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* Charleston TV reporter live-tweets a action-packed city council meeting (@JessieShafer) | h/t @stevenadamswv)

sobAfter linking to a piece about “impossible and brilliant” boss Meg Greenfield, I heard from Seattle Times investigative reporter Michael Berens. He wrote:

“Saw your link to the wonderful WaPo opinion story today about a tough editor, Coincidentally, I posted this 1984 mag cover from the Columbus Monthly magazine which voted my first editor, Bernie Karsko, as toughest SOB in town, from the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch. I was a police beat reporter at the time.”

On Facebook, Berens described the city editor:

He believed a “special project” should take two hours instead of one. And, yes, he always chomped on an unlit cigar in the newsroom.editor2 He once sent me back to a house fire scene because I didn’t know the name of the dog. I learned never to come back to the newsroom without the name of a pet.

Debra Mason of Religion News Service added in comments: “He made me cry in January 1986 after the Challenger disaster, when I was sent out to get public reaction and I felt like a heel asking people and so I had lousy quotes. First and last time he made me cry, though.”

Berens continued in his email: “With the avalanche of coverage re: Abramsom and the recent eulogies of Arthur Gelb, I think a lot of people are reminiscing about their first or most pivotal editor. Karsko was a trial by fire for a young cub like me. Survive him, survive anything.”

Your toughest editor? Tell us about it in comments, or drop me an email and I’ll post it if you’re not on Facebook.

* “My first editor was voted toughest SOB in town” (facebook.com)

Update: Editor tales from my Facebook friends and subscribers (facebook.com)


witch“I’m the first witch in my family, and I’m proud of it,” Rev. Kim Cabot Consoli told the Lancaster (PA) Intelligencer Journal for a May 17 “Faith & Values” section lead story.

After the piece was published, the paper learned that its profile subject has a prostitution record. “She was arrested in February,” executive editor Barbara Hough Roda tells readers. “Police said she offered sex to an undercover officer at the cosmetics and spa business run out of her Conoy Township home.”

Had this information been mined earlier, the story would never have been written, let alone published.

We understand that it is essential that we present news and information that is thoroughly reported. It should provide context, balance and thoughtful story play. In this instance, we fell short.

Consoli has images of the May 17 article on her Facebook page (the Intelligencer Journal pulled its story), but there is no mention of the editor’s follow-up column noting the prostitution arrest.

* From the executive editor: About that witchcraft story (lancasteronline.com)
* Page one teaser | The story opening | The jump (facebook.com/kim.c.colsoli)

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A few readers pointed out this Washington Post story by Tom Hamburger. It reminded me of my item from last year about the Post’s Darryl Fears writing about the fear of bugs.

* First lady prepares to battle makers of fries, frozen pizza (washingtonpost.com)
* May 2013: Reporter named Darryl Fears writes about fear of bugs (jimromenesko.com)

UC Santa Barbara student newspaper’s headline:
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The editors of the student government-run paper say:

After extensive discussions among our Editorial Staff, advisor and alumni, we have decided to not immediately publish an article on the recent tragedy in our community of Isla Vista to minimize the emotional harm for our reporters, photographers and multimedia journalists. Before we are journalists, we are Gauchos and feel we need our time to mourn, process and recover from this senseless violence.

You dropped the ball, says CalBuzz’s Jerry Roberts: “The paper surely has done no favors for anyone on its staff who aspires to be a working journalist by abandoning the field, along with its role as a community news source. Wrong, wrong, wrong.”

He adds: “It’s impossible to escape the conclusion that The Bottom Line’s decision arose from its fundamentally conflicted identity as both a purveyor of campus news and an organ for elected student body leaders and, presumably, their constituents.”

Meanwhile, the independent campus paper, the Daily Nexus, is getting praise for its coverage of the shooting.

Update: This is from The Bottom Line’s “About” section:

The Bottom Line is a student-run weekly newspaper sponsored by the Associated Students of the University of California, Santa Barbara with a quarterly lock-in fee of $1.69 per student.

Created in early 2007 in response to concerns that there should be multiple news sources on the UCSB campus, The Bottom Line provides a printed space for investigative journalism, culturally and socially aware commentary, and engaging reporting that addresses the diverse concerns of our readership, including UCSB and its surrounding community.

* Tale of two papers: Mass murder and student media (calbuzz.com)
* Why we haven’t published anything on the Isla vista shootings (ucsb.edu)
* Earlier: UC Santa Barbara’s other student paper was all over the story (latimes.com)


From the losing side:

* Katz, Lenfest win control of Inquirer parent company (inquirer.com)
* Claim: Today’s big winner was Inquirer editor Bill Marimow (bigtrial.net)
* A good day for Philadelphia and journalism (usatoday.com)

A statement from George Norcross & Co. is after the jump. Read More

This was posted over the weekend:
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This followed:
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* CACHED: Giant asteroid possibly on collision course with Earth (cnn.com)

* Michael Wolff writes in his column about Time Inc.: “Huffers and puffers tell each other that digital media — with pitiful revenue and significant losses — is the future,” but print still “throws off major dough.” (usatoday.com)
rogen* Seth Rogen (left) and Judd Apatow blast Ann Hornaday‘s Washington Post piece, headlined (in the print edition) “Killer’s video is a toxic reflection of Hollywood.” (gawker.com)
* At a 2011 forum, Dean Baquet “speaks at length about his great enthusiasm for journalism’s new tools,” writes Geneva Overholser. “Given that his supposed relative lack of passion — and relative inexperience – on the digital side of things was another concern voiced in the wake of Abramson’s firing, the eagerness with which he talked to students on this topic is noteworthy.” (genevaoverholser.com)
* Passages in Colorado Springs Gazette columns by former legislator Ed Jones look very familiar. (csindy.com)
* Why so little innovation at college newspapers? They’ve “long been surprisingly conservative institutions.” (bostonmagazine.com)
* Three questions that education reporters might want to ask students during school visits. (npr.org)
* The Globe and Mail’s Margaret Wente on why you don’t see more female pundits on TV: “Men can get away with dirty hair and baggy eyes. Women can’t,” so they stay home. (theglobeandmail.com) | That piece is insane, tweets Ana Marie Cox. (@anamariecox)
* The Newspaper Guild says it will spend up to $500,000 on the Thomson Reuters contract battle if it has to. (nyguild.org)
* File under “Surveys We Really Didn’t Need”: Company finds that students prefer watching TV over doing homework. (cleveland.com)