by Phillip Blanchard
(Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Gabila’s Stacey Ziskin Gabay says the company is waiting for an important piece of equipment to complete repairs.
It could be until later this month before the kvetching over the knish crisis abates. (Associated Press)
Despite what your teacher told you many years ago, this measurement system never came to the U.S. This sentence should not appear this way in an American paper:
“The” AP: The Corvette…is the greenest Corvette ever, delivering 12.3 kilometers per liter. (This sentence should not be published this way in a U.S. newspaper)
(Editor & Publisher)
For the past few years, newspaper publishers have prowled their buildings, asking why, and getting some amazing answers. Institutional knowledge is wonderful, but institutional resistance is intolerable. We must invoke a brilliant strategy to conquer this new world. Burn the boats. There is no turning back. Managing with that mindset will make a huge difference in our decision making. There is hope for our great institution we call the newspaper. Understanding the metrics and managing the human capital is a given. Every once in a while, we need to look up and see what’s dead ahead.
Among the pillars of Thanksgiving tradition are travel and the consumption of birds. An incident Friday combined two of these holiday institutions, but not in the way that might immediately come to mind.
A Southwest Airlines flight bound for Baltimore-Washington Marshall International Airport returned to the airport in Manchester, N.H., after striking birds, authorities said Saturday. (Washington Post)
Most pet owners would be aghast at the idea of a dog or cat on the dinner plate and not sitting happily under the table waiting for scraps. (Philly.com)
But not all, we infer.
My first week has been pretty herky-jerky since I’ve been spending a lot of time just learning the new software, dealing with the holidays, all while moving into a new apartment. Trying to absorb the tidal wave of information coming at me has been a little bit crazy, but it’s also been really exciting. (Scott Feldman in the Rapid City (S. D.) Journal)
So … if the supply of birdcage liner goes up, and the newspaper demands higher prices for its extra effort, it follows that the cover price should be jacked up, too. Huh?
For many people, Thanksgiving Day means turkey, gravy and Christmas shopping. For newspapers, it means printing the advertising that offers those shopping deals. Lots of printing.
Before you dig into the Herald and its advertising flyers on Thursday, however, here’s a warning: Bend your knees when picking up the paper from your doorstep.
That’s because Thursday’s 2-inch-thick newspaper weighs 3.91 pounds, a Herald record.
The heft comes from having 52 regular-sized news pages and 31 advertising flyers that total an additional 714 pages.
Single-copy sales Thursday will be $4, compared with $1.50 for a normal Thursday and $2.50 on Sundays.
“It will have Target, Best Buy, Kohl’s, Walmart — all the big-box stores,” Lord said. “Some of the advertising inserts will be more than 100 pages, so the carriers might need to wear a back brace.”
“It’s a $4 product,” Bohlman said, explaining that the higher cost is because of the greater volume of stories and advertising.
Jacobs agreed. “The law of supply-and-demand is at work here,” he said. “And, we have to cover our higher costs (of newsprint and labor).”
A newspaper delivery route in Apple Valley was interrupted by an intoxicated man who told police he was “running from zombies,” prosecutors say.
Garrett Howard Hurlbut, 23, of Apple Valley was charged by summons Nov. 21 with stealing a motor vehicle after police say he made off with a Star Tribune delivery truck as the driver stepped inside a gas station.
Just as the breast is the most tender part of the average turkey, the week before Thanksgiving is often the best time for advocates for the needy to make their case to elected officials. (Albany, N.Y., Times Union)
The episode blew over and Mr. Winkler made clear his mission to build a first-rate news organization that would someday win a Pulitzer Prize, even if it meant irritating customers or risking terminal sales. In a recent training session with new employees, a reporter asked Mr. Winkler what he considered a great story. “Call me Ishmael,” Mr. Winkler replied.
But as Mr. Winkler tried to pursue his “Moby Dick,” Thomas F. Secunda, who founded the company with Mr. Bloomberg in 1982 and oversees financial products and services, signaled that Bloomberg’s foremost mission was to deliver market-moving news and headlines to subscribers.
“We shouldn’t be doing any news other than what makes money for our readers,” Mr. Secunda has frequently said, according to one longtime employee. He once put it more bluntly: “You dance with the woman who brought you to the party.” (A spokesman said Mr. Secunda thought market-moving news was the most important but not the only journalism the company should be producing.)
Journalists make up about 15 percent of the company’s 15,580 employees and, according to Burton-Taylor International Consulting, bring in just 4 percent of the company’s total revenue.
1. How does a “journalist” bring in any revenue, unless he’s blackmailing or deliberately puffing the news source? (Maybe what’s meant is that 96 percent of the revenue comes from customers who want market information without the exegesis.) 2. Been some time since I read “Moby-Dick,” but wasn’t the plot about a monomaniac who destroys most of the characters in the drama in his thirst for revenge?
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Police said someone called Monday morning to say an armed man was on his way to the Yale University campus.
After a search, police said no gunman was found.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The man who called police Monday morning and said someone was headed to the Yale campus with a gun “sounded like a confused gentleman,” and officials were beginning to have doubts that the initial report was accurate, police said.
Nonetheless, police continued to scour the Yale University campus Monday afternoon, and the Old Campus remained on lockdown as evening fell. Lockdown was lifted campuswide around 4:40 p.m.
The man who made the initial call – at 9:48 a.m. – said his roommate was headed to campus with a gun to shoot people, police said. He did not identify himself and hung up before offering more details, said New Haven Police spokesman Officer David Hartman.
New Haven police received the call from a phone booth in the 300 block of Columbus Avenue, between Howard Avenue and Hallock Street.
“We are tracking down the person who made that phone call,” said New Haven Police Chief Dean Esserman at an afternoon news conference.
That person “sounded like a confused gentleman,” Esserman said. “I wouldn’t describe his words as clear and concise.”
Police and the FBI are investigating whether video surveillance could have captured an image of the caller or anyone else of interest.
At 10:17 a.m., Yale sent out a text alert to the community about the report. Within about an hour of the anonymous call, two witnesses told police they had seen a person with a “long gun,” Hartman said.
Police are investigating whether those witnesses were looking at law enforcement personnel, Hartman said. Esserman said police were interviewing several people “who are not sure . if they saw a police officer with a gun or a citizen with a gun.”
Police focused their search efforts in the Old Campus area bordered by College, Chapel, Elm and High streets, Hartman said. Yale police conducted room-to-room searches of residential college areas.
Hartman said a “basement to roof search” of Yale buildings was underway. Multiple SWAT teams searched the area, he said.
Police shut down roads around the Old Campus to traffic and pedestrians.
Several public schools in the area were put on lockdown as a precaution.
“Caution is the watchword,” Esserman said. “This is not a time when we can just be relaxed – not when there’s a call about a gun.”
The lockdown was lifted at 3:30 p.m. for everywhere except the Old Campus, according to the university’s website.
The initial alert posted on Yale’s emergency management website said there had been no confirmations or sightings of anyone with a gun.
Then at 11:02 a.m., Yale announced that there was a “confirmed report of a person with a gun on/near Old Campus.”
At 11:37 a.m., Yale announced that “shelter in place/lockdown remains on campus.”
At 11:57 a.m., the Yale website reported that “There are confirmed reports of a person with a gun on campus on the Old Campus. The shelter-in-place/lockdown continues. Teams from Yale Police, New Haven and the State Police are on the scene and are actively searching for any gunman.”
Many students have left campus for Thanksgiving break.
Bob LaCamera, a retired clinical professor of pediatrics, meets each Monday outside of Yale’s campus with his group “Pray and Work for Peace.”
He said that when he had never experienced a lockdown and said that he was “startled and uncomfortable that this can go on in a peaceful and loving community.”
Local businesses shared conflicting reports on how effective the communication was throughout the day.
Tom Maloney, the owner of a men’s clothing store, said that he had received updates throughout the day from Yale Properties via email. He said that although he didn’t know the full story, it seemed like a drastic measure to tape off sections of the city.
One of the store’s employees is a Yale student and said that she has been receiving updates throughout the day, both through text messages and voicemails. She received the first voicemail at 10:25 a.m. and another an hour later.
Other local businesses, such as convenience stores and small restaurants, said they relied on different news organizations and had not received updates from the school. (Hartford, Conn., Courant)
From a USA Today story about a dog bite:
Severe injuries of any kind to male genitals are rare. Until the late 1970s, men who suffered amputation of the penis had few options other than gender reassignment, learning to live as women.
The advent of microvascular surgery, which enables doctors to see and reattach tiny blood vessels, now allows surgical reattachment of the organ. However, dog bite injuries generally don’t create a clean break — as Lorena Bobbitt did when she cut off the penis of her husband, John Wayne Bobbitt, 20 years ago — and often require plastic surgery, said Dr. Evan Garfein, a plastic surgeon and director of the advanced reconstructive care program at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.
It should go without saying, but apparently it doesn’t: Don’t mess with people’s names, especially in obits. (San Jose, Calif, Mercury News)
I suppose, like elevated trains and elevator music, after a time you stop hearing the clatter. Anyway, most of those copy editors are deaf, probably a side effect from the polish used on stories.
In 1963, the wire room at the Beacon Journal was the newspaper’s lifeline to news from beyond Akron.
Teletype machines clattered incessantly, spitting out long sheets of paper printed with stories supplied by wire services. The black boxes, one for each news service, resembled oversized typewriters without keyboards.
The machines occupied a room near the copy desk — far enough away that the noise wouldn’t disturb editors as they polished stories and wrote headlines, but close enough that those editors could hear the bells that would ring on the machines to alert the newsroom to stories of particular importance.