Editor’s note at 4:15 p.m. on Sept. 4: We’ve removed a photo from this page. It showed TV’s Mike Rowe during one of the Shark Week programs he hosted in 2006. Rowe has pointed out on his Facebook page that he last hosted a Shark Week show in 2008. The photo shouldn’t have been included in a report about what critics have said regarding more recent Shark Week presentations.
* AP is “satisfied that pre-publication exchanges Ken Dilanian had with CIA before joining AP were in pursuit of accuracy in his reporting.” (@SallyBuzbee) | The Intercept: Reporter cleared his stories with the CIA before publication. (firstlook.org)
* Note to ESPN and universities: Confidentiality agreements do not trump public records law. (whenjournalismfails.com)
* Many outlets reported the bogus arrest story about Pittsburgh Penguins “straight arrow” Sidney Crosby, and now lawyers are involved. (post-gazette.com)
* There were layoffs today at Gannett’s Tennessean. (nashvillescene.com)
* An Indiana reporter worked as an informant for bounty hunters before a gunfight erupted and the fugitive she interviewed was killed. (southbendtribune.com) | (goshennews.com)
* Worcester’s police chief cancels a meeting with Worcester magazine because of a “provocative article.” (worcestermag.com)
* Time Inc. wants the right to outsource most unions jobs. (gawker.com)
* Brian Stelter‘s “Reliable Sources” show is moving from D.C. to New York. (capitalnewyork.com)
* Just leave us alone, Twitter! (medium.com)
* Bay City News Service is moving to Oakland because of high rents in San Francisco. (sfexaminer.com)
Indiana University’s Daily Student newspaper announced today that “we’ve joined forces with the talented developers of NYT Now to bring our readers a personalized experience when they use the app.”
When you log into the app with your “@indiana.edu” email, what you need to know from the IDS will be right there alongside with what you need to know around the world.
I asked the Times if it has NYT Now partnerships with other college newspapers. “For now we’re trying this out with just the Indiana Daily Student,” says spokesperson Linda Zebian.
IDS editor-in-chief Michael Majchrowicz tells me that the Times pitched the idea to him mid-summer.
“Moving into the fall semester, we had just introduced a new website and CMS, and we were going to have our hands full either way,” he says. “After discussions with the NYT Now team and IU Student Media Director Ron Johnson, I decided this was too good of an opportunity to pass up. …I was a regular user of the app prior to the partnership, and I’m excited for what’s ahead.”
“Sometimes font choices keep me awake at night. …But I have come to terms with Comic Sans.”
– Sydney Morning Herald page designer
The Sydney Morning Herald’s use of Comic Sans has font aficionados up in arms. Editor-in-chief Darren Goodsir explains why it was used:
It was felt the font would best depict the comic-book feel we were trying to give to the front; as if to make a mockery of the appalling displays in the witness box from a former politician and a current parliamentarian. I am very pleased with the result.
NO WAY 9/11 was carried out by "dying" Bin Laden, 19 men who couldn't fly a damn kite. STILL have NO EVIDENCE Osama was connected, like Iraq
— Donte' Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) July 20, 2009
Now he says:
Just to be clear, I no longer feel the way I did in that tweet 5 years ago.
— Donte' Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) September 4, 2014
Huffington Post’s press release on the Stallworth hire is after the jump. Read More
In the New York Times article about USA Today’s layoffs, Scott Bowles – the paper’s pink-slipped film critic – says that “we were never told [the layoff] was based on seniority or money we made, but you can’t help but feel that the money you made might have worked against you. …I have been amazed by the names and reputations of some of the people on this list; these are bigwigs. Big names.”
One of Bowles’ longtime friends tells me: “Bowles dad, famed journalist Billy Bowles of The Detroit Free Press, died last month. Bowles literally just returned from the memorial service in Atlanta” to get the layoff news.
Here’s the journalist’s email to colleagues and friends:
From: Scott Bowles
Sent: Wednesday, September 03, 2014 2:00 PM
Subject: Fwd: You. Essay. Today.
Sent to the staff, but I mean it far beyond.
Like a lot of people here, I’m saying goodbye. But I wanted to say how much I respect all of you and will adore this place forever.
I’ve worked at a few papers in my life, from Arkansas to Atlanta to DC. I have never met a more cohesive, loving group of reporters than at USA Today. We have been through the wash cycle many times, and still, somehow, come out without the fabric fraying. And will again.
That had nothing to do with the paper, everything to do with the people. We scrapped together like an infantry unit, and just the response this morning tells me we are forever soldiers in arms. I have no intention of allowing the last few months of uncertainty undo 17 amazing (and I am not blowing smoke) years in a dream job, with dream people. That’s a disservice to the past, which I plan to cherish dearly and fondly like an aging baseball pitcher who tells the same old stories about the day he brought the heat./CONTINUES Read More
* Bloomberg LP CEO Michael Bloomberg should buy CNN. (buzzfeed.com)
* “I’m actually not that worried about the future of the New York Times,” says executive editor Dean Baquet. (capitalnewyork.com)
* New York Daily News will no longer use “Redskins.” The NFL team will simply be referred to as Washington. (nydailynews.com)
* Has Glenn Greenwald peaked? asks Politico. (politico.com)
* A Huffington Post editor who recently resigned – Jimmy Soni was going to write a book, HuffPo said – was being investigated for sexual harassment. (gawker.com)
* Washingtonian magazine is criticized for a “low blow” in a restaurant review. The critic wrote: “[The chef] recently became an American citizen. Let’s hope next time he can come up with a better thank-you to his adopted country than this gutless homage.” (washingtonpost.com)
* Fortune’s new managing editor needs to hire a copy editor. (@James_daSilva)
* Kind of guessed that: “Most books are never fact-checked.” (theatlantic.com)
* Poynter’s Tampa Bay Times insists that taking its name off the local arena isn’t a cost-saving move. (tampabay.com)
* Washington Times uses its staff writers to put together an NRA supplement. (washingtonpost.com)
* Washington Post’s rules do not apply to columnist George Will, says editorial page editor Fred Hiatt. (mediamatters.org)
* Layoffs at Gannett’s Tennessean begin today. (@pithinthewind)
* Elizabeth Spiers on the back-to-blogging “trend”: “I realize that two or three people engaging in the same behavior at the same time constitutes a trend in some circles, but…” (capitalnewyork.com)
* Michael Wolff snubbed. (theguardian.com)
* A questionable series about the history of email from The Huffington Post. (techdirt.com)
* Real estate company JBG publishes a popular free tabloid in Washington D.C. Its spokesman says: “None of the content is disingenuous, because you will never see a profile of JBG as a company.” (washingtoncitypaper.com)