Rolling Stone didn’t contact the men it accused of rape
Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.
- Why didn't Rolling Stone contact frat boys it accused of rape?
Sabrina Rubin Erdely told Slate she "reached out" in "multiple ways" to the guys in her blockbuster UVA story and instead spoke with a local fraternity president and a national representative. “I’m satisfied that these guys exist and are real," Rolling Stone editor Sean Woods tells Paul Farhi. We knew who they were.” Erdely tells Farhi, "by dwelling on this, you’re getting sidetracked." (WP) | If an article "plays to rather than challenges your biases, you should subject it to tougher scrutiny," Judith Shulevitz writes about Erdely's account of the rape of a main character named Jackie. "What we don't know is whether every detail of Jackie's story, as told to Rolling Stone, is true; by not contacting the alleged rapists, Erdely opened the article up to questions." (TNR)
- More NYT buyout names trickle out
Interactive news desk editor Lexi Mainland and photographer Fred R. Conrad told Poynter this morning that they're taking the Times' buyout. 62 Guild members applied by the deadline yesterday, and 30 applications were accepted, a Guild official told Poynter last night. Times management has till 5 p.m. today to decide whether to accept the remaining 32. (Poynter) | 20 non-Guild members have applied. (Capital) | The Times has said it will lay people off it doesn't get 100 buyouts. | More N.Y. Guild stuff: It has filed charges against Time Inc. for the publisher's plan to implement a proposal that would let it "replace much of the company’s home-grown journalism with outsourced content, including stories that could be written or edited by subcontractors in low-wage countries." (The Newspaper Guild of New York)
- The lines will cross in Blighty
Digital advertising will attract half of all ad spending in Britain next year. (The Guardian)
- Why can't tech companies do more about online harassment?
"When money is on the line, internet companies somehow magically find ways to remove content and block repeat offenders," Jessica Valenti writes. "If these companies are so willing to protect intellectual property, why not protect the people using your services?" (The Guardian) | Amy Howe said the Supreme Court was "difficult to read" while hearing a case about harassment yesterday. (SCOTUSblog) | "Young women (ages 18 to 24) are particularly vulnerable to some of the more serious forms of online harassment, according to our 2014 survey." (Pew)
- EU offers clarity on stupid policy
An EU committee offered some specifics on how the so-called "right to be forgotten" ruling should work. It says "Google and other search engines shouldn’t be notifying both users and site operators that a search result has been removed," a practice it feels "calls unnecessary attention to the takedown requests." (Slate) | Here's the working group's document. (EU)
- Transit co. can't reject ad over falsehood
Philadelphia's SEPTA loses a round in its bid to reject an anti-Islam ad. (Philadelphia) | SEPTA's argument was "that the advertisement is false and, so, not protected speech." (The Legal Intelligencer)
- Getting corrections to catch on
Craig Silverman's Emergent project tracks the spread of bogus information online, but it aspires to do more: "How do we make the corrections and debunkings as viral as the initial reports?" Silverman told Anjali Shastry in a piece published last week. "And that’s a big challenge, but it’s a worthwhile one."(AJR)
- Peter King corrects Janay Rice story
"I quoted a source in July as saying Janay Rice made a moving case for leniency for Ray Rice during the June 16 meeting," he writes. "My source was incorrect." Janay Rice made no such case. (SI) | What King "published, after all, wasn't an incorrect version of what actually happened, but something that never happened at all," Tim Marchman writes. "And it had a very clear beneficiary, allowing Roger Goodell to be seen not as issuing a punishment that showed the NFL doesn't care about domestic violence, but as showing deference to the wishes of a victim." (Deadspin) | In September, King corrected another story involving the Rices and well-placed sources. (SI) | Also in sports media: Awful Announcing fired hockey blogger Steve Lepore "after being exposed as a serial harasser of women online." (Deadspin) | Awful Announcing GM Ben Koo: "Steve's conduct left many feeling uncomfortable and disenfranchised by an all too common theme these days of insensitive, harassing, or oblivious poor treatment of women by men." (@bkoo)
- Front page of the day, curated by Kristen Hare
Red ribbons on Chicago's Hoy mark World AIDS Day. (Courtesy the Newseum)
- Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin
Cara Buckley is now an Oscars blogger for The New York Times. Previously, she was a culture reporter there. (New York Times) | Adam Kushner will be editor of the Outlook section at The Washington Post. Previously, he was the editor of PostEverything there. (Email) | Michelle Nicolosi is now director of digital operations at The Oregonian and OregonLive. She was the managing editor of the Los Angeles Register. Benjamin Sherman is now director of sports and multimedia at The Oregonian and OregonLive. Previously, he was director of digital operations there. Fedor Zarkhin is now a data reporter at The Oregonian and OregonLive. Previously, he was a reporter at the Palm Beach Post. Carli Brousseau is now a data reporter at The Oregonian and OregonLive. She previously worked at the Arizona Daily Star. Tony Hernandez now covers Multnomah County government for The Oregonian and OregonLive. Previously, he worked at the Knoxville (Tennessee) News Sentinel. Kristyna Wentz-Graff is now a photographer at The Oregonian and OregonLive. She previously worked at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Jessica Greif is now a broadcast reporter at The Oregonian and OregonLive. Previously, she was the weekend anchor at KEZI 9 News in Eugene, Oregon. (Poynter) | Daniel Kibblesmith is now a staff writer at BuzzFeed. Previously, he was an associate editor at Clickhole. (Poynter) | Jackie Kucinich will be senior politics editor at The Daily Beast. She is a politics reporter for The Washington Post. (@JFKucinich) | Job of the day: The Granite Falls Advocate Tribune is looking for a reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves: firstname.lastname@example.org.