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Turning 40 on Xmas Eve, Ryan Seacrest Talks Dogs, Diets, And Dating [Video]

In the world of entertainment business, Ryan Seacrest is considered one of the strongest stars. Behind the scenes, he’s the media maestro responsible for shows ranging from Keeping Up With The Kardashians to Shahs of Sunset. In front...Show More Summary

Norman Weiss’s TV Tattle folds – again

In April of 2013, Norman Weiss announced in a three-sentence blog post that he was killing TV Tattle after 13 years. Why? I asked. “Your post from a few weeks ago describes it,” he responded, referring to this piece that I linked. “Banner ad revenue has dwindled so much that it no longer pays the … Read More

More Top Media Publications Trust Programmatic For Premium Ad Inventory

More top publishers are opting into programmatic ad networks to sell premium advertising. Varick Media Management recently signed exclusive deals with Time Inc., News Corp., American Media Inc. and Wenner Media and will help them sell ad units that feature photography, videos and other types of media for their websites. Show More Summary

‘Media propaganda’ foe donates 36 dozen donuts to Fort Myers police

Ignore all that negative press, officers, and enjoy a Long John! The person who gave 36 dozen donuts to Fort Myers police wrote: Another donor stopped by the Lee County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office earlier today and dropped off 76 dozen of donuts, 15 gallons of orange juice and 5 Key lime pies, reports Michael Braun. … Read More

‘My dog can write better than this’

This has been up since 6:07 a.m. Monday and shared by 37 people. “N.J. weather to worse as Christmas Eve approaches” (

'Illegal,' 'undocumented,' or something else? No clear consensus yet

As style manual changes go, it was big news. “Illegal immigrant,” a phrase long used for people living in the country without authorization, was no longer “sanctioned” in Associated Press copy, the wire service declared in April 2013. Its influential Stylebook was updated to read, in part: Except in direct quotes essential to the story, use illegal only to refer...

Geeks Bearing Gifts: Curation & Data

I’ve posted two really short chapters from Geeks Bearing Gifts today on Medium: one on curation, one on data. Then I’ll take a break for the holiday and come back with a bigger chapter on rethinking what mobile really means for news. A snippet from the chapter on curation (relevant to current discussions about Google […]

Morning Report for December 23, 2014

Baltimore’s Sinclair-owned Fox affiliate apologizes for a video edit that made it seem like protesters were chanting “kill a cop.” ( New York Mayor Bill de Blasio blasts coverage of protests. ( “People who are easy to edit go far in life.” ( A Massachusetts state senator’s partner blames the Boston … Read More

An olden day editor had it all: A paste-pot, 90 cents, and a double-barrelled gun

From the 1868 Bloomsburg (Pa.) Democrat ( - h/t @ChrisYoungCPI

Editor's picks: United States Project

The correspondents for CJR’s United States Project have a firsthand view of what’s happening in local journalism today: how legacy organizations and start-ups alike confront scarce funding, a shifting audience, and recalcitrant authorities; and how, despite those challenges, interesting, creative, important coverage continues to be done. Show More Summary

How New York protects police records from public view

As the national conversation about police-community relations intensified in recent months, open-government advocates in New York State escalated their fight against a statute that allows law-enforcement agencies to keep virtually all internal personnel records secret. Show More Summary

Shame on us for working this week!

A Romenesko reader sends this auto-reply from ReadWrite editor-in-chief Owen Thomas. (She says it shows an “overblown sense self-importance.”) My question: Why are you still tweeting this week, Owen? Hey there. Thanks for sending me an email, but … you really should be doing something else with your time. I’m on vacation, returning to the … Read More

Encouraging news, I guess

Change coming to 38th Avenue ( - h/t @DylanLJMartin

What Ferris Bueller can teach us about who counts as 'the media'

Here’s a bit of legal reasoning you don’t see every day: Of all the empowering, life-altering lessons Ferris Bueller taught us—for example, you can’t erase telltale mileage off a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder by jacking up the car and running it in reverse—his “life moves pretty fast” insight rings truest. It isn’t tired reel-life wisdom but tried real-life...

Entree, entry, or entrée?

Pronunciation sometimes makes the word. If someone has taken a bit part in a movie, one might say she got an "EN-tree-level acting job." But if you say that first job has launched her career, one might say that first job was her "on-TRAY into Hollywood." But is it spelled the same way? Before we get to that, we need...

Dish Parries With Fox on Programming Fees

21st Century Fox has become the latest broadcaster to have its programming pulled from the Dish Network lineup, following similar disputes by Turner Broadcasting and CBS Corp., which led to similar blackouts in the past several months. Show More Summary

SNL Takes a Cold, Hard Look at Santa's Secrets in 'Serial' Parody

SNL is on fire lately, and this weekend's episode was no exception. So many gems. From Mike Myers bringing back über-villian Dr. Evil to comment on the Sony hack scandal to a perfect mock ad for "Asian American Doll," there was no shortage of sincere laugh-nuggets. Show More Summary

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