Monthly Archives: July 2014

- From the Bozeman Daily Chronicle

– From today’s Bozeman Daily Chronicle front page

Here’s Bill Cooke’s contribution: “Every time we come to the fair, my buddies always ask me to do my Michele Bachmann imitation.” A larger view of today’s Bozeman Daily Chronicle page one shot and more comments are on my Facebook wall.

- Wilmington News Journal

– Wilmington News Journal

The Wilmington (Del.) News Journal’s story about an armed robbery and shooting in Newark didn’t name the juvenile suspects – the youngest is 13 – while the Newark Post used both the names and mug shots. (When I was a police reporter in Milwaukee, we never used juvenile’s names unless they were charged as adults.)

I asked Post editor Josh Shannon about his policy. He tells Romenesko readers:

Twenty years ago, when newspapers were the only gatekeeper, it may have been a harder decision. However, in today’s age when many police agencies attempt to act as their own media source,smaller2 it changes things. In this case, Newark Police Department published the names and mug shots on its website and Facebook page. What would we be protecting by withholding names that are already in the public domain and accessible with a click or two of the mouse?

That said, the severity of the crime certainly factors into it as well. In this case, the teens are accused of robbery and a shooting. If, for whatever reason, NPD decided to start publishing names of kids arrested for petty theft, etc, I doubt we would publish those names.

* Newark police say 13-year-old was shooter in robbery (
* Three teens charged in shooting at apartments (

You tell ’em, Bill!

Seventeen hours later

* @BillWeirCNN

Update: Read what my Facebook friends/subscribers say about Weir’s tweets

My sources confirm this report from a Milwaukee tipster: The Journal/Scripps story broke earlier than planned on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s website because the Wall Street Journal got wind of the deal. The news was scheduled to break Thursday morning in the Journal Sentinel, update but after the paper learned the WSJ had the story, JS reporter Bill Glauber was sent to the 5th and 6th floor – away from the newsroom – to do the reporting late Wednesday.

Bruce Murphy, a former Journal Sentinel reporter, writes at Urban Milwaukee: “This is a basically a buyout. Yes, it’s called a merger, but Scripps has the whip hand. …As for JS editor Marty Kaiser, the guy’s a survivor who has lasted through many changes at the paper. I wouldn’t be surprised if he survives, but he’ll definitely be dancing to a different tune.”

Here’s the memo that Journal Communications employees got this morning from president and COO Andre Fernandez:

Good morning, everyone,

I’d like to build upon Steve’s message yesterday and address further what the announcement means for our teams.

As a publicly-traded company in a rapidly-changing media industry, we have long considered how to both grow our business and to enhance shareholder value. Over the past decade, we have evolved and simplified our business from that of a broadly diversified media company to, today, a more concentrated focus on TV, radio, newspaper publishing and digital. However, our industry has moved just as rapidly. In just the past three years, we’ve seen unprecedented consolidation in the broadcast television industry, with most broadcast media competitors, both large and small, eager to gain scale and the benefits derived therein./CONTINUES Read More

Omak-Okanogan (Wash.) Chronicle editor and publisher Roger Harnack posted the note below on the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors listserv. The journalist who forwarded it writes in an email:

“Pretty amazing tale, and a good example of how the community press has different ethical standards than larger mainstream media — when your community is in crisis, you just do what needs done, and screw the Ivory Tower idealism about ‘detachment.’ There’s work to do.”

The editor/publisher’s note:

I have a great story to tell from the wildfires here in North-Central Washington. I’m sure by know you know our fires have burned more than 250,000 acres and are the largest in the state’s history. And I’m sure you know that as the newspaper of record in the county most effected, we were right in the thick of things as journalists.

Photo: Omak-Okanogan Chronicle

Photo: Omak-Okanogan Chronicle

But our staff did a lot more:

· Publisher Roger Harnack (me) was on search and rescue duty, evacuating residents whose homes ultimately burned. I also ran most of the sheriff’s office/Emergency Operations Center social media for the first 4-5 days. I also handled our website and social media, and wrote a number of the stories and shot many photos for both print and web.

· Reporter Brock Hires – Took turns with me handling the social media for both the sheriff’s office/EOC and the newspaper.

· Advertising Manager Teresa Myers organized a food/water supply drive with the help of Circulation/Classifieds Manager Julie Bock and her son.

· Advertising Representative Kate McKenzie also volunteered in the Emergency Operations Center a day or two, answering Hotline calls.

· Composition Manager/Lead Graphic Artist Katie Montanez lost her home to the fire. Her father, John Andrist, was a former owner of the newspaper.

And I don’t want to forget the rest of our staff keeping our weekly operation afloat with news, advertising and hundreds of additional rack sales.

Through it all, we produced a 12-page special section on the fires, published on 38 pound hi-brite. In just the first couple days, we posted about three dozen stories on the web and hundreds of Facebook and Twitter updates.

* Omak-Okanogan Chronicle on Facebook

Woodward and Bernstein at the Washington Post on Wednesday

- via @JoshWhiteTWP

– via @JoshWhiteTWP

* A “very, very cool moment at the Washington Post. (@JoshWhiteTWP)
* “I’ve never seen a crowd at The Post like the one lined up for this evening’s Woodward and Bernstein talk on Watergate.” (@RonCharles)
* A new BuzzFeed app will showcase its serious news stories. Building it is “going to be one of the most fun jobs in journalism,” says editor-in-chief Ben Smith. (
* Remember Rupert Murdoch‘s The Daily? It sounds like he’s taking another shot at the concept. (
* “I don’t like [Gawker’s] feuding or sniping at Buzzfeed,” says Gawker editorial director Joel Johnson.
* Explainers? The Post has had them for quite a long time, says executive editor Marty Baron. (
* The New York Times says Carol Vogel‘s July 25 “Inside Art” column “improperly used specific language and details from a Wikipedia article without attribution; it should not have been published in that form.” (
* Jon Stewart tackles clickbait journalism, and The Michigan Daily ends up looking pretty good. (
* The Newspaper Guild’s Heywood Broun Award goes to the Center for Public Integrity and ABC News for their Black Lung series. (
* Captain Janks, who regularly makes prank calls to TV anchors during major news events, says:homophones “All I’m doing is ruining their sensational moment with my sensational moment.” (
* A Utah language school has fired an employee over a blog post on homophones. “Now our school is going to be associated with homosexuality,” the staffer says he was told. (
* Andrew Mason says his biggest mistake at Groupon was going public. (
* The Believer, a magazine published by Dave Eggers‘ McSweeney’s, is cutting its publication schedule. (
* Blogger Charles C. Johnston threatens to sue the Clarion-Ledger’s Sam Hall for libel. (
* In an SEC filing, GateHouse Media discloses planned cuts at the Providence Journal. (

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel parent Journal Communications and E.W. Scripps announced tonight that they’re merging their broadcast operations and spinning off their newspapers into a separate company.journal

“Everyone wins,” says Journal Communications CEO Steve Smith.

Journal’s broadcasting assets will become part of Scripps; its Journal Sentinel becomes the flagship newspaper for Journal Media Group, the new company.

Scripps CEO Rich Boehne will continue to run the broadcasting company, while Scripps newspapers senior vice president Tim Stautberg will become Journal Media CEO.

The deal is expected to close in 2015.

* Journal Communications, E.W. Scripps deal announced ( | ( || Journal Sentinel’s Thursday page one (

Here are the CEOs’ memos to their employees; Smith’s is first:

Hello everyone,

I am pleased to announce alongside The E.W. Scripps Company a transaction that will merge our respective broadcasting businesses under the Scripps banner and spin off our respective newspaper businesses to form a new public publishing company, Journal Media Group.
We are excited to be a part of this unique and historic transformation of two legacy media enterprises into two new media companies with strong brands serving markets across the country. Through this transaction, we expect that Scripps and Journal will be able to unlock value for shareholders and sharpen our focus on two industries: Broadcast and Publishing.

Compelling Benefits for our Broadcast Stations
The new Scripps TV group – which will include our Journal Broadcast Group TV stations – will have stations in attractive markets across the country, including in some critical political markets. In addition to creating the fifth largest independent TV group in the country and one of the largest independent owners of ABC-affiliated stations, the transaction will help drive high-quality content and digital operations across a larger platform./CONTINUES Read More

I saw College Magazine’s “Top 10 Journalism Schools 2014” feature being shared on social media this morning and wondered if was just one staffer’s list based on reputation, or maybe what his friends are telling him. How the list was put together wasn’t explained.
I asked publisher Amanda Nachman about the rankings and she assured me that they are “in fact rooted in qualitative and quantitative research including student interviews.”

Ross Tetzloff, our student editor, began his research by casting a wide net, as a part of our process. Together, we review the research before the ranking is written. He initially looked at j-schools with cutting-edge classes, notable faculty and unique hands-on experiences.

He also took note of universities who had recently won Hearst Awards and Pacemakers in 2014. Scholarship opportunities and note-worthy initiatives were considered as well. From there Ross narrowed his list down to 20 top contenders, further exploring each school’s program’s specialization areas, course catalogs, career resources, alumni connections, faculty expertise and school-specific journalism initiatives.

After narrowing the list to 10 final schools, he interviewed students to bring out each school’s unique color. The final order of the top 10 university journalism programs is based on a scoring focused on prestigious faculty, faculty to student ratios, award-winning publications, alumni networks and innovative course offerings.

The schools:
1. University of Missouri–Columbia – Missouri School of Journalism
2. Penn State University – College of Communications Department of Journalism
3. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – School of Journalism and Mass Communication
4. Western Kentucky University – School of Journalism and Broadcasting
5. Northwestern University – Medill School of Journalism
6. Indiana University Bloomington – School of Journalism
7. Syracuse University – S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
8. University of Georgia – Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
9. University of Maryland, College Park – Philip Merrill College of Journalism
10. Arizona State University – Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications

* College Magazine’s Top 10 Journalism Schools for 2014 (

Photojournalist Will Steacy, who has spent the last five years documenting the Philadelphia Inquirer’s challenges, is trying to raise $15,000 for “Deadline,” a book he hopes to have published by the end of the year. Steacy (photo below) hasn’t asked for financial help until now. “It has been a long journey and I have pushed the boundaries to the absolute extreme on my own.” He says in his Kickstarter video:

My intent with this project is to create a portrait of the challenges and harsh realties that face the newspaper industry today. …This book opens the door into a rarely seen world and offers a behind-the-scenes insider look at the Philadelphia Inquirer in its efforts to prevail in a digital era — despite continued buyouts, layoffs, depleted ad revenue, dwindling circulation and bankruptcy.

At last check, Steacy had raised $2,709, with 19 days left in the campaign.

* Will Steacy’s Kickstarter campaign for “Deadline” (
* Earlier: “Deadline” wins the Project Launch Juror’s Award (