A Romenesko reader writes:

rulesI’m a longtime newspaper reporter who was recently hired as a metro editor. This is my first foray into management and working with reporters from the other side.

I was wondering if you or your readers had any good book recommendations for folks new to management. Especially any books by newspaper people about leading a newsroom.

I posted this note on my Facebook wall a few minutes ago and suggestions are already pouring in. Do you have any books to add to the list?

* Read the suggestions from my Facebook friends and subscribers (


* April 23 issue of Baltimore City Paper (
* From February: Baltimore Sun Media Group buys City Paper (

Highlights from New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson’s podcast chat with Catie Lazarus:

* “[Nate Silver's lawyer] said to me, ‘[Repping Nate is] like representing the prettiest girl at the party.’ I looked at him with kind of a raised eyebrow and just in a deadpan voice, I said to him, ‘I’m very sorry, but The New York Times is always the prettiest girl at the party.’ I believed that then and I believed that now.”

* “I have often paused and wished I could take a month off and go to business school and really study. Actually, my predecessor Bill Keller did that, and I think before him that Howell Raines did that as well. I envy them that they did that.”

Are these the glasses that a prison inmate wanted?

Are these the glasses that a prison inmate wanted from Jill Abramson?

* About letters she’s received: “The most absurd is after a C-Span appearance a reader, who was in prison, wrote me begging me for a pair of my glasses. I thought that was absurd and slightly ominous.”

* About her tattoos: “I have now four. I think eventually, when I finish doing them, will tell the story of me, of where I lived, and what things have been important to me. … I have two then on my back that are the two institutions that I revere, that have shaped me. One is unsurprisingly the amazing ‘T’ in The New York Times newspaper. Then I have a Crimson Harvard ‘H’ and that’s for Harvard, and also for my husband Henry, who we met when we were in the same class at Harvard. … And now I feel like shooting myself for spending, like 10 minutes, talking about such a trivial thing.”

* Jill Abramson on Nate Silver, tattoos, and Anita Hill (
* Nate Silver is #36 on Out’s just-released Power 50 list (

worstCareerCast is out with its latest best/worst jobs listings. Newspaper reporting – ranked the worst job out of 200 occupations last year – is in the 199th slot this year.

191. Corrections officer
192. Firefighter
193. Garbage collector
194. Flight attendent
195. Head cook
196. Broadcaster
197. Taxi driver
198. Enlisted military personnel
199. Newspaper reporter (“A job that has lost its luster dramatically over the past five years is expected to plummet even further [-13%] by 2022 as more and more print publications abandon operations.”)
200. Lumberjack

CAREERCAST’S TOP TEN JOBS: Mathematician; tenured university professor; statistician; actuary; audiologist; dental hygienist; software engineer; computer systems analyst; occupational therapist; and speech pathologist.

CareerCast publisher Tony Lee explains why the reporting job moved up a notch: The work environment for lumberjacks “got a little worse,” while it stayed the same for reporters. Also, pay for lumberjacks declined more than it did for reporters.

* The worst jobs of 2014 ( | Jobs ranked from best to worst (
* April 2013: Why lumberjack ranked higher than reporter in CareerCast’s survey (


* Boston Globe wins the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news (
* Read the letter that Globe editor Brian McGrory wrote to Pulitzer judges (
* Today’s Boston Globe front page (“A year since attacks…”) (

* It was “idiotic” for the Pulitzer judges not to give a feature-writing prize, says Daniel Okrent. “The notion that there was no prize-quality feature-writing this year doesn’t imply there’s anything wrong with feature writing; it just suggests there’s something wrong with the prize committee.” (
* Jay Rosen: “No prize for the network of journalists and newsrooms that brought the surveillance story forward.” (
sig* Sig Gissler (left), administrator of the journalism prizes, refuses to channel Joseph Pulitzer. (
* Surprise! People don’t rush out to buy newspapers just because they’re Pulitzer-winners. (
* Sorry, Pulitzer winners, but we’ll quickly forget that you got the prize. (
* University of Missouri-St. Louis student government sticks with its decision to cut newspaper funding. (
* Scott Smith: “People who bemoan lack of comment sections are Web 1.0 folks who remember when comments were discussions, not digital cross-burnings.” (
* John Cook, editor-in-chief of Pierre Omidyar‘s The Intercept, is looking to hire journalists who are fast, not white, and not male. (
* JOBS: A defense contractor in Colorado seeks proposal writers. (Romenesko Jobs Page)
* A California newspaper publisher – the guy who lifted a Michael Sam commentary a few months ago – faces a $5,000 fine for running misleading political ads. (
* Akron Beacon Journal is the only news organization that’s staying on top of the Kent State documents-shredding story. (
* Ryan Chittum on USA Today’s clickbait. (“I counted 12 bylines in one day from one reporter.”) (
* adds what it calls “premium” video content to its home page. ( | Jeff Jarvis: “Aol premium video? Looks like cable leftovers: meatloaf TV.” (@jeffjarvis)
* Looking for a scent critic? Michael Perry‘s your man. (
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In the late 1960s, an 8-year-old girl saw coins on a stack of Sunday newspapers at her neighborhood pharmacy. “In my child’s mind I found money,” she tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Looking back the coins were buying newspapers.” Two weeks ago the “coin thief” – now 55 – mailed her confession and a $5 check to the paper’s accounting department.

* Woman atones for taking coins at pharmacy in 1960s (

The 2014 Pulitzer winners
Public Service
The Guardian and the Washington Post for their National Security Agency coverage. | The Post’s story about its prizes. | Guardian’s story.
* Finalist: Newsday

Colorado Springs Gazette's celebration

Colorado Springs Gazette celebration

Breaking News Reporting
Staff of The Boston Globe for its “exhaustive and empathetic coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing.” | Editor Brian McGrory told his newsroom: “There’s nobody in this room that wanted to cover this story.”
* Finalists: Washington Post staff; Arizona Republic staff.

Investigative Reporting
Chris Hamby of The Center for Public Integrity for his reporting on lawyers and doctors who rig a system to deny benefits to coal miners. | “Our first Pulitzer Prize,” notes CPI’s executive director.
* Finalists: Megan Twohey of Reuters; Cynthia Hubert and Phillip Reese of the Sacramento Bee.

Explanatory Reporting
Eli Saslow of The Washington Post “for his unsettling and nuanced reporting on the prevalence of food stamps in post-recession America.”
* Finalists: Dennis Overbye of The New York Times; Les Zaitz of the Oregonian.

Editorial Cartooning
Kevin Siers of The Charlotte Observer for “thought provoking cartoons drawn with a sharp wit and bold artistic style.” | “Last week,” he says, “I won a fishing contest, too.”
* Finalists: David Horsey of the Los Angeles Times; Pat Bagley of the Salt Lake Tribune./WINNERS LIST CONTINUES
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“I personally think we’re saving journalism,” Journatic founder Brian Timpone said in the summer of 2012.

I’m guessing he now regrets that remark.

Just months after the low-paying, hyperlocal content provider teamed up with the Chicago Tribune,journa “This American Life” revealed that Journatic occasionally used fake bylines for Filipino workers and some U.S. journalists. (“Jake Barnes” – remember him in “The Sun Also Rises”? – was one.)

The Tribune dropped Journatic over the bylines and other ethics breaches in July 2012, then five months later started using its services on a limited basis again. After that, though, few journalists paid attention to the embattled news/listings provider.

In January of this year, Journatic – the “savior” of journalism – was renamed LocalLabs “to better reflect the scope of the work we do,” says Hanke Gratteau, LocalLabs vice president for media services. “We don’t just work for media companies.” (My questions were emailed to CEO Brian Timpone, but he passed them on to Gratteau, a former Chicago Tribune editor.)

“Regarding your other questions [about which papers use LocalLabs], we don’t talk about our client list,” Gratteau writes in her email.

I have learned, though, that the Las Vegas Review-Journal is using the Chicago-based LocalLabs for one of its View neighborhood sections. (Publisher Ed Moss, who is known for cutting newspaper staffs, made the decision to hire LocalLabs as a cost-savings measure, I’m told. I’ve sent him some questions.)

The Review-Journal View section last week had stories by LocalLabs writers Jessica Sabbah (based in Chicago) and Kasey Schefflin-Emrich (in New York), along with stories by the five fulltime Review-Journal View journalists who fear they could lose their jobs to LocalLab contributors. (When contacted, Sabbah referred me to Gratteau without additional comment; I couldn’t reach Schefflin-Emrich.)

“The writers and editors are upset, and raised concerns, but they’re also resigned to their fate,” my source says.

He adds:

[R-J staffers are] also hearing most of the briefs and “community happenings” in the View are being outsourced to writers in India, and our local editors haven’t been able to interact with them. The Journatic writers clearly had trouble understanding the events they were writing about and have ZERO sense of Las Vegas (one even wrote that Downtown Vegas was about 6 miles east of where it really is).

* April 2012: Tribune Company invests in Journatic (
* July 2012: Chicago Tribune suspends use of Journatic (


From the comments section: “I’m Declan Curry, the presenter in the photo. I write my own caption[s]; this was a joke about me being away for an extended holiday. …No-one was being rude or insulting and no-one got into trouble. Also – it was many months ago. This is a very old photo.”

* BBC caption department telling it like it is (@JohnDonoghue64)

* “We believe a new [comments] system will encourage even more readers to engage with us,” says Chicago Sun-Times editor-in-chief Jim Kirk. “We are asking our readers for patience during this process.” ( | Earlier: Sun-Times pulls the plug on comments while it works on a new system. (
prizes* Former Pulitzers reporter Joe Strupp says the journalism prizes are still a big deal to him. ( | Pulitzer winners will be announced at 3 p.m. ET. ( | (
* Aaron Kushner‘s Los Angeles Register launches on Wednesday. On weekdays, the paper will have 50 to 60 pages in five sections; Sunday’s paper will be 80 to 90 pages. ( | Former Los Angeles Timesman Kevin Roderick: “I remain in the hopeful but not optimistic camp.” (
* Hyperlocal sites in Chicago are still trying to figure out how to make money. ( | A laid-off Patch editor returns. (
* Associated Press West Africa bureau chief Rukmini Callimachi wins the 2014 Michael Kelly Award. (
* “The Michigan Daily fills an important niche in Ann Arbor and a need that is unmet by our regional newspapers,” says the student newspaper’s editor-in-chief. (Ouch, Ann Arbor News!) (
* New York Daily News loses its “remarkable” online editor to London’s Metro commuter paper. (
* Temple’s data journalism class was created to teach “the practice of finding stories in numbers and using numbers to tell stories.” ( | At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, only two three sign up for the course. (@mattwwaite)
* Career counselors and media entrepreneurs have some advice for Class of 2014 j-students. (
* John Cook, editor-in-chief at First Look’s The Intercepter, is taking reader questions. (
* Pew: 18% of online adults say they’ve had important information stolen. (
colbert* Arkansas Democrat-Gazette didn’t hear that David Letterman‘s replacement has been named? (@SaylorRyan)
* Questioning Facebook’s future “is like going to Rome and questioning the existence of God.” (