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Morning Report for July 28, 2014

Washington Times partners with the Redskins, but insists it will still have “probing coverage” of the team. (Probe too hard, and no doubt that deal will dissolve.) (washingtontimes.com) New York Times favors legalizing pot, but it will continue to test new employees for drugs. (huffingtonpost.com) Science magazine is criticized for this cover … Read More

Everyone’s doing Explainer Journalism, it seems

Explainer journalism isn’t just a fad or a trend (niemanlab.org) - Photo by Katie Wadington

Inside Homer Simpson's Gigantic Head at Comic Con

The inside of Homer Simpson’s head is filled with colorful drawings of the characters from the show named after his family, a giant video screen covering the top interior of his skull—which is about 20 feet in diameter—a brain (presumably...Show More Summary

Journalists subpoenaed in 'pink-slime' suit

At least five journalists have been ordered to hand over documents to attorneys representing the largest manufacturer of "pink slime," the latest development in Beef Products Inc.'s $1.2-billion defamation lawsuit against ABC News and others. Show More Summary

Evening Report for July 25, 2014

Ken Doctor says explainer sites aren’t just a fad. (niemanlab.org) Media reporter Joe Flint quits the Los Angeles Times and returns to the Wall Street Journal. (politico.com) | (@JBFlint) Charles Koch‘s wife has had it with all of those “evil Koch brothers” stories! (cjr.org) Good luck getting an interview with someone … Read More

I want to tweet police news for the Waukesha Freeman

#Waukesha #blotter: Caller reports drunk man staggering down the street w/child. Turns out to be woman who recently had toe amputated. — Waukesha Freeman (@WaukeshaFreeman) July 25, 2014 #Brookfield #blotter: Caller reports domestic disturbrance. Show More Summary

Must-reads of the week

Culled from CJR's own stories, plus the frequently updated "Must-reads from around the Web," our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and other miscellany) on the Internet, here are your can't-miss must-reads of the past week: The down and dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed) - "TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets...

Albany diocese blasts priest’s death notice that fails to mention abuse allegations

Father Robert Purcell (aka “Father Bob”) was removed from ministry by the Albany Diocese three years ago, but that wasn’t mentioned in the glowing death notices published in New York state newspapers. “This was a paid obituary,” Glens Falls Post Star editor Ken Tingley tells me. “Editorial employees have no control over the content in … Read More

‘A spectacular two days’ with media VIPs – for $5,000 per person

Walter Isaacson writes in his invitation: “My good friend Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter knows how to throw an event and we are collaborating with him to create quite a unique program” – at $5,000 per person. From: Sent on behalf of Walter Isaacson Sent: Friday, July 25, 2014 1:13 PM To: Subject: Vanity Fair … Read More

Seinfeld Says That Iconic Sitcom Might Be Coming to Netflix

During a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) yesterday, Jerry Seinfeld confirmed that he is currently in talks with Netflix to bring Seinfeld, the iconic sitcom of which he was the star and co-creator (with Larry David), to the digital streaming service, The Verge reported. Show More Summary

The Creators of Robot Chicken Love to Play With Toys

When conjuring names for their new stop motion adult animated series, Stoopid Buddy Stoodios co-founders Matt Senreich, John "Harv" Harvatine, Seth Green and Eric Towner submitted 80 different titles to Cartoon Network. While an early...Show More Summary

Oculus Rift Takes Center Stage at Comic-Con

While you can read about how your favorite characters solved a crisis or watch a movie about a doomsday scenario, there's still something to be said about going through the heart-stopping action for yourself. Thanks to virtual reality technology Oculus Rift, some San Diego Comic-Con attendees were able to do just that. Show More Summary

Embedded with the Koch brothers

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS — “I’m so hopeful that there will be something, SOMETHING in the world out there besides ‘Evil Koch Brothers,’” Liz Koch, wife of billionaire Charles Koch, told the Wichita Eagle. “Jesus H., I’m sick of it.” It was fall 2012, toward the end of a grinding campaign in which her husband and his brother David were deeply invested,...

Morning Report for July 25, 2014

Washington Post gets “credible reports” that correspondent Jason Rezaian and his wife are being held in Tehran. “It is unclear who detained them or why,” the paper says. (washingtonpost.com) NPR’s ombudsman reviews the radio network’s Gaza coverage and finds it “fair and accurate.” (npr.org) Noted: New York Times’ use of the word … Read More

A tentative thumbs up to WaPo's Storyline; mixed success for FiveThirtyEight

This week's Data Darts and Laurels features newcomer Storyline, a just-launched section of Washingtonpost.com "dedicated to the power of stories to help us understand complicated, critical things," according to Jim Tankersley, who is heading the project. Show More Summary

Not-so-secret lives on smartphones

Call it journalistic phone hacking with consent. On The Secret Life of Students, a recent documentary series on the UK’s Channel 4, cameras tracked 12 freshmen through their first four months of college. There was one difference: Every single online interaction they had was tracked too. Show More Summary

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