Some Carson (CA) officials want the city to cancel its subscriptions to the Daily Breeze and encourage residents to boycott the paper. They complain that its stories “over-report the negatives and under report the positives.”
A draft resolution also states that stories about murders and other crimes have been reported as “misleadingly located ‘near Carson.'”
The councilman who proposed that the city punish the Torrance-based paper has agreed to meet with Daily Breeze executive editor Michael Anastasi before a vote is taken.
Anastasi tells city officials that “while it is unfortunate that Carson may cease being a business client of the Daily Breeze, we will not bow to financial pressure. …I also can tell you that the news is not for sale.”
He adds in a letter:
At no time have I ever received a phone call from Mayor Dear or City Manager Nelson Hernandez or any other official representing Carson expressing any concerns about our coverage. My telephone number is published daily in the Daily Breeze and on our website.
Parade magazine, January 18, 2015; USA Weekend, October 26, 2014
Jim Lenahan, who edited the now defunct USA Weekend, tweets: “Hi @ParadeMagazine – thanks for the @usaweekend ‘tribute.'”
Parade editorial director Lisa Delaney writes in an email:
Fear is in the air these days, and there have been various reports and studies that could have inspired us both. And illustrating the concept with a comic treatment would be a natural way to go. These things do happen. We miss our competitor, but we’re not copycats! Consciously, anyway…
* Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly cooperates for a New York Times Magazine story – Roger Ailes talked, too – and it pays off for the network (see the cover below). The Times’ Jim Rutenberg notes that Kelly is “winning praise from the very elites whose disdain Fox has always welcomed.” (nytimes.com) | Earlier: “We have a solid relationship with the New York Times,” says Fox News PR chief. (jimromenesko.com)
* Photographers protest $100 fee to shoot in Fairfax County parks. (washingtonpost.com)
* Sinclair Broadcast Group gets behind Dr. Ben Carson, saying the possible presidential contender “offers a unique, fresh perspective on the issues.” (washingtonpost.com)
* Readers can pay whatever they want to download the SF Bay Guardian commemorative issue. (altweeklies.com)
* Charlie Hebdo quickly sells out in New York City. (nypost.com)
* “Long before there was Internet snark, there was [AP reporter] Hal Boyle, circa 1967.” (animalnewyork.com)
* Eric Zorn recalls being admonished by an editor for noting that his story subject is a “grandmother.” (chicagotribune.com)
* A history of The Sun’s “Page 3.” (nymag.com)
* Three former Vox Media video producers are hired by Mic. (capitalnewyork.com)
* Suburban Chicago Daily Herald Blackhawks reporter Mike Spellman dies of a heart attack the day before his 51st birthday. (dailyherald.com) * Ratter isn’t your typical local news site. (niemanlab.org)
* Breaking News! Rochester TV anchor uses her Twitter feed to promote retailers. (@MobiliaJennifer)
* The Durham (NC) Herald-Sun is now in a bank building. (raleighco.com)
The candy contributions came after I posted a memo about the York (Pa.) Daily Record vending machines being cleared of Mountain Dew and Snickers bars. I’ve asked Chris Dunn for more information about the Snickers donations and to explain the “200-400″ reference.
Update: “We got a box of 48 last week,” she writes, “and another one or two boxes today. A 200-400 is an expensive but very useful lens many sports shooters want.” Anyone care to donate that?
An employee of North Carolina-based newspaper publisher Civitas Media tells Romenesko readers: “Our company just ordered us to kill stories about our new CEO until they can get a press release together — despite the fact there are already stories on the wire and other outlets reporting it.”
Here’s the memo put out by the company’s content director:
From: Jim Lawitz
Sent: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 1:02 PM
To: All Content Managers; All Content Directors
Subject: breaking news
You may have seen stories moving on the wire about a new CEO for Civitas Media. We are not prepared to send a press release and ask you not to publish the wire version of the story. Move to come.
Thanks for your understanding.
Our tipster asks: “I wonder how Mr. Lawitz would react if we sat on other stories that were being reported elsewhere, just to give a source a chance to put a press release together?”
Guild communications director Janelle Hartman writes in an email:
Guild delegates meeting in Orlando voted by a large margin Saturday morning to officially change our name from The Newspaper Guild-CWA to The NewsGuild-CWA, to better reflect our changing industry and the diverse units we represent.
* The Lens loses its free office space at Loyola University in New Orleans just as it reports on the Jesuit school’s president. (Associated Press) | (theneworleansadvocate.com)
* West Virginia lawmakers consider harsher penalties for violent crimes against journalists. (wvgazette.com)
* Britain’s NSA equivalent has collected journalists’ emails. (washingtonpost.com)
* Larry Wilmore tackles race in “The Nightly Show” debut. (cnn.com) | (msnbc.com) * Joshua Benton: “I’m sure this was well intentioned, but going 6 days without a print newspaper is just called ‘life’ for most people.” (@jbenton)
* Disney and Hearst want a contract clause that protects them from “the renegades” at Vice Media. (thewrap.com)
* More on New York Times vs. BuzzFeed social shares. (pando.com)
* Warning: Your Facebook “Likes” could be used against you. (nytimes.com)
* “We chose humor to campaign against Fox News,” says French satirist Yann Barthès. (nytimes.com)
* The late Michel du Cille receives the National Press Photographers Association’s most prestigious honor. (nppa.org)
* Search engines overtake traditional media as the most trusted source for general news and information. (qz.com)
* Milwaukee police tell a reporter he was “lucky he didn’t get shot” when he abruptly drove up to a squad car. (milwaukeenns.org)
* Chicago Reader editor Mara Shalhoup is named LA Weekly editor. She says her staff’s recent union vote is unrelated to her departure.(chicagoreader.com) | (laweekly.com)
* SF Weekly may be less newsy these days, but East Bay Express “is a stronger news source today than ever before.” (beyondchron.org)
* Oops! ESPNer Chris Fowler‘s info about Japanese tennis pro Kei Nishikori comes from a satirical website. (deadspin.com)
* Advice for academics who are considering blogging. (commonwealmagazine.org)