Today in media

Mar 03, 2015

By now you've likely heard about the boy of 8 who called his newspaper's editor some very non-8-year-old names for pulling his favorite Sunday comics, because it's received 2,600 shares and counting. "Journalism finally has the hero it needs," declares Dan Nguyen. "ACTIVATE THE CLONING DEVICE!" demands Nolan Hicks with the New York Daily News.

Speaking of the Daily News, the NY Post says John Catsimatidis is mystery man behind the Daily News sale. Also, Tumblr says the original #thatdress post got 73 million page views, i.e., 140,000 per minute for one hour on Friday night. Meanwhile, Uber is launching a magazine called Momentum, but perhaps Glorified Newsletter might have been more fitting (400+)? "I'm excited to announce I'll be leaving Fusion to become editor-in-chief of Uber's inflight magazine," jokes Josh Barro, who is actually with NY Times and MSNBC.

BuzzFeed reports The New York Observer is standing by its mysterious freelance journalist with no online presence who wrote pieces with a fairly blatant pro-Russia bias (400+ shares), the latest of which was "a story with no sources that blames the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov on his love life." Columbia Journalism Review's David Uberti reacts, "This is fishy — @NewYorkObserver publishing articles by unknown reporter & w/ a pro-Kremlin bent."

And from CJR, here's the lowdown on Reveal and the new push for podcasts, especially of the investigative variety (167 shares). "It all started with a martini and a dream," notes Cole Goins with the Center for Investigative Reporting.

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