Morning Report for September 30, 2014

* New York Times ran something like listicles in the 19th century; the feature was called “Some Facts About…” (
* Boston University j-prof Mitchell Zuckoff‘s book about the Benghazi terrorist attacks is a bestseller. “One of the cool things about all this is that the guy with the No. 1 book on the nonfiction list is teaching our beginning journalism course this semester,” says the department chair. “That course assignment was his request.” (
* A slideshow explains how the work of journalists has expanded. “Our ideas have to be more compelling to get attention,” notes Amy O’Leary. (
* [RIGHT] Tell us about the calls you’re getting, Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Julia Terruso. (The phone number was taken off the headline after I alerted Terruso this morning.) | Update: “Amazingly, only three phone calls, two of them helpful readers alerting me.” tweets Terruso. (
* How important is it that reporters tweet? (
* “NYT should make all masthead decisions based on Tweet quality & frequency. Looking forward to the @jacqui and @harrisj Times.” (@chanders)
* A 20-year-old tech reviewer with 1.8 million YouTube subscribers has received job offers “left and right, but I love being independent.” ( Autoplay video)
* Shamed by Gawker? Lena Dunham now says she’ll pay her book-tour performers. (
* Post-Dispatch editorial: Billionaire Rex Sinquefield goes shopping for Missouri reporters. ( | Earlier: Grow Missouri’s big goof. (
shop* Not surprised: Tumblr has a “shoplifting community.” (
* Piers Morgan is named Daily Mail Online U.S. editor-at-large. (
* Newsweek adds a plagiarism warning to Fareed Zakaria‘s archived pieces. (
* Will San Francisco Chronicle let Willie Brown go now that the ex-mayor is a paid lobbyist? (
* Boston Herald runs on Dunkin’. (