James Foley’s mother: ‘We have never been prouder of our son Jim’

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. ISIS video appears to show James Foley’s execution: Masked executioner speaking “with what sounds like an East London accent…. says that Mr. Foley’s execution is in retaliation for the recent American airstrikes ordered by President Obama against the extremist group in Iraq.” (NYT) | Foley’s mother, Diane Foley, on Facebook: “We have never been prouder of our son Jim. He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people. We implore the kidnappers to spare the lives of the remaining hostages. Like Jim, they are innocents. They have no control over American government policy in Iraq, Syria or anywhere in the world.” (Find James Foley) | “As of 7 a.m. local time on Wednesday, Foley’s family in New Hampshire had no confirmation from the US government of Jim’s death, and they acknowledged there is a small chance the video may still prove to be fake.” (GlobalPost) | Here are some links to stories published at the one-year anniversary of his disappearance, last November. (Poynter) | The video also showed ISIS threatening another journalist, Steven Sotloff, who has been missing since last August. (NYDN) | Both the New York Daily News and the New York Post front Foley’s execution, with the New York Post choosing an image of his executioner applying a knife to his throat. (Via Newseum) | “Twitter is ‘actively suspending accounts’ of users posting images related to the apparent execution of journalist James Wright Foley, CEO Dick Costolo announced today.” (Re/code) | “Social Media Companies Scramble to Block Terrorist Video of Journalist’s Murder” (Foreign Policy)
  2. Meanwhile, in Ferguson: Police entered the media pen early Wednesday searching for protesters. I collected a few tweets about the incident. | 47 arrests last night, three handguns seized. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) | Post-Dispatch front page: “A Day of Recovery” (Via Newseum, of course) | Poynter’s Kristen Hare is in Ferguson and STL today, reporting on newsgathering there. She has a gas mask all lined up. Say hi if you see her! Follow her on Twitter: @kristenhare. | Hare’s first post.
  3. Apple’s best-sourced reporter is a 20-year-old college student: Mark Gurman “makes more than six figures a year as senior editor and scoop master at 9to5Mac.com,” Michael Rosenwald writes. (CJR)
  4. Twitter confirms you’ll start seeing tweets from people you don’t follow: “The aim seems to be to increase the chance that more users may see content that they might find interesting.” (The Guardian) | “On the Facebookification of Twitter and the Twitterfication of Facebook” (Poynter)
  5. Snapchat moves into news: A new service called Snapchat Discovery “would let users read daily editions of publications as well as watch video clips of TV shows or movies by holding down a finger on the screen, like they do with photos and other messages on the app before disappearing.” (WSJ) | “Here is what Snapnews looks like in its primitive form: A ninety-second reel, divided into small units, each composed by finger or stylus. Who knew!” (The Awl) | Related: The Washington Post is on Yo. “We’ll YO every time we publish a new article on NSA or cybersecurity.” (@migold)
  6. Remembering Charles M. Young: The rock writer died Monday. He was 63. “He made his mark covering the CBGBs scene in the mid-1970s, writing Rolling Stone’s first major pieces on the Ramones, Patti Smith and Television, among others. He brought a fresh sense of humor to the magazine’s Random Notes section, and championed critically-disrespected bands like Van Halen.” (Rolling Stone) | Young in 2001: “It’s physically painful for me to squelch my writing style to fit some editor’s idea of useful consumer advice. I hate rating records with numbers and stars and grades. I hate lists.” (Rockcritics.com)
  7. Fareed Zakaria again faces plagiarism accusations: With Benny Johnson‘s pelt on their wall, @blippoblappo & @crushingbort turn their attention to the Atlantic Media contributor. (Our Bad Media) | Time will review Zakaria’s work again. “Fred Hiatt, the editorial page editor of The Washington Post, called the new accusations ‘reckless’ in a statement to Poynter.” (Poynter) | Zakaria’s full response: “These are all facts, not someone else’s writing or opinions or expressions.” (Politico)
  8. Condé Nast sells Fairchild: “Penske Media Corp. is acquiring Fairchild Fashion Media from Condé Nast, in a deal that includes WWD, its archive, Footwear News, M Magazine and the Fairchild Summits and events business.” (WWD) | “This is the second time this month that Condé Nast, which owns magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair, has sold an asset. It recently offloaded the shopping magazine Lucky, merging it with the online retailer BeachMint.” (NYT)
  9. Creative Loafing Charlotte sold: Charles Womack, the publisher of Yes! Weekly in Greensboro, North Carolina, purchased the alt-weekly from SouthComm, Inc. (Yes! Weekly)
  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Mabel Martinez is now beauty editor of Siempre Mujer. Previously, she was an editorial assistant at Parade Magazine. (Meredith) | Kelly Lattimer is now vice president and general manager of WQRF in Rockford, Illinois. Previously, she was general sales manager for KFXA in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Nexstar) | Nora Zimmett is now senior vice president of live programming at The Weather Channel. Formerly, she was an executive producer at CNN. (TV Newser) | Paul Steinhauser will be political director for NH1. Formerly, he was CNN’s political editor. (Fishbowl DC) | Ama Daetz is now an evening anchor at KGO. Previously, she was a weekend anchor there. (TV Spy) | Job of the day: Willamette Week is looking for a reporter in Portland, Oregon. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) Send Ben your job moves:bmullin@poynter.org.

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  • laladada

    A journalist gets decapitated while the next is setup for ransom and all it gets is 1/10th of a blog post on Poynter?