RIP, Scout

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RIP, Scout
February 19th, 2016
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Headlines to heed


"RIP, Scout!"  tweets science writer and editor George Leopold in the wake of the breaking news that Harper Lee, beloved author of "To Kill a Mockingbird," has died at 89. "She was an icon in the truest sense of the word," concludes Houston Chronicle's Monica Rhor. Her death comes only months after the controversial publishing of Mockingbird's alleged sequel, "Go Set a Watchman." "I guess we'll never get that sequel to Go Set a Watchman now," laments Eric Griffith at "Ms. Lee, like her alter ego Scout, was a tough little tomboy," writes NYT's William Grimes, whose obituary somehow manages to offer up uncovered gems about Lee. "How did I not know this?! 'Ms. Lee wrote a column called Caustic Comments for @TheCrimsonWhite'," reacts David Simpson. "All I want to be is the Jane Austen of South Alabama,” Grimes quotes Lee, and we're certain she has accomplished far more than that.

In 2002, Donald Trump apparently did say he supported invading Iraq, after all. "Pres candidate Trump lied about opposing Iraq War ... So did pres candidate Wes Clark in 2003," points out Peter Hart. And while we're on Trump, The New Yorker's Andrew Boynton was so kind as to copy-edit Trump's rebuttal to the Pope yesterday. "Trump, impervious to fact-checkers AND copy-editors," muses Vanity Fair's David Friend. Checking in another one of yesterday's top stories, here's how Tim Cook became a bulwark for digital privacy. "Apple asked FBI to request iPhone hack under seal—FBI went public. So it's not just one phone—Feds wanted showdown," observes The New Yorker's Philip Gourevitch. Filling in even more blanks, a Bloomberg piece reveals the secret memo on the government's broader strategy to crack phones. "A must-read Bloomberg story on why the FBI is moving so aggressively against Apple: the White House has their back," explains P.G. Eddington. Elsewhere in cybersecurity, the Beijing government is banning all foreign media from publishing online in China. Sportspress Northwest's Art Thiel responds, "So much for China's 'coming out party' at '08 Olympics. Foreign media gets trap-doored as of March 10."

Question of the day


Our last question asked: What does one Huffington Post editor appear to view as the standard for determining "authentic journalism" (and causing an outcry in the process)? When you don't pay the writer. Okay, we're going to go ahed and say we're not fans of that standard. 

Congratulations to Carrie Gray of Columbia Journalism for being the very first to answer that correctly (and adding "(Um, journalism is a career, which equals a salary"). Honorable mentions go out to Elaine S. PovichKen Walker (who added this appropriate reaction gif to his answer), Mark Gibbs (who had a few choice words for the editor, and followed them up with, "that must be authentic journalism 'cause I wasn't paid to write it"), Martin Berliner (who adds "Good luck with that!") and Ron Casalotti for all getting that exactly right, as well!

As for today's question, here it is: According to the Brown Daily Herald, what is placing strain on students these days?

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 Friday


Your career highlights this morning:

  • Cara Kelly (at right) just joined USA Today as the editor of Entertain This!, their entertainment news vertical. Kelly comes from the Washington Post, where she served as editorial product manager for the Emerging News Products team. In her new role at USAT, Kelly has been charged with revamping the blog, making it a destination for young women readers interested in everything from Oscars after-parties to fashion week.
  • Peter Wade is now weekend editor at Esquire and social media producer at FastCompany. Wade most recently was a freelancer on a host of beats, including media, politics and pop culture.
  • Matt Johnston joins New York Media as executive producer of video, charged with expanding their visual presence. Johnston hails from Business Insider, where he was a producer and editor for the site as well as Tech Insider.
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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