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A Look Back at the Mythbusters Explosions That Moved Us

Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara won't be back on Mythbusters next year, their counterparts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage abruptly told viewers by way of a video released on the website today, which included no statement from any of the three performers who won't be returning. Show More Summary

Is Explainer Journalism A Fad That Is Already Fading?

Are you familiar with explainer journalism? If not, let me give you a quick crash course — you take a complex or sometimes a non-complex issue in the news, use charts, graphs and graphics to simplify it to terms understandable by the general public, and then add some language to help explain what you are

Guild: Time Inc. content chief’s spin on rating system for writers not surprising

Time Inc. chief content officer Norman Pearlstine said on Wednesday that Sports Illustrated rating its online journalists on how beneficial they are to advertisers “is not a big deal” – a controversy, he said, that was hyped by the Newspaper Guild. The Guild’s response: It’s not surprising that Time Inc. would try to spin its … Read More

Jonesboro police chief gets 30-days suspension for harassing reporter on Facebook

Jonesboro (AR) Police Chief Mike Yates will be suspended for 30 days for posting vicious comments about former Jonesboro Sun crime reporter Sunshine Crump. The city’s mayor also ordered Yates to apologize to Crump, who resigned on Monday after months of intimidation by the chief. (“I do not feel safe here,” she wrote in her … Read More

Showtime Renews Masters of Sex, Ray Donovan

Showtime announced today that Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan will both be renewed for a third season, with twelve episodes slated for each series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Production on the new episodes will reportedly begin early next year. Show More Summary

To publish or not: James Foley video spotlights media's tough call

The obvious implication of The New York Times' famous motto that its pages contain "All the News That's Fit to Print" is that not all news is fit to print. Of course, a lot has changed since that slogan debuted in 1896. For one thing, the internet has replaced print as the news' primary platform. Even so, the basic responsibility...

Dear Subway: Journalists don’t respond well to ‘EDIT NEEDED’ orders from PR people

Shoutout to @SUBWAY, who just emailed me with a subject line "Edit Needed" because I didn't mention them in a story about Ryan Howard. OK! — Sarah Baicker (@sbaickerCSN) August 21, 2014 Philadelphia Phillies slugger and Subway pitchman Ryan Howard spent some time with Little League players Thursday as part of a promotion arranged by … Read More

Unfortunate ad placement

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‘The Daily Show’ and ‘The Colbert Report’ have a lot of white male guests

Chloe Angyal says of Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert: “When it comes to gender and race, their guest rosters more closely resemble a GOP national convention than they do the liberal vision of a diverse and equitable.” Of Colbert’s most recent 45 guests, 73% were men and 89% were white. For Stewart it was 62% … Read More

Medicare fraud stories ignore larger issues of reform

This has been a summer for Medicare fraud stories. In the past week alone, there were stories from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. The Journal piece explained how Medicare's claims database "reveals that some alleged bad actors have been in the Medicare system for years." The story centered around one Dr. Robert Glazer,...

From Birthday Suit to Lawsuit

Jessie Nizewitz was prepared to bare it all for VH1’s summer series Dating Naked. But the 28-year-old contestant from Long Island says she didn’t realize that her most private parts, shot from an extremely unflattering position, would become part of an episode. Show More Summary

Morning Report for August 22, 2014

A health care company has no right to review Boston Globe’s reporting before the story is published, says a judge. ( Washington Post to President Obama: Turn your words about journalists into deeds and leave James Risen alone. ( MediaNama has fun with the Reuters content acquisition chief’s idiocy. ( “The … Read More

What the numbers coming out of Ferguson say, and who is saying it best

Troopers from the Missouri Highway Patrol stand at the ready in a strip mall along Ferguson's West Florissant Ave. on the evening of August 20 (Credit: Evan Simko-Bednarski) In the week following the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, there were few notable data journalism approaches to the story, except for an impressive graphic from The Washington Post...

St. Louis Post-Dispatch alums send treats to the newsroom (with more coming next week)

Former St. Louis Post-Dispatch employees set up a Paypal account this week and raised money to help out former colleagues. “We wanted to feed them,” says Amy Verkamp-McArthy, a laid-off copy editor who opened Amy’s Corner Bakeshop in St. Louis last summer. She baked 75 cupcakes – decorated with gas masks and caution signs – … Read More

Journalists in Ferguson: Know your rights

Reporting on protests is no easy job--just ask the 16 journalists arrested so far while covering the events in Ferguson, MO, following the death of Michael Brown. Amid clashes between protesters and police, those journalists went places where they weren't supposed to go, and they did things they weren't supposed to do. Or so said the police. The situation in...

Missouri editor’s take on cartoon: ‘Provocative yes. Racist? Certainly not in intent’

The Columbia (MO) Daily Tribune is getting criticized for running this Gary McCoy syndicated cartoon on Wednesday, next to a Rich Lowry column headlined “Overly aggressive police are being provoked.” Managing editor Jim Robertson tells Romenesko readers: I admit I didn’t anticipate the reaction. I’m responding to complaints, most of which have come through the … Read More

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