Ryan Ferguson walked free just before 6 p.m. Tuesday after spending nearly 10 years behind bars, convicted of the murder of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt. Ferguson told reporters he's not sure what's next for him, it's too soon to tell. It's a story that's far from over -- for Ferguson, for the Heitholt family and for mid-Missouri.
Alan Burdziak, Columbia Daily Tribune: "Ryan Ferguson thanks family, supporters after release"
Missourian Staff, Columbia Missourian: "Ryan Ferguson gives press conference at Tiger Hotel"
KMIZ: "Ryan Ferguson free"
Dugan Arnett, Kansas City Star: "Ryan Ferguson freed after court vacates conviction in sports editor's death"
Crimesider staff, CBS: "Ryan Ferguson Update: Mo. man jailed for nearly 10 years released"
'60 Minutes' retracts Benghazi story
CBS correspondent Lara Logan spoke on behalf of '60 Minutes' apologizing for and retracting her report on the Benghazi attacks. The story, which aired on October 27, included an interview with Dylan Davies. In the 90-second retraction, Logan said Davies misled them when describing what he saw while supposedly rushing the diplomatic mission on the night of the 2012 attacks.
CBS News: “60 Minutes apologizes for Benghazi report”
Brian Stelter & Bill Carter, New York Times: “’60 Minutes’ airs apology on Benghazi”
Paul Farhi, Washington Post: "Lara Logan shares thoughts on Benghazi prior to '60 Minutes' apology"
Jay Rosen, Press Think: “Will CBS apologize for the reckless denials before its Benghazi story collapsed?”
Igor Bobic, Talking Points Memo: “Former ’60 Minutes’ producer: Discredited Benghazi sotry was done to appease conservatives”
Ben Dimiero & Eric Hananoki, Media Matters: “From ‘Proud’ to pulled: A timeline of 60 Minutes’ Benghazi trainwreck”
David Zurawik, Baltimore Sun: “Benghazi apology is bad news for ’60 Minutes’”
Eli Lake & Josh Rogin, The Daily Beast: “Exclusive: Benghazi whistleblower says he was smeared”
Reporter reveals cancer diagnosis
ABC correspondent Amy Robach agreed to have her first-ever mammogram televised for a segment on Good Morning America last month. This week she told viewers that what she figured was a relatively routine screening resulted in a breast cancer diagnosis.
Amy Robach, ABC: “ABC News’ Amy Robach reveals cancer diagnosis”
Brian Stelter, New York Times: “ABC anchor says test on show found breast cancer”
New body part discovered… 134 years ago
There were some big headlines last week: surgeons found a new ligament in the human knee. The anterlateral ligament, present in 97 percent of people, could play a role in the recovery of athletes who tear their ACLs. It seems reporters who reading the abstract of the scientific study about this failed to notice the sentence that said the ligament was actually discovered in 1879.
Paul Raeburn, Knight Science Journalism: “New body part discovered? Yes, in 1879.”
Newser staff, USA Today: “New body part discovered”
Jesus Diaz, Gizmodo: “It may sound impossible but scientists have discovered a new body part”
Juli Weiner, Vanity Fair: “Newly discovered body part means new sections of WebMD to memorize”
Jacob Davidson, Time: “Your knee bone’s connected to your… What? Scientists discover new body part”
Fox News, “Surgeons discover new ligament in human knee”
Brian Stelter to CNN
CNN announced Tuesday it hired Brian Stelter, 28, to host its weekly media criticism program, "Reliable Sources." Stelter will also serve as a senior media correspondent, appearing on all of the network's platforms. Stelter has been at the New York Times since 2007, when he graduated from Towson University.
CNN News Release: “CNN names Brian Stelter host of Reliable Sources and media correspondent”
Dylan Byers, Politico: “CNN hires Brian Stelter as Reliable Sources host, media reporter”
Christine Haughney, New York Times: “3 journalists at The Times are departing”
Michael Calderone, Huffington Post: "New York Times departures heightens concerns about staff retention"
Sara Morrison, The Wrap: “New York Times exodus: Hugo Lindgren, Brian Stelter and Matt Bai all leaving”
Kristen Hare, Poynter: “How to tweet that you’re leaving the New York Times”
Social media in Sochi
Journalists covering the Winter Olympics in Sochi next year will be able to use some social media sites to report and share photos. Earlier in the week, the Russian state-run news agency, RIA, said that there would be a ban on all social media posts. Monday, the International Olympic Committee stepped in and said that would not be the case afterall.
Huffington Post, “Journalists allowed to use social media at Sochi Olympics: Report”
Nina Mandell, USA Today: “IOC Spokesman: Journalists free to Instagram at Sochi Olympics”
Max Seddon, Buzzfeed: “The Olympics will not be tweeted, Vined or Instagrammed – or maybe they will”
Molly McHugh, Digital Trends: “Russia says no social media at Sochi Olympics – Olympic Committee disagrees”