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Rolling Stone now faces 3 lawsuits stemming from 'A Rape On Campus'

The Washington Post A flawed story published by Rolling Stone that purported to expose a culture of rape at The University of Virginia has attracted another lawsuit. The claim, filed by the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity chapter at UVA, seeks $25 million from the magazine of pop culture and current events for "presumed damages, compensatory damages and actual damages … Read More
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New York Times visa gridlock in China loosens a bit

The New York Times building. (AP Photo) The New York Times is working with Chinese authorities to resolve a diplomatic impasse that prevented the newspaper from bringing new correspondents into the country. Chinese officials have recently allowed two journalists with The New York Times to take assignments in Beijing, a move that stands in contrast to the country's earlier forbidding … Read More
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NYT public editor: Nail salon probe 'went too far' in generalizing about industry

The New York Times A blockbuster investigation from The New York Times that provoked officials to intervene in poor workplace conditions in nail salons throughout New York "went too far in generalizing about an entire industry," Public Editor Margaret Sullivan wrote Friday morning. Sullivan's column was prompted by criticism from Jim Epstein, a reporter with the libertarian-leaning Reason … Read More
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Why TV partners with social media to cover debates — and how it falls short

Presidential candidates assemble onstage in Nevada for CNN's Oct. 13 Democratic debate. Remember the post-debate spin room? Once upon a time, viewers turned exclusively to news channels to watch network-appointed experts on the left and right serve up soundbites after the candidates quit their lecterns. For years, radio and television spin rooms were the primary vehicle for reporters to shape … Read More
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Bill Simmons hammers ESPN (again)

Vanity Fair Bill Simmons, the sportswriter and broadcaster who was bounced from ESPN, told a Vanity Fair gathering that the sports network avoided overt criticism of the National Football League. “The way ESPN has covered the N.F.L. for the last year has been really shaky,” Simmons told the magazine's "New Establishment" conference in San Francisco Wednesday during a panel … Read More
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Brian Williams returns to action

Good morning. No homers, no errors It was a low-key reintroduction of a familiar face for MSNBC after Williams' suspension and loss of the prized "Nightly News" job on NBC. And coverage of the arrival in Washington of Pope Francis proved a perfect vehicle. (Poynter) He showed, as a former CNN executive put it to me, "he's still … Read More
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Layoffs hit the Times-Picayune and NOLA Media Group

NOLA.com Twenty-nine full-time newsroom positions are being cut at NOLA Media Group, which operates the New Orleans Times-Picayune and NOLA.com, the company announced Thursday. The cuts are part of an ongoing consolidation strategy implemented by the Advance-owned company and come just days after the Times Picayune announced that its longtime editor, Jim Amoss, was stepping down. In an … Read More
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NBC News lands Hillary Clinton interview

NBC News Hillary Clinton will sit for her third national TV interview as a presidential candidate with Andrea Mitchell Friday, NBC News has announced. The interview will focus on Clinton's presidential campaign, the GOP field and the controversy surrounding her use of a private server to send and receive emails while serving as Secretary of State. The conversation … Read More
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The AP uploaded a lot of history to YouTube

The Associated Press The Associated Press announced Wednesday that it's "bringing more than 1 million minutes of digitized film footage to YouTube" in partnership with British Movietone. The videos, from AP Archive channel and British Movietone's channel, stretch back to 1895. Showcasing the moments, people and events that have shaped the world, it will be the … Read More
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Taylor Swift makes concessions on photography contract

Taylor Swift (AP Image) After negotiations with representatives from news organizations and professional associations, pop star Taylor Swift has agreed to revise a photography contract for her "1989 World Tour" that several news organizations and photojournalists condemned for being too restrictive. The revised contract comes in response to bargaining between representatives for Swift and 14 news and professional organizations, … Read More
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10 questions to consider before naming a possible sexual assault victim

Last week, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published a story that uses a woman’s police report of a possible sexual assault as a trampoline to jump into the wanton ways of Jefferson City, Missouri, politicos. The Riverfront Times was among the first to accuse the newspaper of crafting a story that disrespected and shamed someone who may have been … Read More
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The new Google Trends is a real-time news detection system

Think of the new Google Trends update as the difference between scanning yesterday's headlines and scrolling through Twitter. Users who looked at Google Trends two weeks ago would have seen a snapshot of trending Google searches based on data that was hours old. The new version, announced today, displays the latest search trends using up-to-the-minute data, said … Read More
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Praise abounds amid passing of John Carroll, a bigtime editor in good times and bad

Good morning. He straddled financial glory days and a great downturn John Carroll was one of the best-regarded newspaper editors of his era at the Herald in Lexington, Kentucky, the Baltimore Sun and Los Angeles Times. He ran A-list operations before and during the stunning industry decline. He was known for shepherding prize winning journalism, engaging in battles over … Read More
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'This American Life' to address retracted segments on air

This week's broadcast of "This American Life" will include a note from host Ira Glass addressing an academic article, used in a previous episode of the show, that has come under heavy fire this week. The study, which purported to show how individuals could be swayed on the issue of same-sex marriage by talking to gay people, was featured in … Read More
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Radiotopia, an early podcast network, is going strong and expanding

Reading headlines from the last year, it's tempting to imagine that podcasting suddenly emerged fully formed in the world of media. Within the last few months, entrepreneurs like Slate and "This American Life"'s Alex Blumberg both launched new companies that seek to capitalize on podcasting's popularity among listeners, and old stalwarts like NPR and Chicago Public … Read More
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