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Why Obama's statement on reporters' arrests in Ferguson is hypocritical

In a news conference Thursday addressing the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown and resulting unrest in Ferguson, MO, President Barack Obama criticized the arrests of two reporters there on Wednesday night. “Here in the United States of America, police should not be bullying or arresting journalists who are just trying to do their jobs,” Obama said in a news conference...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wants your ‘quality essay’ – but doesn’t want to pay for it

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is looking for 750-word essays “about concrete experiences rather than opinions” to be published in its Portfolio section. I asked the paper in comments if writers would be compensated. I didn’t get a response, but a Romenesko reader points out that others asked the same question on P-G’s Facebook page, and got … Read More

Unoriginal sin

The amazing Ethan Zuckerman argues at eloquent length in The Atlantic that advertising was the web’s original sin, which really is just a corollary to the contention that giving away content for free on the web (and supporting it with advertising) was newspapers’ and magazines’ original sin. I’m going to disagree. What bothers Ethan, I […]

Can Ferguson police legally withhold the officer's name?

As the unrest in Ferguson, MO, has spread and grown, set off by the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown and amplified by the militarized police response, one question has stood out among the many we can’t yet answer: Who is the police officer that shot Brown? Embedded in that one question, of course, are several others: What is the officer’s rank? What...

A TV reporter sheds light on entrapment concerns

MIAMI, FL -- There's an old joke that gets a lot of use in central Florida: the most dangerous place in Polk County is between Sheriff Grady Judd and a television camera. The long-time sheriff is well-known for his love of the media spotlight--especially when he's dealing with what he's called his "favorite topic," crimes against children and men who...

Morning Report for August 14, 2014

Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery writing from Ferguson: “As they took me into custody, the officers slammed me into a soda machine, at one point setting off the Coke dispenser. They put plastic cuffs on me, then they led me out the door.”...Show More Summary

Reporter faces jail time for scoop in gruesome murder case

CHICAGO, IL — The account of a 2013 double murder, dubbed the “Nightmare on Hickory Street,” sounds like a plot out of a horror flick. Two strangled victims. A plan to dismember the bodies with a saw and blow torch. An alleged sex act on top of the corpses. And talk of skinning one victim and wearing his face like...

Meet the Journal Media Group newspapers

It looks like the retirees in Naples are sticking with print. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s circulation sliding, but most Scripps papers faring worse ( Why Journal Communications CEO Steve Smith sold his paper (

West Virginia station ignores ex-newsman’s campaign because of his TV news criticism

Former NBC and CBS News correspondent Ed Rabel wrote in a 2013 Charleston (WV) Gazette opinion piece that the people in local TV news are “bubble-heads and glib, young, sometimes pretty know-nothings” who “wouldn’t know a news story if it slapped them in the face.” Station owners and managers forbid their news departments from stepping … Read More

Texas reporters shut out of immigration court

AUSTIN, TX -- A story in today's Houston Chronicle takes readers inside an immigration courtroom to report on accusations that the federal government is failing to provide detained migrants with due process and ignoring credible asylum claims. Show More Summary

Village Voice’s film editor makes a few changes to NYDN’s Robin Williams cover

How Village Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl would change today’s News cover. (Here’s the “before” image.) “I took the liberty of re-editing the Daily News’ shameful Robin Williams cover” ( - h/t Dan Mitchell

New York Times correspondent Alissa Rubin in stable condition after helicopter crash

New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet updates his staff on the condition of war correspondent Alissa Rubin and freelance photographer Adam Ferguson: To the staff, As you all know, our colleague Alissa Rubin was injured in a helicopter crash in northern Iraq on Tuesday. The good news is that she is now in stable … Read More

Can an algorithm solve comment section trolling?

RALEIGH, NC--On a Monday afternoon in March, members of a North Carolina nonprofit called Equality NC hunkered down for a two-hour stint in the comment section of a story on the Raleigh News & Observer's website. It was an op-ed that Equality NC director Chris Sgro had written about tax issues facing same-sex couples in the state, which in 2012...

Morning Report for August 13, 2014

Associated Press video journalist Simone Camilli and his translator, Ali Shehda Abu Afash, are killed in Gaza. ( New York Times foreign editor: “We are very concerned about protecting the safety of the reporters working on the [Ebola] story.” ( An Iowa paper is forced to run “a ridiculous mug shot” after … Read More

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