Andrew Beaujon


Andrew Beaujon reports on the media for Poynter Online. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture. He lives in Alexandria, Va., with his family. His email is, his phone number is 703-594-1103, and he tweets @abeaujon.

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AP’s year of freaking out language geeks


In March, the editors of the AP Stylebook changed a rule that may seem obscure to non-journalists: No longer would it enforce a distinction between “over” and “more than.”

The news of this change was Poynter’s most popular post of 2014, and reactions from journalists, many of whom had treasured the rule, were sometimes sad and often hilarious.

But AP’s reign of terror wasn’t more than yet (OK, I’ll stop now). Read more

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The year in newspaper carriers

Newspaper "route boys" in New Haven, Connecticut, 1909. (Photograph by Lewis Hine/Library of Congress)

Newspaper “route boys” in New Haven, Connecticut, 1909. (Photograph by Lewis Hine/Library of Congress)

In an announcement that he, Melissa Bell and Matt Yglesias would build a news startup at Vox Media, Ezra Klein talked about the differences between now and an age “when the dominant technology was newsprint.” That technology abides. It has diminished in hipness but not in logistical complexity — print newspapers still require human intermediation to end up on your lawn.

In my time at Poynter, I made it a special mission to chronicle as many stories of newspaper carrier heroism as possible. I truly believe they are America’s least-acknowledged first responders. But the ungodly hours they work place them in the path of mischief and misfortune as often as they place them on the road to glory. Read more


New Yorker corrects, sorry, clarifies Gladwell article

A “clarification” rides below Malcolm Gladwell’s 2010 article “Small Change“: “This piece’s account of the Greensboro sit-in comes from Miles Wolff’s ‘Lunch at the Five and Ten’ (1970).”

The enigmatic media bloggers @crushingbort and @blippoblappo Thursday made a case that article insufficiently credited Wolff’s book. New Yorker Editor David Remnick told Poynter “In retrospect, for example, we should have credited Miles Wolff’s 1970 book about Greensboro, because it’s central to our understanding of those events.”

So if you were unclear on that point, consider yourself less so. Read more

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Wondering Sound cuts operations

The music publication Wondering Sound has “scaled back some parts of our operation,” it says in a statement. It plans to “pursue the partnerships and funding needed to continue the growth and success that Wondering Sound has achieved since its launch earlier this year,” the statement says, adding: “We strongly believe in our unique voice and positioning within the music publishing space, and with the right partner we look forward to continuing our mission of understanding music and the cultural context that it sits within.”

The digital music service eMusic launched Wondering Sound in March, with Editor-in-Chief J. Edward Keyes promising a “high-caliber roster of writers” who would provide “thought-provoking, well-written, insightful pieces about the artists you love and the artists you’ll love next.”

The site appears to have a staff of eight, with a large roster of contributors, many of them splashy names like Lenny Kaye, Amanda Petrusich and Tobi Vail. Read more

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Maureen Dowd promised an interview subject ‘i would make sure you look great…’

Good morning. This is my last day at Poynter and my last morning roundup. Thanks so much for reading, and thank you for all the emails and tips (and corrections!) that have made it better. Poynter will keep the newsletter going — Kristen Hare will be your host. OK, enough talk. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Maureen Dowd emailed with Sony exec’s husband before publication

    Emails released by the Sony hack show the NYT columnist promised to show a column quoting Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal to Pascal's husband, former Times reporter Bernard Weinraub, before publication. "i would make sure you look great," Dowd told Pascal. (BuzzFeed) | In 2012, Times reporter Mark Mazzetti gave the CIA a peek at an unpublished Dowd column after she asked him to help her fact-check it.

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Zakaria critics turn their attention to Malcolm Gladwell

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Delphic media bloggers @crushingbort and @blippoblappo say New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell “lifted quotes and other material without attribution” in his work for the magazine.

Among their examples: a 2011 story that doesn’t cite quotes that appear to be taken from Jeffrey S. Young; a 2013 story that draws heavily from a 1952 article by John Sawyer; a 2010 article that uses stuff from “Miles Wolff’s authoritative but obscure 1970 book, Lunch at the Five and Ten.”

@crushingbort and @blippoblappo recently addressed Bill Adair’s class at Duke and said that after spending much of the year haunting Fareed Zakaria they had found another target, but didn’t provide a name.

Speaking of that person, @crushingbort told the class they’d “found other instances (that) could kindly be called questionable attribution, yet no reporters have pushed for more information” and were “deciding at the moment whether or not to send that information to the outlet in question.”

Reached by email, blappo and bort told Poynter Gladwell came to their attention after that statement. Read more


BuzzFeed reporter mistaken for that Chinese-food-dispute professor guy

BuzzFeed legal editor Chris Geidner is not Harvard Business School professor Benjamin Edelman, the world’s most famous customer of Sichuan Garden in Woburn, Massachusetts.

But as far as many people on social media are concerned, he’s the same guy.

Reached by email, Geidner said as far as he knew, the mistaken identity comes courtesy a Fox News article about Edelman that embeds a tweet he wrote. Read more


No interviews at premiere for ‘The Interview’

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. No interviews at premiere of ‘The Interview’

    "Sony Pictures said Wednesday that no broadcast media will be invited to cover the film's red carpet Thursday in Los Angeles and no interviews will be granted to print reporters at the screening." (AP)

  2. The Washington Post found more people Rolling Stone didn't interview

    T. Rees Shapiro spoke with three friends of Jackie's that Rolling Stone apparently wrote about but never actually spoke to. (The Washington Post) | Here's a succinct roundup of everything that's happened up to now. (Huffington Post) | UVA's Cavalier Daily originally published something no one else had, Ben Mullin reports -- a letter from Jackie's roommate. (Poynter) | | Related: Geneva Overholser says the news media convention of not naming sexual assault victims "is a particular slice of silence that I believe has consistently undermined society’s attempts to deal effectively with rape." (Geneva Overholser) | Related: Alexander Zaitchik, who wrote a 2013 Rolling Stone story about Barrett Brown, says he wasn't present for a scene he described in detail.

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The Rocky Mountain News may return

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Rocky II?

    "Philip Anschutz is exploring the possibility of reviving the Rocky Mountain News." (Denver Business Journal) | Denver Post Publisher Mac Tully: "We're going to continue to do what we do — which is award-winning journalism — and wish them the best of luck." (The Denver Post) | Hiya, Rocky. (Rocky Mountain News)

  2. Fraud threatens digital advertising gains

    "Up to 50 percent of publisher traffic is bot activity, just fake clicks from automated computing programs. ... Digital advertising will take in $43.8 billion next year, and $6.3 billion will be based on the fraudulent activity." (Adweek)

  3. Matthew Kaminski will lead Politico's Europe operation

    Kaminski is on The Wall Street Journal's editorial board.

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Martin Kaiser leaves the Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Martin Kaiser will step down as editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. George Stanley will replace him, Bill Glauber reports. Kaiser, who’s been a member of Poynter’s National Advisory Board, told Glauber “I have come to the conclusion that it is time for me to move on to the next chapter of my life and to seek a new challenge.”

“We all begged him to stay,” Publisher Betsy Brenner said.

Kaiser will leave in February. Journal Communications, which owns the Journal Sentinel, plans to merge its broadcast operations with E.W. Scripps Co. The combined company will spin off its print properties. Read more

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