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February 18, 2011 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
KCBS-TV Channel 2 reporter Serene Branson smiled uneasily. She was back in the newsroom Thursday for the first time since becoming an instant ? and reluctant ? media sensation after she had infamously garbled her words during a live report at the Grammy Awards. But the 31-year-old journalist wasn't going back to work just yet. Instead she was back to be interviewed by her anchor, Pat Harvey, and to finally view the 17-second clip that triggered ridicule, concern and speculation that she'd suffered an on-air stroke or worse.
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April 15, 2014
The goal of the Los Angeles Times is to publish a newspaper of the highest quality. This requires The Times to be, above all else, a principled newspaper. Making it so is the responsibility of every staff member. In deed and in appearance, journalists at The Times must keep themselves - and the newspaper - above reproach. The ways a newspaper can discredit itself are beyond calculation; these guidelines do not purport to cover them all. It is up to staff members to master these general principles and, beyond that, to listen carefully to their individual sense of right and wrong.
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December 20, 2003
I wholeheartedly agree with Russell Baker that journalists aren't in touch with our nation's poor ["Affluence Remakes the Newsroom," by Tim Rutten, Dec. 13]. The solution lies at the top. We have to convince those who do the hiring at major papers that "Living Life 101" might actually be a better classroom than those that simply try to teach silver-spoon students how to empathize with the poor, homeless and downtrodden. Sam Johnson Chicago
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April 15, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Fans of "The Good Wife," are you missing your Josh Charles fix? The TV hottie hasn't gone far: Just over to Comedy Central for a guest bit on "Inside Amy Schumer" in which he and the funny lady parody HBO's notoriously dramatic series "The Newsroom. " Instead of taking control of a broadcast newsroom, we find Charles spoofing Jeff Daniels' Will McAvoy character in a fast-food setting in "The Foodroom. " Like McAvoy, his character is fighting for the soul of America. Unlike McAvoy, he's hoping to do it with french fries.  Schumer squares off against him as another manager in the restaurant, riffing off the role of "News Night With Will McAvoy" exec producer MacKenzie McHale, played by Emily Mortimer.  The fireworks, the passion and the breaking-news drama are all there, in the familiar style "bestowed" upon audiences by "The Newsroom" creator Aaron Sorkin.
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September 12, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Alison Pill, a star of HBO's "The Newsroom" whose character Maggie is prone to crashing into all sorts of inanimate objects, crashed into a technological brick wall in real life Wednesday as she mistakenly tweeted out a topless picture of herself. "Yep. That picture happened," Pill wrote in the aftermath. "Ugh. My tech issues have now reached new heights, apparently. How a deletion turned into a tweet... Apologies. " Call us crazy: We're thinking that most of the world would prefer an apology for the fact that she promptly took the picture down - and the folks replying to her tweet seemed to agree.
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May 2, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
HBO's "The Newsroom" and NBC's "Parenthood" are among the productions being honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences as programs that have "used the power of television to create social change" and exemplify "television with a conscience. " The sixth annual Television Academy Honors will be presented May 9 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The ceremony will be hosted by Dana Delaney ("Body of Proof"). Other honorees include: --"Hallmark Hall of Fame: A Smile as Big as the Moon" --"DL Hughley: The Endangered List" --"Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" --"Hunger Hits Home" --"Nick News with Linda Ellerbee" --"One Nation Under Dog: Stories of Loss, Fear & Betrayal" ALSO: Oprah lands Jason Collins interview 'Rectify' to get second season on Sundance 'Ellen,' 'The Young and the Restless' lead daytime Emmy nominations  
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June 27, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal
"The fact that everyone is talking about it, for whatever reason: challenged by it; disturbed by it; annoyed by it; loving it; can't wait to see the next one -- all of the above, we absolutely love it. " Jeff Daniels is speaking of the new HBO drama "The Newsroom," in which he stars as insufferable newscaster Will McAvoy, and he wants you to know he's undaunted by the commotion the Aaron Sorkin series has stirred up since its premiere last...
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August 23, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
When "The Newsroom" premiered on HBO in June 2012, its opening credits, in which black and white images of Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow and David Brinkley floated across the screen to soaring theme music, signaled the high-minded ambitions of its creator, Aaron Sorkin. And if the nostalgic montage wasn't already a dead giveaway, the events of the pilot drove home Sorkin's purpose: After going on an inflammatory tirade about the dumbing-down of America, anchorman Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels)
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August 12, 2013 | By Alan Eyerly
Social media play a starring role in “News Night With Will McAvoy,” Episode 15 of HBO's “The Newsroom.” ACN financial reporter Sloan Sabbith (Olivia Munn) is devastated when nude pictures of her appear on a “revenge porn” site. She initially claims the photos are fake - her head on someone else's naked body - but admits the truth when company president Reese Lansing (Chris Messina) confronts her with damning evidence. “It's me. I lied. I'm sorry,” says mortified Sloan.
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July 15, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Maybe the legacy media aren't dead after all: Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" posted a small gain in its Season 2 premiere Sunday. An average of 2.2 million total viewers tuned in to the 10 p.m. broadcast, according to Nielsen. That's a relatively modest 4% gain compared with last year's premiere, but at least the numbers are headed in a positive direction. That's good news for HBO, given that Sorkin's series about a fictional cable news network was considered something of a disappointment last season.
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February 28, 2014 | By Joe Flint
The Federal Communications Commission has pulled the plug on a study that sought information on the how local radio and television stations cover news. The Critical Information Needs study was to be conducted every three years for Congress. It was aimed at eliminating barriers that make entry into the media industry difficult for entrepreneurs and small-business owners. However, the pilot test for the survey included questions regarding the editorial practices of media and was heavily criticized both inside and outside the FCC. The test was slated for this spring in Columbia, S.C. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV Besides general inquiries regarding coverage of issues including the environment and requests for insight into the decision-making process behind a newscast, it also sought details on the relationship between journalists and management.
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January 13, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Aaron Sorkin's cable news drama "The Newsroom" will be back for a third and final season. HBO announced production on the final season would begin this spring with plans for a fall debut. Jeff Daniels stars in the series as outspoken cable news anchor Will McAvoy, who puts together the program "News Night" with his production staff, including Emily Mortimer as the executive producer. Daniels won an Emmy for best actor in a drama series last September. In a statement, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said: "'The Newsroom' is classic Aaron Sorkin -- smart, riveting and thought-provoking.
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September 23, 2013 | By Scott Collins
In an Emmy night marked by both jaw-dropping upsets and predictably safe choices, "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan summed up the wild mood swings at TV's top awards ceremony this year. "I thought this was gonna be [for] 'House of Cards,'" Gilligan said with a smile as his series about a chemistry teacher-turned-meth dealer took the prize for best drama series at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday. Indeed, some observers wondered whether the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which organizes the Emmys, might honor Netflix's acclaimed tale of political intrigue starring Kevin Spacey as a corrupt member of Congress as the first Internet-distributed series to attain TV's top echelon.
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September 17, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before seeing how the debut of "Sleepy Hollow" did. The Skinny: I finally finished the season finale of "Newsroom" last night. That was some serious torture, particularly the last few minutes thanks to that butchering of Pete Townshend's "Let My Love Open the Door. " Tuesday's roundup includes a look at Queen Latifah as she tries another daytime show. Also, fears of a ratings falloff in the new TV season has executives nervous. Daily Dose: HBO usually makes its own TV shows.
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September 16, 2013 | By Alan Eyerly
“The Newsroom” Season 2 finale tied up so many loose ends, it looked like there wasn't going to be a Season 3. But fortunately for fans of the HBO political drama, the show will return next year, Emmy nominee Jeff Daniels (who plays news anchor Will McAvoy) recently announced on Twitter . Here's what happened on Episode 19 (“Election Night, Part 2”), the event-packed season finale: No one else at Atlantis Cable News got fired for airing the libelous “Operation Genoa” nerve gas story.
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September 10, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin, A correction has been added to this post, as indicated below.
Alison Pill is finding herself in the dark these days -- for play rehearsals, anyway. Pill, who plays eager TV news staffer Maggie Jordan on HBO's “The Newsroom,” is to star in a new adaptation of Frederick Knott's thriller “Wait Until Dark” opening at the Geffen Playhouse next month. Pill will be filling the role made famous by Audrey Hepburn as a blind woman being manipulated by con men in Greenwich Village. The final scene immerses the audience in the perspective of Pill's character -- it's staged entirely in the dark.
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April 15, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Fans of "The Good Wife," are you missing your Josh Charles fix? The TV hottie hasn't gone far: Just over to Comedy Central for a guest bit on "Inside Amy Schumer" in which he and the funny lady parody HBO's notoriously dramatic series "The Newsroom. " Instead of taking control of a broadcast newsroom, we find Charles spoofing Jeff Daniels' Will McAvoy character in a fast-food setting in "The Foodroom. " Like McAvoy, his character is fighting for the soul of America. Unlike McAvoy, he's hoping to do it with french fries.  Schumer squares off against him as another manager in the restaurant, riffing off the role of "News Night With Will McAvoy" exec producer MacKenzie McHale, played by Emily Mortimer.  The fireworks, the passion and the breaking-news drama are all there, in the familiar style "bestowed" upon audiences by "The Newsroom" creator Aaron Sorkin.
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June 25, 2012 | By Scott Collins
HBO's new drama "The Newsroom"got the kind of ratings cable news networks might envy. But unlike CNN, Aaron Sorkin could rely on a little help from vampires. About 2.1 million viewers tuned in to Sunday's premiere of Sorkin's "Newsroom," which depicts the turmoil at a fictional cable news outlet beset by ratings pressures and staffers' tumultuous personal lives. That puts "Newsroom" roughly in line with the 2010 series premiere of the fantasy"Game of Thrones"(2.2 million), which has gone on to become one of HBO's biggest hits in recent years, according to Nielsen.
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September 9, 2013 | By Alan Eyerly
With the 2012 presidential election reaching a climax, it's the busiest night of the year for the ACN cable network. Complicating matters, the news team is still in turmoil after reporting a libelous story alleging the use of sarin nerve gas by U.S. Special Forces in the “Operation Genoa” rescue mission. That's the setup for “Election Night, Part I,” the penultimate episode of Season 2 on HBO's “The Newsroom.” “It's critically important that we not make any mistakes tonight,” news executive Charlie Skinner (Sam Waterston)
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September 2, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - John Gallagher Jr. was at a media screening of his new movie "Short Term 12" a few weeks ago when a man came up to him with a critique of his series TV character, journalist Jim Harper of "The Newsroom. " "You know, you're a terrible embed," the man told him, going on to list the ways Harper bungled his job as a reporter traveling with the Mitt Romney campaign in the second season of the HBO show. It was hardly a comment from some idle observer: the naysayer was NBC News anchor Brian Williams.
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