Daily Archives: January 5, 2015

* New York Times reporter James Risen refuses to discuss sources at a Monday court hearing. ( | (
* Marilyn Thompson quits Reuters for Politico, where she’ll be deputy editor. (
* “If I do have a pet peeve,” says New York Times obit writer Margalit Fox, “it’s something one still sees in regional papers where it seems as though everyone who died in whatever town was some kind of a saint. Statistically, how likely is that?” ( | One of her best: (
cnn* CNN really needs to update its end-of-the-world video. (
* A whistleblower is burned by a reporter who turned leaked documents over to a city manager. (
* Predictions for 2015: “Old media layoffs will accelerate; coverage of old media layoffs will all but disappear. Magazines — national magazines at large companies! — will vanish in silence.” (
* Ten words that describe publishing in 2014: (Dead Tree Edition)
* Longtime New Republic literary editor Leon Wieseltier joins The Atlantic. (
* Former Drudge editor Joseph Curl launches Right Read. (
* Five northwest Arkansas dailies are being consolidated into a single regional paper. (
* Claim: “Good Morning America” is going “beyond tabloid.” (
* Alaska Press Club gets David Carr to make his first visit to the state. (julia_omalley)


George Rodrigue, who resigned as Dallas Morning News managing editor in September to become assistant news director at Gannett’s WFAA-TV, has been named Cleveland Plain Dealer editor. The press release:

George Rodrigue named Editor of The Plain Dealer

George Rodrigue, the long-time VP and Managing Editor of The Dallas Morning News and Pulitzer Prize winner, will be the next editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland. Rodrigue, who has been an accomplished journalist and editor for more than 35 years, is currently a news executive at WFAA-TV in Dallas.

“The Plain Dealer has an inspiring heritage, a strong staff, and a compelling vision for the future. I’m thrilled to join the team in Cleveland,” said Rodrigue.

Before serving as VP and Managing Editor of The Dallas Morning News from 2004 until 2014, Rodrigue was Vice President of the Washington Bureau for Belo Corp.’s newspapers and TV stations and Executive Editor of Belo’s Press-Enterprise in Riverside, California. He started as a reporter for The Dallas Morning News in 1983 before becoming Day City Editor, European Bureau Chief (stationed in Berlin and Moscow) and then Washington Correspondent. He won two Pulitzer Prizes while at The Dallas Morning News, and the newsroom won a third under his leadership as well as having two finalists.

Rodrigue, who covered the Persian Gulf War, the breakup of the Soviet Union and the economic and social rebuilding of Eastern Europe in the 1990’s, is a graduate of the University of Virginia and a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where he focused on economics and law. He’s married to Wendy Meyer, a landscape architect and fellow UVA graduate. They have two children.

Debra Adams Simmons resigned as Plain Dealer editor last April.

Ottawa music writer Zachary Houle is offering his services to struggling bands, charging $650 for a press release and bio package. (For $25, he’ll suggest a good publicist; seventy-five bucks gets a live-show critique.)

Zachary Houle

Zachary Houle

“I can help you get [the release and bio] into the hands of the media,” he writes on his Indiegogo campaign page. However, “I won’t send it, because I’m sort of in the journalism profession, but I still have some connections locally and nationally, and I can tell you which particular people you can send it to based on my experience.”

Houle adds that “there’s probably a whole host of other things I can do for you. …I’m open to suggestions for a (hopefully) reasonable fee, but they have to be moral and legal.”/CONTINUES Read More

Chamois shirts, not shammy shits

From the Brunswick (Maine) daily:

* Letter to the editor: Dismayed with typo (

* The publisher of Missouri Times gets lobbyists to pay for food and liquor at his office parties. All but one fail to report their “generosity” to the state’s ethics panel. (
* ESPN’s 14-minute tribute to Stuart Scott was finished months ago. “It was something that nobody wanted to think about or talk about but to pay the proper tribute, we knew we had to do it,” says a producer. ( | Virginian-Pilot sports staff pays tribute to the late ESPN anchor. (
* That “homeless guy” is the sports editor taking a nap in the woods before the game. (
* [RIGHT] “Byline-headline synergy at its finest.” (@GaelFC) | (
* Santa Barbara newspaper’s “Illegals” headline is called “abhorrently wrong.” ( | A protest is set for Thursday. (
* Tim Carmody: “I’m very optimistic about the future of media. None of it is sorted out yet. That’s good! It means we can try things.” (
* “Dean Baquet needs to set the bar for use of unnamed sources really high at the Times.” (The Buttry Diary)
* Ruth Reichl: “I was fortunate that I got to [review restaurants] in a time when newspapers still had money. Today, even reputable critics only get to go to a restaurant once or twice, and it’s really hard to do a fair review after once or twice.” (
* A marriage proposal for a woman “devoted to the print editions of The Detroit News.” ( | She said yes. (
* Is Columbia j-school’s review of the Rolling Stone gang-rape story just a Jann Wenner “public relations gambit”? (
* Media reporter James Rainey leaves the Los Angeles Times for Variety, while digital managing editor Jimmy Orr is joining a Denver sport startup. ( | (
* “More and more artists and bands are restricting professional and amateur concert photography” – and there’s no good reason for it. (
vqr* The revived Virginia Quarterly Review is “impressive.” (
* Joe Weisenthal settles in at Bloomberg. “I’ve found that people are very entrepreneurial here,” he tells CJR. (
* WANTED: Journalism teachers, reporters and editors. (Romenesko Jobs)
* ICYMI, New York Times had a story about our ICYMI world. (@DavidGuralnick)
* Hearst owns 9% of BuzzFeed. (@AubernaLevy)
* Gossip Cop says it corrected 1,364 gossip-rag reports in 2014. (
* “‘Breaking News’ is not a graphic.” (
* Spotted in the New York Times lobby: “I like big bundts & I cannot lie.” (@danielvictor)