Morning report for May 1, 2013

* John Georges buys the Baton Rouge Advocate and hires former Times-Picayune editors Dan Shea and Peter Kovacs. (theadvocate.com)
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* The Louisiana newspaper war just got a lot more interesting. (cjr.org)

* Medill prof Douglas Foster explains why he passed on the USC j-school director job. (dailynorthwestern.com) | “At the end of the day, it just didn’t work out,” says Foster. (latimes.com)
* Denver Post explains why it sent out more than 100 tweets of old news items. (denverpost.com)
* Editor’s progress report: How the Christian Science Monitor is doing. (csmonitor.com)
* Neda Semnani: “Nearly every time a film calls for a journalist or blogger, in walks a plucky brunette sporting hipster glasses. She’s ready to tussle with her old-school editor — and sleep with anyone who gets between her and a scoop!” (theweek.com)
* Politico owner wants to sell his TV stations and “use the resources and expanded mindshare that such a move would make available to increase my commitment to Politico.” (politico.com) | (huffingtonpost.com)
* Livestreamed tonight: What we can learn from the coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. (nieman.harvard.edu)
* AP exec John Daniszewski is named to the Pulitzer board. (pulitzer.org)
* Churchill Downs gets rid of the Kentucky Derby press box. (“The press box generated zero actual revenue.”) (shermanreport.com)
* Variety/Deadline.com owner Jay Penske is embroiled in a legal mess. (thewrap.com)
espn* Before ESPN The Magazine debuted 15 years ago, there was this “practice” issue: (@GaryBelsky)
* Father of New York Post “Bag Man” is talking to lawyers. (washingtonpost.com)
* Chris Matthews signs a new long-term deal with MSNBC. (hollywoodreporter.com)
* Vermont lawmakers vote to keep newspaper carriers classified as independent contractors. (burlingtonfreepress.com)
* Judge rules against LSU newspaper in suit seeking names of university presidency finalists. (nola.com)
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