Memo to journos: There’s no such thing as a ‘personal blog’

Bob Eschliman was fired as editor of the Newton (Iowa) Daily News in May after complaining on his personal blog that “the LGBTQXYZ crowd and the Gaystapo” are trying to reword the Bible “to make their sinful nature ‘right with God,” and that “we must fight back against the enemy.”More.

It’s 2014! Are there still journalists who think they don’t have to take ownership of what they say on social media? You write it, you own it. Period.

National investigative journalism project underway on gun rights and regulations

News21, a national investigative journalism project, is working on a series about gun rights and regulations. We want to hear from the public about what’s important to them in coverage of this topic.

Your insights will also help our newsroom set the direction of our reporting. Your response will not be published.

If you have any questions, please email News21 Engagement Editor David Ryan at — More.

Color me skeptical.

‘Comcast’s worst nightmare: How Tennessee could save America’s Internet’

The business lobby often demands that government get out of the way of private corporations, so that competition can flourish and high-quality services can be efficiently delivered to as many consumers as possible. Yet, in an epic fight over telecommunications policy, the paradigm is now being flipped on its head, with corporate forces demanding the government squelch competition and halt the expansion of those high-quality services. Whether and how federal officials act may ultimately shape the future of America’s information economy. — More at Salon.

Can you name all four Beatles? Top pro golfers can’t

As the senior member of the production team, I feel like I’m not surprised at much anymore. But I was surprised today.

ESPN asked several of the game’s top golfers if they could name all four members of the Beatles, who of course came to fame right there in Liverpool, just down the road from where the Open Championship is being played this week. — More.

Russia Today London correspondent resigns in protest at ‘disrespect for facts’ over Malaysian plane crash

Firth described the Malaysia Airlines flight crash coverage as “the straw that broke the camel’s back for me” and handed in her resignation this morning.

Russia Today has been criticised for suggesting the crash is the fault of Ukraine. Most other media outlets have suggested that a more likely explanation is that pro-Russian separatists were responsible for shooting down the passenger jet. So far it is estimated that around 300 people died in the crash. — More.

Like many, I’m drawn to this tragic story, both emotionally and as a former journalist. She appears to have shown great courage in taking a stand.