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Honey Boo Boo Show Canceled Over Mom's Reported Relationship With Sex Offender

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is going off the air for a really appalling reason: the hit TLC reality show about the misadventures of an Arkansas family has been canceled in the wake of reports that "Mama" June Thompson got back together with former boyfriend Mark McDaniel, who was convicted in 2004 of forcing himself on an 8-year-old child. Show More Summary

Megyn Kelly’s Career Advice: ‘When the Opportunity Comes Along to Grow, Seize It’

Need a boost on hump day? Look no further. We caught up with media power players on Monday night at the annual Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame Awards. Bob Costas and Megyn Kelly hosted the black tie event at the Waldorf Astoria. ABC...Show More Summary

FBI Warns TV Anchors and Reporters They May Be Next ISIL Target

The FBI has reportedly issued a warning to to TV anchors and reporters in the US that they might be the next targets of the terror group ISIL. The Boston Herald reports, the Bureau sent out a bulletin to the media yesterday saying an...Show More Summary

Confused by all the various ways the Knight Foundation funds projects? Here’s a guide

The Knight Foundation (disclosure: a funder of Nieman Lab) gives money to a lot of journalism and journalism-adjacent projects. But they often work through a variety of contests and programs that aren’t always clear to outsiders. (Most famously, the Knight News Challenge, which has “news” right there in the name, has lately been funding projects...

Paraguayan journalist shot dead on way back from covering story

Bogotá, Colombia, October 17, 2014--Pablo Medina Velázquez, a Paraguayan journalist who wrote about the country's illegal drug trade, was shot dead on Thursday along with his assistant, according to news reports. He is the third journalist murdered for his work in Paraguay this year....

Author Suggests Introverts Avoid Coffee Before Important Meetings

An intriguing interview in New York Magazine sheds lights on introverts and coffee. While the topics haven’t really been fleshed out before, it makes sense. Psychologist and author Brian Little explains in the piece: “After ingesting about two cups of coffee, extraverts carry out tasks more efficiently, whereas introverts perform less well. Show More Summary

You can now listen to a podcast in a tweet (and keep on scrolling)

Back in May, we told you about how WNYC was using a Twitter Player Card to embed audio into its tweets. It was pretty nifty! But it came with a few technical hiccups: It’s not a perfect experience. Twitter is all about the stream, scrolling through tweets — it’s not exactly optimized for having the...

Media Conflicted on Health of Obamacare

When the infamously liberal New York Times runs an article critical of Obamacare, Americans should sit up and take notice. In an October 18 article, “Unable to Meet the Deductible or the Doctor,” Amy Goodnough and Robert Pear outline how U.S. citizens purchasing Obamacare may be cutting corners on their own health because they can’t […]

Five journalists sentenced to jail in Burma

Bangkok, October 17, 2014--Three journalists and two publishers were sentenced on Thursday to two years in prison on anti-state charges in Burma, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns the harsh verdict and calls for their release on appeal....

Employers Crack Down on Waistlines, Not Deadlines

Yes, you read that right. As part of wellness at work programs, CNN reports employers are prodding their workers to lose extra baggage and get more active. Wellness programs are apparently evolving. Sure, at one point perhaps programs...Show More Summary

Apple’s new iMac with Retina 5K display risks making your web pages a little heavier

Apple just announced a brand new iMac with a Retina display — Apple’s term for a display with pixels small enough that they can’t under normal use be detected by the human eye. Retina started on the iPhone, graduated to the iPad, then moved to the MacBook Pro — but now it’s moving to Apple’s...

Blog: CPJ joins call for Azerbaijan to end persecution of investigative reporter

A coalition of international press freedom groups, including the Committee to Protect Journalists, today called on Azerbaijani authorities to lift the travel ban and end the politicized prosecution of Khadija Ismayilova, an award-winning investigative reporter. In the past week authorities in Baku detained Ismayilova upon her arrival from Strasbourg where...

Breaking up the pledge drive: Boston’s WBUR wants to build a new model for public media funding

embership is having a moment in the world of media. Companies like The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times among others are attempting to develop new sources of revenue or deeper relationships with readers through a variety of affiliation programs. The idea: A tighter bond between audience and publisher will pay...

Gary Vee is wrong: the expertise edition

I like Gary Vaynerchuck – I love his new video podcast Ask Gary. But Gary put up an important blog post yesterday titled “Are experts the only people who should put out content?” and he argues that expertise is subjective, that it doesn’t objectively exist. I disagree and think it’s important enough to write a [...]

Here is the new batch of Visiting Fellows at the Nieman Foundation

I’m very happy to point you toward the new group of Visiting Fellows here at the Nieman Foundation, of which Nieman Lab is a part. Regular Lab readers will spot several people who’ve appeared in (or written) stories here in the past. Go here for the full press release; the winners are listed below. A...

Events, a speakers bureau, and education partnerships: 8 projects at news nonprofits get funded

Back in April, we told you about a new grant program that funds small innovation projects at nonprofit news organizations. The INNovation Fund — awkward capitalization courtesy of its home at the Investigative News Network, though the money comes from Knight — gave out $236,280 to eight projects in that first round of grants. Well,...

'Scandal' is Up Year to Year & 'How to Get Away With Murder' Improves the 10pm Hour

Up against a big CBS Thursday Night Football game, ABC more than doubled its closest non-sports competition on the night

AMC Gets Big Piece of BBC America for $200 million

AMC is taking over BBC America, buying a piece of the U.K. broadcasting property for a reported $200 million. The deal gives control to AMC, but BBC Worldwide will retain a 50.1 percent stake in the cable channel. The companies will invest in BBC productions, and AMC will enjoy free rein pursuing U.S. Show More Summary

Ken Doctor: How interim is everything about the Orange County Register?

Lots of words come to mind to describe Aaron Kushner’s Orange County Register. The best one may be the title that’s been given to Kushner’s successor as CEO and publisher: interim. Can we call the announcement of casino executive Rich Mirman as Kushner’s replacement a surprise? Hardly. That’s a word that’s gotten an exhaustive workout...

NBC's Thursday Runs Within a Tenth of Last Week's Nightlong Average vs. Tough NFL Competition

“The Biggest Loser” (1.2/4 in 18-49, 4.7 million viewers overall from 8-9 p.m. ET) retained 92% of its week-ago 1.3 rating

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