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Jim Romenesko
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This Craigslist was deleted by its author, but the text was saved by Romenesko. CL new york brooklyn all jobs writing/editing jobs Reply to: gsktf-3837259526@job.craigslist.org Posted: 2013-05-29, 4:51PM EDT Unique Startup Opportunity You and four other applicants will be invited to LIVE, WORK, and PLAY with an exciting new tech... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2013 at Deleted ad
"FROM A REPORTER ON THE REBOUND": I am one of the unfortunate. I was employed by a privately-owned media corporation that owns daily and weekly newspapers across the country, among other media holdings, and was brought into my paper's corporate boardroom one day last November and was told because of... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2013 at Letters
From BRADLEY J. FIKES: Why don't editors send out memos on critical thinking skills? If they do, they don't appear to be reaching Romenesko. Such memos on the fine art of baloney detection would help reporters avoid being taken in by online hoaxes. Snopes does an excellent job of this,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2013 at Letters
From MICHAEL PRAGER: Your story about journalists being escorted to the bathroom reminded me of paranoia of a slightly different stripe from my first year in the business. I was working at the defunct Painesville Telegraph in northeastern Ohio in 1979 when Lyndon LaRouche's wife and entourage came in for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2013 at Letters
From MICHAEL O'CONNOR: Today’s New York Times obit of former reporter McCandlish Phillips contained what was -- for the Times -- a pretty amazing admission: "He refrained from smoking, drinking, cursing and gambling, each of which had been refined to a high, exuberant art in the Times newsroom — the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2013 at Letters
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First edition Second edition Thanks to Jeff Ash for these headlines from Press-Gazette archives * Go back to JimRomenesko.com Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2013 at sword
From MIMI MORRIS: Once a year, on April 1, I write a satirical news report designed to fool people who don't read carefully -- because I believe it's incredibly important that everybody learn to read carefully so that we don't get conned into things like unnecessary wars and savage social... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2013 at Letters
From BILL READER: A few people at the International Society of Weekly Newspapers have been discussing the "no small-town gay marriage" claim by your Texas letter-writer. Even if many didn't opine on the current SCOTUS case because they didn't think their opinion would have any influence, many have written in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2013 at Letters
From LUCY WESTCOTT: While the Nate Thayer saga has receded into relative silence for now, it reared its head again a few days ago when he responded to a post by our journalism professor on our class blog. The graduate-level class, Online Journalism, taught at the University of Maryland's Philip... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2013 at Letters
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From PHIL JANKOWSKI, "small-to-medium town journalist," Killeen, TX: I was very surprised this morning to find a lack of editorials about the SCOTUS hearings today. Most big newspapers ran editorials either today or Sunday (NYT, WaPo, WSJ, LATimes, SFGate) about the issue, but I was unable to find any in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2013 at Letters
From "I'D RATHER NOT BE IDENTIFIED": As a former Orlando Sentinel employee I noticed -- more keenly than most readers -- that the Sentinel had brought back its Local News section on Mondays and Tuesdays. Those days were eliminated a long time ago (Monday in 2010, Tuesday in 2011) and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2013 at Letters
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From BILL SMITH, editor of Evanston Now: I spotted a curious story on the Evanston Patch sites Wednesday promoting free iced coffee at Dunkin Donuts. Curious given how cold it was Wednesday in Chicago ... and that the thing sure smelled like a sponsored post ... but had no disclaimer... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2013 at Letters
From EDWARD CHAMPION: Ed Walks is an unprecedented effort to unite oral history, long-distance walking, and mobile journalism to help the collective world know the United States better. The plan is to walk 3,000 miles from Brooklyn to San Francisco, writing dispatches as I make my west across twelve states... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2013 at Letters
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From MICHAEL HORNE: Here I am again -- perhaps for the last time this season -- on a quest begun in 2011 to respectfully ask that the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Snowflake graphics be SIX-SIDED snowflakes. Why am I on this quest? Every real snowflake since the first one has been... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2013 at Letters
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From ROY HARRIS: Subject -- Was Rupert Murdoch a Papal Elector? Okay, I may be the only person to think so. But looking at the Page One photo on the WSJ (and the Boston Globe, which ran the photo across the top of the entire page), that Zelig-like guy on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2013 at Letters
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From TOM MOON, music critic at Philadelphia Inquirer from 1988 to 2004: Last January, three years after the release of my book "1000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die," we experienced one of those out-of-nowhere surges in sales. The publisher asked if I’d resume the blog I'd mostly abandoned a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2013 at Letters
From JULIE O'DONOGHUE: I know sexism in the news is nothing new...but THIS news "profile" takes it to another level. Seriously, how does something like this get written in the 21st century? I recognize that the reporter is doing traffic...which isn't exactly hard hitting news...but the lecherous way this article... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2013 at Letters
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From P.J. CONNOLLY: Subject -- snatched from SFGate home page. I can't stop snickering, and I don't even play golf. Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2013 at Letters
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From STEVE TWOMEY: RE: Vikings. Who called the New York Times desk with the literacy correction? Eric the PhD? The Educated Sons of Knut? Kirk Douglas? Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2013 at Letters
From TOM KWAS: I saw your posts about "working for free" on the site. Welcome to the world of professional photography. "Pro-ams" have been giving their work away for over thirty years now, and it's completely wrecked the industry. Most venues that don't pay, don't pay ever...period. There IS no... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2013 at Letters
From CASEY CHAPPLE: I've noticed that one or more of the trackers you are using prevents me from seeing and making comments. (I am able to block trackers using an app called "Ghostery".) Is this your intention? Also, once I disabled Ghostery, I tried to comment on your item about... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2013 at Letters
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From A ROMENESKO READER: Take a look at mynorthwest.com's top story right now in Seattle (the digital property for KIRO Newsradio). It's pretty shocking that a news organization would use a photo from that Indiana gas explosion to illustrate a drone strike in the US? (If you use, I'd love... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2013 at Letters
From ROGER FRIEDMAN, Showbiz411.com: This is just a tired rant after a long day. I reported and wrote three exclusives [Tuesday]. One of my contributors brought me a scoop at 8 am about Sarah Jessica Parker returning to off Broadway in a new play by actress Amanda Peet. All we... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2013 at Letters
From MATT MENDELSOHN: If this line -- "Welch said an assistant principal at Park Elementary School told him that his son pointed the pastry at a classmate" -- doesn't get enshrined in the Journalism Hall of Fame then the terrorists have won. * Second-grader suspended for chewing pastry into shape... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2013 at Letters
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From BRADLEY J. FIKES: Just a little story about the strange and inconsistent decisions made by Web filtering software: While waiting for a prescription at a hospital pharmacy this (Saturday) evening, I took out my smartphone and did some Web browsing, courtesy of the hospital's WiFi network. When I went... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2013 at Letters