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Journalists flock together on Twitter, report finds

Tow Center for Digital Journalism

When it comes to the popular social network Twitter, journalists at traditional and digital news organizations tend to stick together, according to a new report published Thursday from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University.

The report, titled “Who Retweets Whom: How Digital and Legacy Journalists Interact on Twitter,” aims to provide a snapshot of how journalists at Web-native and traditional outlets behave on Twitter, the social network known for its brevity. The report tracked five of the most popular political journalists at The New York Times, BuzzFeed and Politico, which represented legacy, digital and hybrid media organizations, respectively, and analyzed 50 retweets from each reporter.

The big takeaway: Journalists at The New York Times were much more likely to retweet journalists at other traditional media organizations, and reporters from BuzzFeed were more likely to retweet journalists from other digital news organizations. Read more


Hillary Clinton to face political reporters at journalism event

This post is being republished with permission from the Center for Public Integrity.

In this Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, file photo, Hillary Rodham Clinton is seen in New York. Hillary Rodham Clinton has so far kept a low profile this year, something that’s starting to change as she heads toward her expected 2016 campaign for president. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

In this 2014 file photo, Hillary Rodham Clinton is seen in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Ready or not, Hillary Clinton is still scheduled to headline a political journalism award ceremony this month in Washington, D.C. — where she’ll face reporters who in recent weeks have written story after story detailing her potentially illegal email habits and her charitable foundation’s controversial funding sources.

Organizers of 2015 Toner Prize Celebration, named for late New York Times political reporter Robin Toner, say Clinton’s recent string of controversies have not affected her participation at the March 23 gathering at the Center for Strategic and International Studies

While Clinton has previously received six-figure speaking fees at college sponsored events, transferring the money to the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, “she’s doing this one pro bono,” Toner’s husband, Peter Gosselin, confirmed to the Center for Public Integrity. Read more


Homicide Watch co-founder joins ‘Frontline’

Chris Amico, co-founder of Homicide Watch, has joined “Frontline” as the program’s interactive editor, digital managing editor Sarah Moughty announced in a staff-wide email Tuesday.

Amico, who started working for “Frontline” this summer on a six-week basis, helped the organization with multiple Web projects including Ballot Watch, a feature that tracks voting laws by state.

At “Frontline,” Amico will be charged with developing interactive projects, such as the organization’s Ebola map and Islamic State group organizational chart, according to Moughty’s email.

Before coming to “Frontline,” Amico helped develop Homicide Watch D.C., a website dedicated to cataloging every murder in the D.C. area. It spawned several sister sites at other cities, including Chicago, Boston and Trenton, through a licensing agreement. In November, Amico and his wife, co-founder Laura Amico, announced they planned to close the site after they couldn’t find a local owner to take up its management in their absence. Read more


Official tips reporter to Clinton inquiry by asking to speak with his anonymous source

Al Jazeera America

Al Jazeera America freelancer Steve Friess reported Wednesday night that the House Foreign Affairs Committee was making inquiries into Hillary Clinton’s use of private email. Friess knew partly because Thomas Alexander, an investigator from the committee, emailed him earlier that day seeking information.

Alexander wanted to speak to an employee on the State Department’s cybersecurity team, who was quoted anonymously by Al Jazeera America Tuesday saying Clinton’s private email service was “at greater risk of being hacked, intercepted or monitored,” according to Friess’ story.

About seven hours later, Friess published his story, which included a public denial of Alexander’s request and a no-comment from Alexander and the committee’s communications director. Read more


Protesters and journalists were back in Ferguson last night

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. #FergusonReport

    On Wednesday, the Department of Justice released the findings of two investigations into Ferguson, Missouri. "The report outlines systemic racism and pressures on police to be what Attorney General Eric Holder called a 'collections department' to bolster city coffers." ( | "'Some of those protesters were right,' Mr. Holder said, adding that the findings of the six-month investigation of the Ferguson Police Department are 'searing.'" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) | From the Riverfront Times, "30 Shameful Stories About Ferguson Police from the Department of Justice Report." (Riverfront Times) | After the report, one employee with the Ferguson police department was fired and two others were suspended. (NBC News) | Vox gathered up tweets from journalists and protesters who went to Ferguson's police department Wednesday night.

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Why there’s not a single Alex Rodriguez quote in ESPN’s 12,000-word profile

J. R. Moehringer spent more than 100 hours with Alex Rodriguez. He saw him in a Batman costume during a New Year’s Eve celebration with his children. He was with him on a day in New York when he met with the new Commissioner of Baseball Rob Manfred. And then he accompanied him on a visit to the surgeon who worked on his hip.

They had numerous intimate conversations that carried on into the night. At times, it got to be too much—for Moehringer.

“I told him, ‘Alex, I’m tired. I’ve got to go home,’” Moehringer said.

Yespn-arod-coveret despite almost unlimited access, Moehringer decided not to use one quote from Rodriguez in his riveting 12,000+-word piece on the disgraced star in the March 2 edition of ESPN The Magazine. Read more

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Career Beat: Cara Rubinsky named associate Europe editor at The AP

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

  • Cara Rubinsky is now associate Europe editor at The Associated Press. Previously, she was an assistant editor for the central United States there. (AP)
  • Brad Remington is now vice president and general manager at KMGH. Previously, he was executive news director at KTVK. (Scripps)
  • Chris Janz has been named CEO of HuffPost Australia. Previously, he was CEO of Allure Media. (The Newspaper Works)
  • Gabriel Torres is now a video journalist at KXTX. Previously, he was a video journalist at KTDO. (Media Moves)
  • Sarah Aarthun is now a senior assignment editor at CNN Digital. Previously, she was a supervising news editor there. Steve Goldberg is now a senior assignment editor at CNN Digital.
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A myth debunked: minorities may now be consuming more local news than whites, not less

pew-graphicThe Pew Research Center surveyed more than 3,600 news consumers in three cities last summer with a cluster of surprising results reported today.

Top of that list: Minorities — African-Americans in Macon and Hispanics in metropolitan Denver — follow local news more intently than do whites.  Moreover they were twice as likely as whites to “feel they can have a big impact on the city.”

Past surveys, including Pew’s own, have found minorities less educated, less wealthy and slightly less avid news consumers.  But those findings were for news generally rather than local matters.

Amy Mitchell, lead author of the report and director of Pew Research’s journalism division, agreed with me that the result jumped out.  “The numbers are pretty striking there,” for both interest and impact, she said in a phone interview, a much wider gap than is typical in demographic comparisons of news consumption. Read more

P-Boston Massacre

Today in Media History: In 1770, the Boston Gazette reported on the ‘Boston Massacre’

On March 5, 1770, British soldiers killed five demonstrators in an incident known as the Boston Massacre.

The story soon appeared in the Boston Gazette.

1770 newspaper nameplate, Library of Congress Image

1770 newspaper nameplate, Library of Congress Image

Here is an excerpt from the Boston Gazette‘s March 12, 1770 story about the Boston Massacre:

“….But the young man seeing a person near him with a drawn sword and good cane ready to support him, held up his stave in defiance; and they quietly passed by him up the little alley by Mr. Silsby’s to King Street where they attacked single and unarmed persons till they raised much clamour, and then turned down Cornhill Street, insulting all they met in like manner and pursuing some to their very doors. Thirty or forty persons, mostly lads, being by this means gathered in King Street, Capt.

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Wednesday, Mar. 04, 2015

AP considering legal action over Clinton emails

The Associated Press | The New York Times

The Associated Press is considering legal action against the State Department “for failing to turn over some emails covering Clinton’s tenure,” Jack Gillum and Ted Bridis wrote for The Associated Press Wednesday.

The threat comes amid allegations that Clinton used a private email account linked to a server in her New York home to duck public records requests from news organizations including Gawker and The AP.

The private email account and associated personal server would have given Clinton additional legal latitude if she was asked to turn over her correspondence, according to The AP:

Operating her own server would have afforded Clinton additional legal opportunities to block government or private subpoenas in criminal, administrative or civil cases because her lawyers could object in court before being forced to turn over any emails.

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Weak Tribune Publishing and Scripps earnings make the case for spinning off newspapers

Tribune Publishing and E.W. Scripps this morning reported disappointing fourth quarter revenues from newspaper operations, matching the pattern established by other public companies.

At the same time, the results suggested some of the logic behind divorcing newspapers from broadcast, as Tribune Publishing did seven months ago and Scripps plans for this April.

tribune-logo-300Continuing the tone he struck in the company’s first earnings conference call with analysts, CEO Jack Griffin said “we’re playing catch-up” on a number of key initiatives to strengthen the business.

For instance, Tribune Publishing as a Tribune division had made only a minimal effort to register print subscribers as digital users, he said.  Now 659,000 of those are counted as paying for digital access and Tribune Publishing has more than 60,000 digital-only paid subscribers. Read more


Andy Lack leaves post at Broadcasting Board of Governors

Andy Lack, the former NBC executive rumored to be considering a return to the network, has stepped down from his position as CEO and director of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the agency announced Wednesday.

The Broadcasting Board of Governors announced today that CEO and Director Andrew Lack will be departing the agency. The agency will now begin work to attract an equally talented executive to help continue to transform our agency.

Lack did not specify a reason for his departure, but he will be in next week to explain his decision, a spokesperson for the Broadcasting Board of Governors told Poynter.

News of Lack’s departure tracks with reports that he’s angling for “a top job” at NBC, perhaps as chairman of NBC News Group, as Politico’s Dylan Byers reported Tuesday. Read more


AP will use software to write NCAA game stories

Automated Insights, a company that provides language generation software to The Associated Press and other organizations, announced Wednesday the news cooperative will use the software to produce thousands of stories about collegiate sports.

The Associated Press will begin publishing automatically generated sports stories this spring, beginning with Division I baseball, according to a press release.

This new partnership will allow AP to cover more college sports of interest to our members and their audiences,” said Barry Bedlan, AP’s deputy director of sports products. “This will mean thousands of more stories on the AP wire, which will remain unmatched in the industry. Every college sports town will have some level of coverage.

The Associated Press has been using Automated Insights software to generate earnings reports stories since July. Read more


Providence Journal denies accusations of plagiarism

The Providence Journal has denied allegations made by a local news site that it cribbed language from area TV station WPRI, telling Poynter the paper has a news partnership that allows it to share content with the station.

The denial comes in response to Read more

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Why more of Hillary Clinton’s emails haven’t turned up in public records requests

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.


    Hillary Clinton's private email account used its own server, which is based in her family's New York home, The Associated Press reported on Tuesday. "Operating her own server would have afforded Clinton additional legal opportunities to block government or private subpoenas in criminal, administrative or civil cases because her lawyers could object in court before being forced to turn over any emails." The AP, like many other news organizations, has submitted public records requests in the last year for Clinton's emails from the State Department, "although the agency has never suggested that it didn't possess all her emails." (The Associated Press) | "...An examination of records requests sent to the department reveals how the practice protected a significant amount of her correspondence from the eyes of investigators and the public." (The New York Times) | "The use of private email addresses may explain the State Department’s puzzling response to several FOIA requests filed by Gawker in the past two years." (Gawker) | The Sunlight Foundation has five questions about Clinton's private email, including "What other damage has been done?" (Sunlight Foundation) | Vox has seven questions and answers about the whole mess, including that Colin Powell used personal email during his time as Secretary of State, although the "rules about retaining records of personal emails were somewhat more ambiguous." (Vox)

  2. Israeli media on Netanyahu's speech in Washington

    Politicians and media organizations had a lot to say about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress.

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