Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.
- Qaida affiliate says it will kill journalist
British-American photojournalist Luke Somers appeared in a video by an Al Qaida affiliate in Yemen. The video's "timing suggested a reaction to a rescue attempt on Nov. 25, a joint raid by American commandos and Yemeni troops on a cave in a remote part of Yemen, where Mr. Somers was believed to be held." (NYT)
- How Philadelphia mag staffer helped set off Bill Cosby's downfall
Philadelphia contributing editor Dan McQuade accompanied a friend with an extra ticket to a Hannibal Buress show in October and recorded a clip of the comedian calling Cosby a rapist. A BuzzFeed editor noticed his subsequent post, and the boulder that flattened Cosby's career and reputation gathered speed from there. McQuade "feels like all he did was shoot a video and write an easy blog post." (Billy Penn)
- Hire people who write shareable stuff
At a conference in Sydney, BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith said "publishers needed to distinguish between 'hiring young people who know how to tweet, versus journalists who write stuff that people want to tweet.