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Richmond Times-Dispatch fires food critic after plagiarism spree

The Richmond (Virginia) Times-Dispatch has severed ties with food critic Elliott Shaffner after uncovering multiple instances of plagiarism. In a note to readers, Executive Editor Paige Mudd said the newspaper was alerted Thursday that "a number of sections" of a dining review published this week were copied from a 2011 L.A. Weekly restaurant review. Upon […]
Posted: July 30, 2016, 3:22 am

Trump's wish for hacking powers sets up disaster scenario Snowden feared

Donald Trump shocked a lot of people on Wednesday when he suggested (maybe sarcastically, maybe not?) that he hopes Russia is hacking the emails of Hillary Clinton so they can find the ones she deleted from her private server. There was another phrase, however, he used later in the day that didn’t get the same attention yet was perhaps more...
Posted: July 29, 2016, 6:33 pm

6 fact checks you should read on Clinton’s DNC speech

Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech on the final night of the Democratic National Convention was "the best speech of her life" and "true to her." Or, if you're Donald Trump, it was delivered in a "very average scream." But how did fact-checkers rate it? Here are six fact checks from on last night's speech. 1. On […]
Posted: July 29, 2016, 6:12 pm

In Turkey, ‘it seems the critical press is defenseless at the moment’

Emre Kizilkaya was having dinner with his family in Istanbul on the night the Turkish military staged a coup. He noticed, first, emails about low flying F-16s in Ankara. Then, he saw friends tweeting that the traffic in Istanbul was horrible. He thought, then, that it was an anti-terror exercise. Kizilkaya, the digital content coordinator […]
Posted: July 29, 2016, 3:15 pm

CJR gets new editor and publisher

We are very pleased to announce that Kyle Pope will become the next editor and publisher of Columbia Journalism Review. Kyle is a wonderful journalist and editorial leader with wide-ranging experience. He spent a decade as a reporter, foreign correspondent, and editor at The Wall Street Journal before joining Conde Nast’s late Portfolio magazine as deputy editor, where, among other...
Posted: July 29, 2016, 3:00 pm

Kyle Pope named editor and publisher of Columbia Journalism Review

Kyle Pope, the editor in chief of several Manhattan local weeklies, will be the next editor and publisher of Columbia Journalism Review, the magazine announced Friday. He replaces Liz Spayd, who left CJR after she was hired as public editor for The New York Times. He spent a decade as a reporter, foreign correspondent, and […]
Posted: July 29, 2016, 2:32 pm

After Hillary Clinton’s big night, one cable icon finds inspiration in ‘The Honeymooners’

Good morning. Here's our daily summary of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. It was very late this morning in an empty Philadelphia arena, but Ralph Kramden met Hillary Clinton. At well past 1 a.m. Eastern, the screen was filled with […]
Posted: July 29, 2016, 12:17 pm

In Cincinnati, a local TV station sets out to build a full-fledged digital newsroom

An editorial board. An editor-in-chief. A staff editorial cartoonist and a high school sports beat writer. A revenue stream that combines both advertising dollars and subscribers. Those sound like classic elements of a major metropolitan newspaper. But the description also applies to WCPO, the Scripps-owned television station in Cincinnati that has been experimenting, under the watchful eyes of industry observers,...
Posted: July 29, 2016, 11:50 am

Laid-off IBT journalists make news of their own in Twitter protest

A group of former IBT Media employees had the hashtag “IBTWTF” trending on Twitter Thursday as they protested the terms of their separation from the company. IBT laid off more than 30 editorial staff members on June 30. Employees say the company gave them no notice, offered them meager severance packages (in some cases none at all), and refused to...
Posted: July 28, 2016, 10:52 pm

Watching the press at the DNC

onditions at Wells Fargo Center remained tight Wednesday night as attendees awaited the evening lineup, which featured President Barack Obama's speech. In close quarters, reporters vied for space and the frames they knew their organizations would want. The following is a lens on what they saw. These photos will also be featured on CJR’s freshly launched Instagram account. Follow us @columbiajournalismreview....
Posted: July 28, 2016, 9:32 pm

New Media Investment Group buys the Fayetteville Observer

New Media Investment Group, which operate the GateHouse chain of newspapers and websites, kept second quarter same property revenue losses to 3.2 percent year-to-year. The company also announced that it has acquired the family-owned Fayetteville Observer, which serves the eastern North Carolina city and nearby Fort Bragg, for $18 million. Like the rest of the […]
Posted: July 28, 2016, 7:59 pm

Is Rolling Stone about to get throttled in court over UVA rape report?

Three libel cases stemming from Rolling Stone’s now infamous “A Rape on Campus” exposé seem poised to go down in the annals of defamation law. It is hard to think of a story so lurid--including a horrifying account of a brutal gang rape of a first-year student at a fraternity party at the University of Virginia--built on journalistic practices so...
Posted: July 28, 2016, 5:52 pm

Digital advertising 2.0 has arrived, The New York Times finds

As the New York Times suffered sharp print losses like other newspaper companies in the second quarter, it experienced a "tipping point" in digital advertising as well. President and CEO Mark Thompson said that in recent months "traditional display" like banners have accounted for less than half of digital ad revenue. Audience and advertisers are […]
Posted: July 28, 2016, 5:44 pm

How to focus on the people in every story

The lead of a story makes a promise to the reader of good things to come. The classic journalism device of asking five W's (who, what, where, when, why), an H (how) and an SW (so what) helps you analyze, organize and present the beginning of a news story. Let's start with "who" to discover […]
Posted: July 28, 2016, 4:44 pm

Seattle Times apologizes to readers for Clinton front page

The Seattle Times included an apology to readers online Wednesday and in print Thursday. The paper, like many others, led Wednesday with an image of former President Bill Clinton on the night Hillary Clinton officially became the Democratic nominee and the first woman in the running for the White House representing a major party. Leon […]
Posted: July 28, 2016, 4:34 pm

Romenesko is retired, but occasionally tweets

Tweets by @romenesko Stories I posted on other social media: * Mark Halperin: The press is one of the most underperforming parts of society * Rem Rieder: Unlike Trump, Pence has been a press champion * The Murdochs have decided to oust Roger Ailes from Fox News * Waco reporter gets a cockroach birthday cake …

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Posted: July 28, 2016, 4:15 pm

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

In this week's Lower Case... BBC News, 7/27/2016
Posted: July 28, 2016, 4:15 pm

They didn’t think Madison would notice?

Madison Magazine’s reaction: “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, we guess.”
Posted: July 28, 2016, 3:31 pm

Melissa Bell named publisher at Vox Media

Vox Media announced on Thursday that Melissa Bell will be appointed to the recreated job of publisher. Bell, who is a member of Poynter's National Advisory Board, will be responsible for helping "develop the company’s brands and identify opportunities to build its audience on its sites and across different platforms, such as Snapchat and Facebook." […]
Posted: July 28, 2016, 2:23 pm

A Politico reporter shows how Obamacare is a national and local story

November marks the beginning of the Affordable Care Act’s fourth open-enrollment season and, soon after, Obamcare’s post-Obama period begins. With these milestones in mind, Politico’s Paul Demko recently took stock of the health care law in a thorough and thoughtful piece, “Obamacare’s sinking safety net,” which reporters around the country can both learn from and build on. Demko examined what...
Posted: July 28, 2016, 11:50 am

Watching the press at the DNC

hifting from the RNC in Cleveland to the DNC in Philadelphia, the press working to cover the Democrats inside the convention hall have to battle for less space, bigger crowds, and a security perimeter so wide, it nearly extends to New Jersey. Absent are the well-marked delegate areas, the ability to move freely up and down the aisles, the sanctuary...
Posted: July 27, 2016, 9:08 pm

Michelle Obama's 'pitch-perfect' speech gives media the freedom to gush

Donald Trump has relied on an unusually nasty rhetorical style to steamroll opponents and even some potential allies this election season. He assailed war hero and fellow Republican John McCain, mocked Republican candidate Ted Cruz’s wife, made fun of disabled New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, and regularly calls Hillary Clinton “Crooked Hillary” on Twitter. Despite Trump’s mudslinging style, one...
Posted: July 27, 2016, 6:54 pm

Did Sanders have the right priorities on social media before Clinton clinched?

Bernie Sanders rode a wave of populist support that nearly upended former shoo-in Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president. Are there lessons to learn from his campaign’s social-media strategy that explain why the Bernie movement gained so much traction but ultimately came up short?  A review of hundreds of the candidates’ messages on Twitter and Facebook—using data* from...
Posted: July 27, 2016, 3:50 pm

Ailes’s Fox dominates conservative media. A Trump presidency could challenge that.

In January 1996, when longtime GOP media consultant Roger Ailes was named chief executive of the soon-to-be-launched Fox News Channel, he claimed at a press conference that the network “would like to restore objectivity where we find it lacking.” Added Rupert Murdoch, the conservative media mogul who tapped Ailes to lead News Corp.’s foray into cable: “Frankly, all the [other...
Posted: July 26, 2016, 7:01 pm

Broadcasters stick to official narrative on Thiel speech

If you were one of the estimated 30.3 million people who watched broadcast coverage of Peter Thiel’s speech at the Republican National Convention last week, you would have learned that Thiel is openly gay, a Silicon Valley billionaire, and a Republican. You would not have heard about Thiel’s moves to secretly bankroll a lawsuit that put the news site Gawker...
Posted: July 26, 2016, 3:31 pm

A loophole in the Right to Be Forgotten

A new study suggests the European Union’s popular Right to Be Forgotten law—which allows EU residents to request that certain articles be delisted from Google and other search engines—may not prove effective, thanks to links that savvy searchers can uncover. The European Union in 2014 instituted the Right to Be Forgotten (RTBF), which allows EU residents to request that certain...
Posted: July 26, 2016, 3:23 pm

Dog whistle, dumpster fire

As we stagger from one political convention into the next, it seems appropriate to discuss two common Twitter memes arising from the Republican convention in Cleveland: “dog whistle” and “dumpster fire.” Neither expression is new, but this seems to be the year for them both. Aside from being a high-pitched communication device, a “dog whistle,” The Oxford English Dictionary says,...
Posted: July 25, 2016, 9:36 pm

The unexpected life and death of Abdel-Kader Fassouk

The killing of a young Libyan photojournalist named Abdel-Kader Fassouk, on July 21, 2016, in Sirte, Libya, will likely never be more than a footnote to what increasingly seems like a widespread war on journalists. Fassouk wasn’t famous, and the number of journalists killed in conflict zones is so staggering that another one seems sadly commonplace. Yet Fassouk’s death is...
Posted: July 25, 2016, 6:41 pm

How some recent FOIA news could help--and limit--access to government records

If nothing worth having comes easy, then freedom of information must be worth a lot. A recent FOIA reform promises to improve access to public records, and a federal appeals court decision this month made clear that agencies cannot shield their records from disclosure by storing them in a private email account—each a sign of progress. But other recent developments...
Posted: July 25, 2016, 4:24 pm

The internet saved Turkey’s president from a coup. Now he’s doubling down on censorship.

Turkey’s president would not be in power today had he succeeded more fully in his efforts to curtail critical media and control online speech. That fact gave a ray of hope to some of his critics that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan might realize what saved him and soften his inclination toward censorship. But Erdoğan quickly shut the door on such...
Posted: July 22, 2016, 7:25 pm

Watching the press at the RNC

n the final night of the Republican National Convention, photographers started hustling to mark their spots on the floor five hours before Presidential Nominee Donald Trump's acceptance speech.  An important decision for news organizations covering the event is where to situate their staffers and, therefore, which angle to show.  These photos highlight the view from above, where most of the...
Posted: July 22, 2016, 6:45 pm

Snowden wants to make smartphones more honest

On Thursday morning, Edward Snowden and hardware developer Andrew “bunnie” Huang unveiled a plan at MIT Media Lab to provide an open source tool that allows journalists to know when their phones are revealing their location. While Snowden has been a constant advocate for freedom of the press since his revelations in 2013, this is the first piece of hardware...
Posted: July 22, 2016, 5:00 pm

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

In this week's Lower Case... The Star-Ledger of Newark, New Jersey, 7/7/2016 Want to see more regrettable headlines? Check out the Lower Case archives.
Posted: July 22, 2016, 3:47 pm

One mystery solved in 'D.B. Cooper' skyjacking fiasco

One of the many unanswered questions surrounding the unsolved D.B. Cooper case appears to have been solved. A CJR story on Monday attempted to explain how Clyde Jabin, a United Press International reporter in Portland, Oregon, came to identify one of the most famous American criminals as “D.B. Cooper” on Nov. 24, 1971. That was the day an unidentified man...
Posted: July 22, 2016, 11:50 am

‘Oh, here we go again’: An investigative reporter in Kansas is laid off for the third time

When Karen Dillon found out on Monday afternoon that her job at the Lawrence Journal-World was being eliminated, it was not a shock—it was déjà vu. “It was like, oh, here we go again,” she says. Dillon is a celebrated, veteran investigative journalist whose career highlights range from breaking the Pee-Wee Herman porn-theater bust in Florida to winning a Goldsmith...
Posted: July 21, 2016, 7:08 pm

Watching the press at the RNC

he credentialed press awaited Donald Trump's "official" arrival in Cleveland by helicopter on a field by the Great Lakes Science Center, where he greeted his running mate Mike Pence. The photo op was constructed so that Trump's plane would first make a pass, but many press members missed the shot because the sound of the plane was drowned out by...
Posted: July 21, 2016, 6:45 pm

What's the story in Cleveland? Don't ask national media covering the RNC

Cleveland, as David Giffels describes it, has often felt like Charlie Brown when Lucy pulls the football away: He whiffs on his kick, hurtles through the air, and lands on his back in a pile of dust. “That’s something that we’ve always identified with,” adds the author and University of Akron professor, who’s covering the Republican National Convention for the...
Posted: July 21, 2016, 5:18 pm

TV networks have eyes everywhere at RNC

Signs throughout the Republican National Convention hall this week announce “You are being recorded”--a warning about the throngs of news cameras capturing every move. But the same signs could well appear all over downtown Cleveland, wherever RNC delegates and protesters roam. Dozens of unmanned cameras perched high on buildings, hotels, and billboards, trained on public and protest areas, are streaming...
Posted: July 21, 2016, 11:50 am

None of Florida’s newspapers are unionized. That could change soon

The list of digital newsrooms moving to unionize has grown steadily since the start of 2015: Gawker, Vice, Huffington Post, Salon, and more. But the media’s new interest in organizing isn’t only for digital startups. Journalists at The Ledger, a local newspaper in Lakeland, Florida, that dates to 1924, announced this week that they have taken steps to unionize. If...
Posted: July 20, 2016, 8:37 pm

Watching the press at the RNC

n 1969, the photographer Garry Winogrand set out across the United States to document  "the effect of media" on events. His work, funded by a Guggenheim fellowship, was published as the book Public Relations. With a wide-angle lens, he documented in black and white an emerging culture dependent on the act of being seen. "For Winogrand these events all shared...
Posted: July 20, 2016, 6:27 pm

Rape in India: Is the English-language press falling back on stereotypes?

The gang rape last week of a northern Indian woman from the untouchable caste made headlines in India’s influential English-language press. The case was striking because the woman had been raped before by the same group of men; the latest attack being seen as an attempt to prevent her from testifying in court. But after a brief flurry of articles,...
Posted: July 20, 2016, 5:16 pm

Black media has a plan to stay relevant as mainstream journalists encroach

Jet magazine’s decision to publish photos in 1955 of the disfigured body of 14-year-old Emmett Till in an open casket was radical for its time. Till was lynched in Mississippi after talking with a white woman in a grocery store. The moment marked the beginning of a period in which “evidence” such as those photos shined light on the mistreatment...
Posted: July 20, 2016, 3:52 pm

The biggest tool at the conventions

Last time the Republican and Democratic National Conventions rolled around in 2012, live video coverage was almost exclusively the domain of news organizations. YouTube was the official digital live-streaming partner of the 2012 conventions, but neither Facebook nor Snapchat were doing video and Periscope didn’t even exist. The big innovation of the year was how digital and print outlets were...
Posted: July 19, 2016, 9:16 pm

How Chalkbeat is trying to build a bigger audience for education news

In the one-woman newsroom of Chalkbeat Detroit, Erin Einhorn spends her time making calls, reaching out to principals, attending parent meet-ups, and arranging classroom visits, documenting the efforts to respond to the decades-long deterioration of the city’s school system. Public schools in Detroit are among the most troubled in the country: Schools are bleeding enrollment, frequent closures mean some students...
Posted: July 19, 2016, 7:11 pm

Carson, Fiorina failed to leverage social media as their campaigns peaked

As the 2016 Republican presidential primary draws to a close, it is worth noting that part of Donald Trump’s popularity can be attributed to his use of social media. From his late night Twitter rants to the official announcement Friday of his vice-presidential running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Trump has done a superb job of using social media to...
Posted: July 19, 2016, 3:46 pm

The great GIF debate

“You say EE-ther, and I say EYE-ther,” Fred Astaire sang to Ginger Rogers. One modern equivalent is “You say JIF and I say GIF.”  And even though one developer of the GIF has weighed in on the pronunciation, no one, it seems, wants to call the whole thing off. GIF, of course, is an acronym for Graphics Interchange Format, a...
Posted: July 18, 2016, 5:47 pm

A reporter’s role in the notorious unsolved mystery of ‘D.B. Cooper’

On November 24, 1971, a United Press International reporter named Clyde Jabin* pulled the evening shift at the wire service’s bureau in Portland, Oregon. From his home in the Hollywood District to his downtown office, it was about a half-hour drive. He got there about 3pm, settled in, and began making his calls. Jabin, a 43-year-old married father of four,...
Posted: July 18, 2016, 11:50 am

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette hikes prices even as circulation plummets

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is raising newsstand prices 50 cents to $2 per weekday issue, despite the fact that weekday print circulation has dropped 54% over the last decade.rThe move continues a drive by newspapers to raise reader revenues in the face of quickening declines in advertising sales. Ad revenues at U.S. newspapers fell 8% last year, the […]
Posted: July 13, 2016, 1:31 pm

#Throwback Thursday (Early Edition)

Posted: July 6, 2016, 3:56 pm

#TBT: Kaiser Wilhelm II sues editor

#ThrowbackThursday: “Bombastic and impetuous” Kaiser Wilhelm II, who “sometimes made tactless pronouncements on sensitive topics (***)” – gee, that sounds familiar! – sues a newspaper editor over stories about inferior Krupp guns. (Clip from the November 11, 1929, Minneapolis Daily Tribune) * Wilhelm II, German Emperor (wikipedia.com)
Posted: June 23, 2016, 3:31 pm