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University of Richmond scrubs profile of j-school alum charged with sex tape upload

In June of 2013, the University of Richmond profiled Carlo Dellaverson, a Class of 2006 journalism grad who went on to work at CNBC and NBC News. The university’s story noted that Dellaverson “has to be on top of breaking news [and] makes sure NBC breaks news as it happens, whether it’s on social media … Read More

ISIS's Sinister Media Strategy, and How the West Is Fighting Back

Here's an ugly truth: ISIS has a really effective brand strategy. Al Qaeda terrorists had a manifesto that claimed to represent the common man (the name means "The Base") and some grainy, boring video, but ISIS is going after the supervillain look as hard as it can. Show More Summary

Is journalism a ‘prestigious’ occupation? Americans are divided on that, says a new poll

A recently conducted Harris Poll finds that the top ten occupations seen as prestigious are doctors (88% giving it that classification); military officers (78%); firefighters (76%); scientists (76%); nurses (70%); engineers (69%); police officers (66%); priests/ministers/clergy (62%); architects (62%); and athletes (60%). Show More Summary

Why hiring Benny Johnson is a smart play for National Review

It comes as no surprise that National Review hired Benny Johnson, BuzzFeed’s former viral politics editor who was fired in late July for 41 instances of plagiarism. Like so many of the conservative magazine’s mainstream counterparts, National Review is fighting for a share of an increasingly crowded online market. Show More Summary

Gawker memo: Just smile at the picketers from Westboro Baptist Church

“God hates Gawker,” according to a Westboro Baptist Church press release announcing plans to picket Gawker headquarters at 210 Elizabeth St. in New York. They “roll out scores of blogs daily, full of mocking, irreverent, vulgar, base, worthless bilge.” Church members plan to picket Gawker from 3:15 to 3:45 this afternoon. Here’s the Gawker editorial … Read More

Luke Wilson May Singlehandedly Save Books, Newspapers and CDs

Specs Who Luke Wilson Age 42 Accomplishments Co-stars in The Skeleton Twins with Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader (in theaters Sept. 12); writer and co-director (with brother Andrew Wilson) of the short film Satellite Beach Base Los Angeles What’s the first information you consume in the morning? I get The New York Times and the L.A. Show More Summary

Morning Report for September 10, 2014

A freelancer explains how she writes up to 30 pieces a week. “I treat freelance writing like a full-time job,” says Nicole Dieker. ( “Silicon Valley is much thinner-skinned than Wall Street,” says New York magazine’s Kevin Roose. “You write something mildly negative about a tech company, and suddenly your emails aren’t getting … Read More

Keep calm and write a headline worth reading

Facebook announced recently that it would be cracking down on teaser headlines crafted to lure readers into clicking on weak content, and it was a gratifying win for the newspaper traditionalists. The art of writing a headline--fitting an accurate, compelling, occasionally clever description of a story into a tight space--has been on the decline since the rise of Twitter and...

What embedding the Ray Rice video reveals about news judgement

That there is no Golden Rule guiding editors who must decide whether to publish graphic images has never been more obvious than in the past few weeks. On August 19, the ISIS video showing James Foley's murder ignited a debate between journalists who believed that publishing images of the executioner's knife at Foley's neck was essential to readers' understanding of...

#NewsIsBack(?): Norah O’Donnell interviews NFL commissioner Roger Goodell

Norah O’Donnell promotes her exclusive interview with Roger Goodell ( | @norahodonnell) Earlier: NBC News boss says her news division had “gone to sleep” (

Florida newspaper exposes sweet deal for state politicians

MIAMI, FL -- The Tampa Bay Times has been rolling out an impressive expose of secret hunting trips to Texas taken by more than a dozen current and former Florida lawmakers and officials including Gov. Rick Scott, who is in a tight race for reelection. While the findings may strike some readers as business as usual in politics, the story...

Tech journalists [heart] Whole Foods?

Whole Foods to take Apple Pay; so will McDonald's, even at drive-thrus — Danny Sullivan (@dannysullivan) September 9, 2014 seriously the cheering for Whole Foods tells you everything you need to know about who's in the audience right now — Sam Thielman (@samthielman) September 9, 2014 Apple Pay mobile wallet unveiled (

‘Incredible’ Arizona Republic page one

Governing magazine reporter’s tweet: Incredible front page of Arizona Republic today, after area hit with record-breaking floods — danvock (@danvock) September 9, 2014 Arizona Republic’s front page for September 9 (

We’re just praying he doesn’t

Does Jon Stewart have a secrete secret dark side? ( Update: “No ooze is good news,” and other Facebook wall comments ( h/t @JeffKoyen

Jay Mariotti: GQ corrected an error about me in its ‘Biggest Sleazebag’ feature

Letter to Romenesko From JAY MARIOTTI: In its September edition, GQ magazine all but accuses me of extortion in an absurdly false report (at right) — claiming I used a camera-phone video of an ESPN executive to coerce the network into giving me assignments. It is a lie that would be laughable if not so … Read More

Stories I'd like to see

1. Cancer money: The Stand Up to Cancer telethon -- simulcast Friday night on all four major broadcast networks and 28 cable channels, and livestreamed on Yahoo and Hulu (available on YouTube here) -- reminded me of a story I have long wanted to read: How much money is being spent on cancer research, where is it going and how...

Morning Report for September 9, 2014

Could TMZ win a Pulitzer for its Ray Rice coverage? “Why not?” writes a veteran Pulitzer-watcher. (Joe Strupp) | “Fox & Friends” spends 13 seconds addressing yesterday’s “take the stairs!” comment. ( Ad in the Minneapolis Star Tribune: Won’t somebody please buy the St. Paul Pioneer Press? ( Scott Pelley: News viewers … Read More

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