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I’m really hoping ESPN Britt McHenry uses her time off to update her Tumblr with a sincere apology to the towing company worker she berated. (“Lose some weight, baby girl” … “I’m in the news, sweetheart. I will fucking sue this place.”)

In case you haven’t been following “Brimay,” here are just a few passages from the suspended ESPNer’s six Tumblr posts:

Britt McHenry in a parking garage (left) and on the field

Britt McHenry in a parking garage (left) and at the game

The first lesson I learned [from my first assignment]? No matter how early the flight, always wash your hair. You may be on a red eye but don’t put yourself in a position to sport red eyes on camera. I once had to spend the night in the San Francisco airport, trust when I say that’s not easy.

If you’re sightseeing the gorgeous architecture of Paris and find yourself still obsessing over television, you’re either crazy or made for this business. Perhaps, I’m both.

Sorry to disappoint a few disgruntled radio hosts or comedians of late, but looks didn’t get me anywhere when I was 22 and shooting video of a horse for an equestrian therapy story before stepping in its, for lack of a better term, droppings. Looks certainly didn’t help me when I crashed a company Ford Focus (baller vehicle status) trying to make deadline on an oh-so-glamorous skiing Santa Clause story; nor did looks help me pay rent on a measly $35,000 salary in Washington D.C.

Faith, determination, and some good wine did.

I’ve had enough Starbucks in my life to know that [waiting] 30 minutes for overpriced coffee is 29 minutes too much.

And, finally, this will come in handy today:

The mute and block buttons on Twitter are your friends. Let’s get more acquainted with them.

* Brimay: Britt McHenry on Tumblr
* ESPN suspends McHenry for a week after parking lot tirade video is leaked (si.com)
* McHenry apologizes on Twitter (@brittmchenry)

Also: “I was attacked by an ESPN reporter for wanting equal treatment of women” (Incidental Justice)

* Hamilton Nolan: Nobody is seeking to hurt this company by unionizing (gawker.com)
* Nick Denton is “intensely relaxed” over the idea of a union (capitalnewyork.com)

Meanwhile… Washington Post’s union is fighting for a new contract (youtube.com)

Regular readers of this site know about HudsonMOD publisher Shannon Steitz stiffing her freelance writers and photographers – and even making the luxury magazine’s Instagram account private so the journalists can’t plead for their money in the comments section. In this condensed letter, former HudsonMOD editorial consultant writes about his dealings with Steitz.

Letter to Romenesko
From TY SAWYER: I was the editorial consultant for HudsonMOD who hired Terry Ward [and others who are trying to get paid by publisher Shannon Steitz]. Early on during my tenure, I came across people who worked for the magazine before I took over who complained that Shannon didn’t pay them and still owed them money, including previous art directors and other freelancers.HUDSON Not knowing this was a serial issue, I thought it was just complaints from disgruntled past employees.

However, it didn’t take long for this serial non-payment issue to impact me. About two issues in, I would get calls about payments and ask Shannon, who would tell some version of, “oh, that was just mailed,’ or “it was sent last week,” etc. Boldface lies, as I came to discover, but I would pass along the information to the freelancer, only to hear back a month or few weeks later about the lack of payment. Shannon was the only person who wrote checks while I was there and she always knew who was hired and for how much from our weekly meetings. She almost never responded to the emails or phone calls from any freelancer looking for payment, even to acknowledge the issue and seek a resolution.

In the case of a photographer who refused to issue hi-res images to HudsonMOD because she hadn’t been paid for 5+ months, Shannon’s response was indignation that the freelancer “dared to hold the magazine hostage” because she wanted to be paid! It was an extraordinary thing to witness.

I, too, have not been paid my last consulting fee or expenses, and have been lied to and told the “check was mailed” enough times to know better than to believe it will ever show up. She also tried to get me to sign a non-disparagement agreement to get the check (which would never have come, anyway), which, of course, I did not sign. I cannot even get her to respond to my request for a 1099 for my taxes.

Multiple calls to publisher Steitz’s office number (973.249.6157) and cell phone (201.207.4816) haven’t been returned. Her business partner, Jason Lembo (973.332.1828), hasn’t returned calls either.

* HudsonMOD sends cease-and-desist to writer trying to get paid (jimromenesko.com)



- Graphic from "The Nightly Show"

– TV Guide On Screen graphic via “The Nightly Show”

Wilmore reacts to "The Nig"

Wilmore reacts to “The Nig”

Larry Wilmore told “The Nightly Show” viewers on Wednesday:

Before we get started, I didn’t want to mention this, but I feel like I have to. Last night I’m at home, trying to figure out something to watch. So naturally, I hit the TV Guide channel and noticed that TV Guide lists ‘The Nightly Show’ like this in the onscreen guide; absolutely true. [Laughs from the audience] Really, TV Guide? You couldn’t even fit the H in? That H would go a long way, right? I mean, can you maybe make the font a little smaller? How about that?

* “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” (hulu.com)

Great news!
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Oh, never mind.revised

* You will soon have 0.7 more inches of seat room on Southwest (businessinsider.com)
* Earlier: You will soon have 7 more inches of seat room… (BI via lockerdome.com)

A University of Florida journalism student’s quiz answer:

- From a PDF of the student's quiz

– From a PDF of the student’s quiz

“How would you grade it?” asks University of Florida journalism professor John Kaplan, who got this answer from one of his students. (I’d give the student a half point … and a copy of the magazine.)

* The Rolling Stones on the cover of Rolling Stone (rollingstone.com)
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* Ohio University Post’s opinion editor is suspended for two weeks for striking a deal with the school’s president. (athensnews.com)
* “I really question their judgment,” a journalism school dean says of Poynter’s newspaper’s role in Wednesday’s gyrocopter flight. “There is no end of the ways this could have gone wrong.” (washingtonpost.com)times
* Jacob Silverman: “It’s troubling that BuzzFeed apparently caved to advertiser pressure, but…” (thebaffler.com) | (cjr.org)
* Bill O’Reilly says Brian Williams is “definitely going to come back,” but maybe not as “NBC Nightly News” anchor. (latimes.com)
* Chicago Reader judges say Isabel Wilkerson‘s “The Warmth of Other Suns” tops Studs Terkel‘s “Working” as the greatest ever Chicago book. (chicagoreader.com)
* Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp‘s message to young journalists: “You can write listicles all your career, or you can come do some serious stuff here.” (digiday.com)
* SPONSORED: Learn from Steve Brill, Emily Bazelon and other storytelling masters at THREAD at Yale, June 7-10. (thread.yale.edu)
* Snapchat’s popularity is overstated. (observer.com)
* Anyone have a fresh angle on Hillary and Chipotle? (@jonfavs)
* Twitter’s lawyer admits “certain types of abuse on our platform have gone unchecked.” (washingtonpost.com)
* JOBS: Interested in sleeping? We have a writing/editing position for you. (Romenesko Jobs)
tote* Today’s fun fact: NPR sold 2,000 tote bags last year. (theatlantic.com)
* National Geographic is a social media champ. (nypost.com)
* Magazine trade group ASME softens its stand on native advertising. (wwd.com)
* Follow today’s International Journalism Festival doings on Twitter … or via livestream.