Brussels, our thoughts are with you

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Brussels, our thoughts are with you
March 22nd, 2016
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Hello from Muck Rack, where you can get a snapshot of what journalists around the world are reading, thinking and commenting on right now.


Tonight at #muckedup chat we're fortunate to welcome CJR's Anna Clark as our guest journalistThe oh-so-timely topic: covering the primaries. Got a question on that topic for Anna? Hurry up and tweet or email your Qs to our moderator, and we'll incorporate it into the chat! So set your reminder alerts for 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST and hop on Twitter to follow the #muckedup hashtage -- plus spread the word by clicking here! And on today's Muck Rack blog, we've solved the equation for understanding the media

Heartbreak strikes abroad


"Brussels, our thoughts are with you and we stand alongside you. Another horrific incident," tweets freelance journalist Gina Samarotto, after news broke of a mounting number of people killed and countless more injured from at least two explosions that shook Brussels Airport and another that rocked a nearby metro station (shared 10,000+ times as of last count). "Saw the Brussels news break last night before I went to bed. Really hoped it wasn't going to be this bad," admits Grist's Cody Permenter. "No words. Hoping people are able to connect with loved ones and get home safely tonight," tweets Motherboard's Kaleigh Rogers. "Attacks in Belgium a huge shake up for the European Union as both hit Brussels, capital of #EU [headquarters]," details reporter Patrick deHahn.

At least one suitcase bomb is believed to have detonated at the airport. Authorities blame the blasts on what appears to be a coordinated suicide attack that comes only four days after Belgian police tracked down Salah Abdeslam, described as “Europe’s most wanted man.” Abdeslam is said to be the only survivor left of 10 men involved in the Nov. 13 Paris attacks that killed 130 people around the city. This latest strike indicates a terrorist network continues to pose a risk to the public despite broad crackdowns and investigations across Europe. The attack began with more than one blast in the airport’s departure hall just before 8 a.m. and was followed around 9:10 a.m. by another explosion at Maelbeek subway station not far from the European Union. Understandably, Brussels is now on maximum terror alert with the city placed on lockdown and all public transportation shut down. "The latest on the Brussels attacks from @PoliticoEurope — whose offices are 150 meters from the metro attack," points out Zack Stanton at Politico.

Meanwhile, Belgian authorities reportedly are overwhelmed by the burden of their investigations. "Belgium doesn't have enough police or intelligence to deal with jihadi problem," explains The Spain Report's Matthew Bennett. Chillingly, one official even went so far as to say "It’s literally an impossible situation and, honestly, it’s very grave." We also direct you to the New York Times' excellent live coverage of the tragedy, with a clear outline of what we know and don't know. For instance, we don't officially know whether the attacks were related to the arrest last week of the main surviving suspect, but the Islamic State has claimed responsibility: a statement posted on an extremist web site implies Belgium was attacked for its part in fighting ISIS abroad. NPR offers a breakdown on that, as well.

Elsewhere in the news


In politics, a new poll shows most Republicans are embarrassed by the GOP campaign right now and at least 35 percent of all voters are afraid of a Hillary Clinton presidency. "According to an NYT poll, both Trump and Hillary terrify large numbers of people," Matthew Herper with Forbes breaks it down. Meanwhile, Washington Post's Karen Attiah writes "I asked Trump a policy question. Then he called me ‘beautiful.’" And if you're sensing a pattern, it might be because Trump's campaign manager also faces new allegations of shoving and sexually suggestive comments. Oh and here, by the way, is the transcript of Trump's meeting yesterday with WaPo's editorial board. At Tablet MagazineYair Rosenberg reacts, "Well, at least at this dangerous time, we have responsible leaders to guide us. Oh, wait."

Also trending today: the FBI says it might not need to force Apple to help unlock the San Bernardino iPhone, after all. "Remarkable twist in a remarkable situation: DOJ asks for pause in case vs. Apple, saying it might have alt way in," observes Politico's Nancy Scola. "Submitted without comment," whistleblower Edward Snowden tweeted in response to the news. Other news you should know: President Obama delivering his nationally televised keynote address to 11 million Cuban people and a Russian court finding a Ukrainian pilot guilty of complicity to murder in the deaths of two Russian journalists. And in a sad, breaking news update to yesterday's coverage on Rob Ford's battle with cancer, the former Toronto mayor reportedly has died.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: What submission is currently dominating a poll to name a $290 million polar research ship, much to the chagrin of the scientists who asked the public? Yeah, that would be Boaty McBoatface. Nice work, everyone.

Congrats to Craig Pittman of the Tampa Bay Times for being the very first to answer that correctly! Honorable mentions go out to these fantastic individuals for also getting it right: Elisha FieldstadtDan Rosenbaum (who notes Boaty "Edged out HMS Titanic II. Never ask a question you don't want an answer to"), Maureen MacGregorMatt Nagel (who adds "Well done, Internet"), Ron Casalotti (who remarks "Glad to see that we're well on our way to compiling the list of 2016 social media #fails)"), Mia Dand (who reacts "seriously???! I thought it would be #NotTitanic for sure"), Brian Hyland (who shrugs "I woulda gone w Skipper Von Floatsmore"), Columbia EngineeringCarrie GrayNoreen SeebacherLucia A. Walinchus (who concludes this proves "the human race can give birth to an Einstein or a Snooki"), Mark Gibbs (who points out "Sadly, the poll isn't binding"), Juliette Rousselot (who admits "I'd vote for that myself") and M Edward/Ed Borasky (who argues "it doesn't sound so bad when you put the 'HMS' in"). Shout out to Tracey Parry for answering "Iceberg, straight ahead?"

As for today's question, here it is: After going missing 11 years ago, who was supposedly spotted alive and well in Mexico?

Click here to submit your answers to @MuckRack. IMPORTANT: If you choose not to click that link, please include the word "answer" in your tweet so we can find it (the link will automatically do so for you)! 

... We’ll announce the winners in the next Daily!

Featured journalist: Cory Sekine-Pettite


Today the spotlight falls on Cory Sekine-Pettite, a freelance writer and editor with nearly two decades of experience "mostly in B2B media with some newspaper experience peppered in there." Sekine-Pettite has managed publications in the food service industry, film and TV production, and for the architecture, engineering, and construction industries. He got his start, however, covering local governments in Clayton County, Ga., for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "My first day on the job was election day!" His advice to aspiring journalists is "Verify. Double-check facts. Never stop learning." As for the pieces he's most proud of writing, he cites his series of profiles on injured soldiers who climbed mountains. For more of his award-winning work, stop by his Muck Rack portfolio here!

Remember: If you also want to be featured, you should 1) set up your own journalist portfolio 2) get verified and 3) let us know by emailing Kirsten.

Career Updates
Journo job moves for Tuesday


Your career moves to know this morning:

  • Top news: Jessica Roy (at right, with the adorable cat) is The Cut's newly named news editor at New York Magazine. Roy was previously senior writer there.
  • New outletDevin Tomb has been named deputy editor at and Tomb most recently served as deputy editor for Levo League.
  • Movin' on up: Alexa Tsoulis-Reay is now senior writer at New York Magazine. Tsoulis-Reay last was a reporter there.
Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email Kirsten (kirsten [at] sawhorsemedia [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!
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