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Grand-jury leaks shouldn't get shield law protection, says grand jury

In a story that reminds me of The Onion’s “Area Man” series, a group of ?randomly selected Pennsylvania citizens, with no collective policymaking expertise, has recommended that the state legislature change its shield law to narrow the protections for journalists. Show More Summary

Idaho Statesman publisher explains why anti-gay sticker ad was accepted

Idaho lawmakers this week debated what’s been called the Add the Words bill, a proposal to add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the state’s Human Rights Act. On Wednesday, four Idaho newspapers ran an anti-gay front-page sticker advertisement that said, “Add No Words/Stand up to bullying.” The ad included the URL to a website … Read More

Fox News Shepard Smith To Female Anchor: ‘The Thought Of You On Your Knees Is A Wonderful One’

Fox News afternoon anchor Shepard Smith has carved an image for himself as a straight shooting reporter on a a network known for the strong conservative slant to most of its coverage. But when the female host of a new program on FoxShow More Summary

Constantly tweaking: How the Guardian continues to develop its in-house analytics system

A little over a year ago, Katharine Viner, now the editor in chief of The Guardian US, had a question for the paper’s developers: Why didn’t Ophan, The Guardian’s internal analytics tool, work on mobile? In short order, The Guardian’s developers built a mobile version of Ophan, and Viner has integrated the mobile analytics tool...

Male consultant says the typical local TV news viewer is a self-centered, terrified woman

In my Tuesday post about WSPA-TV’s cardboard cutout named “Michelle,” I wondered if TV news directors are being advised by consultants to put cardboard characters in their newsrooms to remind reporters and producers of the target audience. This email from a female TV journalist arrived last night: To answer your question regarding whether media consultants … Read More

This just in: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence kills controversial Just IN news site

I've terminated #JustIN website/directed all exec branch agencies to post press releases/notices to existing site: — Governor Mike Pence (@GovPenceIN) January 29, 2015 The governor says: Rather than developingShow More Summary

Iowa editor fired for ‘gaystapo’ blog post seeks $100,000 for new politics website

Bob Eschliman, the Iowa editor who was fired last year after claiming that “the LGBTQXYZ crowd and the Gaystapo” are trying to reword the Bible “to make their sinful nature ‘right with God,'” is back in the news business. He’s launched The Iowa Statesman, which the editor says “will fill a void for honest, dependable … Read More

7 ways Andrew Sullivan changed blogging

It's hard to prove for sure who invented what on the internet. Innovations spread rapidly and sometimes seem to materialize simultaneously in many places. So I can't really prove that Andrew Sullivan, who announced Wednesday that he was quitting blogging, came up with all of the approaches I'm about to list. But I will say I've been immersed in digital...

What a cardboard cutout says about local news priorities

Yesterday, Jim Romenesko introduced readers to “Michelle” and “Lisa DeVries,” a pair of middle-aged, prosperous white moms who, according to management directives, comprise the target demographic for two local TV newsrooms. The newsworthy bit: Michelle is a cardboard cutout. Show More Summary

Bloomberg Business’ new look has made a splash — but don’t just call it a redesign

Bloomberg launched a fresh, new Bloomberg Business Tuesday night, to both acclaim and confusion. Change has long been afoot lately at Bloomberg Media, which hired Justin B. Smith away from Atlantic Media in 2013 and Josh Topolsky away from The Verge last July to help reconfigure the company’s digital presence. The new look — inspired...

Morning Report for January 29, 2015

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence distances himself from the “Just IN” news service idea cooked up by his staff. ( | Keep government out of the news business, says Rem Rieder. ( The New Republic’s February issue explores the magazine’s history of racism. ( The new Bloomberg Business site reminds Jack Shafer of … Read More

Newsonomics: From national, Politico expands into global — and local

Twenty years ago, Jim VandeHei took an unassuming job that would later shape the global news empire he’s still building. Fresh out of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with degrees in journalism and political science — numerous job rejections in hand — he joined a weekly newsletter called New Fuels Report in Washington. Ethanol and methanol were...

The ethics of saying 'sorry'

Earlier this month Slate Magazine published a Year in Outrage calendar, which chronicled the stories that enraged the general public each day of last year. Eric Meyer never meant to be Dec. 28. The Ohio-based web developer meant only to tell his audience of industry insiders how a Facebook algorithm that brought him grief on Christmas Eve illustrated a...

‘Fox News’ ‘Trashy’ Women Bother Mike Huckabee, But ‘Politico’ Made Up The Story

So was it that Fox News hires “trashy women” or that there are too many New Yorkers that are said women? At this point it’s very confusing, because Politico apparently invented a headline and when they were called out, they changed it. Show More Summary

NBC Has Officially Sold All of Its $4.5 Million Super Bowl Spots

It's official, and not a moment too soon: NBC has sold every single spot in the Super Bowl, although some pre-game spots are still up for grabs, according to Seth Winter, evp of ad sales for NBCUniversal's news and sports groups. The timing isn't typical, by the way—Fox sold out the game in December last year. Show More Summary

Key & Peele Has a New Football Skit Featuring Real Players Just in Time for the Super Bowl

Well, it was inevitable: Key & Peele has yet another skit about inventively named (and coifed!) college football players, and they've taken the opportunity of the upcoming Super Bowl to promote it. And rather than simply featuring the...Show More Summary

Snapchat’s new Discover feature could be a significant moment in the evolution of mobile news

You may have missed it in the #snowpocalpyse that wasn’t1, but Snapchat unveiled a new feature called Discover Tuesday that brings news into the ephemeral chat app very popular among American teens and young adults: Here’s Wired’s story on it: At launch, Snapchat is working with ten media partners, including CNN, ESPN, and National Geographic....

Snapchat ventures into news territory

The app used by millions as a creative outlet for puckered-faced selfies, fleeting nude photos, and covert humiliation of unknowing passersby is the latest third-party platform to host news coverage. On Tuesday, Snapchat unveiled Discover,...Show More Summary

CenturyLink ISP customers unable to post or read comments on for days

@StarTribune whats up with @CenturyLink blocking your comments section? — Matt Kasp (@IALMK) January 28, 2015 Star Tribune assistant managing editor/digital Terry Sauer spent days trying to figure that out, too. He learned over the weekend that some users couldn’t post or even view comments on the Minneapolis paper’s site. A problem with the … Read More

What will happen to The New York Times' race beat?

The future of race coverage at The New York Times is under scrutiny as Tanzina Vega, the paper’s sole reporter on a national race and ethnicity beat that she created one year ago, is moved this week to the metro desk to cover the Bronx courthouse. “In recent months Tanzina Vega showed how varied and powerful a national beat focusing...

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