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* Read stories from Tuesday’s Malaysia Star (thestar.com.my)

* Update: Front pages of all Malaysian papers are printed in black and white in memory of #MH370 (@stforeigndesk)

linkHow were they linked, you ask? The woman was listening to a radio newscast about Flight 370 when she was carjacked, according to the Post story. “Clickbait, much?” writes one of the two tipsters who sent me this hed. “What would the headline be if the woman in the story had been reading the Post?” This, of course: Carjacking linked to reading the Washington Post.
* Steve Outing: “Higher-education administrators might add ‘Media’ into an academic entity’s name, but Journalism can’t be replaced by Media. (mediadisruptus.com)
* Pew finds that most Americans don’t feel there’s been too much coverage of Flight 370. (people-press.org)
* Saudi Arabia denies a visa to the Jerusalem Post correspondent covering President Obama’s trip. (jpost.com)
* Claim: Sports journalists are glossing over Michael Vick‘s past. (thedodo.com)bossy
* “Is there anything more bossy than telling people they can’t use certain words?” asks Simon Dumenco. (adage.com)
* The first Watergate story wouldn’t have moved the ChartBeat needle. (journalismprofessor.com)
* New York Times’ public editor hears from readers who want more women’s NCAA tournament coverage. (nytimes.com)
* Sorry, Chase, but I’m not going to “Like” you when you only pay .01% savings interest. (theguardian.com)
* PSA: You can now find NPR on iTunes radio. (npr.org)

A memo sent to GateHouse Media publishers and editors says 1,300 people have applied to work at the company’s new design center in Austin.
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“We’re seeing a high volume of strong candidates that come from quality daily newspapers and terrific journalism schools who want to be part of what we’re creating in Austin,” write GateHouse veeps Brad Dennison and David Arkin.

The center will open in late May.

Read the memo after the jump. Read More

Hillel Aron of LA Weekly has these tips for out-of-towners writing about L.A.’s mayor:

1. Get some face time with the 43-year-old mayor.
2. Mention his race. “The mayor is Jewish and Mexican and probably many other things,” notes Aron, “and surely there’s a joke to made there somewhere (menudo and bagels, anyone?).”
ericg3. Point out that he’s a Rhodes Scholar.
4. …who plays jazz piano.
5. Make sure one graf begins, “Critics say…”
6. Get a local political “expert” to say a few things about him.
7. Bring up about his youthful zest and love of all things tech-related.
8. Compare Garcetti to your mayor.
9. Close the piece with “one last sweet nothing” from hizzoner.
10. Try to find room in the piece for words like “amiable,” or “child actor.”

* How to write an Eric Garcetti puff piece in 10 easy steps (laweekly.com)
* Earlier: A 4-step guide for journalists writing a San Francisco tech boom piece (sfgate.com)

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* NYTimes.com


Ben Richardson has resigned from Bloomberg News after 13 years to protest editors’ handling of an investigative piece reported from China – a story that the bosses feared would get them expelled from the country. (The New York Times broke this story last November, then hired Michael Forsythe, the reporter accused of leaking it to them.)

Richardson, who was an editor at large for Asia news (he edited the enterprise stories and columns), writes in an email: “I left Bloomberg because of the way the story was mishandled, and because of how the company made misleading statements in the global press and senior executives disparaged the team that worked so hard to execute an incredibly demanding story.”

He adds:

Throughout the process, the threat of legal action has hung over our heads if we talked — and still does. That has meant that senior management have had an open field to spin their own version of events. Suffice to say, what you read in the NYT and FT [both stories linked above] was a fair summation.

Ben Richardson (LinkedIn profile image)

Ben Richardson (image from his LinkedIn profile)

Clearly, there needs to be a robust debate about how the media engages with China. That debate isn’t happening at Bloomberg. Clark Hoyt supposedly reviewed the story and declared that it wasn’t ready for publication. But, to my knowledge, he didn’t ring or contact any of the team who worked on the story to discuss it. We don’t even know which version of the story he reviewed. Certainly the final version that I saw had been gutted and narrowed down so much that it could be dismissed as a story about “a bankrupt theatre chain”. The reporters who worked on the story for months didn’t get to review the copy before it was unilaterally spiked on a conference call with a ludicrous amount of top brass. /CONTINUES Read More

Playboy Israel employees and contributors say they haven’t been paid for their work, and that publisher Daniel Pomerantz “consistently did not allocate money in the pension fund of the employees – an act considered against the law in Israel.”
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They say in an email sent last week to Hugh Hefner and others:

It has been almost 3 months since Mr. Pomerantz had published an issue of the magazine, and in fact the editorial board has not been functioning since the beginning of December.

Most of the employees and freelancers had no choice but to leave or quit their job at the company due to finance issue.

I’ve asked Playboy for comment. It launched the Hebrew edition last March.

Read the employees’ letter after the jump. Read More

* Sacramento Bee wins the $20,000 Worth Bingham Prize for its Nevada Patient Busing series. (nieman.harvard.edu)
* Oregonian reporters are told to post stories more often, and that the most prolific staffershamster will be rewarded. “Beat reporters will be expected to post at least three times a day, and all reporters are expected to increase their average number of posts by 40 percent over the next year,” reports Willamette Week. (wweek.com) | More on this from David Carr: (nytimes.com)
* If you don’t like Upworthy’s tone, you’re probably old, say the site’s founders. (nymag.com) | USA Today’s “old” publisher warns about headlines that are sexier than the story. (digiday.com) | The Wrap takes off after adding listicles and “catnip headlines.” (nytimes.com)
* Do we really want to know what Mitch Albom thinks about marriage equality? (“Stick to writing about the Pistons and weekends with bernie,” says one of the 210 commenters.) (freep.com)
* “Much of academic writing prides itself on being as inaccessible as possible,” says a writer who’s leaving campus for BuzzFeed. (thehairpin.com)
* The New Hampshire Union Leader’s policy has been to publish every letter that meets its guidelines; that’s changing. (unionleader.com)
jann* “A good pay day” for New York magazine’s Joe Hagan ($2 million?) as he signs a deal to write the Jann Wenner story. The Rolling Stone founder (left) is cooperating. (crainsnewyork.com)
* Slate Plus – a new $5/month membership program – gives readers special access to the site’s journalists. (nytimes.com)
* GateHouse’s parent says it wants to acquire $1 billion worth of newspapers and directories over the next three years. (bizjournals.com)
* The Gardner News posts “the least-helpful ‘missing cat’ announcement ever.” (@heyfeifer)
* Vice Media considers an IPO. (bloomberg.com)
* First tweets from Keith Olbermann, TMZ, Gawker and others. (dailynewsgems.com)
* How to procrastinate: A 10-week course for writers. (@caroleagent)
* About 36% of all web traffic is considered fake. (online.wsj.com)