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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Obama met with journalists before ISIS speech

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Obama met with journalists before Wednesday’s ISIS speech: “The group, which met in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in an off-the-record session, included New York Times columnists David Brooks, Tom Friedman and Frank Bruni and editorial writer Carol Giacomo; The Washington Post’s David Ignatius, Eugene Robinson and Ruth Marcus; The New Yorker’s Dexter Filkins and George Packer; The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg and Peter Beinart; The New Republic’s Julia Ioffe; Columbia Journalism School Dean Steve Coll; The Wall Street Journal’s Jerry Seib; and The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky, a source familiar with the meeting told The Huffington Post.” (HuffPost)
  2. CBS won’t CNET CBS News: While the company’s news operation benefits from cross-pollination among news properties, it doesn’t have to worry about suits asking for more sinister forms of synergy, Alex Weprin reports: “[W]e are not going to be asked to do something that doesn’t fit for the news division,” Steve Capus says.
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Digital First Media will explore sale of papers

Digital First Media | The Denver Post | Jim Romenesko

Digital First Media has hired UBS Securities LLC to help it determine what it calls “strategic alternatives for the Company’s business.” That could involve a sale of some or all of the company’s news products, which include 76 daily papers and 160 weekly publications.

The Denver Post headlines the news a bit less gingerly: “Denver Post, other Digital First Media newspapers, for sale.” (Here’s a list of DFM properties.)

Related: “What went wrong at Digital First Media — and what’s next?”

“As employees, the best thing we can do while this review is underway is to keep doing what we have been doing best these past years – producing unsurpassed local journalism; serving our customers’ needs and continuing to boldly experiment with our digital future,” DFM CEO John Paton tells employees in a memo.… Read more

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Google forced by European law to remove positive article

Worcester News | The Guardian

Google has been forced by Europe’s “Right to Be Forgotten” law to remove an article about an artist named Dan Roach from its search results. The article ran in the U.K.’s Worcester News in 2009, and unlike many of the articles memory-holed by the law, was positive.

Roach objected to the piece, however, because it showed work that “bears little resemblance to the paintings I’m now making,” he told the News. He added: “The decision to ask for the link to be removed from Google was based on no more than a wish to highlight my new work, rather than the old.”

The new Worcester News article helpfully reproduces the photo from the 2009 article.

The ruling has caused the search giant to vanish articles subjects find objectionable: The Guardian, for instance, lost links to articles about Dougie McDonald, a Scottish soccer referee who retired after a report said he lied about why he reversed a penalty.… Read more

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FT, Guardian announce print redesigns

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The Financial Times will offer a “simplification” of its print design on Monday, Tom McGeveran reports. The new design “enables us to shift our focus more into digital platforms and strike the right balance in our digital first newsroom,” FT Editor Lionel Barber says in a memo to staff.

McGeveran predicts “a newspaper more suited to the presentation of longer, more analytical and more visually focused articles than the almost intentionally stodgy, old-fashioned format of the paper has previously allowed.” He continues:

On a cellular level it’s an editorial position being taken up much more frequently these days at the desk level of broadsheets, who are finding slaving away to create hard-to-report articles that everyone has read online by the time the newspaper truck arrives at the newsstand increasingly unsatisfying, and are starting to think of print as a home for stories and approaches that are unlikely to be replicated by the competition and discretionary enough to be held for late-night or morning publication.

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James Foley family’s new fund will ‘honor what he stood for’

Good morning. We’re nearly there. Here are 10 media stories, plus a fact that made me sigh and quietly review my life choices: The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Ready to Die” came out 20 years ago Saturday.

  1. Foley, Tice parents speak: “I really feel that our country let Jim down,” James Foley‘s mother Diane Foley tells Anderson Cooper. She says her son “was sacrificed because of just a lack of coordination, lack of communication, lack of prioritization.” (CNN) | Earlier this week, Austin Tice‘s parents told Clarissa Ward, “If an American citizen is held hostage overseas, you are discouraged and disparaged if you even consider paying a reward for a precious human child, because you don’t know where that reward money’s gonna go.
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British soldiers must notify brass if they meet journalists

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Who will screw up 9/11 remembrances today?

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. 13 years later: Newspaper front pages from Sept. 11, 2001, extra and p.m. editions (Poynter) and from Sept. 12, 2001 (Poynter) | 9/11 is so freighted that the intentions of media outlets and brands often go awry. Sydney, Australia’s Daily Telegraph “tweeted an image of New York during the 9/11 attacks to accompany its story on Australia’s terror threat level.” (BuzzFeed) | Last year Esquire ran the headline “Making Your Morning Commute More Stylish” next to Richard Drew‘s photo of a man falling from a WTC tower, then told horrified readers to “Relax.” (Poynter) | And AT&T doinked a terrible tribute tweet. (WP)
  2. Disrupters disrupt disruption: Disruption!
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Westboro pickets NYC media outlets

Westboro Baptist Church | The Village Voice | The Huffington Post

The Westboro Baptist Church has a busy two-day schedule: It plans to picket 16 media outlets and tech companies Wednesday and two more, including the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, tomorrow.

The church lists its beefs with outlets on its protest sked:

  • BuzzFeed “claims in their reporting of the VMA awards video of the year, that is how anyone knows they’ve made it, when WBC ‘hates’ you.”
  • Tumblr: “WBC started their microblogging campaign in 1991, so we gotcha beat, Tumblr!”
  • Vine: Reasoning here isn’t entirely clear, but as WBC notes, it’s an enthusiastic user of Vine. Here’s a WBC Vine where it imagines what a Huffington Post edit meeting is like.
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Macworld lays off staff

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Macworld editorial director Jason Snell says he’s leaving the publication and that “many of my colleagues lost their jobs today.”

Snell writes that he decided to leave last December “after several corporate leadership changes, and with budget cuts looming on the horizon.” His new bosses talked him into staying.… Read more

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NYT corrects: Dick Cheney was never president

An important note rides below Jonathan Weisman’s Sept. 9 story about Dick Cheney beseeching House Republicans “to embrace a strong military and reject a rising isolationism in his party”:

An earlier version of a summary that appeared with this article misstated the former title of Dick Cheney. He was vice president, not president.

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