On June 7, 2013, I sent this email to Bloomberg reporter Renee Dudley: “An anonymous tipster reports you were banned from Wal-Mart meetings all this week while other national media were allowed to cover them. Is this correct?”
Dudley referred me to a Bloomberg spokesman who confirmed that the reporter wouldn’t be in Bentonville, Arkansas, for Wal-Mart’s shareholders’ meeting.

I then called David Tovar, the retail giant’s PR guy. He said Dudley wasn’t allowed at Wal-Mart’s media week events because, he claimed, she wasn’t a fair reporter. His gripe, it seemed to me, was that she was too aggressive.

In March of 2013, Dudley wrote about Wal-Mart’s disorganized stores, empty shelves, and long checkout lines. In an April 2, 2013, follow-up, Dudley wrote that she got more than 1,000 emails from unhappy Wal-Mart customers.

In fall of 2013, Tovar accused Dudley of “having an agenda” and told CNBC that “we’ve tried to speak with her editors and it seems to fall on deaf ears.”

In June of 2014, Dudley was told that once again she wasn’t welcome at Wal-Mart’s media week events.

Dudley and Tovar

Dudley and Tovar

Last Friday, Northwest Arkansas Business Journal reported that Tovar was resigning his corporate communications position. Wal-Mart explained that he was “just ready to move on to his next adventure,” and left it at that.

Dudley, though, got the rest of the story. The PR guy who had been bad-mouthing her resigned after Wal-Mart discovered that he had falsely claimed he had a B.A. degree from the University of Delaware. He attended the school, but never graduated.

I asked Dudley about her “delicious scoop,” but she didn’t respond. Bloomberg’s spokesman says the company doesn’t have anything to say about its reporter and Tovar’s fall.

* Wal-Mart spokesman said to resign over resume falsehood (
* What?! Wal-Mart spokesman David Tovar lied? (
* Earlier: Wal-Mart can’t stand Bloomberg’s coverage of Wal-Mart ( | Dudley should be commended for her work (

Gawker Media is moving to 114 Fifth Avenue in New York’s Flatiron District. “We’ve taken on three floors totaling nearly 60,000 sq feet,” Nick Denton tells his staff. (They’re currently at 210 Elizabeth St.) “We’ll be subletting one of the floors for a few years, with plans to expand into it later.”

Here’s Denton’s memo:

I have some big news about the company’s expansion and future plans. In particular, we will be moving out of the walk-up Nolita loft space that has been our home since 2008. Earlier today, we signed a lease for three floors of 114 Fifth Avenue.

It’s a long-term commitment funded from our growth over the last three years — and a mark of our confidence in the prospects for online media, and our own trajectory.
But let’s recap where we are first. As a company, we’ve been quiet — and that’s only in part to do with me being away on honeymoon and sabbatical.

We’re a financially sober independent company in an online media sector drunk on cheap finance and its own hype. And we’ve been heads-down, working on Kinja, the platform for bloggers that is our model for the future of independent media.

Our engineers have built the foundations of our own social discovery network, with functions such as follow and star proving increasingly useful signals for content recommendations./CONTINUES Read More

Republican millionaire venture capitalist Bruce Rauner, who is running against Gov. Pat Quinn in Illinos, wouldn’t let a dozen journalism students cover his medical marijuana press conference this morning.

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Chicago Sun-Times political reporter Natasha Korecki tweets: “Rauner tells Columbia College students/professor that pressers are open to ‘working press only.’ Locked them out.” She added: “Nor would Rauner stop to talk to students.”

Quinn’s communication director tweets: “What kind of bully candidate turns students away from his press conference? Reporters get sneak preview of what Rauner admin would B like.”

Columbia College interim journalism department chairman Leonard Strazewski tells me he’s looking into the matter. I’ve left a message for Rauner’s press office.

Update: Curtis Lawrence, who teaches a course called Covering Politics, tells Romenesko readers: “We’re covering the state and county races that are coming up on November. The students do their own reporting, and when we get a chance we cover things live. Rauner had an event this morning – an 11 a.m. press conference – and we hopped on the brown line [el train], thinking we were going to get in. …The plan was for them to tweet the event. …We were told we couldn’t come in because it was for working press only.”

Lawrence says the students “thought it sucked …They were disappointed.”

The teacher then tried to get Rauner to spend a few minutes with his students after the press conference. His request was ignored, though.

“He didn’t even look us in the eye or answer us.”

* “My biggest concern is how to cover the world right now when it’s really dangerous,” says New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet. “That’s the thing that keeps me most awake at night.” (
* Wal-Mart spokesman David Tovar, who got some attention in June for marking up a New York Times editorial with “editor’s notes,” resigns over a puffed-up resume. (
* “The new kid at work is making us a pie!” (@kimseverson)
* The editor of an Iowa newspaper is fired after writing a column critical of Ferguson police. His boss claims there were other reasons for the dismissal. (
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* Anti-dog magazine Poop & Pooches is a hit in Germany. (
* A college newspaper moves to Medium. (
* Joe Pompeo on gay media pioneers, with a mention of “closeted conservative firebrand Matt Drudge.” (
* Obsessed? Fox News has aired nearly 1,100 segments on the Benghazi attacks in the first 20 months after those attacks. ( | (
* New York Times columnist David Brooks sells his home for $4.495 million in just 48 hours. (
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* The NLRB – ruling on a 2003 labor dispute – tells CNN to rehire 100 employees and pay 200 others. (
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Memo to the Oregonian staff from editor Mark Katches:

Hi all,

I’m in New York until Friday but I couldn’t be more excited to share news with you that I hope underscores our commitment to high-impact journalism and great story-telling.

Les Zaitz will be returning to the newsroom to be our managing producer for watchdog journalism. Les has reported for more than 40 years. Along the way, he’s won a Polk award and has been a two-time Pulitzer finalist. He will oversee a group of watchdog reporters and will also work with reporters and managing producers around the room to spread a watchdog culture and make sure that we are positioned to produce more and better investigative journalism inside our main newsroom and in our bureaus. Les, a native Oregonian, currently lives on his ranch near John Day. He will be spending four days in the newsroom each week. Bruce Hammond, who has ably served as our investigative editor, will slide over to a managing producer role overseeing a brand new team of standout reporters. You’ll hear more details about that very soon./CONTINUES Read More

From July:

From this afternoon:

I was told by the mayor’s press office that the event wasn’t on Emanuel’s schedule, but ASNE president David Boardman said, according to Joe Strupp’s tweet, that “he dropped a virtual F Bomb on us.”


Hi Jim,

Below is the email I just sent John [Kass]. The Mayor never canceled because he was never confirmed to attend. Let me know if you need anything else.

Kelley Quinn
Director of Communications
City of Chicago
Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Hi John,

It’s very irresponsible that you didn’t confirm or connect with me before communicating to a group of journalists that the Mayor had stood them up. You know how to get a hold of me. Mayor Emanuel was never confirmed to attend or speak at this event. Back in June, the office said it could not commit that far out, and then, via e-mail, declined on behalf of the Mayor. We declined to an editor at the Tribune who said she would let the editors’ organization know that he could not attend.

* July 15: Rahm Emanuel is expected to welcome ASNE-APME attendees (
* Kass: Do I tell the editors about Mayor Antoinette? (@John_Kass)

A study by University of Houston professor and former newspaper journalist Arthur Santana finds that people remember more news when they read it in print.paper “In essence, print newspapers are a more effective medium than online newspapers at spurring recollection,” he says.

In his test…

Participants were not told that their ability to recall news stories would be tested. One group read the print edition of The New York Times while the other group read the same day’s online version.

After 20 minutes of reading, participants were asked to note the headlines, general topics and main points of as many stories as they could remember. Print readers remembered an average of 4.24 news stories while online readers recalled an average of 3.35 stories, according to the research.

Read the University of Houston’s press release on the study after the jump. Read More

Double Shot, the Boston Globe’s new all-things-java site, launched this morning with stories about presidents and coffee; Michael Dukakis’s caffeine routine; a British coffee chain’s Boston arrival; a coffee cake recipe; and more.
Matt Viser, who edits the site, tells Romenesko readers: “The idea really emerged out of a story I did earlier this year about Dunkin Donuts finding a new market in South Korea. I had also written about coffee on the campaign trail. These were too infrequent to be considered any type of side beat. Just the occasional story to satisfy my love of the brew.”

Globe editor Brian McGrory – knowing Viser’s love for coffee – asked the reporter to consider adding a coffee blog to his duties.

“For me, this is a side thing,” says Viser. “My day job is still covering national politics and the White House, and that won’t change. But in my spare hours – fueled by a little more caffeine – I’m excited to try and build a place for coffee lovers. …

Matt Viser

Matt Viser

“This also comes at a time when the paper has been experimenting quite a bit and trying some new, different and – as a journalist who works here, exciting – verticals (this coffee blog is not nearly on the same scale, but the paper also just launched a site dedicated to Catholicism, called Crux). McGrory has encouraged a lot of this experimentation and efforts to reaching into potentially new areas of coverage and potentially find new audiences.”

He adds: “There’s a loyal readership – and some pretty loyal coffee drinkers – in New England. But the blog will also hopefully have a broader reach, covering what’s going on in the industry as a whole (from home brewing to coffee shops).”

* Double Shot: Coffee features, tastes tests, industry news (

There are ten units on my Evanston condo floor. The 80ish woman and her 50ish daughter across from me get the Chicago Tribune, the 75-year-old guy down the hall gets the Wall Street Journal, and that’s it. I get my papers via the PressReader app.

* The newspaper count from my Facebook friends and subscribers (

No rush, really: “The Union Army officer killed at the Battle of Gettysburg is not receiving the Medal of Honor at Monday’s White House ceremony, but instead will receive it at a later date.”

Date: 9/15/2014 9:58 AM
Slug: AP-US–Obama-Medal of Honor,ADVISORY
Headline: BC-US–Obama-Medal of Honor,ADVISORY, US
Source: AP

AP-US–Obama-Medal of Honor,ADVISORY/65
BC-US–Obama-Medal of Honor,ADVISORY, US


Please note that the latest version of BC-US–Obama-Medal of Honor makes an important correction. The Union Army officer killed at the Battle of Gettysburg is not receiving the Medal of Honor at Monday’s White House ceremony, but instead will receive it at a later date. President Barack Obama is bestowing the medal Monday on two Vietnam War veterans.

The AP

* Vietnam soldiers to receive Medal of Honor (AP via