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‘Grandaddy’ wasn’t a Hillary fan

* Larry Darrell Upright obit from a North Carolina paper ( * “Please know that we will not be voting for Hillary” (
Posted: April 18, 2015, 1:52 pm

Daily Mail slaps Motherboard writer’s byline on story, apparently to avoid plagiarism charges

Hey all, announcing my first byline in the @DailyMail! Of course, I didn't write it, wasn't paid & it's plagiarized.. — Brian Merchant (@bcmerchant) April 17, 2015 Merchant tells Romenesko readers what happened and why his byline disappeared: The Mail emailed our PR department about using a photo the subject of my story‘s family …

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Posted: April 17, 2015, 8:18 pm

Reporter covers massive bee spill, gets stung

Slate | KIRO

Journalists from Seattle TV station KIRO were “stung numerous times” as they covered an overturned semi truck that scattered millions of bees across Interstate 5. The station created a supercut titled “Battle of the Bees” that shows reporter Jeff Dubois enduring several bee assaults and describing an onset of bee-induced paranoia:

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Posted: April 17, 2015, 7:46 pm

‘Pushy’ ‘badass’ and other words used to describe women in leadership

This week 25 women came to Poynter for the ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media, and we wanted to ask them three questions: What’s the worst word you’ve heard that describes women in leadership? What’s the best? And what’s your advice for women just entering the business?

Jordan Kranse, News University’s Finberg Fellow, brought along a whiteboard and spoke with some of them.

Here’s what they told her:

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Posted: April 17, 2015, 6:59 pm

The ICIJ’s latest target: the World Bank

If your target is a mammoth, global institution like the World Bank, it helps to have a global network of muckrakers to hold it accountable. It’s a role uniquely suited to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, who yesterday released the series, “Evicted and abandoned: The World Bank’s broken promise to the poor,” reporting that at least 3.4 million people...
Posted: April 17, 2015, 6:55 pm

WSJ deletes the best passage of the day

It appears the Wall Street Journal has removed the “forced to use telephones” passage, but Dealbreaker (third item) and the Twitterverse confirm it had been on the Journal site. * Bloomberg terminals go down globally ( * “Oh, the horror, having to actually talk to your client” ( - Top graphic via Katie Martin
Posted: April 17, 2015, 6:51 pm

How the Tampa Bay Times followed a mailman’s flight to the capital

A police device rolls toward a copter device, right, that landed on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

A police device rolls toward a copter device, right, that landed on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

Ben Montgomery started running. He sprinted, pushing himself as fast as he could go, burdened by a backpack containing his laptop. His quarry, which started out as a distant speck in the skies over Washington, D.C., had now descended on the nation’s capital, flying low in the April air.

It must have been an unusual sight for the rarefied skies around the United States Capitol Building on Wednesday afternoon. Here was a man aboard a lightweight craft borne aloft by helicopter blades and driven forward by a propeller, buzzing through protected airspace in open defiance of the law.

Before he saw it with his own eyes, Montgomery would have bet against the man making it this far. Read more

Posted: April 17, 2015, 6:21 pm

Expand the pie: 5 tips for the compensation conversation

Wedding pie. (Photo by Cassidy Duhon)

Wedding pie. (Photo by Photo by Cassidy Duhon)

When you imagine a negotiation, you probably imagine this scene: on one side of the table, there’s an employee who wants more money — a bigger slice of the pie. On the other side, a manager who wants to save some pie for other employees, for big projects, and for the sake of the bottom line.

When Will Neville-Rehbehn of VShift got married about four years ago, he wasn’t thinking about salaries or compensation packages. But he was thinking about pie.

He knew that not only did he want pie at his wedding, he also wanted to make the pies himself. Everyone told him it was not only unconventional but also impossible. Instead of compromising on what he wanted, he zoomed out and thought about what was important to him. Read more

Posted: April 17, 2015, 6:19 pm

Florida railroad project opponents largely ignored by Miami Herald

MIAMI, FL — A planned expansion of passenger rail in south and central Florida could be a big deal for the region, but coverage has been decidedly hyperlocal—and not in a good way. The project, All Aboard Florida, is being touted as a privately funded project to offer express passenger service between downtown Miami and the Orlando airport, with stops...
Posted: April 17, 2015, 4:47 pm

Who knew NPR listeners could get so angry?

Posted: April 17, 2015, 4:35 pm

Media must pay for South Carolina police shooting video

scouthcarolinashootingThe New York Times reports that an Australian based “publicity and celebrity management company” representing Feidin Santana, is sending cease-and-desist letters to media outlets demanding they pay for the use of the video Santana captured. That video shows a North Charleston police officer shooting an unarmed man, Walter Scott in the back as Scott ran away from the officer.

The letter from Markson Sparks demands media outlets pay $10,000 to run the video that has gathered millions of page views on multiple YouTube web pages.

The Times’ story quotes Santana’s attorney, Todd Rutherford:

The lawyer, Todd Rutherford, said it was only fair for Mr. Santana to start getting paid for something that news outlets benefited from.

“The search for justice is served by turning the video over to law enforcement,” Mr.

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Posted: April 17, 2015, 4:32 pm

How The Forward, 118 years old, is remaking itself as the American Jewish community changes

Almost from the day The Forward began publishing in 1897 — as a daily, left-leaning Yiddish-language newspaper on the Lower East Side of Manhattan — it’s been losing readers. As Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe learned English and began to assimilate, they’d ditch the paper for competing English-language publications. “It is just because they read...
Posted: April 17, 2015, 3:56 pm

Academics criticize media’s handling of Ray Rice case

When it came to placing the domestic assault case of NFL star Ray Rice in any larger societal framework, much of the media fumbled early on, according to an academic study.

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, left, addressing the media at a news conference after NFL football training camp practice, on July 31, 2014, in Owings Mills, Md. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, left, addressing the media at a news conference after NFL football training camp practice, on July 31, 2014, in Owings Mills, Md. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

An assessment of press coverage also suggests that while old-line newspapers were more sophisticated than others initially, both old and new media improved later in similar fashion.

The preliminary findings were presented Thursday at an international gathering of political scientists via a draft of a paper titled, “Mediating the Red Zone: Tracing Sports Media’s Coverage of the Ray Rice Case and the Continued Influence of Traditional Media.”

A trio of young political scientists from Georgetown University and Colorado State University conclude that traditional media, led in no small measure by the New York Times, did better early on in grasping the larger significance of the Rice case. Read more

Posted: April 17, 2015, 3:45 pm

Do the stuff that scares you and other lessons from Thunderdome

Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome didn’t last long. But the journalists there learned a few things both while working and while leaving. Here are four of them:

1. Get used to this.

“If you’re in journalism, you know it’s an industry that gets shaken up a lot, and it’s tough to deal with,” said P. Kim Bui, now with First Look Media’s “I had some very low moments, but I had a support system that made sure I didn’t stay down for too long. It’s not that journalism is dying, it’s that projects, sites, ideas, live and die, much like they do anywhere.”

“Having been through a promising startup being abruptly closed down before, when I was at TBD in 2011, I pretty much go into every journalism job knowing it could disappear tomorrow,” said Mandy Jenkins, now Storyful’s news director. Read more

Posted: April 17, 2015, 3:10 pm

1 year after Project Thunderdome closed, most former staff have pretty great jobs. Here’s why.

April 17, 2014 was the last day for most of the journalists at Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome.

And it was a sad one, obviously, said Jim Brady, who was DFM’s editor-in-chief at the time. But what he saw that day and in the days leading up to it was something he’d never seen before in journalism. The journalists at DFM’s news hub helped each other with job searches. They made calls. They practiced interviewing together.

“Even people who were competing for the same jobs were helping each other prepare,” said Robyn Tomlin, who was then Thunderdome’s editor. “Unlike situations where only a handful of people are affected, we were all in this together.”

One year later, most of 50 or so people in Thunderome’s newsroom are still in journalism, and most of them have jobs. Read more

Posted: April 17, 2015, 3:08 pm

A Boston Marathon bombing victim family’s plea on Boston Globe’s front page

For the second time in as many weeks, a major newspaper has placed a powerful and dominating essay on its front page. Boston Globe readers awoke to a front page plea from Bill and Denise Richard, the parents of an eight year old son who was killed and a seven year old daughter who was seriously injured in the Boston Marathon bombing attack.  The front page letter asks federal prosecutors to “end the anguish” by dropping the death penalty and locking up Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for the rest of his life.

(Front page photo courtesy the Newseum)

(Front page photo courtesy the Newseum)

The timing of the “End the Anguish” plea comes as the city’s emotions are once again, raw. This week marks the second anniversary of the bombing. Soon the federal jury considering the case will gather for another month or so to decide whether to hand Tsarnaev a death sentence. Read more

Posted: April 17, 2015, 2:28 pm

Morning Report for April 17, 2015

* Native advertising doesn’t work, says veteran copywriter Mark Duffy. ( * The Arkansas man who’s been buying newspaper photo archives faces several lawsuits and an FBI probe. ( | Earlier: John Rogers claims to have 80 million still images in his collection. ( | ( * Screw you, “up-and-coming new media company” that’s looking …

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Posted: April 17, 2015, 1:32 pm

8 lesser known stories the Pulitzer committee should know about

Related: Roy J. Harris Jr. makes his Pulitzer predictions

National journalism awards have already sniffed out some exceptional journalism that no doubt will be top Pulitzer contenders: The Arizona Republic’s exceptional work investigating VA hospitals, The New York Times’ coverage of Ebola in Western Africa and The St Louis Post-Dispatch’s coverage of the Ferguson, Missouri police shooting and protests all have rightfully been cited as among 2014’s best journalism. But let me tell you about some other reporting in print and online that deserves your attention.

  • Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 8.17.52 PMOne of my favorite investigations of 2014 was “Subsidized Squalor” by the Center for Investigative Reporting and a host of partners. I loved the project from the first sentence, “There are 4,055 public housing agencies across the U.S., and we’ve spent the past year writing about one of the worst.” People living in Richmond, California’s public housing lived with rodents and sewage CIR created a unit-by-unit interactive graphic so you could see what was wrong in each unit.
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Posted: April 17, 2015, 1:04 pm

Gaining ground, or just treading water?

Is nonprofit news sustainable? Last week the Knight Foundation laid out the case for optimism in its third report on nonprofit news: “Gaining Ground: How Non-Profit News Ventures Seek Sustainability.” If the report were a weather forecast, the prediction for nonprofits would be partly cloudy with a chance of sun. Most of the 20 news organizations it examines aren’t sustainable...
Posted: April 17, 2015, 11:50 am

Newsonomics: Are Local Newspapers The Taxi Cabs of the Uber Age?

Traveling recently, I found myself needing transport from an offsite car rental facility near Portland’s airport. I called a recommended local taxi company and asked if it could pick me up there and take me downtown? “Yes,&rdq ...
Posted: April 17, 2015, 11:02 am

NMU Fights Back Over Newspaper Adviser Lawsuit

Northern Michigan University doesn't believe that any student or administrator tried to stifle freedom of speech for the student newspaper, despite a lawsuit asserting the opposite, the school said in a statement.   Four student members of t ...
Posted: April 17, 2015, 10:59 am

The Strange Saga of John Rogers, the Man Who Bought the Star Tribune's Vintage Photo Archive

Whatever else you might say about him, John Rogers was clearly one hell of a salesman.   After first buying up several high-profile collections of sports memorabilia, the Little Rock entrepreneur hit on the idea of talking big-city newspapers ou ...
Posted: April 17, 2015, 10:55 am

Copyranter: Native Advertising on Editorial Websites Doesn't Work

Native advertising doesn’t sell for brands. It does little for consumers looking to make a product choice. And it continues to compromise editorial content.    Last week, BuzzFeed struggled with its daily feed mix of flu ...
Posted: April 17, 2015, 10:52 am

US and EU Criticise Chinese Journalist's Jailing for 'Leaking State Secrets'

China has jailed a veteran journalist for leaking an internal Communist party document which urged the aggressive targeting of subversive ideological trends including support for western democratic ideals, media independence, civil society and the ...
Posted: April 17, 2015, 10:49 am

With Snapchat's First Ad Format on Hold, Focus Shifts to Live Event Feeds

Snapchat is refining its pitch to advertisers: It's like traditional media -- but on a phone and with a big audience of people less likely to check out traditional media such as linear TV or print magazines.   That explains why Snapchat is p ...
Posted: April 17, 2015, 10:45 am

Six Months of Front-Page Aggregation for the Times

In September 2014, The New York Times began an ambitious experiment in aggregation, and did it in a very public way: on the front of its website (and "above the fold," digitally, some would say).   That experiment, "Watching," of ...
Posted: April 17, 2015, 10:42 am

Daily News in Second-Round Talks With Dolan, Catsimatidis

The sale of Mort Zuckerman's Daily News appears to be advancing as the paper meets with its suitors.   In recent days, according to sources familiar with the matter, at the offices of the financial advisory firm Lazard, which is handling the ...
Posted: April 17, 2015, 10:40 am

Chicago Tribune Expanding Weekday Opinion Content in Drive to Increase Premium Editorial Offerings

The Chicago Tribune today said it would be expanding the number of “Perspective” pages seen in print and digital, beginning on Monday. The move will raise to four the number of opinion pages offered to readers Monday through Frida ...
Posted: April 17, 2015, 10:26 am

70% Of Consumers Still Look To Traditional Paper-Based Coupons For Savings

Seventy percent of consumer packaged goods coupon users still use print-based coupons such as those in free standing inserts (FSI) typically found in Sunday papers to find savings (1) according to a study that will be presented by GfK Custom Research ...
Posted: April 17, 2015, 8:14 am

Gawker Media Aiming to Unionize

Gawker Media is taking a page from an old media playbook in its pursuit to unionize with the Writers Guild in New York.   If accepted, this would make Gawker the first major digital media company to organize. Gawker senior editor Hamilton Nolan ...
Posted: April 17, 2015, 7:46 am

The Washington Post Takes an Amazon-Inspired Approach to Native Ad Targeting

Advertisers may complain that it’s hard to scale native ads, but they also want them to be put in front of the right people. Efficiency can mean more than one thing.   The Washington Post believes it has found the solution in its ...
Posted: April 17, 2015, 7:43 am

Tumblr musings from ESPN’s Britt McHenry

I’m really hoping ESPN Britt McHenry uses her time off to update her Tumblr with a sincere apology to the towing company worker she berated. (“Lose some weight, baby girl” … “I’m in the news, sweetheart. I will fucking sue this place.”) In case you haven’t been following “Brimay,” here are just a few passages …

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Posted: April 16, 2015, 9:45 pm

Reuters' Baghdad bureau chief on why he fled Iraq

Once Ned Parker saw his face plastered across an Iraqi television channel, he knew he had to flee. On April 3, Reuters’ Baghdad bureau chief helped chronicle in gruesome detail the lynching of suspected ISIS captives by government and paramilitary forces. Within days, a social media campaign began demanding his expulsion from the country, with some commenters calling for his...
Posted: April 16, 2015, 7:39 pm

How to bring clarity and urgency to Social Security reporting

Social Security is looming as a major campaign issue--should it be cut or expanded? And that, of course, calls for reporters who understand what the system does and how various proposals would change it, and who can clearly explain what’s at stake for both current and future retirees. I asked Teresa Ghilarducci--an economics professor who heads the Schwartz Center for...
Posted: April 16, 2015, 3:45 pm

Newsonomics: Are local newspapers the taxi cabs of the Uber age?

Traveling recently, I found myself needing transport from an offsite car rental facility near Portland’s airport. I called a recommended local taxi company and asked if it could pick me up there and take me downtown? “Yes,” came the answer. “How long?” “Soon as we can get there,” came the less-than-helpful reply. I’d have used...
Posted: April 16, 2015, 1:00 pm

BuzzFeed's censorship problem

Earlier this week, Gawker broke the news that BuzzFeed Beauty Editor Arabelle Sicardi has resigned from the site. She wrote a piece last week criticizing a Dove soap advertising campaign that BuzzFeed deleted and later republished at the direction of Editor in Chief Ben Smith. Her resignation is the latest chapter in the evolving “DoveGate” scandal. It all began on...
Posted: April 16, 2015, 11:50 am

Don’t Buy The Hype: Snapchat Is Not Nearly as Big as You Think

Not too long ago, and with great fanfare, Snapchat rolled out its advertising services for brands like McDonald’s, Samsung, and Amazon. They were charging a minimum of $750,000 for a “brand story” (a branded post), and a ...
Posted: April 16, 2015, 10:37 am

The Eternal Return of BuzzFeed

Before Nyan Cat, before “Imma let you finish,” even before rickrolling, there was a small startup in New York dedicated to finding pre-viral content online. The first employees of BuzzFeed wrote about Borat, MySpace, and the & ...
Posted: April 16, 2015, 10:33 am

Congressional Hearing: Russia’s Use of Pseudo Journalism Against U.S

Russia is essentially “weaponizing” information through the effective, worldwide use of pseudo journalism, a congressional committee was told Wednesday.   “Russia has launched an information war against the Wes ...
Posted: April 16, 2015, 10:30 am

Capital New York is rebranded as Politico expands its reach

Politico marched forward with its worldwide expansion on Wednesday, as the company’s soon-to-be-launched European outfit announced a spate of new hires and bureaus, and its Washington-based mothership unveiled a plan to create state-focused satellite publications across the country. The moves come during a period of immense change for the political news organization. Famed for incremental scoops that drove discussion among...
Posted: April 15, 2015, 6:33 pm

Texting for community engagement: Groundsource expands to public beta

Listening to what people are saying, amplifying their voices, leveraging their insight and experience, and encouraging them to talk to each other are probably the most important (and most challenging) aspects of community engagement -- especially in low-income and otherwise marginalized communities. The creator of the engagement platform Groundsource has learned much about streamlining and supporting these key engagement activities.

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Posted: April 15, 2015, 6:31 pm

‘No-hands’ ad sales challenge legacy media

Ever since legacy publishers and broadcasters got serious about selling interactive advertising, they have struggled with how to do it.  Should veteran ad representatives be cross-trained to sell portfolios of traditional and digital advertising? This came to be known as the two-leg sales call. Should specially trained digital ad specialists accompany legacy reps on four-leg sales calls?  
Posted: April 15, 2015, 4:29 pm

Have a wacky opinion on the internet? In Texas, you could make the nightly news

Scene: An Emmy-winning local TV news reporter in North Texas is on the hunt for his next story. He sees a woman from Dallas has posted something on Facebook that is, shall we say, controversial. “A female shouldn’t be President,” the woman has written, and she explains that if that event should come to pass, well, she will be moving...
Posted: April 15, 2015, 4:12 pm

The Dallas Morning News is building data (and sources) through its new Rolodex tool

Like many tools that end up in use in newsrooms, Rolodex — a new directory and discovery tool built at The Dallas Morning News — started out as a hobby project. Jon McClure, a news apps developer, was tinkering around with the Neo4j graphing tool in his spare time, exploring how to visualize networks of...
Posted: April 15, 2015, 3:48 pm

The Boston Globe’s David Skok on pushing digital change in a traditional newsroom

Our old friend (and former Nieman Fellow) David Skok got a nice promotion at The Boston Globe yesterday, being bumped up from digital advisor to the editor to both managing editor for digital and general manager of He also spent part of the day here on campus, giving a talk at the Shorenstein Center...
Posted: April 15, 2015, 3:16 pm

Pork, bullets, and the dismal state of journalism in Thailand

On an unbearably hot afternoon in January 2014, my editor at the Bangkok Post told me to hit the streets and figure out why the masses downtown were suddenly donning homemade body armor. For months, street protests had roiled the Thai capital, spurred by entrenched economic inequality and anger at an amnesty bill that would allow political exiles back into...
Posted: April 15, 2015, 11:50 am

4 things sports writers can learn from Eduardo Galeano

Legendary writer Eduardo Galeano of Uruguay died of cancer on Monday at age 74. While he is most well known for his critical books on Latin American colonial history, he also wrote one of the signature books in all of sports literature: Soccer in Sun and Shadow. First published in 1998, it traces the history of soccer as a sport...
Posted: April 14, 2015, 9:15 pm

Tracing the origins of modern Internet culture to the BBS world

Where does the culture of the Internet come from? One important origin point, according to Kevin Driscoll: the mid-1970s standardization of phone jacks. While the core technology behind today’s Internet was developed through the U.S. government-backed ARPANET, the things that define the culture of today’s Internet — sharing information, connecting with new people, playing games,...
Posted: April 14, 2015, 6:54 pm

Its journalism is behind a paywall, but The Times of London’s developers embrace open source

LONDON — For Callum Jones, a digital reporter at The Times of London, every morning begins with a 4:30 a.m. wakeup call. Jones is responsible for assembling and sending Red Box, a newsletter from The Times and Sunday Times that delivers a roundup of political news, commentary, and polling every morning. Red Box — which...
Posted: April 14, 2015, 4:30 pm