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The Washington Post short-sells a reporter's integrity

In a piece late last month, Washington Post columnist Steven Pearlstein criticized Adam Feuerstein, a reporter at TheStreet, for his negative coverage of a DC-based biotech company called Northwest Biotherapeutics (NWBO). Feuerstein's...Show More Summary

News Director Fired, Reports Say He Told Reporter ‘To Milk’ Missing Child Story

A Tampa-area news director is out of a job Saturday (October 18), and an industry blog is reporting that he was upset when a reporter who found a missing child had not “milked it” for ratings. The Tampa Bay Business Journal was the first...Show More Summary

BuzzFeed now has editorial and product people in place for its forthcoming news app

Shortly after being hired as head of product for BuzzFeed’s new news app, Noah Chestnut started spending more time with his phone, downloading leading news apps, reading email newsletters, and generally checking out the competition. “I’ve extended my commute 15 minutes so I can read on the train,” Chestnut says. “The context matters so much....

Media changes course on Ebola

On October 10, two days after Thomas Eric Duncan became the first person to die from Ebola on US soil, news directors of Gannett TV stations discussed on a conference call how to stop the spread of a contagion. The actual virus had killed only one person here, but judging from Gannett viewer feedback across the country, media hysteria...

Hotel owner/publisher explains his quirky ad

Several readers sent me the Wells Inn’s ad for a reporter “able to interview folks without pissing them off, cover events and get the information right!” The INNformer position, according to the ad, “is great for someone who is looking to get back in the game after being ‘downsized,’ needs a change of pace or … Read More

You may be about to lose your job, but how about giving some money to United Way?

The journalists at Gannett’s Montgomery (AL) Advertiser were interviewed for new positions last week and are waiting to hear if they can continue to work at the paper. (They know that some staffers will be let go.) “Here is the real kicker,” an Advertiser employee tells Romenesko readers. “We just had three straight days of … Read More

Ben Bradlee to ‘flack': We don’t need your help

From a Washington Post “On Leadership” blog post: Mary Hadar, former editor of The Post’s Style section, held on to a reply that Bradlee sent more than two decades ago to a pestering flack. As Hadar recalls, someone was retiring from the circus — a lion tamer? — and the circus’s press agent wrote to … Read More

Oh, those Germans

German publishers warring with Google — and the link and the internet — have now completed their humiliation at their own hands, capitulating to Google and allowing it to continue quoting and linking to them. How big of them. The pathetic sequence of their fight: 1. German publishers under the banner of a so-called trade […]

[UPDATED] Want to make sure your letter to the editor runs in The Watch? Just send $25

A ROMENESKO READER writes: As campaign season heats up and more and more people are trying to get their letters to the editor published, one local paper [The Watch in Telluride, Colorado] has started charging people to get their letters published. [$25 for first 250 words, then $10 for each additional 250 words.] If you … Read More

The Tennessean is borrowing reporters from other Gannett papers

Like a number of other Gannett newspapers, The Tennessean of Nashville is asking employees to re-apply for their jobs as part of a major restructuring that is meant to create a “bold new structure” for the newsroom, as executive editor Stefanie Murray described it. Show More Summary

Walking Dead, Killer Clown Top TV Twitter Ratings

Twitter users turned their attention away from Scandal and Washington D.C machinations to zombies and freak shows in this week’s Twitter TV top ten list provided by Nielsen. AMC’s The Walking Dead trampled the competition with 1.32 million tweets reaching an audience of 7.4 million twitter accounts. Show More Summary

Cowboys Gutsy Win Tops TV Twitter Sports Competition

The Cowboys-Seahawks clash inspired a runaway victory in the TV Twitter sports competition last week giving Fox another reason to be happy with the popularity of its sports programming. The Cowboys were roughed up in the first part of the game, with Dallas QB Tony Romo taking a shot to the ribs. Show More Summary

The new Vox daily email, explained

he old email newsletter continues its remarkable return to prominence. The latest move: Vox wants to make explaining the news a little more manageable by telling you everything you need to know in the comfort of your inbox. Tomorrow, the site will launch Vox Sentences, its first daily email newsletter, with an aim at delivering...

Tennessean editor: We’re using reporters from other Gannett papers during restructuring

A Romenesko reader writes: “Have you heard anything about significant departures at the Tennessean? Freep reporters are telling folks that Nashville is seeking temps from Detroit and perhaps other Gannett properties.” Yes, I have heard that … so I asked Gannett spokesman Jeremy Gaines about the reports. He forwarded my email to Tennessean executive editor … Read More

Political coverage falls short in Kentucky senate debate

All politics is local, as the old saying goes. But if Monday’s Kentucky Senate debate is any indication, the same can’t be said of political media coverage. Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes made national headlines during the debate for again declining to share how she voted in previous presidential elections. At the same time, however, the Washington press corps...

Covering a closed-off candidate

CHICAGO, IL — If the Chicago Tribune’s editorial endorsement is any indication, Bruce Rauner is getting his message across. Rauner is the Republican nominee for governor in Illinois, and he was always likely to get the backing of the right-leaning Tribune editorial board in his campaign to unseat the incumbent Democrat, Pat Quinn. But when the endorsement came out Oct....

How should the media refer to this boy?

A Romenesko reader writes: “Ten-year-old in Scranton, PA is charged as an adult in the murder of a 90-year-old. Throughout the [Allentown (PA) Morning Call] story, the 10-year-old suspect is referred to as ‘Mr. Kurilla.’ Seems more than a little bizarre, adult charges notwithstanding.” Boy, 10, charged with homicide in death of 90-year-old (

California Sunday Magazine has a solution for how to find readers: Pay newspapers for them

California Sunday Magazine, which launched conceptually in January and physically earlier this month, was beloved before its first issue was even printed. The magazine, a project of Douglas McGray’s, is available both in print and online, on tablet and mobile, and aims to tell beautiful, reported stories about the American West, Latin America, and Asia....

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