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Today in "access journalism is effed"
May 11th, 2016
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What's causing a stir today

 

"Today in 'access journalism is ethically fraught and generally f***ed'," is how BuzzFeed's Anne Helen Petersen chooses to describe  Ronan Farrow's trending guest column on his father, Woody Allen, and the danger of questions unasked about his sister's alleged abuse at Allen's hands (a Hollywood Reporter piece that's already at 16,400+ shares right now and still rising). "We are witnessing a sea change in how we talk about sexual assault and abuse. But there is more work to do to build a culture where women like my sister are no longer treated as if they are invisible. It's time to ask some hard questions," Farrow concludes, prompting Taylor Trudon at MTV News to tweet, "if anything, read the last 3 sentences from @RonanFarrow's essay. then read them again." Unsurprisingly, Farrow's renewed case against his film mogul father has triggered a powerful response in the media. "I was conflicted for years, but @RonanFarrow’s piece opened my eyes, I will no longer support Woody Allen’s art," resolves Elisabeth Oberndorfer at Gründerszen. A timely thing, too, because tonight the Cannes Film Festival premiers a new Woody Allen film. But would Farrow's words change anything? "Zero journalists at the Woody Allen press conference asked him about this @RonanFarrow piece, proving his point," notes THR's Matthew Belloni. Texas Monthly's H. Drew Blackburn highlights one important caveat: "very strange that thr did a puff piece on woody allen then published this but points for doing this." Well, kudos for redemption, right?

 

Also stirring the pot: Google, where they've just opted to ban payday loan advertisements. "In 2015, @google disabled more than 780 million ads. Now, it's banning payday loans," elaborates freelance journalist Alex Howard. "Don't be evil -- and now don't be usurious (this is a pretty big deal)," Ryan McCarthy at VICE reminds everyone. In other reveals, climate change is being cited as the reason for an increase in wildfires in the fragile Boreal forest. "Scientists have warned for decades that climate change threatens huge swaths of forestland. It's here, now," points out science blogger Jeff Nesbit at U.S. News & World Report. Elsewhere in science, we learn that the CDC repeatedly faced secret sanctions for mishandling bioterror germs. "#FOIA is truth serum. CDC wouldn't previously answer questions - then document showed one of its labs was suspended," observes USA Today's Alison Young.  Meanwhile, further analysis on Prince's death has cast a spotlight on the overdose antidote dilemma. "Read if you know anyone on prescription pain killers," urges WSJ's Glenn Hall.

Finally, here is your daily reminder that Riley Curry is the real MVP. Okay, and maybe her dad.

Watercooler
Question of the day

 

Our last question asked: What "potentially ingenious, potentially absurd branding extremes" has Budweiser gone to, just in time for the 2016 election? Renaming its beer "America," beginning May 23 through the November election. Yes, that just happened.

Congratulations to Craig Pittman of the Tampa Bay Times for being the very first to answer that correctly! Honorable mentions go out to these equally fine folks for also getting it right: Amy B. WangMark Gibbs (who remarks "How odd. I don't think of the U.S. as weak and tasteless"), Kimmi C (who applauds it as "brewing up a hopping great competition for campaign branding"), Elaine IandoliM Edward/Ed Borasky (who jokes it will be "'Molson' if Trump wins"), Thomas FeyerAnnie M. Dance (who offers up the motto "vote & have a cold one"), Tyler Gatlin (who calls it "Appropriate in this election cycle, b/c Bud tastes like sadness") and Ron Casalotti (who quips "In a related story, TV actress is changing her name to Budweiser Ferrara"

As for today's question, here it is: On Thursday, a Washington Post reporter will follow through on a pledge to do what? And why?

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:

  • The New York Times has named Sydney Ember (at right) media reporter. Ember previously served as a reporter on the advertising and marketing desk and as a business reporter for NYT's DealBook.
  • Rob Bricken is now the editor-in-chief of io9. Bricken previously served as senior editor there.
  • Leslie Pariseau joins Saveur Magazine as special projects editor. Pariseau hails from Punch, which she founded in 2013 and where she served as deputy 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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