Update: The student government has decided not to freeze the newspaper’s budget after all. “Our initial actions were made based on the concerns we received from several students,” student leaders say. “The removal of the “April Fools” edition of the paper was called in order to protect our students from feeling uncomfortable. However, The Record you’re our students as well! & the freedom of speech and press proves that us limiting your distribution, is not right.” The post continues here.
Earlier: The SUNY Buffalo State Record was renamed The Wreckard for April Fools’ Day, and included a piece by “copy editor Brian Williams,” a story about Gov. Cuomo’s snacking ban, and a film review correction, which said “a March 30 review of ‘Get Hard’ called the movie ‘enjoyable at times.’ This is patently untrue.”
Some on campus weren’t wild about The Wreckard, including student government president Emily Leminger. She emailed the newspaper staff and told them their April 1 edition was “a very serious matter.”
It has come to our attention from many students and faculty members that some of the topics discussed in the ‘Wreckard’ satire addition [sic] were offensive to members of Buffalo State and the surrounding community.”
Please note that your budget has been frozen, all publications of ‘The Wreckard’ must be removed from campus tomorrow by 5PM and relocated to your office.
She didn’t say which articles offended the campus and surrounding community.
I’ve left messages for Leminger, editor Jonny Moran, and newspaper adviser Annemarie Franczyk. | Update – The adviser tells Romenesko readers: “The most current information is the college administration recognizes the violation of the paper’s freedom of speech and is seeking some sort of joint resolution.”
New: “We are really relieved that our funding is back,” says the paper’s ME (buffalonews.com)
* The Wreckard (buffstaterecord.com)
* Buffalo State paper’s budget frozen over April 1 issue (buffstaterecord.com) | Decision reversed (facebook.com)
Throwback Thursday: Stories about New York media from April 2005:
New York magazine on Rupert Murdoch’s Post (April 11, 2005): “It has stolen from the Daily News the mantle of New York’s populist paper, and yet it also fêtes the city’s rich and powerful, trafficking in a kind of tycoonophilia. The very same power-hungry plutocrats whom the old Post loved to torment are given the royal treatment by Murdoch’s Post—until they fall, that is, and then the Post gleefully piles on.” (nymag.com)
– New York Post, April 1, 2005
Lachlan Murdoch, quoted in The New Yorker (April 11, 2005): “We don’t really think about the Daily News that much.” (newyorker.com)
New York Times on New York magazine editor Adam Moss (April 4, 2005): “His one-year tenure has brought distinct changes to both its journalism and its design, with the former better received than the latter. …As for the magazine’s new look, it brims with thumbnail pictures, short interviews and type so tiny it can be hard to read.” (nytimes.com)
New York Times on the April Fools’ Day parade (April 1, 2005): “New York’s April Fools’ Day parade is a great big hoax, the brainchild of Joey Skaggs, the éminence grise of pransksterdom who has been duping the news media with his outlandish stunts for decades. …[He] has drawn a wide range of news media outlets in the past, including CNN, USA Today and, without fail, a camera crew or two from Japan.” (nytimes.com)
Letter to Romenesko
From THOMAS PALMER: My blog, the Picture Prosecutor, is the first of its type (my colleagues and editors believe) that examines the contextual misuse of photojournalism in online news publishing. This occurs when photos are improperly integrated with headlines and captions, resulting in a third, false meaning. Please give it a look.
* The Picture Prosecutor (timesunion.com)
* Gannett is about to take control of ten Digital First Media papers in Pennsylvania, Texas, and New Mexico. (niemanlab.org)
* Jack Shafer: At Fox News, GOP presidential candidates are rarely spanked; “the only real punishment is neglect.” (politico.com)
* Medium hires journalists and takes steps to become profitable. (digiday.com)
* Too bad Businessweek’s Cubs cover didn’t come out on April 1. (bloomberg.com)
* Ted Cruz calling the New York Times “a leftist rag” is “a badge of honor,” says Timesman Edward Wong. (@comradewong)
* New York Daily News reportedly loses $30 million a year, so Cablevision’s one-dollar offer for it doesn’t seem that crazy. (usatoday.com)
* The enduring influence of “the PayPal mafia.” (nytimes.com)
* Seymour Hersh on ex-NYT executive editor Abe Rosenthal: “He used to come into the newsroom in Washington and tap me on the top of my head and say, ‘How’s my little commie?’ The next sentence would be, ‘What do you have for me?'” (cjr.org)
* VIDEO: “The haircut that divided a nation.” (chicagotribune.com) | Earlier: Strong reactions to Chicago Tribune columnist Heidi Stevens‘ hair. (jimromenesko.com)
* NYPD chief: New York Post founder Alexander Hamilton would be embarrassed by the tabloid’s Wednesday page one story. (capitalnewyork.com) | The Post stands by its story. (nypost.com)
* How high school kids use Instagram to help pick a college. (time.com)
* NPR’s Carl Kasell turns 81 today; ex-NYT public editor Daniel Okrent celebrates 67 years. (@charlesapple)