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The Huffington Post Presents ‘Ferguson: The Untold Story’

Screen Shot 2014-08-21 at 15.37.31The Huffington Post today announced a series of coverage from Ferguson, but different than what’s made headlines in the nearly two weeks since the shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson.

“Ferguson: The Untold Story” highlights the inspiring acts of kindness and generosity in the St. Louis suburb.

Arianna Huffington, chair, president, and editor-in-chief of HuffPost, writes in a post introducing the series, “Endlessly rerunning protests getting out of hand, looting, tear-gassing and arrests is not giving viewers a full picture of what is happening in the community at large…This untold story is one of compassion, ingenuity, kindness, trust, collaboration and community — of the many who have reached out to help those caught in middle of the conflict, whether children who couldn’t go to school or strangers without a place to stay.”

Already, 20 articles and HuffPost live interviews are a part of the collection, from people protecting stores against looters to persons donating food to needy families and free activities for children. Check out the full series, here.

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Attorney General Eric Holder on James Foley: ‘People will be held accountable’

Following President Barack Obama’s statement yesterday on the beheading of American journalist James Foley by ISIS, Attorney General Eric Holder announced an open criminal investigation into the murder at a speech given at the Department of Justice on Thursday.

“The Justice department is actively pursuing justice in this case,” said Holder. “We have an open criminal investigation. And those that would perpetrate such acts need to understand something. This Justice Department, this Department of Defense, this nation; we have long memories and our reach is very wide. We will not forget what happened and people will be held accountable, one way or the other.”

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David Gregory to Reflect on Jewish Faith in New Book

Former host of “Meet the Press” David Gregory is expected to publish a book on his Jewish faith in 2015, first reported in this morning’s POLITICO Playbook.

“David and I began discussing a potential book about his personal faith and the spiritual journey people take in their lives,” Simon & Schuster Publishing Group president and publisher Jonathan Karp told Mike Allen‘s morning tipsheet. “We came to terms on the contract in 2011 and have been working together on the project since then.”

Karp went on to explain that the book will not serve as a memoir to Gregory’s six years as “Meet the Press” host or 20 year career with NBC News.

“Let me emphasize that this book has always been intended as an exploration of an aspect of David’s life that viewers rarely see in his journalistic work,” said Karp in Playbook. “The book was never intended as a memoir about his career. That objective hasn’t changed and will not change. This book will be about the inner spiritual journey many of us take in our lives.”

Last Thursday, NBC News president Deborah Turness announced that Gregory would be replaced as host of the network Sunday morning public affairs program by Chuck Todd.

U.S. News Promotes Kim Castro as Executive Director of Consumer Advice

Ek6KcsNrU.S. News & World Report today announced the promotion of managing editor for money and health Kim Castro to executive editor of consumer advice. Castro’s promotion was announced with the hire of Kim Heneghan as VP and GM of money products.

Castro will oversee U.S. News advice content, written by U.S. News reporters – many experts in their specific topic area – and professional and academic contributors with expertise in health and wellness, finance, etc.

“More than half of our audience is coming to usnews.com for guidance on important decisions in their lives,” said president and CEO Bill Holiber. “Kim Heneghan and Kim Castro will be major assets as we develop new consumer advice content and decision making tools in Money and across our site.”

Where in the World is WaPo’s Erik Wemple?

world-2-2It’s been nearly two weeks since we heard from Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple and the radio silence has had us worried. Where in the world is Mr. Wemple?

Since August 8, not a post has been made to his site or tweet to his Twitter handle. Is he OK? Is he safe? Did something happen after we saw him two Fridays ago as a guest on PBS’s “Mediatwits” discussing recent accusations and instances of plagiarism in the media industry? Read more

HuffPost Selects Beacon Reader’s Mariah Stewart for Ferguson Fellowship

Screen Shot 2014-08-21 at 09.53.14In preparation for the day when out of town reporters return home and those local take on a new beat, The Huffington Post is committed to telling the story of the shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo. for many months to come.

“It’s a question on the minds of nearly every resident, who know the camera crews will eventually fold up their sticks and pack up their vans, the West Florissant McDonald’s will transform from an international media filing center into a trivia question,” wrote Ryan Grim, Washington bureau chief of HuffPost in “The Huffington Post is not Leaving Ferguson.” “But the local police will still be there, along with the structural inequality and racial disparities that sparked the crisis.” Read more

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Mediabistro Morning Roundup – 8.21.14

From TVNewser to FishbowlNY, here are your top stories from across Mediabistro.

TVNewser Anchors in Ferguson Blurring Line Between Reporting and Opinion?

TVSpy Five Station Groups Buy and Sell Ten Stations

Lost Remote Fanta Attempts to Reach Teens With Vine-Based Comedy Series

FishbowlDC Greta Van Susteren to President Obama: ‘Put on a tie’

FishbowlNY Norm Pearlstine Dismisses Spreadsheet Furor

SocialTimes Snapchat is Getting Into the News Business

AllFacebook Facebook Doubles Ads Users Can See from Pages They Haven’t Liked

AllTwitter 99 Percent of Social Media Posts Generate Almost No Engagement

10,000 Words So What Do You Do, Anne-Marie O’Neill, General Manager of Mom.me?

Inside Mobile Apps RunKeeper Partners With Kiip for Rewarded Workouts

Inside Facebook Top 4 Tips for Creating a Successful Targeted Facebook Ad Campaign

GalleyCat Writers Take on the Ice Bucket Challenge

PRNewser David Meerman Scott Discusses the Art of Newsjacking

AgencySpy Sprint Kisses Its ‘Framily’ Goodbye

MediaJobsDaily Time to Ditch Workaholism and Being First One In, Last One Out

UnBeige Favorite Thing: Jack Headphone Stand

Live From New York Expanded with Addition of Political Interviews

51FvM1SwmZLThe 2002 oral history of Live From New York by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales will see a new edition, slated for a September 1 publication. The Hollywood Reporter secured several of its politically-focused excerpts, written since it’s original publication in 2003.

The new release features 200 added pages penned by SNL cast, writers and guest hosts, including Tina Fey and the 2008 vice presidential candidate she portrayed, Sarah Palin.

On segments pertaining to the 2008 election:

Lorne Michaels, executive producer: ”We were contacted by, I think, Howard Wolfson from Hillary [Clinton's] campaign, and they wanted to do the first show of the season. [Barack] Obama was heating up, but they called first, so I said OK. You have to play by those rules. And then, the week of, they bailed. I went, “Really? You called us, and we gave it to you.” I think every now and then I get carried away and think we actually do have influence. And then, after that, we put Obama on the date when Hillary was supposed to be on. The sense of entitlement which was following her everywhere at that point peaked for me at the bailing.”

On political impersonations:

James Downey, producer-writer: ”If I had to describe Obama as a comedy project, I would say, “Degree of difficulty, 10 point 10.” It’s like being a rock climber looking up at a thousand-foot-high face of solid obsidian, polished and oiled. There’s not a single thing to grab onto — certainly not a flaw or hook that you can caricature. [Al] Gore had these “handles,” so did Bush, and Sarah Palin, and even Hillary had them. But with Obama, it was the phenomenon — less about him and more about the effect he had on other people and the way he changed their behavior. So that’s the way I wrote him.”

Check out THR’s piece on it here.

Afternoon Lede Check – 8.20.14

Obama pledges justice in killing of U.S. journalist (The Washington Post). McDonnell testifies on marriage woes (POLITICO). Almanac predicts ‘super-cold’ winter (WTOP).

From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump…

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