Daily Archives: March 20, 2015

The arrow points to the #RaceTogether section

The arrow points to the #RaceTogether section

C.T. May writes in a Splice Today piece critical of Howard Schultz’s #RaceTogether campaign:

The one operational difference you’ll see is that the pile of newspapers near the creamers will now have copies of a USA Today “Race Together” special section. A rival newspaper tells us the section “contains an assortment of statistics and facts about race, and ends with a questionnaire that prompts readers to ask themselves how many friends of a different race their parents, and they themselves, have had.”

Starbucks tells us the section will also have “an unconscious bias experiment—exploring the attitudes and beliefs that guide us, along with an interactive diversity index that asks ‘what is the chance that the next person I meet will be different from me?’” But customers don’t have to look at the section or do the exercises.

I had to hunt for the section at my neighborhood Evanston Starbucks this afternoon. It wasn’t anywhere near the creamers; I eventually found the papers near the supplies storage area and bathrooms.

* Starbucks tackles race, loses (
* A journalist tries to talk about race with Starbucks baristas (
* Six orders you can’t make at Starbucks (without an uncomfortable talk about race) (

- Friday's Times of Acadiana, Lafayette, LA

– Friday’s Times of Acadiana, Lafayette, LA

“Major error by the Times of Acadiana,” tweets Adrian Perron. “How does an editor not catch this?” The answer is probably in the subject line of the email that tipped me off to this: “Why Louisiana newspaper pages should be designed in Louisiana.” The Times of Acadiana is based in Lafayette, and the Gannett-owned paper is designed in Des Moines.

* Read comments from my Facebook friends and subscribers | @RaginCajun77

Angel Rodriguez leaves the Washington Post, where he was deputy editor for mobile innovation, to become Los Angeles Times sports editor. The memo from Times editor Davan Maharaj:

To the staff:

We’re delighted to announce that Angel Rodriguez, an editor with a passion for sports and a flair for digital storytelling, is the new sports editor of the Los Angeles Times.
Angel covered Major League Baseball and the NBA for Spain’s EFE news service. He was part of the team that launched, the Spanish-language sports website. He was an online sports producer (and later home page manager) for the Arizona Republic, and as sports editor of the Cincinnati Enquirer, he helped the staff make strides in its digital journalism.

A constant in his career has been a zest for using digital tools to extend the reach of sports reporting and diversify its forms.

Angel comes to us from the Washington Post, where he was deputy editor for mobile innovation, working on a team charged with creating the Post’s new tablet app./CONTINUES Read More


I’m trying to find out who gets credit for the headline. Update: It’s Graeme Bruce, “but I kneaded a little help from the newsroom,” he tweets. (h/t Grant Hamilton)

* Bread truck rolls over, hundreds of loaves toast (
* Earlier: Big rig carrying fruit crashes, creates jam (


“I can’t be the only one that wonders why they would put this promo ad with this story that was the centerpiece” on Thursday, writes a Romenesko reader.

* Thursday’s Binghamton (NY) Press & Sun-Bulletin front page (
* NCAA bracket wagers a gamble for health (
* Post your picks on the newspaper’s FB page to win $300 (

* New York Times dumps one of its new online opinion writers after his history with racist publications is exposed. (
* Los Angeles Times gets a $4.2 million lien on Orange County Register assets in their newspaper delivery dispute. (
* The problem with Meerkat is that most people “aren’t interesting or entertaining.” ( | You, too, can get paid to eat and sleep on camera! (
images-4* “Fox News is gonna play down conservative screw-ups,” admits Fox News’ Bernard Goldberg. (
* One month ago Danny Schechter tweeted that “only my illness prevented me from coming to David Carr‘s memorial service.” The Emmy-winning journalist passed away Thursday. ( | Dan Kennedy‘s tribute: (
* Report: The Hill owner Jimmy Finkelstein is interested in the New York Daily News. (
* Praise for new NPR news chief Michael Oreskes. (
* Project Veritas is just “a multi-million dollar non-profit P.R. machine to promote the James O’Keefe brand.” (
* San Diego broadcast journalists blast their bosses at a Sunshine Week event. (
* “I Twitter everyday,” says Larry King. (Actually, his assistant does the tweeting.) (
* JOBS: A new NYC-based website is looking for education journalists; Honolulu Civil Beat seeks an investigations editor. (Romenesko Jobs)
* The University Daily Kansan wins a self-described college media geek’s 2015 Student Newspaper National Championship. (