The death of Mr. Spock was the most tweeted story in February

NewsWhip, the Dublin-based technology company that tracks how news stories are shared on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and other social media sites, has released its list of the most tweeted news Web sites for the month of February. Here are the details.

The British Broadcasting Corporation easily won Twitter last month, as its stories were shared more than 5 million times. The New York Times came in a distant second, with readers tweeting its stories just over 2.6 million times. Interestingly, the number of times Mashable stories were tweeted rose by 400,000, making it the third most tweeted news site and trailing the Times by just 7,680 tweets. Mashable was the most prominent of all the digital news sites, but BuzzFeed, the Huffington Post, and the Bleacher Report all competed with more traditional outlets like CNN and ABC for slots in NewsWhip’s top ten list.

NewsWhip’s methodology only tracks the number of times a story was tweeted. So the service measures buzz among a specific set of Web users, not the number of times people actually read a story or looked at a news site. Still, buzz can be illuminating in its own way. For example, February’s most tweeted story was this New York Times piece about the death of Mr. Spock. Read more

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Brian Williams reportedly lobbied to succeed David Letterman

Good morning! Here are 10 media stories.

  1. More tales of tumult from inside NBC News

    Gabriel Sherman's much-anticipated longread about the turmoil surrounding Brian Williams' suspension from the anchor chair dropped Sunday. Among the juiciest tidbits: Williams asked CBS CEO Les Moonves to be considered as a replacement for David Letterman upon the comedian's retirement from "Late Show," according to "a high-level source"; Four NBC and NBCUniversal officials visited Williams at his apartment to notify him he was being taken off the air; Richard Esposito, the investigative producer at NBC News conducting a review of Williams, "delivered a 45-minute presentation at [NBCUniversal CEO Steve] Burke’s apartment" that unearthed "more issues" with Williams' disputed claims; Williams can't talk to the press under the terms of his suspension and "can’t wait until he can speak" publicly about the situation, according to "a close friend." (New York) | "If Brian Williams proposed to CBS that he take over when Letterman retires, that alone is reason he should not return" (@jayrosen_nyu) | "Last weekend, workers at NBC's Rockefeller Center headquarters briefly wiped away promotional photos of Brian Williams." They went back up the next day. (CNN Money)

  2. Gawker Media might sue for Clinton emails

    Gawker Media is "probably likely" to sue under the Freedom of Information Act after its 2013 open-records requests for Hillary Clinton's emails were rebuffed, Gawker Media investigations editor John Cook told CNN host Brian Stelter for Sunday's edition of "Reliable Sources." "It's because there was this highly unusual, deliberate system created to prevent her records from being released under the FOIA." (CNN) | The Associated Press is considering legal action, too. (Poynter) | Politico media columnist Jack Shafer says Clinton and company will wait the controversy out. "Six weeks hence, when asked about the emails, Clinton and her staff will flick their hands and say, as they often do, 'Oh, that’s old news.'" (Politico) | Previously: "The State Department had not searched the email account of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton because she had maintained a private account, which shielded it from such searches, department officials acknowledged on Tuesday." (New York Times)

  3. Newspapers bid Chris Christie spokesman a not-so-fond farewell

    The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger published a biting sendoff for longtime Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak Friday: "Let's be frank: If Michael Drewniak were an affable and agreeable chap, rather than someone with the personality of an ulcerated nightclub bouncer, the vicious media and vile denizens of the chat room underworld would wish him bona fortuna and that would be that." (Star-Ledger) | Drewniak, a former Star-Ledger reporter, will be chief of policy and strategic planning for New Jersey Transit. (Star-Ledger) | "Let's state the obvious right up front: The new six-figure job created for Michael Drewniak at NJ Transit, courtesy of the good graces of Gov. Chris Christie, is a complete waste of money." (Asbury Park Press)

  4. Media show support for International Women’s Day

    Several news organizations have taken steps to show solidarity with the No Ceilings initiative, a Clinton Foundation project that highlights gender inequality. W magazine removed Scarlett Johansson from the cover of its March issue. (New York Times) | "Teen Vogue removed Gigi Hadid and Binx Walton from our March cover to help people imagine a world in which women are missing and to symbolize that girls are 'Not There' yet when it comes to equality." (Teen Vogue) | Vogue published a slideshow of previous covers with women cut out of them. (Vogue) | Mashable briefly changed its Twitter profile picture. (@Mashable) | Related: Reporters Without Borders paid tribute to 10 women journalists around the globe. (Reporters Without Borders)

  5. Sun-Times layoffs could be postponed

    Employees at the Chicago Sun-Times will vote today on a proposal "that would forestall layoffs for six months," Chicago media reporter Robert Feder writes. "But there’s a catch: The moratorium on layoffs is tied to an agreement to reduce six full-time positions to part-time ones in areas where management expects to reduce coverage." (Robert Feder) | Fifteen editorial staffers at the Sun-Times accepted buyout offers in late February. (Poynter)

  6. Guardian report alleges the BBC is punishing sex abuse whistleblowers

    Former BBC journalists Meirion Jones and Liz MacKean told The Guardian's Nick Cohen they felt their careers were negatively affected after they produced a report detailing allegations of pedophilia against BBC media personality Jimmy Savile. "The scandal is simply this: the BBC is forcing out or demoting the journalists who exposed Jimmy Savile as a voracious abuser of girls." (The Guardian) | British journalist Nick Pollard reviewed the network's decision not to publish an investigation into Savile. "He said there was 'chaos and confusion' at the BBC but found no evidence of a cover-up over the decision not to broadcast." (BBC)

  7. Read this before you write another post about 'The Dress'

    Stories that aim to generate traffic by piggybacking on viral trends might face headwinds, Lucia Moses writes for Digiday. "...a confluence of factors, from viewability to changing Facebook algorithms to falling CPMs, are making the economics of this kind of viral strategy a bit more complicated." Some news organizations have taken away bonuses for high-traffic traffic stories, and advertisers are increasingly suspicious of pageview numbers. (Digiday) | Previously: "‘The Dress’ illustrates ‘viral sameness’ among news organizations" (Poynter)

  8. The Toronto Star is ending its subscription program

    As of April 1, readers will be able to access all of the Toronto Star's content, the paper writes. "We are making this move after extensive input from our readers and our advertisers. Listening to our audiences is critical to the success of our daily newspaper and our digital offerings and we are committed to continually adjusting our digital strategies to provide them with what they want." (Toronto Star)

  9. Front page of the day

    The (Mobile, Alabama) Press-Register offers this then-and-now look at the crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge after the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday." (Courtesy Kiosko)

  10. Job moves

    Randy Archibold will be deputy sports editor at The New York Times. Previously, he was Mexico bureau chief there. (Email) | Justin Green will manage social media and engagement at IJReview. Previously, he was online editor at the Washington Examiner (IJReview) | Andy Lack is now chairman of NBC News and MSNBC. Previously, he was CEO and director of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. (Poynter) | Bryan Bender will be a national security editor at Politico. He is a national security reporter at The Boston Globe. (Dan Kennedy) | Job of the day: Inside Higher Ed is looking for a higher education management and finance reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves:

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Major news organizations to reveal new freelancer safety guidelines

Freelance journalist James Foley in 2011.  Photograph by Jonathan Pedneault

Freelance journalist James Foley in 2011. Photograph by Jonathan Pedneault

A coalition of prominent news outlets and journalism advocacy groups Thursday will release a set of guidelines at Columbia Journalism School for the protection of freelancers.

The recommendations, which will have the support of several prominent wire service organizations including The Associated Press and the Agence France-Presse, set forth best practices for both freelancers and the news organizations that employ them.

The new directives come amid a perilous time for freelance journalists, said Robert Mahoney, deputy director for the Committee to Protect Journalists. Widespread access to publishing tools has enabled terrorists to spread their messages widely without media organizations, making journalists more valuable to these groups as gruesome spectacles than bearers of witness. And financial setbacks have prompted many news organizations to shutter their foreign bureaus, leaving freelancers to pick up the slack in dangerous regions.

The initiative was spurred by the murders of American freelance journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff at the hands of the Islamic State group last year. Their slayings, images of which were made public and disseminated widely, “demanded a constructive response on the part of the news industry,” Mahoney said.

“The spate of abductions and killings of journalists that we’ve seen over the last couple of years, particularly in the Middle East, has been horrific and demands some kind of action on the part of all of us in the news industry,” he said.

Data collected by the Committee to Protect Journalists shows that reporters have been jailed and killed at increasing rates in recent years. From 2012 to 2014, 205 journalists were killed worldwide, a 24 percent increase over the preceding three-year period. The last three years were the worst for imprisonment of journalists since CPJ began collecting data, with 221 journalists jailed by the end of 2014.

In the wake of the murders, several organizations convened panels aimed at improving working conditions for freelance journalists, Mahoney said. A working group formed near the end of last year to draft guidelines that news organizations and freelancers would abide by.

News organizations that have signed on to the guidelines include The Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, the BBC, Newsweek, PBS Frontline, Guardian News and Media Group, Public Radio International’s “The World,” Reuters, McClatchy Newspapers, GlobalPost, the Pulitzer Center and The Groundtruth Project. Several press advocacy groups are also signatories, including the Committee to Protect Journalists, International News Safety Institute, International Press Institute, the Frontline Freelance Register, Reporters Without Borders, the Overseas Press Club of America, the Rory Peck Trust and the James W. Foley Legacy Fund.

“That’s a pretty big group, and we hope that once these guidelines are launched, others will join,” Mahoney said

The guidelines recommend that freelancers learn first aid and wear appropriate protective clothing in war zones, that they assess the risks associated with traveling to hazardous regions and carefully arrange details of their assignment before arrival.

In turn, the guidelines state that news organizations should treat freelancers the same way they would full-time staffers, helping them in cases of kidnap or injury and giving them similar consideration in matters of payment, byline credit and safety equipment.

Although the document is not legally binding, the signatories are agreeing to abide by and support the compact for equitable treatment of freelancers, Mahoney said. The coalition hopes that the document will set a precedent throughout the news industry that freelancers are valued members of the journalism community.

“We put this as a first step in a long campaign to convince other news organizations and journalists to adopt these standards,” Mahoney said. Read more


Career Beat: The New Republic adds 4 staffers

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

  • Jamil Smith will be a senior editor at The New Republic. He’s a producer at MSNBC. Elspeth Reeve will be a senior editor at The New Republic. Previously, she was a senior writer at Racket. Bijan Stephen will be an associate editor at The New Republic. Previously, he was an editorial assistant at Vanity Fair. Cathy Park Hong will be poetry editor at The New Republic. She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College. (Poynter)
  • Alex Pareene will be special projects editor at Gawker Media. Previously, he was executive editor of The Racket. (Poynter)
  • Gregory Gittrich is chief content officer at Vocativ. Previously, he was founding general manager and editor of NBC News Digital. (Poynter)
  • David Allan will be editorial director of Health and Wellness at CNN Digital. Previously, he was a managing editor at (Poynter)
  • Larry Ingrassia will be associate editor at the Los Angeles Times. Previously, he was a deputy managing editor at The New York Times. (Poynter)
  • Tim Cavanaugh will be news editor at the Washington Examiner. Previously, he was news editor for National Review. Paige Winfield Cunningham will be a health care reporter for the Washington Examiner. Previously, she covered health care for Politico. Tara Copp will cover defense for the Washington Examiner. Previously, she was a defense analyst for the Government Accountability Office. (Fishbowl DC)

Job of the day: The Odessa (Texas) American is looking for a police reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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‘It’s been a tough month for factchecking.’

Good morning. Here are eight media stories.

  1. Who wants to be a teenage millionaire?

    New York high school senior Mohammed Islam didn't make $72 million on the stock market. He lied. If it's any consolation, his parents are really mad. "My mom basically said she’d never talk to me." One more line from that story, which is possibly the lead that captures 2014: "It’s been a tough month for factchecking." (New York Observer) | Here's New York's original story, with another non-correction correction. (New York) | New York Post also ran it. (New York Post) | RELATED: Craig Silverman's best and worst corrections of the year piece will be out soon. Here's last year's. (Poynter) | Journalists remember their first fact checking jobs. (Poynter)

  2. Journalists arrested in Turkey

    In Turkey on Sunday, police raided newsrooms and detained journalists, including Ekrem Dumanlı, editor-in-chief of Zaman, a daily newspaper. (Committee to Protect Journalists.) | "News organizations linked to the Gülen Movement had been expecting police raids for months and, after a year of growing harassment, they finally materialized." (Reporters Without Borders) | Zaman "had supported trials of journalists who’d criticized the movement." (McClatchy DC) | "At least 24 journalists said to have close links with a US-based cleric are being held for plotting to seize power." (BBC)

  3. Austin Tice's family wants 'an effective hostage policy'

    The parents of Austin Tice, a journalist who has been missing in Syria since August 2012, wrote Monday about the need for a different approach to handling hostage situations. (McClatchy DC)

  4. The Rolling Stone and Cosby items are now one

    Hey, remember how journalism messed up Rolling Stone's "A Rape on Campus" story? Camille Cosby thinks it's now doing the same to her husband. "Many in the media were quick to link that story to the stories about my husband, until that story unwound." (The New York Times) | Rolling Stone's story, by the way, is still unraveling. (The Washington Post)

  5. Medium is platishing with Marriott

    Medium's latest vertical, Gone, is sponsored by Marriott International, and Marriott will get to see the five stories (out of 60) that are about the company before they're published. Also, "Marriott and Medium agreed on the theme of the articles..." (Digiday) | Medium co-founder Evan Williams spoke with Fortune on Monday about the site and the future. (Fortune.)

  6. Win some awards, or just hack a J-school

    Starting today, I'm going to try and include one item whenever possible with info on grants, awards, scholarships and trainings, so send them if you have them. Today, we have two. The Mirror Awards from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University are open for entries. There's no cost to enter. (Newhouse School) | ONA's challenge fund deadline is Jan. 15. They're looking for people to find ways to "hack the journalism curriculum using customized versions of the teaching hospital model." And it comes with $35,000 microgrants. (ONA)

  7. Front page of the day

    Metro - Philadelphia Edition, leads with Bradley Stone's murder of six family members. (Courtesy the Newseum)


  8. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin

    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. (Email) | Eric Jaffe will be a full-time writer and editor for CityLab. Previously, he was a contributing writer there. (@sommermathis) | Nicole Caro is now beauty editor at Siempre Mujer. Previously, she was a fashion and beauty writer at People en Español. (Email) | Zunaira Zaki is now managing editor of specialized units at ABC News. Previously, she was senior business editor there. Heather Riley is now vice president of communications for ABC News. Previously, she was senior publicity director there. (Mediabistro) | Kathryn Schulz will be a staff writer at The New Yorker. She is the book critic for New York magazine. (Capital) | Job of the day: The American Press Institute is looking for an editorial coordinator. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves:

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Career Beat: Ad Age gets new editorial director

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

  • Eli Lake is leaving The Daily Beast, where he’s a national security correspondent. Josh Rogin is leaving The Daily Beast, where he’s a senior correspondent. (Huffington Post)
  • Simon Dumenco is editorial director at Advertising Age. Previously, he was a columnist there. (Ad Age)
  • Fran Unsworth is now director of the World Service Group at the BBC. She’s deputy director of news and current affairs. (The Guardian)
  • Chris Moody will be a senior correspondent for CNN Politics Digital. Previously, he was a political correspondent for Yahoo News. (Politico)
  • Jeffrey Schneider is founding his own PR firm, Schneider Global Strategy. He’s a senior vice president and spokesperson at ABC News. (ABC)
  • Sruthijith KK is now editor at Huffington Post India. Previously, he was editor of Quartz India. (Medianama)

Job of the day: U.S. News and World Report is looking for a Congress reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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Cue the outcry — more big Twitter changes on the way

Friday. Good morning (or good evening, if you’re reading this at night). Andrew Beaujon is back next week.

  1. Let’s freak out about Twitter changes: Sayeth Twitter: “in many cases, the best Tweets come from people you already know, or know of. But there are times when you might miss out on Tweets we think you’d enjoy.” Noooooooo! (Twitter) | Stuart Dredge weighs in: “The difference between the two social networks is that Facebook is taking stories out of its news feed – it prioritises around 300 a day out of a possible 1,500 for the average user – while Twitter is only adding tweets in. For now, at least.” (The Guardian) | Previously: I wrote about the Facebookification of Twitter and the Twitterfication of Facebook. (Poynter)
  2. More Twitter changes: Now with audio! “Notably, Twitter is teaming up with Apple to let users listen to certain tracks and buy the music directly from the iTunes store,” Yoree Koh reports. Twitter is also partnering with Soundcloud. (Wall Street Journal) | “Throughout your listening experience, you can dock the Audio Card and keep listening as you continue to browse inside the Twitter app,” product manager Richard Slatter writes in a blog post. (Twitter)
  3. The media kinda sucks at covering Ebola: Just look at how it covered #ClipboardMan, Arielle Duhaime-Ross writes. (The Verge)
  4. Liberian media really sucks at covering Ebola: The Daily Observer newspaper “has become a feeding ground of phony conspiracy,” Terrence McCoy reports. “The top three news stories on the website all allege medical professionals purposely infected the country with Ebola, ideas that have drawn the conspiratorial from across the planet.” The bad journalism is leading to a debate over press freedom in the country. (Washington Post) | From yesterday: The BBC is using WhatsApp to spread accurate information about the virus in Africa. (
  5. Correction of the week: Deadspin retracted its story claiming U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner didn’t actually play high school football, as he claimed, after the primary source changed his mind. “As serial collectors of media fuck-ups, we add this self-portrait to the gallery,” editor Tommy Craggs writes. (Deadspin) | Earlier, Craggs told Erik Wemple, “If you’re looking for someone to blame here, blame me for getting way too cocky about my site’s ability to prove a negative.” (Washington Post)
  6. Whisper vs. The Guardian: A damning report in The Guardian on Thursday claimed Whisper, “the social media app that promises users anonymity and claims to be ‘the safest place on the internet’, is tracking the location of its users, including some who have specifically asked not to be followed.” (The Guardian) | Whisper editor-in-chief Neetzan Zimmerman angrily denied the report, and wrote on Twitter that the piece “is lousy with falsehoods, and we will be debunking them all.” (Washington Post) | Here’s a good explainer from Carmel DeAmicis: “The two sides disagree over what constitutes ‘personally identifiable information,’ whether rough location data tied to a user’s previous activity could expose someone.” (Gigaom) | And here’s a take from Mathew Ingram, who says Whisper’s problem is that it “wants to be both an anonymous app and a news entity at the same time.” (Gigaom)
  7. American journalists detained in Russia: Joe Bergantino, co-founder of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, and Randy Covington, a professor at the University of South Carolina, are in Russia to teach an investigative journalism workshop. They were found guilty of “violating the visa regime” and will return to the U.S. on Saturday as scheduled. “Russian authorities have used visa issues in the past as a pretext to bar the entry for certain individuals to the country,” Nataliya Vasilyeva reports. (AP via ABC News)
  8. Good times at High Times: Subscriptions and advertising pages are growing for “the magazine about all things marijuana” as it celebrates its 40th birthday. Dan Skye, High Times’ editorial director, tells Michael Sebastian, “I think the legalization has everything to do with the boom.” (Ad Age)
  9. Front page of the day, curated by Kristen Hare: The Daily News (see it at the Newseum).NY_DN
  10. No job moves today: Benjamin Mullin has the day off. But be sure to visit Poynter’s jobs site. Happy weekend!

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Jeff Bezos

Newspaper distributor to do same-day delivery for Amazon

mediawiremorningIt’s Thursday. Here’s a pop quiz: How many media stories do you think you’re about to get?

  1. UK newspaper distributor will do same-day Amazon deliveries: “Connect Group will make early morning deliveries at the same time as it delivers daily newspapers and use contractors to fulfill a second delivery in the afternoon.” Connect distributes The Guardian and The Mirror, Rory Gallivan reports. (Wall Street Journal)
  2. Longtime S.F. Chronicle editor William German dies at 95: “Mr. German began his career at the paper as a copy boy. When he retired 62 years later, he was the dean of West Coast editors. He had helped transform The Chronicle from the No.3 newspaper in a four-newspaper city to the largest paper in Northern California.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
  3. BBC battles Ebola in Africa with WhatsApp: “The service will deliver information on preventative care, health tips and breaking news bulletins specific to the region about the virus in French and English, and often in audio formats,” writes Alastair Reid. ( | Related: 5 tips on covering Ebola from the Dallas Morning News and KERA News. (Poynter) | Related: 5 Ebola falsehoods, via PunditFact. (Poynter)
  4. Ken Doctor on Kushner’s OC Register: “Aaron Kushner, by age 40, may be setting a land-speed record for entry, meteoric rise, embarrassing fall and exit from the newspaper industry.” (Nieman Lab) | Related: A lawsuit filed by the Los Angeles Times alleges not only that Kushner has failed to pay more than $2 million owed to the Times for delivery services, but also that the Register kept tips intended for the LA Times newspaper carriers who delivered the Register. (OC Weekly) | Related: “I admired his daring approach, his insistence that investing in newspapers rather than constantly cutting them back and weakening them would give them a better chance to prevail in the digital age,” Rem Rieder writes. (USA Today)
  5. Another alt-weekly closes: The Knoxville News Sentinel, which owns the Metro Pulse, laid off all 23 staffers, including everyone at the alt-weekly. “Yes, it’s true. We don’t exist anymore. We no longer have jobs either. This week’s issue will be our last,” Metro Pulse wrote on its Facebook page. (Poynter)
  6. Indianapolis TV news crew carjacked: No one was hurt after the van was stolen by a gunman after a reporter and photographer for WXIN covered a prayer vigil. (Fox59)
  7. Ernie Pyle statue has a misspelling: The Indiana University alum who covered World War II is referred to as a “U.S. War Corespondent.” The sculptor says it could become “part of the lore of the piece.” (Indiana Daily Student)
  8. ICYMI: At the Washington Post, “what began as a simple experiment to improve the site’s author pages has evolved into the beginnings of a completely new content management platform,” explains Benjamin Mullin. (Poynter)
  9. Front page of the day, curated by Kristen Hare: The Kansas City Star celebrates the Royals’ trip to the World Series (courtesy the Newseum).kansascitystar
  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Ryan Kellett is now audience and engagement editor at The Washington Post. Previously, he was national digital editor there. (The Washington Post) | Dean Haddock is a visiting fellow at the Nieman Foundation. He is director of web and information technology for StoryCorps. Melody Joy Kramer is a visiting fellow at the Nieman Foundation. She is an editor and digital strategist at NPR. Donna Pierce is now a visiting fellow at the Nieman Foundation. She is a contributing editor at Upscale Magazine. Jack Riley is now a visiting fellow at the Nieman Foundation. He is head of audience development for The Huffington Post UK. Freek Staps is now a visiting fellow at the Nieman Foundation. He heads up business news start-up NRC Q. Amy Webb is now a visiting fellow at the Nieman Foundation. She is the founder and CEO of Webbmedia Group. (Nieman Lab) | Job of the day: BuzzFeed UK is looking for a political reporter. Get your résumés in! (BuzzFeed) | Send Ben your job moves:

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BBC website blocked throughout China


The BBC’s website has been subjected to “deliberate censorship” across China in the wake of its coverage of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution, the network reports.

Weeks ago, the BBC reported that Instagram appeared to be blocked in China, and phrases like “Occupy Central” and “Hong Kong students” were hidden on Twitter searches.

The BBC notes that it has been the subject of “intermittent blackouts” in China while reporting on the country.

Also on Wednesday, Reuters reported that a Chinese official in Hong Kong told foreign journalists to report on the ongoing Umbrella Revolutions demonstrations “objectively”.

Related: Kristen Hare’s Twitter list of journalists covering the Umbrella Revolution

The BBC’s website was most recently blocked in April 2012, during the network’s coverage of activist Chen Guangcheng’s escape, according to the BBC.

China has given other news organizations the same treatment in the past. Late last year, the government blocked websites for both The Wall Street Journal and Reuters; they were unblocked in early 2014. Read more


Dorian Nakamoto looks to sue Newsweek over Bitcoin story

mediawiremorningHey, hi. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Lawsuit over Newsweek’s Bitcoin story? The man who Newsweek’s Leah McGrath Goodman identified as the founder of Bitcoin is raising money on a website to sue the magazine, claiming he was “targeted and victimized by a reckless news organization.” Dorian Nakamoto has been unemployed for 10 years, the site says. “Donations, obviously, can be made by bitcoin.” (TechCrunch) | Previously: In March, Nakamoto told the AP he hadn’t heard of Bitcoin until his son told him about it after talking to Newsweek: “I got nothing to do with it.” (Poynter)
  2. Snyderman sorry for violating Ebola quarantine: The 21-day quarantine for NBC News crew members who traveled to Liberia is now mandatory after Dr. Nancy Snyderman violated the voluntary quarantine. “As a health professional I know that we have no symptoms and pose no risk to the public, but I am deeply sorry for the concerns this episode caused.” (THR) | The freelance cameraman who contracted Ebola and is recovering, Ashoka Mukpo, tweeted his “endless gratitude for the good vibes.” (NBC News) | Ebola-related: The New York Post fronts the Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola — and her dog. (New York Post) | Bentley “is being held in isolation and watched closely, but it is unlikely that he will have to be euthanized, Dallas city officials said.” (Mashable)


  3. Christie and Clinton overkill? Since Jan. 1, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was been the most-mentioned potential Republican presidential contender, according to a LexisNexis search of 15 top newspapers, with Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul not far behind. Hillary Clinton, of course, is the most-referenced Democrat — and it’s not close at all. “Overall, more stories have talked about potential GOP candidates (202) than Democratic ones (115).” (Pew Research Center)
  4. Kushner no longer OC Register’s publisher: New publisher and CEO Richard Mirman takes over for the beleaguered Aaron Kushner, who remains CEO of Freedom Communications, which owns the newspaper. Mirman is an investor in the Register. (Orange County Register) | Previously: The Los Angeles Register closed last month after just five months of operation (Poynter), and the Register reportedly owes the Los Angeles Times $3.5 million in distribution fees. (OC Weekly)
  5. Rift between Guardian and NYT? When The Guardian’s hard drives were being smashed by British authorities in 2013, the newspaper arranged for The New York Times to share and protect some of its Snowden documents. But now, Lloyd Grove reports, some Times editors are frustrated with The Guardian’s “total control over the Snowden cache, including how and when it can be used to develop, pursue and publish investigations.” Counters Times executive editor Dean Baquet: “I don’t feel held captive by The Guardian, because I wouldn’t have access to these particular documents without The Guardian.” (The Daily Beast)
  6. White House’s Secret Service spin: “White House reporters are often too swamped to fully check out every assertion made by the White House’s press operation, and in this case officials seized on a phrase that is in the report. The report is rather complicated and someone reading quickly might not catch the nuance that this was not actually a finding, but merely a claim made by, among others, by the very person whose credibility is questioned throughout the report.” (Washington Post)
  7. BBC looks at “hybrid” broadcast-Internet radio on phones: “Nearly two thirds of the mobile phone owners surveyed found the idea of hybrid radio appealing and said it could be a deciding factor when faced with a choice between phones with similar specs.” (BBC)
  8. Not front page of the day: A story on A1 of some editions of The New York Times today is missing a byline and lede.


  9. Front page of the day, curated by Kristen Hare: Times-Journal of Fort Payne, Alabama, with a very not-lifesize picture of Ebola (Courtesy the Newseum).
  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Betsy Woodruff will be a politics writer for Slate. She’s currently a politics writer at the Washington Examiner. ‏(@woodruffbets) | Carlos Lozada will be a nonfiction book critic at The Washington Post. Previously, he edited Outlook there. (Washington Post) | Josef Federman is now Jerusalem bureau chief for The Associated Press. Previously, he was a news editor at the AP. (AP) | Chris Carter is now digital services sales director for The Alliance for Audited Media. Previously, he was director of business development for DG Interactive. (AAM) | Job of the day: The Associated Press is looking for a photo editor. Get your résumés in! (AP) | Send Ben your job moves:

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