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The ‘You’re fired’ headline did well today

News that NBCUniversal will no longer work with Donald Trump resulted in a lot of coverage on Monday. And a lot of it led with the same headline.

Here’s The New York Times:

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Here’s The Daily Beast:

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ABC News posted this AP story:

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Here’s Newsweek:

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And Mediaite:

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Here’s People Magazine:

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Poynter also couldn’t resist and used the famous quote in a Facebook post.

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Politico’s Dylan Byers tweeted about why the headline doesn’t quite work:

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NBC severs ties with Donald Trump after ‘derogatory statements’

Deadline | CNN

Citing “recent derogatory statements” made by Donald Trump, NBCUniversal announced Monday that it is “ending its business relationship” with the real estate magnate-turned presidential hopeful.

The news comes in the wake of inflammatory statements made by Trump earlier this month when he announced his bid for the presidency. While outlining his candidacy, he called Mexicans who cross the border into America “rapists.”

As a result of the discontinued relationship, NBC said it will no longer broadcast the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants that air annually on the network. In doing so, it joins the Spanish-language network Univision, which announced on Thursday it would not broadcast the pageants, citing Trump’s “insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants.”

News of NBCUniversal’s decision to discontinue its relationship with Trump was reported first by CNN’s Brian Stelter, who noted that the pageants were formerly joint ventures between Trump and NBC. Read more

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Same-sex marriage: Covering the battles ahead

Now that the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage has had time to sink in, journalists should wake up to the fact that a complicated and contentious debate lies ahead. Just as Brown v. The Board of Education didn’t end discrimination in schools and Roe v. Wade did not end the abortion debate, Obergefell v. Hodges will not end the opposition to same-sex marriage. The next battles may be in churches, where the Court’s decision cannot interfere.

Catholics, Baptists, Orthodox Jews, Muslims, Mormons all “officially” oppose same-sex marriage. Others, including Methodists and the African Methodist Episcopal Church, do not allow ministers to perform same-sex weddings.

Pew Research compiled a list of where churches currently stand.

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I point to these charts to say journalists have more stories to write about this issue. Read more


Melissa Block stepping down as anchor of ‘All Things Considered’


Melissa Block, an anchor of NPR’s “All Things Considered,” will be leaving the program to become a special correspondent for the public radio network, NPR announced today.

Block, who has anchored the flagship news program for more than a decade, will leave the show during the summer, according to the network. Thereafter, she will begin her correspondent duties, which include guest hosting NPR programs, developing podcasts based on her reporting and covering domestic and international news with “richly reported profiles” of prominent figures.

The role one is of several that Block has held at NPR News during her 30-year career there. According to the network, she has reported from the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast, Mozambique, Alaska and China.

Block’s last day as host of “All Things Considered” is Aug. Read more


Poynter will partner for Pulitzer’s 2016 centennial with a focus on social justice

The Pulitzer Prizes announced Monday that the Poynter Institute for Media Studies is among the organizations chosen to host events for the organization’s centennial anniversary next year. According to the press release, other partners include The Dallas Morning News, the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum; the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard; and the Los Angeles Times and USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

All marquee events will be free of charge and open to the public. The first will be at The Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., in late March 2016. Press coverage focusing on social justice and equality – past, present and future – will be the central theme.

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What journalists should know about the Greek banking crisis

Greece’s debt crisis most likely touched your retirement and investment accounts today as markets tumble on news that Greece will likely default on a loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Greek banks are closed and the country of 11 million people has become a global focal point, again.

What’s the Problem?

Greece has a big payment due Tuesday. The country owes the IMF 1.54 billion euros. The fear, of course, is that Greece will default on the loan. The payment is due at 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Tuesday. Greece asked for an extension, and Eurozone finance ministers said no, they also limited future emergency funding. The European Commission said Monday it has no plans to issue new reforms for Greece. The standoff is set. Read more

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The Greek bank shutdown made front pages around Europe today

Front pages around Europe led with images of people standing in lines outside banks in Greece on Monday, following that country’s decision to shut down banks for the week. Here’s a handful of front pages, via Kiosko and Newseum, with the story.

De Morgen, Belgium:


Le Soir, Belgium:

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Libération, France:

Die Welt, Germany:

Rhein-Zeitung, Koblenz, Germany:

Ethnos, Greece:

NRC • Next, Netherlands:

Público, Portugal:

La Razón, Spain:

ARA, Spain:

SME, Slovakia:


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Gannett splits into 2 companies today

Good Monday morning.

  1. Newspaper company ‘lucky to tread water’

    Gannett becomes the latest media company to split its print and broadcast assets into separate companies today. The newspapers join a spinoff company that will keep the Gannett name and embark on a shopping spree. The broadcast and digital assets will remain with the existing company, renamed Tegna. Poynter's Rick Edmonds analyzed the news Sunday night. "New Gannett begins life with two clear challenges: Revenues, dragged down by weak print advertising, were off 9 percent in the first quarter, and the second quarter does not look much better. Results have been similar at NewsQuest, the group of regional British papers Gannett owns, which was hit by a work stoppage in recent weeks to protest cuts." (Poynter) | The new Gannett "will be lucky to tread water" on the stock market, Alexander Eule writes.

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Career Beat: Alan Rusbridger to teach at the Asian College of Journalism

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Karen Mendez will be news director for WNJU in New York. Previously, she was news director for KXTX in Dallas. (Rick Gevers)
  • Alan Rusbridger will be a visiting professor at the Asian College of Journalism. Previously, he was editor of The Guardian. (The Hindu)
  • Jim Hopson is now interim publisher of The Columbus Dispatch. Previously, he was interim publisher of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. (New Media Investment Group)
  • Nicole Carrico is now head of content collaborations at Upworthy. Previously, she worked at Discovery Communications. Jennifer Lindenauer is now vice president of marketing at Upworthy. Previously, she was senior vice president of marketing and communications at The Guardian. Ben Zagorski is now chief revenue officer at Upworthy.
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Sunday, June 28, 2015


New day for Gannett newspapers — they’re on their own

The 19,600 employees of Gannett newspapers coming to work Monday will be working for a new company — untethered from growing and prosperous television stations and digital ventures.

Retaining the Gannett name, the spin off company has well defined plans for digital transformation and for expansion by acquisition.  Its reception by Wall Street is less certain, but it is sweetening the case by promising a substantial dividend — 64 cents on shares trading around $15.

Gannett executives telegraphed the acquisition strategy in the company’s most recent earnings call and has since bought 11 titles in Texas and New Mexico, in which it already had a partial stake, from Digital First Media.

More is on the way, the company said in a presentation to investors last Monday.   Read more


FBI confirms existence of 3 sex tapes in Hulk Hogan lawsuit

Hogan. (AP)

Hogan. (AP)

The FBI confirmed on Friday the existence of three videos of professional wrestler Hulk Hogan and Heather Clem, the pair at the center of a sex tape that has spurred a multi-million dollar invasion of privacy lawsuit against Gawker Media.

The acknowledgement comes amid a years-long legal tug-of-war between Gawker Media and two government organizations over records from an investigation into the origins of a tape published in part by Gawker in 2012. If disclosed, the evidence could figure into an upcoming legal showdown between Hogan and Gawker Media that threatens to drain the company’s finances.

As Poynter and others have reported, the case turns on the question of whether Gawker Media was justified in publishing an edited sex tape showing Hogan — real name Terry Bollea — having sex with Heather Clem, the ex-wife of Hogan’s friend, radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge Clem. Read more


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Tentative contract deal in Philly as deadline approached

A tentative agreement has been reached on a new contract and thus likely avoids a strike at Philadelphia’s two major newspapers.

The deal was cut late Friday. No details were disclosed, with the Philadelphia branch of the Newspaper Guild to outline specifics to members on Monday and set a date for a vote.

Two related contracts between the union and Philadelphia Media Network expired May 23 but were extended to Saturday by mutual agreement. A tentative deal on one contract involving 50 union members at, was reached earlier, which had left the contract covering 400 members at the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News.

The union had earlier given leaders authorization to call a strike if no deal was cut by the deadline. The last big-city newspaper strikes were in Detroit and were resolved by a deal in 2000. Read more


Hulk Hogan seeks to prevent press from viewing sex tape at trial

Hogan. (AP)

Hogan. (AP)

Weeks before a trial that pits Gawker Media against professional wrestler Hulk Hogan in a high-stakes legal tussle, it’s still unclear whether the press will be allowed to view a sex tape that ignited the years-long invasion of privacy dispute.

Earlier this month, Hogan — real name Terry Bollea — filed a motion to close a portion of his trial against Gawker Media, scheduled to begin early next month in St. Petersburg, Florida. Specifically, the motion argues for preventing the press and the public from viewing a sex tape published by Gawker on the grounds that it will further erode the wrestler’s privacy.

In his motion to close part of the proceedings, Hogan argues that commotion caused by the public airing of the sex tape will also prejudice the jury and upend the decorum of the court. Read more

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Front pages from all 50 states on the same-sex marriage ruling

Almost every newspaper I saw in Newseum’s collection of front pages on Saturday had the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage on the front. And since it’s now unconstitutional to ban same-sex marriage in every state, I thought I’d gather up a collection of fronts from every state plus the District of Columbia.

One thing you might notice about this collection is how this story was played around the country. Many newspapers led with images from the steps of the Supreme Court. But just as many led with images from their own communities with local couples getting married or celebrating. A few papers led with the text of the ruling itself. And a handful led the front confronting the many issues that still remain, including acceptance in their own communities. Read more


Friday, June 26, 2015


Opinion: The door is open for restoring America’s race narrative

Sen. Clementa Pinckney's wife Jennifer Pinckney, right, and daughters Eliana, left, and Malana walk in for his funeral service, Friday, June 26, 2015, in Charleston, S.C.  (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Sen. Clementa Pinckney’s wife Jennifer Pinckney, right, and daughters Eliana, left, and Malana walk in for his funeral service, Friday, June 26, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

On the pastoral grounds of Peace Village, 873 miles north, via I-95, from Charleston, South Carolina, I too am remembering the life of the Honorable Rev. Clementa Carlos Pinckney, who was martyred last week in the basement of Charleston’s Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church with 8 other faithful members.

On the morning of his “Home Going” celebration, the national narrative of his life is clear and consistent. Brother, Reverend Pinckney’s life as a son, husband, father, preacher, pastor and leader has been above reproach. He is hailed as a “giant among men” and “great leader of his people.” Our nation’s own president, Barack Hussein Obama, delivered his powerful eulogy. Read more