Madison (Wis.) Capital Times editor Paul Fanlund says his comments section “has been taken over by a handful of trolls,comments both liberal and conservative, who take us quickly off topic, often with superficial vitriol.” He tells readers to voice their opinions on Facebook, in an op-ed, or via an email to the editorial page staff.

“A goal of ours is to better tap into the kaleidoscope of people who make up our always interesting town,” says Fanlund. “We are not stifling genuine engagement [by turning off website comments]; quite the opposite.”

* We’re turning off the trolls, says Capital Times editor (

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* “I get dumber every time I read our comments section,” says editor
* Durham website turns off comments on crime stories

York (PA) Daily Record and York Newspaper Company publisher Sara Glines wants her journalists to watch their language in the newsroom. Her memo:

From: Sara Glines
Date: Mon, Jan 12, 2015 at 4:11 PM
Subject: Appropriate office speak
To: PA-YorkDailyRecord, PA-YorkNewspaperCompany, PA-LebanonDailyNews, PA-PublicOpinionNews, PA-EveningSun, Teresa Hoover, Allison Roth-Cooper

Sara Glines

Sara Glines

I’ve heard some troubling conversations recently, so I want to remind all employees that cursing is not appropriate in the work environment.

It’s not appropriate in the office and it’s not appropriate when you are representing us elsewhere.

I know that newspapers have had a salty history and culture. And I know that we all will slip from time to time. Still, I believe we can express ourselves adequately without the use of profanity.

Let’s clean up our language and make this a workplace that anyone can feel comfortable in.



My tipster writes: “The swearing that offends her probably came from people looking for Snickers and Mountain Dew” in the company vending machines.

From: Sara Glines
Date: Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 1:31 PM
Subject: Coming Soon! Healthy Vending
To: PA-YorkDailyRecord, PA-YorkNewspaperCompany, Teresa Hoover, Allison Roth-Cooper

Happy 2015 everyone!

If your new year resolution is to eat healthy, we’re here to help. Our Healthy Vending machines will be installed on Thursday! No more Mountain Dew, No more Snickers bars. But there will be plenty of tasty treats. I’ll put an array of snacks out for you to sample on Thursday when the switch happens, but I think you’ll see some very familiar offerings.

There are more snacks available than you’ll see in our initial offering, so if there is something you were hoping for but don’t see, let me or Donna or Tiffany know and we’ll see if we can get it.

And an added bonus, the new machines will accept credit cards, so you can snack without borrowing cash from your colleagues.

Have a happy and healthy new year!

New: Check out the comments from my Facebook friends and subscribers

“Oh Yeah!” Cleveland Plain Dealer (left) and Akron Beacon Journal.

- h/t Phil Trexler

* James Risen will not be called to testify at this week’s leak trial. New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet says: “I’m glad the government realizes that Jim Risen was an aggressive reporter doing his job and that he should not be forced to reveal his source.” (
* Washington Post publishes the new Charlie Hebdo cover. “We’ve never maintained that simply publishing an image of Muhammad itself was offensive,” says executive editor Marty Baron. (
* Essence magazine puts “Black Lives Matter” on its February cover. It’s the first time in 45 years it didn’t use a photo. ( | (
* More digital publishers are using cartoons to explain the news. (
* Jeff Jarvis on reinventing TV news. (
* Stop putting your email address in your email signature! (
* Joshua Benton: “You have to admire Gawker’s willingness to regularly rethink fundamental aspects of its structure.” (
* Longtime New Republic music critic David Hajdu joins The Nation. (
* Texas Monthly editor on Paul Burka: “One of the most important writers/editors/bloggers/wise men to have ever worked at the magazine” is retiring. ( | New York Times Magazine editor Jake Silverstein pays tribute to Burka. (@jakesilverstein)
* Orange County Register claims the Los Angeles Times tried to put it out of business by prematurely ending a distribution deal. (
* Jon Stewart blasts Rupert Murdoch‘s tweets about Muslims. (
* Journalism “all-stars” named Spring 2015 fellows at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. (
* “Read this,” tweets Temple j-school dean and ex-Seattle Times editor David Boardman, “and then somebody explain to me again why @buzzfeed is considered the hottest thing in journalism?” (@dlboardman)
* London Sunday Times editor Heidi Blake is named BuzzFeed’s UK investigations editor. (
jag* An arts critic and his mother didn’t like hearing “jagoff” used several times on Chicago’s public radio station. ( | Earlier: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editor bans “jagoff.” (

The 48-year-old San Francisco Bay Guardian was abruptly closed in October, a day before its “Best of the Bay” issue hit the streets. Three months later, staffers are putting out a final issue, whichimages they’re calling the “Guardian Commemorative Edition, Presented by Guardian in Exile.”

Publisher Marke Bieschke tells Romenesko readers:

The edition consists of all types of content: historical looks back (including from our founder Bruce Brugmann), editorials about the current media landscape, fresh reporting on progressive issues, photos from our recent “Save the Bay Guardian!” rally, and insightful articles from our longtime dining, arts, music, film, nightlife, and sex writers and columnists. So it’s commemorative both of the long history of the paper (48 years) and of the lively, independent writing now pretty much extinguished in San Francisco, at least in print form.

The issue, which comes out digitally via Gumroad next Tuesday, was funded with a $26,000 IndieGoGo campaign. (The print edition will be inserted in SF Public Press‘s quarterly edition, which will be published next Thursday.) Any money left over from the fundraising campaign will go to SF Public Press and the 48 Hills news site.

* Proof that Sasha Frere-Jones is a man (

The South China Morning Post was recently told by an editor of Foodie magazine that they “own the trademark of the word ‘Foodie’food in Hong Kong” and that the newspaper should avoid using the word and “replace it with a similar word.”

Morning Post food and wine editor Susan Jung says “it seems ridiculous that someone can trademark a word that was part of the common vernacular long before the magazine existed.” (Foodie launched in 2009.)

What are we supposed to do if we’re interviewing someone and he says, “My son is a foodie”? Should we stop them and say, “Excuse me, but you are infringing on a magazine’s trademark; please replace that term with a similar word, otherwise we can’t print it”?

Jung says she’s not a fan of the word anyway. “I used it five times last year and only three times the year before that. If I do use it, it’s because it’s descriptive, succinct and easy to understand.”

* South China Morning Post ordered to stop using “foodie” (
* Foodie magazine (

New: “Foodie” comments from my Facebook friends and subscribers


Oregonian readers who give “useful tips” to the paper’s investigative team get a free “Watchdog” hat. I asked investigations editor Les Zaitz how many hats are available and if they’re only given out if the tip results in a published story. His response:

We have a stock and would get more if this proved wildly popular.

We’ll award these based on merit, not just submission or even publication. We’re just trying to have a bit of fun, although fashion critics are already panning these caps. That’s why I don’t cover the Golden Globes!

* Send a news tip and get an Oregonian “Watchdog” hat (


“Let’s figure out what every magazine pays per word, how many features are in each book, and what they charge for advertising,” writes Scott Carney. He invites you to add to his Google Doc.

* Crowdsourcing journalism rates (
* Earlier: A reality-check for freelance writers (