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George R.R. Martin Wants to Showcase The Interview at His Movie Theater

The hackers behind the Interview incident have elicited both anger and fear from American moviegoers. A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin (pictured, via) has publicly expressed great fury towards Sony for pulling the film from theaters. Here’s an excerpt from Martin’s blog post: “I haven’t seen The Interview. Show More Summary


New York, December 18, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists will release its annual report on journalists killed in relation to their work....

Sketch Released in Hunt for Gunman in KCEN Meteorologist’s Shooting

The Texas Department of Public Safety released a sketch Thursday of the man they believe shot Patrick Crawford, meteorologist at Temple, Texas NBC affiliate KCEN. The shooting, which happened outside the station’s studios Wednesday,Show More Summary

Meteorologist Jason Adams Joining WCPO

Meteorologist Jason Adams is heading to Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO, where he’ll join co-anchors Chris Riva, Kathrine Nero and traffic reporter Adam Marshall on ”Good Morning Tri-State,” airing weekend mornings. “Jason is a great addition to an already strong weather team,” said Alex Bongiorno, WCPO news director. Show More Summary

WAVY EP Named News Director at Media General’s Myrtle Beach Station

Dana Brown Ritter has been named news director for Myrtle Beach, S.C. CBS affiliate WBTW. Making it social media official tonight: I have accepted the news director position at WBTW in Myrtle Beach! — Dana Brown Ritter (@danabrownritter) December 17, 2014 It’s a move inside Media General for Ritter who comes from WAVY in Portsmouth, Va. Show More Summary

Buy the journalist in your life a drone. Or a selfie stick

Good morning. Thanks for hanging in there with me this week. We’re taking a newsletter break for the holidays but will return on Monday, Jan. 5, brimming with news and probably an extra five pounds from all that day drinking. In the meantime, Poynter has a lot of great stories lined up for your holiday reading pleasure. Show More Summary

Career Beat: Joel Lovell joins ‘This American Life,’ The Atavist

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community. Joel Lovell will join “This American Life” and The Atavist. He was editing special projects for The New York Times. (Huffington Post) Hernán Rozemberg will be editor-in-chief of the San Antonio Current. Show More Summary

Hulu Acquires 'Fargo' Exclusive Streaming Rights

Hulu also Licenses Hit Scripted Series Vikings and Additional MGM Library Titles

People Names Kate Upton ‘Sexiest Woman Alive’

We have BREAKING NEWS: Kate Upton is an attractive woman. Most of America had been unsure about that until just last night, when People dubbed her the Sexiest Woman Alive. “The national debate has finally ended,” said President Obama. Show More Summary

Complicating the network: The year in social media research

This column has again reviewed hundreds of papers over the past year and tried to select a diverse mix of research that speaks to important issues. Here are a dozen papers from 2014 that we feel may be worth your time. We asked Amy Schmitz Weiss, associate professor in the School of Journalism & Media...

Kate Lewis Talks the Future of Hearst Magazines

Kate Lewis, VP of content operations and editorial director of Hearst Magazines Digital Media (HMDM), has a lot on her plate. She oversees editorial for all 18 of Hearst Magazines’ websites. With that much responsibility, Lewis has plenty...Show More Summary

Morning Report for December 19, 2014

No more advertising column in the New York Times? ( | Departing columnist Stuart Elliott‘s farewell front page. (@stephcliff) | More farewells on Elliott’s twitter feed. David S. Bernstein tries to find out “what the hell happened to” ( Raju Narisetti proposes a Journalist Rescue Fund. ( | Related snark. … Read More

The World’s Greatest Storytellers: INFOGRAPHIC

Who would you name as the world’s greatest storyteller? The team at interviewed 500 authors, journalists, editors, students, media experts, and marketing professionals to try to uncover the answer to this question; theShow More Summary

Friday Morning Splash

What’s Happening — Inside Media with Chuck Todd at the Newseum, Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The Revolving Door Know someone starting or leaving a job? Let us know. Fishbowl Fun Fact The first thing bought and sold on the internet was marijuana. Front Page of the Day New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.

Anita Diamant, Elena Ferrante, & Héctor Tobar Debut On the Indie Bestseller List

We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending December 14, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month. (Debuted at #9 in Hardcover Fiction) The Boston Girl...Show More Summary

Today in Media History: First successful PC goes on sale in ’74 and helps launch Microsoft

On December 19, 1974, the first successful personal computer went on sale. They called it the Altair 8800. Popular Electronics magazine profiled the new PC in their January 1975 issue. Readers learned that for $395 you could order a kit to build the Altair yourself or buy it assembled for $495. Show More Summary

Morning Media Newsfeed: White House Talks Sony Attack | Abrams to Leave Nightline

Click here to receive Mediabistro’s Morning Media Newsfeed via email. White House Approaching Sony Hack as ‘National Security Issue’ (THR) During a press briefing in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest...Show More Summary

5 holiday gift ideas for the journalist in your life

Journalism is great, but doing Christmas shopping for my colleagues often feels like a back-to-school trip to Office Depot. If you, like me, think Christmas calls for more than paperclips and Post-It notes, try out the following gift ideas this year: Selfie stick These telescoping vanity poles get a lot of bad press, and with good reason. Show More Summary

Social Media Newsfeed: Flickr Halts Print Sales | WordPress 4.1 Arrives

Click here to receive the Morning Social Media Newsfeed via email. Flickr Kills Sale of Creative Commons Prints, Issues Refunds (GigaOM) Flickr has abruptly ended a service that allowed people to buy canvas or wood prints based on pictures that appeared in its Creative Commons gallery, the photo-sharing site announced on Thursday. Show More Summary

Behind the TV Scenes: Yahoo! News’ Tony Maciulis

Tony Maciulis, Head of News, Yahoo Studios, has been Katie Couric‘s right hand since 2007. In fact,  Couric often says that they “share a brain.” Couric is now the Yahoo News Global Anchor, so Maciulis has moved into the digital space...Show More Summary

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