After that wretched polar vortex and a long, long winter, the sun may finally be ready to return to our skies. But let's not forget what happened in Atlanta. Was it the beginning of the end? We ask an expert. And come back next Monday for our full interview with Sam Champion about his new gig running America's Morning Headquarters for the Weather Channel.
We're doomed: Test subjects found news stories written by robots more credible than those by human journalists: http://t.co/6zoB2FL2kx — Jeremy Olshan (@jolshan) March 11, 2014 It costs $39 to read the full report, but here’s the summary: While the software-generated content is perceived as descriptive and boring, it is also considered to be objective although … Read More
CHARLESTON, SC -- Last month, a story popped up about local officials in a suburb of Madison, WI, voting to help relaunch a community newspaper with public money. The Fitchburg Star had shuttered its print run five years ago, but maintained an online presence covering Fitchburg, a town of about 25,000 people. Now the city government is kicking in $30,000...
Gawker asks a judge to toss Quentin Tarantino‘s lawsuit. (hollywoodreporter.com) Jill Abramson has been going to her son’s “music things” at South by Southwest. (wwd.com) | The New York Times executive editor and son Will Griggs: (instagram.com) Author Joe McGinniss is dead at 71. (washingtonpost.com) | McGinniss in October: “One of the … Read More
Gawker has long delighted in thumbing its nose at journalism convention, and that's fine. On the other hand it makes no bones about it being a journalism organization, and it certainly is. Flouting convention is one thing. Allowing a death-row inmate to whitewash the facts of his case, and his role in a grisly murder, without any vetting is another...
Say you're writing a blog post, and you're pulling from a bunch of different sources around the Web. Say one of these sources has a great photo--the perfect photo--and you'd love to use it in your post, but you have no idea who took it or how to ask for permission to use it. The source doesn't provide credit. Other...
Fred Seibert is sitting in his New York office, filled with Legos and comic books, talking enthusiastically about his first big failure. Thirty-two years ago, Seibert was hired away from his agency, Fred/Alan, by Turner executive Scott Sassa after Turner acquired Hanna-Barbera, the animation studio behind series including Scooby Doo and Space Ghost. Show More Summary
Fox on Monday said “nope” to a fifth season of Raising Hope. The network will air a two-part series finale on Friday, April 4, thereby bringing an end to the peripatetic Greg Garcia comedy. Since debuting in September 2010, Raising Hope has occupied no fewer than six different time slots. Show More Summary
Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal to inhibit joint sales agreements between TV stations is already shaping up to be a fight that will split along party lines. With Commissioner Mike O'Rielly's statement...Show More Summary
Fox News can’t spell “spelling bee.” (nymag.com) How long before Sharon Attkisson shows up on Fox News? (talkingpointsmemo.com) | A Washington Examiner editor invites her for coffee. (@mtapscott) The Upshot replaces FiveThirtyEight at the New York Times. (qz.com) National Press Foundation is criticized for teaming up with Coca Cola. (ksj.mit.edu) … Read More
A Romenesko reader reminds us: “It’s important on Facebook to understand that when you are posting an article or a photo that Facebook automatically crops the photo. This can lead to some embarrassing moments. Maybe I”m just infantile but this little crop made me giggle a little bit. In photos and graphics, often context is … Read More
http://variety.com/2014/digital/news/warner-bros-is-buying-a-stake-in-struggling-youtube-net-machinima-heres-why-1201127883/ After months of rumors, Warner Bros. is now making its $18 million investment in Los Angeles-based YouTube network Machinima official. Show More Summary
Cartoon Network is forgoing a traditional New York advertiser presentation for a second year running, but the kids' network hasn't been idle: new series including offbeat comedy Clarence and Elijah Wood-starring miniseries Over the Garden Wall are a part of the network's 2014-15 slate. Show More Summary
In between National Grammar Day and the national conference of the American Copy Editors Society, let us lament that "popular culture" does not always use "correct grammar," thus making incorrect grammar more popular in our culture. This phenomenon has been with us forever, of course, even longer than there has been a Popular Culture Association. If you are old enough,...
The University of Oregon Daily Emerald says its former food writer made up quotes for six people who were never interviewed, misquoted three sources and falsified one source. Also, the legitimacy of sources couldn’t be verified in eight cases. Sophomore journalism and advertising student Jessica Fischer resigned from the Daily Emerald in January after a … Read More
ABC on Sunday night got a much-needed shot in the arm, as the series premiere of its supernatural drama series Resurrection put up big numbers at 9 p.m. In an already frenzied time slot, the one-hour premiere was the night’s most-watched, highest-rated broadcast, averaging 13.3 million viewers and a 3.6 rating in the adults 18-49 demo. Show More Summary