Morning Report for May 19, 2015

* The tragic story of Cole Waddell: “Four days after Cole’s first magazine essay made it through the final stage of [Charlotte Magazine’s] editing process, he popped another Oreo into his mouth. … The Oreo went down the wrong pipe. Cole died the next day, on March 13, a Friday.” (charlottemagazine.com)
* Debra Tice says her journalist son, Austin, is alive in Syria. (@clarissaward)
* Florida Gov. Rick Scott tells elementary school administrators: I won’t show up if you tell the press about my talk to fourth-graders. (bradenton.com)
* Rem Rieder: “George Stephanopoulos of all people should not be giving money to anything having to do with [the Clintons]. What was he thinking?” (usatoday.com) | The $105 Million Man. (pagesix.com) | Editorial: Stephanopoulos should no longer be the face of ABC’s news division. (northjersey.com)
* Anderson Cooper apparently isn’t very familiar with ClickHole. (salon.com)
* JOBS: Cedar Rapids Gazette is looking for a news editor. An education news website seeks a video director. (Romenesko Jobs)
* Jay Rosen advises political reporters to figure out what the voters want candidates to talk about, then ask about those issues. (pressthink.org)
* NYT’s Dean Baquet tells high school students that powerful people “are not, for the most part, any more interesting than anyone else”; they’re just dressed better. (theneworleansadvocate.com)
* The current issue of New Mexico Law Review is devoted to “Breaking Bad.” (wsj.com)
* ABC’s “World News Tonight” was last week’s ratings winner, but not by much. (adweek.com)
* Ken Doctor: “There’s little way to measure newspapers’ valuable contribution to their communities and their citizens. Their financial value decline, though, is easy to mark.” (capitalnewyork.com)
* Highlights from last night’s Webby Awards ceremony, including a few 5-word speeches: (webbyawards.com) | Watch Brian Stelter‘s Webby Awards tribute to David Carr. (youtube.com)
* National Society of Newspaper Columnists announces its contest finalists. (columnists.com)

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