It’s Round 4 of Public Radio Bracket Madness. (scpr.org)
* Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma announces 2013 Dart Award winners: Los Angeles Times; and the collaborative team of Pro Publica, Fundación MEPI and This American Life. (columbia.edu)
* University of Missouri students visit 20 magazine offices in New York. (missouri.edu)
* Only wire services and the pan-Arab broadcasters still run permanent bureaus in Iraq, reports Jackie Spinner. (ajr.org)
* Report: Warren Buffett isn’t interested in Dow Jones’ community newspapers. (fosters.com)
* Owen Thomas is ReadWrite’s new editor-in-chief. (readwrite.com)
* Ari Melber is named permanent co-host of MSNBC’s “The Cycle.” (observer.com)
* A Hacker News commenter finds what’s believed to be Mark Zuckerberg’s website from 1999. (nymag.com)
* The second-ever Deadspin “Good Writering Award” goes to Chris Jones. (deadspin.com)
The Boston Globe Spotlight Team’s clergy abuse investigation could be the next “All the President’s Men.” DreamWorks has bought films rights to the story of the Globe’s work. Who will play former Globe editor Marty Baron in the movie? Boston magazine nominates “a cleaned-up Jeff Bridges.”
More casting suggestions:
— Mark Wahlberg as special projects editor Ben Bradlee Jr.
— Liam Neeson as Spotlight Team editor Walter V. Robinson
— Mark Consuelos as reporter Michael Rezendes
— Helen Hunt as reporter Sacha Pfeiffer
— Gary Oldman as reporter Matt Carroll
Rutgers University, which has a little bit of a PR problem these days, says communication majors will be able to specialize in public relations beginning this fall. Crisis-management will be one area covered in the new program.
PR class assignment suggestion: Track down the 2.6% who said Mike Rice’s punishment was too severe and let us know what kind of people they are.
— Daniel Victor (@bydanielvictor) April 3, 2013
A Romenesko reader points out that the Cedar Rapids Gazette, which laid off nine journalists in January, is now advertising for four newsroom positions — a business reporter, enterprise/in-depth reporter, government & politics editor, and a computer-assisted reporting specialist.
“Younger and cheaper?” asks the reader.
No, says Gazette managing editor Annette Schulte. The January layoffs “were not a need to reduce staff as much as a need to obtain different skill sets.” The paper is looking for people with digital experience and has received “a large number of applications,” she says.
“The Departments of Justice of both the Bush and Obama administrations have embraced an expansive interpretation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act that would literally make it a crime for many kids to read the news online,” report Dave Maass and Trevor Trimm.
Hearst’s San Francisco Chronicle and Houston Chronicle warn readers in the terms of service: “YOU MAY NOT ACCESS OR USE THE COVERED SITES OR ACCEPT THE AGREEMENT IF YOU ARE NOT AT LEAST 18 YEARS OLD.”
NPR’s rule: “If you are between the ages of 13 and 18, you may browse the NPR Services or register for email newsletters or other features of the NPR Services (excluding the NPR Community) with the consent of your parent(s) or guardian(s), so long as you do not submit any User Materials.” (My boldface)
* J-school deans: “IRS’s problem with granting nonprofit status to news sites seems to be in antiquated rules that equate all ‘journalism’ with ‘commercial journalism.'” (jomc.unc.edu)
* Esquire’s David Granger leads the campaign to get “profile writing” back in the National Magazine Awards. (nypost.com)
* Head of alt-weeklies association sees herself as a “change agent.” (associationsnow.com)
* Pulitzer-winning Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich is now on page 3 — in Mike Royko’s old spot. (timeoutchicago.com)
* Is “former child prodigy violinist and academic over-achiever” Ben Shapiro (at left) the next Andrew Breitbart? (salon.com)
* MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” attracts the demo that advertisers like. (politico.com)
* Aberdeen (Wash.) Daily World cuts home delivery to three days a week. (thedailyworld.com)
* University of Wisconsin’s Badger Herald cuts print schedule to twice weekly. (badgerherald.com)
* You never know who’s going to show up on the set of HuffPost Live. (observer.com)
* Check out this 1999 video of CNN foreign correspondent’s unwinding. (talkingpointsmemo.com)
* CNN’s Ali Velshi makes the cover of Khabar magazine. (khabar.com)
* Meghan McCain goes after BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski for a TV-show idea he tweeted. (mediabistro.com)
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Roger Ebert reveals on his blog that cancer has returned, “which has made it impossible for me to attend as many movies as I used to.” He promises he’s “not going away” as critic but will “be able at last to do what I’ve always fantasized about doing: reviewing only the movies I want to review.”
The 70-year-old Pulitzer-winner adds that during his “leave of presence” he may write about “what it’s like to cope with health challenges and the limitations they can force upon you.” He adds:
It really stinks that the cancer has returned and that I have spent too many days in the hospital. So on bad days I may write about the vulnerability that accompanies illness. On good days, I may wax ecstatic about a movie so good it transports me beyond illness.