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Matt Taibbi takes a leave from First Look Media

Matt Taibbi said in February after being hired by Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media: “This is clearly the future, and this was an opportunity for me to be part of helping to found something and create something that might carry us into the next generation.” Now it’s not clear whether he’ll be creating anything at … Read More

Hospital infections kill more people than car crashes. Here's how to cover them better

Ebola has killed one person in the United States, but about 75,000 people die each year from infections they picked up in a hospital. As Dr. Peter Pronovost of Johns Hopkins—one of the champions of checklists in medicine—notes frequently, that is more deaths than from breast cancer or car crashes. Despite the public health risk they pose, these infections don’t...

Northeast Ohio Media Group threatens website for posting editorial board video clip

The Plain Dealer/Northeast Ohio Media Group last week posted a video of Ohio Gov. John Kasich and challenger Ed FitzGerald meeting with the PD editorial board, then took it down without explanation and replaced it with an audio recording. The video showed Kasich – endorsed by the Plain Dealer – slumped in his chair and … Read More

On CNN International, the 'news' isn't always the news

Last June, CNN business reporter Richard Quest interviewed the CEO of the state-owned Qatar Airways about the recently opened Hamad International Airport in Doha. "Opening new airports and terminals is a tricky business," Quest warned, before introducing Akbar al Bakar, who supervised the airport's construction. Show More Summary

The newsonomics of the Sun-Times national/local network play

Coming, officially today, to your hometown: A templatized, national/local, ready-to-go network of 70 news sites and apps that aim to make use of all the au courant digital news business knowledge of the day. It’s called the Sun-Times Network, and it’s the latest attempt to try to do local news at a national scale. It’s...

Stories I'd like to see

Scoping out the Senate Majority: It seems likely that which party controls the US Senate for the next two years will not be decided on Election Day. I'm not only thinking about the possibility that two close races -- in Louisiana and Georgia -- could end up requiring runoffs. If candidates do not get more than 50 percent of the...

Correction of the Day

Abolish the Greek system; correction appended ( Update: A Boston Globe tweet that’s somewhat related (@bostonglobe)

Morning Report for October 28, 2014

Seattle Times blasts the FBI for putting a fake news story on a fake Seattle Times website. “Not only does that cross a line, it erases it,” says editor Kathy Best. ( Chicago Sun-Times is launching a “mobile-first app network.” CEO Tim Knight says “this innovation … begins an exciting new chapter for … Read More

The San Quentin News seeks to humanize inmates

The first time I met Juan Haines, the 56-year-old managing editor of the San Quentin News, he gleefully showed me a very blurry photo of a young African-American man, the kind from a security camera. "Do you recognize this man?" he asked. The other men in the newsroom chuckled. This was clearly some sort of joke. I looked at the...

After #TGIT and #WCW, 12 New TV Hashtag Campaigns We'd Like to See

Thank God it's branded! For the first time since NBC's Must-See TV Thursday night lineup and ABC's TGIF comedies ruled the airwaves in the '90s, broadcast networks are once again successfully branding entire nights of programming. ABC...Show More Summary

Time Slot Showdown of the Week: Monday, 8 p.m.

After landing half of this fall's NFL's Thursday Night Football package, CBS wisely decided against leaving broadcast's top-rated series, The Big Bang Theory, on the sidelines until regular Thursday night programming resumed Oct. 30....Show More Summary

Why It Took So Long for ABC to Cancel Manhattan Love Story

As the fall TV season kicks off, the networks usually have itchy trigger fingers when it comes to killing off new shows that flop out of the gate. But not this season. It took more than a full month before fall's first cancelation: Manhattan Love Story. Show More Summary

TV's Worst Prime-Time Debuts, From 2000 to Present

Canceled: Oct. 24, 2014 after four episodes Two unlikable New Yorkers (Analeigh Tipton and Jake McDorman) start a relationship, with voiceovers that reveal their innermost thoughts (spoiler: she like purses; he likes sex).

Ebola nurse quarantined in New Jersey wrote her big first-person account by text message

When The Dallas Morning News broke the story on Saturday that a nurse quarantined in a New Jersey hospital after caring for Ebola patients in West Africa was asymptomatic and had tested negative for the disease—and that she accused authorities of an overreaction that made her feel like a “criminal”—the journalist behind the news was no ordinary reporter. And the...

Reporter at Gannett’s Burlington Free Press laid off after refusing to reapply for her job

Lynn Monty was laid off from Gannett’s Burlington Free Press after refusing to interview to keep her job – a process she calls “degrading and demoralizing.” According to Monty (left), Gannett plans to pay her the difference between unemployment insurance compensation and her full salary for six weeks — one for each year she spent … Read More

There are a lot of ways to misuse 'hirsute'

We're going to make things a little "hairy" this week, in several senses of the word. "Hirsute" means "hairy," but usually a scraggly kind of hairy, more Hagrid than Hemingway. The Oxford English Dictionary says "hirsute" comes from the Latin for "rough, shaggy, bristly," and was first used in 1621. Journalists tend to call anyone with facial hair "hirsute," though...

The New York Times recreates ISIS captivity of Foley, Sotloff

For the past two months, most of what was known of the horrors faced by kidnapped journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff was limited to a pair of videos — snapshots of their executions at the hands of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Both men were held hostage for more than a year. But few details of...

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