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American viewers were pleasantly surprised on Wednesday when Iranian President Hassan Rouhani acknowledged the Holocaust. But now, Iranian news agency Fars is reportedly accusing CNN of mis-translating President Rouhani’s speech. “Crucially, according to Fars, Rouhani never used the word ‘Holocaust’ and never said ‘Whatever criminality they committed against the Jews, we condemn’,” reports Business Insider. (Business Insider)
Yesterday, USA Today‘s editor-in-chief David Callaway announced that the paper had hired Rem Rieder, the longtime editor of the American Journalism Review as the new media editor. As part of his role overseeing media coverage for the paper, Mr. Rieder will continue writing a column on the subject for the newspaper.
The hire brings some serious journalism chops to the “Nation’s Newspaper,” which was widely ridiculed for its use of graphics, color and infotainment when it launched in 1982. But a lot has changed in the past 30 years. The Internet, for one, has made the idea of a national daily both less laughable and harder to keep relevant. Last fall, USA Today redesigned the paper, tablet app and the website in an effort to keep up with the changing times.
When USA Today launched 30 years ago, it was a new kind of paper – “the Nation’s Newspaper,” without a hometown, brightly colored and with lots of infographics. For the most part, it was a newspaper lite, the subject of casual derision and a brief glance over a continental breakfast in hotels in Omaha or Read More
Tom Vanden Brook and Ray Locker have been investigating possible disinformation campaigns by “propaganda contractors” allegedly working for the Pentagon, so it should come as little surprise that both men became targets of similar campaigns.
Mr. Vanden Brook and Mr. Locker have been reporting on the United States military’s so-called information operations program for USA Today. The program, targeting Iraq and Afghanistan, has reportedly cost in the hundreds of millions but apparently criticized even by government officials as “ineffective.”
Gannett Co. is leasing a 23,000 square foot space at 1440 Broadway. The media holding company, which owns USA Today as well as several other daily newspapers and television stations across the country, will be using the space for a new online division a source said.
The New York Times has joined Gannet, USA Today and The Washington Post to invest $12 million in Ongo, a Silicon Valley startup that helps aggregate news from multiple publishers.
Ongo was founded by eBay veteran Alex Kazim, who has also held roles as President of Skype and VP Marketing at PayPal.
Allen Neuharth, a former Gannett executive who founded USA Today almost 30 years ago, wrote to the current paper’s publisher David Hunke to say that his decision to sell an advertisement to Jeep that covered the entire frontpage in July was a an all-time lowpoint in USA Today history. The New York Times Read More
Decline and Fall
USA Today publisher Dave Hunke is cutting 9 percent of his staff and shuffling the executive deck at the paper. “This gets us ready for our next quarter century,” Mr. Hunke told the Associated Press.
It’s still unclear which sections of the operation will be hardest hit, although it looks like 130 people Read More
- "If [Axl] Rose ever had a moment’s doubt or repentance over what Chinese Democracy has cost him in time (13 years), money (14 studios are listed in the credits) and body count — including the exit of every other founding member of the band — he left no room for it in these 14 Read More