The arrow points to the #RaceTogether section

The arrow points to the #RaceTogether section

C.T. May writes in a Splice Today piece critical of Howard Schultz’s #RaceTogether campaign:

The one operational difference you’ll see is that the pile of newspapers near the creamers will now have copies of a USA Today “Race Together” special section. A rival newspaper tells us the section “contains an assortment of statistics and facts about race, and ends with a questionnaire that prompts readers to ask themselves how many friends of a different race their parents, and they themselves, have had.”

Starbucks tells us the section will also have “an unconscious bias experiment—exploring the attitudes and beliefs that guide us, along with an interactive diversity index that asks ‘what is the chance that the next person I meet will be different from me?’” But customers don’t have to look at the section or do the exercises.

I had to hunt for the section at my neighborhood Evanston Starbucks this afternoon. It wasn’t anywhere near the creamers; I eventually found the papers near the supplies storage area and bathrooms.

* Starbucks tackles race, loses (
* A journalist tries to talk about race with Starbucks baristas (
* Six orders you can’t make at Starbucks (without an uncomfortable talk about race) (

- Friday's Times of Acadiana, Lafayette, LA

– Friday’s Times of Acadiana, Lafayette, LA

“Major error by the Times of Acadiana,” tweets Adrian Perron. “How does an editor not catch this?” The answer is probably in the subject line of the email that tipped me off to this: “Why Louisiana newspaper pages should be designed in Louisiana.” The Times of Acadiana is based in Lafayette, and the Gannett-owned paper is designed in Des Moines.

* Read comments from my Facebook friends and subscribers | @RaginCajun77

Angel Rodriguez leaves the Washington Post, where he was deputy editor for mobile innovation, to become Los Angeles Times sports editor. The memo from Times editor Davan Maharaj:

To the staff:

We’re delighted to announce that Angel Rodriguez, an editor with a passion for sports and a flair for digital storytelling, is the new sports editor of the Los Angeles Times.
Angel covered Major League Baseball and the NBA for Spain’s EFE news service. He was part of the team that launched, the Spanish-language sports website. He was an online sports producer (and later home page manager) for the Arizona Republic, and as sports editor of the Cincinnati Enquirer, he helped the staff make strides in its digital journalism.

A constant in his career has been a zest for using digital tools to extend the reach of sports reporting and diversify its forms.

Angel comes to us from the Washington Post, where he was deputy editor for mobile innovation, working on a team charged with creating the Post’s new tablet app./CONTINUES Read More


I’m trying to find out who gets credit for the headline. Update: It’s Graeme Bruce, “but I kneaded a little help from the newsroom,” he tweets. (h/t Grant Hamilton)

* Bread truck rolls over, hundreds of loaves toast (
* Earlier: Big rig carrying fruit crashes, creates jam (


“I can’t be the only one that wonders why they would put this promo ad with this story that was the centerpiece” on Thursday, writes a Romenesko reader.

* Thursday’s Binghamton (NY) Press & Sun-Bulletin front page (
* NCAA bracket wagers a gamble for health (
* Post your picks on the newspaper’s FB page to win $300 (

* New York Times dumps one of its new online opinion writers after his history with racist publications is exposed. (
* Los Angeles Times gets a $4.2 million lien on Orange County Register assets in their newspaper delivery dispute. (
* The problem with Meerkat is that most people “aren’t interesting or entertaining.” ( | You, too, can get paid to eat and sleep on camera! (
images-4* “Fox News is gonna play down conservative screw-ups,” admits Fox News’ Bernard Goldberg. (
* One month ago Danny Schechter tweeted that “only my illness prevented me from coming to David Carr‘s memorial service.” The Emmy-winning journalist passed away Thursday. ( | Dan Kennedy‘s tribute: (
* Report: The Hill owner Jimmy Finkelstein is interested in the New York Daily News. (
* Praise for new NPR news chief Michael Oreskes. (
* Project Veritas is just “a multi-million dollar non-profit P.R. machine to promote the James O’Keefe brand.” (
* San Diego broadcast journalists blast their bosses at a Sunshine Week event. (
* “I Twitter everyday,” says Larry King. (Actually, his assistant does the tweeting.) (
* JOBS: A new NYC-based website is looking for education journalists; Honolulu Civil Beat seeks an investigations editor. (Romenesko Jobs)
* The University Daily Kansan wins a self-described college media geek’s 2015 Student Newspaper National Championship. (

Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief Gerard Baker’s memo to staff:

Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2015 5:40 PM
To: WSJ All News Staff
Subject: David Bird

As many of you will have heard, the remains of our colleague, David Bird, were found today, more than a year after he was first reported missing.

David Bird

David Bird

On behalf of everyone at Dow Jones, I want to extend our deepest condolences to his wife, Nancy, and their two children, Alex and Natasha, who have borne the unknowing of the last year with such grace and dedication, and who have now been so tragically bereaved. Please remember them in your thoughts and prayers.

David was among the most respected energy journalists anywhere – a must-read for energy-market professionals, known as an acute observer and commentator on the global oil market who was devoted to his beat and generous with his colleagues.

He first joined Dow Jones more than three decades ago and eventually became the deputy managing editor of the Dow Jones Energy Service. He was instrumental in the expansion of energy coverage at Dow Jones in the 1990s, leading its coverage of OPEC and energy markets and building a team regarded as among the best in business. He later launched a highly regarded column on the topic.

Well-sourced among the world’s most influential oil ministers, David would regale younger reporters with stories about what went on behind the scenes at some of the most historic OPEC meetings. His ability to navigate the vast troves of public oil data was unmatched. At 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, he could often be seen hunched over his computer, sifting through spreadsheets and crunching numbers just released by the Energy Information Administration. He was often the first to gain insight into important energy-market trends.

To his colleagues at Dow Jones, David was a mentor, a friend and a model of integrity and dedication to his profession. Above all that, of course, he was a loving father and husband.


* Just asking: Is this your typical House Judiciary Committee press release? (
* Michael Oreskes, NPR’s new editorial director, says “the scarcest resource in journalism right now is attention span.” (
* WTF?! “Before I interview with you, you must agree to make nigger be the first word in your article.” (
* New York Times bosses “are really, really focused on mobile right now.” (
* The body found in the Passaic River is identified as missing Wall Street Journal reporter David Bird. (
* [RIGHT] San Francisco Chronicle’s pizza recipe from 1947 is “a culinary travesty.” (
* Meet the first journalists to use Meerkat. (
* JOBS: A new NYC-based website is looking for education journalists; Honolulu Civil Beat seeks an investigations editor. (Romenesko Jobs)
* Apple Watch will kill the web browser? Doubt it. (
* Seattlish editors: We can’t keep quiet about The Stranger’s controversial, “click-baity opinion piece” by Ryan Boudinot. (
* Minneapolis Star Tribune’s publisher says leaving the paper’s longtime headquarters “made tremendous financial sense.” (
* US Weekly retracts its Kendall Jenner interview. ( | The quotes were suspicious. (


“The original web headline [above, via HuffPo] felt like click bait, although it certainly reflected the top of the column,” writes New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan. “Toning it down [to “The Health Concerns in Wearable Tech”] was a smart move — in fact, a necessity. That change happened after Times Science staff members saw the first headline online and objected.”

Nick Bilton’s column was criticized by several science, health and tech sites, including Discover, Wired, and Slate’s Phil Plait writes: “I expect this kind of thing from rags like the Daily Mail or other fact-free tabloids, but from the New York Times? Wow.”

* A tech column on wearable gadgets draws fire as “pseudoscience” (
* “Literally everyone is crushing that article” (

The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza celebrates the anniversary by sharing some of his favorite C-SPAN moments. In case you missed it in 2012, here’s my post with a dozen journalists’ first C-SPAN appearances.