* Colorado Springs Gazette publishes a 21st Century version of “Reefer Madness.” I’m told: “Gazette employees have been strongly discouraged from commenting on or sharing opinions about the series. Privately editors have mentioned that public criticism could jeopardize reporters’ jobs.” (csindy.com) | Christine Tatum, the “lead reporter” on the series, is married to a doctor who treats so-called marijuana “addicts.” (westword.com)
* The radio host who interviews Chris Christie on “Ask the Governor” gets to drive around in a Corvette – thanks to Christie. (ibtimes.com)
* Conservative publications do best on Facebook with negative stories. (digiday.com)
* Are New York Times, BuzzFeed and other news outlets about to be swindled by Facebook? (niemanlab.org) | (businessinsider.com) // Jeff Jarvis: “I do fear that some of us will be bad negotiators.” (buzzmachine.com)
* James Vincent: “Many in the media industry are worried about ceding too much power to the social network.” (theverge.com) | Worse than Faustian. (@mathewi)
* Washington Post’s Dan Balz wins the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting. (washingtonpost.com)
* No paper trail for ESPN’s deal with Mid-American Conference. “Details were hammered out in conference calls with athletic directors and commissioners.” (chicagotribune.com)
* [RIGHT] High school administrators in Virginia censor a student newspaper story about “dabbing” – “the most recent craze to dominate the drug subculture.” (fauquiernow.com)
* The Ancil Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism goes to the Chicago Tribune, Arizona Republic and Neshaminy High School’s The Playwickian. (uoregon.edu)
* Los Angeles Times consumer reporter David Lazarus: “I was told by higher-ups this morning to tone down the political snark. Here’s a video of cats being funny.” (@Davidlaz)
* Akron Beacon Journal reporter Rick Armon forces Kent State to obey open records laws. (whenjournalismfails.com)
* Ken Doctor: Anyone who has ever listened to local public radio traveling across the country can recognize the great disparities in reporting. Closing that gap is central to the next generation of NPR News – and public radio itself.” (capitalnewyork.com)
* NBC PR touts a big “Nightly News” win over ABC’s “World News Tonight.” (nbcnews.com)
* James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards nominees are announced. (jamesbeard.org)
Nearly three years ago, Roanoke’s WDBJ-TV did a story about a former adult film star serving as a rescue squad volunteer. Its 6 p.m. news report included a very brief porn clip showing the actress stroking an erect penis. The FCC proposed today that the station be fined $325,000 for the inadvertent broadcast. Its ruling says:
The clip aired for approximately three seconds and thus its duration was not so brief as to preclude an indecency finding. Moreover, we find that the duration of the material was sufficient to attract and hold viewers’ attention; several complainants note that they viewed the material perfectly well.
A WDBJ photojournalist told the FCC: “When I recorded the screen shots off of a computer, I did not notice the small ‘boxes’ at the right of screen showing other films available from the distributor,” one of which showed the porn star/rescue squad volunteer in action.
The Roanoke Times reports WDBJ’s $325,000 penalty is the largest the FCC has ever enforced for a single indecent broadcast at a station.
– From Philadelphia City Paper’s full-page cartoon
Philadelphia City Paper editor-in-chief Lillian Swanson tells Romenesko readers: “As most newspapers have cut back on comics and shrunk those they do run, this alternative weekly has gone against the grain and offered a full page as a blank canvas for a different artist every week. As comic artist Kelly Phillips, whose drawing launched the project, wrote in [the March 19th] paper, City Paper is ‘paying tribute to an art form that is inextricably tied, and indebted to, newspapers.'”
Swanson says the artists get $150 for their published work.
Former New York Times reporter Matthew Wald – once called “dean of the energy press corps” – has been hired by the Nuclear Energy Institute, the nuclear industry’s lobbying group. Wald (right), who took a Times buyout in December after decades at the paper, writes on Facebook: “I’m supposed to keep the group advised on developments in policy and technology and economics outside the nuclear field, among other tasks. It sure ain’t like the morning paper. The technical types, the ones who used to work at power plants, evidently habitually come to work by 7 AM.”
And the HR woman assured me that among the perks, we get off the day after Thanksgiving and work only half a day on Christmas Eve. I told her I’d worked most of the Christmases for the last 30 years. She reacted like I was speaking Greek.
But I’m sure my metabolism will adjust.
His title will be senior director, policy analysis and strategic planning.
* Wisconsin Film Festival’s rules: “To obtain advance screeners, the press will agree to only publish capsule reviews/previews of these films, to appear no earlier than one week prior to the festival’s start.” (tonemadison.com)
* The Columbia journalism school review of Rolling Stone’s frat-house rape story is coming out in April. (cnn.com)
* Times public editor Margaret Sullivan revisits her Ferguson column from last August and says “what I wrote was substantially flawed.” (nytimes.com)
* “I’m waiting for the first original novel to be composed solely with emoticons,” says The New Yorker’s Barry Blitt. (That’s his cover on the right.) (newyorker.com)
* What should campaign journalists do about climate change deniers? (pressthink.org)
* A widely distributed March 20th solar eclipse “photo” is CGI from 2009. “Truth is the only thing that matters in photojournalism. And it is being eroded every day.” (jimcolton.com)
* Time execs claim their magazine is more trusted than the New York Times. (Evidence, please!) (wwd.com)
* A how-to: Staying sane while using Twitter. (deadspin.com)
* Brian Williams attends a weekend fundraiser for his old high school. (nj.com) | Pals protect him from the pesky press. (washingtonpost.com)
* The shrinking Chicago Sun-Times gets beat up a lot, but it still does some excellent reporting. From this weekend: (suntimes.com)
* Anchorage police raid the marijuana dispensary owned by former TV reporter Charlo (“Fuck-It-I-Quit”) Greene. (adn.com)
* Jeb Bush has a talk-radio problem. (politico.com)
* Cute: A reader points out that a Philly Inquirer story about a Catholic church quotes people named Bishop and Maas. (philly.com)
* JOBS: A new NYC-based website is looking for education journalists; Honolulu Civil Beat seeks an investigations editor. (Romenesko Jobs)
Some lines from Faith Salie‘s “grammar rant” on today’s “CBS Sunday Morning”: “Whom is an endangered species. …I admit: I feel funny when I use the word whom as I’m talking to my diapered children, but I persist. …Once you give up on whom, what’s next? Are you going to leave the ly’s off your adverbs? That’s real sloppy. …Because of whom’s unfortunate rarity, it can just sound fancy; it’s like putting lipstick on your sentence.”
Today’s Unfortunate Ad Placement (from Saturday’s Cincinnati Enquirer)
* NYT public editor: “More than 70% of all revenue at The Times came from print last year.” (nytimes.com) | “I’m reading my New York Times digitally while I’m eating breakfast,” says Tim Gunn, describing his Sunday routine. (nytimes.com)
* A claim in an NPR piece about right-to-work states is disputed. “I do think a follow up is much needed,” says the network’s ombudsman. (npr.org)
* An Australian journalist recalls wasting Rupert Murdoch‘s money: “I even flew to Los Angeles and London to play video games and write about them.” (sneakymag.com)
* A Texas lawmaker blocks a student journalist on Twitter for asking a question. (dallasobserver.com) | (petapixel.com)
* Former Ebony editor Mitzi Miller joins an LA-based film and television company. (chicagotribune.com)
* Tom Goodwin: “I guess I should be grateful someone else got 5,000 retweets for my writing.” (@tomfgoodwin) | “Someone else” was then shamed into tweeting this.
* Joseph Pulitzer IV dies at 65. The former newspaper empire heir “seemed happiest when the ‘Grateful Dead’ came to town and he reviewed the band for the paper.” (stltoday.com)
* The Star Tribune building demolition and the end of a newspapering era in downtown Minneapolis. (startribune.com)
C.T. May writes in a Splice Today piece critical of Howard Schultz’s #RaceTogether campaign:
The one operational difference you’ll see is that the pile of newspapers near the creamers will now have copies of a USA Today “Race Together” special section. A rival newspaper tells us the section “contains an assortment of statistics and facts about race, and ends with a questionnaire that prompts readers to ask themselves how many friends of a different race their parents, and they themselves, have had.”
Starbucks tells us the section will also have “an unconscious bias experiment—exploring the attitudes and beliefs that guide us, along with an interactive diversity index that asks ‘what is the chance that the next person I meet will be different from me?’” But customers don’t have to look at the section or do the exercises.
I had to hunt for the section at my neighborhood Evanston Starbucks this afternoon. It wasn’t anywhere near the creamers; I eventually found the papers near the supplies storage area and bathrooms.