Only two females left to save the species

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Only two females left to save the species
March 20th, 2018
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Today on the blog, Colleen Martell asks, "What’s your line?" She goes on to explain how to craft the perfect headline and first sentence of an email pitch. By borrowing the logline/headline strategy from the entertainment and news businesses, Martell shows you how to start with the end in mind and even walks you through what not to do. Give it a read and watch the email responses rack up. 

School shooting in Maryland

Earlier this morning, we heard news of a Maryland high school shooting. Authorities told the AP it was contained, though several people were injured.

Over at ABC News, Emily Shapiro and Aaron Katersky report that the Great Mills High School is locked down after several people were shot, but insist the 'event is contained.’

In the latest from CNN, St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron said an armed student has died after shooting two other students at Great Mills High School. The victims are in the hospital. One is in stable condition, the other in critical condition.

Ooooh Facebook’s in trouble

The thing everyone is talking about today is Facebook’s Surveillance Machine, which is also the title of an opinion piece in the New York Times by Zeynep Tufekci. “The issue goes far beyond what Cambridge Analytica may have done in 2016. We need to confront that this kind of surveillance/data infrastructure is ripe for use, misuse and abuse,” Tufekci explained.

Over at Bloomberg, a source told David McLaughlin that the FTC is Probing Facebook for its Use of Personal Data.

In The Guardian, an ex-Facebook insider says covert data harvesting was routine. The source calls the whole practice 'Utterly horrifying,’ according to Paul Lewis. Darren Sharp tweeted: “Hundreds of millions of Facebook users are likely to have had their private information harvested by companies that exploited the same terms as the firm that collected data and passed it on to Cambridge Analytica, according to a new whistleblower.”

Amid all the attention on the seemingly shady practices, Facebook’s Security Chief Alex Stamos is Said to be Leaving the company After Clashes Over Disinformation. The New York Times’ Nicole Perlroth, Sheera Frenkel, and Scott Shane got the story. Perlorth explained, “NEW: Facebook's security officer @alexstamos is leaving the company amid disagreements with Facebook execs over how to address Russian interference. His team of 120 is down to 3 people.” Frenkel added, “Facebook and its chief information security officer, Alex Stamos, have reached a deal for him to leave the company by August, following disagreements over how to deal with the social network’s role in spreading disinformation.”

The trouble spreads

Then we have news that a Trump-Linked Political Data Firm Offered to Entrap Politicians, according to Matthew Rosenberg at the New York Times. “Cambridge Analytica Offered to Entrap Politicians - @Channel4News in Britain weighs in with undercover footage of CEO Alexander Nix,” Rosenberg added on Twitter.

For more on the matter, check out Channel 4’s Cambridge Analytica Uncovered: Secret filming reveals election tricks. “Here are the undercover video recordings of Mercer/Bannon-backed Cambridge Analytica,” Alex Kotch shared. Jason Abbruzzese reacted with, “Oh boy.” And Ben Dreyfuss had quite a unique take on the matter: “British documentaries are great bc of their silly accents lol.”

The story that accompanies that piece is Revealed: Trump’s election consultants filmed saying they use bribes and sex workers to entrap politicians. Kylie Morris tweeted, “EXCLUSIVE: Cambridge Analytica offers to ‘set up fake IDs and websites’ or pose as students to hide their role in election campaigns.” He added, “Trump’s election consultants secretly filmed offering to use Ukrainian sex workers to entrap politicians.”

Trump’s doubling down on his legal team

Stateside, Trump’s lawyers have turned over documents to Mueller with hopes of limiting interview scope, Carol Leonnig reveals in the Washington Post.

Meanwhile, Trump is Considering Reshuffling His Legal Team as He Takes On Mueller More Aggressively, according to the New York Times’ Michael Schmidt and Maggie Haberman. Steve Kopack added, “Trump is said to be considering firing lawyer Ty Cobb, and another one of his lawyers, John Dowd, is thinking about quitting, as a third joined the legal team today.” Michael Tackett shared this quote from the story: "President Trump’s legal team was poised for a he openly discussed firing 1 of his lawyers, another considered resigning & a 3rd -who pushed theories on television that Mr. Trump was framed by the FBI — joined the roster."

Another explosion in Texas

The latest from the AP reveals the FBI probed the package bomb blast at FedEx in Texas. “Federal agents say this package is likely linked to attacks by what they believe is a serial bomber,” Sadie Gurman said.

CNN’s Madison Park found out What authorities are doing in response to Austin serial bombings. “BREAKING NEWS: Police in Austin hunt for serial bomber,” Audrey Irvine tweeted.

Elsewhere in Texas, another explosion rattled a shipping facility near San Antonio, just days after the Austin bombings, Mark Osborne reports at ABC News.

Meagan Flynn at the Washington Post writes that police believe the package was bound for Austin before it exploded at a FedEx facility in Schertz, Texas.

Very sad news

The world's last male northern white rhino died. Joshua Berlinger and Faith Karimi reported on the heartbreaking news for CNN. The news service tweeted: “The world's last male northern white rhino has died leaving only two females left to save the species from extinction.” The slightly good news here is that male southern white rhinos seem to be faring somewhat better

A Self-Driving Uber Car Killed an Arizona Pedestrian in what is apparently the first of such fatalities. In response, Uber has removed its autonomous vehicles from public roads. Daisuke Wakabayashi reported on the story for the New York Times. “Here's our short story about Uber self-driving car hitting a pedestrian overnight in Tempe. She later died from her injuries. We're updating,” Wakabayashi tweeted.

Former Tronc Chairman and Investor Michael Ferro has been Accused of Inappropriate Advances by Two Women, Kristen Bellstrom and Beth Kowitt report in Fortune. In a tweet, Beth Kowitt posited: “Perhaps the reason Michael Ferro announced he was retiring from Tronc today?” Indeed, the New York Times confirms that Ferro has stepped down.’

And Sinan Antoon writes that Fifteen Years Ago Today, America Destroyed My Country via an op-ed in the New York Times. Maryam Saleh shared this quote from Antoon’s story: “I never thought that Iraq could ever be worse than it was during Saddam’s reign, but that is what America’s war achieved and bequeathed to Iraqis.”

Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: On the most recent episode of “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver released a children’s book that’s in direct competition with another children’s book written by which head of state’s family?

Answer: That would be Mike Pence, who also has a children’s book coming out about his family’s pet bunny coming out.

Congrats to David Daniel‏ who was the first reader to tweet the correct answer!

Your question of the day for today is…The world’s last male northern white rhino died yesterday at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Where is the conservancy located?

As always, click here to tweet your answer to @MuckRack. We’ll announce the winners tomorrow!

Featured journalist: Mazhar Farooqui

Today’s featured journalist is Mazhar Farooqui, a multiple award-winning Dubai-based investigative journalist.

Farooqui is also the editor of the news tabloid XPRESS, which is published by Gulf News. Before moving to Dubai, Farooqui worked for publications like The Times of India, Hindustan Times, and The Pioneer.

His current articles cover topics like “Dodgy awards nite canceled” and “Trillion dollar conman strikes Dubai.”

Read more of Farooqui’s work right here.

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