A University of Florida journalism student’s quiz answer:

- From a PDF of the student's quiz

– From a PDF of the student’s quiz

“How would you grade it?” asks University of Florida journalism professor John Kaplan, who got this answer from one of his students. (I’d give the student a half point … and a copy of the magazine.)

* The Rolling Stones on the cover of Rolling Stone (rollingstone.com)
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* Ohio University Post’s opinion editor is suspended for two weeks for striking a deal with the school’s president. (athensnews.com)
* “I really question their judgment,” a journalism school dean says of Poynter’s newspaper’s role in Wednesday’s gyrocopter flight. “There is no end of the ways this could have gone wrong.” (washingtonpost.com)times
* Jacob Silverman: “It’s troubling that BuzzFeed apparently caved to advertiser pressure, but…” (thebaffler.com) | (cjr.org)
* Bill O’Reilly says Brian Williams is “definitely going to come back,” but maybe not as “NBC Nightly News” anchor. (latimes.com)
* Chicago Reader judges say Isabel Wilkerson‘s “The Warmth of Other Suns” tops Studs Terkel‘s “Working” as the greatest ever Chicago book. (chicagoreader.com)
* Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp‘s message to young journalists: “You can write listicles all your career, or you can come do some serious stuff here.” (digiday.com)
* SPONSORED: Learn from Steve Brill, Emily Bazelon and other storytelling masters at THREAD at Yale, June 7-10. (thread.yale.edu)
* Snapchat’s popularity is overstated. (observer.com)
* Anyone have a fresh angle on Hillary and Chipotle? (@jonfavs)
* Twitter’s lawyer admits “certain types of abuse on our platform have gone unchecked.” (washingtonpost.com)
* JOBS: Interested in sleeping? We have a writing/editing position for you. (Romenesko Jobs)
tote* Today’s fun fact: NPR sold 2,000 tote bags last year. (theatlantic.com)
* National Geographic is a social media champ. (nypost.com)
* Magazine trade group ASME softens its stand on native advertising. (wwd.com)
* Follow today’s International Journalism Festival doings on Twitter … or via livestream.

Andrew Gully, who worked at the Boston Herald for 21 years before going into PR, has been named Boston Globe’s content marketing director.

“Sponsored content will play a very important part of our growth,” writes Globe CEO Mike Sheehan, “and it was important to me to find a leader who knows how to tell a great story, understands the inner workings of marketing departments, and has the high standards, metabolism, and curiosity of a journalist.”

From: Sheehan, Mike
Date: Apr 15, 2015 4:44 PM
Subject: Andrew Gully

For the past several months, I have been looking for someone to oversee the creation of sponsored content for all our properties. I knew what I was looking for, someone trained as a journalist who at some point sold his or her soul and made the glorious leap over to The Dark Side — marketing communications. It just took a while to find who I was looking for.
I am pleased to announce that Andrew Gully [left] has joined Boston Globe Media Partners as Director of Content Marketing. Many of you know Andrew very well from the seven years he spent as a reporter at the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune and/or his 21 years at the Boston Herald where he was Managing Editor for a decade. Prior to that, he served as a city editor, political editor, investigative editor, and general assignment reporter. After leaving the Herald, Andrew held top marketing communications posts at Brandeis University and Sovereign Bank as it transitioned to Santander. Most recently, he headed up the global press operations for Sotheby’s in New York, where he was responsible for all auction coverage, corporate and internal communications, and crisis management during a prolonged period of shareholder activism.

Sponsored content will play a very important part of our growth, and it was important to me to find a leader who knows how to tell a great story, understands the inner workings of marketing departments, and has the high standards, metabolism, and curiosity of a journalist.

Please welcome Andrew when you see him. He’s the one wearing a tie. For now.


- CNN on Instagram

– CNN on Instagram

CNN served munchies – of course! – to celebrate the launch of its pot series
* Did a stoner select your treats, CNN? (instagram.com) | They’re ruled “delicious.” (@brianstelter)
* Colorado Springs radio station switches to a marijuana format (gazette.com)
* Authors of newspaper’s anti-pot series are coming out with a book (csindy.com)
* Weed dealers “confess” to Creative Loafing Charlotte (clclt.com)
* ICYMI: High Times mag’s softball team is called the Bong Hitters (clclt.com)

- Spotted in today's Trentonian

– The Trentonian website

“Somehow, I don’t think ‘kissing the cold goodbye’ is on the to-do list of those reading the Obituary page,” writes Romenesko reader Eileen Kerrigan, who spotted this today on The Trentonian’s website.

Also: St. Louis Post-Dispatch obituary writer Michael Sorkin writes about the death of his dachshund, and notes that “this may be the most difficult obit I’ve ever had to write.”

Richard Lloyd Parry, an editor at Rupert Murdoch’s London-based Times, posted a link on Facebook to a Times piece about the BBC “suffocating local newspapers by being a ‘monopoly broadcaster.'” Central European University professor and former Agence France-Presse reporter Robert Templer quickly blasted the Times and owner Murdoch for the anti-BBC post. Here’s the opening of their spat:


Parry responded after “having wiped the fine spray of warm spittle from my spectacles.” Read the full exchange here.

* The cast of characters and their posted comments (Google Drive)

“I’ve had more fun than I ever thought possible,” Barbara Strauch wrote in her last note to New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet. The longtime Times journalist and former Newsday senior editor passed away this morning.

Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 12:16 PM
To: !NYHQ-newsroom
Subject: Sad News About Barbara Strauch

Dear Colleagues,

We have sad news: our beloved Barbara Strauch, whose courage, grit, and journalistic accomplishments during her illness were an inspiration, passed away this morning at her home in Rye, N.Y., surrounded by her family.
Barbara’s stewardship of the Science section was the capstone to an extraordinary career in journalism. Her zest for a great story and her determination to infuse science journalism with sophistication, heart and rigor made our coverage the envy of our peers. It is impossible to list all the great stories she shaped, but they included projects on the Higgs Boson, being a patient, caring for children struggling with mental illness and the war on cancer. Barbara’s compassionate, skillful and fun-loving leadership also won the loyalty and affection of all who worked with her.

In the last note Dean received from her, a couple of weeks ago, Barbara wrote: “I’ve had more fun than I ever thought possible.”

We are heartbroken at this loss.

We will let you know plans for services as we learn them. If you want to write to her husband, Richard Breeden, and her daughters, Hayley and Meryl, the address is: [REDACTED] Rye, N.Y. 10580.

Dean [Baquet] and Celia [Dugger]

* Barbara Strauch’s “Fresh Air” appearance from 2010 (npr.org)

* Capital New York becomes Politico New York. (Politico Florida and Politico New Jersey are coming soon.) (capitalnewyork.com) | (nytimes.com)
* Editorial cartoonists are asked: Are there “red lines” you prefer not to cross? (washingtonpost.com)
* Ohio University’s Post apologizes for its opinion editor’s secret deal with the university president. (thepostathens.com)
* Jill Abramson‘s asked about contributing to BuzzFeed. She says her plate’s full now, but… (pittnews.com)
* A “suspicious” black egg with a painted face prompts the evacuation of Al.com’s offices and a call to the Bomb Squad. (al.com)
* Fun fact: High Times has a softball team called the Bong Hitters. (clclt.com)postsmall
* A New York Post “photo exclusive”! Brian Williams and wife walk their dog. (newseum.org) | What should we read into the suspended anchor’s stroll? (Have cable pundits discussed this?) (adweek.com)
* Tom Brokaw calls Williams’ fibs a really, really serious matter. (cnn.com)
* Micropayments for news won’t work. He’s right: “I don’t believe that people will pay 10 or 30 cents to purchase one story at a time.” (digiday.com) | How about crowdfunding? (ajr.org)
* Sing it with me! You’re so vain… (@DylanByers) | The most influential political journalists list: (politico.com)
* Howard Cosell‘s career examined. (The legendary sports commentator died twenty years ago this month.) (thebiglead.com)
* Time Inc. staffers fear more layoffs before moving downtown. (nypost.com)
* The Telegraph probably should have had someone who knows German live-blog this press conference. (telegraph.co.uk)
* SPONSORED: Learn from Steve Brill, Emily Bazelon and other storytelling masters at THREAD at Yale, June 7-10. (thread.yale.edu)
* The free millennial-targeted NYT Now app launches May 11. (capitalnewyork.com)
* “Seinfeld” fans will want to connect with Art Vandelay on LinkedIn. (linkedin.com) |
* Former Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth joins FiscalNote’s board. (fiscalnote.com)


“It’s easy to feel, when you log on to Twitter, that you have arrived at a bunch of conversations that are already over,” writes Matthew Kassel. “The Serial” podcast, which Eric Ladin recommended earlier today, was wrapped up last December; the Twitter chatter about it is pretty much over.

* Late to this, but…I’m human (observer.com)
* Eric Ladin recommends “The Serial” – on April 14 (@EricLadin)

- CareerCast graphic

– #200 out of 200 jobs/CareerCast graphic

Newspaper reporter lands on the bottom of CareerCast’s Jobs Rated list for 2015. Last year, it was #199 out of 200 occupations. Today’s press release says:

jackNewspaper reporter, which displaced lumberjack as the worst job of 2015, has a negative growth outlook of -13.33% and an average annual salary of $36,267. Broadcaster and photojournalist, with mid-level annual salaries of less than $30,000, also ranked at the bottom of the list. However, those with good writing skills often can find new employment in public relations, marketing, advertising and social media, where the outlook may be brighter.

Other rankings for 2015: Broadcaster, 196 (of 200 jobs); Photojournalist, 195; Author, 153; Public Relations Executive, 121; Publication Editor, 137; and Social Media Manager, 101.

A few years ago, I called CareerCast publisher Tony Lee and told him it was a brilliant move to put reporter on the bottom of his list. He swore he didn’t tweak the rankings to get more attention. (He did admit, thought, his website traffic was up ten-fold.)

“The data is the data,” said Lee. “We didn’t manipulate it in any way. I can walk you through why newspaper reporter ended up at the bottom. …We take a very analytical approach. We try to remove all subjectivity.”

* Best jobs of 2015 | Worst jobs of 2015 (careercast.com)

Earlier CareerCast reports:
* 2014: Newspaper reporter is no longer the worst job
* 2013: Why lumberjack did better than newspaper reporter in career report

Earlier: Here’s a newspaper reporter who loves his job (jimromenesko.com)

The press release for the 2015 CareerCast Jobs Rated report is after the jump. Read More