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Saturday nights are no longer for going out - The X Factor is finally returning to our small screens this weekend with new hosts, a fresh judging panel and a fair few format shake-ups.
But whatever happened to the finalists of the first ever series - "barking bloody mad" Rowetta Satchell, red-haired wannabe rocker Tabby Callaghan, cheesy best friend duo 2 to Go and eventual winner Steve Brookstein?
Roberta Howett went from unhappy telecommunications worker to Louis Walsh's Dublin darling after her successful X Factor audition. But perhaps it was the curse of the Walsh that resulted in her early exit from the series when she became the first act to be eliminated.
Now 33, Roberta appeared on the debut album of Spanish composer Toni Castells in 2007. She finally released her debut album in 2010, its lead single 'Beautiful Lies' became her first Top 40 single in the Irish Singles Chart, »
Amid swirling controversy, Rolling Stone has officially retracted its story about a gang rape at the University of Virginia. The announcement follows a report issued Sunday by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and commissioned by Rolling Stone. It found that the publication failed to conduct "basic, even routine journalistic practice" in confirming the account that source Jackie gave to contributing editor Sabrina Rubin Erdely for the story, "A Rape on Campus." "The failure encompassed reporting, editing, editorial supervision and fact-checking," the report stated. "The magazine set aside or rationalized as unnecessary essential practices of reporting that, if pursued,
- Ryan Gajewski
As a public relations practitioner, my ears pricked on Dec. 22 when Rolling Stone’s maximum leader Jann Wenner sent out this missive — right in time for Christmas break — that he was recruiting the Columbia Journalism School to review Rolling Stone’s now-infamous Nov. 19 “A Rape on Campus” story.
My first thoughts? Why would a venerated school of journalism carry the water for what could be a Wenner public relations gambit; i.e., the ol’ “independent review” that’s not really “independent” and not really a “review”? Does the Columbia J School actually have the guts to deeply examine its client »
- Ross Johnson
3 items from 2015
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