I’m still waiting for the Tampa Bay Times to respond to my inquiry, too.
Jeff Bercovici has posted outtakes from his Playboy Interview with Gawker founder Nick Denton. A sample:
BERCOVICI: Have you ever gotten a death threat that you took seriously?
BERCOVICI: That’s surprising.
DENTON: The thing is nothing bad has ever happened to me, really. I think I have a distorted view of risk because of it. People have told me I’m going to get sued out of existence.
BERCOVICI: What do you think of Rupert buying a $70 million stake in Vice?
DENTON: It’s the gruesomely ludicrous efforts of an old man to be relevant.
* CNN sells Zite to Flipboard. “The deal is valued at $60 million,” CNN reports. The cable network bought the iPad magazine in 2011 for just over $20 million. (cnn.com) | Zite CEO Mark Johnson says he won’t be joining Flipboard. (linkedin.com)
* Peter Kafka: “I would be very surprised if Flipboard … spent $60 million in cash for Zite.” (recode.net)
* Two Cal Poly student government presidential candidates have been fined $100 for talking to the campus paper before the official campaign season. (mustangnews.net)
* A Baltimore City Paper editor fears the weekly will lose its edge under Sun ownership. (nytimes.com)
* CBS anchor Scott Pelley calls network evening news shows “a big growth area.” (sfgate.com)
* Conan O’Brien and his writers suspect BuzzFeed is running out of lists. (teamcoco.com) | Why the media need to stop imitating BuzzFeed. (politico.com)
* Anna Hiatt: “Self-identifying as ‘longform’ has become hot.” (towcenter.org)
* Of course they did! “Samsung declined to comment about Ms. DeGeneres’ iPhone usage” at the Oscars. (wsj.com)
* Questions are raised about ESPN The Magazine’s “Whistleblower’s Last Stand” piece that brings up childhood sexual abuse. (thebiglead.com)
* Jeff Bezos adds to his Business Insider investment. (wsj.com)
* Oh, to have Carl Kasell say your name on the radio! (“Most thrilling.”) (usatoday.com)
* Noted: Since last Tuesday, John McCain has appeared 12 times across Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, CNBC, and Bloomberg. (mediabistro.com)
* A teen is hired by a newspaper to find ways to attract young readers. “Anybody have some ideas?” the college freshman asks on Reddit. (reddit.com)
* There’s no “Daily Tar Hell” spoof issue this year. (collegemediamatters.com)
* The new weekly devoted to the Pope is fanzine-like. (nytimes.com)
Update: “2 in 10 think STD is a motor-oil additive,” and more comments from my Facebook friends and subscribers.
* A Michigan newspaper staffer who shot video at a plane crash scene has his felony charges dropped. (petoskeynews.com)
* Four fired Chicago Sun-Times photographers are rejoining the paper this week. (robertfeder.com)
* Brian Stelter‘s Sunday morning CNN media show beats Howard Kurtz‘s Fox News “MediaBuzz” in the 25-54 demo for the first time. (mediabistro.com)
* Stelter: “The reason I started [TVNewser] was because I had a boring first semester” at Towson. (louisvillecardinal.com)
* Slate’s Travoltify-Your-Name widget is – of course – huge! (niemanlab.org)
* The Associated Press pulls its photo of scouts giving what appears to be “Hitler’s sign.” (washingtonpost.com)
* Charlie Pierce calls “Wait Wait” colleague Carl Kassel “the calm, mature presence … among the assembled rabble.” (esquire.com)
* Peter Goodman leaves The Huffington Post to become International Business Times editor-in-chief. (capitalnewyork.com)
* American Press Institute’s revenue less expenses in its latest 1099: -$3.5 million. Top two executives’ combined pay: $866,829. [A reader: "Those two top executives are paid by the Newspaper Association of America, not by API."] (guidestar.org)
* Former Wonkette and Gawker blogger Ken Layne launches Greenfriar.com, “a site for active environmentalists.” (capitalnewyork.com)
* Vice News is BBC-like serious. Really. (adage.com)
* Arizona State is offering the first online graduate certificate in business journalism. (businessjournalism.org)
* Columbia Journalism Review is seeking freelance regional correspondents. (mediabistro.com)
* TheStreet.com contributors’ pay is based on page views. (talkingbiznews.com)
Carl Kasell will record his final “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” broadcast this spring,
but he’ll continue to record custom voice mail greetings for the show’s winners. He’ll also occasionally show up on the program.
“I can honestly say I am the luckiest man around to be able to have worked at a job I love for so many years,” says Kasell. “It’s truly been a joy for me.”
NPR says Kasell fans can leave appreciation voice mails at 1-888-WAIT-WAIT. (That’s 1-888-924-8924; choose option 2.)
Read the release after the jump. Read More
Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory says of the paper’s paywall going down: “I’m sure there’s a Reagan joke to crack here, but it’s too obvious even for me.”
He adds in a memo:
We’ve replaced the paywall with a meter that allows readers ten free stories in a 30-day period. After that, they’ll be challenged to pull out their credit card and pony up. In truth, the paywall was successful, measured in the nearly 60,000 digital-only subscribers to bostonglobe.com. But the universal belief is that we can bring even more paying readers to the site with a meter.
Read the full memo after the jump. Read More
This is what Larry King looked like when Ben Fong-Torres interviewed him for the San Francisco Chronicle one afternoon in 1986.
Peter Hartlaub: It’s kind of a short bathrobe. Did you see anything you can’t unsee? (More specifically, did Larry King flash you?)
Deanne Fitzmaurice: No, Larry didn’t flash me. He seemed very comfortable in that bathrobe.
Update: Patch removed the post minutes after it showed up here. It’s cached, though.
* Hire an escort in Hong Kong easily through the web (patch.com)
* “No escorts in Grosse Pointe? Whatever happened to hyperlocal?” (facebook.com)
* Earlier: Turnaround specialist Hale Global buys Patch from AOL (jimromenesko.com)
As seen on the front pages of the Los Angeles Daily News and its sister newspapers:
* Missouri School of Journalism is closing its survey center. (columbiatribune.com)
* A new weekly magazine about Pope Francis will have an initial press run of 3 million copies. (catholicnewsagency.com)
* Washington D.C. restaurant owners are warned that Post food critic Tom Sietsema “often ventures into the territory of cruel.” (washingtoncitypaper.com)
* Jen Sorensen is the first woman to win the Herblock Prize. (washingtonpost.com)
* Sam Quinones leaves the Los Angeles Times to freelance. “Journalism, you may have heard, is changing, and I want to see if I can change with it,” he says. (laobserved.com)
* “We publish 400 things a day,” says BuzzFeed boss Jonah Peretti. (venturevillage.com)
* New York Times corrects an article from 1853. (cnn.com)
* “Sparkling prose” from recent New York Times stories. (nytimes.com)
* At least three college papers have announced in the last month that they’re dropping print. (collegemediamatters.com)
* Warren Buffett‘s newspapers lose readers. (bloomberg.com)
* New Yorker’s Matt Buchanan and BuzzFeed’s John Hermann are joining The Awl. (capitalnewyork.com) | The Awl explains itself. (theawl.com)
* Legendary New York Daily News reporter Don Singleton “pretty well had an idea of what he wanted to do in life, and it panned out.” (njherald.com)
The Romenesko reader who sent Tampa Bay Times CEO Paul Tash’s letter to employees writes: “Interesting that a day after you have the Tampa Trib piece on the Tampa Bay Times’ interesting financial picture, the Times sends out a letter saying it plans to underfund the pension account, but [says] ‘trust us, we’re fine.’”