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Gov. Jay Nixon announced a plan to create a Ferguson Commission on Tuesday.  The newly-formed panel is charged with studying the social and economic conditions that led to the August shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown.

Why is Nixon doing this now? How might the timing be influenced by a New York Times report detailing leaks of evidence presented to the grand jury investigating the case that supports Officer Darren Wilson's recollection of events?

Brandie Piper, KSDK: “Nixon announces Ferguson Commission creation

Trymaine Lee, MSNBC: “Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon unveils plan for Ferguson’s future

Ben Kesling, Wall Street Journal: “Missouri governor announces creation of Ferguson Commission

Staff reports, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “Nixon announces commission to study issues raised by Ferguson

Editorial, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “Editorial: The governor creates a Ferguson Commission; St. Louis faces a defining moment

Michael S. Schmidt, Matt Apuzzo & Julie Bosman, New York Times: "Police officer in Ferguson is said to recount a struggle"

Keene is not Ferguson

Police in Keene, New Hampshire arrested dozens after a street party turned violent.  They used tear gas and rubber bullets to control the crowd, leading some to draw comparisons to the unrest in Ferguson.

WMUR-TV Video: Dozens arrested at Pumpkin Festival (via CNN)

Chris Caesar, Boston.com: “What the heck is going on at Keene State?

The Stream, Al Jazeera: “Accusations of racial double standard hit #PumpkinFest media coverage

Natasha Lennard, Vice News: “The great pumpkin riot is a riot worth taking seriously

Emanuella Grinberg, CNN: “Why Pumpkin Fest riots are not like Ferguson

Twitchy Staff, Twitchy: “Pumpkinfest vs. Ferguson: “Media called out for double standards

Ben Axelson, Syracuse.com: “Keene Pumpkin Fest riot compared to Ferguson protests; racial questions raised

Credit via Flickr user Miguel Ariel Contreras Drake-McLaughlin

Remembering Ben Bradlee

Ben Bradlee, former top editor at the Washington Post, died at his Washington, D.C. home Tuesday.  He was 93 years old.

Bradlee ran the paper for more than 26 years, taking over in 1965, and transforming it into one of the nation's strongest daily newspapers of record.

Robert G. Kaiser, Washington Post: “Ben Bradlee, legendary Washington Post editor, dies at 93

David Von Drehle, Time: “Ben Bradlee’s electric glow

Alyssa Newcomb, ABC News: “Ben Bradlee, top Washington Post editor during Watergate, dies at 93

Eyder Peralta, NPR: “Legendary ‘Washington Post’ editor Ben Bradlee has died

Todd Purdum, Vanity Fair: “Legendary journalist Ben Bradlee dies at age 93

Painful layoffs… CNN, Gannett, New York Times

WBIR Staff, WBIR: “Knoxville’s Metro Pulse newspaper staff laid off

Paige Lavender, Huffington Post: “State senator taunts laid-off reporter: “So, do YOU have any comments now?

Scott Jones, FTV Live: “CNN offering counseling to those pink slipped

Chris Ariens, TV Newser: “CNN cancels ‘Crossfire,’ again

Battle between NABJ, CNN

Last week, the National Association of Black Journalists issued a press release citing concern with the atmosphere and working conditions for African-Americans at the cable network.  CNN responded by saying it was reconsidering its sponsorship of NABJ events.

Veronique Dodson, National Association of Black Journalists: “NABJconcerned about atmosphere at CNN for African Americans

April Turner, National Association of Black Journalists: “CNN withdraws support of National Association of Black Journalists

Erik Wemple, Washington Post: “NABJboss says CNN essentially called him a liar in dispute over diversity

Richard Prince, Maynard Institute for Journalism Education: “Fired Black producer files $5 million lawsuit

Richard Prince, Maynard Institute for Journalism Education: “CNN ‘reconsidering’ NABJ sponsorship

Hadas Gold, POLITICO: “NABJ: CNN pulled support of convention

Credit via Flickr user Mark Zinni

Rebecca Carroll, New Republic: “I’m a Black journalist and I’m quitting because I’m tired of newsroom racism

Hartford station makes history

Video: WFSB-TV introduces Mark Zinni

Scott Jones, FTV Live: “Hartford station makes history while introducing new anchor

Advertising in the Associated Press Twitter Feed

On Tuesday, an advertisement showed up in the Associated Press's Twitter feed for the pharmaceutical company Merck.  How different is this from television stations interrupting newscasts for commercial breaks or newspapers (or their websites) having display advertising?

Associated Press: "AP provides sponsored tweets during electronics show" (Janaury 2013)

Sun-Times sidelines reporter, endorses Rauner

Credit via Flickr user Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner is the Republican candidate looking to unseat Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.  He's received the endorsement of all eight of the state's major daily newspapers, including the Chicago Sun-Times.  That's significant because the Rauner is a one-time investor in the paper's ownership group.

Meanwhile, one of the paper's political reporters has hired a former federal prosecutor with a track record of prosecuting corrupt politicians to investigate whether the Rauner camp attempted to squash a negative story about the candidate.

Rich Miller, Capitol Fax: “Sun-Times sidelined reporter after Rauner campaign intervention

Carol Felsenthal, Chicago Magazine: “Did the Sun-Times just endorse Bruce Rauner?

Jim Kirk, Chicago Sun-Times: “Election coverage fearless and fair

Lynne Marek, Crain’s Chicago Business: “Did Rauner camp interfere with this Sun-Times reporter’s job?

Dave McKinney, "Why I left"

Anna Clark, Columbia Journalism Review: “Why some newspapers are abandoning endorsements

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Keeping Ebola off campus

Several journalism schools at colleges and universities across the country have canceled speaking engagements with reporters, photographers and editors who have been working in West African countries. While it appears students seem to be against the move, administrators at both Syracuse University and University of Georgia have said they rescinded the speaker invitations after receiving complaints and concerns about the saftey of their campus communities.

Brad Schrade, Atlanta-Journal Constitution: “Ebola fear leads UGA to cancel Liberian journalist’s visit

FPA Staff Report, FrontPageAfrica: “Georgia U. cancels FPA editor’s McGill Lectures over Ebola

Mark Berman, Washington Post: “Syracuse University bravely saves students from exposure to journalism

Jim Romenesko: “Syracuse University disinvites Washington Post photojournalist over Ebola fears

Daily Orange Editorial Board, The Daily Orange: “Decision to disinvite photographer was fueled by Ebola hysteria

Donald R. Winslow, NPPA: “Syracuse disinvites WashPost Pulitzer photographer due to Ebola fears

Andrew Beaujon, Poynter: “Opinion: Why it’s so disappointing that J-Schools are panicking over Ebola

Salem Solomon, Tampa Bay Times: "Column: In canceling African journalists' program, fear trumps reason"

New alternative for cord cutters

Both HBO and CBS have offered online-only subscriptions for potential viewers who don't want to pay for a full cable or satellite television package.

Emily Steel, New York Times: “Cord-cutters rejoice: CBS joins web stream

Emily Steel, New York Times: “HBO plans new stream service, with eye on cord cutters

Martin Peers, The Information: “HBO’s online pricing trap

AMY SIMONS teaches multi-platform reporting and editing to students in the convergence journalism interest area.
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