Morning Report for March 25, 2015

* “Can’t help but wonder if this will end up on @romenesko tomorrow. Double byline: Tom Hamburger and Rachel Weiner.” (@MichalskiLaura)burger | “He’d relish the opportunity.” (@bbellafiore)
* Report: U.S. and Syria are in talks to release missing journalist Austin Tice. (mcclatchydc.com)
* Steve Brill on “The Jinx”: “Once they catch him at the end muttering to himself, if you’re a journalist, you go back and ask him what he meant. The basic rule of journalism is you ask people for comment.” (observer.com)
* How BuzzFeed got $4 million in tax credits from New York. (capitalnewyork.com)
* Denver press critic Michael Roberts calls Colorado Springs Gazette’s “Clearing the Haze” series “a beautifully presented but woefully one-sided anti-weed screed.” (westword.com)
* Cal Thomas tells Liberty University students that he had his first column framed. It ran in the New York Times. (liberty.edu)
* “Digital is making money for us now,” says Conde Nast president Bob Sauerberg. (nypost.com)
* The Advance ax swings again: “Many employees of The Times of Trenton, The South Jersey Times, NJN Publishing and The Express-Times will be offered jobs with NJ Advance Media, although officials of the newspapers say there will be some job losses. They did not say how many employees will be laid off.” (nj.com)
* Expect to see more video advertising on Facebook. (recode.net)
sea* Clare Farnsworth retires after covering the Seattle Seahawks for 36 years. (thenewstribune.com) | Richard Sherman tells the journalist: “This place won’t be the same without you.” (richardsherman25.com) | h/t @sportsrapport
* JOBS: A new NYC-based website is looking for education reporters; Honolulu Civil Beat seeks an investigations editor. (Romenesko Jobs)
* “I just threw away 420 death notices that I accumulated through the years,” says a 96-year-old devoted newspaper reader. (jsonline.com)
* #RaceTogether to deadline in a temporary AP “newsroom” at an Albuquerque Starbucks. (@RussContreras) | h/t Matthew Keys
* “Meerkat will literally change the world.” (My bullshit detector just blew a fuse.) (mashable.com)
* Providence Journal weekday newsstand price goes from a buck to $2. (turnto10.com)


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