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Tijuana/San Diego daily Frontera kills column critical of paper’s redesign

Frontera, a daily that covers San Diego and Tijuana, was redesigned for its recent 15th anniversary celebration. Political analyst and op-ed columnist Benedicto Ruiz Vargas doesn’t like the new look and let readers know in a column that editors spiked on Tuesday. A reader, who was slipped the column, sent excerpts: The changes at Frontera … Read More

A state lawmaker's op-ed appears to be copied from... somewhere

CHARLESTON, SC — What does cattle ranching in Wyoming have to do with building homes in South Carolina? More than you’d think, apparently, judging by a recent newspaper op-ed by a Charleston lawmaker and a PR package from a beef lobbying group in Cheyenne. The two pieces use nearly identical language in their opposition to a controversial EPA proposal that would clarify...

Iowa editor fired over ‘Gaystapo’ blog post claims he’s a victim of religion discrimination

Bob Eschliman was fired as editor of the Newton (Iowa) Daily News in May after complaining on his personal blog that “the LGBTQXYZ crowd and the Gaystapo” are trying to reword the Bible “to make their sinful nature ‘right with God.’” He added that “we must fight back against the enemy.” The head of Shaw … Read More

Answer the City Desk phone at your own risk

From a Bangor Daily News staffer: No joke: A lady just called the newsroom because she wanted to know what time Days of our Lives comes on — Ryan McLaughlin (@LesMillsRocksta) July 23, 2014 Post your calls-to-the-newsrooms stories in comments or send via email.

What’s your Plan B, journalists?

Russ Kendall, who quit his newspaper photo-editing job 18 months ago to run a pizza business, has created a Facebook group called “What’s Your Plan B?” He tells Romenesko readers that it’s “aimed at photographers, reporters, designers, and editors who have either lost their newspaper jobs or might lose them.” I hope will offer resources … Read More

Sex in the City Supercut Shows How Much It Loved Name-Dropping Brands

Sex in the City's leading ladies—Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte—turned everything from Manolo heels to sex swings into household names during the series' run on HBO. To show the womens' love affair with consumer culture, artist...Show More Summary

Ad of the Day: The End Is Nigh in Brilliantly Bleak Ad for FXX's Simpsons Mega-Marathon

The world is really going to having a cow when FXX enacts its insane plan to air every Simpsons episode ever, back to back, beginning Aug. 21. In fact, there may be no cows—indeed, no world—left by the end. In the wonderfully dark promo...Show More Summary

Do You Have to Go Overseas or Buy a Competitor to Get New Video Subscribers?

Netflix executives practically had party hats on during their earnings call on Monday. The reason? The company topped 50 million subscribers for the first time. Comcast, meanwhile, was similarly pleased to report that it had expanded, but not by convincing new subscribers to sign on—by moving forward with its deal to acquire Time Warner Cable. Show More Summary

Morning Report for July 23, 2014

A.H. Belo sells the Providence Journal to GateHouse Media’s parent for $46 million. (providencejournal.com) | (wpri.com) Greta Van Susteren blasts “snooty journalism magazine” CJR for not calling her before posting its Jill Abramson piece. Show More Summary

Stories I'd like to see

This column, a regular feature, originally ran on Reuters.com. 1. Figuring out the Iron Dome: As I kept reading and seeing television reports last week about how the Iron Dome missile defense system was doing such a good job protecting Israel from Hamas' rockets, this intriguing story by the highly regarded veteran journalist James Fallows appeared on the Atlantic website....

How public media collaborations are creating opportunities for local reporting

Colorado’s crude oil production is surging, more than the state’s pipelines can handle. In order to increase capacity, shipping companies increasingly use railways to transport crude across the region, sometimes through crowded communities. Show More Summary

AP, New York Daily News fall for parody account’s tweet

We implore "journalists" asking for comment to A) read our profile B) read more than one of our tweets and C) Google "Dorothy Rabinowitz." — Bike Lobby (@BicycleLobby) July 22, 2014 To be fair, we don't reveal we're a parody account until the second line of our profile. pic.twitter.com/fnS8um2tgO — Bike Lobby (@BicycleLobby) July 22, … Read More

Sports columnist quits Pittsburgh Tribune-Review to launch a subscription website

Veteran Pittsburgh sportswriter Dejan Kovacevic has quit the Tribune-Review to launch his own site, DK on Pittsburgh Sports, which will be supported by $4/month subscriptions and a corporate sponsor. “Why oh why would anyone, shy of momentary madness, even contemplate such a thing?” he writes. “The answer, to me, is simple: This is what’s at … Read More

Los Angeles Times books reporter finds colleague’s ‘literary prowess’ comment depressing

A tweet from Los Angeles Times’ books/publishing reporter: You know what depresses me? Someone at my own paper writing that LA is "a city not known for its literary prowess." Actually believing that. — Carolyn Kellogg (@paperhaus) July 22, 2014 She’s referring to this Sandy Banks column in today’s Times. Earlier: Is L.A. the … Read More

Kevin Spacey Tries to Take Over the World … in His Ads [Video]

With two Oscars to his name, and a current starring role in one of the most celebrated TV series on the air, Kevin Spacey already has the world at his feet. But it's clear he wants more. Or at least, so it appears from his advertising work. Show More Summary

Alaska Dispatch News (formerly the Anchorage Daily News) promises unique ‘jounalism’

ADN promises something “unique” – and delivers (facebook.com) | h/t Bill Cooke Earlier: Anchorage Daily News becomes Alaska Dispatch News (jimromenesko.com)

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