May 2nd, 2016
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Because tomorrow is World Press Freedom Day#MuckedUp chat is honored to welcome back world-traveling journalist Sarah Jones along with several other media members as our guests in Remembering Fallen Journalists. Do you have a question about (or a request to honor) journalists at risk or killed in the line of duty? Then please tweet or email your Qs to our moderator, and we'll incorporate it into the chat. So set your reminder alerts for tomorrow at 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST and hop on Twitter to follow the #muckedup hashtag -- plus spread the word by clicking here! Don't miss your chance to partarke in this movement to reflect on those who perished with pen in hand, this past year and beyond.

Will the real Satoshi please stand up


"Bitcoin's creator has a(nother) name," reacts Steve Chiotakis at KCRW-LA, sharing the news that yet another person is being called the originator of the mysterious digital cash: Australian computer scientist and businessman Craig Wright is the latest to claim the moniker of Satoshi Nakamoto (nearing 6,000 shares right now, just for The Economist link alone). "Craig Wright reveals he is Satoshi Nakamoto aka Mr #Bitcoin to @BBC the Economist & GQ. Hang on, GQ??" wonders Louise Lucas at the Financial Times. "The true founder of Bitcoin is secretly Australian, just like Wolverine," jokes Joshua Brown at Reformed Broker. Consequently, Help Net Security and (IN)SECURE Magazine EIC Mirko Zorz is forced to conclude that "@truth_eater and @Newsweek put the wrong man through media hell."

But is Wright the right man? "I thought that the first rule about being Satoshi Nakamoto was that you don't admit to being Satoshi Nakamoto," muses data scientist Daniel Tunkelang. Even while reporting on the reveal, The Economist follows up with another headline: Craig Steven Wright claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto. Is he? "@TheEconomist story on Wright being Nakamoto does great job of laying out evidence w/healthy amount of skepticism," applauds Fusion's Kashmir Hill. BuzzFeed EIC Ben Smith similarly praises, "The Economist admirably resists the temptation to take a side, or express more confidence than it feels, here." There are plenty of warning signs to warrant a little skeptitude, TBH. "'(He doesn’t want to say why he picked 'Satoshi.')' Satoshi is Japanese for 'I didn't invent Bitcoin,'" theorizes Chandra Steele at Hal Hodson with New Scientist is equally unimpressed, tweteing, "'that guy says so' is apparently enough for the BBC to 'end years of speculation'." Hang on, though, because Ed Zitron is ready to clear this up for all of us: "This is nonsense as I am the Bitcoin man." We're kind of with NYT's Mike Isaac, however, who admits, "i cant take another news cycle of this."

Another story that has everyone talking today is a New York Times analysis from Gina Kolata on the surprising reason why past competitors from the gameshow "The Biggest Loser" have found it nigh impossible to keep off the weight. "Wow. Everything we think we understand about obesity and weight loss is so wrong. We act as if it’s about CONTROL," realizes Rainbow Rowell. "This is the single most profound thing I've read about weight loss in my life," decides MacWorld's Glenn Fleishman. "This already gets my vote for most dispiriting story of the month," resolves Fusion's Alexis Madrigal. In other scoops, the Associated Press discovers that migrant children are being kept from enrolling in school. "Teens sent to adult school? My @AP latest, in which I track where migrant children are blocked from attending school," shares Garance Burke there. At the same time, MPR News investigates how a private juvenile center concealed abuse inquiries and pressured the county to keep its business deal. "Amazing audio. A 15 yo tries to persuade his mom it was ok he allegedly had sex with a staffer in juvy," details Annie Baxter at Marketplace. Also, the Washington Post finds that the nation’s housing recovery is leaving blacks behind. "Black families earning $230,000 a year were more likely to be given subprime loan than white families making $32,000," elaborates Niraj Warikoo at Detroit Free Press. And the first U.S. cruise in decades just arrived in Havana, so now you have even more options to think about when you're ready to use those vacation days.

And in tech, Rebecca Robbins wants to know, "Is Adam Feuerstein the most feared man in biotech?" STAT's Andrew Joseph further explains, "The biotech journalist who's so influential a joke tweet about his dog moved a stock." That could come in handy, considering WSJ's Christopher Mims believes this tech bubble is bursting. "The go-go days of easy money for tech startups are over -- look for more high-profile flameouts in the next 6 months," Mims warns.

Press on press


This past weekend was NerdProm, a.k.a. the White House Correspondents Dinner, and this year was remarkable not just because everybody seemed pretty mad at headliner Larry Wilmore, but also because of who missed it -- i.e., the Wall Street Journal editor who got all gussied up to go but wound up giving birth, instead. Mazel tov to you, Becky Bowers! Meanwhile, popular media-related read by Editor & Publisher is claiming that digital fatique is waking up readers to the value of newspapers. "There maybe some truth to this. I've found myself scouring for the print version when I spot a nice long read," admits McClatchy's Derrick Ho. Over at our doppelganger Muck Rock, however, Michael Morisy was less inclined to agree, tweeting, "This is beautifully optimistic. Less charitable: Readers w/ use internet don't read print." Also, Poynter's Teresa Schmedding argues that incredible shrinking news industry can’t cut its way to quality. "Reporters and editors are absorbing an inhumane amount of additional duties," Schmedding writes, pointing out, "You cannot make a case that your stories are worth paying for by delivering crappy content." Poynter Institute president Tim Franklin shares from her post, "With 7,000+ copy editors gone, @tschmedding says delivering 'crappy content' is NOT a road to success." Simultaneously, at the Washington PostCallum Borchers is on the warpath against public perception of presidential campaign stories that the media supposedly "never" cover. "Before you tweet 'The media never covers ____,' read this by @callumborchers. And/or try Google," suggests colleague Michelle Ye Hee Lee.

Question of the day


Our last question asked: Reporters in the West Wing got a big surprise when who strolled into the briefing room and took over the press conference? We were looking for the answer of Allison Janney, who just took over an actual White House presser as "West Wing's" fictional press secretary CJ Cregg.

Congratulations to Craig Pittman of the Tampa Bay Times for being the very first to answer that correctly! Honorable mentions go out to these fine folks for also getting it right: Charlotte LoBuonoElisha Fieldstadt (who notes "She even referenced 'The Jackal'!!"), Maureen MacGregor (who jokes "Now if we only had a JEB BARTLET!"), Buck BoraskyRachel RohLucia A. Walinchus (who remarks "but come on people her best role was in 10 Things I Hate About You. Google that w/ safe search on"), Liz Seegert (who adds wistfully "Wish I coulda seen that 5:30 Jackal!"), John Wall (who adds the presser was "complete with a 'woot canawl' reference"), Ron Casalotti (who points out that Janney "briefly briefed the briefing before Josh showed her the importance of being Earnest"), and Paul Morjanoff (who squeezed even more puns into his answer "President Bartlet’s Coup d'état unstuck; puppet press pro Allison Janney earnestly Joshed out").

As for today's question, here it is: What rumor did Ted Cruz's wife Heidi finally just address?

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 Monday


The Associated Press announced a trio of appointments today:

  • Marina Villeneuve (at right) has been named the AP's state government reporter in Maine. Villeneuve is known for using data and public records to hold officials and institutions accountable around the Northeast, and joins from The Bergen Record, New Jersey's second biggest newspaper, where she covered local government and politics as a municipal reporter.
  • Steve McMillan is upped to Mid-Atlantic news editor, charged with overseeing a newly expanded region. McMillan previously served as the AP's news editor for Virginia and West Virginia.
  • Brian Hopman is named vice president and general manager of ENPS, the AP's multiplatform news production system. Hopman has been their general manager for Latin American and Spanish media markets since 2010.
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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