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Deadspin writer tricked by satirical website

Gawker Media site Deadspin continues to set the standard for honest, forthright apologies. Take this one, appended to a bogus story published Wednesday about the 2016 Olympics featuring 3-on-3 basketball:

Update: Nah, this isn’t happening. I wrote a post based on a satire website, which is just about the dumbest way to fuck up. Sorry. Fuck me. Woulda been cool though. Original post below.

The story came from the Betoota Advocate, a satirical website that has successfully trolled the the UK’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Brand New.

Here’s one of the more farfetched paragraphs from the satirical site, highlighted by a Gawker commenter:

Spectators will be given the opportunity to watch the competition in the evenings, from the comfort of their own cars. It is proposed that each game be played in the evenings and the lighting will be complimented by the headlights on spectator vehicles that are to be surrounding the arena.

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Career Beat: Conn Carroll named White House correspondent for Townhall

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

  • Conn Carroll will be White House correspondent for Townhall. He has previously worked at National Journal. (Politico)
  • Jack Shafer will be a columnist and reporter for Politico. Previously, he was press critic for Reuters. (Poynter)
  • Hugo Sánchez will be a soccer analyst for ESPN Deportes. Previously, he was a guest analyst there. (Media Moves)
  • Erika Maldonado will be an anchor at Univision Chicago. Previously, she was a general assignment reporter there. (Robert Feder)
  • Laura Zelenko will be interim senior executive editor for beat reporting at Bloomberg News. Previously, she was executive editor for markets there. (Poynter)
  • Susan Montoya Bryan will be New Mexico correspondent for The Associated Press. Previously, she was a reporter in the AP’s New Mexico bureau. (AP)
  • Maria Sanminiatelli will be evening global news manager for The Associated Press.
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Career Beat: Marilyn Thompson will be deputy editor at Politico

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

  • Leon Wieseltier will be a contributing editor and critic at The Atlantic. Previously, he was literary editor at The New Republic. (Poynter)
  • George Rodrigue will be editor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Previously, he was assistant news director for WFAA. (Poynter)
  • Marilyn Thompson will be deputy editor at Politico. She’s currently Washington bureau chief for Reuters. Maura Reynolds is now White House editor at Politico. Previously, she was an editor at Bloomberg. (Email)
  • Peter Jamison is now a metro reporter at the Los Angeles Times. Previously, he was a reporter at the Tampa Bay Times. Nigel Duara is now a southwest correspondent at the Los Angeles Times. He was a reporter at The Associated Press. Noah Bierman will cover the California congressional delegation for the Los Angeles Times. Previously, he was a congressional reporter for The Boston Globe.
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Stuart Scott was a master codeswitcher and we’re all better for it

ESPN commentator Stuart Scott, 2013 (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

ESPN commentator Stuart Scott, 2013 (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Stuart Scott, the ESPN anchor, is gone, dead of cancer at the age of 49.  He leaves behind a splendid legacy in sports journalism, one that has shaped me as a fan, a writer, and an American.  Scott was a master of what is called “code switching,” that quality of language that that enables us to change the way we talk and write to satisfy the needs of multiple audiences.

Scott could be as rigorous as a scholar on commencement day, talking about life, sports, race, or his battle with cancer.  That power of Standard English was gained through his upbringing, his education at the University of North Carolina, and his professional aspirations to become a journalist and an anchor.  His predecessors at the networks, including ESPN, were primarily white and male and spoke in the Generalized American dialect we associate with Cronkite and Brokaw. Read more

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It’s Jan. 5. How are those resolutions?

Good morning and happy 2015. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Remembering Stuart Scott

    ESPN's Stuart Scott died on Sunday. He was 49. (ESPN) | "Stuart Scott's death at 49 prompted a reminder that, yes, these are real people on TV." (Deadspin) | ESPN staff quietly created Scott's obit video last year. (ESPN)

  2. Some jobs are coming to The Dallas Morning News

    The Dallas Morning News' owner, A. H. Belo Corporation, is buying three marketing companies and will hire between 15 and 20 people, about 12 in sales. Print ad revenue from the Morning News dropped by about 10 percent last year. (The Dallas Morning News)

  3. Remembering those we lost

    In 2014, Anja Niedringhaus, James Foley and other photojournalists died. "Their pictures took us to the front lines, often at great danger to themselves." (Newsweek) | Last year, the Middle East was the most deadly region for journalists.

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Tallahassee police release reporter’s contact information after records request

Deadspin | Tallahassee Democrat

A public records request from ESPN reporter Paula Lavigne led to the Tallahassee Police Department posting hundreds of public records online – along with her original request and cell phone number – on Christmas Eve.

Lavigne requested police records for hundreds of Florida State University athletes in an apparent investigation of the police department’s treatment of the athletes.

From the Tallahassee Democrat:

The request came after TPD and FSU were the subject of major investigative stories by the New York Times earlier this year. The Times articles focused mostly on how the agency and the department handle police run ins involving FSU players, including quarterback Jameis Winston.

“We are committed to ensuring that every citizen of this community, including our university students, know that we take every report of possible criminal activity seriously,” Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo wrote in a statement. Read more

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No interviews at premiere for ‘The Interview’

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. No interviews at premiere of ‘The Interview’

    "Sony Pictures said Wednesday that no broadcast media will be invited to cover the film's red carpet Thursday in Los Angeles and no interviews will be granted to print reporters at the screening." (AP)

  2. The Washington Post found more people Rolling Stone didn't interview

    T. Rees Shapiro spoke with three friends of Jackie's that Rolling Stone apparently wrote about but never actually spoke to. (The Washington Post) | Here's a succinct roundup of everything that's happened up to now. (Huffington Post) | UVA's Cavalier Daily originally published something no one else had, Ben Mullin reports -- a letter from Jackie's roommate. (Poynter) | | Related: Geneva Overholser says the news media convention of not naming sexual assault victims "is a particular slice of silence that I believe has consistently undermined society’s attempts to deal effectively with rape." (Geneva Overholser) | Related: Alexander Zaitchik, who wrote a 2013 Rolling Stone story about Barrett Brown, says he wasn't present for a scene he described in detail.

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Janay Rice may have just helped Bill Simmons

Good morning. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Janay Rice as-told-to piece may reverberate for ESPN

    But not because the network let her approve the piece's content. Janay Rice says her husband, disgraced football player Ray Rice, told NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell everything that happened in that now-famous elevator. Goodell later said he didn't know what happened. ESPN personality Bill Simmons called Goodell a liar in a podcast and ESPN suspended him. "Janay Rice’s first-person account makes that particular suspension look weak." (WP)

  2. U.S. Supreme Court will hear case about online threats today

    Good rundown about Elonis v. United States from Jeff John Roberts. (GigaOm) | Lyle Denniston's explainer. (SCOTUSblog) | The blog Racists Getting Fired connects people's work information to their online comments. | Videogame critic Alanah Pearce contacts the mothers of people who threaten her online.

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Career Beat: The New York Times adds a growth editor

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

  • Simone Oliver is now growth editor at The New York Times. Previously, she was online fashion editor there. (The New York Times)
  • Tessa Gould will be vice president of ad innovation and monetization at BuzzFeed. Previously, she was director of native advertising at The Huffington Post. (Adweek)
  • Susan Ellerbach is now executive editor at The Tulsa World. Previously, she was managing editor there. Mike Strain will be managing editor at The Tulsa World. Previously, he was news editor there. (Tulsa World)
  • Henri Cauvin is now city editor at The New York Times. Previously, he was assistant metro editor there. (@FrancesRobles)
  • Gerry Smith will be a media reporter at Bloomberg. Previously, he was a technology reporter at The Huffington Post. (‏@srabil)
  • Chael Sonnen is now a UFC analyst at ESPN. Previously, he was a UFC middleweight and light heavyweight contender.
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Career Beat: Kevin Roose named co-executive producer at Fusion

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

  • Kevin Roose will co-executive produce a show for Fusion. He’s a writer for New York Magazine. Kashmir Hill will be a senior editor at Fusion. She’s a writer for Forbes. Pendarvis Harshaw has been named an associate producer at Fusion. He’s a recent graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. Cara Rose De Fabio is an experience designer at Fusion. She’s a performance artist and director. Daniela Hernandez will be a senior writer at Fusion. She has contributed to Wired. (Fusion)
  • Wilson Stribling will be a morning anchor at WLBT in Jackson, Mississippi. He was news director there. Hugo Balta will be senior director of multicultural content for ESPN’s digital and print properties. Previously, he was coordinating producer for SportsCenter. Damaris Bonilla is executive producer at WWSI in Philadelphia. Previously, she’d worked as a journalist in Puerto Rico.
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