Daily Archives: October 24, 2014

A letter to the Sun-Times chairman and CEO
* Letter to Michael Ferro and Timothy Knight from the Sun-Times staff (
* Sun-Times journalists want answers from the owners (
* Carol Marin: “Dave McKinney and I don’t belong to candidates” (

The pitch to a State of Washington journalist:

From: Danielle Orsino
Date: Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 12:35 PM
Subject: Breaking News: School Shooting

Hi Kate,

Know that things are still developing in the tragic act of violence in Marysville, Washington, but I wanted to offer you the opportunity to talk to mental health expert Carolyn Reinach Wolf, who works with organizations to develop threat assessment teams and educates schools as well as companies about recognizing red flag behavior.

She could give national insight into the growing trend of violence and also analysis into this specific act­ once more facts come out.

Carolyn is still getting all the details of the shooting and can discuss:

1) Prevention: There were probably signs that a teacher, classmate or family member noticed as red flag behavior, but didn¹t know how to give the individual proper help or treatment.

2) Flash point: ­Most likely, something specific set the individual off to act-out.

3) Mental health:­ While not everyone with a mental illness is violent, most of the violence we have seen over the years involved someone who needed help and didn’t get it.

Would you be interested in getting some perspective from Carolyn?

– Danielle

Danielle Orsino
DITTO Public Affairs
Strategy. Execution. Relevance
Brooklyn, NY


A reader sends this unfortunate news alert/story pairing:

- From 'Breaking Greenville'

– From ‘Breaking Greenville’

It appears the community-newspaper reality show that NBC Peacock Productions was teasing nearly two years ago isn’t going to happen. But a similar show – this one featuring small-market TV newsrooms in Mississippi – is in the can and debuts in December on TruTV.

The preview, which hit YouTube this week, has this description:

BREAKING GREENVILLE follows a group of local anchors as they compete for the top spot in the game. The character-driven docu-soap will spotlight the playful — and at times cut-throat — rivalry between two local news stations [WXVT and WABG] and the dynamic newscasters who are determined to take their jobs seriously, even when some of the news they cover is less than serious.

WABG (Greenville, Miss.) news director Pam Chatman (above) office tells me she was chosen for the show after a Hollywood casting company saw a 2008 profile that referred to her “The Oprah of the South.”

Chatman, who does motivational speaking in addition to news, says she wants to use the TruTV show “to push my platform nationally.” She tells me she has a can-do message for young people – one that she came up with after people said she could never be in TV news because of her size. “I was told I could never do broadcasting because I’m too heavy.”

* “‘Breaking Greenville’: Broadcast news will never be the same” (
* Oprah of the South: Everything Chatman touches turns to gold (
* Earlier: Coming soon? A reality show about a community newspaper (jimromenesko)

At a Friday morning news conference, Toronto Star reporter San Grewal had coffee thrown in his face by a woman who supports Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell and is critical of the journalist’s reporting.

“I didn’t see it coming,” says Grewal. “It splashed into my eyes. This had nothing to do with Mayor Fennell. She was in no way instigating it. She was nowhere even near us.”

The mayor tweeted after the incident: “No reporter should ever be attacked for asking questions, however biased. I condemn the attack on Mr. Grewal this morning.”

Grewal, whose clothes and notepad were soiled, tells his paper he isn’t considering legal action at this time.

* Susan Fennell supporter throws coffee in reporter’s face (


* Ebola hits New York City ( | @danikafears (
* Earlier: Gold writes about gold; Hamburger writes about food, etc. (

* “This is a very spiritual job,” says Buffalo News police reporter Lou Michel, “because you encounter people at their most vulnerable point.” (
* Facebook and Twitter use cheap labor in the Philippines for “content moderation.” One worker says he was offered $312 a month to monitor Facebook posts. (
* J-prof: “When it comes to sports, we don’t have many reporters, just cheerleaders.” (
* Detroit News moves out of a home that’s “too big, too hard to heat and too expensive to maintain.” ( autoplay ad)times
* It’s the 300th day that three Al Jazeera journalists have been jailed in Egypt. (HuffPostMedia) | (
* “Not the New York Times” (right) was the greatest. (
* Kara Swisher recalls Ben Bradlee as an innovator. (
* Ex-WSJ reporter Jessica Lessin says the model for her 10-month-old ad-free tech site works. (
* That’s right, Comcast, just shut up! ( | Comcast dubious about HBO’s web video. (
* Layoffs begin at Poynter’s Tampa Bay Times. (
* BFD: The queen tweeted. (Actually, she just approved what was posted.) (
* The Knight Innovation Award goes to Vice Media’s Shane Smith. (
* New York Post and Daily News considered a partnership of sorts, but talks broke down. (
* McClatchy lost $2.8 million in the third quarter. (
* Diane Sawyer‘s mother dies at 94. Diane was one of her third-grade students, but “I treated her just exacly like the other students,” she once told the Courier-Journal. (
* Is there a reason to be alarmed about the Sun-Times? asks a media critic who works for Sun-Times Media. (
pot* A medical marijuana amendment town hall sponsored by the Fort Myers News-Press gets out of control and an editor apologizes. (
* Ex-AP news editor Dena Potter sues over her dismissal. (
* Great journalism deserves three bylines! (@TuThanhHa)