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- 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 (delawareonline.com)
* Three teens charged in shooting at apartments (newarkpostonline.com)


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. (adage.com)
* Remember Rupert Murdoch‘s The Daily? It sounds like he’s taking another shot at the concept. (ft.com)
* “I don’t like [Gawker’s] feuding or sniping at Buzzfeed,” says Gawker editorial director Joel Johnson. capitalnewyork.com)
* Explainers? The Post has had them for quite a long time, says executive editor Marty Baron. (capitalnewyork.com)
* 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.” (nytimes.com)
* Jon Stewart tackles clickbait journalism, and The Michigan Daily ends up looking pretty good. (collegemediamatters.com)
* The Newspaper Guild’s Heywood Broun Award goes to the Center for Public Integrity and ABC News for their Black Lung series. (newsguild.org)
* 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.” (washingtonpost.com)
* 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. (stltrib.com)
* Andrew Mason says his biggest mistake at Groupon was going public. (businessweek.com)
* The Believer, a magazine published by Dave Eggers‘ McSweeney’s, is cutting its publication schedule. (observer.com)
* Blogger Charles C. Johnston threatens to sue the Clarion-Ledger’s Sam Hall for libel. (clarionledger.com)
* In an SEC filing, GateHouse Media discloses planned cuts at the Providence Journal. (ripr.org)