Daily Archives: October 7, 2014

Edward Wasserman, dean of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, gives this update on his $10,250 per year supplemental fee proposal:

“On Thursday we took two votes: The first over whether to have a fee at all, the second over how much it should be.BERK The vote on whether to have a fee was 12 in favor, two opposed. Then, given six fee levels to choose from, six faculty members voted for $4,000 or less and eight voted for $7,500.”

The dean says he’s going ask the University Regents to change the fee proposal to $7,500. Here’s his letter:

October 7, 2014
To: J-School Community
Subject: Professional Development Fee Update

Last week the School’s Senate faculty met to decide whether to endorse, reject, or modify the proposal I made to the University’s Board of Regents that would add a supplementary fee that master’s students would begin paying in the ’16-‘17 academic year.

The proposal raised fierce opposition from students, alums, faculty and lecturers – and for good reason. A price hike is never welcomed, but should be considered only when absolutely necessary./CONTINUES Read More

The editor of Gannett’s Cincinnati Enquirer writes on Tuesday:

- From Carolyn Washburn's column

– From Carolyn Washburn’s column

A staffer at Gannett’s Tallahassee Democrat posts this on Tuesday:


* Carolyn Washburn: What changes mean for you (
* Mark Hohmeister: “The Democrat no longer has a place for me” (

NEW: Check out the Enquirer’s jobs chart (Google Drive/double-click for a larger view)

Jeri Rowe, a columnist at Warren Buffett’s Greensboro News & Record, told his readers this morning that he’s leaving the paper after 25 years to become senior writer at High Point University.

He writes:

In the past, my professional suitors were always newspapers, and after investigating, visiting and hearing them out, I always said no. …

But this time, it was different. With this position, I saw a future beyond daily deadlines. But more importantly, it was a chance to earn a paycheck that would help my two children with the rising cost of college.

He says “it’s been the toughest decision I’ve made in my professional life,” and that “I’ll always have ink in my veins” [but]rowe “I have to provide for my family, and I have to provide for me.”

The paper’s reaction? Rowe (right) tells Romenesko readers: “Jeff Gauger, our editor and publisher, asked me this morning, ‘What do we have to do to keep you?’ He seemed sincere, but I didn’t want to take the conversation in that direction. I simply told them I’m not going to put him or the newspaper over a barrel. That’s not what this is about.”

We at the N&R haven’t had raises in eight years. It’s tough. My kids are getting older, cost of living is going up, and despite winning state and national writing awards, all I got is a pat on the back. This is not an indictment on the N&R. It’s more of an indictment of the newspaper culture. Even when profits were double digits, newspapers didn’t pay their people well. At least mid-sized papers that I know of. Now, with the newspapers struggling and positions going unfilled, the mantra we hear in our newsroom — or every newsroom — is we have to do “more with less.” I remember hearing that line on the fifth season of “The Wire,” it at first it ticked me off. Now, it just makes me heart-sick.

In his email, Rowe says he doesn’t believe newspapers will go away, but…

Information these days comes at us like water through a firehose, and newspapers need to think hard how to differentiate itself from so many sources of information. One way, I always thought, was through telling stories that you can’t find anywhere else. That’s what I did for years, and I believe it paid off for the newspaper. But more importantly, I believe it paid off to our readers. It gave the community a real sense of place. But when people like me, a passionate guy who loves newspapers has chased stories for 28 years leaves, that tells you something is wrong.

Finally: “In our initial discussion, I was told by a university official, ‘We realize we have to pay for talent.’ We in the news business don’t hear that.”

* Jeri Rowe: And now I leave… (

Here’s the Memphis TV station’s now-deleted tweet:


* #rockbone is now trending in #Memphis (
* Oh, sure… The station is blaming hackers for this (@3onyourside)

* Update: My Facebook friends and subscribers are having fun with this (

– Via @JenSized | h/t @LanaSum

* With a “60 Minutes” crew filming, New York Times reporter James Risen tells a Colby College audience: “I think Obama hates the press. I think he doesn’t like the press and he hates leaks.” (
* The Secret Service now says it was a mistake to ask news outlets about their photographers’ race. (
dean* Dean Baquet (left): “Each generation of journalists seems so certain they know what it takes to be a journalist.” (
* Michael Grunwald quits Time and joins Politico. (
* Will Apple be the first to come up with a flexible, self-updating e-paper? (
* Employees in 18 Turner Broadcasting System locations will lose their jobs. Nearly 1,500 people – 10% of the workforce – will be cut. ( | (
* Scripps College rescinds its speaking invitation to George Will. “They didn’t say that the [sexual assault] column was the reason, but it was the reason,” he says. (
* A new Washington Post app is coming to Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet. “It’s the first sign that [Jeff] Bezos will create ties between the newspaper and the e-commerce giant he started 20 years ago.” (
* Men’s Health is blasted for an “ignorant” and “misogynistic” tweet about women and sports. (
* Los Angeles Times to Orange County Register: We want the $3.5 million you owe us. (
* “The ideal sweet spot for people’s web attention span is about the length of a prototypical newspaper article,” writes Lucia Moses. (
* Longtime Science contributor takes a leave to protest staffers’ dismissals. (
* A big traffic boost for after its redesign. (
npr* David Folkenflik explains the dismissal of NPR digital strategist Kinsey Wilson. ( | “He was, in the end, unable to find a way to gather the system and the organization around his vision.” (@MxPf)
* A lot of bald heads in the Denver Post newsroom. “You didn’t have to do that,” says their colleague undergoing cancer treatment. (
* Dave Winer celebrates twenty years of blogging. “A lot has happened in this time. I’ve accomplished most of what I set out to, and that’s something I’m grateful for.” (
* Peter Sandman: “Ebola has all the hallmarks of a scary disease. It is novel, dramatic, horrifying, potentially catastrophic. It’s perfect for horror movies; why wouldn’t it be perfect for news stories?” (
* Bill O’Reilly‘s “#1 in name-calling,” Brian Stelter tweets after being attacked by the Fox News host. (@brianstelter)
* Charleston Daily Mail editor shares his photo-removal demand with readers. (