Daily Archives: July 14, 2014

Wall Street Journal employees received gift bags last week to celebrate the paper’s 125th anniversary. Today the Journal recalled the portable cell phone charger that was in the bag.

Dear colleagues,

Last week many of you received power banks in the WSJ 125 gift bags. This afternoon, there was an isolated incident in which one of these devices appears to have combusted.
No one was hurt, but your safety is our primary concern. We are asking that you do not use the power banks. If your power bank is currently plugged in, please unplug it.

Starting immediately, we will be instituting an internal recall. Company representatives will staff drop boxes in each region to collect all power banks. More details to come shortly.

If you have any questions or immediate concerns, or have experienced similar issues with the power bank, please contact the Human Resources hotline in New York at 212.416.4744.

Apologies for the inconvenience, but to repeat – your safety is our number one concern.

Mark Musgrave
Chief Human Resources Officer

* Earlier: What’s in your goodie bag, WSJ employees? (

* TV reporter and product-peddler: Sara Hopkins (left), a reporter for WWAY-TV (Wilmington, NC), has doubledtv her income by posting ads to her social media accounts. News director Scott Pickey knows about her sales jobs. “[Sara] was active on social media before we hired her,” he says. (
* David Plotz steps down as Slate editor-in-chief; deputy editor Julia Turner succeeds him. (
* “It seems like every newsroom in the country is taking a swing at data journalism.” (
* Dustin Petzold, the co-founder of Crooked Scoreboard, comes out. “The worst that could happen,” says the 22-year-old, “is I’ll have a couple fewer Facebook friends tomorrow, and I think we could all afford to lose a few of those.” (
* WaPo’s Gene Weingarten blasts’s LeBron James post: “This was not a scoop. It wasn’t even good journalism.” (
* The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s looking for someone to cover the Cavs. (
* She’s no Chelsea! Maureen Dowd gets $30,000 per speaking gig. (
* Fired Pando writer David Sirota joins International Business Times. “They’ve been around a long time and are slowly but surely increasing their capacity,” he says of IBT. (
* Arizona Daily Star avoids using the “P-word” as it introduces its … paywall. (
fox* Howard Kurtz & Co. address the “Fox Blondes” flap. ( | (@HowardKurtz)
* A Marquette journalism school graduate’s $1 million gift will be used for a new Jesuit residence on campus. (

Here’s New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet’s announcement about Arthur Gregg Sulzberger’s new strategy job:

Since it was released last Spring, our innovation report has been hailed as an important piece of strategic thinking about how The Times can take its fate into its own hands and draw more readers for our powerful journalism.

So it should come as no surprise that the person who will help make sure the report’s proposals become reality, we’ve settled on its lead author – Arthur Gregg Sulzberger, who will become a Senior Editor for Strategy.


Sulzberger (Credit: NYT)

In a nutshell, Arthur will aggressively search for the trends and developments in the industry — from the way people read us as they bounce from mobile to print, to the most Timesian way of finding and grooming a new and bigger audience. He will assemble a small group of people — perhaps three — from inside and outside the newsroom and they will coordinate with Will Bardeen’s company-wide strategy operation. In fact, at least one member of Will’s team will be part of Arthur’s group.

Arthur will report to me. But his first task will be to help the newsroom’s leaders and Andy Rosenthal build a joint newsroom-editorial page audience development operation that can pull all the levers and build readership. This will be another shared resource like photography, video and news design.

One reason the innovation report was a success was that it was based on good reporting by some of our best journalists. So Arthur and his team will continue to be practically-minded advisers, developing strategies to make sure that our best enterprise and news coverage — all that makes us special — find the most readers.

Before joining The Times, Arthur worked as a reporter for the Providence Journal and the Oregonian. He joined the metro desk in 2009, where he worked for City Room and later covered Federal court.

He reopened the Kansas City bureau, and spent two years as one of our finest national correspondents. He was an editor on metro where, among other assignments, he was deeply involved in our series on the failings of the Bronx court system.


* From a 2006 profile: “The kid is not at all a prima donna” (
* From 2009: The Arthur Gregg Sulzberger era begins at the Times (
* From June 2014: “There’s a good chance he’ll be running the place some day” (

CNBC senior economics reporter Steve Liesman told the CNBC on-air editor:

“Rick, it is impossible for you to have been more wrong. Your call for inflation, the destruction of the dollar, the failure of the US economy to rebound. Rick, it’s impossible for you to have been more wrong. Every single bit of advice you gave would have lost people money, Rick – lost people money, Rick. Every single piece of advice. There is no piece of advice you’ve given that’s worked. … The higher interest rates never came, the inability of the U.S. to sell bonds never happened, the dollar never crashed, Rick. There isn’t a single one that’s ever worked for you.”

* Watch the Liesman-Santelli exchange (

The Delmarva Daily Times has been trying for more than a month to get the name of a 17-year-old drowning victim. On July 1, Ocean City Police Department “respectfully denied” the newspaper’s request for the name because “the victim’s family has requested that their deceased child’s name not be released.” The department’s records supervisor continued:

We will respect the wishes of the parents. Disclosure of this accident victim’s name would be an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy and will not “likely contribute to the public’s understanding of the operations and activities of the government.”

Facebook commenters don’t understand why the Maryland newspaper is demanding the name:


Executive editor Michael Kilian responded to the paper’s critics: “No doubt you may be thinking: Why doesn’t the newspaper leave well enough alone? That poor family, dealing with its loss — doesn’t it deserve a right to privacy? Let me explain.”

What’s unusual is not that The Daily Times has sought to obtain the victim’s name. It is that the town of Ocean City has chosen to withhold that name — despite its legal responsibility to make it public.

A simple fact: It is the responsibility of police departments to release details of public accidents and incidents. That responsibility is enshrined in open government laws that exist in Maryland and in each and every state. It is why you certainly have read the name of every accident victim on the Delmarva Peninsula in recent years.

Except this one.

* Executive editor: What’s in a name? Government accountability (
* Ocean City rejects newspaper’s request for ID of drowning victim (


“I thought you’d find this interesting,” writes Nancy Imperiale. “I’ve been holding on to it since finding it in my top desk drawer on my first day of work at the Orlando Sentinel in 1986. The paper had renamed itself just four years earlier. But that wasn’t the only thing on the pad that was a relic of another era. All these years later, I’m STILL appalled. Welcome to journalism, young lady!”

* “The women called the women’s department, silly” (

From Sunday’s New Orleans Times-Picayune

Walter Isaacson (or “Isaac Walterson”) is a New Orleans native and a former Times-Picayune reporter.

* Only 15% of the USA Today online stories run in the print edition. (
* Journalists say crowdfunding media coverage is better than having an outside group – an arts booster, for example – pay for it. (
* BuzzFeed is caught deleting old posts. Its spokesperson says: “We edited some posts, removed certain posts and left other posts as is.” (
cops* Facebook pays a Menlo Park cop’s salary and helps fund a police department substation. “Some police ethics experts are leery,” notes the Wall Street Journal. (
* Ann Hornaday: How Richard Linklater made me a better film critic. (
* “Newspapers have long been a bastion of middle initials in bylines,” but that’s changing. (
* Chicago Tribune’s Peter Nickeas talks about covering crime in Chicago. “[His] words, and particularly his inflection and world-weary tone were haunting,” writes a commenter. (
* Mark Remy says farewell to Rodale, “where I really did feel like I was, in my own small way, helping to make the world a better place.” (
* Alt-weeklies group names its writing contest winners. (
* Some brands, including Spirit Airlines, choose to embrace their haters online. (
* Kevin Roose: “The introduction of automated reporting is the best thing to happen to journalists in a long time.” (
* J-prof: Why aren’t America’s journalism schools objecting to the Obama administration’s attack on free speech? (
* NPR’s first programming staff “consisted mostly of scruffy young men in jeans and attractive young women in mini-skirts.” (
insta* “I feel like Instagram is the ultimate art critic,” says painter Jenny Sharaf. (
* Pinch me! O magazine “Premier” members ($199) get a birthday card from Oprah. (
* On two Fox News shows, SPJ calls out the White House on lack of transparency. (@spj_tweets) | Did an SPJ member’s blog posts libel the organization? (
* What the hell is the matter with people?! Half of the world prefers instant coffee, reports Wonkblog. (