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A Wisconsin court commissioner has told the Janesville Gazette and other media that they can’t report the gender, age or hometown of a fatal shooting suspect and his victim.
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The Gazette reports that Walworth County Commissioner Zeke Wiedenfeld’s order “mandates that the suspect be referred to only as ‘a person under the age of 17′ and the victim only as ‘a child victim under the age of 18.’ The order limits the media to one representative attending the juvenile court hearings in the case.”

Bob Dreps, the newspaper’s attorney, points out that the sheriff’s press release gives the victim’s name – he is 11-year-old Eric Gutierrez – and that the boy’s family “even sought publicity about the incident and its effect on them.”

Wiedenfeld initially told the media that they couldn’t report “reactions or emotions of the juvenile or any family member of the juvenile displayed in court,” but he dropped that order after attorney Dreps noted that “reporting these kinds of courtroom events would not, in any way, lead to the identification of the juvenile involved.”

Gazette editor Scott Angus (pictured) says:

The Gazette is a responsible newspaper that for generations has respected the privacy of juveniles accused of crimes as required in state statutes.angus We have no intention of identifying the juvenile or providing information that would allow readers to identify the juvenile.

To restrict us from reporting information that was previously reported, including information that was included in a press release from the sheriff’s office, serves no purpose other than to confirm that the court has full control of these proceedings and information related to them.

Update — I asked Angus about the case and he tells Romenesko readers: “We attended the hearing and followed the conditions. Our attorney advised that we had two options: Attend and abide by the restrictions at the hearing and going forward; [or] don’t attend.

“We thought it was important to be there and inform the community about what transpired, despite our reservations and the limitations. At this point, our only other option is to fight at the appeals court level. Our attorney, who is the state’s foremost expert on open government issues, said he wasn’t sure we’d win. Judges have considerable authority and autonomy in their courtrooms.

“Given that uncertainty and the cost of continuing the battle, we decided to live with the restrictions and be ready to fight the battle anew in Walworth County when another case with its own circumstances comes along.”

* Court restricts Janesville Gazette from reporting shooting case details (gazetteextra.com)
* Sheriff’s Department press release on the shooting (Google Drive)

Last Friday, I posted the news about the Indianapolis Star putting Amy Haneline on the Beer, Wine and Coffee beat.drinks I invited her to comment, and she finally got back to me this morning.

“Thanks for reaching out and for your interest in the beverage beat,” she writes in an email. “I thought it may be best to share with you a link to a story I wrote to introduce myself and the beat to our readers. I hope that answers most of your questions.”

My post from last Friday included this tweet: “So IndyStar cuts back education coverage and adds a reporter to the beer, wine and coffee beat? Congrats!”

Star executive editor Jeff Taylor tells Romenesko readers that the paper isn’t “shrinking” from education reporting. He writes:

We’re excited about the new beats we’ve created at IndyStar, including Amy’s new role. She will be writing about a variety of issues and fun topics that will connect with thousands of readers every week. That’s what we want: strong connections with our audience to help us grow.

At the same time we’ve expanded our entertainment and life coverage, we’ve invested heavily in investigative journalism. We’ve created a 15-member watchdog unit that focuses on a variety of high-interest beats, including government and education. We aren’t shrinking from education coverage.

Creating a beverage role doesn’t have anything do with our commitment to education stories and watchdog work. We can do both. It means that we want to be relevant to readers on all kinds of topics.

* A six-pack of reasons why Indy needs a beverage reporter (indystar.com)
* Why not share the research that led to the beat’s creation? (@jayrosen_nyu)
* Indianapolis Star adds a Beer, Wine and Coffee beat (jimromenesko.com)

* Report: The Newhouse family is selling Parade magazine to Nashville-based Athlon Media. (nypost.com)
* Arianna Huffington: “It’s our job to put the spotlight on good things [at The Huffington Post], and that has been a great source of revenue.” (digiday.com)
* The AP now uses “the Islamic State group” instead of ISIL. (ap.org)
mark* Mark Ruffalo (left), who is playing a Boston Globe investigative reporter in his next movie, visits the Globe newsroom. (bostonglobe.com) | Ruffalo stares at a computer screen: (@WesleyLowery)
* “The Baffler has had a strict No Intern policy since its founding, on the grounds that the internship system privileges those who are already privileged and disadvantages would-be publishing career havers who are not.” (niemanlab.org)
* Washington D.C.’s ABC affiliate – now owned by Sinclair – turns right. “Stories have generally been critical of the Obama administration and tend to offer perspectives primarily from conservative think tanks.” (washingtonpost.com)
* The Nashville Banner is back. “No print is anticipated, at least not now. For the time being, we will be free.” (thenashvillebanner.com)
* The Reporters Committee is going to start taking on cases that news organizations would handle if they could afford it. (cjr.org)
* “Garnish” bothers some NPR listeners. (npr.org)
* JOBS: Teach journalism at the University of Dayton. (Romenesko Jobs)
* Longform launches a free iPhone app. (capitalnewyork.com) | “Longform is thriving, a profitable company with five employees.” (newsweek.com)
* Going… going … nah, it’ll never sell: An eBay user is asking $10,000 for a copy of Time with a Robin Williams “ghost” cover shot. (Dead Tree Edition)

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?”
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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 (bloomberg.com)
* What?! Wal-Mart spokesman David Tovar lied? (gawker.com)
* Earlier: Wal-Mart can’t stand Bloomberg’s coverage of Wal-Mart (huffingtonpost.com) | Dudley should be commended for her work (talkingbiznews.com)

DIGS
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.” (thedailybeast.com)pie
* 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. (bloomberg.com)
* “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. (desmoinesregister.com)
* “Our ambition is to be the Amazon of our news environment,” says Minneapolis Star Tribune’s publisher. (usatoday.com)
* Denver Post hires a former CBS affiliate news anchor to run its TV unit. (westword.com)
* BuzzFeed reporter on the Ray Rice video: “I find it condescending that a news organization wouldn’t post something because they thought it was too graphic. …I’m glad I work at a place where we err on the side of exposure and honesty rather than concealing.” (ajr.org)
* Anti-dog magazine Poop & Pooches is a hit in Germany. (wsj.com)
* A college newspaper moves to Medium. (collegemediamatters.com)
* Joe Pompeo on gay media pioneers, with a mention of “closeted conservative firebrand Matt Drudge.” (advocate.com)
* Obsessed? Fox News has aired nearly 1,100 segments on the Benghazi attacks in the first 20 months after those attacks. (huffingtonpost.com) | (mediamatters.org)
* New York Times columnist David Brooks sells his home for $4.495 million in just 48 hours. (urbanturf.com)
* @PFTCommenter is “a parodic manifestation of the worst impulses of hype and inhumanity that surround the National Football League.” (slate.com)
* The NLRB – ruling on a 2003 labor dispute – tells CNN to rehire 100 employees and pay 200 others. (variety.com)
* Ogden (UT) Standard-Examiner is scolded: “Your paper placed me right back there, in the 1st grade as the new kid in a new school with one hand, being gawked at, jeered, at, and pointed at.” (standard.net)
* Peter Canellos steps down as Boston Globe editorial page editor. (bostonglobe.com)pot* Report: The Washington Post editorial board refused to sit down with marijuana legalization initiative proponents before writing this editorial. (marijuana.com)
* San Francisco Chronicle’s 1949 Royal typewriter is now on Twitter as @NewsTypewriter. (sfgate.com)