* “I love the caption under the image in @rdevro‘s article about being arrested in Ferguson.” (@runasand)
* “We have never been prouder of our son Jim,” writes Diane Foley. “He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people.” (
* Daniel Pearl‘s mother, Ruth: “Our hearts go out to the family of journalist James Foley. We know the horror they are going through.” (@DanielPearlFNDN)
* James Foley in Marquette Magazine: “Marquette was perhaps never a bigger friend to me than when I was imprisoned as a journalist.” (
* Afghanistan’s attorney general orders New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg out of the country. “We’re appalled that a government would kick a reporter out for doing his job,” says Dean Baquet. (
* Why journalists are siding with protesters in Ferguson. (
* University of Michigan junior Mark Gurman makes six figures a year reporting on Apple. (
* The U.S. military doesn’t want its employees checking out Glenn Greenwald‘s The Intercept. (
* For $19, you can learn how to write just like Susan Orlean! (
* Editorial cartoonist Joe Fournier makes a “bad living” freelancing for the Chicago Tribune. (
* Why news sites still allow comments: tradition. “[They] have been a convention for nearly a decade now, and publishers are hesitant to eliminate them.” (
* E.W. Scripps exec on the broadcast division vs. print unit: “It’s premature to handicap which would be more successful in the coming years, and by what measure.” Really!? (
* JOBS: Current newspaper – a publication of American University – seeks an executive director. (Romenesko Jobs)
* Matt Taibbi‘s digital magazine is expected to be named Racket. (
* Disappearing news articles, video clips and ads are coming to Snapchat. (
* Send anonymous news tips, link suggestions, memos, comment spam sightings, and typo alerts to | Romenesko on Facebook | Romenesko on Twitter
* Advertise your job opening for just $25 a week. Contact Tom Kwas at for information. (He’ll take care of your Sponsored Post or display ad, too.)


Beginning September 4, The Bullet at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA, becomes The Blue & Gray Press. “The editorial board felt that the paper’s name, which alludes to ammunition for an artillery weapon, propagated violence and did not honor our school’s history in a sensitive manner,” says a release. “The new name is simple but calls forth UMW’s colors, giving a direct reference back to the school and students the university paper should represent.”

A name change was also considered in 1971, at the time of the Vietnam War. The Bullet was founded in 1922.

Update — Managing editor Mariah Young writes:

I think [this post] framed our decision as being centered solely around the issue of gun imagery. While this was one of many reasons for the name change, it was not the leading reason, which is the impression the article puts forth. Rather, the biggest reason for the name change was so that the paper’s name reflected something students could connect with. As it previously stood, the name of the publication had no relation to the school community and therefore did not reflect the school it served in the way college newspapers – and all school organizations – should. Blue & Gray symbolizes the university’s colors and represents our school’s spirit. We believe this is a symbol the UMW community can feel a connection to, whereas The Bullet did not connect the students with their paper.

* New name for University of Mary Washington newspaper (
* The UMW Bullet on Facebook

* Developing: ISIS claims to have executed journalist James Foley (below). (
foley* “Please be patient until we all have more information, and keep the Foleys in your thoughts and prayers.” (Find James Foley) | “The intelligence community is working as quickly as possible to determine [the video's] authenticity.” (@BrettLoGiurato)
* Conde Nast sells Fairchild Media to Penske Media for around $100 million. ( | (
* Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt defends Farheed Zakaria. (
* A West Virginia TV station that refused to cover Ed Rabel‘s congressional campaign because of his attacks on local news changes its policy. (
waffle* Arianna Huffington: “I’m 64-years-old and I’ve never had Botox, fillers or plastic surgery.” (
* Atlanta Press Club asks: What are your favorite local stories from the last 50 years? One candidate: “Around the clock at Waffle House.” ( | (Jason Travis photo)
* Leonard Maltin‘s 2015 Movie Guide will be his last. (
* Bring on the Facebook “satire” tag! (

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter:

Her eyebrow-raising tweet:

The crime writer on maternity leave was mocked in the replies. Example: “@ChristineDByers needs to stop being a steno and start being a reporter.”

Colin Campbell got this statement from Post-Dispatch editor Gilbert Bailon: “Christine Byers is a police reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch who has been on FMLA leave since March. She is not involved in the Ferguson coverage while she is on leave. Her tweets are personal.”

New Hampshire political reporter Kevin Landrigan lost his job last Monday when the Nashua Telegraph closed its statehouse bureau. One week later he was hired as chief political correspondent by multimedia startup NH1, which launches in the fall. nh1

NH1 also announced today that it’s hired CNN political editor Paul Steinhauser as news anchor and political director. He joins NH1 in January.

* Kevin Landrigan joins NH1 as chief political correspondent (
* CNN’s Paul Steinhauser joins NH1 as news anchor (


I’ve asked Post reporter Doree Lewark about her big shoes, which I suspect she borrowed for the photo shoot.

Some great comments about this silly New York Post piece:
* “Someone wrote an Onion article and the NY Post picked it up instead.” (@JenASchiller)
* “And with this, the dumbest column in history, the NY Post officially reaches peak troll.” (@chezpazienza)
* “The New York Post hits a new, terrible level of, well, New York Post-iness.” (@AlexKoppelman)
* “It seems like satire but I can’t call it.” (@Carnegro)
* “The pro-catcall ny post piece is master trolling.” (@owillis)

* New York Post comes out boldly in favor of catcalling (
* What this reporter likes is called “street harassment” by most women (

* Afghanistan’s attorney general won’t let New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg leave the country. (
* “There is no journalism textbook on how to cover a riot.” (Kindle Single idea?) (
* Ferguson protesters go after the media. ( | Intercept reporter Ryan Devereaux is detained in Ferguson. ( | Update: He’s been released. | Getty Images photographer Scott Olson was in custody for a few hours. (
* Capt. Ron Johnson‘s statement on arresting journalists. (@MatthewKeysLive)
* A reporter says covering the protests “has been memorable, exhilarating and downright exhausting.” ( | Protests outside of CNN’s headquarters. (@hilaryr)
will* Jeff Edelstein: “When I’m interacting with @WillMcAvoyACN, I usually need to remind myself Will McAvoy does not exist. Existential crises have been built on much less.” (
* Editor’s farewell column: “While I’ve yet to work in a newsroom anywhere where bashing the local newspaper was not considered a ‘sport,’ I’ve been disappointed at the way some think it’s OK to use the staffers here as human pinatas.” (
* Against editors: ( | For editors: (
* “I’m not so sure that newspapers are in their death throes,” writes Sharon Waxman. (
* Newsweek is adding staff and building a continuous news desk. (
* How alt-weeklies can take advantage of the local daily’s troubles. (
* “For your next job,” writes Clay Shirky, “you may need to convince your future bosses that you are valuable all by your lonesome, but that part of that value is working well on a team.” (
* Longtime Rolling Stone writer Charles M. Young has died. (@wdana) | Young’s faceoff against cancer: (Chuck M. Young)mad
* Uh-oh: Matthew Weiner predicts the “Mad Men” finale will get mixed reviews. (
* What’s needed to save “Meet the Press.” (
* The Kickstarter campaign for “Deadline” – Will Steacy‘s book about the struggles of Philly’s newspapers – went $10,000 over its goal. (
* New York Times is nominated for four Streamy Awards. (
* The Ashtabula (OH) Star Beacon reports its sports editor has been accused of inappropriate conduct with minors. (

Here is Medill’s email about its Journalism Residency program, which has students interning at news sites for one quarter without pay. My tipster says the biggest change here is #3. “Most seniors have completed 2+ internships excluding JR, so we’ve long griped about paying full tuition to add one more internship to our resumes.”

August 18, 2014

Dear Medill students,
We hope you are having a wonderful summer and are enjoying all that comes with warm weather and long days.

As your thoughts begin turning to the start of the school year next month, we went to let you know about some changes to the Journalism Residency (JR) program. In an effort to enhance this experience, you’ll have more options when it comes to selecting a site. medill

Beginning with the Class of 2016 (rising juniors), you’ll have three choices for JR:

1. You can go through the placement process as it currently exists, where Medill has found and vetted a site
2. You can find your own JR site, which Medill must vet before giving approval
3. You can use an existing internship or fellowship as a JR (which Medill must vet before giving approval), even if the internship or fellowship is during the summer

No matter which option you choose, you will still select one of the four tracks (news/online, magazine, broadcast/video or marketing communications) during your sophomore year and take two required pre-JR classes, as well as Media Law and Ethics.

Please let us or the Office of Student Life know if you have any questions or concerns. The Medill faculty and staff look forward to working with you in an out of the classroom as you prepare for this exciting undertaking.

Associate Dean Craig LaMay and Acting Director of Undergraduate Education and Journalism Residency Coordinator Desiree Hanford

* Medill program offers internships with prestige, but no pay (