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  • Journalists flock together on Twitter, report finds

    Tow Center for Digital Journalism

    When it comes to the popular social network Twitter, journalists at traditional and digital news organizations tend to stick together, according to a new report published Thursday from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University.

    The report, titled “Who Retweets Whom: How Digital and Legacy Journalists Interact on Twitter,” aims to provide a snapshot of how journalists at Web-native and traditional outlets behave on Twitter, the social network known for its brevity. The report tracked five of the most popular political journalists at The New York Times, BuzzFeed and Politico, which represented legacy, digital and hybrid media organizations, respectively, and analyzed 50 retweets from each reporter.

    The big takeaway: Journalists at The New York Times were much more likely to retweet journalists at other traditional media organizations, and reporters from BuzzFeed were more likely to retweet journalists from other digital news organizations. Read more

  • Hillary Clinton to face political reporters at journalism event

    This post is being republished with permission from the Center for Public Integrity.

    In this Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, file photo, Hillary Rodham Clinton is seen in New York. Hillary Rodham Clinton has so far kept a low profile this year, something that’s starting to change as she heads toward her expected 2016 campaign for president. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

    In this 2014 file photo, Hillary Rodham Clinton is seen in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

    Ready or not, Hillary Clinton is still scheduled to headline a political journalism award ceremony this month in Washington, D.C. — where she’ll face reporters who in recent weeks have written story after story detailing her potentially illegal email habits and her charitable foundation’s controversial funding sources.

    Organizers of 2015 Toner Prize Celebration, named for late New York Times political reporter Robin Toner, say Clinton’s recent string of controversies have not affected her participation at the March 23 gathering at the Center for Strategic and International Studies

    While Clinton has previously received six-figure speaking fees at college sponsored events, transferring the money to the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, “she’s doing this one pro bono,” Toner’s husband, Peter Gosselin, confirmed to the Center for Public Integrity. Read more

  • Homicide Watch co-founder joins ‘Frontline’

    Chris Amico, co-founder of Homicide Watch, has joined “Frontline” as the program’s interactive editor, digital managing editor Sarah Moughty announced in a staff-wide email Tuesday.

    Amico, who started working for “Frontline” this summer on a six-week basis, helped the organization with multiple Web projects including Ballot Watch, a feature that tracks voting laws by state.

    At “Frontline,” Amico will be charged with developing interactive projects, such as the organization’s Ebola map and Islamic State group organizational chart, according to Moughty’s email.

    Before coming to “Frontline,” Amico helped develop Homicide Watch D.C., a website dedicated to cataloging every murder in the D.C. area. It spawned several sister sites at other cities, including Chicago, Boston and Trenton, through a licensing agreement. In November, Amico and his wife, co-founder Laura Amico, announced they planned to close the site after they couldn’t find a local owner to take up its management in their absence. Read more

Media giant ESPN target of lawsuit by Laurie Fine
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 13:22

Laurie Fine will file a lawsuit n federal court accusing ESPN and two of its employees of libel.  Fine's suit accuses the network of breaking the story of Bobby Davis'  allegations of sexual abuse against her husband, former assistant basketball coach of Bernie Fine without any credible corroborating sources. "This Complaint for Libel arises from Defendant ESPN’s coverage of Robert Davis’ uncorroborated attack upon Plaintiff Laurie J. Fine. Through this coverage, ESPN, acting by and through its agents and employees, including Defendants Mark Schwarz and Arthur Berko, spitefully destroyed Laurie Fine’s reputation in an attempt to capitalize financially in the tragic wake of the Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal. Defendants have ruined Laurie Fine’s reputation by maliciously publishing false and defamatory factual accusations."

In the lawsuit document Fine flatly denies ever knowing of or suspecting her husband of molesting Davis or any other person.  She also denies Davis' claim that she had a sexual relationship with him or Davis claim that she had sexual relationships with several former Syracuse University basketball players.

Local media promise extended coverage with local television outlets planning to carry the news conference live on their secondary digital channels and on their websites, and feeding national media with the story.  ESPN responded claiming the  suit is without merit an the network  stand behind its story.

Here are links to some local media coverage:
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 May 2012 23:08 )
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--Tom Brokaw, NBC News

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A. Brohmann Roth

Herald-Journal / Herald American

Club President: 1975

A true newspaperman of the old school, even after Brohmann Roth became an assistant city editor and later a columnist, at heart he never forgot that he was first and foremost a reporter. He also never forgot his roots in Syracuse.

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