– Crank up that press run!
* Al Gore recalls legendary journalist John Seigenthaler: “During the years I worked for him, John taught me to see politics and public service through a completely different lens.” (algore.com) | (tennessean.com) || Earlier: Al Gore, Boy Reporter. (nashvillepost.com)
* Bruce Dobie on Seigenthaler: “He’s the reason many people came to Nashville — among them, me. People told me he had the best paper in the South. And so I drove here, wanting badly to work at his paper. Turned down, I later helped start this newspaper, the Scene, where he was of enormous help.” (nashvillescene.com)
* How SI.com got its LeBron James scoop. (wsj.com) | (adage.com) || The front page of tomorrow’s Cleveland Plain Dealer: (cleveland.com)
* A cop poses as a tipster, meets a journalist at Starbucks, then arrests him. “He spent about 36 hours in county lockup.” (nj.com)
* Barton Gellman explains WaPo’s latest NSA story: “Let’s begin with a close look at our lead…” (washingtonpost.com)
* WaPo reports its owner wants an exemption from the FAA’s drone restrictions. (washingtonpost.com)
* Carlos Slim will more than double his stake in the New York Times – to 17% – if he exercises stock warrants that expire early next year. (reuters.com)
* Charlie Gasparino‘s Sun Valley Conference Adventure. (“How dare you put your hands on my producer!”) (gawker.com)
Time Inc. content boss Norm Pearlstine loved this
From Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke’s Q&A with Time Inc. chief content officer Norman Pearlstine:
What other publications do you read?
The Awl I had not known, but it [recently] did a lengthy analysis of Entertainment Weekly. There were things I would disagree with, but it was actually a rather remarkable assemblage.
* Norm Pearlstine on standing in checkout lines and The Awl (observer.com)
* The tortured history of Entertainment Weekly (theawl.com)
Edward Schumacher-Matos, who steps down as NPR ombudsman next month, spoke with St. Louis Public Radio on Thursday. Some excerpts:
What is your relationship with the newsroom?
I think it’s pretty good. It’s always sensitive. People – when the ombudsman comes calling – they’re worried that they’re somehow going to be skewered in public. But that’s not the way I see the job. I don’t see the idea as to hang people out to dry; it’s much more to have a conversation back and forth between the newsroom and the audience so both sides understand each other, and if there are corrections to be made or explanations to be made, they are.
Has anybody ever lost a job because of complaints?
No, not to my knowledge, no. You know, NPR has got a terrifically talented and hard-working news staff, and so often things are an honest human mistake, or they’re judgment calls that can go either way – that sort of a thing. Sometimes you do find – particularly on investigative stories – when the reporters get so caught up in what they’re working on that they lose sight of the forest for the trees, but there’s a really terrifically dedicated news staff here.
Are radio listeners more or less engaged than newspaper readers?
I know of two media outlets in the United States where the audience considers the outlet theirs. It’s a part of their life and they have an emotional attachment to it. One is the New York Times, where I worked, and one is NPR. The NPR audience really is tied to NPR – it’s something that’s in their lives; it’s likes it’s my NPR. I feel like I know not just you, but the reporters and everybody involved with NPR – it’s like a part of my family. Sometimes I feel like it’s traitorous if there’s something they don’t like.
Regarding the NPR education blogger “diverse sources” controversy:
The best I can tell, judging from the background of this reporter and the kind of work she’s done, is that this is really an innocent frustration that could have been better expressed and just got her in a lot of trouble.
….There is no such thing as having your personal life on the web if you work in the news media.
* A conversation with NPR’s outgoing ombudsman (stlpublicradio.org)
* Longtime Tennessean editor John Seigenthaler dies at 86. (tennessean.com)
* News photo or official White House photo? Take a guess. (wsj.com)
* “Longform journalism is doing just fine in 2014,” says the founder of Longreads. (longreads.com)
* ESPN deletes an NBA executive’s anonymous quote. (sbnation.com)
* George Clooney: “The Daily Mail knew ahead of time that they were lying.” (usatoday.com)
* NPR: Why we published a photo of a 16-year-old in a diaper. (npr.org)
* “Media is no longer an appointment we make,” says Michael Wolff, “but instead the totality of our lives — transforming us.” (usatoday.com)
* How “Tom the Butcher” became Gene Weingarten‘s editor. (jacklimpert.com)
* Struggling Poynter Institute and Tampa Bay Times sell another parking lot. (bizjournals.com)
* Re Madison alt-weekly sale: “A former publisher of The Onion, an ad executive and a former Green Bay Packer walk into a newspaper. They buy it.” (madison.com) | (madison.com)
* Alt-weekly editors are meeting in Nashville. (@Leslie_Benson) | Today’s sessions: (aan.org)
* Details publisher Kevin Martinez jumps to Maxim. (nypost.com)
* No ship for you, New London Day journalists! “I would kindly ask that your [newspaper] staff not assume they have the right to board the vessel.” (theday.com)
* A Google “newsroom”? Come on now! (newsonomics.com)
* A sports editor in love. (He’s getting married today.) (warwickonline.com)
* New York Times veteran Clyde Haberman calls Edward Klein “one of the worst people who ever worked at the NYT.” (@clydehaberman)
* Finger on fingers: Disney spokesperson Andrea Finger confirmed that a tourist’s fingers had been severed on a ride. (orlandosentinel.com)