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Morning Report for August 20, 2014

“We have never been prouder of our son Jim,” writes Diane Foley. “He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people.” (facebook.com) Daniel Pearl‘s mother, Ruth: “Our hearts go out to the family of journalist James Foley. We know the horror they are going through.” (@DanielPearlFNDN) … Read More

University of Mary Washington student newspaper is no longer called The Bullet

Beginning September 4, The Bullet at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA, becomes The Blue & Gray Press. “The editorial board felt that the paper’s name, which alludes to ammunition for an artillery weapon, propagated violence and did not honor our school’s history in a sensitive manner,” says a university release. “The new … Read More

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins

When Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based cable news giant rolled out its massive new American affiliate one year ago, creating a full-force 24-hour cable news channel—800 journalists, several studios, support staff, the works— in a move that...Show More Summary

What Did TV CEOs Tell Investors About the Weak Ad Market?

Now that second-quarter earnings are over for the media sector, we can finally take a good look at what senior media company executives actually said on calls to investors when they were in the hot seat at the end of the summer. Here are some of the reasons the market was down... Show More Summary

Islamic State Militants Exploit Digital Services to Disseminate Video of Apparent Murder

The group calling itself Islamic State (ISIS) did something truly abominable by any humane standard today: They posted onto several Internet video services footage of a masked, black-robed man appearing to kill James Foley, a young freelance reporter who had moved to Syria to cover the unrest there and was abducted in 2012 from Aleppo. Show More Summary

Evening Report for August 19, 2014

Developing: ISIS claims to have executed James Foley. (@thedailynu) | (huffingtonpost.com) Conde Nast sells Fairchild Media to Penske Media for around $100 million. (nytimes.com) | (wwd.com) Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt defends Farheed Zakaria. Show More Summary

Ferguson Protester Blasts Fox News Reporter On Live TV, Enraged By On-Air Comments [Video]

A Ferguson, Missouri, protester gave an earful to a Fox News reporter and the entire Fox News audience after one of the network’s correspondents appeared to deride the protests during a live broadcast from the Ferguson streets late Monday night. Fox News reporter Steve Harrigan appeared to say that the Ferguson protesters who remained on

St. Louis Post-Dispatch crime reporter on leave over Ferguson tweets

Reporter placed on leave after tweeting that her police sources said more than a dozen witnesses back police officer's version of shooting — Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) August 19, 2014 On FMLA from paper. Earlier tweets did not meet standards for publication. — Christine Byers (@ChristineDByers) August 19, 2014 One of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch crime … Read More

Apple can't hide from a 20-year-old reporter

The best-sourced reporter covering Apple Inc., one of the world’s most secretive companies, is a 20-year-old junior at the University of Michigan. His name is Mark Gurman. He makes more than six figures a year as senior editor and scoop master at 9to5Mac.com, a news outlet most people have never heard of. In the interest of truth, which Gurman is...

Chicago newsstands are turned into food kiosks

Old newsstands are being turned into healthy food kiosks in Chicago, reports Kevin Pang. Mayor Rahm Emanuel hopes to have four of the mini-food joints on city sidewalks by year’s end; the first one debuted on Monday. Salads, wraps and grab-n-go goods are sold out of the kiosks. Old Chicago newsstands are turned into … Read More

My favorite Ice Bucket Challenge

Andrea Mitchell accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge (msnbc.com) Why the Ice Bucket Challenge went viral (nymag.com)

Veteran political reporter Kevin Landrigan joins NH1

New Hampshire political reporter Kevin Landrigan lost his job last Monday when the Nashua Telegraph closed its statehouse bureau. One week later he was hired as chief political correspondent for multimedia startup NH1. NH1 also announced that it’s hired CNN’s Paul Steinhauser as news anchor and political director. Kevin Landrigan joins NH1 as chief … Read More

Are they catcalling this New York Post reporter – or laughing at her big shoes?

I’ve asked Post reporter Doree Lewark about her big shoes, which I suspect she borrowed for the photo shoot. Some great comments about this silly New York Post piece: “Someone wrote an Onion article and the NY Post picked it up instead.” (@JenASchiller) “And with this, the dumbest column in history, the NY … Read More

Facebook to Onion readers: They're just kidding

Satire on Facebook now comes with a disclosure. Click on an Onion article in a Facebook News Feed, and the related headlines from the same site that pop up beneath will now be prefaced with “[Satire].” The same does not apply to posts on Facebook timelines, including The Onion’s page. According to Facebook, the feature has been tested for a...

Morning Report for August 19, 2014

Coming soon, though? “There is no journalism textbook on how to cover a riot.” (washingtonpost.com) Ferguson protesters go after the media. (gawker.com) | Intercept reporter Ryan Devereaux is detained in Ferguson. (firstlook.org) | Getty Images photographer Scott Olson was in custody for a few hours. Show More Summary

The media's growing interest in how animals think

Tip the elephant arrived in New York to accolades and fanfare--until things went wrong. A few years into his stay in the Central Park Zoo, the elephant began display strange bouts of anger and a mercurial personality. After several attempts to maul his caretaker, who had become convinced that the animal was hell-bent on his assassination, park commissioners deemed Tip...

Medill announces changes to Journalism Residency program

@MCLaMagna @SylvanLane @MedillSchool casually ignores the unpaid internship problem — Caleb Melby (@CalebMelby) August 18, 2014 Medill sent this email about the school’s Journalism Residency program, which has students interning for a quarter for no pay. My tipster says the biggest change here is #3. August 18, 2014 Dear Medill students, We hope you are … Read More

Sharlto Copley and Michelle Forbes Will Star in PlayStation's Powers

Sharlto Copley will star as the lead in Powers, Sony PlayStation Network’s first foray into original programming. Copley, of District 9 and recent box office grand slam Maleficent, joins the lineup of stars in the drama adapted from a Marvel comic book series. Show More Summary

NBC News senior editor Al Olson is named Marijuana.com managing editor

NBC News senior editor Al Olson has been named managing editor of marijuana.com, a cannabis news and analysis site owned by Weedmaps. “I’ve been a journalist for as long as I’ve been a marijuana advocate,” says Olson. “My first byline was at the age of 14, the same age I smoked my first joint. Since … Read More

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