Daily Archives: March 4, 2015

- New York Times/June 14, 2001

– New York Times/June 14, 2001

2001: John Catsimatidis pulls his ads from the New York Daily News after the tabloid puts one of his supermarkets on a “10 dirtiest” list. “I’ll go back if they fire the reporter and his editor,” he says.

2015: Catsimatidis wants to buy the News. “At the age of 66, I’m gonna have fun,” he says.

* Catsimatidis boycotted Daily News over dirty stores series (
* 2001: Daily News tries flattery to woo back grocery ads (

– h/t Derek Rose

Editorial cartoon in Tuesday’s Daily Mississippian:

I asked Daily Mississippian editor-in-chief Lacey Russell if the newspaper staff discussed the cartoon before publishing it. She writes in an email:

“Several editors on my staff looked at the cartoon, but most of the concern was with the sexual innuendo. We did not interpret it the way some of our readers did. In hindsight we would not have published it.”

Here are some comments from today’s letters section.

Anne Babson:

Is The DM so backwater and so illiterate that it did not see it was making a joke that tacitly advocates violence against women?

Marty Cain:

I’m not sure what y’all were thinking when you ran this – it’s offensive, not funny, unoriginal, heteronormative and most significantly, the suggestion of violence against women as a “normal” male reaction is incredibly disturbing.

Autumn Bullard:

[The cartoon] glibly suggests that men everywhere are torn between domestic violence and paternalistic overprotection. A war only solved by, what, being distracted by some other piece of ass? I am appalled The Daily Mississippian would reproduce an artifact so committed to making light of domestic violence.

* Daily Mississippian print edition for Tuesday (
* Letters to the editor (

It was reported last month that Wall Street Journal bosses decided that stories should generally have no more than two bylines. This policy, I’m told, “has already caused some fairly serious conflict between people who cover overlapping beats.”

A Journal staffer adds:

wsj“We regularly cover stories that are enormously complex in geographic reach and subject matter. It’s often necessary to get know-how, reporting and sourcing from three or four reporters. But now since reporters are often not able to share credit, they are much more reluctant to keep each other in the loop or even help, lest they get scooped on their own beats or have to fight over who will write a story.”

The Journal’s newsroom union recently asked management about the new rule, and was told there is no byline policy. The union’s response: Wrong – and we have memos to prove it!

Here’s the union memo:

IAPE Directors in News Departments,

Many of you have asked about recent media reports, and in some cases, messages from managers, describing a new byline limit on WSJ stories. Yesterday, during our regular Labor/Management Committee meeting, we discussed the issue with management representatives from DJ Legal and HR departments.

Their response: no idea where this rumor came from. “We discussed this with News management, there is no new policy, there is no limit on bylines, and in fact, there is a story on page 1 today that has three bylines.”

Our rebuttal: that’s really strange, because we have copies of emails from managers explaining and reiterating the “new policy” limiting bylines to two per story (though noting that exceptions are always possible).

For what it’s worth, management appeared to be genuinely confused by what we told them. They pledged to go back to News management and find out exactly what has been communicated to management. They understand our position: that News staff should be properly credited for their work just as they always have – especially if News management intends to rely on bylines or taglines as some measure of productivity (which we also take issue with, but that’s another story for another day).

We’ll keep you all posted as our discussions with Legal and HR continue. In the meantime, if you receive any additional byline complaints from members, or if you have any emails from management that I can share with Legal/HR, please let me know.



Tim Martell | Executive Director
IAPE TNG/CWA Local 1096

I’ve invited editor Gerard Baker to settle the matter.

* Byline crackdown at the Wall Street Journal (

Jack Shafer in 2006:



Today’s paper:newcliff

Letter to Romenesko
From MIKE HOTCHKISS: I wonder if today’s NYT article “20 Killed as Bus Falls Off Cliff in Central China” calls for revisiting this great Slate piece from 2006, “The Rise and Fall of the ‘Bus Plunge’ Story.”

I’d say it does.

In Los Angeles…

…and Milwaukee:

Are consultants telling news directors that research shows viewers love catfights?

* Nutty! Virgin Islands’ acting attorney general threatens to prosecute the Virgin Islands Daily News for calling her for comment after business hours. (
* Dallas Morning News wants its journalists to have at least 1,000 Twitter followers. (
* AP to use automation technology to cover college sports previously not covered by the news service. (
* Michigan State University’s paper apologizes for running a photo of a student displaying an extended middle finger. (Any apology from the bird-flipper?) (
* The hotel industry apparently has figured out that guests don’t want to pay for Wi-Fi. (
* Andrew Lack‘s return to NBC = Brian Williams back at work? (
* Miami Herald wins the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting for “Innocents Lost.” ( | (
* The old Miami Herald building is now gone. (
* “Just because you can write something doesn’t mean you should,” writes Rick Morrissey after reading (
* Milwaukee radio talker Mark Belling calls a local TV reporter a “bimbo” for inaccurately describing “right to work” legislation. (
* New York Times’ headline too soft on Hillary Clinton? Public editor Margaret Sullivan says it was “cautious.” (
* Tribune Publishing reports $0.60 per share earnings for 2014 Q4. ( | Weaker-than-expected Q4 results for E.W. Scripps. (
* USA Today’s Christine Brennan and ESPN’s Michael Wilbon will teach part time at Medill. (
* Providence Journal is accused of plagiarism – again. (
* Job ad notes: “The Life Editor is known for bringing in homemade goodies as the occasion calls for it, or if the staff is having a bad case of the ‘Mondays.'” (