A new census from Duke’s Reporters’ Lab says that fact-checking sites are on the rise worldwide: The 2015 Fact-Checking Census from the Duke Reporters’ Lab found 89 that have been active in the past few years and 64 that are active today. That’s up from 59 total/44 active when we did our last count in...
Jon Stewart took possible Republican presidential-hopeful Mike Huckabee to task over his recent attacks on Beyoncé, over music which Huckabee refers to as “mental poison.” Huckabee quit his job as a Fox News host in order to exploreShow More Summary
On Timeline, a new made-for-mobile app, the news is told chronologically. An orangutan gaining legal rights in Argentina, for instance, inspired an article last week on the history of personhood, which begins in 1266 France with seven pigs on trial for murder. Similarly, the recent Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong is the last item on a timeline asking, “Will...
From Gannett, the company that has been laying off copy editors. Earlier: Gannett exec misspells his company’s name (jimromenesko.com)
You may remember a year ago I posted this short piece that detailed the decline of free daily newspapers in Europe. (“Remember how, a few years ago, some thought that Metro and others of its free ilk would sweep into the space paid dailies were leaving behind? It didn’t work out exactly that way.”) I...
The Lens loses its free office space at Loyola University in New Orleans just as it reports on the Jesuit school’s president. (Associated Press) | (theneworleansadvocate.com) West Virginia House of Delegates considers harsher penalties for violent crimes against journalists. (wvgazette.com) More on New York Times vs. BuzzFeed social shares. (pando.com) Chicago … Read More
Investigative reporter Thomas Caywood received only one small raise in his seven years at the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, while his paid vacation benefit went from three weeks a year to two. Invited by new owners to stay at the paper, Caywood told Telegram publisher James F. Normandin that he’d stay put if he received … Read More
A homeless man was killed last week after a fire swept through his makeshift shelter. Keene (NH) Sentinel photographer Bill Gnade took pictures for the story, and showed a beer can in his published photo. “Bad taste,” wrote a Facebook commenter. “Disrespectful to him and his family,” wrote another. Gnade did a good job defending … Read More
AP North Korea bureau chief Eric Talmadge says “it’s too easy to treat North Korea as an incomprehensible place. Fundamentally, of course, it’s not.” (washingtonpost.com) San Francisco Chronicle is no longer using newspaper “hawkers.”...Show More Summary
Just before Christmas, Iowa’s top insurance regulator announced he was taking control of CoOportunity Health, one of the 23 non-profit co-op health insurers created under the Affordable Care Act to inject competition into the insurance marketplace. Show More Summary
Today’s Seattle Times and Green Bay Press-Gazette front pages
For 12 hours starting at 9 a.m. this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday, Jan. 19), MTV will mark the civil rights leader's memory by airing in black and white. As part of its ongoing anti-bias campaign, Look Different, MTV will launch a new series of PSAs titled "The Talk" on MLK Day. Show More Summary
A ROMENESKO READER writes: I’ve never sent you anything before, but I couldn’t resist this. The picture attached to this email is my phone next to my girlfriend’s. Same topic, same time period; I have The New York Times’ headline showing at the top, and she has The Wall Street Journal’s alert. Here’s what they … Read More
The last time Fox was at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, then-chief Kevin Reilly declared that pilot season was dead (which topped my list of the most ridiculous statements network presidents said last year).Show More Summary
When NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt started at the network in 2011, things looked bleak. NBC has now clawed its way back to first place in the 18-49 demographic, thanks to Sunday Night Football, The Voice and hits like The Blacklist. Show More Summary
As NBC proper continues to build momentum—attracting more viewers ages 18 to 49 than any other broadcast network—many of parent NBCUniversal's cable networks are in transition. The USA Network, for one, is still tops on cable, but it's regrouping after abandoning a push into comedy last year. Show More Summary
CHICAGO — Employees of the Chicago Reader, the city’s premier alt-weekly, voted unanimously Friday to join the Chicago Newspaper Guild, becoming the third Chicago newsroom to unionize in 13 months. Mick Dumke, the paper’s senior writer and one of the organizers behind today’s vote, says the decision to join the union stems from the desire to have “a stronger voice...
Devoted Steelers fan Eleanor Gallagher dies at 81 (legacy.com) Earlier: She was a lifelong Mets fan, but that wasn’t what killed her (mpcourier.com)
I’m told the Reader vote to join the Guild was 19-0. (The weekly is owned by the Chicago Sun-Times parent.) Chicago Newspaper Guild president David Pollard tells Reader journalists: “You’ve made a brave and bold decision, but you’ve joined a union that advocates aggressively on behalf of our members who work in the newsroom and … Read More