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Des Moines Register prepares for a 'very stressful' newsroom restructuring

It’s a time of transition at the Des Moines Register. Along with other Gannett newspapers, Iowa’s largest daily has begun a process of newsroom reorganization that will bring some pain. New reporting jobs are being added even as other positions go away, but a number of longtime staffers will likely find themselves out of a job at the end of the...

Morning Report for October 13, 2014

The transcript of last night’s “60 Minutes” piece on New York Times reporter James Risen: ( James Surowiecki: “At the moment, Netflix can do no wrong. Practically everything the company does is being treated as radical and, of course, ‘hugely disruptive.'” ( Book publishers find success with YouTube stars. One store owner … Read More

New York Times kills the chess column

I’ve asked the Times about its decision to end the column. – via Sree Sreenivasan | New York Times chess column ends (

Western media: Stop ignoring the Central African Republic crisis

With gunfire and mob attacks in the streets of the capital, the Central African Republic is teetering again on the edge of mass violence. Nine people killed were killed in two days, including a UN peacekeeper from Pakistan and a Muslim civilian whose dead body was decapitated and burned by an angry mob in the capital, Bangui. But world's media...

Marry Me Star Ken Marino Has An Unconventional Bedtime Routine

Specs Who Ken Marino Age 45 Claim to fame Stars in the new NBC series Marry Me (premieres Oct. 14 at 9 p.m.); played Ron Donald on Party Down; screenwriter (Wanderlust, Role Models) Base Los Angeles Twitter @KenMarino What’s the first...Show More Summary

Nielsen Mistake Means Ratings Are Even Lower Than We Thought

Given that it premiered Sunday night, it seems like the right time to ask: Is The Walking Dead the only thing young people watch? This past season, the AMC show ranked No. 1 among men and women across all of broadcast and cable, with an average 18-34 rating of 3.09 among women and 3.78 among men. Show More Summary

TV Execs Rack Up the Miles as Nets Go Global

On the eve of network TV executives’ annual pilgrimage this week to Cannes, France, for the global programming bazaar known as Mipcom, Viacom announced last Wednesday it will launch men’s channel Spike in the U.K. this spring—with plans for a wider international rollout. Show More Summary

This Is How Click Bait Can Make Your Ads Better

Everybody is trying to eat each other. For years traditional agencies have been acquiring or developing digital resources with varying degrees of success. And as digital agencies have become powerhouses in their own right, it’s only natural that they have begun to eye a broader spectrum of communications to sustain growth. Show More Summary

Turn Signal Study Reminds America That It Stinks At Driving

The turn signal study that you’re about to read may be a couple of years old, but it found new life on the front page of Reddit Sunday as many realized just how bad Americans are at using their blinkers. Posted as a TIL (TodayILearned),...Show More Summary

Constantine, Rick and Morty and a New Guardians of the Galaxy Cartoon at NYCC

Where do people in sexy stormtrooper regalia go to hear an improvised table read by the cast of Adult Swim's Rick and Morty? That's correct, the New York City Comic Con at the Javits Center. Friday saw some honest-to-goodness news break...Show More Summary

New Jersey Herald corrects error from 1852

The New Jersey Herald’s 1852 story, “Boy Killed and Eaten by a Bear,” made it appear that the attack happened in New Jersey, when it actually occurred in Arkansas. The AP reports: “Herald Executive Editor Bruce Tomlinson says a reader pointed out the error when the newspaper re-published the story this week. The newspaper then … Read More

Claim: Vox’s many metaphors rarely hold up

Vox is the Carmelo Anthony of bad pop-culture metaphors (

The 25 Best GIFs of America's Funniest Home Videos, as Selected by Imgur

Before there was YouTube, there was America's Funniest Home Videos—the place you turned for weekly video proof that Americans are the most clumsy, self-injurious and downright idiotic species of human ever to walk the planet (or fall down trying). Show More Summary

Can MTV and Adam Levine Get Millennials to Hang Out at Applebee's?

Applebee's will launch a multi-month sponsorship with MTV on Monday to connect young consumers with popular bands—starting with Maroon 5. And the restaurant hopes the move will bolster its image as the go-to nightlife place for of-the-drinking-age millennials. Show More Summary

Can Adam Levine Drive Millennials to Drink at Applebee's?

On Monday, Applebee's will launch a multi-month sponsorship with MTV to connect younger-skewing consumers with popular bands, with Maroon 5 as the first group to run a contest. Under the Ultimate Fan Experience franchise, MTV will develop promotions and contests for 10 artists, which will be sponsored by Applebee's. Show More Summary

Vermont TV station apologizes for airing photo of murder victim’s nude body

Burlington (VT) TV station WCAX tweeted apologies last night after showing the nude body of of murder victim Melissa Jenkins (photo below); she was shown face-down underwater and weighted by cinder blocks. The series of tweets said: WCAX would like to apologize to our viewers and especially friends and family of Melissa Jenkins. We used … Read More

Katy Perry to Play Super Bowl Halftime Show

According to multiple sources, the National Football League has chosen Katy Perry to perform at the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show on February 1, 2015. The Wall Street Journal reported in August that Perry was in the running for the gig, alongside Coldplay and Rihanna. Show More Summary

Infographic: The Evolution of TV Over the Last 20 Years

While the storytelling medium of a television show may not have changed much, the way people tune in to their favorite programs has. Just 20 years ago, the patent for the first Internet-connected TV was filed in France. This year, more than 110 million U.S. Show More Summary

Adweek's Top 5 Commercials of the Week: Oct. 3-10

This week's collection of best spots had a few daring and dramatic entries. But it was the comic spots that really stood out—thanks to Sarah Silverman and Rowan Atkinson. Check out our five picks below, and vote for your favorite.

Gregory Gittrich resigns as executive editor

Thank you @NBCNews. 2 years of building, recruiting, launching and experimenting. Right time for me to move on to a new thing. — Gregory Gittrich (@gittrich) October 10, 2014 October 2012: Gregory Gittrich to lead (

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