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GateHouse CEO is served by his employee trying to make a few extra bucks at McDonald’s

GateHouse Media CEO Mike Reed has been collecting six-figure annual bonuses while his journalists haven’t had raises in seven years. As reported here last week, a health-care reporter at GateHouse’s Springfield (IL) State Journal-Register works at McDonald’s on weekends to make ends meet. This cartoon was drawn by Chris Britt, who was laid off from … Read More

Netflix's Fun Outdoor Ads Use 100 Awesome GIFs From Shows and Movies

GIFs have left the nest! The digital video files first made a jump to TV a while back, thanks to Fiat. And now they've ventured all the way outside in a fascinating Netflix campaign from Ogilvy Paris. For the streaming service's launch...Show More Summary

Ken Doctor: The New York Times’ financials show the transition to digital accelerating

Call it an acceleration of the digital transition. Those are the words that best describe this morning’s New York Times Co. Q3 financial report and conference call. Take the month of October — the biggest ad revenue month of the year for the Times. Digital advertising will be up about 15 percent this month, says Times...

Ghouls Rule in Nielsen TV Twitter Ratings

In the runup to Halloween, it seems natural that Twitterphiles would be commenting on America’s two most frightening TV series. The Sunday night time slot once again proved to be magic for AMC’s The Walking Dead, which lit up the Twitter airwaves with 552,000 tweets to 4.8 million Twitter accounts. Show More Summary

Campaign agrees to stop using fake front page after Akron Beacon Journal complains

The Akron Beacon Journal told Rep. Bill Johnson’s campaign to stop using this obviously doctored front page in the Republican candidate’s ads, saying it has “a strict policy on the use of its content in campaign advertising. Nothing is to be altered.” Campaign manager Sarah Poulton responded: “Although it’s clear that the law and First … Read More

Charleston Daily Mail fires editorial writer who called Michael Brown an animal that was put down

Charleston Daily Mail has fired Don Surber (above) over his blog post calling Michael Brown an “animal” that was put down. Editor and publisher Brad McElhinny says of his former editorial writer: He selected words that were unfortunate, inflammatory and, in our view, inexcusable. It’s his own blog, but still, he’s known as a Daily … Read More

6 ways reporters can cover Obamacare open enrollment

As we head into the second Obamacare open enrollment season, the media have a chance to redeem themselves from last fall, when skepticism was sometimes left at the door and coverage was dominated by website screw-ups, cancelled policies, presidential false promises, and anecdotes that blew up under scrutiny. All of this noise drowned out the crucial point: what do people...

Before the “teaching model” of journalism education: 5 questions to ask

Thousands of words have been written these past couple of years about “the teaching hospital model” of journalism education, and I’ve read most of them. I’m a stakeholder because I teach reporting in the newsroom of the Columbia Missourian, the digital-first, five-day-a-week community newspaper affiliated with the Missouri School of Journalism. When Walter Williams created...

Morning Report for October 30, 2014

New York Times Co. beats analysts’ third-quarter forecasts with a loss of $12.5 million. ( | Press release Ben Bradlee‘s funeral was “a statement of the man’s irreverence and verve.” ( | The word “dickhead” was used twice at Bradlee’s funeral. Show More Summary

What's next for David Plotz?

I n July, David Plotz announced that he would be ending his six-year tenure as editor of Slate. Plotz, who remained on staff as editor at large after his announcement, has worked at Slate since it launched in 1996, when it was one of the first magazines to publish exclusively online. But even as other digital publications have proliferated, Slate,...

Is Ari Melber the future of cable-news anchors?

O n a Wednesday afternoon in late July, during his regular show on MSNBC, Ari Melber gestured across the table at US senators Rand Paul and Cory Booker. Melber had scored two of cable news' prized guests, and he was reveling in the topic at hand--the senators' just-released bill on juvenile-justice reform. Aware that he had just 12 minutes and...

How the Israeli-Palestinian conflict affected journalists

T yler Hicks, a photojournalist for The New York Times, was sitting in his hotel room in Gaza last summer when he heard an explosion. He looked out the window and saw the boys. He grabbed his helmet, flak jacket, and cameras, and ran toward the beach. Not knowing whether the Israeli gunner would strike again, he strode onto the...

The case for Huffington Post's crowdfunded reporting job

hen the Huffington Post announced it would crowdfund a one-year reporting fellowship to cover the aftermath of teenager Michael Brown's killing by a police officer in Ferguson, MO, it incited a lot of sniping. Don Irvine, chairman of...Show More Summary

'Working' people have an audience

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Studs Terkel's groundbreaking book, Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do, a collection of interviews with working Americans, from fashion models to coal miners. Working established an audience for first-person stories about real, everyday lives. As such, it has influenced storytellers and...

Story stats

$135 Hourly rate Ferguson, MO, officials charge journalists who seek access to public records related to the Michael Brown shooting 33 Percentage of Hispanic Americans who think the media cover their communities accurately 19 Percentage...Show More Summary

Lousy judgment, unlikely hero

A DART to the Columbia Daily Tribune for running a cartoon of Ferguson protesters holding signs with statements such as, "Steal to honor Michael," and "No 60" Plasma TV No Peace!" next to a column about lootings in the town. After numerous complaints, mainly voiced on Twitter, the publication's managing editor Jim Robertson responded to the criticism, asking readers to...

The history of 'wrestle'

he football player "wrestled" the ball away from an opponent and scored a touchdown. Shareholders "wrestled" control of a company from the CEO. Who got dirtier: the football player or the shareholders? Answer: the football player, because he actually did some physical work to get the football. But in reality, what both did was "wrest," not "wrestle." "Wrestle" means "to...

I can’t wait to see your syllabus, Jay

It's official. I will be teaching an (undergrad) class at NYU in the spring with the title: The Future of the New York Times. @Sulliview — Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) October 29, 2014

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