Less than 24 hours after pop rocker Taylor Swift told Apple she'd withhold her hit album, 1989, from the new Apple Music streaming service, the company revised its plan for royalty payouts. Originally, Apple wasn't planning to pay record labels royalties for streams during the free three-month trial period.
Taylor Swift: “To Apple, Love Taylor”
Josh Constine, TechCrunch: “Apple says “We hear you Taylor Swift,” will pay musicians during free trial”
Shirley Halperin, Billboard: “Apple changes course after Taylor Swift open letter: Will pay labels during free trial”
Peter Kafka, Recode: “Apple says it will pay Taylor Swift for free streams afterall”
Ben Sisario, New York Times: “Taylor Swift criticism spurs Apple to change royalties policy”
Ben Kaye, Consequence of Sound: "Concert photographer calls out Taylor Swift for 'hypocritical' open letter"
Covering the Charleston, S.C. shooting
Nick Wing, Huffington Post: “WSJ claims institutionalized racism ‘no longer exists,’ ends up proving it still does”
Editorial, Wall Street Journal: “The Charleston Shooting”
Washington Post Style Blog: “Read Jon Stewart’s blistering monologue about race, terrorism and gun violence after Charleston church massacre”
Elizabeth Jensen, NPR: “Should NPR be calling the attack in Charleston ‘terrorism?’”
John McWhorter, POLITICO Magazine: “Were the Charleston killings ‘terrorism?’”
Polly Mosendz, Newsweek: “The Charleston church shooting and the meaning of terrorism”
Associated Press: “Obama uses N-word, says slavery still ‘casts a long shadow’”
Josh Feldman, Mediaite: “CNN’s Don Lemon: It’s ‘about time’ Obama said N-word”
Adam Goldberg, Huffington Post: “’Meet the Press’ in hot water after airing gun violence video featuring only black shooters”
Hadas Gold, Politico: “Chuck Todd apologizes for gun video”
Michael Calderone, Huffington Post: “The Trace, Bloomberg-backed journalism startup, tackles gun violence ‘epidemic’”
Jeremy W. Peters: “Bloomberg plans a $50 million challenge to the N.R.A.”
Breitbart Staff, Breitbart: “AP photo points gun at Ted Cruz’s brain”
Des Moines Register: “15 Photos: Ted Cruz at Johnston Shooting Range”
Hanna Trudo, Politico: “AP photo shows a gun pointed at Ted Cruz’s head”
Aboard the "Brian Williams apology tour"
It's official, Lester Holt is the new anchor of NBC Nightly News... and Brian Williams will move back to MSNBC when his suspension expires in August. He'll anchor breaking news events on the cable network, as it works to redefine itself.
Al Thomkins, Poynter: “What Brian Williams said and what he should have said”
Sharon Waxman & Jordan Chariton, The Wrap: “Brian Williams salary shocker: Close to $10 million for 10 percent of NBC audience”
Erik Wemple, Washington Post: “Will Brian Williams have anything to do at MSNBC?”
Erik Wemple, Washington Post: “MSNBC critic on Brian Williams move: ‘We will have more fun’’
Hadas Gold, POLITICO: “Chuck Todd: Brian Williams has been ‘shockingly honest’”
Ravi Somaiya, New York Times: “Brian Williams scandal shows the power of social media”
Laura M. Holson, New York Times: “Max Robinson, a largely forgotten trailblazer for black anchors”
Taking the detail too far?
Back in April, a former aide to Gov. Jay Nixon who approached former House Speaker John Diehl -- while he was still in office -- about a concern she'd been sexually assaulted by another person following a night out drinking. The woman filed a police report in which she indicated couldn't remember every detail from that night. Friday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published a story about the incident, the woman, her ties to state politicians and the full details of that police report. That report included her name and photo. Critics have come down on the Post-Dispatch for re-victimizing someone who'd been potentially sexually assaulted.
Virginia Young, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “Police report reveals past Diehl affair with Nixon staffer”
Sarah Fenske, Riverfront Times: “How the Post-Dispatch shamed a possible rape victim – and embarrassed itself”