Daily Archives: September 26, 2014

Grow Missouri is a conservative political action committee funded by billionaire Rex Sinquefielddescribed as “the Show Me State’s version of the Koch brothers.”
Apparently not knowing the ethics rules for journalists, a PR woman working for Grow Missouri has asked St. Louis reporters – including one who covers Grow Missouri for the Post-Dispatch – to contribute to the PAC’s blog. The journalists are told they’ll get $250 “for bylined, or no byline if preferred, articles ranging from 500 to 700 words in length with the opportunity to earn more for special on-site projects.”

Grow Missouri representative Molly Berry adds in her email:

The scope of the project would be 2-3 articles per month, on-going, with a focus on tax reform, political news, family life in Missouri, and Grow Missouri’s “Create a Great State” initiative. It’s also worth noting that although this is a political client, we’re not aiming to create politically charged content.

So far I’ve heard about Post-Dispatch statehouse reporter Alex Stuckey and St. Louis Public Radio journalist Jason Rosenbaum being asked to write for Grow Missouri. (Anyone else? Please let me know.)

Stuckey told Berry in an email: “I appreciate your compliments toward my work, however, I cover Grow Missouri and Rex Sinquefield for my job. Writing public relations pieces in the form of blogs for Grow Missouri would be incredibly unethical – especially if I wrote them anonymously.” Rosenbaum tells me he didn’t respond to the solicitation.

I’ve left a message for Berry.

UpdateBerry’s employer says: “In an oversight, five of the writers that we contacted [to write blog posts] were news reporters that may cover Missouri politics. Going forward, we have amended our recruitment process for advocacy organizations to ensure we do not reach out to prospective writers who may be covering our clients’ work.”

Update 2 – “This particular offer had the rankest odor of anything I have encountered in my professional career,” writes Columbia Daily Tribune’s Rudi Keller.

* Boston PR firm solicits political journalists to blog for conservative PAC (
* Grow Missouri’s email to Post-Dispatch reporter Alex Stuckey (@alexstuckey)
* From 2010: Billionaire Rex Sinquefield knows best (
* Who is behind the Grow Missouri movement? (

Grow Missouri’s email to Stuckey is after the jump. Read More


The “All Things Considered” story aired this evening. From the script:

“After rain events, all the crap comes down,” Artigas says. “Literally. And supermarket carts, mattresses — everything is floating down this river.”

Francisco Artigas is director of the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute.

* How radio is made: An amusing warning on a story (@SachaPfeiffer)
* Earlier: NPR stations get a “dumbass” warning (

Free stuff for #ONA14 attendees

* “What do reporters love more than free food? Free stuff! (@PoJoNSchuutzman)

Letters to Romenesko
From JAY ARTHUR: My experience with the Wall Street Journal circulation department this week reminds me of a line from the Eagles’ 1970s era hit “Hotel California” … “We are programmed to receive. You can check out any time you like but you can never leave.”

On Monday out of the blue a copy of the Wall Street Journal was delivered to my apartment. I am not a subscriber, nor have I ever been one.

I emailed them right away through their web site … and got no response.

On Tuesday I received another copy. I emailed again. Late Tuesday afternoon (30 hours after my original email) I got a response saying my email had been forwarded to a delivery supervisor. Five hours later I got another email acknowledging they had no record of me being a subscriber.

On Wednesday, I received another copy. I emailed again.

Thursday morning I got another copy. Still no response from my Wednesday email. I emailed again.

Since I’m not a subscriber, you wouldn’t think it would take four days to unsubscribe. Do you think this is an issue because most papers have outsourced their circulation/delivery issues?

I emailed him Friday morning for an update. He wrote:

Today, for the fifth consecutive day, I received a copy of WSJ.

Update: Arthur tells me the head of the Journal’s customer service contacted him today and said she would contact the delivery manager and have the deliveries stopped.

Complaints about The Oregonian, too
From JOHN ETTINGER: I’m a former small city editor/publisher, now author. I live in Portland where The Oregonian, since it switched to 4 day home delivery, has mysteriously been delivering free newspapers all over town. I have been getting a free copy, even though I haven’t subscribed in a couple of years. People have even Tweeted pictures of papers piled up, begging the newspaper to stop delivery.

Do they claim these in their “paid” circulation? Again, I get it free, my neighbor gets it free etc.

“My Twitter account was accidentally activated by NBC”

Brian Williams received the Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award at Temple University this morning. He joked about Twitter, then got serious and told students that “if you can’t write in this business, you’re dead. … It’s gotta be like breathing.” Temple students asked “Williams-worthy questions,” tweets David Boardman, dean of the School of Media and Communication.

* Brian Williams accepts the Lew Klein award at Temple (
* Read tweets about Williams’ Temple U. talk (#TempleLKAM)
* The accidentally activated @BWilliams account (
* October 2011: Help convince Brian Williams to start tweeting (


* The final New York Times Magazine “One-Page Magazine” (
* Earlier: Changes are coming to New York Times Magazine (

* Actually, we need more to watch this guy: “We’ve frankly got enough psychologists and sociologists and political science majors and journalists,” says North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory. “With all due respect to journalism, we’ve got enough. We have way too many.” ( | Earlier: McCrory says his policies are “too complex” for reporters to understand. (
* ESPN ombudsman Robert Lipsyte says Bill Simmons deserved to be suspended. “What makes him always think something’s right just because he thinks it is?” he writes. (
* ESPN tells its on-air talent not to discuss the Simmons suspension. (
* Josh Levin on Simmons: “If he wants to be able to say whatever he wants, in whatever medium he wants, then he’s going to have to start his own company.” (
* [Right] Nick Cotsonika: “Wrote this purple prose in 1999. Funny to read after Jeter’s hit last night. I was young then. Man, I feel old now.” (@cotsonika)
* Fox News host Eric Bolling apologizes for his “boobs on the ground” remark after getting “the look” from his wife when he got home. (
* PBS cancels its Harper’s advertising over October’s “PBS Self-Destructs” piece. (
* “I would die happy if I had written this lede.” (@elizmccracken)
* The New School teams with the Knight Foundation for a new “human centered journalism” program. (@jcstearns) | (
* Washington Post, September 23: The Post cuts its 401(k) contribution. ( | The Post, September 26: “What should you do when your 401(k) match is terrible.” (
* PolitiFact’s ruling on Ted Nugent is questioned. (
* John Oliver, investigative journalist. (AP via
* Claim: A new film will vindicate former San Jose Mercury News investigative reporter Gary Webb. (
* “Police do not need social media presences.” (