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July 7th, 2016
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Muck Rack Daily
Hello from Muck Rack, where you can get a snapshot of what journalists around the world are reading, thinking and commenting on right now.

You may recall the Muck Rack blog recently tackled the nagging question "are cold call pitches ever OK?" Today, contributor Micah Warren talks about the next step after that question: here's 3 things to do after you've decided to pitch by phone!

News to leave you numb


"A woman caught the shooting of her boyfriend by a cop on Facebook live. MAJOR TRIGGER WARNING," cautions Nylon Magazine's Leila Brillson about yet another officer-involved shooting captured on video, this time taking place just last night (nearing 30,000 shares at this very moment). This victim's name is 32-year-old Philando Castile, and he was killed during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. “I think he was just black in the wrong place," his mother told reporters. "2nd amendment is only for white people," snarks Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks. So many elements of the video are jarring: the fact that the aftermath was livestreamed on Facebook, for example, or that there happens to be a young daughter in the back seat, audibly consoling her mother, “It’s OK, Mommy ... It’s OK, I’m right here with you.” Reportedly points out that this is the third police shooting death of a black man in three days. "My reality: More scared of being killed by cops in the U.S. today than I ever was fighting terrorists in Iraq and Bosnia," admits SI's Scooby Axson. The development prompted yet another live address from the nation's first black president: "This is not just a black issue ... This is an American issue," Barack Obama told the public, later continuing, “To be concerned about these issues is not political correctness, it’s to be American and want to live up to our best ideals.”

This latest tragic installment in the #BlackLivesMatter movement comes on the heels of new video emerging of Alton Sterling being killed by Baton Rouge Police. "The deli store owner gets props for getting the truth out," praises Simone Weichselbaum from The Marshall Project. At MTV NewsEzekiel Kweku confesses he's "long passed the point at which watching these videos makes me feel like a helpless bystander," realizing "At this point, I am a critic of images of men like me, dying. I’m a connoisseur." In response, MTV's Holly Anderson chillingly calls it "extrajudicial killings morphing into genre." "Black lives matter, and then in an instant, they don't," freelancer Roxane Gay writes, then elaborates, "I don’t know how to feel that my life matters when there is so much evidence to the contrary." More than 500 people have been shot and killed by police in America so far this year, The Atlantic reminds us.

Checking in ongoing sagas elsewhere: Donald Trump met with Hill Republicans as the controversy over his Star of David tweet continues to swell and Fox News sources claim Gretchen Carlson isn't the first Roger Ailes victim.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: Because we know many of you are hardcore Marvel fans, who is taking over as Iron Man from Tony Stark? That would be Riri Williams -- which may require some retooling of the name, as she's a woman. Not to mention, she'll be a woman of color!

Congrats to Raisa Bruner of TIME for being the very first to get that right (and for adding "shout out to @edockterman for getting the story")! Honorable mentions go out to these noteworthy human beings for answering it correctly, as well: Chuck Tanowitz (who calls it a "a great, bold move"), Maureen MacGregor (who suggests the new name be "iron woman of color"), Mark Edwards (who "Can't believe they didn't offer it to me"), KimMic (who adds the hashtag #ComicbookHeroinesWhoCode), Matt MendenhallRon CasalottiMark Gibbs (who notes "Black superheroes matter!"), Natalie TindallAllie WilkinsonSamantha Allen (who reacts "Yesssssss, #girlpower") and Claudine Laforce (who declares "Welcome to 2016!").

As for today's question, here it is: What recent Vanity Fair profile has so many people up in arms, 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!

Career Updates
Journo job moves for Thursday


Your career moves to know for today:

  • The first of his kind: Chris Davis (at right) is joining USA Today Network as their inaugural vice president of investigative reporting. You already know Davis as the Tampa Bay Times editor who's led three Pulitzer Prize-winning series.
  • Welcome to Cleveland: Shelby Miller heads to CBS affiliate WOIO-TV as a reporter. She joins from WATE-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee.
  • On the environment: Dino Grandoni is now climate and energy reporter at BuzzFeed News. Grandoni most recently was a reporting fellow at the Columbia Journalism School.
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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