A myth debunked: minorities may now be consuming more local news than whites, not less

pew-graphicThe Pew Research Center surveyed more than 3,600 news consumers in three cities last summer with a cluster of surprising results reported today.

Top of that list: Minorities — African-Americans in Macon and Hispanics in metropolitan Denver — follow local news more intently than do whites.  Moreover they were twice as likely as whites to “feel they can have a big impact on the city.”

Past surveys, including Pew’s own, have found minorities less educated, less wealthy and slightly less avid news consumers.  But those findings were for news generally rather than local matters.

Amy Mitchell, lead author of the report and director of Pew Research’s journalism division, agreed with me that the result jumped out.  “The numbers are pretty striking there,” for both interest and impact, she said in a phone interview, a much wider gap than is typical in demographic comparisons of news consumption.

My reaction was that the pattern makes sense once you think about it.  Wouldn’t black residents of an economically challenged Southern city care more about schools, policing, local politics and job opportunities than about Netanyahu’s speech or the color of the dress?

“These are the questions of day-to-day life,” Mitchell said.  “People are looking for ‘what will impact me’” and care about what local government is doing on those issues.

The report comes with the caution that while the three cities (Sioux City, Iowa, was the third) were chosen for variety, the findings cannot be projected over the whole United States.

In Macon two-thirds of the city population is black. In Bibb County, of which Macon is part, the split is about 50-50.  So  minorities are not exactly a minority there.  Macon Telegraph editor Sherrie Marshall is African American. Pew found ethnic outlets were not a significant source of news in Macon.

But the pattern repeated in Denver where Hispanics are a little less than 20 percent of the metro’s population. There, 60 percent of Hispanics said that they followed local news closely compared to 43 percent of whites.  (In Macon, the split was 70 percent of African-Americans versus 43 percent of whites).

The Pew Research study, titled Local News in a Digital Age, also echoes a report last fall from the American Press Institute.  Contrary to received wisdom about the”digital divide,”  minorities are as likely as the white population to own smart-phones and use them to locate news.  So if anything, digital transformation, particularly social media options, may be making it easier to follow the news than in the days when newspapers and local TV were the only game going.

Some other highlights of the report:

*Citizens turn up as sources in many stories.  Some of the hottest topics, but not the majority of stories, generate a good deal of discussion on Facebook and Twitter.  But in all three cities, no more than 1 percent of stories — print or digital — had citizen bylines.  So the notion that in the digital era, news has become a dialogue rather than a lecture, remains to a degree unrealized.

*Local television, as in most such surveys, turned up as the top source for local news.  However Pew’s content analysis found that the majority of newscast stories were brief anchor-read items with no additional reporting.  Weather and sports were heavily represented.  Local dailies and other text-dominant media were much more likely to cover civic matters and to initiate coverage of a given topic.

*In sampling local digital sites, the report found non-journalistic entities were often among the most popular.  County government in Macon and the sites of Congressional representatives in both Macon and Sioux City had substantial followings.  They hosted a number of discussions of civic matters, even while originating no news reports beyond press releases.  The governmental sites were also a good source of data sets.

The report also includes what it calls an “exploratory, experimental” foray into measuring how Twitter and Facebook interface with local news in the three cities.  It describes the two as “new but limited parts of the local news system.” Specifically,

Analysis of public Facebook pages of news outlets, public figures, government departments and facilities, and civic groups finds that while a number of nontraditional providers compete with large legacy outlets in popularity, the stories they are covering are in many ways the same as those in other, more traditional platforms. The analysis also suggests that user comments focus on a minority of posts and tend to peter out after the first 24 hours of a post’s life.


The more public nature of Twitter compared with Facebook allows for a different kind of analysis focused more on the organic ways in which local news providers and residents use the platform….

Overall, the analysis found little discussion of the local news stories covered most by the local news providers. Instead, conversations tended to focus on content that would not be classified as news—such as conversations between local residents. When posts did relate to news and information, they were more often national in scope than local—and most often tended to be political in nature.

During the week of stories monitored in Macon, Pew did discover a robust discussion of a local band participating in a VH-1 contest that wasn’t covered by news media..

This study picks up some of the themes of a 2010 Pew report on local news outlets in Baltimore. That study’s main finding was that legacy outlets, especially the Baltimore Sun, were the source of most original reporting.  Other publications and sites were more likely to offered summary and commentary.

This research was broader and turned the focus (as have other recent Pew Research projects) away from providers and more toward consumers — what they want and where they get it.

Pew Research describes itself now as a “fact tank” and does not advocate for particular platforms or kinds of coverage.  I nonetheless asked Mitchell what advice she would give news organizations, legacy or newer digital alternatives, looking for actionable nuggets in the report.

“The first thing we see is that local news is very important — everything from land use to what new restaurants are open,” she said.  But even the small sample also “indicated clear differences between cities.” So providers need to know the particulars of what matters most to their communities.

I would add that the finding of high local news interest hits hard at newspaper organizations and others that are continuing to thin out their staff of editors and reporters.

Plus it is doubly regrettable that progress building minority presence in newsrooms has stalled out in light of this fresh demonstration of the potential high interest coverage of serious local matters has among that growing demographic. Read more


Fox News diversity program marks 10th year

Fox News Channel’s Ailes Apprentice Program has graduated its 10th class. The diversity initiative, launched by Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, provides four people a paid yearlong deep dive into Fox News’ operations. Vice President of Fox News Latino Francisco Cortes was a 21-year-old production assistant when he got the tap in 2003.

“I was thinking I was getting a call from the newsroom director because I did something wrong,” he said. Cortes, who had recently left the U.S. Army, called the program “boot camp for up and coming journalists.” He would learn about various departments and “the ABCs of the business” from company executives he said, and the year culminated in meeting Ailes.

“You’re not just given a certificate, given a pat on the back,” Cortes said. “You’re given continued mentorship after that, continued support from Mr. Ailes and his executive team.”(Cortes, a network executive, said he still refers to Ailes as “Mr.” – a habit he attributes to his military background.)



Bryan Llenas works as an on-air reporter for Fox News and an online reporter for Fox News Latino. He joined Fox in 2010 after graduating from the University of Miami and was selected for the program that fall. He appreciated the overview of the network operations but already knew he wanted to be a reporter, he said: “For me, it was less about figuring out what I wanted to do and more about learning from people who are already there.”

Ailes was very much a presence during his apprenticeship, Llenas said. They had lunch together and he attended many of the program’s events. “He knows your name, he knows where you’re at, he’s there at graduation,” he said.

The program brought in journalists from then corporate sibling The Wall Street Journal to address participants. They talked about things they were proud of, and things they wish they could redo.

“Look, I haven’t taken a normal track to be a reporter,” Llenas said. “In school, they tell you you should go to a local station. I took a chance and I came to this program and you learn, yeah, it is about taking chances. That was the biggest thing for me: There is no right path to the top.”



Llenas said the benefits don’t attend only to participants but are also a way to increase diversity at Fox News. “We bring in people that are talented to bring in other people in their networks,” he said. “This is a chance to really help other people get their foot in the door.”

Llenas also said the platforms the network provides him have given him the opportunity to tell stories that might not have made it on Fox otherwise, like one about Teresa Ortíz, a woman from El Salvador who explained why she entered the U.S. without legal permission.

“When you put a story like that on a platform like the Fox News channel, it gets amplified,” Llenas said. “This wasn’t a story that was put on in garbage time.”

Fox’s program is “One of the most successful and comprehensive apprenticeship initiatives I’ve observed,” Hugo Balta, the former president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, told Poynter. “The attention given to [participants] by seasoned professionals who answer their questions and guide them on the path to success is invaluable,” he said. “Alums are the true legacy of the APP; talented young people who have gone on to successful careers thanks in great part for having undergone through the experience.”

After he graduated, Cortes helped develop Fox News Latino, an opportunity he said he might not have gotten without going through the program. The program is “special to Fox News, it’s special to Mr. Ailes, it’s the reason it’s lasted 10 years.” Read more


That time Ben Bradlee thanked Richard Nixon

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Remembering Ben Bradlee on Twitter: Carlos Lozada, The Washington Post’s incoming nonfiction book critic, began tweeting passages from Ben Bradlee‘s memoir, “A Good Life,” after the former Post executive editor died Tuesday. (@CarlosLozadaWP) | 196 or so tweets later, here’s a selection: “It would be ungrateful of me not to pause here and acknowledge the role of Richard Milhouse Nixon in furthering my career.” (@CarlosLozadaWP) | “Make no mistake about it: there is only one thing an editor must have to be a good editor, and that is a good owner.” (@CarlosLozadaWP) | “When a job candidate came in with good clips but was soft spoken and reticent, #Bradlee’s verdict: ‘Ehhh. Nothing clanks when he walks.’” (@CarlosLozadaWP)
  2. More Bradlee: Here’s a long video interview he did with Poynter in 1986. (Poynter) | Don Graham: “I would like to tell you why we all loved Ben Bradlee so much — loved working for him, loved working with him — and why we felt he could make anything possible.” (WP) | Jill Abramson: “One of the sadnesses of my career is that I never worked for him.” (Time) | David Remnick: The “most overstated notion about Bradlee was the idea that he was an ideological man.” (The New Yorker) | David Carr: “By some estimations, including his own, his most enduring accomplishment had nothing to do with the Pentagon Papers or Watergate. … In 1969, he conjured Style, a hip, cheeky section of the newspaper that reflected the tumult of the times in a city where fashion and discourse were rived with a maddening sameness.” (NYT) | Mark Athitakis: “At the risk of being a pedant, WaPo has an ‘ironclad rule’ for obits that nobody dies of ‘natural causes’… but Ben Bradlee, the Post reports, died of ‘natural causes.’” (@mathitak) | Newsweek will run some of his articles for that magazine today. (@Newsweek) | OK, one more Lozada tweet: “In the Washington bureau of Newsweek, even one’s most beautiful prose was rewritten by some faceless bastard in New York.” (@CarlosLozadaWP)
  3. Brian Stelter vs. Rush Limbaugh vs. Brian Stelter: “If Limbaugh really thinks he knows what’s in the president’s head, if he really thinks people ‘at the highest levels of government’ believe in some diseased form of payback for slavery, he should defend this thinking — not hide behind a three-week-old sound bite from a CNN guest.” (CNN)
  4. Colorado county decides newspaper ruling was incorrect: Larimer County Clerk and Recorder Angela Myers reversed an order that said Colorado State University’s newspaper, The Rocky Mountain Collegian, couldn’t be placed near a polling place. (The Denver Post) | “‘It’s the law that you’re not supposed to have electioneering materials in that area, and I am the enforcer of that,’ Myers said.” (The Rocky Mountain Collegian)
  5. Maybe Edward Snowden’s biggest contribution to journalism: He insisted reporters in contact with him use encryption. “Snowden has now provided a highly visible example of how, in a very high-stakes situation, encryption can, at a minimum, create time and space for independent journalistic decision-making about what to publish and why,” Steve Coll writes. (The New Yorker)
  6. Why she left the news: “I’m tired of jockeying for position in a profession that never hesitates to finger ‘racists’ in public, but can’t see the very real racism in its own newsrooms,” Rebecca Carroll writes. (The New Republic)
  7. NBC News freelancer declared free of Ebola: Ashoka Mukpo announced he was in the clear on Twitter. (USA Today) | “be on the lookout for the Ebola Diaries blog coming soon. Will compile material from long-term reporter residents of Liberia” (@unkyoka)
  8. How the West might be won: The California Sunday Magazine’s plans for nailing down the left coast’s lean-back reading hours. (CJR)
  9. Front page of the day, curated by Kristen Hare: Bradlee on the Post’s front page: “An editor of legendary impact.”. (Courtesy the Newseum.)


  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Joe Weisenthal will host a TV show and develop a market-focused website for Bloomberg. He is executive editor at Business Insider. (Business Insider) | Ashkan Soltani will be chief technologist at the Federal Trade Commission. Previously, he was an independent privacy researcher who helped The Washington Post cover the National Security Agency. (WP) | Mick Greenwood is head of video at Time Inc. UK. Previously, he was managing editor of video at MSN. Richard Giddings is now head of mobile at Time Inc. UK. Previously, he was digital editions program manager there. (Time Inc.) | Job of the day: Vice News is looking for an associate producer. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves: bmullin@poynter.org

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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: bmullin@poynter.org

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BuzzFeed wants to create a pipeline for investigative journalists of color

BuzzFeed (submitted photo)

BuzzFeed (submitted photo)

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


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
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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Who will screw up 9/11 remembrances today?

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. 13 years later: Newspaper front pages from Sept. 11, 2001, extra and p.m. editions (Poynter) and from Sept. 12, 2001 (Poynter) | 9/11 is so freighted that the intentions of media outlets and brands often go awry. Sydney, Australia’s Daily Telegraph “tweeted an image of New York during the 9/11 attacks to accompany its story on Australia’s terror threat level.” (BuzzFeed) | Last year Esquire ran the headline “Making Your Morning Commute More Stylish” next to Richard Drew‘s photo of a man falling from a WTC tower, then told horrified readers to “Relax.” (Poynter) | And AT&T doinked a terrible tribute tweet. (WP)
  2. Disrupters disrupt disruption: Disruption! Vanity Fair saluted a “new breed of journo-entrepreneurs strike out on their own, cutting to the chase and influencing the masses without (much of) a filter.” They were all white, and mostly men. (Vanity Fair) | Disrupted! Kristen Hare suggested some more diverse additions to VF’s list. (Poynter) | Disrupters disrupted! Erik Wemple suggested that before hectoring other organizations for diversity, Poynter should look at its own leadership. (WP) | Disrupting disruption! “As a very preliminary step, if publications insisted on putting women and minorities on their stupid, arbitrary lists, it would elevate those entrepreneurs and founders. It might help break down the deep stereotypes that help to discourage women and minorities from becoming entrepreneurs in the first place.” (New York)
  3. The Ray Rice story is not going away: A law enforcement official says he sent the tape to the NFL in April. (AP) | A list of NFL players’ arrests on domestic violence charges, and the league’s weak responses. (Sidespin)
  4. Guardian offers membership, shed: Editor Alan Rusbridger Thursday announced a way to “a closer part of the community of journalists, readers and friends of an institution that has been around for well over 190 years”: Paying for a membership. One of the benefits: Events at the “Midland Goods Shed over the road from our offices, where we will host discussions, events and screenings, and provide an area for general relaxation for all.” (Guardian) | One of the membership levels costs nothing. Ken Doctor: “If The Guardian could move 1 percent of those 105 million unique visitors to even free registration, that’s one million known customers.” (Nieman)
  5. Good media criticism from Brewers’ manager: Ron Roenicke complains that reporters often ask a question, then write a story that omits the question, making it appear as if the idea initiated with him. “[W]hen there’s no question there, it appears I’m the one bringing it up,” Roenicke said. (Brew Beat)
  6. What it means when you say ISIL/ISIS/Islamic State: “This situation is moving so fast — the many explainers written about ISIS v. ISIL in June are already a few steps behind — and the Islamic State’s identity is changing so rapidly that it seems futile to treat acronyms as a magnifying glass,” Jaime Fuller writes. (WP)
  7. SpinMedia cuts staff, ends Vibe’s print edition: 19 jobs lost affecting mostly employees in print-related jobs. “If we’re not going to be putting together print pages anymore and designing print, we really don’t need those design platforms,” CEO Stephen Blackwell tells Peter Sterne. (Capital)
  8. Advice for political reporters: “1. Today Rarely Changes Everything.” (PBS MediaShift)
  9. Front page of the day, selected by Kristen Hare: A towering text treatment from Scottsboro, Alabama’s Daily Sentinel. (Courtesy the Newseum.)


  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Jay Carney is now a political commentator for CNN. He was the White House press secretary. (Poynter) | Timothy Noah will lead a pro-labor vertical at Politico. He has written for MSNBC and The New Republic. Brian Mahoney will be a reporter for the new vertical. Perviously, he covered federal courts for Law360. Elana Schor will be an energy reporter for Politico Pro. Previously, she was a reporter at Environment and Energy News. Kate Tummarello will be a technology reporter for Politico Pro. Previously, she was a staff writer at The Hill. Heather Caygle will cover transportation for Politico Pro. Previously, she covered transportation policy for Bloomberg. Emily Kopp is now a web producer for ProWeb. Previously, she was a senior editor at the Georgia Political Review. Cogan Schneier is a web producer for Politico Pro. She was digital news editor The Badger Herald. (Via email) | Michael Catalini will cover New Jersey politics for The Associated Press. Previously, he was a staff correspondent for the National Journal. (@mikecatalini) | Kelley Carter is now a senior entertainment editor at BuzzFeed. Previously, she was an entertainment editor for Ebony magazine. (@WesleyLowery) | Gordon Lubold will cover the U.S. military for Defense One. Previously, he was a national security reporter for Foreign Policy. Marcus Weisgerber will cover national security for Defense One. previously, he was a Pentagon correspondent for Defense News. (Email) | Hayes Brown will be a world editor at BuzzFeed. Previously, he was an editor at Think Progress. (‏@HayesBrown) | Isabelle Khurshudyan will cover high school sports for The Washington Post. She was an intern there. (The Washington Post) | Steven Sloan will be assistant managing editor of enterprise for CNN Politics. Previously, he was Politico’s Congress editor. Jedd Rosche will be morning breaking news editor for CNN Politics. Previously, he was deputy breaking news editor for Politico. Eric Bradner is a breaking news reporter for CNN Politics. Previously, he was a trade reporter for Politico Pro. (Via email) | Job of the day: Gannett is looking for national security reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves: bmullin@poynter.org

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Vanity Fair’s list of media disruptors is pretty white. Here are a few suggested additions

On Wednesday, Vanity Fair released a list of news disruptors, “this new breed of journo-entrepreneurs strike out on their own, cutting to the chase and influencing the masses without (much of) a filter.”

They’re defining disruptors in terms of entrepreneurship, but the list is pretty white and includes only two women. Here are a few suggested additions, including some people of color.

Anna Holmes: Holmes is the founder of Jezebel.com and now works as editor of digital voices and storytelling at Fusion. Here’s what Holmes told Re/code’s Peter Kafka about her move to Fusion:

The idea is to build the brand among that demographic. Which is not only younger than me, but also much more diverse than my generation. Which is really important to me. Because one of my frustrations for decades now has been that media didn’t reflect the world that I saw around me — the kind of ethnic diversity that is only becoming more prominent in the U.S.

Mark Luckie: Luckie is the manager of journalism and news at Twitter. He wrote “The Digital Journalist’s Handbook” and founded 10,000 words. Luckie is No. 58 on The Root’s list of 100 influencers.

He’s gone from helping news organizations like the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and Entertainment Weekly optimize their Web reach, to helping members of those same organizations more effectively use Twitter for the benefit of all.

Shani Hilton: Hilton is deputy editor-in-chief at BuzzFeed. In March, Hilton wrote on Medium about building a diverse newsroom.

The network — on both ends of the equation — is the problem. The journos of color and women aren’t networking with white dudes doing the hiring because it isn’t in their DNA. Call it the Twice as Hard Half as Good Paradox: Many of us are so busy working twice as hard and hoping to get noticed that we don’t do the networking that seems like bullshit but is actually a key part of career advancement.

Melissa Bell: VF’s list includes Bell’s coworker at Vox, Ezra Klein, but she’s there, too! In April, Bell spoke with The Guardian’s Ben Cardew.

“Great ideas come from many different sources,” she explains. “When you are building a new media company it is important to have a team that reflects the type of audience that we want to have.” How will Vox address this? Bell replies that chief among “a bunch of things” is making sure job postings are spread as widely as possible. “It is important to broaden our reach in talking about our company and what we are doing,” she adds.

Rafat Ali: Ali is the CEO and Founder of Skift and the founder of paidContent. In July, Ali spoke with Eric Jackson with Forbes.

I have a line I use a lot these days: we’ve built a brand, now we’re down to the hard task of building a business. This is very different than my previous company, where it started as a passion blog, then became my livelihood, then became a brand, and then scaled to the extent that it did into a company. With Skift, we raised money first, to build a trusted brand in travel information, to have the luxury of experimenting and finding the right market fit for us.

Ken Li: Li is the editor-in-chief of Re/code. From his bio:

Ken Li has covered the intersection of technology and media businesses since 1997, watching the boom, bust and the return of innovation from New York. He has worked as a reporter and editor at news organizations including Reuters, the Financial Times, The Industry Standard, TheStreet.com and the New York Daily News. As a reporter for Reuters, Ken co-founded the “MediaFile” blog.

Raju Narisetti: Narisetti is a senior vice president at NewsCorp. In May, Narisetti wrote for Nieman Lab about the Pulitzers and offered some ideas for changes.

Every year, Columbia publishes an updated edition that lists the winners and finalists with citations in a small, all-text, printed book that resembles the citations one would see listed at end of nonfiction books. It’s an understated, dull experience, and about as removed from the increasingly multimedia journalism that win the prizes as one can deliberately get.

Ben Huh: Huh is the CEO of cheezburger.com and cofounder of Circa. In March of last year, Dani Fankhauser wrote about Huh and Cheezburger for Mashable.

In the Internet’s “blog to riches” category, Ben Huh dominates. He purchased I Can Has Cheezburger from bloggers he met online in 2007. He turned the user-generated content site, most notably of cat pictures overlayed with misspelled text, into a network which now receives 375 million page views a month across its 50 sites. The most well-known of these sites include I Can Has Cheezburger, FAIL Blog, The Daily What, Memebase and Know Your Meme.

Who else would you include on this list? Email me at khare@poynter.org or tweet to me @kristenhare and I’ll add names to the list.

(I’m adding these as they come in. Here are a few.)

Nitasha Tiku: Tiku is co-editor of Valleywag, Gawker’s tech blog. In May, she wrote “How to get girls into coding,” for The New York Times.

Carlos Watson: Watson is the founder and CEO of OZY. Last September, Alyson Shontell wrote about him for Business Insider.

Wagatwe Wanjuki: Wanjuki is a feminist writer and blogger. In August, Stephanie Gilmore wrote about her for The Feminist Wire.

Dao Nguyen: Nguyen is the vice president of growth and data at BuzzFeed. In 2012, Joe Grimm wrote for Poynter about “What journalists can learn from BuzzFeed’s new ‘director of growth’”.

Andrew Quarrie: Quarrie is the founder and CEO of Jurnid.com, a publishing platform.

Andaiye Taylor: Taylor is the founder and editor of Brick City Live, a blog out of Newark.

On Wednesday, Annie Lowrey wrote “Why Disruptors Are Always White Guys” for New York Magazine. Lowrey included a paragraph of people she’d include. Here they are:

There’s Jane Pratt of xoJane; Ben Huh of Circa; Sharon Waxman of the Wrap; Sommer Mathis of CityLab; Mary Borkowski, Rachel Rosenfelt, Jennifer Bernstein, and Ayesha Siddiqi of the New Inquiry; Sarah Lacy of PandoDaily; Nitasha Tiku of Valleywag; Mallory Ortberg and Nicole Cliffe of the Toast; and Susan Glasser of Politico Magazine. That’s only off the top of my head.

Amanda Taub: Taub reports on human rights and foreign policy for Vox, and she’s a former human rights lawyer, according to her Twitter bio.

Jina Moore: Moore reports on women’s rights for BuzzFeed World (and she’s also on my list of reporters covering the Ebola outbreak.)

Sarah Kendzior: Kendzior is a columnist for Al Jazeera English (and she’s also on my list of journalists in St. Louis covering Ferguson.)

Angelo Izama: Izama is a Ugandan journalist and a Knight fellow.

TMS Ruge: Ruge is a Ugandan blogger and the founder of several projects, including Hive Colab, a tech incubator, according to his Web site.

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Police Shooting Missouri

Cop to reporter: ‘You’re going to be in my jail cell tonight’

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories. Maybe it’s not really 10. Let’s not dwell on specifics.

  1. Reporters arrested, assaulted in Ferguson: Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery and Huffington Post reporter Ryan J. Reilly were arrested Wednesday night while covering the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. (Poynter) | They were working in a McDonald’s when police ordered them to leave. Both started documenting the transaction on their phones. Lowery said one cop slammed him into a soda fountain after his bag slipped off his shoulder and he ducked down to get it; Reilly said a cop pushed him into a plate-glass window and “sarcastically apologized.” (HuffPost) | In his account of his arrest, Lowery writes that he told an arresting officer “This story’s going to get out there. It’s going to be on the front page of The Washington Post tomorrow.” The cop, Lowery reports, replied, “Yeah, well, you’re going to be in my jail cell tonight.” (WP) | Today’s Washington Post front page | Today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch front page | HuffPost splash: “BAGHDAD USA” | Front pages, as always, courtesy the Newseum.
  2. Other reporters say they were injured while on the job for this story: MSNBC reporter Trymaine Lee was tear-gassed while covering protests Wednesday. (@trymainelee) | Al Jazeera journalists got tear-gassed, too. (Vox) | The St. Louis American says cops pointed weapons at two of its reporters. (@StLouisAmerican) | NYT freelancer Whitney Curtis was reportedly hit by a rubber bullet Monday. (@PDPJ) | Antonio French, the St. Louis alderman who has provided citizen coverage of the protests through social media, was also arrested. (HuffPost) | You’ll hear people complaining today that “the media” is focusing too much on injuriries sustained by its own, or that Lowery and Reilly, as Dana Loesch trolled, “hijacked the light onto themselves.” | Such criticisms are easily dealt with. Elise Foley: “I love the accusations that @ryanjreilly and @WesleyLowery got themselves arrested to get attention BY SITTING IN A McDONALD’S.” (@elisefoley) | But as Lowery told the Post’s Mark Berman last night (in a story that has been, unfortunately, updated to exclude the quote), most people in Ferguson who “don’t have as many Twitter followers as I have” can’t call Jeff Bezos when they get arrested. (I’m paraphrasing because this fantastic quote is gone. Here’s my best account of it from last night.) (WP) | Or as Huffington Post reporter Jason Cherkis tweeted: “Makes you wonder what #Ferguson police do when they think no one is watching.” (@jasoncherkis)
  3. Meanwhile, Nate Silver remembered that time he ate a burrito in jail: Thanks for the update. (Gawker)
  4. Sally Quinn remembers Lauren Bacall: Through the lens of the time Bacall and Ben Bradlee disappeared into the dunes in Amagansett. “It was no consolation when Betty came over to me as we were leaving and confided in me that Ben was the only man who had ever reminded her of Bogey.” (WP)
  5. How to build a non-diverse newsroom: “The biggest factor that leads to a homogenous newsroom is an over-reliance of personal recommendations,” Judd Legum says. (BuzzFeed)
  6. Tough times at The Tennessean: “In off-the-record conversations — staffers would only talk anonymously for fear of jeopardizing their chances to get a job in the new newsroom — Tennessean personnel described the climate at 1100 Broadway as ‘horrific’ and ‘morose.’” (Nashville Scene)
  7. An update on Joseph Hosey: James Risen’s bid to get the DOJ off his back is getting lots of deserved attention, but Hosey, a Patch editor who obtained police reports on a grisly murder in Joliet, Ill., still faces jail and fines for refusing to name a source. (CJR) | From last year: A quick overview of the Hosey case. (Poynter)
  8. Plagiarism punished: Dylan Byers: “Vice Media has dismissed i-D writer Jack Borkett after he posted an item about Lauren Bacall that lifted the title and portions of text from a New York Magazine article.” (Politico)
  9. The Ann Arbor Chronicle brought in about $100,000 a year: “That was enough to pay the Chronicle’s expenses and to allow [Publisher Mary] Morgan and [Editor Dave] Askins to make a living, but if they wanted to bring on additional full-time help to ease their workload, Askins estimated that existing revenue would need to increase by four times to fund a full-time staff of five.” (Nieman)
  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Fiona McCann, Byron Beck, Cornelius Swart and Shelby Sebens have joined GoLocalPDX, a Portland news website that will launch later this month. McCann will be a senior editor at the site; she was an editor at Storyful. Beck will be the site’s features editor. He has written for a variety of publications in the Portland area, including The Oregonian and Willamette Week. Swart will be the site’s director of content. He was the founder and publisher of the Portland Sentinel. Sebens will be lead investigative journalist for GoLocalPDX. Formerly, she was a correspondent for Reuters. (GoLocalPDX) | Michele Promaulayko will be editor-in-chief of Yahoo Health. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of Women’s Health. Katie Brown will be editor-in-chief of Yahoo DIY Crafts Magazine. She was the host of “Katie Brown Workshop” on Create TV. Sarah Cristobal will be editor of Yahoo Style. Previously, she was the editor of V Magazine. She will be joined by Nick Axelrod, former editorial director of Into the Gloss and Andrea Oliveri, a celebrity bookings director. Both will be contributing editors. Bifen Xu will be special projects director for the site, focusing on photography. Formerly, she was a producer at W Magazine. (Yahoo) | Job of the day: The National Journal is looking for a reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves: bmullin@poynter.org.

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Yet another NYT digital tier?

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Another NYT subscription tier? Lucia Moses reports: “According to a survey sent to readers this week, the new offering would give users 30 articles a month for $8, over 45 percent lower than the current cheapest offering.” (Digiday) | The Times has also floated the prospect of a shorter print edition in a survey, Joe Pompeo reported last week. (Capital) | The launch of its most recent digital products “has been anything but smooth.” (Poynter) | Sam Kirkland shows you how to save money on your NYT sub. (Poynter)
  2. Edward Snowden to stay longer in Russia: He got a three-year residence permit, his lawyer says. He’ll be able to travel abroad. (RT)
  3. Crowdfunding campaign to buy Murdoch U.K. papers: A group called Let’s Own the News hopes to raise £100 million (about $168 million) to buy the Times of London and The Sunday Times. “And why should Murdoch sell?” Roy Greenslade asks. “Evidently, because he would like to take a step forward for our democracy and to rejuvenate his public image after the phone hacking scandal.” (The Guardian) | Meanwhile, back on Earth: Speaking in a conference call about 21st Century Fox’s fourth quarter results, honcho Rupert Murdoch said, “we have no plans to go out on the acquisition trail.” (Associated Press) | Fox’s revenue was up 17 percent in the quarter. (21st Century Fox) | Flashback: Remember the crowdfunding campaign to buy Tribune’s newspapers so the Koch brothers couldn’t? (Bloomberg)
  4. Gannett’s newest “newsroom of the future”: “Reporters will always gripe about their editors, but if you suggest to almost any of them that they are better off without one, they will laugh at you,” Steve Cavendish writes about the planned reductions coming to The Tennessean, which will eliminate some middle managers. (Nashville Scene) | Gannett last launched a “newsroom of the future” in 2006. (Poynter/Romenesko) | The other Gannett “beta” newsrooms planning to institute changes: The Asbury Park (New Jersey) Press, The Greenville (South Carolina) News, The Pensacola (Florida) News Journal, The Asheville (North Carolina) Citizen-Times. (Poynter)
  5. ABC, NBC swap executives: “Rachel Maddow Show” executive producer Bill Wolff will become executive producer of ABC’s “The View.” “In return for NBC letting Wolff break his current long-term deal with the Peacock Network,” Don Kaplan writes, “ABC has agreed to free ESPN’s top programmer, Jamie Horowitz, who now can join NBC as general manager of ‘Today.’” (NYDN)
  6. Jim Brady’s Philly site gets a new name: Au revoir, Brother.ly. Hello Billy Penn. (Capital) | Brady: “Some people asked whether the site was going to be only for ‘bros,’ and whether it would cover women as well. Honestly, we didn’t worry too much about that.” (Billy Penn) | “Our website sounds too manly. I KNOW! LET’S NAME IT AFTER A MAN INSTEAD!” (@tylrfishr)
  7. Minority journalism grads have a harder time finding jobs: The University of Georgia’s annual study of journalism and mass comm grads showed journalists of color were less likely than whites to find a job in their chosen field, Richard Prince reports. (Maynard Institute) | “In addition to a slight tightening of the job market, the survey shows that salaries and benefits have also stagnated.” (Pew) | Median starting salaries at consumer magazines fell sharply from last year’s survey. (Poynter) | “Reality: It’s based on 12-17 students” (@TWallack)
  8. Iranian media says Washington Post journalist is a spy: Among the “evidence” of Jason Rezaian‘s perfidy to appear in reports: He purportedly co-directed an Iranian “Happy” video and follows The Huffington Post on Twitter. “While the accusations in the articles against Rezaian appear far-fetched, they are a worrying sign that the cases could be used to further a domestic political issue.” (Al-Monitor) | Anthony Bourdain interviewed Rezaian and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, not long before they were arrested. (The Washington Post)
  9. 6 strategies publishers can use to make money off events: “The Chattanooga Times Free Press, a private company in Tennessee’s fourth-largest city, earned well into the seven digits off of just 12 events, making ‘direct events revenue’ 11 percent of its retail revenue.” (API)
  10. InStyle will reveal its September cover on Snapchat: Yep. (SocialTimes)
  11. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Bryan Rackleff will be creative director at Storyful. Previously, he was digital creative director at Comedy Central. (@raju) | Steven Kotok, chief executive of Dennis U.S., will leave the company. (Capital New York) | Tyson Evans, New York Times deputy editor of interactive news, and Jonathan Galinsky, a manager of strategy, will join the paper’s newsroom strategy team, according to a memo from Arthur Gregg Sulzberger. (Romenesko) | William Kole has been named New England news editor for the Associated Press. Previously, he was AP’s New England bureau chief. (AP) | Tom Berman will be Central region editor for the AP. He was most recently the acting editor for the region. (AP) | Job of the day: The Press of Atlantic City is looking for a news reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves: bmullin@poynter.org.

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