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Front page of the day: 60 years after Rosa Parks

Tuesday, Dec. 1, marked the 60th anniversary of the day Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus. On Wednesday, The Grand Rapids Press led with the anniversary, a timeline and a look at her impact on the state. Via Newseum: Read More
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Cameron Barr named managing editor at The Washington Post

Cameron Barr, national editor at The Washington Post, has been promoted to managing editor in charge of news and features, Executive Editor Martin Baron announced Wednesday: All of you know Cameron as a driven, focused, and super-smart journalist. During his nearly three years as national editor, and in his previous positions at The Post, Cameron has directed coverage of … Read More
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The San Francisco Chronicle, once imperiled, is profitable — and growing its digital business

The San Francisco Chronicle building (Photo by Julian Dunn via Flickr) When newspapers took a nosedive in the late 2000s, it appeared as if the San Francisco Chronicle might be one of the industry's biggest casualties. The paper reportedly was bleeding at least $50 million per year from its parent Hearst, a situation worsened by protracted labor negotiations, declining … Read More
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CNBC's baby bulletin

Good morning. New face at Facebook Maybe it was subconsciously adverse effects of my half pastrami sandwich and chicken noodle soup for lunch. But I was engrossed by my meal and a CNBC mid-afternoon discussion of oil prices. Then, bingo, with requisite anchor solemnity, host Kelly Evans (who's sharp) announced we were going to the Bulletin Desk, or Breaking News … Read More
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The Washington Post will allow singular 'they'

It has been a big week for proponents of non-binary gender identifiers. On Wednesday, The New York Times included a new honorific — Mx. — in a story that quoted Senia Hardwick, a bookshop employee who didn't want to be assigned a gender by the newspaper. It was a big step for the Times, which still hasn't settled on … Read More
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The L.A. Times has the 'Star Wars' style guide you've been wishing for

Harrison Ford, as Han Solo of “Star Wars” with Carrie Fisher in the filming of the CBS-TV special “The Star Wars Holiday” Nov. 13, 1978. Ford says he leaves the singing in the special to Carrie, who is the daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. The film will also feature many special effects not seen on the original … Read More
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'Overwhelming majority' sign up for union at Huffington Post, ask for voluntary recognition

An "overwhelming majority" of Huffington Post editorial workers asked management Tuesday to voluntarily recognize that they've joined a union, the Writers Guild of America, East. Word of a unionization move at the high-profile digital media company surfaced in early October, and Arianna Huffington indicated back then she was agreeable to voluntarily recognize a union if the majority so desired. Now … Read More
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Printer refuses to run International New York Times story (again)

A military junta and self-censorship in Thailand are a toxic mix for press freedoms, as The New York Times has learned again. For the second time in 10 weeks, a local printer has removed a story deemed critical of the nation from The International New York Times. It meant a large white space on the front page and the … Read More
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Front page of the day: World leaders start talking climate change at COP21

World leaders gathered Monday outside Paris for COP21, the United Nation's summit on climate change. de Volkskrant, from the Netherlands, led Tuesday's front page with a look at some of the leaders present. Via Newseum: If you find yourself covering COP21 as it continues making news, we've gathered five resources for journalists covering climate change. Here … Read More
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Linda Ellerbee, of 'Nick News' fame, is retiring

Ellerbee. (AP Photo) The Associated Press Linda Ellerbee, the decorated former network news correspondent who brought word of current events to children across the United States, is retiring, The Associated Press reports. "It's really nice to be one of the few who walks away from television news on their own time and of their own choice and I'm … Read More
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Media smog envelops 'historic' Paris climate confab

Good morning. So what does it all mean? It was crystal clear Monday the Paris climate talks (COP21) represented "a critical moment for the world." (New Republic) That was unless you see them as "The West's self-destructive global warming penance" for liberals. (National Review) They could be a "turning point," said President Obama (BBC), whose brief speech … Read More
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Most of your headline writing tricks don't work, apart from these two

Analytics firm Chartbeat has published a new study which finds that most of the conventions for writing catchy digital headlines don't work very well. Author Chris Breaux, a Chartbeat data scientist, summarized results of testing a dozen styles for optimal click-through rates as follows: “Use terse, punchy headlines”; “Ask questions”; “Name drop.” None of these properties show much predictive … Read More
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Ta-Nehisi Coates: Jason Whitlock resembled 'big-time drug dealer' with recruiting pitch

Money and exposure both reportedly figured into a heavy-handed pitch to lure National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates away from The Atlantic to join The Undefeated, ESPN's so-called "Black Grantland" that began under the leadership of sportswriter Jason Whitlock. That's according to Coates, who last week recounted Whitlock's attempt to woo him away from the monthly magazine of politics … Read More
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5 resources for covering climate change and COP21

U.S. President Barack Obama, centre, attends a session at the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, outside Paris, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. (Eric Feferberg/Pool Photo via AP) COP21, the United Nations climate change talks, started Monday in France. With the talks, we should see even more coverage of climate change, at least for a bit. Read More
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Career Beat: Laura Feinstein is head of social stories at Fusion

Good afternoon! Here's a career update from the journalism community: Laura Feinstein is head of social stories at Fusion. Previously, she was East Coast editor at Good Magazine. (Digiday) Job of the day: Chalkbeat is looking for an education reporter. Get your resumes in! (Journalism Jobs) Send Ben your job moves: bmullin@poynter.org. Read More
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