Daily Archives: November 10, 2014

Boston University’s Daily Free Press has launched a fundraising campaign to save its print edition.
“After accumulating nearly $70,000 in debt over the past several years, our publisher, Turley Publications, has threatened to cease publishing the FreeP,” writes editor-in-chief Kyle Plantz. “If a large portion of this debt is not resolved by December 31, 2014, Boston University will no longer have a print newspaper.”

The Daily Northwestern announced a $1 million fundraising campaign late last month. Spokesman Jeremy Mullman tells Romenesko readers:

The early response to the campaign has been very encouraging, both due to a number of generous gifts received already and also in terms of conversations that are ongoing. It’s a little too early for us to share numbers at this point, but we’re planning a formal progress update at some point in the near future. We’ll certainly share that with you as soon as it’s ready, and we’d also encourage people interested in our efforts to follow the campaign on Twitter and/or Facebook to get the latest news and information on our efforts.

The BU Daily Free Press release is after the jump.
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— From the December Reader’s Digest

You can stop sending “Humor in Uniform” and “Laughter is the Best Medicine” submissions to Reader’s Digest, and start giving the magazine your most hilarious tweets. You’ll get $25 if your tweet is published – and the magazine will retweet it. Reader’s Digest started paying for tweets after comedian Dan Wilbur complained about one of his gems being used without permission.

You used my Twitter handle in your print magazine without even retweeting the tweet from your account. I know it sounds petty, but that’s how Twitter is supposed to work, and your online endorsement would help me get anywhere from 10-12 people to consider my other work. You can’t put a hyperlink on a piece of paper, so the odds of someone putting down the magazine, signing in to Twitter, and following me are slim.

The LEAST you could do is give a shoutout to any of the writers you used via your Twitter account. The NEXT-TO-LEAST you could do is tell me you’re using a joke, send me a check for $25, and ask how I’d like to be credited. The MOST you could do is call my mom and tell her you think I “really got something good going with this comedy thing!”

He got a $25 check from Reader’s Digest last Thursday.

* Reader’s Digest will now pay you for your clever tweets (
* Read Dan Wilbur’s complaint letter to Reader’s Digest (

Letter to Romenesko
From TIM MULLIN: The 13-year-old boy in me enjoys the line “DeMaio told the U-T San Diego that he planned to reach out to Peters….” But the editor in me questions whether that couldn’t be worded a bit more circumspectly when referring to a candidate accused of groping and masturbating in front of male staffers.

* Carl DeMaio concedes defeat (


Last night:

This morning:
* Chicago Tribune | Sun-Times | RedEye | Green Bay Press-Gazette (


Corey Hutchins, who signed this contract, writes:

I know there are reasons why such a provision could be cumbersome, and clearly not every generation of great journalists is as glued to their devices as the next. While I don’t have a problem with it, I can see how such a provision might even be controversial in the business.

A comment from my Facebook wall: “How about only if they prove they can send payment on time, every time?”

* Contract requires freelancers respond to emails within 48 hours (

* Knoxville editor: “The incident was very sordid, and [Marlin] Lane’s behavior was shameful. But the News Sentinel decided not to write a story” after consulting guidelines. (
* MSNBC’s Obama-defending hosts seem “bizarrely tone deaf and lost in time,” says Michael Wolff. (
* MSNBC’s sinking ratings and the future of liberal TV. (
stole* Richard Mellon Scaife‘s children say money they were supposed to get was spent on the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. One calls the paper “a waste of trust assets.” (
* “Two hundred and fifty million [for Jeff Bezos to buy the Washington Post]? Bupkis! He stole it.” (
* Who’s going to cover local news now that there are so few bodies in newsrooms? ( | Tampa Tribune kills Hernando Today. (
* The many definitions of “clickbait.” (
* Jill Abramson on her new venture: “We’re going to have a lean staff, we are going to be involved with multimedia integration, not for everything. I’m not a believer that video or motion graphics are appropriate for every long story. They’re great when they actually deepen the story and become an organic part of the reading experience.” (
* The Los Angeles Times fires sports journalist Mark Heisler – again. “I regret that I have only two lives to give the newspaper business – as if,” he writes. (
news* It’s Watertown, Aaron Sorkin, not Waterton! ( | (
* News personalization and other things Jay Rosen‘s “digital thinking” students are expected know by semester’s end. (
* The value of bad news. (
* Politico has a new look, and more changes are coming. (
* Breitbart blows it. (Blame this guy.) (
* “I never want to be that pretentious pot critic,” says Denver Post’s Jake Browne. (
* A Portland TV reporter was licked at a pot party. (
* JOBS: Newspaper feature editor and public radio desk editor positions are available. (Romenesko Jobs)
* Arkansas Times wasn’t allowed to listen to U.S. Sen.-elect Tom Cotton‘s telephone press conference. (
* The many owners of the suburban Chicago papers now owned by Tribune Publishing. (@mcarmichael)
* Jon Stewart sells his TriBeCa penthouse for $17.5 million. (