Daily Archives: May 6, 2015

Public Policy Polling director Tom Jensen told Detroit Free Press political reporter Paul Egan in late April: “If I had polled you for favorability with Iowa Republicans, you would come out with the same number [Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder] did.”

Egan on May 6: “Apparently Jensen decided to test his theory in PPP’s latest poll, in Arizona. He wasn’t far off.”


* Egan’s pals on Facebook have campaign signs ready to go (
* April 30: What’s with all the Gov. Rick Snyder White House talk? (

A University of Cincinnati investigative reporting class did this story:beat

A Romenesko reader writes:

Anyone looking for evidence that college students are producing great journalism should check out the cover story in today’s CityBeat, (Cincinnati’s alternative weekly): “Robin Hood in Reverse.”

An investigative reporting class at the University of Cincinnati looked at Ohio’s eight largest public universities and found that with one exception, trustees and administrators impose hidden fees and invisible taxes on thousands of working-class students to subsidize money-losing athletic departments while allowing academic spending to nosedive.

Why not publish it in the university newspaper? “The students decided to go with CityBeat,” says Prof. Craig Flournoy, “because they liked the idea of it being a cover story and because the weekly could more easily accommodate a 5,200-word story, three charts and photos.”

* Robin Hood in Reverse ( | Read the e-edition

After it was announced this morning that the Minneapolis Star Tribune is buying City Pages from Voice Media, veteran Twin Cities media writer David Brauer went on WCCO radio to discuss the deal. Here’s an excerpt, and an audio file of the conversation:

WCCO’s John Hines: “City Pages, according to Steve Yaeger, who is the VP from Star Tribune, says [the weekly] will retain its independent editorial voice. I thought the interesting comment was, ‘I expect it will continue what it deems important, including shining a light on other media from time to time.'”minn

David Brauer: “That’s good. I’m glad they’re saying that because, obviously they’re worried about jerks like me saying, ‘Now they’re going to go soft on the Star Tribune.’ …

“Now the question will be: what if you write something that’s true alt-weekly – something that the daily does not want printed about itself – maybe they use an F-word or two – is that really going to fly? We’ll see. Frankly, I think it would be a smart move if they improve City Pages and kept an alternative voice – that would be a very logical and smart thing to do. And [billionaire Star Tribune owner] Glen Taylor does have a reputation with the companies that he acquires about letting good management really manage.”

Los Angeles Times staffers received this memo Wednesday morning:

To: The Staff
From: Davan Maharaj, Editor, and Marc Duvoisin, Managing Editor

We’re pleased to announce that David Lauter, chief of our Washington bureau and one of our sharpest political thinkers, will lead The Times’ coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign, starting now.
David will work closely with Kim Murphy, assistant managing editor for national/foreign news, in shaping our coverage strategy and generating smart stories on themes of relevance to our readers. These include immigration policy, the courtship of the Latino vote, the money game in California and elsewhere, and the ways data science is reshaping campaigns./CONTINUES Read More

From GateHouse-owned Quincy (Mass.) Patriot Ledger:

This is what happens, GateHouse Media bosses, when you gut your newsrooms and ruin morale by denying raises year after year. | Read employee reviews of GateHouse Media.

* Seniors, students spell for scholarship fund (

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Earlier: “Fox & Friends” misspells spelling bee while reporting on a bee (

* Minneapolis Star Tribune buys City Pages alt-weekly from Voice Media for an undisclosed amount. (
* Reporter-turned-flack: The hardest part of being a tech journalist was “the constant pressure to churn out quality work and then realizing that what your bosses really wanted from you was work that earns tons of page views.” (
* A judge rules that Elkhart (Ind.) Truth courts reporter Emily Pfund (left) doesn’t have to surrender her notes, but she does have to appear in court to testify. (
* Tribune Publishing reports its earnings were down 75% in the first quarter. ( | Analysts quiz Tribune Publishing’s CEO about the slow growth of digital subscriptions. (@LynneMarek)
* John Koblin explores the mess at Al Jazeera America, “a nonfactor in news.” (
* Report: Hollywood producer Jon Peters is interested in the New York Daily News. (
* A reporter from Baltimore’s WBAL-TV “steps back” from the Freddie Gray story because of her relationship with a prosecutor. (
* Barbara Demick: “For journalists working in China, there is no more sensitive subject than the wealth of the top leadership.” (
* SPONSORED: Apply for a $5K/month McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism. (
* A Chicago Tribune photo editor notes that images of dogs and cats get the most comments on Instagram. (
* Nashville Scene’s Steve Cavendish is named Washington City Paper editor. (
* Ed Schultz re Chris Mathews in a 2008 email: “What the fuck? Every time he gives a commentary he’s foaming at the mouth? Does the guy have some condition we don’t know about?” (
* A plea to stop putting two spaces between sentences. (@reynoldsjessica)
* JOBS: Work in Indiana as a university marketing/communications director. (Romenesko Jobs)
* Chicago White Sox’s executive vice president shuts off a “profane, misogynistic rap song” in the clubhouse and apologizes to a female reporter. (@pwsullivan)