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Come write for us: CJR seeks Chicago correspondent for United States Project

The Columbia Journalism Review is seeking a Chicago-based correspondent to join its United States Project, which aims to support accountability journalism in local markets around the country by offering intelligent criticism of media...Show More Summary

Can Ratter turn local news into national headlines?

Between early rumblings around who would run for Barbara Boxer’s Senate seat and the 49ers ending their search for a new head coach, there was no shortage of news coming out of San Francisco last week. Those kinds of stories are the bread and butter of local media: topical and substantial enough to grab readers...

Is it now-defunct or now defunct?

The new general manager of the New York Jets "was a league scout in the American offices of the now-defunct World League of American Football," one news report said. Another told of the sale of a "now defunct university's" campus. Yes, it's our old friend the hyphen, far from defunct, but not always needed. The phrase "now defunct" is another...

Morning Report for January 21, 2015

Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly cooperates for a New York Times Magazine story (Roger Ailes talked, too) – and it pays off for her. ( | Earlier: “We have a solid relationship with the New York Times,” says Fox News PR chief. ( Charlie Hebdo quickly sells out in New York City. ( … Read More

FX Wants to be the ‘Best’ Channel on TV, Not the Highest-Rated One

FX is now the No. 4 cable network when it comes to 18- to 49-year-olds, up from sixth place a year ago. While many networks in its position would be gunning for the top spot, FX Networks CEO John Landgraf made an unusual proclamation...Show More Summary

The human costs of not expanding Medicaid

Eduardo Porter's New York Times column last Wednesday, "The Costs of Stinginess In Medicaid," is a provocative reminder there are human costs that come with decisions not to expand Medicaid, as called for by the Affordable Care Act. Porter's piece is timely, as the drive to get health care to more people covered under Medicaid is under "assault," as Politico...

[SPONSORED POST] Deadline for Marquette University’s O’Brien Fellowship is January 31

Sponsored Post Ready to spend nine months researching, reporting and telling the stories you care most deeply about – stories that could change policies and lives? Marquette University’s O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism...Show More Summary

Should journalists care about the State of the Union address?

The State of the Union is antique. That’s not what President Barack Obama will tell a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night, but it is how new media organizations have treated this year’s annual address. The collective shrug started with Vice News, which didn’t publish any previews of the speech. Mic and Vox both outlined White House policy...

Romenesko readers are sending Snickers bars to the York Daily Record newsroom

Newsrooms are anonymously sending @ydrcom Snickers bars thanks to @romenesko, so now Imma whine that we need a 200-400 and see if we get one — Chris Dunn (@christhedunn) January 20, 2015 The candy contributions came after I posted a memo about the York (Pa.) Daily Record vending machines being cleared of Mountain Dew and … Read More

From explainers to sounds that make you go “Whoa!”: The 4 types of audio that people share

Chances are you’ll listen to this audio — or at least 56 percent of you will: That’s what our experiments in making audio more sharable have shown so far. You’re more likely to listen and share interesting sound if it’s packaged with a good headline and an image — and recently we’ve discovered the type...

Civitas Media to editors: No stories about our new CEO until the press release goes out

An employee of North Carolina-based newspaper publisher Civitas Media tells Romenesko readers: “Our company just ordered us to kill stories about our new CEO until they can get a press release together — despite the fact there are already stories on the wire and other outlets reporting it.” Here’s the memo put out by the … Read More

Newspaper Guild is now NewsGuild

Guild communications director Janelle Hartman writes in an email: Guild delegates meeting in Orlando voted by a large margin Saturday morning to officially change our name from The Newspaper Guild-CWA to The NewsGuild-CWA, to better reflect our changing industry and the diverse units we represent. Newspaper Guild changes name to NewsGuild (

Hacking Journalism spent the weekend reimagining video — here’s what they came up with

What, exactly, would Tinder for video discovery look like? How do you wrangle all the live video around a story across social networks? And is it possible to use Mystery Science Theater 3000 as a prototype for a video engagement app? These are a few of the ideas and questions journalists and technologists came up...

French Mayor Anne Hidalgo: City Of Paris To Sue Fox News

Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo has had enough of Fox News. On Tuesday, Hidalgo told CNN that she intends to sue Fox News over the network’s incorrect coverage of so-called “no-go zones” for non-Muslims, saying that the channel had “insulted...Show More Summary

Fact-checking sites continue to grow in number around the world

A new census from Duke’s Reporters’ Lab says that fact-checking sites are on the rise worldwide: The 2015 Fact-Checking Census from the Duke Reporters’ Lab found 89 that have been active in the past few years and 64 that are active today. That’s up from 59 total/44 active when we did our last count in...

Culture War? Jon Stewart Slams Mike Huckabee Over Beyoncé

Jon Stewart took possible Republican presidential-hopeful Mike Huckabee to task over his recent attacks on Beyoncé, over music which Huckabee refers to as “mental poison.” Huckabee quit his job as a Fox News host in order to exploreShow More Summary

Timeline, an app based on "the history of..."

On Timeline, a new made-for-mobile app, the news is told chronologically. An orangutan gaining legal rights in Argentina, for instance, inspired an article last week on the history of personhood, which begins in 1266 France with seven pigs on trial for murder. Similarly, the recent Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong is the last item on a timeline asking, “Will...

Dear Gannett subsidiary: A company looks its best when it uses the correct its

From Gannett, the company that has been laying off copy editors. Earlier: Gannett exec misspells his company’s name (

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