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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....

San Francisco Bay Guardian folds

San Francisco Bay Guardian is closing down ( Guardian staff “in shock …still trying to absorb this” ( The Guardian leaves SF a better city for the role it played (

Bob Ryan: Sportswriters don’t get respect these days

From Ryan Glasspiegel’s interview with longtime Boston Globe sports columnist Bob Ryan: On the teams’ treatment of sports journalists: “As far as writing, it’s very annoying what they’ve done to us. They treat the writers like cow dung. They care not one lick about the print press. They are so close to charging us to … Read More

An interesting way to pay reporters: Give them the revenue from their own Google AdSense ads

At Business Insider, Dave Smith has an interesting (if a little long) story on the Apple news site 9to5Mac and its founder, Seth Weintraub. (Online publishing about Apple has long been an interestingly warped mirror of the online publishing world as a whole, from the rise of independent stars to the decline of print.) If...

An obit that a junior-high boy would love

Mr. Dickinson died at 78, by the way. Howard Cocks Dickinson IV obituary (

Infiltrating people’s habits: How Time works to engage readers

t was a Thursday in late August and the Internet was whipping itself into a frenzy. The cable channel FXX was about to kick off its Every Simpsons Ever marathon, showing all 522 Simpsons episodes back-to-back-to-back. And in its daily meeting that morning, Time’s audience engagement team was figuring out how to best take advantage...

Stories I'd like to see

1. Ebola and malpractice tort reform: As we all now know, the death of Dallas Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was preceded by what might have been a fatal mistake made by emergency-room doctors or nurses at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Although he showed up at the hospital complaining of Ebola-like symptoms and reportedly told a nurse that he...

Finally, Some Actual Netflix Statistics

ComScore has been busy: The data measurement company released a report on digital viewership trends gleaned from a survey of 1,159 users, and among the data are some fascinating stats on Netflix, a company whose internal metrics are shrouded in near-total secrecy. Show More Summary

US TV Networks Seek to Grow By Expanding Internationally

On the eve of network TV executives’ annual pilgrimage this week to Cannes, France, for the global programming bazaar known as Mipcom, Viacom announced last Wednesday it will launch men’s channel Spike in the U.K. this spring—with plans for a wider international rollout. Show More Summary

Morning Report for October 14, 2014

Former Harrah’s exec Richard Mirman replaces Aaron Kushner as Orange County Register publisher. ( Susan Glasser: “That narrative [that Politico is a 'boy's club'] has no truth to it,” but “journalism writ large has aShow More Summary

Twitter should ditch its new algorithm and teach news feed building

Last month, Twitter announced plans to roll out a new kind of feed next year that will filter what users see. The change, according to CFO Anthony Noto, is aimed at helping to bring interesting and useful content to users stymied by their raw feeds. While the plans are controversial to early adopters of the platform, the fact is that...

Cindy Adams says ‘shriveled’ New York Times gets leads from her New York Post column

From Monday’s New York Post: The “shriveled” New York Times – with 1,330 people in its newsroom – “has nobody left to scratch up news,” according to Cindy Adams. Does she know that the Post has only 180 or so or so editorial staffers? Cindy Adams: I’m hurt NYT didn’t thank me for a wedding … Read More

The Walking Dead Ate the Face off Everything on Broadcast This Season So Far

The Walking Dead is back, and with it, viewers in the dollar demo. Broadcast watchers have stayed away in droves this season. But with the dead resurrected yet again, everyone who loves TV stayed home Sunday night to see what would happen to Rick and the gang during "No Sanctuary," the huge premiere episode for the fifth season of the show. Show More Summary

Dallas Cowboys win (or did they?)

…while another Texas paper had a different result: The Huntsville Item sent this response to my inquiry: “It appears to have been a lapse in communication or some other sort of human error between our news desk and sports desk. The correct score and victory appear on the sports page. We’re still looking into the … Read More

Why you use your 'logon' to 'log on'

Time to start work. So you "log on" to your computer, using your "logon" or "log-on," or your user name. The latter is a noun, the former a verb, and they have not yet fused into one word for both forms. Here's what The Associated Press Stylebook says: login, logon, logoff (n.) But use as two words in verb form:...

No more mug shot galleries, says Missouri editor

Paul Berry, who leads the Springfield (MO) News-Leader newsroom, has never been a fan of his website’s mug shot galleries. They “serve as little more than a place for people to gawk at those who have been arrested,” he writes. “Many of those who are arrested need our community’s help, not our ridicule. …[So]for now, … Read More

2014 Hot List Finalists: TV

Hottest Show of the Year The Blacklist (NBC) Fargo (FX) Game of Thrones (HBO) Orange Is the New Black (Netflix) Outlander (Starz) Scandal (ABC) The Walking Dead (AMC) Hottest Guilty Pleasure American Horror Story (FX) The Bachelorette...Show More Summary

Yup, Joe Scarborough’s tweet was deleted

Romenesko reader Geoff Fox wrote in a Saturday afternoon email: “How long until this tweet’s deleted?” I checked this morning and, yes, it’s no longer on MSBC host Joe Scarborough’s list of Oct. 11 tweets.

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