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The memes of NBC News anchor Brian Williams are in full force. #BrianWilliamsMisremembers #BrianWilliamsMemories
Former Washington Post Executive Editor Ben Bradlee offers his thoughts to an over-aggressive public relations person who complained to Bradlee when a section editor shot down a pitch. The classic Bradlee closing zinger:
“I would like to be sure that you understand that we trust our editors’ news judgment and that we distrust yours.”
Is there any question why his reporters would have killed for him?
The evolution of the front-page sticker ad – this one is actually printed on the paper.
I know that newspapers are, ahem, hard up for advertising dollars, but the South Florida Sun Sentinel has taken it to a whole new level today with the ad on its front page.
An oldie but a goodie.
Rolling Stone reminded us this summer that there is nothing like a provocative cover to elevate the visibility of a flagging publication. The Columbia Journalism Review apparently noticed, and it is enjoying some buzz for putting the F word on its most-recent cover.
The last year has been a bloodbath for photojournalists as newspapers across the country continue their cost-cutting measures. But, really, who needs professional photographers when Renaissance men like Chuck Fieldman can snap a photo while also reporting a story?
And can someone please convince the National Press Photographers Association to create an anti-Pulitzer award that recognizes photos taken by reporters like this one?
Hat tip: Elizabeth Robinson
Hat tip: Andrew Hudson
Courtesy of NBC News:
If your media-training presentation’s example of how not to answer a media question is getting a little dated, here is a new clip you can insert.
The Los Angeles Times has misspelled actor Elliott Gould’s name 47 times over the past 27 years.
Poynter posted this quote in an article headlined, “Newspaper association head doesn’t like talking to reporters:”
“I don’t give quotes for fear of being misquoted.”
– Ossie Sheddy, president of the board of the Alberta (Canada) Weekly Newspaper Association.
Hat tip: Eric Anderson
Hat tip: Cynthia Barnes
Today’s passive-aggressive weather report is sponsored by KTLA:
Hat tip: Julie Scott (@jascott)
Calling ESPN “journalism” may be a bit of a stretch, but it wins a “Great Moment” award for taking the time to create a Wisconsin graphic that actually features Minnesota. (Hat tip: Darren Rovelle)
In the copy editor’s defense, “Loveland” is much easier to fit in a tight headline if you just drop the “e.”
(Hat tip: Elizabeth Robinson at Volume PR)
Copyranter tags the latest Reporters Without Borders PSA as “creepy,” but notes, “At least they didn’t actually use (Daniel Pearl’s) head.”
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Gawker has assembled its best “Drunken Moments in Local TV News.” And, as a bonus, here is vintage video of Denver’s own Cynthia Hessin throwing a couple of elbows as a drunk reveler gets a little too close.
A Burson-Marsteller study has found that reporters are failing to simply transcribe press releases in their publications as much as 48 percent of the time. And ADHD-riddled bloggers are even worse.
Have you ever wanted to Tweet something bogus to see if you can spark a viral Internet rumor? Washington Post sportswriter Mike Wise did, and the newspaper just put him on a one-month time-out because of it. Although it will actually be for five weeks, I’m told.
Courtesy of CNN:
(Hat tip: The Denver Egotist via Jen Lester).
A shout-out to Denver’s own Glendale Cherry Creek Chronicle reporter Glen Richardson, who defended his use of fabricated direct quotes in an article on crime in the Lowry area by arguing:
“I’m not sure that it was misleading. It was, in a sense, probably embellished.”
(Hat tip: 5280’s Daniel Brogan)
(Hat tip: Andrew Sullivan)
Confused by the ethical/public relations dilemmas surrounding Gizmodo’s reporting on the lost/stolen iPhone? Fast Company has created a flowchart to help:
What’s the problem with journalism today? Brent Cunningham of the Columbia Journalism Review and Alan C. Miller of the News Literacy Project argue that the Internet has moved you from a news consumer to a news gatekeeper, and that you aren’t paying enough attention to do that job effectively.
… but let’s hope this isn’t a harbinger of things to come (of course, Rush Limbaugh probably considers moving from the New York Times to homelessness as a lateral career move).
The money quote from the summary of a new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism in association with the American Society of News Editors (ASNE) and the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA):
“Fewer than half of all (journalism executives) surveyed are confident their operations will survive another 10 years – absent significant new sources of revenue. Nearly a third believe their operations are at risk in just five years or less. And many blame the problems not on the inevitable effect of technology but on their industry’s missed opportunities.”
SE2’s Eric Anderson has seen the future of journalism, and it includes female submission wrestlers.
Can reporters who are trained to be neutral successfully make the transition to the public relations world of advocacy? Alan Stamm analyzes the arguments on both sides.
I don’t know about you, but when market-moving news breaks, I only want one thing: Andrew “Dice” Clay’s perspective. I can’t imagine why CNNfn didn’t survive.
The New York Times profiles former Rocky reporter and current Guadalupe County Communicator publisher Michael “M.E.” Sprengelmeyer. Interestingly, Michael only went by “M.E.” professionally because the byline “Michael Sprengelmeyer” was too long to fit in one column width.
I don’t even know what to say about his one. Seriously, I’m speechless (mostly because I can’t stop laughing).
(Hat tip: Jim Dissett)
The world of journalism has lost two giants in two days: political reporter Robert Novak yesterday and 60 Minutes creator Don Hewitt today.
This is what happens when you replace every seasoned reporter you have with inexpensive 22-year-olds who may or may not be experiencing ‘roid rage.
It’s no secret that the news resources of local television affiliates are stretched thin. Layoffs have hit every station, and the Fox31/WB2 “marketing agreement” looks to be the future of local news. But it was still surprising to see the details that Pete Webb of Webb PR shared of a new “pool coverage” system that Fox31, 9News, KMGH7, CBS4 and Univision are implementing.
Starting today, the five stations will pool coverage of up to three events per day. The pool is on a rotating basis with each station responsible one day a week. The assignment desks will join a conference call each morning at 8:30 a.m. to determine which events will be covered by a pool representative, and the resulting raw video will be sent to all stations at 3 p.m. According to Webb, the arrangement “is intended for newsworthy events that all the stations would customarily cover on their own, such as gubernatorial news conferences, the Mayor’s State of the City, product launches, events.”
Says Webb, “My fervent hope is that we’ll see more enterprise reporting, now that crews are being freed up, but I’m not holding out much hope. More likely, viewers will see more of the same, with identical footage on each broadcast. That doesn’t reward creativity, enterprise, or just good old fashioned newsgathering, and it doesn’t reward the viewer.”
(Hat tip to LocalTVNews)
If you were concerned about the future of journalism, you can relax. Congress is on it.
Michael Sheehan, a reporter with the FOX affiliate in New York City, was arrested on suspicion of DWI after being involved in a car-horse accident. Not surprisingly, it is the local CBS affiliate that has the details. While there are no photos from the scene yet, it may have looked something like this:
The anchors’ stupified reaction at the end is worth the watch.
Meanwhile, Bob Kendrick, Steve Kelley, Ernie Bjorkman and Molly Hughes can’t find work as anchors.
1) Locate a PR contact (name and telephone number)
2) Find basic facts about the company (spelling of an executive’s name, his/her age, headquarters location, and so on)
3) Discern the company’s spin on events
4) Check financial information
5) Download images to use as illustrations in stories
In October, the New York Times wrote about papers leaving the Associated Press because of its high price, and today the Times covers CNN’s attempt to cobble together an alternative to AP. Approximately 30 newspaper editors from across the country will visit Atlanta this week to hear the details, but there is no word on whether John Temple and Greg Moore will be two of them.
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough drops the F-bomb (0:25 mark) in a discussion about presidential politics and takes 55 seconds to realize he’s done it (1:20 mark).
As requested, here is the complete list of “Great Moments in Journalism:”
Great Moments in Journalism II
Great Moments in Journalism III
Great Moments in Journalism IV
Great Moments in Journalism VI
Great Moments in Journalism VII
Great Moments in Journalism VIII
What is the future of (successful) newspapers? Stay local, provide analysis and focus on investigative reporting.
September was a very good month for newspaper Websites, thanks in part to the 2008 election and the financial meltdown. Here’s a list of the 30 most-trafficked sites during September, according to Editor & Publisher:
Website — Visits — Increase
NYTimes.com — 20,068,000 — 37%
washingtonpost.com — 12,956,000 — 43%
USATODAY.com — 11,439,000 — 33%
LA Times — 10,022,000 — 102%
Wall Street Journal Online — 9,047,000 — 94%
Boston.com — 8,610,000 — 122%
SFGate.com/San Francisco Chronicle — 5,129,000 — 18%
New York Post — 4,815,000 — 98%
Politico — 4,605,000 — 219%
Chicago Tribune — 4,558,000 — 46%
Daily News Online Edition — 4,439,000 — 56%
DallasNews.com – The Dallas Morning News — 3,777,000 — 115%
Chicago Sun-Times — 3,676,000 — 64%
The Houston Chronicle — 3,396,000 — 51%
Newsday — 3,051,000 — 13%
International Herald Tribune — 2,940,000 — 121%
The Washington Times — 2,410,000 — 78%
Philly.com — 2,332,000 — 73%
The Seattle Times — 2,256,000 — 22%
Anchorage Daily News — 2,190,000 — 928%
Atlanta Journal-Constitution — 2,180,000 — 14%
Boston Herald — 2,153,000 — 118%
Baltimore Sun — 2,136,000 — 30%
Star Tribune — 2,134,000 — 50%
NJ.com — 2,086,000 — 70%
Seattle Post-Intelligencer — 2,070,000 — 17%
Detroit Free Press — 1,994,000 — 62%
MercuryNews.com — 1,964,000 — 64%
MiamiHerald.com — 1,895,000 — 64%
Village Voice Media — 1,745,000 — (-13%)
Chicago Sun-Times political columnist Robert Novak today announced his immediate retirement. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor last week.
The truly great moments in journalism are the ones that come packaged with an apology from the reporter.
Apparently Editor & Publisher had trouble coming up with 10 newspapers “That Do It Right!” The nomination window for the awards has been extended through May.
Retired ABC correspondent Linda Douglass has joined the Obama campaign as a senior strategist and spokeswoman, but, worry not, she’ll be keeping her journalistic integrity intact. Says Douglass, “My intention is that I won’t spin…I absolutely vow that I will tell the truth.” Of course, those of us already on the dark side know that the best spin comes from those who tell the truth … selectively.
And, really, is there anyone who can afford to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth less than a politician? Journalists can complain about big business all they want, but ExxonMobil tells fewer lies in a year than presidential candidates utter in a day. A politician who only spoke the truth couldn’t get elected to his or her HOA, much less an office of consequence. It’s the nature of politics.
It has been a busy week for Scripps, parent company of the Rocky Mountain News. Last Friday, the company announced that its board of directors had approved a plan to spin off its newspaper properties into a separate company. Now, rumors are swirling around town that Scripps has made an offer to purchase MediaNews Group, publisher of the Denver Post and 56 other newspapers across the country.
The newspaper industry took a double hit today as The New York Times Company posted a Q1 loss — “one of the worst periods” the company has seen — and new Chicago Tribune Co. Chairman and CEO Sam Zell disclosed that revenues are down so far (double digits) this year that the company may be forced to sell newspapers and other properties.
Despite the earnings news, at least Sam Zell is trying to keep things interesting.
Not everyone believes that journalism is dead. Forbes details how eliminating the printing part of print journalism ultimately will save reporters’ jobs.
PBS’s MediaShift jumps on the Tom Foremski/Press Releases Suck bandwagon. They are completely right, of course.
The only thing newspapers have been shedding faster than reporters is paying subscribers. With free Web sites, it’s hard enough to get twentysomethings to pay for a newspaper subscription, but what happens when you can’t even keep subscribers who are in their fifties and used to be copyeditors at your publication? The Boulder Daily Camera is finding out. (Hat tip to Daniel Brogan at 5280.)
A battle is brewing between the “Let’s Suck Up to Reporters So They’ll Like Us” and the “Reporters Can Rot in a Turkish Prison for All I Care” camps.
Illiteracy can be a tough hurdle to overcome when you are a teleprompter-dependent television sports anchor. If you can actually watch all four minutes of this clip without shuddering, you have the empathy level of a serial killer.