Monthly Archives: October 2014

* The top three newspapers by circulation are USA Today, Wall Street Journal and New York Times. (
* David Gregory is joining Katie Couric on Yahoo for an election special. (
* Seattle Times blasts the FBI for putting a fake news story on a fake Seattle Times website. “Not only does that cross a line, it erases it,” says editor Kathy Best. (
* Chicago Sun-Times is launching a “mobile-first app network.” CEO Tim Knight says “this innovation … begins an exciting new chapter for the Sun-Times brand.” ( | (
* “The odds of major success are long,” Ken Doctor says of the Sun-Times network. (
fired* Nassau County D.A. threatens 5 Towns Jewish Times over a link to a “factual” New York Observer story. (
* Report: Tampa Tribune has fired controversial conservative columnist Douglas MacKinnon. (
* “I don’t think there has ever been a better time to be journalist, especially a young journalist starting out,” says Brian Stelter. “The flip side of that, there has never been a more unpredictable time.” (
* The Bobby Harrell case in South Carolina shows why local accountability reporting matters. (
* Washington Post creates the Ben Bradlee Award for Courage in Journalism. (
* Len Shapiro: “Very little has been written about Bradlee’s great affection for sports, and yes, even some sportswriters.” (
* Ebola and “a big-time journalistic juggling act.” ( | (Joe Strupp)
* R.L. Stine will be writing a story live on Twitter tonight. (@RL_Stine)
* Poynter’s Tampa Bay Times isn’t commenting on layoffs. (
* Newseum exec Paul Sparrow says “the next generation of news/media companies must deliver critical or entertaining information customized for a specific person based on their location, job, relationship status, interests, contacts and eventually, even their mood.” (
* New York Times standards editor Phil Corbett isn’t a fan of channeling one’s inner something-or-other. (

Lynn Monty was laid off from Gannett’s Burlington Free Press after refusing to interview to keep her job – a process she calls “degrading and demoralizing.”

quitAccording to Monty (left), Gannett plans to pay her the difference between unemployment insurance compensation and her full salary for six weeks — one for each year she spent at the paper.

Monty was a community news and technology reporter for the Free Press’ “Innovate” and “Vermont” sections, as well as for “Hometown,” its free weekly. For the past two years, she said, she was the only reporter in the newsroom on Saturdays. As such, she simultaneously served as web editor, social media manager and editor that day of the week.

She tells Seven Days alt-weekly: “I loved my job, but I don’t love Gannett. …When our publisher jumped ship [for Party City last month], I knew it was over.”

The journalist adds: “I will miss my colleagues and I wish them all the best. It’s been an honor to learn and work alongside them. … I will make a new way for myself that doesn’t compromise my integrity.”

* Free Press reporter laid off after refusing to reapply for her job (
* Earlier: Free Press reporters must reapply for their jobs (

* Update: Comments from my Facebook friends and subscribers (


* Abolish the Greek system; correction appended (
* Update: A Boston Globe tweet that’s somewhat related (@bostonglobe)

The owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and tells readers that his media outlets won’t be making a governor’s race endorsement this year. What Gerry Lenfest fails to disclose is that he gave $250,000 to Gov. Tom Corbett’s campaign. One of his journalists writes in an email: “Given Lenfest’s history of Corbett donations and the likelihood that the Inquirer’s … left-leaning editorial board (and certainly the Daily News’) would have endorsed [challenger Tom] Wolf, it looks really, really bad.”

Joel Mathis writes:

By sitting out the election … the Inquirer is probably affecting the outcome as much as it would’ve by making an endorsement. Why go to the trouble?

On the other hand, the non-endorsement is a very big deal indeed: It goes to the heart of how the paper sees itself as an institution, and how it presents itself to the community.

* Philadelphia Inquirer endorses nobody for governor (
* Philly papers punt on a gubernatorial endorsement (
* Endorsement evasion is “1) Cowardly 2) Embarrassing 3) Revealing” (@pkerkstra)
* Lenfest is the second-largest individual donor to Corbett (

The message is spelled out in the first letter of each paragraph of this story. (That’s what you get when an enterprise reporter has to work on Sunday.)

I asked Kovac if he regularly put hidden messages in his stories. He replied:

Regularly? No, sir, never.

No one would’ve noticed it had it not been pointed out on social media. (Believe me, not enough Jumble-philes or cryptographers read random spot features of purely local interest in our Monday edition.)

The only “message” therein, if any, because only reporters and writers can appreciate this anyway: Don’t let “a good time was had by all” — or other such lameness — creep into your copy. Unless, of course, it is CIA-grade encrypted.

* A good time was had by all on the cemetery tour (
* Earlier: Kovac urges TV people not to smile when searching for a missing person (

The New York Times says this morning that Wikipedia is “a trusted Internet source for Ebola information.” Just before I read that piece, I got this message and graphic from Lenoir (NC) News-Topic reporter Kim Gilliland:

One more reason to cast a wary eye at Wikipedia (obviously hacked by a disgruntled Royals fan). Saw this right after tonight’s World Series game. Madison is from these parts. I don’t recall his manhood being measured outside of his baseball prowess.


* Madison Bumgarner’s Wikipedia profile (with penis reference deleted)

* A Big Lie from Facebook. (
* Why won’t the Washington Post and other news outlets accept emailed applications from intern candidates? (
* “I’m not a lowly intern! I’m a fellow, dammit!” (
* Bill Keller: “I don’t want to sound like an NPR fundraiser, but…” (
* New York Times invests in Blendle, a Dutch “iTunes for news.” ( | “At Blendle, we hate paywalls.” (
* “T [magazine] is really critical to the New York Times,” says New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. (
* Another Time magazine cover (at right) has teachers worked up. ( | Former Wired editor Chris Anderson says he was so moved by the piece that he “donated on the spot.” (@chr1sa)
* CBC host Jian Ghomeshi, who is accused of rough nonconsensual sex, threatens to sue over his dismissal, | Ghomeshi became bigger than the CBC. ( | “I only participate in sexual practices that are mutually agreed upon,” he writes on Facebook. (
* Ad Age’s Kate Kaye let consumer data-gathering firms track her moves for three weeks and got “a fascinating peek at my bit part in today’s consumer-data economy.” (
* The web’s first banner ad went up twenty years ago today. ( | (
* President Obama likes print, ignores cable news. (
* Actor Judd Nelson sends the Los Angeles Times a photo to prove he’s still alive. (@latimes) | A fake Fox News site started the death rumor. (
* Facebook is becoming to the news business what Amazon is to book publishing. ( | Don’t let Facebook lick you to death, news orgs. (
* Florida Times-Union investigates juvenile detention and finds some children are serving unofficial jail sentences without ever being formally charged with a crime. (
* Bill Lucey put together an Ebola tip sheet for journalists. (
* A 19th century thief regrets stealing a journalist’s wallet. (There was nothing of value in it.) (
* A 9-year-old reads a book about a reporter and thinks: “I bet those journalists get a lot of free food.” (



The Denver Post on Friday told three state Senate candidates who used the photo on the right:

Not only does the use of the photograph infringe copyright interests, it violates other intellectual property laws by unlawfully associating The Denver Post with your campaign. It also violates basic transparency principles by altering a photograph without informing the readers. Finally, it offends the Fair Use policies in place by Twitter and creates an actionable claim by the person pictured in the photograph holding the sign.

Republicans Tim Neville, Tony Sanchez and Laura Woods agreed over the weekend to stop using the altered Post photo.

* Republican state Senate candidates alter Denver Post photo (


“Sad sign of the times….student goes on murderous gun rampage at HS, story doesn’t make front page of LAT, NYT, WP, SF Chron, Chi Trib.” – Eric Boehlert

But in the state of Washington…

* PDFs of the front pages of Saturday’s Kitsap Sun, Everett Herald, Spokane Spokesman-Review, Yakima Herald-Republic, The Columbian and Seattle Times.

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” (