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  • Rebekah Brooks may be back

    Good morning. Here are seven media stories.

    1. And she may be headed to Storyful

      Media outlets are reporting that Rebekah Brooks, who formerly led Rupert Murdoch’s U.K. newspaper holdings, could soon be back with News Corporation. "Brooks, who was cleared of being involved in a phone-hacking plot last summer, has reportedly taken an apartment in New York but will largely continue to be based in the UK." (The Guardian) | "Ms. Brooks will probably take an executive role in which she will seek ways to expand News Corporation’s digital endeavors, particularly user-generated and social media." (The New York Times) | "Her new role will include Storyful and expand to other potential digital ventures for News Corp." (Financial Times)

    2. Journalism offered some nice tributes to Leonard Nimoy this weekend

      Actor Leonard Nimoy died on Friday, and during the weekend, there were many fitting tributes. Bill Adair tweeted a photo of the jump page on a story about Nimoy from The Washington Post. It read: "Actor's life reaches its logical conclusion." (@BillAdairDuke) | Chelsea J. Carter tweeted the Saturday front from The New York Post with the headline "Beam him up! Spock dead at 83, boldly goes to the final frontier" (@ChelsSkilledUp) | On Friday, Jacqui Banaszynski wrote about Spock's ethics and how they can relate to journalism. (StoryLines) | This isn't from a journalist, but astronaut Terry W. Virts tweeted a final salute to Nimoy that's pretty perfect. (@AstroTerry)

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    3. In j-school, classes on conflict reporting and reading David Carr

      In July, CUNY journalism students can take part in a conflict reporting workshop where they'll speak with journalists who've reported from conflict zones and take field trips including one to West Point. (Medium) | Next fall at the Missouri School of Journalism, some seniors in a class taught by Jacqui Banaszynski and Tom Warhover will spend the semester reading David Carr. "“It’s a perfect model for the best kind of journalism that involves independent thinking and creative problem solving." (Poynter)

    4. The Saudi blogger who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes may be retried

      Raif Badawi, a Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, could be retried, according to his wife. "If found guilty, he would face a death sentence." (The Independent)

    5. CNN's sorry about that Putin as 'Jihadi John' thing

      CNN accidentally ran a photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin during a segment about the true identity of the ISIS member known as "Jihadi John." The network apologized, Mediaite reports. (Mediaite)

    6. How brands handled the dress

      Journalists weren't the only ones caught up in the social media sensation of a dress that appeared black and blue to some and gold and white to others last week. Brands had some fun, too. From IHOP: "idk what color that dress is but pancakes are definitely gold and butter is definitely white" (Adweek)

    7. Front page of the day

      Beyond Ferguson, from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Courtesy the Newseum)


      Benjamin Mullin is off today, so we'll pick up with job moves tomorrow. In the meantime, send Ben your job moves:

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  • Today in Media History: The press waited for months to print the winner of the 1876 presidential election

    Do you remember back during the 2000 Bush/Gore presidential election when the news media had to wait to publish the winner? (Here is a link to an archived Poynter collection of newspaper front pages.)

    Well, after the disputed November 1876 election the press had to wait even longer.

    On March 2, 1877, newspapers finally could report that Rutherford B. Hayes would be the next president of the United States.

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    “For Rutherford B. Hayes, election evening of November 7, 1876, was shaping up to be any presidential candidate’s nightmare. Even though the first returns were just coming in by telegraph, newspapers were announcing that his opponent, the Democrat Samuel J. Tilden, had won. Hayes, a Republican, would indeed lose the popular vote by more than a quarter-million….But the ugliest, most contentious and most controversial presidential election in U.S. history was far from over….”

    — “The Ugliest, Most Contentious Presidential Election Ever
    Smithsonian Magazine, September 7, 2012

    This excerpt comes from The Brooklyn Daily Eagle:


    “The new president had to be inaugurated on March 4, so the committee worked quickly. The final vote was divided seven to seven until Justice Joseph Bradley, the last to vote, sided with the Republican returning boards. During the deliberations, Republicans had negotiated with Southern Democrats and promised to end harsh Reconstruction policies in the South if the Democrats would support Hayes. In the end, Rutherford B. Hayes was inaugurated as America’s 19th president.”

    — “The Disputed Election of 1876
    PBS American Experience

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  • Next semester, some journalism students will be reading David Carr for credit

    Following David Carr’s death, Jacqui Banaszynski watched as a gush of tweets and Facebook posts rushed by about Carr and his work. She rediscovered stories The New York Times’ media critic wrote that she’d forgotten, including pieces on ethics, social media and his own reporting.

    I wish I could put this in front of my students, she thought.

    “And then I thought, why couldn’t I?”

    “It just all of the sudden occurred to me,” she said, “what if you created an entire class in which the students had to literally build their entire reading curriculum around David’s covering of the media, challenging of the media and the media’s role in society?”

    Banaszynski, a professor and the Knight Chair of Journalism at the University of Missouri, Columbia, first met Carr 35 years ago when they both worked in the Twin Cities as journalists. They kept in touch over the years.

    Carr, who died on Feb. 12, was the best thing out there, Banaszynski said.

    She co-teaches a senior capstone class each fall to students at Mizzou (which is where I graduated from) called Journalism and Democracy. Her co-teacher is Tom Warhover, an associate professor and the Columbia Missourian’s executive editor for innovation. As part of the class, students have to produce a project, such as last year’s “Cover Your Gap,” which has tools to help journalists cover income inequality. In the fall, they’ll use Carr’s work as the course’s reading material.

    Using his work illustrates several things, Banaszynski said, including how he looked at stories, how he developed sources and how he laid out his arguments.

    “It’s a perfect model for the best kind of journalism that involves independent thinking and creative problem solving,” she said.

    “Carr spoke to journalism in such a way that it was both scathing and exceedingly loyal at the same time,” Warhover said. “His columns were both full of ego and humility, and I think they did a terrific job of reflecting our time, which is not our time, it’s my student’s time, or it will be the semester after they take this course.”

    Banaszynski’s next challenge is looking back through Carr’s work and finding the pieces that have the greatest potential to get students thinking. She’ll boil that down to 15 or 20 pieces and include some other writers, too, she said. “We’re calling it David Carr and friends.”

    Banaszynski, who is a visiting faculty member for Poynter and a Pulitzer Prize winner, also hopes her students will get a few other things from absorbing Carr’s work.

    “I’m hoping they walk away with a greater awareness and a greater ability to articulate and grasp the connection between the persistent, eternal bedrock values of journalism and the practice of journalism in a new era, when a lot of those things are challenged.”

    It’s one of the things that Carr did so well, she said. He was an old-school journalist, “who embraced social media and the digital age, did it and did it right without ever letting go of those values.”

    Banaszynski also hopes some of love the Carr had for the profession rubs off on her students.

    “I’m hoping that one of the things they come away with is just a sense of joy for this work and passion for doing this work well,” she said, “because that is what Carr did. Nobody worked harder and nobody loved it more.”

    Once Banaszynski figures out her list, we’ll share it here. In the meantime, what pieces of David Carr’s work would you recommend?

    File photo: David Carr in 2008.  (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)

    File photo: David Carr in 2008. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)

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Joan Vadeboncoeur


Herald American

Joan E. Vadeboncoeur, went to work at The Post-Standard as a reporter immediately after graduating from Sarah Lawrence College. But since she already had several years experience in theater work, she was a natural choice years later when the job of entertainment writer-editor opened at the Herald-Journal.
Joan, a life resident of the Syracuse area, began working in the box office of Famous Artists Country Playhouse in Fayetteville while still in high school. During summer vacations in college, Joan switched to the Famous Artists Country Playhouse in East Rochester, where she also worked in the box office and as assistant to the producer.

While studying theater at Sarah Lawrence, Joan gained more experience by working in a Broadway producer's office. Her jobs included working on "Midsummer," the play in which Geraldine Page made her Broadway bow. She also appeared in college productions.

After two years at The Post-Standard, Joan moved to the Herald-Journal as a general assignment reporter covering traffic accidents and other mishaps, and writing obituaries. She often rode in ambulances to accident scenes. Soon, her duties expanded as she filled in for vacationing movie and television writers.

Not too much later, Joan was appointed as music writer. Within two years, she became entertainment writer-editor, which included television, music, films, and theater.

Joan, now an entertainment columnist, has received the Syracuse Press Club's Lifetime Achievement Award, and has been honored by the Salt City Center for the Performing Arts and the Contemporary Theatre of Syracuse. She is a former member of Women in Communications. --Joseph A. Porcell
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"Criticism of government finds sanctuary in several portions of the 1st Amendment. It is part of the right of free speech. It embraces freedom of the press."
---    Hugo L Black, Associate Justice, US Supreme Court

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Ron Curtis


Ron Curtis got an early start on his career. He was only 15 when he was hired by WFBL as a radio announcer.

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