Morning Report for May 8, 2015

* Bill Simmons (left) is leaving ESPN. “I’ve decided I’m not going to renew his contract,” says ESPN president John Skipper. Re the Simmons-edited Grantland: “It long ago went from being a Bill Simmons site to one that can stand on its own,” says Skipper. (
* Wrong, Skipper. He’ll be hard to replace at Grantland. (@jasongay)
* Erin Carr recalls her “wise, generous and devoted father.” (
* Jack Shafer to Hillary Clinton: Don’t take it personally that political reporters are going after you. (
post* Shafer saw the future in 1998: “Every newspaper will have the potential to break news as fast as a television station. Every television station will have the potential to become a newspaper.” (
* Another good one, New York Post. (
* New York Times starts letting advertisers into Page One editorial meetings. (
* Michael Bloomberg co-chaired Everytown for Gun Safety is about to launch a news operation. (
* Raleigh’s WRAL-TV has a local owner – and that makes a difference. (
* Editorial cartoonist Darrin Bell receives the RFK Award. (
* SPONSORED: Apply for a $5K/month McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism. (
* The newspaper-themed hotel in Portland, Maine, is about to open. (
* JOBS: An education news site is looking for a Director of Video. (Romenesko Jobs)
* Time Inc. is apparently sending more jobs to India. (
accept* How editors decide to accept or reject a story. (
* E.W. Scripps reports a first-quarter loss of $5.1 million. (
* AJR: “Ad blocking appears to be on the rise, especially among the millennial generation.” (