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Most memorable stories of 2014

S. Mitra Kalita is the executive editor of Quartz, on Poynter’s adjunct faculty, and a Spencer Fellow at Columbia University. She tweets @mitrakalita.

A friend of mine recently pondered the role of memory in journalism, saying an information overload has robbed his recall. Sometimes it feels like stories aren’t read as much as Facebooked, tweeted, toggled all day long. What actually gets absorbed, retained, understood?

This was my dilemma as Poynter asked me to compile the top 10 stories of 2014. Insecure about whether the best journalism had actually reached me, my inclination was to crowdsource the list. That felt dishonest. Key takeaway of my transition to digital media: only authenticity wins the internet.

So here are my picks, based solely on the top stories I remember from 2014. I whittled it down to the 11 that stayed with me long beyond the last line or my share. Note that I wrote this before newspapers began trotting out ambitious, investigative packages to make the Pulitzer deadline. Still, these examples kept me up at night or forced me to rethink what I thought I knew. Somehow, they captured my world and my values.

I doubt most of these will show up on anybody else’s list of the best journalism, but there are lessons within. Most of these stories “found” me via social media. Details, narrative, shoe-leather reporting: each worked to make the pieces memorable.

Newsrooms might consider a similar exercise to gauge their own consumption and what resonates. If 2014 was the year of shareable journalism, might 2015 be that of the memorable? The stories we remember don’t have to be the longest it took to write or read but those that feel intimate and personal and explanatory, as if they were committed just for us, our most probing questions, and the many identities that we straddle.

Jan. 12, New York Post
No space, no books, no clue at city’s worst elementary
By Susan Edelman
It’s outrageous: a principal in a fur coat who is frequently absent or shows up to work at the end of the school day. You can dismiss this as typical tabloid gotcha but it felt like the accountability reporting I would want in my own kid’s school. There was a laundry list of serious violations at the school but that fur coat is what got me. The principal was dismissed, then reassigned as a result of the Post’s reporting.

March 14, Medium
Building a diverse newsroom is work
By Shani Hilton
This year’s diversity discussion was kicked off with Guardian columnist Emily Bell on the lack of diversity in digital media. While I share her lament, the sorry numbers plaguing digital come directly out of legacy media’s sorry track record (as well as the journalism schools that feed them). As a woman of color who has pretty much spent her career working on (and through) these issues, I felt the column didn’t nod to our efforts nor acknowledge how entrenched the issue really is. So Shani Hilton’s retort on Medium — the newish platform that essentially democratizes publishing with open access and distinct voices — offered much-needed history and a reality check. I’ve referred to it often over the last year and think it is a must-read for newsroom managers who say they can’t find talent.

March 21, Quartz
How children’s books can save lives
By Mathangi Subramanian
The hashtag #DiverseChildrensBooks went viral but this is the piece that really drove home the need for them. I teared up over the girl who goes hungry because she doesn’t value her life enough to eat. The author explains why stories matter: “They feed our imagination and shape the stories we tell about ourselves, real or pretend. We all deserve the opportunity to suspend disbelief, especially when it comes to our own lives. But when our only material is the unjust world around us, rather than characters who look and act and sound like us, our imaginations become circumscribed.”

July 17, The New York Times
Through lens, 4 boys dead by Gaza shore
By Tyler Hicks
My Facebook feed erupted over the conflict in Gaza and the deaths of innocent children. This image stayed with me as did photographer Tyler Hicks’ account of how and why he was on the beach the morning that four boys were killed. His first-person account packed more emotion than news stories on the incident.

Aug. 13, The Washington Post
Even before teen Michael Brown’s slaying in Ferguson, racial questions hung over police
By Wesley Lowery, Carol D. Leonnig and Mark Berman
After reading about Ferguson mostly via Twitter, I welcomed this well-reported story from the Washington Post. It offered context of the drama of the moment with the history of how we got here. The narrative helped me picture Ferguson’s transition from an all-white suburb to a majority-black town in a way social media couldn’t.

Sept. 2, NPR
The End of Neighborhood Schools
By Anya Kamenetz
Photos by Edmund D. Fountain
More than half of children in New Orleans attend a school more than 2 miles from their home. This is our future. NPR’s piece on school choice in New Orleans was a good example of writing about public policy through a few examples that resonate much wider (and nationally). The photos are stunning, especially the chaotic image of parents clamoring for their children’s spots in school.

Sept. 19, Business Insider
The Woman Who Protected Yahoo’s $27 Billion Windfall From Alibaba Cried With Joy Last Night
By Julie Bort
Alibaba was the biggest IPO of the year, but much of the coverage of it made my eyes glaze over. This Business Insider story differentiated itself by humanizing the big numbers in play — and spotlighting a woman who made a big difference. It was a behind-the-scenes profile at its best. I also liked this piece because it came to me via Facebook, a tough space for breaking business news.

Salon, Sept. 28
Latina, at the white, male New York Times: “Why are people thinking it’s OK to say racist sh-t in front of me?”
By Daisy Hernández
A disclaimer that I have known Daisy Hernández since we were 16 years old and at a minority journalism workshop together. This piece describes her entry to the New York Times, her disbelief that she’s there, and the things people say and do (including a business editor who committed suicide by jumping off the building). Her attempts to understand the newsroom, how editors talk, what managers want, mirrored so much of my own journey.

Oct. 14, New Yorker
The Empire of Edge: How a doctor, a trader, and the billionaire Steven A. Cohen got entangled in a vast financial scandal.
By Patrick Radden Keefe
As I often do with long magazine pieces, I initially dismissed the story of insider trading at SAC Capital as a prettier rehash of what was already “out there,” thanks to the hard work of newspaper reporters. But its rendering of how hedge funds work, how relationships are cultivated, how information is leaked was explanatory and investigative journalism as its best. It raised (and answered) the question of how Steve Cohen could get away without being charged. Its portrait of how greed and ambition can both propel and implode careers also felt incredibly universal. Mathew Martoma’s parents — Indian immigrants with big dreams for their children — remind me of my own.

Oct 15,

By Nandini Ramnath
After Maine Pyar Kiya, Salman Khan has become a genuine cultural artifact
For years, the comeback of a Bollywood actor I love to hate — Salman Khan — has perplexed me. He has a checkered past: a fatal hit-and-run, menacing phone calls to women, illegal hunting violations. And he’s not that great of an actor. This piece from a new website in India (disclosure: our local partner for Quartz India) answered my question. Indians can’t turn their backs on the Bollywood hero he was 25 years ago: a “chivalrous, large-hearted hunk who will go to great lengths to save his inamorata, family honour and the nation.” It would be like giving up on themselves.

Oct. 25, The New York Times
The Horror Before the Beheadings: ISIS Hostages Endured Torture and Dashed Hopes, Freed Cellmates Say
By Rukmini Callimachi
This is the story of what really happened to abducted aid workers and journalists such as James Foley, who was on assignment in Syria. Written more than two months after his death, it remarkably took me inside their jail cells (“concrete boxes”) and captures despair in both Syria and the home countries of the kidnapped, among their families. Rukmini Callimachi has emerged as one of the best reporters covering the Islamic world today. In this 4,500-word feature, she unravels everything from terrorism’s financing to the religious conversions of captives. The image of those sandals Foley wore to his death stay with me.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misidentified the publication where a story ran. “Latina, at the white, male New York Times” ran in Salon, not Slate. Read more


‘It’s been a tough month for factchecking.’

Good morning. Here are eight media stories.

  1. Who wants to be a teenage millionaire?

    New York high school senior Mohammed Islam didn't make $72 million on the stock market. He lied. If it's any consolation, his parents are really mad. "My mom basically said she’d never talk to me." One more line from that story, which is possibly the lead that captures 2014: "It’s been a tough month for factchecking." (New York Observer) | Here's New York's original story, with another non-correction correction. (New York) | New York Post also ran it. (New York Post) | RELATED: Craig Silverman's best and worst corrections of the year piece will be out soon. Here's last year's. (Poynter) | Journalists remember their first fact checking jobs. (Poynter)

  2. Journalists arrested in Turkey

    In Turkey on Sunday, police raided newsrooms and detained journalists, including Ekrem Dumanlı, editor-in-chief of Zaman, a daily newspaper. (Committee to Protect Journalists.) | "News organizations linked to the Gülen Movement had been expecting police raids for months and, after a year of growing harassment, they finally materialized." (Reporters Without Borders) | Zaman "had supported trials of journalists who’d criticized the movement." (McClatchy DC) | "At least 24 journalists said to have close links with a US-based cleric are being held for plotting to seize power." (BBC)

  3. Austin Tice's family wants 'an effective hostage policy'

    The parents of Austin Tice, a journalist who has been missing in Syria since August 2012, wrote Monday about the need for a different approach to handling hostage situations. (McClatchy DC)

  4. The Rolling Stone and Cosby items are now one

    Hey, remember how journalism messed up Rolling Stone's "A Rape on Campus" story? Camille Cosby thinks it's now doing the same to her husband. "Many in the media were quick to link that story to the stories about my husband, until that story unwound." (The New York Times) | Rolling Stone's story, by the way, is still unraveling. (The Washington Post)

  5. Medium is platishing with Marriott

    Medium's latest vertical, Gone, is sponsored by Marriott International, and Marriott will get to see the five stories (out of 60) that are about the company before they're published. Also, "Marriott and Medium agreed on the theme of the articles..." (Digiday) | Medium co-founder Evan Williams spoke with Fortune on Monday about the site and the future. (Fortune.)

  6. Win some awards, or just hack a J-school

    Starting today, I'm going to try and include one item whenever possible with info on grants, awards, scholarships and trainings, so send them if you have them. Today, we have two. The Mirror Awards from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University are open for entries. There's no cost to enter. (Newhouse School) | ONA's challenge fund deadline is Jan. 15. They're looking for people to find ways to "hack the journalism curriculum using customized versions of the teaching hospital model." And it comes with $35,000 microgrants. (ONA)

  7. Front page of the day

    Metro - Philadelphia Edition, leads with Bradley Stone's murder of six family members. (Courtesy the Newseum)


  8. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin

    Rahul Chopra is now CEO at Storyful. Previously, he was chief revenue officer there. Mark Little is now director of editorial innovation at Storyful. Previously, he was CEO there. (Storyful) | Skip Foster has been named president and publisher of the Tallahassee (Florida) Democrat. Previously, he was publisher of the Northwest Florida Daily News. (Poynter) | Cheryl Scott has joined the weather team at WLS-Channel 7. Previously, she was a meteorologist at WMAQ-Channel 5. (Robert Feder) | Jana Winter is now a national security reporter at The Intercept. Previously, she was an investigative reporter at Fox News. (The Intercept) | Dan Berman will be assistant managing editor at the National Journal. Previously, he was White House editor at Politico. (Huffington Post) | Mary Beth Marklein is now a full-time student at George Mason University. Previously, she was the education editor for Politico Pro. (Email) | Eric Jaffe will be a full-time writer and editor for CityLab. Previously, he was a contributing writer there. (@sommermathis) | Nicole Caro is now beauty editor at Siempre Mujer. Previously, she was a fashion and beauty writer at People en Español. (Email) | Zunaira Zaki is now managing editor of specialized units at ABC News. Previously, she was senior business editor there. Heather Riley is now vice president of communications for ABC News. Previously, she was senior publicity director there. (Mediabistro) | Kathryn Schulz will be a staff writer at The New Yorker. She is the book critic for New York magazine. (Capital) | Job of the day: The American Press Institute is looking for an editorial coordinator. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves:

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Hollywood to journalism: Delete, delete, delete

Good morning. My name is Kristen Hare and I’ll be driving this thing for awhile. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Hollywood is concerned about the ethics and morals of journalism

    Sony's lawyer sent a letter to news organizations demanding that the documents stolen from the company in the recent hack be "avoided, and destroyed." (The New York Times) | Aaron Sorkin totally agrees. (The New York Times.) | Dan Kennedy does not. "Dear Sony: Stealing information is a crime. Receiving stolen information and publishing it is protected by the First Amendment." (@dankennedy_nu) | RELATED: Here's a pretty good explainer if you're not sure how we got to the place where the creator of a show about a fictional newsroom is doling out advice to real ones. (Fusion)

  2. The Sydney siege continues

    Chris Kenny, associate editor of The Australian, left the Lindt cafe with a coffee just before the gunman took over. "My fellow customers — fellow Australians — are now in a horrific situation, the sliding doors of the cafe playing a brutal game of chance and fate in Sydney today." (The Australian) | Australia's Channel 7, located in Martin Place, was evacuated. (@Channel7) | The Advertiser is keeping track of how news orgs around the world are telling the story. (The Advertiser) | REALLY GOOD RELATED REMINDER: On The Media's The Breaking News Consumer's Handbook remains a great resource for readers and reminder for journalists. (On The Media)

  3. Here are more people who are mad at Rolling Stone

    Three friends of the young woman in Rolling Stone's "A Rape On Campus" story tell the Associated Press, on the record and with their names, that Rolling Stone got things wrong. "All three say (Sabrina Rubin) Erdely has since reached out to them, and that she has told them she is re-reporting the story." (Associated Press) | Another friend of the young woman was on CNN's Reliable Sources on Sunday. Alex Pinkleton's job is to be an advocate, Pinkleton said. "But as a reporter, you can't be like an advocate..." (CNN)

  4. Bill Cosby has spoken, a little

    Cosby told journalist Stacy Brown that he expects journalists of color to approach the story neutrally. (New York Post) | Brown told CNN that Cosby didn't seem too worried and had more to say. "I definitely came away with the belief that he wants to talk about everything." (CNN)

  5. Sandy Hook's second anniversary was Sunday

    Mediaite reports that the Sunday morning talk shows didn't talk about Sandy Hook at all. (Mediaite) | Here's Sunday's cover of the New York Daily News. (Facebook)

  6. Wait, where is BuzzFeed going in three years?

    On Sunday, Michael Wolff wrote about Gawker and The New Republic and BuzzFeed for USA Today. "Ben Smith, its top editor, told me recently he didn't expect BuzzFeed to be around in three years, not under its present owners nor in its present form." (USA Today) | "Of course we will be a very different place in 3 years. That's a long time, and we are just getting started." (@BuzzFeedBen)

  7. It's time to look ahead. Also behind.

    From the SPJ to ONA to, well, all of us, it's been a big year for ethics. (PBS MediaShift) | And here are some predictions for journalism in 2015. (Nieman Lab)

  8. Detroit anchor dies at 82

    Bill Bonds died on Saturday at 82. He began his career with Detroit's WXYZ in 1963 and covered the 1967 Detroit riots. (WXYZ) | Bonds' ups and downs were fairly public, but despite them, he wanted to be back in the news. "'God, I miss it,' he said, in an interview for a Detroit Public Television documentary about local television." (Detroit Free Press)

  9. Front page of the day

    Melbourne, Australia's Herald Sun puts out a special edition on the Sydney siege (Courtesy the Newseum)


  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin

    John Hughes has been elected president of the National Press Club. He is an editor for Bloomberg First Word. (PRNewswire) | Andrew Beaujon is a senior editor at Washingtonian. Previously, he was news editor at Poynter. (@abeaujon) | Kevin Fries will be news director for WCJB in Gainesville, Florida. Previously, he was assistant news director for WBRZ in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Rick Gevers) | Leon Neyfakh will cover criminal justice for Slate. He is a reporter for The Boston Globe's ideas section. (@leoncrawl) | Alec MacGillis will be a staff writer at Slate. Previously, he was a senior editor at The New Republic. (@AlecMacGillis) | Mike Wise will join ESPN's forthcoming website "intersecting sports, culture and race." He was a sports columnist for The Washington Post. (WP) | Miguel Helft will be San Francisco bureau chief at Forbes. Previously, he was a senior writer at Fortune covering technology. Loren Feldman will be senior editor of Forbes’ entrepreneurs coverage. Previously, he was small business editor at The New York Times. Josh Robinson will create and manage sponsored editorial packages at Forbes. Previously, he was digital editor for the travel section at The New York Times. Thomas Fox-Brewster will be a staff writer at Forbes. Previously, he was a freelance writer. (Email) | Job of the day: Talking Points Memo is looking for an associate editor. Get your résumés in! (Mediabistro) | Send Ben your job moves:

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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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The New York Times:

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BuzzFeed News:

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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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NYT edges closer to layoffs

Good morning. Almost there. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. NYT may have layoffs, after all

    A memo from Janet Elder says the news org may not have enough buyout applications to forgo layoffs. "Early efforts to handicap the outcome regrettably point to having to do some layoffs." Also, if you take the buyout, MOMA will not let you in for free anymore. (Mother Jones) | Last month Keith J. Kelly reported that more than 300 people had filed buyout applications, but many were "just securing their rights and checking it out," Guild unit rep Grant Glickson said. (NY Post) | Floyd Norris is taking the buyout. (Talking Biz News) | More N.Y. Guild news: Eight Guild members who worked at Reuters' Insider video project are losing their jobs. (The Newspaper Guild of New York) | Time Inc. has declared it's at an "impasse" with the union and "can begin unilaterally imposing many of the terms, including the right to farm out up to 60 full-time jobs while slashing vacation and medical benefits and eliminating voluntary buyout provisions from future layoffs." The Guild has asked the NLRB to investigate. (NY Post)

  2. Aereo files for bankruptcy

    The "challenges have proven too difficult to overcome," the company says. (Aereo) | "Aereo's CEO told early VCs: This either will be the best investment of your career, or it will be a total loss. There is no in between." (@danprimack)

  3. Networks on Obama's immigration reform speech:


    ABC, NBC and CBS gave it a "collective shrug," Erik Wemple reports. "Asked whether the White House formally requested coverage, the White House wouldn’t even provide the Erik Wemple Blog an on-the-record response." (WP) | New York Post front: "Bamnesty" | "Sí se pudo": How La Opinión and El Diario La Prensa covered the speech. (WP)

  4. Gatehouse parent co. buys Halifax newspapers

    New Media Investment Group will pay $280 million for Halifax's 36 newspapers, which include 24 dailies. (NMIG) | NMIG will be the Worcester (Massachusetts) Telegram & Gazette's third owner in 16 months. (T&G)

  5. Phone hacking scandal principals move on

    Rebekah Brooks may be named editor of the New York Post, Leela de Kretser writes in a kicky inaugural column for Capital. She and her family are "ensconced in an Upper East Side pad." (Capital) | Former News of the World Editor Andy Coulson got out of jail early. (The Guardian)

  6. Your daily BuzzFeed links

    Should BuzzFeed EIC Ben Smith have disclosed that some of his publication's backers have invested in Uber competitors? It's "easy to see this sort of thing creating an endless rabbit hole," Peter Kafka writes. (Re/code) | BuzzFeed has discovered that "social URLs" -- think back to the punny headlines you may have written before Google ruined all your fun -- can "act like a rocket booster for a post," Lucia Moses reports. Note the URL on the story. (Digiday)

  7. #Pointergate: The timeline

    Corey Hutchins writes a fabulous tick-tock of KSTP's ludicrous non-story and its risible attempts to defend it. Owner Stanley Hubbard confirms the station's initial tip came from "the police federation guy" and says the station polled viewers after it became a national laughingstock for running it: "We just did a major study—we wanted to find out the public reaction—I haven’t got the number exactly, but it’s something like 65 or 70 percent of the people don’t care one way or the other. But interestingly, of those who are aware of the story, 52 percent of black people say, ‘Good for you, right on.’” (CJR) | The Minnesota Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists calls the story "fundamentally flawed." (MNSPJ) | A big takeaway from all this from David Brauer: "Primarily, we should be vigilant about civilian control of police." (Southwest Journal) | Hubbard called a sponsor's decision to pull advertising from KSTP "unbelievable." Finally, something KSTP finds hard to believe. (MPR News)

  8. HuffPost may host Jill Abramson-Steven Brill startup

    A "decision on a deal is likely to be made soon," David Carr and Ravi Somaiya report. (NYT)

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

    The Washington Post goes big on Obama's immigration action. (Courtesy the Newseum)

  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin

    Dan Lyons is now editor-in-chief at Valleywag. Previously, he was a marketing fellow at HubSpot. (Re/code) | Rachel Racusen will be vice president of communications at MSNBC. Previously, she was associate communications director for the White House. (Playbook) | Jeff Fager will be an executive producer at "60 Minutes". Previously, he was chairman of CBS News. (Politico) | Nitasha Tiku is now a west coast senior writer at The Verge. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of Valleywag. (Business Insider) | Jason Kravarik is now a producer at CNN. Previously, he was assistant news director at KOIN in Portland, Oregon. (TV Spy) | Job of the day: The Rockford (Illinois) Register Star is looking for an editor. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves:

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N.Y. tabs met in secret lovenest

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories, then let’s get to the weekend.

  1. A New York Post/New York Daily News collaboration? Joe Pompeo reports the rival papers had unsuccessful discussions about “a number of potential business deals that would have made unlikely bedfellows of enemy combatants.” “Many deal points were on the table,” a source tells him. Another source tells Pompeo talks about a digital-only Daily News are “not about if, they’re about when.” (Capital)
  2. Earnings: Broadcast ad revenues way up, print ad revenues down nearly 8 percent at Meredith. (MediaPost) | McClatchy had “a rocky third quarter,” plus what it called “important events that have sealed our financial flexibility” — some substantial assets sales. “An unfriendly commentator might describe those ‘events’ as a yard sale,” Rick Edmonds writes. (Poynter)
  3. Some less-than-worshipful takes on the Dave McKinney affair: His now-former Sun-Times colleague Neil Steinberg writes: “I sincerely believe that had McKinney managed to just step around this mess and gone back to doing his job, an important life skill in journalism, instead of pouring gasoline over himself, and the paper, and striking a match, the whole thing would be over by now and he’d be back to kicking [Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce] Rauner’s ass, which is what this is supposedly all about.” (Every goddamn day) | Erik Wemple on the “monster ethical issue” underneath all this: “Either the Sun-Times should have bumped McKinney from the race early on, or it should have run disclaimers on his stories.” (WP)
  4. AMC buys half of BBC America: The deal may help the BBC World News channel get on U.S. cable and satellite systems, Brian Stelter reports. (CNN)
  5. Guardian’s lawyer honored: The National LGBT Bar Association will honor Gill Phillips, who runs editorial legal services at Guardian News & Media Limited. The Guardian’s Edward Snowden stories were “one of many challenges the openly lesbian Phillips has faced during her tenure at the paper, which has also included breaking the phone-hacking story, The Trafigura Super Injunction Saga and the Leveson Inquiry.” (PinkNews)
  6. The Queen sent a tweet: “It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.” (@BritishMonarchy) | Other tweets by royals. (Twitter UK) | One used an iPad: “Here’s a photo of the man who actually typed the tweet and prepared the iPad for the Queen.” (Business Insider)
  7. National Report defends bogus news reports: “We like to think we are doing a public service by introducing readers to misinformation,” National Report publisher Allen Montgomery (whose name is also fake, but let’s move on) says. Craig Silverman: “They may say this is an educational effort, but all the education has come from the other people debunking their stuff.” (Digiday)
  8. “Sometimes the size is so overwhelming, it’s hard to find a picture”: NYT photographer Ozier Muhammad takes Deborah Acosta with him on assignment as he tries to get (and transmit) photos from last month’s People’s Climate March. He finally gets an image through by hitting a Starbucks and using its WiFi. (NYT)
  9. Front page of the day, not curated by Kristen Hare: A great photo of yesterday’s solar eclipse from The Plain Dealer’s John Kuntz, with a solid headline: “Moon takes a spectacular bite out of the sun.” (Courtesy the Newseum.)


  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Callie Schweitzer has been named editorial director of audience strategy for Time Magazine and Time Inc. Previously, she was director of digital innovation at Time magazine. (Poynter) | Peter Lattman will be deputy business editor at The New York Times. Previously, he was media editor there. (The New York Times) | Paul Greenberg is chief executive officer at Nylon Media. Previously, he was CEO of ( | Stefano Fusaro is now a sports anchor for WTVJ in Miami. Previously, he was sports director at KXLN in Houston. (TV Spy) | Roxane Gay is a columnist at Guardian U.S. She is the author of “An Untamed State” and “Bad Feminist”. Jeb Lund is a columnist at Guardian U.S. He has written for Rolling Stone, GQ and The New Republic. Trevor Timm is a columnist at Guardian U.S. He is executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. Steven Thrasher is a columnist at Guardian U.S. He is a contributing editor at BuzzFeed. Jess Zimmerman is a columnist at Guardian U.S. She is a technology essayist. (Email) | Job of the day: Euclid Media Group is looking for an editor-in-chief for the San Antonio Current. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves:

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James Foley’s mother: ‘We have never been prouder of our son Jim’

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. ISIS video appears to show James Foley’s execution: Masked executioner speaking “with what sounds like an East London accent…. says that Mr. Foley’s execution is in retaliation for the recent American airstrikes ordered by President Obama against the extremist group in Iraq.” (NYT) | Foley’s mother, Diane Foley, on Facebook: “We have never been prouder of our son Jim. He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people. We implore the kidnappers to spare the lives of the remaining hostages. Like Jim, they are innocents. They have no control over American government policy in Iraq, Syria or anywhere in the world.” (Find James Foley) | “As of 7 a.m. local time on Wednesday, Foley’s family in New Hampshire had no confirmation from the US government of Jim’s death, and they acknowledged there is a small chance the video may still prove to be fake.” (GlobalPost) | Here are some links to stories published at the one-year anniversary of his disappearance, last November. (Poynter) | The video also showed ISIS threatening another journalist, Steven Sotloff, who has been missing since last August. (NYDN) | Both the New York Daily News and the New York Post front Foley’s execution, with the New York Post choosing an image of his executioner applying a knife to his throat. (Via Newseum) | “Twitter is ‘actively suspending accounts’ of users posting images related to the apparent execution of journalist James Wright Foley, CEO Dick Costolo announced today.” (Re/code) | “Social Media Companies Scramble to Block Terrorist Video of Journalist’s Murder” (Foreign Policy)
  2. Meanwhile, in Ferguson: Police entered the media pen early Wednesday searching for protesters. I collected a few tweets about the incident. | 47 arrests last night, three handguns seized. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) | Post-Dispatch front page: “A Day of Recovery” (Via Newseum, of course) | Poynter’s Kristen Hare is in Ferguson and STL today, reporting on newsgathering there. She has a gas mask all lined up. Say hi if you see her! Follow her on Twitter: @kristenhare. | Hare’s first post.
  3. Apple’s best-sourced reporter is a 20-year-old college student: Mark Gurman “makes more than six figures a year as senior editor and scoop master at,” Michael Rosenwald writes. (CJR)
  4. Twitter confirms you’ll start seeing tweets from people you don’t follow: “The aim seems to be to increase the chance that more users may see content that they might find interesting.” (The Guardian) | “On the Facebookification of Twitter and the Twitterfication of Facebook” (Poynter)
  5. Snapchat moves into news: A new service called Snapchat Discovery “would let users read daily editions of publications as well as watch video clips of TV shows or movies by holding down a finger on the screen, like they do with photos and other messages on the app before disappearing.” (WSJ) | “Here is what Snapnews looks like in its primitive form: A ninety-second reel, divided into small units, each composed by finger or stylus. Who knew!” (The Awl) | Related: The Washington Post is on Yo. “We’ll YO every time we publish a new article on NSA or cybersecurity.” (@migold)
  6. Remembering Charles M. Young: The rock writer died Monday. He was 63. “He made his mark covering the CBGBs scene in the mid-1970s, writing Rolling Stone’s first major pieces on the Ramones, Patti Smith and Television, among others. He brought a fresh sense of humor to the magazine’s Random Notes section, and championed critically-disrespected bands like Van Halen.” (Rolling Stone) | Young in 2001: “It’s physically painful for me to squelch my writing style to fit some editor’s idea of useful consumer advice. I hate rating records with numbers and stars and grades. I hate lists.” (
  7. Fareed Zakaria again faces plagiarism accusations: With Benny Johnson‘s pelt on their wall, @blippoblappo & @crushingbort turn their attention to the Atlantic Media contributor. (Our Bad Media) | Time will review Zakaria’s work again. “Fred Hiatt, the editorial page editor of The Washington Post, called the new accusations ‘reckless’ in a statement to Poynter.” (Poynter) | Zakaria’s full response: “These are all facts, not someone else’s writing or opinions or expressions.” (Politico)
  8. Condé Nast sells Fairchild: “Penske Media Corp. is acquiring Fairchild Fashion Media from Condé Nast, in a deal that includes WWD, its archive, Footwear News, M Magazine and the Fairchild Summits and events business.” (WWD) | “This is the second time this month that Condé Nast, which owns magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair, has sold an asset. It recently offloaded the shopping magazine Lucky, merging it with the online retailer BeachMint.” (NYT)
  9. Creative Loafing Charlotte sold: Charles Womack, the publisher of Yes! Weekly in Greensboro, North Carolina, purchased the alt-weekly from SouthComm, Inc. (Yes! Weekly)
  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Mabel Martinez is now beauty editor of Siempre Mujer. Previously, she was an editorial assistant at Parade Magazine. (Meredith) | Kelly Lattimer is now vice president and general manager of WQRF in Rockford, Illinois. Previously, she was general sales manager for KFXA in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Nexstar) | Nora Zimmett is now senior vice president of live programming at The Weather Channel. Formerly, she was an executive producer at CNN. (TV Newser) | Paul Steinhauser will be political director for NH1. Formerly, he was CNN’s political editor. (Fishbowl DC) | Ama Daetz is now an evening anchor at KGO. Previously, she was a weekend anchor there. (TV Spy) | Job of the day: Willamette Week is looking for a reporter in Portland, Oregon. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) Send Ben your job

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New York Post puts Jill Abramson on its front page

The New York Post put an Instagram photo by Jill Abramson’s daughter on its front page Friday.

Thursday night Ken Auletta followed his earlier report on Abramson’s firing with an account of the numbers behind a reported compensation dispute between her and The New York Times:

Let’s look at some numbers I’ve been given: As executive editor, Abramson’s starting salary in 2011 was $475,000, compared to [former Executive Editor Bill] Keller’s salary that year, $559,000. Her salary was raised to $503,000, and—only after she protested—was raised again to $525,000. She learned that her salary as managing editor, $398,000, was less than that of the male managing editor for news operations, John Geddes. She also learned that her salary as Washington bureau chief, from 2000 to 2003, was a hundred thousand dollars less than that of her successor in that position, Phil Taubman. (Murphy would say only that Abramson’s compensation was “broadly comparable” to that of Taubman and Geddes.)

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Ellen DeGeneres grants AP rights for editorial use of Oscar selfie

Associated Press

Ellen DeGeneres has “granted The Associated Press the rights for the editorial use of her star-studded selfie by AP members and subscribers,” AP informs its members.

The selfie. (AP Photo/Ellen DeGeneres)

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Martha Stewart cuts 100 employees

New York Post | AdWeek

On Thursday, as predicted, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia fired 100 employees, Keith Kelly reported Thursday in the New York Post.

Included in the downsizing were some of the company’s upper-level executives, including executive vice president Daniel Taitz, who had served as acting CEO before Dienst was appointed Oct. 29.

Chief Revenue Officer Joe Lagani; Martha Stewart Living Publisher Peter Medwid; Vice President of Integrated Sales Laura Petasnick; and head of digital sales Jess Hollander.

Adweek reported Thursday on the cuts, writing that one MSLO employee said the office atmosphere was awful. “It’s really scary and terrible right before the holidays.”

Advertisingwise, Martha Stewart Living had an up year, with full-year ad pages rising nearly 16 percent over 2012. Circulation was flat in the first half of 2013, and newsstand sales dropped 13 percent. The magazine unveiled a well-received redesign in July in hopes of boosting those numbers.

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