Daily Archives: July 21, 2014

* Had New Yorker founding editor Harold Ross been around at the dawn of the digital age,ross “it’s likely he would have been one of its pioneers,” says biographer Thomas Kunkel. (
* The White House criticizes anonymous sources just before one of its briefings – hosted by anonymous sources. ( | ( | (
* The Houston Chronicle is moving most of its downtown workforce to a “state-of-the-art” campus in southwest Houston. (
* Kat Stoeffel: “It’s so heartening to see some powerful women siding with the supposedly demeaning lady mags.” (
* Tribune Publishing is worth $635 million, says one analyst. (
* The Goonies panel at Comic Con is canceled and hearts are broken. (Twitter search)
* Forbes’ Lewis Dvorkin on the magazine sale process: “At times, media-on-media coverage, always a blood sport, added that extra level of anxiety in the newsroom. Living through eight years of turmoil at AOL taught me a valuable lesson about all that. ‘Ignore the noise,’ I would tell Forbes staffers.” ( | (
* Susan Sarandon is guest-editing an issue of Time Out New York. (
* You’re not: “Many people have said I’m the world’s greatest writer of 140 character sentences.” (@realDonaldTrump)
* Nigerian Compass journalists have to bring in ads, too. (

More tweets from today’s AP Stylebook chat:
* We use Internet, with a capital I, in all uses.
* Generic names of internal departments in corporations are lowercase: human resources, payroll, legal, marketing.
* Stock symbols should not be used in place of company names in
* It’s iPhone and iPad except at the beginning of a sentence. Use IPad and IPhone when the word starts a sentence.
* One word for email is acceptable in all references. Use a hyphen with other e- terms: e-commerce, e-business, e-book.
* Do not use a comma before Inc. or Ltd., even if it is included in a company’s formal name.

* @APStyleBook | Comments from my Facebook friends and subscribers

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“Another blow to the struggling newspaper industry,” tweets the @dailynewshack.

This photo, which is about a year old, is circulating on social media again. The newspaper shown is the July 18, 2013, edition of Lansdale (PA) Reporter. The photo “has been out there for a while,” I’m told by a Reporter staffer who didn’t want to be named. She adds: “Bees can be an issue. We’ve taken preventative measures to make sure people don’t get stung while getting their daily paper.” The boxes are occasionally sprayed, she says.

* @dailynewshack

Ken Hart, who worked for 25 years at the Ashland (KY) Daily Independent, has a reputation for being outspoken. He isn’t shy about criticizing businesses on his Facebook page, even if their ads run in the Independent.

“Hobby Lobby runs an ad every single Sunday and I’ve been merciless toward them with regard to their Supreme Court case,” he says. “Chick-Fil-A, too.”

- A newspaper reporter was fired for criticizing this TV ad.

– A newspaper reporter was fired for criticizing this TV ad.

But a few weeks ago he went too far: He dared to bad-mouth a local car dealership.

Hart criticized Fannin Automotive TV ads that featured owner Chris Fannin’s young children.

“It appeared to me [that they] were being coached to talk like babies because it was ‘cute,'” says Hart. “I [wrote on Facebook] that making them do this was likely to get them teased unmercifully in school.” (You can hear the “baby talk” at the end of the commercial.)

The next day, Hart was called into publisher Eddie Blakely’s office and fired.

“I wasn’t given an official reason,” he says. “I asked why and Blakely said, ‘We’re not going to tell you.’ Kentucky law allows people to be fired for any reason or no reason, but my former boss later confirmed it was because the dealership owner, Chris Fannin, had called and raised hell about my post and apparently threatened to pull his ads over it.

“Interestingly, my boss also told me Fannin had made the statement ‘Now, I’m not calling to get him fired or anything’ during the course of the conversation.”

I called the CNHI-owned Daily Independent was told that publisher Blakely isn’t in the office this week. I sent him an email and left a message for managing editor Mark Maynard. Fannin wasn’t in the dealership this morning when I called; I left a message. [No response, as of 8:24 p.m. CT.]

“Should I have posted what I did? Probably not,” says Hart. “Did I deserve to lose my job over it? I personally don’t think so. And, I should also point out, I was never told of the paper having any kind of social media policy.

“I was an excellent employee of that paper for 25 years, too, with numerous awards to my credit. Having that all yanked away over something that wasn’t even technically work-related has been a little hard to take.”

What’s next for the 53-year-old reporter? “That’s a good question; I don’t know. I don’t know how I’m going pay my rent next month.”

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* The New Yorker aims “to make a website that is to the Internet what the magazine is to all other magazines.” ( | The editors explain their site’s change in appearance, content, and access. (
* Magazines are still the ultimate engagement vehicle. (
mpr* MPR’s clergy abuse probe shows that radio news can be more than rip-and-read. (“The archbishop blamed the media: ‘People in communications say this is probably MPR’s one chance to get a Pulitzer Prize like the Boston Globe did during the Cardinal Law period where they were able to string things together and come up with a kind of a mounting climax of the whole thing pointing blame and that sort of thing.'”) (
* Congressman’s wife to reporters: “Do you think that every time you guys write an article about untoward dealings, or what you perceive to be untoward dealings, about a member of congress or a lobbyist, that people care anymore? They don’t care. People don’t care.” (
* The Baffler’s archive is now online. (
* New York Daily News execs try to put a positive spin on last week’s layoffs. (
* The fight over Salt Lake City’s newspapers heads to court today. (
* David Carr: One reason “we always stay jacked in is that we want everyone — at the other end of the phone, on Facebook and Twitter, on the web, on email — to know that we are part of the now. If we look away, we worry we will disappear.” (
* Newspaper publisher: “We don’t see it as plagiarism. We see it as an anthology.” (
* Seattle journalist Frank Catalano quits Facebook because it “no longer delivers on its core value proposition: to let me quickly and easily see status updates from my friends.” (
buy* A “Buy” button is coming to your Facebook newsfeed. (
* NPR execs call Jay Rosen‘s reporting on the ombudsman issue “lazy.” He responds: “Here’s what I did in reporting my post. I will leave it to you to decide if I was being ‘lazy.’” (
* Sad newspaper boxes in Los Angeles. (
* Comic books – digital and print – are hot. (
* Charleston Daily Mail’s moon landing anniversary page-one art includes a lunar rover. “This was not an image from the historic 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing,” writes managing editor Philip Maramba. “This was James P. Irwin from the Apollo 15 mission in 1971.” (
* Rupert Murdoch could end up “saving” CNN? (
* That settles that! In 1852, a San Francisco editor died in a duel – rifles at 40 paces – over an editorial. (