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Ben Bradlee is receiving hospice care

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  1. ESPN asks dudes to address domestic violence: A two-hour pregame show preceding Monday Night Football will feature, among other things, a panel discussion featuring 11 men, Ben Collins reports. “When the show has updates from the field—brief reports about injuries and the upcoming game—they’ll cut to female sideline reporters, Lisa Salters and, on some weeks, Suzy Kolber. ¶ These people are not allowed at the table.” (Esquire) | UPDATE, 12:39 P.M.: ESPN says no such panel is planned. (Deadspin)
  2. Ben Bradlee is getting hospice care: The former Washington Post editor has dementia, his wife, Sally Quinn, said in a C-SPAN interview broadcast Sunday. (Politico) | “[O]ver time, his condition became more difficult to manage.” (WP)
  3. Reporting is dangerous: Indian journalist Rajdeep Sardesai was harassed outside Madison Square Garden Sunday, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke. (The Times of India) | “Mob of people attacking an Indian journalist for being critical of Modi on the past.” (@JFK_America) | AP photographer Andre Penner was “punched and kicked Friday at a presidential campaign event in Brazil.” (AP)
  4. Instagram blocked in mainland China: “While the exact reason behind the shutdown was not immediately confirmable, it seemed likely that the sudden mainland disruption was linked to the flood of images related to the Hong Kong protests on Instagram.” (FP) | On Sunday more than a 100,000 people in Hong Kong downloaded FireChat, which allows chat over WiFi and Bluetooth. (South China Morning Post)
  5. Magazines want to be count their readers in a new manner: Using circulation numbers “simply and significantly underrepresents the actual audience,” Association of Magazine Media honcho Mary Berner tells Nicole Levy. (Capital) | “Readers or viewers are likely to be counted multiple times depending on how they access the content any given month.” (WSJ) | You can look at the “Magazine Media 360⁰ Brand Audience Data” here. | Definitely related: It’s Advertising Week. | Slightly related: Under art editor Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker’s covers have become edgier and more topical, moving away from what Editor David Remnick calls “a lot of abandoned beach houses, bowls of fruit and covers reflecting the change of seasons.” (NYT) | Definitely related to that slightly related item: This week’s cover has an animated GIF. (The New Yorker)niemann-cover-690x962
  6. The Mercury News has moved: New building lacks a moat. “It’s something I’ve dreamed about for years but never thought would really happen,” Sal Pizarro writes. (San Jose Mercury News)
  7. Jeff Bezos talks to press: In an interview (!) with Mihir Dalal, Leslie D’Monte and Shrutika Verma, Bezos hinted at his ambitions with regard to The Washington Post. “[I]f you have a great newsroom … you can go from having a really successful local paper, which is what the Washington Post was, you can go from that to being a national paper and even a global paper. (Mint)
  8. ONA ends with awards: An awards banquet Saturday closed out the conference, with ProPublica, The Seattle Times and the Los Angeles Times taking home some hardware. (ONA) | “This must be the TSA’s way of saying ‘Congratulations on winning five sharp, pointy lucite awards.’” (@kleinmatic)
  9. Front page of the day, curated by Kristen Hare: A cloud of teargas looms over a crowd of protesters on the front of the South China Morning Post.scmp_09292014
  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Bryan Zidar is now managing director of corporate communications for Alaska Airlines. Previously, he was director of corporate communications at T-Mobile US. (PR Newser) | Taimur Ahmad is now CEO of LatinFinance. Previously, he was editor-in-chief there. Katie Llanos-Small is now editor-in-chief of LatinFinance. Previously, she was news editor there. (Marketwired) | Judy Davidoff will be editor at Isthmus. Previously, she was news editor there. ( | Job of the day: The Montrose (Colorado) Daily Press is looking for a news editor and paginator. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves:

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Rupert Murdoch is not giving up, the BBC cuts hundreds of jobs

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Teenagers don’t use social media to share links, says Microsoft researcher

Fast Company

In a conversation with Evie Nagy, Microsoft Research Principal Researcher danah boyd talks about how teens use social media. It’s not the same way grown-ups do:

My adult Twitter experience is more of people using it for professional communication or news sharing or brand building or comedy. How do teens use Twitter differently, and what do adults need to understand most?

The first thing you would notice if you were following teenagers is that you would not see very many links. Which is radically different than our world. They’re doing a lot of interacting and engaging around celebrities, pop culture, really funny trending topics that they think are interesting, I’m sure you’ve seen some of the crazy hashtags. And of course with Instagram, hashtags have become even stronger on Twitter. Hashtags are content in and of themselves. I’m not sure if you saw that SNL sketch that was like ‘hashtag, how are you today?,’ etc. There’s a degree to which this is kind of true when you look at teen content. They’re also more likely to have protected accounts, and use it to talk to a small group of their actual friends. To them Facebook is everyone they ever knew, and Twitter is something they’ve locked down to just a handful of people they care about–which is often the opposite of how adults use them.

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Photographers stage cross-country Instagram battle

New York Times Lens Blog

While hanging together in New York, photographers Eric Thayer and Joshua Lott “started photographing in the same places with their smartphones and posting images on Instagram,” James Estrin writes. “That same day, a friend of theirs, Pierce Wright at Getty Images, suggested they turn it into a face-off.”

Here are their battle shots from a Chicago Fire game, posted Aug. 7:

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The New York Times looks for wedding-themed Instagram photos

The New York Times

Your wedding may never make The New York Times, but your Instagrams might! “Starting this summer, the Vows section will publish Wedding Album, an occasional series of your wedding-themed Instagram photos,” an announcement published this weekend says. “Please avoid generic images, like a posed shot of the couple or a table setting.”

Every month, the Times will gather photos with a theme. This month’s is “How wedding rituals are evolving” — though “any poignant photos — even ones that do not fit a theme — are welcome.”

Instagram photo of Managing Editor Mallary Tenore’s mother’s wedding dress.

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White House photographer Pete Souza joins Instagram

White House photographer Pete Souza joined Instagram Wednesday, kicking off his feed with — what else — a food pic. Of course, the food he depicts is available on Air Force One, which some of you may find more interesting than your lunchtime burrito.

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Instagram announces Web embeds


Instagram unveiled a sharing feature Wednesday that allows easy embedding of users’ photos, as long as their photos are public. For instance, here’s one of Washington, D.C., artist Mingering Mike accepting an award from the D.C. Council wearing a Spider-Man outfit:

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Instagram gives news orgs tips on using its video feature

Instagram for Business

News organizations can use Instagram’s new video feature to break news, crowdsource and lift the curtain on their operations, the company writes in a blog post.

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Instagram for newsrooms: A community tool, a reporting tool, a source of Web content

For news organizations, Instagram isn’t just about pretty pictures. It’s about the people they’re interacting with and the stories behind the images.

“Instagram is so immediate and intimate that it creates this close connection with the user,” said Cory Haik, executive producer for digital news at The Washington Post. The Post uses Instagram to share photos, collect photos from users, report stories and have personal interactions with its audience. It’s a strategy aimed not at driving traffic but at building community.

The Washington Post solicited Instagram photos of snow from readers. (Courtesy The Washington Post)

“What we ask ourselves about Instagram,” Haik said by phone, “is ‘are we having a meaningful conversation with our users?’”

Instagram for engagement

At the Chicago Tribune, each week brings a new theme for Instagram users to contribute photos around. “Our approach to Instagram at the Tribune is to make sure followers are included whenever possible. So while we do post photos from staff photographers from big events, we spend much of our time focusing on weekly themes and showcasing the photos of the people who engage with us,” Chicago Tribune Social Media Editor Scott Kleinberg said via email.

NBC News makes weekly callouts related to topics in the news like the Kentucky Derby, Super Bowl, holiday weekends and graduation season. It also gives users multiple opportunities to contribute. “A few days after you make a callout people tend to forget about it,” Anthony Quintano, senior community manager for NBC News, said by phone. “We remind them by featuring user photos.”

Quintano said NBC News’ Instagram feed started as an avenue to showcase behind-the-scenes photographs. It has since grown into one of the more prominent news feeds on Instagram. Still, Instagram isn’t a major source of traffic for NBC and other news sites.

An NBC Instagram shot by Frank Thorp V of Michael Isikoff doing a standup in Boston.

“Instagram is more about engagement and brand awareness,” Olivia Hubert-Allen, The Baltimore Sun’s deputy director of audience engagement, said during a phone call.

Quintano suggests newsrooms respond to their followers and to the comments left on photos. He also recommends liking user-submitted photos, particularly those shared in response to a callout. “We use a like as a thank-you and acknowledgment that we’ve seen your photo,” he said.  “The idea there’s a human being behind the account is what you really want.”

Instagram for reporting

When ProPublica reporter Justin Elliott was working on a story about Texas Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling, he sought out Instagram’s help.

About six weeks after he became chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, Hensarling’s political action committee held a fundraiser at a fancy Utah ski resort. Elliott imagined it was the kind of event people would likely capture with Instagram. “Thats just what people do when they’re on ski vacations,” he said.

Elliott searched Instagram through the site Statigram looking for photos tagged at the St. Regis Deer Valley hotel, where the fundraiser was held. “I went through the photos and looked at each user and tried to figure out if they were a lobbyist or lobbyist family member,” he said. While Elliott found no evidence the fundraiser broke campaign finance rules, he did find and publish a photo posted by a lobbyist who declined to comment for his story.

ProPublica has sinced developed an open-source tool for searching Instagram.

“If you’re trying to background a person or institution, it’s always good to look at Twitter, Instagram anything you can find on social media,” Elliott said. “If it’s something widely attended, by maybe a couple of hundred people, there’s a decent chance you’ll find photos.” Read more


Smartphones captured 2 iconic shots of new World Trade Center

NBC News’s Anthony Quintano “was on the roof of One World Trade where all the iron workers were watching the spire rise,” he tells Poynter in an email. (Workers at One World Trade attached the building’s spire Friday morning.) Quintano used his iPhone 5 to take the following Instagram picture of a worker taking in the view.

Courtesy Anthony Quintano
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