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October 26th, 2016
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Hello from Muck Rack, where you can get a snapshot of what journalists around the world are reading, thinking and commenting on right now.

Today! Join @muckrack on Twitter for our monthly #MuckRackCafe chat. At 12:30 p.m. EST, we'll chat with @VictorFiorillo, senior reporter at @phillymag.

"ISIS sent four car bombs. The last one hit me."

The top story being shared to and from journalists today comes from New York Times photographer Bryan Denton, who offers a harrowing firsthand account of getting hit by an ISIS suicide car bomb while shadowing an Iraqi counterterrorism convoy outside Mosul. "Such a gripping read and fantastic photographs," says VICE's Ben Sullivan. "Amazingly vivid piece," adds the Guardian's Paul Owen.

October hasn't been a great month for Donald Trump, from the hot mic bus tape to a series of sexual assault allegations and a les-than-stellar final debate performance  against Hillary Clinton which, if the polling numbers hold, will have marked the symbolic end to his presidential hopes. Now the New York Times has published "5 hours of interviews that reveal Trump's fear of failure and embarrassment." Michael Barbaro has the story, which includes choice cuts such as, “I don’t like to analyze myself because I might not like what I see,” and in what might be the understatement of the century, “It’s very hard for somebody to be married to me.”

Another leaked recording making the rounds comes from the United Kingdom's new Prime Minister Theresa May, who was caught on a tape obtained by the Guardian's Nick Hopkins and Rowena Mason sharing her true feelings about Brexit. Contrary to public statements made in recent weeks, May expressed concerns that leaving the European Union might not only harm the UK's ecopnomic outlook, but that it may have also made the country less safe from terrorism: “There are definitely things we can do as members of the European Union that I think keep us more safe,” May said.

Featured Journalist: Alex Koma

In what sounds like a Muck Rack version of the first line of GoodFellas, InsideNova staff reporter Alex Koma writes in his profile, "Ever since I was nine years old, I've known I've wanted to be a journalist. Now Koma's dream has come true: Some of his most recent stories are highly concerned with issues of social justice, like this one on the Prince William School District post-poning a revision of its anit-discrimination policy to include protection for LGBTQ students, and another on an initiative to make video footage public by default in instances of police violence, like in the case of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald who was shot by police 16 times.

Keep up the great work, Alex!

Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: The Chicago Cubs are in the World Series for the first time since 1908. But the team wasn’t always called the Cubs. In what year was the name first mentioned and when did it become official?

Congratulations once again to Craig Pittman, who answered 1902 and 1907. Honorable mention goes to David Daniel.

Today's question: This year, the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers broke one of the longest championship droughts in American sports, giving "Believeland" its first national professional title in a long long time. Now, Cleveland's baseball team playing in the World Series is trying to double-down on breaking the drought, beating the Chicago Cubs last night in Game 1.

The question is... before 2016, when was the last time Cleveland had won a pro sports championship? And which team won it?

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!

Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email us (hello [at] muckrack [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!
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