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Z on TV Critic David Zurawik writes about the business and culture of TV
CNN says Jeff Zucker did not apologize to staff for Freddie Gray article

CNN is denying a story that said President Jeff Zucker apologized to staff during a "town hall event" Tuesday for a reference made to Freddie Gray's mother in an online story.

The alleged apology was reported by The Wrap, which attributed its information to "an Insider."

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CNN deletes phrase referencing Freddie Gray's mother

A report at on the first day of jury selection in the trial of William Porter -- one of six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray -- was changed Monday night to delete a phrase describing Gray as "the son of an illiterate heroin addict."

An editor's note was added at 7:30 p.m. when the deletion was made.

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Colorado Springs again raises issue of using 'terrorism' to describe killings

The killings at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado Springs last week again  raised the issue of the media using the term "terrorism" to describe such events.

It is a complicated issue.

The Pentagon, White House and some members of Congress are still debating whether the killings at Ft. Hood should be called "domestic terrorism" rather than "workplace violence."

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WBAL gets it wrong straight out of the gate on Freddie Gray trial

That didn't take long, did it?

WBAL-TV made the first mistake in covering the trial of Baltimore City Police Officer William G. Porter today before jury selection in the trial even began.

During a segment at 7:55 on the station's morning news, viewers saw video of a prisoner being brought to the courthouse. The station identified the man as Porter.

But it wasn't Porter.

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As first Gray trial begins, media must step up

The start of jury selection in the first Freddie Gray trial will bring a big media presence to town Monday — and major challenges for the journalists trying to cover the proceedings.

The courthouse logistics are tough enough.

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Rabia Chaudry writing book on 'Serial's' Adnan Syed

Rabia Chaudry, the friend and advocate for Adnan Syed who brought his story to the attention of public radio's Sarah Koenig, is writing a book about his case.

Syed, who was convicted of the 1999 murder of Woodlawn High School senior Hae Min Lee, his former girlfriend, has been imprisoned in Maryland ever since.

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