Daily Archives: June 30, 2014

Letter to Romenesko
From GEORGE WARREN, reporter for KXTV News10 Sacramento: Blatant, bald-faced plagiarism is alive and well in America’s number one media market.

Sure, I’m flattered that WCBS liked my [lightning strike] story enough to have weatherman Lonnie Quinn re-track it WORD-FOR-WORD. But what the hell?
I’m assuming the CBS flagship station in New York City got my story from CNN, which got the story from my station in Sacramento — and then the weather guy simply replaced my narration with his own.

WCBS presented the story as its own original work on air and online with no mention that the story actually came to them from another local TV station in California.

Yahoo News then posted the story from WCBS and racked up nearly 400,000 hits in the first two days. The New York Daily News did the same thing.

This robs my TV station of proper credit and the revenue we derive from “clicks.”

I’m told by my station management that our contract with CNN allows other stations to use our content as their own. Obviously WCBS took this authorization to the extreme.

It may be permitted, but any journalist knows that it’s wrong.

Here’s their version, and here’s mine.

Someone argued to me that newspapers do this all the time with copy they get from AP. Yes, they do. NBut they don’t put their reporter’s byline above it.

I write this not as a representative of my company, but as an individual journalist who wants to call attention to this practice.

Quinn and WCBS have not responded to my requests for comment, sent this morning. What do you say, broadcast journalists? Does Warren have a legitimate gripe, or is this standard operating procedure in your business?


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@cericme tweets: “@SCOTUSblog Congratulations on opening a HUGE can of worms and abused.” SCOTUSblog responds: “We were going for Pandora’s Box.”

@cjnkira tweets: “@SCOTUSblog you ruled against the working people, especially women, today. Revolution is coming.” SCOTUSblog responds: “It won’t be televised here.”

Of course, the Supreme Court justices are not blogging at SCOTUSblog.

* Read more @SCOTUSblog tweets and replies


Both the Times-Picayune and Advocate used EarthCam for their page one shooting-story art. The Times-Picayune’s Robert McClendon reports EarthCam disabled the shooting video for several hours Sunday; it’s available again, with the shooting at the 5:00 mark.

* Bourbon Street shooting captured on live EarthCam (

From the Village Voice union:

Hi other reporters, 
This is a press release. It can be attributed to the Village Voice Bargaining Unit. (We all stood around a keyboard and took turns pecking at the keys.)
Village Voice union members, represented by UAW Local 2110, will hold a one-hour demonstration TODAY, Monday, June 30, from noon to 1 o’clock in front of our offices at 80 Maiden Lane. We’ll be the people in orange t-shirts. 
Why are you doing that? 
GREAT QUESTION. Every three years, our union, UAW Local 2110, and management come together to negotiate a new contract. 
Our demands this time around are very, very simple: better pay, better working conditions, particularly for our overburdened sales staff, and to keep our healthcare coverage. 
We also want better coffee. Our coffee is shit./CONTINUES Read More

* Three years after closing its journalism school, the University of Colorado’s Boulder campus creates a College of Media, Communication and Information. (
* NPR ombud: The cancellation of “Tell Me More” is “sorrowful, and I don’t think I am talking out of school when I say that this seems to be a feeling shared up and down the NPR hierarchy.” (
* AP says it will start using “automation technology” to produce its corporate earnings stories. ( | Durham-based Automated Insights gets the AP contract. (
today* How petty! The NBC affiliate in New Orleans didn’t air the fourth hour of “Today” on Friday because a rival anchor (at left, next to Hoda) was guest co-host. ( | WDSU: We don’t promote the competition. (
* Media outlets that use unpaid interns can expect to hear from Eric Glatt. (
* Will they talk about this on CNBC this morning? | Earlier: Silence on the CNBC set when a panelist says what everyone knows – that Apple CEO Tim Cook is gay. (
* Grosse Pointe residents want Detroit Metro Times banned from libraries because of the adult-services ads. (
* Minneapolis Star Tribune’s new owner wants to prove that newspapers can be good investments. “If I’m wrong, I will survive,” says Glen Taylor. (
* No surprise: “Facebook is using us as lab rats.” ( | “You probably helped make it possible by feeding your life into Facebook.” (@dangillmor)
* The National Society of Newspaper Columnists announces its contest winners. (
* David Carr on why email newsletters still exist in the social media era: “Readers have grown tired of the endless stream of information on the Internet, and having something finite and recognizable show up in your inbox can impose order on all that chaos.” (
* An Arizona Daily Star staffer on getting laid off – and being escorted out of the building by a security guard who for once wasn’t peddling Girl Scout cookies. (
* A magazine editor in Kazakhstan has been fined for devoting his April issue to Adolf Hitler. (
* Crain Communications job ad “seems like self-parody from the Leave No Buzzphrase Behind writing genre.” (
* Young journalists in Ghana are advised to make friends with “common” people. (