Daily Archives: April 23, 2015


Milwaukee freelance journalist Geoffrey Davidian, 70, tells Romenesko readers:

City of Milwaukee settled the federal civil rights case I filed after a cop broke my camera while I was recording several officers ticketing the victim after a squad car exited an alley and T-boned her car. When reporters and photogs have rights violated, they let their news organizations go to battle for them. But the violation is against the reporter and photog, not just the newspaper.

The cop confronts Davidian

The cop confronts Davidian

More power to the news organization that pushes back when an employee is violated, but the reporter or photographer still has a cause of action against rogue cops. We don’t act like the violated rights are our rights. It’s come to the point where we let the company’s rights take precedence over our own.

Anyone who sees the video of Police Officer Joseph Anderer grabbing my camera can see he smirks as he breaks it. Not until every instance of this conduct is challenged will there be justice for individual journalists. Meanwhile, taxpayers bail out these rogue cops all over the country, including repeat offenders like Anderer. I’m happy to share my strategy with any abused journalist and tell them what I did so that they can do it themselves.

* Aug. 26, 2012: Davidian: “I’m not going to go away. I intend to have my story public” (
* April 21, 2015: City of Milwaukee settles with journalist over his broken camera ( | Video of the incident (

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* A hole in the middle of these families (

Rich Meislin, who is leaving the New York Times after almost 40 years, wrote what one Romenesko reader calls “the best farewell address.” Here it is:

Rich Meislin, April 22, 2015

When I started here as a copy boy almost four decades ago, The Times was distributed only once a day, only on newsprint, and only in black and white. The front page was eight columns, not six. The paper had only two sections each day. Abe Rosenthal was the editor.

Rich Meislin

Rich Meislin

Newsroom technology was pretty straightforward: reporters wrote their stories using manual typewriters on ten-part carbon books, which a copy boy would fetch, snap apart and distribute to many editors. Serious reordering of a story was done with scissors and paste, not copy and paste.

Finished stories were sucked by pneumatic tube to a huge composing room, where more than 800 people punched at Linotype keyboards and created type from molten lead, then assembled it into pages. The pages were pressed into mats and sent downstairs to be turned into plates and printed in the basement of 229 West 43rd Street. In the lobby, you could smell the ink in the air when the presses ran.

When I came to The Times, I dreamed of what was then a pretty typical career: I would hopefully work my way up from copy boy to be a reporter trainee and reporter, then maybe a Washington or foreign correspondent, and then an editor someday, maybe even a big-deal one.

My additional, private hope was that I could prove that I was a great reporter and become a correspondent before they found out I was gay./CONTINUES Read More

* Somebody please Periscope Sen. Beagle’s dog-related press conference on Monday! | Update: “Barking up the wrong tree,” and more cracks from my Facebook friends and subscribers.

Catching up after a morning flight:
* John Robinson: “I believe I stayed [on as Greensboro News & Record editor] three years too long. Not because I lost my love for journalism or for newspapering. I lost my will to keep battling the alligators in a company that had a different vision than I.” (
* The end of journalism as a decent career? Hardly! (
* The White House Correspondents’ Association spent almost 60% of its revenue on scholarships in 2009, but just 26% in 2013. (
* #freejason pins will be distributed at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. (
* Shame on you, Cumulus Media’s WPRO! A Rhode Island reporter spends months trying to get the money he’s owed. (
* Miami of Ohio’s Miami Student retracts a feature story and apologizes. (
* Finding your radio voice apparently isn’t easy. (
* Howard Dean calls the press “one of the failed institutions in American democracy.” ( | Dean slams the New York Times, which is defended by reporter Jeremy Peters. (@morning_joe)
* JOBS: is looking for a personal finance reporter, or work in Indiana as a marketing/communications director. (Romenesko Jobs)
* Jon Stewart on Fox News’ “The Five”: “I think of it … as a shit taco.” (
* Journalism merges with theater at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. (