* AlaskaDispatch.com mocked print journalism for years before buying a print newspaper, says Anchorage Press. (anchoragepress.com)
* Daily Kent Stater editor apologizes for his reporter’s fabrication, which “was the result of a reporter who didn’t understand the magnitude of what he was doing.” (kentwired.com)
* New Orleans Times-Picayune gives a judge “voluminous” information about two of its commenters. (theneworleansadvocate.com)
* Meet the woman who’s had more than 200 letters published in the New York Times. (newyorker.com)
* Noted: Michael Wolff‘s been wrong quite a few times. (cjr.org)
* Gawker criticizes The Huffington Post’s “Casualties of War” chart … and it’s taken down.
* Kyle Smith: “Millions of conservatives won’t be watching” Stephen Colbert. (You think they were watching left-leaning Letterman?) (nypost.com)
* Salt Lake Tribune cuts eight newsroom positions and eliminates its stand-alone Faith section. (sltrib.com)
* Roanoke Times’ asbestos removal is under investigation. (wsls.com)
* Ezra Klein defends HuffPo’s “What time is the Super Bowl?” post. (nymag.com)
* Mormon Church’s Temple Square reporter ban not so bad? (sltrib.com)
* The first black journalist to cover a White House press conference is honored. (npr.org)
* No giant banjo statue after all: “We were hoaxed by a normally reliable source,” says business editor. (holdthefrontpage.co.uk)
* Dan Rather: “My biggest mistake was not leaving the anchor chair sooner than I did.” (soundcloud.com)
* Former Businessweek media writer Jon Fine is named Inc. executive editor. (nypost.com)
* St. Petersburg blogger defends his post about Tampa Bay Times editor’s heart attack. (saintpetersblog.com)
* Jeff Bezos tells shareholders: “Our battle against annoying wire ties and plastic clamshells rages on.” (sec.gov)
* JOBS SECTION: Technology reporter wanted | Seeking web producer/online editor job. (jimromenesko.com)
* Peekster app scans print headlines and brings up a digital version. (springwise.com)
“We aren’t the first to parody a college newspaper,” writes Yale Record chairman Jack Newsham, “but we did do a very good job … and I thought I’d share the parody we produced of The Yale Daily News, in case your readers wanted a laugh this afternoon.
“It’s got some inside jokes, sure, but also some stuff for everybody — mislabeled infographics, a jab at Malcolm Gladwell, an intentionally ham-handed website tie-in at the top of page two. But we did such a good job matching the News’ fonts, nameplate, and style that many students didn’t realize it was a parody, or that we made it, which is the most frustrating kind of flattery.”
Newsham says this is the first parody the Record has done this school year. “We normally print eight magazines a year, but this replaced one of those.” The Record printed 2,150 copies of its Daily News spoof.
Santa Barbara’s KEYT-TV showed footage of last weekend’s Deltopia riot near the University of California, Santa Barbara campus, then told viewers that “we’ll be sharing all that video with the sheriff’s department and the district attorney’s office.”
The Romenesko reader who tipped me off to KEYT’s actions writes: “While posting the video online would make it available to law enforcement as public record, they point out they are volunteering this material to the local authorities. There is no concern about precedent, or being perhaps viewed as agents of law enforcement with their actions.”
KEYT-TV’s cozying up to law enforcement didn’t end there, though. Its newsroom staffers posted “WANTED” tweets (“We captured his face on cam. See if you recognize him”) and asked viewers to help catch “Sheriff Brown’s #1 suspect.”
My tipster writes: “This was one of the most public displays of cooperation with law enforcement I have seen from a station.”
But that’s not surprising, considering this: Victoria Sanchez, the reporter covering the riot, is the daughter of Santa Barbara chief of police Camerino Sanchez, while KEYT news anchor Paula Lopez is married to Santa Barbara County Judge Frank Ochoa.
KEYT-TV news director Jim Lemon tells me he decided to give the video to the sheriff and D.A. because “I knew I was going to get subpoenaed.”
“I thought it’s better to be upfront about what you’re going to do” and tell viewers the station is giving up the footage.
“I’ve had a few folks ask if we’re an arm of law enforcement, but the answer is no.”
* KEYT staffers describe being in the middle of the riot (Keyt.com)
* Santa Barbara spring break party morphs into a riot (npr.org)
* Listen to the station announce that it’s giving the video to law enforcement (soundcloud.com)
* Rupert Murdoch sees the New York Post as a digital-only publication in 10 years. Regarding his MySpace acquisition: “I think that was one of our great screwups of all time.” (fortune.cnn.com)
* U.S. Justice Department is taking a look at a deal made by Salt Lake City’s two newspapers. (sltrib.com)
* Savannah Morning News journalists get a $100 bonus if they meet pageview goals. (ajr.org)
* “Staying home all day is severely overrated,” says Baltimore Sun’s Jon Fogg, who took time off after being beaten in a robbery. “Next time you wish you didn’t have to work, think again.” (sportsjournalists.com)
* Small business owners complain about positive reviews vanishing with the Yahoo-Yelp deal. (wsj.com)
* Why do newspapers ban swear words? (economist.com)
* Michael Kinsley: “Most newspapers aren’t very good and wouldn’t be missed by anybody who could get The New York Times or USA Today and some bloggy source of local news.” (vanityfair.com)
* Cokie Roberts says there are plenty of women on Sunday talk shows. (mediamatters.org)
* Newspaper owner Aaron Kushner says his new Los Angeles paper has a “10-year-plus” business plan. (usatoday.com)
* Any billionaires interested in the San Jose Mercury News? (bizjournals.com)
* Toledo Blade gets complaints about Ted Nugent (left) performing at a newspaper event. (mediamatters.org)
* Brian McGrory: “At the [Boston] Globe, more than three quarters of our revenue still comes through the door based on our print product.” (bizjournals.com)
* Report: Eureka (CA) Times-Standard is outsourcing its copyediting and page design. (lostcoastoutpost.com)
* The country’s last news council is shutting down. Washington News Council “helped a lot of people who were damaged by media malpractice,” says its executive director. (wanewscouncil.org)
Last month, four Miami Herald journalists who visited the Guantanamo Bay detention center were told they couldn’t publish the names of staff members and had to photograph troops from the neck down.
This week, Gitmo soldiers published a story headlined, “There and Back Again: Guantanamo guards return 12 years later,” that had no photo or name restrictions.
In a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Herald executive editor Aminda “Mindy” Marques Gonzalez points out that the Gitmo public affairs piece “showed the names and faces of four soldiers …[and] quoted them by name and published a routine interview on the web and in print, journalistic style.”
She tells Hagel that “under your rules, the story your media wing published would have been defined as an operational security violation had we published the same thing.”
Mr. Secretary, a culture of censorship has set in at Guantánamo of a scale we have not experienced in the past 13 years of reporting from there. Your troops are wielding editorial instruments on independent journalists with an ever-expanding interpretation of their power to influence the story of Guantanamo in the free press.
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M.L. Elrick and Jim Schaefer won the 2009 local reporting Pulitzer Prize for their Detroit Free Press investigation of Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. Last week, Elrick complained to Detroit Metro Times about his name not appearing on the “piece of shit crystal from Tiffany’s” that he got for winning the top prize in journalism.
“The Pulitzer people were jerks,” he told the alt-weekly. “My issue is that what could have been the one thing I would be grateful to pass down to future generations is instead an essentially worthless hunk of crystal because neither my children nor grandchildren will pick it up and say, ‘Boy, I’m so proud of Grandpa Free Press Staff!’”
Former Free Press reporter David Ashenfelter scolded ex-colleague Elrick — now a Fox 2 Detroit investigative reporter — for his comments and reminded him that he was “significantly assisted by other Free Press staffers who worked tirelessly on the story.”
Be grateful that you won the biggest prize in American newspaper journalism. And be generous with the people who helped you — as well as the organization that recognized you, Jim and the team of reporters for extraordinary work.
Here’s what followed on Elrick’s Facebook page:
Former door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman John Reinan says he often compares that college-era job to media relations, his current occupation. He cites five things that apply to both positions:
* It’s tough to sell junk. “When I’m pitching a story I think is weak, it’s harder to be a smooth salesman.”
* A little patter helps. Start off with friendly chit-chat, unless a reporter “emanates a get-down-to-it vibe so intense that you can immediately sense it over 1,000 miles of fiber-optic line. In that case, I dispense with the pleasantries and launch right in.”
* People can be jerks. Doors are often slammed, and phone calls ended abruptly. “You have to shrug it off.”
* Know exactly what you’re selling and why they should buy it. “Hesitation can be fatal to the sale.”
* You never know which door your next sale is behind. It could be a vacuum cleaner sold, or a story idea picked up by a reporter.