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Romenesko is retired, but still tweeting

Tweets by @romenesko Now retired, but still online. Thank you for checking my latest tweets and occasional retirement-era posts. (I’m still posting to Facebook, too.) Please continue to send your news tips and memos to Sorry, but I’m no longer accepting sponsored posts or job ads. * Check out Romenesko’s posts – and reader …

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Posted: October 3, 2015, 12:36 am

Gannett’s Chief People Officer would like to see more people volunteer to leave Gannett

A Romenesko reader writes: “I am not eligible for the early retirement buyout, but several of my colleagues are. They feel like they are now being pressured to take it, even though it’s supposed to be completely voluntary. “They also see this line as a veiled threat: ‘If we don’t achieve our goals, we will …

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Posted: October 3, 2015, 12:00 am

President Obama challenged the media to put gun violence into context. The media responded.

Obama addresses the media on Thursday after the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. (AP Photo)

Obama addresses the media on Thursday after the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. (AP Photo)

When he took the lectern to address reporters in the wake of the mass shooting that left 10 dead at Umpqua Community College in Oregon Thursday, President Obama was visibly frustrated.

He talked about the deadening routine of gun violence and the monotonous media coverage that follows.

He talked about the fleeting heartache that attends massacres and the short-winded calls to overhaul gun laws.

And he had a request for the media: Put the death toll in perspective by comparing the thousands of Americans killed by gun violence with those killed by terrorism. He wanted reporters and editors throughout the United States to provide context illustrating the disproportionate amount of people murdered with guns every year:

I would ask news organizations, because I won’t put these facts forward — have news organizations tally up the number of Americans who’ve been killed through terrorist attacks in the last decade, and the number of Americans who’ve been killed by gun violence, and post those side by side on your news reports.

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Posted: October 2, 2015, 9:30 pm

Why the religion beat poses unique challenges for some reporters

As countless others before her have done for centuries, Michelle Boorstein recently sought rabbinic advice on a difficult decision she faced. Boorstein, who has been the religion reporter at The Washington Post since 2006, had decided she was going to report on Pope Francis’s historic visit to Washington, rather than reporting to synagogue for services on Yom Kippur, the culmination...
Posted: October 2, 2015, 8:00 pm

After 400 days in Egyptian jail, an Al Jazeera reporter is on a mission

Peter Greste doesn’t know where home is. The Australian Al Jazeera correspondent, formerly based in Kenya, covered East Africa for years before Egyptian authorities arrested him and two colleagues on terrorism charges in December 2013. Greste spent 400 days in a Cairo jail before being deported to Australia in February. Greste, Mohamed Fahmy, and Baher Mohamed were first convicted in...
Posted: October 2, 2015, 7:03 pm

California libel protection now covers online publications

Here’s one for the changing-media-landscape file: California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill this week to update his state’s libel laws, bringing consistency to the treatment of print and online publications. “Our libel laws now rightly treat new media sources the same as traditional newspapers,” the bill’s sponsor said—appropriately enough—in a Facebook post. At issue was the state’s “libel retraction”...
Posted: October 2, 2015, 6:01 pm

Why it’s important to name the shooter

Kristen Sterner, left, and Carrissa Welding, both students of Umpqua Community College, embrace each other during a candle light vigil for those killed during a fatal shooting at the college, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in Roseburg, Ore. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Kristen Sterner, left, and Carrissa Welding, both students of Umpqua Community College, embrace each other during a candle light vigil for those killed during a fatal shooting at the college, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in Roseburg, Ore. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Public officials and advocates for victims often ask journalists to refrain from naming the individual behind a heinous act. This is a bad idea and here’s why:

  • When you name an individual and tell his story, you give people important context for the backstory. If we had not named Seung-Hui Cho as the Virginia Tech assailant, his teachers might not have come forward to report they had voiced concerns about his mental health in the past.

  • Knowing who was behind the gun allows us to identify trends.
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Posted: October 2, 2015, 4:32 pm

APG Media of the Rockies Acquires Four Wyoming Newspapers

The daily newspapers in Cheyenne, Laramie, Rawlins and Rock Springs, Wyoming, have been sold by the McCraken and Richardson Families to APG Media of the Rockies, according to John Cribb, Cribb, Greene & Cope, who represented the sellers in the tr ...
Posted: October 2, 2015, 4:11 pm

5 tips for Periscope beginners

There were two sessions devoted to learning Periscope at the Online News Association’s annual conference last week. Brooke Minters, a senior producer at AJ+, led the sessions.

AJ+ used Periscope while covering protests and riots Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray, and most recently while covering refugees and migrants in Europe.

“It’s right there in your back pocket,” Minters said of the ease of livestreaming apps.

If you’re ready to give it a try, here are five tips for beginners.

1. Try to stay steady

“Otherwise the viewer can feel like they’re getting motion sickness,” Minters said. Plus: “Staying steady shows some sort of level of professionalism.”

To help, you could use a monopod or tripod if you have a phone rig, but also think about moving with the phone and from your core, she said, and not just turning with your hands. Read more

Posted: October 2, 2015, 4:04 pm

National Press Club to sell its Rockwell for as much as $15 million

'Norman Rockwell Visits a Country Editor' (Photo via The National Press Club.)

‘Norman Rockwell Visits a Country Editor’ (Photo via The National Press Club.)

A picture may be worth a thousand words to journalists. It can be worth a whole lot more if you’re the National Press Club.

The Washington journalism bastion on Friday morning was outlining to members a decision to sell its Norman Rockwell painting, “Norman Rockwell Visits a Country Editor,” for as much as $15 million at a Nov. 19 auction at Christie’s.

“This is wonderful news for the Club and the Institute because we will have additional resources to carry out our missions for many years to come,” club president John Hughes said in a release detailing the Thursday decision by the boards of the club and the National Press Club Journalism Institute.

“However, this news may come as a surprise to many of you. Read more

Posted: October 2, 2015, 3:36 pm

Today’s front pages: ‘Again.’ ‘Numb.’ ‘When will it end?’

Today’s front page of the day comes from New York Daily News, which showed a moment from three years ago that I’m guessing many of us remember clearly, and an image from Roseburg, Oregon, on Thursday, after another school shooting. Via Kiosko:



A few front pages around the country echoed this sentiment today. Here’s a collection from Kiosko and Newseum:





Related: New York Daily News resumes gun control crusade

Denver Post covers yet another shooting, ‘and the whole newsroom gets it’

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Posted: October 2, 2015, 2:23 pm

Newspaper Association of America goes with seasoned association executive as new president and CEO

President Barack Obama, accompanied by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, left, and former U.S. Chamber of Commerce Chief Operating Officer David Chavern at the Rose Garden of the White House in 2011.  Chavern will be the new president and CEO of the NAA. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama, accompanied by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, left, and former U.S. Chamber of Commerce Chief Operating Officer David Chavern at the Rose Garden of the White House in 2011. Chavern will be the new president and CEO of the NAA. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

David Chavern, chief operating officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for most of the last decade, was named Thursday the new president and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America.

Chavern has no background in newspapers or other media businesses but was a good match to helm the troubled industry’s trade association in several ways:

  • He is an experienced association executive at the highest levels and considered especially skilled at positive messaging, at a time newspaper organizations continue to confront the “dying industry” meme.
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Posted: October 2, 2015, 1:23 pm

Breaking news best practices: Reaching and interviewing witnesses and victims of trauma

Tracking down witnesses and victims of traumatic events is the work of journalism. We serve the public interest by documenting events thoroughly and accurately.

Here are some suggested best practices for finding sources:

  • Use shared documents to coordinate with everyone you work with. It’s unnecessary to have more than one person from a news organization reaching out to the same person on the same platform.
  • Go easy. One ask on Facebook and a couple of asks on Twitter is plenty. Respect the tone and tenor of the platform.
  • Always aim for interviews in person or on the phone. In–person interviews lead to better, clearer information. Mediated interviews through email or via text messages often lack tone and context.
  • Be honest about who you are, who you are working for and where the information will appear.
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    Posted: October 2, 2015, 1:14 pm

    Mass murder and the media routine

    Good morning.

    1. Another mind-numbing day of coverage

      Law enforcement in that small Oregon city may not have been ready, but the media was prepared. It's on instant autopilot when these events happen. The endless loop of the same aerial footage. Phone interviews with folks with little information. Turning live to local stations' coverage. The ex-FBI agents with their mass murderer claptrap. The shock, agony of friends. The presidential statement from the White House (been there for those). "There's a sad sequence that all these mass shootings have," said MSNBC's Brian Williams, whose return from corporate exile fortuitously coincided both with Pope Francis coverage and this tragedy. He said that not long before President Obama surfaced at the White House and rightly declared, "Somehow this has become routine.

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    Posted: October 2, 2015, 11:40 am

    Print Is ‘Just Another Device’ at The Economist

    Paywalls, display advertising, sponsored content, and micropayments are just some of the revenue streams publishers have been exploring to fund their reporting.   But research studies are showing that people, especially younger audiences, are wi ...
    Posted: October 2, 2015, 10:08 am

    Josh Tyrangiel Leaving as Editor of Bloomberg Businessweek

    Josh Tyrangiel, the editor of Bloomberg Businessweek and a rising star at the news organization, said on Thursday that he was stepping down. He becomes the latest prominent staff member to leave the company in recent months as it is reshaped under th ...
    Posted: October 2, 2015, 10:06 am

    The Coral Project Is Building Its First Product: A Listening Tool

    Since it launched in earnest this spring, members of the Coral Project, a collaborative effort to rethink community engagement around news, have heard from all kinds of people. They’ve talked with everyone from trolls who plague comment sec ...
    Posted: October 2, 2015, 10:03 am

    News Corp Offers Times and WSJ Digital Bundle for Corporate Users

    News Corp is bundling together digital access to the Times and Wall Street Journal for corporate customers, allowing existing subscribers to either title to read the other for free and offering a dual option for new companies who sign up.   The ...
    Posted: October 2, 2015, 9:34 am

    Why Education Reporters Are Missing the Grade

    “Billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad’s proposal to double the number of charter schools threatens the financial stability of the Los Angeles Unified School District, according to LAUSD’s board president.” ...
    Posted: October 2, 2015, 9:31 am

    National Press Club to Sell Its Norman Rockwell Painting

    The National Press Club and its affiliated journalism institute will sell a Norman Rockwell painting the artist gave them more than 50 years ago and bank the estimated $10- to $15-million windfall to support future programs.   The painting & ...
    Posted: October 2, 2015, 9:29 am

    Blogging Is Doing Your Work in Public.

    Best I have seen at it is Melody Kramer, recently of NPR, Nieman Foundation and the Federal government. You should follow her. She’s fab. But lots of people work the same way. Maybe you do. This post started as a note on Facebook. Dave Wine ...
    Posted: October 2, 2015, 9:26 am

    The Chicago Podcast Cooperative Wants to Let Independent AudioTthrive in the Windy City

    If not for Cards Against Humanity’s new inhouse studio, the Chicago Podcast Cooperative may never have been born. The card game company, known for providing some of the more terrifying ways to bond with other humans, had outgrown its old of ...
    Posted: October 2, 2015, 9:23 am

    Huffington Post Employees In Talks To Unionize

    Employees at the Huffington Post have formed a committee to unionize, making that staff the latest group of digital media workers to try to organize, International Business Times has learned. Sources familiar with the matter, including one  ...
    Posted: October 2, 2015, 9:21 am

    Why Jack Dorsey Is Ready to Save Twitter

    On a fall day in 2010, Jack Dorsey stepped before his staff at Square, his payments startup, to deliver a pep talk at its weekly all-hands meeting. He was dressed in a rakish dark Prada suit and tie that was much more Don Draper than Silicon Valley w ...
    Posted: October 2, 2015, 7:56 am

    ‘Vultures’ or Reporters? After Oregon Shooting, Witnesses Hit with Media Requests

    Terrible news events in the social-media age have inspired eyewitness tweets, videos and Facebook postings. They’ve also inspired a secondary phenomenon: The news media’s nearly instant descent on anyone posting such accounts, in ...
    Posted: October 2, 2015, 7:54 am

    California Legislators, Civic and Business Leaders Urge Tribune to Keep L.A. Times Local

    A dozen members of the California legislature and several prominent civic and business leaders are calling on Tribune publishing to keep the Los Angeles Times in local hands.     In a letter sent to the board of Tribune Publishing, 12 memb ...
    Posted: October 2, 2015, 7:51 am

    Boston Globe Chooses Pressline’s FlexPress Technology for New Taunton Printing Facility

    Pressline Service, Inc. has announced the sale of a Pressline FlexPress to the Boston Globe for their new printing facility in Taunton, Ma.  The new FlexPress is equipped with a total of 22 zones and four folders and will allow the Globe to prin ...
    Posted: October 2, 2015, 7:49 am

    Philly media owner explored a nonprofit path

    The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News building is seen in Philadelphia, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News building is seen in Philadelphia, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    The owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and has given thought to shifting to non-profit ownership status, aligning with Temple University.

    It was unclear Thursday whether discussions held by H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest  go beyond the theoretical at this point . But it’s now reported that he’s considered the possibility.  He told Philanthropy magazine in an interview last year that non-profit ownership could be “wonderful” for newspaper organizations.

    Several sources with knowledge of the situation declined to discuss it. If such a change of ownership did occur, the Inquirer would be the largest big city northern newspaper to go such a route.

    There are newspapers and magazines that are owned by educational institutions and churches, although they are exceptions. Read more

    Posted: October 1, 2015, 9:07 pm

    #UCCshooting sparks debate about crowdsourcing amid tragedy

    Journalists covering the shooting at Umpqua Community College have turned to social media to find eyewitnesses, a practice that has raised questions about the balance between sensitivity and the imperative to report news under difficult circumstances.

    @KP_KaylaMarie Kayla, are you ok? I work with ABC News, if you can follow me I would love to talk to you. Please be safe.

    — Katie Conway (@Real_MaryK8) October 1, 2015

    As reporters from CNN, ABC the New York Daily News and others tweeted at on-the-ground sources seeking information, their efforts were variously characterized by journalists as crass or industrious, depending on who was opining.

    Some argued that crowdsourcing by reporters trying to piece together their story came off as opportunistic:

    @jbenton it's reporting that used to happen at the scene without location constraints and now extremely public.

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    Posted: October 1, 2015, 8:24 pm

    Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

    To celebrate the first day of a new month, Lower case visits some October favorites from the archives:   Everett (Wash.) Herald, 10/10/78   Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10/27/77   Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah), 10/24/75   Vermonter, 10/16/77   Have a headline you want to share? Snap a photo and email it to or tweet it to us @CJR....
    Posted: October 1, 2015, 7:50 pm

    Why education reporters are missing the grade

    “Billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad's proposal to double the number of charter schools threatens the financial stability of the Los Angeles Unified School District, according to LAUSD's board president.” So opens a recent story from the Southern California public radio station KPCC LA, which goes on to give readers predictable reactions to the proposed $490 million charter school expansion. First comes...
    Posted: October 1, 2015, 5:40 pm

    Can I use that? A legal primer for journalists

    As a media law scholar and practicing media lawyer, I field all manner of questions every week—from students, journalists, editors, and others. Whether I’m speaking generally to a non-client or giving specific legal advice to a client, I’ve noticed that the questions fall into three broad categories: Can I use that? Can I say that? Can I do that? Within...
    Posted: October 1, 2015, 11:50 am

    The Cost of Mobile Ads on 50 News Websites

    Ad blockers, which Apple first allowed on the iPhone in September, promise to conserve data and make websites load faster. But how much of your mobile data comes from advertising? We measured the mix of advertising and editorial on the mobile home pa ...
    Posted: October 1, 2015, 10:35 am

    California Lawyer magazine folds

    California Lawyer, which called itself “the nation’s leading legal magazine,” has been killed by parent company Daily Journal Corporation. Two employees confirmed that the memo below was distributed on Wednesday. I’m still trying to find out how many people lost jobs. Please email me if you have information. UPDATE: A tipster writes: “The toll is …

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    Posted: September 30, 2015, 11:00 pm

    Three ways news outlets are making money

    Among all of the seminars being tweeted about last Friday at the Online News Association Conference, there was one that rose to the top. Festooned with the hashtag #newsrevenue, it was a panel on revenue and ethics, called The Revenue Review: Memberships, Advertising, and Events, and attendees were clearly loving it:   #newsrevenue #ona15. One of the meatiest sessions so...
    Posted: September 30, 2015, 7:50 pm

    Why a Florida TV station devoted 6,000 words to its latest investigation

    In the years since people in the news industry first began talking about “convergence” and the melding of traditional print and video forms online, plenty of newspapers have created video operations—national and local papers now win Murrow Awards and show up regularly on the list of Emmy nominees. And around the country, there are examples of local TV stations making...
    Posted: September 30, 2015, 5:10 pm

    For ultra-Orthodox newspapers, women and the Web present growing challenges

    The biggest nightmare the country’s major ultra-Orthodox Jewish newspapers and magazines face these days is that Hillary Clinton will be elected president. It’s not just her politics that worries these publications, although they are far to the right of Clinton on most issues. More troublesome is her gender. For reasons of tradition and modesty, and in line with some interpretations of...
    Posted: September 30, 2015, 11:50 am

    Misleading coverage of a major gun study highlights the danger of fast reporting

    At a time of high-profile shootings and rising crime in many cities, the journal Preventive Magazine has published a special issue on gun violence, bringing together leading scholars to illuminate a subject that is often overwhelmed by political rancor. Guest editors David Hemenway and Daniel Webster apply a public health perspective to a field in which policy decisions have life-and-death...
    Posted: September 29, 2015, 8:50 pm

    Photographing the first generation of children with openly LGBT parents

    Danielle was raised by six parents. Hope has two dads. And Ilana, on her 16th birthday, confronted her mother (at the time married to her father) with a question: “Are you having an affair?” she asked. “With Elizabeth?” Danielle, Hope, and Ilana are the children of LGBT parents--those fairly rare creatures that have been prodded and poked by science, leveraged...
    Posted: September 29, 2015, 6:15 pm

    A new digital planning tool turns 7,200 local websites into one marketplace

    LIONshare® is a free platform that makes fragmented local media easily identifiable and accessible to companies and retailers looking to aggregate advertising buys in different markets.

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    Posted: September 29, 2015, 5:00 am

    Despite huge growth in mobile apps use, websites attract larger audiences

    App users are the fastest growing segment of digital media and spend more time on their mobile devices, but desktop and mobile browsers drive audience growth, according to a new report.

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    Posted: September 29, 2015, 5:00 am

    A problematic preposition

    Prepositions are handy things, cementing the relationship between parts of a sentence. In the sentence “He was caught between a rock and a hard place,” for example, the preposition “between” connects his predicament and the site of his predicament. In “She won’t come out from under the table, the preposition “under” connects her refusal with the place she’s refusing to...
    Posted: September 28, 2015, 7:50 pm

    The art of the tough interview

    I thought about the art--and craft--of interviewing after seeing Donald Trump's response to Megyn Kelly last month during the 2016 Republican Presidential debate. Kelly asked him about statements he had made about the physical appearance of some women he didn’t like, and Trump retaliated by fulminating all over the other networks, referring not so obliquely to Kelly’s menstrual cycle. In...
    Posted: September 28, 2015, 5:15 pm

    ‘Opinion in a Pinch': St. Louis Post-Dispatch editor explains use of freelance editorialists

    Letters to Romenesko From LOREN WASSELL: Today’s lead (only) editorial in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, like several others recently, bears a footnote: (This editorial was commissioned from freelance editorialists and edited by the Post-Dispatch editorial board.) Are other papers also outsourcing their institutional voice? I know freelance and advocacy op-eds are common, but not (in …

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    Posted: September 28, 2015, 4:15 pm

    This PR man truly is a Flack

    Posted: September 28, 2015, 4:00 pm

    What can the UN do for press freedom?

    The United Nations General Assembly shifts into high gear today, and leaders of some of the world’s most repressive countries will be in full public relations mode. Vladimir Putin of Russia, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, Hassan Rouhani of Iran, and Xi Jinping of China will not only address the General Assembly, they will speak at public events, do the...
    Posted: September 28, 2015, 11:50 am

    New data: Focus on franchise topics and metrics increases engagement

    A new analysis of metrics for twelve months from one of our partner newsrooms,, shows newsrooms can increase engagement by adopting strategic approaches. We'll discuss these approaches at a free KDMC webinar on Oct. 6.

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    Posted: September 28, 2015, 5:00 am

    Huffington Post Highline cuts through the noise

    It doesn’t feel like a Huffington Post story—it feels like a tome. The narrative is historical and methodical, exhaustive and, at times, exhausting. It’s 58,000 words split over 15 chapters, one released each day since Sept. 15. “If you come to something online that’s a massive thing, your first reaction is that you can’t read all of that: I have...
    Posted: September 25, 2015, 8:40 pm

    Why one reporter is suing Missouri over death-penalty secrecy—again

    Reporter Chris McDaniel, formerly of St. Louis Public Radio, took a job with BuzzFeed and moved to New York City earlier this year. But he hasn’t let go of the story—and the related legal battle—that occupied much of his time in Missouri. In May 2014, while still with SLPR, McDaniel filed a lawsuit, along with the Reporters Committee for Freedom...
    Posted: September 25, 2015, 4:30 pm

    Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

    In this week's headlines ... Wording on this headline is just so bad.— Ben Waldman (@BenjWaldman) September 17, 2015   Have a headline you want to share? Snap a photo and email it to or tweet it to us @CJR. This article originally posted a headline from the 1980s that has since been removed.
    Posted: September 24, 2015, 6:07 pm