Andrew Beaujon

Andrew Beaujon reports on the media for Poynter Online. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com 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 abeaujon@poynter.org, his phone number is 703-594-1103, and he tweets @abeaujon.


Lede of the day (it involves Rob Ford, deadmau5 and espresso)

Associated Press

Associated Press reporter Rob Gillies wrote a story about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford ordering five espressos, and its lede is phenomenal:

TORONTO (AP) – Famed DJ deadmau5 asked Rob Ford to go for a coffee run in his Ferrari and was jolted by the Toronto mayor’s order: five espressos in one cup.

But the last three lines of the story are remarkable as well.

Ford asks the teller twice if there’s five shots and later says he throws the “espressos back. I do.”

Ford admitted last year that he had smoked crack in a “drunken stupor.”

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NYT acknowledges Carol Vogel lifted from Wikipedia

Good morning. 10-ish, anyone?

  1. NYT acknowledges Carol Vogel lifted from Wikipedia: Part of a July 25 column “used specific language and details from a Wikipedia article without attribution; it should not have been published in that form,” a grisly editor’s note reads. (NYT) | Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy told Ravi Somaiya “editors have dealt with Carol on the issue.” (NYT) | “It seems to me that there can be little dispute about the claim,” Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan wrote Wednesday. “Anyone can see the similarity.” (NYT)
  2. E.W. Scripps Co. and Journal Communications will combine broadcast properties, spin off newspapers: The companies “are so similar and share the deep commitment to public service through enterprise journalism,” Scripps Chairman Richard A.
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Scripps, Journal Communications will combine broadcast groups, spin off newspapers

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Scripps

E.W. Scripps Co. and Journal Communications announced an agreement Wednesday night to combine their broadcast assets and turn their newspapers into a separate company, Bill Glauber reports in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Among the 15 newspapers that the new Journal Media Group will hold: The (Memphis, Tennessee) Commercial Appeal, the Knoxville (Tennessee) News Sentinel and the Kitsap Sun of Bremerton, Washington. All of those were previously owned by Scripps; the Journal Sentinel is Journal Communications’ biggest paper.

With 35 stations, Scripps will become the fifth-largest independent TV group in the country after the deal goes through. It also picks up Journal Communications’ 34 radio stations.

“It is no surprise that Scripps would want to move its broadcasting and digital properties from the print holdings just as it moved its considerable cable holdings some time ago,” Poynter’s Al Tompkins said in an email.… Read more

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AP is reviewing its procedures after third revised tweet in a week

What’s going on with the AP Twitter account lately? After this masterpiece Wednesday:

The AP revised. … Read more

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Sam Sifton named NYT food editor

Sam Sifton is The New York Times’ new food editor. The paper will also rename its Dining section Food.

Memo to staff from Executive Editor Dean Baquet:… Read more

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ESPN suspends Stephen A. Smith, did Benny Johnson actually commit plagiarism?

Good morning. Here are 10 (OK, OK, it’s more than 10) media stories.

  1. ESPN suspends Stephen A. Smith: “We have been engaged in thoughtful discussion about appropriate next steps,” ESPN President John Skipper says in a memo obtained by Richard Deitsch. “Those conversations have involved a diverse group of women and men in our company.” (SI) | ESPN’s statement “very specifically does not mention the word ‘suspension.’” (Deadspin) | Richard Sandomir: “Smith’s weeklong suspension is less severe than the 30 days imposed on Max Bretos, an ESPN anchor who used the term ‘chink in the armor’ in reference to Jeremy Lin in 2012. In 2010, Tony Kornheiser was suspended two weeks for comments he made on radio about an outfit worn by Hannah Storm, a ‘SportsCenter’ anchor.” (NYT)
  2. Benny Johnson isn’t a plagiarist, because what he was doing wasn’t journalism: That’s the argument advanced by Gene Weingarten: “Reading a listicle in Buzzfeed, just what level of diligence does a reader expect?” (The Washington Post) | Weingarten’s fart joke in the piece is not original.
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Tribune wants to buy more newspapers

Crain’s Chicago Business

Tribune Publishing CEO Jack Griffin wants to buy “smaller newspapers in or near his existing markets,” Lynne Marek reports.

“We think there are more of these opportunities around the country that are geographically adjacent to where we run big papers and big brands, and that over time we can achieve similar kinds of consolidation and acquisition opportunities that are going to add meaningfully to our footprint and our revenue and our profit,” Griffin told Marek.

In the past year, Tribune’s Baltimore Sun Media Group has purchased Baltimore City Paper and two smaller Maryland papers, The Capital in Annapolis and the Carroll County Times.

Griffin also told Marek that cutting costs to adapt to lower revenue is “an absolute requirement of the business.” Tribune Publishing’s spinoff from Tribune Co.… Read more

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NYT looking into claim one of its reporters swiped from Wikipedia

FishbowlNY

Carol Vogel’s July 24 New York Times story about the artist Piero di Cosimo includes the following description:

He is said to have been terrified of thunderstorms and so pyrophobic that he rarely cooked his food, subsisting mostly on hard-boiled eggs that he prepared 50 at a time while heating glue for his art. He didn’t clean his studio. He didn’t trim the trees in his orchard. Giorgio Vasari, the Renaissance biographer, described Piero as living “more like a beast than a man.”

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Employment tumbles again at newspapers, and First Look’s plans shift

Good morning. Here are 10 (OK, maybe not exactly 10) media stories.

  1. The newspaper business lost 1,300 employees last year: “The overall revenue figure, as measured by the Newspaper Association of America, was down 2.6 percent in 2013, close to an even match with the percentage of news job cuts for the year,” Rick Edmonds writes. (Poynter) | One small bright spot: Minority employment was up, after years of stagnating. (Poynter)
  2. An update on First Look Media: “We have definitely rethought some of our original ideas and plans,” Pierre Omidyar writes. (First Look Media) | Jay Rosen: “For First Look the way to a large user base isn’t ‘one big flagship website’ or an ‘everything you need to know’ news app to go up against, say, the Guardian or npr.org.” (PressThink) | Mathew Ingram: “More than anything else, what Omidyar is describing sounds like a real-time journalism lab, one that will test out different ways of interacting with readers around a topic — albeit a lab that happens to have a quarter of a billion dollars behind it.” (Gigaom)
  3. Margot Adler, R.I.P.
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Minority employment in newsrooms rose in 2013

Minority employees accounted for a little more than 13 percent newsrooms in 2013, according to a new survey by the American Society of News Editors. That’s a percentage point higher than last year’s census, which suggested diversity efforts had stagnated at the newsrooms ASNE surveys, which include many daily newspapers and this year more than 100 online-only publications.

The percentage of minority employees in this year’s census, 13.34, is “nearly as high as the record of 13.73 percent in 2006,” ASNE says. The industry added about 200 more full-time minority employees in 2013. That gain is a rare, if small, bit of good news in an otherwise somber report, which, as my coworker Rick Edmonds writes, shows an industry-wide loss of 1,300 jobs.… Read more

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