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ESPN 'frees' Bill Simmons, but will he seek more freedom elsewhere?

It's Wednesday. That means you get 10 media stories. Freed Simmons: ESPN's Bill Simmons returns to the network today after his three-week suspension "for calling N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell a 'liar' during a podcast, and then effectively daring ESPN to punish him." His contract expires next fall, Jonathan Mahler and Richard Sandomir report. Will he leave? (New York … Read More
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Dorian Nakamoto looks to sue Newsweek over Bitcoin story

Hey, hi. Here are 10 media stories. Lawsuit over Newsweek's Bitcoin story? The man who Newsweek's Leah McGrath Goodman identified as the founder of Bitcoin is raising money on a website to sue the magazine, claiming he was "targeted and victimized by a reckless news organization." Dorian Nakamoto has been unemployed for 10 years, the site says. "Donations, … Read More
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Career Beat: AP gets new global news manager for weekends

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community: James Nord is now a political correspondent for The Associated Press. Previously, he was a political reporter at MinnPost. (AP) Evan Berland is now global news manager for weekends at the AP. Previously, he was deputy editor for the eastern United States. (AP) Mitra Kalita is now an … Read More
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Free Press designer 'cared about every single word, every comma, every period' on 1A

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories. Free Press designer dies: 25-year veteran Steve Anderson was 59. Remembers Amy Huschka, assistant editor/social media: "He was so proud of his Twitter account and loved sharing historic images and daily 1A's with his followers." From Jason Karas, a designer and colleague: "He cared about every single word, every comma, every … Read More
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American journalist released in Syria; British officials ID man believed to be Foley's killer

Happy Monday. Andrew Beaujon is taking a much-deserved vacation. Here are some media stories. American journalist freed in Syria: On Sunday, UN peacekeepers received Peter Theo Curtis, who was kidnapped in 2012, and turned him over to the U.S. "According to German newspaper die Welt am Sonntag, 'something was given in return for his release'." Curtis was "reportedly held … Read More
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NBC News redesigns homepage again to reinstate scannable headlines and greater density

Score one for those [Digiday] who [Nieman Lab] bemoan [Poynter] the rampant mobile-fication of news site designs on desktop. NBC News has redesigned the image-heavy homepage layout that drew more than 100 angry comments to Poynter in February — and more than 300 supporters to a Change.org petition to "Reinstate a content-rich, word-navigated NBCnews.com site … Read More
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Time.com's bounce rate down 15 percentage points since adopting continuous scroll

Three major news website redesigns this year look very different but have an important feature in common: articles that seamlessly transition to new content, without requiring readers to click or tap headlines and then wait for new pages to load. This "continuous scroll" strategy for news sites' article pages is gaining momentum. It's been adopted by Time.com, NBCNews.com … Read More