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Tucker Carlson: Media treated email flap like ‘fall of Baghdad’

Tucker Carlson, the founder and editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller, has weighed in on the vulgar email his brother, Buckley Carlson, accidentally sent a spokesperson for New York mayor Bill de Blasio.

In an interview with Real Clear Politics, Carlson said he refused to criticize his brother in public when asked for comment by various media organizations and wouldn’t do so even if “my brother committed a mass murder.”

He’s my brother. Period. Under no circumstances will I criticize my family in public. Ever. Ever. That’s the rule, and I’m not breaking it.

Carlson also called BuzzFeed, the outlet that broke the story, “crap the kids like” and told Real Clear Politics he doesn’t read it.

He recalled responding to inquiring reporters by telling them his brother “meant it in the nicest way,” in an effort not to engage their questions. Read more


Twitter launches ‘Curator,’ its answer to Storify


On Tuesday, just days after introducing its Meerkat rival Periscope, Twitter rolled out its potential rival to Storify: Curator, a new product designed to enable media publishers and eventually lay users to search the flood of tweets and vines in the Twitterverse, filter them by content or author, curate them, and package them into a coherent storyline.

With Curator, media organizations can now create more complex hashtag and keyword search queries, filter the search results by location or the high number of followers, and assemble them into collections of tweets and vines that most directly pertain to a breaking news event, high-profile press conference, or an ongoing March Madness game. As Twitter spokesperson Matt Dennebaum wrote on the company’s media blog:

Curator was built to allow media publishers to search, filter and curate Twitter content that can then be displayed on web, mobile and TV.

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Meerkat vs. Periscope: What are the tech journos saying?

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When Twitter launched its its new live-streaming video app Periscope on Thursday — the same day that its rival Meerkat announced $14 million in new funding — tech journos immediately scrambled to size the two up head-to-head, for both consumers and journalists hoping to use the apps to enhance their news coverage. And so far, a large number of reviews are strongly leaning in Periscope’s favor.

Many reviewers cited numerous advantages Periscope has over Meerkat — advantages that could prove decisive. Whereas Meerkat’s streams vanish from the your network of followers once the user stops recording, Periscope automatically saves streams for your followers for almost 24 hours, offering viewers who didn’t stumble upon the clip as it was being shot a chance to watch it even if they’ve only heard about the piece a few hours after the stream was live. Read more


The journalist’s quick guide to surviving April Fools’ Day

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Wednesday is April Fools’ Day, which means we’ll likely stay busy here covering two kinds of stories: News sites that were tricked by tricky tricksters and news sites that did the tricking.

Here are three quick tips on how to navigate the day. (And please let us know what you’re up to and what you’re seeing tomorrow!)

1. Slow down.

Slow down. Slow down. Slow down. Slow down. People are out to mess with you, perhaps more than on other days. Here are some of Craig Silverman’s tips on debunking.

2. Do not trust college publications.

Don’t do it. This is their day. They’re already at it.

3. Maybe don’t participate.

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Indy Star editor: Front-page editorial ‘wasn’t a snap decision’

Although The Indianapolis Star suddenly made national news Tuesday with its bold front-page stand calling for a fix to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the newspaper had been talking over the decision since Sunday, Star editor Jeff Taylor tells Poynter.

The decision to take over the front page involved several higher-ups at the newspaper, including opinion editor Tim Swarens, publisher Karen Ferguson and Taylor himself. They knew they wanted to make a big statement on an issue that was important for the state and city, he said.

So, they discussed publishing a front-page editorial — and the decision to take over the front page — by phone and email Sunday afternoon. On Monday, they met one final time to confirm their choice.

“It wasn’t a snap decision,” he said. Read more

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Is the New York Daily News worth only $1?

Reuters | Nieman Lab | The New York Post

That’s what Cablevision Systems Corp is reportedly offering. According to Reuters reporter Liana B. Baker, the cable television company is preparing to bid on the sale of the longtime New York City tabloid, but offer just $1 in light of the paper’s financial troubles.

In addition to its cable properties, Cablevision owns the Long Island daily Newsday, which competes with the Daily News.

The Daily News reported its average circulation for the six-month period ending March, 2014 as 338,944. Reuters reports that according to “person familiar with the matter,” Cablevision has based its offer on the newspaper’s reported losses of $30 million a year, as well as a $150 million investment in new printing equipment. According to Ken Doctor at Nieman Lab, the Daily News’s daily single-copy sales have declined from 290,000 in the fall of 2011 to 168,000 in the fall of 2014, a 42 percent decline over three years. Read more

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The New York Times now has ‘One-Sentence Stories’ for your Apple Watch

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On Tuesday, The New York Times Company announced a new feature for the Apple Watch, “One-Sentence Stories.” The Apple Watch will also get breaking news alerts with this app extension, which will be released on April 24.

The New York Times has developed a new form of storytelling to help readers catch up in seconds on Apple Watch. One-sentence stories, crafted specially for small screens, will provide the news at a glance across many Times sections, including Business, Politics, Science, Tech and The Arts.

“This isn’t a downstream experience–we specifically did not want to pull headlines or shrink stories down for a smaller screen, but rather create one-sentence stories written exclusively for the Watch,” Linda Zebian, the Times’ director of communications, told Poynter in an email. Read more

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The Indianapolis Star takes on RFRA with a front page editorial: ‘Half steps will not be enough’

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. ‘Fix this now’

    The Indianapolis Star devoted Tuesday's front page to an editorial about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Poynter's Al Tompkins wrote about the front page and another it reminded him of from 2011. (Poynter) | "The editorial does not call on Gov. Pence to repeal the Religious Freedom Restoration Act but rather to enact a new state law 'to prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, education and public accommodations on the basis of a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.'" (Politico) | From the editorial: "The consequences will only get worse if our state leaders delay in fixing the deep mess created. Half steps will not be enough. Half steps will not undo the damage." (The Indianapolis Star) | "For example of how newspapers can be more powerful than web or TV, here's tomorrow's Indianapolis Star front page." (@MrWalterShapiro)

  2. Reporters sue St.
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Newspaper carrier honored for saving fellow newspaper carrier

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On a frigid November day last year, Gary Spurling, a newspaper carrier for the Bellingham (Washington) Herald, delivered his co-worker from danger.

Tuesday night, Spurling will receive the Distinguished Citizenship Award for saving his colleague, KGMI reported Monday.

The award recognizes a predawn rescue on Nov. 29, when fellow newspaper carrier Dennis Depraw was “swept off the road” while searching for a delivery address, Robert Mittendorf writes for the Bellingham Herald:

Desperate, Depraw phoned the Herald circulation office, whose employees called 911 and told him to stay with his car. Gresham and Herald carrier Gary Spurling ran to their cars and sped north on Interstate 5 toward where Depraw was trapped.

Spurling, 40, who was an Army medic in the 1990s, said he arrived first and waded through waist-deep water to Depraw’s car.

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Career Beat: Alex Treadway named vice president of leadership sales at The Washington Post

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

  • Alex Treadway is now vice president of leadership sales at The Washington Post. Previously, he was chief operating officer and senior vice president of sales at The Daily Caller. (Email)
  • Paula Goldstein Di Principe is now fashion director at Refinery29. Previously, she was site director at Connie Wang is now fashion features director at Refinery29. Previously, she was style director there. (Email)
  • Bruce Auster will be collaborative coverage senior editor at NPR. He is national security editor there. (Email)
  • Kim Martin is now chief strategy officer at Meredith. Previously, she was president and general manager of WE TV. (Email)
  • Mike Schmidt is now director of editorial video at Mashable. He is co-founder of Morel.
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Today in Media History: Who won the 1988 Pulitzer Prizes? (You may recognize some of these names)

The Charlotte Observer wrote the following after it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service on March 31, 1988:

“The Charlotte Observer won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for meritorious public service Thursday for revealing misuse of funds by Jim and Tammy Bakker`s PTL television ministry.

….Longtime Observer editorial cartoonist Doug Marlette, who now works for the Atlanta Constitution, also won a Pulitzer, for work he did at both newspapers.

Thursday, as the 3 p.m. announcement of Pulitzer winners approached, Observer staff members stopped typing at computer terminals and put down their telephones to await the news. They climbed onto desks and leaned over terminals in anticipation.

At 2:50 p.m., assistant managing editor Bob De Piante called New York`s Columbia University School of Journalism, which gives Pulitzer prizes in 14 categories each year, to find out if The Observer was among the winners.

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‘Fix This Now’: The Indianapolis Star’s front page editorial takes on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

The Indianapolis Star covered its front page Tuesday morning with an editorial demanding Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and the state legislature undo the damage it has caused by passing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The governor has stiffly held that he will not push to repeal the law he signed, claiming the law only guarantees religious freedom not suffer “undo burden” from state laws. But business leaders, activists and even the biggest local government in the state say it opens the door for discrimination if an employer can claim it opposes homosexuality on the grounds of religion.

The editorial calls for immediate and definitive action “to prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, education and public accommodations on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.”

The Star’s publisher, Karen Ferguson, tweeted late Monday night:

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Washington Post to cut some non-newsroom staff

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The Washington Post has “decided to internally transfer or eliminate certain non-Newsroom positions,” publisher Fred Ryan said in a memo to staffers Monday.

Ryan did not specify how many positions will be eliminated, but said the cuts come after “much careful deliberation” for the employees affected. Staffers who will be laid off have already been notified, he wrote.

As of October 2014, The Washington Post had added about 100 employees since the paper was purchased by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Erik Wemple reported.

Earlier in 2015, Washingtonian’s Andrew Beaujon reported that The Washington Post was taking steps to trim staff. A Post spokesperson told Washingtonian that net editorial staff would continue to grow in 2015.

Here’s Ryan’s memo to employees:

Washington Post Publisher Frederick J.

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Minimum wage worker fired after talking to The Washington Post

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Shanna Tippen, a Days Inn employee who was featured prominently in a Washington Post story about an increase of the minimum wage, was fired from her job by the hotel manager soon after the story ran. Chico Harlan, the author of the original story and a follow-up, explains:

Tippen says she was fired by her boss, hotel manager Herry Patel. Earlier that day, Patel had called the Post to express frustration that he had been quoted giving his opinion about the minimum wage hike. (He objected to it.) It was soon after, Tippen says, that Patel found her in the lobby and fired her.

Tippen’s boss berated her for talking to The Washington Post, calling the decision “stupid and dumb,” and asked why Harlan decided to write the story. Read more


Kinsey Wilson named executive vice president of product and technology at The New York Times

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The New York Times on Monday announced that Kinsey Wilson, who was previously The Times’ editor for strategy and innovation, will be executive vice president of product and technology.

The New York Times announced in November Wilson would join the paper’s masthead. Before arriving at The Times, he was chief content officer at NPR, a post he left late last year.

Wilson is a member of The Poynter Institute’s board of trustees and a former chairman of its national advisory board.

Here’s the announcement:

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– The New York Times Company announced today that Kinsey Wilson, currently The Times’s editor for strategy and innovation, has also been named executive vice president, product and technology. Mr. Wilson will join the company’s executive committee and expand his present role to assume leadership of all company-wide digital product and technology operations.

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