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AP journalist and translator killed in Gaza

Simone Camilli in Beit Lahiya on Monday. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. AP journalist and translator killed, photographer injured in Gaza: Simone Camilli and translator Ali Shehda Abu Afash “died Wednesday when Gaza police engineers were neutralizing unexploded ordnance in the Gaza town of Beit Lahiya left over from fighting between Israel and Islamic militants.” AP photographer Hatem Moussa was seriously injured in the explosion. (AP) | Moussa got AP’s “Beat of the Week” nod last month. (APME)
  2. Is there a second Snowden? James Bamford writes that he got “unrestricted access to [Edward Snowden's] cache of documents in various locations. And going through this archive using a sophisticated digital search tool, I could not find some of the documents that have made their way into public view, leading me to conclude that there must be a second leaker somewhere.” (Wired) | Related: What it’s like to do a photoshoot with Snowden.
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If you must unpublish, here’s how to maintain credibility

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Gawker notes that BuzzFeed has unpublished more than 4,000 articles recently, disappearing posts on the 8-year-old company’s website. Editors at news websites usually take articles down with great reluctance, because doing so undermines public confidence in your newsroom’s work. Why would anyone trust what you say today if you routinely take down pages that you can no longer stand behind?

RELATED: Fairness and credibility guidelines for unpublishing online content

Still, there are rare occasions when taking down a post is the best option. Here are some best practices:

  • Keep a blank page up, rather than making the entire URL disappear or redirecting to a homepage without note.
  • Leave the tags and searchable information, so folks can find what’s left behind and know for certain the information is no longer valid.
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Adam Serwer is BuzzFeed’s new national editor

Adam Serwer will become BuzzFeed’s new national editor. Serwer is currently a reporter at MSNBC and worked for Mother Jones before that.

Serwer will lead a small desk of “people whose beats kind of fall outside of the other things we have,” BuzzFeed Deputy Editor-in-Chief Shani Hilton said in a phone call. Serwer’s mandate is to do “stories that matter to our country,” Hilton said.

He’ll kick off his job working with Katie J.M. Baker and Jessica Testa, covering sexual assaults on campuses. Serwer’s beats will expand to include social justice, climate change “and criminal justice will be a part of it, too,” Hilton said.

RELATED: What’s the deal with BuzzFeed’s ‘slide’ things?

Serwer’s desk will have dedicated reporters — Hilton didn’t know how many yet — and staffers in other verticals, particularly BuzzFeed’s breaking news operation, will work through him to do stories like Mike Hayes’ “The Life and Last Days of Jordan Davis.”

Hilton said she expects Serwer to make the transition from reporter to editor well — he’s “that kind of annoying editor that makes your piece better,” she said of sharing stories with him as a friend.… Read more

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Career Beat: Maureen Dowd is a staff writer at NYT Magazine

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

  • Drew Schutte is now publisher of Details. Formerly, he was executive vice president and chief integration officer at Condé Nast. (Condé Nast)
  • Maureen Dowd is now a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine. She will keep her Sunday column for the Times. (New York Times)
  • Austin Beutner is now publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times. Formerly, he was rumored to be interested in buying the newspaper. (Poynter)
  • Claudia Milne is head of live TV at Bloomberg. Formerly, she was the deputy editor of World News America for the BBC. (@claudmilne)
  • Michael Shamberg and Jordan Peele will advise BuzzFeed Motion Pictures. Shamberg was executive producer for Django Unchained.
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18 reasons we must stop writing BuzzFeed articles in list form

It is time to stop. We must stop this! If you are writing about BuzzFeed, please consider not making a listicle in homage (or using a “BuzzFeed-y” headline).


 

  1. “The 16 Most BuzzFeed Facts of All Time” (Gawker, Aug. 19, 2014)
  2. “21 things you need to know about BuzzFeed’s success” (The Guardian, Aug. 11, 2014)
  3. “50 Million New Reasons BuzzFeed Wants to Take Its Content Far Beyond Lists” (The New York Times, Aug. 10, 2014)
  4. “4 Reasons Why BuzzFeed Makes You Click on Their Super Awesome Articles” (Scripted Blog, April 22, 2014)
  5. “5 Times BuzzFeed Hated Israel in 2014″ (Communities Digital News, April 6, 2014)
  6. “9 BuzzFeed Posts About Things You Missed In Clueless” (Gawker, March 7, 2014)
  7. “10 Reasons Why BuzzFeed Sucks” (The Crossover, Jan.
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Marc Andreessen: Watergate coverage helped bring about ‘collapse in trust of print news’

Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward. (AP Photo)

On Sunday, Marc Andreessen talked about press coverage of Watergate on his rollicking Twitter feed. Andreessen is a partner in the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, which has invested $50 million in BuzzFeed.

 

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Post-Dispatch reporter slugged during Michael Brown protests

Good morning. Liev Schreiber will reportedly play Marty Baron in a movie. I am tempted to end this roundup right now, but just in case you want to know more about the U.S. media landscape this morning, here are 10 more stories.

  1. Reporters who are covering the Michael Brown story in Ferguson, Missouri: Kristen Hare has started a list and compiled tweets from local media. (Poynter) | A St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter was “slugged from behind and helped away by police officers” Sunday in an area of Ferguson where looting occurred. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) | Monday’s Post-Dispatch front page: “Day of Protests”/”Night of Frenzy” (via Newseum)

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  2. Buncha moves at BuzzFeed: Concurrent with an announcement of $50 million funding from Andreessen Horowitz, the publisher will: 1) Split its news division into three groups, News, Buzz and Life (featuring a test kitchen); 2) launch BuzzFeed Motion Pictures, which will “focus on all moving images from a GIF to feature film”; 3) launch a division that will make content for platforms like Snapchat, Imgur and Vine.
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Tennessean will use data, not ‘the journalist’s gut,’ to make decisions

Good morning. Here are 10 (ha ha, OK, you got me, it’s more than 10) media stories.

  1. 21st Century Fox won’t pursue Time Warner: Rupert Murdoch sent a honcho-to-honcho email to Jeffrey L. Bewkes Tuesday afternoon, notifying the Time Warner chief he was withdrawing his previous offer. (NYT) | “Arguably, shareholders had scuttled” the deal already, Brian Stelter writes: “21st Century Fox shares had dropped nearly 10% since the initial bid for Time Warner earlier this summer.” (CNN) | “Long media nerd earnings day. Was going to be fun. But now… [sad trombone]” (@pkafka) | “One large Fox investor said the market is worried about Murdoch’s discipline when it comes to deal-making,” Cristina Alesci reported Tuesday morning. (CNN) | Time Warner revenue was up 3 percent in the second quarter of 2014 over the same period the year before.
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NYT will take pot questions at 4:20 today

Good morning. Here are 10 or so media stories.

  1. BuzzFeed fired Benny Johnson for plagiarism: “After carefully reviewing more than 500 of Benny’s posts, we have found 41 instances of sentences or phrases copied word for word from other sites,” BuzzFeed EIC Ben Smith wrote Friday night. (BuzzFeed) | Smith’s memo to staffers. (@brianstelter) | Johnson’s lifts offend “not only readers but Web journos everywhere who fiddle to no end with their copy to guarantee originality, who link neurotically to eliminate any suggestion of misappropriation, who close and reopen and close and reopen their posts before publishing to re-inspect this little thing or that little thing, and who finally hit ‘publish’ with a plume of palm sweat.” (The Washington Post) | The 34 sources from which Johnson lifted.
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BuzzFeed fires Benny Johnson for plagiarism

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BuzzFeed fired viral politics editor Benny Johnson after an investigation revealed “41 instances of sentences or phrases copied word for word from other sites“, BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith wrote in a note to readers Friday night.

“Benny is a friend, colleague and, at his best, a creative force, but we had no choice other than letting him go,” Smith wrote.… Read more

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