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In today’s Morning Report, I said The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead tried to shame lawmakers for voting against a bill that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation.

That’s wrong, says editor Matthew Von Pinnon.

“We did not do it to shame anyone, as many people are [implying],” he says. “We did it simply to convey the info people wanted to know, no matter which side of the issue they are on. They wanted to know how each lawmaker voted.fargo We shared all votes, including from the Senate, which had earlier narrowly passed the bill.”

The newspaper has received dozens of emails and phone calls, says the editor, “but social media has just blown up over it.” People on Twitter are praising the paper for making “a bold statement for LGBT equality,” and “[calling] out anti-gay reps,” which it’s not doing, according to Von Pinnon.

The editor continues:

Some are saying they will keep the front page for the next election, no matter which side they are on. Some who likely never bought a print paper say they ran out to get this copy so they have it for history or to help them vote next time. One area business even posted the front page near their door and declared those who voted no on the bill will not be admitted (sort of a reversal of the issue).

Who came up with the concept?
“The idea for the cover was born at our afternoon news huddle,” he says. “We started talking about doing a how-they-voted list and it morphed into the picture thing pretty organically. …It was a great team effort, paired with a well-done news story by Capitol correspondent Mike Nowatzki.”

Lawmakers’ reaction?
“From what I’ve heard, the lawmakers seem fine with what we did. They say they are standing by their votes, though they are getting a lot of feedback on it. I’m not sure they expected this kind of attention.”

* PDF of today’s Forum page one (newseum.org)
* Read The Forum’s Facebook page comments about today’s page one (facebook.com)


From University at Buffalo newspaper editor-in-chief Sara DiNatale‘s column about the Buffalo State College Record funding flap:
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* Fools controversy: Tough times in college media (ubspectrum.com)
* BSC Record’s funding is frozen over April 1 issue (jimromenesko.com)

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* Fargo Forum tries to shame anti-gay North Dakota lawmakers on page one. (newseum.org) | The story: (inforum.com)
* Investigative Reporters & Editors names winners of the IRE Awards. (ire.org)
* Associated Press denies reports that it’s partnering with China’s state-run Xinhua news agency. (mcclatchydc.com)
* Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron calls Iran’s handling of the Jason Rezaian case “state-sponsored injustice.” (washingtonpost.com)
* “NBC Nightly News” is #1 in the first quarter of 2015. (tvnewser.com)
* A marriage proposal ad in today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch. (@Kirkman)
* The National Society of Newspaper Columnists (NSNC) decides to keep its June 25-28 annual conference in Indianapolis. (columnists.com) | “I expected more from a group of journalists,” says an NSNC member. (northjersey.com)
* NYDN: New York Post editor-in-chief Col Allan and Harvey Weinstein are pals, and it shows in the tabloid’s groping coverage. (adweek.com)
* Steve Brill: “If I were the American Lawyer, it might be the one magazine where I might not do anything digital with it. It would be a really elegant, thick glossy publication – the only way you can get it.” (bna.com)
* More from Brill: “I always thought that you shouldn’t be pissed off at PR people.” (bna.com)
* LSU’s David Kurpius is named dean of University of Missouri Journalism School. (columbiatribune.com) | (themaneater.com)
emoji* Real men don’t use emoji. (nytimes.com)
* More WHY? questions, please. (whenjournalismfails.com)