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Career Beat: Mark Little steps down as CEO at Storyful

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

  • Rahul Chopra is now CEO at Storyful. Previously, he was chief revenue officer there. Mark Little is now director of editorial innovation at Storyful. Previously, he was CEO there. (Storyful)
  • Skip Foster has been named president and publisher of the Tallahassee (Florida) Democrat. Previously, he was publisher of the Northwest Florida Daily News. (Poynter)
  • Cheryl Scott has joined the weather team at WLS-Channel 7. Previously, she was a meteorologist at WMAQ-Channel 5. (Robert Feder)
  • Jana Winter is now a national security reporter at The Intercept. Previously, she was an investigative reporter at Fox News. (The Intercept)
  • Dan Berman will be assistant managing editor at the National Journal. Previously, he was White House editor at Politico. (Huffington Post)
  • Mary Beth Marklein is now a full-time student at George Mason University. Previously, she was the education editor for Politico Pro.
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ABC News says story Craigslist calls a ‘Hit Piece’ will be fair

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Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster says ABC News plans a piece that “mischaracterizes our efforts to prevent free classified ads for recalled sale items by craigslist users, and falsely accuses us of not cooperating with the Consumer Product Safety Commission.”

The story will unfold across a couple programs, and the segments will begin to roll out Friday.

Buckmaster says the news org wouldn’t take calls from Craigslist and “chose instead to ambush our largely-retired founder, Craig Newmark, outside his home on November 11.”

“Our piece will be fair and accurate and will include comments from Craigslist and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the results of our ABC News investigation of the country’s product recall system conducted with 17 ABC stations across the country,” an ABC News spokesperson told Poynter.

Disclosure: Newmark is on the Poynter Foundation’s board and has donated to Poynter. Read more

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ESPN ‘frees’ Bill Simmons, but will he seek more freedom elsewhere?

mediawiremorningIt’s Wednesday. That means you get 10 media stories.

  1. Freed Simmons: ESPN’s Bill Simmons returns to the network today after his three-week suspension “for calling N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell a ‘liar’ during a podcast, and then effectively daring ESPN to punish him.” His contract expires next fall, Jonathan Mahler and Richard Sandomir report. Will he leave? (New York Times) | Deadspin would take him. (Deadspin) | Previously: At the time of the suspension, Kelly McBride wrote, “when your biggest star declares himself above his newsroom’s standards, the boss has to respond.” (Poynter)
  2. Oops — ABC News didn’t beat NBC after all: Two weeks ago, Nielsen reported that ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped “NBC Nightly News” for the first time in 260 weeks. But it turns out NBC actually kept its streak alive thanks to revised ratings after Nielsen discovered inaccuracies, Bill Carter reports. (New York Times)
  3. How Time is getting all that traffic: “Time, together with sister site Money, published at least five different pieces” on the day the cable channel FXX began its marathon of “The Simpsons.” Joseph Lichterman takes a deep look at how Time is engaging its audience — and how it has more than doubled its unique visitors in a year.
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Career Beat: Yahoo names editors for 2 verticals

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

  • Kate Lanphear is now editor-in-chief of Maxim. Previously, she was style editor at T Magazine. (WWD)
  • Kerry Diamond is now editor-in-chief of Yahoo Food. She is the co-founder and editorial director of Cherry Bombe. Kristen Baldwin is editor-in-chief of Yahoo TV. Previously, she was deputy editor at Entertainment Weekly. (Email)
  • Alice Gabriner will be international photo editor for Time magazine. She was a senior photo editor at National Geographic. Mandy Oaklander will be a staff writer for Time magazine. Previously, she was a senior writer for Prevention.com. Jack Linshi is a breaking news reporter and homepage editor at Time magazine. He was a weekend arts and living editor at the Yale Daily News. Lily Rothman will be an archive editor at Time magazine. Previously, she was a reporter there. Reno Ong will be an audience engagement editor at Time magazine.
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Career beat: Jonathan Greenberger is DC bureau chief for ABC News

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

  • Robert Lopez will be communications director for California State University, Los Angeles. Previously, he was an investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times. (LA Observed)
  • Robin Sproul will be vice president of public affairs for ABC News. Previously, she was Washington bureau chief there. Jonathan Greenberger will be ABC’s Washington bureau chief. He is executive producer of “This Week.” (ABC News)
  • Rebecca Nelson will be a staff correspondent at the National Journal. Previously, she was an assistant editor at The Washingtonian. (Fishbowl DC)
  • Dennis Rodkin will run a nursery in California. Previously, he was a reporter at Crain’s Chicago Business. (Crain’s)
  • Michael Wright will be CEO of DreamWorks Studios. Previously, he was head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies. (New York Times)

Job of the day: The Associated Press is looking for an administrative correspondent in Austin, Texas. Read more

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Diane Sawyer steps down as ‘ABC World News’ anchor

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Diane Sawyer will step down as the anchor of “ABC World News,” Chris Ariens reports in TV Newser. David Muir will be the new anchor and managing editor.

George Stephanopoulos will be ABC News’ chief anchor, Ariens reports: “He’ll lead special reports, breaking news and election night coverage for the network as well as continuing with ‘GMA’ and ‘This Week.’”

Sawyer in May. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Sawyer in May. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

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Sawyer “will focus on primetime specials, big interviews, and enterprise reporting for the network,” Ariens writes. In a memo to staff, ABC News President Ben Sherwood says “I’m excited to watch her elevate all of our programs and platforms with her new ideas, dynamic team, and her signature reporting, interviewing and storytelling.” He continues:

I also want to salute George and David, consummate and complementary pros who will – as always – make ABC News shine on the biggest, most important stories around the clock and around the world.

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Time Inc. launches digital sports network; Yahoo hires editor for breaking news desk

Here’s our roundup of the top digital and social media stories you should know about (and from Andrew Beaujon, 10 media stories to start your day):

— Time Inc.’s new digital sports network, 120 Sports, launches tonight. The network, backed by professional sports leagues (but not the NFL), is geared for mobile and social media users, Emily Steel reports in The New York Times: “240 clips, each two minutes long, across eight hours of daily programming.”

— In the UK, more people now use the Internet for news (41 percent) than newspapers (40 percent). But TV (75 percent) is still the dominant provider of news, according to Ofcom’s annual News Consumption study, reports BBC News.

— Yahoo has hired Lauren Johnston, previously digital editorial director for the Daily News, “as a managing editor to build out a breaking news desk,” Capital New York’s Joe Pompeo writes.

— A new Apple TV app from ABC News “will deliver a 24-hour video news channel; content will include about eight hours of live video per day,” according to Capital New York’s Alex Weprin. Read more

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Sacha Lecca, who is Rolling Stone’s deputy photography editor, tells Jim Colton about his early days at Newsweek:

Last but not least, I remember when Newsweek contract photographer Peter Turnley was covering an international crisis (I forget which) and in the middle of the night I got a call from the lobby that Peter Jennings (Anchorman for ABC Network News) was there to see me. I went downstairs and Jennings handed me a Newsweek film envelope and said, “Someone asked me to pass this along.” Turnley, while having trouble finding a flight to ship film back, spotted Jennings about to get on a US military transport to eventually make it home, and asked him to deliver it. His first stop after arriving in New York was to us. I always thought that was so cool. It was the way things got done back then.

Jim Colton, NPPA

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CNN Digital sees big jump in unique visitors during coverage of Malaysian airliner

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The mystery surrounding missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 — which CNN covered exhaustively on TV for weeks after the disappearance — appears to have been good for CNN’s online business, too.

CNN’s digital properties saw 76 million unique visitors in March, according to a press release citing comScore figures. That’s a 13 percent increase from the 67 million monthly uniques it averaged in 2013. Total page views in March were 1.9 billion, in line with the 2013 average.

In a press release, CNN cited “extensive coverage of the Malaysian airliner, the conflict in Ukraine, Academy Awards, Washington mudslide and other major news events.” Read more

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Despite ABC News/CPI blowup, here’s how news partnerships can work

Journalism organizations might get discouraged about joining partnerships after the public meltdown of the partnership between ABC News and The Center for Public Integrity this week.

CPI’s reporter Chris Hamby won a Pulitzer Prize for stories that exposed how coal miners who were dying from black-lung disease were being unfairly denied health benefits. ABC wanted to get some of the credit for the investigation. What followed was a nasty exchange that played out here on Poynter Online all week.

But let’s not forget the upside to great investigative journalists from different organizations working together. ABC and CPI did affect lives, expose wrongdoing and reach a national audience that neither could have done alone.

Some of the most important journalism in recent years has been the product of partnerships. Look at this graphic from PBS Frontline showing all of the partners it has worked with on significant projects. The list spans from local newspapers to nonprofit investigative groups to ESPN and Univision. Read more

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