Editor Adam Hankins says the hed has been a traffic bonanza. He tells Romenesko readers:
Over the past 24 hours, the site has received 26k hits from over 15k unique visitors, and approximately 6500 Facebook likes. Hits are still going strong and I expect those numbers to rise significantly. Obviously, the article would have received much less attention without the carefully-worded headline.
Hankins says his average daily traffic is 2,000 hits from 800 unique visitors.
* Former Time Inc. CEO Jack Griffin is named Tribune Publishing chief executive. (latimes.com)
* Newsmax TV, launching in June, aims to be a “kinder, gentler Fox News.” (businessweek.com) * Chicago Tribune lets CNN know that one of its “Chicagoland” photos doesn’t look quite right. (chicagotribune.com) | Otherwise, the CNN series is “extraordinary.” (robertfeder.com)
* ABC News/Center for Public Integrity’s “Dying from Black Lung” report wins the $25,000 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. (shorensteincenter.org)
* Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) group announces its contest winners. (apsportseditors.org)
* More NBC News checkbook journalism; this time the network is paying $100,000 to Reeva Steenkamp‘s family. (washingtonpost.com)
* Former Washington Post editor R.B. Brenner is named University of Texas School of Journalism director. (dailytexasnonline.com) | (readthehorn.com)
* Twitter’s Vivian Schiller: “One of the things we want to do is try to help news organizations make sure that they can signal to their followers and try to reverse hoaxes, or reduce hoaxes.” (time.com)
* Actual headline from Gitmo public affairs: “GTMO celebrates 50 years of civil rights in America.” (@carolrosenberg)
* Playboy is ordered to pay $6 million to a fired accounting executive. (thewrap.com)
* Times-Picayune: It was T-P Sunday editor James Karst – not Rebecca Skloot – who caught the New York Times error from 161 years ago. (nola.com)
* Rob Ford coverage helps Toronto Star’s bottom line. (j-source.ca)
* StopFake.org is a Snopes for reporting on Ukraine. (mashable.com) * How many people went to church yesterday just so they could show off their ashes on Instagram? (wsj.com) | (cbc.ca)
* A rabbi sends an email to “awesome” Jeff Bezos and gets results. (marketwatch.com)
* The Oregonian drops a right-leaning freelance editorial columnist over a conflict of interest. (wweek.com)
* Noted: Politico’s everyone-should-stop-copying-BuzzFeed post includes links to two BuzzFeed-like listicles. (@JCEvangelist)
Dawn Chmielewski is joining Kara Swisher, Walt Mossberg & Co. at Re/Code. Here’s the memo from Los Angeles Times assistant managing editor John Corrigan:
After a great run at The Times covering entertainment and technology, Dawn Chmielewski is leaving to work for the tech news startup Re/Code.
Among her many memorable stories, Dawn chronicled Disney’s struggles with “John Carter,” one of the costliest film flops ever, and (with Harriet Ryan) broke the story of the Hollywood casting agent who worked with child actors, even though he was a registered sex offender.
More recently, Dawn led our coverage of Netflix, writing last week’s A-1 story about the deal it cut with Comcast to keep its video streams running smoothly.
Dawn’s deep knowledge of technology helped shape our coverage of Hollywood, and she’s regularly contributed breaking news to Company Town’s report. And who could forget her first-person Column One about participating in “Dancing with the Stars?”
Dawn’s last day will be Friday, March 14. We’ll have details on her send-off soon.
The 2014 National City and Regional Magazine Awards finalists have been announced.
Topping the list with double-digit nominations are Los Angeles Magazine, Philadelphia Magazine, Texas Monthly, and Washingtonian.
Magazines with five or more nominations include 5280 (Denver), Atlanta Magazine, Boston Magazine, Chicago Magazine, Cincinnati Magazine, D Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly and Seattle Met.
MPLS. St. Paul Magazine received three nominations, while seven magazines received two nominations and 14 received one.
Winners will be announced in May. The press release (excerpted) is after the jump. Read More
NPR spokesman Emerson Brown tells Romenesko readers: “So far we’ve gotten approximately 300 messages and counting. As you know, the voice mailbox filled up and we had to make more room. In general, all the messages have been extremely thoughtful and kind.” (The number is 1-888-924-8924; choose option 2.)
Carl Kasell voicemail is ready for more messages. Thanks for all your kind words.
Chicago artist John Campbell, 30, says he’s burned the books his Kickstarter donors paid for because he doesn’t have money to ship them. In 2012, he hoped to raise $8,000 for his book, “Pictures for Sad Children,” but he ended up getting over $51,000.
“I didn’t expect it to be that successful,” he says.
Campbell tells Alisa Hauser of DNAinfo Chicago that burned 127 books in an alley behind his apartment in response to getting over 100 emails from backers seeking their copies of “Sad Children.”
* CNN sells Zite to Flipboard. “The deal is valued at $60 million,” CNN reports. The cable network bought the iPad magazine in 2011 for just over $20 million. (cnn.com) | Zite CEO Mark Johnson says he won’t be joining Flipboard. (linkedin.com)
* Peter Kafka: “I would be very surprised if Flipboard … spent $60 million in cash for Zite.” (recode.net)
* Two Cal Poly student government presidential candidates have been fined $100 for talking to the campus paper before the official campaign season. (mustangnews.net)
* A Baltimore City Paper editor fears the weekly will lose its edge under Sun ownership. (nytimes.com)
* CBS anchor Scott Pelley calls network evening news shows “a big growth area.” (sfgate.com)
* Conan O’Brien and his writers suspect BuzzFeed is running out of lists. (teamcoco.com) | Why the media need to stop imitating BuzzFeed. (politico.com)
* Anna Hiatt: “Self-identifying as ‘longform’ has become hot.” (towcenter.org)
* Of course they did! “Samsung declined to comment about Ms. DeGeneres’ iPhone usage” at the Oscars. (wsj.com)
* Questions are raised about ESPN The Magazine’s “Whistleblower’s Last Stand” piece that brings up childhood sexual abuse. (thebiglead.com)
* Jeff Bezos adds to his Business Insider investment. (wsj.com)
* Oh, to have Carl Kasell say your name on the radio! (“Most thrilling.”) (usatoday.com)
* Noted: Since last Tuesday, John McCain has appeared 12 times across Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, CNBC, and Bloomberg. (mediabistro.com)
* A teen is hired by a newspaper to find ways to attract young readers. “Anybody have some ideas?” the college freshman asks on Reddit. (reddit.com)
* There’s no “Daily Tar Hell” spoof issue this year. (collegemediamatters.com)
* The new weekly devoted to the Pope is fanzine-like. (nytimes.com)
* A Michigan newspaper staffer who shot video at a plane crash scene has his felony charges dropped. (petoskeynews.com)
* Four fired Chicago Sun-Times photographers are rejoining the paper this week. (robertfeder.com) * Brian Stelter‘s Sunday morning CNN media show beats Howard Kurtz‘s Fox News “MediaBuzz” in the 25-54 demo for the first time. (mediabistro.com)
* Stelter: “The reason I started [TVNewser] was because I had a boring first semester” at Towson. (louisvillecardinal.com)
* Slate’s Travoltify-Your-Name widget is – of course – huge! (niemanlab.org)
* The Associated Press pulls its photo of scouts giving what appears to be “Hitler’s sign.” (washingtonpost.com)
* Charlie Pierce calls “Wait Wait” colleague Carl Kassel “the calm, mature presence … among the assembled rabble.” (esquire.com)
* Peter Goodman leaves The Huffington Post to become International Business Times editor-in-chief. (capitalnewyork.com)
* American Press Institute’s revenue less expenses in its latest 1099: -$3.5 million. Top two executives’ combined pay: $866,829. [A reader: "Those two top executives are paid by the Newspaper Association of America, not by API."] (guidestar.org)
* Former Wonkette and Gawker blogger Ken Layne launches Greenfriar.com, “a site for active environmentalists.” (capitalnewyork.com) * Vice News is BBC-like serious. Really. (adage.com)
* Arizona State is offering the first online graduate certificate in business journalism. (businessjournalism.org)
* Columbia Journalism Review is seeking freelance regional correspondents. (mediabistro.com)
* TheStreet.com contributors’ pay is based on page views. (talkingbiznews.com)