Desperation Smells Like Bacon?

Thanks to a post by Romenesko (who in turn was tipped off by his subscribers), I found perhaps the most creative ad for a reporter’s job than any I’ve seen before. The employers for this ad know what desperation smells like (apparently it’s bacon), so please don’t waste their time.

The position, posted on by Dolan Media/New Orleans CityBusiness, is titled “REPORTERS – Don’t bother reading this if you have a cut-and-paste cover letter.”

Don’t reply to the ad if:

– You’ve “always wanted to be a writer”

– Your best story came from covering a meeting

– You prefer conducting most of your interviews over the phone

– You feel news releases are the best places to find story ideas

– College professors still make up the bulk of your references

– You prefer “flexible” deadlines

However, if you’re “a rodeo clown with impeccable grooming skills who can offer sound financial advice” you just might capture their attention long enough to make something happen.

I wonder how many applied….


Honoring The Fallen:

Armando Montano

It’s never easy reading about someone’s passing. Especially someone within our own field.

Armando Montano, 22, was found dead in an elevator shaft yesterday morning (July 1) in Mexico City. He was working there as a news intern for The Associated Press for the summer. The investigation of his death is being conducted by Mexican authorities and monitored by the U.S. embassy.

 Montano, a resident of Colorado Springs, covered stories including the shooting of three federal policemen in Mexico City’s international airport. He was not on assignment at the time of his death and had plans to attend a master’s degree program at the University of Barcelona in the fall.

Marjorie Miller, the AP’s Latin America editor based in Mexico City, said in an AP article on The Washington Post’s website, “[Armando] absolutely loved journalism and was soaking up everything he could. In his short time with the AP, he won his way into everyone’s hearts with his hard work, his effervescence and his love of the profession.”

CNN and Fox News Get

Health Care Ruling Wrong

We’ve all heard about this by now; it’s certainly not a secret, as much as both networks would like to forget about it. Well here are the facts presented in a timeline of June 28th (verified by Poynter, NYT, SCOTUS blog, and personal observances). Read an in depth account of what happened on the SCOTUS blog.

DISCLAIMER: This post focuses on CNN because that is the network I watch. I apologize for my partisanship.

10:06AM – Chief Justice John Roberts concludes his announcement of the rulings of the Affordable Care Act and two other remaining cases for the term. The Court’s press room staff hands out the decision to reporters.

10:07AM – CNN producer scans decision and eight lines from the bottom of page 2 reads, “Chief Justice Roberts concluded in Part III-A that the individual mandate is not a valid exercise of Congress’s power under the Commerce Clause and the Necessary and Proper Clause.” In conference call, the producer says it “looks like” the mandate has been struck down. He tells the control room to “go with it.” Bloomberg issues an alert: Obama’s healthcare-overhaul upheld by U.S. Supreme Court.” Bloomberg is first, and correct.

10:08AM On air, CNN’s reporter outside the court, Kate Bolduan, reports the mandate has been struck down. Banners on air as well as on CNN’s homepage declare the mandate invalid. CNN’s official Twitter account as well as employees’ accounts report the mandate has been struck down. Meanwhile, SCOTUS blog says the mandate survives as a tax.

10:09AM – The network sends an email stating, “The Supreme Court has struck down the individual mandate for health care – the legislation that requires all to have health insurance.”

10:11AM – CNN realizes confusion and replaces the incorrect banner with “Supreme Court Rules on Obamacare.”

10:13AM – CNN now alone in telling audience the mandate has been struck down.

10:15AM – CNN team says the mandate “may have been upheld,” seconds later making another error and saying the “entire law has been upheld.”

10:18AM – The network sends out another email stating, “Correction: The Supreme Court backs all parts of President Obama’s signature health care law, including the individual mandate that requires all to have health insurance.”

 10:19AM – CNN publishes it’s formal correction.

Reactions on Twitter:

Anthony De Rosa: CNN is wrong.

Lisa Desjardins: Um. Trying to find the most appropriate way to express this. Perhaps #%*@! And I am mortified about passing  on bad info. Deep apologies.

Lisa Desjardins: Jon Stewart, YOU are having a big day.

Dan Gardner: This is historic! CNN has just delivered the Twitter generation’s “Dewey Defeats Truman.”

Seth Borenstein: AP, NBC, Scotusblog all say Obama health care law upheld, CNN dead wrong for more than 6 mins; too bad they dropped AP; could have helped.

Beth Fouhy: Dear CNN – Perhaps you should reconsider your decision to drop the AP. Just sayin’

UConnJournalism: The loser wasn’t the one who was last, it was the ones who got it wrong trying to be first.

Adventures in Kosovo:

Ariana and Kaitlin

Ariana Williams, SPJ treasurer for the 2012-2013 school year, and her predecessor Kaitlin Schroeder are studying abroad in Kosovo for eight weeks this summer. They will earn eight credit hours and intern at Kosova Live, a local online independent news source.

Learn more about their adventures on Ariana’s blog!

Excellence in Journalism Goes

to Ft. Lauderdale This Year!

That’s right! National conference this year will be September 20-22 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL! Registration is $145 for student members and $245 for non-student members until August 28th. Then the price increases to $195 and $295.

With two super sessions featuring Marvin Kalb and Sree Sreenivasan, 60 more sessions to choose from, networking opportunities and more, you can’t afford to miss this!

Plus, who DOESN’T want to go to Florida to geek out on journalism?

Hotel and travel details of those attending will be discussed at our meetings when the fall semester begins!

For more info check out the EIJ website!

Professor James Tobin Recognized

by Wall Street Journal

Congratulations to Miami’s own Professor James Tobin for his book, To Conquer the Air, being named to The Wall Street Journal’s Five Best: Books on Invention! The book, which came in at #3, is about the obstacles and creativity of legendary brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright in their quest to invent the world’s first successful airplane.

William Rosen, author of the list, writes:

“The story of the one-time bicycle shop owners from Dayton, OH (in 1900, America’s per capita patent leader), is simultaneously a panorama of early 20th-century America and an unforgettable portrait of Wilbur Wright. Both Wilbur and his brother Orville were exemplars of grace under pressure, showing high intelligence, modesty and determination without foolhardiness – all the while competing against everyone from Alexander Graham Bell to the motorcycle-racing champion Glenn Curtiss to be the first aloft. But Wilbur is clearly the star. His decision to master airborne stability and balance before power – to create the optimal wing and let the engine take care of itself – gives James Tobin’s tale an enormously satisfying structure, as well as an entirely apt metaphor to Wilbur Wright’s life.”