I’ve asked the paper for comment.
I’ve asked the paper for comment.
* How the Record of Bergen, NJ, nailed the Chris Christie/traffic mess story. (washingtonpost.com) | Christie press conference headlines: (observer.com)
* Michael Wolff says he wasn’t given a review copy of the new Roger Ailes bio because he’s considered a potential critical reviewer. (usatoday.com)
* “And what do you do for a living?” “Oh, I’m a Billionaires Editor.” (mediabistro.com)
* The 16-year-old son of Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby has been found safe in Times Square. (masslive.com)
* Dow Jones lawyer: “We refuse to sit back when others swoop in to swipe our content.” (dowjones.com)
* Gabriel Snyder, former editor of The Atlantic’s The Wire, joins mobile news start-up Inside.com. (nytimes.com)
* TechCrunch co-editor Eric Eldon says “it’s time to try something pretty different.” (techcrunch.com)
* Chicago TV investigative reporter Dave Savini contests his driving suspension after being busted for DUI. (chicagotribune.com)
* Where are the younger voices in New York Review of Books? (chronicle.com)
* Andrew Sullivan: Thanks to BuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti, journalism is now indistinguishable from PR. (andrewsullivan.com)
* The Atlantic’s Scott Stossel gets a nasty tweet intended for John Stossel. (@SStossel) | The former did a Reddit AMA today. (reddit.com)
* Noted: CES 2014 is “mostly bullshit, but there’s some good stuff out there.” (tested.com) | A blind man is able to find his way around CES. (recode.net)
* With “Email via Google+,” you don’t need an address to send an email. (theverge.com)
* Poynter’s national advisory board, which used to stay at the 5-star Vinoy, is now lodging at a Hampton Inn. (saintpetersblog.com)
A Journal tipster emailed late yesterday: “WSJ lockdown — breaking …An alarm briefly went off then these ‘garage” doors’ [right photo] — that we didn’t even know existed — magically lowered around the staircases on the fourth floor of the WSJ newsroom. Word on the street is that [Dow Jones CEO] Lex Fenwick ordered the lockdown when someone was seen taking more than one free snack from the seventh-floor coffee bar.” Our source sent this Thursday afternoon update: “We never heard what really went on.” UPDATE: “I can’t believe [the tipster] thought this was an item,” says WSJ spokesperson Paula Keve. “I have no idea about the garage door, but I am 100% certain it was nothing to do with any Lex upset about the pantry!” (I’m pretty sure he was joking about that.)
ProPublica senior editor and former New York Timesman Joe Sexton discusses “Snow Fall” (and other things) on a Longform podcast:
“I served as both metropolitan editor and sports editor at The Times and my rep was mostly as a provocateur of one kind or another, which they were quite patient with and let me play out for 25 years, and then I think they probably had quite enough of me.
“But anyway, our little saying with particular matters on Metro, whether it involved a picture or story, or big news event – was, Hey when in doubt, blow the shit out. So when we started thinking about trying to tell the story of the avalanche at Stevens Pass, I think we presumed we were going to blow the shit out.
“But no one – certainly no one on the word side — allowed their imagination to go quite as far as people who worked in our photography departments, and our graphics department and our multimedia department. They’re the people who had the initiative and the talent to make it the pretty extraordinary reading experience in was online. In fact, to the extent that I had any role in it, it was at one point to try to fuckin’ limit it.”
You seem kind of bored telling the story. Have you been telling the story over and over again?
“I joke around a lot about it that if I never hear the fuckin’ words Snow Fall again I’ll be a happy man. No, it was an extraordinary experience. …Some of the weariness is only that, like many things that succeed, it becomes this straw man in a bunch of phony debates.”
Advance Digital editor-at-large David Newhouse put out a memo today with tips on covering extreme winter weather. “How often should you update a forecast?” he writes. “Whatever number probably just crossed your mind, double it. The most successful sites update a storm’s approach obsessively. …Thanks to aggressive storm coverage, MLive broke its all-time record for headline page views.”
Here’s the memo:
Polar vortex coverage was hot, hot, hot
Harsh winter weather has hit every Advance market in the Midwest and East this season. And how important is our storm coverage to audiences?
Consider this: Earlier this week, thanks to aggressive storm coverage, MLive broke its all-time record for headline page views. Then broke it again. And again. And weather reporter Mark Torregrossa has been MLive’s best-read writer with 480,000 page views already this month.
Since there is plenty more winter ahead, here are some of the most successful strategies for weather coverage — with thanks to syracuse.com Content Director John Lammers and the other markets cited below. And for all you warmer folks in Alabama, Louisiana and (most of the time) Oregon, many of these work for other types of weather as well./CONTINUES Read More
* In an online survey, only 27 percent of respondents could correctly identify NBC News anchor Brian Williams. (pewresearch.org)
* Matt Lauer and New York Times putting the past behind them? (salon.com)
* Today’s cute journalism job ad: “If you’re a reporter who asks ‘Why?’ more often than a 5-year-old, get in touch with me right away.” (journalismjobs.com) | h/t *sentinelpeg
* New York Post’s Chris Christie cover a disappointment. (capitalnewyork.com) | How other papers played the scandal on their fronts: (thewire.com)
* FT columnist: “In the 40-plus years I have been familiar with American political journalism, it has never been as poor as it is today.” (theguardian.com)
* With Rupert Murdoch, “if you deliver money, you do fine,” says Roger Ailes. (hollywoodreporter.com)
* 3 Doors Down bassist Todd Harrell confronts a Biloxi Sun Herald reporter after she tries to take his picture. (sunherald.com) | Harrell guilty in DUI case. (sunherald.com)
* “Fuddy-duddy” Fort Collins Coloradoan reporter expenses his $27 marijuana purchase for a story. (The pot was then given to the sheriff.) (gannettblog.blogspot.com)
* Boston Globe’s Matt Viser finds Monica Lewinsky‘s resume while going through old DC bureau files. (@mviser)
* A Nashville journalist writes about home teardowns, then a week later is told that his place is being demolished. (nashvillescene.com)
* The last pink New York Observer will be published in March. (capitalnewyork.com)
* Dan La Batard gives his Baseball Hall of Fame vote to Deadspin. (nytimes.com)
* “Ask a Mexican” columnist Gustavo Arellano has a deal with Fox (not the news division). (pocho.com) | (laobserved.com)
* Christopher Mayer is stepping down as Boston Globe publisher. (boston.com)
* Washington Post has approached The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson to be the next editor of Wonkblog, reports Michael Calderone. (huffingtonpost.com)
* What will Janice Min do with Billboard? (nytimes.com)
* The things they cover at CES! (at right) “@joannastern has found an adult version of the iPotty.” (@geoffreyfowler)
* Jack Shafer: “Rep. Henry Waxman can request all the documents he wants from Tribune, but not even he can roll back the Internet, smartphones, and BuzzFeed.” (reuters.com)
* An excerpt of Gabe Sherman‘s Roger Ailes bio is now online. (nymag.com)
* Complain all you want, but listicles are here to stay. (wired.com)
* Gabriel Snyder resigns as editor-in-chief of The Atlantic’s The Wire; Andrew Golis is named general manager.(capitalnewyork.com)
* The fulltime food critic at Phoenix New Times is being replaced by a freelancer. (eater.com)
* More than you need to know about NYTimes.com’s redesign. (nytimes.com) | Designers are monitoring reaction to the new look. (nytimes.com)
* BUST magazine, now in its 21st year, “seems to perfectly serve no one.” (theawl.com)
* Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby‘s missing teen son may have been sighted in Providence, RI. (haaretz.com)
* Washington Post reader representative Doug Feaver departs. (mediamatters.org)
John Heilemann was just one of many people who tweeted this Michigan lighthouse photo and claimed it was taken during this week’s record low temperatures.
Actually, photographer John McCormick snapped it on January 23, 2013 — another very cold day. (“I remember my camera batteries dying.”)
He tells me he’s seen his lighthouse picture posted and tweeted “all over the world” this week and misrepresented as a recent shot.
“People are submitting it to meteorologists, like Tom Skilling of WGN, and claiming it’s theirs.”
McCormick says he posted the image on photo-sharing sites last year, but never sold it to a news outlet. “It was just in my own portfolio.”
“I have a large following on Facebook and people were telling me [this week] that my picture was being misrepresented. I figure someone pulled it off one of the photo-sharing sites,” and it then went viral.
“It’s had hundreds of thousands of shares on Facebook.”
Update: I should note that Heilemann corrected his error.
Dallas Police Chief vs. Dallas Morning News
Last Saturday, Dallas Morning News City Hall reporter Scott Goldstein praised two of his colleagues for a police training story and noted that “as is often the case,” the city’s police chief “did not respond to request for comment.”
Chief David O. Brown tweeted in response that he works “really well” with most reporters who cover the department, and added that “I don’t care for being called an asshole and cocksucker though by the Belo folks.” (The News is owned by A.H. Belo.) He then apologized for posting the vulgarities and said that “a better choice would have been to just continue to ignore these reporters …I shouldn’t have referenced the curse words Senior Dallas Morning News reporter Tanya Eiserer called me.”
On Tuesday afternoon, I asked the chief’s office and the News about this apparent feud. The police department didn’t respond, but the News forwarded an email that editor Bob Mong sent to Brown last night:
From: Mong, Bob
Sent: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 7:54 PM
To: Brown, David
Subject: Re: Fw: 2013 Crime Summary as of 1/7/14
Dear Chief Brown,
Thanks for sending the power point with your year end crime report. It’s in the hands of our reporters.
I also wanted also to discuss the Twitter exchange you made over the weekend about our staff. I was deeply disappointed by what you said, the timing of the remarks and want to clarify the facts./CONTINUES Read More
Scott Bateman: “USA Today swiped my weather map graphic”
Statement from USA Today editor-in-chief David Callaway –
Mr. Bateman’s map was an inspiration for an effort that fell short of our newsroom publishing standards. As soon as we realized our oversight, we took immediate action to correct our mistake. We apologized to Mr. Bateman and are addressing the situation both internally and externally to give the artist the credit he deserves and to set the record straight for our readers. We do not take these incidents lightly.
* Larger view of the maps
* Scott Bateman: “USA Today swiped my weather map graphic and cleaned up the language. Lines are in EXACTLY the same places.” (@Disalmanacarian)
* Boston Globe owner John Henry pledges to make the newspaper and its websites “aggressively relevant.” (bostonglobe.com)
* “The Observer regrets this 22-month-old error” about New York Post editor-in-chief Col Allan. (observer.com)
* Roger Ailes, in the 1980s, allegedly offered a producer an additional $100 a week if she agreed to have sex with him whenever he wanted. (nytimes.com)
* Retired NYT columnist Clyde Haberman explains why smart people go into journalism, even though it doesn’t pay very well. (“A desire to see the world.”) (observer.com)
* The entire McClatchy newspaper chain is on one phone-message system? (randompixels.blogspot.com)
* “There will be hundreds of pieces filed today about NYT’s redesign. Why?” (@elongreen) | Ex-Timesman Brian Stelter has filed his piece: (cnn.com)
* Dallas Morning News subscriber’s surveillance cameras catch a newspaper thief in action. (dallasnews.com)
* San Francisco Chronicle journalists will be sent to a digital and social media “boot camp.” (mashable.com)
* WSJ Journal editor on Mossberg/Swisher: “They wanted an independent operation. … For a business newspaper to be essentially outsourcing a very, very significant part of our technology coverage to an increasingly independent operation didn’t seem to me to be the right way to go.” (capitalnewyork.com)
* Washington Post’s Marty Baron tells petitioners: Jeff Bezos will never be involved in our coverage of the intelligence community. (commondreams.org)
* Janice Min is put in charge of Billboard, in addition to Hollywood Reporter. (billboard.com)
* The search continues for Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby‘s 16-year-old son, missing since Monday. (masslive.com) | The journalist’s latest tweet.
* Legendary Vatican reporter John Allen quits the National Catholic Reporter for the Boston Globe, where he “will be an analyst on all things Catholic.” (bostonglobemediapr.com)
* Cleveland’s WKYC-TV has an ice desk. (@frankmacekwkyc) | (h/t @Zlatimeyer) | Even more ice: (washingtonpost.com)
* David Pogue unveils Yahoo Tech 1.0 and says “we have exciting plans to grow.” (yahoo.com) | (usatoday.com)
* Gun magazines report circulation and newsstand sales increases. (adage.com)
* Fort Worth Star-Telegram editor says his paper’s Obamacare story left out key information. (star-telegram.com)
* Yahoo launches its News Digest app, designed to give users “comprehensive, effortless, and complete” information on their world. (techcrunch.com)
* Five layoffs at Gannett’s Detroit Free Press. (motorcitymuckraker.com)
* It took BuzzFeed’s Charlie Warzel nearly four hours to “nuke” his Twitter feed. (buzzfeed.com)
* Check out New York Observer’s Media Power Couples slideshow. (observer.com) | A few names if you don’t want to click through: (mediabistro.com)
* Stop apologizing, Melissa Harris-Perry. (phillymag.com)