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California media look into the case of some creepy dolls

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On Thursday, a story caught the attention of the media in California. Many reported that some dolls were left on the door steps of families in San Clemente. The reports said that the dolls kind of looked like the little girls who lived there.

Here’s a link to the story from KTLA 5. It’s on autoplay.

The news spread.… Read more

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Maine newspaper connects the present to the past in 29 parts

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The whole thing started with a question — what was happening with the Passamaquoddy in Maine?

Sources had reached out to Colin Woodard, a state and national affairs reporter with the Portland Press Herald, about rule of law problems on the Passamaquoddy reservation. There was no constitution and no way to hold elected officials accountable. There was corruption.

Woodard wanted to know where those problems began.

“And I eventually found myself in the early 1960s in a Maine that I did not recognize and one that was shocking and frankly horrifying,” Woodard said.

He discovered the brutal murder of an Indian man; a young, progressive attorney from out of town; a tribal chief who wanted justice. The dominos started falling. They led back to the present.… Read more

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Nescafe thinks reading the newspaper is ‘a rather lonely’ thing to do

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The company known around the world for instant coffee launched an ad campaign aimed at, it appears, getting people to share a cup of coffee with strangers instead of reading the news. Marshall Smith wrote about a Nescafé ad campaign that includes pop-up mugs in newspapers for Industry Tap on Thursday. “Called the “pop-up café”, the ad was a huge hit,” he wrote. Here’s a little from the ad:

In the morning, reading the newspaper can be a rather lonely moment. But what if we could turn that lonely moment into a conversation starter?

So people pass out free newspapers in France (it’s Metronews) wrapped in red folders, and when the newspaper readers get to their offices with the Eiffel Tower in the background, they discover the mugs, stop reading the news and go have a conversation.… Read more

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Washington Post reporter among 4 journalists detained in Iran

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The Washington Post’s Ernesto Londoño reported Thursday that correspondent Jason Rezaian was detained in Iran on Tuesday along with his wife and two other Americans.

“We are deeply troubled by this news and are concerned for the welfare of Jason, Yeganeh and two others said to have been detained with them,” (foreign editor Douglas) Jehl said in a statement.

Rezaian is the Tehran correspondent for the paper. He hasn’t tweeted since July 21. Londoño reported that Rezaian’s wife is also a journalist. She hasn’t tweeted since July 20.

Rezaian, 38, holds American and Iranian citizenship. Yeganeh, an Iranian citizen who has applied for U.S. permanent residency, works as a correspondent for the National, a newspaper based in the United Arab Emirates.

The other two American citizens detained with them work as freelance photojournalists.

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CNN, RT report missing staff in Ukraine

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Ukrainian journalist Anton Skiba, who worked as a fixer for CNN, was abducted by pro-Russian separatists and is still in detention, Ivan Watson and Ingrid Formanek reported for CNN on Thursday.

Since his detention, CNN has attempted through a number of different separatist officials, including the office of the self-declared separatist prime minister Alexander Borodai, to secure Skiba’s freedom.
CNN chose not to report his abduction at the time while making efforts to obtain his release.
That has not happened to date, so CNN is now publicly asking those who are holding Skiba to release him immediately.

Graham Phillips, a British blogger working as a stringer for Russia Today, has also gone missing along with three others, RT reported. “The agency cites anonymous sources, saying the group of four was taken hostage by Ukrainian troops.”

In May, RT reported that Phillips was detained by the Ukrainian National Guard.… Read more

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Florida paper’s marijuana site: Not just for Grateful Dead fans

For one year 45 years ago, Michael Pollick lived in Monterey, California. It was an interesting year. Pollick, who was studying Mandarin with the Air Force, lived at Presidio of Monterey. Two years after the Summer of Love, there was the bloody standoff over People’s Park in Berkeley, “and the fanning out of the hippie point of view throughout the culture,” he said.

This June, Pollick, a reporter with the Sarasota (Florida) Herald-Tribune, traveled back to California to see something new — a culture, businesses, regulations and people rising around the legalization of medical marijuana. Then, he went to Colorado and did the same thing.

Stories about what he found are running now in the Herald-Tribune and on its new site, Medical Marijuana. The site launched last Sunday, with plans to roll out a series of stories leading up to November’s ballot initiative that could legalize medical marijuana in Florida.… Read more

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University may sell radio station after ‘Sexy Snapchats’ promotion somehow goes wrong

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In April, KCPR’s sex talk show “Getting It In,” held a fundraiser with the promise that after donating $20, people would get “a week of sexy snapchats featuring the hosts of Getting It In!” The show’s hosts, Logan Cooper and Sean Martinez, had to stop broadcasting in May, Jenna Spoont reported Monday for Student Press Law Center, and officials at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo are now considering selling the station.

CalCoastNews.com, an independent news website located in San Luis Obispo, reported Thursday on emails they obtained through the California Public Records Act, which hint that the school could sell the station.

“I am beginning to believe that we should sell the radio license,” Douglas Epperson, dean of the college of liberal arts, said in an email sent on May 19, adding that the university has had an offer.

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Taft Wireback, Xerxes Wilson and even more great bylines

On Friday, I wrote about some great bylines, including Valerie Wigglesworth and Holly Hacker. The story came out of a post I wrote about a Comedy Central show that played a game of “NPR Anchor or Minor Star Wars Character,” last week. Throughout the weekend, I heard even more great names and thought it was time for another post.

Here they are:

Frank Bi is a news developer at PBS NewsHour. Because of the way Newshour configures its emails, well, see for yourself.

Clifford Fewel left this comment with the story. Like Holly Hacker who works with data, Fewel has also been well-cast.

“We are self-syndicated automotive writers Clifford and Mary Fewel (cq), aka AutoCouple. People ask us what our REAL last name is. Fewel is Welsh and before Ellis Island was spelled Fewyll and pronounced FEH-weck.”

Jake New, a reporter for Inside Higher Ed, is also in the right business.… Read more

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Why a doctor joined the Dallas Morning News as a reporter

Last year, Dr. Seema Yasmin visited a newsroom for the first time. It was summer, and she was just about to start as a global journalism fellow at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. At The Washington Post, reporter Joel Achenbach introduced her as a physician who was training to be a journalist.

“And people said, why would you do that?” Yasmin said. “They were incredulous.”

She hasn’t had to live through the instability in the business, Yasmin said, but she sees how morale in newsrooms has been impacted. And practicing journalism and writing for medical journals are also two different things.

“But I’m really enjoying the challenge of bringing to life subjects buried in medical journals,” Yasmin said. “They’re actually really human stories, I think.”

Yasmin started writing for The Dallas Morning News in May, dividing her time between the newspaper and the University of Texas at Dallas, where she’s a professor in practice.… Read more

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BBC must get more women on air, oversight group says

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In an annual report, the BBC Trust wrote about the need for “improvements in the representation of women on air.” The report came out Monday. John Plunkett wrote about the report for The Guardian.

The BBC has been told to tackle a continued “gender imbalance” among its presenters and talent following sustained criticism that it is failing to put enough women on air.

The BBC Trust called on management to come up with a co-ordinated plan to tackle the shortcomings, despite various initiatives announced by director general Tony Hall since he took on the job last year.

According to the report from BBC Trust, “we want the BBC to make measurable progress in reflecting better the diversity of the UK population in the BBC’s workforce and its output, in particular increasing the number of women on air.”

Gender imbalance is also a problem for newspapers in the U.K.… Read more

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