CNN’s Piers Morgan told Howard Stern this morning:
“There was a Vanity Fair profile of me recently – not particularly flattering – but I chuckled as I read it. Most of my profiles are so awful that actually by comparison it wasn’t bad, so I was actually able to enjoy some of it. In the middle of it, they interviewed some British editor who said the great thing about Piers is we all get together and about every three months we run a story we hope will get him fired from CNN, which I quite like. The British mentality is — you quite like that. It gets me up in the morning; it galvanizes me.”
He’s asked about reports that CNN wants to dump him.
“The rumors start because some mad blogger – on a blog site I’d never heard of – blogs ‘Morgan Facing Axe, Katie Couric Coming In’ – or whatever the name it is that week – and the reality is, I’d literally the month before had my fourth-year option picked up.”
“Mad Blogger” Scott Jones writes in an email: “Since Morgan is British, I’m not sure what his translation of ‘Mad blogger’ means. I know people say that Tiger Woods has “mad golf skills” which means that Tiger is very good at his job of a PGA Tour player. So, will take it as Piers was complimenting us and for that we thank him.
“As for never hearing of FTVLive.com…maybe he should check with his boss Jeff Zucker. We are 100% Jeff has heard of us and has known about FTVLive for years. We stand behind our story and we’ll just have to wait and see how it plays out. FTVLive has a long history of breaking stories and our batting average is pretty damn high when we do.”
* Summary of Morgan’s chat with Stern (marksfriggin.com)
* CNN to drop Piers Morgan (ftvlive.com)
* Blood, Sweat and Piers (vanityfair.com)
A Patch editor forwards a colleague’s help-me! email and notes: “When one has a lack of editors on Patch staff, stuff like this gets posted nationwide ….”
Date: October 16, 2013 at 2:42:17 PM EDT
To: Community Editors
Subject: Need your Help
I need your help ladies and gentleman. I appears a pumpkin photo I did not look at close enough — or maybe I’m just an old married lady — simulates, um, a carnal act. There is no way to delete a photo nationally in this gallery.
Could you guys help me delete this on the site you have permission for?
* The photo is still in the gallery of this Wisconsin Patch (wauwatosa.patch.com)
* Patch now has some unstaffed and lightly staffed sites (jimromenesko.com)
“From what our research dug up, we are one of the few journalism programs in the nation to have created its own [ethics] code,” Temple University’s Jeff Cronin tells Romenesko readers. “Most refer their students to professional codes of ethics. Our faculty decided to create an ethics code that both reflected the fact that student journalism is still journalism and that our students are entering a digital age in which it has become way too easy to unknowingly step over an ethical boundary.”
From the book:
DO tell the truth; hear from many voices; be independent; be accountable for your work; ask questions.
DON’T fabricate; plagiarize; misrepresent; behave badly; suffer in silence (“ask a professor for advice”).
* Temple University Ethics Code for Student Journalists (temple.edu/PDF)
Temple j-school dean’s offer:
* “16 years ago today, 1st color pix on @nytimes Page 1″ (NYTJamescobb)
* Times editor in 1997: “Our view is that color is just another tool” (nytimes.com)
* January 1999: Washington Post announces it will use color photos on page one (nytimes.com)
* New York Times front page on October 16, 1997 (scribd.com)
Update – Bill Lucey writes on his Newspaper Alum site:
“The first color photo believed to have appeared on page one of a major newspaper was on October 21, 1959, when the Minneapolis Star ran an Associated Press color photo of the funeral of General C. Marshall. On June 8, 1939, AP transmitted a half-tone color picture of President Roosevelt and King George VI from the nation’s capital.”
Patch now has three types of sites: Staffed, Lightly Staffed, and Unstaffed. They’re explained in a memo sent this morning by Patch Media CEO Bud Rosenthal. | “If we don’t start calling unstaffed sites ‘Zombie Patch,’ we’ve failed.” (@WolfeReports)
Patch Team – I would like to share an update with you as we are continuing to follow through on the plan, outlined back in August, to focus our resources on our most economically viable sites.
As we communicated earlier, we are in active discussions with partners to help us to deliver on the Patch mission in a more efficient way. While we still plan to refocus resources on our top 14 DMAs, some of our potential partners have expressed interest in communities outside the top 14 DMAs [Designated Market Areas], so for now, we have decided to keep all of our current towns open as discussions continue. You may recall that this was a possibility that we discussed as a team in the past. Please note that this decision does not change the status of editorial staff that departed on October 15th./CONTINUES Read More
* Houston Chronicle now regrets endorsing Ted Cruz. (politico.com) | The Hearst paper’s endorsement calls Cruz “thoughtful, energetic and dynamic.” (chron.com)
* WSJ.com lowers its paywall for debt ceiling drama stories. (@davidmwessel)
* Some things to check out at the Online News Association’s annual conference in Atlanta. (niemanlab.org)
* Jeremy Scahill and Laura Poitras will be working with Glenn Greenwald on Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture. (huffingtonpost.com) | Jay Rosen has more from Omidyar. (pressthink.org)
* Documentary’s “biggest shock” is that Jayson Blair is now a “life coach.” (That’s old news to Romenesko readers.) (hollywoodreporter.com)
* Why veteran courts reporter Tracy Breton took the Providence Journal’s buyout: “The staff was getting really thin, and … I was afraid that I wasn’t going to be able to continue to do the stories that I still want to write for the rest of my life.” (ripr.org)
* NPR.org’s new daily feature: What’s News in the Rest of the World. (npr.org)
* Twitter hired almost half of its 2,300 employees in the last year. (qz.com)
* Hearst Magazines boss: For many young girls, YouTube “is really the equivalent of the set-top box.” (wsj.com)
* Pulitzer-winning investigative reporter Adam Goldman leaves the AP for the Washington Post. (huffingtonpost.com)
* Matthew Kassel: It’s hard to imagine what the past quarter-century of New York journalism would look like without Seth Lipsky’s estimable footprint. (observer.com)
* Tom Beusse is out as USA Today Sports Media Group president. (gannettblog.blogspot.com)
* Online news site Berkeleyside hopes to break even with its ideas festival. (bizjournals.com)
* Update: Greenwald is joining a new media venture funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar (reuters.com)
Glenn Greenwald says:
“The decision to leave [The Guardian] was not an easy one, but I was presented with a once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity that no journalist could possibly decline. Because this news leaked before we were prepared to announce it, I’m not yet able to provide any details of this momentous new venture, but it will be unveiled very shortly.”
* Glenn Greenwald leaves The Guardian for a new news outlet (buzzfeed.com)
* Statements from Greenwald and The Guardian (ggsidedocs.blogspot.com.br)
Letter to Romenesko
From BRUCE MacLEOD: Attached is a farewell column from my high school (Riverside Secondary in Windsor, Ontario) paper in 1978. The paper was going out of business because of a lack of sales.
The situation has been repeated for decades and is especially timely today with print sales being so low. But the way this writer happily lays blame on the customers is a column that all newspaper people would love to have written.
“The students do not deserve a newspaper. It isn’t appreciated and even more, it seems most of you don’t give a damn if there is a paper or not.”
Priceless. Unfortunately timeless as well.
I’ve asked Darlene Hebert about her editor stint and what she’s up to now.
The Smoking Gun found an AOL “Attorney’s Eyes Only” memo that reveals Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington, who sold her site to AOL in 2011, received less than seven percent of the sale price of $315 million.
Media reporters guessed two years ago that she had received about $100 million, but the newly surfaced memo says it was around $21 million — probably less than what was earned by several of HuffPo’s financial backers.
“The deal document stresses Huffington’s critical importance to the web site, noting that her departure ‘could have a significant detrimental effect on the Company’s business,’” reports The Smoking Gun.
* Huffington haul detailed in AOL internal memo (thesmokingun.com)
ALSO IN AOL-LAND… Many editors at AOL’s Patch are saying goodbye to readers today. Here’s a batch of farewells found via Google.