Should I change my name to Donald?

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Should I change my name to Donald?
April 12th, 2016
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Last night's Shorty Awards were a star-studded success! Muck Rack got to present the journalist award, which went to none other than longtime news icon Katie Couric (who thanked us in a Twitter shout-out!). If you missed out, here's The Hollywood Reporter's complete summary of Shorty winners for each category, which included the program's first-ever YouNower of the Year. Come next year and find out for yourself why Fox New York calls it the Oscars of social media.

Top reads for today

"Anyone who hasn't read this needs to do so. Should I change my name to Donald?wonders freelance financial journalist Donna Ferguson, sharing The Guardian's deep dive into the dark side of their comment section (at 3,400+ shares right now)."10 writers who get the most online abuse are 8 women and 2 black men. 10 writers who get the least? all white dudes," TIME's Charlotte Alter breaks it down. "I won a place in the top 5 most abused Guardian writers! Never won anything before," fake-gushes commentator Nesrine Malik. "Good on the Guardian for turning its 70m+ comments into a giant data set & confirming what we already know as truth," praises Sarah Weinman at Publishers Lunch. "I'd also like to know how many commenters had actually read the article (my pet hate)," admits education editor Alice Woolley. "Journalists do need to be challenged. But yeah. Not like that," tweets VICE's Mike Diver. "Key lesson from @becky_gardiner deep dive below the line: write more about crosswords, cricket, horse racing & jazz," suggests Berlin correspondent Philip Oltermann, enumerating the least troll-worthy posts. Visuals editor Xaquín G.V. pointedly asks, "Is this really the web [we] want?"

In an emotional plea, Saints coach Sean Payton rails against guns after former defensive end Will Smith's death at the hands of one this weekend. “If this opinion in Louisiana is super unpopular, so be it,” Payton tells USA Today in his first interview since Smith's killing. "Brave (for Louisiana) stance by @Saints coach @SeanPayton in this thoughtful interview: 'I hate guns,'" details Toronto Star's Robert Benzie. Speaking of Canada, Dan Levin's perfectly titled "My Daddy’s Rich and My Lamborghini’s Good-Looking" takes a look at how that country's weak currency and welcoming immigration policies have made Vancouver a top destination for China’s one-percenters. "Fuerdai learns poverty by going out with just Victoria’s Secret pajamas & $1,000 Chanel shoes. We've all been there," snarks WSJ's Chun Han Wong. Meanwhile, Jia Tolentino puts out a riveting read dissecting exactly how "empowerment" became something for women to buy. "Women’s empowerment borrows the virtuous window-dressing of the SW’s doctrine and kicks its substance to the side," Tolentino convincingly argues.

Taking a turn toward the truly dark side of news, we learn from Unicef that Boko Haram is using more children as suicide bombers: over the past two years, 20 percent of suicide bombers deployed by Boko Haram have been children, and most often girls. And in the U.S., religious day cares also get freedom from oversight with frequently tragic results--such as a child drowning in a baptismal font. "When Jesus says 'Suffer little children...' I doubt this is what he had in mind," points out Ry Rivard at Voice of San Diego

Here's something we never thought we'd see: the National Weather Service will stop using all caps in its forecasts. "BEGINNING ON MAY 11, @NOAA’S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECASTS WILL STOP YELLING AT YOU," the NWS account tweets, later adding, "Don't worry, we'll still YELL when it's important!"

Question of the day

Our last question asked: Ivanka Trump forgot to do what? The face of Trump’s "Get Out The Vote" effort missed the deadline to register to vote for her dad in New York.

Congratulations to Sara Jacobson (who adds "I think it was deliberate") of Edelman PR for being the very first to get that right! Honorable mentions go out to Jeanne KirkDan RosenbaumBecky YerakASBPESarah-Ann Soffer (who calls the mistake "classic"), Anita FerrerAlexandra SvokosBridget O'Brian (who jokes "so even his own children won't vote for him"), Lisa || AlphaVertKaren DietrichImal WagnerAmanda ShepherdBarbara GoldenM Edward/Ed Borasky (who suggests "She should move to Oregon - it's automatic here!"), John WallXimena Mosqueda (who points out "to be fair, so did her brother"), Margo Howard (who muses "Politics is nothing they thought about - until now"), Joe GLiz SeegertJuliette RousselotKen WalkerJoey Held (who snarks "But hey, basic instructions are hard"), Matthew Schmidt (who quips "really, voting's for plebeians"), HouseablesMark GibbsSandbox HomeRon CasalottiKaren Elizabeth Fraser (who adds the hashtag #DontWorryDaddyWillFixIt) and Maricat Eggenberger for all answering correctly, as well.

As for today's question, here it is: Hillary Clinton is getting flack for which claim about Vermont?

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 Tuesday

Your career maneuvers to know for today:

  • Welcome to the team: Terrell Starr joins Fusion as national political correspondent covering the 2016 race and all things race in general. Starr has contributed to Fusion before as well as the Washington PostMashable and other publications.
  • Welcome to the news biz: Clay Russell is now a reporter for the McComb Enterprise-Journal in Mississippi. Something interesting about Russell, in case you recognized his name: he was Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's body man.
  • Now on agriculture: Ian Kullgren is now agriculture reporter at Politico Pro, contributing to the Morning Agriculture brief. Kullgren previously reported on state legislative reporter for The Oregonian.
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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