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Career Beat: Julie Cart to cover climate change for CALmatters

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community: Julie Cart will cover climate change for CALmatters. She is an environmental reporter at the Los Angeles Times. (@julie_cart) Alex MacCallum will be assistant editor and senior vice president for video at The New York Times. Previously, she was an assistant editor there. (Poynter) … Read More
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Pope Francis hauls 2 journalists into court amid protest

Two journalists went on trial at the Vatican today in an unusual proceeding in which they're accused of illegally publishing claims of Vatican mismanagement based on confidential documents. Reporters Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi both showed up before the Vatican court and, in theory, could face up to eight years in prison. The Vatican operates a different legal system than … Read More
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Can FOIA be funny?

Can FOIA be funny? Curtis Raye thinks so. He has created a comedy show celebrating the quirky, off-the-wall records he and others have found through the Freedom of Information Act. Raye, a writer and former improv teacher, says he created “FOIA Love: A Comedy Show About Public Records” after spending nearly a year working as a field … Read More
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Dear Media, you're full of it. Yours, Nate Silver

Good morning. The illusion of pro-Trump polls Nate Silver, a data-driven maestro, says the media is wildly errant on Donald Trump's popularity. He breaks down Trump's supposed support by about 25 percent of self-identifying Republicans, or the same number of Americans "who think the Apollo moon landings were faked." He contends that many of those saying they like Trump still … Read More
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Poynter is looking for its next Google News Lab Fellow

Poynter's headquarters in St. Petersburg, Florida. At Poynter, the winter months bring two things: a break from summer rains and a national search for our next Google News Lab Fellow. In each of the last three years, Poynter has selected one U.S. college student to help us fulfill our mission of informing and instructing journalists around the world. Successful … Read More
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How Vox.com plans to reach younger audiences with Snapchat Discover

Vox.com, which launched on Snapchat Discover Monday, used its first daily edition to explore the influence of money on politics. (Screenshot, Snapchat Discover) Policy wonks who opened Snapchat today were greeted by the silky drawl of Frank Underwood, the chief villain (and hero) of the Netflix political tragedy "House of Cards." "I've always said power is more important than … Read More
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Career Beat: Jeremy Barr joins Ad Age

Good afternoon! Here are some career updates from the journalism community: Jeremy Barr will be a digital media reporter at Ad Age. He is an associate editor at POLITICO Media. (@jeremymbarr) Melissa Varner is now news director for WCSC in Charleston, South Carolina. Previously, she was assistant news director there. (Rick Gevers) Brendan Monaghan is … Read More
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Chicago Tribune columnist mulls life after a buyout

The Chicago Tribune Barbara Brotman has a lot to show for her nearly 38 years at the Chicago Tribune. Awards. Hundreds of letters from readers. Friendships that last a lifetime. And, as of this writing, a buyout package. That's according to the Tribune columnist's latest piece, in which Brotman pays tribute to a newsroom that once "clattered … Read More
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Alex MacCallum named head of video at The New York Times

Alex MacCallum, who heads up audience development for The New York Times, will add the company's video unit to her portfolio, according to a memo from Executive Editor Dean Baquet and New York Times CEO Mark Thompson. MacCallum, who oversees the distribution of New York Times journalism on a variety of platforms, has led an expansion of The Times' social … Read More
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Yahoo's mess gets messier

Good morning. Brain drain continues Rob Barrett, who'd been Yahoo's chief of media strategy and operation, has split as the Yahoo exodus resembles an executive suite version of the Syrian evacuation. (Re/code) OK, OK there are a lot fewer Yahoo departures. But a ton of talent is exiting despite embattled chief executive Marissa Mayer sweetening the pot with lucrative … Read More
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Digital is gaining fast on broadcast in competition for political advertising

In the 2016 political race, a dark horse is advancing without much notice. Digital advertising is poised to challenge the long dominance of local broadcast in sucking up campaign dollars. Consider these indicators: An August Borrell Associates study estimates that digital political ad spending in the 2015-2016 cycle will pass $1 billion (of a total $16.5 billion).  Borrell also … Read More
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Career Beat: Brad Dayspring joins POLITICO

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community: Brad Dayspring is now vice president of communications for POLITICO. Previously, he was a Republican political operative. (The New York Times) Claritza Jiménez is now national video editor at The Washington Post. Previously, she worked at the Associated Press Television News agency. (Media Moves) Robert Levin will … Read More
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Norman Rockwell painting nets $10.2 million for National Press Club

"Norman Rockwell Visits A Country Editor," by Norman Rockwell. (Photo credit: National Press Club.) National Press Club | St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Poynter It may not be a Pulitzer contender, but one picture made a sizable contribution to journalism Thursday when it fetched more than $10 million at auction. "Norman Rockwell Visits a Country Editor," an idyllic … Read More
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View: For one Mizzou grad, recent events are a reminder of work to be done

Kia Breaux and her son, John Randle, at the University of Missouri. (Submitted photo) A version of this essay originally ran in Paul Stevens' newsletter "Connecting" and in the Columbia Missourian. It is being republished with the permission. Kia Breaux, the author, is director of regional media for The Associated Press in Missouri, Kansas and Iowa. Breaux also serves … Read More
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