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– Photo by Deanne Fitzmaurice

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.

* The Larry King bathrobe interview of 1986 (sfgate.com)

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Update: Patch removed the post minutes after it showed up here. It’s cached, though.

From my Facebook wall:
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* 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:
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* 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.’”
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* Earlier: Tampa Bay Times to cut newsroom staff by 10% (jimromenesko.com)

* Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas): Run my 1977 mugshot (at right)mugs and I might sue you. (talkingpointsmemo.com)
* Watch New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan‘s keynote speech at the Associated Collegiate Press convention. (youtube.com)
* Robert Hernandez couldn’t make it to the college journalists’ convention, so he delivered his address from an airplane. (storify.com)
* Why reporters shouldn’t call themselves bloggers: “Reporters already have a word to describe what they do. Let us keep ours,” says blogger Dave Winer. (scripting.com)
* Tribune invests in Mashable. (recode.net) | (prweb.com)
* CNN reporter Lateef Mungin “was the guy who brought the funny to the table.” He was 41. (cnn.com)
* AP photo of boys in an anti-gay scouting organization giving what appears to be the Nazi “Sieg Heil” salute prompts an investigation by scout leaders. (businessinsider.com)
* Maryland governor’s office isn’t sure it can release the names of reporters who cover the State House. (thedailyrecord.com)
* Jeane MacIntosh is leaving the New York Post for PR after nearly 20 years at the tabloid. (capitalnewyork.com)
* South Jersey Times publisher/ad director resigns to run for county clerk. (nj.com)


- From the Albany Times Union ad sales staff training exercise instructions

– From the Albany Times Union ad sales staff training exercise instructions

Hearst’s Albany Times Union is holding a training exercise for ad-sales staffers this week, and one of the games involves teams answering questions. Contestants who get an answer wrong can win back points by satisfying the judge with a dance.

“The staff are not trained monkeys,” says the local Guild, “and they should not be asked to dance to please their bosses.”

* Albany paper’s ad staff can dance to win back lost points (albanyguild.org)
* Earlier: Albany guild protests sale team’s “terrorists” nickname (jimromenesko.com)

Dan Bauman, a Webster University student and KMOV-TV news intern, tells Romenesko readers:

“The Pope’s F-Bomb mishap made me think of this ‘Overheard in the Newsroom’ quote [from 2011]. One down, one to go.”

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* 2011: You can only start a story with a quote if the Pope ever says fuck (overheardinthenewsroom.com)
* 2014: The Pope lets the F word fly during his weekly prayer (slate.com)

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* “To whoever grew up wanting…. (@dapegg)

The University of Massachusetts Daily Collegian took some heat on Friday for running a full-page page one advertisement. Is that any worse than the Tallahassee Democrat using its entire Sunday front page to plug one of its events?

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* Tallahassee Democrat’s Sunday front page (newseum.org) | The story
* UMass Daily Collegian explains why it ran a full-page ad on A1 (jimromenesko.com)

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No, he’s alive!
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He’s now dealing with the media
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* A doozy of a correction from the City of Seattle (@cal_conor)
* “Dumb mistake on our part,” says mayor’s communications chief (seattletimes.com)
* Diers: “I’ve been the most popular when I’ve died or been fired” (facebook.com)

Cheryl Gould was the first female executive producer of “NBC Nightly News,” and helped create “NBC Overnight with Linda Ellerbee. Her time at NBC – nearly 37 years – “has taken her all over the globe and country,” NBC News president Deborah Turness writes in a memo.

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Cheryl Gould

Gould, now NBC News senior vice president, says in her farewell note: “I remember the Paris bureau’s old phone number: 359-11-71. I remember when there was a Paris bureau.”

She adds:

I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain. I’ve seen election nights that I thought would never end. Interviews with Marcos, Mubarak, Mitterrand, Mikhail, and Maggie. The fall of communism. The rise of dot.coms. The end of Basys, Hurley’s, wire machine clatter and cigars in the newsroom. The start of start-ups, selfies, news branding, and “likes.” I’ve lived through sixteen offices, nine news presidents, three corporate owners. And one new commissary.

Gould says that “I’m old enough to have had a wonderful career, and young enough to be excited about plotting a new course.”

Read the Turness and Gould memos after the jump. Read More