Daily Archives: August 18, 2014

Here is Medill’s email about its Journalism Residency program, which has students interning at news sites for one quarter without pay. My tipster says the biggest change here is #3. “Most seniors have completed 2+ internships excluding JR, so we’ve long griped about paying full tuition to add one more internship to our resumes.”

August 18, 2014

Dear Medill students,
We hope you are having a wonderful summer and are enjoying all that comes with warm weather and long days.

As your thoughts begin turning to the start of the school year next month, we went to let you know about some changes to the Journalism Residency (JR) program. In an effort to enhance this experience, you’ll have more options when it comes to selecting a site. medill

Beginning with the Class of 2016 (rising juniors), you’ll have three choices for JR:

1. You can go through the placement process as it currently exists, where Medill has found and vetted a site
2. You can find your own JR site, which Medill must vet before giving approval
3. You can use an existing internship or fellowship as a JR (which Medill must vet before giving approval), even if the internship or fellowship is during the summer

No matter which option you choose, you will still select one of the four tracks (news/online, magazine, broadcast/video or marketing communications) during your sophomore year and take two required pre-JR classes, as well as Media Law and Ethics.

Please let us or the Office of Student Life know if you have any questions or concerns. The Medill faculty and staff look forward to working with you in an out of the classroom as you prepare for this exciting undertaking.

Associate Dean Craig LaMay and Acting Director of Undergraduate Education and Journalism Residency Coordinator Desiree Hanford

* Medill program offers internships with prestige, but no pay (

NBC News senior editor Al Olson has been named managing editor of, a cannabis news and analysis site owned by Weedmaps.
“I’ve been a journalist for as long as I’ve been a marijuana advocate,” says Olson. “My first byline was at the age of 14, the same age I smoked my first joint. Since then, I’ve been frustrated with the uneven media coverage of the marijuana industry.”

Olson left print journalism in 1995 – his last newspaper employer was the San Jose Mercury News – to become an founding editor. He joined NBC News two years ago.
Olson (left), who started his professional journalism career as a Mother Jones fact-checker, says: “Growing up as a young journalist, two of my heroes were Walter Cronkite and Hunter S. Thompson. I admired Cronkite’s integrity and Thompson’s dramatic flair. Although these two journalists were on opposite ends of the news spectrum, both understood that the War on Drugs was a colossal failure. My goal is to make both of my heroes proud of the journalism we will produce at”

Olson will build’s reporting team and expand coverage areas, according to a release.

Virginian-Pilot editor Denis Finley writes in his memo about managing editor Maria Carrillo leaving for the Houston Chronicle: “I want to say something to those folks in Texas like, ‘Houston, we have a problem,’ but Maria probably wouldn’t let me. She would tell me not to use a cliche and she would make what I wanted to say better, just like she has done countless times for everybody in the room.”

From: Denis Finley
Date: Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 2:40 PM
Subject: [News] A departure. Please read.
To: “NEWS (Norfolk)”

MARIAIt is with great sadness I tell you that Maria Carrillo [left] will be leaving us to become senior editor for Sunday and enterprise at The Houston Chronicle.

When I was named editor in September of 2005, the first thing I did was name Maria managing editor. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Maria’s talent, work ethic, love of craft, peacemaking ability and search for perfection in everything she does is unparalleled. Every day she has been here has made us better. /CONTINUES Read More

Editor Paul Bass tells readers in a video:

For the first time in nine years we’re going to take a two-week break. The New Haven Independent is going to unplug and not publish any stories, any comments – anything – for the next two weeks.

They say that nowadays a news site can’t do that – you’ve gotta go 24/7 on the Internet news cycle … you can’t even take a shower you can’t have a snack, you can’t take a nap, you can’t read a book, you gotta be plugged, plugged, plugged. We’re going to test that proposition; we’re going to unplug for two weeks.

On its website, The Independent asks readers if news websites should ever take two-week breaks, and nearly 60% say no. The journalists at the non-profit news outlet deserve some time off, though.

“Last year was brutal with a once-in-two-decades crucial mayoral election
that involved 6 days a week working long hours (not counting Shabbes) with
no time off for over a year,” Bass tells Romenesko readers. “This August seemed like a good time to shut down; 2 staffers left, first new one starts Sept. 2. It was a little hard, but after thinking about it, I thought it made sense.”

The editor says he needs to pace himself and avoid burnout.

“We may shut down the final week of the year too. I don’t envision closing down for two weeks in August in the future, but maybe one week. So maybe a total of two weeks for the year.”

* No news from the compost heap (

The last paragraph of the story:

Perhaps the [journalism] employment problem will solve itself. “People are entranced with an image of the journalist as a social activist,” says 19-year-old Deborah Bergman-Brown, managing editor of the Temple News. “They don’t realize that investigative reporting involves poring over court records, tracing checks and doing lots of digging and research. They want to call someone up, get a big leak, and have the story of the year.” A taste of real life in the city room inevitably will send some romantics fleeing to less arduous callings.

Deborah Brown, who is now a lawyer in Sacramento, tells me she doesn’t remember the Newsweek piece, but says “I was actually interviewed for a couple of articles about the journalism school explosion” while at Temple. She decided to leave newspapers “when Hearst announced it was losing $1 million a week on the San Francisco Chronicle,” where she was a zones editor in the early 2000s. Mike Walcher, also quoted in the piece, is at WINK News in Fort Myers, Fl.

* No evidence Watergate affected j-school enrollments (
* J-school enrollments were up before the Watergate break-in (

“Produces content that [sic] beneficial to advertiser relationship”- Time Inc. spreadsheet


Here you see an internal Time Inc. spreadsheet that was used to rank and evaluate “writer-editors” at The evaluations were done as part of the process of deciding who would be laid off. Most interesting is this ranking criteria: “Produces content that [is] beneficial to advertiser relationship.” These editorial employees were all ranked in this way, with their scores ranging from 2 to 10.

* Time Inc.’s SI rates writers on how “beneficial” they are to advertisers (
* Earlier: SI story is loaded with plugs for TRX training system (

Four years ago, the conservative New Hampshire Union Leader refused to publish a wedding announcement for two men, saying that “it would be hypocritical of us to do so, given our belief that marriage is and needs to remain a social and civil structure between men and women.”

Married couple Peter Richard and Dana Dexter

Married couple Peter Richard and Dana Dexter

Publisher Joseph W. McQuaid told readers in 2010 that “we are not ‘anti-gay.’ We are for marriage remaining the important man-woman institution it has always been.”

Over the weekend, the Union Leader published a wedding announcement for Peter Richard and Dana Dexter (at right).

Did the paper change its policy? I asked publisher McQuaid. He replied:

Social announcements are now paid submissions, no longer an editorial call. This happened three or four years ago. The same-sex announcement to which you refer may have been the first one submitted since the change.

* Peter Richard and Dana Dexter are married (

From 2010:
* NH paper won’t publish gay marriage notices (AP via
* Publisher: Why we don’t take announcements from gay couples (

* Police vs. news media in Ferguson, the Sunday night edition. ( | ( | David Carr on Twitter and Ferguson: (
* Today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch front page. (
* “You cannot imagine how inapt a choice I was to cover Woodstock in August 1969,” writes Jeff Simon. (
* Ryan Chittum on the “diminished” Gannett newsrooms. (
* Its sales numbers are down, but People still generates more revenue than any of Time Inc.’s magazines. “I certainly don’t think that I am responsible for the survival of Time,” says editor Jess Cagle. (
* New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. thanks Turkey for helping rescue Times journalists. (
* The Associated Press wins the $10,000 Pulliam Award “for its fight to protect press freedom against secret U.S. government subpoenas of reporters’ phone records.” (
* Michael Wolff: “Based on the success of BuzzFeed’s ambitions, Internet media may turn into an exciting business, or continue on its path to a hardscrabble one.” (
* What NBC needs to do to save “Meet the Press.” (
* “Chuck Todd was introduced to me as ‘the new host of Meet the Press,'” – in 2008. (
* Wall Street Journal reporter David Bird has been missing seven months. (
* “Politico needs to figure out how to retain the black journalists it already has.” (
* McClatchy veep Anders Gyllenhaal sells 59,716 shares of stock. He now owns 17,144 McClatchy shares. (
this* Andrew Golis teases This. (
* I hope “the Anna Wintour of the next generation” would not agree to work for free. (
* Dallas Morning News editor Bob Mong says he’ll leave the paper sometime in 2015. (
* IN JOBS: Are you passionate about journalism and interested in law? We have a job for you in Boston. (Romenesko Jobs)