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What's next for the Las Vegas Review-Journal?

To say that things are returning to normal at casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Review-Journal would be a huge stretch. I would contend, though, that this week's well-chronicled events at the paper represent first steps down that road — and not necessarily tiny ones. Wednesday afternoon, Glenn Cook, the newspaper's senior editorial writer, was named interim editor. The week … Read More

Front page of the day: Is that drone registered?

Today's front page of the day comes from the Omaha (Nebraska) World-Herald. On Tuesday, the World-Herald looked at drone regulation around the country and how Nebraska hasn't yet passed legislation regulating drones. On Monday, the FAA announced that drones between .55 pounds and 50 pounds must be registered by early next year, Ben Popper reported for The Verge. Read More

'Serial' wins duPont award

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism "Serial," the breakout hit podcast from the producers of "This American Life," is among the winners of broadcast journalism's highest honor, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award. The show, which tracked the legal travails of convicted murder Adnan Syed, became the first podcast to be awarded a duPont in the award's 70-plus year … Read More

Career Beat: Roy Sekoff leaves The Huffington Post

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community: Roy Sekoff is leaving The Huffington Post. He is a president and chief creative officer of HuffPost studios. (POLITICO Media) Tyler Bleszinski is leaving Vox Media. He is a co-founders of SB Nation. (POLITICO Media) Emma Dumain will be The (Charleston, … Read More

Ka-Ching for CNN! It's debate night in America

Good morning. America's weird way of picking a leader The Republicans debate in Las Vegas tonight in a maniacally-marketed CNN production that reminds how we are apparently the only country that lets presidential debates be profit-making gambits for media who air them. It's the political journalism version of universities screwing athletes by getting rich off them and not giving them … Read More

Majority of jailed journalists worldwide work online, report finds

Ali Rezaian, brother of imprisoned Washington Post Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian, spoke on his brother's behalf on Capital Hill this summer. (AP Photo) Committee to Protect Journalists The bulk of journalists imprisoned internationally work for digital news organizations, and print journalists comprise the second largest group of jailed correspondents worldwide, according to a report released Tuesday by … Read More

Supreme Court lets cops' lawsuit against Chicago Sun-Times proceed

The Supreme Court spurned a Chicago Sun-Times appeal that seeks to throw out a lawsuit brought by cops resulting from its investigation of the cover-up of an involuntary manslaughter case involving the then-mayor's nephew. As is its custom, the court didn't give reasons Monday as to why it was letting litigation proceed in a dispute about whether the paper … Read More

May the words be with you: What writers can learn from 'Star Wars'

After more than 20 years, the Force is still with us. "Star Wars" is everywhere. Among the journalists we know, none is more knowledgeable about the creative legacy of "Star Wars" than Jason Fry. As an independent author, Jason has written more than 30 "Star Wars" books and short stories. He is also the author of his own space … Read More

The Erie Times-News, family-owned since its founding, is sold

The Associated Press | Erie Times-News More than a century of family ownership is coming to an end for the The Times-News of Erie, Pennsylvania. The newspaper announced on Monday it's joining the tide of family-owned papers throughout the United States that have sold themselves to corporations as the consolidation of local news continues apace. A sale … Read More

Mic hires Cory Haik from The Washington Post

Haik, who has ascended rapidly through the ranks of The Washington Post, is moving to millennial-focused news startup Mic. (Photo credit Marvin Joseph, The Washington Post) Re/code Cory Haik, the executive director of emerging news products at The Washington Post, is headed to the millennial-focused news startup Mic as its chief strategy officer. Haik, who was promoted at … Read More

Front page of the day: A reminder from the past

Today's front page of the day comes from the Arizona Republic, which led Sunday with a look back at Japanese-American internment camps during World War II. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Dan Nowicki spoke with Marian Tadano Shee about her memories of living in a camp with her family and how GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's calls to ban Muslims … Read More

Why National Journal's death matters

Good morning. Requiem for a heavyweight There was once no finer Washington publication than National Journal. It was more sophisticated and well-reported than most other publications and a must-read for an elite audience of lawyers, lobbyists and others who wanted to know about the real substance of what was playing out in government. During my first Washington tenure, I knocked … Read More

Upworthy made a push into original video, and you'll totally believe what happened next

A screenshot from one of Upworthy's original videos, "Why I Paint My Daughter's Nails," which has been viewed millions of times. It's hard to watch this video of Nathan Bond painting his daughter's nails without getting a little bit choked up. As soft acoustic guitar jangles in the background, the single father explains matter-of-factly that he and his 6-year-old … Read More

Front page of the day: Slovakia's tiny number of migrants and refugees

The front page of the day today comes from Denník N in Bratislava, Slovakia. It led with an illustration of how many people applied for asylum in the country during a three month period. That number is the lowest, the paper reports, in the European Union. Via Newseum: In August, Ishaan Tharoor reported for The Washington Post … Read More