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After NFL Controversies, Expect a Kinder, Gentler Set of Super Bowl Ads

Despite some saber rattling, not one of the NFL’s 30-plus corporate sponsors, including Procter & Gamble and General Motors, has yanked its deal over the domestic violence scandals swirling around the league. But well over half of Americans...Show More Summary

How The Simpsons Saved FXX

When FX Networks CEO John Landgraf sealed the deal last November to secure exclusive cable, VOD and non-linear rights to The Simpsons for his fledgling cable network FXX, he was elated ("It's arguably one of the greatest shows ever made!")—but terrified. Show More Summary

Inside the Academy's Quest to Be Known as More Than Just the Oscars

Mickey Mouse, Ronald McDonald, the Geico gecko, Mr. Clean—brand icons so embedded in the global mind-set that babies can recognize them before they can even speak. And then there’s Oscar, that distinguished little gold man honoring achievement in film, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 1929. Show More Summary

L.A. Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez Spends His Offseason Playing Fantasy Football

Specs Who Adrian Gonzalez Age 32 Claim to fame Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman; winner of the 2014 Silver Slugger Award, Golden Glove Award and Fielding Bible Award Base San Diego Twitter @AdrianTitan23 What’s the first information you consume in the morning? I look up fantasy football stuff on the ESPN and CBS apps. Show More Summary

VW of America Will Start Sponsoring CNN Documentaries

Volkswagen of America has been chosen by CNN Films to sponsor its documentaries, expanding the relationship between the two companies. The car maker’s ads will start airing later this month during the CNN showing of the film Ivory Tower about the high cost of a college education in the U.S. Show More Summary

NJ.com to Ebola nurse: Request denied

Ebola nurse: Stop calling me the “Ebola Nurse” (nj.com) - h/t @IllicitPopsicle

Tampa Bay Times loses two star journalists to Politico

Couldn't be more excited to join @politico with @michaelkruse. Thanks to @vermontgmg and @sbg1 for reaching south w/ this great opportunity. — Bill Duryea (@bduryeatimes) November 18, 2014 Two months ago, journalists at Poynter’s Tampa Bay Times were told that “if you have options, you should be exploring them because there’s no guarantee of where … Read More

Arizona State University won’t let Arizona Republic see sexual assault victims’ names

On July 18, Arizona Republic higher education reporter Anne Ryman asked to see the names of 36 sexual assault victims from crime reports filed with the Arizona State University (ASU) Police Department. (Ryman has been reporting on sexual violence at the school.) Four months later, the journalist and Gannett’s lawyer are still fighting for the … Read More

Religion Scholar Reza Aslan Has Bad News For Bill O’Reilly And Christian Fundamentalists

Professor Reza Aslan, scholar of religious studies and best-selling author, has news for Bill O’Reilly and for Christian fundamentalists, and it boils down to this. The Bible is not factual, and the historical Jesus would have been Bill...Show More Summary

Elvis Presley Sex Life Laid Bare: Book On ‘King Of Foreplay’ Shares Several Disturbing Details

Elvis Presley may have been a private person, willing to open up only to those in his inner circle while living. But in death, he has little say over what is revealed about him, and with the release of Elvis Presley: A Southern LifeShow More Summary

[UPDATED] NPR clock changes = less local news … or more?

NPR changed its clocks on Monday because, the network says, “people listen to radio differently now.” Current, the website about public media, explains that “the clocks are the second-by-second scheduling of what happens when during the newsmagazines, including newscasts, music beds and funding credits. Show More Summary

Thanks, Darth, I can now call it a day

Correction: Han Solo, not Luke Skywalker (jimromenesko.com) | @EvilDarthVader)

Boston Globe beefs up its business coverage

The Boston Globe is adding a standalone eight-page Business section in December. “We’ve got everything but a new name, which is currently, to my chagrin, “Business,'” Globe editor Brian McGrory tells his staff. “Please offer better ideas.” He adds: “We’re aiming to make our business coverage a signature part of the Globe, both in print … Read More

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal

A non-Catholic, casual news consumer might be forgiven for thinking that Pope Francis is pro-same-sex unions, pro-evolution, and anti-capitalism. Since he became the 267th pope in March 2013, the media has frequently suggested that the head of the 1.2-billion strong Catholic Church is planted firmly on the left. Show More Summary

StoryTracker is a new tool to track how news homepages change

Hopefully you know about PastPages, the tool built by L.A. Times data journalist Ben Welsh to record what some of the web’s most important news sites have on their homepage — hour by hour, every single day. Want to see what The Guardian’s homepage looked like Tuesday night? Here you go. Want to see how...

#TBT: Sorry Jar Jar, the Star Wars Holiday Special Is George Lucas's Most Embarrassing Creation Ever

A long, long time ago—Nov. 17, 1978, to be exact—in a television galaxy far, far away (one that only had three major networks), Star Wars unleashed what would become its single most embarrassing artifact upon 13 million unsuspecting CBS Friday night viewers. Show More Summary

Boston press critic Dan Kennedy is bothered by this wraparound Globe ad

I’ve seen similar ads in other papers, including ones in Chicago. “I generally defend these things,” writes journalism prof and media critic Dan Kennedy, “since I like it when news organizations find ways to make money. And it’s clearly labeled; it’s not at all deceptive. But still, this is a wow. If the Globe hasn’t … Read More

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