Murmurs from the media

Barbara Strauch, a reporter and editor who directed the NY Times' health and science coverage for a decade, passed away from breast cancer yesterday at age 63. Science editor Celia W. Dugger there calls her "a gutsy editor, a friend & a mentor with a big heart. I will miss her always." Medical reporter Helen Branswell with the Canadian Press reflects, "Barbara Strauch's comments on the decline of science reporting are cogent & troubling. Sad news about her death." NYT's Michael Powell describes her as a "[m]entor to many of us & feminist with great laugh."

The Toast's Mallory Ortberg is trending thanks to her scarily spot-on depiction of a day in the life of a fictional female reporter (1,400+ shares). "Give @mallelis all the Pulitzers," demands Vox's Libby A. Nelson. Plus, after 39 years, a Daily Mail style guide writer tells all on fighting 'boffins, toffs and cads' (400+). And then there's this lesson in politics and TV news: a British politician made the mistake of asking a small, innocent-looking child on-camera why he wanted to vote for UKIP, because the kid replied (without missing a beat, mind you), "To get all the foreigners out" (350+). Luckily for us and unluckily for the politico, BBC News Midlands caught the whole thing on camera (150+).

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