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* New York Times veteran David Firestone is named FiveThirtyEight managing editor. (fivethirtyeight.com)
* Public radio host Diane Rehm will no longer do fundraising for Compassion & Choices. (npr.org)
haunt* Gabriel Sherman investigates the NBC News train wreck. (nymag.com) | Sherman’s piece makes the covers of the Post and News. | How to fix NBC News. (thewrap.com) |
* No joke: Toronto Star lowers its paywall April 1. (thestar.com)
* Oklahoma student paper is on top of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon story: “Daily photographers saw individuals exit the fraternity house with suitcases around 11:30 p.m. Around 12:15 a.m., Daily photographers witnessed a man cross the street and write on the building with spray paint.” (oudaily.com)
* Washington City Paper editor Mike Madden jumps to the Washington Post. (washingtoncitypaper.com)
* “The Times-Picayune has agreed not to release the number of officers working during [Bobby Jindal‘s prayer rally] because of security concerns.” Huh? The rally is over. (nola.com)
* Former Sun-Times sports columnist Jay Mariotti joins the San Francisco Examiner. (sfchronicle.com)
* The Record’s Herb Jackson on “the most bizarre thing I’ve encountered in this job.” (northjersey.com)
* A small win for a Utah columnist crusading against a “news” site that steals content. (standard.net)
* “At least you’re not writing sponsored content …lots of young people with dreams and journalism degrees are.” (theawl.com)
* New York Times joins Instagram. (instagram.com) | “A really important thing.” (mashable.com)
* The Times did not crop the Bushes out of its Selma photo. (nytimes.com)
vice* Vice’s cancer-cure report on HBO may have been “overstated a bit.” (healthline.com)
* Chicago Sun-Times threatens more cuts unless the Guild agrees to shift six full-time employees to part-time. (@LynneMarek)
* [SPONSORED] Deadline is approaching (March 15) for the Knight-Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism. (stanford.edu)
* Meerkat explained. (digiday.com) | Brian Stelter used it on “Reliable Sources” yesterday. (@brianstelter)
* Oops! “Header will go here …. Header will go here…” (facebook.com)
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* The U.S. government pays the Toledo Blade $18,000 for taking its photographer’s cameras and deleting photos. (toledoblade.com)
* Andrew Lack returns to NBC News as chairman. (cnn.com) | Will he bring back Katie Couric? (The two have been talking.) (cnn.com)
* “Insiders feel a reversal of Brian Williams’ fortunes under Lack is in no way a fait accompli,” writes Brian Steinberg. (variety.com)
* New York Post media reporter Keith Kelly runs into Mort Zuckerman and tries to pump him about the Daily News sale. (nypost.com)
* Orange County Register website’s new “evening edition” is heavy on entertainment, food coverage, and features. (ocregister.com)
* Newsweek is making a little money, and “we’re investing it back into the product,” says editor Jim Impoco. (nypost.com)
* Time Inc. cuts jobs, but is still allowed to keep its taxpayer subsidy. (wnyc.org)
* An 11-year-old Colorado girl launches a blog that covers local government. “I wanted kids to know what was happening in their neighborhood but not having to (attend) all these events and I’m trying to translate it into their kid kind of way,” she says. (timescall.com)
* [SPONSORED] Deadline is approaching (March 15) for the Knight-Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism. (stanford.edu)
* New Orleans Times-Picayune print edition “will continue to be part of our mission and our business plan for many years to come.” (nola.com)
* Michael Wolff hates “House of Cards” season three. (usatoday.com)
* “I don’t know if local [TV] news outlets tweeting links to faraway stories without saying where the news event happened is a new thing.” It’s not; Milwaukee’s WISN has been doing it for a long time. (cjr.org)
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* Nutty! Virgin Islands’ acting attorney general threatens to prosecute the Virgin Islands Daily News for calling her for comment after business hours. (virginislandsdailynews.com)
* Dallas Morning News wants its journalists to have at least 1,000 Twitter followers. (dmagazine.com)
* AP to use automation technology to cover college sports previously not covered by the news service. (ap.org)
* Michigan State University’s paper apologizes for running a photo of a student displaying an extended middle finger. (Any apology from the bird-flipper?) (collegemediamatters.com)
* The hotel industry apparently has figured out that guests don’t want to pay for Wi-Fi. (cleveland.com)
* Andrew Lack‘s return to NBC = Brian Williams back at work? (politico.com)
* Miami Herald wins the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting for “Innocents Lost.” (thecrimson.com) | (miamiherald.com)
* The old Miami Herald building is now gone. (miamiherald.com)
* “Just because you can write something doesn’t mean you should,” writes Rick Morrissey after reading SportsMockery.com. (suntimes.com)
* Milwaukee radio talker Mark Belling calls a local TV reporter a “bimbo” for inaccurately describing “right to work” legislation. (jsonline.com)
* New York Times’ headline too soft on Hillary Clinton? Public editor Margaret Sullivan says it was “cautious.” (nytimes.com)
* Tribune Publishing reports $0.60 per share earnings for 2014 Q4. (thewrap.com) | Weaker-than-expected Q4 results for E.W. Scripps. (wsj.com)
* USA Today’s Christine Brennan and ESPN’s Michael Wilbon will teach part time at Medill. (northwestern.edu)
* Providence Journal is accused of plagiarism – again. (golocalprov.com)
* Job ad notes: “The Life Editor is known for bringing in homemade goodies as the occasion calls for it, or if the staff is having a bad case of the ‘Mondays.'” (journalismjobs.com)

* USC Annenberg’s media center is now called the Julie Chen/Leslie Moonves and CBS Media Center. The university isn’t saying how much the couple donated to get their names in front of students. (dailytrojan.com) | (atvn.org)
* Jill Abramson won’t be writing “a score-settling book,” says her publisher. (theguardian.com) | A $1 million book deal. (nypost.com) | Hamilton Nolan: A “future of media” book from her? (gawker.com)mitchcat
* Why do we need newspaper columnists? Mike Royko answered that question. (beltmag.com)
* [RIGHT] “A+ lede: ‘An Oklahoma artist’s not kitten around when he says he wants to draw a cat version of all 100 U.S. senators.'” (@erinruberry)
* Rajiv Chandrasekaran: “I’m leaving The [Washington] Post after two decades to form a small media company based in Seattle that will create and produce nonfiction, social-impact content, some of it in partnership with the Starbucks Coffee Co.” (facebook.com)
* Magazine readership is up, thanks to mobile devices. (wwd.com) | Newsstand sales are down, though. (wwd.com)
* The March Vogue will have 12 pages of Apple Watch ads. (adage.com)
* Errol Morris directs six short films for ESPN. They’ll go online next month. (kottke.org)
* NPR ombudsman: Diane Rehm‘s participation at fundraising dinners “is a step too far for someone associated with NPR.” (npr.org)
* Minnesotans recall David Carr‘s time in the Twin Cities. “He helped reset the philosophy about what journalists are in this town,” says the former Twin Cities Reader publisher. (citypages.com)
* SPONSORED: Boston University’s Investigative Journalism Certificate Program is for recent grads and working journalists. Next session: June 1-6. (necir.org)
* The voice of The New York Times Audio Digest is Phoenix public radio host Mark Moran. (observer.com)
* Michael Roston: “People [at the New York Times] have to have a very specific set of carefully developed skills before they’re able to post something under our [social media] accounts.” (ajr.org)
* “The Daily Show” presents 50 Fox News lies in just six seconds. (dailydot.com) | Why the Bill O’Reilly flap matters. (usatoday.com)
* A nice car-bus crash photo in the Chicago Tribune: (instagram.com)
* JOBS: The Colorado Independent is looking for an associate editor. (Romenesko Jobs)
* Crain’s sells TVWeek to longtime staffer Chuck Ross. (tvweek.com)
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philly* Great new ad campaign, Daily News! (@DavidLeePreston)
* Unemployment rates for recent college grads are falling for everyone but journalism majors. (“Other majors actually have higher unemployment rates – architects are highest at 10.3 percent – but journalism’s continues to climb.”) (fusion.net)
* New York magazine goes through Andrew Sullivan‘s blog archives. (nymag.com)
* Eric Engberg on Bill O’Reilly: “He was the kind of guy who wanted to find a story that was going to get him on the air that night.” (washingtonpost.com) | A hot topic on Kurtz and Stelter’s Sunday morning shows: (adweek.com)
* Ratings check: Lester Holt vs. Brian Williams. (adage.com)
* Daily Texan editor candidates have to write a piece about what role fundraising should play in the student newspaper’s future. (dailytexanonline.com)
* Andrew Cuomo: I read the New York Post so I know garbage. (observer.com)
* An NPR listener complains about music correspondent Ann Powers being “allowed to plug her husband’s book” without a disclosure. (npr.org)
* JOBS: The Colorado Independent is looking for an associate editor. (Romenesko Jobs)
* “People who aren’t supposed to remember what it’s like to even smell books” – that would be millennials – still prefer reading in print. (washingtonpost.com) | A wish-fulfillment piece? (@jbenton)
* How the New York Times has described BuzzFeed over the years: (@sealln)
* Editorial: “In Montclair, it’s appropriate to create and sustain a scholarship that may inspire a future Clem Taylor, David Carr, or Bob Simon.” (northjersey.com) | “60 Minutes” remembers Simon. (cbsnews.com)
* Sports producer Michael Weisman is put in charge of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” (variety.com)
* Paging through the revamped New York Times Magazine with Felix Salmon. (fusion.net)
* Wife of fired Alabama Media Group journalist: “This city has lost its voice for the voiceless due to a toxic, heartless company’s desire to destroy people’s careers. I despise AMG.” (Joey Kennedy told me he’s hiring a lawyer and didn’t want to say anything about his dismissal now.) (facebook.com)
* SPONSORED: Northeastern University’s Media Innovation Program takes a unique approach to journalism education. (northeastern.edu)
* Maryland governor’s lawyer advises that all correspondence to the state’s leader be stamped: “CONFIDENTIAL, FOR INTERNAL USE ONLY – PROTECTED BY EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE.” (baltimoresun.com)
* “We’re looking to diversify, we’re looking to grow into areas that we aren’t now,” says Crain’s Chicago Business publisher. (chicagotribune.com)
* An editor at the Florence (SC) Morning News apologizes for allowing a “careless” letter to be published. (scnow.com)

* New York Times reporter James Risen calls the Obama administration “the greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation.” (politico.com)
* Allison Williams‘ publicist: “We request that no questions about her personal life be asked.” So nothing about her suspended anchor-dad? (observer.com) | Brian Williams on the cover of today’s New York Post. (newseum.org)
* A Gawker investigation finds “the suspended anchorman is still welcome at some of New York’s best establishments.” (gawker.com)
* A ratings win for Lester Holt and “NBC Nightly News.” (@stevebattaglio)
* 52% say Williams should be allowed back on “Nightly News.” (cnn.com)
* Mika Brzezinski gets her own female-focused half-hour on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” (hollywoodreporter.com)
* Tears and laughs at David Carr‘s funeral. (nypost.com)
* Jon Stewart‘s next act won’t be on CNN or NBC News. (hollywoodreporter.com)
* New York Times reconsiders the NYT Now app subscription model. (capitalnewyork.com) | (recode.net)
* Henderson (NV) city employees will be fired if they’re caught talking to Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Eric Hartley. (reviewjournal.com)
* Patrick Gavin‘s “Nerd Prom” documentary comes out April 10. (huffington.com)
* Blogs “aren’t dying, but they are significantly declining. 2015 might be a rough year.” (marco.org)
* Former Fortune editor Andy Serwer is named Yahoo Finance editor-in-chief. (serwerworld.tumblr.com) | (yahoo.tumblr.com)
* Gannett’s Louisville Courier-Journal makes staffers apply for new newsroom jobs. “This isn’t as radical as it might sound,” the editor tells readers. He doesn’t disclose that longtime C-J Washington bureau reporter Jim Carroll was laid off. (courier-journal.com) | (@howardfineman)
* John Oliver‘s HBO show is renewed for two more seasons. (wsj.com)
* UK’s Daily Telegraph edits stories to avoid angering advertisers, says a former columnist. (aljazeera.com) | (opendemocracy.net)
* Bloomberg Media ad campaign targets “leaders of the new economy.” (wsj.com)
* Gawker Media’s to-do list: An app and more video offerings. (capitalnewyork.com) | (recode.net)
* A classier Maxim magazine hits newsstands today. (wsj.com)

* Washington Post columnist John Kelly finds a “Missed Connection”-like ad in a Post from 1891. (washingtonpost.com)
* How Alabama papers played gay marriage on the front page. (newseum.org)
* John Hockenberry: “Brian Williams’ focus on his own story may have kept him selling a flawed war along with nearly everyone on TV.” (pri.org)
alabama* “America loves when journalists get taken down,” notes Will Leitch. (bloomberg.com) | Williams slips – a lot – in a new trustworthiness poll. (nytimes.com) | NBC’s fact-checking will be finished “sooner rather than later.” (cnn.com) | Now “an excruciating decision” for NBC. (usatoday.com) | What Williams told Stars & Stripes on February 4: (stripes.com)
* Jon Stewart on Williams and his case of “Infotainment Confusion Syndrome.” (wsj.com)
* Fox News boss Roger Ailes is “a huge embellisher,” too, says his biographer. (@gabrielsherman) | “My favorite dubious Ailes story was his fantastical account of meeting Nixon with a belly dancer and a snake.” (@gabrielsherman)
* Tablet now charges $2 a day or $18 a month to post comments. “We are not looking to make money, but instead to try to create a standard of engagement likely to turn off many, if not most, of the worst offenders.” (tabletmag.com) | (capitalnewyork.com)
* Nick Kristof: “Beware of advice from has-been journalists who rose in a different era.” (@nickkristof) | The advice compiled: (@storify.com) | #AdviceForYoungJournalists becomes a global trend. (@bbctrending)
* In terms of pay, journalism is just an average job. (vox.com)
* The State identifies a University of South Carolina shooting victim before the name is officially released. A debate follows. (cjr.org) | (Steve Buttry)
* RIP Laurie Becklund, who “was born a reporter.” The former Los Angeles Times journalist was 66. (latimes.com)
* Merrimam Smith, called “the greatest wire service reporter ever,” would have turned 100 today. (bulletinsfromdallas.com)
* Advertisement: Study Media Innovation at Northeastern University. (northeastern.edu)
* Keep it up with your crazy hashtagging and you’ll stay single! (dailydot.com)
* Meanwhile, in the UK: “With immediate effect the Daily Record newspaper will banned from attending all Rangers press conferences and games at Ibrox Stadium and Murray Park.” (dailyrecord.co.uk)

* Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly cooperates for a New York Times Magazine story – Roger Ailes talked, too – and it pays off for the network (see the cover below). The Times’ Jim Rutenberg notes that Kelly is “winning praise from the very elites whose disdain Fox has always welcomed.” (nytimes.com) | Earlier: “We have a solid relationship with the New York Times,” says Fox News PR chief. (jimromenesko.com)times
* Photographers protest $100 fee to shoot in Fairfax County parks. (washingtonpost.com)
* Sinclair Broadcast Group gets behind Dr. Ben Carson, saying the possible presidential contender “offers a unique, fresh perspective on the issues.” (washingtonpost.com)
* Readers can pay whatever they want to download the SF Bay Guardian commemorative issue. (altweeklies.com)
* Charlie Hebdo quickly sells out in New York City. (nypost.com)
* “Long before there was Internet snark, there was [AP reporter] Hal Boyle, circa 1967.” (animalnewyork.com)
* Eric Zorn recalls being admonished by an editor for noting that his story subject is a “grandmother.” (chicagotribune.com)
* A history of The Sun’s “Page 3.” (nymag.com)
* Three former Vox Media video producers are hired by Mic. (capitalnewyork.com)
* Suburban Chicago Daily Herald Blackhawks reporter Mike Spellman dies of a heart attack the day before his 51st birthday. (dailyherald.com)
rat* Ratter isn’t your typical local news site. (niemanlab.org)
* Breaking News! Rochester TV anchor uses her Twitter feed to promote retailers. (@MobiliaJennifer)
* The Durham (NC) Herald-Sun is now in a bank building. (raleighco.com)

* Boston.com apologizes for its “off-color and completely inappropriate” post suggesting that John Boehner has a drinking problem. (bostonglobe.com) | (bostonherald.com)
* Dan Kennedy on how to fix Boston.com. (wgbhnews.org)
* Study: More than 75% of journalists say they feel more pressure now to think about their story’s potential to get shared on social media. (edelman.com)
* Another study: “Women who use Twitter, email and cellphone picture sharing report lower levels of stress.” (pewinternet.org)
* “Places like The New York Times [need to] dive head first into a strong culture of experimentation,” says departing NYTer Amy O’Leary. “And by that I don’t mean throwing everything to the wall and seeing what sticks.” (niemanlab.org)
* Photographer Reinier Gerritsen‘s three-year project was taking pictures of New Yorkers reading books on the subway. (observer.com)
* Print book sales were up 2.4% in 2014. (adweek.com)
* At the Virginian-Pilot, “management influence on the newsroom has undermined coverage, distracted journalists from their work, and created a chilling effect on future reporting.” (cjr.org)
* Bill Keller on the latest Charlie Hebdo cover: “I’d be inclined to publish it. But I respect the [New York Times’] decision not to.” (huffingtonpost.com) | (nytimes.com)
* Natasha Vargas-Copper resigns from The Intercept after clashing with new editor-in-chief Betsy Reed. (capitalnewyork.com) | (natashavc.tumblr.com)
* Carlos Slim is now New York Times’ largest individual shareholder. (wsj.com)
* Finding of a December Vox experiment: “No one even seemed to notice that we were flooding the site with previously published content.” (vox.com)
* The average millennial will pay just $19 on newspapers this year vs. $316 for pay TV. (digiday.com)
* Those wacky radio programmers! Milwaukee’s WLWK refuses to play Seattle bands until after the Packers vs. Seahawks NFC championship game. (jsonline.com)
* Neetzan Zimmerman is out as Whisper editor-in-chief. (Pando’s take: “The king of clickbait has fallen.”) (capitalnewyork.com) | (pando.com)

* Charlie Hebdo quickly sells out. (france24.com) | (nytimes.com) | (NPR.org)| Report: Only 300 copies in the U.S. (nypost.com) / Here’s the new issue.
* The New York Times should have published the Charlie Hedbo cover, says public editor Margaret Sullivan. (nytimes.com)
* Campbell Brown (left) transforms herself “from a TV journalist to a hero reformer for the teacher-tenure-busting crowd.” (nymag.com)
* After protests are lodged, Alabama lawmakers decide against changing their media access rules. (al.com) | Earlier: Alabama’s Republican legislative leaders consider restricting press credentials. (leftinalabama.com)
* NimbleTV, which launched after Aereo went dark, is put on pause “so we can concentrate on developing something even better and more amazing than before.” (recode.net)
* PolitiFact reaches its $15,000 fundraising goal six days before its Kickstarter campaign ends. (@BillAdairDuke)
* Alex Jones is stepping down as director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. (shorensteincenter.org)
* NYU prof Joe Cutbirth is named Texas Observer editor. (facebook.com)
* USA Today editor-in-chief David Callaway says “the most challenging part of the job has been shaping [the] talent and culture for a digital world.” (prsa.org)
* I know Donald Trump declared bankruptcy, but I don’t believe Spy magazine ever did. (Correct me if I’m wrong.) (@realDonaldTrump)
* How about pranking Trump, Gawker? (kinja.com)
* People leave Gawker Media … then return. (capitalnewyork.com)