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New York Times makes changes to Carpetbagger blog

The New York Times The Carpetbagger, The New York Times' reported review of Hollywood's awards season, has been given a new home on the website and adopted a format that promises to be "less frenetic" in the coming months. The blog, once distinguished by insouciant insights from late "Media Equation" columnist David Carr, has been removed from The … Read More
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AP: It's Hillary Clinton, not Hillary Rodham Clinton

Clinton. (AP photo) Political scribes, take note: The Associated Press has an updated style entry for the foremost Democratic presidential contender: Effective immediately, the AP is changing its style from Hillary Rodham Clinton to Hillary Clinton. The AP generally refers to people by the name they prefer. Until recently, the presidential candidate, former senator and secretary of state … Read More
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Tribune Publishing denies sale rumor

Tribune Publishing Tribune Publishing executives in Chicago have rebuffed a rumor, started by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, that the company is on the verge of a sale: Over the Thanksgiving Weekend a rumor was reported in social media and the press regarding a potential purchase of Tribune Publishing Company. While our policy is not to comment on rumors, … Read More
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Trump and Putin: birds of a fabricating feather

Good morning. The ongoing tale of two demagogues Given the holiday, you might have missed Donald Trump mocking the physical condition of Serge Kovaleski, a New York Times reporter who suffers from a congenital joint malady. Trump actually derided him for "using his disability to 'grandstand.'" (The Washington Post) Trump also denied knowing the guy, who was actually once … Read More
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'MY BAD!' Mike Allen issues mea culpa for proposed softball interview with Chelsea Clinton

POLITICO | Gawker Mike Allen, POLITICO's chief White House correspondent, this morning issued an apology for floating the possibility of a "no surprises" interview with Chelsea Clinton in 2013 during an email exchange with Clinton confidant Philippe Reines. The apology follows a report from Gawker's J.K. Trotter published last week disclosing that Allen offered to agree … Read More
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Kobe Bryant bypasses conventional media with retirement announcement

Kobe Bryant. (AP photo) NBA superstar Kobe Bryant scooped the world — and mainstream news outlets — Sunday by announcing he'd retire at season's end on a relatively new sports site founded by former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. Would he or wouldn't he? In recent months, conventional sports outlets have spilled barrels of ink (and a profusion of … Read More
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Rupert Murdoch says Tribune Publishing is being sold

Media business reporter Rupert Murdoch has scooped us all with a tweet Friday saying he has "strong word" that Tribune Publishing is being sold to a Wall Street firm and the Los Angeles Times spun off to a local group. Strong word Tribune newspaper group to be bought by big Wall St firm, LA … Read More
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Reader's Digest parent company bets its life on hearth-and-home, wholesome audience

Bonnie Kintzer has had plenty of experience as a publishing consultant and executive as well as earning a Harvard MBA degree. Still, when she signed on as CEO in April 2014 to turn around the twice-bankrupt Reader's Digest Association, it may have looked from the outside like Mission Impossible. "I came in with my eyes fully open," Kintzer said, … Read More
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How the media blew reporting the Chicago cop's shooting of a teen

Jamie Kalven, who led the way on disclosures in the police shooting of Laquan McDonald. (Screenshot via YouTube) The video has now been seen around the world, sparking outrage and a rare first-degree murder charge against a Chicago police officer. The tale of Laquan McDonald, the dead teenager, is one that operates on many important social, cultural and political levels. Read More
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Death in Chicago

Good morning. The video that made the media's day Blanket coverage of a cop pumping bullets into a teenager had less to do with his belated, curiously timed indictment than the video's judicially forced release. No surprise, national and local Chicago coverage reflected a certain homogeneity: the video, ministers, local activists, former cops, more video and going live to surprisingly … Read More
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Career Beat: Michael Kranish joins The Washington Post

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community: Michael Kranish will be an investigative political reporter at The Washington Post. Previously, he was deputy Washington bureau chief for The Boston Globe. (The Washington Post) John Geddes is now U.S. politics editor at Bloomberg. Previously, he was a managing editor at The New York Times. Read More
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The talk of the Web: How The New Yorker grew its digital audience by focusing on quality

The New Yorker's mascot, Eustace Tilley, rendered in emoji by Fred Benenson. (via Flickr) It has been more than a year since The New Yorker took down its paywall and triggered a frenzied run on its archives. Slate and others compiled lists of The New Yorker's greatest hits, encouraging readers to take in the magazine's ruminative nonfiction … Read More
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John Geddes joins Bloomberg

Former New York Times managing editor John Geddes has been appointed Bloomberg U.S. politics editor, according to an internal memo from Megan Murphy, Washington bureau chief at Bloomberg. Geddes, who will report to Murphy, will work alongside "Game Change" authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann to hone Bloomberg's coverage as the newswire bears down on the 2016 presidential election: John … Read More
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Google's plan to speed up mobile news is gaining traction

Google's headquarters in Mountain View, California. (AP photo) Accelerated Mobile Pages, Google's new initiative aimed at making the mobile Web load faster, has drawn adherents from the realms of analytics, advertising and publishing, according to an announcement from two Google executives released today. The announcement comes more than a month after Google debuted Accelerate Mobile Pages, or AMP, a … Read More
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