Former St. Louis Post-Dispatch employees set up a Paypal account this week and raised more than $700 to treat former colleagues.
“Newspapers are like family – dysfunctional, whip-smart, dirty-minded families,” says Dawn Fallik, who organized the fund. “Even when you leave, you still love each other. We knew this was a really hard time for the P-D and all the St. Louis media. More than 20 former staffers donated … and we reached out to Amy’s Corner Bakeshop because we knew she’d been a former staffer as well.”
Former Post-Dispatch copy editor Amy Verkamp-McArthy was hired to bake 75 cupcakes – decorated with gas masks and caution signs – and platters of cookies, brownies, lemon bars and other treats. The former P-D staffers raised enough money for another batch of baked goods to be delivered next week.
The Columbia (MO) Daily Tribune is getting criticized for running this Gary McCoy syndicated cartoon on Wednesday, next to a Rich Lowry column headlined “Overly aggressive police are being provoked.”
Managing editor Jim Robertson tells Romenesko readers:
I admit I didn’t anticipate the reaction. I’m responding to complaints, most of which have come through the Twitter universe, by asking them to consider the context. On three of the preceding four days our editorial page featured local cartoons about the Michael Brown tragedy, the militarization of the police response and a likeness of Lady Justice with six bullet wounds.
The editorial cartoon yesterday accompanied a Rich Lowry column about the unfortunate presence of looters and how that is not a legitimate form of protest. Provocative yes. Racist? Certainly not in intent.
Time Inc. chief content officer Norman Pearlstine says it’s not a big deal that SI.com writers are rated on how “beneficial” they are to advertisers. He tells Gabriel Sherman:
For me, it’s not this great example of an issue related to church and state. I think it’s not a big deal. I don’t think it has anything to do with editorial independence and editorial integrity. But if I’m the Guild and I think I can leak a document to get reporters’ attention, this was a nice one to leak. …
This was something I learned about on Gawker. Had it gone past me, I would have said, “What the fuck is this?”
* Journalists are targets everywhere. (nytimes.com)
* New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg tweets: “At airport, expulsion order in hand. It says I am a spy with ‘secret relations’ & must leave #Afghanistan in 24 hours.” (@mrosenbergNYT)
* New Orleans Times-Picayune reporter Robert McClendon is threatened with arrest while reviewing election documents. (nola.com)
* A reporter in Colorado is fired after aggressively covering the energy beat. “I’m not only disappointed in the [Glenwood Springs] Post Independent,” says a county commissioner, “I’m appalled that any type of media outlet would buckle to that type of pressure.” (govexec.com)
* The Times technology section explained. (theawl.com)
* A former People staffer calls the magazine “a discriminatory organization run entirely by white people.” (courthousenews.com)
* Los Angeles Times considers a smaller format – “easier to hold and handle, and you no longer need to fold or maneuver the paper in order to read it.” (laobserved.com)
* Purdue agrees to release a police-photographer altercation video after it’s sued by the student newspaper and ACLU. (purdueexponent.org)
* Ferguson news has St. Louis Post-Dispatch website going from 400,000 daily uniques to up to 1 million. (ajr.org) * A Ferguson bump for CNN: It won the key demo in both total day and primetime Tuesday. (mediabistro.com)
* Time’s Ferguson cover, shot by Scott Olson. (Time) | Businessweek also used an Olson photo for its cover. (businessweek.com)
* Really, Thomson Reuters?! (qz.com)
* David Gregory‘s upcoming book about his Jewish faith “was never intended as a memoir about his career.” (politico.com)
* Patch’s “Tammy” is a blogging machine! (mediabistro.com)