Morning media roundup: Oscars, Mike Daisey on David Pogue, Time apologizes for Latino cover

• The Academy likes "The Artist," Gloria Allred accidentally releases her press list in advance of her Oscar party, and if you want to read more of the Ack-Award history quoted in Sunday's Politico Playbook — how the LA Times broke an embargo on the winners in 1940, leading to the adoption of sealed envelopes — it appears to come from this history on

• "My 'first summer job' never got me poisoned, nor did anyone gather a group of my coworkers around me to scream at me to humiliate me, nor did I have to do military exercises to break down my will," writes monologuist and Apple gadfly Mike Daisey in response to David Pogue's post about a "Nightline" story on Foxconn. The New York Times columnist wrote that it "didn’t look like a sweatshop, frankly." Pogue, writes Daisey, is "in the rearguard, behind the mainstream press who is doing technology journalists' job for them," and he should stick to reviewing gadgets. || Related: The recent discussion of tech journalism and ethics that kicked off with this post around Valentine's Day.

• Time apologizes for including someone who isn't a Latino on its "Yo Decido: Why Latinos Will Pick the Next President" cover. Michael Schennum, who stares out over the "M," is a photographer for The Arizona Republic. "They never told me what it was for or [asked] if I was Latino," he wrote on his Facebook page, according to OC Weekly's Michelle Woo, who noticed her friend Schennum on the cover.

• There's a new look to An introductory post by the publication's creative director, Devin Pedzwater, says the print magazine will be printed on higher quality paper and the website, launched Friday, will offer "a sophisticated, print-inspired approach." Much of the new look was inspired by "the look of SPIN’s early years in the mid-late 1980s," Pedzwater writes. || Related: 'Spin' Magazine Going Bimonthly.

• Meijer shoppers in Lansing, Mich., will be able to pick up City Pulse, the city's alt-weekly, and other free papers for at least two more weeks; the retailer had announced plans to eliminate racks holding those products, citing their unsightliness. It granted them a reprieve until March 15. City Pulse editor and publisher Berl Schwartz asked readers to get in touch with the chain to protest the move.

• NPR's new ethics policy has a fan: Jay Rosen. The New York University prof salutes the newsgathering organization's call not to "produce stories that create the appearance of balance, but to seek the truth."

• PBS MediaShift announces Collaboration Central, a new website designed to connect journalists doing watchdog journalism. The phrase "best practices" gets tossed around impressively in the release.

Betsy Rothstein didn't mean to set the Internet ablaze with her FishbowlDC post about reporters who are women using "sexpot" Twitter avatars. "For me, I was trying to raise an issue," she tells Hunter Walker.

• The Weekend in Philadelphia Newspapering: In the Philly Post, Tim Whitaker lists the 10 Daily News and Inquirer journalists he hopes don't take buyouts. Also, the buyout period gets extended, and there are whispers that the offer hasn't been warmly greeted in the newsroom.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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