How the US covered the Australian and Brazil floods

“The mudslides in Brazil and the floods in Australia this month — both catastrophes of the first order — garnered a lot of press in the United States, and rightly so. Reporters have been calling both events the worst natural disasters the countries have ever experienced — but news coverage for each was anything but similar.” — Columbia Journalism Review

New York Times to publish e-Book about WikiLeaks

“The New York Times announced Wednesday that it plans to publish its first e-book, titled Open Secrets: WikiLeaks, War and American Diplomacy, about last year’s WikiLeaks releases.” — Mashable

Men’s Health Editor plagiarizes his own writers

“Last year, we caught Men’s Health editor Dave Zinczenko reusing covers. Turns out that’s not the only way Zinczenko recycles content: He’s been ripping other writers’ bylines off old Men’s Health articles and passing them off as his own.” — Gawker

BBC to trim World Service

“Facing a 16 percent reduction in its budget, the BBC World Service said on Wednesday that it would close five of its 32 language services and reduce its workforce by about a quarter, cutting around 650 jobs over the next three years.” — New York Times

Nick Leeder named as boss of Google Australia as Brett Clegg steps up at The Oz

“News Ltd’s Nick Leeder is the new MD of Google in Australia and New Zealand, the company has announced, while Brett Clegg will replace him as deputy CEO of The Australian.” — mUmBRELLA

Grocery store censors Elton John’s icky gay parenting

“Harps, with 60 locations in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas would like to spare the children from gay sinner Elton John in business casual holding his baby. — Jezebel

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