Daily Archives: October 1, 2014


Indianapolis Star reporter Ryan Sabalow tweets: “So @IndyStarEric just offered this as an incentive in the newsroom. A riot nearly ensued.”

How does one get the card? I ask.

“The Star just moved to a new building,” explains Sabalow. “The powers that be gave us a foosball table in the break room. [Breaking news and features editor Eric Dick] just offered it as a reward for the winning team in a newsroom tourney.”

* “Careful not to land on Special Section Ave. on your next roll” (

“This will be the last time you will see photos of the NYSE floor – or any of the world’s trading floors – on MarketWatch (unless something actually newsworthy happens there),” writes Jeremy Olshan. “The Big Board is now little more than a Big Tent for a phony media circus of photo-ops and cable-news talking heads.”

* MarketWatch bans photos of NYSE and other trading floors ( | Related blog (


That is not a typo. The story’s hed is “Beauty Companies Want to Protect Your Skin From Air Pollution.”

* “Huh, the WSJ misspelled ‘smug'” (@mollyesque) | Wipe that smog off your face ( | Today’s Journal front page (

Investigative reporter Bill Dedman at ASU’s Cronkite School of Journalism

Bill Dedman, who recently left to join Newsday, told Arizona State University journalism students this week:

“First, I’d like to urge you to stop worrying about how things were so much better in the old days. They weren’t better.”

“In a way, I want some of you to be discouraged from going into journalism, if you’re the sort that can be discouraged. If you’re going into it to make money, then it’s not your best plan. But if you’re someone who wants to understand stories, who wants to tell rich stories, who couldn’t possibly be discouraged, then you’re the ones we need. …So my first piece of advice is to not be discouraged.”

“Who would go into journalism to go do stories that others have already done? The fun [of reporting] is not in localizing a story; the fun is in nationalizing a local story – finding something that’s happening in your town, that’s so interesting that you write about so completely that [Poynter’s Al Tompkins] tells everybody about it [in his daily story-ideas report], and then every other poor SOB in every other newsroom in the land has their editor come over and they have to do [the story]. …Do original work; that’s where all the fun is.”

* Bill Dedman discusses journalism in the digital age (


* New York Times shares up on a down day on Wall Street (
* New York Times to eliminate 100 newsroom jobs (
* NYT’s “richest package ever for veterans with at least 20 years under their belts” (


Former Boston Herald staffer Greg Reibman first called this “unfortunate,” then changed that to “outrageous.” Herald editorial page editor Rachelle Cohen tells me neither she nor artist Jerry Holbert saw anything wrong with the cartoon. “Jerry doesn’t have a racist bone in his body,” she says. He chose watermelon because he had just seen that flavor of toothpaste in his house, says Cohen.

She says she never anticipated controversy or cries of racism over the cartoon. That seems naive, I say. Her response: “Guilty as charged.”

Holbert says he was “completely naive or innocent to any racial connotations. I wasn’t thinking along those lines at all.”

Update: * Cartoonist apologizes for “naive” watermelon reference ( | (
* “Very unfortunate editorial cartoon in @BostonHerald today” (@Greg_Reibman)
* Outrage over Jerry Holbert’s cartoon in the Herald (
* Comments from my Facebook friends and subscribers (

* Jeff Bezos “seems to treat the [Washington] Post more like an ornament, in need of minimal polishing,” writes Dylan Byers. (
* Derek Jeter is launching The Players’ Tribune – “a place where athletes have the tools they need to share what they really think and feel. We want to have a way to connect directly with our fans, with no filter.” ( | (
* New York Times is cutting about 100 newsroom jobs. Buyouts are being offered and layoffs are possible. ( | The memo: (
spoil* lets you decide whether to read movie reviews with spoilers or without. (
* A college student tries out Google Glass and discovers it’s not quite ready to be used as a reporting tool. (
* Tim Dickinson: “Koch Industries is the most hostile and paranoid organization I’ve ever engaged with – and I’ve reported on Fox News.” (
* News Corp. CEO Robert Thomson receives $12.5 million for the 2014 fiscal year. (
* New York Times was writing about Lena Dunham years before she became famous. (
* Tampa Bay Times sports columnist Gary Shelton is taking a buyout – one of about 14 journalists leaving Poynter’s paper. ( | Des Moines Register departures. (
* Grow Missouri fires the Boston PR firm that tried to get political journalists to blog for the conservative PAC. (
* “I’m a reporter who botched a story today and hurt a grieving family.” (