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Aye or naw? Newspaper fronts focus on Scotland | Newseum

Newspapers in the U.K. and around the world focused on Scotland on Thursday and the referendum on independence. You can follow journalists reporting on the vote with my colleague Andrew Beaujon’s Twitter list. Here’s a collection of newspaper fronts from Newseum and Kisoko.

From the U.K.

From Argentina:

From Austria:

From France:

From Germany:

From Portugal:

From Spain:

From the U.S.:

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Susan Glasser

Susan Glasser is Politico’s new editor

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Politico gets a new boss: Politico Magazine Editor Susan Glasser is now the editor of Politico, Dylan Byers reports. John Harris will remain editor-in-chief. “She will appoint a new Executive Editor to oversee day-to-day newsroom operations, the leadership said. That person will replace Rick Berke, who resigned earlier this month.” (Politico) | Glasser will still oversee Politico Magazine, but will hire some senior editors in the next weeks. “Susan has plans to sharpen the editorial structure, bring in even more talent, upgrade our digital properties and bring more clarity and efficiency — and individual ownership — to our workflow,” CEO Jim VandeHei says in a memo to staff. | “One of the issues that led to Mr.
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Today in media history: Marguerite Higgins reports from Korea

On this date in 1950, New York Herald Tribune reporter Marguerite Higgins described the invasion of Inchon, Korea. She would be awarded a Pulitzer Prize for her reporting.

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Here is an excerpt from Higgins’ story:

“Heavily laden U.S. Marines, in one of the most technically difficult amphibious landings in history, stormed at sunset today over a ten-foot sea wall in the heart of the port of Inchon and within an hour had taken three commanding hills in the city.

I was in the fifth wave that hit Red Beach, which in reality was a rough, vertical pile of stones over which the first assault troops had to scramble with the aid of improvised landing ladders topped with steel hooks.

Despite a deadly and steady pounding from naval guns and airplanes, enough North Koreans remained alive close to the beach to harass us with small-arms and mortar fire.

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Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Journalists report threats while covering Scottish referendum

The Guardian | CPJ

Some journalists have reported threats while reporting on the Scottish independence referendum, Tara Conlan reports for The Guardian.

Both people in favor of Scotland becoming independent and of it staying part of the United Kingdom have allegedly made threats to journalists.

One journalist who blogged about a discussion about Orange Order support march for the Better Together campaign claims that a serious threat has been made about his family from a no supporter and has now reported the incident to police.

Another reporter who blogged about their intention to vote yes to independence is understood to have been threatened with physical violence and having their “head kicked in”.

CPJ’s report on threats to journalists in the U.K. in 2013 focused on surveillance and harrassment by the government.… Read more


News organizations continue to confuse llamas with alpacas

The New York Times

The New York Times added the following correction on Wednesday to a story about about Wisconsin llama races:

A picture caption on Monday with an article about llama races in Hammond, Wis., misidentified the animals shown running down the street. They are alpacas, not llamas. (While the llamas were the stars of the day, one race was designated just for alpacas, perhaps to make the llamas’ kissing cousins feel included.)

This isn’t the first time The Times has mistaken alpacas for their larger cousins. Last year, they trotted out a similar correction to an article about llama ownership:

Because of an editing error, an article last Thursday about keeping llamas as pets referred incorrectly to alpacas. They are bred for their wool; they are not beasts of burden, as are llamas.

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Pro-pot group uses Maureen Dowd lookalike on billboard

U.S. News & World Report

The Marijuana Policy Project has placed a billboard in Denver featuring a woman with red hair, holding her face in one hand, with the legend “Don’t let a candy bar ruin your vacation.” New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote in June about an extremely uncool night that she experienced in Denver after eating a pot-laced candy bar.

“I love it,” Dowd told U.S. News’ Steven Nelson about the billboard. “I’m going to make it my Christmas card.” MPP spokesperson Morgan Fox tells Poynter the organization plans to expand the campaign to Washington state next. … Read more

Ray Rice, Janay Rice

Fact-checking claims about domestic violence, Ray Rice

This story originally appeared on the PunditFact website. is republishing with permission.

The release of a video showing NFL running back Ray Rice striking his now-wife in an Atlantic City, N.J., casino elevator revived conversations about domestic violence on politics and sports shows alike.

This week, PunditFact and PolitiFact checked three claims about the prevalence of domestic violence in America and a claim about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s initial two-game suspension of Rice.

Three’s a crowd

On CNN’s State of the Union, Washington Post sports columnist Mike Wise argued that Goodell should lose his job for his handling of Rice’s case.

"The thing that bothered me most is Roger Goodell at one point tried to play essentially a marriage counselor with the victim and the perpetrator, Janay and Ray Rice," Wise said.… Read more

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While reporting on Ebola, the smell of chlorine ‘is one of the most comforting smells in the world’

It’s like being immersed in a swimming pool. Constantly. But the smell of chlorine and bleach don’t bother Ben Solomon.

“The smell is one of the most comforting smells in the world for me,” he said in a Skype interview. “All my clothes are ruined, and I’m totally OK with it.”

Solomon, a foreign video journalist with The New York Times, is currently in Liberia. Before that, he spent three weeks in Sierra Leone, documenting the devastation of Ebola.

“It’s the most challenging story I think I’ve ever covered,” Solomon said. It’s depressing, frustrating, infuriating, but it’s also an honor, he said, “and a privilege to be able to tell these people’s stories.”

Reporting on Ebola from West Africa is hard.… Read more


Democrats’ trust in media falls


54 percent of Democrats have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the news media, according to a new poll by Gallup. That’s a 14-year low. Republicans’ trust in the media fell from last year, and independents’ trust inched up one percentage point.

One interesting finding: The percentage of people who complained the media is “too conservative” rose six percentage points this year. The percentage of people who thought the media was “too liberal” fell two points.

Overall, the percentage of Americans who trust the media fell to 40 percent, the same all-time low this survey hit in 2012, before rocketing to 44 percent last year.

Trust in the media tends to drop during election years, Gallup notes, which suggests “something about national elections triggers skepticism about the accuracy of the news media’s reporting.” … Read more

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Gubernatorial candidate bars student journalists from marijuana presser

Student Press Law Center

Student journalists at Columbia College Chicago were turned away from an Illinois gubernatorial candidate’s press conference about medical marijuana because they weren’t considered part of the “working press,” Michael Bragg reports for the Student Press Law Center:

A press representative for Bruce Rauner, the Republican candidate for governor, told the Columbia College students and their professor, Curtis Lawrence, that the press conference on medical marijuana was open only to the “working press.” Rauner, who is running against Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, would not talk to the students, either.

Lawrence told the SPLC he asked Rauner to talk to the students as he was leaving the conference, but he said the candidate ignored him, not meeting his eyes before he was “whisked down the hallway.”

The students wanted to attend the presser for “Covering Politics,” a course at Columbia College Chicago that features live event coverage, Lawrence told the SPLC.… Read more