Daily Archives: June 4, 2014

normlI invited NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) spokesman Erik Altieri to comment on Maureen Dowd’s column, “Don’t Harsh Our Mellow, Dude.” He writes in an email:

Being inexperienced with cannabis consumption and having little to no experience with it in its edible form, Maureen Dowd should have done the responsible thing and researched the effects of ingested cannabis.

It is unwise for any individual to consume any substance that has effects on the body and mind with no prior knowledge of potential outcomes. Fortunately for Dowd, marijuana is not alcohol or countless currently regulated pharmaceutical drugs. Marijuana is non-toxic and cannot cause a lethal overdose, so while she had an unpleasant evening, no lasting damage was done. If it was another substance, the result could have possibly been actual death, instead of just an imagined one.

That being said, this highlights an evolving area in marijuana commerce and edible products, which should be required to be labeled with recommended dosage and overall potency. Marijuana retail outlets should also make more of an effort to educate and assist new and inexperienced consumers to ensure they have a desirable experience and are equipped with the information required to consume responsibly to avoid these potential adverse side effects.

Colorado is actually already in the process of implementing requirements for edible labeling and testing, and these regulations will be rolled out over the course of the summer. Consumers should be informed that such products possess delayed onset and prolonged duration of effect. Proper education and the imposition of sensible regulations — not criminal prohibition — are the best strategies to address such health concerns.

* While in Denver, Dowd was warned about edible marijuana (
* Dowd says she didn’t expense her pot purchase (
* Twenty reactions to Dowd’s column ( | Dowd has a defender (
* Exclusive image of Dowd’s run-in with the pot candy bar (@vanityfair)


* The moat, the millions and the $50 Timex watch ( | Via @sarahlyall

Earlier Times corrections:
* Brothers Mario and Luigi are plumbers, not janitors
* The name of the actress is Parker Posey, not Posey Parker
* The Daft Punk song is “Get Lucky,” not “Get Funky”
* “Mansome” film is about male grooming, not Charles Manson

Techweek Chicago has apologized for putting out the charity event invitation below. “Tech industry players tweeted their disapproval,” reports Amina Elahi, “and others questioned what presenting sponsor Microsoft would think of the message.”


Crain’s Chicago Business called the invitation “sexist” and backed out as media sponsor.

Techweek chairman Iain Shovlin: “The last thing we want to do is alienate anyone in the community and we sincerely apologize if this event or imagery is offensive to you … It was used with the intent to promote and encourage attendance at the inaugural event here in Chicago. The goal was not to offend or upset, but we understand and recognize the criticism that the photo was poorly selected. We take full responsibility.”

Crain’s Chicago Business publisher David Snyder: “Techweek’s response to their highly offensive promotion for their Black Tie Rave was not sufficient so we have decided to reconsider our involvement in this year’s event.”

* Tech leaders strike back over Techweek invitation (
* A note to our community (

Winners of the Mirror Awards – honoring excellence in media industry reporting – were announced today at a ceremony hosted by Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Best Single Article – Traditional/Legacy Media:
“Local Story” by Rachel Aviv (The New Yorker)

Best Single Article – Digital Media:
“Politico’s Mike Allen, native advertising pioneer” by Erik Wemple (The Washington Post)

Best Single Story – Radio, Television, Cable or Online Broadcast Media:mirror
“The Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook” by On the Media: Brooke Gladstone, Katya Rogers, Alex Goldman, PJ Vogt, Sarah Abdurrahman and Chris Neary

Best Profile – Traditional/Legacy or Digital Media:
“The Operator” by Michael Specter (The New Yorker)

Best Commentary – Traditional/Legacy Media:
Michael Meyer (Columbia Journalism Review) for “False fronts”; “Unfinished business”; and “News havens”

Best Commentary – Digital Media:
Jina Moore (Salon, Columbia Journalism Review, The Atlantic) for “Don’t blame the victim, or the photographer”; “Documenting domestic violence”; and “‘South African Violence’ Only Explains the Pistorius Case If He’s Not Guilty”

John M. Higgins Award for Best In-Depth/Enterprise Reporting:
“Combat Journalism” by Frank Greve (CQ Researcher)

* Photos from the awards ceremony ( | Tweets from the ceremony (#Mirrors14)


Kevin Smiley gets up every morning, wheels his chair to 16th and Market in Philadelphia (a 15-minute trip) and hands out resumes for a few hours. He’s been doing this for several years.

“It’s been frustrating, but I’m hopeful,” says the 28-year-old 2008 Temple graduate.

In 2009, he landed a six-month internship by sidewalk job-hunting; that was his last paying job. (His parents support him.)

“In 2010 and 2011, I did the sign thing again,” but without success.

Smiley, who was born with spina bifida, was sidelined with medical problems in 2012, then returned to the sidewalk in 2013.

Your dream job? I ask.

His plan was to become a sports journalist, but “at this point I would say I’m willing to do pretty much anything.”

Reactions from passersby?

“Some people think I’m crazy, but I don’t mind. I’m doing what I have to do. And some people come up and say, ‘Good luck, I wish you the best.'”

Contact him at

* Kevin Smiley is looking for a job in journalism (@NotesFromHel)
* From 2009: Meet Kevin Smiley, a successful sidewalk job-seeker (
* Smiley on Facebook

Voice of San Diego CEO Scott Lewis said on a recent podcast:

“I want to start by just talking about an email I got this week from Doug Manchester, the owner of U-T [San Diego].ut I asked him if he was selling the U-T because we keep hearing about the U-T being on the block and that he needs to raise money for some project in Austin (Texas) that he’s building.” (Lewis later explained that Manchester – aka “Papa Doug” – is building a hotel near the Austin, Texas, convention center.)

The VoSD CEO then read Manchester’s email: “U-T is not selling but buying and will announce by June 6 as to their acquisitions.” That, apparently, is all he wrote.

I’ve asked U-T CEO John Lynch if an announcement is still planned.

* Voice of San Diego podcast for May 24 (

* Maureen Dowd has a bad experience with edible pot in Denver. ( | “She’s really a paranoid stoner.” ( | Twitter freaks out over the column. ( | ( | (@jswatz)
* Reefer (the journalism term) defined: “It refers readers from one story to a related story on a later page.” (Newspaper Journalism Glossary)

* Steve Outing on the New York Times: “It must make a bold move by eliminating daily print editions; but retaining the Sunday print edition is wise because it can continue to attract significant advertising and subscriber revenues. (
* The Times now offers a stand-alone subscription to its opinion coverage. ( | The Times obits desk ups its game. (
* Washington Post hires former editor-in-chief Kerry Lauerman to lead its new mobile initiative. (
* Howard Kurtz says the news media have lost interest in the VA scandal story. “The news cycle moves on, I get it. …But this is serious business.” (
* On her Daily Signal video, ex-CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson fails to back up her claims of news distortions, says David Cay Johnston. ( | Liberal Salon calls the conservative Heritage Foundation site “awful.” (
hbo* TV apps soar in popularity. (
* The company that delivers Military Times to bases overseas has gone out of business. (
* “I will write until the day I die,” said Palm Beach Post’s Susan Spencer-Wendel. And she did. (
* Orange County Register’s parent shows signs of distress. ( | Rem Rieder: “I give [Register owner Aaron] Kusnher props for having the courage to do something so bold.” (
* Struggling Byliner seeks partners. ( | Read the email sent to authors: (
* Los Angeles Times hires Carolina Miranda to edit its new culture blog. (
* Layoffs at People magazine. ( | More on People’s front of book revamp. (
* “We stand apart from anonymity apps in that we do not allow bullying,” says Whisper editor-in-chief Neetzan Zimmerman. “No slurs of any kind” allowed. (
* New USA Today columnist will be “providing solutions for navigating the digital world in the real world.” (
* Pittsburgh Post-Gazette explains its WARN notice. ( | (