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Moody’s: ‘Our outlook for the U.S. newspapers and magazines sector is negative’

No surprise: A new report from Moody’s Investors Service says the outlook for newspapers and magazines “is negative through at least late 2015.” From the report: Publishers’ gains from digital subscriptions will plateau quickly. Digital business is the fastest-growing category for newspaper and magazine publishers, yet growth will be smaller in 2014 and into … Read More

Better together: How two St. Louis nonprofit newsrooms are learning to thrive as one outlet

In December, St. Louis Public Radio reporters Chris McDaniel and Véronique LaCapra published an investigation into whether Missouri was violating state law by buying drugs to execute prisoners from a company not licensed in Missouri....Show More Summary

Why it's getting harder to report on Syria

CAIRO -- There has never been a more important, or a more difficult time to report on Syria. Today, the international media has less access to Syria than at any time during more than three years of revolt followed by civil war and chaos. Rebel-held Syria is impossibly risky territory for foreign journalists. The recent murders of American journalists James...

How should you choose what commenting platform (if any) to use on your news site?

The American Press Institute’s Lisa Zimmerman has a detailed piece that tries to answer that question. And the solutions don’t always have to involve big investments in technology; here’s one take from Spokane: The Spokesman-Review in Washington State changed its commenting policy in August 2014. “We no longer will allow comments to be posted on...

My second laugh of the day (the Alaska TV reporter’s resignation was my first)

Question: Can you grill romanesco? Answer: Heck yeah you can — Bon Appetit Magazine (@bonappetit) September 22, 2014 @bonappetit I read this wrong and thought you'd done an intense, hard-hitting interview with @romenesko — Anna Maltby (@amalt) September 22, 2014

From Nieman Reports: Digital is bringing un grand dérangement to French news institutions

Of all the papers and newsmagazines in France, one in particular should have been well prepared for the challenges of this digital era: Libération. With its witty headlines, striking photo portraits, and its passionate and often provocative coverage of arts, society, and politics, “Libé” has ridden the counterculture wave ever since it was founded by...

Morning Report for September 22, 2014

New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet loves a “big, juicy piece that gets the attention of the whole world the next day.” ( Veteran blogger Barry Ritholtz points out: “Mainstream media ignored blogs, occasionally stole...Show More Summary

DC Is Getting Its TV on This Fall

“I was Dick Donner’s assistant for four years, where I just constantly asked him about Superman,” confessed Geoff Johns, chief creative officer of DC Comics. “And The Goonies. He told me once that if he’d done another Superman movie,...Show More Summary

Alaska TV reporter drops the F-Bomb while quitting on Sunday’s 10 p.m. newscast

On Sunday night’s 10 p.m. newscast, KTVA (Anchorage) reporter Charlo Greene did a piece on the Alaska Cannabis Club without disclosing – until the end of the report that she’s behind the operation. She told viewers: “[I] will be dedicating all of my energy toward fighting for freedom and fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana … Read More

LL Cool J’s Guilty Pleasure Is Watching Mob Wives’ Catfights

Specs Who LL Cool J Age 46 Claim to fame Grammy Award- winning rapper and star of NCIS: Los Angeles (Season 6 premieres Monday, Sept. 29 on CBS) Base New York What’s the first information you consume in the morning? I look at all the trending topics everywhere, but I also like to maybe read something from a book before I consume information. Show More Summary

Fox News' ‘Outnumbered’ Host Harris Faulkner Discusses the Role of Social Media in Journalism

Photo: Alfred Maskeroni Specs New gig Panelist on Fox News’ Outnumbered Old gig Anchor of Fox Report Weekend and breaking news anchor for Happening Now Twitter @HarrisFaulkner Age 48 How did you get started as a broadcast journalist? I knew from a very young age that I was going to use my voice. Show More Summary

Why news organizations are abandoning the Redskins

When Michael Persinger decided earlier this month that the Charlotte Observer would join the list of newspapers, magazines, and online publications that no longer print the name of the Washington Redskins, he expected a backlash. He didn't have to wait long. Show More Summary

Weekend Report for September 20-21, 2014

Huffington Post uses an image that accuses the site of photo theft, then takes the photo down after it’s tweeted. (@jamesrbuk) Is Aaron Kushner about to kill the Los Angeles Register? ( | ( David Rose: “You can have a terrible editorial product, and you can sell the magazine as long as … Read More

Hisses for ‘Hagar’

Rape jokes do not belong in the comics (

The CW's New Shows, From Best to ... Second Best

The CW is not a large network. Co-owned by CBS and Warner Bros., its target viewers are the teens and twentysomethings who play Minecraft, watch Netflix, work at odd hours or attend school, and so its lineup doesn't rate as highly in the 18-49 demo as the other four. Show More Summary

Shonda Rhimes Sounds Off on Social About Being Mischaracterized as an 'Angry Black Woman'

Shonda Rhimes is calling out The New York Times for an article that suggested the Grey's Anatomy creator is an "angry black woman," and that she's taking advantage of the stereotype to fuel the success of her shows, including the upcoming ABC series How to Get Away With Murder. Show More Summary

The Washington Post takes on Rand Paul

On Monday, The Washington Post analyzed the evolution of some of Sen. Rand Paul’s policy positions — flip-flops — in a frontpage story. Among the examples given was his recent support for military action against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a reversal of his position in June. The collective takeaway on the libertarian-leaning Paul, David Fahrenthold reports, is...

UC Berkeley journalism students asked to pay more; university officials make more

Board of Regents approves pay increases for chancellor, executives ( Journalism school may raise costs by more than $10,000 ( An open letter to UC Berkeley’s journalism school dean (

Must-reads of the week

Is the US ‘going to war’ against ISIS? The answer matters (CJR) - A war of words between the Obama administration and the press. Trend Piece (New Yorker) - "Buzzword, buzzword, buzzword. Isn't the buzzword on your mind now? Perhaps it is on other people's minds? Read on or you'll be clueless, dated, and without any friends in the...

As journalists become wonks, wonks become journalists

The Economist offers an interesting perspective today on the flip side of the wonky data journalism craze. While traditional newsrooms and media startups sift through spreadsheets and build interactive graphics and apps, think tanksShow More Summary

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