I’m now retired, but still online. Thank you for checking my latest tweets and occasional Facebook posts.)

The top obit was placed by Leroy Black’s “loving wife.” The second obit was put in the Press of Atlantic City by Black’s longtime girlfriend.

* Loving wife and longtime girlfriend place dueling obituaries (phillyvoice.com)

A late July memo from USA Today Sports Media Group senior editor Steve Henson:

Subject: Social Media sourcing rules

Ahead of our conference call today at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT, here are bullet points on USAT social media sourcing rules. These apply to all O&Os [all USA Today Network properties]:
* Two-source rule. While posts on social media channels may provide good leads and share news and information the public cares about, we still proceed with caution. Reputable news organizations, including our own, have been burned by hoax reports. For that reason, we treat social media sourcing with great skepticism and should seek at least one additional source before pushing out an alert. This guidance especially applies to news that involves a reputation or other high-stakes information, such as reports that might influence financial markets.

* Notice the signs. On high-profile accounts, look for the blue check-mark badge, which indicates the page has been authenticated. If you don’t see the badge, there’s good reason to raise questions about the identity of the account holder. A low number of followers may also be a clue that you’re not seeing an official account.

* Be transparent, always verify. If multiple social media accounts from sources are tweeting the same information, we can make clear where our information is coming from as we work to independently verify.

* Weigh level of trust. We may also consider a single source from a trusted content partner, such as the AP, if the stakes are low and we’ve determined we’re unable to match it. This is a judgment call to be made by a senior editor.

If you’re ever uncertain about a decision to send an alert, please raise the concern with a senior editor.

Again, call-in info for the upcoming meeting: 719-XXX-XXXX

Thank you,
Steve Henson


Madison Magazine’s reaction: “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, we guess.”


* Oct. 31, 1994: Sex and business are a winning combination for Ailes (Newsweek)

* July 6, 2016: Sex and business lead to a lawsuit against Ailes (politico.com)

#ThrowbackThursday: “Bombastic and impetuous” Kaiser Wilhelm II, who “sometimes made tactless pronouncements on sensitive topics (***)” – gee, that sounds familiar! – sues a newspaper editor over stories about inferior Krupp guns. (Clip from the November 11, 1929, Minneapolis Daily Tribune)

* Wilhelm II, German Emperor (wikipedia.com)

- From Samantha Swinder's email to Romenesko

– From Samantha Swindler’s email to Romenesko

Oregonian columnist and Oregon Territory SPJ Chapter president Samantha Swindler sends word of a fund-raising effort to help journalists laid off this week from the Columbian in Vancouver, Wash.



“I realized only after working with [the Columbian’s] Katie [Gillespie] to create this [PayPal] account that I do not have a good last name for crowdfunding, but a few folks already gave, even to a Swindler.” You can donate here.

* Columbian cuts staff by about 10% “to keep it in the black” (columbian.com)
* Want to buy a Columbian reporter a beer? (@newsladykatie)

A reader sends this memo from Gannett “chief people officer” David Harmon:

From: A message from Dave Harmon
Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 3:24 PM
To: A message from Dave Harmon
Subject: Engagement Survey Follow Up

Good afternoon,

A couple of weeks ago, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) presented the Gannett Executive Team with the results from our Employee Engagement Survey.gannett Per Bob Dickey’s (May 16, 2016) email, I am following up with some specifics from the survey…

Confidentiality First:
As we communicated at the beginning of the survey, PwC only shares information about groups – and if a group is less than 6 people, they cannot share the data. And the feedback we received about comments are grouped by topic and cannot be tied back to individuals. That said, thank you for taking the time to provide additional comments – we received over 350 pages of comments from you./CONTINUES Read More

Two Manchester (NH) police officers were treated and released after being shot on Friday. On Saturday, Manchester police spokesman Brian O’Keefe sent this to local journalists: Coveno-Amy2014-jpg-1


Ofc. Hardy will be home, but PLEASE respect his privacy and do not attempt to interview him or his family. He and Officer O’Connor made it clear that they would like space and do not want any media To knock on their door and ask about the shooting.

Again, they will not speak to the media, so please respect their wishes. This is an ordeal for all involved and they wish to be with family and remain private.

If they have a change of heart, maybe we can work on something with them and all media outlets and host a presser. In the meantime, thank you for your anticipated cooperation.


WMUR-TV anchor/reporter Amy Coveno responded three minutes later:

I would take it even further and inform media outlets who violate the request they will be barred from any access to your heroes.

Just my two cents.

FYI it’s a tv rating period .. Competition to break stories is HIGH this month.

Manchester police chief Enoch Willard wrote nine minutes later:

Thank you, Amy. Indeed, thus far several media outlets disregarded my request and infringed on the privacy of these officers by knocking on their doors and in one case on the bedroom window of an officers child.

Reporters knocked on doors to try to talk to people in the news? Oh my gosh! No access to heroes for them!

* UPDATE: Read comments from my Facebook friends and followers