Daily Archives: February 26, 2015

wellnessWarren Buffett told Fortune magazine this week that he drinks at least five 12-ounce servings of Coca-Cola every day, and that he enjoys potato sticks with his sugary soft drinks. However, “this morning, I had a bowl of chocolate chip ice cream,” he confessed.

Meanwhile, Buffett’s newspaper employees are being put on a “BH Media Passport to Wellness” program that encourages a healthy diet and lifestyle. The billionaire’s journalists are encouraged to drink water, stay away from tobacco, and get coaching from a “health advocate.”

My BH Media tipster writes in an email: “Attached are some pushes by BH Media to gather wellness points and lower our health insurance throughout the company. The irony isn’t lost on me.”

* BH Media “Passport to Wellness” brochure (Google Drive)
* “I eat like a six-year-old,” says Warren Buffett (



I called the University of Wisconsin-Madison University Communications office to find out how 550 ml of flour was converted in the first release, but I got press release author Darin Harris’ voicemail.

Here’s the news release and the corrected Mealworm Cookies recipe.

- Rhino Times owner's letter to Warren Buffett

– Rhino Times owner’s letter to Warren Buffett

Roy Carroll, whose investment portfolio includes the Rhino Times weekly, wants to buy the Greensboro (NC) News & Record from Warren Buffett’s BH Media for $16 million.

Carroll tells the billionaire investor “that this is not a publicity stunt but a bona fide offer” and “I have developed a business plan to turn the News & Record around and to hopefully make it a viable business.”

The News & Record, in my opinion, has drifted far left of center in terms of its coverage and stories. I believe that this drift far to the left has hurt the News & Record in terms of readership and ad sales. …I would prune back some of the writers that have gone so far left of center and hire writers that were less dogmatic in their far left of center news coverage and opinions.

Carroll says his News & Record would be a “middle of the road” publication, complemented with the weekly Rhino Times’ “typical political commentary and coverage of city, county and state news.” The Times is a conservative newspaper.

The bid and letter were submitted this week. I’m checking to see if Carroll has heard back.

Buffett has owned the News & Record for 25 months. Carroll has owned the Rhino Times for 18 months.

* A letter to Mr. Buffett (

– h/t John Robinson


That’s right! Job security is almost guaranteed for newspaper employees these days, so why the heck would they need a union? Milwaukee Journal Sentinel award-winning columnist Jim Stingl wrote this piece just as Wisconsin journalists working for the state’s Gannett papers were getting laid off. None of them had Guild representation, by the way. [Correction: The Sheboygan Press still has a newsroom union.]

I asked Milwaukee Journal Sentinel sports reporter and Milwaukee Newspaper Guild president Tom Silverstein what he thought of Stingl’s column. His response:

When I hear non-members in our newsroom say that they don’t feel they need the protection of a union I smile because it means they are definitely benefiting from the protections of our union. Over the years, we’ve worked hard to assure that everyone can express their individuality and still have the strength of 105 (what our bargaining unit is down to) committed journalists behind them.

We aren’t just about better wages and benefits. Together, we maintain the highest standards of journalism and are committed to our paper thriving.

Stingl declined my invitation to tell Romenesko readers more about his union views.

* Stingl: Unions put up another uphill fight against labor bill (

New: Read what my Facebook friends and subscribers say about Stingl’s column

* USC Annenberg’s media center is now called the Julie Chen/Leslie Moonves and CBS Media Center. The university isn’t saying how much the couple donated to get their names in front of students. ( | (
* Jill Abramson won’t be writing “a score-settling book,” says her publisher. ( | A $1 million book deal. ( | Hamilton Nolan: A “future of media” book from her? (
* Why do we need newspaper columnists? Mike Royko answered that question. (
* [RIGHT] “A+ lede: ‘An Oklahoma artist’s not kitten around when he says he wants to draw a cat version of all 100 U.S. senators.'” (@erinruberry)
* Rajiv Chandrasekaran: “I’m leaving The [Washington] Post after two decades to form a small media company based in Seattle that will create and produce nonfiction, social-impact content, some of it in partnership with the Starbucks Coffee Co.” (
* Magazine readership is up, thanks to mobile devices. ( | Newsstand sales are down, though. (
* The March Vogue will have 12 pages of Apple Watch ads. (
* Errol Morris directs six short films for ESPN. They’ll go online next month. (
* NPR ombudsman: Diane Rehm‘s participation at fundraising dinners “is a step too far for someone associated with NPR.” (
* Minnesotans recall David Carr‘s time in the Twin Cities. “He helped reset the philosophy about what journalists are in this town,” says the former Twin Cities Reader publisher. (
* SPONSORED: Boston University’s Investigative Journalism Certificate Program is for recent grads and working journalists. Next session: June 1-6. (
* The voice of The New York Times Audio Digest is Phoenix public radio host Mark Moran. (
* Michael Roston: “People [at the New York Times] have to have a very specific set of carefully developed skills before they’re able to post something under our [social media] accounts.” (
* “The Daily Show” presents 50 Fox News lies in just six seconds. ( | Why the Bill O’Reilly flap matters. (
* A nice car-bus crash photo in the Chicago Tribune: (
* JOBS: The Colorado Independent is looking for an associate editor. (Romenesko Jobs)
* Crain’s sells TVWeek to longtime staffer Chuck Ross. (
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