Daily Archives: March 30, 2015

Lately, says American Lawyer editor-in-chief Kim Kleman, “it’s as if some PR folks don’t understand that the job of a reporter is different from that of a publicist. … Here’s a cheat sheet so they’ll know exactly where The American Lawyer stands.” From that sheet:


* We don’t let anyone see stories before they’re published, and PR staff doesn’t get to “approve” the quotes we plan to use. …To fact-check pieces, reporters will sometimes review with a subject the gist of his or her comments. And occasionally, for very complicated pieces, I encourage reporters to read word-for-word specific passages to experts to make sure we got the details right.
* If we didn’t make a mistake, we’re not going to change a published piece so you like it better.
* News judgment is our call. Sometimes, we’ve gotten requests to kill a story when a PR person thinks an article is heading the wrong way. This doesn’t work.

Meanwhile, PR man and former newspaper journalist Gil Rudawsky lists some misconceptions that reporters have about PR people, including:

* PR is just spin.
* PR pros couldn’t make it as journalists.
* No stress.
* There are no deadlines in PR; and
* PR people don’t know how to write.

The best PR people, says the former Rocky Mountain News journalist, “know how to pitch good stories, and work with reporters to get them information and sources on deadline. This is even true in cases when a story might be negative toward a client.”

* Dear PR Professional… ( | If you hit a paywall, try the link in the tweet above
* What I learned from both journalism and PR (

Washington Post, February 17

Washington Post, March 30

Pine Bluff (AR) Days Inn employee Shanna Tippen talked to the Washington Post about her quarter-an-hour raise in February. The slight bump in pay – to $7.50/hour – won’t make much difference, she told the Post’s Chico Harlan. He reports today that Tippen was fired by hotel manager Herry Patel for talking to the newspaper. “He said I was stupid and dumb for talking,” says Tippen. The reporter says Tippen is taking her case to the National Labor Relations Board.

Patel was “unavailable” when I called the hotel this afternoon.

* What life is like after a 25-cent raise (
* Minimum wage worker loses job after talking to reporter (
* Days Inn & Suites, Pine Bluff, AR (

sullivan* “I had to stop [blogging] primarily because it was killing me,” says Andrew Sullivan (left). (
* Journalists shouldn’t be writing native ads. “Good long ad copy is written like one person talking to another, grammar be damned,” says Mark Duffy. “Journalists are trained to not write this way.” (
* Reassuring: “An algorithm can’t yet replace a good reporter.” (
* “Meerkat crumpled like a wet napkin” after Periscope launched. (
* Ogden (UT) Standard-Examiner is launching “Behind Bars,” a weekly column by a convict. ( | A teacher thought the new columnist might be president someday. (
* GOOD returns to newsstands today – at $14 a copy. (
* Question for Philip Terzian: “Why do you – a former Pulitzer juror, published author, and experienced journalist and editor – publicly celebrate the demise of a newspaper?” (
* Caroline Little is stepping down as president of the Newspaper Association of America. ( | Earlier: A new public filing puts Little’s pay at $632,845. (
* Scripps newspapers around the country say farewell to their blue lighthouse. (
* Sacramento Bee takes another shot at website comments after shutting them down in 2013. (
* Get to know new “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah. ( | Five thoughts about the Noah selection. (
* Gary Shelton, the onetime “face and soul of the Tampa Bay Times Sports section,” joins SaintPetersBlog. (
* Tribal council bans sale of Rapid City Journal over a headline published in January. (Lakota Law Project)
* Oops! A Romenesko reader spots “Final Four Birth” on the Freep website. (


From the front page of Sunday’s Anderson (SC) Independent Mail. | Here’s the uncovered photo.