McClatchy chain of more than 30 U.S. papers may close all foreign bureaus

An employee passes  McClatchy Co. owned newspapers in their DC office, 2008. REUTERS

The McClatchy Company, a chain of more than 30 U.S. newspapers, is expected to close its foreign bureaus by the end of the year. The media giant's chief executive denies the rumors, but it kind of sounds like the closures are likely anyway. Read the rest

National Geographic sold to Rupert Murdoch


The $750m deal places the legendary nonprofit under 21st Century Fox's control.

The first edition of National Geographic was published in 1888, the same year that the National Geographic Society was founded. An note in the first issue said the publication would help spread the research of others, “so that we may all know more of the world upon which we live.”

But things have changed since 1888, and the Society said Wednesday that selling its publications to 21st Century Fox, which has partnered with the non-profit in owning and operating its television channels for almost 20 years, was the best bet for survival in the modern media market.

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Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and others join to create royalty-free video codecs for all

The group plans to develop a new generation of royalty-free open source digital media formats for video, audio, and still images.

Michael Dant's photos of colorful Panasonic portable music players


Michael Dant has a collection of well-cared-for Panasonic portable music players from the early 1970s. He's also taken excellent photos of them, which you can see here. I had a red Toot-a-Loop AM radio. Panasonic ought to re-issue this line of Panapal players with Bluetooth streaming and MP3 playing capability. Read the rest

NBC fires Donald Trump over 'derogatory' remarks about Mexican people

The presidential candidate and professional assclown called Mexican immigrants "rapists."

Internet star Natalie Tran discusses Asian representation in the media


Natalie Tran is well known for the hilarious, absurd, and relatable observational comedy videos she releases on her YouTube channel CommunityChannel. But she recently stopped by Brown University to give a slightly more serious chat about Asians in media. Read the rest

In this game, censorship does not mean 'deleting your spiteful internet comments'

The Westport Independent casts you as the clip-happy editor of a newsrag under an oppressive regime, where you decide what goes to print. Can you manage the government threat and still subvert it?

Mediabreaker: remix tool to foster the next generation of Jon Stewarts

From NYC media-literacy charity The LAMP comes MediaBreaker, a radical tool to remix the media, lay out its agenda, and tell our own stories.

Racial Bias Watch: How is the media covering the Waco biker gang shootout?

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Thanks to the #BlackLivesMatter movement, there has been a lot of discussion recently about racial bias in the media Read the rest

Stories are a fuggly hack

My latest Locus Magazine column is Stories Are a Fuggly Hack, in which I point out the limits of storytelling as an artform, and bemoan all the artists from other fields -- visual art, music -- who aspire to storytelling in order to make their art. Read the rest

Obama administration has secured 526 months of jail time for leakers

Up until Obama's "most transparent administration", and throughout the entire history of the USA, national security leakers had received a total of 24 months of jail time. There are many more cases pending. Read the rest

Former NSA spook resigns from Naval War College in dick-pic scandal

John Schindler was a prof at the College; he slammed Snowden as a traitor and compared Greenwald to Hitler, and was generally dismissive about concerns about network surveillance; he also sent pictures of his dick to a woman who wasn't his wife. He also co-wrote the report that stated that Sadam Hussein had WMDs, and helped send America to war. That was a lot worse than dick pics. Read the rest

Rupert Murdoch wants to buy Time Warner

The kingmaking evil billionaire offered $75B, and said he'd sell off CNN to avoid competition inquiries. Read the rest

News audiences are liars; here's why

"An unidentified video editor operates an editing system during a large red-shirt rally on the Royal Plaza on Jan 29, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand." [Shutterstock]

Al Jazeera America thought tens of millions of people were starved for serious, hard-hitting, longform journalism. Now the numbers don't seem to be panning out. At The Atlantic, Derek Thompson explores the psychology of why we ask for broccoli and then eat jelly beans. Read the rest

Toy movie "anti-business", says Fox News

Fox News claims that the Lego movie is "anti-business", despite the fact that it exists to sell toys. Sean O'Neal, at A.V. Club:

the network has lashed out at the film for attempting to indoctrinate the naïve with simpleminded messages about capitalism, only for the wrong team, blasting a movie based on a global, multibillion-dollar toy manufacturer—and the reinvigoration of its branding through movie-generated merchandising—as being “anti-business.” ... As Dergarabedian goes on to suggest implicitly that calling a major studio’s marketing synergy-based movie franchise “anti-business” might be overreaching, Payne replies that it at least sounds like “hypocrisy” to him. A hypocrisy that may result in the children who see it developing antagonistic attitudes toward business, even as they demand their parents buy them more Lego bricks.
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Behind the hashtag

The Great Velveeta Shortage story began when an editor at Ad Age couldn't make queso. Read the rest

Notebooks "went missing" during phone hacking investigation

Prosecutors allege that Murdoch lieutenant Rebekah Brooks "hid evidence as police probed claims at the paper." Read the rest

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