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Here’s how news homepages showed the no indictment ruling in Eric Garner’s death

News broke on Wednesday afternoon that a grand jury in New York would not indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner. Here are screenshots of how the news appeared on the homepages of several news organizations, with links to their coverage:

The New York Post:

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The New York Times:

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BuzzFeed News:

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Epoch Times:

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The Guardian:

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Yahoo News:

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Al Jazeera America:

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Fox News:

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Huffington Post:

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My colleague Ben Mullin has also started a Twitter list with journalists reporting on the ruling. Please let him know who he’s missing through email or Twitter.

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Career Beat: Former assistant director of Pew journalism project buys newspaper

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

  • John Batter will be CEO of Gracenote. Previously, he was CEO of M-GO. (Tech Crunch)
  • Mark Jurkowitz is the owner of the Outer Banks Sentinel in Nags Head, North Carolina. Previously, he was the associate director of Pew Research Center’s journalism project. (Romenesko)
  • Jon Ward is a senior political correspondent with Yahoo News. Previously, he was a political reporter for the Huffington Post. (Politico)
  • Shauna Rempel is now a social media strategist for Global News. Previously, she was social media and technology editor at the Toronto Star. (Muck Rack)
  • Chris Tisch is now business editor for the Tampa Bay Times. Previously, he was assistant metro editor there.
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Daily Mail rips off Yahoo News story, then updates with ‘credit’

The (U.K.) Daily Mail lifted several paragraphs from a Yahoo News account of a speech by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. It later updated the story with a credit to Yahoo.

The Yahoo story, written by Chris Moody, was published at approximately 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, while the unbylined Daily Mail piece was published at 6:01 p.m. on Tuesday and updated at 12:23 p.m. Wednesday.

While several sections paraphrased Moody’s story, several were outright rips, as the screenshots below show.

From Yahoo:

Speaking at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Fla., Thomas, the second black justice to serve on the court, lamented what he considers a society that is more “conscious” of racial differences than it was when he grew up in segregated Georgia in the days before — and during — the civil rights era.

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Journalists remember Mandela

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After Nelson Mandela’s death, the people who covered his life are sharing their memories. And for some journalists, they weren’t the huge moments.

In a video for The New York Times, six journalists share times they witnessed with the South African leader in a video. Ian Fisher, a former Nairobi Bureau Chief, saw Mandela in Tanzania when the leader was 81 and there to broker piece in Burundi. Fisher admits to feeling a little disappointed at the time. Mandela seemed tired, his answers weren’t sharp. Then, Mandela went to speak to the men gathered who’d killed 200,000 people.

“The atmosphere suddenly changed to absolute electricity,” Fisher said, and he watched Mandela scold those gathered like they were school children. Read more

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It’s official: Katie Couric will join Yahoo News

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Katie Couric will join Yahoo News as its “Global Anchor,” Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer says in a post.

In addition to being the face of Yahoo News and shooting features for our homepage, Katie will continue to ABC RAID host her syndicated daytime talk show, Katie.

At Yahoo, “we can do everything from a town hall meeting to in-depth interviews to a breaking news story,” Couric told Alex Weprin. Read more


One year after really bad review, people like Guy Fieri’s restaurant

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“The food was delicious, the service was good,” one woman said outside Guy Fieri’s Times Square restaurant one year after Pete Wells’ terrible review of Guy’s American Kitchen and Bar ran in The New York Times.

“Yeah, the food was amazing,” another woman said on a video Yahoo News posted Wednesday.

A few of those questioned outside the restaurant by Henry Baker were familiar with the review, asking question after question about the restaurant’s questionable food and service.

How did nachos, one of the hardest dishes in the American canon to mess up, turn out so deeply unlovable? Why augment tortilla chips with fried lasagna noodles that taste like nothing except oil? Why not bury those chips under a properly hot and filling layer of melted cheese and jalapeños instead of dribbling them with thin needles of pepperoni and cold gray clots of ground turkey?

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How to tweet that you’re leaving The New York Times

Brian Stelter announced Tuesday that he plans to leave The New York Times for CNN:

Matt Bai, The New York Times Magazine’s political correspondent, announced his departure the same day, the same way.


The Times has seen a number of prominent staffers leave for other opportunities. Read more


One year in, ABC/Yahoo news partnership holds largest Web audience

The partnership between ABC News and Yahoo News is reaching the largest digital audience in America as it celebrates its first anniversary.

In October 2011, Yahoo and ABC announced they would share stories and Web video, co-produce coverage of some news events and integrate bureaus in New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. As of August, the pair reached an online audience of 59.1 million unique visitors, up 11 percent from a year earlier, according to new Nielsen data.

ABC News President Ben Sherwood’s anniversary note to staff cites a higher figure from comScore: “an average monthly reach of over 85 million unique users since the launch.” Read more


Facebook promotes ‘trending articles’ read through news apps

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Facebook is testing a news feed feature that promotes “trending articles” that users are reading and automatically sharing through news apps, Brittany Darwell reports. The feature could drive more users to try “frictionless sharing” apps by news orgs like the Washington Post, Huffington Post or Yahoo.

Interesting and slightly related: Sarah Kendzior writes how she read one Yahoo News story about a teenager killing a 9-year-old neighbor, and the site’s personalization algorithm mistakenly “decided I liked reading about child murder.”

“For the next month, I woke up to a barrage of horrifying stories that seemed to signal an epidemic of child torture in America. … Yahoo News had become my own personal Hunger Games, making me a spectator to violence I would never voluntarily seek out.”

And what that example means to the rest of us: Read more

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