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Susan Glasser is Politico’s new editor

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Politico gets a new boss: Politico Magazine Editor Susan Glasser is now the editor of Politico, Dylan Byers reports. John Harris will remain editor-in-chief. “She will appoint a new Executive Editor to oversee day-to-day newsroom operations, the leadership said. That person will replace Rick Berke, who resigned earlier this month.” (Politico) | Glasser will still oversee Politico Magazine, but will hire some senior editors in the next weeks. “Susan has plans to sharpen the editorial structure, bring in even more talent, upgrade our digital properties and bring more clarity and efficiency — and individual ownership — to our workflow,” CEO Jim VandeHei says in a memo to staff. | “One of the issues that led to Mr. Berke’s resignation, according to people with knowledge of the situation, was his lack of authority to make the moves he thought necessary, including autonomy over staffing — precisely the power Ms. Glasser will now have.” (NYT)
  2. Dean Baquet set to announce masthead: It’s a “likely scenario” that the NYT executive editor “will promote four existing members of the masthead to serve as a team of top deputies beneath him,” Joe Pompeo reports. “Susan Chira would oversee news; Ian Fisher would oversee digital; Matt Purdy would oversee enterprise; and Janet Elder would oversee newsroom administration. Elder currently serves as a deputy managing editor; the rest are assistant managing editors.” The structure “would also leave Baquet, who was previously managing editor, without an obvious successor.” (Capital)
  3. Aye or Naw: A couple of explainers for today’s Scottish independence referendum: A Q&A from USA Today. A good video explainer “for non-Brits” from the Guardian. | Here’s my Twitter list of journalists covering the referendum. | Some journalists there report threats from supporters of both sides. (The Guardian) | Important media news: Reuters has reporters named Guy Faulconbridge and Alistair Smout on the scene. (@moorehn)
  4. BBC cameraman attacked in Ukraine: While reporting on the death of Konstantin Kuzmin, a BBC cameraman was “knocked to the ground and beaten,” Steven Rosenberg reports. “The attackers grabbed the BBC camera, smashed it on the road and took it away in their getaway car,” and the crew “spent more than four hours at the police station being questioned by investigators.” They also found the “hard drive of our main computer and several memory cards had been wiped clean.” (BBC News) | “The BBC has lodged a formal protest with Russia over the incident and called for an investigation.” (BBC News)
  5. Press secretary dogged by question: “There was one guy, Les Kinsolving [of WorldNetDaily], who asked about bestiality,” Jay Carney tells Marisa Guthrie, who asked him to name the worst question he got as press secretary. (The Hollywood Reporter, via Mediaite)
  6. Huffington Post plans Greek edition: HuffPost Greece, a collaboration with 24MEDIA, is scheduled to launch in November. “For me personally, it’s the ultimate homecoming, not only because of my Greek heritage, but because HuffPost is, not coincidentally, very much rooted in a Greek tradition of bringing people together and facilitating interesting conversations,” Arianna Huffington says in a press release.
  7. Times public editor on president’s off-the-record meetings with journalists: “Mr. Obama didn’t invent these off-the-record sessions,” Margaret Sullivan writes. But “Readers are right to be troubled about the implications.” (NYT) | Erik Wemple: “When you sit down with a group of people in Washington, especially journalists, nothing is going to stay off the record for long. Might as well just let the tape recorders run.” (WP)
  8. Media critic misses pop culture reference: Mark Finkelstein slammed Chris Hayes for using “some decidedly un-PC language” when he referred to “a kind of girl talk mash-up of the fear about the border and the fear about terrorism being fused together.” (Newsbusters) | Hayes was in fact referring to the popular band Girl Talk, which combines sounds from other artists’ records to make new compositions. (Gawker) | “I’d surmise that, like me, most Hayes viewers didn’t get the cultural reference and took “girl talk” at face value,” Finkelstein says in an “update.”
  9. Front pages of the day, selected by Kristen Hare: Some U.K. front pages Thursday, via Nick Sutton.

  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Susan Glasser is now the editor of Politico. Previously, she was editor of Politico Magazine. (Politico) | Lindy West is now a pop culture writer for GQ. Previously, she covered pop culture for Jezebel. ( | Megan Sowder-Staley is now vice president for product strategy at Roll Call. She was formerly director of product strategy there. (Fishbowl DC) | Chris Peck is now president of the American Society of News Editors. He is associate editor at the Riverton (Wyoming) Ranger (ASNE) | Kristen Donnelly has joined the DC bureau of NBC News. Previously, she was a senior producer at MSNBC. (TV Newser) | Job of the day: The Minneapolis Star Tribune is looking for interns. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves:

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3 tips from BBC News’ Chris Hamilton for battling rumors on social media

On Sunday and Monday, BBC News social media editor Chris Hamilton spent some time batting down a rumor on Twitter that said the BBC had pulled Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen from Gaza. The reports started with this tweet, from Raajje News:

Hamilton replied within an hour:

That original tweet was retweeted more than 1,000 times. Hamilton replied to a lot of people who passed on the news. (On Aug. 1, Bowen tweeted that he was on vacation.)

Here are three tips we can take from Hamilton on dealing with rumors on social media.

  1. Take the time to do it:

    “I look at it is an important part of my role, to do what I can to set the record straight, if needed, when there’s an issue that lots of people are talking about, for an extended period of time,” Hamilton said in an email.

  2. Don’t take too much time, though:

    “It’s not rocket science, but the key is to focus on where you might make a difference,” Hamilton said. “For example, tweeters that have large numbers of followers and/or their tweets are driving the conversation. It doesn’t always work but I think it’s important to get the word out and not throw your hands up and say there’s nothing to be done.”

  3. Don’t work alone:

    “Being able to point to a credible place where the facts are clearly and simply laid out always helps,” Hamilton said. “For example, a press release. In this situation, our head of Newsgathering, Jonathan Munro, tweeted unequivocally about the situation.”

Poynter also has some good and related tips on how to deal on social media.

In 2013, Poynter’s Ellyn Angelotti wrote “How to handle personal attacks on social media.”

Poynter’s News University also has courses on using social media, including “Getting It Right: Accuracy and Verification in the Digital Age.” Read more


Robert Peston, BBC News’ economics editor, gave a lecture for the British Journalism Review, which ran in full in The Guardian on Friday. Peston spoke about many things, including growing power among people who work in public relations.

Anyway here perhaps is the best evidence of how news organisations’ own ethical lapses in recent years – and not just phone hacking – has been devastating to how the public sees us. Which is that PRs who have claimed that they represent the defence of truth and decency against a predatory and defamatory media haven’t been seen as utterly ridiculous. God how our own stables have needed cleaning.

Robert Peston


In a lecture at the British Library Monday, BBC Director of News and Current Affairs James Harding said journalists upset by the changes to their industry are “missing the point.” Not only is Harding “extremely optimistic about the future of journalism,” he said, “I think this is the most exciting time to be a journalist since the advent of television.”

Professional journalists cannot expect to have the influence we once did, but, if we’re clever, if we’re innovative and if we’re trustworthy, we can earn it. This is because we live at a time when there is an unprecedented hunger for information and ideas, because the proliferation of new news providers means the number of working journalists is, actually, rising, because the tools available for story telling and story getting are more powerful than ever and because, as I hope to make clear, the new technologies have unexpectedly revealed the enduring value of some old principles in journalism.

The tools of technology also make it an exceptionally exciting time to be going after a story. Of course, a journalist is a fool to rely solely on Google or Wikipedia for information. But they are just as stupid to ignore them: the modern search engine has given us all a running start at any story. Citizen journalism is not just a competitor to established news media, but a streaming source of information and ideas for it. And the internet has turned our audience into a giant fact-checking machine: journalists are more directly and immediately accountable; our viewers, listeners and readers do not need simply to throw a shoe at the TV or put their foot through the paper, they can promptly e-mail or tweet us to point out our mistakes. This can be embarrassing, no doubt, but surely makes it more likely we will get it right.



BBC reaches a settlement with politician it called a sex abuser

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The BBC has reached a settlement with Lord McAlpine, the politician it erroneously fingered as a sexual predator in a report on its “Newsnight” program.

But how did the BBC botch that report so soundly — especially after after it killed a “Newsnight” story about a BBC presenter credibly accused of pedophilia?

It’s not for lack of editorial process, Sarah Lyall and Nicholas Kulish write: After a 2004 scandal,

The corporation also appointed a deputy director general in charge of news operations; established a “journalism board” to monitor editorial policy; issued numerous new guidelines on journalistic procedures; and put an increasing emphasis on “compliance” — a system in which managers are required to file cumbersome forms flagging dozens of potential trouble spots, from bad language to “disturbing content” like exorcism or beheadings, in every program taped for broadcast.

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BBC News director asks staff to keep the pedophilia crisis to itself

Telegraph | Broadcast | Eyes to the right
BBC News Acting Director Fran Unsworth is drawing the scorn of the Internet Tuesday morning after asking the staff not to tweet or talk publicly about the organization’s ongoing scandals.

“It would be helpful if some of our problems were not played out publically across social media and in the pages of the national press,” Unsworth wrote, according to the Telegraph. “We need a collective and collegiate sense of all pulling together to restore trust in the BBC’s news output.”

The full email was reprinted by Broadcast magazine. Read more


Time-lapse videos show differences in how New York Times, BBC cover major news

Phillip Mendonça-Vieira
Phillip Mendonça-Vieira attracted some attention when he posted a video of about 12,000 versions of The New York Times home page over about nine months, so he gave the BBC News home page the same treatment. The videos capture the differences in how the two news organizations follow major breaking stories like the Japan tsunami and the Arab Spring.

“The thing that stands out the most in comparison to the nytimes is how the BBC’s editors behave more placidly in their content curation,” he writes. “Where the nytimes crams its homepage with as much information as possible, the BBC picks the most important story of the day and runs with it.”

The difference is evident in the coverage of the Chilean miners’ rescue, with the BBC News home page relatively static compared the Times’ rapid-fire updates. “One pleasant upshot of this, however, is that the nytimes’ homepage is more dramatic. If I want to know the most important story of the day, the BBC will do me right. If I want to follow an event with bated breath I might be better served by the nytimes.” || Related: Pushback to ‘redesigned’ New York Times website; designer accuses critics of “libelous journalismRead more