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  • Bloomberg EIC outlines editorial vision in wake of cuts

    After a day of layoffs that claimed dozens of journalists from the ranks of Bloomberg’s massive reporting and editing corps, Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait called the departures a painful necessity intended on making the company stronger.

    “It always hurts to let talented, dedicated people go, and no journalist likes to tell other journalists that they are losing their jobs,” Micklethwait wrote in a memo to staffers. “But this is not about downsizing; it is about refocusing our considerable resources. We are committed to changing Bloomberg Editorial in significant ways, and I think this is the time to lay out in more detail the course we are now set upon.”

    In the memo, which was obtained by Poynter, Micklethwait reiterated a previously articulated desire to build Bloomberg’s editorial team around core tenets, including speed, relevance, convenience and analysis. Read more

  • With ‘Only Clinton Emails,’ BuzzFeed brings a distributed approach to politics coverage
    "Only Clinton Emails," a new Twitter account from BuzzFeed Politics, curates and highlights the most interesting excerpts from the Hillary Clinton email dump. (Screenshot)

    “Only Clinton Emails,” a new Twitter account from BuzzFeed Politics, curates and highlights the most interesting excerpts from the Hillary Clinton email dumps. (Screenshot)

    When a judge ordered the State Department to release a trove of emails from Hillary Clinton in dribs and drabs earlier this year, he fated U.S. news outlets for months of repetitive coverage.

    By now, a clear pattern for the Clinton email story has been established: Every time a new batch of emails is released, reporters dutifully troll through the correspondences and file story after story summarizing their contents. The resulting articles have been a diverse mix of fluffy news, serious analysis and somewhat haphazard roundups (a recent article touched on the subjects of gefilte fish and the former Secretary of State’s TV preferences). Read more

  • Texas station shares unedited video showing man killed by police


    KSAT in San Antonio, Texas published a video showing a man’s shooting death during an arrest, Brian Stelter reported Tuesday for CNN.

    The video shows Gilbert Flores being shot and killed by police officers who responded to a domestic disturbance call coming from his home last Friday.

    According to the authorities, Flores resisted arrest and nonlethal techniques were used before guns were drawn.

    KSAT, a CNN affiliate, said it received the video from a witness, Michael Thomas, who recorded it from a distance. The station’s managers initially decided not to show the moment of the shooting.

    From KSAT on Monday afternoon:


    On Friday, KSAT 12 News obtained video showing the shooting of Flores by the deputies during a domestic violence call.

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Veteran broadcaster Alan Milair dies

Long-time veteran of WSYR Radio and television has died.  The family of Alan Milair says the broadcast personality and program host died.  His family provided us with this obituary:

Alan Milair, 81, of Syracuse passed away peacefully at Loretto Cunningham on April 21, 2012.  Born in Charleston, WV, he spent his boyhood there and Lewiston, PA before moving to Cortland, NY where he started his radio career @ WKRT. 

Then moving to Syracuse to work at WSYR where he had a storied 30 year career in Radio and Television.   He was an on air personality with many radio shows including “Music just for you” and several classical programs.  He created and performed in Monster Movie Matinee which ran for 16 years.  He was also a news and weather man as well as a talk show host for many years for WSYR Television. He completed his career as AM/FM Program Manager for WSYR Radio. 

Throughout his life he sat on several boards, including Onondaga Community College, Onondaga County Co-operative Extension and Crouse Hospital Foundation.

  He was also active in local theatre throughout his life.   He also enjoyed fishing, family and friends. 

He is pre-deceased by his wife, Eloise, of 31 years and Helen Anderson of 14 years, and his Son Erich Milair.  He is survived by his Daughter, Shawn Wayson (Martin), Son Dana Milair of Maine and 8 Grandchildren.      

Calling hours are 4-7pm on Tuesday April 24th at Fairchild and Meech Dewitt Chapel.   Memorial service will be held on Wednesday April 25th at 4pm at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Dewitt. 

 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Loretto Cunningham, 7th floor, 700 E. Brighton Ave., Syracuse, NY 13205.



Last Updated ( Monday, 23 April 2012 20:00 )
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