Daily Archives: January 12, 2015

The 48-year-old San Francisco Bay Guardian was abruptly closed in October, a day before its “Best of the Bay” issue hit the streets. Three months later, staffers are putting out a final issue, whichimages they’re calling the “Guardian Commemorative Edition, Presented by Guardian in Exile.”

Publisher Marke Bieschke tells Romenesko readers:

The edition consists of all types of content: historical looks back (including from our founder Bruce Brugmann), editorials about the current media landscape, fresh reporting on progressive issues, photos from our recent “Save the Bay Guardian!” rally, and insightful articles from our longtime dining, arts, music, film, nightlife, and sex writers and columnists. So it’s commemorative both of the long history of the paper (48 years) and of the lively, independent writing now pretty much extinguished in San Francisco, at least in print form.

The issue, which comes out digitally via Gumroad next Tuesday, was funded with a $26,000 IndieGoGo campaign. (The print edition will be inserted in SF Public Press‘s quarterly edition, which will be published next Thursday.) Any money left over from the fundraising campaign will go to SF Public Press and the 48 Hills news site.

* Proof that Sasha Frere-Jones is a man (

The South China Morning Post was recently told by an editor of Foodie magazine that they “own the trademark of the word ‘Foodie’food in Hong Kong” and that the newspaper should avoid using the word and “replace it with a similar word.”

Morning Post food and wine editor Susan Jung says “it seems ridiculous that someone can trademark a word that was part of the common vernacular long before the magazine existed.” (Foodie launched in 2009.)

What are we supposed to do if we’re interviewing someone and he says, “My son is a foodie”? Should we stop them and say, “Excuse me, but you are infringing on a magazine’s trademark; please replace that term with a similar word, otherwise we can’t print it”?

Jung says she’s not a fan of the word anyway. “I used it five times last year and only three times the year before that. If I do use it, it’s because it’s descriptive, succinct and easy to understand.”

* South China Morning Post ordered to stop using “foodie” (
* Foodie magazine (

New: “Foodie” comments from my Facebook friends and subscribers


Oregonian readers who give “useful tips” to the paper’s investigative team get a free “Watchdog” hat. I asked investigations editor Les Zaitz how many hats are available and if they’re only given out if the tip results in a published story. His response:

We have a stock and would get more if this proved wildly popular.

We’ll award these based on merit, not just submission or even publication. We’re just trying to have a bit of fun, although fashion critics are already panning these caps. That’s why I don’t cover the Golden Globes!

* Send a news tip and get an Oregonian “Watchdog” hat (


“Let’s figure out what every magazine pays per word, how many features are in each book, and what they charge for advertising,” writes Scott Carney. He invites you to add to his Google Doc.

* Crowdsourcing journalism rates (
* Earlier: A reality-check for freelance writers (

* “Wow this NYT headline is kinda dickish/elitist” (@cwarzel) | “I’m skeptical about a critic leaving the New Yorker for a startup too but this headline is cold as ice” (@kristoncapps) | “Leaving journalism to annotate my tweets.” (@glennf)
* Pop music critic Sasha Frere-Jones quits The New Yorker to become an editor at Genius. (
* “Publishing controversial caricatures is a mandatory mission for news media,” writes Frederic Filloux. ( | (
* Charlie Hebdo wins the Daniel Pearl Award. ( | Adam Gopnik on one-of-a-kind Charlie Hebdo. (
* Why NPR didn’t publish the cartoons. ( | Newsroom security is now a bigger concern. (
* Media reporter Elizabeth Jensen is named NPR ombudsman. ( | (
banana* Barry Newman – known as Wall Street Journal’s “King of the A-Heds” – comes out of retirement to write about baby bananas. ( | June 2013: Newman retires from the Journal. (
* David Putney: Why I’m leaving the Boston Globe to build websites for a technology consulting company. (
* Michael Kupperman on his “nightmare” experience of creating editorial comics for the New York Times Week in Review section: “It was like being edited by hobbits.” (
* A freelance photographer in New Jersey is arrested for not turning his camera over to detectives. ( | (
* New York Times reveals its “most visited content of 2014.” (
* The Week has a new look, which is explained by the editor. (
* Former New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn is named The Cut’s editor-at-large. (
* A petition seeks a fair trial for “Serial” subject Adnan Syed. (
* The Telegraph’s story about an Alzheimer’s cure is “dead wrong.” (
wrong* A Fox News pundit is forced to apologize for his false comments about Muslims. (
* Sir, your problem is you’re spending too much time in front of your television set. (
* Gawker changes: “The front page will update less frequently than it did before, and it will feel a bit more like the front page of a newspaper, with the best, most important, and most representative work from across the sections.” (
* Three former New Republic staffers join the Huffington Post. (
* What was missing from coverage of The New Republic’s collapse. (