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Morning Report for November 12, 2014

Reuters sets a 400-word limit for non-exclusive spot news stories. ( Milwaukee TV reporter Meghan Dwyer claims she “misspoke” when she said in an awards acceptance speech that public schools “suck” and are “horrible.” ( | From her Twitter profile: “Trying to make local news less embarrassing.” Bill Wyman on Bill Cosby … Read More

Why won't journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions?

Photo credit: Associated Press You'd think that, in this TMZ-fueled age, movie and pop stars could do little that isn't salaciously spread across the internet. But if the celebrity press goes overboard, the establishment press does worse: It often lets stars with dubious pasts off the hook completely. Show More Summary

City of New Haven’s Perception Task Force works to get feel-good stories in the news

New Haven’s recently formed Perception Task Force aims to get positive coverage of the city in the New Haven Register and other news outlets. The mayor’s spokesman is assigned to “develop a stable of positive City focused stories to funnel to media to discourage sensational crime stories.” City officials insist crime is down, but say … Read More

Claim: ‘Roger Ailes is the new Hugh Hefner’

Howard Stern is a big fan of Fox News personality Anna Kooiman (“the really hot one”) and praises Roger Ailes for taking her out of the kickboxing studio and putting her on the news set. Stern said on his SiriusXM radio show today: Roger Ailes is the new Hugh Hefner, I’ve decided. The guy’s got … Read More

A different approach to Veterans Day coverage

MIAMI, FL -- "A lot of [veterans] I know, especially the younger guys, are kind of tired of the woe is me narrative." This is one reason Howard Altman, military affairs reporter for The Tampa Tribune, told me that he opted for a notably different approach to front-page Veterans Day coverage today. Altman wrote about a retired Navy SEAL who...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel staffers give to United Way via the Guild, not the company

In 2009, journalists at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel started donating to United Way through the Milwaukee Newspaper Guild. “Some people didn’t want to give through the company given how the company had forced us to take a pay cut and then laid people off,” says local Guild president and Journal Sentinel Packers reporter Tom Silverstein. … Read More

Osama bin Laden died like a ‘pussy’ … or a ‘wimp’

New York Post readers who checked the tabloid’s website before 9 a.m. Monday saw the headline, “Osama bin Laden died like a pussy.” After that, readers were told the al-Qaeda leader died like a “wimp.” “However, the URL still contained the offending word,” notes a Romenesko reader. “Sometime during the date, they changed the URL, … Read More

You mean against, right?

“Journalism students? You might want to rethink that head,” writes tipster Sandy Hingston. Speak out for sexual assault (

How did local TV cover California's Prop 45?

Almost lost in the aftermath of last week’s midterm elections was the defeat of California’s Prop 45, a ballot initiative that would have given the state’s insurance commissioner veto power over health insurance rates he deemed excessive for individual and small-business policies. Show More Summary

Morning Report for November 11, 2014 asks readers how they want Black Friday covered. The commenters don’t disappoint. ( WMUR’s James Pindell has been MIA – and silent on Twitter – since apologizing to Scott Brown for his debate question. (The news director didn’t respond to my Monday email.) ( Narrow demo: Reuters TV is targeting 30- … Read More

Why No One Comes Back to See Your Great Second Season

Very few TV series emerge fully-formed. Most shows take at least a season to figure themselves and their characters out, or to course-correct after a rocky beginning. Often by Season 2, a series—like FX's The Bridge or ABC's Marvel's...Show More Summary

Canadian Regulators Rescind 'Netflix Tax'

Canada’s equivalent of the FCC has backed off trying to regulate Netflix by rescinding what has become known as the "Netflix tax," a move which could have significant implications for other U.S. entertainment content providers doing business there. Show More Summary

Climate change coverage at a crossroads in Australia

Australia is entering what meteorologists are predicting will be another sweltering summer, with October already experiencing its hottest day on record. But coverage of the record temperatures, which scientists agree can be traced to global warming, isn't always covered as such here. Show More Summary

Boston University’s Daily Free Press launches campaign to save its print edition

Boston University’s Daily Free Press has launched a fundraising campaign to save its print edition. “After accumulating nearly $70,000 in debt over the past several years, our publisher, Turley Publications, has threatened to cease publishing the FreeP,” writes editor-in-chief Kyle Plantz. “If a large portion of this debt is not resolved by December 31, 2014, … Read More

Funny tweets are the new ‘Laughter is the Best Medicine’ in Reader’s Digest

– From the December Reader’s Digest You can stop sending “Humor in Uniform” and “Laughter is the Best Medicine” submissions to Reader’s Digest, and start giving the magazine your most hilarious tweets. You’ll get $25 if your tweet is published and the magazine will retweet. Reader’s Digest started paying for tweets after comedian Dan Wilbur … Read More

Capitalize this

If you read a historical document, like the Declaration of Independence, you'll notice the capitalization of lot of words we don't ordinarily capitalize today, and then not consistently: "Men," for example, is not capitalized in theShow More Summary

How about calling instead of reaching out?

Letter to Romenesko From TIM MULLIN: The 13-year-old boy in me enjoys the line “DeMaio told the U-T San Diego that he planned to reach out to Peters….” But the editor in me questions whether that couldn’t be worded a bit more circumspectly when referring to a candidate accused of groping and masturbating in front … Read More

Yes, ‘UnBEARable’ – but not in the headlines

This morning: Chicago Tribune | Chicago RedEye | Green Bay Press-Gazette (

Does corporate ownership lead to media bias? At least not in movie reviews, this study says

Interesting new study (PDF) from Stefano DellaVigna of UC Berkeley and Johannes Hermle of the University of Bonn. From the abstract (emphasis mine): Media outlets are increasingly owned by conglomerates, inducing a conflict of interest: a media outlet can bias its coverage to benefit companies in the same group. We test for bias by examining...

A look inside Guantánamo Bay by Vice

Since the first detainees were shipped to Guantánamo Bay in January 2002, media coverage of the US military prison has focused on it as a legal quandary and political dilemma. Details on life within its walls, on the other hand, have only dribbled out. Reporters’ access there is highly restricted, and few journalists — the Miami Herald’s Carol Rosenberg...

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