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Supreme Court Will Not Review Risen Case (The Guardian)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a lower court’s order requiring a New York Times reporter to testify in a criminal case against a former source, deepening the court’s silence on the question of protections for journalists and confidential sources. FishbowlDC The issue dates back to a May 2011 subpoena received by James Risen to identify a source for his 2006 book State of War: The Secret History of The CIA and the Bush Administration. NYT The court’s one-line order gave no reasons but effectively sided with the government in a confrontation between what prosecutors said was an imperative to secure evidence in a national security prosecution and what journalists said was an intolerable infringement of press freedom. NPR / The Two-Way Risen has said he would refuse to testify in order to protect the identity of his source. Federal prosecutors argued that they need him to testify to pursue their criminal case against Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer. WSJ A divided U.S. appeals court based in Richmond, Va., sided with the government last year, ruling that Risen didn’t have a reporter’s privilege allowing him to refuse to testify about the source and scope of classified information allegedly disclosed to him. The court said there is no privilege in criminal cases that protects a reporter from testifying about conduct the reporter allegedly witnessed or participated in. USA Today Since Obama took office, federal authorities have filed at least seven leak-related criminal cases, including against former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden for leaks about government surveillance programs and Army Pfc. Bradley Manning for giving classified information to the website Wikileaks.

Nielsen’s Top Social Shows of the 2013-2014 TV Season (Nielsen)
This past TV season saw many programs launch beyond the screens we watched them on through social media. TV moments became thousands of messages on Twitter within seconds, with the energy of engaged fan bases, the influence of program stars and press, and the quick creativity of advertisers amplifying posts to millions of people engaged on Twitter. So, as the broadcast TV season comes to a close, Nielsen Social took a look back at the programs and moments that reached the biggest audiences and engaged fans at record levels on Twitter in the U.S. this season, from Sept. 1, 2013 through May 25, 2014. LostRemote AMC’s Breaking Bad, which wrapped its legendary five-season run one month into the TV season, was the top show in terms of social reach. In fact, its series finale on Sept. 29, 2013, set the record for reach in a single airing and over time, it reached 9.1 million people across the night, with 51,000 tweets mentioning @aaronpaul_8 (Aaron Paul) and 19,000 mentioning @BryanCranston (Bryan Cranston). The Wrap The second-biggest series is also an AMC show, The Walking Dead. Third is ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars. In terms of specials, the Oscars beat out the Grammys in audience size, but the two awards shows swap spots in the total tweets rankings.

Rolling Stone Launches Country Music Site (FishbowlNY)
Rolling Stone has — to quote Alan Jackson — gone country. Monday marks the launch of Rolling Stone Country, the glossy’s first site solely dedicated to the genre. It will be overseen by Gus Wenner,’s director. Beville Dunkerley and Joseph Hudak will serve as senior writers. Rolling Stone We’re proud to announce the launch of, a new website dedicated to the genre — which we’re celebrating in a special issue. Rolling Stone has always chronicled country: Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Tanya Tucker, Kris Kristofferson, Garth Brooks, Shania Twain and Taylor Swift have all been on our cover. This year, we opened our first Nashville office, and we’ll dive deeper than ever in our website’s daily coverage and in the pages of the magazine.

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How Colbert Taught America About Campaign Finance (Annenberg Public Policy Center)
Viewers of The Colbert Report who watched faux-conservative TV host Stephen Colbert set up a super PAC and 501(c)(4) organization during the last presidential election cycle proved to be better informed about campaign financing and the role of money in politics than viewers of other news channels and shows, according to a new study. TVNewser According to the authors of the study, watching The Colbert Report served as “an extended civics lesson” compared to CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, broadcast evening news, talk radio and newspapers. Deadline Hollywood Watching The Colbert Report not only increased people’s perceptions that they knew more about political financing, but also significantly increased their actual knowledge and did so at a greater rate than other news sources, the study found. THR / The Live Feed “Colbert did better than any other news source at teaching,” the study’s lead author, Dr. Bruce W. Hardy, said in a statement. “There were two reasons. First was the narrative structure. He walked us through creating a super PAC and every episode was a continuation of that story. And second was the use of humor and satire.”

New CNNMoney ‘Will Be More Connected to CNN Television Than Ever’ (TVNewser)
As CNN officially takes control of CNNMoney as part of the Time Inc. spinoff from Time Warner, the network is touting “significant changes” to the site. A new logo, two new verticals, a new app and three Flipboard magazines were launched Monday. In a note to staffers Monday afternoon, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker said the site will “be more connected to CNN television than ever.” Capital New York Zucker also previewed some plans for the broader CNNMoney. “With a strategy of covering ‘the money news that matters most to you,’ the CNNMoney team will drive conversation through social, mobile and video,” Zucker wrote. CNN’s Brian Stelter announced Monday the launch of his “Future of Media” Flipboard magazine and CNNMoney media section. “These are works in progress, so feedback is welcomed,” he tweeted.

Bethany McLean Returns to Fortune (FishbowlNY)
Bethany McLean, most well known for her work exposing the Enron scandal and her coverage of the 2008 financial crisis, is returning to Fortune as a columnist for its website. McLean is the co-author of The Smartest Guys in the Room and All the Devils Are Here. minonline McLean is now in her seventh year as contributing writer at Vanity Fair, where she continues.

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NRA Wants Journos to Stop Using the Word ‘Shooter’ to Describe Shooters (PRNewser)
You might think that the NRA, as the nation’s largest gun owner advocacy organization, would have issued some sort of response to the latest act committed by a crazy guy with a gun. Instead, it created a piece of communications work bemoaning journalists’ supposed insistence on providing meat for their frothing-at-the-mouth anti-gun base by insisting on referring to people who kill other people with guns as “shooters” rather than “murderers.” Media Matters for America Without mentioning the Isla Vista, Calif. killings by name, on May 30 the NRA published a video commentary called “Propaganda,” in which “NRA News commentator Dom Raso exposes the inaccuracy of the media — especially regarding their reports of mass shootings.”

Management Isn’t Journalism’s Strong Suit (CJR / The Audit)
Newsrooms have long hired and promoted based on journalistic chops and often that alone. The problem, of course, is what makes for a great reporter doesn’t necessarily make for a great boss. In all the to-and-fro about why The New York Times fired Jill Abramson no one questioned her journalistic ability. Her management style was said to be the issue, certainly by her detractors. As any working journalist will tell you, such gripes are far from uncommon, and with the industry under massive financial pressure and with newsroom productivity at a premium, they’re getting more common by the day

The Atlantic‘s Wire Exodus Continues (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
The Atlantic Wire’s politics editor Elspeth Reeve is decamping to Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media, the latest in an exodus that began with the departure of editor-in-chief Gabriel Snyder in January, Politico has learned. Reeve will work with Matt Taibbi and Alex Pareene on a new publication focused on financial and political corruption. The Wire, formerly known as The Atlantic Wire, has been steadily losing talent since Snyder decamped in January for The site has been without an editor-in-chief ever since. In that time, Alex Abad Santos left for Vox Media, Allie Jones went to Gawker and Philip Bump moved to The Washington Post.

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Chris Wallace: Susan Rice Still Not Available to Fox News (TVNewser)
On Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace noted national security adviser Susan Rice‘s Sunday show schedule, which didn’t include Fox News. Rice appeared on This Week With George Stephanopoulos and State of The Union With Candy Crowley. FishbowlDC She last appeared on FNC when she appeared on all Sunday shows on Sept. 16, 2012. Wallace also addressed her turning down an invitation to appear on his program on Feb. 23 of this year.

CNBC Isn’t Offering Nielsen Ratings Guarantees During the Day Anymore (Adweek)
CNBC, the financial news network, is done with daytime Nielsen ratings. “They are no longer guaranteeing the business day, which is the most important daypart for a financial client,” a source told Adweek. “They believe that their primary business day viewing is done in offices and therefore not monitored by Nielsen and underrepresented.” And to some extent, that’s probably the case. The smaller a network’s audience, the less accurate its Nielsen ratings are going to be, and the ratings for CNBC have gotten ever-smaller in the last few years, as have ratings at its competitors. The network will continue to guarantee in prime time.

A Ukrainian Site is Trying to Spot Fake Photos in Social Media (Nieman Journalism Lab)
The photograph, published on a Russian politics website and then spread quickly to many blogs, was said to show a morgue full of dead bodies in Slovyansk, Ukraine. There’s just one problem: That photo was actually taken five years earlier — by Associated Press photographer Eduardo Verdugo, covering the drug war in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Frustrated by the misinformation being spread during the current crisis, a group of Ukrainian academics, journalists and volunteers based in Kiev started the website

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No Easy Way to Be Fair on Media Credentials (NYT)
Scotusblog has covered the Supreme Court in depth and with distinction since 2002. It wins journalism awards at a steady clip. Its main reporter, Lyle Denniston, is an old-school journalist of fearsome integrity and independence. But Scotusblog has never gotten a press credential from the Supreme Court. Its Senate credentials were recently revoked. Neither institution has explained what is going on, though everybody knows what concerns them: Thomas C. Goldstein, the blog’s publisher, also argues before the Supreme Court. Whether Goldstein has a conflict of interest is a good question for a journalism seminar.

New Low for CNN’s 10 P.M. ET Hour (TVNewser)
On the heels of last Thursday night’s win among younger viewers for The Sixties, a low for CNN in the 10 p.m. ET hour Friday night: CNN Spotlight and Unguarded With Rachel Nichols averaged a combined 182,000 total viewers and 35,000 adult 25-54 viewers, the network’s lowest demo delivery in the timeslot in 14 years (since May 9, 2000).

Swirl Adds Digital Leadership (AgencySpy)
San Francisco-based independent agency Swirl has welcomed 20-year digital veteran Greg Johnson in the newly created position of EVP, director of digital. Johnson has held top positions at agencies including McCann WorldGroup, William Morris Endeavor and Digitas. He also founded Magnet Studios and was Interpublic Emerging Lab’s first executive director.

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