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Waco Tribune-Herald editor Steve Boggs is busy directing his BH Media-owned paper’s shootout coverage, so I appreciate he took time to answer a few questions:

The number of Tribune-Herald journalists who were on the story Sunday?

4 reps [reporters] (3 on day off)
2 editors
2 photo
Others called in to see if we needed anyone.
no stringers

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How the shootout was reported:

Day 1 coverage had main story, and sidebar on reaction around that part of town. Main story pretty comprehensive. Would have liked to develop various aspects into sidebars, but very little information to support them was forthcoming from the police department. So we stuck with single story on day 1.

Branching out into separate stories today and moving forward.

Challenges:

Getting a crash course in the difference between motorcycle clubs, and outlaw biker gangs. Probably our biggest challenge is developing sources in a hurry into the biker sub-culture, and determining the identify of two of the five gangs present, and if they were outlaw or just regular mc’s.

On-site reporter, Olivia Messer, did outstanding work, as did assistant city editor Tim Woods in organizing and updating the information.

Felt good about print product. We tend to publish to web first on most stories every day. Online traffic was big, as you’d expect.

* Latest shootout coverage from wacotrib.com

Noted: New York Times had six reporters on the story, according to @CMurphyDenver

The Newspaper Guild of Philadelphia tells its members at the Inquirer and Daily News:

“In the very week that the company announced a board of directors, three years of positive cash flow and the launch of a new business section for what was described as a ‘reborn’ Inquirer, the Guild hoped [last Friday’s] session would carry the positive momentum forward. The company, however, only wanted to engage in more expensive time-wasting by offering not one single idea or proposal in three hours.”

A contract extension expires on Sunday, and “at this time the Guild bargaining committee has told the company we do not want another extension. We want to start bargaining.”

The union memo is after the jump: Read More

* Nikki Finke is launching Hollywood Dementia in June – a site with short stories, novellas and novel excerpts “written by Hollywood insiders like myself [who will] expose the hard truths and gritty reality of showbiz through creative writing.” She’s going to charge $1 per post. (nikkifinke.com)
* Why would someone buy the New York Daily News? “Maybe I want to be Walter Cronkite when I grow up,” says the one man who has expressed interest in the tabloid. (He’s 66.) (nytimes.com)
* New York Times Pulitzer-winner Gretchen Morgenson puts journalism in two categories: accountability, where journalists speak truth to power; and access, where reporters tell the story from their source. (minnpost.com)
* Atlanta Journal-Constitution podcast is inspired by NPR’s “Serial.” (apple.com)
* No selfies at crime or disaster scenes, please. (syracuse.com)
* An Orlando Sentinel column about George Zimmerman is pulled without explanation. (cadenhead.org)
* George Stephanopoulos is more like Bill O’Reilly than Brian Williams. (washingtonpost.com)
* Hank Stuever explains David Letterman: His show “was counterinstinctive art disguised as harmless filler.” (washingtonpost.com) | By the way, the cakes [right] were “devoured” in the WaPo newsroom. (@hankstuever)
* Seymour Hersh: “It’s not my fault I have fucking sources most reporters don’t have.” (washingtonpost.com)
* Publishers are now fine with Facebook Instant Articles? (digiday.com) | Another report: They see it as a “tricky” experiment. (washingtonpost.com)
* AOL’s Tim Armstrong is hardly Mr. Humble. (ft.com)
* Belo will never live down the CueCat. (adage.com) | Earlier: CueCat memories. (jimromenesko.com)
* “We don’t have a journalism problem,” says Dallas Morning News editor (and ex-FiveThirtyEight managing editor) Mike Wilson. “We have a business problem.” (keranews.org)
* BillyPenn.com founder Jim Brady sees curating as linking out, and “not rewriting another news org’s story and stealing a link.” (ajr.org)
* Brooke Gladstone, Jon Stewart, and 15 more people who should be considered for the New York Times media columnist job. (observer.com)
* A journalist’s plea to get rid of purple: (uni-watch.com)
* Today’s Wall Street Journal A1 is written by women. (@davidenrich)
* JOBS: Cedar Rapids Gazette is looking for a news editor. An education news website seeks a video director. (Romenesko Jobs)
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