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.


Murdoch says he won’t buy Tribune papers

Rupert Murdoch tweeted Thursday night that he doesn’t plan to buy Tribune’s newspapers. He cited the FCC’s cross-ownership rules, which forbid the same person or entity from owning a print and a top broadcast property in the same market.

Poynter reported earlier this month that Murdoch’s News Corp was rumored to be assembling a bid for the Tribune Co. papers, which are set to spin off as a separate company next month.

Murdoch also runs 21st Century Fox, which owns and operates stations in several cities that overlap with Tribune papers, including Los Angeles and Chicago.

“I am not sure this amounts to ‘case closed,” Poynter’s Rick Edmonds wrote in an email.… Read more

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Forbes sold to Hong Kong-based group

The majority ownership of Forbes Media has been sold to a group of investors based in Hong Kong. The Forbes family “will retain a significant ownership stake,” a release Friday says. Integrated Whale Media Investments “will provide capital, as well as financial and operational expertise, and intends to leverage its international relationships to strategically enlarge Forbes Media’s reach on a global scale.”

The company didn’t release terms. Edmund Lee, Alex Sherman and Leslie Picker reported for Bloomberg News last November that Forbes was exploring a sale. They wrote: “While Forbes is seeking at least $400 million in a sale, according to a person familiar with the matter, the company will struggle to land more than $200 million, another person said.”
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Jill Abramson doesn’t return NYT’s email

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Edward Snowden is designing tools for journalists

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Edward Snowden is using some of his time in Russia to design “encryption tools to help professionals such as journalists protect sources and data,” Alan Rusbridger and Ewen MacAskill write in The Guardian. They interviewed the NSA whistleblower in Moscow.

Snowden is “negotiating foundation funding for the project,” they write.

“Journalists have to be particularly conscious about any sort of network signalling, any sort of connection, any sort of licence-plate reading device that they pass on their way to a meeting point, any place they use their credit card, any place they take their phone, any email contact they have with the source because that very first contact, before encrypted communications are established, is enough to give it all away,” Snowden told them.… Read more

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Rupert Murdoch is not giving up, the BBC cuts hundreds of jobs

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Gawker hires NYT’s Leah Finnegan, who ‘hates the right people’

Leah Finnegan, a staff editor at the New York Times, has joined Gawker as senior editor. Finnegan “has a good Instagram account and hates the right people,” Gawker Editor-in-Chief Max Read says in a memo to staffers, assuring them she’ll help “each of you fake intelligence and sophistication day to day.”

Aleksander Chan is also coming on full-time; he broke the story of now-former SiriusXM host Anthony Cumia’s racist tweets. Once Chan starts working mornings, “radio shock jocks should take their Twitter accounts to private,” Read writes.

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Busted for having weed? Washington City Paper will pay your fine

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Washington City Paper is offering to pay the fines of anyone who gets a citation for possessing marijuana in Washington, D.C. after midnight Thursday. That’s when the city’s new law that decriminalizes holding small amounts of marijuana takes effect. … Read more

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The real problem with clickbait

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And so friends, it is time once again for our civilization to push up its sleeves like improvisational comics in the ’90s and ask: “What’s the deal with all this clickbait?”

The problem with clickbait is “the reader is always being manipulated,” Jake Beckman tells The Daily Beast’s Emily Shire. Beckman works for RebelMouse and runs the very funny Twitter account @SavedYouAClick, which like @HuffPoSpoilers before it, aims to let some of the air out of clickbait-y tweets.

Clickbait is more insidious than even some old ways of flogging newspaper stories, Beckman says, because “readers are being treated as stupid.”

But clickbait is not one-dimensional.… Read more

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Rupert Murdoch bids on Time Warner

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