– via Janet Patton
I asked Lexington Herald-Leader reporter Janet Patton if any reporters went for the booze. “I did not,” she writes. (And bourbon is her beat, by the way.) “Didn’t see any reporters consuming either. Mostly politicians. Did I mention it was at 10 am?” She adds in second Twitter DM: “There also was coffee.”
* Only in Kentucky: donuts and bourbon at a press conference (@janetpattonhl)
* The governor knows how to win over reporters (facebook.com)
Most Trusted News Outlets
– Pew Research
* Different media worlds for conservatives and liberals. (cnn.com) | Rem Rieder: The findings aren’t good news for democracy. (usatoday.com) | The Pew Research study: Political Polarization & Media Habits. (journalism.org)
* Jill Abramson and Steve Brill aim to do “killer journalism [while] offering great journalists real money that they can live on.” (bostonglobe.com)
* Are you – like Jill and Steve – considering a startup? Here’s some advice: (dailydot.com)
* Tribune Publishing is buying the Sun-Times’ suburban papers. (robertfeder.com)
* What a Tulsa World photojournalist’s $10,499 Canon lens looks like after a football player landed on it. (petapixel.com)
* Rebecca Carroll: “At nearly every job I have ever had, I have encountered some sort of racial incident.” (newrepublic.com)
* NYT’s Dylan McClain blasts Slate’s Matt Gaffney: “It is easy to be a bloviating critic with unlimited space on the Web, it takes real journalism skills and, frankly, integrity, to write about chess as I did.” (chessbase.com)
* New Orleans football fans want to read game stories in a print paper. (niemanlab.org)
* WNYC’s Brian Lehrer: “When Yogi Berra and Wynton Marsalis came to the studio, I was a jelly-legged mess.” (wsj.com)
* More women are reading Popular Mechanics, says editor-in-chief Ryan D’Agostino. (capitalnewyork.com)
* Bloomberg Politics didn’t learn from the Boston Herald watermelon toothpaste brouhaha? (@baratunde) | What the web editor says: “It’s a story about the President’s chef and some of his recipes, including his secret wing recipe. Yes, out of context that picture could seem offensive, which is why we took it down.”
* Denver Post editor Greg Moore tweaks Westword for “policing tweets.” (westword.com)
* This happens? “Students sometimes pretend to send text messages when they are alone out of fear that if they are not constantly connected to their smartphones, they will be seen as losers.” (baltimoresun.com)
* Prediction: Online TV will eventually become just plain TV, and cable will become a dead technology. (wired.com)
* Jim Brady: BuzzFeed editors “don’t worry a lot about juxtaposition of stories and tone the way older news organizations do so it’s OK to put cat pictures next to an Iraq story.” (medium.com/captivate-us)
* From journalist Robert Schenet‘s death notice: “Donations to West Seattle Food Bank or just buy a newspaper or better yet subscribe.” (legacy.com)
On the day that Gannett announced strong third quarter results, CEO Gracia Martore told employees that they’d be getting December 26 off with pay.
“Without your hard work, this company would not be in the terrific condition it is today,” she writes in a letter to staff. “Because of this, I want to give everyone [the] special holiday surprise.”
The past three years have been fast-paced and exceptional as we continue to transform the company’s business and chart a new course. Without your hard work, this company would not be in the terrific condition it is today.
Employees who have to work the day after Christmas – a Friday – to keep operations running will get another day off with pay before year’s end.
Read Martore’s letter after the jump. Read More
From the G8 Summit … not #pumpkinfest
The photo that many people are retweeting – thinking it was taken during the weekend Pumpkin Festival mayhem in New Hampshire – was actually shot by Ian Waldie during the 2003 G8 Summit protests in Geneva.
* Lacoste. Looting. The color of privilege is blinding. #pumpkinfest (@deray)
* Lacoste. Looting … that actually happened in 2003 in Switzerland (gettyimages.com)
Journalists at Gannett’s newspapers aren’t the only ones reapplying for their jobs these days. I’m told that all seven producers in the NBC News London bureau have to reapply for “newly defined positions” — a process that’s “in the early stages.” No comment, says an NBC News spokesperson.
Do you know more about this? Please let me know. I’ll protect you, of course.
“Our mission is to report news differently than you’re used to seeing,” says the Central Connecticut Post’s mission statement. This unusual editor’s note on a Saturday post shows that it’s mission accomplished for the website:
Quick Note: The Central Post is an informational gathering media outlet rather Journalistic story tellers [sic]. When we receive press releases or thoughts from our readers we mostly post them unedited. During election season we receive numerous releases from various candidates and their supporters. Regarding the 31st State Senatorial District race, we are receiving a healthy amount of information only from Rob Michalik.
In an effort to be fair and balanced you can get more information about Michalik’s opponent Henri Martin by going to his website or this post on our site. Thank you.
* Senate candidate tours small businesses (ctcentralpost.com)