New York Daily News resumes gun control crusade

The front page of today’s New York Daily News is a familiar sight to those who track the tendencies of tabloid wood.

Below a blood-spattered handgun, the words “America’s full of it” appear in large type. Above that, the Daily News counts the dead since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

“Since Newtown, 84,523 people have been killed by guns in the U.S,” the page reads. “We cry. We get angry. We demand action. Then we forget…until the next time”:

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The front exemplifies what has become a typical response for the Daily News in the wake of high-profile shootings. Within days of the massacre at Sandy Hook, the tabloid prominently featured President Obama’s pledge to pass legislation curbing gun violence:

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This week on Medium: Mag covers used to have more clothes, less words

Happy Friday and happy weekend reading. Here’s our weekly roundup of things we read about journalism and the media this week on Medium. Thanks to Gurman Bhatia and Katie Hawkins-Gaar for helping curate.

The Evolution of Magazine Covers

Karen X. Cheng and Jerry Gabra offer a fascinating look at how magazines have changed (or not changed, New Yorker,) over time.

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Together, these magazine covers reveal a peek into our history. Sure, we’ve gotten more sexualized. More superficial. We read less. We have shorter attention spans.

But we’ve also gotten more open-minded. At each step along the way, society has pushed the limits of what’s considered acceptable.

When tragedy hits home #WeStandWithWDBJ

Tauhid Chappell writes about previously interning at WDBJ. Read more

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The Washington Post’s homepage redesign was inspired by print

On Wednesday, The Washington Post unveiled the last piece in a site-wide redesign – the homepage.

“The new homepage marks a key milestone in the site-wide reboot led by The Post’s engineering and news teams, one that has been driven by the in-house development of a new publishing platform called Arc,” the Post said in a press release.

So what’s different about it now?

“We actually tried not to make it super different,” said Joey Marburger, director of digital products and design.

The homepage is now more modern, he said, easier to scan and more visual. And what you can’t see may be one of the more important changes.

“The term people use a lot is more dynamic,” Marburger said. “Really what that means for us is we can manipulate and change the homepage faster, at the true pace of news.”

The old homepage was rigid and production-heavy. Read more

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Rebekah Brooks poised for high-profile return to News Corp. UK

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Former News Corp. executive Rebekah Brooks, who was cleared last year of charges related to the News of the World phone hacking scandal, will soon ascend to the top job in News Corp’s UK division, the Financial Times reported Friday.

According to the Financial Times, which cites “people familiar with the matter,” Brooks will return to News Corp’s executive suite sometime in September. Her appointment is said to coincide with several big moves at News Corp. UK, including the departure of current CEO Mike Darcey and the appointment of a new editor of The Sun, which Brooks helmed in the aughts before she left for the boardroom.

Speculation about Brooks’ future at News Corp. has been swirling in the months since a jury found her not guilty of charges stemming from the hacking scandal. Read more

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Robert De Niro to NYT reporter: ‘Ya got the part, kid’

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“Ya got the part, kid.”

It’s safe to say few journalists have rarely heard those words, at least not from Robert De Niro.

But that’s the case for New York Times reporter Diana Henriques, author of a book about Bernie Madoff’s notorious Ponzi scheme, “The Wizard of Lies.” She took a buyout from the newspaper in 2011 but still writes for it.

HBO is adapting her book, with De Niro starring as Madoff, and she auditioned with him several months ago, Chris Roush reports for Talking Biz News.

…In June, and he grilled her for two hours about his mannerisms, his laugh, his sense of humor, and his relative closeness to his two sons.

De Niro and his casting director liked how it went well enough to ask her back the next day to read a scene with him. Read more

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Turkish police detain 2 VICE journalists

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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

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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, NOLA.com 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

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Trump claims pundits turning his way

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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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