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Bulldog edition (later trashed), December 28, 2014

Bulldog edition (later trashed), December 28, 2014

Seattle Times pressroom employee J. Michael Klop – my tipster on Twitter – writes:

I walked in at 7:30pm to begin setting up for the Saturday Edition on Press #2 as they were just finishing the full Bulldog run of 20,000 on Press #4. My buddy Rick, who was in charge of the Bulldog press, held up a paper and said “see anything wrong with this!”. He said they noticed it as soon as they started pulling check copies, but when they alerted platemaking and editorial “downtown”, there was nobody there who was willing to make a decision to stop the run and remake the page.

Finally, after finishing the run, there was a call back from downtown saying to wait for a new set of plates … as they were going to toss the entire 20,000 and rerun the full draw.

I of course managed to snag a few for my collection!

Update: Times editor Kathy Best writes in an email: “Because of the crazy holiday weekend schedule I can’t tell you much more than you already know: We ran about 20,000 Bulldogs with a glaring error; none was distributed. The error occurred in the newsroom. It was caught in the press room. But because the press run only lasts about 30 minutes, we didn’t send a corrected page in time to catch the run. Not a great day, including missing a chance to say stop the presses.”

* “We are all human and need backstops all along the way” (
* Larger view of the Seattle Times Bulldog edition (@Klopster)

New: Today’s Newsday LI Life section lists the wrong year (@davidjoachim)

Globe and Mail front page, December 20 (I added the arrow)

The public editor on using “Fucked Up”: “This was a special circumstance since it is the proper name of the band and the project was an important one that needed front-page notice for the music. If you are going to mention the names of the band, one cannot be excluded.”

The arts editor: “It’s hard to imagine another scenario in which The Globe would ever print such a word on its cover again. We did so this time only after great deliberation, and I firmly believe that the decision made for this weekend’s cover is unlikely to be repeated.”

* Why profanity appeared on the Globe and Mail’s cover (
* “KUDOS to @globeandmail for printing our actual name on the cover” (@Fuckedup)

New York Observer: “New York Times insider: Multi-million dollar shortfall causing drastic cuts”

Times reporter Richard Perez-Pena‘s response (posted on Facebook):

Warning: I am about to indulge in a long screed. If you don’t care about media covering media (and I wouldn’t blame you), look away.
The New York Observer’s recent article on The New York Times Company and its supposed financial crisis is so slippery, so innuendo-laden, so confused and so laughably wrong on so many levels, that it is hard to tell whether there are kernels of truth buried in the dreck.

The central contention of the article, based on a single, anonymous source, is that “the Times is staring at an enormous shortfall – as much as $50 million.”

Wow, quite a claim. What kind of shortfall? The article doesn’t say – at all. It tells us absolutely nothing about what that means. Does the Observer even know? The obvious implication is that this comes out of the blue, it’s something that’s just been discovered – though, crucially, the article doesn’t say that, either. $50 million is a scary number. It’s a little less scary when you remember that the company is sitting on a $966 million cash reserve – which the article somehow doesn’t mention./CONTINUES Read More

A Philadelphia Inquirer staffer writes: “This is truly a brilliant piece of writing by our night editor, turning a recap of the night’s events into a work of art.”

From: Schwartz, Addam
Sent: Wednesday, December 24, 2014 11:25 PM
To: [Philadelphia Inquirer staffers]
Subject: night note for Christmas Eve

Good morning.

With apologies to Clement C. Moore and, well, pretty much everyone:

’Twas the note before Christmas, and all through the eve
Things were so sleepy you wouldn’t believe.
The daybooks for Jersey and PA were bare
The area wire? There wasn’t much there

Bob Moran wrote a brief, though details were thin
On a partial collapse of a two-story twin.
For an obit, he got quotes from old Larry King,
And he wrote a few grafs for a holiday thing.

He tried to get details on this news report
But it surfaced so late that he came up just short
A woman had tased her attacker – the fink!
Additional info? Just click on the link.

A bus and a trash truck got into a crash
Philly dot com had it up in a flash.
In news that was breaking, not much else broke
As thugs were outnumbered by straight-minded folk.

The Flyers and Sixers and Iggles were idle
(Which may have kept fans from going homicidal)
Clearly there isn’t much more left to say
Except: Merry Christmas, and to all, a great day.


In April of 2013, Norman Weiss announced in a three-sentence blog post that he was killing his TV Tattle blog after 13 years.

Why? I asked at the time.

“Your post from a few weeks ago describes it,” he responded, referring to this Ad Age piece that I’d linked. “Banner ad revenue has dwindled so much that it no longer pays the bills.”
HitFix’s Alan Sepinwall was sorry to hear of TV Tattle’s demise – “a damn shame,” he tweeted – and Weiss eventually started blogging under HitFix’s roof.

“In the set-up of the arrangement,” says Sepinwall, “I was just the first point of contact because I was friendly with Norman from my Star-Ledger days; the idea to bring him in was [HitFix TV blogger] Dan Fienberg‘s, and HitFix management did the rest.”

The marriage lasted 20 months.

Weiss announced Tuesday morning that “my time here at Hitfix is up” and “the future of TV Tattle is to be determined.”

I’ve asked Weiss for more information and will post his response when/if it comes in.

Sepinwall tells me “those decisions [regarding TV Tattle] were made above my paygrade, so I don’t know the reasoning.” He suggested I contact HitFix co-founder Greg Ellwood to find out more; I’ve done that.

* So long, farewell (
* April 2013: TV Tattle calls it quits after 13 years (
* May 2013: TV Tattle is rescued by HitFix (

Ignore all that negative press, officers, and enjoy a Long John!

The person who gave 36 dozen donuts to Fort Myers police wrote: donuts

longAnother donor stopped by the Lee County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office earlier today and dropped off 76 dozen of donuts, 15 gallons of orange juice and 5 Key lime pies, reports Michael Braun.

* Dozens of donuts for Florida law enforcement officers (
* “Starting our morning with 432 donuts…” (



This has been up since 6:07 a.m. Monday and shared by 37 people.

* “N.J. weather to worse as Christmas Eve approaches” (

* Baltimore’s Sinclair-owned Fox affiliate apologizes for a video edit that made it seem like protesters were chanting “kill a cop.” (
* New York Mayor Bill de Blasio blasts coverage of protests. (
* “People who are easy to edit go far in life.” (
* A Massachusetts state senator’s partner blames the Boston Globe for his job loss. (
* Why “The Colbert Report” succeeded. (
* Miami Beach police chief to New Times: You’ve made up your mind about Tasers so I’m not talking to you. (Random Pixels)
* How the Washington Post, NPR and others use Tumblr. (
* McClatchy’s Raleigh News & Observer is looking to sell its downtown building. (
* “In our job, the future belongs to those who try out new things,” says German j-school director Marc Thomas Spahl. (
* posted about 25 job positions and says it got 250 resumes.
( | “A wild ride in the Philly media sphere” in 2014. (
* “Inside the New York Fed” and other big-traffic stories of 2014. (
donte* Former NFL wide receiver Donte Stallworth (left) – “a news junkie with strong opinions” – is a Huffington Post fellow. (
* Help with hyphens, courtesy of the New York Times standards editor. (
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* From the 1868 Bloomsburg (Pa.) Democrat (

– h/t @ChrisYoungCPI

A Romenesko reader sends this autoreply from ReadWrite editor-in-chief Owen Thomas. (My correspondent says the email response shows an “overblown sense self-importance.”) My question: Why are you still tweeting this week, Owen?


Hey there.

Thanks for sending me an email, but … you really should be doing something else with your time.

I’m on vacation, returning to the office on December 29, 2014.

Owen Thomas

Owen Thomas

If this is about CES, I’m not going. Please stop wasting your time.

If this is a news pitch, you’re doing it wrong. Don’t email me. I’m ReadWrite’s editor-in-chief. I’ve got plenty to do. I’m not sitting around waiting for you to pitch me news. Send pitches to We have this nifty new system from Zendesk so we can sort through your pitches there as a team. Still, we will probably ditch your pitch, unless it’s really amazing. If you think your pitch is amazing, you’re probably wrong. But keep on dreaming the dream!

If this is some kind of massive editorial emergency, email David Hamilton at Your pitch or guest post is not an emergency.


Owen Thomas

Update: Thomas sends this email:

I’m spending an hour of my vacation clearing my inbox out of all the countless bad pitches that inspired my vacation responder, and I caught your note. Hope you’re having a great holiday!

I am delighted that my out-of-office autoreply offended one of your readers. It clearly hit its target.

Here’s a reaction I got from another correspondent with an actual sense of humor:

“One of the Best Out of Office’s ever. Happy Holidays!”