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In today’s Morning Report, I said The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead tried to shame lawmakers for voting against a bill that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation.

That’s wrong, says editor Matthew Von Pinnon.

“We did not do it to shame anyone, as many people are [implying],” he says. “We did it simply to convey the info people wanted to know, no matter which side of the issue they are on. They wanted to know how each lawmaker voted.fargo We shared all votes, including from the Senate, which had earlier narrowly passed the bill.”

The newspaper has received dozens of emails and phone calls, says the editor, “but social media has just blown up over it.” People on Twitter are praising the paper for making “a bold statement for LGBT equality,” and “[calling] out anti-gay reps,” which it’s not doing, according to Von Pinnon.

The editor continues:

Some are saying they will keep the front page for the next election, no matter which side they are on. Some who likely never bought a print paper say they ran out to get this copy so they have it for history or to help them vote next time. One area business even posted the front page near their door and declared those who voted no on the bill will not be admitted (sort of a reversal of the issue).

Who came up with the concept?
“The idea for the cover was born at our afternoon news huddle,” he says. “We started talking about doing a how-they-voted list and it morphed into the picture thing pretty organically. …It was a great team effort, paired with a well-done news story by Capitol correspondent Mike Nowatzki.”

Lawmakers’ reaction?
“From what I’ve heard, the lawmakers seem fine with what we did. They say they are standing by their votes, though they are getting a lot of feedback on it. I’m not sure they expected this kind of attention.”

* PDF of today’s Forum page one (newseum.org)
* Read The Forum’s Facebook page comments about today’s page one (facebook.com)


From University at Buffalo newspaper editor-in-chief Sara DiNatale‘s column about the Buffalo State College Record funding flap:
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* Fools controversy: Tough times in college media (ubspectrum.com)
* BSC Record’s funding is frozen over April 1 issue (jimromenesko.com)

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* Fargo Forum tries to shame anti-gay North Dakota lawmakers on page one. (newseum.org) | The story: (inforum.com)
* Investigative Reporters & Editors names winners of the IRE Awards. (ire.org)
* Associated Press denies reports that it’s partnering with China’s state-run Xinhua news agency. (mcclatchydc.com)
* Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron calls Iran’s handling of the Jason Rezaian case “state-sponsored injustice.” (washingtonpost.com)
* “NBC Nightly News” is #1 in the first quarter of 2015. (tvnewser.com)
* A marriage proposal ad in today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch. (@Kirkman)
* The National Society of Newspaper Columnists (NSNC) decides to keep its June 25-28 annual conference in Indianapolis. (columnists.com) | “I expected more from a group of journalists,” says an NSNC member. (northjersey.com)
* NYDN: New York Post editor-in-chief Col Allan and Harvey Weinstein are pals, and it shows in the tabloid’s groping coverage. (adweek.com)
* Steve Brill: “If I were the American Lawyer, it might be the one magazine where I might not do anything digital with it. It would be a really elegant, thick glossy publication – the only way you can get it.” (bna.com)
* More from Brill: “I always thought that you shouldn’t be pissed off at PR people.” (bna.com)
* LSU’s David Kurpius is named dean of University of Missouri Journalism School. (columbiatribune.com) | (themaneater.com)
emoji* Real men don’t use emoji. (nytimes.com)
* More WHY? questions, please. (whenjournalismfails.com)


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Update: The student government has decided not to freeze the newspaper’s budget after all. “Our initial actions were made based on the concerns we received from several students,” student leaders say. “The removal of the “April Fools” edition of the paper was called in order to protect our students from feeling uncomfortable. However, The Record you’re our students as well! & the freedom of speech and press proves that us limiting your distribution, is not right.” The post continues here.

Earlier: The SUNY Buffalo State Record was renamed The Wreckard for April Fools’ Day, and included a piece by “copy editor Brian Williams,” a story about Gov. Cuomo’s snacking ban, and a film review correction, which said “a March 30 review of ‘Get Hard’ called the movie ‘enjoyable at times.’ This is patently untrue.”

Some on campus weren’t wild about The Wreckard, including student government president Emily Leminger. She emailed the newspaper staff and told them their April 1 edition was “a very serious matter.”

She wrote:

It has come to our attention from many students and faculty members that some of the topics discussed in the ‘Wreckard’ satire addition [sic] were offensive to members of Buffalo State and the surrounding community.”

Please note that your budget has been frozen, all publications of ‘The Wreckard’ must be removed from campus tomorrow by 5PM and relocated to your office.

She didn’t say which articles offended the campus and surrounding community.

I’ve left messages for Leminger, editor Jonny Moran, and newspaper adviser Annemarie Franczyk. | Update – The adviser tells Romenesko readers: “The most current information is the college administration recognizes the violation of the paper’s freedom of speech and is seeking some sort of joint resolution.”

New: “We are really relieved that our funding is back,” says the paper’s ME (buffalonews.com)
* The Wreckard (buffstaterecord.com)
* Buffalo State paper’s budget frozen over April 1 issue (buffstaterecord.com) | Decision reversed (facebook.com)

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* Kerry looks for accord (ft.com) | Iran nuclear accord hailed (bloomberg.com)
* Front page of Financial Times UK edition, April 2 (@FT)

Throwback Thursday: Stories about New York media from April 2005:

New York magazine on Rupert Murdoch’s Post (April 11, 2005): “It has stolen from the Daily News the mantle of New York’s populist paper, and yet it also fêtes the city’s rich and powerful, trafficking in a kind of tycoonophilia. The very same power-hungry plutocrats whom the old Post loved to torment are given the royal treatment by Murdoch’s Post—until they fall, that is, and then the Post gleefully piles on.” (nymag.com)

- New York Post, April 1, 2005

– New York Post, April 1, 2005

Lachlan Murdoch, quoted in The New Yorker (April 11, 2005): “We don’t really think about the Daily News that much.” (newyorker.com)

New York Times on New York magazine editor Adam Moss (April 4, 2005): “His one-year tenure has brought distinct changes to both its journalism and its design, with the former better received than the latter. …As for the magazine’s new look, it brims with thumbnail pictures, short interviews and type so tiny it can be hard to read.” (nytimes.com)

New York Times on the April Fools’ Day parade (April 1, 2005): “New York’s April Fools’ Day parade is a great big hoax, the brainchild of Joey Skaggs, the éminence grise of pransksterdom who has been duping the news media with his outlandish stunts for decades. …[He] has drawn a wide range of news media outlets in the past, including CNN, USA Today and, without fail, a camera crew or two from Japan.” (nytimes.com)

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Letter to Romenesko
From THOMAS PALMER: My blog, the Picture Prosecutor, is the first of its type (my colleagues and editors believe) that examines the contextual misuse of photojournalism in online news publishing. This occurs when photos are improperly integrated with headlines and captions, resulting in a third, false meaning. Please give it a look.

* The Picture Prosecutor (timesunion.com)

“LOL the Times won’t even print the initials ‘WTF'”
– @jackmirkinson

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* LOL the Times won’t even print the initials “WTF” (@jackmirkinson)
* Dear Winter Coat: Goodbye and good riddance (nytimes.com)
* @oliveandbettesnyc (instagram.com)

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* Gannett is about to take control of ten Digital First Media papers in Pennsylvania, Texas, and New Mexico. (niemanlab.org)
* Jack Shafer: At Fox News, GOP presidential candidates are rarely spanked; “the only real punishment is neglect.” (politico.com)
* Medium hires journalists and takes steps to become profitable. (digiday.com)bw
* Too bad Businessweek’s Cubs cover didn’t come out on April 1. (bloomberg.com)
* Ted Cruz calling the New York Times “a leftist rag” is “a badge of honor,” says Timesman Edward Wong. (@comradewong)
* New York Daily News reportedly loses $30 million a year, so Cablevision’s one-dollar offer for it doesn’t seem that crazy. (usatoday.com)
* The enduring influence of “the PayPal mafia.” (nytimes.com)
* Seymour Hersh on ex-NYT executive editor Abe Rosenthal: “He used to come into the newsroom in Washington and tap me on the top of my head and say, ‘How’s my little commie?’ The next sentence would be, ‘What do you have for me?'” (cjr.org)
* VIDEO: “The haircut that divided a nation.” (chicagotribune.com) | Earlier: Strong reactions to Chicago Tribune columnist Heidi Stevens‘ hair. (jimromenesko.com)
* NYPD chief: New York Post founder Alexander Hamilton would be embarrassed by the tabloid’s Wednesday page one story. (capitalnewyork.com) | The Post stands by its story. (nypost.com)
* How high school kids use Instagram to help pick a college. (time.com)
* NPR’s Carl Kasell turns 81 today; ex-NYT public editor Daniel Okrent celebrates 67 years. (@charlesapple)

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