Memo to the Denver Post staff from editor Greg Moore:


I am sorry to have to announce that Craig Walker, our stellar two-time Pulitzer Prize winner,walker is leaving to take a fantastic job at The Boston Globe. He will be great there and do us all proud as a Post alum, but he will be missed.

Craig is one of the most devoted storytellers I have ever worked with and his patience and commitment for doing right by the story is a hallmark. He has done outstanding work at home and abroad and been a great colleague, role model and teacher here. He will be around for a couple of weeks so please wish him well on his new opportunity.

Thanks, Craig, for your incredible eye and all your excellent work during an amazing 17 year run here. Heck of a job.


* From 2012: Craig Walker wins his second Pulitzer in three years (

- via @djmiro83

– via @djmiro83

Romenesko reader David Rutter writes:

The perils of promotion strike once again.

[Chicago NBC affiliate] WMAQ had one of those red-face moments Tuesday night. After the conclusion of “The Voice” in which the season winner for it big ratings winner was announced, the 10 p.m. newscast had a banner and promo ready to run.

Unfortunately the banner that was set up read “BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH WINS THE VOICE.” It flashed on the air for a few seconds and then disappeared. The on-air folks were aghast in that moment when everyone looks at each other but no one says a word.… Swiftly, they moved on …

Of course, that’s happened with newspapers, too.

* “I had my money on Lorem Ipsum,” and other comments (
* Sixteen-year-old Sawyer Fredericks wins “The Voice” (

* Akron Beacon Journal is putting out a section that honors the city’s departing mayor – and the mayor doesn’t like it. ( | Mayor tells businesses: Give your money to charity, not the Beacon Journal. (
* An NPR reporter loses to a machine in a newswriting race. “WordSmith finished writing the story in two minutes. Scott [Horsley] took just over seven minutes.” (
* Wall Street Journal offers buyouts and plots a “serious realignment.” (
* Statement from the union representing WSJ’s newsroom: “We were surprised to learn buyouts may have been ‘offered’ to Wall Street Journal staff. When IAPE TNG/CWA Local 1096 approached management earlier this year and asked about buyouts, we were given the standard response: There is no organized effort to offer buyouts to staff members, but management is always willing to listen if an employee is interested in leaving and wonders if a separation package might be available.”
lucky* Three newspapers in India refuse to run a mother’s spouse-wanted-for-my-gay-son ad. (
* Conde Nast’s Lucky magazine goes from monthly to quarterly. (
* Print is still big with Capital Hill staffers, “mainly because of how readily available the printed versions are around the Hill.” (
* New York Daily News proves that “no publication can refute an article about itself quite as amusingly as a tabloid.” (
* Editor in North Dakota: “I don’t throw it in people’s faces that I’m gay, I understand I’m in an area that’s not used to seeing two men together, albeit a very religious town as well, and I’m a respectful enough person to appreciate that.” (
* IN JOBS: Apply for the Associated Press‐NORC Center for Public Affairs Research Journalism Fellowship Program. (Romenesko Jobs)
* A contributor to Gannett’s Tennessean business section promotes her own project; a disclosure wasn’t added until the local alt-weekly pointed it out. (
* What’s more amusing – the correction or the byline? (
* Jack Limpert: The use of “we” in mainstream publications can turn off readers. (
* Newspapers in the 19th century did aggregating, too. (


“If those are the things you’re looking for, don’t bother applying here,” the Oregon paper’s ad says. The pay, by the way, is “$11-12 an hour, depending on experience.” I’ve called editor-in-chief Scott Graves to see how many applications he’s received.

* General assignment reporter wanted on Oregon’s coast (
* Read the comments from my Facebook friends and subscribers

* Journalism job ad of the day: “Writer need to be committed”
* The most obnoxious journalism job ever?
* “We’re not interested in half-ass efforts,” a newspaper’s ad says


New: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s new owner offers buyouts (

A Romenesko tipster and Gannett employee writes:

One of the remarkable aspects to [last week’s USA Today] buyouts is the number of top execs leaving. Along with Money editor Anne Willette and deputy editor of personal finance Rodney Brooks [mentioned in this post], they include:

goodbye* David Colton, Executive Editor
* Susan Weiss, Executive Editor
* Brian Gallagher, Editor, Editorial Page.
* Dennis Moore, Managing Editor, News
* Fred Anklam, Senior Night Editor
* Bonnie Tkach, Director of Edit Operations
and a bunch of other editors, reporters, photographers and graphic artists.

There are still big outstanding questions, including:
* Will the new Gannett bosses insist on further layoffs before July 1?
* Will [editor-in-chief David] Callaway and [publisher] Larry Kramer stay?
* Will there be any hiring after July 1, the target date for the spin-off of the publishing company?

Will the top bosses be pushed, or depart voluntarily?

I don’t think Kramer and Callaway are going to be replaced so much as they may want to leave on their own, especially Kramer. I don’t think either is clear on what their roles will be in the new company. That said, it would surprise me if they don’t stay through the year.

Laura Petrecca is USA Today’s new Money editor. The memo is after the jump. Read More

The New York Times PR department alerts us to this freebie:

puzzleStarbucks customers can enjoy a free New York Times Crossword puzzle pack today via the Starbucks “Pick of the Week” program.

The offer includes a free Times Crossword “Jumbo Mondays” puzzle pack, which normally costs $2.99.

Any Starbucks customer with the Starbucks app for iPhone can access the offer through the app inbox.

You can download the Starbucks app here.

Five months ago today Stuart Elliott retired as New York Times advertising columnist after 23 years at the paper. So, how is it going?

Stuart Elliott

Stuart Elliott

“What’s surprised me about life after the Times is that, indeed, there’s life after the Times!” he tells Romenesko readers. “I’ve started some freelance writing, first off with a weekly column for Media Village, a new venture by Jack Myers of MyersBizNet. I am also moderating panels and speaking to ad agencies and college classes.

“I didn’t expect to retire completely when I took the Times buyout in December, but I didn’t plan for another career per se; my post-Times life is sort of a work in progress that I’m making up as I go along and I wouldn’t be surprised if five months from now it looks different from today.”

What’s your typical day like?
There’s really no ‘typical’ day now, which is a big, nice change from my days at the Times. The biggest change is that I’m finally able to meet folks for lunches; when I worked at the Times I would eat lunch at my desk almost every day because of my deadlines. … I’m certainly nowhere near as busy as I was at the Times, where I was cranking out the weekday ad column for print, writing the weekly email newsletter for, reporting online articles for the website and so forth. That was a lot of work!

Have source relationships changed because you’re no longer with the newspaper?
I’ve been removed from a lot of mailing lists, email lists and such, which I expected when I left the Times since I was giving up the full-time duties of the ad column, newsletter, etc. I don’t believe I have been getting the brush from folks I email or call because I’m no longer at the Times. …Because of my writing, panelizing, speaking, etc., I feel I still ought to keep up with the ad world” and stay in touch with old sources.

Your review of the “Mad Men” finale?
The more I think about the ending for the final episode of “Mad Men,” the more I like it. It’s far less ambiguous than the final seconds of “The Sopranos” but left enough room for debate (did Don return to McCann-Erickson the following year to create the Coke “Hilltop” commercial? did Peggy write it? did they collaborate on it? Or did Don stay in California and start a chain of Esalen-style retreats? Or return to New York eventually and join Joan at Holloway Harris?)

* Stuart Elliott on Twitter

* The tragic story of Cole Waddell: “Four days after Cole’s first magazine essay made it through the final stage of [Charlotte Magazine’s] editing process, he popped another Oreo into his mouth. … The Oreo went down the wrong pipe. Cole died the next day, on March 13, a Friday.” (
* Debra Tice says her journalist son, Austin, is alive in Syria. (@clarissaward)
* Florida Gov. Rick Scott tells elementary school administrators: I won’t show up if you tell the press about my talk to fourth-graders. (
george* Rem Rieder: “George Stephanopoulos of all people should not be giving money to anything having to do with [the Clintons]. What was he thinking?” ( | The $105 Million Man. ( | Editorial: Stephanopoulos should no longer be the face of ABC’s news division. (
* Anderson Cooper apparently isn’t very familiar with ClickHole. (
* JOBS: Cedar Rapids Gazette is looking for a news editor. An education news website seeks a video director. (Romenesko Jobs)
* Jay Rosen advises political reporters to figure out what the voters want candidates to talk about, then ask about those issues. (
* NYT’s Dean Baquet tells high school students that powerful people “are not, for the most part, any more interesting than anyone else”; they’re just dressed better. (
* The current issue of New Mexico Law Review is devoted to “Breaking Bad.” (
* ABC’s “World News Tonight” was last week’s ratings winner, but not by much. (
* Ken Doctor: “There’s little way to measure newspapers’ valuable contribution to their communities and their citizens. Their financial value decline, though, is easy to mark.” (
stelter* Highlights from last night’s Webby Awards ceremony, including a few 5-word speeches: ( | Watch Brian Stelter‘s Webby Awards tribute to David Carr. (
* National Society of Newspaper Columnists announces its contest finalists. (

Waco Tribune-Herald editor Steve Boggs is busy directing his BH Media-owned paper’s shootout coverage, so I appreciate he took time to answer a few questions:

The number of Tribune-Herald journalists who were on the story Sunday?

4 reps [reporters] (3 on day off)
2 editors
2 photo
Others called in to see if we needed anyone.
no stringers

How the shootout was reported:

Day 1 coverage had main story, and sidebar on reaction around that part of town. Main story pretty comprehensive. Would have liked to develop various aspects into sidebars, but very little information to support them was forthcoming from the police department. So we stuck with single story on day 1.

Branching out into separate stories today and moving forward.


Getting a crash course in the difference between motorcycle clubs, and outlaw biker gangs. Probably our biggest challenge is developing sources in a hurry into the biker sub-culture, and determining the identify of two of the five gangs present, and if they were outlaw or just regular mc’s.

On-site reporter, Olivia Messer, did outstanding work, as did assistant city editor Tim Woods in organizing and updating the information.

Felt good about print product. We tend to publish to web first on most stories every day. Online traffic was big, as you’d expect.

* Latest shootout coverage from

Noted: New York Times had six reporters on the story, according to @CMurphyDenver


“I always appreciated the ‘watchdog’ work at the San Diego UT,” writes Romenesko reader Jonathan Volzke, “but I never noticed the phone number” until now.

I don’t recall if the St. Paul Pioneer Press, one of my former employers, had a clever watchdog-team phone number, but it did have what was sort of an investigative reporting mascot. “Rollie” (I’m pretty sure that was its name) was a life-sized rolled-up newspaper that, I guess, was supposed to swat bad guys. Is that correct, PiPress staffers and alums?