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.


University of Georgia j-school rescinds invitation to Liberian journalist

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. University of Georgia panics, rescinds invitation to Liberian journalist: It canceled Wade C.L. Williams‘ invitation to speak Oct. 23. “It just became abundantly clear we had a risk scenario and a situation on our hands that was a little more sensitive issue,” Grady College dean Charles N. Davis tells Brad Schrade. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) | Williams: “A woman with a pleasant voice delicately told me that parents were panicking and the general public was against my coming to the university.” (FrontPageAfrica) | What sort of lecture was UGA planning? “Ebola in humans is spread only through direct contact with virus-laden bodily fluids, and is not as transmissible as such airborne viruses as influenza and measles.” (WP) | Related: Why Guardian journalist Monica Mark decided not to wear a hazmat suit while reporting on Ebola: “It’s really difficult to get someone to open up to when you’re wearing it.” (IBT)
  2. The ethics of the Guardian’s Whisper scoop: Was it OK for it to report on something it learned during a meeting about a potential partnership? (Re/code) | Whisper’s responses to Guardian story. (Scribd) | “Part of the problem with the Guardian‘s coverage, [Editor-in-Chief Neetzan] Zimmerman said — and that done by other media as well — is that it doesn’t distinguish between anonymity and privacy.” (Gigaom) | Sort-of related: Gawker Media mulls a Twitter policy. (Jim Romenesko)
  3. Virginian-Pilot shrinks its newsroom: About a quarter of its journalists are going, they learned Friday. “Those leaving include veterans in reporting, column writing, editing, photography and design,” Philip Walzer reports. “The company declined to publicly identify them.” (Virginian-Pilot)
  4. NYT public editor sees some progress: Margaret Sullivan looks back on her second year on the job and spies less false balance, more environment coverage, a commitment to staff diversity. “We’re not going to stop hiring — I don’t believe in hiring freezes,” Executive Editor Dean Baquet tells her. (NYT)
  5. William Luther Masingill dies at 92: The Chattanooga broadcaster “first sat down behind the radio microphone on December 31, 1940. He personally signed on WDEF Television in April of 1954, and over the decades, informed and entertained generations of listeners and viewers alike with a charm and grace unique to him alone.” (WDEF)
  6. What the Boston Herald hasn’t learned from its cartoon blunder: It won’t discuss its staff’s diversity. “In journalism, staff diversity isn’t just about soothing hurt feelings or avoiding embarrassment; it’s a journalistic value,” Eric Deggans writes. “Few quality newspapers would shrug off conditions where they published 10 factual errors a day. So its time to realize diversity is an important a tool for delivering accuracy and context to all kinds of coverage.” (NPR)
  7. Aaron Kushner says LAT is “spreading rumors about us”: The OC Register owner “emphasized last week that his papers remained on a path of success and said he stepped down as publisher of The Orange County Register — and brought in Richard Mirman, a former executive at Harrah’s Entertainment, as interim publisher — because he had too many jobs to handle.” (NYT)
  8. Rewrite that sentence! Book blurb in NYT marries Ann Patchett to her dog. (NYT) | “Sparky’s great, but they’re just friends.” (@GilbertLiz)
  9. Front page of the day, not curated by Kristen Hare: An insta-classic New York Daily News swipe at Donald Trump: “Trumpty Dumpty.” (Courtesy Newseum)

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  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Holly Gauntt is now news director for KDVR/KWGN in Denver. Previously, she was news director for KOMO in Seattle. Sarah Garza is interim news director for KOMO. Previously, she was assistant news director there. Nick McDermott is now executive producer at KTVA in Anchorage, Alaska. He has been a producer there. James Doughty is now communications director for a San Antonio city councilman. Previously, he was a reporter for KENS in San Antonio. (Rick Geevers) | Stacy-Marie Ishmael will head up editorial operations for BuzzFeed’s news app. Previously, she was vice president of communities at the Financial Times. (Nieman Lab) | Lindsey Bahr is now a film writer for The Associated Press. Previously, she was a correspondent for Entertainment Weekly. (AP) | Janelle Nanos is now editor of Beta Boston. Previously, she was a senior editor at Boston Magazine. (Muck Rack) | Matthew Schnipper is now a senior editor at GQ. Previously, he was editor-in-chief at Fader. (email) | Terry Savage is now a contributor at Tribune Content Agency. Previously, she was a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. (Robert Feder) | Job of the day: the AP is looking for a news research manager in New York. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves: bmullin@poynter.org

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Correction: This roundup originally linked to a story about Virginian-Pilot layoffs from last year. That planned round of reductions was targeted mostly outside the paper’s newsroom, the story said. Read more

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Carlos Lozada: It’s OK if readers use reviews ‘as a substitute for reading the book’

Carlos Lozada announced Monday he would leave his job editing The Washington Post’s Sunday opinion section, Outlook, and become its nonfiction book critic. He’ll replace Jonathan Yardley, who is retiring.

Over email, Lozada talked about his new job, and his plans for it.

Poynter: So why would anyone leave an exhausting job shepherding opinion copy into print every week for the leisurely life of a book critic?
Carlos Lozada: Editing Outlook was my dream job for so long, long before I came to the Post, actually, that it’s hard to imagine doing anything else. It’s really the best job I’ve ever had. But I’ve been doing it for five years, so I’ve been thinking about my next move for a while now. The prospect of trying to rethink the book criticism genre, which I’ve dabbled in, seemed like a fun new challenge. So when I learned that Jon Yardley would be retiring, I made my pitch. And if I do it right and the way I’m thinking about it, it won’t be leisurely at all.

So how do you plan to do the job differently?
I’ll continue writing a review every week, which will still appear in Outlook, but I plan to write a lot more throughout the week, focused on building a digital audience. Look for author interviews; short posts that highlight key nuggets from new books; deep dives on trends in nonfiction (like a piece on “The End of Everything” I wrote last year on all the books titled “the end” of something); and stories on the role books play in the life of Washington. Also, while I know that lots of people use reviews to help them decide which books to buy and read, lots of them also see reviews as a substitute for reading the book. I certainly do – there isn’t enough time to read everything, right? And I want to respect those readers and their needs, too, which is where I hope these other forms can help.

Wasn’t there some point where you were going to move into a different job from Outlook?
Yes, back in 2012, I was going to take on a new newsroom-wide role as enterprise editor for the Post. The job got caught in a management/timing snafu – basically the week I moved into it, we learned that Marcus Brauchli, the executive editor who created the job and wanted me for it, was going to leave the paper. So rather than move into a hazy role with an uncertain mandate during a leadership transition, I scooted back to Outlook, which fortunately hadn’t been filled yet. Not an ideal situation, but given what I’m going to get to do now, I think it was for the best. I joke with my colleagues that this time I’m really leaving…

The opinion shop seems like it has really been growing lately, just like the rest of the Post. Do you know who will replace you?
I can think of some really strong candidates for it. Looking forward to seeing what [Executive Editor] Marty [Baron] and [Managing Editor] Kevin [Merida] decide.

Last question: It sounds like you’ll be able to do some reporting in this job. Will you get into the business of bookselling? I can think of a company that might be really interesting to cover!
Ha! I don’t plan to cover the business of publishing – I’ll leave that for our great business/financial writers. There is enough between the covers for me.

DISCLOSURE: Lozada has written passionately about journalism clichés, so it pains me to present a conversation we had about his new job in one of the laziest, most clichéd and useless forms of a news story: The Q&A. (I have argued in the past that no one should ever publish them.) But he could only talk over email, and I am traveling this week, so this disappointing compromise is the best I can do. Read more

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Regional-paper readers really like getting Washington Post content with their subscriptions

This spring, the Washington Post launched a program that let subscribers to partner newspapers access its paywalled content. 165 have signed up so far.

New research the Post’s research and analytics team conducted (you can read it below) suggests the partnerships have benefited both parties: Almost two thirds of subscribers of partner newspapers “report that they are much more or more likely to continue their print subscription for the next six months because free access to The Washington Post website and apps is a benefit of their subscription,” one slide says.

About 1,300 subscribers to the partner papers who had activated their free subscriptions completed the survey this past summer. The Post invited these readers at random, across all the partner papers.

“We had a belief it would do this but you never know till you get the research back,” Post President and General Manager Stephen Hills said in a phone call.

People who work at some of the Post’s partner papers back up the findings: “Out of the gate, the Washington Post program has been an unqualified success, with really remarkable uptake from subscribers on very little promotion,” Steve Yaeger, the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune’s vice president for marketing and PR, told Poynter.

Tom Zeller, The (Toledo, Ohio) Blade’s audience development manager, said his paper had a “pretty aggressive home delivery price increase this year,” Zeller said, “and we looked at this as something to add value.”

Since the program kicked off, he said, “our price-related stops have been a little bit lower.” The Blade has seen a lot of conversions, and it has also used the program to promote its own digital efforts, he said.

The survey asked respondents what topics they found interesting: 71 percent said national news (excluding politics), 67 percent said international news and 64 percent said national politics. All are subject areas in which many regional newspapers have made cutbacks in recent years. “That’s why the pitch that I made when presenting this to people in the business was that they are providing local content that consumers can’t get elsewhere,” Hills said. “Our national reporting is a natural complement to what their papers are doing.”

“I feel for a regional paper, The Blade has pretty strong national and international coverage,” Zeller said. “It’s not like we have a hole there,” he said, but the program “augmented it by adding very high quality journalism.”

The relationship is unlubricated by cash: “No money changes hands,” Hills said. “What we’re doing it for is to get the promotion and increase the national exposure of The Washington Post.”

It also helps the Post in its ambitions to be a more national outlet. “I think at the macro level it helps as we become more known for this, and as we expand our national footprint,” Hills said. And the program “has opened the possibility of talking about lots of different ways we could partner” with other outlets, he said.

Washington Post Digital Partner Program research

Related: The Newsonomics of the Washington Post and New York Times Network Wars (Newsonomics) Read more

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NYT may not end chess column

A report — in the New York Times — of the death of the New York Times’ chess column may be premature, a Times spokesperson says. A note at the foot of Dylan Loeb McClain’s Oct. 11 appeared to say the column was toast: “This is the final chess column to run in The New York Times.”

Not necessarily so, says Times spokesperson Danielle Rhoades Ha: “We are considering eliminating the chess column in order to keep freelance costs in line. A final decision for the column (on all platforms) has not been made yet.”

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Rainbow Room Reopening

N.Y. publishers mull more layoffs

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. More layoffs may come at New York publishers: “Industry executives are spending the month of October in closed-door meetings as they look for ways to tighten their belts even more.” (WWD) | Related: Time Inc. management “wants the ability to send 160 editorial jobs overseas,” Newspaper Guild of New York President Bill O’Meara says. (Capital) | Meta related: New owner Jay Penske‘s plan for WWD. (Capital) | Related sad trombone: “The joy we get from throwing magazines away seems like a bad sign for their future,” Laura Hazard Owen writes. (Gigaom)
  2. NBC News crew quarantined: They worked with freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo in Liberia and “Officials said the order was issued late Friday after the crew members violated an agreement to voluntarily confine themselves.” No one’s shown any signs of the disease. (Reuters) | “With the Ebola virus, you never relax completely, but we think [Mukpo] has made great progress,” a doctor at the Omaha hospital where he’s being treated said. (Mashable)
  3. Keith Olbermann notifies his bosses about his commentaries: Olbermann gives ESPN execs in Bristol “as much as six hours notice,” he tells Richard Deitsch. “The key people all get the A Block [opening] commentary and the Worst Persons. So the scripts are sitting with them for a couple of hours.” (SI)
  4. NYT kills chess column: Dylan Loeb McClain‘s Oct. 11 column ends with an abrupt note: “This is the final chess column to run in The New York Times.” (NYT) | “Few will mourn, even as a symbolic loss.” (@Kasparov63) | “A chess column has appeared in the NYT since… 1855.” (@DVNJr) | The bridge column is still breathing, Michael Roston notes. (@michaelroston)
  5. Why David Remnick isn’t on Twitter: “I don’t have a Twitter account, [but] not because I’m a dinosaur about it,” the New Yorker EIC tells Alexandra Steigrad. “I have enough of a platform here. People in my position who do it tend to use it in a promotional way or in a hamstrung way. I look at Twitter all the time as a news tool or for cultural conversation. I’ve used it in my reporting. It’s very useful.” (WWD)
  6. Peter Parker’s poor journalism ethics: “That’s exactly how Peter Parker paid the bills in the early Spider-Man comics, taking posed pictures of Spider-Man that no one else could get, then selling them to J. Jonah Jameson, the Daily Bugle’s editor-in-chief.” (Salon) | Related: 5 bad journalism lessons from Superman comics (Poynter)
  7. “The network just doesn’t surprise you”: Bill Carter looks at why MSNBC’s ratings “hit one of the deepest skids in its history, with the recently completed third quarter of 2014 generating some record lows.” (NYT)
  8. YouTube builds a “teaching hospital”: At its new production space in Manhattan, members of the company’s partner program “are given access to better cameras, production spaces and editing facilities as classes train them not just in shooting video, but also in makeup, design and anything else that might make programming pop online.” (NYT)
  9. Front page of the day, curated by Kristen Hare: Chicago’s RedEye fronts a very nicely framed image from this weekend’s St. Louis protests. (Courtesy the Newseum.)

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  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: David Cohn is now executive producer at AJ+. Previously, he was chief content officer at Circa. (Dave Cohn) | Lenika Cruz has been named associate editor at The Atlantic. Previously, she was a contributing editor at Circa. Grace White will be a reporter at CBS Houston. Previously, she was a reporter and anchor at Fox 29 San Antonio. (Muck Rack) | Rick Daniels has been named publisher at The Hartford (Connecticut) Courant. Previously, he was chief operating officer of GoLocal24. Nancy Meyer has been named publisher and CEO of Orlando Sentinel Media Group. Previously, she was publisher of the Courant. (Poynter) | Dana Hahn has been named news director for KTVU in San Francisco. Previously, she was news director for WTTG in Washington, D.C. Sara Suarez has been named news director for WFDC in Washington, D.C. Previously, she was news director for WUNI in Boston. Matt King has been named news director for WCNC in Charlotte, North Carolina. Previously, he was assistant news director at WXIA in Atlanta. Jeff Mulligan has been named news director for WMBD/WYZZ in Peoria, Illinois. Previously, he was assistant news director for WISH in Indianapolis. Lee Rosenthal has been named news director at WFXT in Boston. Previously, he was news director at KTVU. Rick Moll has been named news director at WSLS in Roanoke, Virginia. Previously, he was news director for WMBD/WYZZ in Peoria, Illinois. Brian Nemitz has been named assistant news director at WLOS in Asheville, North Carolina. Previously, he was a nightside executive producer at WTVJ in Miami. Martha Jennings has been named assistant news director at WBIR in Knoxville, Tennessee. Previously, she was nightside executive producer at WFLA in Tampa, Florida. Troy Conhain has been named nightside executive producer at KOLD in Tucson, Arizona. Previously, he was morning executive producer at KPHO in Phoenix, Arizona. (Rick Gevers) | Job of the day The Hill is looking for a campaign reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves: bmullin@poynter.org

Suggestions? Criticisms? Would like me to send you this roundup each morning? Please email me: abeaujon@poynter.org.

Programming note: I’m going to be off for most of this week and will be at the Creative Belfast conference on Thursday. Sam Kirkland will leave a roundup under your pillow while I’m gone. Read more

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What you need to know before you see ‘Kill the Messenger’

“Kill the Messenger,” a film about former San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Webb, opens Friday. Webb wrote a series in 1995 and 1996 called “Dark Alliance,” which plumbed a relationship between the CIA and Nicaraguan contras who brought cocaine into the U.S.

Actor Jeremy Renner, who plays Webb, attended the "Kill the Messenger" premiere in New York on Tuesday.

Actor Jeremy Renner, who plays Webb, attended the “Kill the Messenger” premiere in New York on Tuesday.

  • Webb was basically right: His reporting built on a 1985 AP report by Robert Parry and Brian Barger and a 1989 U.S. Senate report that made it clear U.S. officials were aware the contras were financing their operations in part with drug smuggling. But Webb’s pieces, Ryan Devereaux writes in The Intercept, connected “an issue that seemed distant to many U.S. readers — drug trafficking in Central America — to a deeply-felt domestic story, the impact of crack cocaine in California’s urban, African American communities.”
  • Webb’s series spread via the Web, a novelty at the time: “The wildfire-like sweep of ‘Dark Alliance’ was all the more remarkable because it took place without the tinder of the mainstream press,” Peter Kornbluh wrote in CJR in 1997. “Instead, the story roared through the new communications media of the Intemet and black talk radio–two distinct, but in this case somewhat symbiotic, information channels.” It “was accompanied by a digital library of source documents, a timeline of events and a list of characters, among other web-only features that have now become commonplace,” David Carr writes in The New York Times. “It was, by most accounts, the first newspaper series to go viral before there were even words to describe the phenomenon.”
  • His series had some flaws: Webb “wrote past what he knew,” Carr writes, and the series’ packaging was “lurid and overheated.” Kornbluh wrote that the “articles did not even address the likelihood that CIA officials in charge would have known about these drug operations” and ID’d the “overarching problem in the series” as its reliance on the testimony of drug dealer Oscar Danilo Blandón Reyes, which was inconsistent and had timeline problems.
  • The U.S. news media helped the CIA by trying to knock the story down: At an “establishment paper” like The Washington Post, former Post reporter Douglas Farah tells Ryan Grim, “If you were going to be directly rubbing up against the government, they wanted it more solid than it could probably ever be done.” The Post, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times worked diligently to try to discredit Webb’s story. The L.A. Times “assigned no fewer than 17 reporters to pick apart Webb’s reporting,” Devereaux writes, saying an internal CIA report boasted “that the agency effectively departed from its own longstanding policies in order to discredit the series.” Former L.A. Times reporter Jesse Katz called the paper’s effort a “kind of tawdry exercise” that “ruined that reporter’s career,” Nick Schou, who consulted on the movie, wrote last year in LA Weekly. “The Post (among others) showed more energy for protecting the CIA from someone else’s journalistic excesses,” Geneva Overholser, then the Post’s ombudsman, wrote in 1996.
  • The Mercury News eventually distanced itself from the story: “I would do exactly the same thing 18 years later that I did then, and that is to say that I think we overreached,” former Mercury News Executive Editor Jerry Ceppos told Carr.
  • Webb killed himself: He was 49. “Mr. Webb, who was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for coverage of the 1989 Bay Area earthquake, continued to maintain that his reporting was accurate,” a New York Times obituary said.

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Washington City Paper posts Mad Libs-style ad for managing editor

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Washington City Paper needs a new managing editor now that Jon Fischer is departing for Slate. It encourages applicants to fill in the blanks in this job listing:

Washington City Paper seeks a [adjective], [adjective], full-time managing editor–who, acting as the editorial staff’s [adjective] No. 2, will handle everything from breaking news to weekly columns to long-form cover stories. We’re looking for someone who will [action verb] enterprising cover packages, covering themes and topics like [theme or topic relevant to D.C.] and [theme or topic relevant to D.C.]. You’ll need to be comfortable spending a morning juggling food, local politics, housing, and cops coverage; you’ll also need to keep our website humming by [thing you'd do to keep our website humming] while working on the weekly paper and long-term projects. And you’ll work with our editor to manage our [adjective] staff of reporters and editors and a much larger collection of freelancers. We want someone eager to innovate–in terms of both the substance of the work we do as well as how we do it, in print and online. Finally, this is a job that will also involve some writing, from quick hits on the blogs to deep dives for the cover-story well. Eager to report on [important topic] and [pressing issue]? Want to edit in D.C.’s [superlative], [superlative] newsroom? Fill out the blanks in this job posting and send a cover letter, resume, and writing clips to jobs@washingtoncitypaper.com.

Related: BuzzFeed asks potential applicants to make a PB&J

Disclosures: I was once managing editor of Washington City Paper, and I helped hired Fischer. I also think one superlative is too many when writing a potential employer. A job application is no place to be obsequious. Tell them what they’re doing wrong! Read more

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Obama joins Medium, finds another route around the press

mediawiremorningGood morning. The weekend is in sight. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Malala Yousafzai wins Nobel Peace Prize: The former BBC blogger turned activist “has shown by example that children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee writes. Indian children’s advocate Kailash Satyarthi shares the prize with her. (Nobelprize.org)
  2. Back in St. Louis: During protests last night following an officer-involved shooting in the city’s Shaw neighborhood, St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Valerie Schremp Hahn saw people “slamming a brick on the ground to break it in two.” One “asked what I was tweeting and I said nothing. He basically but me in a headlock and asked to get my phone. I said no,” she tweeted. Then, this: “I screamed ‘get away from me! Get away from me!’ And ran towards the crowd. My press pass fell off but I still have my damn phone.” She adds: “If it makes him feel better I didn’t get his picture.” | Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery tweeted a photo of the Ferguson, Missouri, McDonald’s earlier on Thursday: “@ryanjreilly wish u were here :( ” | I noticed some other Ferguson vets and national outlet reporters on the scene: L.A. Times reporter Matt Pearce, New York Times reporter Alan Blinder and USA Today reporter Yamiche Alcindor were among those tweeting about the protests last night. | Never stops being useful: Kristen Hare‘s Twitter list of journalists covering STL, Ferg. | The cover story of the new issue of the NPPA’s News Photographer magazine is about the Post-Dispatch’s photo staff. (NPAA)
  3. President Obama finds another route around the press: “Over at the White House, we aim to connect with people where they are and engage with citizens on the issues they care about most. That’s where Medium comes in — and why you can find us on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and more sites, too.” (@WhiteHouse) | Obama’s first post uses scare quotes! “History has dubbed you the ‘Millennials.’” (Medium)
  4. Great advice for beat reporters: Wall Street Journal fashion-biz reporter Teri Agins tells Lauren Indvik how to get big scoops on a competitive beat. “I always tell young journalists, when you’re trying to do a story, go for a story that’s doable.” Also: “People love to talk, they won’t stop talking, they’ll tell you more than you’re asking.” (Fashionista)
  5. Chuck Todd makes a good case for reporting bullshit: The “Meet the Press” host says, “We in the so-called MSM should be willing to report what is not true, rather than ignoring and claiming that ‘well, we didn’t deem it worthy’ and therefore don’t have a responsibility for debunking someone else’s rumor,” in a fascinating interview with Jay Rosen. “I’m not sure we can defend not sharing publicly what we know is true and false.” (PressThink)
  6. Deadspin wants to hire Bill Simmons: Among the incentives, according to Drew Magary: “KINJA! It makes you a better writer by erasing your posts suddenly and forcing you to start from scratch!” (Deadspin)
  7. The hazards of working in a British-American newsroom: “I use Ss almost exclusively in place of Zs, which look too harsh to me now,” Maraithe Thomas writes. “I catch myself saying ‘Give us a bite’ or ‘It was quite crowded, actually’ instead of ‘Give me a bite’ and ‘It was packed.’” (The Guardian)
  8. The economic imperatives of first-person essays: They’re multiplying, maybe because of “the slashing of budgets for in-depth reporting and the necessarily more superficial coverage that results,” Eve Fairbanks writes. “An essayist giving a personal take on an event in the news … may not result from a month of reporting with a big budget, as in the older days, but instead brings a whole lifetime of experience to the story.” (WP)
  9. Why can’t Facebook crack apps? It’s planning an anonymous sharing app, but “every standalone app Facebook has created thus far has been a flop,” John McDermott writes. “The only reason anyone downloads Messenger is because they’re forced to, and it has one star in the App Store,” Neetzan Zimmerman tells McDermott. (Digiday) | Related: Mathew Ingram on the frenmity between media orgs and Facebook. (Gigaom)
  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Jonah Freedman is now editor-in-chief of StubHub. Previously, he was managing editor of mlssoccer.com. (Pando Daily) | David Plotz is now CEO of Atlas Obscura. Previously, he was editor of Slate (Washington Post) | Brie Dyas is now senior work life editor at The Huffington Post. Previously, she was executive home editor there. (The Huffington Post) | Jordan Chariton will be New York media editor at The Wrap. He’s editor of TVNewser. Mark Joyella will be a co-editor for TV Spy and TVNewser. Previously, he was a TV editor at Mediaite. Brian Flood is now co-editor of TVNewser. Previously, he had written for Sports Illustrated and RotoExperts. (TVNewser) | Job of the day: WBEZ is looking for a midday anchor. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves: bmullin@poynter.org

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Providence Phoenix to close

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The alt-weekly Providence Phoenix will close, Ted Nesi reports. The paper was founded in 1979 as the NewPaper and survived the death of its sibling paper, the Boston Phoenix, which closed last year.

Phoenix Media COO Everett Finkelstein “did not mention what would happen to the third paper in the company’s stable, the Portland Phoenix of Maine,” Nesi writes.

While some alt-weeklies have adapted to the loss of traditional revenue sources like classified and display ads, many have struggled. Of the country’s Top 20 weeklies, only two saw circulation gains in 2013, Pew reported earlier this year.

Jack Shafer wrote about how alts’ fortunes eroded — many were built for a different era, when record companies stuffed their stockings with cash and before smartphones beat them “as a boredom killer.”

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News station lays off journalists, will play Beyoncé songs instead

Houston Chronicle

Houston news station KROI laid off 47 employees Wednesday and will, for the time being, play only Beyoncé songs, David Barron reports for the Houston Chronicle. The station “aired its last broadcast Wednesday, October 8, 2014,” its website says.

Beyoncé in Paris last month, pausing briefly from her war on working journalists.  (Photo by Mason Poole/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)

Beyoncé in Paris last month, pausing briefly from her war on working journalists. (Photo by Mason Poole/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)

Radio One owns the station, known as News 92 FM. Its employees “were notified shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday that the news format was being dropped and the station rebranded – for the moment – as B921, playing around-the-clock, commercial-free music by Beyoncé,” Barron reports.

The station was ranked 26th in the market as a news station. The Beyoncé gambit is not expected to last: “There was no indication how long the B921 format would continue,” Barron writes.

For a pop star, Beyoncé has had a disproportionate effect on media outlets:

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