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Gawker Media alleges ‘serious irregularity’ in Hulk Hogan sex-tape evidence

Hogan. (AP)

Hogan. (AP)

Last week, Gawker Media prevailed in a legal battle it had been waging with the FBI for more than a year.

A judge ruled that the bureau and another law enforcement agency had to turn over evidence related to an investigation into a sex tape that figures prominently into Gawker’s pending high-stakes lawsuit.

But during a hearing today, lawyers from Gawker Media expressed concerns about the evidence.

Representatives from Gawker Media, the FBI and the Executive Office of United States Attorneys appeared before a judge at a United States District Court in Tampa, Florida. The purpose of the hearing was to sort out which documents requested by Gawker under the Freedom of Information Act the law enforcement organizations were legally obligated to turn over. Read more

Posted: July 3, 2015, 12:04 am

Why we need to keep covering the foreclosure crisis

Some seven years after the housing bubble burst, the story is still unfolding in many American cities: damaged neighborhoods, broken tax systems, and blighted homes; a search for justice and an accounting of blame; uneven progress toward recovery. In swathes of the country, capturing this story in all its continuing complexity is among the most pressing items on the public-affairs...
Posted: July 2, 2015, 7:27 pm

Romenesko’s latest tweets

Tweets by @romenesko Now retired, but still online. Thank you for checking my latest tweets and occasional retirement-era posts. (I’m still posting to Facebook, too.) Please continue to send your news tips and memos to Jim@JimRomenesko.com. Sorry, but I’m no longer accepting sponsored posts or job ads. * Check out Romenesko’s posts – and reader …

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Posted: July 2, 2015, 7:10 pm

Want more responses to a social media post? Pay attention to when (and where) you’re posting

Why some social media posts fall into a pit of oblivion while others shine brightly is in great part a question of timing. A new study from Klout finds that, unsurprisingly, posts that land sometime during the workday tend to receive the most reactions — and that beyond that, it’s a matter of geography. The study,...
Posted: July 2, 2015, 6:56 pm

Nick Denton warns Gawker Media staff about upcoming negative New York Post story

Memo to the Gawker Media staff: From: Nick Denton Date: Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 3:06 PM Subject: Gawker financials ahead of Hogan trial To: All Staff Hey, a heads-up that there will be a negative story on Gawker’s financial position by Keith Kelly in Monday’s New York Post. Kelly is the same guy who …

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Posted: July 2, 2015, 6:45 pm

This short week on Medium: 5 media stories you may have missed

It’s a short week, but there has been some good stuff on Medium about journalism and for journalists. In case you missed it, here are five of those stories, including how people first found out about the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling, where to find great stock photos and more on a new cartoonist collective:

June 26, 2015: A snapshot in love: Locals and visitors to San Francisco’s annual Pride Parade share the moment they found out same-sex marriage is now legal in the United States.

June 29, Alice Yin:

“I was at home actually. I was at home on the Internet and I read it on Facebook. I cried. I cried and the first thing I did was call my fiancé and say that we could get married in this state.”

“When are you planning on that?”

“Beginning of next year.”

These 39 Sites Have Amazing Stock Photos You Can Use For Free

July 1, Thomas Oppong:

It can be insanely hard to find high quality, high-res free stock photos for personal and commercial use.

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Posted: July 2, 2015, 6:34 pm

News crew mugged while reporting from a crime scene

KNTV

A news crew with KNTV was mugged and pistol-whipped on Thursday morning while reporting from the scene of a crime, the station reported Thursday.

The brazen attack occurred just before 6 a.m. at Pier 14 in San Francisco, where the reporter and photographer were covering a story about a woman who had been shot to death there the night before.

As the two were about to go on air, a suspect pulled up to the curb in a black four-door BMW and approached the photographer and pistol-whipped him with a gun, shoved him to the ground, the photographer and reporter said. The suspect then grabbed the photographer’s camera gear, and as he was struggling to get it inside his getaway car, returned to pistol whip the photographer again, the news crew reported.

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Posted: July 2, 2015, 5:20 pm

Breaking down the numbers in CNN's controversial report on a Florida hospital

On June 1, CNN aired a year-long investigation that made alarming claims about high mortality rates and other complications in the pediatric cardiac surgery program at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Published under the headline “Secret Deaths,” the report landed with a splash—and soon brought a backlash. The hospital sent out its own set of numbers,...
Posted: July 2, 2015, 5:20 pm

Podcast goes behind the scenes of The Guardian ’s climate change campaign

“Alan, will you go ahead with [the campaign] if The Guardian doesn’t divest?” asked multimedia editor Francesca Panetta when Rusbridger left the meeting room. “I think we have to,” Rusbridger replied. “I think if the board don’t agree, I will ignore the board and run the campaign anyway.” That bit of revealing dialogue wasn’t shared with CJR by an...
Posted: July 2, 2015, 5:19 pm

Court orders Gawker Media v. Hulk Hogan trial date canceled

A Florida appellate court ruled Thursday that a legal showdown between Gawker Media and Hulk Hogan will no longer take place on Monday because a lower court overlooked a legal rule when scheduling the trial date.

The ruling, issued by Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal, states that a circuit court erred when it set a July 6 trial date because it didn’t allow for enough time to pass between the last motion related to the case and the trial date. From the ruling:

Although we easily understand why Bollea and the circuit court went to lengths to preserve the July 6 trial date, their efforts were futile from the outset — by the time the court entered its June 19 order scheduling the trial for July 6, the window for doing so had been closed for weeks.

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Posted: July 2, 2015, 5:18 pm

Writers, editors at Salon move to unionize

Following editorial workers at Gawker Media, editorial staff at Salon is moving to unionize and bargain a first contract with their employer.

They’ve signed on with the Writers Guild of America, East, the same union that recently won a representation election at Gawker Media and is at the start of a process to try to bargain a contract.

“We are doing this because we believe in our publication and want it to be successful,” workers said in a joint statement issued with the union. “We’re especially proud to work for a media organization that has championed progressive values for nearly twenty years.”

“We believe this organizing campaign is a positive and public way for us to put those values into practice, right here at home. Read more

Posted: July 2, 2015, 5:02 pm

Advance Central Services Oregon Will Outsource Printing of The Oregonian and Will Explore Sale of Existing Print Facility

Advance Central Services Oregon, which prints and distributes The Oregonian, has signed a contract with a Portland-based company to print the newspaper.
Posted: July 2, 2015, 3:46 pm

Newsonomics: On end games and end times

Platish or perish? With those malaprop-sounding fighting words a year ago, digital entrepreneur Jonathan Glick neatly, if broadly, summed up a question of the moment on Twitter. We’ve read so many obits for news media over the past 10 years that you’d think we’d be inured to yet another. But the onslaught of off-site distribution...
Posted: July 2, 2015, 2:37 pm

College student Trey Yingst skips classes … to report from conflict zones

Trey Yingst in Baltimore late one night during the Freddie Gray riots providing medical assistance to Connor Wolf from The Daily Caller who had been attacked. (Photo courtesy of Trey Yingst)

Trey Yingst in Baltimore late one night during the Freddie Gray riots providing medical assistance to Connor Wolf from The Daily Caller who had been attacked. (Photo courtesy of Trey Yingst)

On a Monday evening this past April, journalist Trey Yingst set foot in a part of Baltimore that he said, “looked like there were no laws.”

Amid the furor and fervor sparked by Freddie Gray’s death, he observed hundreds of people smashing store windows, overturning vehicles, looting, setting fires and fighting with each other and the police.

At first, every time he raised his camera to shoot, rioters swarmed, threatening to attack. The press group he was with was targeted and confronted by angry rioters armed with hammers and 40-ounce bottles. A reporter near him was later punched in the face and a second was hit in the head with a bottle, each requiring on-the-scene medical attention and a hospital trip. Read more

Posted: July 2, 2015, 1:40 pm

New book honors sportswriting legend W.C. Heinz

** FILE ** W.C. "Bill" Heinz shows his 1932 Remington typewriter at his home in Bennington, Vt., in this Nov. 7, 2002 file photo. Heinz, an author, sportswriter and war correspondent, used the typewriter in World War II to write about the allied invasion of France. Heinz, a former New York Sun sportswriter and author who witnessed the Normandy invasion on D-Day, covered some of the greatest sports moments of the 1940s and helped write the book MASH,  has died. Heinz died early Wednesday in Bennington, Vt., according to his daughter. He was 93. (AP Photo/Tim Roske, file)

W.C. “Bill” Heinz shows his 1932 Remington typewriter at his home in Bennington, Vt., in this Nov. 7, 2002 file photo. Heinz, an author, sportswriter and war correspondent, used the typewriter in World War II to write about the allied invasion of France. (AP Photo/Tim Roske, file)

The passage of time doesn’t do justice to the greats of sports journalism. Their vast works tend to get forgotten in the new media world, where today and tomorrow seem paramount. Who needs yesterday?

So many thanks to The Library of America and Bill Littlefield for reviving the brilliance of W.C. Heinz in a new book, “The Top of His Game.” Littlefield, the host of NPR’s “Only A Game,” selected the best  columns and stories from one of the best sportswriters of all time. Read more

Posted: July 2, 2015, 12:28 pm

Journalists might finally get paid for all those long days

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. But your late-night tweets might not countPresident Barack Obama’s proposal to grant overtime pay to millions of Americans should affect “the many reporters, editors and producers who routinely work long and unpredictable hours for relatively modest pay,” Michael Calderone and Dave Jamieson write for The Huffington Post. But in the case of journalism, the definition of work remains fuzzy. “Tweeting news from one’s couch at 10 p.m. may suggest one is on the clock, but what if one is simultaneously tweeting about a basketball game or awards show? The line between reporting and socializing, on social media and otherwise, easily blurs.” (The Huffington Post) | Related: How poorly are journalists paid? Depends on where you live.
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Posted: July 2, 2015, 12:06 pm

Facebook's Video Monetization Plan Is Here

Video has taken over Facebook, with daily views on the platform growing four-fold to a whopping four billion in just a year. But until now, video creators haven’t had a way to make money on the platform.   That changes today. The compa ...
Posted: July 2, 2015, 10:37 am

Heavily in Debt, Newseum Considered Risky Strategy to Improve Finances

Nearly seven years after opening a $477 million complex on a prime parcel of Pennsylvania Avenue, the Newseum floated a document saying it would consider offering an ownership stake in its building in exchange for an immediate influx of funds.   ...
Posted: July 2, 2015, 10:35 am

#WeMakeNPR: NPR Employees Tweet Glimpses Inside Radio Life While NPR Negotiates Its Union Contract

NPR is in the midst of contract negotiations with its employees’ union. In the meantime, the reporters, producers, and editors behind the company’s many shows took to Twitter on Wednesday to celebrate their colleagues’ w ...
Posted: July 2, 2015, 10:31 am

What Scribd’s Growing Pains Mean for the Future of Digital Content Subscription Models

Netflix earned more than $5 billion in 2014. No wonder companies want to be “the Netflix of” other kinds of digital media — ebooks, magazines, music.   That’s not easy to pull off when you don’t ...
Posted: July 2, 2015, 10:28 am

Detroit News: Gilbert's Name-Calling Devalues the Important Work That Was Done Here'

In response to a data-driven investigative report by The Detroit News on Quicken Loans' record in Detroit, the mortgage lender's founder Dan Gilbert took aim at the coverage in a WJR interview on Wednesday.   Speaking on conservativ ...
Posted: July 2, 2015, 10:08 am

Myanmar’s War on the Press

As Myanmar heads toward national elections scheduled for November, the government of President Thein Sein is intensifying attempts to thwart the democratic aspirations of Myanmar’s people.   Last Thursday, the country’s milit ...
Posted: July 2, 2015, 10:04 am

BBC to Cut More Than 1,000 Jobs in Cost-Savings Push

The BBC is to cut more than 1,000 jobs, mainly by slashing layers of management and squeezing back office functions such as marketing and communications. Tony Hall, director general of the BBC, addressed staff in London on Thursday and expl ...
Posted: July 2, 2015, 10:01 am

How Research (and PowerPoints) Became the Backbone of National Journal’s Membership Program

In fall 2011, Atlantic Media chairman David Bradley wrote an memo about his career, leading right up to when he bought National Journal and The Atlantic Monthly. It was a roadmap wrapped around a personal narrative, a push to move the politics and po ...
Posted: July 2, 2015, 9:55 am

Obama's New Proposal Could Introduce American Journalists To Overtime Pay

NEW YORK -- When reporters covered President Barack Obama’s proposal Monday night to extend overtime pay to millions of additional Americans, some, still on the clock past dinnertime, may have wondered whether they’d make the cut. ...
Posted: July 2, 2015, 9:50 am

Univision Intends to Pursue I.P.O. in U.S.

Univision Holdings, the owner of the Spanish-language cable television networks Univision and Galavisión, intends to pursue an initial public offering in the United States, according to a filing on Thursday with the Securities and Exchange ...
Posted: July 2, 2015, 9:45 am

Under Spain’s Gag Law, Covering the News Could Cost You

One evening last month, a police helicopter swooped over my neighborhood of mid-sized apartment blocks in Barcelona. The city has very little street crime; L.A.-style police pursuits coordinated by helicopters overhead are exceedingly rare. The polic ...
Posted: July 2, 2015, 9:43 am

More Tough Times for The Tampa Tribune

In 2012, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, in a show of faith in the future of local news, bought a chain of newspapers from Media General. There was just one daily paper in the portfolio that Buffett didn’t take: The Tampa Tri ...
Posted: July 2, 2015, 9:39 am

Career Beat: Clay Fisher named SVP at The New York Times

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Clay Fisher has been named senior vice president of consumer marketing at The New York Times. Previously, he led the digital marketing and media group at DIRECTV. (The New York Times Company)
  • Paul Lewis has been named West Coast bureau chief for Guardian U.S. He is The Guardian’s Washington Correspondent. (‏@PaulLewis)
  • Brendan James will be a media reporter at The International Business Times. He is a newswriter at TPM. (@deep_beige)

Job of the day: The Intercept is looking for a political corruption blogger. Get your résumés in! (The Intercept)

Send Ben your job moves: bmullin@poynter.org

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Posted: July 2, 2015, 8:45 am

The Media Milestone the Media (Fittingly?) Forgot

One decade ago this weekend, millions of iPod owners woke up to a quiet change to the iTunes software they probably didn’t even notice. The really revolutionary updates usually have nice, round numbers—iTunes 3.0 invented the ...
Posted: July 2, 2015, 8:24 am

How The New York Times Finds New Subscribers on Facebook

Publishers have a lot of tools to bring readers back to their site. But often those visitors amount to little more than drive-by traffic, especially if they come from social media.     Publishers need that traffic to work harder, espec ...
Posted: July 2, 2015, 8:01 am

What’s it like to work at BuzzFeed? Listen to BuzzFeed Dot Com, The Website: The Podcast

BuzzFeed is taking its recent push into the world of audio and looking inward. The company recently launched a new podcast about, well, life at BuzzFeed. BuzzFeed Dot Com, The Website: The Podcast, is aimed at a narrow listenership of people who work for BuzzFeed Dot Com, The Website. Scott Lamb, BuzzFeed’s vice president of...
Posted: July 1, 2015, 9:32 pm

The media milestone the media (fittingly?) forgot

One decade ago this weekend, millions of iPod owners woke up to a quiet change to the iTunes software they probably didn’t even notice. The really revolutionary updates usually have nice, round numbers—iTunes 3.0 invented the personalized playlist, 4.0 introduced the Music Store, 11.0 gave us iCloud—so it was somehow fitting that even mighty Cupertino didn’t seem to realize they were...
Posted: July 1, 2015, 7:50 pm

What Scribd’s growing pains mean for the future of digital content subscription models

Netflix earned more than $5 billion in 2014. No wonder companies want to be “the Netflix of” other kinds of digital media — ebooks, magazines, music. That’s not easy to pull off when you don’t have Netflix’s deep pockets or 62 million subscribers — oh, and when you’re trying to sell something to read rather...
Posted: July 1, 2015, 7:20 pm

The New York Times told people to add peas to guac. People said nope.

On Wednesday, a New York Times food story suggested readers add peas to their guacamole. Here’s the tweet:

Add green peas to your guacamole. Trust us. http://t.co/7imMY9c2ph pic.twitter.com/oeOMt2qgmh

— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 1, 2015

But readers refused. Here are some of their tweets:

@nytimes gtfo

— Alex Fitzpatrick (@AlexJamesFitz) July 1, 2015

@nytimes Possibly the worst food advice ever.

— David Saleh Rauf (@davidSrauf) July 1, 2015

@nytimes please delete this

— Lindsey Adler (@Lahlahlindsey) July 1, 2015

@nytimes you guys are being really offensive and tbh I'm contemplating an unfollow

— William Turton (@WilliamTurton) July 1, 2015

@nytimes pic.twitter.com/ay46eqODaW

— Kevin O'Keeffe (@kevinpokeeffe) July 1, 2015

@nytimes This advice is wrong and also bad

— Vincent Bevins (@Vinncent) July 1, 2015

when u find peas in your guacamole @nytimes pic.twitter.com/6hJ0kux6mK

— darth!™ (@darth) July 1, 2015

@nytimes What happened to you?

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Posted: July 1, 2015, 7:07 pm

American workers are getting sick, and CPI wants you to understand why

When Jim Morris told CJR about the Center for Public Integrity’s labor and environment team in March, he extolled the virtues of putting both topics under one umbrella. “We’re talking about things like toxic chemicals in the workplace,” he said. “It’s heavy on science...We’re going to stick with workplace health and safety reporting, because it’s incredibly important.” That philosophy, which...
Posted: July 1, 2015, 7:05 pm

An argument that newspapers are missing out on reaching loyal, local digital audiences

Is the digital audience for local news hiding in plain sight? Damon Kiesow, senior manager for mobile initiatives at McClatchy, thinks local newsrooms are overlooking an important audience as they try to reorient themselves for the future. No, it’s not mobile users (well, not entirely). And it’s not millennials (well, it’s kinda them too). The...
Posted: July 1, 2015, 6:32 pm

How research (and PowerPoints) became the backbone of National Journal’s membership program

In fall 2011, Atlantic Media chairman David Bradley wrote an memo about his career, leading right up to when he bought National Journal and The Atlantic Monthly. It was a roadmap wrapped around a personal narrative, a push to move the politics and policy-focused National Journal titles away from approaching competitors and into new territory....
Posted: July 1, 2015, 5:55 pm

Under Spain's gag law, covering the news could cost you

One evening last month, a police helicopter swooped over my neighborhood of mid-sized apartment blocks in Barcelona. The city has very little street crime; L.A.-style police pursuits coordinated by helicopters overhead are exceedingly rare. The police helicopter was flying low enough that my windows rattled. I walked to a plaza near my house, where the helicopter was hovering. A bystander...
Posted: July 1, 2015, 5:15 pm

More tough times for The Tampa Tribune

In 2012, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, in a show of faith in the future of local news, bought a chain of newspapers from Media General. There was just one daily paper in the portfolio that Buffett didn’t take: The Tampa Tribune, the longtime rival to the Tampa Bay Times that traces its history to the 19th century. Things looked bleak...
Posted: July 1, 2015, 4:09 pm

Added value: How Harvard Business Review thinks it can add subscribers while getting more expensive

Harvard Business Review is trying to walk a fine line: The magazine thinks it can raise the price for a subscription and still attract close to 100,000 new subscribers. “Basic economics says you lower prices and get more customers; you raise prices you get fewer,” Harvard Business Review Group publisher Joshua Macht told me. “And...
Posted: July 1, 2015, 3:49 pm

Memo: ‘It’s time for Denver Post 4.0!’

Denver Post editor Greg Moore sent the memo below to his staff earlier today. Some key points: * No one should assume he or she will be doing in the future what they do now. We are going to have to reassign some people after the buyout is completed. * Beginning July 6, you’ll notice …

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Posted: July 1, 2015, 2:15 pm

Why Doug Legler wanted a two-word obit

Posted: July 1, 2015, 1:55 pm

Mark Zuckerberg has thoughts on the future of news on Facebook

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took a cue from Reddit’s Ask Me Anything on Thursday afternoon and opened himself up to a “Townhall Q&A” where he answered questions from Arianna Huffington, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Stephen Hawking, along with a few hundred other less famous people. mark zuckerberg takes time out of his busy schedule to talk...
Posted: June 30, 2015, 8:59 pm

When governments sue public-records requesters

When you send a public records request to a government agency, you might expect a delayed response or high costs to fulfill it, even a denial—but you probably don’t expect to be sued by the agency. Yet that very thing happened recently in New Jersey, prompting a judge last week to dismiss the suit and conclude that a public policy...
Posted: June 30, 2015, 8:01 pm

Bloomberg's new regime and tensions over the editorial vision

In April, Zachary Mider’s groundbreaking story on corporate tax inversions won Bloomberg News the first Pulitzer Prize in its 25-year history. When Mider collected his award a month later, at the annual Pulitzer luncheon at Columbia University, the rest of his team was there to applaud him, as were the highest-ranking editors from other winning newsrooms, including Dean Baquet at...
Posted: June 30, 2015, 7:25 pm

What’s the view from Europe on where news is headed? Check out these videos from Newsgeist

Newsgeist — formerly known, just as idiosyncratically, as Newsfoo — is an annual-or-so unconference/gathering of journalists, technologists, media execs, and other future-of-news types for discussion, mingling, and pretty good food. (I attended one a couple years back, so my food memories are a little hazy by now, I confess.) Put on by Google and the Knight...
Posted: June 30, 2015, 6:36 pm

Covering gay marriage when it's really, really personal

On a sticky August day last year in Cincinnati, I filed into the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on assignment for Al Jazeera America’s website to cover oral arguments in the four cases challenging state bans on same-sex marriage—the same cases that led to last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide. Seated next to me happened to...
Posted: June 30, 2015, 6:15 pm

Here are the best links, resources, and roundups from SRCCON, the conference for journalism code

Business casual, bad coffee, dry prewritten speeches, and an 8 a.m. start with no time between sessions — these things are familiar to anyone who’s ever been to a conference. SRCCON (pronounced “Source-Con”), organized by Knight-Mozilla OpenNews and held over two days last week in Minneapolis, aims to avoid the bad conference stereotypes and offer,...
Posted: June 30, 2015, 3:43 pm

Gannett Internet usage stat questioned

Letter to Romenesko From DUANE MARSTELLER, former Gannett employee: In celebrating its first day on its own, the “new” Gannett has been touting a stat that claims that it accounts for 40% of Internet usage. The company also has made the claim in earnings reports, on its web site and I also saw it included …

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Posted: June 30, 2015, 2:10 pm