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[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 ( | @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

The newsonomics of Talking Points Memo’s native advertising shift

Call it addition by subtraction, or deduction over misdirection. The commercial progress of Talking Points Memo is a telling lesson in the maturation of digital native news companies. TPM was born very much a blog, one of those early political blogs built on single-minded strong opinion and dogged work. Josh Marshall worked solo, building it...

What can Jim Brady's new site do for Philadelphia journalism?

DETROIT, MI — “Can it last?” That was daily reporting too. Though there are some notable exceptions, the track record for news startups in the city of 1.5 million people is not encouraging. But there’s a new crop on the way, trying a variety of models in search of the right mix of relevance and sustainability. The nonprofit Philadelphia Citizen,...

Malcolm Gladwell: Bill Simmons’ suspension ‘was an embarrassingly low moment’ for ESPN

Malcolm Gladwell tells Bloomberg TV that suspending Bill Simmons “was totally the wrong decision” by ESPN. “I thought that in the course of expressing their opinions, sports columnists are allowed to draw conclusions. Apparently not....Show More Summary

The Definitive Ranking of Every Single Adult Swim Show Currently Running

Over the next few weeks we're going to be looking at some of the highest-rated cable networks on the airwaves in much the same way we ranked the shows on ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox back in September, and we figured we'd start off with an ambitious one: Adult Swim. Show More Summary

Morning Report for November 13, 2014

Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Bill Livingston was ordered to write an apology letter to Cavs owner Dan Gilbert. ( A Palm Beach Post story prompts the sheriff’s department to pull its online booking blotter. ( Choire Sicha on The Awl’s redesign: “I care more about agility, speed and readers’ ability to discover … Read More

Medium provides community, feedback for wannabe writer

On Tuesday, Matter announced the six finalists for a new international reporting fellowship. In an experiment with crowdsourcing the fellowship jury, Matter is letting readers vote for their favorite proposal, deciding who takes home $10,000 for the project. Show More Summary

Counting ‘Dead’ (Grateful tops them all)

From latest E&P: Fun with Google search term numbers! (@EditorPublisher)

What political reporters learned from the Colorado midterm election

DENVER, CO -- While the midterms are over here in America's favorite swing state, that doesn't mean reporters are taking a breather from political coverage. They're writing stories about what happened: how the Republican wave crashed on the Rockies (Democratic Sen. Show More Summary

Boston University’s Daily Free Press reaches fundraising goal with help from Bill O’Reilly

Print is not dead ! — Ernie Boch Jr. (@ErnieBochJr) February 22, 2013 On Monday, Boston University Daily Free Press launched a $70,000 fundraising campaign to save its print edition. On Wednesday, the paper announced it’s already exceeded its goal, thanks to a $50,000 contribution from Boston philanthropist Ernie Boch Jr., $10,000 from Fox News … Read More

Why activists increasingly focus on online media strategy

In July, a video featuring various Lego characters went viral on social media, but the rigors endured by the plastic toys suggested this was no promotional video for the brand. In a chilling doomsday scenario, set to a slowed-down version of the theme song from the recent Lego movie, the entire miniature world slowly drowned in oil. The video was...

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