Journalists attacked and injured in Baltimore riots

At least eight journalists have been beaten or injured in the Baltimore riots this week — including several tonight.

A Baltimore Sun photo editor was attacked while taking photos.

A CNN journalist was also attacked tonight while live-streaming video coverage. CNN’s photojournalist Oliver Janney told me by direct message, “I have a broken nose and three stitches in my upper lip.”  He tweeted: 

I got jumped covering the Baltimore violence.

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Chris Christie not so available to the New Jersey press

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie answers questions from the traveling press as he arrives to have lunch at Tacos El Caminero in Mexico City, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie answers questions from the traveling press as he arrives to have lunch at Tacos El Caminero in Mexico City, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

New Jersey governor Chris Christie has failed to hold an open-ended press conference since November 12, mostly restricting his public presence to town hall meetings and prepackaged videos sent out by his media relations team, The Associated Press writer Jill Colvin reports.

“The access has just been minimal at best,” New Jersey Press Association executive director George White told The Associated Press.

Christie’s office responded that his numerous town hall meetings with constituents, as well as his monthly hour-long radio appearance on NJ 101.5 and interviews with individual reporters, prove that the governor is still accessible and answerable to the public. Read more


4 questions to keep in mind while reading Columbia University’s review of ‘A Rape On Campus’

On Sunday, Rolling Stone published Columbia Journalism School’s investigation into “A Rape On Campus,” the magazine’s November retelling of a gang-rape during a party at a University of Virginia fraternity house.

We know that the review, which was led by Columbia Journalism School dean Steve Coll, will be “long and damning“; that Sabrina Rubin Erdely, the author, is expected to apologize; that the magazine’s editors and fact-checkers will not be fired as a result of the article.

Here are four questions to keep in mind as you read the article:

What efforts were made to contact the accused?
In a Dec. 1 Washington Post story, Rolling Stone editor Sean Woods said the magazine did not talk to the alleged attackers because staffers “could not reach them.” But nonetheless, he was “satisfied that these guys exist and are real.”

Since the article was published, the fraternity whose house the assault allegedly took place in denied hosting a social event the evening of the alleged assault, and journalists have been unable to reach any man who supposedly lured Jackie to her assault. Read more

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Did National Geographic ban a CNN reporter “out of respect” for Bill O’Reilly?

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Tom Kludt, a media reporter with CNN who has covered the allegations that Bill O’Reilly fabricated stories about his past reporting, claimed today that he was denied a press credential to cover the premier of the Fox News host’s National Geographic documentary, “Killing Jesus.”

In a series of tweets this afternoon, Kludt claimed that he requested a press pass to be on the red carpet for tonight’s premier, but that a National Geographic publicist denied him the pass “out of respect” for O’Reilly, who co-wrote the book on which the documentary is based.

When Business Insider reached National Geographic spokesperson Chris Albert for comment, Albert issued a statement confirming that Kludt was denied a press pass, but only because press attention for the event was overwhelming, and CNN already had one news crew scheduled to attend the premier. Read more

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CNN’s spoof of ‘Too Many Cooks’ took a few weeks and a ‘demon sheep’

On Thursday, CNN Politics shared a video spoof of Adult Swim’s “Too Many Cooks,” swapping sitcom characters for 2016 presidential hopefuls. CNN shared the video on Facebook on Thursday night with a pretty accurate description: “This CNN Politics video gets weird fast. But then again, so do elections …”

You’re really going to have to watch two videos for any of this to make sense, and one of those videos is 11 minutes. (If you just want the quick version, Vox has a helpful explainer on Adult Swim’s “Too Many Cooks.” But seriously. Watch for yourself.)

The idea for the spoof came from a meeting at CNN where someone commented that there were a lot of cooks in the kitchen for 2016, said Zach Wolf, senior editor at CNN Politics Digital. 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.

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Career Beat: Cara Rubinsky named associate Europe editor at The AP

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

  • Cara Rubinsky is now associate Europe editor at The Associated Press. Previously, she was an assistant editor for the central United States there. (AP)
  • Brad Remington is now vice president and general manager at KMGH. Previously, he was executive news director at KTVK. (Scripps)
  • Chris Janz has been named CEO of HuffPost Australia. Previously, he was CEO of Allure Media. (The Newspaper Works)
  • Gabriel Torres is now a video journalist at KXTX. Previously, he was a video journalist at KTDO. (Media Moves)
  • Sarah Aarthun is now a senior assignment editor at CNN Digital. Previously, she was a supervising news editor there. Steve Goldberg is now a senior assignment editor at CNN Digital.
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James Warren will be Poynter’s chief media correspondent

James Warren (New York Daily News photo)

James Warren (New York Daily News photo)

James Warren will join Poynter’s digital team as chief media correspondent starting in April. Warren is currently the Washington bureau chief for the New York Daily News and a former managing editor and Washington bureau chief of the Chicago Tribune.

Warren was also a media columnist for the Tribune and a television analyst on MSNBC, Fox News, CNN and Al Jazeera America.

“Jim Warren will add personality and perspective to our already outstanding digital team,” said Poynter President Tim Franklin. “He brings with him a reporting background and contacts in three of the nation’s largest media markets — Washington, Chicago and New York — and he’s worked across media platforms in print, television and digital. Jim is someone who understands how the media business works, and he has the ability to bring original, unique insight to our coverage of the industry.”

In his new role, Warren will be the lead media news reporter for Poynter covering breaking news and writing in-depth stories on major issues. Read more


Pam Oliver: Sideline reporters should be journalists, not celebrities

(left to right) USA Today columnist Christine Brennan, ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth,  Pam Oliver of Fox and TNT,  Rachel Nichols of CNN and Turner Sports speak on a panel titled, “The Female Voice in Sports Media.” (Photo by Sean Su | Daily Northwestern)

(left to right) USA Today columnist Christine Brennan, ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth, Pam Oliver of Fox Sports and TNT, Rachel Nichols of CNN and Turner Sports speak on a panel titled, “The Female Voice in Sports Media.” (Photo by Sean Su | Daily Northwestern)

Pam Oliver knew she had a captive audience to deliver her message.

“The journalism has to matter,” Oliver said repeatedly at Northwestern Tuesday as part of the Medill School of Journalism’s “Beyond The Box Score” series.

She joined USA Today columnist Christine Brennan, Rachel Nichols of CNN and Turner Sports, and ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth on a panel titled, “The Female Voice in Sports Media.”

Oliver, who was Fox Sports’ top sideline reporter for the NFL for years, made headlines last year for her honest reaction to Fox moving her off that assignment and replacing her with the younger Erin Andrews. Read more


Mary Rezaian, mother of imprisoned Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, wrote for CNN about her desire for her son to receive a fair trial:

“Our family has been exceedingly patient during these seven months. We have been respectful of Iran, of its laws and its procedures. But our patience ran out some time ago, and it is difficult, nearly impossible, to maintain respect for a system under which someone who was born and raised American is being detained “as an Iranian” even as his rights under Iran’s own laws are being so flagrantly violated.

I am calling on Iranian Human Rights Minister Mohammad Javad Larijani, Javad Zarif, President Hassan Rouhani and the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to ensure that Jason’s rights are observed. Please review the evidence and release my son or ensure that he receives a fair trial immediately. It is long past time.”

Mary Rezaian

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