Morning Report for April 1, 2015

- Philadelphia Daily News, April 1

– Philadelphia Daily News, April 1

mikep* [ABOVE] The religious freedom flap has really taken a toll on Gov. Mike Pence! (Or is that an April Fool’s joke, Philly Daily News?) | Photo at left: Pence on a good day. | Update: Jim Stinson reports the Daily News used a photo of Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller.
* A blogger is contacted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement after putting up a Google Plus post critical of Gov. Rick Scott. “It was creepy,” says Daniel Tilson, but the agent “was very polite and sounded a little bit embarrassed to me.” (tampabay.com) | Tilson’s account of the episode. (saintpetersblog.com) | Bill Day‘s editorial cartoon. (saintpetersblog.com)
* Good move: The Post at Ohio University decides against publishing The Pest, an April Fool’s Day tradition. “The news pages occupied by ‘The Pest’ can be better used for, well, the news,” says the editor. (thepostathens.com)
* This isn’t an April Fool’s joke, Time Out New York? (capitalnewyork.com)
* The New Jersey radio host who’s driving a Corvette – thanks to Gov. Chris Christie – is “clueless” about journalism ethics, says the Asbury Park Press. (app.com)
* Warren Buffett‘s BH Media Group buys two small Virginia newspapers. (ap.org)
* Drones, Google Glass and other tools embraced by journalism students. (ajr.org)
* BuzzFeed’s new product design manager comes from the New York Times. (capitalnewyork.com)
* North Carolina lawmakers favor publishing legal notices in print and online. Cities and counties wanted the option to post only on their websites and avoid charges. (robesonian.com)
* Washington Post and Greensboro News & Record photographers are recognized by the National Press Photographers Association. (nppa.org)
* JOBS: Education reporters and editors wanted. (Romenesko Jobs)
* GateHouse Media is closing three newspapers in southern Illinois. The Daily American, the weekly Murphysboro American, and Money Stretcher shopper will be shuttered in May. A press release (no link) says: “Challenging economic conditions in the markets these publications serve have left the company unable to maintain operations.”
* Graffiti artist tags the Grand Rapids Press building just before its demolition. (“It seems like a waste of paint.”) (mlive.com)


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