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Morning Report for January 27, 2015

A former CIA officer is found guilty of leaking to New York Times reporter James Risen. ( Fusion fails with its “20 Reasons You Shouldn’t Work at BuzzFeed” post, then decides to change the hed. ( Marquette’s Lori Bergen and four others are finalists for the dean’s job at University of Colorado … Read More

Here's how you run a newspaper that's under attack

In the early hours of a November morning in 2011, a car pulled in front of the offices of El Siglo de Torrón, a newspaper based in the north-central Mexican city of Comarca Lagunera. The driver got out, lugging a vat of gasoline. He poured it over the car and lit a fuse. While the vehicle burned, he turned...

Tied up at home? Have some Nieman Lab #BlizzardReads

Tethered to your laptop at home, unable to venture out into the snowy world? If you’re looking for something to read, we’ve got a few ideas. Here are a few Nieman Lab stories from recent weeks and months you might enjoy — if you didn’t catch them the first time around. What does Facebook’s new...

This Winter's Timeslot Battles Feature Some of the Strangest Shows on the Dial

Broadcast networks are pitting their bench players against each other after a particularly poor showing in the fall. Some matchups are anyone's guess, and some are just plain weird. Interestingly, there's more new content than usual on the air this winter, quite a bit of it from ABC. Show More Summary

Former Indianapolis Star reporter to oversee governor’s new state-run news service

My Soviet radar is going bonkers: Indiana state-run news outlet will compete with media via @indystar h/t @romenesko — Mikhail Zinshteyn (@mzinshteyn) January 26, 2015 Bill McCleery, who left the Indianapolis Star two months ago, will be managing editor of Gov. Mike Pence’s new “Just IN” news service. A state document uncovered by the … Read More

Of course, a business called Munchie Delivery is going to have stoned and drunk customers

Duly noted. My favorite passage in the University of Wisconsin student journalist’s story is: The entire building [where munchies are being delivered] reeks of marijuana. On this night, James will deliver orders to this building five times, three of which are to the same specific apartment. As for the typical customer of the business, [co-assistant … Read More

Nascar Legends Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Loom Large in New Campaign

Stock car legends Richard "The King" Petty and the late Dale "The Intimidator" Earnhardt won the most Nascar season titles with seven apiece—putting them in rarified air among the many drivers who have raced over the decades. Richard "The King" Petty provides voiceover in new spots. Show More Summary

Why the Super Bowl Halftime Show Has Become the Biggest Ad of All

For brands that know the score, music and sports can be a winning combination—and nowhere more than the Super Bowl halftime show, the height of music, sports and pop culture on the world's ultimate stage. "They're a natural pairing," says Angela Natividad, international account director at social agency Darewin. Show More Summary

Veteran Trentonian opinion journalist wonders if he’ll ever be able to quit pontificating

In April of 2014, Dave Neese left The Trentonian after four decades as a reporter and editorial writer. He said then that “I’m being eased out the door … the job eliminated for supposed ‘economic’ reasons.” Neese’s departure was noted on Gawker, my site and others because of this quote he gave to NJ Watchdog: … Read More

Why moving Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial won't nullify pretrial media coverage

As jury selection in the alleged Boston Marathon bomber’s trial entered its final stages last week, defense attorneys filed a third motion to move the trial to a new location. Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev argued that various factors, including “unrelenting” media coverage, had helped create bias among potential jurors in Boston. Show More Summary

’60 Minutes’ uses debunked cops’ life expectancy figure in its Cleveland PD story

“Six Cleveland cops have been killed in the last 20 years. Danger and stress take their toll. A police officer’s life expectancy here and around the country is ten years shorter than the average American.”

Veteran editorial cartoonist Ed Stein launches ‘Sleeper Ave.’ on Wednesday

Letter to Romenesko From ED STEIN: After a long career in editorial cartooning (Rocky Mountain News and UFS) and comic strips “Freshly Squeezed,” Universal Uclick), I’m on my own with an internet-only feature. On Wednesday I launch my new webcomic, “Sleeper Ave.” at I loved newspapering, and I had the best job in the … Read More

How hacking confusion threatens tech reporters

Not everyone agrees on what to call Barrett Brown. He has been dubbed a journalist, a hacktivist, a criminal, and a spokesman for Anonymous. His writing career predates his association with the hacking collective, but he admits to becoming a general advocate for Anonymous and a limited participant in some specific operations. "All in all, I served a very ambiguous...

Former employee of Austin’s Fox affiliate kills himself outside of News Corp. headquarters

Former Fox 7 Austin employee Phillip Perea killed himself outside of the News Corporation building Monday morning after handing out fliers that said his ex-employer “ended my career.” (One of his last tweets said, “Congratulations Fox, this is all the money I have left to my name, $104?). The Wall Street Journal reports: A suicide … Read More

ESPN's Music Focus: How Athletes and Artists Are Learning From Each Other

In recent years, ESPN's music focus has come to rival that of MTV. The cable network uses songs from diverse artists to bolster its sports coverage—and makes music a regular feature of its glossy magazine to entice readers and ad dollars. Show More Summary

Adweek Debuts Redesign With Its First Super Bowl Issue Today

As in football, sticking with a playbook in publishing for too long can have dire consequences. If your routes become obvious, or stale, your competition will either do an end run around you or simply tear your head off at the line of scrimmage. Show More Summary

Things Super Bowl Viewers Love (Besides the Big Game)

How do the interests of Super Bowl viewers compare to those less invested in the Big Game? Audience measurement firm GfK MRI asked 25,000 U.S. adult Super Bowl fans about their daily activities, consumer behaviors, assets and goals.Show More Summary

How the Houston Chronicle is catching up to a changing city

HOUSTON, TX -- The biggest city in Texas isn’t just big. Houston is vast, growing, and changing--fast. The city proper is the fourth largest in the country, and the population of the sprawling metropolitan area is now greater than Philadelphia’s. By at least one account, it’s the most ethnically diverse city in America, too--the home of Urban Cowboy and Billy...

Morning Report for January 26, 2015

Ebony parent Johnson Publishing hopes to get $40 million for its photo archive. ( Fark founder Drew Curtis is running for Kentucky governor. “I have no idea what I’m in for,” he says, “but that’s kind of the thing about being an entrepreneur, is you jump off a cliff and you build the … Read More

How media managers should share bad news

Liz Spayd: It's hard to find a newsroom, with a few exceptions like maybe BuzzFeed, that don't have financial challenges to weather. The buyouts at The New York Times are among the latest. Do you think management does a good enough job of revealing information to its employees about how the business is doing and how it could impact...

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