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Maureen Dowd promised an interview subject ‘i would make sure you look great…’

Good morning. This is my last day at Poynter and my last morning roundup. Thanks so much for reading, and thank you for all the emails and tips (and corrections!) that have made it better. Poynter will keep the newsletter going — Kristen Hare will be your host. OK, enough talk. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Maureen Dowd emailed with Sony exec’s husband before publication

    Emails released by the Sony hack show the NYT columnist promised to show a column quoting Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal to Pascal's husband, former Times reporter Bernard Weinraub, before publication. "i would make sure you look great," Dowd told Pascal. (BuzzFeed) | In 2012, Times reporter Mark Mazzetti gave the CIA a peek at an unpublished Dowd column after she asked him to help her fact-check it. (Politico) | Related: Variety co-EIC Andrew Wallenstein ponders the ethics of publishing stolen emails: "Journalism is, in some sense, permissible thievery." (Variety) | Update: Dowd says she didn’t send an advance copy of the column to Sony exec's husband. (New York Daily News)

  2. Twitter reinstates journalist suspended for publishing public record

    "Look who's back," Darwin BondGraham tweeted at 2:01 a.m. ET Friday. Yasha Levine and Paul Carr reported Twitter suspended BondGraham after Claire Lovell, an employee of a company called PredPol, objected to her office number appearing in a document he published. He received the document through a public records request. (PandoDaily)

  3. Remembering Michel du Cille

    The Washington Post journalist died Thursday while hiking in Liberia. He was 58. He returned to Liberia this week to continue covering the Ebola outbreak there. (WP) | "Many of du Cille's close friends were well aware of the fact that within the past few years he valiantly battled and defeated multiple myeloma bone cancer, enduring chemotherapy and treatments as the cancer went into remission. More recently du Cille had knee replacement surgery. The work in Liberia was strenuous and much of it on foot." (NPPA) | Post Executive Editor Marty Baron: "We are all heartbroken." (WP) | Kenny Irby: "Whatever it took for him to cover a story, he was going to do it." (Poynter) | Tom French: "He touched so many lives and shined a light on so many hard things in this world, and he was a wonderful friend to Indiana and to our students.” (Indiana University) | Photos from du Cille's career, during which he won three Pulitzers. (WP)

  4. Gamergate cost Gawker a packet

    Gawker Media lost "seven figures"' worth of ad revenue when Gamergate targeted its publications, ad head Andrew Gorenstein told employees Wednesday. When writer Sam Biddle asked Gawker Media honcho Nick Denton how "much the company was spending on its content management system Kinja," Peter Sterne reports, "Denton replied that it was about five times as much as his tweets had cost the company, leading to laughter from the audience." (Capital)

  5. Rant Media journalists have to work on native ads

    “To me, getting the editorial team involved ensures we’re going to have the most engaging content," Rant CEO Brett Rosin tells Lucia Moses. (Digiday)

  6. Newspapers will have fewer Sunday magazines

    Athlon Media Group has purchased the print rights to Parade, American Profile, Relish and Spry. It plans to rename and merge some titles and upgrade their paper stock. With USA Weekend closing, Athlon will have "a virtual monopoly in the category," GroupM managing partner and director for print George Janson tells Stuart Elliott. (NYT)

  7. Post-Dispatch's Ferguson coverage honored

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editor Gilbert Bailon received the National Press Foundation's Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year Award for his paper's coverage of Ferguson. BuzzFeed News won NPF's Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Coverage of Congress, and Re/code won the Excellence in Online Journalism Award. (National Press Foundation)

  8. Front page of the day, curated by Kristen Hare

    Canoes and kayaks in a Healdsburg, California, parking lot on Thursday. (Courtesy the Newseum)

  9. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin

    Kevin Sullivan has been named executive producer at "Reveal." He's the senior managing editor of "Here and Now." (Center for Investigative Reporting) | Mike Hofman has been named executive digital director at GQ. He's executive digital director at Glamour. (Email) | Steve Battaglio is now a TV and media business reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Previously, he was the business editor at TV Guide. (Email) | Job of the day: The Associated Press is looking for interns. Get your résumés in! (AP) | Send Ben your job moves:

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Correction: This article's headline and first item have been changed to reflect the facts of the story, and an update has been added with Maureen Dowd's comments about the leaked emails. Read more


Post-Dispatch reporter slugged during Michael Brown protests

mediawiremorningGood morning. Liev Schreiber will reportedly play Marty Baron in a movie. I am tempted to end this roundup right now, but just in case you want to know more about the U.S. media landscape this morning, here are 10 more stories.

  1. Reporters who are covering the Michael Brown story in Ferguson, Missouri: Kristen Hare has started a list and compiled tweets from local media. (Poynter) | A St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter was “slugged from behind and helped away by police officers” Sunday in an area of Ferguson where looting occurred. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) | Monday’s Post-Dispatch front page: “Day of Protests”/”Night of Frenzy” (via Newseum)


  2. Buncha moves at BuzzFeed: Concurrent with an announcement of $50 million funding from Andreessen Horowitz, the publisher will: 1) Split its news division into three groups, News, Buzz and Life (featuring a test kitchen); 2) launch BuzzFeed Motion Pictures, which will “focus on all moving images from a GIF to feature film”; 3) launch a division that will make content for platforms like Snapchat, Imgur and Vine. The new structure “allows the company to expand by incubating and acquiring new companies.” (BuzzFeed) | BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti “said BuzzFeed’s revenue for the first half of 2014 was twice as much as the first half of 2013.” (NYT) | A PLEA: Can we, as a culture, agree to stop headlining stories about BuzzFeed with “BuzzFeed-style” headlines? Seriously, it is time to find a new joke.


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  3. Harper’s publisher Googles stuff by yelling at people: John R. MacArthur‘s opposition to most forms of Web journalism remains resolute. “On several occasions during a recent interview, he could not quite remember a fact that supported a point,” Ravi Somaiya writes. “His version of searching for it on Google was yelling to a staff member, who hurried to deliver the information.” (NYT) | Related: Nieman’s Josh Benton in February: “If you look at it today Harper’s is run by a fellow who doesn’t like the Internet very much … versus The Atlantic, which … has totally rebuilt its brand and is now being read by millions of people who never would have read it before.” Interviewer: “Honestly, I’ve never even heard of Harper’s.” (Post Status)
  4. Ann Arbor (Michigan) Chronicle stops publishing: The local news publisher was making money, Co-Editor Dave Askins writes, but “a sustained future would also continue to rely on two people committing not just 40, 60 or 80 hours a week, but virtually every waking moment to the enterprise.” (Ann Arbor Chronicle) | The Chronicle story begins with backyard chickens. (Michigan Daily)
  5. Yahoo Finance becomes a platisher: Unpaid bloggers “will write directly to Tumblr, and their posts will simultaneously appear on Yahoo Finance, with little or no oversight or editing.” (Digiday) | Related: Jonathan Glick, who invented the word “platisher,” talks about his gruesome but very useful creation. (Poynter) | AS LONG AS WE’RE TALKING ABOUT LANGUAGE: Jay Rosen mulls The New York Times’ decision to use the word “torture,” and the “production of innocence” that kept the publication from using it for so long. (PressThink)
  6. News crew’s van robbed: “Ironically, the burglary occurred while the crew was working on a story about an app that alerts people of ‘sketchy’ neighborhoods.” (WUSA)
  7. Yahoo’s Twitter account hacked: There’s no Ebola outbreak in Atlanta. (USA Today)
  8. NBC News’ website eases off the “mobile-fication”: “The days of people going to singular destinations are going away, so we’re investing in reaching an audience in places where people are naturally going,” Executive Editor Gregory Gittrich tells Sam Kirkland. “But we also want to do right by the audience coming directly to the homepage through desktop.” (Poynter)
  9. Great moments in anonymous sourcing: “‘We probably struggled over this more than any other issue,’ says a local self-made multimillionaire.” (The Washington Post; bold and italics mine) | FLASHBACK — Old blogger yells at cloud: “Apparently, being wealthy is a Dickensian fate where you constantly live in constant fear of angering your peers.” (Poynter)
  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Jerry Jackson will be chief meteorologist at WNCT in Greenville, North Carolina. Previously, he was chief meteorologist for WWAY in Wilmington, North Carolina. (Jerry Jackson) | Joseph Deaux will be a commodities reporter covering base metals for Bloomberg. Formerly, he was a reporter at TheStreet, where he covered “the fed, gold and politics.” (talkingbiznews) | Mary Pat Thibodeau is now a photographer for Life & Style magazine. Previously, she was a photographer for the New York Daily News. (New York Post) | Brian Palmer is now a reporter at OnEarth. Formerly, he was chief explainer at Slate. (Mediabistro) | Edmund Lee will be managing editor for Re/code. Formerly, Lee was a media reporter for Bloomberg. (@edmundlee) | Kenneth Li will be editor in chief of Re/code. Formerly, he was managing editor there. (@kenli729) | Job of the day: The Telluride Daily Planet in Colorado is looking for a reporter. Special consideration will be given to mild-mannered superheroes. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves:

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Want to break your own media news? Don’t tell anyone in the newsroom anything!

The news that Jill Abramson was being replaced as New York Times executive editor “was tightly held within the gossipy confines of the Times newsroom,” Erik Wemple reports in The Washington Post. “It was only after the meeting among top editors had convened that the New York Times communications department informed the paper’s own reporters that a management change was underway, according to a source at the paper. That was about a half-hour before the official announcement.”

Nevertheless, news of Abramson’s ouster hit Politico with the same timestamp as the Times Co. email announcing the change.

Dylan Byers, the Politico reporter who reported the Abramson news, didn’t want to disclose his sources when reached by email. But the Times kept an admirably deathlike grip on the news, considering its large population of individuals who are among the least likely people on this planet to sit on juicy gossip: journalists.

When The Washington Post planned to break the news that Jeff Bezos had bought the newspaper, Executive Editor Marty Baron swore Paul Farhi to secrecy before he asked him to write a story about the change.

No one else in the newsroom was officially informed,” Baron told Poynter.

Farhi talked with Poynter about knowing the news and not being able to tell his colleagues:

Farhi … began to “walk around the newsroom,” he said, feeling a bit like he was in a dream where he knew some major event was coming — “oh, by the way, did you know the Germans are going to invade Poland,” he said by way of an example — but was unable to share the information.

I make my living in part by getting leaks from newsrooms, but in the interest of transparency, these cases make a compelling argument for one particular management lesson: If you have big news about your media organization, and you want to get it out first, under no circumstances should you let anyone in your newsroom know. Read more


Sheryl Gay Stolberg profiles Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth:

In the meantime, things have been looking up. In January, Ms. Weymouth replaced Mr. Brauchli with Martin Baron, a no-nonsense newsman from The Boston Globe (and, previously, The New York Times), who has won praise for sharpening coverage and boosting morale. Reporters at The Post who routinely question whether their publisher “gets what we do,” now wonder if maybe, just maybe, she has found her Ben Bradlee after all.

“She made a brilliant choice,” [Post columnist Sally] Quinn said, “and it’s working.”

Not everyone is so effusive. The Post recently began charging for online access, but the climate for newspapers in general, and The Post in particular, remains tough. Mr. Baron called Ms. Weymouth “a realist,” who “still wants us to do really great journalism,” albeit “within the reality of our economic circumstances.” But he could not rule out further cuts.

Sheryl Gay Stolberg, The New York Times


Chris Frates profiles Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron, whom he describes as “a kind of D.C. antimatter” and “stubbornly retro.”

“You have to be willing to sacrifice traffic in favor of accuracy. So, yeah, it’s tough,” he said. “Readers think these days that all information is available instantaneously, and the truth is that not all information is available instantaneously. You actually need some time to check things out. They expect that you’re going to have it right away, but they’ll hold you accountable if you get it wrong.”

Some might call those principles old-fashioned as well. And if Marty Baron’s plan to keep The Post upright simply comes down to sticking close to an analog ethos in a digital age, he has to hope that his readers share those values. In these tough and uncertain times for journalism, integrity can feel like just another experimental business model.

Chris Frates, National Journal

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Marty Baron visits Washington Post newsroom

Marty Baron visited the Washington Post newsroom today, three days after the newspaper named him as its incoming executive editor.

A couple Posties tweeted pics:

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Marty Baron stories dwell on cuts at The Washington Post

Boston Globe Editor Marty Baron is The Washington Post’s incoming executive editor. Profiles and accounts of his ascendance all praise his journalism career, then rue the cuts that presumably face him.

• “I’m not bringing in Marty to make cuts,” Post publisher Katharine Weymouth told the Post’s Paul Farhi. “He’s managed to trim his staff without trimming the ambitions of the journalism he produces,” New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson says. Under Brauchli’s tenure, Farhi reports, the Post’s “budget shrank by about 30 percent” while the “newsroom staff was cut by 40 percent.” Read more


Boston Globe editor joins Twitter; ‘Like it or not, you can’t ignore it,’ he tells other editors

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Marty Baron started Tweeting last Friday, a day before his 10th anniversary as Boston Globe editor. “Welcome Boston Globe Editor @globemartybaron to Twitter (and 2011)!” tweeted CNBC’s Herb Greenberg. Steve Buttry asked: “How many top newspaper editors are even later to Twitter than @GlobeMartyBaron?” “i was in twitterland, actually, just in hiding,” he responded. I asked Baron what advice he had for editors who’ve yet to join the Twitterverse.

My advice: This is the world journalists live in. Like it or not, you can’t ignore it. And if you can’t ignore it, participate fully. Just be careful you don’t tweet something that could cut short your career.

Here are the top ten U.S. newspapers by circulation and the Twitter status of their editors

1. Wall Street Journal, Robert Thomson. He claims to have a “secret” account.

2. USA Today, John Hillkirk. He does not appear to be tweeting.
3. New York Times, Bill Keller. He last tweeted on June 27.
4. Los Angeles Times, Russ Stanton. He does not appear to be on Twitter.
5. San Jose Mercury News, David Butler. He does not appear to be on Twitter.

6. Washington Post, Marcus Brauchli. He does not appear to be tweeting.
7. New York Daily News, Kevin Convey. He tweeted eight hours ago.
8. New York Post, Col Allan. He does not appear to be on Twitter.
9. Chicago Tribune, Gerould Kern. He last tweeted on June 28.

10. Chicago Sun-Times, Don Hayner. He does not appear to be on Twitter.
(Drop me a line if you find Twitter accounts for editors I cite as MIA.)

Earlier: Top news anchors aren’t tweeting even though they have millions of followers Read more


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