* Hundreds of Turner Broadcasting veterans will be getting buyout offers. (cnn.com)
* CNN’s Jeff Zucker is praised for admitting you can’t do more with less. (usatoday.com)
* Time’s Ferguson story – shared 4,076 times on Twitter – was the most social of the three newsweeklies. (digiday.com)
angel* Cartoonist Matt Bors predicted a he-was-no-angel story about Michael Brown. The cartoon on the right is from August 18. (washingtonpost.com) | “No angel” reference in New York Times’ Brown story “was a regrettable mistake,” says the public editor. (nytimes.com) | Did people read the entire story? asks the Timesman who wrote the piece. (talkingpointsmemo.com)
* When journalists become the story. (washingtonpost.com)
* Former AP Jerusalem bureau staffer Matti Friedman tries to provide “a few tools to make sense of the news from Israel.” (tabletmag.com)
* Napa Valley Register’s newsroom is badly damaged by Sunday’s earthquake, but staffers still put out a paper. (abc7news.com)
* Please pull the plug on the MTV Video Music Awards! (chicagoreader.com)
* Longtime Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Karen Heller heads to the Washington Post Style section. She writes in her farewell piece: “The Inquirer has been roiled by turbulence. This was no place for the weak. Every spring or two brought a new owner, a new plan, and, often, chaos. This fabled paper kept churning, this amazing newsroom pushing against the tide.” (philly.com)
* How New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor got Starbucks to quickly change its barista scheduling policy. (niemanlab.org)
* John Oliver explains things better than TV news broadcasts. (cjr.org)
abc* Big producer changes at ABC News. (mediabistro.com)
* Claim: “Mainstream journalists delight in their ability to get Al Sharpton on the phone for a quote.” (qz.com)
* Philadelphia Public Record says it fired the staffer who added Asian slurs to a photo caption. (philly.com) | (phillymag.com)
* Andrew Leonard: “A world in which the [New York] Times is struggling to survive does not sound like the golden age of journalism to me.” (salon.com)
* “Who could do such a thing to the most open-hearted person any of us knew?” asks one of James Foley‘s friends. (vice.com)
* Men’s Health: We stand behind our story on the costs of robotic surgery. (menshealth.com)
* BuzzFeed’s Chris Geidner is named NLGJA’s Journalist of the Year. (advocate.com)
* A new corporate headquarters for the Baton Rouge and New Orleans Advocate. (theadvocate.com/WARNING: AUTO-PLAY AD)
* The 2014 Online Journalism Awards finalists have been announced. (journalists.org)
* New York congressional candidate Elise Stefanik cuts a press conference short after being asked a question she doesn’t like. (poststar.com)
* Nothing on my feed: Tweeting photos of passed-out college students is said to be a “trend.” (thecollegefix.com)


In his piece about this saga, Bob Frump mentions that an Inquirer task force once “worked a story for two years about the corruption of a major national candidate … only to conclude that there were only smears there, not hard facts and firm links. The story never ran and no one felt any sense of a ‘cover up.’”

After I asked about it, Frump revised his post to note that Geraldine Ferraro was the task force’s target. The journalist, who worked at the Inquirer from 1976 to 1986, writes in an email:

In the mid-1980’s, The Philadelphia Inquirer assigned top reporters to investigate mob links to VP candidate Geraldine Ferraro’s husband. ferraroThe paper broke several stories about possible connections but after months of looking into the affair, and renting hotels for weeks at a time in New York for its task force, the editors decided that the results did not warrant the patented Inky “take out” treatment for which it was famous because there was no clear evidence Ferraro was dirty.

The decision was accepted in the newsroom as a good journalistic reasoning, not a coverup, as I recall. This was an extreme example of quality control during the Gene Roberts years, in my opinion. It was not uncommon for a reporter to spend months on a story — and still not meet the standards set by editors. Not everyone was happy with that, but it marked the difference in my mind between in-depth journalism that sorted out truths and “at length” journalism, which just printed charges and denials.

* Ruderman responds to Inquirer’s takedown (phillymag.com) | Her post: (facebook.com)
* Daily News reporters forced to defend Pulitzer-winning series (cbslocal.com)
* “A big Inquirer fan” says the meat of the Inky story was undercooked (frumped.org)

Chief Mike Yates

Chief Mike Yates

Update: Jonesboro (AR) Police Chief Mike Yates has resigned “after careful and prayerful consideration.” He tells the mayor: “A man must take responsibility for his mistakes and I am prepared to do just that. I let my anger and pride override my judgment and wisdom by saying a number of things that are unacceptable given my position.”

* Jonesboro Police Chief Mike Yates resigns (kait8.com)
* Earlier: Reporter quits over chief’s Facebook posts (jimromenesko.com)


On Friday, the Jonesboro (AR) police chief was given a 30-day suspension for posting ugly Facebook comments (“smelly,” for example) about the local newspaper’s police reporter. The Jonesboro Sun’s Sunday editorial about the punishment is behind a paywall, but publisher David Mosesso forwarded it for posting.

Jonesboro Sun editorial
The past couple of weeks have been no fun for this newspaper as we’ve seen one of our reporters come under fire from mean spirited and personal Facebook rants by our local police chief.

We’ve had to fight for public information from the police department, information that previously has been relatively easy to receive and report on. We’ve dealt with this and a host of other issues as they relate to the freedom of information. We’ve lodged a complaint with our mayor and he has issued his reprimand, a 30-day unpaid suspension for police chief Mike Yates.

We had hoped and asked that the police chief be fired for his actions, but Mayor Perrin has elected to take the path of least resistance. At first blush, it might seem as though a 30-day suspension was the coward’s way out, but is it really? There may be more risk involved in a 30-day suspension than an actual firing /CONTINUES Read More

Mark Jurkowitz spent years documenting the decline of newspapers while at the Pew Research Center. He recently left his associate director position and … bought a newspaper.paper

“The weekly newspaper idea has long been a dream of mine,” the new owner of the Outer Banks Sentinel in Nags Head, NC, tells Romenesko readers. “I started my career 35 years ago at the Brookline/Newton Tab. And the Outer Banks, well it’s nice to be somehwere where people wear shorts and smile a lot.”

The 6,000-circulation paper has four full-time employees and three part-time, not including Jurkowitz and his wife. “I’ll be there full-time and she will be there part time. The focus is on print at this point and the community also supports another print-only publication. But we’ll be making our digital presence more robust over time.”

The press release is after the jump. Read More

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* Chinky Winky and Dinky Doo: “An internal investigation is underway to uncover the source of this intolerable abuse and to prevent it from ever happening again,” says the Philadelphia Public Record. “We apologize whole-heartedly to the Asian American community and to all Philadelphians.” (phillymag.com)
* Time Inc.’s Norman Pearlstine: “I think all the journalistic instincts are to have heroes and villains. It’s either ‘this person is good, this person is bad,’ ‘this person is smart, that person is stupid.’ More often than not, there’s a lot of gray.” (nymag.com)
* New York Times’ digital growth is slowing. New customers have mostly been subscribing to the recently launched cheaper NYT Now app. (recode.net)
* Michael Wolff calls UK’s Mail Online “one of the few sites where homepage traffic has consistently grown.” (usatoday.com)
* “Meet the Press” needs more edge, says NBC News boss Deborah Turness. “It needs to be consequential.” (nytimes.com)
* Jeff Zucker tells CNN staffers: “We are going to have to do what we do with less. As a result, that means there will be changes.” (ajc.com)
* “Vice is deadly serious about doing real news that people, yes, even young people, will actually watch,” writes David Carr. (nytimes.com) | “Vice News isn’t TV news.” (theguardian.com)
video* Hard to believe that the Purdue student newspaper had to sue to get this security video. (That’s a student photographer with his hands up.) (youtube.com)
* Philadelphia Weekly’s Randy LoBasso: “All that shit in your Facebook feed – the nip slips, the One Weird Tricks, the People of Walmart – people will click it, but does any of it actually matter? Probably not.” (altweeklies.com)
* Detroit Free Press’s high school journalism program is saved. (freep.com) | Earlier: The Free Press abruptly ends a 29-year-old program. (cjr.org)
* Playboy’s now running listicles. “A title once known as a media innovator has now become a follower,” notes John McDuling. (qz.com)
* North Carolina State U. newspaper kills the Friday print edition. (newsobserver.com) | The Daily Sundial at Cal State Northridge is now a weekly. (dailynews.com) | University of Houston’s Daily Cougar is now “print weekly, digital daily.” (thedailycougar.com)
* One writer on freelancing: “I despise it. It’s not worth my energy. They’re paying much less money for stupid stories.” ((digiday.com)
* “I knew we had a branding problem when people didn’t know we had a journalism program,” says the head of a Texas college’s j-department. (dallasnews.com)

Time Inc. chief content officer Norman Pearlstine said on Wednesday that Sports Illustrated rating its online journalists on how beneficial they are to advertisers “is not a big deal”; he called it a controversy hyped by the Newspaper Guild.

Norman Pearlstine

Norman Pearlstine

The Guild has this response:

It’s not surprising that Time Inc. would try to spin its ‘advertiser relationship’ criterion as somehow not being about writers getting cozy with advertisers. And it’s quite possible Pearlstine’s subordinates haven’t given him the whole story, especially since he says he only found about the ranking system in the press.

But facts are facts. The ‘advertiser relationship’ criterion was indeed applied to seven Guild-represented Sports Illustrated magazine writers who had volunteered to work on SI.com, where the Guild does not otherwise represent employees. In return for their efforts, the seven volunteers were judged on criteria that they were never told about, that differed from the criteria used to judge their co-workers on Sports Illustrated magazine who did not volunteer for SI.com and that included how beneficial their work was to the ‘advertiser relationship.’ Two of those seven wound up getting laid off.

* Earlier: SI.com writers rated on advertiser-friendliness? No big deal, says content chief (jimromenesko.com)

Jonesboro (AR) Police Chief Mike Yates will be suspended for 30 days without pay for posting vicious comments about former Jonesboro Sun crime reporter Sunshine Crump.

Chief Mike Yates

Chief Mike Yates

The city’s mayor also ordered Yates to apologize to both the Sun and Crump, who quit on Monday after months of intimidation by the chief. (“I do not feel safe here,” she wrote in her resignation letter.)

The AP reports:

The mayor gave Yates a written warning that he’d be immediately fired if he again used social media to “imply threats, actions or consequences” tied to his authority as chief.

Sun publisher David Mosesso calls the punishment “a slap on the wrist” and tells me that “we don’t think he’s fit to continue in his role as police chief. But we have to accept it and hopefully we’ll all move on.”

Mosesso adds: “I’m writing an editorial [about the suspension] right now. I’m not a writer, but I have opinions [about this] and I represent the newspaper.” (His piece runs in Sunday’s paper – behind a paywall – and he promises to share it with Romenesko readers on Monday.)

Will Crump return to the paper now that the chief has been slapped?

“We don’t know,” says Mosesso. “I talked to her today, and we’re going to talk again on Monday.” The publisher says another newspaper in his chain has offered to hire the reporter if she doesn’t return to the Sun, “but it’s 200 miles away.”

Yates wrote on Facebook that Crump was a “smelly” and unscrupulous reporter” and that dealing with her “is like trying to pick up a dog turd by the ‘clean end.’” The attacks started after Crump’s reporting resulted in the chief losing a teaching job.

* Jonesboro mayor to suspend police chief for 30 days (arktimes.com)
* Earlier: Reporter resigns over police chief’s ugly comments on Facebook (jimromenesko.com)
* Update: Read comments from my Facebook friends and subscribers (facebook.com)

Philadelphia Phillies slugger and Subway pitchman Ryan Howard spent some time with Little League World Series players Thursday as part of a promotion arranged by the sandwich chain. The event was well-covered, but one Subway publicist didn’t think his client got enough exposure and advised sports journalists to edit their stories to include Subway’s name.

Here’s publicist (and former CBS Sports staffer) Michael Pernal‘s email to Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia’s Sarah Baicker:

Baicker tells me: “As soon as I saw the subject line and realized it was from the PR rep, my jaw dropped. I thought, ‘Seriously? Edit Needed?’subhoward You’ve got to be kidding.’ … I mean, wasn’t the fact that Howard was wearing a Subway jersey and carrying a sandwich with him when he did his [broadcast] interview enough?”

She wasn’t the only Philadelphia reporter to hear from the publicist; the Inquirer’s Matt Breen and the Daily News’ Stephanie Farr were also advised to add Subway to their stories. “We are the free press not your press,” Farr tweeted to Subway. She added: “The #LLWS is about the kids, not your sandwiches. The way your PR rep is operating is #shameful.”

I’ve invited Pernal to comment.

* Subway emails writers to include sponsor in Little League World Series stories (nesn.com)