Daily Archives: April 9, 2015

“This is to inform you that we have had to postpone the hiring process for the Energy Reporter position due to the economic outlook that faces both public broadcasting (possible 100% state funding cut) and the State of Alaska due to the decline in oil production and prices.”

* Earlier: Alaska Public Media seeks an energy reporter (

– h/t @nat_herz

USA Today Sports managing editor Mary Byrne has resigned to join as an NFL editor. David Meeks replaces her. He’s been the paper’s sports enterprise and investigations editor.

The announcement from USA Today:

David Meeks, a veteran journalist with stints at the Associated Press, Los Angeles Times and New Orleans Times-Picayune, has been named managing editor of USA TODAY Sports. At the Times-Picayune, Meeks ran the newspaper’s coverage of the city after Hurricane Katrina, work that led to two Pulitzer Prizes in 2006.

Mary Byrne (Photo: USA Today)

Mary Byrne

Meeks served as assistant managing editor for enterprise and investigations at USA TODAY Sports for the past three years.

Mary Byrne, the former managing editor of USA TODAY Sports, accepted a position as an NFL editor with

“We are excited to have David running our day-to-day Sports operation,” USA TODAY Sports Media Group Vice President of Content Gerry Ahern said. “His experience and proven track record of leadership serve us well.

“We wish Mary the best in her new endeavor.”


Maybe his hemorrhoids will disappear now. (This is from the Times Literary Supplement NB column for March 27; h/t Earl Boebert.)

In 2009, University of Kansas journalism professor Scott Reinardy found that 62% of the female journalists he surveyed either intended to leave the profession or were uncertain about their future. In his new study, the figure is up to 67%; it’s 55% for men.

Women also reported higher levels of exhaustion than their male colleagues, and while there was no significant difference between the two in terms of cynicism,burnout both men and women were in what is considered the high range of cynicism as related to burnout.

Just among women, those who stated they intended to leave the field had significantly higher rates of exhaustion, cynicism and significantly lower levels of professional efficacy, or feeling like their organization supported them.

Reinardy says in a press release on his report that “this group of women are classic burnout cases” who don’t feel supported by their employers, and “the only resolution is often to change jobs or leave the field altogether.”

Reinardy has been on the journalism burnout beat for at least eight years. In 2007, he reported that journalists 34 and under were the most exhausted and cynical toward their work. His study from eight years ago found that 44% of the young respondents were uncertain about remaining in journalism.

* 2015 report: Study shows journalism burnout affects women more than men (
* 2009 study: Female journalists more likely to leave newspapers (
* Young journalists confront burnout: A Reinardy study from 2007 (

The Newspaper Guild changed its name to NewsGuild earlier this year, and now the Newspaper Guild of New York is asking its members to approve changing its name to NewsGuild of New York. The union leadership tells members today:

We recommend a “yes” vote on this question.

Background and explanation: Obviously, a lot has changed since our Local was chartered by the Guild 81 years ago.Unknown News, which was always at the core of the Guild’s mission, is still very much alive, but most of the newspapers that were around in 1934 are gone, and the circulations of those that survive peaked years ago. Most of the growth in today’s news business is in digital-based organizations.

For the Guild to best position itself to organize and represent journalists in the online world, it needs to shed its vestige of the 20th century. Several other Guild locals have already dropped “newspaper” from their names, and in January our Washington-based parent union also dropped “paper” from its name to become The NewsGuild-CWA. We are the largest Guild local in the United States and we’re surrounded by digital start-ups. It’s time we did the same. (No matter what our name is, we will remain Local 31003 of the Communications Workers of America.)

A Guild spokesman tells Romenesko readers: “The letter [excerpted above] is going out to members Thursday (4/9) along with the ballots. The ballots are scheduled to be counted on 4/29 and the Guild is planning to announce the results on the same day.”

* January 20, 2015: Newspaper Guild becomes NewsGuild (

Donald Trump reacts to possible damage to his coffee table

The Des Moines Register’s Josh Hafner and other members of the press were on Donald Trump’s jet Wednesday when this happened:

Be careful, fellas,” Trump said to TV crews cramped around him in the cabin. “There’s one guy very dangerous with that one camera. I’m talking and I’m watching that camera which is about this far from the ceiling, knowing that my day is going to be ruined if they ruin the ceiling.” …

As questions ended on the plane, a camera stand tipped over and hit Trump’s coffee table.

“There we go. Told you. Who dropped it? Aw, come on fellas.”

No one said a word. “Who’s is it?” Trump asked again.

“It’s ours,” one journalist said, meekly.

“You know that just fell on my coffee table,” Trump said.

“Aw, I’m sorry,” said the journalist.

“You’re sorry?” Trump said. “I’m sorry, too.”

Hafner captured the accident on Periscope. (My screenshots are from his feed, which expires soon.)

* Trump, with mild regret, welcomes press aboard jet (
* A list of everyone Donald Trump has called “a loser” (

Print Edition's Error 404: Sign I spotted at Milwaukee Public Library's East branch

Print Edition’s Error 404: Sign I spotted at Milwaukee Public Library’s East branch

* Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron says it’s time to discard “the lingering notion that paper will remain for long a big part of what we do. It will not. For a while, yes. But it will not last. …Most readers prefer to get their information from digital sources.” (
* Most teens (71%) use more than one social network site, but among the 22% of teens who only use one site, 66% use Facebook, 13% use Google+, 13% use Instagram and 3% use Snapchat. (
* Bob Schieffer says he plans to travel after retiring in May. “Mainly, I just want to rest a little bit.” ( | “You can bet heavily that Schieffer has never lusted after hosting The Tonight Show.” (
* New York Times reader: “I am aghast that the Times would post a video of the murder of a human being in the news feed this morning.” Have you watched cable news, sir? They’re playing it nonstop. (
* Journalism students from 19 universities will investigate marijuana legalization under the guidance of Leonard Downie Jr. (
* Former newspaper copy editors say they’re making more money as freelancers. (
bob* From yesterday’s White House pool report: “New York Times photographer Steven Crowley graciously shares with the pool that POTUS reminisced as he looked at a wall of framed records [at the Bob Marley Museum], ‘I still have all the albums.'” (
* Careful what you ask Coach K! (
* Institute for Nonprofit News (INN) CEO Kevin Davis departed after clashing with the board over the organization’s direction. (
* Photographers Julie Lindemann and John Shimon, who shot skinheads, albinos, street preachers and others for my Milwaukee Magazine stories in the 1990s, are profiled by that publication. (
* Marquette’s Lori Bergen is named the first dean of the University of Colorado’s College of Media, Communication and Information. (
* Twin Cities radio veteran Mary Lucia takes time off to deal with a stalker. ( | h/t @thedudekabides