A welcome start to raccoons of 2016

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A welcome start to raccoons of 2016
January 5th, 2016
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Your first Tuesday news day of 2016


"This raccoon accidentally dissolving candy floss is a welcome start to raccoons of 2016," muses BuzzFeed's Rachael Krishna, sharing what arguably is the first meme sensation of the new year (and at 9,700+ shares right now). "Watching a raccoon accidentally dissolve his candyfloss in a puddle has really put my troubles in perspective," admits Ryan Nelson. And everyone was projecting their problems onto this poor varmint. "This raccoon is actually me on #Whole30," explains Newsweek's Polly Mosendz. "When you remember to deflate your now not so killer stat," alternatively suggests Soumaya Keynes with The Economist. "Me, when I have a 'great' story idea and then sit down to actually write it," NYT's Dan Saltzstein offers yet another comparison. At Rolling StoneTim Dickinson saw "Jeb Bush seizing the 2016 nomination." But regardless of what we took away from this little guy, none of us could tear our eyes from his plight. Andrew Coyne at the National Post calls it "Coonenfreude. I could watch this for hours," while SB Nation's Matt Ufford laments, "Still emotionally shattered from this Vine. GET THAT RACCOON MORE COTTON CANDY. Please, I need to sleep."


In other absurdity, a militant in one of the Islamic State videos is believed to be a former British "bouncy castle" salesman. Quite a "Career change," as noted by Foreign Policy's Pedro da Costa. Another important takeaway: his name is Sid. Meanwhile, authorities are plan to cut off power to the militia at the occupied Oregon refuge. "Update on the Oregon snacksurrectionists who, it turns out, have been enjoying government heating up till now," observes Oliver Burkeman at the Guardian US. And yet, interestingly enough, the leader of the Oregon armed "protest" has benefited from a federal loan program. "This, from @russchoma, is the Oregon militia version of 'keep your government hands off my Medicare'," realizes Aaron Wiener from the Washington City Paper.


In politics, Donald Trump's very first actual ad may shows migrants "at the southern border," but they're actually in Morocco. "We need a wall in the middle of the Atlantic to stop people running into the US from Morocco," declares The New Yorker's Nicholas Thompson. Contrast that with Ted Cruz's latest spot, which instead depicts bankers, lawyers and journalists running over border into the U.S. "Strong ad from Ted Cruz. Raises good point: would UK/US tolerate mass immigration that drove down elite-high wages?" wonders Politico Europe's Ben Judah. "New Ted Cruz ad floats crazy hypothetical scenario where there is downward pressure on journalism salaries," snarks American Spectator's John Tabin.

And on that media note, the controversial "manager" of the Review-Journal's parent company has been removed from the job while staff have been told to ease up on coverage of its new owner -- a.k.a. "Adelson's editors told to lighten up on the scoop volcano they work for," elaborates Karen Beninato at Forbes.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: 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?  Those years would be 1942 and 1943, when the ceremony was suspended due to the wartime "dimout" of lights in New York City.

Congratulations to Ken Walker of the Tampa Bay Times for being the very first to get that right! Honorable mentions go out to Ron CasalottiRobin SoslowMark Gibbs (who quips "The only times that NYC hasn't had balls") and Margo Howard for all getting some portion of that right.

As for today's question, in honor of the holiday, here it is: What just happened to the periodic table that's causing a stir?

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: William Harrison


Let's start the new year off right by introducing our very first featured journalist of 2016: William Harrison. A video game critic for the Toledo Blade, Harrison got his start there in a city desk assistant role, then librarian's assistant, and then crime beat reporter before finally obtaining his dream role of gaming critic. "I've learned about myself, and found out that there's always room for improvement, you just have to be willing to ask yourself the right questions to get there," Harrison writes. I like to argue and I appreciate the truth. It was either this or law.

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 Tuesday


Today's job moves are dominated by moves at The Guardian:

Meanwhile, elsewhere in journalism: 

  • Puerto Rico's Claudio Álvarez-Dunn is now managing editor for El Vocero. Álvarez-Dunn most recently served the same role at Primera Hora.
  • Naples Daily News welcomes back Jennifer Lima, this time as news editor. Lima is finishing up in the same role at Vista Semanal, serving Southwest Florida’s Hispanic community.
  • In February Jacqui Heinrich joins Fox 25 Boston as general assignment reporter in February 2016. Heinrich is wrapping up at ABC 13 Las Vegas as an anchor and reporter.
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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