Daily Archives: November 20, 2014


The Tallahassee Democrat and other media are naming Myron May as the Florida State University gunman, but the FSU student newspaper is refusing to use his name. It was a unanimous decision among the staff, FSU News editor-in-chief Setareh Baig writes in an email. Busy with the story, Baig says she won’t be able to explain the decision until later.

Reaction on Twitter: “Silly”“Give me a break. Cover the news”“Bad call”“Failure of basic journalism”“Yeah, it’s not like the name of a shooter is newsworthy or anything. Sheesh“Dumb”.

* Three shot inside FSU Strozier Library (
* Tallahassee paper: Myron May believed he was being watched (


GateHouse Media parent New Media Investment Group is paying $280 million in cash for Halifax’s 36 newspapers. The deal will close early next year.

TO: GateHouse Media and LMG Employees
FROM: Kirk Davis, CEO, GateHouse Media LLC
RE: Halifax Media Asset Purchase Agreement Announcement
DATE: November 20, 2014

I’m pleased to announce that New Media Investment Group Inc., has reached an agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Halifax Media Group. The sale is expected to close in early 2015.

The acquisition represents an exciting opportunity for GateHouse and LMG. The Halifax group includes 36 newspapers and affiliated websites, with a concentration in the southeast (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina and South Carolina). Also included is the Worcester Telegram and Gazette which strengthens our northeast presence.

If you are familiar with our footprint today, you’ll note that this is a major expansion into the southeast region of the country. From geographic diversification, to attractive demographics, strong regional economies and flourishing tourism, this acquisition brings tremendous benefits. Together, these publications will add total circulation of approximately 635K daily and 752K Sunday.

The properties bring an award‐winning heritage of strong, local reporting, including two recent Pulitzers. In 2012, The Tuscaloosa News (Tuscaloosa, AL) received a Pulitzer for its use of social media in breaking news coverage. The Sarasota Herald‐Tribune (Sarasota, FL), a Pulitzer finalist in 2008 and 2010, won in 2011 for an investigation into the state of home insurance in FL, with the series “Insurance Nightmare”. The Halifax papers are perennial top performers in regional, state and national news competitions.

On the business side, we’re confident that the opportunity we bring to grow their digital services revenue presents Propel Marketing, our digital services agency, with a wonderful expansion platform.

We look forward to welcoming the Halifax Media Group properties to our family!

The GateHouse CEO’s letter to Halifax Media employees is after the jump. Read More


The Romenesko reader who sent the above story calls this a case of “automated reporting run amok.”

The tipster, who didn’t want to be named, writes:

The piece by reports the stock hit a new 52-week low of $0.00 and “could be a stock to watch at the opening.” It also saw “0.00 shares of its stock trade hands.”

But of course. The stock went off the market after News Corp completed its acquisition of Move Inc. (formerly listed on Nasdaq as MOVE) on November 14, and it is no longer traded on the stock market. Apparently never got the message.

* Move Inc. hits a new 52-week low on November 19 (
* November 14: News Corp completes acquisition of Move Inc. (


Care for a h/t? I asked my tipster. She responded: “This has been the most challenging decision of my day. I’m going to say no, due to fear of this becoming a top Google result for me.”

* Seaman: Rushing to put on condoms may lead to problems (Reuters)
* Seaman “tweets about things that might kill you, sperm and media” (@andrewseaman)
* Earlier fun with bylines: Gold on gold; Hamburger on food (


Spotted by Romenesko reader Sean Driscoll. in Centerville, MA.

* 30 Newspaper Rd. (

Gawker editor-in-chief Max Read on Tom Scocca’s Bill Cosby post from February: “[It] is good proof that by fulfilling our institutional obligation to ‘always go there, to never flinch, to never look away,’ we can force other organizations to look, too.”

From: Max Read
Date: Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 7:32 AM
Subject: honesty & fearlessness
To: Gawker Writers

In 2008, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote about Bill Cosby in an Atlantic story, but (in his words), “declin[ed] to seriously reckon with the rape allegations against him[.]” Yesterday he reflected on that failure: tom

“I don’t have many writing regrets. But this is one of them. I regret not saying what I thought of the accusations, and then pursuing those thoughts. I regret it because the lack of pursuit puts me in league with people who either looked away, or did not look hard enough. I take it as a personal admonition to always go there, to never flinch, to never look away.”

Guess where he links out to at “to never flinch”: Tom’s unflinching post from earlier this year, “​Who Wants to Remember Bill Cosby’s Multiple Sex-Assault Accusations?” (On Twitter, TNC calls Tom “the inspiration.”)

Scocca’s piece was the catalyst for the year of dismantling the Cosby myth. The comedian’s career is over, and it’s thanks to Tom and the accusers whose voices he amplified and carved a space for. And Tom was able to do so because Gawker, at its best, is place that doesn’t “flinch” or “look away.” There are not many other organizations like this, and we should all ensure that we don’t leave Gawker (far in the future, with any luck) with regrets of omission — stories we should have run but were too scared to.

Ultimately we didn’t — and don’t — have the CNN or ET-level resources necessary to find more accusers (or Janice Dickinson), or even to follow up Tom’s story with the reporting it deserved. We’ll get there soon. Till then, Tom’s piece is good proof that by fulfilling our institutional obligation to “always go there, to never flinch, to never look away,” we can force other organizations to look, too. You don’t need television (or VC) money to drive the conversation. Just a willingness to be honest and fearless.

Max Read

* The undoing of Bill Cosby (
* Who wants to remember Bill Cosby’s multiple assault accusations? (

* CPI’s new Couldn’t Be Reached Tumblr is about officials who refuse to comment. (
bill* “A chilling insight into why it took so long for the [rape] allegations against [Bill Cosby] to become a major news story.” ( | Pop culture writer: I should have asked Cosby about the allegations during my May interview. ( | BuzzFeed’s Kate Aurthur has been on the story. (
* AP: The November 6 Cosby interview was on the record with no restrictions. (
* Why the video was released just now: Lou Ferrara, AP managing editor for entertainment, says that “when we went back and looked at everything, combined with where the story is now, we realized that people would want to see the additional video. It has more significance and interest now than it did just a couple of weeks ago.”
* I suggest New York Times Magazine hire Jack Shafer to write a weekly media column. (
* Today’s inappropriate tweet: “Reported gunman on the FSU campus. Maybe he is heading for Jameis.” ( | (
* Washington Post aims to build a larger national audience with its new app for Amazon Fire owners. ( | (
* Jennifer Preston on New York Times’ Innovation Report: “There wasn’t anything new in there to anyone who had been in the sandbox trying to get things done. But what was fantastic about it is that it was said out loud.” (
* A “major” book deal for New York Times Kabul bureau chief Rod Nordland. (
* Times chief financial correspondent Floyd Norris is leaving the paper after 26 years. (
* Bill De Blasio vs. New York Post. (
* Orange County Register’s new publisher is nothing like Aaron Kushner. (
* There aren’t as many sex columns in college papers. One reason: Student journalists fear potential employers will be turned off by them. (
* Mizzou gets a $1 million gift to support community journalism. (