Caleb Hannan wrote last week for Grantland on a golf club inventor. In the course of his investigation into claims by Dr. Essay Anne Vandebilt, Hannan outed her, against her wishes, as transgendered. At the end of the piece, Hannan notes that she killed herself.
There has been extensive criticism, and some defence, of the piece across a range of media in recent days about the ethics of the piece. Josh Levin of Slate argues Hannan went too far. Maria Dahvana Headley, in her The Glittering Scrivener blog, agrees that the story is not always the most important thing.
ESPN, in a statement to a Sports Illustrated reporter, says it offers condolences, is sensitive to such issues, and believe it can learn from the feedback on the story. Hannan has said he is working with the editors of Grantland on a statement, which will be issued shortly.
It isn't conventional that a "press freedom" delegation would visit a country with historic leadership in an independent press. But that's what happened last week in the United Kingdom, where a two-day campaign by a delegation of the World Association of Newspapers pleaded with the government to stand down on its recent efforts to regulate press and to intimidate The Guardian following its leaks of surveillance secrets. The delegation met many and will issue a report next month.
In 2012, Aaron Kushner placed a significant bet on the future of print media by buying the Orange County Register, significantly increasing the size of the newsroom, and relaunching an effort to win the audience and advertisers in the region. The company bought another paper in Riverside and has since announced the impending launch of a Los Angeles title.
But it is not going to be a smooth ascension. Last week the paper laid off 32, including the editor, and acknowledged it had to tack a lot more carefully as it rebuilds. The New York Times' David Carr, in his latest Media Equation column, surveys the scene.