Morning Media Newsfeed: Cancer Caused Carr’s Death | Shootings Shock Denmark

Carr's cause of death revealed. Shootings at free speech convention shock Denmark. These stories and more in today's Morning Media Newsfeed

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Autopsy Cites Cancer as Cause in Death of David Carr (NYT)
David Carr, the New York Times media columnist who died unexpectedly Thursday night, had lung cancer, and died of complications from the disease, according to the results of an autopsy released Saturday evening. TVNewser According to the results, Carr died of complications of metastatic small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma of the lung. Heart disease was a contributing factor. Carr, 58, had previously survived Hodgkin’s lymphoma. THR The journalist collapsed in the Times’ New York City offices Feb. 12 and was taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Earlier that day, he had moderated a Citizenfour panel with director Laura Poitras and subject Edward Snowden. New York Post / AP Carr wrote the Media Equation column for the Times and penned a memoir about his fight with drug addiction. He was lauded as “the finest media reporter of his generation” by the Times’ executive editor Dean Baquet. Carr’s 2008 memoir The Night of The Gun traces his rise from cocaine addict to single dad raising twin girls to sobered-up media columnist for the Times. Poynter / MediaWire Carr’s death prompted an outpouring of tributes from journalists he knew and mentored over the years and those who admired his work. Politico’s Jack Shafer likened the collective grief on social media in the wake of Carr’s death to a virtual “Irish wake.” Carr’s funeral is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

Attack on Copenhagen Cafe Apparently Aimed at Cartoonist (NPR / The Two-Way)
As many as 40 shots were fired at the window of a cafe in Copenhagen where Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who has been threatened over his 2007 caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, was attending a free-speech meeting Saturday. WSJ Inna Shevchenko, the Ukrainian feminist activist, had just taken the floor and was talking about one of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists killed in January when three or four gunshots went off. Hours later, police reported another shooting, near a synagogue in downtown Copenhagen. Reuters Two civilians — a synagogue guard and a filmmaker — were killed and five police were wounded in the two separate attacks in the Danish capital on Saturday and Sunday. Spy chief Jens Madsen said the gunman was known to intelligence services prior to the shooting and had probably acted alone. Variety The 22-year-old suspect, identified as Omar Abdel Hamid el-Hussein, was known to police because of his gang-related activities and possessions of weapons, according to local reports. Police have not yet established a connection with Al Qaeda. The attacks on Danish soil, however, followed the same pattern as the Paris assaults, which first targeted free-speech advocates at Charlie Hebdo and then Jews at a kosher supermarket, killing 17 people in total.

FAA Releases Proposed Drone Regulations (THR / Behind The Screen)
The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed regulations that would allow “routine” use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, for applications, including in filmmaking. Poynter / MediaWire The FAA and the U.S. Department of Transportation propose that drone operators will not have to hold a pilot’s license. That was a suggestion by some who wanted drone operators to understand air safety as well as an airplane pilot. There may be different licenses for people flying aircraft weighing more than 55 pounds. NYT The rules, though less restrictive than the current ones, appear to prohibit for now the kind of drone delivery services being explored by Amazon, Google and other companies, since the operator or assigned observers must be able to see the drone at all times without binoculars. But company officials believe the line-of-sight requirement could be relaxed in the future to accommodate delivery services. Reuters The rules continue current restrictions against filming of crowds by news organizations, but FAA administrator Michael Huerta said he expected those procedures to be developed as part of discussions with news groups.

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Tribute to Bob Simon on Sunday’s 60 Minutes (TVNewser)
Scott Pelley introduced Sunday night’s 60 Minutes, which led with Bob Simon’s final story for the broadcast. Steve Kroft closed out the show, with some final thoughts on Simon: “We lost Bob Simon this past Wednesday night. All of us lost him — his family, his colleagues here at 60 Minutes, and all of you who have watched this broadcast over the years… Next Sunday, we’ll broadcast a full tribute to him, including some of his, and our, favorite Bob Simon stories.” TVNewser Simon’s story called “ZMapp,” on the development of a drug to combat Ebola, aired on the show. Simon’s funeral will take place Tuesday at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. THR Representatives of CBS News and the Met said Saturday that the service is intended for family and close friends. A larger public service will be held at a later date. Simon died Wednesday in a car crash on Manhattan’s West Side Highway. He was 73.

Crain’s New York Lays Off 40 Percent of Editorial Staff (Talking Biz News)
Crain’s New York Business on Thursday laid off a dozen reporters and editors — 40 percent of its full-time editorial staff — with publisher Jill Kaplan citing a need to “re-align the brand’s costs with its revenues,” according to people who described the company’s explanation for the downsizing. FishbowlNY Those let go included the following: Valerie Block and Erik Ipsen, deputy managing editors, Steve Krupinski, art director, Theresa Agovino and Lisa Fickenscher, senior reporters, Chris Bragg and Thornton McEnery, reporters, Nazish Dholakia, Web reporter and producer, Suzanne Panara, data editor, Thad Rutkowski, copy editor, and Jessica Kramer, researcher. As for those left, editor Glenn Coleman has transitioned to editor-at-large and managing editor Jeremy Smerd has been promoted to executive editor.

This Tweet Was So Not on The @CNNMoney (FishbowlNY)
Media observers had a hard time last week with the way many folks casually grouped together the sudden departures of Brian Williams and Jon Stewart (announced) with the sudden deaths of Bob Simon and then, David Carr. So when a particular tweet from CNNMoney crossed the wire Friday afternoon, it essentially broke the camel’s back. The tweet was picking up on the first sentence from media reporter Frank Pallotta’s article, “Has There Ever Been A Sadder Week in Journalism?”, which now sports the following addendum at the bottom: “Editor’s note: This story was written from a place of deep respect and admiration for Simon and Carr. We regret our original first sentence to this story, have amended it, and sincerely apologize.” The tweet has since been deleted. Mediaite The tweet read: “This week, we lost Brian Williams, Jon Stewart, Bob Simon and David Carr in one way or another.”

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Time Inc. Exec: Actually, Our Editors Didn’t Create Ads for Google — But They Could! (Re/code)
Last month, Condé Nast announced its editorial team would start making “branded content” — that is, ads — for some clients. And Thursday, Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp told investors that his editors had created ad products for Google. Turns out, Ripp was wrong — though he was directionally correct, as some people like to say: Time Inc. editors created stuff for Google, but they didn’t get paid for it. But they’d be happy to make stuff for Google, and get paid for it, in the future, according to Norman Pearlstine, the company’s chief content officer. FishbowlNY During a conference call Thursday, Ripp downplayed the significance of editors working on ads. “Our native initiatives are a natural complement to our creative process and consistent with our commitment to editorial standards and integrity,” Ripp said.

NBC Nightly News Tumbles in Ratings With Brian Williams’ Suspension (Deadline)
While the media continues to autopsy Brian Williams’ career — new questions about claims he flew into Baghdad with Seal Team 6, was at the Brandenburg Gate the night the Berlin Wall came down, etc. — viewers have been weighing in on NBC’s suspension of Williams. NBC Nightly News took a double-digit tumble on Wednesday, its first broadcast with Williams’ name officially stripped from the broadcast, according to fast affiliate time period stats issued by Nielsen. ABC’s World News Tonight beat NBC Nightly News by 347,000 viewers on Wednesday. The previous Wednesday ABC’s newscast lost to NBC’s by nearly 400,000 viewers in fast affiliate time period stats.

Fifty Shades Scores Biggest Opening in History for Female Director (THR)
British director Sam Taylor-Johnson and Universal are making history with Fifty Shades of Grey. The movie is tipped to gross $90.7 million over the long Valentine’s Day and President’s Day Weekend, including a three-day gross of $81.7 million, the biggest North American debut ever for a movie directed by a woman, not accounting for inflation.

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President Obama Cites Sony Hack in Push for Cybersecurity Measures (Variety)
President Obama signed an executive order on Friday to encourage private sector companies to share information about cyber-threats among themselves and the federal government, citing the Sony hacking attack as one example of the need for further measures and legislation. Last month, the White House announced a number of measures it planned to pursue in the wake of the Sony hacking attack. The administration is pushing for legislation that encourages private sector companies to share cyber-threat information with the government, and in turn get “targeted” liability protection for sharing such information.

Time Promotes Jorg Stratmann (FishbowlNY)
Time has promoted Jorg Stratmann from executive sales director, Northeast, to associate publisher. Stratmann has been with Time Inc. since 2011, when he joined as an account manager.

CNN Names Poppy Harlow Newsroom Weekend Anchor (TVNewser)
Poppy Harlow has been named the anchor of CNN Newsroom Weekend on Saturdays from 3-6 p.m. ET and 7-8 p.m. ET, and Sundays from 5-8 p.m. ET. Harlow had been among the fill-in hosts since Don Lemon was moved to primetime back in the Spring of 2014.

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Jordan Fabian Named The Hill’s New White House Correspondent (FishbowlDC)
The Hill’s editor-in-chief, Bob Cusack, has announced that Jordan Fabian is returning from Univision as its new White House correspondent.

James Blue Joining PBS NewsHour as Senior Content, Special Projects Producer (FishbowlDC)
Award-winning journalist James Blue will join PBS NewsHour as senior content and special projects producer. Blue, who previously served as the Washington bureau chief of the U.K.-based news channel ARISE, has worked at NBC, ABC, and Discovery and has won every major broadcast journalism award.

Andrea Tantaros Moves Off The Five (TVNewser)
Andrea Tantaros has moved off The Five, while concentrating full time on FNC’s noon ET show Outnumbered. Like other Fox hosts, Tantaros will fill in other shows from time to time, including The Five.

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