In 2009, University of Kansas journalism professor Scott Reinardy found that 62% of the female journalists he surveyed either intended to leave the profession or were uncertain about their future. In his new study, the figure is up to 67%; it’s 55% for men.

Women also reported higher levels of exhaustion than their male colleagues, and while there was no significant difference between the two in terms of cynicism,burnout both men and women were in what is considered the high range of cynicism as related to burnout.

Just among women, those who stated they intended to leave the field had significantly higher rates of exhaustion, cynicism and significantly lower levels of professional efficacy, or feeling like their organization supported them.

Reinardy says in a press release on his report that “this group of women are classic burnout cases” who don’t feel supported by their employers, and “the only resolution is often to change jobs or leave the field altogether.”

Reinardy has been on the journalism burnout beat for at least eight years. In 2007, he reported that journalists 34 and under were the most exhausted and cynical toward their work. His study from eight years ago found that 44% of the young respondents were uncertain about remaining in journalism.

* 2015 report: Study shows journalism burnout affects women more than men (
* 2009 study: Female journalists more likely to leave newspapers (
* Young journalists confront burnout: A Reinardy study from 2007 (

The Newspaper Guild changed its name to NewsGuild earlier this year, and now the Newspaper Guild of New York is asking its members to approve changing its name to NewsGuild of New York. The union leadership tells members today:

We recommend a “yes” vote on this question.

Background and explanation: Obviously, a lot has changed since our Local was chartered by the Guild 81 years ago.Unknown News, which was always at the core of the Guild’s mission, is still very much alive, but most of the newspapers that were around in 1934 are gone, and the circulations of those that survive peaked years ago. Most of the growth in today’s news business is in digital-based organizations.

For the Guild to best position itself to organize and represent journalists in the online world, it needs to shed its vestige of the 20th century. Several other Guild locals have already dropped “newspaper” from their names, and in January our Washington-based parent union also dropped “paper” from its name to become The NewsGuild-CWA. We are the largest Guild local in the United States and we’re surrounded by digital start-ups. It’s time we did the same. (No matter what our name is, we will remain Local 31003 of the Communications Workers of America.)

A Guild spokesman tells Romenesko readers: “The letter [excerpted above] is going out to members Thursday (4/9) along with the ballots. The ballots are scheduled to be counted on 4/29 and the Guild is planning to announce the results on the same day.”

* January 20, 2015: Newspaper Guild becomes NewsGuild (

Donald Trump reacts to possible damage to his coffee table

The Des Moines Register’s Josh Hafner and other members of the press were on Donald Trump’s jet Wednesday when this happened:

Be careful, fellas,” Trump said to TV crews cramped around him in the cabin. “There’s one guy very dangerous with that one camera. I’m talking and I’m watching that camera which is about this far from the ceiling, knowing that my day is going to be ruined if they ruin the ceiling.” …

As questions ended on the plane, a camera stand tipped over and hit Trump’s coffee table.

“There we go. Told you. Who dropped it? Aw, come on fellas.”

No one said a word. “Who’s is it?” Trump asked again.

“It’s ours,” one journalist said, meekly.

“You know that just fell on my coffee table,” Trump said.

“Aw, I’m sorry,” said the journalist.

“You’re sorry?” Trump said. “I’m sorry, too.”

Hafner captured the accident on Periscope. (My screenshots are from his feed, which expires soon.)

* Trump, with mild regret, welcomes press aboard jet (
* A list of everyone Donald Trump has called “a loser” (

Print Edition's Error 404: Sign I spotted at Milwaukee Public Library's East branch

Print Edition’s Error 404: Sign I spotted at Milwaukee Public Library’s East branch

* Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron says it’s time to discard “the lingering notion that paper will remain for long a big part of what we do. It will not. For a while, yes. But it will not last. …Most readers prefer to get their information from digital sources.” (
* Most teens (71%) use more than one social network site, but among the 22% of teens who only use one site, 66% use Facebook, 13% use Google+, 13% use Instagram and 3% use Snapchat. (
* Bob Schieffer says he plans to travel after retiring in May. “Mainly, I just want to rest a little bit.” ( | “You can bet heavily that Schieffer has never lusted after hosting The Tonight Show.” (
* New York Times reader: “I am aghast that the Times would post a video of the murder of a human being in the news feed this morning.” Have you watched cable news, sir? They’re playing it nonstop. (
* Journalism students from 19 universities will investigate marijuana legalization under the guidance of Leonard Downie Jr. (
* Former newspaper copy editors say they’re making more money as freelancers. (
bob* From yesterday’s White House pool report: “New York Times photographer Steven Crowley graciously shares with the pool that POTUS reminisced as he looked at a wall of framed records [at the Bob Marley Museum], ‘I still have all the albums.'” (
* Careful what you ask Coach K! (
* Institute for Nonprofit News (INN) CEO Kevin Davis departed after clashing with the board over the organization’s direction. (
* Photographers Julie Lindemann and John Shimon, who shot skinheads, albinos, street preachers and others for my Milwaukee Magazine stories in the 1990s, are profiled by that publication. (
* Marquette’s Lori Bergen is named the first dean of the University of Colorado’s College of Media, Communication and Information. (
* Twin Cities radio veteran Mary Lucia takes time off to deal with a stalker. ( | h/t @thedudekabides

Here’s the lede that the New York Post publisher likes:

* A prehistoric giant is revived, if only in name (
* @jessemangelo (


Wendy Perrin, who left Conde Nast Traveler last year, says the magazine “continues to recycle material I wrote years ago and pass it off as current,” even though much of the information is outdated and, I’d say, makes the magazine look foolish.

For example, the how-to piece above includes tips on getting a seat on Continental Airlines, which is no longer around. (It merged with United in 2010.)

From the article posted on April Fools’ Day:

When I flew to Boston on Continental last week, I ended up in what I consider to be the best seat on the plane: an aisle seat in the emergency exit row, which meant I had extra legroom. It’s definitely not frequent flier status that got me there, though, since I have zero status with Continental. I got there because when I arrived at the gate, I asked the gate agent if an exit row seat was available.

Conde Nast Traveler updated the post yesterday – after being contacted by Perrin – to note that it originally appeared in 2008.

“This just doesn’t seem right” that Conde Nast continues to use a former staffer’s work, one of the travel writer’s Facebook friends writes. Perrin notes that “I was an employee of Conde Nast, so they own everything I wrote for them.”

* “Conde Nast Traveler continues to recycle material I wrote years ago…” (

New: A travel tip from an LAT reader that’s all wet (@moorehn)

Update – LEE AITKEN sends this email: “I can attest to CNT using dated copy. In 2006 they assigned me a piece on the Atlantic islands off France, paid for it, then held for nearly four years. It suddenly became a cover story in early 2010, and they tasked a London-based freelancer with fact-checking it in mid-winter, when the summer-season places I mentioned would have been closed in any case. Hard to defend the motto “truth in travel” under those circumstances.”


I found this Milwaukee Sentinel item from 1873 in the Milwaukee Public Library’s card catalog index of the former Hearst newspaper. The story is headlined, “The Boy Who Peppered the Nostrils of 2,000 People.” Some excerpts:

The spirit of malicious mischief which has given to respite to the tortured spirit of George Russ found an aperture for wholesale exit in the numerously attended party at the Harris Works on Friday night. …

On Friday afternoon George purchased a quarter of a pound of cayenne pepper and placed it safely in his outside pocket. That night he attended the party. … Cautiously he entered the crowded room, threading his way here and there, meandering to the right, to the left, forwards, backwards, and as he progressed in his travels the quarter of a pound of cayenne pepper which he had bought in the afternoon, spread itself in serpentine shapes upon the floor of the room./CONTINUES Read More

* A Knight Foundation study find nonprofit news sites are increasing their revenue, but they still rely heavily on philanthropy. ( | (
* Operating at a loss, the University of Montana Kaimin becomes a print weekly but insists “we’re not going to be scaling back our news production at all.” ( | Display advertising is down 24.1%. (
* Fortune hires six former Gigaom journalists and plans to beef up its tech coverage. (
* Gannett kills San Francisco blog The Bold Italic after six years. ( postc
* [RIGHT] Front page of today’s Charleston Post and Courier. ( | The paper’s coverage: (
* Ousted Northern Michigan University newspaper adviser Cheryl Reed says “no one on the board knows anything about news.” ( | SPJ calls for Reed’s reinstatement. (
* Hollywood Reporter names the 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media. (
* Liz Smith loves Roger Ailes, but hates his politics. (
* Joe Sharkey, who recently lost his New York Times “On the Road” column, joins Travel.BUZZ. (
* Alec MacGillis leaves Slate to cover politics for ProPublica. (
* JOBS: Work in southern California as a political reporter for 89.3 KPCC. (Romenesko Jobs)
* You’re no journalism prof, Rand Paul! (
* New York Times points out that Judith Miller, in her new book, “rarely mentions an article she wrote without noting that it appeared on the front page or complaining that it did not.” (
* Two years ago, mobile was only 30% of New York Times’ traffic; it’s expected to be 75% in just a few years. (
* Kevin Davis is out as CEO of Institute for Nonprofit News (formerly the Investigative News Network). (
* Bill Clinton is on the cover of next month’s Town & Country. (

Washington Post, April 7, 2015

(Credit: Jonathan Newton)

(Jonathan Newton/Washington Post)

Washington Times, October 10, 2012

(Andrew Harnik/Washington Times)

(Andrew Harnik/Washington Times)

Letter to Romenesko
From PATRICK McILHERAN: The Washington Post this year found a great face to illustrate opening day for the Nationals. But it’s not like the kid didn’t have practice at making the front page. The [Washington] Times used him two years earlier for the playoffs. No, I don’t know the kid. You just remember good photos and distinctive names, that’s all.

- New York Times, April 7, 2015

– New York Times, April 7, 2015


* Do you Google your shrink? | “Please print this letter…” (

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