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9 stories to catch you up on why people are pissed at the NYT’s story on Shonda Rhimes

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1. On Thursday, The New York Times’ Alessandra Stanley wrote “Wrought in Their Creator’s Image: Viola Davis Plays Shonda Rhimes’s Latest Tough Heroine.”

Here’s the lead, but really, read the whole thing.

When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called “How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman.”

Again, read the whole thing. The lead is not the worst part. By Friday, a lot of publications broke down everything that was wrong about the story, and that it ever ran in the first place. Here are selections from a few of them.

2. The Huffington Post’s Jack Mirkinson collected some tweets from Rhimes herself for “Shonda Rhimes Takes Down NY Times Critic Who Called Her An ‘Angry Black Woman’”.… Read more


Career Beat: Naomi Zeichner named editor-in-chief of The Fader

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

  • Missy Ryan will be a Pentagon correspondent for The Washington Post. Previously, she was a reporter at Reuters. (The Washington Post)
  • Yumiko Ono is now Asia audience engagement editor at The Wall Street Journal. Previously, she was managing editor of Wall Street Journal Japan. (@raju)
  • Trip Gabriel is now a political correspondent for The New York Times. He was a national correspondent there. Jennifer Steinhauer is now mid-atlantic bureau chief for The New York Times. Previously, she was a congressional reporter there. (Politico)
  • Amy Keller Laird is now editor-in-chief of Women’s Health. Previously, she was executive editor there. (Women’s Wear Daily)
  • Naomi Zeichner is now editor-in-chief of The Fader.
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NYT launches Playbook competitor

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. State Dept. tells Turkey to back off NYT reporter: State spokesperson Jen Psaki criticized Turkey for harassment of New York Times reporter Ceylan Yeginsu, who has reported on how the Islamic State group recruits in Turkey. “On Friday, Turkish newspapers controlled by allies of the president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, published front-page photographs of Ms. Yeginsu and asserted that she was a traitor and foreign agent who was seeking to falsely imply that Mr. Erdogan is a closet supporter of the Islamic State.” (NYT) | I ran a little primer on the Times/Turkey tussle, including a statement from Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet, in Item 2 of Friday’s roundup (Poynter) | Yeginsu wrote last week about how dicey it can be to report on IS in Turkey: “‘Don’t worry it’s a stupid American newspaper.
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A good NYT review can cancel out a Washington Post pan

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The “difference between bad reviews and great reviews over the course of a season is around $50,000 in revenue for Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company,” Woolly Mammoth marketing manager Steven Dawson writes.

One Washington Post critic, Peter Marks, has an outsized impact on ticket sales, Dawson writes: A mediocre Marks review will bring in 2 percent of the total revenue of a show, he found, while a rave will bring in 6 percent of total revenue.

Marks panned one show, “The Totalitarians,” which brought in 0 percent of revenue — 12 tickets, Dawson writes. But a Marks pan of another production, “Stupid Fucking Bird,” was offset by a theater-appropriate deus ex machina:

Charles Isherwood decided to come from the New York Times and review the play, which had already won multiple awards and had created quite the buzz.

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News organizations continue to confuse llamas with alpacas

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The New York Times added the following correction on Wednesday to a story about about Wisconsin llama races:

A picture caption on Monday with an article about llama races in Hammond, Wis., misidentified the animals shown running down the street. They are alpacas, not llamas. (While the llamas were the stars of the day, one race was designated just for alpacas, perhaps to make the llamas’ kissing cousins feel included.)

This isn’t the first time The Times has mistaken alpacas for their larger cousins. Last year, they trotted out a similar correction to an article about llama ownership:

Because of an editing error, an article last Thursday about keeping llamas as pets referred incorrectly to alpacas. They are bred for their wool; they are not beasts of burden, as are llamas.

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While reporting on Ebola, the smell of chlorine ‘is one of the most comforting smells in the world’

It’s like being immersed in a swimming pool. Constantly. But the smell of chlorine and bleach don’t bother Ben Solomon.

“The smell is one of the most comforting smells in the world for me,” he said in a Skype interview. “All my clothes are ruined, and I’m totally OK with it.”

Solomon, a foreign video journalist with The New York Times, is currently in Liberia. Before that, he spent three weeks in Sierra Leone, documenting the devastation of Ebola.

“It’s the most challenging story I think I’ve ever covered,” Solomon said. It’s depressing, frustrating, infuriating, but it’s also an honor, he said, “and a privilege to be able to tell these people’s stories.”

Reporting on Ebola from West Africa is hard.… Read more


AP shifts style on Islamic State again

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Here’s yet another style change related to the terrorist group that has been known as ISIS, ISIL and the Islamic State: the Associated Press now refers to it mostly as “the Islamic State group.”

Previously, the AP told Poynter its approach was “to refer to them on first reference simply as ‘Islamic militants,’ ‘jihadi fighters,’ ‘the leading Islamic militant group fighting in Iraq (Syria), etc.’”

Vivian Salama reports on the latest change:

The AP now uses phrases like “the Islamic State group,” or “fighters from the Islamic State group,” to avoid phrasing that sounds like they could be fighting for an internationally recognized state.

“The word ‘state’ implies a system of administration and governance,” said David L. Phillips, the director of Peace-Building and Rights Program at Columbia University.

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Is it original? An editor’s guide to identifying plagiarism

If you’re reading this, it happened again. Right now, an editor may be about to issue an apology or a stern rebuttal. Someone’s reputation and body of work is being scrutinized. And a gaggle of self-appointed fact-checkers may be plugging sentence after sentence into Google for any traces of dishonesty. If you’re reading this, a journalist has been accused of what Poynter’s Roy Peter Clark calls “the unoriginal sin”: plagiarism.

Plagiarism is a serious charge. If true, it has the potential to upend a career and mar a journalist’s reputation for life. And yet, in today’s world of aggregated news, plagiarism is an imprecise word that stands for a spectrum of offenses related to unoriginal work. And its severity varies dramatically depending on a variety of circumstances.… Read more


NYT will run 4 native ads on Mashable

The New York Times has placed a series of native ads on Mashable. It’s the news organization’s first native ad campaign from its audience development group, Times spokesperson Linda Zebian tells Poynter. It has, she said, promoted its content “through advertisements on other sites outside of our own” before.

The Times placed sponsored content on The Awl, Gothamist and Digg earlier this year, Joe Pompeo reported for Capital in April.

The first ad, “11 Inspiring Videos That Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity,” ran 5 days ago. A new one, “9 Cultural Icons Who Have Written for ‘The New York Times’,” bowed today. There are two more ads planned in the campaign, which runs to the end of the month, Zebian says.… Read more


Career Beat: Yahoo names editors for 2 verticals

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

  • Kate Lanphear is now editor-in-chief of Maxim. Previously, she was style editor at T Magazine. (WWD)
  • Kerry Diamond is now editor-in-chief of Yahoo Food. She is the co-founder and editorial director of Cherry Bombe. Kristen Baldwin is editor-in-chief of Yahoo TV. Previously, she was deputy editor at Entertainment Weekly. (Email)
  • Alice Gabriner will be international photo editor for Time magazine. She was a senior photo editor at National Geographic. Mandy Oaklander will be a staff writer for Time magazine. Previously, she was a senior writer for Jack Linshi is a breaking news reporter and homepage editor at Time magazine. He was a weekend arts and living editor at the Yale Daily News.
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