Makes Spotlight look like yesterday's news

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Makes Spotlight look like yesterday's news
April 6th, 2016
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Unpacking the Panama Papers and more


Thanks to a Deep Throat named “John Doe,” we now have "a story that makes Spotlight look like [yesterday's] news," tweets Kim Murphy at the LA Times, sharing one of today's top links on how hundreds of reporters in more than 70 countries solved the puzzles of the "Panama Papers"  (at 1,400+ shares right now). “Incredible to hear about #Panama Papers collaboration. At one point 100 journos in a room working on it. No leak,” marvels Meghann Farnsworth at the Center for Investigative Reporting. According to Matt Pearce’s reportage, it was “like trying to read an MRI without a doctor.” “Amazing story of how #panamapapers story came together, & cautionary tale of what it means for print media to shrink,” points out Elizabeth E. Joh. Freelance journalist Allen Salkin calls it, “Journalism finding a way to still function." 


And it's also finding a way to continue having an impact, with Uefa offices getting raided by the police after Fifa president Gianni Infantino was named in the Panama Papers. "Shocked, just shocked, not," reacts CNN's Peter Bale. Fifa also faces calls to investigate Infantino’s role in the TV deal. The Papers have also revealed the offshore secrets of China’s red nobility. "What do you give a girl who has everything? An offshore shell company," quips The Guardian's Dominic Rushe. Unsurprisingly, China is on this, already censoring all mentions of the leaks via The Great Firewall.

Getting back to politics, last night's Wisconsin primary went to the underdogs: Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz came out on top, with Cruz's win putting GOP frontrunner Donald Trump firmly on track for a convention fight. "Lewandowski fired one operative simply for communicating with Manafort after he told him not to," notices political reporter Eli Stokols. Meanwhile, the Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton has had enough of Sanders, and straight-up calls her opponent a DINO: "He's a relatively new Democrat, and, in fact, I'm not even sure he is one." And did Sanders really botch that interview with the New York Daily NewsIt's not that simple, says Huffington Post's Ryan Grim.

In other news you oughta know, BuzzFeed can tell us where FBI planes are circling U.S. cities. "Once again I have been under-paranoid," realizes ProPublica's Julia Angwin. Not to be outdone, Vox figured the risk of lead poisoning wasn't limited to Flinto, so they mapped the risk of every neighborhood in America. In breaking news, coal CEO Donald L. Blankenship has been sentenced to a year in prison for conspiring to violate federal mine safety standards, with 29 deaths involved. "Shocking, in two ways: the Dark Lord of #Coal Country sentenced to actual prison time. (But only a year, max)," observes Rachel Martin. Equally breaking, country music’s outlaw hero and poet of common man Merle Haggard has died at 79. "Merle Haggard wasn't perfect. Which is why he was perfect," concludes Kolby Solinsky at Black Press Media.

Also, it's not been a very fun week for male journalist Gay Talese, but it's been a pretty fantastic one for the 9-year-old girl reporter Hilde Kate Lysiak who is also a still a serious investigator.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: Why is BuzzFeed News warning us to "say no to the dress?"  They're referring to all those sketchy retailers who sell too-cheap-to-be-true discounted clothes, many of which are linked to one of China’s richest men.

Congratulations to M. Edward/Ed Borasky for being the very first to get that right! Honorable mentions go out to Anita FerrerKen WalkerLucia A. WalinchusMeagen N. Hagans (who notes "in a way...the dress does not exist. too good to be true"), Debkrol (who calls the sites "scam-artist's wet dream"), Juliette RousselotBlue Gal/Fran (who suggests "Look for the UNION label?"), Mark Gibbs (who calls the whole thing #hardlysurprising), Claudine LaforceSamantha Allen (who answers sarcastically "That Facebook ad for that super cute dress for only $4.99 is probably maybe totally a scam") and Carrie Gray for all answering correctly, as well.

As for today's question, here it is: According to Bloomberg Newsa spat erupted at a buffet as Daimler shareholders battled over what?

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!

Career Updates
Journo job moves for Wednesday


Your career moves to know for today:

  • Freelance journalist Debra Krol (at right) is now gainfully employed as the managing editor of Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine, an upscale lifestyle and shelter title. It's not as unlikely as one would think for an environmental/science journalist, as Krol also covers art and travel! Until she gets her very own official email, reach her at or on Twitter @debkrol - or, of course, through her Muck Rack profile here!
  • Breanne L. Heldman is now deputy news director at Heldman hails from Yahoo, where she was deputy editor.
  • Caitlin Brody joins Entertainment Weekly as well but as senior editor. Brody comes from Us Weekly, where she served as a staff editor.
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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