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Turkish police detain 2 VICE journalists


Jake Hanrahan and Phil Pendlebury, two journalists on assignment for VICE News, have been detained by Turkish authorities in the southeast region of the country, Seyhmus Cakan and Ece Toksabay reported for Reuters Friday.

Reuters reports the British journalists were covering skirmishes “between Turkish security forces and Kurdish militants” and did not have government identification.

A spokesperson for VICE said in a statement the company is working to free the journalists.

“A VICE News journalist, cameraman and fixer were detained by local police last night in Diyarbakir, Turkey while reporting in the region,” the statement reads. “VICE News is working closely with the relevant authorities to secure their immediate release.”

Neither journalist provided an update regarding their current status on Twitter.

Correspondents from VICE are well-known for their dispatches from hotspots around the globe. Read more

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Today’s front page of the day: Inside WDBJ

Today’s front page of the day comes from The Roanoke Times in Roanoke, Virginia. Like it did on Thursday, the Times devoted the entire front to the murders of local journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward. The lead story takes readers into the newsroom, how people at the station learned of the shootings and what it has been like to carry on after the two were killed on live television. Other stories on the page focus on the shooter, how he got his weapon and how Parker’s father, Andy Parker, is pushing for gun control.

“You look at this, you look at Newtown, you look at the movie theater shooter,” he said. “How many times does this have to happen before we take action as a country and the politicians grow some backbone and stop being lackeys of the NRA?”

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In an interview with The Associated Press, Parker said he was reluctant to do interviews, “but Alison was a journalist, and she was a hell of a journalist, and I’m doing it for her because I think she would want this story told.”

The New York Daily News, which got a lot of criticism on Thursday for its cover, led Friday with an editorial in favor of gun control. Read more

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Scott Van Pelt to bring unique voice to new solo edition of SportsCenter

Scott-Van-PeltWhen ESPN approached Scott Van Pelt about going solo with the midnight (Eastern) edition of “SportsCenter,” he initially said no.

Van Pelt was the co-host of a popular midday radio show on the network, which gave him the opportunity to express his views about various issues in sports. Typically, “SportsCenter” hosts aren’t given as much latitude in that regard. It’s mainly scores and highlights.

“I pushed back,” Van Pelt said. “I loved the radio show where I had the ability to have an opinion. They came back to me and said, ‘No, we’re encouraging that [if he did the ‘SportsCenter' show]. We want you to bring opinion to that space.’ That made it an incredibly compelling opportunity.”

As a result, Van Pelt said good-bye to his radio show in June. Read more

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Searching for a news anniversary angle? Look to your audience


For Katrina’s fifth anniversary, CNN partnered with local residents to shoot a series of then-and-now photographs. (Katie Hawkins-Gaar/CNN)

Every journalist knows the drill: As a milestone anniversary of a notable event approaches, the planning meetings and team discussions begin. How are we going to cover this? What’s our angle? How many resources will we devote?

The 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is no different. Given the magnitude of the disaster and the proliferation of digital content, it’s nearly impossible to keep up with everything that’s been published so far. (If you are trying to keep up with it all, is a great resource.)

Places like The Washington Post, BuzzFeed and ESPN produced beautiful longform pieces. Journalists created poignant radio stories, smart interactives and stunning photographs. Read more


Trump claims pundits turning his way

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Screen shot, MSNBC

Media fascination with Donald Trump was on display again early Thursday during a 15-minute Trump call-in to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Trump was generally treated with kid gloves, with co-host Joe Scarborough continually referring to him as “Donald” (it was the same once with colleague Willie Geist) as Trump broke now new ground amid his usual array of bombastic policy generalizations.

But he did claim that resounding criticism aside, the media is somehow turning his way.

When asked about rebukes from conservative columnists George Will and Charles Krauthammer, Trump responded in somewhat garbled fashion and said, “Instead of attacking people like Krauthammer and George Will, there is a movement out there, the pundits have come a long way on me.”

He offered no examples of anybody of any particular stature changing their views even as he said, “A lot of pundits have come over.”

He even cited an appearance in South Carolina the day before and how an unidentified CNN reporter “in a beautiful red dress” claimed his speech was the best political speech she’d ever heard. Read more

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Facebook’s billion-reader day

Good morning.

  1. Life on Planet Zuckerberg

    If you're one of two people left on your block getting a print newspaper delivered, hold on dearly to a virtuous past. "For the first time, 1 billion people visited Facebook in a single day on Monday. Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Product Officer Chris Cox both posted celebratory notes on Facebook (where else?)." (Slate) It's got nearly 1.5 billion active monthly users, but this was a first. By one bit of comparison, the number of folks who tuned into Fox, CNN and MSNBC on Wednesday were 1.6 million, 660,000 and 485,000, respectively.

  2. Trump: pundits coming his way

    Donald Trump once again dominated at least one media outlet early Friday, calling in to MSNBC's "Morning Joe" and getting 15 minutes of free and generally solicitous air time.

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Here’s who is and isn’t redacting the explicit NY Daily News front


Many publications are blurring or otherwise redacting today’s controversial New York Daily News front showing three stills from the chilling first-person video of the murder of two journalists.

The ethics of using the stills, which have been widely criticized on social media, have been debated among journalists because of their graphic nature. Kelly McBride, Poynter’s vice president for academic programs and a media ethicist, argues against using the unedited pictures.

“The problem with it is that it a deeply intimate image.” McBride said. “It is a moment of someone’s death.”

Some publications opted to publish the full, unedited image. Others decided not to include an image at all:


In a column titled “Why That Daily News Cover Crosses the Line,” Slate decided to include a blurred version of the cover. Read more


WDBJ GM: ‘It’s going to take time for us to heal’

Jeff Marks, president and general manager at WDBJ, addresses gathered media outlets Thursday afternoon. (Screenshot)

Jeff Marks, president and general manager at WDBJ, addresses gathered media outlets Thursday afternoon. (Screenshot)

The day after two journalists from WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia were murdered by a former colleague, the station’s president and general manager said employees at the CBS affiliate are deep in mourning.

Speaking to representatives from local and national media outlets, Jeff Marks said the station is striving to move forward after the murders of Alison Parker and Adam Ward, who were killed while covering a feature story in nearby Moneta, Virginia.

“It’s going to take time for us to heal,” Marks said.

He added that the station is still refraining from sending journalists out to cover stories live so soon after the shooting, but police have offered to provide protection for journalists out on assignment. Read more


NPPA: Forcing BBC to delete Virginia shooting images was ‘unlawful’

Virginia police officers acted unlawfully when ordering two BBC journalists to delete images from their cameras after Wednesday’s on-air shootings near Roanoke, the attorney for a photojournalism group alleged Thursday.

In a letter addressed to a spokesperson for Virginia State Police, Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel National Press Photographers Association, calls the forcible deletion “unlawful” and calls on the agency to investigate the matter.

“The NPPA is extremely troubled by what appears to an attempt to prevent them from covering the story or document police activity,” Osterreicher writes. “For us this is the worst example of a prior restraint of free speech and of the press. While I understand tensions were high this misguided and illegal action was an abridgment of the First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment.”

Osterreicher’s letter comes less than a day after BBC journalists Franz Strasser and Tara McKelvey were asked by Virginia police to delete images from their cameras taken while covering the story of the murders of Alison Parker and Adam Ward, two journalists from CBS affiliate WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia. Read more

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Can a magazine live forever? Scientific American, at 170, is giving it a shot

The oldest continuously published magazine in the United States, Scientific American, is marking its 170th birthday this week — cause for a promotional celebration at its New York offices Wednesday night and also an occasion to look at the title’s secrets to longevity.

To get a little Darwinian, the publication had a strong, sustaining concept from the start, stuck with that idea for the long haul, but also adapted with variations as times changed.

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Mariette DiChristina

The first issue in 1845, editor-in-chief Mariette DiChristina reminded me in a phone interview, carried as a subtitle, “The Advocate of Industry and Enterprise, and Journal of Mechanical and Other Improvements.”

The current media kit claims that Scientific American’s eclectic mix of readers, “all have one thing in common – a thirst for visionary, optimistic and science-based solutions in a world filled with complexities and fluff.”  Same point as in 1845 but with a 21st Century spin. Read more


Associated Press sues FBI seeking records in bogus news story

The Associated Press

The Associated Press and the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press on Thursday filed suit against the U.S. Department of Justice in pursuit of records connected to a fictitious news story concocted by the FBI to help catch a 15-year-old suspect, Michael Biesecker reports for the AP.

The lawsuit stems from an incident in 2007, when an FBI officer investigating bomb threats pretended to be an AP reporter and asked a suspect if he would look over a draft of an article about the threats to be sure he was described accurately. When clicked, the link to the fake news story allowed the FBI to deploy “court-authorized tools” to find the suspect.

When the incident came to light last year, Associated Press Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll called the FBI’s subterfuge “unacceptable” and said it eroded the public’s trust in the press. Read more


Morning news crews say: “We stand with #WDBJ7″

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Front page of the day: Remembering Alison Parker and Adam Ward

This morning, I am not going to show you any front pages with images of someone about to be murdered, taken by the person who did the killing. Those images are out there and you can find them.

Today, I was looking for front pages that taught me something I didn’t know. Many focused on the horror of the murders and how they played out on live TV and social media. But just as many showed a community grieving and told more of the lives and work of Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward.

Today’s front page of the day comes from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, which devoted the entire front to the story.


Here’s a small collection of fronts from Virginia on the WDBJ shooting and aftermath, via Newseum. Read more


There was a moment of silence this morning on WDBJ


At 6:45 a.m. on Thursday morning, WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia, observed a moment of silence. That was the time on Wednesday when reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed by a former co-worker on live TV. “As we approach that moment we want to pause and reflect and we want to share with you once again what made these two so special…,” anchor Kim McBroom said.

From CBS:

You can find our coverage of this story and thoughts on how to deal with the video and images that have come from it here. Read more


The challenge no manager wants: Leading an organization through its grief

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Jeff Marks, the General Manager of WDBJ, and anchor Kimberly McBroom (Screen shot, WDBJ)

No manager gets out of bed in the morning expecting to have two of his staffers murdered.

By a former station employee.

On live TV.

But that’s what happened to Jeff Marks, the General Manager of WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia. In the seconds it took for a man with a gun to fatally shoot a reporter and photographer, Marks’ role changed. Suddenly a man responsible for running his company’s broadcast business was called upon to lead an organization through a nightmare.

It is a job without a ready-made script. There are lots of expert suggestions, but ultimately, the leader has to choose.

In the hours that followed, Marks went on the air to announce the deaths of reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward. Read more