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.


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Where to buy gas masks for your reporting staff in Ferguson

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Who got arrested in Ferguson last night? Getty Images photographer Scott Olson. (Poynter) | Intercept reporter Ryan Devereaux (The Intercept) | Devereaux “was shot with rubber bullets/beanbags by police last night, spent night in jail. Is due to be released w/o charge soon.” (@the_intercept) | German reporters Ansgar Graw and Frank Hermann. (The Local) | “On Monday, The Washington Post, following the lead of other news organizations, began outfitting its employees with gas masks, purchased at a chain hardware store.” (WP) | Amazon has a pretty good selection of gas masks, some of which are eligible for Prime.
  2. St. Louis Post-Dispatch front page: “Streets Flare Up,” with stunning photo by David Carson (via Newseum) | Carson talked with Kristen Hare last week about covering the unrest in Ferguson.
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Whites are half as likely as blacks to follow Ferguson news closely

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54 percent of blacks are following news from Ferguson very closely, Pew reports. Only 25 percent of whites say the same thing.


Age played a role in how people Pew surveyed viewed the Ferguson story: People above 50 were far likelier to say they were following the news closely. But the race of respondents had a stronger correlation with how they viewed the story:

Blacks are about twice as likely as whites to say that the shooting of Michael Brown “raises important issues about race that need to be discussed.” Wide racial differences also are evident in opinions about of whether local police went too far in the aftermath of Brown’s death, and in confidence in the investigations into the shooting.

27 percent of all respondents said they were following Ferguson news closely.… Read more

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How CIR measured the impact of an investigative series

When Lindsay Green-Barber took a job as the at the Center for Investigative Reporting’s media impact analyst, she was struck by the difference between the way two stories were received.

Editorials and investigations followed Corey G. Johnson’s story about forced sterilizations in California prisons. But a CIR series called “Rape in the Fields” got a much quieter reception, despite airing on PBS and Univision.

Both stories “revealed injustices committed against women in vulnerable communities,” Green-Barber writes in a new report, her first case study for CIR, assessing “Rape in the Fields”‘ impact. (You can read the report below.) “Yet, the sterilization story appeared to be creating more of a national public outcry.” Then, she writes, “I had a bit of an aha moment: Spanish.”

I Googled the Spanish title of the documentary, “Violación de un Sueño,” and at the top of the results list was El Diario, the largest and oldest Spanish-language newspaper in New York City and the oldest Spanish-language daily in the U.S.

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Obama is an ‘enemy to press freedom,’ Risen says

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. More journalists arrested, threatened in Ferguson: Robert Klemko of Sports Illustrated, Telegraph reporter Rob Crilly and Financial Times reporter Neil Munshi all reported being detained last night in Ferguson. (Poynter) | A cop told KARG’s Mustafa Hussein to turn off his light “or you’re getting shot with this,” referring, apparently, to the gun he was holding. Police told MSNBC host Chris Hayes, “Media do not pass us, you’re getting maced next time you pass us.” (Gawker) || St. Louis station KSDK apologizes for showing video of the home of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Michael Brown. (KSDK) | Brown was shot 6 times, a private autopsy says.
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Journalists fight directive to write more stories

Good morning. You have earned the weekend before you. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. BuzzFeeed honcho talks about deleted posts: “[I]f you look at that era of BuzzFeed through the lens of newspaper or magazine journalism, you would say [deleting those posts] was a strange decision,” Jonah Peretti tells Will Oremus. “We just didn’t and don’t look at that period of BuzzFeed as being a journalistic enterprise.” (Slate) | But the posts disappeared this year, when BuzzFeed is a journalistic enterprise. Amy Rose Spiegel‘s February 2013 post “What’s the Deal With Jazz” reappeared after Oremus pointed out it had vanished, too. Editor’s note: “This post has been reinstated after it was brought to our attention that the author deleted it, against our editorial standards.” (Gawker) | Hot J.K.
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Police shouldn’t harass reporters, Obama says

Good news for media organizations: The police shouldn’t be able to bug you while you work, the president says.

Apparently exempt from that guidance: the federal government. In the past two years, the U.S. Department of Justice has secretly seized AP phone records and tried to force New York Times reporter James Risen to testify in the trial of Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA officer accused of leaking information to him, and the FBI has called a Fox News reporter “at the very least, either as an aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator” in another leak case.… Read more

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Austin Tice has now been missing for two years

McClatchy | The Washington Post | Austin Tice Family

Austin Tice disappeared on Aug. 14, 2012, while reporting on Syria for The Washington Post and McClatchy, among other outlets.

We came together for Austin’s birthday on Monday still not knowing where he is or who is holding him,” his parents, Debra Tice and Marc Tice, write.

So for every funny story and happy memory, there were the myriad questions that have haunted us for the last 17,520 hours. What is Austin’s life like today? Is he safe? Is he eating enough? Is he alone? Can he see the sky? How does he pass the time? Does he know how many people are praying and working for his safe return? When will we once again be able to share not just the momentous occasions or once-in-a-lifetime events he has missed, but also the small daily moments – the everyday joys, challenges, blunders and blessings – that family is all about?

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Josh Tyrangiel will oversee all editorial content at Bloomberg Media

A memo from Bloomberg Media Group CEO Justin B. Smith says Josh Tyrangiel “is proving there is little he cannot take on” while he and Smith craft a “new direction for Bloomberg Media.”

Tyrangiel will “be the editorial lead for everything we do from magazines to TV to radio, digital and live events and continue to oversee Bloomberg News’s Projects team and the Data Viz and Rankings teams,” Smith writes. The announcement “is long overdue as Josh has unofficially been playing this role for some time.”
Full memo:

As you know, Josh Tyrangiel has been working around the clock as my partner in leading our new direction for Bloomberg Media. He has taken the helm at Bloomberg TV and led the development of our new digital-first brands, all while continuing to oversee Bloomberg Businessweek and the Projects & Investigations team at Bloomberg News (which by the way are stronger than ever).

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Cop to reporter: ‘You’re going to be in my jail cell tonight’

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories. Maybe it’s not really 10. Let’s not dwell on specifics.

  1. Reporters arrested, assaulted in Ferguson: Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery and Huffington Post reporter Ryan J. Reilly were arrested Wednesday night while covering the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. (Poynter) | They were working in a McDonald’s when police ordered them to leave. Both started documenting the transaction on their phones. Lowery said one cop slammed him into a soda fountain after his bag slipped off his shoulder and he ducked down to get it; Reilly said a cop pushed him into a plate-glass window and “sarcastically apologized.” (HuffPost) | In his account of his arrest, Lowery writes that he told an arresting officer “This story’s going to get out there.
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HuffPost, Washington Post reporters assaulted, arrested in Ferguson

Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery and Huffington Post reporter Ryan J. Reilly said on Twitter Wednesday night that they’d been arrested and released while working in a McDonald’s. Both journalists were reporting on the scene in Ferguson, Missouri. Lowery had just filed a piece about the police in Ferguson, where police shot a young man named Michael Brown on Sunday night.

A person who answered the phone at the Ferguson Police Department Wednesday night said “There were several arrests made” at a McDonald’s but gave no further details.

Earlier tonight, when asked on Twitter who he feared more, protesters or police, Lowery replied: “easy answer, i’m a black man – the police.”

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