photo and cutline about China’s “sin city”

“Am I doing a bad job of picking leaders for The New York Times?” asks New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. “I don’t think so,” he tells Vanity Fair. “Everyone who pretends they have a 100% success rate isn’t trying hard enough.” ( | Sulzberger shouldn’t have done the interview, says Josh Marshall. ( times
* Sulzberger calls Jill Abramson “a powerful and outspoken advocate for a free press.” ( | (
* At Wake Forest, “Abramson managed to make some good points for the graduates.” Here are five: ( | Watch her 11-minute speech. (
* Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron gave a commencement speech, too. (
* PBS shouldn’t be getting in the way of journalists trying to cover the news, says the network’s ombudsman. (
* Philadelphia Magazine is the big winner at the CRMA Awards. (
* What’s left of the digital team that’s trying to “save” the New York Times. (
* Watch the 3-minutes talks by John S. Knight Journalism Fellows. (
* The Baltimore Sun calls a 68-year-old woman “elderly,” prompting the paper’s grammar czar to tell colleagues: “All right, people, steer clear of using elderly. You know how cranky old people get.” (
* Paper is “still a pretty damn good technology,” says New Yorker editor David Remnick. “It’s just not the only one.” (
* Tribune Co. profit falls 30% in the first quarter. Broadcasting revenue soared, but publishing revenue declined. (
* At home with gossip columnist Michael Musto. (Photo at right by Emily Assiran.) (
* So brave! A journalism student decides “to bite the bullet and drop legacy media” for one week. (
* The longtime editor San Antonio Business Journal quits after his publisher pledges to “continue pushing the line” between editorial and advertising. (
* Hamilton Nolan discusses the role of luck in landing a job. “I can testify to the fact that quite a significant percentage of people employed in the media are not the very finest candidate available for the jobs that they hold,” he says. “Many morons hold very important and high profile jobs!” (
* Jezebel’s Anna Holmes jumps to Fusion. (
* Tim Whitaker – fired as Philadelphia Weekly editor in 2009 – now runs the Mighty Writers program for kids. (
* MetaFilter is operating at “a significant loss” — “the result of ongoing Google index updates.” (