Daily Archives: December 5, 2014

Star Tribune gets the Tweet of the Day/Non-Media Category
(The Red Wing Republican Eagle got the scoop)

brunRed Wing (MN) Republican Eagle’s Michael Brun (right) reports no damage was done and the cows were returned to their owner. They hit downtown at 10:45 p.m.; how did the reporter find out about late-night commotion? Brun tells Romenesko readers: “The next morning I met with the police chief to get the previous day’s police blotter stuff, and he brought it up at that meeting. …Everyone was having a good time with it.”

* Herd of cows caught wandering through downtown Red Wing (

Washington Post
A University of Virginia fraternity plans to rebut the gang rape claims published in the December 4 Rolling Stone.rape “Several of the woman’s close friends and campus sex assault awareness advocates said that they also doubt the published account.”

Rolling Stone
“In the face of new information, there now appear to be discrepancies in Jackie’s account [of the fraternity-house gang rape], and we have come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced.”

Phi Kappa Psi
“We have no knowledge of these alleged acts being committed at our house or by our members.”

* Frat to rebut gang rape claims published in Rolling Stone (
* A note to our readers | “A Rape on Campus” (
* Statement of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity (@gmoomaw) | Calling B.S. on it (
* Reactions from my Facebook friends and subscribers (

New: The author of this gang rape story did contact the suspects (

Update: Jezebel’s Anna Merlan writes: “When I dismissed Richard Bradley and Robby Soave’s doubts about the story and called them ‘idiots’ for picking apart Jackie’s account, I was dead fucking wrong, and for that I sincerely apologize.”

Update 2: Politico’s Hadas Gold praises Washington Post reporter Paul Farhi’s coverage of the Rolling Stone rape story. Here’s his profile of the author, and his follow-up piece about how she failed to interview the suspects.

Update 3: Rolling Stone managing editor Will Dana writes in a series of tweets: “I can’t explain the discrepancies between Jackie’s account and the counter statements made by Phi Psi. …The fact that there is a story that appears in Rolling Stone in which I don’t have complete confidence is deeply unsettling to me. …We made a judgment – the kind of judgement reporters and editors make every day. And in this case, our judgement was wrong. …We should have either not made this agreement with Jackie… …or worked harder to convince her that the truth would have been better served by getting the other side of the story. …That failure is on us – not on her.”

* “Publishing a story about a rape victim against her will is dangerous, and arguably unethical” (

Excerpt of CNN boss Jeff Zucker’s memo:

* Longtime CNN political anchor Candy Crowley leaves the network (

From Hamilton Nolan’s interview with New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse, who is leaving the paper after taking a buyout:
“The NYT has a long and distinguished history of covering issues involving workers and labor unions, and I am confident that the Timessteven will continue to give serious attention to these issues, whether it is stagnating wages or the protests of the Fight for 15 fast-food movement.”

“The number of full-time reporters who covered labor fell sharply over the past 7 to 10 years as newspapers downsized. But labor coverage – by full-time and part-time reporters – has rebounded recently, at least somewhat, in response to the battles over collective bargaining in Wisconsin and Ohio, the right-to-work fight in Michigan in response to the rise of the fast-food workers’ movement as well as growing concerns about income inequality and declining living standards for the nation’s middle class.”

* Q&A with Steven Greenhouse, one of America’s last labor reporters (


About 30 employees will lose their jobs with the magazine’s demise. Here is the memo:

From: USA TODAY Publisher
Sent: Friday, December 05, 2014 11:11 AM
Subject: Announcing changes at USA WEEKEND

Dear Colleagues:

After careful consideration, we have decided to close USA WEEKEND Magazine. The December 28 issue of USA WEEKEND Magazine will be its last.

Over the past year, we’ve talked often about the success of our partnership with U.S. Community Publishing in the 35 markets where USA TODAY is included in their daily news products. After evaluating the research, many of our readers have told us that they enjoy the addition of the USA TODAY content into their local publications, and they have especially enjoyed the expanded weekend Life content, given its timely entertainment and lifestyle news. With the success of our weekend Life offering, we believe it provides our readers and affiliates with a superior product to USA WEEKEND Magazine. Over the next few weeks, we will be working with USA WEEKEND affiliates to discuss the weekend Life product.

With the closure of USA WEEKEND, many of you will say farewell to great colleagues. We are extremely grateful for the contributions made by each of those individuals – they will be missed.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or to your manager.

Larry Kramer​

* USA Weekend shuts down as costs spike, ads tumble (Alan Mutter)

From today’s New York Times:

* Trading fiance finance for football results in substantial gains (

– h/t Michael Page and Dick Meyer

-Friday's Louisville Courier-Journal
* Lots of choking on top of today’s Louisville Courier-Journal page one. ( | h/t Michael Rabkin
* USA Weekend is folding. About 30 people will lose jobs when the last issue comes out December 28. (
* BuzzFeed is building a five-person health and science desk. (
* Franklin Foer learned via a Gawker post that he had been ousted as New Republic editor. ( | Mass resignations at the magazine. ( | Julia Ioffe: “I loved The New Republic, and, more than that, I love my colleagues.” (
* Ken Kurson: “I happen to know a little something about following in the footsteps of a beloved editor at a legendary publication.” (
* Washington Post’s Mike Wise repays the jogger who saved his life in 2008. (
* Tribune Media (TRCO) starts trading today on the New York Stock Exchange. ( | (Tribune release)
* Robert Feder: “Crain’s Chicago Business no longer includes those quaint courtesy titles on second reference to subjects in its stories.” (
* Eleven journalists at Gannett’s “restructured” Journal News lose their jobs. (
* JOBS: Teach journalism at Kansas State University as a visiting faculty member. (Romenesko Jobs)
* Time Inc. wants to send up to 60 jobs overseas. (
* A Russian newspaper discovers that “real news” does better than good news. (
* CNN’s Christiane Amanpour is most-followed on Twitter by world leaders. (
* Reader to Denver alt-weekly: Stop reporting suicides! (

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