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What we're reading this week...
October 25th, 2013
12:22 PM ET

What we're reading this week...

Join us this Sunday at 11am EDT when John Avlon, executive editor of The Daily Beast, returns as our 'Reliable Sources' guest host! We'll look at how the press covered the technological malfunctions accompanying the Obamacare website rollout recently, but in the meantime, here are some other stories that caught our eye this week:

"Netflix hits milestone and raises its sights"  With Emmy nominations for several of its original series, Netflix has proven itself a contender alongside conventional tv outlets like AMC, HBO &  Showtime. This past Monday, Netflix reached another milestone, surpassing 40 million subscribers worldwide. Though the company's stock has also surged recently, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings struck a cautiously optimistic tone saying, "“We have done well, but we have a long way to go to match HBO’s 114 million global member count or their well-deserved Emmy Award leadership.”

"The role of news on Facebook"  Nearly one in three U.S. adults now get their news from Facebook- that's coming from a new Pew Research Center study released this week. Researchers noted, however, that news consumption via Facebook was "common, but incidental," as the survey revealed that the above statistic applied to adults who were on Facebook for other reasons to begin with. While results found that younger viewers were more engaged with news via Facebook as a whole, several respondents across demographics noted that Facebook expanded the range of stories they might not actively seek out individually.

"Chinese newspaper boldly demands release of detained reporter on its front page"  The state-run New Express Chinese tabloid printed a front-page appeal on Wednesday asking officials to release reporter Chen Yongzhou. According to the Huffington Post, Yongzhou was detained by police after writing several articles which criticized a state-owned construction company. In an online blog post, Chinese officials stated, "New Express journalist Chen is suspected of the crime of damaging business reputation, and so on October 19 was detained by police according to the law."

What we're reading this week...
October 18th, 2013
10:42 AM ET

What we're reading this week...

By CNN's Elizabeth Cherneff

We've got  a great show planned this Sunday when David Folkenflik of NPR News returns to the ‘Reliable Sources’ guest chair. We’ll discuss xxx, but in the meantime, here are some other stories that caught our eye this week:

'Pew: Young people 'graze' for news, old people stick to tv and print'  In its recent report on trends that are shaping digital news, a Pew Research Study found that nearly 3 in 4 Americans ages 18-29 now cite the Internet as their main source of news (over both tv and radio). Among adults older than age 64, television and newspapers remained at the  top of the list of preferred news sources. While the findings illustrate perceptible shifts in news consumption by demographic, the study did reveal that older and younger viewers follow weather news more closely than other categories.

'New name for iconic International Herald Tribune'  As part of the New York Times Company's renaming strategy, the renowned 'International Herald Tribune' newspaper officially became the 'International New York Times' this week. USA Today's Rem Rieder notes that the IHT commemorated its final edition with a 24-page supplement with prominent articles and photos featured throughout the years. The latest rebranding also represents the NYT Company's broader approach to expand its global readership.

Read this: here's a new rare interview with Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson   Mental Floss Magazine readers got a rare treat when editor Jake Rossen nabbed a recent exclusive interview with Calvin and Hobbes comic creator Bill Watterson. The legendary cartoonist discussed the pressure to create spinoffs & sequels from his content, as well as his decision not to partake in licensing deals for his beloved comic strip characters . When asked about the enduring nature of Calvin and Hobbes, Watterson said, "You can’t really blame people for preferring more of what they already know and like. The trade-off, of course, is that predictability is boring. Repetition is the death of magic."

October 11th, 2013
01:19 PM ET

What we're reading this week...

By Sara Fischer, CNN

We've got a packed show this week on Reliable Sources with guest host Frank Sesno, Director of The George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs. As a former CNN Washington bureau chief, Sesno will bring a unique perspective to this week’s media headlines. We’ll discuss the continuing media coverage of the government shutdown, political fact-checking and more, but in the meantime; here are some other stories that caught our attention this week.

Liu Hu, Chinese Journalist, Arrested In Crackdown  A Chinese reporter was arrested on Friday and accused of defamation after reporting about corruption by the Chinese Government. This is the latest in a string of arrests in China for journalists speaking out against the government. The crackdown of speech on news websites and online blogs is seen by many as an attempt by the Chinese government to silence criticism against the ruling Communist Party.

Fox host apologizes for reporting fake news  Whoops! Fox News host Anna Kooiman accidentally reported a satirical story about President Obama offering to finance a museum of Muslim culture. The story was posted on the satirical website National Report in response to the Republican National Committee volunteering to pay to keep the World War II memorial open. Kooiman later tweeted out an apology.

Iran’s foreign minister in hospital with stress after newspaper misquote  Iran’s foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on his Facebook that criticisms of Iran’s outreach to the US have become so intense that they are causing him back pain and spasms. The main cause of the stress he said came from a headline of Kayhan which Zarif says misquoted him.

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October 3rd, 2013
05:51 PM ET

What we're reading this week...

By Sara Fischer, CNN

YouTube Plans a Music Awards Show Live From New York

The first-ever live-streamed music award show is coming to your computer this November. YouTube will be live-streaming the show featuring household names such as Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire and Eminem, as well as up and coming artists who have risen to fame via online videos. The winners of the awards from the show will be selected by a popular vote by YouTube globally.

Elizabeth Smart to Reveal Story of Captivity to Meredith Viera

NBC's Meredith Viera has landed a one hour exclusive interview with Elizabeth Smart this Friday night at 10 ET. Despite her year-long contract with ABC, Smart has not spoken about the incident. NBC says that the interview will air twice on Friday, as well as the following Monday, and that it will not be part of a larger series. Smart was held in captivity for nine months after she was kidnapped from her bedroom in Salt Lake City in 2002.

Al Jazeera America bans newsroom f-bombs

In a move that's sure to have news producers across the world writhing with laughter, the Middle Eastern network has declared that using the "f-word" is no longer appropriate language for employees. But as any producer will tell you - under the crush of breaking news, curse words bounce off the control room walls faster than an Olympic ping pong match. Good luck to our AJAM friends - and let us know how it goes.

What we're reading this week...
September 27th, 2013
11:47 AM ET

What we're reading this week...

By Sara Fischer, CNN

We’ve got an exciting show this week featuring coverage of the potential government shutdown, 'Breaking Bad' and the Food Network with returning guest host Brian Stelter, media and TV reporter for the New York Times, but until then; here’s a look at what we’ve been reading this week.

Pinterest sees growing number of journalists using the site, makes related changes

The pin-board style photo-sharing website, Pinterest, is making changes to its’ digital platform in response to a surge in journalist users. As of Tuesday, Pinterest users can now pin articles, just as they would pin items of clothing, bath towels, or craft projects. Pinterest’s ability to drive high traffic is appealing to journalists and news organizations that want to expand their brand and engage their audiences more heavily.

Why we're shutting off our comments

Popularscience.com is shutting off their comments feature to readers because “comments can be bad for science.” Acknowledging that it wasn’t an easy decision to make, the website argues that posting comments are bad for the website and science alike, because certain comments can polarize readers and make them feel more negatively about the science being reported.

Comedian arrested after punching Journalist Josh Rogin at D.C.'s Funniest Celebrity Competition

Egos weren’t the only things that were bruised at this year’s D.C.’s Funniest Celebrity contest. The event headliner Dan Nainan got into a tiff with Newsweek’s front-man Josh Rogin this Saturday over tweets Rogin was sending in the middle of Nainan’s performance. Nainan couldn’t take the joke. He allegedly walked up to Rogin after the show and punched him in the face.

World's oldest newspaper to end print edition, go digital only

The future of print just got a little dimmer. Lloyd’s List, the world’s oldest newspaper announced this week that it would move to a digital-only platform. The publication, which was first printed in 279 years ago, is now cancelling its print circulation, citing a declining interest in the hard copy as the reason.

Could transparency bolster publishers efforts to adopt new revenue models?

WeatherFX, a weather website, has created a new data model that they believe other digital publishers should follow. While most digital publishers use traffic and engagement numbers to cater their products to their own audience, WeatherFX takes these same numbers and correlates them to consumer patterns of other products on the web. WeatherFX’s general Manager Vikram Somaya argues that small publishers that have a niche audience need to build a story around that audience, so that their data can reflect their audiences’ interests and needs.

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What we're reading this week
September 13th, 2013
10:04 AM ET

What we're reading this week

By CNN’s Sara Fischer

We’re getting ready for a busy show this Sunday with guest host Patrick Gavin of POLITICO. We’ll discuss some of the key interviews and media coverage of the debate over military action in Syria.  In the meantime, here are some other stories that caught our attention this week.

Julie Chen Reveals Having Surgery On her ‘Asian Eyes’

CBS news anchor Julie Chen admitted Wednesday that she had plastic surgery in her twenties to make her eyes look “less Asian.” Chen recalls an experience as a reporter in Ohio when the news director at her station told her he would not put her in the anchors' chair because her Asian features made her look  less relatable and engaging to the show’s audience in Dayton, Ohio. With dreams of being a news anchor, Chen underwent plastic surgery to widen her eyes when she was 25-years-old. At 43, she is now revealing her secret.

Rupert Murdoch's Parliament Appearance Postponed

Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch won’t be appearing in front of the British Parliament this month. Murdoch was supposed to appear in court over revelations of News Corp.’s bribery and phone-hacking scandals, but has requested to delay his appearance in court until the full investigation of News Corp. is finished, per the recommendation of his lawyers.

Time Inc.'s Executive Suite Was Where 'Ideas Go To Die,' Says CEO

Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp just took the helm this month, but is already proving to be an approachable leader.  He told employees in a town-hall style meeting that he plans to spend more time around the building and less time in the executive suite where he believes, “ideas go to die.” Ripp added that if he had his way with the suite, he’d “close that damn thing down.”

Shep Smith Leaving 7 P.M. Hour, Will Oversee Fox News' Breaking News Team

There’s a shake-up happening in Fox News Channels’ primetime line-up. Smith, longtime anchor of “The Fox Report,” will continue to host the 3pm hour but will retire his 7pm slot, taking on a new role as managing editor of the network's new breaking news division. And rumors are circulating that “America Live” host Megyn Kelly could assume Sean Hannity’s role in the 9pm hour. Fox has yet to officially release the new primetime lineup.


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What we're reading this week...
September 5th, 2013
05:04 PM ET

What we're reading this week...

We’re gearing up for a busy show this Sunday when Frank Sesno, director of the George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, rejoins ‘Reliable Sources’ as our guest host. As U.S. congressional leaders debate military action in Syria, we’ll discuss how the developments are playing out in media outlets at home and abroad- in the meantime, here are some other stories that caught our eye this week.

‘Jeff Daniels: ‘The Newsroom’ returning for Season 3’  There’s more to come from Will McAvoy and the world of Atlantis Cable News. On Tuesday, Jeff Daniels confirmed the hit HBO series had been renewed, tweeting ‘It’s official. #Newsroom coming back for a Season 3.’ The series has held onto steady ratings since its premiere last year. Both Jeff Daniels and co-star Jane Fonda received Primetime Emmy nominations for their performances as a fictional cable news anchor and CEO, respectively.

CBS honors 50th anniversary of 30-minute ‘Evening News’ by going black and white’  Viewers tuning in to the Labor Day broadcast of the CBS Evening News got a special treat on Monday. In honor of the network’s 50th anniversary of its transition to the 30-minute broadcast, anchor Scott Pelley ended Monday’s newscast with a black and white tribute video featuring footage with legendary CBS anchor Walter Cronkite. Additionally, older newsreel footage incorporated into the segment helped illustrated the broadcast’s evolution.

‘The New York Post gets a new digital look and new ad units’  This week, ‘The New York Post’ got a digital makeover, complete with a simplified, cleaner overall look. Ad Age’s Alex Kantrowitz notes that the Post now incorporates more prominent photo placement on its site. The redesign was led by the paper’s managing editor, Remy Stern, as well as the same agency (Hard Candy Shell) which helped The New Republic and Newsweek with their web redesigns. The move is an approach many news organizations are undertaking in an effort to remain competitive on expanding digital platforms.

‘The Onion denies taking a serious line on Syria’  Buzzfeed’s Rosie Gray takes a look at The Onion’s recent articles on Bashar al-Assad and Syria. While the satirical news site has always garnered attention for its take on the news, the Onion has taken a demonstrably more provocative approach with its recent Syria coverage. With headlines like “Help has to be on the way now, thinks Syrian man currently being gassed,” and ‘Nation currently more sympathetic to demise of Planet Krypton than plight of Syria,’ the Onion has remained critical of U.S.  inaction in Syria. However, Will Tracy, The Onion’s editor-in-chief, says the paper isn’t straying from its satirical point of view, saying “I wouldn’t say we’ve staked out an editorial line so much as we’ve chosen to acknowledge two equally valid points of view at once.”

What stories are you reading this week? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to tune in for 'Reliable Sources' Sunday at 11am EDT.

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What we're reading this week...
August 29th, 2013
06:12 PM ET

What we're reading this week...

By Elizabeth Cherneff, CNN

We’ve got a busy show planned this Sunday when Brian Stelter of the New York Times returns to guest host ‘Reliable Sources.’ We’ll discuss the latest coverage out of Syria amid rising tensions in the region, but until then, here are some other stories that caught our attention this week:

‘Why bloggers fell for a fake TechCrunch story about self-driving cars’ Slate’s Will Oremus took note of a recent TechCrunch story titled ‘Dispatch from the Future: Uber to Purchase 2,500 Driverless Cars From Google.’ Only problem? The post, complete with a July 25, 2023 dateline, was fictional. That didn’t stop some journalists, who tweeted, blogged and incorporated the post into their stories as though it were factual. While Google announced its plans to invest $258 million in the car-service mobile app earlier this month, it appears that, for now, entire fleets of driverless cars are still a phenomenon of the future.

‘Murdoch to purchase Los Angeles winery’

He’s one of the most well-known media moguls in the world, and Rupert Murdoch is now adding wineries to his list of acquisitions. Politico reports this week that Murdoch is in the process of closing a $28.2 million deal to buy a combo estate/vineyard in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles. Spanning 13 acres and 7,500 square feet, the property was originally owned and built by Victor Fleming, director of Hollywood classics like ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and ‘Gone With the Wind.’

‘Will this be the tweet heard ‘round the world?’ The Washington Post’s Dominic Basulto speculates what Twitter can learn from Facebook’s 2012 IPO amid rumors that the social media giant could also go public in 2014. He notes that if/when and IPO should arise, Twitter would join other publicly traded media companies like Google, Instagram, and Linked In. Basulto writes that as social media companies expand, so does Wall Street’s influence and a subsequent focus on mobile platforms to generate revenue.

‘Elmore Leonard talks writing in never-before-seen videos’

Famed crime/suspense novelist Elmore Leonard passed away August 20, but his writing expertise is the focus of several never-before seen videos. In two videos, Buzzfeed highlights Leonard’s 10 rules for writers. His tips range from lighthearted to serious, including ‘try not to show off with your writing,’ and ‘try to leave out the parts that writers skip.’ Over his lifetime, 26 of Leonard’s books were adapted into screenplays.

‘No, ‘twerk’ and ‘selfie’ have not been added to the Oxford English Dictionary’ ‘Twerk’ was the word of the week after Miley  Cyrus’ over-the-top VMA’s performance, but the word caught people’s attention for another reason, too. Critics were quick to point out that ‘twerk’, among other words, was not added to the Oxford English Dictionary, but added to the separate entity, Oxford Dictionaries Online. Multiple media pundits were quick to pick up on the error, but not before several outlets misreported the additions. Among other notable words added to Oxford Dictionaries Online were ‘selfie,’ ‘emoji’, and ‘food baby.’

Tune in Sunday at 11a EDT

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What we're reading this week...
August 23rd, 2013
10:49 AM ET

What we're reading this week...

By Becky Perlow, CNN

August may be a slow month for news, but Reliable's got a jam-packed show for you on Sunday with guest host Eric Deggans of The Tampa Bay Times. We'll be looking at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, the media's coverage of race-related issues and the launch of Qatar-based Al Jazeera America. Until then, check out what the Reliable staff is reading now.

Call me Chelsea: Three years have passed since Bradley Manning released hundreds of thousands of military papers. Still to be determined? How Manning's actions will affect the safety of Americans or the secrecy of the government. Manning was sentenced last week, convicted of 20 of 22 counts and sentences to 35 years in prison. In a recent twist, however, Manning released a statement on Thursday requesting news outlets refer to him/her as Chelsea Manning going forward. "I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible," Manning said in a statement read on the Today show. So what should news organizations do?

Netflix can read your mind: With the aid of algorithms that could rival online dating websites, Netflix is now combing its users' video queue with its famous "Based on your viewing history" suggestion service. Users will now see suggestions based on what they've watched in the past, in addition to the star rating system associated with each movie. "The idea is to show users 'titles you’re most likely to want to watch right up front,' Netflix product executive Michael Spiegelman said, in a blog post introducing the change," explained the AllThingsD article. So be careful what you pick, because it just might appear on your Netflix homepage now - and it might be something you're embarrassed to be seen watching.

He said, she said: Mother Jones reportedly published a headline quoting Aaron Sorkin blasting The Huffington Post, which read  "Aaron Sorkin in Washington, DC: The Huffington Post Sucks.' Sorkin has come forward and claims he was not only not misquoted, but the quote was entirely fabricated. The author of the article has since responded to the Politico article about the alleged misquote, saying "he wrote the original headline and that Sorkin was definitely expressing his dislike of the Huffington Post."

August 15th, 2013
06:24 PM ET

What we're reading this week...

By Sara Fischer, CNN

We’ve got a busy show planned for Sunday with our ‘Reliable Sources’ guest host, author and editor Joanne Lipman. Lipman is a former editor at the Wall Street Journal and Conde Nast and is co-editor of the forthcoming, “Strings Attached.” We’ll discuss the dangers of reporting on the recent outbreaks of violence in Egypt, the coverage of President’s vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, and the new trend of crowdsourcing social media online, but until then; here are some other stories that caught our eye this week.

Facebook use 'makes people feel worse about themselves'

BBC News cites a study by the University of Michigan which concludes that checking Facebook makes people feel worse about their sense of well-being and satisfaction with life. The study examines the causal relationship between Facebook usage and loneliness, concluding that the more participants used Facebook, the less satisfied they were with their lives. This condition, referred to as fear of missing out, or FOMO, occurs when Facebook users look at pictures of friends having a good time at events in which they are not included or present.

New York Times Website Back Online After ‘Internal Issue’

New York Times readers were in for a surprise when they learned that the newspaper’s website and email went down late Wednesday morning into late Thursday morning. Visitors were greeted by an error message upon visiting the site during the crash. The New York Times issued an apology message upon the restoration saying, “To our customers: As you know, our web site was unavailable for a period of time earlier today. The outage occurred within seconds of a scheduled maintenance update, which we believe was the cause. We are working on fully restoring service and apologize for any inconvenience.”

Limbaugh, Hannity, Levin eyed as 2016 GOP debate moderators

The Washington Examiner’s “Washington Secrets” blog reports that GOP insiders are considering a panel of conservative radio hosts, including Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin, as debate moderators in 2016. The GOP sources tell the Examiner that pressure from viewers combined with the potential for increased viewership are two factors in the consideration of the conservative personalities as moderators. The announcement comes a week after Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, dismissed Mika Brzezinski of NBC’s Morning Joe as a potential Republican debate moderator due to her affiliation with NBC, whose entertainment sector plans to produce a miniseries on Hillary Clinton.


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