Should auld acquaintance be insult

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Should auld acquaintance be insult
December 31st, 2015
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Happy almost-New Year from Muck Rack! December is nearly gone and taking 2015 with it, so clearly it's time for our final monthly top picks of the year! Here are the 5 links we loved this past month. And looking ahead to the new year, we've also got answers to this important question: What does 2016 look like for PR pros and journalists? ... see you in the new year!

News for a new year

"Should auld acquaintance be insult," quips Washington Post's J. Dulac, while tweeting one of today's greatest end-of-year-roundups: All the people Donald Trump insulted in 2015 (currently at 3,700+ shares). Washington Post's Katie Zezima calls it a "Very comprehensive yet incomplete list" and Nieman Lab's Joshua Benton notes it's "Worth watching just to check if Donald Trump insulted you in 2015." Also at WaPoGene Park warns "it's a long video but you knew that."

In other new year's news, a Rochester man accused of being an ISIS sympathizer who planned to kill citizens this New Year's Eve. "Man w/ history of mental illness helped by undercover agent in plotting attack. These things ain't black & white," assures Justin Murphy with the Democrat and Chronicle. Also, American president Barack Obama is gearing up to unveil a new executive action on guns next week, ahead of his final State of the Union. "Oh man, so monday is going to be fun," predicts Greg Otto at And as for some of the best listicles, we point you toward Joshua Brown's handy enumeration of things he learned this yearEater's takedown of NYC dining and FiveThirtyEight's 47 weirdest charts from 2015. "Waiting for the 2028 Taylor Swift v Ivanka Trump Presidential race," admits Yahoo's Jeff Macke.

Yesterday's other late breaking big news: "For the first time, Bill Cosby criminally charged," announces reporter Sherisse Pham, as news broke that Cosby was arraigned late yesterday afternoon on sexual assault charges (at 10,000+ shares and showing no sign of stopping). Related to a 2004 accusation, Cosby "didn't enter plea at his arraignment. Also surrendered his passport," shares Tolu Adeleru Balogun with Nigeria Info 99.3. "Bill Cosby has been charged with sexual assault in Pennsylvania. The charge is a first degree felony," details Greg Miller. "Cosby bail $1M," points out freelance journalist Josh Levs. "'Bout time," reacts Psychology Today's Cathy Scott. And this morning the New York Daily News released a fiery editorial declaring that justice has come for Cosby. "Love the pay off line of this article!" praises Ed Frazer from Channel 4 News. It really is a doozy, so you'll want to click that.

Question of the day

Our last question asked: What unusual obstacle recently was blocking traffic on California's Highway 37? That would be a rather truculent elephant seal.

Congratulations to CNN's David Daniel (who quips that the seal "was just trying to follow the chicken to the other side") for being the very first to answer that correctly! Honorable mentions go out to these excellent people for also getting it right: Samantha Chong (who adds "Any other kind of answer is irrelephant, really" before noting "... I'll show myself out"), Kevin Wiley (whose answer was "Not an elephant. Not just a seal. An elephant seal!"), Carrie GrayM Edward/Ed Borasky (who jokes the animal "most definitely did not get the Seal of Approval"), Matt NagelMark Gibbs (who jokes "Why did the elephant seal cross the road? To get to the other seaside" before adding "I apologize but I had no choice"), and Ron Casalotti (who postulates this was a seal "that Donald Trump thought was a GOP endorsement & who's even with Hillary in the polls").

As for today's question, in honor of the holiday, here it is: The New Year's ball has been dropped in Times Square every year since 1907, with the exception of which years? And for what reason?

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: Tania Lopez

One of our last featured journalists of 2015 is Tania Lopez! This New York-based reporter for Newsday covers the crime and justice beat, with a focus on the Suffolk County Police Department and crimes committed in that area. Lopez reportedly broke the story on the current Suffolk police chief's internal affairs probe that he "engaged in questionable acts as a sergeant then was promoted to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office as its chief investigator." She boasts a Muck Rack portfolio full of related headlines, such as "Ex-police chief pleads not guilty to cover up" (at about 700 shares currently) and "$150G suit: Top cop 'personally took part' in beating" (at roughly 150+ shares). Check out her profile for more of Lopez's work!

Remember: If you also want to be featured here, 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 Thursday

Today's career moves to know:

  • Tomorrow is Lesley Marin's last day at 23 ABC News in Bakersfield, Calif., where she has been an anchor/reporter. Marin (at right) departs for a similar position at ABC 13 Action News in Las Vegas.
  • The Information promotes Martin Peers as managing editor. Peers previously served as senior editor and columnist there.
  • Paul Michelman is now editor-in-chief of the MIT Sloan Management Review. Michelman joins from Safari Books Online, where he was also editor-in-chief.
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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