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Here’s why food editors don’t mess with Thanksgiving (but some would like to)

You can always call the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line, which is still a thing, at 1-800-BUTTERBALL.  (PRNewsFoto/Butterball Turkey Company)

You can always call the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line(TM) at 1-800-BUTTERBALL. (PRNewsFoto/Butterball Turkey Company)

It was around the Jewish High Holy Days, actually, when Sheryl Julian learned not to mess with people’s recipes. The menu was pretty much the same for the Jewish community in Boston, Julian said, who were then largely Ashkenazi.

“One year I found a Sephardic Jewish woman raised in north Africa and she gave me this wonderful menu,” said Julian, food editor for The Boston Globe.

About a month later, a woman stopped Julian after she gave a talk “and she said, ‘I have a bone to pick with you. What where you doing printing that recipe on the High Holy Day? That’s not what the Jews in Boston make.’”

Yes, Julian replied, but wasn’t it interesting?

“And she said, ‘it was different and i wasn’t interested.’”

Don’t you have your own recipes? Julian asked the woman.

“And she said, ‘of course i do, I just want to read everyone else’s.’”

Julian realized something just then. Read more


3 early food editors who did a lot more than share recipes

For about 10 years, Kimberly Voss has studied women’s pages. The newspaper sections that predated lifestyles sections started in the 1880s and have largely been dismissed as fluff.

They covered fashion and food, she found, “but they also had really important hard news,” said Voss, an associate professor at the Nicholson School of Communication at the University of Central Florida. Voss found stories on equal rights, equal pay, and she knew there were more.

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Her book, “The Food Section: Newspaper Women and the Culinary Community,” came out in April and in it, Voss tells the stories of women she got to know well who did way more than just share recipes in their sections.

“These were journalists who were doing important things that went well beyond the perceived fluff of their sections.”

I asked her to choose three favorites.

Jeanne Voltz, food editor, The Miami Herald, 1950s, The Los Angeles Times, 1960s:

Jeanne Voltz, photo courtesy Kim Voss.

Jeanne Voltz, photo courtesy Kim Voss.

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‘Unrest, again’: Images of Ferguson are on front pages around the U.S.

Images from Monday night and Tuesday morning in Ferguson, Missouri are on the front of most papers in the United States today and a few outside the U.S. Here’s a link to the first edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and here’s Tuesday’s 3rd edition of the Post-Dispatch, via email, the rest come courtesy Newseum:


Los Angeles Times:


The Washington Post:

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Here’s the first edition of St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s front page for Tuesday

Here’s Tuesday’s first edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, following the no true bill ruling from the grand jury on the shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.


In August, Carlos Ayulo, assistant managing/presentation, spoke with Poynter about how the Post-Dispatch told the story of Ferguson each day on the front page. Read more

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Heading back to Ferguson? Know your rights

A man who declined to be identified stands outside a boarded up business Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

A man who declined to be identified stands outside a boarded up business Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

This August in Ferguson, Missouri, there was a lot of confusion between police officers about rules and rights about the press, said Tony Rothert, legal director, ACLU of Missouri “and it became very arbitrary where people where told they could and couldn’t be.”

“The constitution does protect the right of a member of the media to stand on a public street or sidewalk, to talk to people and to photograph,” he said. “I think those rights were violated frequently in the last set of protests and we’ll have to be vigilant to assure that that does not occur again.”

On Saturday, journalist Trey Yingst was arrested in Ferguson, Huffington Post’s Ryan Reilly reported.

In a statement, the ACLU of Missouri said “Mr. Yingst was arrested for allegedly standing in the street and failing to disperse after being asked by law enforcement to do so. Read more

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Andrew Beaujon heading for Washingtonian

Poynter’s news editor, Andrew Beaujon, announced to staff Friday that he’s leaving for Washingtonian, where he’ll be a senior editor.

“I’m grateful that Poynter gave me a shot as a media blogger,” Beaujon said. “I’ve loved my time here and care deeply about my coworkers. I have grown a lot in this job and learned so much.”

Beaujon came to Poynter in 2012 and he has most proudly worked as media blogger in that time. At the Washingtonian, Beaujon will return to local news.

“Anyone who knows me knows I love doing local news, especially news about the D.C. area,” he said. “And I’m very excited to finally work with Mike Schaffer, who I’ve admired for a long time, at a publication I grew up reading.”

At Washingtonian, he’ll work on the magazine’s digital strategy, he said, and still write about the media.

“I look forward to working in an office with other humans and relearning how to dress myself before I begin work,” he said. Read more

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In St. Louis, high school journalists are telling their own stories about Ferguson

Jennifer Fowler watched news as it flowed out of Ferguson, Missouri, in August. She felt scared. She wanted to know what was real. And she wanted to tell the story herself.

When her senior year finally started at McCluer North High School in neighboring Florissant, Missouri, she got the chance. Along with her staff, Fowler, the editor-in-chief of McCluer’s newspaper, focused on the stories they could tell — about Parents for Peace, a group that set up a makeshift school when the Ferguson-Florissant schools were delayed, about students who went to the protests, about what it meant to wait for school to start.

#Ferguson slants across McCluer North’s yearbook’s cover, too. It’s faint gray on a black background, near the top. The hashtag, the place and what has happened since August is a part of their year now.

Screenshot from the opening spread of McCluer North's yearbook.

Screenshot from the opening spread of McCluer North’s yearbook. “I didn’t think we were ever going to come back.”

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Yearbook Editor-in-Chief Melissa Moore’s story on Ferguson begins with this introduction:

Six days.

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As the media waits in Ferguson, it begins covering itself


In August, when the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editor-in-Chief Gilbert Bailon spoke with Poynter about Ferguson coverage, he said “Ferguson is an inner-ring suburb of 21,000 that has never seen such glare of the national media.”

Three months later, Ferguson has seen a lot of glare, (including from Poynter. We reported from Ferguson in August.) Members of the national media are back now, and they’re waiting. Sometimes together.

Here’s Charlie LeDuff’s video about the media in Ferguson, from WJBK-TV.

On Twitter, St. Louis journalists are doing a good job showing who’s in town. From my former colleague Jason Rosenbaum at St. Louis Public Radio:

And the St. Louis American’s managing editor, Chris King:

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Re/code joins the list of news orgs cutting comments


Re/code’s Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg wrote on Thursday that comments are now gone from the site.

We thought about this decision long and hard, since we do value reader opinion. But we concluded that, as social media has continued its robust growth, the bulk of discussion of our stories is increasingly taking place there, making onsite comments less and less used and less and less useful.

My colleague Andrew Beaujon included a list of other news orgs that no longer take comments on their sites in a Nov. 7 story about Reuters ending comments.

Now here are some Twitter comments about Re/code ending comments:

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Photojournalist reminds us why kids shouldn’t cook the turkey

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Mike De Sisti had a good, and funny, reminder for us on Wednesday — don’t let your children cook the turkey at Thanksgiving.

In a video feature, De Sisti, a photojournalist and multimedia picture editor for the Journal Sentinel, asked a group of first graders how to cook a turkey. They are darling and clueless.

“You cook a turkey for five minutes.”
“The temperature is about 20 degrees and…”
“Feathers don’t taste good.”

In 2011, De Sisti made a similar video asking kids questions about Christmas, and in 2012, he talked to kids about cooking turkey. To him, it feels like a feature he has just done, “but people don’t really remember.”

De Sisti spoke with the same group of first graders for an upcoming video about Christmas, which should run the day after Thanksgiving.

“We stuck to Santa.”

Correction: Mike De Sisti’s last name was misspelled in an earlier version of this story. Read more