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Facing a flood of incivility, news sites make reader comments harder to find

When the Los Angeles Times redesigned its website earlier this year, it became harder to find the opinions of people like iamstun1, jumped2, and Shootist.

Those are the screen names of some Times readers who are among the most prolific authors of online comments. Their writings, like the rest of the reader comments, no longer appear at the bottom of stories on latimes.com.

Instead, comments for each article remain hidden unless users click on an icon along the right side of the screen.

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Screenshot from latimes.com

That opens a separate page where readers can peruse the thoughts of iamstun1 on the federal budget bill (“Republicans really are scums”), jumped2 on the Senate torture investigation (“EVERYONE involved in releasing the CIA report and harming our Military should be tried for TREASON and HUNG”), and Shootist on a flash flood that damaged homes and forced evacuations throughout Southern California (“couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch of pantywaists”). Read more

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Yes, journalists at W. Va. paper also work at a hotel. But they get free coffee

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On a recent reporting trip to West Virginia, The Washington Post’s Lee Powell made a stop by Sistersville to meet the staff of The INNformer, a hotel/newspaper run by staff/journalists.

While reporters fret over getting facts right and making deadlines, the staff at The INNformer has to worry about keys and keeping guests happy, too.

For U.S. print journalists, in an industry riven by layoffs and all manner of indignities (no pay during a furlough week! No more free newsroom coffee!), this may seem like a new low.

Instead, it is a bi-monthly miracle.

Powell reports how The INNformer came to be, and why, if you think about it, it’s a pretty good spot for journalists.

“When we’re here at the desk, we get to see everybody in town and everybody has got a story,” (Lea Ann) Butcher says. “They’re all saying, ‘Oh, I want you to write about this.’ ”

Staff also get food from the hotel’s kitchen and free coffee, Powell reports. Read more

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Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer Michel du Cille has died

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Michel du Cille, a three-time Pulitzer-Prize winning photojournalist, has died while covering Ebola in Liberia, Matt Schudel reported Thursday for the Post.

He collapsed after returning from a village in the Salala district of Liberia’s Bong County, where he had been working with Post reporter Justin Jouvenal. He was transported over dirt roads to a hospital two hours away but died of an apparent heart attack.

Du Cille’s most recent work on Ebola in Liberia was published on Dec. 7 in the Post. He won three Pulitzers — in 2008 for Public Service with Dana Priest and Anne Hull for their work on Walter Reed Hospital, in 1988 for his images for The Miami Herald on the crack epidemic, and in 1986 with Carol Guzy for their images of Colombia’s Nevado del Ruiz volcano.

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Career Beat: Xana Antunes named editor of new initiatives at Quartz

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Xana Antunes is now editor of new initiatives at Quartz. Previously, she was editor and vice president of CNBC Digital. (Capital)
  • Dan Steinberg will be sports columnist at The Washington Post. He founded the D.C. Sports Bog there. (Washington Post)
  • Ann Marie Lipinski is now a member of Poynter’s board of trustees. She is the curator of the Nieman Foundation. Rob King will be chairman of Poynter’s National Advisory Board. He is a senior vice president at ESPN. (Poynter)
  • Jill Waage is now executive editor at Better Homes and Gardens. Previously, she was editorial director for home there. (Email)
  • Mark Neerman is now news director at KSNV in Las Vegas, Nevada. Previously, he was news director at WHAS in Louisville, Kentucky. Megan Harris is now news director for WFAA in Dallas. Previously, she was an executive producer there.
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‘This stops today’: Images of protests on front pages and homepages

Many front pages and homepages showed images from protests in parts of the country on Friday as people continue responding to the no-indictment ruling against the New York police officer who killed Eric Garner. Here’s a collection of those fronts, from Newseum and various news sites. From yesterday, more images, including New York front pages, homepages after the news broke on Wednesday, and some political cartoons.

The Washington Post:

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The Boston Globe:

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Boston Herald:

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BuzzFeed News:

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Trentonian:

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AM New York:

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Hamodia:

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Newsday:

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Slate:

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

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The Guardian:

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Washington Post reporter’s recorder fails at a really bad time

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Joe Heim’s first question to Valerie Jarrett in a Q&A describes a reporter’s nightmare: “What do you think of a reporter who interviews you for 25 minutes, then later finds out his recorder stopped working and asks you to do the interview again?”

Heim, an assignment editor for The Washington Post’s Sunday magazine, told Poynter in a phone call he did the interview a few weeks ago in the Old Executive Office Building. He used his iPhone’s Voice Memos app to record the interview, as he’s done for previous Q&As. He’s not sure why the phone stopped recording; the only thing he suspects is that some sort of alert interrupted his record of the interview.

Check it out, Jarrett uses two phones. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Check it out, Jarrett uses two phones. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

After the interview, Jarrett left with her spokesperson, Rachel Racusen, and Heim looked at his phone, which indicated he’d recorded two minutes and two seconds of the interview. Read more

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BUTTERBALL TURKEY FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER

Here’s why food editors don’t mess with Thanksgiving (but some would like to)

You can always call the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line, which is still a thing, at 1-800-BUTTERBALL.  (PRNewsFoto/Butterball Turkey Company)

You can always call the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line(TM) at 1-800-BUTTERBALL. (PRNewsFoto/Butterball Turkey Company)

It was around the Jewish High Holy Days, actually, when Sheryl Julian learned not to mess with people’s recipes. The menu was pretty much the same for the Jewish community in Boston, Julian said, who were then largely Ashkenazi.

“One year I found a Sephardic Jewish woman raised in north Africa and she gave me this wonderful menu,” said Julian, food editor for The Boston Globe.

About a month later, a woman stopped Julian after she gave a talk “and she said, ‘I have a bone to pick with you. What where you doing printing that recipe on the High Holy Day? That’s not what the Jews in Boston make.’”

Yes, Julian replied, but wasn’t it interesting?

“And she said, ‘it was different and i wasn’t interested.’”

Don’t you have your own recipes? Julian asked the woman.

“And she said, ‘of course i do, I just want to read everyone else’s.’”

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Career Beat: Anthony DeMaio named publisher of Slate

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Anthony DeMaio is now publisher of Slate. Previously, he was president of national sales there. (Politico)
  • Chelsea Janes will cover the Washington Nationals for The Washington Post. She covers high school sports there. (Washington Post)
  • Sophia Papaioannou is now editorial director at HuffPost Greece. She hosts “360 Degrees”. Nikos Agouros is now editor-in-chief of HuffPost Greece. Previously, he was editor-in-chief of VimaMen. (Huffington Post)
  • Steve Unger will be interim CEO at Ofcom. He is director of strategy, international technology and economy there. (The Guardian)

The Associated Press is looking for a supervisory correspondent in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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Washington Post looks toward national audience with Kindle Fire app

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Washington Post looks toward national audience with new Kindle Fire app

    This is important: It will not provide local news. Updates every day at 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. Free for six months, a buck for the next six months. (WP) | Post people said owner Jeff Bezos "had made it clear, through meetings with executives and through feedback on ideas and proposals, that The Post’s broad strategy should shift toward growing its national and international audience — in direct contrast to its previous mission of narrowing its focus to local news." (NYT) | The Post also launched "BrandConnect Perspective" Thursday, a native advertising initiative for opinion pieces. First up is Bayer, with "Modern Agriculture is Based on Sound Science." (WP) | Related: Former Post Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli's North Base Media is an investor in Inkl, a "Spotify for media content." (StartupSmart)

  2. Bill Cosby and the media

    "I think if you want to consider yourself to be serious, it will not appear anywhere," he warns Brett Zongker after declining to comment on rape allegations.

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Career Beat: David Beard named executive editor of PRI

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • David Beard is now executive editor of PRI. Previously, he was digital content director for The Washington Post. (PRI)
  • Nina Lawrence is now publisher of InStyle. Previously, she was vice president of global marketing and advertising sales for The Wall Street Journal. (Time Inc.)
  • Bill Duryea will be an enterprise editor at Politico. He is enterprise editor at the Tampa Bay Times. Michael Kruse will be a senior staff writer at Politico. He’s a staff writer at the Tampa Bay Times. (Poynter)
  • Rodrigo Arana is now a sports anchor for Noticiero Telemundo Chicago. Previously, he was a reporter for Fox Sports Latin America. (MediaMoves)

Job of the Day: The Santa Clarita Valley Signal is looking for a sports journalist. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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