Monthly Archives: October 2014

“I still love my hard copy newspaper,” says Arik Hanson. “And I shouldn’t feel ashamed to read it.”

There’s nothing like reading the Sunday paper with a cup of coffee on the porch, he notes. “Now, you can definitely do this with an iPad. No question. But let’s face it – it just ain’t the same. …

“Not EVERYTHING has to be interactive. Not EVERYTHING has to be personalized. Not EVERYTHING has to be on Instagram for God’s sake (and I love Instagram!).”

The digital PR consultant and blogger continues:

I’m really not a salesperson for the Star Tribune. They are not paying me for this post. I just continue to wonder why people continue to slam hard copy newspapers so much. Because I have yet to hear a legit argument for why you shouldn’t read it each and every day.

Reaction to the post “has been predominantly in agreement with me, but [for] a few folks on the all-digital side so far,” Hanson tells Romenesko readers. “I’m pasting in a couple screen grabs from Facebook, where I typically see the most comments about my posts.”

* Should you feel ashamed for reading a hard copy newspaper? (
* Earlier: “I am no digital native, but the digital medium has won me over” (

Fox News contributor Michelle Fields and her Twitter followers got a big laugh out of this photo, which immediately set off my B.S. detector. I asked Fields where this photo was taken – I doubted it was shot at The CNN Store – but she didn’t respond to my DM.

Greg Galloway, a manager at The CNN Store in Atlanta, tells me that Fields’ photo was taken at Hudson News at the Atlanta airport, which sells some CNN merchandise. Galloway says The CNN Store only airs Turner brand networks and has never put MSNBC on its flat screens.

Update — Fields tweets: “I didn’t take the photo in Georgia. I took it at the CNN newsstand in Florida.” Actually, you took it at a Hudson News shop, not a CNN-operated property.


* Editorial is about as racist as you can get [full image] (@skittishprey) | Lake Worth Herald

* Matt Taibbi leaves First Look Media after eight months. “Our differences were never about editorial independence,” writes Pierre Omidyar. OK, so what was the reason for his departure? (
kc* Read this excellent ProPublica/NPR investigation before you text your next donation to the Red Cross. (“They were not interested in solving the problem — they were interested in looking good.”) (
* Kansas City Star’s “Heavenly” front. (
* Chicago police union asks a judge to stop the city from giving misconduct records to the Sun-Times and Tribune. (
* Storyful applies “traditional journalistic skills to a new medium” to debunk stories. (
* How the White House leaks stories. (
* “I’m inside of a demographic that’s supposed to love newspapers. But…” (
* Claim: PolitiFact “has completely failed to serve any useful purpose” in the Wisconsin gubernatorial race. (
* Misleading headlines examined. (
* Hartford Courant celebrates 250 years. ( | Congratulations from President Obama. (
* The line for Ben Bradlee‘s funeral. (@HowardKurtz) | Watch it on C-SPAN. (
* New York Times kills its standalone auto section. (
* “Asking if journalism is dying is no different from asking if vegetables are dying.” (Buswell Street)
* “We are not going to censor a student paper,” says the president of Missouri State University. ( | Still, this front page made him cringe, he says.
fbi* The FBI confirms it created a fake AP story to lure a suspect into downloading secret software. ( | Seattle Times has questions for the FBI. ( | Jeff Reifman: Take a deep breath and review the facts here. (
* Paul Smalera leaves the New York Times to become Ideas editor at Quartz. (@zseward) | Veteran media reporter Jeff Bercovici quits Forbes to become Inc.’s SF bureau chief. (
* Stephen Burgard, director of Northeastern University’s journalism school and longtime Los Angeles Times journalist, dies at 66. (

NPR standards and practices senior editor Mark Memmott writes in his Tuesday blog post: “Words and phrases matter, of course, because we’re in the business of writing and telling stories that are compelling and clear.” Getting them wrong and relying on “cliches and shopworn phrases” gets in the way of NPR’s mission, he notes.

These words and phrases annoy NPR staffers:

* “In the wake of.” How about “after” or “following?”
* “Ordinary people” and “real people.” As opposed to what?

* “Dude.” There’s really only one.

* “Confined to a wheelchair” and other phrases that imply a judgment about someone’s condition. A simple substitute: “Uses a wheelchair.”

* Don’t Be Reticent Or Reluctant About Flagging The Words We Overuse, Misuse Or Otherwise Abuse (
* Earlier: Words and phrases that WaPo’s Outlook section avoids (


* New York Times-branded M&Ms in the Washington bureau (@carolynryan)
* Earlier: The story behind Associated Press candy (


The story explains that the quotes are from Ferguson protesters a black rights protest. Michael Gulledge, whose tweet tops this post, “has been one of the few people who has had a negative response to the cover,” says Standard editor-in-chief Trevor Mitchell.

He adds in an email:

While there have a been a few people who have expressed disappointment or offense at the cover, the vast majority of feedback we’ve gotten has been positive. Many protesters have retweeted the story and the front page image saying that they’re happy that we’re showing the truth of what was said to students protesting on their own campus … I got a phone call from an African-American alumnus that said he’d “never been more proud of an article dealing with an issue” and that “the stand that you took putting that out there, the words that you guys used, it was brave, it was refreshing, it was fantastic that you actually dealt with the issue.”

People have the right to disagree with our decision, to dislike it, to be offended by it — and that’s fine. … We wanted people to take notice, and to have that reaction. And I think we’ve achieved that.

Update – Someone who shared my link on Facebook writes: “It might make people cringe but I think it’s actually an effective way to get people’s attention and get them talking about what this means for their communities.”

* “We are not going to censor a student paper,” says MSU president (
* Read the October 28th issue of The Standard ( | The Standard Online (

Matt Taibbi said in February after being hired by Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media: “This is clearly the future, and this was an opportunity for me to be part of helping to found something and create something that might carry us into the next generation.”

Now it’s not clear whether he’ll be creating anything at First Look; Taibbi has taken a leave from the site after disagreements with bosses, according to New York’s Andrew Rice.

He writes:

Matt Taibbi

Matt Taibbi

Taibbi’s abrupt disappearance from the company’s Fifth Avenue headquarters has cast doubt on the fate of his highly anticipated digital publication, reportedly to be called Racket, which First Look executives had previously said would launch sometime this autumn. …

The confrontational approach that made Taibbi’s name at Rolling Stone — and before that, as the founding editor of the gonzo Moscow expatriate magazine The eXile — appears to have contributed to internal trouble at First Look.

John Temple, First Look Media President of Audience and Products, tells Rice that “I don’t comment about internal matters and I don’t comment on personnel matters.” I’m guessing reporters will approach Taibbi at tonight’s Books and Booze Fundraiser tonight.

* Matt Taibbi disappears from Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media (
* The near future of First Look Media’s next site looks fuzzy (
* February 2014: First Look Media hires critic of Wall Street (

Update: Here’s a video of the candidates meeting with with the editorial board. | Update 2: It’s been taken down.

cleveThe Northeast Ohio Media Group last week posted a video of Ohio Gov. John Kasich and challenger Ed FitzGerald meeting with the editorial board, then took it down without explanation and replaced it with an audio recording.

The video shows Kasich – endorsed by the Plain Dealer – slumped in his chair and refusing to answer questions, according to the Plunderbund website. That site posted part of the video on Monday, then received this threat from NOMG content veep Chris Quinn.


“We believe our posting of the video falls under the category of fair use,” say Plunderbund editors, “however we have temporarily removed the video while we discuss our options.”

I’ve asked Quinn and editorial pages editor Elizabeth Sullivan about the vanishing video. [Wednesday morning update: They never responded.]

* NOMG’s Chris Quinn threatens to sue website over Kasich video (
* NOMG pulls video of Kasich refusing to answer editorial board questions ( | Plain Dealer endorses Kasich (

The FitzGerald campaign’s press release is after the jump. Read More

- Don Surber

– Don Surber

From Charleston (WV) Daily Mail editorial writer Don Surber‘s blog:

Update: Surber has taken his post down, but a cached version is below.

* Why I stop listening when you say, “police brutality” (
* “How does Don ‘put this animal down’ Surber still have a job?” (@seanholeary1)