The owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com tells readers that his media outlets won’t be making a governor’s race endorsement this year. What Gerry Lenfest fails to disclose is that he gave $250,000 to Gov. Tom Corbett’s campaign. One of his journalists writes in an email: “Given Lenfest’s history of Corbett donations and the likelihood that the Inquirer’s … left-leaning editorial board (and certainly the Daily News’) would have endorsed [challenger Tom] Wolf, it looks really, really bad.”
Joel Mathis writes:
By sitting out the election … the Inquirer is probably affecting the outcome as much as it would’ve by making an endorsement. Why go to the trouble?
On the other hand, the non-endorsement is a very big deal indeed: It goes to the heart of how the paper sees itself as an institution, and how it presents itself to the community.
* Philadelphia Inquirer endorses nobody for governor (phillymag.com)
* Philly papers punt on a gubernatorial endorsement (newsworks.org)
* Endorsement evasion is “1) Cowardly 2) Embarrassing 3) Revealing” (@pkerkstra)
* Lenfest is the second-largest individual donor to Corbett (philly.com)
Covering a cemetery tour today — no, not Falcons — and $5 says I get "a good time was had by all" in the story.
— Joe Kovac Jr. (@joekovacjr) October 26, 2014
The message is spelled out in the first letter of each paragraph of this story. (That’s what you get when an enterprise reporter has to work on Sunday.)
I asked Kovac if he regularly put hidden messages in his stories. He replied:
Regularly? No, sir, never.
No one would’ve noticed it had it not been pointed out on social media. (Believe me, not enough Jumble-philes or cryptographers read random spot features of purely local interest in our Monday edition.)
The only “message” therein, if any, because only reporters and writers can appreciate this anyway: Don’t let “a good time was had by all” — or other such lameness — creep into your copy. Unless, of course, it is CIA-grade encrypted.
The New York Times says this morning that Wikipedia is “a trusted Internet source for Ebola information.” Just before I read that piece, I got this message and graphic from Lenoir (NC) News-Topic reporter Kim Gilliland:
One more reason to cast a wary eye at Wikipedia (obviously hacked by a disgruntled Royals fan). Saw this right after tonight’s World Series game. Madison is from these parts. I don’t recall his manhood being measured outside of his baseball prowess.
* A Big Lie from Facebook. (pressthink.org)
* Why won’t the Washington Post and other news outlets accept emailed applications from intern candidates? (davidschick.com)
* “I’m not a lowly intern! I’m a fellow, dammit!” (theawl.com)
* Bill Keller: “I don’t want to sound like an NPR fundraiser, but…” (bloomberg.com)
* New York Times invests in Blendle, a Dutch “iTunes for news.” (gigaom.com) | “At Blendle, we hate paywalls.” (medium.com)
* “T [magazine] is really critical to the New York Times,” says New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. (capitalnewyork.com)
* Another Time magazine cover (at right) has teachers worked up. (washingtonpost.com) | Former Wired editor Chris Anderson says he was so moved by the piece that he “donated on the spot.” (@chr1sa)
* CBC host Jian Ghomeshi, who is accused of rough nonconsensual sex, threatens to sue over his dismissal, | Ghomeshi became bigger than the CBC. (theglobeandmail.com) | “I only participate in sexual practices that are mutually agreed upon,” he writes on Facebook. (facebook.com)
* Ad Age’s Kate Kaye let consumer data-gathering firms track her moves for three weeks and got “a fascinating peek at my bit part in today’s consumer-data economy.” (adage.com)
* The web’s first banner ad went up twenty years ago today. (fastcompany.com) | (internethistorypodcast.com)
* President Obama likes print, ignores cable news. (mediabistro.com)
* Actor Judd Nelson sends the Los Angeles Times a photo to prove he’s still alive. (@latimes) | A fake Fox News site started the death rumor. (mediaite.com)
* Facebook is becoming to the news business what Amazon is to book publishing. (nytimes.com) | Don’t let Facebook lick you to death, news orgs. (nytimes.com)
* Florida Times-Union investigates juvenile detention and finds some children are serving unofficial jail sentences without ever being formally charged with a crime. (jacksonville.com)
* Bill Lucey put together an Ebola tip sheet for journalists. (dailynewsgems.com)
* A 19th century thief regrets stealing a journalist’s wallet. (There was nothing of value in it.) (newsarchives.tumblr.com)
* A 9-year-old reads a book about a reporter and thinks: “I bet those journalists get a lot of free food.” (courierpostonline.com)
The Denver Post on Friday told three state Senate candidates who used the photo on the right:
Not only does the use of the photograph infringe copyright interests, it violates other intellectual property laws by unlawfully associating The Denver Post with your campaign. It also violates basic transparency principles by altering a photograph without informing the readers. Finally, it offends the Fair Use policies in place by Twitter and creates an actionable claim by the person pictured in the photograph holding the sign.
“Sad sign of the times….student goes on murderous gun rampage at HS, story doesn’t make front page of LAT, NYT, WP, SF Chron, Chi Trib.” – Eric Boehlert
— Sean Robinson (@seanrobinsonTNT) October 24, 2014
The pitch to a State of Washington journalist:
From: Danielle Orsino
Date: Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 12:35 PM
Subject: Breaking News: School Shooting
Know that things are still developing in the tragic act of violence in Marysville, Washington, but I wanted to offer you the opportunity to talk to mental health expert Carolyn Reinach Wolf, who works with organizations to develop threat assessment teams and educates schools as well as companies about recognizing red flag behavior.
She could give national insight into the growing trend of violence and also analysis into this specific act once more facts come out.
Carolyn is still getting all the details of the shooting and can discuss:
1) Prevention: There were probably signs that a teacher, classmate or family member noticed as red flag behavior, but didn¹t know how to give the individual proper help or treatment.
2) Flash point: Most likely, something specific set the individual off to act-out.
3) Mental health: While not everyone with a mental illness is violent, most of the violence we have seen over the years involved someone who needed help and didn’t get it.
Would you be interested in getting some perspective from Carolyn?
DITTO Public Affairs
Strategy. Execution. Relevance
It appears the community-newspaper reality show that NBC Peacock Productions was teasing nearly two years ago isn’t going to happen. But a similar show – this one featuring small-market TV newsrooms in Mississippi – is in the can and debuts in December on TruTV.
The preview, which hit YouTube this week, has this description:
BREAKING GREENVILLE follows a group of local anchors as they compete for the top spot in the game. The character-driven docu-soap will spotlight the playful — and at times cut-throat — rivalry between two local news stations [WXVT and WABG] and the dynamic newscasters who are determined to take their jobs seriously, even when some of the news they cover is less than serious.
Chatman, who does motivational speaking in addition to news, says she wants to use the TruTV show “to push my platform nationally.” She tells me she has a can-do message for young people – one that she came up with after people said she could never be in TV news because of her size. “I was told I could never do broadcasting because I’m too heavy.”
* “‘Breaking Greenville': Broadcast news will never be the same” (youtube.com)
* Oprah of the South: Everything Chatman touches turns to gold (tsdmemphis.com)
* Earlier: Coming soon? A reality show about a community newspaper (jimromenesko)