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Views Preview: SXSW cancels pro- and anti-Gamergate sessions


The organizers of the South By Southwest conference announced they’re canceling two sessions for the Spring 2016 conference. Both sessions were to focus on issues related to the Gamergate scandal, which centered on the depiction of women in the video gaming industry.

Hugh Forrest, South by Southwest: “Strong Community Management: Why we canceled two panels for SXSW 2016

Adi Robertson, The Verge: “SXSW cancels Gamergate-related panels after ‘threats of violence’

Tasneem Nashrulla, BuzzFeed: “BuzzFeed to withdraw from SXSW over canceling gaming panels

T.C. Sottek, The Verge: "Vox Media and The Verge will not attend SXSW unless it takes harassment seriously"

Alex Hern, The Guardian: “SXSW festival pulls pro- and anti-Gamergate panels after threat

Anna Merlan, Jezebel: “Citing ‘violent threats,’ SXSW cancels both pro- and anti-Gamergate panels

When is a suicide attempt news?

A woman tried to commit suicide in her home. She was unsuccessful, and sustained superficial wounds easily treated without stitches or surgery. Normally, that wouldn't be considered newsworthy. But, does that change when it's a public figure? What about in cases when it's an unwitting public figure -- like the mother of Freddie Gray?

Rick Ritter, WJZ-TV: “Sources: Mother of Freddie Gray tries to take her own life

Scott Jones, FTV Live: “Is this News?

Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post: “Freddie Gray’s mother attempts suicide, report says

Nadra Nittle, Atlanta Blackstar: “What the alleged suicide attempt of Freddie Gray’s mother says about racism and depression

Joe Biden: Media critic

Vice President Joe Biden appeared on CBS' '60 Minutes' Sunday night, offering up some harsh words for reporters' description of conversations with his late son, Beau.

Erik Wemple, Washington Post: “Vice President Joe Biden accuses ‘people’ of very bad journalism

Erik Wemple, Washington Post: “NYT’s Baquet pushes back at Biden comments

Benjamin Mullin, Poynter: “New York Times Editor Dean Baquet defends Biden coverage

Tom Kludt, CNN Money: “Columnist Maureen Dowd defends column on Biden presidential run

Adam Sneed and Nick Gass, POLITICO: “Biden: The media were 'driving us crazy'

Amy Chozick, New York Times: “Joe Biden said to be taking a new look at presidential run

Edward-Isaac Dovere, POLITICO: “Exclusive: Biden himself leaked word of his son’s dying wish

Clinton’s hearing testimony

How did the media cover Hillary Clinton's marathon appearance before the Benghazi committee?

David Graham, The Atlantic: “What conservative media say about the Benghazi hearing


Chuck Todd and Mark Murray, NBC News: “First Read: Hillary Clinton clears October hurdles

James Warren, Poynter: “Benghazi, Clinton, Benghazi, Clinton, Benghazi, Clinton consumes cable TV

Judah Robinson, Huffington Post: “Rachel Maddow blasts Benghazi committee as a 'hilarious partisan joke'

Brian Stelter, CNN: “Examining the media's narrative about Clinton and Biden

Erik Wemple, Washington Post: “Why Fox News ditched the Benghazi hearing, and MSNBC didn’t

Yahoo's NFL streaming experiment


Joe Flint, The Wall Street Journal: “High stakes for NFL and Yahoo in first streamed game

Mike Snider, USA Today: “Yahoo NFL stream satisfies most viewers, despite some miscues

Cork Gaines, Business Insider: “Yahoo's first-ever live stream of an NFL game was a disaster for many

Peter Kafka, ReCode: “Here’s how Yahoo guaranteed you’d watch today’s NFL game


Sports contracts to blame for ESPN layoffs?

ESPN laid off about 300 employees last week -- four percent of it's workforce. Almost everyone let go worked behind-the-scenes.

John Ourand, SportsBusiness Daily Global: “The moves that forced ESPN’s cuts

Jeremy Bowman, The Motley Fool: “Layoffs coming for ESPN – Will it get worse for Walt Disney Co?

Brian Flood, TV Newser: “Charley Steiner blasts ESPN’s layoffs in Facebook post

Matt Boensteel, Washington Post: “ESPN layoffs will guy the network’s production staff

Stephen Battaglio and Meg James, LA Times: “ESPN to lay off nearly 4% of workforce amid changing pay-TV landscape