Daily Archives: May 20, 2015

John Roderick of the indie rock band The Long Winters is running for Seattle city council and needs to have someone on his campaign staff explain that the headline writer isn’t his enemy. (Also, Roderick’s name is spelled correctly in the Seattle Times story.)

I asked the Seattle Times if it wanted to respond to Roderick’s Instagram gripe, and assistant managing editor/standard & interactivity Leon A. Espinoza sent this statement:

We are sorry John Roderick, the frontman for the indie rock band The Long Winters, saw any kind of political gamesmanship in our Local cover headline (“Burgess, rocker top fundraisers so far in bid for council position”). None was intended. Headlines aren’t designed to convey every detail, but are intended to draw readers into a story. Identifying a prominent council member by name and a lesser-known opponent by a most-interesting detail (he’s a rocker) is more likely to draw readers into the story, which serves readers, the story, and the players in the story well.

* “Seattle Times doesn’t know how to spell my name, I guess” (
* This Seattle Times headline he likes (

USA Today editor-in-chief David Callaway says of this Tuesday post:

I think the story yesterday misrepresented the depth of the talent in the newsroom… [including] a ton of great social [media] people, and data people and news people who are taking over some of the more prominent positions in the newsroom.

There’s been goodbyes, there’s been tears and hugs, but most of the people leaving are pretty excited about having a lot of time off, paid. And you know what? They’re all getting offers, because they’re all news pros.

* USA Today editor says he won’t disappear in spinoff (
* Editor: Daily USA Today print edition could vanish in a few years (

Ball State administrators, who pay tribute to David Letterman on their home page today, note that the retiring talk-show host has “consistently doted on his alma mater – routinely referring to [the school mascot] cardinals as ‘the fiercest robin-sized bird in the animal kingdom.'” Today’s Ball State Daily has stories about Letterman’s retirement, and students thank him in a three-minute YouTube video.

* David Letterman put Ball State on the map (
* Emily Yahr: Letterman shamed me on national television (
* “We have all kinds of stuff planned” for tonight’s show (
* Julia Roberts has never seen Letterman outside of the studio (
* Two Wisconsin icons recall their Letterman appearances (
* Letterman helped a woman grieve after her mother’s death (
* Read the late Peter Kaplan’s 1981 profile of Letterman (
* Your favorite Letterman guest? (Brother Theodore was mine) (

New: Comments about Letterman and his guests from my Facebook pals

Memo to the Denver Post staff from editor Greg Moore:


I am sorry to have to announce that Craig Walker, our stellar two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, is leaving to take a fantastic job at The Boston Globe. He will be great there and do us all proud as a Post alum, but he will be missed.

Craig is one of the most devoted storytellers I have ever worked with and his patience and commitment for doing right by the story is a hallmark. He has done outstanding work at home and abroad and been a great colleague, role model and teacher here. He will be around for a couple of weeks so please wish him well on his new opportunity.

Thanks, Craig, for your incredible eye and all your excellent work during an amazing 17 year run here. Heck of a job.


* From 2012: Craig Walker wins his second Pulitzer in three years (

Romenesko reader David Rutter writes:

The perils of promotion strike once again.

[Chicago NBC affiliate] WMAQ had one of those red-face moments Tuesday night. After the conclusion of “The Voice” in which the season winner for it big ratings winner was announced, the 10 p.m. newscast had a banner and promo ready to run.

Unfortunately the banner that was set up read “BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH WINS THE VOICE.” It flashed on the air for a few seconds and then disappeared. The on-air folks were aghast in that moment when everyone looks at each other but no one says a word.… Swiftly, they moved on …

Of course, that’s happened with newspapers, too.

* “I had my money on Lorem Ipsum,” and other comments (
* Sixteen-year-old Sawyer Fredericks wins “The Voice” (

* Akron Beacon Journal is putting out a section that honors the city’s departing mayor – and the mayor doesn’t like it. ( | Mayor tells businesses: Give your money to charity, not the Beacon Journal. (
* An NPR reporter loses to a machine in a newswriting race. “WordSmith finished writing the story in two minutes. Scott [Horsley] took just over seven minutes.” (
* Wall Street Journal offers buyouts and plots a “serious realignment.” (
* Statement from the union representing WSJ’s newsroom: “We were surprised to learn buyouts may have been ‘offered’ to Wall Street Journal staff. When IAPE TNG/CWA Local 1096 approached management earlier this year and asked about buyouts, we were given the standard response: There is no organized effort to offer buyouts to staff members, but management is always willing to listen if an employee is interested in leaving and wonders if a separation package might be available.”
* Three newspapers in India refuse to run a mother’s spouse-wanted-for-my-gay-son ad. (
* Conde Nast’s Lucky magazine goes from monthly to quarterly. (
* Print is still big with Capital Hill staffers, “mainly because of how readily available the printed versions are around the Hill.” (
* New York Daily News proves that “no publication can refute an article about itself quite as amusingly as a tabloid.” (
* Editor in North Dakota: “I don’t throw it in people’s faces that I’m gay, I understand I’m in an area that’s not used to seeing two men together, albeit a very religious town as well, and I’m a respectful enough person to appreciate that.” (
* IN JOBS: Apply for the Associated Press‐NORC Center for Public Affairs Research Journalism Fellowship Program. (Romenesko Jobs)
* A contributor to Gannett’s Tennessean business section promotes her own project; a disclosure wasn’t added until the local alt-weekly pointed it out. (
* What’s more amusing – the correction or the byline? (
* Jack Limpert: The use of “we” in mainstream publications can turn off readers. (
* Newspapers in the 19th century did aggregating, too. (