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.


Baquet: Alissa Rubin in stable condition

New York Times reporter Alissa Rubin is in an intensive care unit in Istanbul and is “in good spirits, occasionally managing to laugh,” Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet tells staffers. Adam Ferguson, the freelancer who was with Rubin when the helicopter they were riding in crashed Tuesday, “has aches and pains that he describes as minor,” Baquet says.

The photographer Moises Saman, who was on assignment for Time, was aboard the same helicopter and got away with only a cut, he told Dan Kedmey. He took some pictures.

“This is a good time to reflect on our colleagues who are covering the world at a particularly violent, tumultuous time,” Baquet writes.

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AP journalist and translator killed in Gaza

Simone Camilli in Beit Lahiya on Monday. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. AP journalist and translator killed, photographer injured in Gaza: Simone Camilli and translator Ali Shehda Abu Afash “died Wednesday when Gaza police engineers were neutralizing unexploded ordnance in the Gaza town of Beit Lahiya left over from fighting between Israel and Islamic militants.” AP photographer Hatem Moussa was seriously injured in the explosion. (AP) | Moussa got AP’s “Beat of the Week” nod last month. (APME)
  2. Is there a second Snowden? James Bamford writes that he got “unrestricted access to [Edward Snowden's] cache of documents in various locations. And going through this archive using a sophisticated digital search tool, I could not find some of the documents that have made their way into public view, leading me to conclude that there must be a second leaker somewhere.” (Wired) | Related: What it’s like to do a photoshoot with Snowden.
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Don Graham bids adieu to The Washington Post building

Former Washington Post chief Don Graham posted a goodbye to his old paper’s building on Facebook Monday night. “This probably was my last day at 1150 15th Street after 43 years,” he wrote. “The Post seems to be in wonderful shape under Jeff Bezos, Katharine Weymouth and Marty Baron.”


Graham Holdings Company, the former Washington Post Co., is moving from Washington, D.C., to Arlington, Virginia.

GraHoCo offered items from its art collection to Post employees last month, with proceeds designated to TheDream.us, a scholarship fund for undocumented students that Graham founded.

The Post won’t be in its 15th Street building for much longer either; it plans to move to a building with a serious Dan Brown connection. … Read more

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Adam Serwer is BuzzFeed’s new national editor

Adam Serwer will become BuzzFeed’s new national editor. Serwer is currently a reporter at MSNBC and worked for Mother Jones before that.

Serwer will lead a small desk of “people whose beats kind of fall outside of the other things we have,” BuzzFeed Deputy Editor-in-Chief Shani Hilton said in a phone call. Serwer’s mandate is to do “stories that matter to our country,” Hilton said.

He’ll kick off his job working with Katie J.M. Baker and Jessica Testa, covering sexual assaults on campuses. Serwer’s beats will expand to include social justice, climate change “and criminal justice will be a part of it, too,” Hilton said.

RELATED: What’s the deal with BuzzFeed’s ‘slide’ things?

Serwer’s desk will have dedicated reporters — Hilton didn’t know how many yet — and staffers in other verticals, particularly BuzzFeed’s breaking news operation, will work through him to do stories like Mike Hayes’ “The Life and Last Days of Jordan Davis.”

Hilton said she expects Serwer to make the transition from reporter to editor well — he’s “that kind of annoying editor that makes your piece better,” she said of sharing stories with him as a friend.… Read more

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‘No media allowed’ in Ferguson, Mo.

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Covering the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri: St. Louis Alderman Antonio French provided coverage of protests in the St. Louis suburb last night: “A line of police cars with high beams on greets anyone trying to enter #Ferguson. It’s shut down. No media allowed.” (‏@AntonioFrench) | Video from French (YouTube) | Post-Dispatch photographer David Carson: “Being ordered to leave scene threatened with arrest” (@PDPJ) | Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery is there (WashPost, @WesleyLowery) | Kristen Hare‘s list of reporters covering Ferguson | Richard Prince writes that Post-Dispatch deputy managing editor Adam Goodman told him “having more black journalists might mean ‘better ideas on following up, and just in terms of ideas and coverage.’” (Maynard Institute) | James Poniewozik says hashtag activism is useful as media criticism, especially for stories like Ferguson: “Journalists pay attention to Twitter–disproportionate attention, maybe–and that makes it a very, very good place to deliver the modern version of a letter to the editor.” (Time) | Carson tells Hare about getting attacked on the job and national news orgs that asked to use his photographs for free: “I don’t think newspapers should be subsidizing national TV news organizations.” (Poynter) | Carson tells David Hunn about covering looting Sunday.
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18 reasons we must stop writing BuzzFeed articles in list form

It is time to stop. We must stop this! If you are writing about BuzzFeed, please consider not making a listicle in homage (or using a “BuzzFeed-y” headline).


 

  1. “The 16 Most BuzzFeed Facts of All Time” (http://gawker.com/the-16-most-buzzfeed-facts-of-all-time-1612271625
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  2. “21 things you need to know about BuzzFeed’s success” (The Guardian, Aug. 11, 2014)
  3. “50 Million New Reasons BuzzFeed Wants to Take Its Content Far Beyond Lists” (The New York Times, Aug. 10, 2014)
  4. “4 Reasons Why BuzzFeed Makes You Click on Their Super Awesome Articles” (Scripted Blog, April 22, 2014)
  5. “5 Times BuzzFeed Hated Israel in 2014″ (Communities Digital News, April 6, 2014)
  6. “9 BuzzFeed Posts About Things You Missed In Clueless” (Gawker, March 7, 2014)
  7. “10 Reasons Why BuzzFeed Sucks” (The Crossover, Jan.
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Post-Dispatch reporter slugged during Michael Brown protests

Good morning. Liev Schreiber will reportedly play Marty Baron in a movie. I am tempted to end this roundup right now, but just in case you want to know more about the U.S. media landscape this morning, here are 10 more stories.

  1. Reporters who are covering the Michael Brown story in Ferguson, Missouri: Kristen Hare has started a list and compiled tweets from local media. (Poynter) | A St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter was “slugged from behind and helped away by police officers” Sunday in an area of Ferguson where looting occurred. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) | Monday’s Post-Dispatch front page: “Day of Protests”/”Night of Frenzy” (via Newseum)

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  2. Buncha moves at BuzzFeed: Concurrent with an announcement of $50 million funding from Andreessen Horowitz, the publisher will: 1) Split its news division into three groups, News, Buzz and Life (featuring a test kitchen); 2) launch BuzzFeed Motion Pictures, which will “focus on all moving images from a GIF to feature film”; 3) launch a division that will make content for platforms like Snapchat, Imgur and Vine.
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This week’s NYT Magazine cover was inspired by a Fugazi flier

The former MTV VJ Kennedy is indirectly responsible for this week’s New York Times Magazine cover, which depicts U.S. Sen. Rand Paul as the star of a hardcore punk show.

Times Magazine Editor Jake Silverstein “really wanted us to do a cover that conveyed the energy and spirit of the libertarian movement,” art director Gail Bichler told Poynter in a phone call.

Robert Draper quotes Kennedy at the beginning of his cover story: She compares Paul to Pearl Jam (and his father, Ron Paul, to Nirvana, and fellow Sen. Ted Cruz to Stone Temple Pilots). That got the art folks thinking: This piece needs a rock treatment.

They decided to “use that rock reference and twist it a little bit,” Bichler said. “Since it was a story about Washington politics, we wanted to appropriate the language of D.C.… Read more

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Newspaper asks staffers to refrain from tweeting other outlets’ stories

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Editors at India’s The Hindu asked staffers to “exercise restraint while tweeting or sharing news stories from other competing news publications,” Vidhi Choudhary reports in Mint.

“We need particularly to ensure that in our enthusiasm and urge to participate in an on-line discussion or debate, we do not end up doing a favour to the competition,” the note from Managing Editor P. Jacob and Senior Managing Editor V. Jayanth reads.

Hindu Editor-in-Chief N. Ravi told Choudhary the guidance was “in line with the social media policies of other international media organizations like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Reuters among others.” Mint notes the Journal, with which it has an exclusive content-sharing partnership in India, “actually doesn’t prohibit its reporters from sharing or retweeting stories by journalists in other media organizations.”

The New York Times doesn’t have a formal social media policy; “in general our message is that people should be thoughtful,” standards editor Phil Corbett told Poynter in 2012.… Read more

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Political journalism shakeups precede midterms

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

  1. Political journalism shakeups: Bloomberg canceled Al Hunt‘s “Political Capital” and laid off staff. The move reflects a shift away from Washington and toward New York in the company’s political coverage, Dylan Byers writes. (Politico) | CNN eliminated positions in its digital politics team and told staffers “they would have to re-apply to new positions with new job descriptions,” Peter Sterne reports. (Capital) | The plan is to replace “commoditized,” “wire-like” coverage, CNN veep Ed O’Keefe tells Erik Wemple. (The Washington Post)
  2. The New York Times shifts on “torture”: “[F]rom now on, The Times will use the word “torture” to describe incidents in which we know for sure that interrogators inflicted pain on a prisoner in an effort to get information,” Executive Editor Dean Baquet writes.
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