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Firing of fabled teacher divides media

Good morning. Justly canned or victim? Rafe Esquith of Los Angeles is one of the nation's most heralded teachers. In 2007, Jay Mathews, longtime education columnist for The Washington Post, called the fifth-grade teacher "America's best classroom teacher." But allegations of inappropriate comments and behavior resulted in Esquith, who pioneered teaching methods that also inspired best-selling books, being fired in … Read More
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Billy Penn and Knight Foundation want to build 'Yelp for mobile news'

Jim Brady doesn't think the press can afford to keep trade secrets anymore. In the years before the Web came along and blew up the business model for journalism, the media landscape was much less volatile. If one publisher gained the upper hand on its competitors by dint of innovation or improved strategy, that technique could eventually be rediscovered … Read More
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Media muddle: Was Scalia being racist?

Good morning. May it please the court... The perils of analyzing Supreme Court arguments, especially if you're not in the chamber and don't know your stuff, are ample. They were underscored Wednesday with suggestions that Justice Antonin Scalia was being racist in questions he asked in a big affirmative action case. Mother Jones and The Hill jumped to that … Read More
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Legendary L.A. Times sports journalist on the past and future of sports reporting

Bill Dwyre (Screengrab from L.A. Times)You will be hard pressed to find anyone with a more unique perspective on the epic shifts in sports journalism than Bill Dwyre. After 25 years as sports editor of the Los Angeles Times, Dwyre sought a change in 2006. He wanted to spend the final years of his career writing as a columnist. Read More
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Blendle, the Dutch 'iTunes for news,' will launch in the U.S. early next year

Blendle, a Dutch "digital newsstand" that allows readers to pay by the article, is coming to the United States early in 2016, the company announced today. The two-year-old company has 500,000 users in the Netherlands and Germany, and its expansion into the U.S. has been expected. Alexander Klopping, Blendle's 28-year-old co-founder, describes the U.S. version of the … Read More
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Let your lead be a flashlight and 9 other ideas for focusing a story

Leads can shine a light for you and your readers to see what's coming next. (Photo by Alex Johnston/Flickr) Over the next few months, Poynter will publish shortened versions of 21 chapters of the book “Help! for Writers,” by Roy Peter Clark. Published by Little, Brown, the book lists common problems writers face and offers 10 solutions for each … Read More
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Reporters discuss merits of carrying guns at public meetings

To carry or not to carry -- that is the question some journalists were asking after the San Bernardino massacre last week. The topic of whether community journalists should start packing concealed guns at public meetings or in the office was the busiest topic this week on the listserv of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors. The issue was … Read More
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I was on an all-female panel on a news show for the first time — and it rocked

(Photo from Matthew Keefe, via Flickr) As an expert on media ethics, I’ve been a frequent guest on radio and television programs for more than a decade. But this week was a first for me: When I joined the CBC’s morning news show, The Current, to talk about the ethics of which name to call the terrorist … Read More
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Tribune Media will partner with the 'King of Clickbait'

Emerson Spartz, the wunderkind founder of the popular Harry Potter fan site MuggleNet, has built an Internet business based on finding and publishing clicky content. He's now inked a deal with Tribune Media. Crain's Chicago Business Tribune Media, the TV company spun off from the former Tribune Company's combo print-TV operations, is backing Chicago … Read More
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The next wave of ad blocking is arriving, slowly

The creeping adoption of ad blocking will only continue to expand in the coming months, an ongoing shift that will have a middling effect on revenue for news organizations that rely on digital display advertising. That's according to a new report from Digital Content Next, a trade organization with a membership comprising some of the most recognizable names in … Read More
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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's plan to sell Alibaba stock flops

Good morning. Do we now get a Vatican-like puff of white smoke? If you were watching CNBC, it was like coverage of the College of Cardinals picking a pope. A decision on Yahoo's fate by its board was imminent! And CNBC's David Faber cited anonymous sources saying Yahoo is going to do a 180-degree turn: It won't spin off its … Read More
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NPR and The New York Times teamed up to make election reporting faster

Although its monopoly on election night race calls has weakened in recent years, The Associated Press is still the authority when it's time to tell America who won (and who lost) an election. That's why journalists are bound to pay attention when The AP changes the way it distributes race calls and polling returns to its network of subscribers. Read More
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Front page of the day: Have we reached peak Trump?

Today's front page of the day comes from the Philadelphia Daily News. On Tuesday, the day after GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump suggested Muslims be kept out of the country, the Daily News wondered at the direction Trump's headed. Via Newseum: Read More
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Shift to digital has gone 'too far,' says big-time ad exec

Ad Age The digital horse is way, way out of the media barn, is it not? That would seem as self-evident as the outrage over Donald Trump's latest comments about Muslims. But Pablo Del Campo, the worldwide creative director at giant Publicis Groupe's Saatchi & Saatchi, suggests the advertising world has gone a bit … Read More
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Bezos tells Trump to take a planetary hike

Good morning. Post owner wants to make him a Rocket Man The Amazon founder and Washington Post owner has turned into a yuppie Ralph Kramden. You remember the classic Jackie Gleason bus driver character of the iconic 1950s TV show, "The Honeymooners," correct? A signature line when Ralph got pissed at wife Alice was "One of these days Alice — … Read More
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