June 29th, 2016
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Hello from Muck Rack, where you can get a snapshot of what journalists around the world are reading, thinking and commenting on right now.


If you're in the Los Angeles area on Wednesday, July 6, RSVP for the Journalism Mega Mixer with 11 other journalism organizations - the deadline to RSVP is today! ONA is also accepting applications for fellowship programs including the MJ Bear Fellowship, which supports promising early-career journalists, and the CNN Diversity Fellowship. Applications for all fellowships are due by July 14 at 11:59 p.m. ET!

Wednesday worldwide


"Of course the Brexiters didn’t plan. Arsonists never carry water," quips The Guardian's Rafael Behr, sharing his piece in which he charmingly argues that chief Brexit campaigner "Boris Johnson’s career is founded on a Paddington [Bear] myth – the creature of kindly intent whose bumbling charm excuses chaotic misadventure. But there is nothing cuddly about voracity for power, allergy to responsibility and infidelity to any cause besides personal advancement" (at 6,200+ shares right now). "Johnson as Paddington Bear: Raphael Behr superb on lack of a plan for where we are now. Surely we deserved better?" wonders James Mates at ITV News. "We'd be in better hands with Paddington: beautifully written outpouring of righteous fury from @rafaelbehr," reacts colleague Heather Stewart. Behr muses, "A couple of weeks ago I led with Hitchhiker's Guide to Galaxy, this week Paddington. I'll be on Pob by August."


Meanwhile, Lithuanian surgeon and politician Vytenis Andriukaitis, whose facepalm reaction to Ukip leader Nigel Farage's Brussels speech went viral this week, has an explanation "For those interested what I really thought while hiding my despair yesterday." In American politics, Trump's campaign was rumored to be lining up Mike Tyson and Mike Ditka for the Convention, and then it turns out not. Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski lost his $1.2 million book deal "amid concerns about Lewandowski's non-disclosure agreement" and the GOP convention continues to be haunted by questions: "Who will show up? Who will pay?" These are the many unknowns of the GOP convention.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: This individual, deemed the winningest coach in D1 history, has just passed away. Who is it? That coach was Pat Summitt, the legendary women's basketball coach who succumbed to Alzheimer's at just 64 but showed a toughness greater than invincibility. May she ever rest in victory.

Well done to communicator Dagmar Ebaugh for being the first person to answer that. Honorable mentions go out to Mark GibbsDavid Daniel (who points out she also had a "100% player graduation rate"), Martin BerlinerThomas FeyerCraig Pittman (who admits "I don't know much about basketball but even I've heard of her"), Jade WalkerRon CasalottiElaine K. Howley (who notes "it's a sad day for athletes everywhere"), Kay Bell (who observes Summitt "proved winning is not gender-specific. Thank you"), Ashlee Burt (who dubs Summitt "trailblazing"), Johnalene BaylonClaudine Laforce (who praises Summitt's "story career of the historic progress toward American athletics equality"), Joshua Milne and Leigh Egan for all getting that right, as well.

As for today's question, here it is: What popular children's toy got a rather odd makeover by Hasbro, and for what reason?

Click here to submit your answers to @MuckRack. IMPORTANT: If you choose not to click that link, please include the word "answer" in your tweet so we can find it (the link will automatically do so for you)!

... We’ll announce the winners in the next Daily!

Career Updates
Journo job moves for Wednesday


Your career moves for today:

  • Big promotion: Fox News is upping Bryan Llenas (at right) to full-time weekday national correspondent. Llenas previously acted as weekend reporter for the network.
  • From one side of the ocean to the other: The Wall Street Journal Beijing bureau will soon welcome John Corrigan as editor. Corrigan hails from the LA Times, where he served as assistant managing editor.
  • Moves at the Grey Lady: finance reporter Nathaniel Popper is relocating to the New York Times' San Francisco bureau to cover technology and finance. As a Wall Street reporter, Hopper understandably has been based in New York up until now.
Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email Kirsten (kirsten [at] sawhorsemedia [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!
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