Daily Archives: April 6, 2015

Photo: Ben Canales

Photo: Ben Canales

Photojournalist Ben Canales writes on Facebook: “Huh… I wrote this article for Backpacker Magazine years ago, guess they needed some new content so blew the dust off this one. BUT, who the hell added a dog silhouette to the image???! That was never in the original photo.”

He tells Romenesko readers: “At some point soon, I’d like to talk with an editor and ask how and by whom the image got manipulated or swapped. …My guess is some intern did it and the upper editors didn’t even know.” I’ve asked Backpacker editor Dennis Lowen about it. | Update: Backpacker digital media editor Trent Knoss got back to me. He explains what happened:

I asked an intern to re-promote the article on Friday and he mistakenly used an incorrect version of the image sourced from the web. The article predates me here at Backpacker, so I didn’t catch the modification. I’ve posted a correction and will also reach out to Ben personally.

Kevin Wellard had some fun with the altered image and replaced the dog with other “campers.” His work is posted in Canales’ comments section.

(Credit: Kevin Wellard)

Credit: Kevin Wellard

* “Who the hell added a dog silhouette to the image???!” (


Gannett’s Clarksville (TN) Leaf Chronicle is looking for a reporter to cover Austin Peay State University. One requirement: “Five years experience developing a personal brand and fan base.” (Question for Gannett: How many Twitter followers/Facebook subscribers does a reporter need to have a “fan base”?)

* Clarksville Leaf Chronicle seeks higher education reporter (Gannett)

New: Read comments from people who make up my “fan base” (

Michigan State Rep. Gary Glenn posted an “agenda alert” two weeks ago after reading that gay journalist Tony Lascari was promoted to news editor at the Midland Daily News. Glenn said there was a “possibility that this new position might be used to promote a political agenda or bias that’s at odds with our community’s values.” (The lawmaker seemed to be bothered by the mention that Lascari “lives in Midland with [his] husband.”)

The editor (left) and the state representative

The editor (left) and the state representative

Glenn now says he “unfairly prejudged” the editor’s ability to be fair, and that his alert was a “snap judgement” that was “thoughtless and inappropriate to my new position.”

He writes in a letter to the Midland Daily News:

The 60 seconds it took on a Sunday morning to thoughtlessly cut and paste an article to Facebook is not indicative of the focus of my time, attention and judgment as a legislator. Voters who supported me, and those who didn’t, deserve my best and most measured judgment — all the time. I’ll strive to demonstrate that over the totality of my time in service, that’s what you and they can expect.

Again, Tony, my sincere apology. I wish you, your staff and readers a Happy Easter, especially grateful this weekend in particular to have a Savior who died for and forgives all our transgressions.

I’ve invited Lascari to comment on the apology. | Update – The journalist tells Romenesko readers:

Rep. Glenn and I exchanged voicemail messages on Friday afternoon. He apologized in his voicemail message to me. I called back and left a message to thank him for the apology. I appreciate the Midland community’s support of my promotion. I also have appreciated hearing from media professionals from around the country in the past two weeks. I’m still
excited to start my new role on May 1.

* Lawmaker apologizes for “alert” over gay editor’s promotion ( | His letter (
* Earlier: “I don’t think my marriage is worthy of receiving an ‘agenda alert'” (

* John Oliver visits Edward Snowden in Russia for “a half humorous, half serious R-rated conversation about surveillance.” ( | Watch it. john
* Northern Michigan University administrators boot the newspaper adviser – a former Sun-Times investigative reporter – after student reporters investigate an NMU deal with Starbucks. ( | Earlier: NMU and the campus paper face off. (
* It doesn’t matter who reads the evening news from behind a desk. ( | Discuss this with Frank Rich at noon ET. (
* But nobody was fired…. The Columbia journalism school report on Rolling Stone’s campus-rape story “reflects a complete meltdown in the journalistic process at the magazine,” writes Rem Rieder. ( | “A reportorial autopsy.” ( | “A 25-page report on how not to practice journalism.” ( | CJR interviews the report authors. (
* This is what gets you fired from Rolling Stone: (@ThePowersThatBe) | From 2006: “A flare-up with Jann Wenner.” (
* Two Pulitzer-winners join the University of Oregon j-school faculty. (
* Boston Globe visits the hotel that was once the Portland Press Herald building. (
* The Oddly Numbered List and other headline formats favored by web publishers. (
* Arianna Huffington is taking “social stars” to the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. (
* RIP Bob McClory (he covered human decency for the Chicago Reader) and Kendall Wild (“You couldn’t fool him”).romeneskojobs