Click here to receive mediabistro.com's Morning Media Newsfeed via email.
Gripping National Story Hits Orlando -- Again (B&C)
For the second time in eight months, the Orlando, Fla., market is home to a giant, emotionally charged, and tragic news story involving the death of a child. HuffPost Geraldo Rivera doubled down on his incendiary comments about Trayvon Martin during a Friday appearance on The O'Reilly Factor, saying that hoodies reminded people of criminals like the Unabomber and thus put them in danger. HuffPost MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry mocked Rivera's incendiary comments about slain teenager Martin with biting sarcasm Saturday. Mediaite On CNN's Reliable Sources Sunday, Howard Kurtz called out MSNBC anchor Al Sharpton for having it both ways on the Martin story: covering it on his program, PoliticsNation, and then being a part of a rally for it in Florida, publicly calling for George Zimmerman to be arrested. Mediaite On Sunday evening, CNN's Don Lemon invited ESPN writer LZ Granderson and contributor Will Cain to talk about the politics of the Martin case. What started out as a discussion of the president's comment last week spiraled into a heated debate -- with Cain vehemently denying the role of race in the case. NYT Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old, was fatally shot Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla. The next day, his death was a top story on the Fox-affiliated television station in Orlando, the closest big city to Sanford. Within a week, it was being covered by newspapers around the state. But it took several weeks before the rest of the country found out. Multichannel News BET will air a special Monday that will examine the recent and very controversial killing of African-American teen Martin in Florida.
Obama Press Corps Temporarily Blocked Out In South Korea (HuffPost)
This is South Korea, right? The democracy with a free press and a close alliance with the U.S.? When President Barack Obama arrived at the presidential palace in Seoul Sunday, he was missing his constant traveling companions: members of the U.S. press corps traveling in Obama's motorcade. In an embarrassing bilateral blockade, members of the media were denied entrance to the Blue House. The messy scene resulted in their missing Obama's meeting with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.
Boxing Writer Bert Sugar Dies Of Cardiac Arrest (Yahoo! News / AP)
Bert Sugar, an iconic boxing writer and sports historian who was known for his trademark fedora and ever-present cigar, died Sunday of cardiac arrest. He was 75. NY Daily News Boxing suffered a great loss Sunday when the sport's legendary journalist and historian Sugar died at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco of a heart attack following a lengthy battle with lung cancer. Only a few close friends knew that Sugar was battling cancer. And he wanted it that way. The telephone message on his home office phone in Chappaqua still has Sugar's voice saying that he was in training for a comeback. Forbes When a friend texted me Sunday afternoon with the news that Sugar had died, I can't say I was shocked: The first time we had lunch, nearly 20 years ago at the bar of Manhattan's old Cedar Tavern, he pounded five Cutty Sarks on the rocks in between maybe three bites of a hamburger. Then he lit up a cigar and continued talking as lucidly as if they had been Diet Cokes. It was barely noon.
Variety For Sale Again (AdAge / MediaWorks)
Reed Elsevier, the publisher of Gray's Anatomy textbook and the LexisNexis database, said Friday that it has put Variety magazine up for sale again. FishbowlLA Parent company Reed Elsevier tried to sell Variety and all of its other RBI B-to-Bs back in 2008, but was unable to get their asking price due to the global financial collapse. Variety "Variety is an iconic title serving the film and entertainment industry for more than 100 years," said RBI chief executive Mark Kelsey. "With RBI's increasing focus on data services, and the sale of our other U.S. print magazines, it now makes sense for us to sell the business. Variety has an incredibly talented team who have successfully innovated and expanded the franchise in industry news and analysis. I have no doubt the business will continue to thrive under new ownership." Movie City News Five years ago, The Hollywood Reporter was on death watch and Variety was going in for the kill. Variety scooped up Anne Thompson and others, cockily pecking away at whatever good meat was left on a dying carcass. TheWrap.com / WaxWord What's Variety worth?
WSJ Can Change Digital Subscriber Price On The Fly, Says Court (paidContent)
In 2006, the publisher of The Wall Street Journal spun off financial magazine Barron's and required subscribers to pay more if they wanted to keep reading Barron's Online. This week, angry customers who sued learned that they are out of luck after a New York court rejected their breach-of-contract claim.
Looking For Answers For NYPost.com, Rupert Murdoch And Col Allan Rely On A Standby General: Jesse Angelo (Capital New York)
It's been a few weeks since the New York Post lost the editor of its website, Erle Norton, to Reuters, where he is now working for fellow ex-Post editor Dan Colarusso. A deputy has been running the site since, and no replacement for Norton has been named. But in the newsroom, rumblings at a higher level are being detected by staffers these days.
Digital Traffic In January: Love Is In The Air (minOnline)
Talk about tying the knot? December being the biggest engagement month leads to an influx of recently engaged brides flooding the site of TheKnot.com.
Why Do Magazines Look So Terrible On The iPad 3? (Mashable)
As with any high-profile product release, Apple's new iPad device has been peppered with complaints since reaching consumers' hands March 16. Among them: that magazines look terrible on the iPad 3's high-resolution display.
Ratings Take Slide On Cable (WSJ)
The biggest drama on cable TV this year may be the ratings plunge under way at some of the largest networks, as the competition for viewers heats up and new technologies reshape some viewing habits.
WaPo Loses Another Top Exec (JimRomenesko.com)
The woman in charge of Washington Post Live is leaving the paper to join a D.C.-based digital start-up called Persona.
Wisconsin Journalists Signed Gov. Walker Recall Petitions (JimRomenesko.com)
It's "disheartening" that 25 news employees of Gannett newspapers in Wisconsin signed Gov. Scott Walker recall petitions, says Green Bay Press-Gazette publisher Kevin Corrado.
James Murdoch Resigns From Another Corporate Board (NYT / Media Decoder)
In a continuing effort to distance himself from News Corp.'s embattled British newspaper unit, James Murdoch has stepped down from the board of Times Newspapers Holdings.
Tiger Woods Win Has CBS Looking Forward To Masters (TheWrap.com)
Some of that cheering you heard when Tiger Woods wrapped up the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament Sunday in Orlando, Fla., may have been coming from CBS Sports.
Vogue Article By Mom About Seven-Year-Old Daughter's Weight Sparks Heavy Backlash (Yahoo! News / The Cutline)
An article by a woman who is "fighting" her seven-year-old daughter's "childhood obesity" at home -- published in the April issue of Vogue -- is causing a big backlash online among readers critical of the magazine and its author.
How The Wall Street Journal Uses Pinterest (10,000 Words)
While Pinterest is taking many newsrooms by storm, there may still be some editors who are hesitant or unsure about how to go about using the online scrapbooking site. Why not take a page -- or, in this case, a board -- from The Wall Street Journal?