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Martin Gottlieb, editor of The Record (Bergen County, NJ), sent this memo to colleagues Thursday after he was told about this Wednesday post:

It was a deadline mistake by a remorseful night desk in sports that we’ve corrected online and run a correction about in print today. Everyone knows it should not have happened. Best, Marty

* Paging NorthJersey.com: Your photo is from 2006 (jimromenesko.com)

NewComment on my Facebook wall: “I wouldn’t be mad if he said we’re understaffed and doing a zillion things and just pulled the wrong photo. I’m willing to bet his sports staff gets a lot of things right that no one ever heralds.”

Montana’s Republican House leaders came out last week with a controversial dress code that some say targets female lawmakers and journalists. (“Women should be sensitive to skirt lengths and necklines.”)

I asked Chuck Johnson, who has covered Montana politics since 1970, about the dress code controversy and he tells Romenesko readers:

There was no need for an official dress code here. Montana had what amounted to an unwritten dress code in the past. Legislators, reporters and staff have dressed appropriately for the most part.images-3 If someone in leadership thought any of them were out of line, they were told.

I remember one photographer was told she couldn’t wear jeans on the House floor and forced to go home and change. But jeans were appropriate dress for her because she might have been sent out next to photograph wildlife in the snow or car accidents on the ice. A public radio reporter didn’t have a tie early in the 2013 session and was told he couldn’t be on the floor unless he had a tie. He went home and got one.

As for your question on how would I judge appearance of reporters who cover the Legislature here, I think nearly all reporters dress appropriately. The men wear suits or sports jackets, dress shirts, ties and either dress pants or khakis and dress shoes or boots. I wasn’t aware of the reporter who got admonished for wearing sneakers, but I can guess who it was. [I told Johnson a story I heard about a sneaker-wearing wire service scribe.]

The female journalists here dress like other young women dress in the workplace. They dress professionally.

* Lessons from Montana’s “sexist” dress code (buzzfeed.com)
* Montana House enacts strict dress code, Twitter goes wild (storify.com)


* Silence from Rolling Stone while editors review their “Rape on Campus” story. (huffingtonpost.com)
* A former Rolling Stone lawyer says her departure from the magazine had nothing to do with the controversial rape story. (observer.com)
* The “indefensible” story “felt like a punch in the gut to anyone feeling hopeful about progress against sexual assault,” writes Geneva Overholser. (genevaoverholser.com)
* An investigation into the death of Cat Fancy magazine. (Spoiler alert: Cat lovers did it.) (nymag.com)
bikiniphoto* John Harte tells the story about his bikini photo that the Bakersfield Californian refused to run in 1985. (“Do you have any idea how many phone calls we’ll get?” the editor said.) (John Harte)
* Police union head – upset about a syndicated editorial cartoon – to the Bucks County Courier Times: “Here’s wishing you a bankrupt new year.” (phillymag.com)
* The end of an era at the Pulitzer-winning Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. (urbanmilwaukee.com)
* Conde Nast had a “challenging” 2014. capitalnewyork.com)
* Boston.com pulls a post about a racist email to a Chinese restaurant owner – supposedly from Harvard prof Ben Edelman – because it couldn’t be verified. (dankennedy.net)
* You won’t see “break shit” in the New York Times and other big newspapers. (slate.com)
* “Torture” guidance for NPR employees. (npr.org)
* Enough with “Liking” stuff on Facebook! (dailydot.com)
* “Serial” and “Colbert Report” are competing against each other on December 18. (wsj.com)
* NBC’s Richard Engel recalls the time he volunteered to be a human shield for Saddam Hussein. (mediabistro.com)
* Have interesting hobbies? Do you call your mother regularly? Check out this social media job. (journalismjobs.com)
* JOBS: Wanted – Journalism teachers, editors and reporters. (Romenesko Jobs)

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* What?! There will be no interviews at “The Interview” premiere. (ap.org)
* Incarceration in Iran is “taking a devastating toll on [Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian], physically and mentally.” (washingtonpost.com)
* University of Virginia students challenge Rolling Stone’s gang rape story. (washingtonpost.com)
* Time Inc. sells Sunset’s test kitchens and gardens. It will continue to publish the magazine. (nytimes.com)
* The prototype for the “new” Rocky Mountain News is “slovenly and amateurish.” (westword.com) | (cjr.org)
* The Daily Iowan complains about having “virtually zero personal access” to the university’s president. (dailyiowan.com)
* Some nice words about Brian Stelter‘s “Reliable Sources.” (mediaite.com)
* Instagram now has more active monthly users than Twitter. (theweek.com)
* Tommy Craggs is named executive editor of Gawker Media’s websites. (nick.kinja.com) | Nick Denton returns to blogging. (npr.org)
* Internet advertisers waste $6.3 billion a year on fake traffic. (nypost.com)
zell* Michael Hiltzik: Why do we keep getting taken in by journalism outsiders – people like Sam Zell (at left) – who say they’re going to save us? (latimes.com)
* The Atlantic is criticized for using the “9/11 Falling Man” image in a tweet. (@TheAtlantic)
* Blogging about underwear? Not for me, but I’d love to see the pitches from interested journalists. (craigslist.org)

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“Nothing like 8-year-old file photos for Wichita State-Seton Hall,” tweets Wichita Eagle news editor Josh Wood. | Comment on the NorthJersey.com website: “Neither of these players have anything to do with these schools anymore.”

* Seton Hall suffers first fall (northjersey.com)

The Los Angeles Times says Stephen Battaglio will “bolster our coverage of the TV news and sports business, and his presence in New York will be an asset in covering the increasing amount of production taking place there.” He joins the Times after serving as TV Guide business editor.

To: The Staff

From: John Corrigan, Assistant Managing Editor

Stephen Battaglio, a veteran journalist and author, has joined our Company Town team as a reporter covering the TV and media business out of New York.
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Stephen comes to us from TV Guide, where he was the business editor. He’s also held staff positions at the New York Daily News, Inside.com and the Hollywood Reporter, where he was the New York bureau chief./CONTINUES Read More

Tom Gara, who left the Wall Street Journal in September to become BuzzFeed deputy business editor, has been promoted to business editor.
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“I’m excited for him to build on and expand the talented group he’s been working with since the fall,” says BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith.

Peter Lauria, who had been business editor, “has moved on, and I wish him all the best,” says Smith. He adds that Lauria “put together a hell of a team and brought a great reporting metabolism to BuzzFeed Business.”

Lauria tells Romenesko readers:

I’m really proud of the team I built at BuzzFeed Business and how we were able to establish ourselves as a credible, authoritative and fun new source for business news in a very short amount of time. The team is filled with superstars who are going to do great things and I can only hope that they learned at least a little something from me. I’m looking forward to the next chapter in my career whether it’s journalism or something else.

* Earlier: Gara says he loves BuzzFeed’s approach to news (capitalnewyork.com)
* Earlier: Lauria discusses beefing up BuzzFeed’s business news (recode.net)


* Alan Rusbridger is stepping down as editor of The Guardian next summer. (@arusbridger) | (independent.co.uk)
* Judge to Eric Holder: You have one week to make a decision regarding New York Times reporter James Risen. (politico.com)
* The Hitler Diaries vs. Rolling Stone’s UVA rape story. (jacklimpert.com)
broad* “I mean, whose dog did I poison?” asks Wall Street Journal “Broadway Bolter”Joanne Kaufman. (deadline.com) | Earlier: No more free theater tickets for Kaufman, says press agent. (jimromenesko.com)
* Charlie Warzel: “The promise of citizen journalism has changed from the hope that more eyes will mean more accountability … to the reality that information has never been freer or more fully weaponized.” (buzzfeed.com)
* FBI: There’s a chance our agents will pose as journalists again. (washingtonpost.com)
* Conservative billionaire Philip Anschutz considers bringing back the Rocky Mountain News. (bizjournals.com)
* Robert Lipsyte says he received about 20,000 emails during his two years as ESPN ombudsman. (slate.com)
* Marty Peretz doesn’t like that a Gawker alum is at The New Republic. (washingtonpost.com)
* “CBS Evening News” devotes 11-plus minutes to the torture report. (mediabistro.com)
* PBS’s “Frontline” announces hires for its new Enterprise Journalism Group. (pbs.org)
* New Bedford Standard-Times editor Bob Unger resigns to save jobs. (bostonglobe.com)
* Huh? New York Times is considering more print sections? (adage.com)
* Marty Kaiser is stepping down as Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editor in February. (jsonline.com)
* JOBS: Cover community news in the District of Columbia for Local News Now. (Romenesko Jobs)
titles* Courtesy titles in news stories “made us look like your dad’s website. Kind of stodgy,” says the editor of Crain’s Chicago Business. (chicagotribune.com)
* “That’s showbiz,” John McCain says of daughter Meghan’s TV show being cancelled. (washingtonpost.com)

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Mike Wilson, who resigned as Tampa Bay Times managing editor a year ago to join Nate Silver’s FiveThirty Eight, is interviewing for the Dallas Morning News editor job. (Bob Mong is stepping down sometime next year.) Wilson will be in Dallas Thursday and Friday. I’m told: “Mike is the sole finalist and the only one doing a meet-and-greet.”

The memo from Mong and News publisher Jim Moroney:

12/10/14
To: One and All
From: Jim and Bob
Re: Visit by editor candidate

We are pleased that Mike Wilson will be in the newsroom Thursday and Friday to get better acquainted with our staff.

Mike Wilson

Mike Wilson

Mike asked to meet with as many journalists as we could pack into his two days here, and we have accommodated him with a very busy schedule.

He comes to us with a distinguished track record as a reporter, author, digital and print newsroom leader and proponent of high quality narrative writing. Currently, Mike works closely with Nate Silver as managing editor of FiveThirtyEight, ESPN’s first-ever publishing effort not dedicated exclusively to sports.

Previously Mike served as managing editor of the Tampa Bay Times, Florida’s largest newsroom. He oversaw a staff of 240 that published some of America’s best journalism. Mike rose to managing editor after having led the paper’s acclaimed enterprise team for three years. Under his direction, the Times’ Lane DeGregory won a Pulitzer Prize and another staffer was a finalist for feature writing. Mike also was a finalist for a Pulitzer in investigative reporting while on the staff of the Miami Herald.

He is also the author of two books: Right on the Edge of Crazy (1993), about the U.S. downhill ski team; and The Difference Between God and Larry Ellison (1997), about the CEO of Oracle Corp.

Mike is a Connecticut native and graduated from Tufts University in Massachusetts.

“It’s my favorite LATimes tweet of the year,” the paper’s Jimmy Orr writes in an email. “It’s from our architecture critic, Christopher Hawthorne.”

Meanwhile, veteran ABC 27 (Harrisburg, PA) anchor/reporter Al Gnoza had at least some of his followers laughing when he tweeted: “If you hear a siren tomorrow, we are all going to die.” He was referring to the semi-annual Three Mile Island emergency warning sirens – something his bosses didn’t find to be funny. Gnoza lost his job after ten years at the station.

* Anchor/reporter Al Gnoza is no longer with ABC 27 (pennlive.com)