Morning Report for August 15, 2014

* This could get interesting: Activist investor Carl Icahn takes a 6.6% stake in Gannett. He wants to have discussions with management “relating to the planned separation, corporate governance, capitalization and capital allocation.” (usatoday.com) | WSJ: Gannett appears to have beaten Icahn to the punch. (wsj.com)mac
* The decision to kill KSJ Tracker is questioned by commenters. One says: “The Tracker stood alone as a place where science writers would be praised for excellence and held accountable of brain cramps and lapses.” (ksj.mit.edu)
* Maclean’s Robin Williams tribute issue (at right) is free for iPad users. (macleans.ca)
* A South Carolina TV station is sued after posting a video showing a woman’s name, address and social security number. (washingtonpost.com)
* The author of BuzzFeed’s “What’s the Deal With Jazz?” piece admits she deleted it because “I was deeply embarrassed by it.” (slate.com)
* Reporters at Sun-Times Media Group’s suburban Chicago papers complain about story quotas. (Minimum is two and a half stories per day.) “We have to scramble to meet our quotas so we go for the low-hanging fruit,” says one reporter. (robertfeder.com)
* Tampa Tribune pulls a column about Disney’s “pro-gay agenda.” One of the paper’s former reporters says “the first time I read it I thought it was satire.” (mediamatters.org)
* New “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd “is chattier than [David] Gregory [and] he’ll be able to break down barriers and get people off of their talking points.” (washingtonpost.com)
* Advice for Gannett journalists (and others) who will be working without copy editors. (baltimoresun.com)
* New York Times’ marijuana series has nearly 2 million readers. (capitalnewyork.com)
* Exit interviews with journalism interns. (ajr.org) | (nprinterns.tumblr.com)


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