Letter to Romenesko
From DEAN MILLER, director of Stony Brook University’s Center for News Literacy:
Re: Stony Brook j-students remembering David Carr. He was generous to us with his time and it made a big impact (see Ariel Dollinger’s piece). We’ll be teaching off this padlet this week, which serves materials to students and faculty. Other J faculty are welcome to hit it as well.
The Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine) received dozens of calls from readers who were confused by the CANCELLED stamp over a “Blizzard on the way” headline. The paper explains that it was “indicating as boldly as possible that the much-unwelcome storm never materialized.”
I asked managing editor/days Judith Meyer if she had a count of callers, and she replied:
Our customer service folks weren’t keeping a tally at the start, but after “dozens” of calls, we thought it best to post a clarification. So, I really can’t put a number on this, beyond that it was obvious we needed to say something for clarity.
And, for what it’s worth, the readers who called were really upset by the thought they may not be getting their Sun Journal any more, which indicates our value in their daily lives. That’s better, in my opinion, than any cancelled blizzard.
Portsmouth (NH) Herald reporter Elizabeth Dinan spotted this February 14 police log item while covering the cops beat over the weekend.
Update: I called the Portsmouth Police Department and talked to Sgt. Chris Roth. “I don’t know why they would have blacked that out,” he says. “The dog’s name is Amber.” The midnight shift is to blame, he adds.
The Dispatch publishes almost all letters to the editor that arrive. [Here is Boyd Thomas’s letter] ….Some folks would like me to [censor] letters and have a stricter threshold for what publishes. But I believe in allowing as many people to voice their opinions as possible, whether I personally agree with their position or not.
I do my best to make sure their points are accurate and edit out anything I know is wrong. Sometimes a person will take a fact and then interpret it in a rather odd way, or they will use what I consider dubious sources to support their position. Those can be challenging to deal with.
* Winners of the Polk Awards in Journalism have been announced. (New York Times scoops up three prizes.) (nytimes.com)
* Willamette Week’s Nigel Jaquiss takes down another governor. (bloomberg.com) | Earlier: Jaquiss is caught writing “blah blah blah” in his notebook during a candidate interview. (jimromenesko.com)
* Claim: The financial value of the New York Times is vastly underestimated. (mondaynote.com)
* From Sunday’s “Dilbert”: “That was off the record!” “You said it in front of a dozen reporters at a business event.” (dilbert.com)
* The last Media Equation column, “with David Carr.” (nytimes.com) | Lena Dunham posts her Carr tributes. (instagram.com) | More on her Instagram feed.
* “Carr’s greatest talent was unchecked curiosity,” writes former Twin Cities Reader colleague Brian Lambert. (minnpost.com) | “One of Twitter’s most skillful wordsmiths.” (twiangulate.com)
* “60 Minutes” is airing a Bob Simon tribute next Sunday. (cnn.com)
* Los Angeles Times publisher announces a book club. (laobserved.com)
* High school journalists in Missouri face discipline if they run a story about their superintendent’s resignation without the principal’s approval. (kansascity.com)
* Jason Kottke takes issue with Rolling Stone’s ranking of the “Saturday Night Live” cast. (“Most of the original cast ranks too high.”) (kottke.org)
* A site called Thunder Review goes offline after it’s exposed as a content thief. (splicetoday.com)
* Former Washington Times editor-in-chief Arnaud de Borchgrave dies at 88. (Look at the ads that the Times has above the news of its ex-editor’s death.) (washingtontimes.com)
* A Twitter believer says “the masses are very interested in what’s being said on it.” (digiday.com)