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Wiegel, Bazelon leave Slate

Huffington Post | Capital | Slate Emily Bazelon and Dave Weigel will leave Slate, continuing a shakeup that began after former editor David Plotz stepped down as top editor in July. Bazelon, a senior editor for Slate since 2005, will be a staff writer for New York Times Magazine, where she has been a contributor, … Read More
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Texas Monthly BBQ editor travels 'from one end of the state to the other eating smoked brisket'

Happy Labor Day weekend. Andrew Beaujon's back on Tuesday. Thanks for reading this week. Ask him about his cholesterol: The nation's only full-time barbecue editor — no, he doesn't weigh 400 pounds — understands why readers are obsessed with his health: "My job requires that I travel from one end of the state to the other eating smoked brisket, … Read More
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After Sawyer's final ABC World News broadcast, all 3 nightly anchors are now white men

Yo. Here are some media stories. Is the Yo app ridiculous or revolutionary? That's the question Cory Blair asks. It's definitely the former, but it has potential to be the latter, especially now that users can send links and not just notifications with no content. Robert Hernandez has an interesting idea for what news organizations like The Washington Post … Read More
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Career Beat: Former assistant director of Pew journalism project buys newspaper

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community: John Batter will be CEO of Gracenote. Previously, he was CEO of M-GO. (Tech Crunch) Mark Jurkowitz is the owner of the Outer Banks Sentinel in Nags Head, North Carolina. Previously, he was the associate director of Pew Research Center's journalism project. (Romenesko) Jon Ward is a … Read More
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Commenters hate HuffPost's new Facebook-only commenting system

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post's U.S. site and mobile apps will shift to using only Facebook comments starting Monday at noon, HuffPost CTO Otto Toth announced. "This is far from an an end to conversation; it's the start of conversation where you want to have it -- and where you've been having it already," he wrote. Readers are having a Facebook conversation under Toth's post, but many of them claim it's the last one they'll have before abandoning the site. The most-liked comment: "Now deleting my account, which I've used since 2011. If I wanted this integrated with Facebook, that's how I would have logged in. Thanks for the memories." Read More
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HuffPost policy banishes trolls — and drives away some frequent commenters

When The Huffington Post announced that all commenters — not just new registrants — would be required starting Dec. 10 to link their profiles to Facebook accounts verified with a phone number and have their real names displayed when commenting, the reaction was fierce. Commenters, many of whom had left thousands of comments and amassed thousands of "fans" over five or more years on the site, felt betrayed. When I asked about the reasoning behind the policy via email last month, HuffPost Director of Community Tim McDonald referred me to comments from Arianna Huffington reported by GigaOm earlier in the year: “Trolls are just getting more and more aggressive and uglier and I just came from London where there are rape and death threats." And: “I feel that freedom of expression is given to people who stand up for what they say and [are] not hiding behind anonymity. ...We need to evolve a platform to meet the needs of the grown-up Internet.” Read More
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Commenters on HuffPost mobile apps will soon need Facebook verification too

Amid the uproar over the Huffington Post's announcement that commenting now requires Facebook verification — which itself requires supplying Facebook with a phone number — some users found a loophole: They could still use their old usernames (and not their real names) when commenting via HuffPost mobile apps. Read More