Daily Archives: July 15, 2014

On Monday, the Wall Street Journal recalled the portable cell phone chargers that were in staffers’ 125th anniversary gift bags. Today, the paper warns that the ice cream scoops that were in the bag aren’t dishwasher safe. “Per the instructions, the scoops should be hand washed and towel dried.”

From: DJ Communications
Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 5:26 PM
Subject: Your WSJ 125 Power Banks

Dear colleagues,

Your quick response in returning your WSJ 125 power banks as part of today’s internal recall has been very much appreciated. If you were unable to return it today, please bring your power bank to work tomorrow and drop it off with your company representative. Please contact your human resources representative or call the hotline at 212.416.4744, if you have any questions or need further instructions.

As I said last night, we apologize for any inconvenience, but your safety is our primary concern.

Separately, keep in mind that the WSJ ice cream scoops are not dishwasher safe. Per the instructions, the scoops should be hand washed and towel dried.

Mark Musgrave
Chief Human Resources Officer

One of my tipsters writes: “Next thing you know, they’ll tell us the WSJ 125 notebooks will burst into flames.”

Earlier on
* WSJ 125th anniversary gift bag contents: cell phone charger, ice cream scoop, and notebook
* The Journal recalls employees’ cell phone chargers

* Jill Abramson discusses her firing with Cosmo: “In some ways, the reaction was much bigger when Politico ran this hatchet job on me. If there is a silver lining, it was the giant reaction from other women journalists. These women editors at the Chicago Tribune, who I have never met, sent me flowers after that article.” (
* David Plotz‘s departure from Slate “was totally his call,” says chairman Jacob Weisberg. (
cassette* Report: Philadelphia Daily News editors threatened to resign if the Inquirer ran its story about the tabloid’s Pulitzer-winning probe. (
* Kids on a Los Angeles Times tour can’t identify an audio cassette. (@lauraelizdavis)
* After publishing his Twitter password, Christopher Mims learned “a tremendous amount about how hackers work and how to defend yourself against them.” (
* PBS leads the pack with 43 News and Documentary Emmy nominations. (
* Ouch! “Journalism is filled with old people who don’t understand things.” (
* An old journalist (born in 1934) writes about his old Royal typewriter. (
* Headline from a 1950 New York Times World Cup story: “8 Soccer Fans Die As Uruguay Scores.” Wes Blumenthal writes in an email: “The average ticket price for the final came out at around $1.84, according to a calculation I did with the figures from this story. What a deal!” (@TimewornTimes)
* A journalist asks: Do viewers like voice-overs in videos, or prefer that only the story subjects speak? (

* David Carr and Andrew Lack chat about journalism (
* September 2013: Carr tells BU students about the changing news biz (
* March 2012: David F. Carr often gets praise for the other Carr’s articles (

Ten years ago today:

How was this resolved? I ask Nancy Ruhling earlier today.

“We went to trial, I think, in November of 2007. It was a three-week trial. I won the case. I didn’t go back to Newsday. I never regretted doing this. I’ve been a successful freelancer and write for a variety of publications.”

Ruhling says she doesn’t recall how much money she won, but adds that “the suit was not about money. It was really about age discrimination and harassment.”

Finally, did she ever spot butt cracks in comic strips?

“Actually, I believe I did.”

* July 15, 2004: Newsday lawsuit cracks open (

“‘Where have all the ____ gone?’ has surely overtaken ‘The Kids are Alright’ atop the list of baby boomer headline cliches, right?” tweets Eric Wittmershaus. It appears so.


* Where have all the [insert word] gone?” headlines (

Update: Read what my Facebook friends and subscribers say about this

* Earlier: Boston Globe hires a broker to sell its headquarters (

Wall Street Journal parent Dow Jones and its newsroom union have tentatively agreed to a one-year contract extension that includes pay raises. Here are the memos from Dow Jones and the union:

From: [Dow Jones chief human relations officer] Musgrave, Mark
Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 10:02 AM
Subject: IAPE Tentative Agreement

Dear colleagues:

We have had the great opportunity to speak with many of you in person over the last several weeks about the three ambitious goals that will drive our business forward: shakethree million subscribers for The Wall Street Journal globally; robust growth in our Professional Information business; and rigorous cost management.

With these goals in mind, we instructed the bargaining team representing Dow Jones to propose to IAPE leadership a one-year extension to the IAPE contract, which expired at the end of last month. Following constructive discussions, I am pleased to announce that the Company and IAPE leadership came to a tentative agreement on an extension./CONTINUES Read More

* “NPR has downgraded the ombudsman position,” writes Jay Rosen. The next person who takes that job apparently won’t be allowed to criticize NPR journalists. (
* NPR News chief Margaret Low Smith resigns to lead Atlantic Media’s Live Events. (@davidfolkenflik) | (@1bobcohn) || NPR veteran Chris Turpin steps in as interim boss. (@davidfolkenflik)
* Jill Abramson will chat with Yahoo’s Katie Couric on Thursday. (
* Jim Brady plans to spend mid six figures to get off the ground. His Philly-based operation will have eight full-time staffers, with Temple journalism students giving an assist. (
* Vice UK is just like Vice in the US – low salaries, lots of stress and a “boys’ club” atmosphere. (
* Lots of love for departing Slate editor-in-chief David Plotz. “He is quick and generous about apologizing. That is such a rare quality in a boss.” (
tenure* Ex-CNNer Campbell Brown campaigns against teacher tenure. “There’s no reason why anyone’s job should become untouchable for the rest of their life,” she says. (
* David Folkenflik on Wal-Mart’s response to a New York Times column and other online rebuttals. (
* ProPublica’s Data Store generates “well over” $30,000 in revenue. (
* Report: This New York Post brief inspired New York Times’s LeBron cover. (
* Fonts still matter in the digital era. (
* Wilmington (DE) News Journal says the police department “would be making a mistake if it posts the names and photos of people accused of shoplifting on its website.” (
* Newspaper reporter shows up on CareerCast’s “Most Endangered Jobs” list. (
* Top tech cities listicle debunked: “There’s no statistical foundation supporting the selection of the 11 cities on the Verigent list.” (