Daily Archives: June 23, 2014


I’ve asked David Lichtenstein about his vacation plans. (His Twitter profile says he’s a surfer.)

* The Molokai News takes its first-ever vacation (
* From 2006: Bloggers struggle with what to do about vacation (WSJ via

* Update: How other bloggers handle vacations (

- From the San Marcos (TX) Daily Record

– From the San Marcos (TX) Daily Record

The Romenesko reader who sent the San Marcos (TX) Daily Record’s Sunday photo feature on the local Juneteenth fundraiser (“Let Them Eat Cake”) writes: “I can’t imagine this being an effort to be intentionally offensive but comes across to me as an example of relying on cliches without an appreciation for the phrase’s origin. In this case, the result are unfortunate.”

* Of course, the “Better Than Sex” cake always gets high bids (

The Associated Press sent out this advisory on Monday afternoon:

BC-Baseball Game Format,Advisory
Editors, News Directors:

For decades, the AP’s reporters have chronicled every big play, every no-hitter and every controversy on the field during the hundreds of games that make up the major league baseball season.
Next month, we will launch a new game story format that presents that content in a shorter, more engaging and faster way for print, digital and mobile customers.

The basics won’t change: We will continue to publish a NewsNow at game’s end, a 300-word writethru shortly after, followed by a 600-word writethru and a hometown lead.

What will change is how those stories look. The top of the story will continue to look like a traditional AP game story. After 300 words, the text will break into a chunky-text presentation featuring up to five bullet points that explain team story lines, key plays, injuries and a lookahead to what’s next for a team or player.

EASY TO READ: The format allows consumers to more easily see interesting content, and it can be read faster across platforms.

SPEED: The format is naturally shorter than a traditional game story and can be published more quickly, resulting in a faster turnaround time from AP to newsrooms.

FLEXIBILITY: Customers have the option of using the 300-word traditional game story, or breaking off the bullet point items for briefs on websites, mobile or in print.

Beginning July 28, every AP baseball game story will move using this format. We want to hear your feedback about how it being received by your newsrooms and readers, and plan to incorporate that feedback into our decisions and oversight about the new format going forward. To let us know what you think, contact Global Sports Editor Michael Giarrusso … or Deputy Sports Editor Noreen Gillespie./CONTINUES Read More


Update: The reference to explaining social media to people “twice your age” has been deleted. “We did not receive complaints,” says a Post spokesperson, “but rather chose to update that post with the language we felt best conveyed what we are looking for in the position.”

* Washington Post is looking for a social media editor (
* The Post pulls part of its social media editor job posting (
* “Quite possibly the best social media job description ever” (@elanazak)
* Prefer to work in the state of Washington? I have a job for you! (

“Another way to irritate subscribers,” writes the Romenesko reader who sends the letter below. “Charge all of them $2.50 for a 64-page special section celebrating the Spurs championship.”

* “This is a violation of credit card regulations,” and other comments (


Nonprofit arts booster ArtsGreensboro has agreed to underwrite expanded arts coverage in Warren Buffett’s Greensboro News & Record.

Editor and publisher Jeff Gauger explains:

In our agreement, the News & Recordarts has committed to publishing at least 70 stories about local arts topics during the next year. That’s 70 more stories than we would have published without this agreement.

About half of these stories will be reviews of arts events. The remainder will be articles about arts institutions, people in the arts, upcoming events and the like.

Here’s the disclosure the paper will use: “This News & Record arts coverage is supported by contributions to ArtsGreensboro’s Arts & Theatre Media Fund.”

Gauger acknowledges that “in the past, we newspaper journalists would have said ‘no way’ to such an arrangement, and we probably would have been a tad holier-than-thou about it. I can hear the echoes even now: Sniff, sniff, nose in the air … ‘We don’t partner.'”

What if the paper gets word of an ArtsGreensboro scandal – a sexual harassment case or insider theft, for example? Will the paper investigate its partner aggressively? Does ArtsGreensboro understand that it’s not exempt from reporters’ scrutiny? I’ve asked Gauger and will post his response when it arrives.

Update — Gauger writes in an email:

“Of course we’ll cover ArtsGreensboro aggressively where our news values dictate that we must, even if the organization doesn’t welcome some of the coverage.

“We’ve long been able to negotiate the occasional expectation from advertisers that doing business with us should create a safe zone for them. This is different only insofar as the underwriting support pays for news coverage directly while advertising support for journalism is one step removed. But the potential need to act independently in the face of complaints and even financial consequences would be no different in this case, given the right future circumstances.

“Meanwhile, we’ll celebrate this win-win-win for ArtsGreensboro, the News & Record and especially readers.”

* News & Record will boost arts coverage with help from ArtsGreensboro (
* ArtsGreensboro CEO: Partnership sets stage for growth of arts scene (

Did a BuzzFeed staffer have the classic 1968 Harvard Crimson headline in mind when he wrote “Portugal Beats U.S. 2-2”? (I’ve asked.) I’m guessing that most readers didn’t get the Crimson reference, and that’s why BuzzFeed changed the hed to “United States and Portugal Draw 2-2.” | Update: BuzzFeed spokesperson Ashley McCollum says Yale grad Ben Smith wrote the headline. He writes on Twitter: “Just glad one person here got the joke I made over @iAustinHunt‘s objections.”

* “They’re not always good with numbered headlines” (@brianclark)

stickup* Knight News Challenge winners are announced. (
* “A shocking blow to the principle of free speech”: Three Al Jazeera English journalists are sentenced to seven years in jail. ( | “No reporter is now safe in Egypt.” (
* The verdicts defied “logic, sense, and any semblance of justice,” says Al Jazeera English’s managing director. (
* Al Jazeera no longer has journalists reporting from Egypt “for safety and security reasons,” so it’s using CNN’s live feed. (@brianstelter)
* “Stickup”: New York Post lets its readers know about the rival tabloid’s price increase. (
* Advice for journalists: Think twice before posting pictures of “all the cool free shit you score.” (
* Former NBC newsman Michael Isikoff is named Yahoo investigative reporter. ( | Yahoo’s Katie Couric talks to Howard Kurtz. (
* Vice Media – said to be in talks with Fox, Disney and Time Warner – is expected to generate about $500 million in revenue this year. (
* Imagining the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News as nonprofits. (
* There’s no chance Nikki Finke will return to Deadline, says Michael Fleming Jr. (
* The Week and Maxim founder Felix Dennis dies of throat cancer at 67. ( | (
* Brian Williams is getting Temple University’s Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award. (
* Adam Davidson chats about his New York Times Magazine cover story about “boomerang kids.” (
* School board reverses decision to ban New Brunswick Today. (
* Gawker has an unlimited hiring budget. “We could double our editorial staff by the end of 2015,” says its editorial director. (
* What magazine editors can do to improve relations with their writers. (