Jeremy Barr tweets: “Realization: @tribranchvo, who once made @romenesko for wearing a resume sign outside BuzzFeed HQ, is now at @micnews.” (My post is from August of 2013, by the way.)hireme

This afternoon I asked artist Tri Vo (right) if he ever got to talk employment with BuzzFeed. He writes in an email:

I did not interview with Buzzfeed. I was told that the position had been filled and for full-time. (I was still an undergrad and am finishing in May so that’s understandable.)

I came to a jobs/career fair at my school and met Mic people there and soon joined Mic last January as an intern. I am currently the Junior Designer.

Do I still dream of Buzzfeed employment? Well, I don’t know what the future holds, but as of right now I’m very happy at Mic.

* August 2013: Hire this guy, BuzzFeed! (
* I’ve asked Kevin Smiley if he ever found a job (

FiveThirtyEight managing editor Mike Wilson has been named the next editor of the Dallas Morning News.

FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver says: “Mike leaves on good terms and will be a tremendous editor for the Dallas Morning News. It’s a job we couldn’t in good conscience ask him to turn down. I think it’s pretty cool that a FiveThirtyEight alum will be running a major American newspaper.”

Wilson was Tampa Bay Times managing editor before joining FiveThirtyEight in November of 2013.

* Dallas Morning News names new editor (
* Earlier: Mike Wilson interviews for the Dallas Morning News editor job (

Statement from FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver:

I’m sad to see Mike go, as a friend and a colleague, and I am extremely proud of the work he’s done for FiveThirtyEight. Mike leaves on good terms and will be a tremendous editor for the Dallas Morning News. It’s a job we couldn’t in good conscience ask him to turn down. I think it’s pretty cool that a FiveThirtyEight alum will be running a major American newspaper.

FiveThirtyEight is already in the midst of an expansion; we have plans to hire 5-7 more people by very early next year. (Several of these positions have been posted already and the others will be available soon.) Replacing Mike will be priority No. 1, but we also have new positions available for writers, copy editors, product people and visual journalists. We look forward to expanding our team and we also know there are some amazing journalists looking for new opportunities right now.

Overall, we’re very happy with FiveThirtyEight’s first nine months. Getting the journalism right has been our top priority. But we recently set records with 7m unique visitors and 16m pageviews in November (per Adobe) and traffic has generally been much higher than it was at The New York Times. We also recently launched a documentary film series, and we’ll be beginning a podcast soon. As the last nine months have shown, there’s a rich future for our brand of journalism and we’re looking forward to the new year.

- Washington Post, December 18 (I added the arrow and emoji)

– From Washington Post, D5, December 18 (I added the arrow and emoji, of course)

That was written by Washington Post sportswriter Des Bieler and tweeted by Neil Irwin of the New York Times.

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Sherri Ybarra, who becomes Idaho’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction next month, was caught plagiarizing from her opponent’s website during the campaign. (She says she was surprised to see the similar language, but “I take responsibility for final copy content.”)
Ybarro wasn’t forgiven by the student journalists at Borah High School in Boise. They reported the Ybarro campaign’s plagiarism using language that was lifted from Boise Weekly. (The editor’s note on the right ran next to the article.)

“We could apologize [for the plagiarism] and say that this is a mistake … but if our new state superintendent was able to get away with it, is it even worth it?”

Student editor Harmony Soto (below) tells the Idaho Statesman:

editorI have spent so much time in English class learning how to cite other people’s work, learning just how big of a deal it is. And then for someone like that to get elected, it seemed very sketchy. What does that say? What does that say about what standards we’re holding each other up to?

Boise Weekly’s George Prentice, whose article was “plagiarized” by Soto to make her point, tells Romenesko readers that “when the student and her mother called me [and asked for permission to plagiarize], I was rather taken aback at first. I was fascinated, intrigued and a bit worried all at once.”

He told them he wanted to talk to school officials before giving the okay.

“What I learned was that the project was a part of a bigger conversation in the school’s journalism class about plagiarism. I told [the adviser] that I was impressed by the student’s gumption and that they could ‘borrow’ my work with my permission.”

Prentice adds:

On December 4th, I heard back from the student telling me that her school had just published paper, including the controversial story. This is what she told me:

“Almost as soon as I walked into my second period class, I had a fellow student throw a copy of the paper opened up to the Opinion age and say, ‘You’ve got some serious guts to do this!’”

I’m very impressed that a high school student has this much insight and I love the fact that it opens up a greater dialogue on plagiarism, particularly among students.

* Boise student editor plagiarizes to make a point (
* Student paper: Schools chief plagiarizes to win election (
* The student paper lifted from this piece to make a point (
* Rival campaigns, identical language (

* Texas Tribune and the Washington Post are now partners. ( | Earlier: New York Times splits up with Texas Tribune. (
* “I’m a realist” about the state of journalism, says Jack Shafer. “I’m neither an optimist nor a pessimist.” (
* A year of turmoil and change at the New York Times. (
roll* Cuban journalists visit Cal State Fullerton’s student newspaper. (
* [RIGHT] You mean “pivotal role,” CBS News?
* Scott Pelley does the “CBS Evening News” from Havana. (
* Yes, readers will pay for worthwhile online content. (
* Waco TV meteorologist Patrick Crawford is shot multiple times in the KCEN-TV parking lot. A motive isn’t given. (
* Chicago sports anchor Mark Giangreco apologizes for his “Cut [Jay Cutler] or cut your wrists” chyron. (
* Rupert Murdoch will “retire” in 2015, and other predictions from Michael Wolff. (
* JOBS: Atlantic Media Strategies is looking for a managing editor. (Romenesko Jobs)
* Football writer: Are we aiding and abetting a gladiator bloodsport? (
* Iowa State Daily student journalists did a nice job with Iowa State Hoops. (
* J-schools are adding more sports journalism classes. (
* Hilary Sargent goes from deputy editor to senior writer at (
* San Antonio’s KENS-TV retracts two I-Team stories after being sued. ( | The retraction: (
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* Medill Watchdog is closing its doors in the coming weeks (

The Houston Chronicle’s Karen Chen sends this email:

I’m a recent Medill grad (BSJ ’14) and frequent intern with our school’s investigative journalism team Medill Watchdog. Watchdog was the most valuable part of my education at Medill and I am only able to be part of the Houston Chronicle’s investigations team because of what director Rick Tulsky and the experiential training at Watchdog taught me. Not only did Watchdog give me skills to start out in this field, it inspired a fiery passion for investigative journalism and some of my most cherished college memories (even though many center on “boring” records requests)./CONTINUES Read More

A student posts on Reddit: “Hey all, have my journalism final tomorrow. It’s to write a lead on whatever story he gives you. Tips on writing good leads?”
You’re asking this late in the semester, Mr/Ms. Procrastinating Student? I’m not sure how much help this is, but here’s a good lead – or lede – from the Romenesko files. Let’s hope your prof gives you a UFO story.


* Hey all, have my journalism final tomorrow…” (
* “Peeing in his compost”: Best lede ever? (

New: “Most stories are better starting with the second paragraph” (


“Gotta love this classy upsell,” tweets Ryan Holiday.

Malala Yousafzai was 15 when she was shot by a Taliban gunman in 2012, so NPR always referred to her as “Malala” on second reference. mal2

“Two years later, should we still refer to her as ‘Malala?'” asks NPR standards and practices senior editor Mark Memmott.

That’s under discussion. For now, “Malala” remains OK even though that goes against the AP’s guidance (which the wire service isn’t following, by the way; it continues to call her “Malala”). One major reason not to change yet is that she’s known as “Malala” around the world.

* When it’s OK and not OK to use first names on second reference (