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FiveThirtyEight to relaunch March 17

Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight will relaunch March 17, ESPN President John Skipper announced Saturday at South by Southwest as he introduced Silver and Grantland’s Bill Simmons for a panel on personal media brands.

While talking about leaving The New York Times and deciding to partner with ESPN, Silver criticized old media brands for being “being slow on their feet and not having entrepreneurial spirit.” They have no concept of return on investment, he said.… Read more

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Joe Paterno, Mike McQueary, Matt McGloin

ESPN reports Mike McQueary was sexually assaulted, but says little else

In this photo taken Sept. 24, 2011, then-Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, left, talks with quarterback Matt McGloin (11) as assistant coach Mike McQueary listens on the sidelines during an NCAA college football game against Eastern Michigan in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Editor’s note: This column was revised and updated to include ESPN The Magazine Editor Chad Millman’s response to our emailed questions about the process behind the story.

ESPN The Magazine just published a long read about Mike McQueary, the man who witnessed Jerry Sandusky sexually assaulting a child in the Penn State locker room. The man who cost Joe Paterno his job and his legacy.

The story appears under the headline “The Whistleblower’s Last Stand” and describes widespread distrust of the former assistant coach and a life diminished since Sandusky’s indictment in the fall of 2011.… Read more

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After a weekend of uproar, an apology for Dr. V

Grantland

On Monday, Grantland editor-in-chief Bill Simmons apologized, and took the blame, for a Jan. 15 story that some praised, before many more tore it apart.

“Dr. V’s Magical Putter,” by Caleb Hannan, tells the story of a woman and her invention, the writer’s discovery that she was a transgender woman, and her October suicide.

(You can see the tides of reaction to the piece in this piece, which Paige Williams wrote Sunday for Nieman Storyboard.)

In his piece on Monday, Simmons explains Grantland’s publishing process.

We have a system. Everyone weighs in. I delegate as much as humanly possible and intervene only on the bigger decisions. Rarely, if ever, have we disagreed on actually posting a piece. You always just kind of know.

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ESPN shuffles sports, news leadership

Broadcasting & Cable | Capital New York | SportsBusiness Daily

ESPN shifted the responsibilities and titles of top sports and news executives in a consolidation of its programming and production operations, reports Broadcasting & Cable’s Tom Baysinger.

News Director Vince Doria plans to retire early next year and his responsibilities will move to Craig Bengtson, vice president/director of news. Doria will report to Rob King, SportsCenter and news senior vice president, who shifts from digital and print to oversee the SportsCenter and newsgathering operations. King is a member of Poynter’s National Advisory Board.… Read more
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Sporting News app takes aim at ESPN, but will compete with Flipboard, too

Digiday | Adweek

The latest incarnation of the Sporting News app enters the aggregation arena in a bid to distinguish itself from ESPN’s less open mobile products, Digiday reports. But does its play to be the “Flipboard of sports” stand a chance?… Read more

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ESPN wins duPont-Columbia award for football investigation

Columbia University

ESPN’s critical look at youth football “Outside the Lines: Youth Football Concerns” was among the winners of the 2014 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, which were announced Wednesday. From the awards list:

This important investigation added to the growing body of coverage about concussions and football with stories that graphically illustrated the problems and featured exclusive interviews with those involved in the controversies. ESPN’s reporting had an impact by identifying abuses and policy gaps as well as prompting an 18-month police investigation into corruption and gambling.

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Unique visitor traffic for ESPN from mobile devices exceeded that for desktops in September. (Depositphotos)

ESPN’s unique mobile visitors surpass desktop: ‘We’ve seen this coming for years’

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Mobile edged desktop 47.4 million to 46.1 million in unique visitors to ESPN in September, dealing the desktop site its first loss to long-time underdog mobile.

It’s a milestone already reached by Buzzfeed. BBC News saw majority mobile traffic for two days in July. And LinkedIn expects to get there next year.

Unique visitors isn’t a perfect metric for readership, and ESPN users still spent more time overall on the desktop site than on mobile. But the fact that the number of visitors to ESPN’s apps and mobile website now surpasses visitors to the desktop site helps validate the company’s belief in mobile, said Rob King, ESPN’s senior vice president for content, digital & print media, via phone.… Read more

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What the ESPN/Frontline breakup teaches us about investigative reporting

As we put the pieces together in this week’s ESPN/Frontline breakup, we’ve learned something about investigative journalism: it’s incredibly difficult for a news organization to hold its own partners accountable.

That may have been obvious. But for the 18 months I was the lead writer on the Poynter Review Project, which served as ESPN’s ombudsman, the brass in Bristol, Conn., insisted ESPN could do both.

We don’t surprise our partners, ESPN executives told me. But they always added that not surprising partners wasn’t the same as not investigating them, as ESPN and Frontline were doing with the NFL. And indeed, ESPN has amassed a remarkable body of work on the subject at hand, the long-term effects of concussions on professional football players.

But investigative reporting is more than just acknowledging harsh realities.… Read more

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Report: NFL pressured ESPN to drop documentary

The New York Times | Deadspin

A “combative meeting” between NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL Network President Steve Bornstein, ESPN President John Skipper and ESPN executive John Wildhack preceded ESPN’s decision to abandon an investigation into head injuries, James Andrew Miller reports.

During the meeting, Miller’s sources say, “league officials conveyed their displeasure with the direction of the documentary, which is expected to describe a narrative that has been captured in various news reports over the past decade: the league turning a blind eye to evidence that players were sustaining brain trauma on the field that could lead to profound, long-term cognitive disability.”

ESPN and PBS’ “Frontline” have been working on the documentary for 15 months, Miller writes. It will air on PBS in October.… Read more

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ESPN confirms it will hire bloggers to cover every NFL team

ESPN will hire bloggers to cover every NFL team, Rob King confirmed by phone Monday afternoon. “If you’re going to place a bet anywhere, place it on the NFL,” said King, ESPN’s senior vice president for content, digital & print media.

Jason McIntyre reported last June that ESPN planned the hires, but ESPN wouldn’t comment. Monday John Keim announced he was leaving The Washington Post to cover the Redskins for ESPN, and news broke earlier this month that Mike Wells had left the Indianapolis Star for the sports giant.

ESPN already has local sites that cover sports in New York, Chicago, Boston, Dallas and Los Angeles, as well as blogs that cover individual NFL conferences. “Everyone’s staying on,” said King, who is a member of Poynter’s National Advisory Board.… Read more

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