Daily Archives: August 29, 2014

- Washington Post, August 30

– Washington Post, August 30

* Ed O’Keefe: “Possibly my favorite letter to the editor ever” (@edatpost)
* Farmer Fred(R) asks: Would you publish this letter to the editor? (@farmerfred)
* FIU denies credentials to Miami Herald’s reporter, so the football team’s season opener won’t be covered. ( | Comments from my Facebook wall. (
* St. Louis Post-Dispatch asks the county family court for any juvenile records it has relating to Michael Brown. (
* St. Louis alt-weekly Riverfront Times says it’s seeking the juvenile records of Officer Darren Wilson. (
* Meet the man who acquired 30,000 old New Orleans newspapers via the Craigslist “free” section. (
* Investigating the Apple PR machine. (
* A #hyperlapse tour of the Washington Post newsroom. (
* Jon Friedman: Today’s journalism students “don’t have the slightest inkling why their coverage matters from a historical perspective.” (
* More than 1,000 copies of the Auburn Plainsman were stolen from different campus locations on Thursday. (
* Ebony parent Johnson Publishing is slapped with a $5 million lawsuit. (
* Longtime Providence Journal publisher Howard Sutton steps down. ( | Read his letter to staffers. (Google Drive)

poemsnpr* It’s been a slow week of “Fresh Air” reruns, so this happened (

One of the Friday Mike Smith Las Vegas Sun editorial cartoons that was rejected
- A rejected Mike Smith editorial cartoon

Greenspun Media Group executive editor Tom Gorman tells Romenesko readers: “Our editorial cartoonist [Mike Smith] at the Las Vegas Sun is starting to post on Facebook the three sketches he prepares daily for his editors to weigh in on. It’s giving readers a nice insight into the mind of an editorial cartoonist — what, he creates 3 cartoons a day and only uses one? … a kind of peek under the circus tent.”

The cartoon above lost out to this panel. (Here’s the rough sketch.)

* Which one of these cartoons would you use? (

Randall Roberts and other photographers received a request from Alaska magazine for shooting tips for readers and a “courtesy photo.” In return, the professional photographers get their websites listed in the magazine.
Roberts responded to editor Michelle Theall: “While exposure is nice, it doesn’t help feed my family nor compensate for the time and effort required to create a quality package of reader tips and images, especially under a tight deadline.”

Theall wrote to Roberts and others who complained about the solicitation: “First of all, huge apologies if I offended anyone regarding the request to participate in this round up. …This is no different than a writing magazine contacting me to ask my tips about writer’s block or adventure travel writing and then asking for an excerpt of something I’ve already published to use as an example.”

Roberts tells Romenesko readers: “I think a lot of professional photographers who are trying to feed their families have grown weary of publishing companies and other organizations holding up the equivalent of a cardboard sign asking for handouts. I doubt if the Alaska Magazine staff is forgoing payment for that edition, so why should professional nature photographers do so, especially when they’re responsible for the crux of the ‘annual Alaska photo issue?'”

The editor’s letters to photographers and Roberts’ response are after the jump. Read More

* Jon Stewart: “Look, there’s a lot of reasons why I hate myself — being Jewish isn’t one of them.” (
* Om Malik would like to see Google create tools just for journalists. (
* Chicago Tribune gets a Kaiser Family Foundation grant to help pay its Obamacare-beat reporter’s salary. (
* Chelsea Clinton quits NBC News. (
* Betsy Fischer Martin leaves NBC News after 23 years. (@mcalderone)
* Mathew Ingram: “Is this the best of times for journalism? No. But it’s hardly the worst of times either.” (
* Who’s behind the site that posted unflattering photos of Nikki Finke? “Everyone in this town is a suspect,” says a Hollywood Reporter editor. (
* JOBS: The Dodo is looking for an editor and a staff writer. …and other openings. (Romenesko Jobs)
* A Washington Times reporter FOIAs a WUSA9 reporters’ FOIA after a story credit dispute. (
* A Minneapolis Star Tribune sports columnist says his paper’s owner “set a high standard on Tuesday for the most-foolish comment to be offered by a Minnesota sports figure.” (
* Michael Wolff apparently felt he had to watch “beheading after beheading” to write this column. (
* The Orlando Sentinel may have to find a new home; the city has big development plans for the downtown property. ( | (
* A Texas sheriff says only a Spanish-language TV station is allowed in a robbery suspect’s hearing. (
* Gawker gets great numbers – while its senior editorial staff is in Budapest. (
* Reddit invites you to check out its “shittiest” content. (
* The 2014 Equal Voice Journalism Fellowships and Scholarships winners have been named. (