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What embedding the Ray Rice video reveals about news judgement

That there is no Golden Rule guiding editors who must decide whether to publish graphic images has never been more obvious than in the past few weeks. On August 19, the ISIS video showing James Foley's murder ignited a debate between journalists who believed that publishing images of the executioner's knife at Foley's neck was essential to readers' understanding of...

#NewsIsBack(?): Norah O’Donnell interviews NFL commissioner Roger Goodell

Norah O’Donnell promotes her exclusive interview with Roger Goodell ( | @norahodonnell) Earlier: NBC News boss says her news division had “gone to sleep” (

Florida newspaper exposes sweet deal for state politicians

MIAMI, FL -- The Tampa Bay Times has been rolling out an impressive expose of secret hunting trips to Texas taken by more than a dozen current and former Florida lawmakers and officials including Gov. Rick Scott, who is in a tight race for reelection. While the findings may strike some readers as business as usual in politics, the story...

Tech journalists [heart] Whole Foods?

Whole Foods to take Apple Pay; so will McDonald's, even at drive-thrus — Danny Sullivan (@dannysullivan) September 9, 2014 seriously the cheering for Whole Foods tells you everything you need to know about who's in the audience right now — Sam Thielman (@samthielman) September 9, 2014 Apple Pay mobile wallet unveiled (

‘Incredible’ Arizona Republic page one

Governing magazine reporter’s tweet: Incredible front page of Arizona Republic today, after area hit with record-breaking floods — danvock (@danvock) September 9, 2014 Arizona Republic’s front page for September 9 (

We’re just praying he doesn’t

Does Jon Stewart have a secrete secret dark side? ( Update: “No ooze is good news,” and other Facebook wall comments ( h/t @JeffKoyen

Jay Mariotti: GQ corrected an error about me in its ‘Biggest Sleazebag’ feature

Letter to Romenesko From JAY MARIOTTI: In its September edition, GQ magazine all but accuses me of extortion in an absurdly false report (at right) — claiming I used a camera-phone video of an ESPN executive to coerce the network into giving me assignments. It is a lie that would be laughable if not so … Read More

Stories I'd like to see

1. Cancer money: The Stand Up to Cancer telethon -- simulcast Friday night on all four major broadcast networks and 28 cable channels, and livestreamed on Yahoo and Hulu (available on YouTube here) -- reminded me of a story I have long wanted to read: How much money is being spent on cancer research, where is it going and how...

Morning Report for September 9, 2014

Could TMZ win a Pulitzer for its Ray Rice coverage? “Why not?” writes a veteran Pulitzer-watcher. (Joe Strupp) | “Fox & Friends” spends 13 seconds addressing yesterday’s “take the stairs!” comment. ( Ad in the Minneapolis Star Tribune: Won’t somebody please buy the St. Paul Pioneer Press? ( Scott Pelley: News viewers … Read More

MAC Unveils Line of Simpsons Cosmetics, in Case You Want to Look Like a Cartoon Character

MAC Cosmetics is producing a Simpsons-themed cosmetics line—including eyeshadow, lip gloss, blush, mascara and nail stickers—to honor the show's 25th anniversary. One can only imagine the challenges they faced getting this out of R&D. Show More Summary

Twitter Top 10: Packers-Seahawks Brawl Owns Social Media

The Seattle Seahawks paddled the Green Bay Packers Thursday evening as the nation watched in horror on NBC, and that ruled the Twittersphere the week of Sept. 1. Though, fans who watched the 49ers beat the Cowboys on Fox talked trash louder and longer despite slightly smaller viewing numbers. Show More Summary

Kids Are Watching the Weirdest Stuff on TV—and It's Not Always From Kids' Networks

The kids market is a place where fierce competition rages between otherwise cuddly characters like Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse (yes, both are still around, albeit in newer, hipper incarnations), but it turns out there’s a contingent of children watching stuff that isn’t marketed to or made for them at all. Show More Summary

Audit Interview: Carol J. Loomis

Carol J. Loomis, who retired in July after 60 years at Fortune, where she became, indisputably, a giant of business journalism. Along the way, she blazed a trail for women journalists, felled CEOs, and became close friends with a little-known Omaha investor named Buffett. Put it this way: She won a Loeb award for Lifetime Achievement in 1993 and continued...

Paywall pioneer Press+ merges with Piano Media

European investment fund 3TS Capital Partners is buying American paywall pioneer Press+ for an undisclosed sum and will merge it with its European paywall company, Piano Media. The deal creates a global digital-subscription servicesShow More Summary

My money’s still on Christ … er, Crist

Scott leads Christ Crist by six points, new poll indicates (

Would your newsroom ethics policy prohibit a free lunch in this circumstance?

A Raleigh journalist sent me the emails below, using the subject line “The N&O’s sandwich Nazi.” The tipster describes Nathan Custis as “a young, well-meaning news clerk.” The response is from a veteran News & Observer reporter. Your thoughts? Please post in comments. On Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 12:02 PM, Custis, Nathan wrote: Hi … Read More

How to properly use [sic]

Twitter, Facebook, email, and the like are great reporting tools, allowing reporters access to more sources, wider reporting, and more information. But a problem arises when the written communications don't reach the publication's standards of style, spelling, or capitalization, or if they are ungrammatical or unclear. Show More Summary

Does Europe Have Enough Bandwidth to Handle the Netlflix Strain?

It's been established that the French in particular are skeptical about Netflix's upcoming continental rollout. But will French cinephiles even be able to stream their favorite Louis Malle films once the service shows up? Doubters worry...Show More Summary

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