Morning Report for November 18, 2014

* “Freelance labor has become like migrant labor in the United States,” says a journalist who works in war zones. (ajr.org)
* Uber exec Emil Michael says he regrets saying the company should dig up dirt on journalists. (buzzfeed.com) | Uber PR: “We have not, do not and will not investigate journalists.” (npr.org) | “Uber has an asshole problem.” (vox.com)
* ProPublica and “Frontline” team up to investigate Firestone and warlord Charles Taylor. (propublica.org)
* “Vape” is the Word of the Year, according to the Oxford Dictionaries. (wsj.com)wire
* Baltimore’s mayor says she hasn’t watched much of “The Wire.” (bizjournals.com)
* Barbara Walters: “Retire when you feel you’re no longer being effective.” (@columbiajourn) | More from her talk at Columbia University: (@columbiajourn)
* Unity moves to “a leaner model of management” and ends its conventions. (mije.org)
* Mike Reilley, founder of The Journalists’ Toolbox, is named director of ASU’s new Cronkite News – Digital Production Bureau. (asu.edu)
* Longtime Los Angeles Times film critic Charles Champlin dies at 88. (latimes.com)
* JOBS: Want to do “real journalism” at a Northwest weekly? Check out this opening: (Romenesko Jobs)
* Canadian Living, The Hockey News and other titles are sold in a $55 million deal. (ryerson.ca)
* Huffington Post CEO: “We saw very quickly that [celebrities are] a very appealing part of what we do” at HuffPost Live. (digiday.com)
* Let’s hope Joe Weisenthal doesn’t follow The Bloomberg Way. (buzzfeed.com)

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