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Not the right time, PR person

Yucky PR move: school shooting in #Marysville. New York PR outfit @DittoPA moves in, pitching an 'expert' client for commentary. Buzz off. — Sean Robinson (@seanrobinsonTNT) October 24, 2014 The pitch to a State of Washington journalist: From: Danielle Orsino Date: Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 12:35 PM Subject: Breaking News: School Shooting To: Hi … Read More

Gawker: The internet bully

Earlier this week Gawker lost "thousands of dollars" in advertising after a poorly worded tweet was posted by one of its writers. Sam Biddle, one of the more sarcastic employees among the sarcastic throng at Gawker Media, tweeted out a joke: Ultimately #GamerGate is reaffirming what we've known to be true for decades: nerds should be constantly shamed and degraded...

What's next for Ferguson?

The story of Ferguson, MO, roils on. On Tuesday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published Michael Brown’s leaked autopsy report, and The New York Times and Washington Post featured unnamed sources implying that a grand jury may accept police officer Darren Wilson’s account of the confrontation which left Brown dead. Show More Summary

Alibaba Is in Talks With U.S. Movie Studios to Stream in China

Alibaba founder Jack Ma, fresh off his company's record-breaking $22 billion public stock offering, is shopping for U.S. movies to stream online in China. Ma and a group of Alibaba executives are meeting with studio chiefs next weekShow More Summary

Mississippi TV newsrooms star in a new TruTV series

It appears the community-newspaper reality show that NBC Peacock Productions was teasing nearly two years ago isn’t going to happen. But a similar – this one featuring small-market TV newsrooms – is in the can and debuts on TruTV in December. The preview, which hit YouTube this week, has this description: BREAKING GREENVILLE follows a … Read More

Woman throws ‘room temperature coffee’ in the face of a Toronto Star reporter

At a Friday morning news conference, Toronto Star reporter San Grewal had coffee thrown in his face by a woman who supports Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell and is critical of the journalist’s reporting. “I didn’t see it coming,” says Grewal. “It splashed into my eyes. This had nothing to do with Mayor Fennell. She was … Read More

Honey Boo Boo Show Canceled Over Mom's Reported Relationship With Sex Offender

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is going off the air for a really appalling reason: the hit TLC reality show about the misadventures of an Arkansas family has been canceled in the wake of reports that "Mama" June Thompson got back together with former boyfriend Mark McDaniel, who was convicted in 2004 of forcing himself on an 8-year-old child. Show More Summary

Confused by all the various ways the Knight Foundation funds projects? Here’s a guide

The Knight Foundation (disclosure: a funder of Nieman Lab) gives money to a lot of journalism and journalism-adjacent projects. But they often work through a variety of contests and programs that aren’t always clear to outsiders. (Most famously, the Knight News Challenge, which has “news” right there in the name, has lately been funding projects...

You can now listen to a podcast in a tweet (and keep on scrolling)

Back in May, we told you about how WNYC was using a Twitter Player Card to embed audio into its tweets. It was pretty nifty! But it came with a few technical hiccups: It’s not a perfect experience. Twitter is all about the stream, scrolling through tweets — it’s not exactly optimized for having the...

Apple’s new iMac with Retina 5K display risks making your web pages a little heavier

Apple just announced a brand new iMac with a Retina display — Apple’s term for a display with pixels small enough that they can’t under normal use be detected by the human eye. Retina started on the iPhone, graduated to the iPad, then moved to the MacBook Pro — but now it’s moving to Apple’s...

Breaking up the pledge drive: Boston’s WBUR wants to build a new model for public media funding

embership is having a moment in the world of media. Companies like The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times among others are attempting to develop new sources of revenue or deeper relationships with readers through a variety of affiliation programs. The idea: A tighter bond between audience and publisher will pay...

Here is the new batch of Visiting Fellows at the Nieman Foundation

I’m very happy to point you toward the new group of Visiting Fellows here at the Nieman Foundation, of which Nieman Lab is a part. Regular Lab readers will spot several people who’ve appeared in (or written) stories here in the past. Go here for the full press release; the winners are listed below. A...

Events, a speakers bureau, and education partnerships: 8 projects at news nonprofits get funded

Back in April, we told you about a new grant program that funds small innovation projects at nonprofit news organizations. The INNovation Fund — awkward capitalization courtesy of its home at the Investigative News Network, though the money comes from Knight — gave out $236,280 to eight projects in that first round of grants. Well,...

AMC Gets Big Piece of BBC America for $200 million

AMC is taking over BBC America, buying a piece of the U.K. broadcasting property for a reported $200 million. The deal gives control to AMC, but BBC Worldwide will retain a 50.1 percent stake in the cable channel. The companies will invest in BBC productions, and AMC will enjoy free rein pursuing U.S. Show More Summary

Ken Doctor: How interim is everything about the Orange County Register?

Lots of words come to mind to describe Aaron Kushner’s Orange County Register. The best one may be the title that’s been given to Kushner’s successor as CEO and publisher: interim. Can we call the announcement of casino executive Rich Mirman as Kushner’s replacement a surprise? Hardly. That’s a word that’s gotten an exhaustive workout...

Oh Well, So Much for The Avengers Trailer Driving SHIELD Viewership

It was a great plan while it lasted. To boost ABC's flagging Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel planned to debut the trailer for next May's The Avenger's: Age of Ultron film during next week's episode—but that changed last night. Wednesday evening, a version of the trailer with low-quality sound but comparatively high-resolution visuals hit the Web. Show More Summary

Knight Prototype Fund announces funding for 18 new projects

Eighteen projects aimed at improving journalism or media are each receiving $35,000 in seed funding from Knight Foundation as part of the latest round of funding from the Knight Prototype Fund, the foundation just announced. (Disclosure: Knight also funds Nieman Lab, though not through the Prototype Fund.) The grant recipients range from the Harvard Library...

Spike Lee Captures the Passion and Personality of Mo'ne Davis in This Stirring World Series Ad

The upstart Kansas City Royals are one of the great underdog stories in recent sports history, a fact further highlighted by the 7-1 pummeling the team received at the hands of the San Francisco Giants in Tuesday's Game 1 of the World Series. Show More Summary

TV's 10 Worst Time Slots: Can Any Show Survive?

If a TV series is placed in a terrible time slot and no one is around to watch it, does it make a noise in the ratings? Of course not, which is the conundrum of network TV scheduling: Every show, no matter how good or bad, is ultimately at the mercy of its time slot, especially when it’s put in one of the spots that routinely repels audiences. Show More Summary

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