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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’

ESPN

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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After a month at Washington Post, John Keim leaves for ESPN

The Washington Post

On July 1, The Washington Post welcomed John Keim to the Washington Redskins beat. Monday morning, it announced he is leaving for ESPN.

It was fun while it lasted,” Keim writes in a farewell post.

The tough part is leaving behind a fantastic group at The Post. But ESPN made an offer that The Post couldn’t match. I might add, if there were two places I’d love to cover the Redskins these would be the top two places on my list – last year, this year, next year and forever. Both presented opportunities that played to my strengths. Both would qualify as dream positions.

Keim has covered the Redskins since 1994. He came to the Post from The Washington Examiner, which announced it would lay off most of its local reporters and shift its focus to national news and opinion earlier this year.… Read more

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ESPN bought Nate Silver’s domain

ESPN purchased the fivethirtyeight.com domain and URL, Michael Calderone reports.

 

ESPN officially announced Silver’s move from The New York Times Monday after the Times’ Brian Stelter reported it. When announcing his alliance with the Times in 2010, Silver wrote, “The partnership agreement, which is structured as a license, has a term of three years.”

Silver told Poynter in early 2011 that FiveThirtyEight’s traffic grew 40 percent after he moved the blog to the Times. The traffic benefit soon accrued to the Times — on Nov. 5, 20 percent of NYTimes.com visitors stopped at Silver’s blog, Marc Tracy reported.

Silver said on Twitter that ESPN’s Grantland is “a model for what new 538 will look like.” The publication will hire some people, he wrote in the tweet.… Read more

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