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The U.K.’s National Newspaper Building is open. Here’s what it looks like

British Library | Harrogate Advertiser | The Baltimore Sun

More than 60 million newspapers are now at home at the National Newspaper Building in Boston Spa, West Yorkshire in the United Kingdom, according to the British Library. The building opened on Friday.

The National Newspaper Building was purpose-built to provide the ideal environmental conditions in which to store millions of old newspapers – many of which are in a fragile state. The vast facility, which houses around 33km of newspapers, maintains constant temperature and humidity, and a dark and airtight, low-oxygen environment to eliminate the risk of fire. The newspapers are stored in high-density racking 20 metres high and collection items are retrieved by robotic cranes, which transfer stacks of newspapers via an airlock to a retrieval area where staff can remove requested items and send them either to the British Library Newsroom at St Pancras or the on-site Reading Room at Boston Spa.

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

Spiegel Online

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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Modern Farmer’s last 2 paid staffers walk out

The New York Times | Mashable

The last two paid staff members at Modern Farmer walked out on Friday, Kim Severson reported for The New York Times. The magazine and website, founded in 2013, “ceased publication Friday, as the last of the paid editorial staff members walked out its doors. The future of what remains of the Modern Farmer brand is uncertain.”

Founder and editor Ann Marie Gardner left the magazine in December, Joe Pompeo reported then for Capital New York.

Gardner was known to have a fraught relationship with Modern Farmer’s investor, the Canadian mining magnate Frank Giustra, who recently agreed to keep the magazine afloat in exchange for additional shares from Gardner, who was a minority owner.

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Student journalists celebrate paper’s 100th birthday with a new site and an old look

For months, they’ve thumbed through old newspapers. Some years are bound in blue and red books, some loose, “but they’re all kind of decrepit,” said Setareh Baig, editor-in-chief of FSView & Florida Flambeau at Florida State University.

On Friday, the independent student newspaper celebrates 100 years and the staff celebrates with a commemorative edition and a redesigned site. The 18-page issue begins with how the paper looked in 1915. The inside pages are devoted to the decades since the paper launched, with stories and images from those periods.

Gerald Ensley wrote about the two papers that are now one on Thursday for the Tallahassee Democrat, including the Florida Flambeau’s feminist and activist past.

Initially, the paper’s content was heavily controlled by faculty members. But after World War I, the women students began exercising their journalistic muscle. In the 1920s, the paper became a voice for women’s suffrage and feminism, it protested censorship and hypocrisy: One of its first controversies was questioning why some faculty members did not attend mandatory chapel services.

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‘Sports Prose,’ ‘Sports Annotated,’ ‘Sports Emoji’ and other suggestions for Sports Illustrated

Many Poynter readers expressed shock and sadness Friday after a National Press Photographers Association report revealed that the magazine was cutting its entire photo staff.

Several had suggestions for how the magazine could continue to fill its pages with images or compensate for the lack of full-time photographers:

There were also a lot of suggestions for renaming the mag:

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Sports Illustrated cuts entire photojournalism staff


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


5 things journalists actually could have used from SkyMall

If you’ve been in an airplane ever, you’ve thumbed through SkyMall and likely wondered why you’d need a globe that opens into a bar or an NFL high heel wine holder. On Thursday, SkyMall filed for bankruptcy, so our time to turn those thin pages and hate-browse could be ending. In honor of SkyMall, here are five things journalists actually could have used from the magazine.

The Narrative Clip 5MP Camera

It’s small and cute and includes the word narrative. “You won’t even notice it’s there.”

Screenshot from SkyMall

Screen shot from SkyMall

Get Off the Internet T-Shirts

For the late-adopters in your newsroom.

Screen shot from SkyMall

Screen shot from SkyMall

FitDesk v2.0 Pedal Laptop Desk

This is actually a cool idea but would make phone interviews weird.

Screen shot from SkyMall

Screen shot from SkyMall

iDream3 Eye & Head Massagers

Co-workers might think you’re testing out Oculus Rift or HoloLens. But you’ll be getting an eyeball massage.

Screen shot from SkyMall

Screen shot from SkyMall

Yesterdays News Canvas Art

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Theodore Ross joins The New Republic



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


Why The New York Times avoids swearing

The New York Times

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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Las Vegas Review-Journal cuts comments

Good morning and happy Friday. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Another end to comments, this time in Vegas

    The Las Vegas Review-Journal has temporarily cut comments "due to an increase in uncivil behavior and dialogue..." (Las Vegas Review-Journal) | The newspaper explained the move more in-depth on Medium. "The First Amendment protects us from, among other things, laws that abridge our freedom of speech. Nowhere does it require the media to provide you a platform for that speech, whether hateful or not." (Medium)

  2. ' is or data are?'

    On Thursday, The Washington Post's Christopher Ingraham, FiveThirtyEight's Ritchie King and David Yanofsky of Quartz took part in a Reddit AMA on data visualization and journalism. They talked about how they got their jobs, the need to have a woman in the AMA the next time around, tools and the correct way to talk about data. Here's King's answer: "So 'data are' is correct, and I kind of like when people use it in conversation cause it has that weird, shocking elegance that only correct-but-infrequently-used grammar has.

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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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P-1968 Pueblo

Today in Media History: Coverage of North Korea’s 1968 seizure of the USS Pueblo

On January 23, 1968, the U.S. navy ship Pueblo was seized during an intelligence mission off the coast of North Korea.

Eighty-two crew members were captured when North Korean planes and ships attacked the USS Pueblo. (One member of the crew was killed during the ambush.)

They were held prisoner for 11 months.

The Arizona Republic, January 24, 1968

The Arizona Republic, January 24, 1968

“In January 1968, Massie and 82 others, including Capt. Lloyd ‘Pete’ Bucher, steamed into the Sea of Japan on the Pueblo’s first mission: to gather electronic intelligence while stationed off the coast of the Soviet Union and North Korea. The ship was lightly armed with two large machine guns. The United States, at the time, was deep into the Cold War and fighting in Vietnam. It hadn’t been at war with North Korea in 15 years.

….Suddenly, North Korean gunboats appeared and began to circle the U.S. ship. North Korean jets streaked through the sky.

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Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015


Corporate raider Carl Icahn sets his sights on Gannett

Gannett has yet to complete the split of the company in two, spinning off publishing from television and digital, but the prospect already has a famous corporate shark nibbling.

Carl Icahn, who controls 6.6 percent of Gannett stock asked in a letter Wednesday for two seats on the board.

He also expressed particular concern that each of the new companies be open to takeover bids and not adopt any of the defenses management can use to fend off unwelcome offers.

His letter to Gannett CEO Gracia Martore charges that the capital structure and plans for the publishing unit have been badly communicated to the market, resulting in an 8 percent decline in Gannett stock since plans to divide the company were announced in August.

Icahn further wrote:

We have spoken with many large Gannett shareholders since we first announced our position. Everyone seemed please by the company’s spin-off announcement, but many expressed dissatisfaction with the company’s governance profile and poor communication with the market. 

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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


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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