Daily Archives: June 3, 2014


I’m told by the AP that Doug Esser wrote the story.

* Man burns feces behind Seattle police station (Associated Press)


Kevin Hoffman is tired of seeing this image, usually posted with the headline: “All this technology is making us antisocial.”

A newspaper is nothing like a cellphone, he points out.

No one at a table ever reached into their front pocket to pull out a newspaper while you were talking to them.

Newspapers never vibrated or chimed to get your attention (and no, that waif on the corner shouting “Extra! Extra!” doesn’t count).

There’s a finite end point to reading a newspaper, and it usually [takes] no longer than 45 minutes to get there.

The “antisocial” newspaper-reading people in this old photo, says Hoffman, are engaged in “an eminently social activity: citizens keeping themselves informed so they can participate in the civic discourse of their community.”

* Stop sharing this photo of antisocial newspaper readers (

- via Sam Biddle

– via Sam Biddle

Gawker Media founder Nick Denton didn’t allow cellphones at his wedding last Saturday. Denton and [Derrence] Washington wanted guests “to give their ‘full personal presence’ for the wedding’s six-hour span,” according to Capital New York’s Matthew Lewis.

One guest tells me: “I haven’t seen any surreptitious photos from the wedding itself. Most of the posts I saw were on Instagram. But those were taken at pre- and post-wedding events.” | Photos from the Instagram accounts of Scott Kidder; Cord Jefferson; Sam Biddle; Max Read; and Read again.

Let me know about other wedding-day photos.

Brian Tierney has returned the Philadelphia Inquirer as the publisher’s adviser and, according to reports, staffers aren’t holding up “Welcome Back!” signs.

Brian Tierney

Brian Tierney

Two reasons why: As CEO of Philly’s newspapers, Tierney paid himself a $350,000 bonus while his Inquirer and Daily News were struggling; and he once asked the bankruptcy court to dismiss a $50 million payment due the pension fund of the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia.

Ex-Inquirer reporter Ralph Cipriano also points out that Tierney “was brought back as a sales consultant last year, collected $87,500 in salary over four months, and in exchange, brought in exactly $0 in revenues.”

I asked one of my Philadelphia newspaper sources if Tierney has any newsroom fans. That journalist responded:

I don’t think he has much support from rank and file reporters. There’s a lot on pent up resentment about a lot of things — our pensions. The bonus he paid himself, his return last year at $25k a month after our pay cuts. His support is basically Marimow and Friends of Bill.

So Tierney is now advising Philadelphia’s newspapers, running his marketing firm Brian Communications and serving as Poynter Foundation chairman.

Poynter announced Tierney’s appointment in June of 2012. For the entire year of 2012, the foundation raised $0, according to its IRS Form 990. (Fundraising figures for 2013 aren’t available.) Update — Poynter Foundation president Chris Martin writes in an email: “I started at Poynter in Feb. 2013. I had to build a staff and had no infrastructure, initially. It was my job to build the Foundation and its work. The Foundation did not achieve tax exempt status until June 2013. So since there was no actual Foundation in place until very recently, and no tax-exempt status until June 2013, there was no activity recorded on the IRS form in 2012.”

I asked Martin about Tierney’s duties. Her response:

As Chairman, Brian is the chief cheerleader to the other Board members — encouraging them to help us build networks and relationships, encouraging them to be ambassadors for Poynter’s work across the county (and world), urging them to be generous in all ways.

Brian consults with me often — with fund-raising ideas, with leads on folks who have an interest in our work, with ideas for building affinity and awareness across audiences and constituents.

I invited Tierney to comment on Cipriano’s article and got this response from Brian Communications executive vice president Matt Broscious: “Regarding Brian’s interim role at the papers, we’ve only provided a statement to media upon request. He’s not doing any interviews on the announcement or the subsequent coverage. …As for Poynter Foundation, Brian plans to continue in his role as chairman.”

Tierney says in his statement that “if during this transition period [for the newspapers] my expertise and qualifications can help the organization, I want to do so.”

* Inky sale not official but new publisher making moves (
* Brian Tierney returns to the Inquirer (
* June 2012: Philly Catholic Church cover-up and Poynter’s Brian Tierney (

Employees at the Freedom Communications-owned Register newspapers got this Intranet message this morning:

Freedom is instituting the following measures:

• a company-wide, two-week furlough during the months of June and July (see related FAQ [internal access only])
• voluntary severance packages within the newsroom
• restructuring of the sales team to ensure sustainable, cost-effective growth
• Long Beach Register transitioning from a standalone edition to daily section within the Los Angeles Register, and a standalone Sunday section delivered to 61,000 households and within subscriber copies of Los Angeles Register on Sundays (see related news release)

* January 2014: Dozens of layoffs at Orange County Register (

The memo to staff is after the jump. Read More

From the New Philadelphia (OH) Times-Reporter story on Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor’s visit to Dover Hydraulics:


Here’s how the story was posted on the governor’s site,


Henry Gomez writes on

Connie Wehrkamp, communications director for the Kasich-Taylor campaign, acknowledged that the Times-Reporter story was reposted improperly. After the campaign learned of the mistake, “it was corrected immediately,” she said.

* Gov. Kasich’s re-election campaign scrubs businessman’s lament (
* Earlier: Kasich says he doesn’t read Ohio’s papers, but there’s evidence that he does (

* Gov. Chafee says Providence Journal rewrote his opinion piece (

* The Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal debuts. Paul Farhi writes:signal “Most of the staff is drawn from news organizations with conservative leanings. …So far, the Signal’s news agenda doesn’t stray very far from Heritage’s policy agenda.” (
* A study finds that Stephen Colbert does a better job teaching people about campaign financing than traditional news sources. (
* Not buying it. Halifax Media’s CEO tells the Worcester Telegram & Gazette staff that cutting 20 newsroom employees won’t affect news coverage. He also announces that blue jeans in the newsroom are banned. ( | Editor Leah Lamson tells the newsroom that she’s leaving her position “for personal and professional reasons.” (
* Mike McCurry: The modern presidency is defined by the manipulation of the newsflow, 24 hours a day.” (
* Dan Rather: “The standards of what is accepted as quality journalism have dropped precipitously. In making this criticism, I do not exempt myself.” (
click* Medium decides that pay-per-click isn’t the best way to compensate writers. ( | Earlier: Medium writer tells readers to “click the shit out of this story so I can make a few bucks.” (
* Some papers, including the Los Angeles Times, require reporters to be on social media. (
* Warren Buffett‘s Winston-Salem Journal is sellling its downtown properties. (
* IN JOBS: Southern California Public Radio is looking for a politics/government editor. (Romenesko Jobs)
* Chicago Headline Club urges the governor to veto a bill that adds an FOIA “Voluminous Requests” category. (
* CNBC no longer offers Nielsen ratings guarantees to daytime advertisers. (