Monthly Archives: March 2015

Heidi Stevens’ column photo

- Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune

– Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune’s Heidi Stevens, who has received hundreds of reader comments about the way her hair looks in her column photo, writes:

My hair is naturally very curly, and despite the wishes of the aforementioned readers, does not respond well to combing. (Picture a lion’s mane, only bigger.) Believe it or not, I sort of straightened/styled it for my column photo.

I have spent moments of my life hating my hair and other moments liking it OK. Mostly though, I admit, I sort of ignore it.

I hope others can learn to do the same.

* Uncombed hair threatens the natural order (
* From Cayman Islands to Canada, readers weigh in on my hair (
* Stevens goes on “WGN Morning News” to discuss the hair kerfuffle (

Update: Stevens sends more emails from her hair critics. They’re after the jump. Read More

Smile, Carl! - via @heatherchilders

Smile, Carl! – via @heatherchilders

Carl Bernstein said at a Thursday SCARC fundraiser in New Jersey that Bill O’Reilly is “a fabulist” and Fox News “is not a news organization that’s breaking down the doors for the best obtainable version of the truth, any more than MSNBC is.” The Watergate reporter was jeered, reports the New Jersey Herald’s Rob Jennings, while Fox News personality and event emcee Heather Childers (at right) was cheered.

“We have some great reporters at Fox News,” she said. “I think we’ve done a lot of good work.”

Jennings reports:

The audience reaction perhaps was to be expected, as one questioner said she counted only several known Democrats in the reception hall at Perona Farms.

Earlier, upon being introduced at the event, Bernstein remarked playfully, “Thank you all, fellow Republicans.”

* Carl Bernstein, Fox Newser spar at SCARC dinner (

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Also: A Detroit councilman says he’ll no longer talk to Fox 2 reporter M.L. Elrick (


Slip the editors a story idea or two while picking up their dirty plates,sunny and the next thing you know you’re promoted to editorial assistant. | ALSO: SumAll is looking for a social media marketing manager who is “diligent with instagram filters and not a psycho with the tilt-shift.” The ad notes: “Fan of Always Sunny is a plus.” (It’s referring to the FXX show, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”)

* WIRED seeks dishwasher ( | h/t James Crugnale
* SumAll seeks a social media marketing manager ( | h/t Peg McNichol

* The New Jersey radio news director who was given a Corvette loaner – thanks to Chris Christie – is still writing about the governor. I asked Eric Scott about it Thursday, but he never responded. (
* Jonah Peretti‘s dumb idea: “I would raise prices [of the print New York Times] and make it into more of a legacy product.” ( | “Legacy product” Providence Journal is doubling its newsstand price next week. (
* Jon Stewart says farewell to “Daily Show” correspondent Jason Jones. (
* [RIGHT] How the Indianapolis Star played the state’s anti-gay law signing on page one. (
* Ad exec Martin Sorrell says agencies may want to rethink the shift of ad dollars into online media at the expense of magazines and newspapers. (
* Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s award-winning headquarters – opened in 2006 – is for sale. (
* Detroit Free Press editor and publisher Paul Anger is retiring in May. (
* Twin Cities news outlets are scolded for naming uncharged suspects. (
* JOBS: A new NYC-based website is looking for education reporters; Honolulu Civil Beat seeks an investigations editor. (Romenesko Jobs)
* NPR: Two reasons for not using “suicide” in the Germanwings crash stories. (
* Bet on Periscope over Meerkat. (
* The 62-year-old Chicagoan behind the Rhyme of the Day blog says he’s “motivated to amuse.” (Chicago Tribune via


* Teens punch girl during brawl ( | @carriemelago (

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Journalists at The Missourian in Washington, MO, visited Washington, DC, last week and were disappointed by the sloppy dress of visitors to the U.S. House and Senate office buildings.

An editorial in Wednesday’s paper asks:images “When did wearing jeans and walking shoes (we used to call them tennis shoes) become proper dress when visiting congressmen or -women?”

More on these uncouth visitors:

There were a few in shorts. Others wore baggy and loose-fitting clothes. Some of the people wondering around the halls trying to find the office they wanted to visit were not much removed from some of the street people we observed. And they didn’t appear to be much cleaner than the typical homeless person!

The journalists from Washington, MO (population 14,031) “saw one man wearing a T-shirt with an American flag imprinted on it and, of course, he had long, stringy hair.” (Of course!) “Another man wore gold-colored shoes and loose clothing.”

Other Washington, D.C. observations from the Missouri paper’s editorial:
* “We were a bit surprised at the large number of small children with parents.”
* “There seemed to be as many Asians as African-Americans.
* “Many people had their computers with them.”
* “It seems everybody had a cellphone.”

I’ve asked Missourian editor Bill Miller if he has photos of sloppy dress in D.C. to share with Romenesko readers. Update: No photos, he says.

* We’ve lost it …. proper dress code (

h/t Scott Charton


- From the Homer (Alaska) Tribune

– From the Homer (Alaska) Tribune

There are many great lines in this nice send-off, including:

He thought everyone could, and should, live on a strict diet of salmon, canned peas and rice pilaf, and took extreme pride in the fact that he had a freezer stocked full of wild game and seafood. His life goal was to beat his wife at Scrabble, and although he never succeeded, his dream lives on in the family he left behind.

Don had a life-time love affair with Patsy Cline, Rainier beer, iceberg lettuce salads and the History Channel (which allowed him to call his wife and daughters everyday in order to relay the latest WWII facts he learned).

* Obituary for Captain Donald Alexander Malcolm Jr. (

– h/t Sarah Hinman Ryan

* A Colorado Springs Gazette reporter says of her paper’s editorial board-written anti-marijuana series: “I wish that it had been labeled [as an opinion package] more clearly than what it was, especially online … I thought that there was a lack of transparency with that element.” (
images* How the New York Times keeps ads off stories about tragedies. (
* Uber and Lyft are blamed for the demise of Carriage News, a 45-year-old publication for Boston taxi drivers. (
* “There will always be a willing media outlet for [Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz‘s] latest campaign.” (It will most likely be USA Today, the SBUX PR department’s favorite publication.) (
* No surprise that Facebook “will continue to creep into new and unexpected areas of our lives, like customer service.” (
* Jay Mariotti, who recently joined the San Francisco Examiner, writes: “I’m ready to put out a cool sports section in a wonderful part of the world.” (
bogus* Daily Penn’s joke issue fools many. (Media outlets ran the Emma Watson story on the right as real news.) (
* Twitter reportedly paid $100 million for interactive video app Periscope. “Worth every penny,” writes Mat Honan. “It’s completely fantastic.” (
* Creators puts Ben Carson‘s syndicated column on hold. (
* The White House briefing room seating chart has been updated and now includes Buzzfeed and Al Jazeera. (
* Winners of the 2015 ASNE Awards for distinguished writing and photography have been named. Los Angeles Times wins two of the nine awards. (
* The $25,000 Michael Kelly Award finalists have been announced. (
* St. Louis alt-weekly Riverfront Times is sold to Cleveland-based Euclid Media Group, which now owns six papers. (

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” ( | (

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