News about the news for the week of July 28.

Welcome to Tuesday Tabs, a roundup of headlines from at home, down south and elsewhere.

 

Canada

Last summer, Globe and Mail business reporter Josh O’Kane put his professional skills to extra-curricular use while playing a journalist as an extra on Adam Sandler’s recently released movie, Pixels. He wrote about the experience, here.

For over a year now, the Toronto Star has been fighting to get a confidentiality order lifted from a complaint about a Toronto judge filed with the Ontario Judicial Council 2012. This legal battle, the Star reports, is part of a larger issue of Judicial Council complaints and their details generally being kept under lock and key unless they result in formal disciplinary hearings.

“If a ‘death of newspapers’ narrative still mires the industry, then here might be a Lazarus story.” NetNewsCheck praisingly profiles the success of La Presse’s tablet edition.

For years, women have largely outnumbered men in journalism programs across the country—a development that doesn’t seem to be reflected in the upper echelons of newsroom management in Canada. Canadaland speaks with Outsiders Still author Vivian Smith about institutional newsroom sexism. (You can also read our review of Smith’s book.)

 

U.S.

Starbucks has announced a partnership with the New York Times that will see the coffee mega-franchise make the newspaper’s top stories available to customers for free on its mobile app. “In effect, Starbucks becomes a kind of publisher,” writes Wired.

Oh, dear: two months after the New York Times published a hard-hitting investigation into the working conditions of New York nail salons, a former NYT reporter ran an article questioning some of the facts in Sarah Maslin Nir’s reporting. The paper has responded with its own issues about Richard Bernstein’s allegations.

Hours after publishing a cover story about 35 women who have come forward with allegations of being assaulted by Bill Cosby over the years, New York Magazine found its website subject to a DDoS  attack by a hacker who claims to hate New York City. “But it’s not an attempt to silence the 35 women who have come forth to describe their alleged assault, nor the magazine that pieced their story together,” writes DailyDot. “Instead, he claimed, this stems entirely from his dislike of New York City, which he extends to magazines that share its name.”

 

International

“For Nikkei Inc., Japan’s biggest financial news group, Thursday’s $1.3 billion deal to buy the Financial Times capped a lengthy pursuit of the pink-hued newspaper.” Bloomberg has a behind-the-scenes look at the conversations that opened up the way for the paper’s sale announcement last week.

Recent Knight Fellow recipient Jorge Luis Sierra used his time during the fellowship to develop Salama, a risk-assessment app that helps journalists determine what kinds of safety protocols they should be taking when reporting in unstable regions or covering stories that come with high digital security risks. 

Worried about Greece’s economic and political future? The Press Project argues that the best way to help the fiscally troubled country is to donate to its independent media outlets.

Illustration photo by Andy Ciordia, via Flickr.