The Rutgers student who wrote about athletic director Julie Hermann telling a journalism class that it “would be great” if the Star-Ledger went under did it because he craves attention, according to a Rutgers sports columnist.
“He and his website shall remain nameless,” writes James Stumper Jr. — I’ll tell you, though: his name is Simon Galperin and his website is — but “I can assure you that the disputed quote regarding Hermann’s dislike of the Ledger was said with no malicious intent, at least from my perspective.”

Stumper says the athletic director “is a big girl” who has “handled much worse than this, and she’ll get through it.” But he predicts “she will never come in to a class as a guest speaker again.” (If she’s in fact the “big girl” you claim she is, James, she’ll return to the journalism classroom.)

Stumper continues:

It saddens me as a Rutgers student that one of my classmates would take this learning opportunity and use it to fulfill his own agenda — and for what? To tell the world something everyone already knew? If you were surprised by the fact that Hermann isn’t a fan of The Star Ledger, come sit down … I have to tell you something about Santa Claus.

Simon Galperin

Simon Galperin

“Fulfill his own agenda”? Galperin simply did what journalists do: share newsworthy comments made by a public figure. (I contacted Galperin earlier in the week and asked how students reacted to Hermann’s remark about the Star-Ledger dying. He refused to tell me, insisting that “that’s not relevant.” Actually, it is, Simon. I then contacted someone who heard the tape of Hermann’s talk and was told it “sounded like polite laughter in the background.” Rutgers lecturer Bruce Reynolds, who invited Hermann to speak to his class, did not respond to an email I sent on Monday.)

* Stumper: Hermann controversy receiving undue media attention (
* Five takes on the Julie Hermann, Star-Ledger situation (
* Earlier: Hermann says it would be great if the Star-Ledger went out of business (

Update: The student columnist is taking some hits on my Facebook page.

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- From a Yale Daily News parody

– From a Yale Daily News parody

record“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.

* The Yale Daily Record (

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.”

KEYT's Victoria Sanchez (left): Dad is police chief; KEYT's Paula Lopez: Husband is county judge

KEYT’s Victoria Sanchez (left): Dad is police chief; KEYT’s Paula Lopez: Husband is county judge

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 (
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* Listen to the station announce that it’s giving the video to law enforcement (

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- From today's Hearstlink newsletter

– From today’s Hearstlink newsletter

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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.

Mindy Marques Gonzalez

Mindy Marques Gonzalez

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.

M.L. Elrick

M.L. Elrick

“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.”

Ashenfelter added:

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:


* M.L. Elrick: The Pulitzer people are jerks for not putting my name on my crystal award (
* “Be grateful you won the biggest prize in journalism” (

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.” tips
* 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.

* What selling vacuum cleaners taught me about media relations (