Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Weekender model of the week desktop wallpaper

Did you know you can now download your very own Weekender model of the week desktop wallpaper? The Internet is truly amazing.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Lisa Sokolowski, Joe Soprano go the extra mile for NSYNC interview

Tuesday's newsroom note details the hassle the two TL staffers went through to secure an interview with J.C. Chasez.

Mellow, others say they want to beef up Pennsylvania's FOI laws

Won't ever happen. Times Shamrock statehouse reporter Michael Race has the story from Harrisburg.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Connor: Bush speech was his best yet

TL Publisher Richard Connor weighs in on health insurance, Iraq, and more.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Calling Strunk & White the AP Stylebook

It's 11:30 p.m. This has been on the Web 18 hours.


We should have called Strunk & White, or at least gotten off our asses to get our copy off the shelf, before invoking the two Cornellians. Indeed, The Elements of Style says to always use " 's " after a singular possessive proper noun.

However, the AP Stylebook, under the "singular proper names ending in S" section of "possessives," says this: "Use only an apostrophe. Achilles' heel, Agnes' book, Ceres' rites, etc.

This would seem to be the rare case where the stylebook and The Elements of Style disagree. We could have easily made the same mistake.

25 years later, the Times-Tribune still has a women's page

Everything you ever wanted to know about Northeast Woman, the Times-Tribune's page for women.

The CV catches up on Corbett's return to NEPA

Mary Ondrako, the CV's radio "columnist," writes about the return of former TL columnist Steve Corbett. Corbett has been on the radio, and Radio Free Corbett is allegedly returning soon.

Two more execs join TL

Dee McCants will run the TL's advertising department, while Mark Amendola -- who has never worked at a newspaper -- will be the vice president of administration and CFO, Ron Bartizek reports.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

TL quotes former reporter Kenneth P. Vogel, now working for

Vogel, who used to cover Harrisburg for the Times Leader, wrote a widely-repeated story Wednesday about Don Sherwood allegedly not paying the money he promised to his ex-mistress to settle her lawsuit. The TL's Kevin Amerman quotes Vogel in Thursday's TL story. has generated a lot of buzz for picking top political reporters off big papers and paying them big bucks.

  • Check out Vogel's profile page at

  • UPDATE: Borys Krawczeniuk and The Times-Tribune of Scranton also has the story, without Vogel but with proper sourcing

    EC/DC puts best face on for

    Besides the usual "Internet-savvy" editor, Matt Smith and Electric City might also want someone who can spell.

    Tuesday, January 23, 2007

    Blakely cop charged with DUI after crashing into newspaper carrier's car in Scranton

    The Scranton Times-Tribune carrier, Arlene Sembrot, 59, is recovering at the hospital, WNEP reports.

    TL to upgrade Web site

    The "Time Leader" of Wilkes-Barre has signed up with Clickability, a California content management system vendor that will allow the paper to shed its Knight Ridder look. If this is anything like the T-T "upgrade," look for a Web site out of 2003 or so.

    Wilkes J-prof Frantz granted tenure

    Andrea Breemer Frantz teaches journalism and advises the student newspaper at Wilkes University. Kudos.

    Monday, January 22, 2007

    Corbett back in town

    Mary Therese Biebel writes today about longtime former columnist Steve Corbett, who has been back in town for months but was only recently discovered by the TL. Be sure to enjoy the audio clips of Corbett holding forth. Corbett will be on WILK as a fill-in host, but the glowing TL story -- which ignores his sudden departure in 2002 -- begs the question of whether Corbett will be returning to the TL.

    Wednesday, January 17, 2007

    T-T, CV sites mostly back up

    Web editor Edward Pikulski reports that a vendor's "complete network failure" was to blame.

    Chis Kelly on news meetings, library crime

    Editors at the Times-Tribune of Scranton are having meetings about meetings, if Chris Kelly is to be believed.

    Tuesday, January 16, 2007

    Meltdown for CV, Scranton Times Web sites, the Moline, Ill.-based company that hosts the Web sites for the Voice and the Times-Tribune is having some "problems," not for the first time. The CV and T-T sites are up (mostly) in truncated fashion. Really, what do you expect from a company with a .biz domain name?

    Hazleton wants TL lawsuit tossed

    “Hazleton cannot lock the courthouse door to the right of the public to access public information and then keep the keys to the courthouse door in Hazleton’s pocket,” the TL's lawyer says. Catchy.

    Wednesday, January 10, 2007

    Janoski makes his first CV appearance

    It has begun. Dave Janoski wrote Tuesday about the sale of the Fox station no one watches, and in the story's last legs he gets in a shot about the unidentified owners of the newspaper across North Washington Avenue.

    Tuesday, January 09, 2007

    Times-Tribune overhauls Web site

    This was announced more than a week ago, but here is the 'story' about the new and improved Scranton Times-Tribune Web site. Interactive media boss Matt Haggerty and Web editor Edward Pikulski are both quoted in the unbylined piece.

    Saturday, January 06, 2007

    RIP former TL editor James Lee

    Lee, 91, worked on the paper from the 1930s until retiring in 1985. Richard Connor and Tom Mooney both weigh in with reporter Ron Lieback.

  • Read his obit and sign his guestbook
  • The TL newsroom note returns

    Joe Sporano is writing the newsroom note, a Web feature "pioneered" by the late Matt Golas. Readers dying to know what each reporter is doing every day now has an outlet.

  • Thursday's notes

  • Wednesday's inagural note
  • Friday, January 05, 2007

    Scranton Times-Tribune wins appeal in shield law case

    The Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled that a reporter doesn't have to give up her sources even if someone broke the law giving her the information. The two Scranton politicians who sued the paper and former reporter Jennifer Henn for libel -- and who want the source's name -- will appeal, their lawyer says.

  • Read The Times-Tribune's story

  • Read the court's decision in full
  • WNEP sold to out-of-state private equity firm

    NEP is now owned by some rich guys in Connecticut, James Haggerty reports. Disinterested moneymen seems to be the latest trend in media ownership.

  • WNEP boss Louis Abitabilo jumps to WYOU/WBRE, Jerry Lynott reports
  • Thursday, January 04, 2007

    More positivity from TL publisher Connor

    Times Leader editor Richard Connor vows that Wilkes-Barre will still have a newspaper in 2107. The real question: Will anyone still be alive in Wilkes-Barre in 2107?

    Dave Iseman out at the TL

    Holy shit. Ding dong, the witch is dead, part two. Iseman "no longer works at the newspaper." Way to tell the whole story, fucktards. The Times Leader is on its way to becoming indistinguishable from the CV, one of America's worst dailies.

    Update: Some classic file art came in. Thanks.

  • Read the TL's exceedingly brief brief