Morning Report for April 25, 2014

* Explainer rage! “I refuse to do any more of my trademark explainers until this madness ends.”EXPLAIN (@moorehn) | Explainers are now “a useful tool for journalists to treat readers like children.” (@moorehn)
* Emails reveal Rahm Emanuel involvement with CNN’s “Chicagoland.” The Chicago Tribune reports: “City Hall’s frequent correspondence with the producers illustrates how senior aides to a mayor known for shaping his media image managed how CNN would portray their boss to a prime time national audience.” (chicagotribune.com) | How one blogger sees it: “Interview request: Dear @ChicagosMayor: I swear I will make you look like the most awesome mayor ever…” (@BeachwoodReport)
* New York Times is doing an above-average job with its print-to-digital transition, says Ken Doctor. (niemanlab.org)
* Patton Oswalt: “It’s a huge deal for me to be here at Ebertfest.” (suntimes.com)
* Jeff Jarvis explains CUNY’s new master’s degree in social journalism. “The first skill we will teach in this new program is listening to a community, hearing and discerning its needs and then thinking about how best to help it meet those needs.” (medium.com)
* EDITING SKILLS NEEDED; CLOTHES AREN’T: Nude recreation publication seeks an editor. (Romenesko Jobs)
* Los Angeles Times’ new tech editor, Russ Mitchell, will be based in the Bay Area. (laobserved.com)
* Dirty cops get off the hook and the Philadelphia Daily News reacts: “Disgusting. Unbelievable. Sickening.” (philly.com) | The front page. (newseum.org) | The Daily News won a Pulitzer in 2010 for its investigation of these cops. (phillymag.com)PHILLY
* Nearly 80% of JetBlue passengers use the free WiFi on long flights. (The others are sleeping?) (skift.com)
* Ellen Kampinsky is named Consumer Reports editor-in-chief. (mediabistro.com) | Earlier: Why pay for Consumer Reports when free product reviews are all over the Internet? (jimromenesko.com)
* Former Tumblr president John Mahoney is named Circa boss. (recode.net)
* New York Post points out that Us Weekly airbrushed its Prince George photo. (Nothing’s altered in that Murdoch tabloid, of course.) (pagesix.com)
* Post-Dispatch letter: Lee CEO Mary Junck‘s $700,000 bonus is “outrageous.” (stltoday.com)


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