Daily Archives: September 2, 2014


Chicago Daily News, March 4, 1978.

* “Questioning the end of print journalism. A grand tradition since 1978” (@AGarciaPhoto)

* FIU decides to credential Miami Herald’s David J. Neal for the rest of the football season. (
* Former Detroit Tiger Denny McClain calls Free Press columnist Mitch Albom a nasty name. (
* Scott Rosenberg: “Blogging never went away; if anything, we walked away from it.” (
* A video journalist is roughed up at a GOP meeting in Georgia. ( | The video: (
* Cosmo’s favorite position. (@erik_maza)
* Dave Weigel explains why he’s leaving Slate for Bloomberg Politics. (
* Washington Post’s new publisher begins his day with the Post print edition. (
* A photographer at Gannett’s Asheville paper writes his farewell piece. (
* A journalist at Gannett’s News Journal tries to save his job. (
* New York Times Co. and its insurance carrier pay millions to clean up a former printing facility. (
* Longtime Providence Journal metro columnist Bob Kerr and others at the recently acquired paper are laid off. (
* Yes, what now for reporters? (@kristencusato)

Journalists received this email early this afternoon:

From: JJ Mariani (
Date: Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 12:49 PM
Subject: Sleepyheads Celebrate Headless Day – eCards Available

Hi –

Heads will roll as sleepyheads celebrate Headless Day today, September 2. On this National Beheading Day, viewers everywhere can share in the fun as fans prepare for the release of Sleepy Hollow: Season One on Digital HD now and arriving on Blu-ray and DVD September 16.

We hope you like them and are able to share them with your readers! If you share via your social media platforms, please tag them with #HeadlessDay!

High resolution image files can be found here.

Thank you for your editorial consideration. It’s greatly appreciated.

Sleepy Hollow Team

The apology arrived a short time later:

From: Team Sleepy Hollow (
Date: Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 2:10 PM
Subject: A Retraction and Sincere Apology from Team Sleepy Hollow

Dear journalists,

We apologize for the unfortunate timing of our Sleepy Hollow Headless Day announcement. The tragic news of Steven Sotloff’s death hit the web as the email was being sent.

Our deepest sympathies are with him and his family, and we don’t take the news lightly.

Had we have known this information prior, we would have never released the alert and realize it’s in poor taste.

Please accept our sincerest apologies.

Sleepy Hollow Team

* Video claims to show beheading of journalist Steven Sotloff (

Here’s what the Washington Post’s new publisher, Fred Ryan, told the newsroom today, according to media blogger Erik Wemple’s tweets:

Ryan tells staff he’ll be a “backer” of the newsroom

Fred Ryan via @fotojrnide

Fred Ryan via @fotojrnide

Says change in news consumption is due to accelerate

Challenge, says Ryan, is to embrace change, “lead” it

Ryan says a key for Wapo is winning the morning: Connect in the morning and keep it up throughout the day

Says WaPo stands for highest journo standards

Ryan declines to give tick-tock of how he came to publisher job

Ryan hesitant to talk about specific strategy in open meeting

Ryan says local and national coverage shouldn’t be mutually exclusive

Asked about ideological orientation, Ryan said WaPo not an “ideological org; it’s a news org”

Ryan says believes in “objective journalism”

“I don’t think there’s a better place to be in journalism than WaPo.”

* Tweets by Erik Wemple ( | Photo by Linda Epstein (
* Fred Ryan replaces Katharine Weymouth as Post publisher (


I’ve asked Sun editor Trif Alatzas why the paper won’t tell readers how much it paid Kevin Forrest for his short video. | Update: I’m told by someone else that the Sun paid $50 for the video.

* Fight breaks out in Horseshoe Casino food court (
* Here’s Kevin Forrest’s longer fight video on Facebook (

New York Times press release:

The New York Times announced today that Emily Bazelon is joining The New York Times Magazine as a staff writer. Ms. Bazelon comes to The Times from Slate where she has been a senior editor since 2005. Her hire is another in a series of high profile moves at the magazine, which is planning a major redesign for early 2015. Maureen Dowd was announced as a staff writer last month.

Emily Bazelon

Emily Bazelon

Ms. Bazelon has been a contributing writer to The Times Magazine since 2007 so readers will be well acquainted with her work. Her current cover story on the post-clinic abortion exemplifies the work she’s done for the magazine: deeply compelling narratives with an emphasis on law, society and public policy.

In making the announcement of her hire, Jake Silverstein, the magazine’s editor, said, “Emily writes with engagement, roving intelligence, and deep knowledge. She has also proven to be nimble at navigating the many platforms of modern media. She’s a smart and supportive co-worker and will be a tremendous asset to The Times. I’m giddy about bringing her aboard.”

Ms. Bazelon received a B.A. from Yale and is a graduate of Yale Law School, where she currently serves as the Truman Capote fellow in Creative Writing and Law. As a freelancer, she has written for The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times, among many other publications. She is a frequent guest on the Colbert Report, a regular legal commentator on NPR’s Here and Now and WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show. She is the author of the best-selling 2013 book Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy.

While at Slate, Ms. Bazelon was instrumental in the creation and success of Slate’s incredibly popular podcast, the Political Gabfest. She will continue to contribute to the Gabfest under her new title.

* Also: Slate’s Dave Weigel joins Bloomberg Politics (

* Katharine Weymouth is stepping down as Washington Post publisher. Fred Ryan, a former Reagan administration official who helped launch Politico, will succeed her. ( | Weymouth’s farewell memo to staff: (
high* “There’s a feeling like now is our time in the sun,” says High Times magazine’s editor-in-chief. (
* New York Times didn’t have a Robin Williams obit in the can because “he seemed hale, he had boundless energy and he was far younger than those who typically command our attention.” (
* Emily Bell: We can’t let Facebook and Twitter make editorial decisions on our behalf. (
* How ESPN’s story on Michael Sam‘s locker room shower habits got on the air. (
* Author Neal Pollack [hearts] Amazon. (
* Sharon Waxman to the New York Times: Who cares if the bride is keeping her name!? (
* Some publications – Forbes, for example – have more contributors than paid staff. “That’s a gamble.” (
* Claim: This is the golden age of investigative journalism. (
* Veteran Los Angeles Times investigative journalist Robert J. Lopez heads to Cal State’s PR department. (
* “Confusion and uncertainty seems to be rampant” at the downsized CNN. (
* Meet David Muir, the new anchor of ABC World News Tonight.” (
lay* NPR staffers get some help with lie/lay. (
* For a freelance writer, seeing a publication’s pay rate stay the same over 10 years as opposed to it declining “is practically winning the lottery.” (
* Frank Catalano on what happens when you quit Facebook. (

Washington Post publisher’s farewell note to staff:
From: Weymouth, Katharine
Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2014 9:00 AM
Subject: Announcement

All –

The greatest honor of my life has been serving as publisher of The Post these past seven years, working with all of you. Now, after 17 years at this great institution, it is time for me to explore other opportunities.

Katharine Weymouth

Katharine Weymouth

I make this announcement with mixed emotions. I am enormously excited about this new era at The Post, but I will miss all of you tremendously.

The Post will be in excellent hands. Effective October 1, 2014, Fred Ryan, will become Publisher and CEO. Fred is a seasoned and well-respected executive with a track record of success at the helm of Politico and Allbritton Communications. He knows Washington, and he knows media. Fred is excited to take the helm and to meet all of you./CONTINUES Read More