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KNXV was all over the llamas on the loose story

If you watched Twitter Thursday afternoon, you know the story of the llamas that were loose in Phoenix pretty much took over. Like other media outlets in the area, KNXV live-tweeted the whole thing. It started this afternoon. They kept us updated. Here are some of the station’s tweets:

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An ode to the man who publishes poems in the Pittsburgh paper

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The Wall Street Journal

For eight years, Billie Nardozzi has paid to publish his poems in the classified section of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. On Wednesday, James Hagerty wrote about the classified poet for the Wall Street Journal.

“We usually pay people to write for the paper,” said the executive editor of the Post-Gazette, David Shribman. “In a period of declining revenue, it’s always nice to have someone pay us.”

Each poem is accompanied by a black-and-white picture of Mr. Nardozzi, his hair in a pouffy mullet style. He includes his phone number for anyone who wants to chat.

Nardozzi pays $50 per poem, and they run in the classified’s Celebrations section. In 2009, Brian O’Neill wrote about Nardozzi for the Post-Gazette after a reader wrote in encouraging a column. Read more

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After her death, memories of Dori Maynard and many thanks

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. ‘Why Dori Maynard Matters’

    Following her death on Tuesday, many journalists wrote about Dori Maynard's work and its impact. From Benet Wilson: "Those of us who have been on the front lines in fighting for media diversity understand the magnitude of this loss." (All Digitocracy) | From Steve Buttry: "She constantly reminded and taught us that diversity is more than a social issue, it is a journalism value, a matter of accuracy." (Steve Buttry) | From Latoya Peterson: "It isn’t enough to say that Dori was a tireless champion for diversity. Her calling in life was to help people understand one other." (Fusion) | From S. Mitra Kalita: "Our numbers might be dwindling in newsrooms.

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3 Al Jazeera journalists arrested in Paris for flying a drone, filming it and watching

BBC | The Associated Press

Three journalists with Al Jazeera were arrested in Paris for using a drone, which is illegal there without a license, the BBC reports. The three, whose names haven’t been released, could be jailed for up to a year and fined $85,000.

A judicial source told AFP news agency: “The first was piloting the drone, the second was filming and the third was watching.”

Thomas Adamson reported for The Associated Press that drones have been spotted flying over Paris for two nights now.

The foreign nationals aged 70, 54 and 36 — who work for the Doha-based international broadcaster — were taken into custody Wednesday afternoon after police spotted a drone flying in the Bois de Boulogne woods in western Paris, said Paris prosecutors’ spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre.

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5 lessons on diversity and journalism from Dori Maynard

Since her death on Tuesday, journalists have shared their thoughts about the life and work of Dori Maynard. Maynard was the president of the Maynard Institute. Here are some lessons from Maynard herself, from her own writing, speaking and interviews. You can also find Maynard’s columns here.

Why diversity and sensitivity training weren’t enough

In 2003, Maynard wrote for Nieman Reports about ASNE’s goal to have newsroom diversity reflect that of the country.

Years of compliance training, diversity training, and sensitivity training have taught participants what they can say, and this has essentially left people with a set of learned responses that don’t take this conversation past predictable roadblocks. Little has been done to teach people how to say what they want to say in a way that can be heard and is effective.

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Dori Maynard, ‘an amazing force for good in journalism,’ has died at 56

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. ‘She was the voice that must be heard’

    Dori J. Maynard died on Tuesday at 56 of lung cancer. Maynard was the president of the Robert C. Maynard institute for Journalism Education, co-founded by her father and step-mother. She was an advocate, leader and educator for diversity in journalism. (Maynard Institute) | Dawn Garcia, managing director of the Knight Fellowships at Stanford University, told the Oakland Tribune that "Dori was an amazing force for good in journalism. She was the voice that must be heard." (Oakland Tribune) | In 1993, both Maynard and her father were Nieman scholars. (Associated Press) | The Maynard Institute's Fault Lines training asks journalists to look at their own perceptions.

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Since 2001, ‘The Dish’ published 115,436 posts

New York

New York magazine has pulled together a timeline of Andrew Sullivan’s “The Dish.” It includes major topics the blogger took on, from marriage equality to his endorsement of Barack Obama, as well as highlights and some numbers.

For instance:

Reader emails received since 2008: 622,162

Largest donation from a reader:$25,000

“Beard of the Week” posts: 50

Published posts since January 2001: 115,436

Recurring beagle characters (Dusty, Eddy, and Bowie): 3

Earlier this month, Sullivan wrote his final post, including something he first wrote 13 years ago.

[T]he speed with which an idea in your head reaches thousands of other people’s eyes has another deflating effect, this time in reverse: It ensures that you will occasionally blurt out things that are offensive, dumb, brilliant, or in tune with the way people actually think and speak in private.

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Bill O’Reilly invites critics ‘to come on my program and look me in the eye’

Good morning. Here are nine media stories.

  1. A former colleague speaks out against Bill O’Reilly’s war reporting

    Bill O'Reilly continues pushing back against questions about his early war reporting. On Sunday, a former CBS journalist, Eric Engberg, appeared on CNN's Reliable Sources. "It wasn't a combat situation by any sense of the word that I know. There were no people killed. He said that he saw troops fire into the crowd. I never saw that. And I don't know anybody who did. And I was there on the scene." (CNN) | O'Reilly spoke with Howard Kurtz on Sunday about Engberg's statements, which originally appeared on Facebook. O'Reilly also read from a 1982 New York Times story about events in Argentina. (The Washington Post) | O'Reilly ended his call in to Kurtz's show with the promise of more on Monday night.

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Covering the Oscars can feel glamorous, but it’s still work

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The Oscars, explained, predicted, illustrated, recast as Peeps and remembered

(Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

(Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Whether you’re in it for the acting or the fashion or the celebrity (or whatever other reasons you can think of), there’s a lot to cover around the Academy Awards. Here’s how some news organizations are doing it.

Vox

On Thursday, Todd VanDerWerff wrote about the most confusing Oscar categories for Vox. The piece looks at some good ones, including the difference between an adapted and an original screenplay, the difference between a lead and a supporting actor, and how short must a short film be.

Vox also has “The surprising, bizarre, 2,500-year history of the Oscars’ red carpet” and there are suggestions on some data that might help you predict the winners.

FiveThirtyEight

On Wednesday, Walt Hickey wrote about FiveThirtyEight’s “Election-Style Oscar Predictions.” Looks like it’s going to be a tight race. Read more

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