Obama is an ‘enemy to press freedom,’ Risen says

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. More journalists arrested, threatened in Ferguson: Robert Klemko of Sports Illustrated, Telegraph reporter Rob Crilly and Financial Times reporter Neil Munshi all reported being detained last night in Ferguson. (Poynter) | A cop told KARG’s Mustafa Hussein to turn off his light “or you’re getting shot with this,” referring, apparently, to the gun he was holding. Police told MSNBC host Chris Hayes, “Media do not pass us, you’re getting maced next time you pass us.” (Gawker) || St. Louis station KSDK apologizes for showing video of the home of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Michael Brown. (KSDK) | Brown was shot 6 times, a private autopsy says. (NYT)
  2. Watch Twitter if you want to keep up: David Carr: “Twitter still carries a great deal of unverified and sometimes erroneous information, but for all its limitations, it has some very real strengths in today’s media climate. It is a heat map and a window, a place where sometimes the things that are ‘trending’ offer very real insight into the current informational needs of a huge swath of news consumers, some of whom traditional outlets often miss.” (NYT) || FWIW, Kristen Hare‘s Twitter list of journalists covering Ferguson was invaluable when we were watching coverage last night. | Related: Twitter is testing a “downright blasphemous” new feature: “Some users are seeing a few tweets in their timelines that have merely been favorited by accounts they follow. Other tweets are showing from accounts that your friends follow.” (The Verge)
  3. Ferguson reporters talk coverage: Previously arrested Huffington Post reporter Ryan Reilly told Brian Stelter, “Any good journalist who was in that situation, the exact same thing would have happened to them.” Previously tear-gassed Al Jazeera reporter Ash-har Quraishi told Stelter “I do feel like we were targeted.” (CNN) | Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery and St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editor-in-Chief Gilbert Bailon were on “Meet the Press.” (NBC News) | MSNBC reporter Trymaine Lee was on “On the Media.” (OTM)
  4. James Risen talks about Obama: Many people “don’t want to believe that Obama wants to crack down on the press and whistle-blowers,” he tells Maureen Dowd. “But he does. He’s the greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation.” (NYT) | Risen spoke at length on that subject in March at a talk I covered. (Poynter)
  5. Julian Assange will leave Ecuadorean Embassy at some point: His “bag is packed,” WikiLeaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson said, but he has no plans to turn himself in to police. (The Guardian)
  6. NPR puts editor’s note on story Glenn Greenwald challenged: Dina Temple-Raston‘s Aug. 1 story should have noted that intelligence agencies invested in the companies she reported on. | “I strongly agree with the critics that the story committed a fundamental failure,” NPR ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos writes, but Greenwald “hears more in the NPR report than is there.” (NPR) | “[I]t shouldn’t take the ombudsman nosing around for NPR to admit that it screwed up.” (Jay Rosen)
  7. Washington Post didn’t intend to put “buy it now” button in article: “What a happy coincidence.” (Pando) | Copy editors insert the links. (Digiday)
  8. Mobile news apps don’t make enough of the devices they inhabit: “If mobile is to become the dominant vector for news, retaining readers will be much more challenging than it is on a PC or tablet,” Frédéric Filloux writes. “Why not envision a few more steps forward and take advantage of technologies now embedded in every smartphone?” (Monday Note)
  9. The driving delusions of journalists: “The fantasy that gets a lot of reporters out of bed in the morning is that if they expose a bad thing then the bad thing will stop,” Nick Davies says. (Capital)
  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: John Fraher is now executive editor for international government at Bloomberg Europe, Middle East and Africa. Previously, he was managing editor for politics and economics there. Ros Mathieson has been named regional managing editor for international government at Bloomberg EMEA. Previously, he was deputy managing editor for economy and government there. Andrew Barden has become deputy managing editor for politics and economics in Europe. Previously, he was a team leader for Middle East economy and international government. Craig Stirling is now the managing editor for economy in Bloomberg’s Europe, Middle East and Africa division. He was formerly a team leader for Western Europe economy at Bloomberg. | Bill Strickland is now editor-in-chief of Bicycling. Previously, he was interim editor-in-chief. (Fishbowl NY) | Cherry Yates is now vice-president of corporate communications for Fox International Channels. Previously, she was vice president of global communications for National Geographic Channels International. (Fox International Channels) Job of the day:The Willits News, a twice-weekly newspaper in California, is looking for a news reporter. (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves: bmullin@poynter.org.

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