Benjamin Mullin

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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.


New trial date in Hulk Hogan sex tape case could come at upcoming hearing

Hulk Hogan. (AP Image)

Hulk Hogan. (AP Image)

After a last-minute ruling that put off a trial days before it was slated to begin, representatives for Gawker Media and Hulk Hogan will appear together in court earlier than expected.

This week, lawyers for the Manhattan-based news organization will attend a hearing with attorneys for former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan in St. Petersburg, Florida. The hearing, which will take place in Florida’s Sixth Judicial Court on Thursday at 10 a.m., could result in a new trial date for the case, according to spokespersons for the court and Gawker Media.

This week’s hearing was convened in response to a motion from attorneys representing Hulk Hogan — real name Terry Bollea — who earlier this month submitted a request to Judge Pamela Campbell of the Sixth Judicial Court. Read more

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New York Times hits back at NYRB: ‘We are…disappointed’

The New York Times

The New York Times issued a lengthy point-by-point rebuttal to The New York Review of Books Tuesday in response to a piece by a former New York Times journalist who called into question the veracity of the newspaper’s bombshell nail salon investigation.

The note, co-authored by Executive Editor Dean Baquet, Deputy Metro Editor Michael Luo and Metro Editor Wendell Jamieson, runs several paragraphs, responds to each of the NYRB’s contentions individually and castigates The New York Review of Books piece as “industry advocacy.”

Mr. Bernstein produced much fine and admirable work during his lengthy tenure at The Times. He has many friends here. To his credit, he has been upfront about being part of the salon industry and having a vested financial interest in its health.

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New York magazine confirms outage was result of cyber attack

In a statement to Poynter Tuesday morning, New York magazine gave credence to a hacker’s claim that its website was taken down by a pseudonymous assailant known as “ThreatKing.”

“We believe the outage was the result of a deliberate attack on our site,” said New York spokesperson Lauren Starke.

The magazine was silent on the cause of the outage Monday while it fought to restore access to its site. In a bulletin posted just before noon on Twitter, the magazine simply said it was experiencing “technical difficulties” and advised readers it was working on a fix.

The attack hit at an inopportune time for New York, which only hours earlier had posted a bombshell cover story containing testimony from 35 women who recounted tales of assault at the hands of comedian Bill Cosby. Read more

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Caity Weaver takes the Gawker buyout

Caity Weaver became the latest Gawker Media staffer to accept a buyout from the company Tuesday, announcing her departure on Twitter.

According to KnowYourMeme, “Bye Felicia” is a dismissive farewell that has its origins in the 1995 comedy “Friday.”

When reached by Poynter for comment, Weaver confirmed she was taking the buyout.

“Yes, I’m accepting the buyout and also GO EAGLES!” she said.

Weaver, who once spent 14 hours in a TGI Fridays on assignment for Gawker, joins colleagues Leah Finnegan, William Arkin, Max Read and Tommy Craggs in accepting the buyout. Read more

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Career Beat: Dayna Evans joins New York magazine

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

  • Dayna Evans will join New York magazine. Previously, she was a staff writer at Gawker. (Capital New York)
  • Anas Fouda is editor-in-chief of HuffPost Arabi. Previously, he was Executive Producer for New Media at Al Jazeera. (The Huffington Post)
  • Noelle Sciacca is now a fashion reporter at Mashable. Previously, she was Fashion Market Editor at The Lucky Group. (Email)

Job of the day: Snapchat is looking for an assignment editor. Get your résumés in! (Snapchat)

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Leah Finnegan to leave Gawker amid buyouts

Leah Finnegan, Gawker’s features editor, announced on Monday she is leaving the site as Gawker Media offers buyouts and realigns itself around new editorial standards.

Finnegan, who joined Gawker last year from The New York Times, reportedly got into an argument with Gawker Media founder Nick Denton during a staff meeting convened to discuss his decision to remove a controversial post that had drawn significant pushback on social media. The removal of the post, which detailed an alleged attempted dalliance between a Condé Nast executive and a male escort, prompted the company’s executive editor and the editor-in-chief of Gawker to resign in protest. Read more

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New York magazine demonstrates digital alacrity in face of alleged cyber attack

Hours after New York published its powerful cover story containing testimony from 35 women who said they were assaulted by comedian Bill Cosby, the site was unavailable, knocked down by an apparent cyber attack.

The culprit appears to be a hacker who referred to his or herself as “ThreatKing” and tweeted under the handle “Vikingdom2016” on Twitter. The hacker offered different justifications for the attack: Speaking to The Daily Dot, ThreatKing said the strike was motivated by a dislike of New York City. In a Skype conversation with Poynter, Vikingdom2016 said the attack was launched for “many reasons” and made reference to “pranks.”

As of 2 p.m., the site was up again after a brief outage after noon. Read more

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William Arkin critiques Gawker story on the way out

William Arkin, the founder of Gawker Media’s national security site, announced on Twitter Monday he is leaving the company during a round of buyouts offered to the editorial staff amid a reorientation of the site.

Reached by email Sunday evening, Arkin told Poynter he’d been “asked to leave in not so many words.”

Arkin becomes the first staffer to announce his departure from Gawker Media since founder Nick Denton announced a round of buyouts for employees earlier last week. The buyouts are part and parcel of a new editorial direction at the company that came to the fore after Gawker published an exposé that alleged Condé Nast executive David Geithner attempted to hire a male escort. Read more

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New York Times public editor: Clinton story ‘fraught with inaccuracies’

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A New York Times story that originally reported government officials had requested a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s handling of government information was “fraught with inaccuracies,” New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan wrote Monday morning.

The story, a bombshell that has received intense pushback from Newsweek and others in recent days, drew fire from Clinton’s camp shortly after it was published. The article was revised multiple times — once to distance Clinton herself from the probe and once to eliminate references to a “criminal” inquiry.

The story quickly found itself in the crosshairs of Media Matters for America, a left-leaning organization that called on The New York Times to investigate its Clinton reporting Friday. The New York Times originally claimed that the story was error-free, then declined to elaborate on the justification for its corrections when contacted for comment. Read more

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Career Beat: Deb Monroe named news director at KION

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

  • Deb Monroe will be news director at KION in Salinas, California. Previously, she was a managing editor and executive producer at KGO in San Francisco. (Rick Gevers)
  • Kristin Roberts will be national editor at Politico. She is managing editor at National Journal. (Poynter)
  • Casey Ross will be a business reporter at the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Previously, he was a reporter at The Boston Globe. (Talking Biz News)
  • Allan Wai is now creative director at Bloomberg. Previously, he was a consulting creative director for MTV. (Digiday)

Job of the day: Flavorwire is looking for a music editor. Get your résumés in! (Mediagazer)

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