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.

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 gave interview subject an advance peek at a column

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 showed advance of column to Sony exec’s husband

    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. (Politico) | Related: Variety co-EIC Andrew Wallenstein ponders the ethics of publishing stolen emails: "Journalism is, in some sense, permissible thievery." (Variety)

  2. Twitter reinstates journalist suspended for publishing public record

    "Look who's back," Darwin BondGraham tweeted at 2:01 a.m.

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Zakaria critics turn their attention to Malcolm Gladwell

Our Bad Media

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.

His coworkers aren’t really helping out.

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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. Politico and German partner Axel Springer have purchased European Voice, which they'll rebrand as Politico. Better get used to hitting that caps lock, European Voice staffers!

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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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USA Today gets a lot of traffic from Google News

Adam Sherk | Gigaom

USA Today received more than a hundred million visits from Google News between January and November of this year, Adam Sherk reports. That’s almost a third of all news search traffic to the site, he figures.

Here’s his Top 10:


I’ve asked publishers in the Top 5 if they have any strategy for getting their stuff into Google News. “The only strategy is being on top of breaking news,” USA Today spokesperson Steve Kidera said. The New York Times said it wasn’t ready to discuss whether it had a Google News strategy. It’s “organic traffic,” Reuters spokesperson Heather Carpenter said. I’ll add others’ comments when I get them.

Anecdotally, Poynter has seen really good traffic when, for whatever reason, one of our posts got snagged in Google News’ net. Mathew Ingram wrote just last week about Google News, calling it “The biggest missed opportunity in media right now.” That missed opportunity is Google’s, he argues, saying the search giant doesn’t do much with it. Read more

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Guy Vidra: ‘change does not mean discarding your principles’

The New Republic

In a letter to New Republic readers, CEO Guy Vidra talks about his vision for the publication. Vidra and New Republic owner Chris Hughes removed Franklin Foer as editor of the publication last week, and many staffers resigned in protest.

Before a press tour Monday, Vidra and Hughes had mostly expressed their plan for the publication with jargon like “vertically integrated digital media company.”

In his post, Vidra notes he “started my career in journalism” and says “I firmly believe that those who say that this publication was only ever meant to reach a small audience are wrong.” He praises the magazine’s past accomplishments, including its “an unparalleled back of the book,” and promises to provide “depth.”

But: “we will begin to tell our stories more effectively in other ways,” he writes.

When we spend the time and energy to do a longform piece, we will create formats for our readers to engage with that information outside of print.

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