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Dancing Miscue by Olympian Tops Nielsen Twitter Ratings

As the new TV season gets underway, there were some surprising results in the Twittersphere recorded by ratings service Nielsen. ABC's Dancing With the Stars topped this week's Nielsen Twitter ratings and produced some extremely nasty...Show More Summary

Afternoon Report for September 23, 2014

A Birmingham judge says the court erred by issuing a restraining order against the Montgomery Advertiser. (montgomeryadvertiser.com) Washington Post has added more than 100 staffers since Jan. 1; it now has 650 newsroom employees. (nytimes.com) Layoffs at the Orange County Register and Memphis Commercial Appeal. Show More Summary

Understanding The World Of Disappearing Messages

    Rebecca Sedwick was a 12 year old girl suffering at the hands of her bullies that committed suicide. Her mother, Tricia Norman, thought she had protected her daughter by taking her out of school and removing social media from the computer. Although Norman thought she was protecting her daughter, she failed to realize […]

Simon & Schuster should come clean about discredited Monroe/DiMaggio book

On Christmas Eve 1983, David Cay Johnston exposed C. David Heymann's Barbara Hutton biography as a fraud on A1 of the Los Angeles Times. Johnston reported that Poor Little Rich Girl contained numerous fabricated sources and pointed to facts that were either invented or so false that they raised grave additional questions about Heymann's credibility. Show More Summary

Adult Swim's Rick and Morty Get Muppet-ized in Promo for Season 1 DVD

Adult Swim has put its back into marketing Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland's insane science fiction cartoon Rick and Morty. And well they might: It's one of the best shows on the air, and last year it occasionally got more demo viewers than Harmon's broadcast sitcom, Community. Show More Summary

Killeen Daily Herald military editor ‘banished’ from covering 1st Cavalry at Fort Hood

Killeen (TX) Daily Herald military editor Rose L. Thayer told her Facebook friends last week: “Let it be known that on Sept. 15, I was officially banished from covering the 1st Cavalry Division. Not the Killeen Daily Herald, just me. I wish I could explain why exactly.” I contacted Thayer, and she agreed to tell … Read More

How NYTimes.com cut load times and got faster for users

Page speed is an underrated part of user experience. A fast website is a website readers will return to more often and feel better about using. (Add WPO to SEO and SMO in your mental acronym storage case.) We’ve shared before about efforts at The Guardian and The New York Times to get faster, and...

Remember Larry King’s USA Today column? He does a TV version of it for Chicago’s WGN

Larry King’s USA Today column was killed 13 years ago this month, but the TV-radio legend is still having fun with it. On the “WGN Morning Show,” King read a producer’s random thoughts in the style of his old column. (He also did some ad-libbing.) King “was GREAT with this,” says the show’s Facebook page. … Read More

Stories I'd like to see

1. Checking the NFL’s numbers: In the wake of the fallout over National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell’s handling of his players’ domestic violence arrests, there have been multiple reports by journalists, who read the league’s filing of form 990 with the Internal Revenue Service, that Goodell was paid $44 million in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013....

What we know (and don’t know) about the plan to make San Diego’s daily a nonprofit

If Malin Burnham has his way, San Diego would have a new model for how journalism is done here. Burnham, a longtime San Diego philanthropist, and a group of supporters is interested in creating a nonprofit that would own the U-T San Diego newspaper (formerly known as the Union-Tribune). The paper would continue to run...

Watching what happens: The New York Times is making a front-page bet on real-time aggregation

The rhythms of the homepage of NYTimes.com are by now familiar, even a little predictable. The core of its layout has been steady for almost a decade; regular readers have come to know how stories flow in and out of slots, mixing the day’s top news, timely features enjoying their minute in the sun, nods...

Morning Report for September 23, 2014

How U-T San Diego would run as a nonprofit. (“Instead of [profits] going to the owner for the investment, we will, in effect, reinvest it into the community.”) (voiceofsandiego.org) Report: There had been bias complaints about Alaska TV reporter Charlo Green‘s pot coverage. “Rumors of her involvement in a pot business had circulated … Read More

Memo: ‘We have made the decision to cease publication of the Los Angeles Register, effective immediately’

Orange County Register owners Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz announced Monday that they’re pulling the plug on the five-month-old Los Angeles Register. “Pundits and local competitors who have closely followed our entry into Los Angeles will be quick to criticize our decision to launch a new newspaper and they will say that we failed,” the … Read More

More cops are wearing body cams. When will the footage be a public record?

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — Police departments across Colorado, like their counterparts around the country, are rapidly embracing the use of body-mounted cameras worn by officers. While the move is generally applauded as a government-accountability...Show More Summary

Flyers target controversial conservative Cornell Daily Sun columnist

Several flyers targeting Cornell Daily Sun “Alway Right” columnist Julius Kairey were found around campus last Friday. The conservative Cornell Review reports: The flyers’ description is most likely a reference to common criticism of...Show More Summary

Stephen King Goes to Hulu

Well, Craig Erwich has been saying since he started at Hulu that he wanted high-end content, so I guess this really shouldn't surprise anyone: the over-the-top network has green-lit a new series from J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot that's based...Show More Summary

Fractured Shakespeare

Much time has pas’t since Language Corner has revisited Shakespeare, or what passes for Shakespeare these days. A slight refresher might be in order, meant as a gentle push, not a cattle prod. The Bard is still subject to prose much mangled, though some has become so common that, s’truth, it has entered into the realm of s’OK. We will...

The New York Times exposes surprise medical bills

Elisabeth Rosenthal deserves a CJR laurel for her Sunday New York Times article, the latest installment in her “Paying Till It Hurts” series on why and how the cost of American healthcare is so exorbitant. It’s a standout series, and this may be Rosenthal’s best story so far. In chronicling the troubles of Peter Drier, a 37-year-old New York...

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