Daily Archives: November 5, 2014

- From Wednesday's Allentown (PA) Morning Call

– From Wednesday’s Allentown (PA) Morning Call

* “There’s gotta be a better way to say that” (@bydanielvictor)
* Here’s the online story with a different headline (
* Update: Comments from my Facebook friends and subscribers (

Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten checked out Bob Garfield’s plan to interview MacArthur “genius grant” recipients and predicted that “this project is going to roar.” That’s not happening yet, unfortunately. There are just 69 hours left in “The Genius Dialogues” Kickstarter campaign and $27,698 is needed to meet the $38,500 goal.

Here’s what Garfield and associate Molly Barton are pitching:

Bob Garfield

Bob Garfield

We’ll spend time talking with MacArthur Fellows in a wide variety of fields and produce for you a series of videos, audio recordings and ebooks that share their stories. On our website we’ll blend text, audio, video, illustration and infographics into a seamless multimedia experience so you can deeply understand their work and their personal trajectory before and after being honored by the MacArthur Foundation.

Potato salad gets people to open their wallets, but this doesn’t? What’s going on?

“The first thing is, I do no not wish to suggest someone else’s project wasn’t deserving,” Garfield tells Romenesko readers. “I suspect his was an excellent potato salad. I’m not sure why we’ve struggled so. It may be our project was somehow a bad fit for Kickstarter.”

Maybe it had the whiff of big institutions that don’t need crowdfunding….although we get not a penny from the MacArthur Foundation. Or we may have failed to describe the project well enough. Looking at the video once again, it may have been my hair. Very bad hair day. On the other hand, 148 people had pledged nearly $11,000 with three days to go. So we did something right.

He adds that “judging by the election results, I think what could have put us over the top was a promise to repeal Obamacare. So I promise.”

* Donate here: Bob Garfield has such a genius idea! (


Clark Kauffman, an editorial writer at Gannett’s Des Moines Register, saw the comments I posted yesterday from just-appointed Tennessean engagement editor Beth Inglish. They “struck a nerve with me,” he writes in an email, and explains why:

From CLARK KAUFFMAN: Beth Inglish, the new engagement editor at the Nashville Tennessean, says the problem with newspapers is that we “are competing with other news outlets instead of providing a service to the people and have turned (our) back on the community.” She wants to see us “working harder to lift up the community by focusing on positive role models,” and says she “doesn’t like news that makes me feel sick to my stomach.”

The Fourth Estate doesn’t perform a public service? Holding government and individuals publicly accountable for their actions isn’t a public service? Exposing wrongdoing isn’t a public service?

I realize that under Gannett’s newly established Picasso program, journalists are now supposed to align their newspapers “with symbiotic brands” in the community. The Picasso training manual explains that “there are people, organizations and companies in our communities whose brands stand for values and goals similar to our own. While respecting our Principles of Ethical Conduct, we should look for opportunities to partner with those local brands to serve both their interests and ours – especially by broadening the reach of each.” Picasso also calls on the news staffs to “create ‘cause marketing’ sponsorship opportunities for businesses and individuals.”/CONTINUES Read More

Paul Lukas writes: “I’m intrigued by the way TV news reporters have gotten into the habit of wearing purple on Election Day — their way of looking non-partisan as they split the difference between the blue Democrats and red Republicans. It has become a ‘uniform’ of sorts, or at least a team color.”

The Uni Watch editor asks: “So is the purple thing an interesting organic phenomenon, or just another example of predictably mindless ‘me too’-ism run amok? Either way, there’s no denying that the purple trope is now firmly entrenched across the media spectrum.”

* A Uni Watch look at Election Day attire (

* New York Times reporter Stephanie Clifford gets a seven-figure book deal. ( | “I’ve been quietly writing a novel for years.” (@stephcliff)
* Northeast Ohio Media Group content chief Chris Quinn finally explains why he took down the endorsements interview video: The candidates had expected an audio-only, he says. Reader representative Ted Diadiun writes: “I think he was wrong to not immediately disclose his reasons, though Quinn disagrees with me. I think it was an error in judgment, and not of a lack of integrity on his part.” My favorite Quinn line from this piece: “Historically, we’re a transparent organization.” (
* Jay Rosen on Quinn: “Choosing silence over transparency injures trust, but it also begets more silence, which hurts trust even more.” (
* NPR’s “Morning Edition” debuted 35 years ago today. ( | celebrates 20 years. (
* Ouch! Re Post cover: “Give them credit for not going with the lynching graphic which was, I”m sure, their real heart’s desire.” (@raminganeshram)
* Sports departments hate election night. One reason: They never get pizza. (
* Sarah Palin MIA on Fox News. (@brianstelter)
* Cable news network Fusion “celebrated election night with two hours of dirty jokes and puppets.” (
* Tribune Publishing CEO: “We are actively engaged in right-sizing the cost structure of the organization.” ( | The company reported a penny per share loss in the last quarter. (
* WSJ. magazine did “better than ever” in 2014. (
* Downsizing at Gannett’s Burlington Free Press. (
* Los Angeles Times incorrectly identifies Tyler Ritter as gay – and nobody seems to care. (
* The publisher is ousted at Advance’s Jersey Journal. “Insiders believe [Ken] Whitfield wasn’t delivering on ad-revenue targets.” (
* Lindenwood University student reporters say St. Louis cops questioned them for over 90 minutes because they were filming police vehicles. ( | The newspaper’s account: (
* GateHouse Media “got its groove back”? How about now giving raises to staffers for the first time in seven years? (
* Amanda Knox is now a freelance writer in Seattle. (
* Longtime blogger Jason Kottke now has a T-shirt, but it’s only available for the next two weeks. (It “features a hole for your head.”) (
jake* Jake Tapper, sketch artist. (@CNNPolitics)
* Boston Globe staffers are updated on their upcoming move: “We have many exciting options in a number of locations.” (


* WaPo starts analyzing GOP strength in Arkansas, ends up talking poop (@jeffchu)
* “I see no typo,” and other comments from my Facebook wall (

h/t Matt Mendelsohn