Daily Archives: March 25, 2015

Miami-Dade Police Department public information officer Nancy Perez, who is getting a new assignment on Friday, sent this farewell to reporters on the cops beat. My tipster writes: “I have a feeling it was meant as a final fuck you to a more than a few Miami journalists.”

Today I say goodbye to you, the media. This doesn’t have to be a period of sadness, or maybe a period of happiness for some of you. Let’s try focusing on the benefits of transferring to a District. No, I did not forget to tell you which district, I omitted it on purpose.

1. No more on-call 365 days a year. (this includes nights also)
2. No more accusations of trying to hide something.

3. No more arguments with reporters over reporting the truth, and not sensationalizing the story.

4. No more it’s an emergency phone call. But the emergency is insignificant.

5. No more requests for information and my deadline is 1 hr. away.

6. No more why? Why? Why?

7. No more Me! Me! Me!

8. No more I need, I need, I need.

9. No more backdooring me in order to get information.

10. No more threats “I will contact your boss!”

I hope you finally learn the mysterious emotional appeals that I have made to Oprah and Dr. Phil the last nine years of having worked as a Public Information Officer.

In closing, I will miss many of you who really took your jobs seriously and acted in a professional manner. Also, those of you who have a BIG heart and really care of the community that you along with us serve.

“Value the people who sacrifice something for you, because maybe that something was their everything.”

* From 2012: “The cop who arrested me is a media spokesperson” ( | (

New: Read the comments from my Facebook friends and subscribers


Letter to Romenesko
From MIKE HOTCHKISS: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s website makes you answer questions occasionally, if you’re not a subscriber, to read an article. I’ve never seen this question before: What is the current year?

The best part is that the first time I answered, the site told me to take more time and try again. I put in 2015 both times. Second time was the charm.

This is the article [about the Riverfront Times being sold] where it happened to me.

* Screenshot of the story intro and questions (Google Drive)
* “It’s data and information collection used to make money” (



- Patty Hearst's T-shirt

– Patty Hearst’s T-shirt

Jill Abramson’s answer (from the Harvard Gazette, March 24):
Turn upside-down for the correct answer:

* Do you remember who pardoned Patty Hearst? | It was Clinton (
* For Jill Abramson, journalism comes full circle (


The Midland Daily News’ story about Tony Lascari being promoted to news editor includes this quote from the journalist: “I enjoy spending time with my nieces and my nephew, I’m an occasional runner and I love spending time in Midland’s parks. I live in Midland with my husband, Mark.”

That last sentence prompted State Rep. Gary Glenn to post a Facebook status update and send out a tweet “to alert readers to the reasonably observed possibility that this new position might be used to promote a political agenda or bias that’s at odds with our community’s values.”

Lascari says of Glenn: “I welcome him to contact me to speak about any topic at any time. In my new role as news editor at the Midland Daily News I look forward to helping my team produce quality stories that are accurate, interesting and important.”

Update — Lascari tells Romenesko readers: “I wrote a column yesterday that is the best statement of my views/reaction to Glenn that I can give.” He adds:

I have heard overwhelming positive feedback from the Midland community about my promotion. I also have received positive support about the column I wrote about my marriage, in which I say that I don’t think my marriage is worthy of receiving an “agenda alert” from a state representative. Rep. Glenn didn’t reach out to me to see what my political leanings may be before issuing the “alert.” …

The journalist (left) and the politician.

The journalist (left) and the politician.

On Facebook, my column has reached 47,200 people and received 579 likes, 96 comments and 67 shares as of 1:30 p.m. today. Those are enormous numbers for us at a small community newspaper. The comments have been almost all positive. The column was published in today’s print edition, and we will have to wait to see what the response is from our more traditional readers.

My colleagues at the Daily News have been supportive of me from the start. We may not agree on all issues, but we respect each other as journalists and intend to do the best work we can for our community.

* Glenn issues “agenda alert” over gay journalist’s promotion (
* “My marriage is a non-issue in Midland,” writes the news editor (
* Read Glenn’s Facebook post and comments about it (
* Glenn is accused of blocking Facebook comments (

Forbes contributors were told Tuesday that their pay will be cut for visits to content that’s more than 90 days old, because “advertisers are increasingly buying premium ads for new content, not old.”

Assistant managing editor Kerry Dolan writes in a memo [with my boldface]:

“We [currently] pay the same for every view, whether it comes from new content, or content that’s 90 days old, or a year old, or 3 years old.images-3 Starting April 1, we’ll pay the same rate we now pay per visitor to content that’s within 90 days of publication. We’ll pay 25% of that amount for visitors to content more than 90 days old.

The full memo:

As you’re probably aware, the digital advertising marketplace is changing, radically and suddenly.

In the past few months there’s been a drastic move toward ad viewability — in other words, advertisers only paying for the ads we can prove that people see.

In addition, advertisers are increasingly buying premium ads for new content, not old.

To keep pace with these changes we need a reset on the way we’ve paid our contributors.

And that’s going to impact the way your earnings are calculated./CONTINUES Read More

* “Can’t help but wonder if this will end up on @romenesko tomorrow. Double byline: Tom Hamburger and Rachel Weiner.” (@MichalskiLaura)burger | “He’d relish the opportunity.” (@bbellafiore)
* Report: U.S. and Syria are in talks to release missing journalist Austin Tice. (
* Steve Brill on “The Jinx”: “Once they catch him at the end muttering to himself, if you’re a journalist, you go back and ask him what he meant. The basic rule of journalism is you ask people for comment.” (
* How BuzzFeed got $4 million in tax credits from New York. (
* Denver press critic Michael Roberts calls Colorado Springs Gazette’s “Clearing the Haze” series “a beautifully presented but woefully one-sided anti-weed screed.” (
* Cal Thomas tells Liberty University students that he had his first column framed. It ran in the New York Times. (
* “Digital is making money for us now,” says Conde Nast president Bob Sauerberg. (
* The Advance ax swings again: “Many employees of The Times of Trenton, The South Jersey Times, NJN Publishing and The Express-Times will be offered jobs with NJ Advance Media, although officials of the newspapers say there will be some job losses. They did not say how many employees will be laid off.” (
* Expect to see more video advertising on Facebook. (
sea* Clare Farnsworth retires after covering the Seattle Seahawks for 36 years. ( | Richard Sherman tells the journalist: “This place won’t be the same without you.” ( | h/t @sportsrapport
* JOBS: A new NYC-based website is looking for education reporters; Honolulu Civil Beat seeks an investigations editor. (Romenesko Jobs)
* “I just threw away 420 death notices that I accumulated through the years,” says a 96-year-old devoted newspaper reader. (
* #RaceTogether to deadline in a temporary AP “newsroom” at an Albuquerque Starbucks. (@RussContreras) | h/t Matthew Keys
* “Meerkat will literally change the world.” (My bullshit detector just blew a fuse.) (
* Providence Journal weekday newsstand price goes from a buck to $2. (