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This just in: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence kills controversial Just IN news site

I've terminated #JustIN website/directed all exec branch agencies to post press releases/notices to existing site: — Governor Mike Pence (@GovPenceIN) January 29, 2015 The governor says: Rather than developing a new website, I have instructed the Office of Information Technology to update the current public calendar website to ensure that the press and the …

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Posted: January 29, 2015, 6:10 pm

Iowa editor fired for ‘gaystapo’ blog post seeks $100,000 for new politics website

Bob Eschliman, the Iowa editor who was fired last year after claiming that “the LGBTQXYZ crowd and the Gaystapo” are trying to reword the Bible “to make their sinful nature ‘right with God,'” is back in the news business. The former Newton (IA) Daily News editor has launched The Iowa Statesman, which he says “will …

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Posted: January 29, 2015, 5:14 pm

7 ways Andrew Sullivan changed blogging

It's hard to prove for sure who invented what on the internet. Innovations spread rapidly and sometimes seem to materialize simultaneously in many places. So I can't really prove that Andrew Sullivan, who announced Wednesday that he was quitting blogging, came up with all of the approaches I'm about to list. But I will say I've been immersed in digital...
Posted: January 29, 2015, 4:43 pm

What a cardboard cutout says about local news priorities

Yesterday, Jim Romenesko introduced readers to “Michelle” and “Lisa DeVries,” a pair of middle-aged, prosperous white moms who, according to management directives, comprise the target demographic for two local TV newsrooms. The newsworthy bit: Michelle is a cardboard cutout. Lisa is a stock photo on a poster. Regardless, they exist to remind reporters about the ideal viewer to keep in...
Posted: January 29, 2015, 3:46 pm

Bloomberg Business’ new look has made a splash — but don’t just call it a redesign

Bloomberg launched a fresh, new Bloomberg Business Tuesday night, to both acclaim and confusion. Change has long been afoot lately at Bloomberg Media, which hired Justin B. Smith away from Atlantic Media in 2013 and Joshua Topolsky away from The Verge last July to help reconfigure the company’s digital presence. The new look — inspired...
Posted: January 29, 2015, 2:48 pm

Morning Report for January 29, 2015

* [ABOVE] “I love this bit of Desert Sun history that popped up in @romenesko’s Facebook comments.” (@BrianIndrelunas) * Indiana Gov. Mike Pence distances himself from the “Just IN” news service idea cooked up by his staff. ( | Keep government out of the news business, says Rem Rieder. ( * The New Republic’s February …

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Posted: January 29, 2015, 1:52 pm

Newsonomics: From national, Politico expands into global — and local

Twenty years ago, Jim VandeHei took an unassuming job that would later shape the global news empire he’s still building. Fresh out of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with degrees in journalism and political science — numerous job rejections in hand — he joined a weekly newsletter called New Fuels Report in Washington. Ethanol and methanol were...
Posted: January 29, 2015, 1:41 pm

The ethics of saying 'sorry'

Last month, Slate published a Year in Outrage calendar, which chronicled the stories that enraged the general public each day of last year. Eric Meyer never meant to be Dec. 28. The Ohio-based Web developer meant only to tell his audience of industry insiders how a Facebook algorithm that brought him grief on Christmas Eve illustrated a big problem...
Posted: January 29, 2015, 11:50 am

How Salon Tamed the Trolls and Saved Its Online Comments

Online comments sections are a double-edged sword for publishers. For those trying to increase loyalty and engagement with readers, comments should be an essential part of an audience strategy. But all too often, they becomes a haven for trolls and s ...
Posted: January 29, 2015, 10:11 am

Lessons for Newspaper Campaigns in the Digital Age

"Any newspaper worth its salt in the modern age should know the key ingredients of a good campaign," said Tony Gallagher, joint deputy editor, Daily Mail.     With a constant stream of news stories rolling in front of our eyes, cam ...
Posted: January 29, 2015, 7:50 am

Andrew Miller to Stand Down as Chief Executive of Guardian Media Group

Andrew Miller is to stand down after almost five years as chief executive of the Guardian Media Group (GMG), during which time the company behind the Guardian and Observer newspapers and has expanded overseas and increased digital rev ...
Posted: January 29, 2015, 7:48 am

New Senior Appointments at Tribune Publishing

Tribune Publishing, which owns major metropolitan newspapers including The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times and The Baltimore Sun, announced multiple senior appointments at its flagship property on Wednesday, as well as a new launch at the ...
Posted: January 29, 2015, 7:46 am

Snapchat’s new Discover feature could be a significant moment in the evolution of mobile news

You may have missed it in the #snowpocalpyse that wasn’t1, but Snapchat unveiled a new feature called Discover Tuesday that puts news into the ephemeral chat app so popular among American teens and young adults: Here’s Wired’s story on it: At launch, Snapchat is working with ten media partners, including CNN, ESPN, and National Geographic....
Posted: January 28, 2015, 9:07 pm

Snapchat ventures into news territory

The app used by millions as a creative outlet for duck-face selfies, fleeting nude photos, and covert humiliation of unknowing passersby is the latest third-party platform to host news coverage. On Tuesday, Snapchat unveiled Discover, a new section within the app that features content from 11 different media partners, including CNN, ESPN, National Geographic, and Vice, among others. The messaging...
Posted: January 28, 2015, 8:54 pm

CenturyLink ISP customers unable to post or read comments on for days

@StarTribune whats up with @CenturyLink blocking your comments section? — Matt Kasp (@IALMK) January 28, 2015 He learned over the weekend that some users couldn’t post or even view comments on the Minneapolis paper’s site. A problem with the LiveFyre commenting system? he wondered. “‘It’s not us,’ they said.” Sauer and his team did …

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Posted: January 28, 2015, 8:34 pm

[SPONSORED POST] Submit your work for the Top Money Journalism 2014 eBook

Sponsored Post Enter Reynolds’ Top Money Journalism 2014 The Reynolds National Center For Business Journalism invites you to submit your work on money in 2014 for its Top Money Journalism 2014 eBook anthology. There are 11 categories, including those for college, international journalism and photography, and the only requirement is that the piece centered on …

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Posted: January 28, 2015, 8:09 pm

What will happen to The New York Times' race beat?

The future of race coverage at The New York Times is under scrutiny as Tanzina Vega, the paper’s sole reporter on a national race and ethnicity beat that she created one year ago, is moved this week to the metro desk to cover the Bronx courthouse. “In recent months Tanzina Vega showed how varied and powerful a national beat focusing...
Posted: January 28, 2015, 7:33 pm

Here’s how the BBC, disrupted by technology and new habits, is thinking about its future

As the United Kingdom’s national broadcaster, the BBC operates under a royal charter, a formal document issued by the British monarchy that sets out the BBC’s priorities, ensures the broadcaster’s editorial independence, and details the responsibilities of the BBC Trust, its governing body. The BBC was first granted a royal charter in 1927, and the...
Posted: January 28, 2015, 7:20 pm

Andrew Sullivan is quitting blogging

Andrew Sullivan — perhaps the archetypal news blogger, one of the earliest traditional-media journalists to embrace the then-new form — is calling it quits. The reasons: burnout, stress, health issues, and a general desire to do something else. …I am saturated in digital life and I want to return to the actual world again. I’m...
Posted: January 28, 2015, 6:46 pm

How Millennial Magazine finds free help

Millennial editor-in-chief Britt Hysen also wants contributor candidates to submit three story proposals. I’ve invited Hysen – aka “The Voice of Gen Y” – to defend her no-pay policy. Update – Hysen writes in an email: Our trial period is merely to determine if contributors are a match for our style. No one is asked …

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Posted: January 28, 2015, 6:30 pm

South Carolina TV news shop isn’t the first to use a fictional white mom as the target viewer

A Romenesko reader who doesn’t want to be named writes: “Regarding your story about a newsroom using a cardboard person to keep in mind for the demo, it is not the first time I have seen this used. “[Consulting firm] Magid had our station call our target ‘Lisa DeVries’ in the fall of 2012. The …

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Posted: January 28, 2015, 4:30 pm

Covering the Knicks? Good luck

New York Knicks basketball player Carmelo Anthony talks to reporters after practice. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) "The only thing worse than being a bad team is being a boring team," Frank Isola of The New York Daily News told me in a phone interview. We were discussing the 2014-15 New York Knicks; not only are they tied for the worst...
Posted: January 28, 2015, 4:10 pm

Sue Clark-Johnson, Former Reno Gazette-Journal Publisher, Dies at 67

Sue Clark-Johnson, president/publisher of theReno Gazette-Journal from 1985-2000 and renowned for her community activism, died early Wednesday in Phoenix after a short illness. She was 67.   Clark-Johnson left Reno to be publisher of The Arizona ...
Posted: January 28, 2015, 3:46 pm

Deseret Digital Media CEO Clark Gilbert to Step Down

Clark G. Gilbert, current president and CEO of the Deseret News and Deseret Digital Media, and an executive vice president of Deseret Management Corporation, was named as the 16th president of Brigham Young University-Idaho at Tuesday's campus de ...
Posted: January 28, 2015, 2:08 pm

Is national media ignoring local science fraud?

In a rare case, a former Iowa State University scientist was prosecuted by a federal attorney last summer for faking the results of his AIDS vaccine research. The university repaid nearly a half-million dollars to the federal government, covering several years of the researcher's salary. An additional $1.4 million in grant money, which had not yet been paid, was canceled....
Posted: January 28, 2015, 11:50 am

The News Website That’s Keeping Press Freedom Alive in Egypt

On the afternoon of 17 June 2013, a group of friends gathered in a fourth-floor apartment in downtown Cairo. They sat on the floor because there were no chairs; there were also no desks, no shelves, and no ashtrays. A sign on the door, written in bla ...
Posted: January 28, 2015, 11:46 am

Ebony Seeks Buyer for Photo Archive, the 'African American Getty'

(Reuters) - A climate-controlled archive in Chicago holds 5 million images of what could be called the African American experience since 1942, including exceptional, intimate photographs of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., singer Billie Ho ...
Posted: January 28, 2015, 11:42 am

New York Times Editor: We Failed To Do Our Job After 9/11

Dean Baquet, the executive editor of the New York Times, believes his newspaper – in company with the US mainstream media – failed their audiences after 9/11.   He told the German news magazine Der Spiegel that he agreed with ...
Posted: January 28, 2015, 11:38 am

Gawker Media Generated $45 Million In Net Revenue Last Year And It's Raising A $15 Million Round Of Debt

Nick Denton orders the shrimp linguine. He doesn't look at Balthazar's menu; the media mogul frequents the restaurant and everyone from the hostess to fellow diners knows who he is.   Denton personally owns just under 50% of Gawker Media ...
Posted: January 28, 2015, 11:30 am

Meet Business Insider’s ‘Teen’ Reporter

It is the sacred right of every generation to poke fun at the teens in the cohort that follows. The current batch is no exception. With their top-heavy social media diet, more than a quarter of teens today (29 percent) report bein ...
Posted: January 28, 2015, 11:21 am

Snapchat Does What Facebook Couldn’t: Get Publishers To Trust it with Their Content

Snapchat has introduced a new feature which allows its users to view articles, images, and videos from a variety of publishers inside the company’s messaging application. It’s called Discover, and it’s a major depar ...
Posted: January 28, 2015, 11:03 am

How the Guardian Uses Attention Data to Goose Traffic

As New York City commuters braced themselves for the winter’s first big storm on Monday, the Guardian U.S. was on it. The blizzard story had been one of the weekend’s top reads, a fact that pleased Katharine Viner, edito ...
Posted: January 28, 2015, 10:59 am

News Aggregator Anews Raises $2.7M for Further International Expansion

Anews, an international global news-reading service with a built-in behavioral advertising network, has received $2.7 million from TMT Investments, Run Capital, 101 Startup, and several individual investors. As reported by Rusbase, TMT Investments an ...
Posted: January 28, 2015, 10:55 am

CSE Tracks Millions of Downloads Daily: Snowden Documents

Canada's electronic spy agency sifts through millions of videos and documents downloaded online every day by people around the world, as part of a sweeping bid to find extremist plots and suspects, CBC News has learned.   Details of the Comm ...
Posted: January 28, 2015, 10:50 am

Using U.S. government datasets for local info

The Shorenstein Center has released a handy compilation of U.S. government datasets which journalists can use to deepen their stories. While a nuanced mix of data is available on a national level, researchers can also access info to develop local news.

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Posted: January 28, 2015, 6:38 am

Deadlines this week for media and journalism fellowships

Here are this week's deadlines for media and journalism fellowships supporting innovation and digital platforms.

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Posted: January 28, 2015, 6:00 am

How Code for America can help bring your local government into the 21st Century

Some current initiatives from Code for America offer opportunities for local engagement efforts, and local funders, to enhance the benefits of open government realized in their communities -- from greater civic engagement, to more efficient government processes and innovative uses of local government data. Last year, CFA debuted their Principles for 21st Century Government -- a living document outlining seven critical ways that governments of any size (or at any level) can better serve their communities through technology. It was last updated online in December 2014.

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Posted: January 28, 2015, 12:36 am

In between 'before' and 'after'

Today, we're going to discuss "prior to" and "following," in the hopes that some people will realize they are not always good replacements for "before" and "after." "Prior to," as Garner's Modern American Usage notes, is "one of the most easily detectable symptoms of bureaucratese, commercialese, and legalese," and "is terribly overworked to boot." When was the last time you...
Posted: January 27, 2015, 7:50 pm

At Datalore, data plus storytelling means empathy, humor, and games

A handful of Cambridge-area media institutions — including The Non-Fiction Cartel, StoryCode Boston, Harvard’s Bok Center, the MIT OpenDocLab, and the MIT Center for Civic Media — joined forces this weekend to host a hackathon called Datalore that focused on storytelling and data. Around 50 participants, each of whom applied to be there, split into...
Posted: January 27, 2015, 5:36 pm

It's still early, but the Sun Times Network does not look very good

CHICAGO, IL — When Wrapports LLC, the publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times, announced in October that it was launching a project called the Sun Times Network, the initial reaction here was mostly skeptical. Few media observers in Chicago had seen it coming, and much of the discussion on Twitter and comment threads revolved around the question: What is this thing?...
Posted: January 27, 2015, 3:57 pm

Here's how you run a newspaper that's under attack

In the early hours of a November morning in 2011, a car pulled in front of the offices of El Siglo de Torrón, a newspaper based in the north-central Mexican city of Comarca Lagunera. The driver got out, lugging a vat of gasoline. He poured it over the car and lit a fuse. While the vehicle burned, he turned...
Posted: January 27, 2015, 11:50 am

Tied up at home? Have some Nieman Lab #BlizzardReads

Tethered to your laptop at home, unable to venture out into the snowy world? If you’re looking for something to read, we’ve got a few ideas. Here are a few Nieman Lab stories from recent weeks and months you might enjoy — if you didn’t catch them the first time around. What does Facebook’s new...
Posted: January 27, 2015, 6:51 am

Why moving Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial won't nullify pretrial media coverage

As jury selection in the alleged Boston Marathon bomber’s trial entered its final stages last week, defense attorneys filed a third motion to move the proceedings to a new location. Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev argued that various factors, including “unrelenting” media coverage, had helped create bias among potential jurors in Boston. The defense’s argument echoes one it made in August,...
Posted: January 26, 2015, 8:01 pm

How hacking confusion threatens tech reporters

Not everyone agrees on what to call Barrett Brown. He has been dubbed a journalist, a hacktivist, a criminal, and a spokesman for Anonymous. His writing career predates his association with the hacking collective, but he admits to becoming a general advocate for Anonymous and a limited participant in some specific operations. "All in all, I served a very ambiguous...
Posted: January 26, 2015, 6:40 pm

How the Houston Chronicle is catching up to a changing city

HOUSTON, TX -- The biggest city in Texas isn’t just big. Houston is vast, growing, and changing--fast.  The city proper is the fourth largest in the country, and the population of the sprawling metropolitan area is now greater than Philadelphia’s. By at least one account, it’s the most ethnically diverse city in America, too--the home of Urban Cowboy is now...
Posted: January 26, 2015, 3:50 pm

How media managers should share bad news

Liz Spayd: It's hard to find a newsroom, with a few exceptions like maybe BuzzFeed, that don't have financial challenges to weather. The buyouts at The New York Times are among the latest. Do you think management does a good enough job of revealing information to its employees about how the business is doing and how it could impact...
Posted: January 26, 2015, 11:50 am

The end of Modern Farmer?

Modern Farmer, the stylish quarterly that tried to mix cosmopolitan glamour with a back-to-the-land ethos, is ceasing publication one month after its founding editor quit and months after it won a National Magazine Award. As of Friday, the magazine has no editorial staff or leader. But there has also been no formal statement about it closing permanently, leaving some glimmer...
Posted: January 23, 2015, 10:26 pm

Must-reads of the week

Culled from CJR’s own stories, plus the frequently updated “Must-reads from around the Web,” our staff recommendations for the best pieces of journalism (and other miscellany) on the internet, here are your can’t-miss must-reads of the past week: Journalists, satirists, and other media workers say their employers enforce constantly-shifting “red lines” barring criticism of the military, police, and the new...
Posted: January 23, 2015, 8:36 pm

New law threatens reporter-source relationship

DETROIT, MI — Why should journalists care about a new Pennsylvania law that limits the speech of people convicted of violent crimes? Because it could discourage valuable sources from talking to reporters—and might even block or penalize journalists for doing their work. That’s the case made by a lawsuit filed this month by a coalition of advocacy groups, inmates, journalists,...
Posted: January 23, 2015, 5:25 pm

Database may uncover conflicts of interest for TV doctors

Last September, the federal government rolled out a website that offered a searchable database of the $3.5 billion in payments that drug and device companies provided to physicians and teaching hospitals in the last half of 2013. Data for 2014 is still being accumulated, but the breadth of information already completed has given unprecedented insight into a medical economy that...
Posted: January 23, 2015, 11:50 am