Daily Archives: December 9, 2014

“It’s my favorite LATimes tweet of the year,” the paper’s Jimmy Orr writes in an email. “It’s from our architecture critic, Christopher Hawthorne.”

Meanwhile, veteran ABC 27 (Harrisburg, PA) anchor/reporter Al Gnoza had at least some of his followers laughing when he tweeted: “If you hear a siren tomorrow, we are all going to die.” He was referring to the semi-annual Three Mile Island emergency warning sirens – something his bosses didn’t find to be funny. Gnoza lost his job after ten years at the station.

* Anchor/reporter Al Gnoza is no longer with ABC 27 (

Excerpt of the Gannett newspaper’s ad:

I’m most interested in the investigative reporter’s relationship with the advertising partner and how the journalist will “monetize” his or her young audience. I’ve asked Cincinnati Enquirer editor Carolyn Washburn about this and will post her response when/if it comes in.

Update: Washburn sends this explanation:

I included this expectation [for the reporter to work with the ad side] in all beat job descriptions, though it’s less likely to be relevant in some than others. It’s less likely to be relevant for investigative than the health reporter, for example.

Carolyn Washburn

Carolyn Washburn

But the idea is that our adv sales rep and our reporter are very often talking to the same people in an organization. So we want that sales rep and that reporter to know each other. They can share insights they are learning about the industry and that organization. An advertiser often has questions about news content and our content strategies. The sales rep doesn’t have to be the one to answer all that. We can sometimes make introductions for each other in the organization that may be helpful. They can go on “get to know you” or “what’s new” visits with each other. I’ve done some of these myself. The sales rep, in listening to me talk to one of our arts organizations, learns more about our coverage. And later that is helpful to him as he is trying to describe our coverage focus to an advertiser. Many of those organizations are both advertisers and sources. And many of those organizations are trying to grow their reach among 25-45 year olds in the community just as we are. So we can actually can learn things from each other as we have these conversations. Over time, that will help us grow. We’ve already seen some results that didn’t hurt the newsroom or readers at all and benefited a business in our community and our advertising team.

Of course, we will and must say no. When an advertiser or sponsor wants to put my Reds beat writer in a suit at his monthly live show, I say absolutely not. When an advertiser wants us to do a story just because they’re an advertiser, we say no. We’ve told the staff that as we go forward and begin to build these relationships, that the most important thing is to raise questions if they are ever uncomfortable or uncertain. We’ll talk things through as things come up to be sure we do the right thing.

* Full listing: Investigative reporter at Gannett Digital, Cincinnati (

New: Comments from my Facebook wall

From Monday’s USA Today Sports section, page 2C

* George Schroeder’s analysis on the left; Nancy Armour’s column on the right.


* Journalism teacher Wayne Brasler to retire after 50 years (


joeI asked Joe Gerth (left) at Gannett’s Louisville Courier-Journal about this byline and photo from today’s paper. “That, in fact, is not my story,” he writes in an email. “It was written by Grace Schneider, whose photo appears with the story. …As of this morning, they are taking action to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

* Grace Schneider: “Just call me Josephine” (@gesinfk)

* The Economist’s John Micklethwait replaces Matt Winkler as Bloomberg News editor-in-chief. (
* George Packer on The New Republic saga: “This might be the first case of an inadvertent killing, a death by character flaw.” ( | TNR owner Chris Hughes: “The days when you could just appeal to a small, frankly, white, male elite are over.” ( | More Hughes: “It is frustrating to me personally that there was a perception we would listicalize the place.” (
* “One of TNR’s best qualities was its ability to infuriate.” (
* The Mother Jones recipe for success. (
cartoon* Lynchburg News & Advance: Don’t let the “Officer Fiendly” editorial cartoon that we published divide our community. ( | Head of cop group: “I have never before seen the level of unprofessionalism and ineptitude displayed by the author of that inappropriate cartoon.” (
* Andy Carvin‘s explained. (
* Washington Post’s piece on “bully” blogger Charles Johnson is called “irresponsibly fluffy.” (@daveweigel) | What the guy is all about: (
* A Baltimore-area government body won’t let the media or the public approach council members at meetings because of terrorism concerns. (
* Survey: Americans say we’re better informed because of the Internet. (
* Joyce Wadler: “Unfortunately I’ve been hit by the budget cuts that are sweeping The [New York] Times. My column is going to be once a month rather than four times a month.” (
* Huge newsstand declines for Cosmo, InStyle, Vogue and Glamour. (A wholesale distributor’s bankruptcy is partially to blame.) (
* USA Today gets the most Google News traffic by a substantial margin. (
strange* A social media firestorm prompts an Austin PR firm to change its “racially insensitive” name – Strange Fruit PR. (
* “Hard choices”: Fewer editorials and more columns in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. (
* A whopper of a whale story fools many in Utah. (
* Fusion is now on Apple TV. (