Marshall: MSNBC got
the ruling right.
Cain and Abel
GQ and Esquire.
Talent -- not the
news -- stars.
Contract time again.
Updated 5:25 p.m. ET Tuesday
Posted Tuesday, December 5, 2000
to Drudge: You have to enter the contest to win
Shortly after the Online
Journalism Awards winners were announced last Friday,
awards administrator Sreenath Sreenivasan got a call
from Matt Drudge, who wanted to know why he didn't
win. Dakota Smith reports that Drudge threatened to post
Sreenivasan's cell phone number on his site, presumably
so his worshipping fans could also file their complaints.
Sreenivasan explained that one had to enter the contest
to win -- and Drudge never sent the paperwork.
Media Moves: NYDN drama critic returning to the Irish
the New York Daily News drama critic for the past three years,
is returning to his post as political columnist for the
Irish Times. "I've loved my time at the Daily News and,
who knows, maybe I'll be back again," he says in a release.
The paper hasn't named his replacement.
"My Fake Job" author had a fake massage, too
Ruth Shalit's sources say she invented quotes
Rodney Rothman, who wrote a New Yorker piece
about infiltrating a NYC dot-com firm and posing as an employee
for a few weeks, failed to note that his mother worked for
company, according to an Editor's Note in this week's
issue. Rothman also fabricated a desk massage scene
in his story, the magazine says. (Sixth item) UPDATE:
New Yorker Editor David Remnick tells AP:
"The hell of it is that this could easily have been fixed
in the editing and by being straight with the reader
in print so that an otherwise accomplished piece of writing
could also have been honest with the reader."
can't comfort afflicted when you're pandering to wealth
The New York Times Magazine notes that Hollywood swimming
pools are different from pools in the rest of America, while
the Wall Street Journal profiles families that are
so wealthy that mom doesn't have to work. Alex Beam wonders:
"Who are these people? They're not Americans, not in any meaningful
sense." But they're the kind of Americans that advertisers
like. Beam writes: "So here is the new mission of the modern
journalist: licking the boots of the ruling class."
likes coffee "strong enough to float horseshoes"
In Letters: It's
time for Rather to retire, says Damschroder
While drinking his seventh cup of morning coffee, the CBS
anchor tells the Philly Inquirer's Gail Shister that he
doesn't have any retirement plans. "I intend to be here tomorrow
and the day after that," he says. "That's about as far as
anybody can see. I don't have any plans to retire as long
as I feel as good as I feel now.. . . At this stage of
my life, I don't feel I have a lot to prove to anybody but
myself." As for his Danisms, Rather says he picked them up
as a youngster. "My father used to say, 'His chances were
slim to none, and slim just left town.'"
ex-SacBee scribe: "Learn from what I have done"
Former Sacramento Bee political writer Dennis Love
last month for plagiarism and fabrications -- tells Orange
County Register ombud Dennis Foley that he did honest work
during his two years at the Register. Love said last week:
"What I did was totally unique to my work at the Bee on the
presidential campaign. I just deeply apologize. I understand
the implications of this to the reputation and integrity of
the newspapers I worked for. ...I hope that anyone who is
cutting a corner will learn from what I have done and realize
that we owe the people we cover and the readers every bit
of our skill, honesty and integrity. I realize that what
I did degrades that image."
staffer: I'm planning my wedding while in Tallahassee
"CNN is complaining about the cold weather a lot"
NBC audio technician Mishael Porembski, who is getting
married Dec. 17 in Atlanta, was forced to buy her wedding
dress while on the election beat in Tallahassee. "I left home
Nov. 7 to go on a one-day shoot and it's snowballed," she
tells the Tallahassee Democrat's Mary Ann Lindley. "I'll always
love this dress because I just feel gorgeous in it,
but also because I bought it in Tallahassee during this incredibly
historic event. This dress will always have a story,
one I'll be telling my grandchildren about."
Times says it's cutting jobs to cope with strike
No immediate plans for job cuts
Arrogant bosses are usually behind strikes
Times President H. Mason Sizemore tells AP: "There
will be downsizing to react to the damage that's already occurred.
Clearly, the scope of our business has to be adjusted
to reflect the new economic realities brought upon by the
strike." Meanwhile, the federal mediator says it doesn't make
sense to bring the two sides together now. "Neither side's
indicated any willingness to modify their positions,"
jury awards $4 million to doc in KTVX defamation suit
exec editor Rodrique to run Belo's D.C. bureau
Salt Lake Tribune
adds Singleton's firm as lawsuit defendant
Webb scooped NYT with Esky racial profiling story
photog Tara McParland's final chapter (1966-2000)
forgets a full disclosure on a Contentville review
Petersburg Times sues to get Clearwater workers' e-mails
gives writers "another platform to strut their stuff"
bosses brace for leaner times in 2001
Wired publisher launches One, a design magazine
A. Desick, throwback to "Front Page" era, is dead at 86
TIPS, memos, etc. to Romenesko via this link
Posted Monday, December 4, 2000
to head NYT's PBS news venture
NYT may expand its partnership with ABC
Read NYT Exec
Editor Lelyveld's memo on the appointments
NYT Washington Bureau Chief Mike Oreskes heads to the
news set, while Jill Abramson lands his old job. "The
photogenic Oreskes, who's quite a dapper dresser, would
definitely provide some leavening for Jim Lehrer,"
reports NY Mag's "Intelligencer" column.
the big Graydon Carter profile you've been waiting for!
Yorkers can't stop talking about Carter's incredible hair
It was so hot that New York Magazine editor Caroline Miller
had to put
a bogus slug on it (second item) so staffers wouldn't
slip it to Tina Brown or Kurt Andersen. NEW YORK POST's teaser
on the Vanity Fair editor's profile: "Friends say Carter has
created his own image." The Post's "ON THE NEWSSTAND"
column gives the Carter issue two-and-a-half stars.
com fires 68 -- 16% of workforce -- in reorganization
President Dan Finnegan broke the restructuring news
on Monday morning. A KR.com press release says "this plan
will propel the company to reach its goal of run-rate profitability
by year-end 2002." While the company is pink-slipping 16
percent of the current workforce, Finnegan says 34 new
positions will be created and filled.
to ombud: Why write about "unsafe balcony sex"?
Boston Globe ombudsman Jack Thomas digs through another
batch of letters from mostly unhappy readers. In
the mail: Why doesn't Santa get better play in
Medill questions student's stories for news service
ombud: Plagiarism firing happened during standards debate
Editors at the Medill News Service,
run out of Northwestern University, say they're unable to
prove the veracity of two stories written by Eric Drudis,
a 21-year-old Medill student. One suspect article was about
a 9-year-old boy with more than 70 arrests, and the
other described how a 15-year-old girl punched a prom date
after he rebuffed her sexual advances. Drudis says he didn't
make up the articles' sources. NEW: In a memo to staff
and students, Medill Dean Ken Bode says: "Let us
make lemonade out of this situation by redoubling our commitments
to ethical, truthful and fair journalism."
hacked after posting "inside scoop" on Novix Media
Novix Media scraps Ironminds
Last week, Will Leitch wrote a
list of "secrets" about Novix Media -- onetime owner of
Ironminds -- for guest editor Greg Lindsay. On Saturday,
somebody hacked the Ironminds site and "placed a few select
additions to my master list of 100 juicy tidbits," reports
Leitch. "It seems editor-in-chief Andy Wang was just
dumb enough to give the site password to someone at Novix
months back, and even dumber not to change it."
Honolulu problem: It doesn't know how to compete
That's NewsInc. publisher David Cole's take on the
nation's largest newspaper chain, which owns the Honolulu
Advertiser. He says new Star-Bulletin owner David Black
could be a headache for Gannett. "In essence, the problem
is going to be for Gannett that Mr. Black knows how to
compete and the (JOA) that's been owned and operated by
Gannett for 29 years has completely lost the internal knowledge
of how to compete." Baloney, says the Advertiser's publisher.
Union Leader byline strike ends after deals struck
After long talks, management agreed to withdraw a plan to
reduce the Manchester Sunday News staff by 40 percent.
Other management "hard line stances" were taken back, too,
the union reports.
scribe to ombud: "Style" should be catty
Washington Post ombudsman Michael Getler believes "Style"
section fashion writer Robin Givhan unfairly slammed
Katherine Harris (official photo at left) in a Nov.
18 profile. ("Her skin had been plastered and powdered to
the texture of pre-war walls. ..") Getler issued
his beef two weeks ago, then revisited the matter on Sunday
and let "Style" staffers defend the piece. Writer Gene
Weingarten tells the ombud that the section "must be able
to be snide, catty, to look at newsmakers with a degree
of robust cynicism that might well be inappropriate elsewhere.
Readers know what to expect in this section."
You should see the media requests we're getting!
Has any ex-Supreme Court clerk not been on TV?
Dan Forbush, president of the
Web-based service that finds sources for reporters, says
Profnet has been humming since the election. Among
the source requests filed with the service: Neurologists
to explain how human brain function allows people recounting
ballots by hand to actually see them differently, and cardiologists
to speculate whether post-election stress could have triggered
Dick Cheney's heart attack.
editor: The micropayment model is appealing, but....
Micropayments are a Web inevitability, says Ebert
Deathwatch claim: Salon's
"death date" is January 14, 2001
Read Salon's response
to the Deathwatch prediction
Salon Managing Editor Scott Rosenberg tells the Boston
Globe he finds micropayments -- fees as little as a
penny to read an online article -- "an intriguing idea," but
recognizes that traffic "will go way down" if the site
levies even the smallest charge. He adds: "But the idea is
appealing. And things have changed: Until April of this year,
everyone was focused on growing market share, building the
brand. Now everyone is focused on immediate revenue. And we
would be a good guinea pig for micropayments ... But to
get from here to there, that will be the challenge."
Guild calls for boycott of Seattle Times, P-I
wants to pad strike fund with ad revenue
"We continue to operate with strong union support"
Times editor: There are ironies everywhere in this dispute
90-percent of membership has respected picket line
P-I staffers are considering separate talks
The Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild is asking readers
and advertisers to stop doing business with the papers until
the labor dispute is settled. Times president H. Mason Sizemore
calls the move "unfortunate," and tells his paper: "That's
a change from the Guild's earlier announced position that
they were not going to do that. That could possibly damage
the viability of our business going forward, even after
Louis P-D ombud: It's for this paper to hire an editor
Cole Campbell left the St. Louis Post-Dispatch editor's
chair last spring, went to Poynter,
finished his Poynter stint, and the P-D still hasn't hired
his replacement -- nearly 8 months later. "At first, most
readers who commented about the editorless newsroom
said they saw improvements," notes ombud Carolyn Kingcade.
"Now, readers are hardly commenting at all. Still, readers'
concerns about the quality of the paper are directly related
to the rudderless newsroom." She says the paper sorely
needs a boss to say, "The buck stops here."
Cramer quits hedge fund to focus on media ventures
book helped with the decision
He'll get more involved in TheStreet.com, write a book,
and pursue his television career, reports Howard Kurtz. "I
can't take it anymore; I want to be squeaky-clean,"
James Cramer says. "I have tried to lead my life with maximum
disclosure and it's still not enough to satisfy everyone.
I don't want to defend myself 100 times a day."
Lake Trib editor: "This is a dark hour for the Tribune"
managers sue AT&T to block newspaper sale
Nobody has ever accused me of being a Mormon
AT&T's announced sale of The Salt Lake Tribune to Dean
Singleton's MediaNews Group for a reported $185 million
is "troubling for any Utahn who embraces independent reporting
and comment," says Tribune editor James E. "Jay" Shelledy.
In a letter to readers, he says be assured that Singleton's
involvement "came at the encouragement of the owners and officers
of the (Mormon-owned) Deseret News." Shelledy insists, though,
"we will prevail."
Rall: "I have no business being in Fortune magazine"
Baltzelle named editor of St. Augustine Record
journos could face penalities for not disclosing interests
Bartiromo has replaced kick-boxing with a StairMaster
editor: Inside.com's writing "exhibits a certain flatulence"
Kelly: Wintour tried
to get Brown to kill Talk's Bryan profile
New Economy magazines shrink as dot-coms fold
jailed after calling Oakland TV anchor his "Druid Empress"
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