– Image via @ErickTrickey
“She’s not letting me do my job.”
* [Above] A tense local TV-news moment at the Keene Pumpkin Festival. Watch the organizer threaten to “pull the plug” on the reporter: (necn.com) | Video without an ad (youtube.com)
* Chicago Sun-Times editor says GOP camp’s claims about the paper’s political reporter “were inaccurate and defamatory.” (suntimes.com) | The Sun-Times is back to endorsing candidates. (suntimes.com)
* “In order to redeem journalism fully as an institution, both a financial recovery and an ethical recovery must take place,” writes Kristi Culpepper. (medium.com)
* Google’s search engine favors the websites of print publications. (Dead Tree Edition)
* Aaron Kushner: “I do know that the L.A. Times has been spreading rumors about us to try and hurt [Orange County Register's] business.” A Times spokesman denies that. (nytimes.com)
* A good third quarter for Gannett. (usatoday.com)
* CNN withdraws its support of the National Association of Black Journalists over a statement issued by the organization. (nabj.org) | (mije.org)
* Newhouse School dean defends the decision to disinvite Washington Post photojournalist Michel du Cille. (dailyorange.com) | What the students could have learned from his talk. (washingtonpost.com)
* Yale Daily News is blasted for giving Parkinson’s sufferers a false sense of hope. (jonathanberr.com)
* Survey says 28% of Internet users admit to trolling. (yougov.com)
* Why did the Washington Post’s Secret Service prostitution scandal story name Jonathan Dach? (huffingtonpost.com)
* What the Boston Herald should learn from its watermelon-toothpaste cartoon fiasco. (npr.org)
* Bleacher Report tries to shed its content farm reputation. “There’s still a ton of work to be done,” says the sports site’s founder. (usatoday.com)
* The scientists of Reddit launch AskScience Quarterly. (reddit.com)
* An endorsement do-over on the Oregonian editorial page. (oregonlive.com)
* The AP’s $10,000 Gramling Award winners are named. (ap.org)
* Erin Pettigrew (left) goes from a Gawker intern to business development veep. (digiday.com)
* Michael Wolff: “Amazon does not care about books, a minor part of its business.” (usatoday.com) | Paul Krugman on Amazon. (nytimes.com)
* Virginian-Pilot newsroom will shrink by nearly one-quarter by the end of the year. (hamptonroads.com)
* “Social activist” Monica Lewinsky‘s on Twitter – and she’s verified! (@MonicaLewinsky)
* “We’re dedicating our December issue to the topic of race in America,” says Ebony editor-in-chief Mitzi Miller. (suntimes.com)
* Longtime ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider is starting his own PR firm. (abcnews.go.com)
Yesterday I tweeted some things about "nerds" that were supposed to be funny, but ended up hurting many ppl. I fucked it up, and I'm sorry!
— Sam Biddle (@samfbiddle) October 17, 2014
Memo from Gawker Media’s editorial director:
From: Joel Johnson
Date: Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 6:55 PM
To: All Staff
I don’t want to tell you what to tweet. But I do want you to think about how your tweets can be perceived without context. I’m as guilty as anyone about using Twitter as a place for absurdity and trolling among friends, but the last couple of days have made it clear how people are willing to conflate personal tweets as official company statements. If it’s willful conflation, then there’s nothing to be done. But try to keep in mind when a tweet could be innocently misinterpreted—and then don’t tweet.
I’ll be thinking about our need for an official policy about tweeting, including possibly determining that we still don’t need one. But the fact that I’m sending this email should indicate the degree to which errant joke tweets have become a pain in the ass.
Of course, this applies everywhere. This isn’t about cottoning to the fallacy of our age (ask Slackbot for details). This is about making sure that people can’t use our own ideas and words to undermine the truth of what we’re trying to say. That obviously applies to our own sites; increasingly, it seems that applies to everywhere we speak on the Internet.
On Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 8:07 PM, [Deadspin editor] Tommy Craggs wrote:
As someone who is both drunk and responsible for the worst Gawker Media fuckup of the week, I probably don’t have any right to say this, but: this is shitty.
On Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 8:14 PM, Joel Johnson wrote:
That’s not very specific. But noted.
On Sat, Oct 18, 2014 at 12:52 PM, Tommy Craggs wrote:
Specifically, I was drunk on Johnnie Walker Red Label, my fuckup was this, and the memo was shitty because it broadcast the message that we can be cornered into a pious/CONTINUES Read More
Bay Guardian staffer Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez tells Romenesko readers: “It’s a shame folks are trying to make a buck off a paper that professed access to all for everything from housing to health care. That said, I’m a bit insulted it wasn’t more! The art alone is freaking gorgeous. Jeremy Fish is a talented and known guy in the art world.”
Update – Editor Steven T. Jones writes: “We know that people quickly snapped up our final issue for a variety of reasons (I still haven’t gotten my hands on one yet). It’s certainly a powerful symbol and collector’s item, in addition to being just a beautifully designed issue. I don’t like the idea of people profiteering off our final free newspaper, but that’s sorta the world we live in now. Greed is squeezing out progressive values, and that makes me and many in my community quite sad.”
Now this sounds like an interesting job out of Philadelphia:
WHYY seeks an energetic individual for the part time, temporary role of Costumed Character Performer. Candidates should be friendly, courteous, animated, and have a positive attitude, while also being punctual and reliable. Previous performance experience is preferred.
Due to the constraints of the costumes, all candidates must be of average weight and build and be no taller than 5’4”. Candidates cannot wear glasses while inside the costume, and must have the strength both to carry a large costume case, weighing 35 pounds, from transportation to events and to move, gesture, and dance in costumes that can weigh up to 20 pounds.
There will be an FBI background check, of course.
Ignore the 9/30/14 reference on the WHYY Employment page, because applications are still being accepted, says WHYY spokesman Arthur Ellis. He tells me that only “a handful” of people have applied to attend community events dressed as Curious George, Benny the Dinosaur and other characters from PBS kids’ shows. (The Times Square gang of characters hasn’t heard about the opening?)
In the past, the Philadelphia public media outlet used volunteers and staff members to get into costume, “but it’s harder to find volunteers now,” says Ellis.
- via Dan McQuade
Here’s the Gannett “Newsroom of the Future” training schedule from U.S. Community Publishing news executive Mackenzie Warren (right). The instructor for the debut session, held yesterday, told employees “how to perform well when interviewing for one of the new jobs.”
From: Warren, Mackenzie
Date: October 16, 2014 at 11:58:26 AM EDT
To: Editors of Gannett Daily Newspapers, Editors2 of Gannett Daily Newspapers
Subject: Upcoming training for newsroom staffers
PLEASE DISTRIBUTE TO YOUR NEWSROOM STAFF
As the roles and structures of our newsrooms change dramatically, our journalists need training and support to be as successful as possible.
Over the coming year we will offer dozens of training seminars, each targeted at one or more of the 13 new roles in the Newsroom of the Future. Here is an early look at some of what we’re working toward.
Most immediately, here is what we have lined up:
As you can see, the training we are assembling is, thus far, a combination of:
* Home-grown resources as seen with the headline, SEO, social and Newsgate/Presto workflow examples
* A repurposing of existing training from other sources, like those from Poynter/NewsU
* Custom-designed resources using external experts, as is the case with the job interview and previous resume writing sessions.
We are in active discussions now with a number of providers to develop even more custom, role-based trainings. As we add new sessions, we will highlight those to you. In the coming weeks we will also field a survey asking our journalists where they most need training. The results of that survey will steer us and help us prioritize what’s needed most.
Please circulate this message to your staff so people can begin taking advantage of the eight items outlined above. As you review the plans for more training, I welcome any feedback you have about how to make it more useful and empowering for your team.
Going forward, who in your newsroom is the best point of contact for future communications about training? Please let me know.
Thanks very much.
Here’s what the Associated Press sent to news organizations today:
We’re increasingly hearing reports of “suspected” cases of Ebola in the United States and Europe. The AP has exercised caution in reporting these cases and will continue to do so.
Most of these suspected cases turn out to be negative. Our bureaus monitor them, but we have not been moving stories or imagery simply because a doctor suspects Ebola and routine precautions are taken while the patient is tested. To report such a case, we look for a solid source saying Ebola is suspected and some sense the case has caused serious disruption or reaction. Are buildings being closed and substantial numbers of people being evacuated or isolated? Is a plane being diverted? Is the suspected case closely related to another, confirmed Ebola case?
When we do report a suspected case, we will seek to keep our stories brief and in perspective.
Ken Bilderback writes: “Another reason newspapers are failing. We subscribe to The Oregonian. The good news is that we will get the Thanksgiving and Christmas papers we’re paying for. The bad news is that our subscription will be shortened because of it.”