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Views Preview: What's Behind the Summer Box Office Slump?

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Hollywood usually banks on big summer blockbusters… but this year, Americans said no to the going to the movies. Was it this year’s offerings? Or are our entertainment options changing and making the movie theater a thing of the past? 

Adam B. Vary, BuzzFeed: “Why Hollywood bombed so badly this summer

Neda Ulaby, NPR: “Hollywood suffers worst summer box office in a decade

Brooks Barnes, New York Times: “After dismal summer, Hollywood pins hopes on fall ticket sales

Scott Mendelson, Forbes: “2017 might produce a record number of box office bombs

EPA accuses AP of misleading reporting


Matthew Nussbaum, POLITICO: “Trump’s EPA attacks AP reporter in personal terms

Jason Dearen & Michael Biesecker, Associated Press: “AP Exclusive: Toxic waste sites flooded in Houston area

EPA: “EPA response to the AP’s misleading story

Stephanie Ebbs, ABC News: “AP defends itself against EPA attacks ‘misleading’ report on Superfund sites

Benjamin Hart, New York Magazine: “EPA denies neglecting Houston Superfund sites, attacks reporter

Sean Moran, Breitbart News: “Fake news: AP writes misleading article about EPA’s cleanup efforts after Hurricane Harvey

Oliver Milman, The Guardian: “’Your eyes start itching’: Pollution soars in Houston after chemical industry leaks

Insensitive interviewing or exploitation?


Paul Farhi, Washington Post: “After a CNN interviewee erupts in anger, disaster reporting standards come into focus

Indira Lakshmanan, Poynter: “Exploiting suffering or hogging the spotlight? Media slammed for covering Harvey, no matter how they do it

Pete Vernon, Columbia Journalism Review: “The media today: In Harvey reporting, two ethics questions raised

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Tronc buys the NY Daily News

Tronc News Releawse: “tronc acquires the New York Daily News

Staff, New York Daily News: “The New York Daily News is sold to tronc, Inc.”

New York Daily News: “Statement by former co-publisher of the Daily News, Eric Gertler, to the staff about sale totronc

Peter Kafka, ReCode: “The New York Daily News is one of the biggest newspapers in the country and Tronc is buying it for zero dollars

Sydney Ember & Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times: “The Daily News, a distinctive voice in New York, is sold

Rick Kogan and Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune: “Troncacquires New York Daily News

Brian Stelter, CNN Money: “Troncacquiring the New York Daily News

Joe Pompeo, POLITCO: “An anti-Trump tabloid pulls back

Newsy moves to cable

Todd Spangler, Variety: "Newsy moves to cable"

Diana Marszalek, Multichannel News: "Scripps-owned Newsy becoming a cable channel after RLTV purchase"

Chris Airens, AdWeek: "Scripps-owned Newsy will produce a 2-hour daily news show and 3 new series"

Bullied by Google

Josh Marshall, Talking Points Memo: “A serf on Google’s farm

Kenneth P. Vogel, New York Times: “New America, a Google-funded think tank, faces backlash for firing a Google critic

Stephen E. Arnold, Beyond Search: “Demonizing the ever helpful Alaphabet (sic) Google XXVI things

Kashmir Hill, Gizmodo: “Yes, Google uses its power to quash ideas it doesn’t like – I know because it happened to me

Nitasha Tiku, Wired: “The hard consequence of Google’s soft power

Patrick Kulp, Mashable: “The anti-monopoly ideas Google tried to suppress are growing influential

Editorial, The Guardian: “The Guardian view on Google: overweening power

Barry Lynn, Washington Post: “I criticized Google. It got me fired. That’s how corporate power works

Violet Blue, Engadget: “Google’s commenting-ranking system will be a hit with the alt-right

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Panic over Megyn Kelly?

Alex McLevy, AV Club: “NBC is freaking out about Megyn Kelly’s ratings

Lloyd Grove, Daily Beast: “NBC Insider: ‘Total panic’ over Megyn Kelly’s morning show

Walking away from football

Jim Warren, Poynter: “This ESPN football analyst had a crisis of conscience. Then he quit.

John Branch, New York Times: “ESPN football analyst walks away, disturbed by brain trauma on field

AMY SIMONS teaches news literacy, multimedia journalism and advanced social media strategies.