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AMC Gets Big Piece of BBC America for $200 million

AMC is taking over BBC America, buying a piece of the U.K. broadcasting property for a reported $200 million. The deal gives control to AMC, but BBC Worldwide will retain a 50.1 percent stake in the cable channel. The companies will invest in BBC productions, and AMC will enjoy free rein pursuing U.S. Show More Summary

Ken Doctor: How interim is everything about the Orange County Register?

Lots of words come to mind to describe Aaron Kushner’s Orange County Register. The best one may be the title that’s been given to Kushner’s successor as CEO and publisher: interim. Can we call the announcement of casino executive Rich Mirman as Kushner’s replacement a surprise? Hardly. That’s a word that’s gotten an exhaustive workout...

Oh Well, So Much for The Avengers Trailer Driving SHIELD Viewership

It was a great plan while it lasted. To boost ABC's flagging Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel planned to debut the trailer for next May's The Avenger's: Age of Ultron film during next week's episode—but that changed last night. Wednesday evening, a version of the trailer with low-quality sound but comparatively high-resolution visuals hit the Web. Show More Summary

Knight Prototype Fund announces funding for 18 new projects

Eighteen projects aimed at improving journalism or media are each receiving $35,000 in seed funding from Knight Foundation as part of the latest round of funding from the Knight Prototype Fund, the foundation just announced. (Disclosure: Knight also funds Nieman Lab, though not through the Prototype Fund.) The grant recipients range from the Harvard Library...

Spike Lee Captures the Passion and Personality of Mo'ne Davis in This Stirring World Series Ad

The upstart Kansas City Royals are one of the great underdog stories in recent sports history, a fact further highlighted by the 7-1 pummeling the team received at the hands of the San Francisco Giants in Tuesday's Game 1 of the World Series. Show More Summary

TV's 10 Worst Time Slots: Can Any Show Survive?

If a TV series is placed in a terrible time slot and no one is around to watch it, does it make a noise in the ratings? Of course not, which is the conundrum of network TV scheduling: Every show, no matter how good or bad, is ultimately at the mercy of its time slot, especially when it’s put in one of the spots that routinely repels audiences. Show More Summary

When Not Whacking Zombies, This TV Star Is Lurking on Reddit

Specs Who Steven Yeun Age 30 Claim to fame Stars as Glenn Rhee on AMC’s The Walking Dead (Sundays, 9 p.m.) Base Los Angeles Twitter @steveyeun What’s the first information you consume in the morning? I turn on the computer and I’m probably on Reddit straight away. Show More Summary

I’m rooting for Fears to own the Ebola beat

Ebola hits New York City (nypost.com) | @danikafears (twitter.com)

HBO Will Finally Offer a Cable-Free Option Next Year

HBO Go has finally done what subscribers have been begging for since the announcement of the streaming service: It's dropping the cable-subscription requirement. A streaming network, offering access to Game of Thrones and other massively...Show More Summary

Is it ever okay to name victims?

In 1990, The Des Moines Register took the rare step of naming a rape victim in a series that won the following year's Pulitzer Prize for public service. The Pulitzer committee wrote that the series prompted "widespread reconsideration...Show More Summary

Morning Report for October 24, 2014

Facebook and Twitter use cheap labor in the Philippines for “content moderation.” One worker says he was offered $312 a month to monitor Facebook posts. (wired.com) Detroit News moves out of a home that’s “too big, too hard to heat and too expensive to maintain.” (detroitnews.com/AUTOPLAY AD) It’s the 300th day that … Read More

Morning Report for October 23, 2014

New York Times reporter Richard Perez-Pena says he’ll be “stunned” if even 100 colleagues apply for buyouts. (capitalnewyork.com) Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg wishes Dave McKinney had just gone back to work “instead of pouring...Show More Summary

James Risen on secret sources, joining Twitter, and going undercover

For more than seven years, James Risen has been locked in a legal battle with the US Justice Department, facing potential jail time in his effort to protect an anonymous source from his 2006 book, State of War. Over that seven-year span, press–government relations have continued to sour, and the Obama administration has pursued more criminal leak investigations than...

The biggest threat to press rights may be a failure to understand them

It’s a cliché to say so, but we’re at a moment of transition for American journalism. The digital disruption that has challenged the newspaper industry and other legacy publishers has also created opportunities for independent journalists and startup news organizations. Show More Summary

Former Sun-Times staffers react to top reporter's resignation

CHICAGO — It would be hard to overstate the sense of shock and dismay among journalists here, a day after Dave McKinney, former statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Sun-Times, stepped down from the embattled yet feisty paper. “I’m convinced this newspaper no longer has the backs of reporters like me,” McKinney wrote in his resignation letter to Michael Ferro, chairman of...

Top journalist quits the Sun-Times: Paper 'no longer has the backs of reporters like me'

CHICAGO — Dave McKinney, Springfield bureau chief for the Chicago Sun-Times, rocked the political and media world here yesterday—not by penning a hard-hitting story, as he has often done throughout his 19-year career at the paper, but...Show More Summary

Stories I'd like to see

This New York Times story on Thursday outlines the damage done to the reputation of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas as a result of its mistakes in dealing with Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan. The hospital, the Times reports, has now "hired Burson-Marsteller, the global public-relations firm, to help tell its side." It would be great to see a...

How do we know what we know about #Gamergate?

Gamergate is “a heated debate over journalistic integrity, the definition of video games and the identity of those who play them” according to CNN. It is “a movement of sorts,” says The New Yorker. Its focal point is reported as a critique of ethics in video games media or as a relentless campaign of harassment towards women. Deadspin says its...

CJR seeks freelance correspondents

The Columbia Journalism Review is seeking several digital correspondents to write smart, analytic pieces on various beats. The freelance work requires that the correspondents maintain an expertise on coverage and developments withinShow More Summary

What's happening in Hong Kong?

"What kind of Communists are these people?!" exclaimed Jon Stewart on the October 6 episode of The Daily Show, pointing to the orderliness and civility of the mass protests that having been taking place in downtown Hong Kong since late September. While the segment likely brought awareness to a story that Americans might not be inclined to follow (considering how...

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