— Jenn Lord Paluzzi (@jpaluzziSun) December 30, 2014
A tipster writes:
In a routine announcement from real estate investment trust Rayonier Inc., the Reuters Bangalore bureau reported that one “John Bush” will resign from the company’s board, effective Dec. 31.
Thing is, “John Bush” is actually Jeb Bush, who is currently exploring a run for the American presidency. I’m told by a journalist at Reuters that U.S. editors tried to get the Bangalore bureau to issue a correction. But Bangalore refused, noting that Jeb’s full name is “John Ellis Jeb Bush” and that “John Bush” was not incorrect. I’m also told that a compromise was reached in which Bangalore will update the story to say that John is known as Jeb.
Update: This version “corrects headline and first paragraph to change Bush’s first name to ‘Jeb’, the name he is best known by, from ‘John’, his given name.”
In a piece titled “The Virologist,” Andrew Marantz profiles 27-year-old “Internet-media entrepreneur” Emerson Spartz (right) for this week’s New Yorker. Spartz’s specialty is making things go viral; “I’m passionate about virality,” he tells Marantz, adding that “I’m really, really good at writing headlines.” (Check them out at his main site, Dose.com.)
Some lines from “The Virologist”:
* Spartz built the world’s most popular Harry Potter fan site, MuggleNet, when he was 12.
* He “has been successfully launching websites for more than half his life. In Chicago’s small startup subculture, he is an envied figure.”
* His goal now is to “disrupt the disrupters” – sites like BuzzFeed and Upworthy – with his 30 websites.
* “Facebook has been very generous about linking to our content,” says Spartz. “I’m aware that they might not be so generous forever.”
* Marantz writes: “Spartz does not call what he makes journalism, even if he employs a few journalists, and he does not erect barriers between his product and his means of promoting it.”
How Spartz would cover Uganda:
– h/t @ETXFiles
* The last issue of Long Beach Register came out Sunday. (dailynews.com) | (latimes.com)
* Milwaukee cops vs. journalist: “Tensions eased considerably” after police were told Jabril Faraj was a Northwestern University j-school grad – and didn’t steal any of his equipment. (milwaukeenns.org)
* Oops! Detroit Free Press puts a John Harbaugh photo on page one. (collegespun.com) | @freepsports promises “we’ll have the right one tomorrow.” (@freepsports)
* The best longform journalism of 2014. (npr.org)
* Alt-weekly editors’ favorite stories of 2014. (altweeklies.com)
* [Right] UK paper’s headline from earlier this month goes viral. (@markbfc)
* Have an innovative news business model? Steve Outing wants to hear about it. (mediadisruptus.com)
* Lansing State Journal: “Our editing ranks have been thinned to allow for more reporters.” (Could we see numbers to prove you now have more reporters?) (lansingstatejournal.com)
* Quartz writers’ obsessions. (Gwynn Guilford is obsessed with jellyfish.) (qz.com)
* Demise of UC Davis student paper’s print edition is called “a tragedy.” (sacbee.com)
* Twitter is not dying. (pando.com)
* Peoria Journal Star photographers return to tornado devastation areas. “These images only show a view of brick and mortar, but each house contains a family that has their own story.” (petapixel.com)
* Vintage video: Lesley Stahl, Jonathan Capehart and others at the 1998 NLGJA Convention. (facebook.com/steve.friess)
* “Cool, digital company … Gawker has apparently delivered a grand total of four pieces of paper to the plaintiffs’ attorneys.” (pando.com)
* Noted: USA Today’s weather map is no longer on the A section’s back page. (washingtonpost.com)
* Of course, you’ll find them on MTV: “Nothing makes me feel better about myself than being reminded that people who mispronounce words like ‘muscle’ even exist.” (chicagoreader.com)
* A large black bear was spotted outside the PennLive/Patriot-News building. (A reporter locked eyes with the bear, then “retreated behind a set of double doors.”) (pennlive.com) | h/t @ckrewson
* The Los Angeles Times garage is cleared after a suspicious package is found. The finding: “It’s not a bomb, just some nasty messages that someone decided to leave for the police.” (latimes.com)