The stars look very different today

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The stars look very different today
January 11th, 2016
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Turn and face the strange


"And the stars look very different today. There won't ever be another one like the magical David Bowie," tweets NYT Now's Katie Rogers, mourning the passing of the the legendary musician at just 69 after an 18-month battle with cancer. The breaking news was confirmed in a Facebook post late last night. "Let it not be true," laments Richard Rushfield with HitFix, one of many such reactions. "The Thin White Duke is not returning," realizes NYT's Bina Shah. "What a journey, Ziggy Stardust: epic and joyful. Thanks for sharing it with us," chimes in colleague Frank Bruni. In response, the Wall Street Journal swiftly immortalized Bowie's life in photos while British illustrator Helen Green created a gif of how time has changed Bowie throughout the ages, which fans enthusiastically re-shared all over the Internet. For The Guardian, Tim Jonze wonders, "Was David Bowie saying goodbye on Blackstar?" "I bought Blackstar in Rough Trade East on Saturday, and spent the weekend pouring over the lyrics," admits colleague Caspar Smith.


Elsewhere at the Guardian, Suzanne Moore poignantly reflects on "my David Bowie, alive forever" while NBC News calls him a rock visionary. To help the uninitiated as well as comfort longtime fans, BuzzFeed put together 17 wonderful Bowie performances you need to watch right now. Fittingly enough, an astronaut also paid tribute to "Starman" Bowie from space. "Here is he, sitting in a tin can, far above the world — and saying farewell to David #Bowie. An astronaut’s goodbye," Ted Anthony with the Associated Press perfectly describes it. Even Kanye hailed Bowie as important inspiration. "It says something when people mourning you include Germany's foreign ministry, an astronaut, the Vatican and Madonna," notes AP's Cara Rubinsky. And still the remembrances keep pouring in: "We've started a live blog to collect all the great things the Internet sends our way in memory of David Bowie," announces Hannah Olivennes.


Over the weekend, actor Sean Penn's "scoop" of an interview with El Chapo made some waves, you might say. "This story reads like someone making fun of Sean Penn, which I guess is just how Sean Penn writes," shrugs Dan Hinkel with the Chicago Tribune. "More virtuoso bloviation from our senior south-of-the-border correspondent," snarks Reason's Kurt Loder. "Actual question in @RollingStone's hard-hitting 'interview' btwn Sean Penn and El Chapo," points out Ana Ley at the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia could list crude reserves in the much anticipated Aramco IPO, according to a Wall Street Journal exclusive. "More from our interview with Saudi Aramco chairman: Company may go further in expansion of its refining capacity," explains WSJ's Ahmed Al Omran. And in the hills near the Lebanese border, starving Syrians are being denied aid amid political jockeying. "The Syrian civil war is in its 5th year. Thousands are being starved as a tactic of war," details NYT's Michael Slackman. There are too many harrowing details in that piece to pick just one, so we advise that you click and read them all for yourselves.

Takes upon takes


Let's talk more about how Rolling Stone handled today's "get" on El Chapo, which was one with real ethical ramifications. "So @RollingStone has let people 'approve their quotes in interviews.' What's that all about?" wonders Eric Wishart, formerly of the AFP. Another takeaway: "the dean of columbia journalism school calls sean penn a journalist," notices NBC's Josh Sternberg. And in takes upon takes, WaPo attempts to explain why many consider Sean Penn’s Chapo meeting an "epic insult" to Mexican journalists. "Suspect we know the answer to this one. 'Is he serving the public or is he aggrandizing himself?'" muses Bloomberg's Sebastian Tong.


Here's a twist -- The New Yorker's Andy Borowitz parodied the whole thing by penning "ISIS Chief Abruptly Cancels Meeting with Sean Penn" ("This is what your day needs," promises freelancer Elizabeth Dickinson), but then Deadline mistook that for a real story and all hell broke loose. "RETRACTED! 'Misinterpreted' is now code for 'got fooled by'," observes Jeff Sneider at TheWrap. Meanwhile, The Daily Maverick is just one of the latest to close down comments thanks to trolls, while the NY Daily News has cut 20 of its staffers: "My co-workers and I were herded into a conference room and told that today was our last day and told to leave." Heart-wrenching.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: The world's oldest living animal is making headlines today for what reason? A 183-year-old giant tortoise has been given a new lease on life thanks to a healthier diet.

Congratulations to Carrie Gray with Columbia Business School for being the very first to answer that correctly! Honorable mentions go out to Fabiola Camacho (who calls it "his new years diet resolution! I guess #Oprah's weightwatchers commercials really hit home"), Ames AlexanderMaureen MacGregor (who notes he's "peppy at approx 150 years of age, and moving faster than any DC pol"), Mark Gibbs (who adds the diet is "not related to US Gov's Dietary Guidelines as written by lobbyists"), Margo Howard (who theorizes the tortoise is "thought to be an ancestor of Mitch McConnell's"), Keith Taylor (who quips "At 183 years old, slow and steady is winning the longevity race"), Ron CasalottiKen Walker and Robin Soslow for all getting that right, as well.

As for today's question, here it is: In a Vine'd clip from last night's Golden Globes, what interaction was observed between actor Leonardo DiCaprio and singer/actress Lady Gaga? Give us your best caption!

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: Ayesha Salim


Today's spotlight falls on Ayesha Salim, a staff writer with IDG Connect. A tech journalist, Salim covers all the most interesting developments in the technology sector, including topics that range from driverless cars to UI interfaces to artificial intelligence to wearables. Specifically, however, Salim focuses on technology affecting the healthcare sector with an emphasis on the US, as evidenced by this recent headline: "DIY surgical robots: A step too far?" For a taste of more of her work, check out more of Salim's bylines in her Muck Rack portfolio here.

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 Monday


Today's top journo move:

  • WSJ's Gillian Wong (at right) returns to the Associated Press as greater China news director. Read all about it here.

Meanwhile, at Bloomberg Businessweek:

  • As of last week, Pat Regnier is now editor overseeing the Markets & Finance section of the magazine. Regnier joins from Money, where he was an assistant managing editor.
  • Today is Bret Begun's first day there as Etc. section editor. Begun most recently served as articles editor at Details magazine and a senior editor at Newsweek.
  • Next week Max Chafkin will join Businessweek on Jan. 19 as a writer covering the tech industry. Previously Chafkin has been a contributing writer to Fast Company and a regular contributor to Vanity Fair.
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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