Dean Baquet

University of Georgia j-school rescinds invitation to Liberian journalist

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. University of Georgia panics, rescinds invitation to Liberian journalist: It canceled Wade C.L. Williams‘ invitation to speak Oct. 23. “It just became abundantly clear we had a risk scenario and a situation on our hands that was a little more sensitive issue,” Grady College dean Charles N. Davis tells Brad Schrade. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) | Williams: “A woman with a pleasant voice delicately told me that parents were panicking and the general public was against my coming to the university.” (FrontPageAfrica) | What sort of lecture was UGA planning? “Ebola in humans is spread only through direct contact with virus-laden bodily fluids, and is not as transmissible as such airborne viruses as influenza and measles.” (WP) | Related: Why Guardian journalist Monica Mark decided not to wear a hazmat suit while reporting on Ebola: “It’s really difficult to get someone to open up to when you’re wearing it.” (IBT)
  2. The ethics of the Guardian’s Whisper scoop: Was it OK for it to report on something it learned during a meeting about a potential partnership? (Re/code) | Whisper’s responses to Guardian story. (Scribd) | “Part of the problem with the Guardian‘s coverage, [Editor-in-Chief Neetzan] Zimmerman said — and that done by other media as well — is that it doesn’t distinguish between anonymity and privacy.” (Gigaom) | Sort-of related: Gawker Media mulls a Twitter policy. (Jim Romenesko)
  3. Virginian-Pilot shrinks its newsroom: About a quarter of its journalists are going, they learned Friday. “Those leaving include veterans in reporting, column writing, editing, photography and design,” Philip Walzer reports. “The company declined to publicly identify them.” (Virginian-Pilot)
  4. NYT public editor sees some progress: Margaret Sullivan looks back on her second year on the job and spies less false balance, more environment coverage, a commitment to staff diversity. “We’re not going to stop hiring — I don’t believe in hiring freezes,” Executive Editor Dean Baquet tells her. (NYT)
  5. William Luther Masingill dies at 92: The Chattanooga broadcaster “first sat down behind the radio microphone on December 31, 1940. He personally signed on WDEF Television in April of 1954, and over the decades, informed and entertained generations of listeners and viewers alike with a charm and grace unique to him alone.” (WDEF)
  6. What the Boston Herald hasn’t learned from its cartoon blunder: It won’t discuss its staff’s diversity. “In journalism, staff diversity isn’t just about soothing hurt feelings or avoiding embarrassment; it’s a journalistic value,” Eric Deggans writes. “Few quality newspapers would shrug off conditions where they published 10 factual errors a day. So its time to realize diversity is an important a tool for delivering accuracy and context to all kinds of coverage.” (NPR)
  7. Aaron Kushner says LAT is “spreading rumors about us”: The OC Register owner “emphasized last week that his papers remained on a path of success and said he stepped down as publisher of The Orange County Register — and brought in Richard Mirman, a former executive at Harrah’s Entertainment, as interim publisher — because he had too many jobs to handle.” (NYT)
  8. Rewrite that sentence! Book blurb in NYT marries Ann Patchett to her dog. (NYT) | “Sparky’s great, but they’re just friends.” (@GilbertLiz)
  9. Front page of the day, not curated by Kristen Hare: An insta-classic New York Daily News swipe at Donald Trump: “Trumpty Dumpty.” (Courtesy Newseum)


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

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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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The ‘One-Page Magazine’ is toast

mediawiremorningGood morning from Chicago, where the Poynter dot org crew is attending the 2014 Online News Association Conference. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. ESPN benches Bill Simmons: The talking head and Grantland boss said on a podcast that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was a “liar” and “has no integrity whatsoever.” ESPN has removed the podcast. (NYT) | Richard Deitsch: “ESPN management is looking to become more decisive with suspensions when its employees go off the rails.” (SI)
  2. Forbes zaps contributor after stupid article: Bill Frezza‘s article “Drunk Female Guests Are the Gravest Threat To Fraternities” “was removed from almost immediately after he published it,” a Forbes spox tells Philip Caulfield. “Mr. Frezza is no longer a contributor to” Frezza: “I stand by every word I wrote.” (NYDN) | Jessica Roy: “Only when we tackle the menace of drunk girls, who are absolutely getting themselves drunk while the sober brothers lock themselves in their rooms and study, can the fraternity system be restored to its rightful glory.” (NY Mag)
  3. NPR kills Robert Krulwich’s blog: “I can’t pretend. I’m sorry to have to move on.” (NPR) | NPR’s statement to Poynter’s Ben Mullin: “As [Radiolab] has grown, it has consumed a larger share of [Krulwich's] time. … Robert expects to continue his signature work for WNYC, including hosting Radiolab which is heard by millions on public radio stations across the country.”
  4. What went wrong at The Wire? Former editor Gabriel Snyder says he “always considered The Wire a great success story,” Justin Ellis reports. “I’m sorry to see the leadership of The Atlantic didn’t see it that way.” (Nieman)
  5. The Ethicist abides: But the “One-Page Magazine” and “Who Made That” are toast as new New York Times Magazine editor Jake Silverstein cleans “up the book in anticipation of the redesign,” Joe Pompeo reports. (Capital)
  6. Weisberg v. Blappo: Slate Group honcho Jacob Weisberg called @blippoblappo and @crushingbort‘s most recent docket of charges against Fareed Zakaria “silly.” In response, they put a 1998 Zakaria column for Slate under their microscope. (Our Bad Media) | Weisberg retweeted Jesse Eisinger: “.@jacobwe is right & @blippoblappo is wrong on this new Fareed Zakaria plagiarism accusation. Also: it’s trivial.” (@eisingerj) | A little further down in Eisinger’s responses: “Generally, I think plagiarism is a low order journalism crime.”
  7. After Stanley/Rhimes affair, reflections: “Are critics – some of whom are big-name stars – subject to rigorous and questioning editing, or is there a hands-off approach?” NYT Public Editor Margaret Sullivan writes. Executive Editor Dean Baquet tells her diversity is “an issue and we need to work on it.” (NYT) | Baquet reorged the Times’ masthead yesterday, eliminating the position of managing editor and elevating four people to “deputy executive editor.” (NYT) | Baquet’s memo to staff. (Poynter)
  8. It’s not too late to vote for salvo! Poynter dot org yesterday settled on a list of words that are often written, never spoken. Please vote for one to ban forever. Ballyhoo is currently winning; results later today. (Poynter)
  9. Front page of the day, curated by Kristen Hare: Via David Shedden‘s media-history post this morning, the Sept. 25, 1690, front of Publick Occurrences Both Forreign and Domestick.


  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Susan Chira is now a deputy executive editor at The New York Times. Previously, she was an assistant managing editor there. Janet Elder is now a deputy executive editor at The New York Times. Previously, she was a deputy managing editor there. Matt Purdy is now a deputy executive editor at The New York Times. He was an assistant managing editor there. Ian Fisher is now a deputy executive editor at The New York Times. Previously, he was an assistant managing editor there. Steve Duenes is now an assistant editor at the New York Times. Previously, he was graphics director there. Clifford Levy is an associate editor at the New York Times. He is the head of NYT Now. Alexandra MacCallum is now an assistant editor at The New York Times. Previously, she was an assistant managing editor there. Tom Bodkin is now creative director at The New York Times. Previously, he was a deputy managing editor there. Joe Kahn will be assistant editor for international at The New York Times. Previously, he was foreign editor there. (The New York Times) | Bill Mulvihill is now associate publisher at The Atlantic. Previously, he was national advertising director for Vanity Fair. (Email) | Roxanna Sherwood is now executive producer of “Nightline.” Previously, she was a senior producer on “20/20.” (TV Newser) | Job of the day:The Charleston Daily Mail is looking for a statehouse reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves:

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Baquet changes NYT masthead: ‘our newsroom must be more nimble’

The New York Times

New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet made changes to the publication’s masthead today, promoting four people to the post of deputy executive editor and eliminating the position of managing editor.

Susan Chira will be in charge of the news report, Ravi Somaiya reports. Janet Elder “will manage talent, operations and budget.” Matt Purdy will run investigations and enterprise. Ian Fisher’s in charge of digital operations. Tom Bodkin is creative director. And three other editors got promotions: Joseph Kahn is assistant editor for international; Steve Duenes is assistant editor, and NYT Now editor Clifford J. Levy is an associate editor.

Joe Pompeo reported these changes were coming last Thursday.

Here’s Baquet’s note to staff:

As I thought about the kind of leadership The New York Times will need in these next crucial two or three years —as we grow our digital muscles while maintaining our commitment to the majesty of print — it became clear that our traditional masthead structure no longer works. We have too much work to do to have all the decisions made by a couple of editors in a corner office. Our goals are to get more readers, to continue to stretch the boundaries of story-telling in a mobile world that allows us to do things we never imagined, to take on ever larger targets with our investigative reporting, and to expand our ability to cover a world in turmoil.

To lead that effort I’ve decided to appoint five editors who have already proven they can run stories that take on big institutions, who have covered a world of war, and proven they can lead with humanity.

I’m retiring the Managing Editor title in favor of four deputy executive editors who are as excited about the future as I am, and I’m giving Tom Bodkin the title of Creative Director to acknowledge the broad role he plays in the newsroom and the whole company. Together this team will draw on what we have that none of our competitors can match —- the depth and quality of our journalism, from on-the-ground reporting in the middle of the Ebola crisis, to the most sophisticated analysis from Wall Street, to brilliant insight into the world of art.

SUSAN CHIRA will lead the news report on all platforms. Alissa Rubin said there was no one better on the phone in a time of crisis. Susan was a historic foreign editor, who led coverage of two wars, the Arab Spring, the Japanese nuclear catastrophe and a host of other upheavals. She has proven herself a relentless competitor. She has worked on virtually every desk. And she is a tireless advocate for ambitious news coverage that distinguishes The Times. Susan’s primary job will be to think about the daily report, on the web and in print, and along with the other deputies, to work with me on the kind of longer-term strategic news decisions that will guide coverage into the future.

JANET ELDER will manage the talent, operations and budget of the newsroom. Speaking of Alissa Rubin, Janet Elder led a military-style campaign that swept her off a mountaintop in Iraq. That’s one good example of just how Janet has created a central role in all aspects of the newsroom, always with honesty and always with an eye on the values of The Times. She has taken on the hardest jobs, working closely with the business side while serving as an advisory member of the executive committee that oversees the whole company. Janet ran our polling unit for many years, making it the best in the business.

MATT PURDY will run investigations and enterprise coverage. What has distinguished The Times is its ability to do the biggest public-service journalism, and no editor has pushed that agenda with more force and imagination than Matt. Matt has always compelled us to think big, to seek out the largest subjects worthy of the might of The Times. His staff has dug into Walmart’s corrupt activities in Mexico, food safety, terrorism, and the machinations of local and national politicians. His job will be to shepherd our most ambitious work. Big enterprise should go through Matt’s office. But he will also stay on top of the news report, looking for ways to help shape larger off-the-news enterprise.

IAN FISHER will oversee digital operations. Ian is the essence of The Times journalist. He started as a clerk under the tutelage of Bob McFadden and John Kifner, and ended up in Iraq before and after the fall of Saddam Hussein. Before throwing himself into the digital world he was under fire in African wars. He is the best person to make sure the news ambitions and creativity of our digital offerings match those of our print edition.

That is a giant job for one person. And our digital operation remains a work in progress. But there is tremendous talent in our ranks, and I’m not averse to looking elsewhere if we need to. Expect many more changes in this area soonest.

In the meantime I’m promoting some strong editors to work with Ian to increase our digital intelligence. STEVE DUENES, our finest digital storyteller, will join the masthead as an Assistant Editor. Steve’s fingerprints have been on our most ambitious projects, and he has transformed that most traditional print department — graphics — into something else entirely.
CLIFFORD LEVY, a two-time Pulitzer winner and one of our most creative editors, will also be part of Ian’s team, as an Associate Editor, helping to craft a mobile strategy building off the journalistic success of NYTNow. He will also play a major role in thinking through The Times’s digital strategy in the years to come. With the addition of ALEXANDRA MacCALLUM, the first digital native to join our masthead, Arthur Gregg Sulzberger’s strategy group, and Sam Dolnick’s mobile group, we have the makings of a powerful digital editing team that can lead us into the future.

TOM BODKIN will be equal to the deputy editors, and will take the more appropriate title of Creative Director. He continues to play a large role on the business side as well, but I’ve also asked him to be a bigger part of the strategic life of the newsroom, to help us think hard about what a print Times should be in the digital age even as we all reimagine our digital report.
As we welcome some new names to the senior levels of the newsroom, we will be saying farewell to one of our finest leaders. LAWRENCE INGRASSIA, who led the business desk through the great financial crisis of 2008 while producing strong investigative reporting, has told me he would like to retire at the end of the year. I will say much more about Larry in a later note. But a couple of thoughts to get the ball rolling. Besides leading some of our best coverage, he brought a generation of young reporters to The Times who have made significant contributions to every aspect of our report. Most recently, he led the transformation of The International New York Times.

Beyond these changes, I am adding one more editor to the masthead. JOE KAHN will become an Assistant Editor for International. This is partly an acknowledgement that the traditional role of foreign editor has expanded dramatically. Joe oversees a vast foreign reporting staff, as well as The International New York Times and a large Chinese-language newsroom. He is also one of our finest editors, with a deep interest in the paper’s digital figure. But building an international audience is vital to our mission. While he will continue to run the desk, he will play a leading role in shaping that strategy.

So what am I trying to accomplish here?
The newsroom’s main job — and mine — is and always will be to cover the world and break big stories. But senior editors will have to be something more — strategic leaders in shaping the future of The New York Times. We have to play a bigger role in steering The Times through the forces that are reshaping our world. We need a masthead that allows good ideas and good stories to get a fast and decisive hearing, an operation that encourages big risks, and one where the route to my office will never be blocked.

In constructing this masthead I aimed to have it reflect the newsroom-wide values and functions that are important at this moment. Just as our business has been rapidly changing, our newsroom must be more nimble. Therefore I anticipate the masthead will be more fluid than in the past. This will be true for my term and, I expect, for that of future executive editors. Some people will be given masthead jobs so they can grow and get a broader view of The Times. I anticipate people moving on and off the masthead as our needs evolve, and it is important that these moves not be seen as measures of who is up and who is down, but rather as appointments aimed at keeping our journalism and our entire operation as vibrant as possible.

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3 Journalists killed while covering Ebola crisis

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Journalists killed while covering Ebola crisis: A delegation including government officials, doctors and journalists was attacked in a Guinean village Tuesday. Eight people were killed. (LAT) | Three journalists are among the dead. (Reuters) | “Many residents of rural villages have reacted with fear and panic when outsiders have come to conduct awareness campaigns and have even attacked health clinics.” (AP) | “How journalists covering the Ebola outbreak try to stay safe” (Poynter) | “While reporting on Ebola, the smell of chlorine ‘is one of the most comforting smells in the world’” (Poynter) | Kristen Hare‘s Twitter list of reporters covering the Ebola outbreak.
  2. Turkey tussles with the Times: The NYT published a correction on a Sept. 16 story about ISIS getting recruits from Turkey: “A picture with an earlier version of this article, which showed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu leaving a mosque in August, was published in error. Neither that mosque nor the president’s visit were related to the recruiting of ISIS fighters described in the article.” (NYT) | Erdogan has also fired back at credit-rating firms. “The sustained offensive begun by Erdogan against Moody’s, Fitch and the Times is partly due to Erdogan’s deeply rooted conviction that certain quarters in the Western world — particularly the influential financial ones — are committed to bring him down and to scuttle Turkey’s unstoppable ascent to be among the most powerful nations in the world.” (Al Monitor) | Dean Baquet: “Despite this published correction, some Turkish authorities and media outlets have mounted a coordinated campaign to intimidate and to impugn the motives of the reporter who wrote the story. She has been sent thousands of messages that threaten her safety. It is unacceptable for one of our journalists to be targeted in this way.” (NYT Co.)
  3. No victory: Scotland will remain part of the U.K. following last night’s independence referendum. | Philip Boucher Hayes, a journalist for RTE, was mugged while reporting in Niddrie, near Edinburgh. The thief took his recording equipment then charged him £200 to return it. (RTE) | Some early front pages. (Poynter) | How U.K. newspapers reported the vote. (The Guardian) | Media alert: My wife, who is from a slightly less sporting part of Edinburgh, took in the results from a D.C. bar and was interviewed by a couple of reporters for local outlets. Here she is on WNEW-FM.
  4. Obama less transparent than Bush, says AP D.C. bureau chief: “The (Obama) administration is significantly worse than previous administrations,” Sally Buzbee said at ASNE-APME. (AP)
  5. Trouble at the Tampa Bay Times: The newspaper, which Poynter owns, cut staff pay 5 percent. CEO Paul Tash’s letter strongly hints layoffs may follow if it doesn’t get enough voluntary resignations. “If you are uncertain about your standing with the Times, this is a good time for a frank conversation with your supervisor,” Tash writes. “If this long, difficult stretch has tested your commitment to the Times or the newspaper business, this is a good time to consider your options.” (Poynter) | It also sold the Tramor Cafeteria, a nonworking restaurant where employees used to bring bag lunches. (Tampa Bay Times) | In the comments, Jim Romenesko predicts Poynter will “eventually merge with American Press Institute, which merged with the Newspaper Association of America Foundation in 2012.” (Romenesko)
  6. Fewer broadcasters use the word “Redskins”: In the first two weeks of the 2013 football season, “‘Redskins’ was said 186 times and ‘Washington’ was said 156 times. In 2014, ‘Redskins’ was said 67 times and “Washington” was said 169 times.” (Deadspin) | Tara Huber, a high-school adviser in Pennsylvania, was suspended, as was school newspaper editor Gillian McGoldrick, after the paper refused to use the term. (SPLC, via Poynter) | My running list of outlets and journalists that won’t use the term. (Poynter)
  7. AFP won’t use freelancers in Syria: “Freelancers have paid a high price in the Syrian conflict,” Michèle Léridon writes. “High enough. We will not encourage people to take that kind of risk.” (AFP) | AP photography director Santiago Lyon: Media orgs must ask whether they’re employing journalists or “thrill seekers.” (AP)
  8. A new boss at The Fader: Naomi Zeichner leaves BuzzFeed for the music publication. (Capital) |
  9. How Politico knows Susan Glasser is on board: Unlike Rick Berke, she writes the publication’s name in all caps. “Glasser mentioned ‘POLITICO’ 16 times in her Thursday memo to staff and even expanded upon the news organization’s “win the morning” mantra by writing that Politico should aim to win the “afternoon and evening too with smart, authoritative, impactful, independent and original journalism.” (HuffPost)
  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Kirstine Stewart is now vice president of North America media partnerships at Twitter. Previously, she was head of Twitter’s presence in Canada. (Recode) | George Rodrigue is now assistant news director at WFAA in Dallas. Previously, he was managing editor at The Dallas Morning News. (Romenesko) | Keith Jenkins is now general manager at National Geographic Digital. Previously, he was National Geographic’s director of digital photography and executive editor for digital content. (National Geographic) | Julianne Escobedo Shepherd will be culture editor at Jezebel. She is an instructor at Tisch School of the Arts and a contributor to Rookie. Jia Tolentino is now features editor at Jezebel. Previously, she was a contributing editor at The Hairpin. Clover Hope is now a staff writer at Jezebel. Previously, she was a deputy editor at Vibe. (Jezebel) | Robert Jordan is now a journalist-in-residence at the University of Chicago. He is a reporter and anchor at WGN in Chicago. (Robert Feder) | Sam Schlinkert will be associate social media editor at BuzzFeed. Previously, he was deputy social media editor at The Daily Beast. (@sts10) | Job of the day: The Idaho Mountain Express is looking for an arts and events editor. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves:

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Susan Glasser

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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Dean Baquet

Dean Baquet has malignant tumor removed

The New York Times

New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet “had a malignant tumor removed from his kidney on Saturday and will spend about a week away from the office while recovering,” Ravi Somaiya reports in the Times.

Doctors discovered the tumor on Thursday, Mr. Baquet said, and felt that it required “immediate attention.” He had “minimally invasive, completely successful surgery,” he said, “and my doctors have given me an excellent prognosis.”

Here’s the email Baquet sent to staff Monday: Read more


Dean Baquet is now ‘much more skeptical’ about government claims of harm

NPR | The Intercept

New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet told David Folkenflik it was “really painful” to lose the Edward Snowden scoops to The Guardian and The Washington Post. Snowden’s decision to take the documents to those outlets “was the bitter harvest of seeds sown by the Times almost a decade ago,” Folkenflik writes:

In the fall of 2004, just ahead of the November general elections, the Times’ news leadership spiked an exclusive from Washington correspondents James Risen and Eric Lichtblau, disclosing massive warrantless domestic eavesdropping by the NSA.

White House officials had warned that the results of such a story could be catastrophic.

The Times, in a decision led by then-Washington Bureau Chief Philip Taubman and then-Executive Editor Bill Keller, quashed the story, despite the objections of the two reporters, their editor Rebecca Corbett, and several of their colleagues.

“I am much, much, much more skeptical of the government’s entreaties not to publish today than I was ever before,” Baquet said.

Glenn Greenwald writes that the Snowden revelations occasioned a “desperately needed debate about journalism itself, and the proper relationship of journalists to those who wield political and economic power.” He’s encouraged by Baquet’s words, but wary.

“As is always the case, the stream of fear-mongering and alarmist warnings issued by the US Government to demonize a whistleblower proves to be false and without any basis, and the same is true for accusations made about the revelations themselves,” Greenwald writes. “But none of that has stopped countless US journalists from mindlessly citing each one of the latest evidence-free official claims as sacred fact.”

Greenwald notes Baquet once killed an NSA story, when he ran the Los Angeles Times. It was about “‘secret NSA rooms’ being installed at an AT&T switching center in San Francisco.”

Baquet “said that story proved overly technical and difficult to verify,” Folkenflik writes, and “he said the subsequent New York Times article on the same subject proved vague and was buried inside the paper.” Read more


Stop fetishizing nasty editors, Dean Baquet says


In an interview with NPR’s David Folkenflik, New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet says he never gave Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. an ultimatum about now-former Executive Editor Jill Abramson. He also talks a little bit about management style.

“I’m not commenting on Jill’s relationship with the newsroom or management style. I’ll let others do that,” Baquet said. “But one thing that people say is newspapers always have tough [leaders]. I mean I’ve seen many elegies to ‘the city editor who changed my life because he was really nasty to me for six months and it made me a better person.’ I think that’s nuts.”

He added, “I don’t think that leaders have to be or should be rough on their people. Leaders have to make tough decisions.”

Earlier this week, former (Greensboro, North Carolina) News & Record Editor John Robinson tweeted something along those lines, bouncing off a Jim Romenesko post about a tough editor.

He followed that tweet today:

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Vanity Fair: Baquet’s ‘ultimatum of sorts’ led to Abramson ouster

Vanity Fair

New York Times Co. CEO Mark Thompson, Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr and then Executive Editor Jill Abramson were all “actively recruiting” Guardian U.S. Editor-in-Chief Janine Gibson to a top digital role, Sulzberger says in an interview with Sarah Ellison in Vanity Fair.

Sulzberger calls the events around that hire “the wave.” Dean Baquet, then the newspaper’s managing editor, didn’t know Gibson “was being recruited for a job equal to his own,” she writes. At a lunch, “When Janine told Dean that she’d been offered the job of co-managing editor, he didn’t have a clue,” Sulzberger told Elllison. The story continues:

Baquet reportedly betrayed no irritation during his lunch with Gibson. But two days later, on Wednesday, May 7, he and Sulzberger had dinner. At that dinner, “I learned the severity of his feelings,” Sulzberger said, which I took to mean that Baquet gave Sulzberger an ultimatum of sorts. Baquet himself had earlier been offered a job at Bloomberg News. Now, Sulzberger worried that Baquet might leave. “At that point, we risked losing Dean, and we risked losing more than Dean,” Sulzberger said. “It would have been a flood, and a flood of some of our best digital people.” Sulzberger went into the office the next day and relayed to Abramson that his meeting with Baquet had not gone well. He gave himself 24 hours to make sure he was doing the right thing, he said. Then he offered the executive-editor job to Baquet. On Friday, May 9, he told Abramson it was time to make a change. The announcement was made five days later, on Wednesday, May 14.

Related: Times management “runs for the hills” when asked for specifics about Abramson firing (The Washington Post) Read more


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