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A Wisconsin court commissioner has told the Janesville Gazette and other media that they can’t report the gender, age or hometown of a fatal shooting suspect and his victim.
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The Gazette reports that Walworth County Commissioner Zeke Wiedenfeld’s order “mandates that the suspect be referred to only as ‘a person under the age of 17’ and the victim only as ‘a child victim under the age of 18.’ The order limits the media to one representative attending the juvenile court hearings in the case.”

Bob Dreps, the newspaper’s attorney, points out that the sheriff’s press release gives the victim’s name – he is 11-year-old Eric Gutierrez – and that the boy’s family “even sought publicity about the incident and its effect on them.”

Wiedenfeld initially told the media that they couldn’t report “reactions or emotions of the juvenile or any family member of the juvenile displayed in court,” but he dropped that order after attorney Dreps noted that “reporting these kinds of courtroom events would not, in any way, lead to the identification of the juvenile involved.”

Gazette editor Scott Angus (pictured) says:

The Gazette is a responsible newspaper that for generations has respected the privacy of juveniles accused of crimes as required in state statutes.angus We have no intention of identifying the juvenile or providing information that would allow readers to identify the juvenile.

To restrict us from reporting information that was previously reported, including information that was included in a press release from the sheriff’s office, serves no purpose other than to confirm that the court has full control of these proceedings and information related to them.

Update — I asked Angus about the case and he tells Romenesko readers: “We attended the hearing and followed the conditions. Our attorney advised that we had two options: Attend and abide by the restrictions at the hearing and going forward; [or] don’t attend.

“We thought it was important to be there and inform the community about what transpired, despite our reservations and the limitations. At this point, our only other option is to fight at the appeals court level. Our attorney, who is the state’s foremost expert on open government issues, said he wasn’t sure we’d win. Judges have considerable authority and autonomy in their courtrooms.

“Given that uncertainty and the cost of continuing the battle, we decided to live with the restrictions and be ready to fight the battle anew in Walworth County when another case with its own circumstances comes along.”

* Court restricts Janesville Gazette from reporting shooting case details (gazetteextra.com)
* Sheriff’s Department press release on the shooting (Google Drive)

Last Friday, I posted the news about the Indianapolis Star putting Amy Haneline on the Beer, Wine and Coffee beat.drinks I invited her to comment, and she finally got back to me this morning.

“Thanks for reaching out and for your interest in the beverage beat,” she writes in an email. “I thought it may be best to share with you a link to a story I wrote to introduce myself and the beat to our readers. I hope that answers most of your questions.”

My post from last Friday included this tweet: “So IndyStar cuts back education coverage and adds a reporter to the beer, wine and coffee beat? Congrats!”

Star executive editor Jeff Taylor tells Romenesko readers that the paper isn’t “shrinking” from education reporting. He writes:

We’re excited about the new beats we’ve created at IndyStar, including Amy’s new role. She will be writing about a variety of issues and fun topics that will connect with thousands of readers every week. That’s what we want: strong connections with our audience to help us grow.

At the same time we’ve expanded our entertainment and life coverage, we’ve invested heavily in investigative journalism. We’ve created a 15-member watchdog unit that focuses on a variety of high-interest beats, including government and education. We aren’t shrinking from education coverage.

Creating a beverage role doesn’t have anything do with our commitment to education stories and watchdog work. We can do both. It means that we want to be relevant to readers on all kinds of topics.

* A six-pack of reasons why Indy needs a beverage reporter (indystar.com)
* Why not share the research that led to the beat’s creation? (@jayrosen_nyu)
* Indianapolis Star adds a Beer, Wine and Coffee beat (jimromenesko.com)


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“American Profile magazine features Adrian Peterson today. Whoops.” – @lanceallen

I asked American Profile editor Neil Pond when this interview was conducted and when the magazine went to press, but he didn’t respond.

* 60-Second Interview with Adrian Peterson: Playing to Win (dcourier.com/PDF)
* Vikings put Peterson on exempt list, keeping him off team (startribune.com)

* Report: The Newhouse family is selling Parade magazine to Nashville-based Athlon Media. (nypost.com)
* Arianna Huffington: “It’s our job to put the spotlight on good things [at The Huffington Post], and that has been a great source of revenue.” (digiday.com)
* The AP now uses “the Islamic State group” instead of ISIL. (ap.org)
mark* Mark Ruffalo (left), who is playing a Boston Globe investigative reporter in his next movie, visits the Globe newsroom. (bostonglobe.com) | Ruffalo stares at a computer screen: (@WesleyLowery)
* “The Baffler has had a strict No Intern policy since its founding, on the grounds that the internship system privileges those who are already privileged and disadvantages would-be publishing career havers who are not.” (niemanlab.org)
* Washington D.C.’s ABC affiliate – now owned by Sinclair – turns right. “Stories have generally been critical of the Obama administration and tend to offer perspectives primarily from conservative think tanks.” (washingtonpost.com)
* The Nashville Banner is back. “No print is anticipated, at least not now. For the time being, we will be free.” (thenashvillebanner.com)
* The Reporters Committee is going to start taking on cases that news organizations would handle if they could afford it. (cjr.org)
* “Garnish” bothers some NPR listeners. (npr.org)
* JOBS: Teach journalism at the University of Dayton. (Romenesko Jobs)
* Longform launches a free iPhone app. (capitalnewyork.com) | “Longform is thriving, a profitable company with five employees.” (newsweek.com)
* Going… going … nah, it’ll never sell: An eBay user is asking $10,000 for a copy of Time with a Robin Williams “ghost” cover shot. (Dead Tree Edition)