Benjamin Mullin

I write, edit, report and produce media for Poynter.org as one of the institute's first Google Journalism Fellows. Before that, I was the editor in chief of my college newspaper, The Orion, a freelancer for USA Today and an intern at a variety of publications throughout Northern California. I love to talk media and journalism! Tweet me @benmullin or email at bmullin@poynter.org.


News VP for Lee Enterprises will step down

Joyce Dehli, vice president of news for newspaper company Lee Enterprises, announced Monday afternoon her decision to leave her current job.

Dehli, who has held the vice president job since 2006, decided to resign because of a desire to return to writing, according to a company announcement:

So why did I decide to leave? Life is short. I have longed to return to writing, and feel compelled to make time for it. I want to try new things, to explore possibilities, especially those close to the Washington, D.C., area where I moved almost two years ago.

Lee Enterprises will name a successor for Dehli “soon,” according to the announcement. She will remain in office until the transition is completed and consult for the company thereafter on matters of ethics and professional standards.

Lee Enterprises filed for bankruptcy in 2011 after an unsuccessful debt renegotiation. The next month, a judge approved a bankruptcy exit plan for the company, which owns the St. Read more

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Former Fox employee kills himself outside of News Corp building

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A man who fatally shot himself outside News Corp’s New York headquarters was a former employee of a Fox News affiliate, Pervaiz Shallwani and Heather Haddon wrote Monday for The Wall Street Journal.

The Wall Street Journal report, attributed to “a law enforcement official,” says the man, Phillip Perea, worked out of a station in Austin, Texas. He was “handing out fliers” that blamed his employers for having “ended my career,” right before he shot himself:

A suicide note and a gun were recovered at the scene, the official said. Mr. Perea took to his Twitter page about an hour before the shooting, further criticizing his former employer and linking to a more than 8-minute YouTube video laying out his complaints.

A Twitter account registered to a user matching the name given to The Wall Street Journal tweeted Monday about workplace bullying and linked to a YouTube playlist called “The American Workplace Bully: How FOX News Ended My Career.” There are 35 videos in the playlist, and many feature a narrator discussing perceived conflicts with his employer. Read more

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Career Beat: Steve Korioth named news director at WVVA-TV

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Steve Korioth is now news director at WVVA in Bluefield, West Virginia. Previously, he was interim news director there. (Rick Gevers)
  • Theodore Ross is now features director at The New Republic. Previously, he was a freelance writer for The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic and Vice. (Poynter)
  • Kim Komenich is now an assistant professor of photojournalism at San Francisco State University. Previously, he was an assistant professor of new media studies at San Jose State University. (NPPA)

Job of the day: The Seattle Times is looking for a reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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Dean Baquet: ‘I don’t have enough time’ to tweet

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New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet told Der Spiegel in an interview published Friday that he’s too busy to stay “constantly” active on Twitter:

I know this is going to get me in trouble, but I’ll say it: The whole notion that I am supposed to constantly tweet is ridiculous. There are a lot of journalists at the New York Times who tweet. I am not opposed to it. But I don’t have enough time. And editors don’t have much to say. My world consists of this office, this floor, my apartment and wonderful conversations with our reporters and correspondents — all of them know a lot more about the world than I do.

Baquet has taken criticism for not being active on Twitter in the past. In October, Steve Buttry called on newsroom bosses to lead by example on social media, saying those who don’t put a damper on leadership in innovation. Read more

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Sports Illustrated cuts entire photojournalism staff

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Sports Illustrated has fired its entire photojournalism staff, according to a report from the National Press Photographers Association.

Six photographers at the sports magazine were let go in a company-wide move to “restructure various departments,” according to a statement to NPPA from Sports Illustrated director of photography Brad Smith:

It’s true,” Smith said. “There was a decision made through the company to restructure various departments, including at Sports Illustrated. Unfortunately economic circumstances are such that it has cut the six staff photographers.

Sports Illustrated is owned by Time Inc.

In addition to the photojournalism staff, two writers for Sports Illustrated were also laid off, said Anthony Napoli, a local representative for the Newspaper Guild of New York. Capital New York’s Nicole Levy reports that the layoffs also include two editors.

The company plans to provide visual coverage of events including the Olympics and the NCAA basketball championship, Smith tells NPPA. Read more

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Theodore Ross joins The New Republic

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The New Republic announced Friday the appointment of Theodore Ross to the newly created position of features director, in charge of overseeing longform editing and reporting.

Ross will work with writers, designers and developers to shepherd in-depth stories appearing in print and online, according to a memo to staff from TNR editor Gabriel Snyder:

As our lead editor for — apologies in advance for resorting to the L-word – longform narrative and reporting, Ted will be guiding many of the features that appear in our print edition while working closely with Ryan Kearney and our designers and developers to present these pieces as effectively as possible online.

Ross, a longtime editor at Harper’s, was most recently a freelance writer for The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Vice and others.

The creation of a new position to oversee the magazine’s feature stories on multiple platforms “reflects how The New Republic will be unifying its digital and print editorial team,” Snyder writes. Read more

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Why The New York Times avoids swearing

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The New York Times tries to limit its use of profanity to “situations where the specific language is crucial to the story,” New York Times standards editor Philip Corbett told Times public editor Margaret Sullivan for her column Friday. He adds:

If we were to print vulgarities every time a politician, or a sports figure, or even a newspaper editor uttered one, we would print quite a lot of them. Some readers think that would be fine; others might find such a barrage off-putting, distracting or offensive.

Corbett — and Sullivan — were responding to reader criticism of a recent Times story in which New York Times political correspondent Jonathan Martin altered a quote to avoid using a swear word, presumably “shit”:

We settled on George Bush way before the campaign,” said Rob Gleason, the longtime Pennsylvania Republican chairman. With a word more pungent than “slop,” Mr.

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Career Beat: Alexander Burns joins The New York Times

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Alexander Burns is now a metro political correspondent at The New York Times. Previously, he was a senior political reporter for Politico. (Washington Post)
  • Zanny Minton Beddoes will be editor at The Economist. Previously, she was business affairs editor there. (Poynter)
  • Gene Ramírez will be a morning anchor for WFLA in Tampa. Previously, he was a general assignment reporter for WSVN. (Media Moves)

Job of the day: The Wall Street Journal is looking for an economics reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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Washington Post launches energy and environment section

The Washington Post’s long-anticipated energy and environment section anchored by former Mother Jones correspondent Chris Mooney launched Thursday.

In the section’s inaugural post, Mooney laid out his ambitions, noting that coverage of environmental issues has “never mattered more.” The Post will aim its coverage at “consumers, policymakers, executives and scientists” and turn its eye toward both international and domestic news.

We are now upping our environmental focus and launching this new coverage to bridge the gap between the urgency of environmental and energy problems and a public that too often finds them mystifying, off-putting, daunting and dizzying.

When The Post announced Mooney’s hire in October, the paper forecasted the rollout of “a standalone blog” that would feature work from environment and energy writers across the newsroom.

The Post’s investment in environmental coverage mirrors a similar move made late last year at The New York Times. In September, Adam Bryant told Poynter he had been appointed environment editor for the paper, and that The Times was adding more reporters to cover the topic. Read more

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Zanny Minton Beddoes named editor of The Economist

The Economist announced Thursday the appointment of business affairs editor Zanny Minton Beddoes to the position of editor.

She is the 17th editor of the magazine and the first woman to hold the top job, according to a spokesperson for The Economist.

Beddoes succeeds John Micklethwait, who was recently appointed editor-in-chief of Bloomberg News, succeeding founding editor Matthew Winkler.

Here’s the release:

The Economist Group announced today (January 22nd) that Zanny Minton Beddoes has been named as the 17th editor of The Economist.

She succeeds John Micklethwait, the editor for the past nine years, during which time the circulation grew from 1.1 million to 1.6 million. Zanny is currently The Economist’s business affairs editor, overseeing the newspaper’s business, finance, economics, science and technology coverage. She previously served as its economics editor. She joined The Economist in 1994, after spending two years as an economist at the International Monetary Fund.

Rupert Pennant-Rea, chairman of The Economist Group, as well as a former editor of The Economist, said:

“The Board has chosen Zanny as editor, someone who is a fine leader, with long experience on the paper.

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