Grantland editor Bill Simmons has written an extensive explanatory note, with an apology, following the site's publication last week of a story about a golf club inventor who was discovered to have exaggerated credentials and hidden her birth as a man. She took her life as the story was being researched. The reporter revealed her transgender to an investor.
Simmons takes us through the development of the story, its stops and starts, and backs the journalism in general, but notes that someone from the transgender community should have read the piece before it appeared because Grantland's team was unsophisticated in how it handled the topic.
One of Simmons' editors, meanwhile, has written a far more critical piece (with his blessing) of the site's conduct. Christina Karhl says the episode is an excellent example of how not to treat a human being.
Alastair Reid, writing for journalism.co.uk, examines the evolution of smartwatches and their potential impact on the production and consumption of news. His reporting points to greater flexibility technically and much more of a stand-alone purpose to smartwatches. He believes they'll be complementary to tablets and smartphones.
Michael Wolff, the veteran media columnist, writes for USA Today that last week's U.S. court ruling on net neutrality stands to recreate the natural order of things in which the big companies run media. The ruling will make it harder to break in to digital media, but will fortify the big firms and help ensure their viability.