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Holy mail chimp!
June 30th, 2016
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We've all had those days -- the ones where your phone is ringing off the hook, your inbox is more flooded than usual, and when reporters are actually reaching out to you rather than the reverse. For those days, the Muck Rack blog offers you 7 tips to survive and thrive during a crazy media day.

 
Trending
On media minds for today

 

"Holy mail chimp! Adnan Syed, Serial's S1 profile subject, is getting a retrial," trumpets Abram Brown with Forbes, heralding the news that a Maryland judge granted a retrial to Syed, who was originally convicted for the 1999 murder of his high school ex-girlfriend (at 6,500+ shares right now). "Think independent, tenacious journalism can't make a difference? Think again," advises ABC's Muhammad Lila, offering his congrats to Rabia Chaudry, Syed's friend who has been championing his innocence since conviction and who reacts, "We’re overwhelmed, overjoyed, and we’re ready. We’re going to fight." NPR's Deborah Amos similarly concludes, "Journalism actually changed something" and Gannett's Lindsay Deutsch pays homage to "TFW you remember that v suspenseful podcast was about an actual human and an actual trial and actual maybe injustice." On the other hand, NYT's James Poniewozik admits, "Not a lawyer, so I don't know how much to credit Serial, but astonishing turn regardless." Of course, that's not to suggest everyone was fully on-board with this turn of events. "Podcast-driven retrial for guy who always sounded pretty guilty to me (but what do I know)," shrugs Politico's Timothy Noah.

In other news alerts you may or may not have received, transgender people will be allowed to serve openly in the military. "This workplace is where real change is happening," points out Re/code's Kara Swisher. Trending elsewhere on Twitter, we learn Apple is in talks to acquire Jay Z’s Tidal music service. "I foresee Jay Z and Dr. Dre sharing a cubicle," predicts Cordell Eddings at Group SJR. And Tesla is mourning its first tragic loss after reports of the first known fatality where autopilot was activated. "Still a lot safer than no auto-pilot," observes Business Spectator's Tristan Edis, whereas TechCrunch's Matthew Panzarino didn't appreciate the way Tesla announced it: "A breath between acknowledging a death and quoting the statistics would have been appreciated."

And in the outrageous but unfortunately true, the Ku Klux Klan reportedly dreams of rising again after 150 years of ignominy. Tulsa World, Jerry Wofford hits the nail on the head in tweeting, "Hi! Are you enjoying your day? Feeling good about your life? Hopeful for humanity? Well, we can't have that can we?!"

Watercooler
Question of the day

 

Our last question asked: What popular children's toy got a rather odd makeover by Hasbro, and for what reason? ​Mr. Potato Head got an "'ugly' makeover for a lovely reason" -- to raise awareness about food waste, because an estimated 6 billion pounds of '"ugly' but perfectly edible fruits and vegetables are tossed every year in the U.S., for being too knotty, small or otherwise misshapen to be sold in stores."

Congrats to Shaleila for being the very first to get that exactly right. Honorable mentions go out to Craig PittmanMark GibbsLaura Kath (who adds "My wish? Return to original 1964 version! #rotnot"), Ron Casalotti (who wonders "Like teaching children to associate food with toys?") and Michael Novick for all answering correctly, as well. Special shout outs to Lucia A. Walinchus for guessing "Chewbacca mom got her own action figure," Margo Howard for guessing "Ken was made transgender" and Leigh Egan for guessing "I think it's the Disney Princess dolls, so that they can look more realistic."

As for today's question, here it is: Actress Judi Dench just got what done for her 81st birthday?

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 Thursday

 

Lots of changes over at Bloomberg News bureaus:

  • Kara Wetzel (at right) is the San Francisco bureau's newly anointed chief. Wetzel is upped from her previous title of real estate team leader.
  • Wetzel takes over a position recently vacated by Jeffrey Taylor, who switches to managing editor for the West Coast. Taylor is now charged with overseeing coverage in  the western and southwestern bureaus that include Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.
  • Jonathan Levin is promoted to Miami bureau chief. Levin most recently acted as the Latin America mergers and acquisitions reporter for Bloomberg while being based in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
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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