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.


Spin loses another editor-in-chief

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Craig Marks is no longer EIC of Spin: Marks tells Poynter via email he’s out. He was the publication’s fourth editor in two years. Stephen Blackwell, SpinMedia’s fourth CEO in the same amount of time, told me Monday that he had “high hopes” for the publication, and that it would add more editing talent soon. (Poynter) | A quick phone call with Marks: “It was a mutual and amicable decision that I would leave,” he said. “With the new CEO and the new regime it felt like the right time to part ways. I would like to pursue other interests including trying to finally get a bead on my next book.” Marks, who was executive editor at the magazine in the ’90s (I worked with him then for a spell then, in my first media job), took the job in June and says the split was not performance-related.
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Scottish newspaper supports independence, sees sales rise

HoldtheFrontPage.co.uk | The Guardian | The Colbert Report | Reddit

Glasgow, Scotland’s Sunday Herald is the only Scottish newspaper encouraging its readers to vote for independence, Nick Hudson writes in Britain’s HoldtheFrontPage. (The Herald’s weekday counterpart backs Scotland remaining in the U.K.) The paper has seen a rise in sales, “with monthly rises of up to 25″ percent, Hudson writes.

Some Scottish newspapers, including Edinburgh’s Scotsman, explicitly support a continued union with the rest of Britain. (The Scotsman recently ran an article floating the idea that independence serves ISIS’ interests.) Other “big titles – including the Daily Record, Aberdeen Press & Journal and Dundee Courier – have sat on the fence, pursuing a neutral stance in the interests of editorial impartiality,” Hudson writes.

George Monbiot writes in The Guardian that the media has “shafted the people of Scotland” with “fear, misinformation and hatred around the body politic.” As Monbiot notes, pro-independence Scots have complained about the BBC’s referendum coverage, and some protested at its Glasgow headquarters Monday.… Read more

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Nearly 40 percent of African-Americans think news does not portray them accurately

American Press Institute

38 percent of African-Americans believe “the news they consume does not at all accurately portray their community or does so just slightly,” a new report from the Associated Press–NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the American Press Institute says. 37 percent said news outlets portrayed blacks “moderately” well, and only 6 percent said news orgs represented them “completely.”

Hispanics were more likely to say portrayals of themselves in the media were accurate — perhaps because they “have access to a sizable amount of Spanish language media on television, including the national network Univision, as well as media online from other countries,” the report says, while the African-American press “has contracted to the point where there are no longer daily print African American papers (they are either weekly, or less frequent and publish daily online), and cable channels aimed at African Americans do not feature a daily general interest news program.”

23 percent of blacks said they turned to local TV news to see coverage of “their community’s people and issues,” compared with 7 percent of Hispanics, who “are far more likely to say they must turn to ethnic media to see regular coverage of their own community,” the report says.… Read more

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Zakaria accused of lifting material from New Yorker and AP for TV scripts

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Fareed Zakaria ripped material from The New Yorker, The Economist, the Associated Press and other outlets for his CNN show “GPS,” the sphynxlike media critics @blippoblappo and @crushingbort write in their latest set of accusations against Zakaria.

One of their strongest examples includes narration from a documentary called “Justice for Sergei” that inspires similar narration from Zakaria.

They also show instances when “GPS” scripts lifted sentences without attribution, such as a 2012 segment that draws from a New Yorker article by Adam Gopnik and a segment and an Al Jazeera article (click to view the image bigger).

Some of the items in this latest docket require the reader to take an expansive view of plagiarism: Sentences that appear to summarize the reporting of others without credit, for example.… Read more

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Tallahassee Democrat will retool newsroom, following other Gannett papers

Tallahassee Democrat

The Tallahassee Democrat “could not get where we needed to go by simply tweaking an outdated operation,” Executive Editor Bob Gabordi writes. “So, we called a timeout and a reset.”

As at the Tennessean and other papers that, like the Democrat, are owned by Gannett, the Democrat will retool its newsroom structure.

Fewer people will work locally on production tasks and more will focus on reporting and creating content. We’ll have more people focused on breaking news and important watchdog and investigative reporting.

Staffers will get a list of new jobs this week, Gabordi writes. “We’ll interview them for the new jobs they want in late September and announce results to them – and you – after that.”

The Tennessean announced its “newsroom of the future” last month.… Read more

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Newspaper revenue will rise — just not in North America

PwC | The Guardian

Newspaper revenue “will start to climb again in 2015,” a recent report from PwC says. Things look bright for newspapers in large markets like Brazil, Mexico and China, the report says, as well as smaller markets like Hong Kong, Turkey and Peru. The data come from PwC’s Global Entertainment and Media Outlook report, which came out in June.

But it’s a different story in the U.S. and Western Europe. While compound annual growth rate for papers is expected to increase by 8.3 percent in China and 7.5 percent in India, CAGR will fall 4.3 percent in North America.

Circulation will account for nearly half of publishers’ revenue by 2018, PwC predicts, and it says revenue from digital advertising will be 16 percent of all newspaper ad revenue by that point.… Read more

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Zakaria plagiarized in TV show, critics say

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Zakaria plagiarized in TV show, critics say: Mysterious media critics @blippoblappo and @crushingbort tell Poynter they will have another post on Our Bad Media later this morning outlining what they say are examples of Fareed Zakaria lifting text, this time for his CNN show, “GPS.” Here’s a video that will accompany the piece.

    @blippoblappo and @crushingbort’s last post, in August, outlined suspect passages in Zakaria’s 2008 book, “The Post-American World” and in stories in Newsweek and Foreign Affairs. Neither W.W. Norton, which published the book, Newsweek, Foreign Affairs nor Atlantic Media, where Zakaria is now a contributing editor, replied to Poynter’s requests for comment.

  2. Foley family describes frustrations with U.S. government: The FBI first told James Foley‘s family they’d be prosecuted if they paid ransom to his captors, then advised them prosecution would be unlikely, Rukmini Callimachi reports.
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NYT will call terror group ‘Islamic State’

The New York Times

The New York Times will use the name Islamic State to refer to the terrorist group also known as ISIS and ISIL, Times standards editor Philip Corbett writes. It had previously taken a “wait and see” approach to the name, Corbett writes.

But with the group more prominent in the news than ever, we reopened that discussion last week. At this point, many of the most prominent English-language news organizations use Islamic State — The Associated Press, Reuters, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the BBC and others. Starting this week, The Times will do so as well.

AP, like many U.S. officials still do, originally referred to the group as ISIL, saying it reflected a better translation for the group’s name: Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, rather than the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.… Read more

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What’s next for Spin?

SpinMedia CEO Stephen Blackwell says he’s got “high hopes” for the company’s namesake publication, whose staff has dwindled. I started hearing rumblings last week that Craig Marks, who took a job as Spin’s editor-in-chief in June, either had left or might be leaving soon.

“We are in discussions with Craig right now, and nothing’s been decided yet, but he’s at the moment the editor-in-chief of Spin,” Blackwell said in a brief phone call. Reached last week, Marks said he couldn’t discuss his employment but said it would be incorrect to report he was no longer editor.

News editor Chris Martins said much the same thing when I contacted him; he and associate editor Kyle McGovern are the only editorial employees listed on Spin’s about page.… Read more

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NYT will run 4 native ads on Mashable

The New York Times has placed a series of native ads on Mashable. It’s the news organization’s first native ad campaign from its audience development group, Times spokesperson Linda Zebian tells Poynter. It has, she said, promoted its content “through advertisements on other sites outside of our own” before.

The Times placed sponsored content on The Awl, Gothamist and Digg earlier this year, Joe Pompeo reported for Capital in April.

The first ad, “11 Inspiring Videos That Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity,” ran 5 days ago. A new one, “9 Cultural Icons Who Have Written for ‘The New York Times’,” bowed today. There are two more ads planned in the campaign, which runs to the end of the month, Zebian says.… Read more

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