INDUSTRY NEWS 11-20-14
Bin Laden documentary is tops for Fox
Fox News Channel's two-part documentary on the former Navy SEAL who claims to have fired the shots that killed Osama bin Laden is the network's most popular documentary ever.
Reporter Peter Doocy's interview with Robert O'Neill averaged just over three million viewers last Tuesday and Wednesday, the Nielsen company said. The second part had 3.37 million viewers, effectively tying with an edition of "The O'Reilly Factor" to be Fox's most-watched show of the week. There's still some confusion about the 2011 raid; Pentagon officials say that it is not clear who fired the shot that killed the al-Qaida leader.
Eldridge named publisher at Richmond Register
Longtime newspaper executive David Eldridge has been named publisher of the Richmond Register. The newspaper, which is owned by Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., reported on Monday that David Eldridge was appointed to the position. Eldridge was most recently publisher at The Perry County News in Tell City, Indiana. He also served as a regional manager for Landmark Community Newspapers Inc. and had held management positons at The Winchester Sun, the Jessamine Journal and the Henry County Local, three newspapers in central Kentucky. Before moving into management roles, Eldridge served as an advertising manager and a circulation manager. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, he has 35 years of experience in the newspaper business.
South Dakota digitizes historic newspapers
The South Dakota State Historical Society is digitizing archival newspapers to preserve state history and give researchers online access. The society is using a nearly $300,000 two-year federal grant to work with the Minnesota Historical Society to modernize the records, The Daily Republic of Mitchell reported. The society will digitize 100 rolls of microfilm from newspapers that stopped publication in 1922 or earlier. "We have to select newspapers that have an end date of 1922, so it'll be earlier newspapers that qualify," said Chelle Somsen, a state archivist who's overseeing the project. "A committee is going to meet and decide which title to start with, so no decisions have been made yet."
Obama urges Asia free press, defends US approach
President Barack Obama pressed for greater freedoms Friday, Nov. 14, for reporters in Myanmar and China while defending the balance he said the U.S. seeks to strike at home. Although he said he couldn't discuss the case of a U.S. journalist under pressure by prosecutors, he echoed comments from his attorney general that journalists won't be jailed for doing their job. Speaking after meetings with leaders in China and Myanmar, Obama said he has been "pretty blunt and pretty frank" in both countries that societies that repress journalists ultimately oppress their people as well. "When governments censor or control information, that ultimately undermines not only the society but it leads to eventual encroachments on individual rights as well," Obama said during a news conference in Yangon, Myanmar, with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Victim's family doesn't want CBS to air segment
The family of a woman murdered while vacationing in Mexico wants CBS not to air a prison diary made by the man accused of the crime for fear it will make him a sympathetic figure. But CBS said Wednesday, Nov. 12, it is going ahead and insists that its "48 Hours" episode Saturday on the case of former "Survivor" producer Bruce Beresford-Redman is balanced.
Beresford-Redman is on trial for murder in the 2010 death of his wife, Monica Beresford-Redman, while the California couple was vacationing in Cancun, Mexico, with their two children. Her naked body was found in the sewer of the resort where they were staying.
Slain journalist receives First Amendment award
A New Hampshire journalist murdered by Islamic State extremists in Syria has been honored with the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications First Amendment Award. The award was established to honor New Hampshire people or organizations who protect or exemplify the liberties granted in the First Amendment. James Foley is the 12th recipient of the award. His parents accepted it on his behalf Wednesday. His mother, Diane Foley, said Jim was very passionate about freedom of the press, which is why he risked his life to be in Syria. She said he wanted the world to know about the suffering in Syria. Foley was in Syria in 2012 when he was captured. Members of the Islamic State militant group said they killed him because of U.S. intervention in the conflict in Iraq and Syria.
Ex-SPJ treasurer gets 10-year deferred sentence
The ex-treasurer of Oklahoma’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists chapter has received a 10-year deferred sentence for embezzling more than $43,000 from the nonprofit. Norman resident Scott Cooper was also ordered Thursday, Nov. 13, to spend four consecutive weekends in county jail and perform community service, among other stipulations. In his resignation letter to SPJ board members, Cooper said he stole the funds because he had a gambling problem. The Indianapolis-based journalism organization said Friday that Cooper's actions hurt the credibility of local SPJ officers, board members and volunteers. National president Dana Neuts says her organization is developing measures to prevent such an incident from happening again. Neuts also says SPJ is reassuring volunteers that what happened in Oklahoma was an isolated incident.
INDUSTRY NEWS 11-13-2014
AP demands FBI never again impersonate journalist
The Associated Press on Monday demanded assurances from the Justice Department that the FBI will never again impersonate a member of the news media, following revelations that an agent in Seattle portrayed himself as an AP journalist during a criminal investigation. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director James Comey, the president and CEO of the news cooperative, Gary Pruitt, also demanded to know who authorized the 2007 impersonation, what process was followed for its approval, how the requirements to impersonate the media are different from seven years ago and whether such operations are still being carried out. "Most importantly, we want assurances that this won't happen again," Pruitt wrote. Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon confirmed Monday that the letter had been received, but declined to comment further.
143-year-old family owned newspaper to be sold
A 143-year-old family owned New Hampshire newspaper will be sold to a neighboring newspaper group by the end of the year. Patty Foster, president and publisher of Foster's Daily Democrat in Dover, announced the paper's sale to Portsmouth-based Seacoast Media Group in a letter to employees Wednesday. The assets of Geo. J. Foster & Co., Inc., and Eastern Marketing Services will be sold to the publisher of the Portsmouth Herald, The Exeter Newsletter, and the York County Coast Star. Seacoast is a subsidiary of New Media Investment Group Inc. The letter says (http://bit.ly/1yzDbTk) Seacoast "will continue to publish under the Foster's Daily Democrat banner, hopefully for a long time."
Foster said the sale offers "a solid and sure way forward." She said everyone will be offered a position.
Student journalists use crowdsourcing for debts
Boston University's student-run newspaper is using financial crowdsourcing to raise money to cover its debts. The Daily Free Press says it will have to stop publishing its weekly print edition by December 31 if it can't raise enough money to pay back much of its nearly $70,000 in debt. The Boston Globe reports that the independent student newspaper began seeking donations this week through the crowdfunding website gofundme.com. About $15,000 had been raised by late Tuesday. Editor-in-chief Kyle Plantz says the staff is getting support from family, friends, alumni and "people who haven't heard of us or read us." The newspaper also has an online site for daily content. It accumulated the debt over the past several years.
Obama steps into divisive debate on net neutrality
Let's say President Barack Obama gets his way and high-speed Internet service providers are governed by the same U.S. regulations imposed on telephone companies 80 years ago. Depending on whom you listen to, the rules could unleash future innovation and create jobs — or stifle innovation and kill jobs. The divisive and often confusing debate has intensified now that Obama has entered the fray. Obama's stance is meant to protect "net neutrality," the concept that everyone with an Internet connection should have equal access to all legal content online. The idea served as one of the Internet's building blocks, but its fate has been in limbo since January, when a court ruling invalidated Federal Communications Commission guidelines designed to treat all online traffic equally.
CNN to end broadcasting in Russia
The international news channel CNN says it will halt broadcasting in Russia due to recent changes in media legislation. Turner International, which operates CNN, announced the move in a statement Tuesday. It didn't elaborate on the background to the decision, but appeared to refer to a law passed in October that limits foreign media ownership in Russia to 20 percent.
The chairman of the Kremlin's human rights council, Mikhail Fedotov, was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying the decision would "seriously impoverish" Russia's information sphere. Concerns are strong about media freedom in Russia as the government has taken control of all major domestic television stations and the independent-minded Echo of Moscow radio station has come under pressure.
CBS' Logan quarantined after Ebola report
Lara Logan of CBS News is being quarantined in a South Africa hotel for three weeks as a precaution after visiting an American-run hospital treating Ebola patients in Liberia for a "60 Minutes" report that aired Sunday. CBS said Monday that Logan's 21-day self-quarantine will end this Friday. Neither Logan nor the four other CBS employees in South Africa have shown any sign that they are infected with the virus. Logan, speaking in a "60 Minutes Overtime" web interview from the room where the CBS crew put its report together, admitted to some cabin fever as she waits out her stay. She said the South African government had given the crew permission to work at the hotel.
Turkish journalist sues police over protest arrest
A Turkish journalist is suing the St. Louis County Police Department over his arrest at the Ferguson police shooting protests. The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri filed a federal lawsuit Monday in St. Louis on behalf of Bilgin Sasmaz, a New York-based journalist for the Turkish Anadolu Agency. The suit claims Sasmaz was thrown to the ground by an unidentified county officer and arrested for "refusing to disperse" after photographing a St. Ann police officer who was pointing his rifle at protesters. Sasmaz said he first identified himself as a journalist. Lt. Ray Albers subsequently resigned after cellphone video emerged that showed him pointing his rifle at demonstrators while threatening at least one. A St. Louis County police sergeant forced Albers to lower the weapon and escorted him away.
Kremlin launches int'l news portal, stations
The Kremlin-funded Russia Today media group has launched an international news service that it claims will fight the "propaganda" of other news media. The service started Monday, called Sputnik, will have bureaus in more than 30 countries and send its news to local audiences by radio stations, websites and social media. The launch underlines Russia's consistent complaints that world news media are biased against the country. In a major speech last month, President Vladimir Putin bemoaned what he called "total control of global media (that) has made it possible to when desired to portray white as black." Russia Today chief Dmitry Kiselyov says "we are against aggressive propaganda ... this can only result in bloodshed." Russia Today also includes the RIA-Novosti news agency and the satellite TV channel RT.
Test-cheating trial judge lifts ban on news story
The judge presiding over the Atlanta Public Schools test-cheating trial has lifted an order barring media outlets from reporting a specific story related to the case. Media reports said Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter on Friday signed an order that prohibited the media, particularly television station Fox 5 Atlanta, from airing "a certain news story." Baxter lifted the order during a hearing Monday before media lawyers got a chance to make arguments. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday after the order was lifted that the story in question is about a trial witness receiving an anonymous threat because of his testimony. Before testimony in the trial began Monday, Baxter reminded the jury not to listen to any outside discussion of the story either from acquaintances or media.
Reporters' group backs lawsuit over court records
An association of reporters and editors threw its support Friday, Nov. 7, behind a lawsuit over civil court records in Ventura County, Clif., saying the First Amendment gives reporters the right to access lawsuits and other civil complaints as soon as they are filed. In a brief filed with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Reporters Committee For Freedom of the Press warned that a lower court ruling dismissing the suit by Pasadena, California-based Courthouse News Service risked preventing reporters from seeing lawsuits and other civil complaints for months.
Verne Edwards, Journalism professor at Ohio Wesleyan, dies at 90
Verne Edwards, a retired chairman of Ohio Wesleyan University’s journalism department whose students long remembered his high standards wherever they made their careers, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, in Willow Brook Christian Village, a retirement community. He was 90. His health declined after he suffered a broken a hip in mid-September, his daughter Nancy said. He retired from Ohio Wesleyan in 1986 and for the next 12 years was assistant to the publisher of the Delaware Gazette. In 1970, he wrote the textbook, Journalism in a Free Society, that was used by 100 colleges.
UN resolution aims to improve journalists' safety
Nearly 50 countries are co-sponsoring a U.N. resolution that condemns attacks against journalists and the failure to punish those responsible for killing, torturing, kidnapping and arbitrarily arresting media workers. The draft General Assembly resolution circulated Friday urges the 193 U.N. member states "to do their utmost to prevent violence, threats and attacks" against the media. It calls for speedy and independent investigations of alleged attacks and prosecution of alleged perpetrators and those who aid them or cover up their crimes. The draft also urges the immediate release of members of the media who have been taken hostage and are victims of "enforced disappearances."
Schieffer's 'Face' reaches the 60-year milestone
The Sunday-morning public affairs show "Face the Nation" celebrates 60 years of broadcasts this week, making it the second longest-running television program on the air. The reason this doesn't attract a lot of notice outside of CBS offices is because "Face the Nation" was created to compete with the longest-running show, NBC's "Meet the Press," which marks 67 years on the air this week. But host Bob Schieffer and his colleagues have special reason to enjoy this milestone now, since "Face" is hot and "Meet" is not. Friday is the exact anniversary, 60 years to the day after the anti-communist crusading Sen. Joseph McCarthy came on to talk about Senate efforts to censure him.
US pressure urged over jailed Myanmar journalists
Myanmar's transformation from pariah state to aspiring democracy has been kind to blogger Nay Phone Latt. He was freed from a 20-year prison term imposed for his coverage of anti-junta protests. He now has a weekly program on U.S.-funded Radio Free Asia and runs an internationally praised campaign against sectarian hate speech. But he has a sobering message for U.S. officials he'll meet in Washington on Friday. While the nation's media have more freedom than in decades, the powerful military is still "untouchable." President Barack Obama visits Myanmar next week, and Nay Phone Latt and fellow dissident writer Ma Thida say he should call for the release of a mounting number of journalists facing stiff jail terms — one of the troubling signs that the political reforms in Myanmar, championed by the Obama administration, have stalled.
Ex-tabloid news editor jailed in Britain for hacking
As fallout continues from Britain's tabloid phone-hacking scandal, former News of the World news editor Ian Edmondson was sentenced Friday, Nov. 7, to eight months in prison for conspiring to hack the phones of celebrities, politicians and royals. Another former reporter from the tabloid has been found guilty of paying a prison official for information, the first conviction of a journalist after a police investigation into official corruption triggered by the hacking scandal. Edmondson is the eighth journalist from the now-defunct Rupert Murdoch-owned News of the World to be convicted over illegal eavesdropping.
INDUSTRY NEWS 11-6-14
Newseum CEO departs amid fundraising struggles
The chief executive of the Newseum and its parent organization the Freedom Forum is resigning from the museum of journalism and the First Amendment after three years at the helm of an institution struggling to cover its costs. On Tuesday, James Duff announced plans to return to his previous post as chief administrative officer of the U.S. Courts under an appointment by Chief Justice John Roberts. When the chief justice calls, "it's hard to say no," he said. Duff had led the Newseum since 2011. He will stay on as a consultant through the end of 2014 to help raise funds for programs.
Klamath Falls newspaper getting new publisher
The advertising director of a Washington state newspaper has been named the president and publisher of the Klamath Falls Herald and News in Southern Oregon. Pioneer News Group said Tuesday that 49-year-old Mark Dobie is replacing Heidi Wright, who had been publisher since 2004. Dobie had been at the Skagit Valley Herald in Mount Vernon since 2010. Pioneer owns both papers, among 23 dailies and weeklies in a five-state Northwest region.
The newspaper is part of Klamath Publishing LLC, which also has a weekly shopper, the weekly Lake County Examiner, websites and commercial print operations.
TV news is the bloodsucker of the moment at movies
Not since Paddy Chayefsky's "Network" have characters been chewed and spit out by TV news quite like they have been of late at the movies. "Nightcrawler" and "Gone Girl" both present portraits of a preying, narrative-distorting media, whether staked out on the lawn or hunting down a homicide for the 11 o'clock news. While the films differ greatly and have other thoughts in their heads, both show the behind-the-scenes pursuit of that old mantra: "If it bleeds, it leads." "Gone Girl" and "Nightcrawler" join a rich tradition of films that have found drama in the not-always-altruistic machinations of the news.
White House: Ferguson no-fly didn't restrict press
The White House said Monday a no-fly zone the U.S. government imposed over Ferguson, Missouri, for nearly two weeks in August should not have restricted helicopters for news organizations that wanted to operate in the area to cover violent protests there. Audio recordings obtained by The Associated Press showed the Federal Aviation Administration working with local authorities to define a 37-square-mile flight restriction so that only police helicopters and commercial flights could fly through the area, following demonstrations over the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Prosecutors: No deal with reporter in US leak case
Federal prosecutors said Monday they have no deal in place with a New York Times reporter whose testimony they want as they prosecute a former CIA officer accused of leaking classified information. In a motion filed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, prosecutors say attorneys for journalist James Risen have told them that, even if subpoenaed, Risen will refuse to provide any substantive testimony at the pending trial of former CIA operative Jeffrey Sterling.
Williams: Seidel didn't relieve himself in snow
It's a story important enough for NBC's "Nightly News": Weather forecaster Mike Seidel did not relieve himself in the snow. NBC's Brian Williams said on Monday's broadcast that Seidel "was the victim of some wild misinformation" that floated after his aborted live report on a snowstorm in North Carolina on Saturday's edition of the network's national newscast.
Ohio newspaper asks for candidate’s ad to be pulled
An Ohio newspaper has filed a complaint with the state elections commission to try to get a congressional candidate to stop using a faked front page in a TV commercial. The Akron Beacon Journal reports that it filed a complaint this week to try to force Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson from using the image of a Beacon Journal front page that replaces real headlines and photos with fakes ones attacking his opponent and her party. The ad has been removed from the campaign website and YouTube, but an attorney for the campaign told the newspaper's attorney that the ad likely will still air on television. A campaign spokeswoman said in an email that the TV ad accurately quoted the newspaper.
Sun-Times owner sells suburban papers to Tribune
The parent company of the Chicago Sun-Times announced Friday it has sold six daily newspapers and 32 weeklies in the Chicago suburbs to Tribune Publishing Co., casting the sale as an effort to more forcefully move into digital media. Sun-Times owner Wrapports LLC said the deal will allow it to focus on its new Sun-Times Network, which launched Friday and centers on a mobile news app tailored to local audiences in 70 U.S. cities. The sale also will financially strengthen the Chicago Sun-Times, the company said. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Massachusetts-based publisher wins national award
Editor & Publisher, a journal that has chronicled the newspaper business for about 130 years, has named a Massachusetts-based media executive as the nation's publisher of the year. Karen Andreas is publisher of eight daily and weekly newspapers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire that are part of the North of Boston Media Group based in North Andover. The group is the regional arm of Montgomery, Alabama-based Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. Editor & Publisher reports that the 48-year-old Andreas said she was "stunned and overwhelmed" after she was named the 2014 Publisher of the Year. Andreas has worked as a reporter for various publications before she moved to management. She was named sole publisher of her media group in March 2013 after a reorganization that eliminated publisher position for individual newspapers.
Arias judge bars public from witness' testimony
The judge in the Jodi Arias trial in Phoenix, Ariz., took the highly unusual step Thursday of barring the public from watching the first witness called by the convicted murderer's legal team as she fights to be spared the death penalty. The day began with dramatic statements from the victim's family members about the emotional and physical trauma they have suffered since Travis Alexander was murdered by Arias in 2008. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Sherry Stephens and lawyers then met behind closed doors about the start of Arias' case. They made a decision to keep the public out of the courtroom because a skittish defense witness wanted to testify in private. An attorney for the Arizona Republic objected, but the judge closed the courtroom anyway.
The View' now under ABC News as further revamping
ABC's daytime chat show "The View," which has failed to catch fire following an overhaul this fall, is switching to the network's news side after being part of ABC's entertainment operation for 18 years. ABC News President James Goldston on Thursday assigned Tom Cibrowski, the producer responsible for the "Good Morning America" rise to the top of the ratings, and colleagues Barbara Fedida and David Sloan to work on "The View." Following the retirement of Barbara Walters from an on-air role at the show she started, ABC brought in Rosie O'Donnell, Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez to join holdover Whoopi Goldberg. A new production team was named led by Bill Wolff, Rachel Maddow's former producer.
The New York Times shares decline on ad outlook
Shares of The New York Times Co. slid Thursday after the newspaper publisher predicted that advertising revenue would drop in the current quarter. The New York-based company expects that ad sales will drop by a "mid-single" digit percentage in the October-December period. In the July-September quarter, ad revenue fell just 0.1 percent. The New York Times' print advertising revenue continues to decline, like it is at most other newspapers, as readers and advertisers migrate online. The company touted its online strength in the third quarter. Digital advertising revenue increased 16.5 percent, as print advertising revenue fell 5.3 percent.
Spain OKs 'Google Tax' demanded by news publishers
Spain's parliament has approved new intellectual property laws that allow news publishers to charge aggregators each time they display news content in search results. The law goes into effect Jan. 1 but does not specify how much aggregators like Google News could be charged. Spain's AEDE group of news publishers had lobbied for what is known as the "Google Tax" but has not provided specifics. Google Inc.'s Spanish division said Thursday it was disappointed with the outcome and will work with Spanish news publishers to help them increase income. Google last year agreed to help French news organizations increase online advertising revenue and fund digital publishing innovations to settle a dispute there over whether it should pay for news content in its search results.
Reporter's family urges Iran to release him
The family of an Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post who has been jailed in Iran since July is urging authorities to release him, saying on Thursday in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, that his continued incarceration without charge is a "farce." The mother and brother of reporter Jason Rezaian made the plea in a statement to mark his 100 days in custody. They said the Iranian government has failed to produce evidence of wrongdoing against the journalist, who they say has been denied access to a lawyer since he was detained.
Civil Rights Museum to honor Tom Brokaw
Former broadcast journalist Tom Brokaw will receive a Lifetime Achievement Freedom Award for Journalism from the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn. Themed "Breaking Barriers, Advancing Freedom," The Freedom Award, National Civil Rights Museum's annual fundraiser will be held Dec. 2. Brokaw is a television journalist and author best known as the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 2004. He covered the fall of the Berlin Wall and 9/11. Brokaw also produced specials for NBC, including 2001's "The Greatest Generation Speaks," based on Brokaw's best-selling 1998 book, The Greatest Generation. Early in his career (1965), he moved to Atlanta to cover the Civil Rights Movement and was able to cover stories on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Friends remember Ben Bradlee as lion of journalism
Ben Bradlee, the longtime executive editor of The Washington Post during some of its proudest moments, was remembered as a "journalistic warrior" Wednesday, Oct. 29, during his funeral at Washington National Cathedral. Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry and many government officials and journalists were among hundreds who filled the massive church. Few cities could honor a gruff, profane and aggressive journalist quite like Washington. Bradlee died last week at 93 after suffering from Alzheimer's disease in recent years. Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein were among eight men who paid tribute to the man who led the Post newsroom from 1968 to 1991 — through the coverage of the Watergate scandal that toppled the presidency of Richard Nixon and elevated the newspaper to new heights.
INDUSTRY NEWS 10-30-2014
FBI says it faked AP story to catch bomb suspect
The FBI confirmed Tuesday it faked an Associated Press story to catch a bomb threat suspect in 2007, but now says it did not spoof a Seattle Times Web page as part of the investigation. Police in Lacey, near Olympia, sought the FBI's help as repeated bomb threats prompted a week of evacuations at Timberline High School in June 2007. After police interviews of potential suspects came up empty, the agency obtained a warrant from a federal magistrate judge to send a "communication" to a social media account associated with the bomb threats, with the idea of tricking the suspect into revealing his location, according to documents obtained by the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Video: Islamic State hostage 'reports' for captors
A captive British photojournalist has been used by the Islamic State group to take on the role of a war correspondent in the extremists' latest propaganda video. In the video, made public on Monday, Oct. 27, John Cantlie calmly stands before a camera in what he identifies as the embattled Syrian town of Kobani. He asserts in the video that Islamic State group fighters have pushed deep into the town despite airstrikes by a U.S.-led coalition and that they are winning the battle against Kurdish forces. The strange spectacle of a prisoner who has admitted to being afraid for his life being used as a spokesman is the latest of example of the IS's attention-getting approach to propagating its message and its threats.
Facebook's advertising revenue soars in 3Q
Facebook grew its advertising revenue by 64 percent in the third quarter, helped by a boost in mobile ads that are becoming an increasingly large chunk of the social networking giant's overall advertising business. The steady increase indicates that Facebook has succeeded in steering advertisers to its mobile platform at a time when most of its users are using Facebook on phones and tablets. Investors were initially worried about the desktop Web era-born company's ability to succeed in mobile advertising, but those concerns are long gone. Advertising revenue at the company totaled $2.96 billion. Mobile ad revenue, a closely watched figure, was $1.95 billion, or 66 percent of Facebook's total advertising revenue for the quarter.
Buffett's newspaper unit selling marketing firm
Berkshire Hathaway's media unit is selling its marketing company to a Wisconsin group, so it can focus more on its newspapers. Warren Buffett's company announced the sale of World Marketing Inc. to businessman Robert M. Kraft on Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed. Terry Kroeger, who leads BH Media, says the direct mail business that handles more 1 billion pieces of mail annually is no longer a core part of the business that now includes more than 30 newspapers. World Marketing's clients have included American Airlines, Kraft Foods and Blue Cross Blue Shield. World Marketing's headquarters will move to Wisconsin, but most of the 450 employees will stay where they are. The company has production facilities in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Saint Louis.
Sun-Times owners to launch mobile news app
The parent company of the Chicago Sun-Times has announced the creation of a mobile news app tailored to local audiences in 70 U.S. cities. Wrapports LLC said Tuesday the new Sun-Times Network will present news and other content in a format similar to Buzzfeed and Deadspin. It launches Friday. In each city, users will have access to national entertainment, sports and political coverage from the Sun-Times. They'll also see content aggregated from other news outlets and sources in each local market.
Idaho newspaper's front window shot
South-central Idaho police officers say they are investigating after someone shot at the front entrance of a newspaper building. The Times-News reports that someone shot the front window at their Twin Falls building on Oct. 25. Police stopped by two days later to take pictures of the damage and interview reporters who were in the building over the weekend.
News outlets sue for lethal injection information
Several news outlets are suing to gain information on the procedures and sources of drugs used to carry out lethal injections for death row inmates, The Arizona Republic reported Saturday, Oct. 25. The newspaper has joined other news organizations in a federal lawsuit against the Arizona Department of Corrections and Attorney General Tom Horne. Other media organizations acting as plaintiffs include Guardian News and Media and the Arizona Daily Star.
Hartford Courant celebrates 250th anniversary
At a time when many newspapers are just trying to survive, it is hard to think of them lasting another century. But The Hartford Courant, which published its first issue on Oct. 29, 1764, will celebrate its 250th anniversary this week. Thomas Green, the paper’s founder, started printing a one-page edition of what then was called The Connecticut Courant. According to a history reported by The Courant’s staff, much of the early paper included news from outside Hartford, including the growing dissatisfaction with British rule, and notices about slave and liquor auctions as well as lost livestock.
US journalist says body was 'at war' with Ebola
Ashoka Mukpo knew he really was in trouble when he saw the people treating him in full protective suits and hoods. The American video journalist is home now after recovering from Ebola he contracted while working in the virus-ravaged West African country of Liberia. In an interview with The Associated Press, he described the fear he felt when medical workers appeared at his bedside in the heavy duty gear needed to prevent the spread of the deadly infection.
News outlets seek access in football hazing case
The Associated Press has joined other media organizations requesting access to juvenile court hearings for seven high school students charged in a football hazing investigation.
The AP joined with NJ Advance Media, Gannett New Jersey Newspapers and ABC Inc. in a motion filed Friday, Oct. 24. Seven members of the Sayreville War Memorial High School team were charged Oct. 10 with crimes ranging from hazing to aggravated sexual assault. The teenagers are charged as juveniles, and proceedings are being held in Family Court.
Gag order issued in case of publisher's death
An Oklahoma judge has issued a gag order restricting what officials can say about the slayings of a newspaper publisher and his family. Stephens County Special Judge Jerry Herberger issued the order Thursday, Oct. 23, for prosecutors, defense attorneys, police and investigators in an effort to ensure a fair trial for 19-year-old Alan Hruby, The Oklahoman reported. The district attorney and a court-appointed defense attorney requested the order.
Hruby is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of 50-year-old John Hruby, 48-year-old Tinker Hruby and 17-year-old Katherine Hruby.
Binoche explores risks, passion of war photography
Actress Juliette Binoche has long been fascinated by war photography, she says, and often wonders about the people who risk their lives to capture such photos. Who are they, and what are they like? She got a crash course when preparing for her new movie, "1,000 Times Good Night," in which she plays a photojournalist and mother whose personal risks wreak havoc on her family. Known for her intensive preparation for films — for "The Lovers on the Bridge," for example, she slept in the streets of Paris to experience life as a homeless person, angering her own mother — Binoche interviewed war photojournalists to get a sense of what drives them. "The passion they have for their work can become an obsession," she says. "You want to have a family, and yet you can't live without your passion. How is it possible to live with both?"
Cuomo's office tightly controls public records
Gov. Andrew Cuomo took office four years ago promising the most transparent administration in history, but journalists and advocacy groups say his office tightly controls requests for public records on anything controversial and routinely delays or denies their release. For decades, responding to requests under New York's Freedom of Information Law was the responsibility of individual state agencies. Current and former state officials say that began to change a year into Cuomo's administration, and now such requests are often routed through the governor's legal counsel.
Frank Mankiewicz, aide to Robert Kennedy, dies
Frank Mankiewicz, the press secretary who went before television cameras to announce the death of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and later served as political director for presidential candidate George McGovern, died Thursday, Oct. 23. He was 90. Mankiewicz died of a heart attack at George Washington University Hospital, said a family friend, journalist Adam Clymer.
Mankiewicz was a longtime Democratic political operative as well as a lawyer, journalist and author. McGovern once recalled his former campaign aide as a perceptive, straightforward political adviser.
Iowa Senate candidate cancels on newspaper editors
Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst has canceled a meeting with The Des Moines Register's editorial board, saying her time was better spent campaigning in Iowa. Editors at the newspaper said Ernst's campaign notified them Wednesday night that she wouldn't attend the Thursday meeting. Publisher Rick Green said he was disappointed. Ernst, a state lawmaker and lieutenant colonel in the Iowa National Guard, is locked in a tight race against Democratic U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley. She said she was focused on talking to voters.
Marietta firm proposes purchase of Georgia newspapers
Marietta-based Times-Journal Inc. is offering to purchase the Rome News-Tribune and its affiliated weekly newspapers. The Rome News-Tribune reports that the proposed $1.1 million deal includes News Publishing Co. and all of its assets — the Rome News-Tribune, Calhoun Times, Walker County Messenger, The Catoosa County News and The Polk County Standard Journal. It also includes Cherokee Publishing Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of News Publishing Co. that publishes the Cherokee County Herald in Centre, Alabama.
INDUSTRY NEWS 10-23-2014
Bradlee recalled as a genius, great journalist
Ben Bradlee, the former Washington Post editor who died Tuesday, was remembered as one of the great U.S. journalists and a courageous and charismatic friend and colleague:
"For Benjamin Bradlee, journalism was more than a profession — it was a public good vital to our democracy. A true newspaperman, he transformed the Washington Post into one of the country's finest newspapers, and with him at the helm, a growing army of reporters published the Pentagon Papers, exposed Watergate, and told stories that needed to be told — stories that helped us understand our world and one another a little bit better. The standard he set — a standard for honest, objective, meticulous reporting — encouraged so many others to enter the profession." — President Barack Obama.
IAPA: Press freedom deteriorating in the Americas
Freedom of expression and the press have sharply deteriorated in the Americas over the last six months due to an increase in censorship and physical attacks on journalists, the Inter American Press Association said Tuesday.
Eleven journalists were killed in attacks "carried out by organized crime, drug traffic hit men and police-style groups on the orders of several governments of the region," the group said in a statement at the end of its 70th General Assembly.
US journalist recovers; Ebola 'czar' gets to work
A TV news cameraman treated for Ebola was ready to go home Wednesday, the fifth patient transported from West Africa to recover at a U.S. hospital, as President Barack Obama brought together top aides and his new Ebola "czar" to coordinate a national response to the deadly disease. Two nurses remain hospitalized after catching the virus from a Liberian man who came down with Ebola symptoms after arriving in the U.S. and died at a Dallas hospital. Because of their cases, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued more stringent safety guidelines this week and is working with states to spread them to health care workers across the country.
Order to remove student newspaper copies reversed
A Colorado county clerk has reversed her order that a university remove copies of its student newspaper from boxes outside its student union Tuesday because the front page had coverage of Democratic Sen. Mark Udall's visit to campus. Larimer County Clerk Angela Myers, a Republican, said the front-page photo and story about Udall's Monday visit to Colorado State University was improper electioneering and should not be allowed near a polling place. The student center contains a drop-off box for ballots.
Times-Picayune to be printed in Mobile, Alabama
NOLA.com / The Times-Picayune reports that the Times-Picayune pressroom will close in late 2015 or early 2016, and the newspaper will be printed in Mobile, Alabama. ACS Louisiana General Manager Ray Masset says the move will eliminate 100 jobs at his company, which prints and packages the newspaper. NOLA Media Group, which operates the website and publishes the newspaper, says news and ad sales staffs will remain the same.
NBC's Snyderman faces credibility issues
The quarantine against possible Ebola exposure ends this week for Dr. Nancy Snyderman, but the troubles clearly aren't over for NBC News' chief medical editor. An admitted lapse in the quarantine, combined with a curiously imprecise explanation, unleashed a furious response. NBC must now decide whether Snyderman's credibility is too damaged for her to continue reporting on Ebola or other medical issues and, if so, for how long. The network would not comment.
Slain journalist Foley 'tried to see the good”
James Foley was a compassionate and capable journalist who tried to see the good in people, friends said Saturday at a memorial for the New Hampshire man beheaded by Islamic State group extremists. Hundreds of people filled Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Rochester, N.H., during a Mass to celebrate his life on what would have been his 41st birthday. Afterward, friends and family paid poignant tribute to Foley.
Two get Maine Press Association inductions
A long-time Associated Press State House correspondent and a retired St. Louis Post Dispatch correspondent have joined the Maine Press Association Hall of Fame.
Richard Dudman and the late Robert Crocker were formally inducted Saturday during the Maine Press Association's fall conference. Dudman was captured in Cambodia while covering the Vietnam War for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and wrote an account that later became a book, "40 Days with the Enemy." He also covered Fidel Castro's takeover of Cuba, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the Watergate scandal. Later, he served as an editorial writer for the Bangor Daily News. Crocker was a prolific writer, filing several thousand stories each legislative session. He also was active as a member of the Wire Service Guild, serving as its president.
Va. newspaper announces 32 layoffs by end of '14
The Virginian-Pilot will lay off 32 workers by the end of the year.
The Norfolk newspaper said the layoffs represent nearly 4 percent of its 841-person workforce. President and publisher David Mele said the layoffs will primarily be in The Pilot's operations and circulation departments. Mele said The Pilot has seen advertising declines that have not been offset by growth in digital revenue. The Pilot is privately owned by Landmark Media Enterprises LLC of Norfolk. Employees were informed of the layoffs on Wednesday.
Tim Russert office exhibit opens at Buffalo museum
An exhibit honoring the late Tim Russert is opening in the hometown of the long-time moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press." The exhibit titled, "Inside Tim Russert's Office," opens Friday at the Buffalo History Museum. It shows Russert's Washington, D.C., bureau office much as it did on June 13, 2008, the day he died of a heart attack at age 58 while recording voiceovers for his next show. Russert's office went on display at the Newseum in Washington in late 2009 and was on view through last June 15.
2 US journalists detained over Russia workshop
Two American journalists were briefly detained in Russia and taken to court Thursday for teaching an investigative journalism workshop. Both were found guilty of violating visa regulations, authorities said. The New England Center for Investigative Reporting said that its co-founder, Joe Bergantino, and University of South Carolina professor Randy Covington, were detained for several hours by immigration authorities as they began teaching their first workshop in St. Petersburg.
Inquirer, Daily News sites merging with Philly.com
The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News will shutter their individual websites and refocus attention on their joint Philly.com portal. Company officials say the fee-based newspaper sites will close in December, less than two years after they launched. Philly.com will remain free for now. However, newsroom leaders say that could change once they address the site's content. In a letter to staff Thursday, the company says the Inquirer and Daily News replica edition apps will remain premium products for subscribers. Staff members have endured a quick succession of owners, a prolonged bankruptcy and the plane crash death of co-owner Lewis Katz in just the past few years. The company, Interstate General Media, is now owned by Katz's investment partner, philanthropist H. F. "Gerry" Lenfest.
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Wounded AP reporter vows to return to Afghanistan
Over and over, Kathy Gannon has re-lived the decisions that led to her close friend's death — and almost her own — in Afghanistan. Gannon, a veteran Associated Press correspondent, and Anja Niedringhaus, an award-winning AP photographer from Germany, had negotiated through many stories and many dangers together for five years. But on April 4, as they prepared to cover the presidential election in Afghanistan the next day, an Afghan police commander ripped into them with gunfire. She keeps asking herself if she could have prevented the tragedy. And the answer is always "No.”
CNN cuts end Mitchell's show on HLN
Jane Velez-Mitchell and her staff have been laid off due to budget cuts at CNN, ending her nightly program on the HLN network. Her program, which aired for six years at 7 p.m. Eastern on the CNN sister network, ended Monday. Mitchell was told of the layoff on Tuesday, said executives at CNN who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss personnel matters. Twelve people, including Mitchell, were let go with this cut. The show will be replaced temporarily by reruns of "Forensic Files." Meanwhile, CNN has disbanded its Los Angeles-based unit that covers entertainment and will be ending three specialty shows because of the layoffs.
LA Times sues OC Register over delivery fees
The Los Angeles Times filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Orange County Register over what the Times says is breach of contract and failure to pay more than $2 million in delivery fees.
The lawsuit alleges that the Register breached a contract that called for the Times to deliver the Orange County Register and the now-defunct Los Angeles Register. The Register owes the Times at least $2.464 million, the lawsuit said, and total damages could exceed $4 million. The Times said the Register has been late on payments since falling behind in April 2013, and the Times informed the Register last month that it was in default and had 30 days to pay.
3 dead believed to be newspaper publisher, family
Three people found dead in an Oklahoma home are believed to be a newspaper publisher, his wife and daughter, police said Tuesday. Police Chief Danny Ford said autopsy results are pending but that as far as investigators can tell, the bodies are those of John and Tinker Hruby and daughter Katherine. "We are treating this as a triple homicide," Ford said. "We have a lot of evidence, but as far as looking at anybody, we have no suspects."
Ga. educators grapple with Internet censorship
Georgia educators are grappling with questions over how much of the Internet should be accessible to students as they distribute tablets and laptops to supplement classroom learning. "It's a balance between arming our kids with the ability to make really smart choices and making those choices for them in a filtering environment," said Scott Muri, Fulton deputy superintendent for academics told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Candles to honor slain New Hampshire journalist
The friends of a New Hampshire journalist murdered by Islamic extremists want the public to put a white, electric candle in the most visible window of their homes and offices in his honor.
James Foley was abducted in Syria on Thanksgiving Day 2012 and hadn't been heard from since until a video showing his killing was posted on the Internet. Members of the Islamic State militant group said they killed him and other foreigners because of U.S. intervention in the conflict in Iraq and Syria. At his parents' home in Rochester, N.Y., the day his death was confirmed, a white electric candle burned in an upstairs window. A memorial service is set for Oct. 18. That would have been Foley's 41st birthday.
New documentary is witness to Snowden leak
With an uncommon view of history in action, a new documentary captures Edward Snowden's leak of National Security Agency documents as it unfolded in a Hong Kong hotel room. Laura Poitras' highly anticipated documentary "Citizenfour" premiered Friday night at the New York Film Festival. The film presents a remarkably intimate portrait of Snowden, including his first meetings with the journalists with whom he shared thousands of documents revealing the collection of Americans' phone and email records.
Newspaper corrects bear attack error made in 1852
A New Jersey newspaper has issued a correction for a story it published in 1852 about a bear mauling a teenage boy to death. The story didn't list a location of the bear attack, making it appear it happened in New Jersey. The New Jersey Herald wrote in Thursday's correction it actually happened in Arkansas. Herald Executive Editor Bruce Tomlinson said a reader pointed out the error when the newspaper re-published the story this week. The newspaper then discovered that the original story was first published in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Nielsen admits to errors in TV measurement
The Nielsen company on Friday admitted to errors dating back to March in its measurement of television viewing, statistics that serve as the foundation for billions of dollars in advertising spending for the entire broadcast industry. The company blamed a software glitch for errors that, industry officials said, mistakenly credited ABC for viewing that was in reality spread across all of the broadcast networks. Nielsen described the errors as minuscule, but the extent will become better known next week when the company issues corrected ratings for the first week of the television season. Nielsen executives said the errors only became apparent in the past few weeks when the beginning of a new television season meant more people were tuning in.
New DOJ media leak guidelines at play in Risen case
A federal prosecutor says officials are working to comply with new Justice Department guidelines for media leak investigations in a case where they have said they want New York Times reporter James Risen to testify. The Washington Post reports prosecutor James Trump said during a hearing Friday in federal court in Alexandria that prosecutors are working to comply with the guidelines, which were issued in February. Trump estimated finishing the work will take a few weeks.
Rick Daniels named new Hartford Courant publisher
The Tribune Publishing Company has named Rick Daniels as the publisher and CEO of the Hartford Courant Media Group. Daniels replaces Nancy Meyer, who is leaving to become publisher and CEO of the Orlando Sentinel Media Group. The appointments were announced on Friday and take effect early next month.
Indiana University adds statue of journalist Pyle
A statue of famed World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle has been installed at Indiana University. Sculptor Tuck Langland was on campus Thursday to help install the slightly larger-than-life statue outside Franklin Hall, the future home of the Indiana University Media School in Bloomington. Pyle was an IU student in the 1920s.The statue depicts Pyle sitting on an ammunition box with his typewriter, notes and a coffee cup on a table.
Man sends newspaper check years after rack thefts
Some 54 years after stealing several newspaper racks, a U.S. Navy veteran has sent a letter of apology and a check for $200 to The Ledger of Lakeland.Fla. Bernard Schermerhorn says he's followed the rules for most of his 73 years, but caved to peer pressure as a teenager and went along with a friend's scheme to steal several racks from The Ledger. In a Sept. 30 letter to the newspaper, Schermerhorn says they took a handful of change and then dumped the racks.
Customers can buy homeless newspaper with phones
Patrons of the Nashville, Tenn., homeless-issues newspaper The Contributor will now be able to buy it with their smartphones. According to a news release from the paper, more than 40 of The Contributor's 300 homeless and formerly homeless vendors are participating in the program. They will be wearing lanyard badges with a QR Code on them. Patrons who download the Contributor Quick Pay app can use their phones to scan the QR Code, and their payments will automatically go into the vendors' bank accounts. The secure transaction should take about 10 seconds to finish and costs 99 cents more than the $2 cash price.
Hartmann named president of Chattanooga Publishing
Bruce Hartmann, former president and publisher of the Knoxville News Sentinel, has been named president of the Chattanooga Publishing Co., which publishes the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Hartmann was also formerly chief revenue officer and vice president of sales and marketing for the E.W. Scripps Co.'s publishing division. He succeeds Jason Taylor as president. Taylor is now president and publisher of The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, and regional president of U.S. Community Publishing East Group.
ABC's 'World News' breaks a ratings streak
As it did in the morning two years ago, ABC News has broken a long-running winning streak by its rivals at NBC News. ABC's "World News" beat NBC's "Nightly News" in viewership last week, only a month after David Muir took over as anchor from Diane Sawyer. NBC's Brian Williams-led newscast had ruled for 263 consecutive weeks, a streak that began in September 2009, and for 310 of the past 311 weeks. Last week ABC's broadcast averaged 8.42 million viewers, while NBC had 8.25 million, the Nielsen company said.
Sick journalist to get blood from Ebola survivor
The first American flown back to the U.S. for treatment of Ebola this summer has donated blood to the most recent one to return from West Africa with the disease. The Nebraska Medical Center said Wednesday, Sept 8, that it called Dr. Kent Brantly on Tuesday to tell him his blood type matches that of Ashoka Mukpo, a freelance video journalist who arrived at the medical center Monday. The hospital says Brantly was driving through Kansas City, Mo., and was able to give blood locally that was flown to Omaha. It says Mukpo will receive the transfusion Wednesday. Such transfusions are believed to help Ebola patients because a survivor's blood contains antibodies to fight the disease. Brantly also donated blood to the first Ebola patient treated at the Nebraska hospital.
CBS reporter travels to Syria for interviews
CBS News reporter Clarissa Ward traveled undercover to Syria to interview two Westerners fighting against the United States for stories airing this week, a risk the network took despite the backdrop of kidnappings and beheadings by Islamic state fighters. Ward's stories, about a former Dutch Army fighter and an American who are fighting for rebel groups in Syria, are scheduled to air Tuesday and Wednesday on the "CBS Evening News." Ward said she spent only hours in Syria last week for the stories, which she began working on in June upon making online contact with a Dutch jihadist known as Yilmaz. She has been to Syria for reporting 11 times since the civil war began there.
Rowe series CNN's latest nonfiction entertainment
Mike Rowe never expected his new travelogue series, "Somebody's Gotta Do It," to land on CNN. Yet when you think about it, Rowe fits what has become the network's mold for nonfiction entertainment programming: well-known personalities making series related to the work they are best known for, with a twist or two. Rowe and Lisa Ling recently joined Anthony Bourdain and John Walsh with new entries. Rowe's program, a key part of CNN's strategy for the future, debuts Wednesday at 9 p.m. EDT.
Newspaper Group sells Northern Wyo. Daily News
The Wyoming Newspaper Group has sold the Northern Wyoming Daily News after 75 years of ownership. Mike McCraken is president of Cheyenne Newspapers, Inc. He says the newspaper group is selling the Northern Wyoming Daily News to focus on its I-80 corridor newspapers. The McCraken family's association with the Northern Wyoming Daily News, based in Worland, began in 1939. The company operates newspapers in Cheyenne, Laramie, Rawlins and Rock Springs.
Columbus Telegram gets new publisher
The advertising director has been named publisher of Lee Enterprises' Columbus (Neb.) Telegram. The Telegram says 55-year-old John DiMambro will hold both jobs. He's been interim publisher since his predecessor as publisher, James Dean, retired in August. DiMambro also will oversee the Schuyler Sun and David City Banner-Press. DiMambro joined the five-day-a-week newspaper in April. His newspaper career includes 30 years in senior management. He graduated from the Utica College of Syracuse University with a bachelor's in journalism.
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Journalist with Ebola arrives at Nebraska hospital
An American video journalist who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia has arrived at a Nebraska hospital, where he will be treated for the deadly disease. Ashoka Mukpo, 33, arrived by ambulance Monday, Oct. 6, at the Nebraska Medical Center, where he will be kept in a specialized containment unit built specifically to handle this type of illness. Mukpo was working
in Liberia as a freelance cameraman for NBC News when he became ill last week. He is the fifth American with Ebola to return to the U.S. for treatment during the latest outbreak, which the World Health Organization estimates has killed more than 3,400 people.
Ebola has news organizations looking at risks
For media covering the spread of Ebola in West Africa, the infection of a cameraman who works for NBC offers both a reason to emphasize precaution and to continue to bear witness. The New York Times' approach is emblematic of many news organizations: "We want to figure out a way to have maximum protection for people involved in the coverage and also to continue the coverage," said Joseph Kahn, the newspaper's international editor. Other than NBC, no news outlet has publicly cited Ashoka Mukpo's infection as the impetus for removing personnel from Liberia, where the freelance cameraman had been covering the disease's rapid spread and the strains it placed on its health care system.
Canada's Postmedia buys Sun Media newspapers
Canadian newspaper publisher Postmedia Network Canada Corp. announced Monday, Oct. 6, that it is buying 175 newspapers and publications in a major consolidation of print media in Canada. It is paying 316 million Canadian dollars ($283 million) to Quebecor Media Inc. for Sun Media Corp.'s English-language operations. That includes the Sun chain of daily newspapers in Toronto, Ottawa and Calgary and Sun's digital platforms. Postmedia already has one of Canada's largest chains of daily newspapers including the National Post and dailies in Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver. It has been losing millions in recent quarters.
Montana newspaper editor arrested at crash scene
Law enforcement officers in western Montana arrested the editor of a weekly newspaper in Polson while he was taking photographs of a highway crash. The Montana Highway Patrol accuses Lake County Leader editor Vince Lovato of obstructing a peace officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He was arrested on Oct. 1 and released on his own recognizance.
The Daily Inter Lake reports his first court date on the misdemeanor charges is on Oct. 15. Lake County sheriff's spokeswoman Karen Sergeant told KERR-AM that Lovato was arrested for interfering with the investigation on Montana Highway 35. Attorneys on both sides advised their clients not to comment. Lovato has been a journalist for 33 years and was hired as editor of the Leader earlier this year.
Iran frees wife of jailed Washington Post reporter
Iran has released the wife of a Washington Post reporter after arresting the two journalists in July, her newspaper said Monday, Oct. 6. The National newspaper said Yeganeh Salehi, 30, was released on bail, while her husband, Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, 38, remains in detention. The Abu Dhabi-based newspaper cited Ali Rezaian, Jason's brother,
as saying the reporter was freed on bail late last week. It quoted him as saying the two were "physically healthy" and that Salehi had been allowed to visit her husband recently. Jason Rezaian has American and Iranian citizenship.
NY Times reporter allowed back into Afghanistan
A correspondent for The New York Times expelled from Afghanistan over a story he wrote about that country's recent presidential election can return after its newly inaugurated president ordered the previous administration's decision reversed. Mohammad Daoud Sultanzai, an adviser to Afghan President Asharf Ghani Ahmadzai, said Sunday, Oct. 5, the country's attorney general has been told to allow Matthew Rosenberg back into Afghanistan.
Watchdog: Turkey to improve journalists situation
Turkish government officials have defended Turkey's much-criticized press freedom record but have agreed to improve the situation for journalists, an international media freedom watchdog said Friday, Oct. 3. The chairman of the Committee to Protect Journalists, Sandy Rowe, and counterparts from the International Press Institute met with Turkish officials, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, on Thursday. In a statement released Friday, the delegation said Turkish officials denied that journalists were put under pressure and accused media outlets of distorting coverage. They nevertheless agree to address concerns raised, including reforming press laws and making files of jailed journalists available for independent review.
Colbert takes on his show's model
It's almost enough to make their fans nostalgic: Stephen Colbert and his "Papa Bear," Bill O'Reilly, going after each other again for probably one of the last times. Colbert is mocking the Fox News Channel host's proposal that a 25,000-member mercenary force be armed and trained to fight the Islamic state. Colbert countered with his own "army of expert double
Ninja super soldiers with laser nunchucks," imagined when he was in the fourth grade. Colbert essentially modeled the cable news opinion host character he's been playing on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" after the Fox News ratings king. But as he prepares to replace David Letterman on CBS next year, Colbert is shutting down his show and the character itself at
the end of the year.
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New York Times Plans Cutbacks in Newsroom Staff
The New York Times plans to eliminate about 100 newsroom jobs, as well as a smaller number of positions from its editorial and business operations, offering buyouts and resorting to layoffs if enough people do not leave voluntarily, the newspaper announced. Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the newspaper’s publisher, and Mark Thompson, its chief executive, said that in addition to the job cuts, NYT Opinion, a new mobile app dedicated to opinion content, was shutting down because it was not attracting enough subscribers.
Judge allows video of theater shooting trial
News organizations will be allowed to broadcast the Colorado theater shooting trial using a closed-circuit TV camera already in the courtroom, but they won't be allowed to have their own cameras in court, the judge said. Still images can be captured from the video, but still cameras will also be barred from the courtroom, Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. said in a written order.
Piers Morgan Will Write for The Daily Mail
Piers Morgan, the British tabloid editor who replaced Larry King on CNN only to have his show canceled three years later, will join the American website of The Daily Mail as an editor at large, the newspaper said. Morgan, who since 2004 has written a column for The Mail’s sister publication, The Mail on Sunday, will write several times each week, bringing his own experience and perspective to bear on the big U.S. stories of the moment, the newspaper said.
Journalist arrested during BART protest loses suit
A journalist who has written critically of BART and its police has lost his lawsuit claiming officers were retaliating for his coverage when they arrested him for blocking a gate during a protest. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that a seven-member jury unanimously rejected David Morse's claims after a weeklong trial.
Tennessee court denies access to Vanderbilt rape case
The Tennessee Court of Appeals has denied access to records related to a Vanderbilt University rape case against four former Vanderbilt University football players. The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1CFe8B8) reports that the three-judge panel ruled that records sought by The Tennessean and a media coalition — including The Associated Press — should not be made public because they are part of a continuing police investigation. In the ruling, the judges focused on the rules of criminal procedure, which can keep police materials secret.
News Corp. to buy Move Inc. for about $950 million
News Corp. will pay about $950 million to buy the online real estate business Move Inc. in a deal that aims to speed up the media company's digital expansion. The New York company said that it will pay $21 per share in cash for each outstanding share of Move. That represents a 37 percent premium over the stock's closing stock price of $15.29 on Monday. Move operates the website realtor.com. News Corp. said Move displays more than 98 percent of all for-sale
properties listed in the United States and that Move's network of websites reaches about 35 million people per month.
Gov't settles with newspaper over seized notes
Training for Coast Guard criminal investigators will be reviewed as part of a settlement with a Washington newspaper over the 2013 seizure of notes from one of the paper's former reporters. The newspaper and former reporter Audrey Hudson sued the government last year after her notes were seized during a search of her home by the Maryland State Police. The search was part of a weapons investigation focused on Hudson's husband. John Solomon, editor and vice president for content and business development for the newspaper, said the settlement includes some legal fees for the newspaper and Hudson.
Newspapers at Drake University in Iowa vandalized
Police are investigating after a pile of more than 400 destroyed newspapers was left in front of the office of Drake University's student newspaper. The Des Moines Register reports that Austin Cannon, managing editor of the Times-Delphic, found the pile of drenched newspapers at about 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25. On top of the pile was one paper with an advertisement for a pregnancy resource center circled in black marker.
Tennessee Supreme Court declines to hear appeal against public record law
Tennessee's Supreme Court will not hear an appeal of a court ruling that the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association is subject to the state's public records laws. The state's highest court issued an order last week against the body that regulates Tennessee high school sports. Earlier this year, a state appeals court upheld a lower court's finding that even though the TSSAA is a private nonprofit corporation, it is the functional equivalent of a state agency and subject to open records laws.
Forest Service says media doesn't need permit
Faced with increasing criticism of a proposal that would restrict media filming in wilderness areas, the head of the U.S. Forest Service said that the rule is not intended to apply to news-gathering activities. The rule would apply to commercial filming, like a movie production, but reporters and news organizations would not need to get a permit to shoot video or photographs in the nation's wilderness areas, Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said in a phone interview.
Oliver adds journalism to his comedy
In poking fun at the Miss America pageant on the most recent episode of HBO's "Last Week Tonight," John Oliver reached for the comedic equivalent of low-hanging fruit. Then he veered into something wholly unexpected — investigative journalism. His subsequent report questioning the pageant's scholarship program was the latest example of how Oliver has quickly moved beyond his roots at "The Daily Show" to produce something distinctive, and usually hilarious.
Watchdog warns of attacks on journalists in Yemen
An international watchdog has expressed concern over increasing attacks on journalists in the Yemeni capital by armed Shiite rebels who have swept into Sanaa and taken control of the city. Reporters Without Borders said in a statement that the Hawthi rebel group has created a "climate of terror," forcing journalists to go into hiding or self-censor their work to avoid reprisals.
Journalist freed in Somalia: Need time to recover
A German-American journalist released after more than 2 1⁄2 years by pirates in Somalia says he is safe though "not healthy" and needs time to recover before speaking about his ordeal. German magazine Der Spiegel, for which Michael Scott Moore had freelanced in the past, responded to requests for comment with a short statement Thursday, Sept. 25, from Moore in which he said that "the support from everyone has been terrific."
Snowden, Rusbridger honored with 'alternative Nobel'
Edward Snowden was among the winners of a Swedish human rights award, sometimes referred to as the "alternative Nobel," for his disclosures of top secret surveillance programs. The former National Security Agency contractor split the honorary portion of the Right Livelihood Award with Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian, which has published a series of articles on government surveillance based on documents leaked by Snowden.
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Media study on African-American and Hispanic news consumers
A new study shows a large majority of African-American and Hispanic news consumers don't fully trust the media to portray their communities accurately. Three-fourths of African-American news consumers and two-thirds of Hispanics have doubts about what mainstream media report about their communities, according to a survey by the Media Insight Project. And while most say it's become easier to get news generally in the last five years, few feel the same way about news regarding their own community, the survey said. People of color who are "seeking out
news about their communities, they can't find it. And what they see, they don't think is accurate," said Tom Rosenstiel, executive director of the American Press Institute, which teamed with The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research on the project. The survey was funded by the American Press Institute and the McCormick Foundation.
AP sports editors graded D+ overall for racial and gender hiring practices
The latest report card for racial and gender hiring issued by the Associated Press Sports Editors gives the group a C+ for racial hiring practices and an overall grade of D+. Jorge Rojas, sports editor of the Miami Herald and diversity chairman for the APSE, says the report card, for 2012, gives an overall grade of F for gender hiring practices, down from D+ in 2010.
Despite a goal of more diversified sports departments across the country, the report card also found that in 2012:
● 90.9 percent of sports editors, 86.6 percent of assistant sports editors, 83.9 percent of columnists, 86.3 percent of reporters and 86 percent of copy editors were white.
● 90.4 percent of sports editors, 82.8 percent of assistant sports editors, 90.2 percent of columnists, 88.3 percent of reporters, and 80.4 percent of copy editors were men.
A report by Richard Lapchick, requested by APSE and released by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida, recommends a rule that would require at least one minority candidate for each opening in sports departments, much like the NFL’s Rooney Rule. Some APSE members have already instituted this policy. Rojas says APME and ASNE can help greatly by establishing protocols in sports editors’ (and newsrooms’) hiring practices. "After all, it starts with all of us!" he said.
Alaska TV reporter quits on air to promote pot
A reporter for an Alaska TV station revealed on the air that she owns a medical marijuana business and was quitting her job to advocate for the drug. After reporting on the Alaska Cannabis Club on Sunday night's broadcast, KTVA's Charlo Greene identified herself as the business's owner and said she would be devoting all her energy to fighting for "freedom and fairness." She then used an expletive to quit her job, and walked off-camera. In a statement on KTVA's website, news director Bert Rudman apologized for Greene's "inappropriate language" and said she was terminated. Alaska voters decide Nov. 4 whether to legalize recreational pot. Measure 2 would be similar to Washington and Colorado's legalization laws.
Ala. editor named president of Vicksburg Newsmedia
The editor of Selma’s Times-Journal has been named president of Vicksburg Newsmedia LLC and publisher of The Vicksburg Post in Mississippi. Times-Journal Editor Tim Reeves has served as editor of the Times-Journal since September 2010. He helped lead a newspaper redesign and the launch of a magazine. During Reeves' time as editor, the Times-Journal earned 46 editorial awards from the Alabama Press Association, including the Most Improved Newspaper award in 2011 and 2012. The Times-Journal and The Vicksburg Post are both affiliated with Boone Newspapers Inc. of Tuscaloosa. Reeves will start working in Vicksburg, on Sept. 29.
The journalist behind Maryland’s Gathland
Hikers, picnickers and history lovers all visit Gathland State Park near Burkittsville, Md., for different reasons. But most know little about the journalist who built Gathland. Once a Victorian estate, today Gathland is a peaceful mountaintop place of respite and a state park. Dianne Wiebe works in the museum there dedicated to George Alfred Townsend, who strung his initials together and added an H, calling himself Gath and his estate Gathland. Townsend was a 19th-century journalist who covered the Civil War and who was an expert in late 19th-century news and politics. He chafed at the idea that his words and ideas would likely not survive his lifetime.
Rouse publisher of Blytheville, other newspapers
A southeast Missouri native has been named publisher of the Blytheville Courier News in addition to the Osceola Times — both in in northeastern Arkansas — and the Steele Enterprise and the Democrat-Argus in Caruthersville in southeastern Missouri. Kennett native Shelia Rouse was announced as the publisher on Thursday, Sept. 18, succeeding David Tennyson as publisher of the Courier News following his recent retirement.
Judge blocks Alabama newspaper from printing story
A state court judge sided with Alabama Gas Corp. and blocked the Montgomery Advertiser from publishing information about the utility's plan for gas line safety, which the Alabama Public Service Commission released through an open records request. Jefferson County Circuit Judge Robert S. Vance granted a request by Alagasco to temporarily prevent the Montgomery Advertiser from publishing information from the plan. Court records show Vance ruled a week ago — on the same day Alagasco made the request to block publication — before the newspaper had a chance to respond.
British journalist appears in new hostage video
The Islamic State group on Thursday, Sept. 18, released a video showing a British journalist who says he is a prisoner of the extremists. In a slick, three-minute video shot with three cameras, John Cantlie, a photojournalist, said he worked for publications including The Sunday Times, The Sun and The Sunday Telegraph and came to Syria in November 2012 where he was subsequently captured by the Islamic State group. The group which now controls roughly a third of Syria and Iraq has beheaded two U.S. journalists and a British aid worker, and has threatened to kill another British hostage. The British government declined to comment on the video.
Journalists join Arizona execution legal battle
News organizations have joined a legal fight to obtain more information about the nearly two-hour execution of Arizona death row inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood. The First Amendment Coalition of Arizona joined a lawsuit against the state on Thursday, Sept. 18, seeking information about lethal injection methods used to kill Arizona death row inmates.
News Corp opposes Google in EU antitrust case
The media conglomerate controlled by Rupert Murdoch is joining the fray in Google's protracted European antitrust case, saying the technology company unfairly distorts competition. Robert Thomson, CEO of New York-based News Corp., says in a letter to the EU's antitrust authority that Google is "willing to exploit its dominant market position to stifle competition." He
says it systematically diverts users away from relevant search results to its own offerings.
Teacher suspended over 'Redskins' newspaper flap
The faculty adviser for a student newspaper in Bensalem, Pa., embroiled in a battle over the word "Redskins" has been suspended for two days without pay. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Neshaminy High School teacher Tara Huber was disciplined for "willful neglect of duty and insubordination." The suspension came three months after students published the June edition, in which they disobeyed an order by administrators to print an op-ed containing the word "Redskin."
New Mencken book features unpublished material
Nearly 60 years after his death, we still have not heard the last from H.L. Mencken. Next week, the Library of America will publish "The Days Trilogy," a bound and expanded edition of three popular memoirs by the celebrated journalist and linguist that were released in the 1940s: "Happy Days," ''Newspaper Days" and "Heathen Days." Along with the original books
are some 200 pages of commentary that he had requested not to be released in his lifetime.
Newspaper asks judge to stop state email deletion
A Pennsylvania newspaper is asking a judge to prevent state agencies from deleting email five days after receiving it. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette filed a lawsuit Monday, Sept. 15, in Commonwealth Court asking that the correspondence be preserved for at least two years.Newspaper lawyers say the destruction violates the due process rights of anyone seeking public records under Pennsylvania's Right-to-Know Law.
Henderson is Carlsbad Current-Argus' new publisher
Rynni Henderson is the new publisher of the Carlsbad Current-Argus, of Carlsbad, N.M.. The Current-Argus says Henderson has more than 20 years' experience in newspapers, magazines and digital media. She succeeds David Stringer, who took a position with a Texas newspaper. Henderson's past jobs include serving as publisher of The Daily Journal of Commerce in Portland, Oregon, The Times of Acadiana in Lafayette, Louisiana, and Florida Keys Magazine in Key West, Florida.
Snowden documentary to premiere at NY festival
A documentary about Edward Snowden is a late addition to the New York Film Festival. The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced Tuesday, Sept. 16, that Laura Poitras' "Citizenfour" will premiere Oct. 10 as part of the annual festival's main slate. Poitras is a journalist and documentarian whom Snowden first contacted about leaking thousands of documents that revealed the National Security Agency's collection of Americans' phone and email records. She shared in the Pulitzer Prize for public service given earlier this year to The Washington Post and The Guardian for the NSA revelations.
Utah governor eyes more appearances on Fox News
Gov. Gary Herbert met with Fox News Channel executives in New York City on Thursday, Sept. 11, as he looks to join the ranks of Republican colleagues like Chris Christie of New Jersey and Scott Walker of Wisconsin whose regular network appearances increase their national exposure and connect them with more supporters. While Christie and Walker are considered possible 2016 presidential candidates, Herbert's spokesman said the governor's motivation is to promote
Utah, not to prepare a run for higher office.
New publisher chosen for The Times of Gainesville, Ga.
A 35-year newsroom veteran has been chosen as publisher of The Times of Gainesville, Ga. The newspaper reported Saturday, Sept 13, that Charlotte Atkins will begin in her new role on Oct. 6. As publisher, Atkins will oversee the content, operations and business functions of the newspaper and its website.
Parents of slain US journalist criticize handling
The parents of a New Hampshire journalist slain by Islamic extremists in Syria said that they never knew what the U.S. government was doing to help their son and were told they could be prosecuted if they tried to raise money for a ransom.James Foley was kidnapped in 2012. He was beheaded by members of the Islamic State militant group, a killing depicted in an Internet video posted Aug. 19. Two weeks later, another video showed the slaying of another journalist, Steven Sotloff.
Networks find Rice video too hard to resist
Television executives say they want minimize replays of video showing Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancee with one punch. In practice, it has proved hard to resist. Hours after CNN's programming chief publicly worried about gratuitous repeats of the disturbing images that first came to light Monday, Sept. 8, the network showed Janay Palmer falling to an elevator floor
after Rice's blow some 13 times on two evening programs Thursday, Sept. 11, according to a count by Media Matters for America. Seven times it was played in slow motion.
Digital First Media exploring possible sale of co.
Newspaper company Digital First Media said Friday, Sept 12, that it is exploring strategic options, which could include a sale of the company or parts of it. The privately held company is the nation's second biggest U.S. newspaper publisher by circulation. Its publications include the Los Angeles Daily News, the San Jose Mercury News, the Denver Post and the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press. Digital First Media serves 75 million customers monthly.
Congressional resolution honors slain journalists
Members of the U.S. House from New Hampshire and Florida have introduced a resolution honoring the lives of two American journalists who were beheaded by Islamic State militants in Syria. The resolution recognizes the substantial achieves of James Foley and Steven Sotloff "through their courageous reporting of events in Libya, Syria and elsewhere."
INDUSTRY NEWS 9-11-2014
NY judge: TV clip service not violating copyright
A media monitoring company distributing television clips and snippets of transcripts to customers including the White House and Congress hasn't violated broadcasters' copyrights by letting its customers search its database, but it's unclear whether all facets of its business will get a judicial stamp of approval, a judge said Tuesday, Sept. 8. U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein in Manhattan ruled in a copyright case filed by Fox News Network against TVEyes
Inc. He wrote that the company's database and its searchable function for television clips and snippets of transcript were fair uses of broadcast content and thus were protected from claims of copyright infringement.
Judge refuses to dismiss newspaper lawsuit
A lawsuit challenging a joint-operating agreement between Salt Lake City's two daily newspapers will proceed after a federal judge on Monday, Sept. 9, refused to dismiss the case.
U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups said the Deseret News and The Salt Lake Tribune made powerful arguments about why the lawsuit should be stopped, but Waddoups said he had to be cautious when stopping a case early in the process. Attorneys for the two newspapers argue that a group of Tribune readers and former employees has no legal standing to challenge the agreement.
Chuck Todd debuts as 'Meet the Press' moderator
Chuck Todd debuted Sunday, Sept. 7, as moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press," bringing a low-key style and surrounding himself with fellow pundits as NBC turns to him to erase a slide that has taken the long-running Sunday morning political affairs program from first to third in the ratings. The bulk of his first program was centered on Todd's Saturday interview with President Obama, the biggest "get" possible for one of the Washington-based chat shows. It also included a look at cities around the country where mayors are successfully moving their communities forward.
Publisher of NJ.com, Star-Ledger rolls out changes
The company that publishes NJ.com, The Star-Ledger and other newspapers around the state, has rolled out changes it says recognize its future as an increasingly digitally focused operation.
Matt Kraner, the president of NJ Advance Media, said Monday, Sept. 8, that many reporters, photographers and videographers whose work appears on NJ.com are now part of NJ Advance Media.
Defense: Ban TV camera from theater shooting trial
Attorneys for Colorado theater shooting defendant James Holmes asked the judge to bar television coverage inside the courtroom, saying it would violate Holmes' right to a fair trial.
In a filing dated Thursday and released Friday, Sept.5, defense lawyers argued that televising the trial could intimidate witnesses, expose jurors and attorneys to death threats, and create other problems.
Lawmakers' lunch shows vagueness of meetings law
City council and school board members in Sacramento, Calif., gathering for dinners, parties or other social affairs must guard their words or notify the public beforehand if a majority will attend and talk policy. The same rules do not apply for state lawmakers, who have long exempted themselves from the transparency rules that apply to other elected bodies in California. The vagueness of the special open meetings law for the state Legislature was highlighted last week when Gov. Jerry Brown invited all 120 lawmakers to a luncheon honoring Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.
MU starts search for journalism dean
The University of Missouri has started its search for a new School of Journalism dean.
The university said in a release posted on the journalism school website that it had started its nationwide search to replace Dean Mills, who announced in February he was stepping down from the post he occupied for 25 years. Mills is taking a part-time job as director of the Reynolds Fellows program at the Reynolds Journalism Institute. According to the online job posting, the journalism school seeks a “dynamic” and “visionary” leader.
Family mourns slain journalist in tearful service
Letters slain journalist Steven Sotloff wrote to his family before he was beheaded by Islamic State militants were read at his memorial service Friday, Sept. 5, in Pinecrest, Fla. He told them to be happy and stay positive and that if they didn't meet again, he hoped they would in heaven. In a service punctuated by tears, Sotloff's parents, sister and friends spoke of his gentle demeanor and unwavering commitment as a journalist toward putting a face on suffering in the
Arab world, despite the personal risks.
Former NFL receiver joins Huffingion Post
The Huffington Post has made an unusual choice for a new correspondent covering national security — former NFL wide receiver Donte Stallworth. The website announced Thursday, Sept. 4, that the 10-year NFL player will join its Washington bureau this month as a fellow.
New York newspaper sacks Washington nickname
One of the nation's largest newspapers says it will no longer use the name Redskins when writing about Washington's NFL team. The Daily News of New York said Thursday, Sept. 4, in a lead editorial titled "Sack the Name" that the reference will no longer be part of stories and columns. The name, however, may appear in quotations, reader letters and discussion of the dispute.
INDUSTRY NEWS 9-4-2014
Journalist killing highlights role of freelancers
Journalists James Foley, Steven Sotloff and Peter Theo Curtis all had one thing in common when they were captured by Islamic militants in Syria, the title "freelance journalist." The role of freelancers, who make a living by selling individual stories, photos and video to multiple outlets, has expanded across conflict zones in recent years with the spread of technology and social media, which provides a ready canvas for their work. Some are cautious and well-trained; others take major risks. And they often lack the institutional support staff journalists receive if they get into trouble in a conflict zone.
"There is no question that people with less experience and less support are venturing out into conflict zones and seeking to make their name as journalists," said Joel Simon, the executive director of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists. ...According to the committee's data, just under half of the 70 journalists killed in Syria since the conflict began in 2011 have been freelancers.
Connecticut police get free military equipment
A group of Connecticut newspapers reports that nearly two dozen police departments in southwestern Connecticut have an inventory of M-16 assault rifles, utility trucks, Commando armored cars, a mine-resistant vehicle, an armored truck and a Huey helicopter. The Hearst Connecticut Media Group reports (http://bit.ly/Y3lUGg ) that an open records request shows 19 police departments in southwestern Connecticut have received free surplus military equipment from the Department of Defense since 2006. That's more than half the 35 departments in the region. The Defense Department's Law Enforcement Support Office has come under scrutiny after the militarized police response to violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri.
Wisconsin’s Justice Department delayed porn probes statewide
The Wisconsin Department of Justice field offices across the state have delayed assigning and investigating child pornography cybertips for months, newly released records show. DOJ officials have insisted that no systemic delays in launching child pornography probes exist, saying overwhelmed agents prioritized most of the cases properly.
DOJ's Internet child pornography unit has taken intense criticism since March, when Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced Milwaukee Special Agent-in-Charge Willie Brantley had been fired and Special Agent Anna King had left her job after agency officials determined they had let nearly four dozen cases languish for months. In one case, the agency got a tip in 2010 that Christopher Kosakoski of Milwaukee was downloading child pornography. Agents finally reviewed the tip in January — nine days after Kosakoski was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy. The agency released documents tied to the review in response to open records requests from media outlets, including The Associated Press. They include a spreadsheet shows 46 cases had languished for two months or longer across the Madison, Eau Claire, Wausau and Milwaukee field offices as of Feb. 23.
Miami Herald didn’t cover FIU football opener
For the first time since FIU created a football team, the Miami Herald did not cover the Panthers’ home season opening game because the school has refused to provide a press credential to the newspaper’s beat reporter. FIU athletics officials denied the Herald’s request for a game pass for reporter David J. Neal, who has been covering FIU sports since June, 2011. Passes were granted for a Herald columnist and photographer. Neal’s access to FIU coaches and athletes had been dwindling for months, to the point where he was no longer permitted to attend football practice or conduct interviews. Last week, when Neal attempted to write a story on the FIU women’s soccer team, he was told no one was allowed to talk to him. FIU said in a statement: "We are very disappointed that The Miami Herald has decided not to cover our football home opener, although we have credentialed members of the Herald staff. We did not issue a media credential to the Herald's beat reporter because of concerns we have brought up to the Herald's reporter and editors over the past few years about the reporter's interactions with our student athletes, coaches, and staff and the nature of the resulting coverage. He is not banned from FIU or FIU Stadium. He just does not have additional access beyond that of the public.”
Chelsea Clinton quits as NBC News reporter
Chelsea Clinton is quitting her job as a reporter at NBC News, citing increased work at the Clinton Foundation and the imminent birth of her first child. Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton's daughter had been working at the network since 2011, sporadically doing feature stories on people or organizations doing public-spirited work. Politico magazine reported earlier this year that NBC was paying her $600,000 a year.
David Muir takes over at ABC's 'World News'
David Muir is taking over as ABC's "World News" anchor, replacing Diane Sawyer. Muir, 40, joins NBC "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams and Scott Pelley of the "CBS Evening News" at one of the three jobs generally considered the pinnacle of American broadcast news. Muir is also a generation younger than the 55-year-old Williams and 57-year-old Pelley.
The 68-year-old Sawyer, one of television news' best-known personalities, had anchored ABC's flagship newscast since December 2009.
Turner Broadcasting offering buyouts
The corporate parent of CNN, TNT and TBS offered voluntary buyouts to 600 veteran employees, part of an overall cost-cutting effort at the Atlanta-based broadcasting company founded by Ted Turner.The offer went out to U.S.-based employees who are over 55 and have worked at the company for at least 10 years, excluding on-air talent and others with specific contracts. Some 9,000 of Turner's 13,000 employees are based in the United States. Turner Broadcasting chief executive John Martin has been talking for several months about a restructuring plan he has called Turner 2020. Turner is a division of Time Warner.
INDUSTRY NEWS 8-28-2014
Study indicates government information officers try to block specific journalists
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that as states move to hide details of government deals with Wall Street, and as politicians come up with new arguments to defend secrecy, a study released this month revealed that many government information officers block specific journalists they don't like from accessing information.
The news comes as 47 federal inspectors general sent a letter to lawmakers criticizing "serious limitations on access to records" that they say have impeded their oversight work.
The data about public information officers was compiled over the past few years by Kennesaw State University Professor Carolyn Carlson. Her surveys found that four in 10 public information officers say "there are specific reporters they will not allow their staff to talk to due to problems with their stories in the past."
"That horrified us that so many would do that," Carlson told the Columbia Journalism Review, which reported on her presentation at the July conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Carlson has conducted surveys of journalists and public information officers since 2012. In her most recent survey of 445 working journalists, four out of five reported that "their interviews must be approved" by government information officers, and "more than half of the reporters said they had actually been prohibited from interviewing [government] employees at least some of the time by public information officers."
Jonesboro, Arkansas, police chief gets 30-day suspension
Jonesboro, Arkansas, Police Chief Michael Yates was suspended for 30 days without pay for derogatory comments he made on Facebook about The Jonesboro Sun and a former reporter who covered his agency.
In announcing the suspension, Mayor Harold Perrin said Yates would have to write letters of apology to the newspaper and its former reporter Sunshine Crump.
Crump resigned from the paper, telling her employer she no longer felt safe in the community and at work. The newspaper's publisher called for Yates to be fired, but Perrin said he had to consider Yates' performance throughout his tenure as chief.
"I do not condone the comments that Chief Yates made through social media concerning Ms. Crump or her employer, and I have made it clear through my disciplinary action that I will not tolerate any such future behavior," Perrin said in a news release.
Iowa judge reverses ban over courtroom photos
An Iowa judge has reversed a ban that briefly prohibited a northeast Iowa news photographer
from publishing photos taken at a co