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Huffington Post names Spotify exec new CEO

Wall Street Journal

Huffington Post on Thursday named a former executive within its corporate ranks, who also does Ironman triathalons, as new chief executive.

Jared Grusd comes from Spotify, where he has been the global head of corporate development and general counsel. He’d been a top strategic and business development official at AOL and was part of the team that bought Huffington Post in 2011.

AOL itself was acquired by Verizon in June for $4.4 billion. The jury will remain out for quite a period on how good a match that proves to be, with much initial speculation that the telecommunications giant didn’t have much strategic longterm interest in Huffington Post.

Arianna Huffington was on vacation in her native Greece — she’s presumably in better financial shape than the nation’s own treasury — but dispatched this memo to staff with her characteristic bonhomie:

HuffPosters,

I’m thrilled to announce that Jared Grusd will be joining HuffPost as our new CEO.

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Huffington Post stoutly defends Trump coverage decision

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference, Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Oskaloosa, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference, Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Oskaloosa, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Early in a marathon presidential campaign, Donald Trump is an unforeseen force that has caught a suspicious media by surprise. And no outlet is more notable than Huffington Post, which announced it would treat him as essentially an entertainment story, or at least classifying as “Entertainment” its coverage of his campaign. As Poynter discovered, it hasn’t really diminished the amount of Trump coverage on the site.

There have always been different sets of rules for covering presidential candidates, especially in large fields. The press routinely exhibits benign neglect for those it considers long-shots, or not especially serious, aspirants for the White House. But Huffington Post is taking a different tack despite the fact that he’s showing well in early polling. Read more

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Making partnerships work: How a team of 50+ international reporters investigated and exposed the World Bank

Michael Hudson, a senior editor with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, was project editor for ICIJ’s World Bank investigation.

At a military camp in a violence-stained region of Central America, a Honduran Army officer informed Sasha Chavkin that he knew the reporter’s itinerary – where Chavkin was going and the people he planned to interview. When Chavkin asked how he had acquired this information, the colonel said simply: “Yo soy un militar.” (“I am a military man.”)

Justin Kipkorir displays some household items destroyed along with his home. Kipkorir said Kenyan forest rangers raided and destroyed the house weeks earlier. (Photo by Tony Karumba /  GroundTruth)

Justin Kipkorir displays some household items destroyed along with his home. Kipkorir said Kenyan forest rangers raided and destroyed the house weeks earlier.
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In Kenya’s western highlands, rifle-toting officers from the Kenya Forest Service confronted Anthony Langat and Jacob Kushner as the Nairobi-based reporters tried to interview indigenous peoples who claimed forest rangers had burned them out of their homes. Read more

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Career Beat: Nathan Brown named general manager of video at HuffPost Studios

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Nathan Brown is now general manager of video at HuffPost Studios. Previously, he was general manager of video and TV for Complex Media. Roy Sekoff is now president and chief creative officer of HuffPost Studios. Previously, he was president of HuffPost Live. (Email)
  • David Firestone will be managing editor of FiveThirtyEight. Previously, he was special projects editor of The New York Times editorial board. (Poynter)
  • Leon Wieseltier is now the Isaiah Berlin Senior Fellow in Culture and Policy at the Brookings Institution. Previously, he was literary editor of The New Republic. (Politico)
  • Rich Battista will be president of People and Entertainment Weekly. He is CEO of Mandalay Sports Media. (Time Inc.
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Career Beat: Lisa Arbetter named editor of StyleWatch

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Lisa Arbetter will be editor of StyleWatch. Previously, she was deputy editor of InStyle. (Time Inc.)
  • Jill Geisler has been named Loyola University’s Bill Plante Chair of Leadership and Media Integrity. She was a faculty member at Poynter for 16 years. (Poynter)
  • Anna Dickson will be deputy director of photography at The Wall Street Journal. Previously, she was photography director at The Huffington Post. (Mediabistro)
  • Eliot Pierce is now chief product officer at The New Republic. Previously, he was a consultant. (Poynter)

Job of the day: The Tampa Bay Times is looking for a general assignment reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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Press critic Jack Shafer to join Politico

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Jack Shafer, formerly a media critic for Slate and Reuters, will join Politico, according to a staff memo from Politico editor Susan Glasser.

At Politico, Shafer’s duties will include writing a regular column and reporting out longer pieces, according to the memo.

As we begin the quadrennial follies of a presidential election amid a wave of media disruption, Jack promises to be the indispensable guide to the political tumult, who always calls it like he sees it and whose sharp insights and razor observations come accompanied not only by deeply informed reporting – but also by a requisite sense of the long history underpinning all this narrative of American political journalism.

Shafer was most recently a media critic for Reuters, a job he was let go from in November. Read more

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Drama at The New Republic, in 11 headlines

Here’s what happened starting yesterday at The New Republic, and here are nine headlines we’ve seen since. (It was originally seven. I’m adding as we go here.)

Mashable:

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Huffington Post:

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New York:

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Muck Rack:

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Politico:

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Daily Beast:

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Gawker:

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Capital New York (via Media Pro newsletter, subscription required):

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Bloomberg:

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Mashable:

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The Nation:

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Here’s how news homepages showed the no indictment ruling in Eric Garner’s death

News broke on Wednesday afternoon that a grand jury in New York would not indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner. Here are screenshots of how the news appeared on the homepages of several news organizations, with links to their coverage:

The New York Post:

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CNN:

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Vox:

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The New York Times:

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BuzzFeed News:

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Gawker:

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Epoch Times:

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The Guardian:

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Yahoo News:

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Al Jazeera America:

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Fox News:

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Huffington Post:

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My colleague Ben Mullin has also started a Twitter list with journalists reporting on the ruling. Please let him know who he’s missing through email or Twitter.


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BUTTERBALL TURKEY FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER

Here’s why food editors don’t mess with Thanksgiving (but some would like to)

You can always call the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line, which is still a thing, at 1-800-BUTTERBALL.  (PRNewsFoto/Butterball Turkey Company)

You can always call the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line(TM) at 1-800-BUTTERBALL. (PRNewsFoto/Butterball Turkey Company)

It was around the Jewish High Holy Days, actually, when Sheryl Julian learned not to mess with people’s recipes. The menu was pretty much the same for the Jewish community in Boston, Julian said, who were then largely Ashkenazi.

“One year I found a Sephardic Jewish woman raised in north Africa and she gave me this wonderful menu,” said Julian, food editor for The Boston Globe.

About a month later, a woman stopped Julian after she gave a talk “and she said, ‘I have a bone to pick with you. What where you doing printing that recipe on the High Holy Day? That’s not what the Jews in Boston make.’”

Yes, Julian replied, but wasn’t it interesting? Read more

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HuffPost fellow learns lessons from Ferguson

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When she began covering Ferguson, Mariah Stewart didn’t own a gas mask. She remembers looking with confusion at protesters who carried bandanas to ward off tear gas.

“I was like, ‘why are they doing that?’” Stewart said. “There’s already been a tear gas incident.”

A lot has happened since then.

After freelancing for Beacon Reader, Stewart was selected in August to be the Huffington Post’s first Ferguson fellow, working in tandem with reporter Ryan Reilly to report the ongoing story of what has happened since Michael Brown’s shooting.

Since she started for The Huffington Post, Stewart has had to learn a few things: she’s found new tools to do her job, gotten better at dealing with reader criticism and gained experience navigating the delicate relationship with her sources. Read more

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