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Career Beat: HuffPost names Lilly Workneh Black Voices editor

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

  • Leigh Weingus is now trends editor at The Huffington Post. Previously, she was TV editor there. Carolyn Gregoire is now a senior writer for health and science at The Huffington Post. Previously, she was an editor at Healthy Hiving and The Third Metric there. Lilly Workneh is now Black Voices editor at The Huffington Post. Previously, she was lifestyle editor at thegrio.com (Email)
  • Rich Ross is president of the Discovery Channel. Previously, he was chief executive of Shine America (The New York Times)
  • Monique Chenault is now executive producer of “The Insider”. Previously, she was a senior producer at “Access Hollywood”. (Mediabistro)

Job of the day: BuzzFeed is looking for a news fellow. Get your résumés in! (BuzzFeed)

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Career Beat: Callie Schweitzer is editorial director for Time Inc., Time magazine

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

  • Callie Schweitzer has been named editorial director of audience strategy for Time Magazine and Time Inc. Previously, she was director of digital innovation at Time magazine. (Poynter)
  • Peter Lattman will be deputy business editor at The New York Times. Previously, he was media editor there. (The New York Times)
  • Paul Greenberg is chief executive officer at Nylon Media. Previously, he was CEO of CollegeHumor.com. (prnewswire.com)
  • Stefano Fusaro is now a sports anchor for WTVJ in Miami. Previously, he was sports director at KXLN in Houston. (TV Spy)
  • Roxane Gay is a columnist at Guardian U.S. She is the author of “An Untamed State” and “Bad Feminist”. Jeb Lund is a columnist at Guardian U.S. He has written for Rolling Stone, GQ and The New Republic. Trevor Timm is a columnist at Guardian U.S. He is executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. Steven Thrasher is a columnist at Guardian U.S. He is a contributing editor at BuzzFeed. Jess Zimmerman is a columnist at Guardian U.S. She is a technology essayist. (Email)

Job of the day: Euclid Media Group is looking for an editor-in-chief for the San Antonio Current. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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Career Beat: Rachel Zarrell named news editor at BuzzFeed News

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

  • Rachel Zarrell is now news editor at BuzzFeed News. Previously, she was a weekend editor there. (‏@rachelzarrell)
  • Ben Calhoun is now director of content and programming at WBEZ in Chicago. Previously, he was a producer for “This American Life.” (Robert Feder)
  • Ada Guerin is now creative director at The Wrap. Previously, she was design director and associate art director at The Hollywood Reporter. (The Wrap)
  • Jose Zamora is now on the board of directors of the Online News Association. He is director of strategic communications at Univision Network. (ONA)
  • Carla Zanoni will be global audience development director at The Wall Street Journal. Previously, she was director of social media and engagement at DNAinfo.com. (Carla Zanoni)
  • Tara Adiseshan is now a Knight-Mozilla fellow at The New York Times and The Washington Post. Previously, she worked on search design at Autodesk and conducted research focused on harvesting rainwater in India. Juan Elosua is now a Knight-Mozilla fellow at La Nacion. He is a telecommunications engineer and data journalist. Livia Labate is now a Knight-Mozilla fellow at NPR. Previously, she led Marriott’s digital standards and practices group. Linda Sandvik is now a Knight-Mozilla fellow at The Guardian. Previously, she worked in local government. Julia Smith is now a Knight-Mozilla fellow at the Center for Investigative Reporting. Previously, she was a designer and developer on news sites and mobile applications. Francis Tseng is now a Knight-Mozilla fellow at The New York Times and The Washington Post He currently teaches at the New School’s Design + Journalism program. (dansinker.com)
  • Jon Garinn is now medical editor of the Radiology Administration department at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Previously, he was managing editor of CURE Magazine. (email)

Job of the day: Politico is looking for a lobbying reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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Liberals and conservatives agree: You can’t trust BuzzFeed

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Nobody trusts BuzzFeed much: Pew’s new report on Political Polarization & Media Habits says “There is little overlap in the news sources” conservatives and liberals “turn to and trust.” The Wall Street Journal is trusted across ideological boundaries, and the BBC and The Economist do well among all but the most consistent conservatives, who say they equally trust and distrust those outlets. Only one publication is rated “More distrusted than trusted” regardless of respondents’ political outlook: BuzzFeed. It’s important to note, though, that fewer than 40 percent of respondents had heard of BuzzFeed. (Pew) | BuzzFeed EIC Ben Smith emails: “Most of the great news organizations have been around for decades, and trust is something you earn over time. Our organization is new, our news operation is even newer, and it’s early days for us. The more people know BuzzFeed News, especially young people who make up a small share of these surveys, the more they trust us.” | Brian Stelter: “Among other things, the study underscores Fox’s unique position in the media marketplace, thanks to what it calls the ‘strong allegiance’ that conservatives have to Fox.” (CNN)

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  2. Jill Abramson plans a startup with Steve Brill: Investors “sound very interested.” (The Wrap) | “Abramson and Carr now discussing their teenage pot smoking habits. Jill smoked by a fountain. David liked to play frisbee.” (@ylichterman)
  3. The Guardian committed no foul by reporting on Whisper: A ruling from Ryan Chittum. “It would have been a journalistic lapse for the paper not to have told readers what it had learned.” (CJR)
  4. How Gamergate intimidates publications: The loose collective of shrill gaming “advocates” has a five-step plan for flooding advertisers’ inboxes about reporters it doesn’t like. And the attacks can work. (WP) | “The D-List Right-Wingers Who’ve Turned Gamergate Into Their Loser Army” (Gawker)
  5. What happened between the NABJ and CNN? NABJ President Bob Butler says the network bailed on supporting NABJ’s 2015 convention, and CNN says it was merely “reconsidering our relationship.” The dustup lays bare a “core conflict in what NABJ — and other journalism-diversity groups, for that matter — does from day to day,” Erik Wemple writes. “On the one hand, it monitors how well newsrooms embrace diversity; on the other, it pitches those same newsrooms to ante up for convention space and other stuff.” (WP)
  6. Nielsen will measure TV viewership across devices: It’s partnering with Adobe, which “sits at the very center of video distribution system and can track views down to the IP level.” (Reuters)
  7. It’s not a good idea to stalk a reviewer: But Kathleen Hale did it anyway. (BuzzFeed)
  8. Rachel Maddow points viewers to some excellent music: The MSNBC host offers five songs for the midterms, including Fugazi’s “Bad Mouth” and Sleater-Kinney’s “Youth Decay.” (HuffPost)
  9. Front page of the day, curated by Kristen Hare: The Floyd County News & Tribune fronts a polka party at the Strassweg Auditorium in the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library in New Albany, Indiana. (Courtesy the Newseum.)

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  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: 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) | Send Ben your job moves: bmullin@poynter.org

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Career Beat: Janelle Nanos is editor of Beta Boston

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

  • Holly Gauntt is now news director for KDVR/KWGN in Denver. Previously, she was news director for KOMO in Seattle. Sarah Garza is interim news director for KOMO. Previously, she was assistant news director there. Nick McDermott is now executive producer at KTVA in Anchorage, Alaska. He has been a producer there. James Doughty is now communications director for a San Antonio city councilman. Previously, he was a reporter for KENS in San Antonio. (Rick Geevers)
  • Stacy-Marie Ishmael will head up editorial operations for BuzzFeed’s news app. Previously, she was vice president of communities at the Financial Times. (Nieman Lab)
  • Lindsey Bahr is now a film writer for The Associated Press. Previously, she was a correspondent for Entertainment Weekly. (AP)
  • Janelle Nanos is now editor of Beta Boston. Previously, she was a senior editor at Boston Magazine. (Muck Rack)
  • Matthew Schnipper is now a senior editor at GQ. Previously, he was editor-in-chief at Fader. (email)
  • Terry Savage is now a contributor at Tribune Content Agency. Previously, she was a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. (Robert Feder)

Job of the day: the AP is looking for a news research manager in New York. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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BuzzFeed names Dao Nguyen ‘a new type of Publisher’

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BuzzFeed has named Dao Nguyen as publisher, a new role for the company, Peter Kafka reported Tuesday for re/code.

Nguyen, who was previously BuzzFeed’s vice president of growth and data, will take on that role in a new way, Kafka reported.

Instead, Nguyen is heading up every part of the company that isn’t editorial, ads or video — “tech, product, data and everything related to our publishing platform,” (CEO Jonah) Peretti writes. That means she’ll now manage more than 100 people — about a sixth of BuzzFeed’s total headcount.

From Peretti’s memo:

Dao is a new type of Publisher. She isn’t the heir to a newspaper baron and she won’t be responsible for the business, selling ads or physical newsstand distribution. Instead, she’ll lead publishing for the social web, in the most modern sense, where data science, the CMS, technology, and a deep understanding of social networks, mobile devices, and digital video matter most. If publishing is “the activity of making information available to the general public,” then I’m confident Dao will become the very best publisher in a rapidly changing industry where technology and data science are the key to success. Dao has been a key player and innovator at BuzzFeed, and I’m so happy she’s accepted this role as the first Publisher of BuzzFeed.

Kafka includes the full memo from Peretti, which also names Ashley McCollum to chief of staff and Jamie Urso to chief of stuff. In October, I wrote about BuzzFeed’s efforts at increasing diversity on staff. I also wrote about BuzzFeed’s new investigative reporting fellowship for journalists of color. Nguyen is also in this story on media disruptors, as well as this Twitter list. Read more

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Myles Tanzer: ‘Not my decision’ to leave BuzzFeed

Myles Tanzer, the reporter who broke one of the biggest media stories of the year, has left BuzzFeed, apparently not of his own volition.

Tanzer, who obtained an exclusive copy of the groundbreaking New York Times Innovation Report, told Poynter he’s “still looking for a new gig” after leaving BuzzFeed, a move that was “not my decision”.

The Times innovation report has been chewed over by future-of-media-types since it leaked — Nieman Lab called it “one of the key documents of this media age,” and the Online News Association devoted a keynote session to the report at its annual conference.

Previously, Tanzer was weekend editor at Gawker.com and interned at Betabeat and Village Voice Media.

BuzzFeed spokesperson Catherine Bartosevich said the news organization is “looking forward to seeing what he does next.”

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated Tanzer was a weekend editor at Gawker Media. In fact, he was weekend editor at Gawker.com.


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Here are the media’s best 404 pages

Bloomberg Politics got some attention Monday after an enterprising reporter noticed that navigating to a broken page on the site reveals this animation of Joe Biden shooting lightning at a revolving “404″ symbol:
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That got me thinking: how do other news organizations handle the dreaded error message? To find out, I went to a lot of sites and broke a lot of links. Here’s what I found:

 

Billy Penn

If for some reason you stray across a broken page at local news startup Billy Penn, you’re greeted by an oil painting of William Penn, the site’s namesake, who delivers a gentle admonishment: “Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.”

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The Chicago Tribune

Break a link at The Chicago Tribune and a dapper fellow named “Colonel Tribune” appears and introduces himself as the “Web ambassador for chicagotribune.com.” He suggests you search the site’s topics pages before bidding you a fond farewell.

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Stars and Stripes

When you visit a broken page at the Stars and Stripes website, you get a mock-up of the newspaper’s front page, complete with “404″ paratroopers repelling down to fix the problem. There’s all sorts of little jokes buried on this page, too — look at the flag and the story to the right.

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Crux

The Boston Globe’s recently launched Catholic vertical features St. Anthony, the patron saint of the lost things. His prayer? “Grant that I may find the webpage which has been lost.”

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San Diego Union-Tribune

What a pastoral scene. Here, a copy of the San Diego U-T sits awash on a beach somewhere like a castaway, clearly lost.

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USA Today

USA Today’s “Entertain This” section features a picture of pop star Lionel Richie who sweet talks wayward viewers.

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The Huffington Post

HuffPost attempts to soothe our anger at arriving at a broken page by showing us a picture of an adorable dog. You can almost feel your rage melt away as you look into the pooch’s contented eyes.

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Motherboard

Motherboard, Vice’s future-of-technology vertical, makes up for the error with a purple horse galloping in a circle. Check it out. The screenshot doesn’t do this thing justice.

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Nieman Lab

Our fellow media watchers over at Harvard offer this picture of a Linotype machine along with a tongue-in-cheek heading. Journalists will sympathize.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Speaking of newspapers, here’s the Philadelphia Inquirer’s error page: A cartoon reminiscent of the Sunday funnies, with a man falling into a news rack.

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Vox.com

True to form, Vox.com offers us an explainer on the nuances of 404 pages in its distinctive yellow/blue/gray color scheme. Well played.

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Polygon

Vox Media’s video game vertical offers this fix for the 404 glitch: “pull out the URL and blow on it, and then slide it back into the browser (but not too far!) and wedge it in there with a second link. You’ll be good.”

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The Verge

The Verge’s error page is a parody listicle titled “404 Most Influential People In Oops” that asks us nicely not to freak out.

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BuzzFeed

And speaking of listicles, I’ll leave you with this. BuzzFeed’s 404 page looks completely normal, save for the disembodied head of a little girl peeking up at you from the bottom right corner. Weird.

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Want more error pages? Time.com and The Huffington Post have both made lists of their favorites.

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BuzzFeed wants to create a pipeline for investigative journalists of color

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In March, everything Mark Schoofs had been noticing about all the white guys in journalism came together in one place — the Pulitzers.

Schoofs, investigations and projects editor at BuzzFeed News, was on the jury for the investigative reporting category of the Pulitzer Prizes. He read about 80 entries.

“It was overwhelmingly white and, by the way, overwhelmingly male,” said Shoofs, (who himself is a white guy who has won a Pulitzer.) And he thinks he knows why.

“What happens, I believe, is that all of the forces in our society that limit opportunities for people of color accumulate the higher up the ladder you go,” he said in a phone interview. “Rightly or wrongly, investigative reporting is considered a plum job, so I think it’s whiter than ‘regular reporting.’”

On Thursday, BuzzFeed and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism announced a new fellowship to try and start changing that. Here’s the quick sketch:

– It’s a one-year investigative reporting fellowship for a journalist of color.
– You need at least five years experience.
– The position is based in New York.
– The fellow will work with Schoofs.
– He or she can audit classes at Columbia.
– The fellow will earn $85,000 “plus benefits and related expenses for one year,” according to the press release.

“It’s one attempt,” Schoofs said. “It’s not in any way a total solution, but it’s one attempt to deal with a very real and urgent problem.”

You should jump in this talent pool

The talent pool of young, ambitious, entry-level journalists is big, BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith said in a phone interview. But that’s not usually where great investigative journalists come from. They’re developed, often by editors who choose them for their reporting chops and tenacity. They’re groomed. They’re given time to develop and tell tough stories.

“You’re very, very dependent on personnel decisions by other organizations,” he said.

The result:

“Most of the investigative journalists are white, male and let’s just say that many of them are of a certain age,” said Sheila S. Coronel, academic dean, Toni Stabile Professor of Professional Practice and director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, in a phone interview.

Coronel worked with Schoofs “and he thought that there was something that we could do to help create a new generation of diverse investigative reporters.”

Basically, BuzzFeed is starting to create their own pool, Smith said, offering great reporters a shot that many newspapers in the industry can’t.

“When there isn’t a pipeline that we’re totally happy with, we’re committed to trying to help create one.”

On Wednesday, Smith wrote about the company’s commitment to diversity.

The person who gets the fellowship will also get to audit classes at Columbia, including a range of investigative courses on national security, using data across borders, health care, business, projects and courses across many platforms.

Since starting in 2006, 90 people have graduated from Columbia’s Stabile Center for Investigative Reporting, Coronel said.

“We hope we are seeding the ground in many places,” she said, “And BuzzFeed is one of those places.”

But don’t lead with your Klout score

“We’re not looking for people who are good at tweeting,” Smith said. “We’re looking for people who are good at writing stories that people want to share.”

A great investigative reporter is tenacious, he said. They’re patient, and they get what the difference is between the jobs of an investigative reporter and a private eye. They know what the story is and how to tell it, Smith said, “which is not a small thing.”

They’ll also get, if they haven’t already, that the way newspapers tell their investigations, often one Sunday at a time, isn’t how people consume media anymore, Smith said.

So is there a chance the person who gets this fellowship could end up staying on BuzzFeed’s team? They haven’t gotten there yet, he said.

“That’s really not what this is about.”

“Just apply,” Schoofs said. “If you think that this might be right for you, please send in an application. We want to hear from you.”

Part of the application (due Nov. 1,) includes pitching an idea and your sources. That idea can be about anything. This is not, however, an internship. The goal isn’t to BuzzFeed-ify a journalist and teach them how to turn a big story into a listicle, but to offer someone a chance that might not come up otherwise.

“If they would like to learn how to make GIFs, we will teach them how to make GIFs,” Smith said. “But that’s not the core of this.” Read more

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Who’s doing diversity well? BuzzFeed

On Wednesday, BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith publicly shared an email he sent to staff about diversity at BuzzFeed. It’s titled “What We’re Doing To Keep Building A Diverse Editorial Operation,” and it includes a definition of diversity, four reasons that it matters and five things editors should do when hiring.

BuzzFeed’s working definition of diversity is this: enough people of a particular group that no one person has to represent the supposed viewpoint of their group — whether ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, gender identity, socioeconomic background, or disability. And if the group is a small one we should never expect one person to be the “diverse” reporter or writer, or to speak for anyone other than themselves.

BuzzFeed has a fairly even mix between women and men, according to the letter, and it’s still pretty white. But journalists have noticed that they’re doing something about that. At a session on diversity at ONA14 in Chicago last week, I asked the panel which news organizations understood why diversity mattered and were showing that in their hiring and coverage.

Here’s what I heard from the panel, which included Justin Ellis from Nieman Lab; Danyel Smith from HRDCVR; Mekahlo Medina from NBC LA; and P. Kim Bui from First Look Media:

Bloomberg News
BuzzFeed
KPCC
The Toast
The Hairpin

All the sites were mentioned for various reasons, but BuzzFeed was talked about the most.

One more cool thing from the session — places to look for jobs and candidates. Here are two.

And the Journalism Diversity Project.

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