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Career Beat: National Press Foundation gets a new president

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

  • Ann Shoket will be a consultant for Hearst. Previously, she was editor in chief of Seventeen magazine. (Capital New York)
  • Kal Penn will be a special correspondent for Fusion. Previously, he was associate director of the White House’s Office of Public Engagement. (Politico)
  • Richard Tomko is now publisher of amNewYork. Previously, he was a consultant at Boost Digital. (Email)
  • Tony Brancato is now executive director of Web products and audience development at The New York Times. Previously, he was head of product for the Web there. (The New York Times)
  • Sandy Johnson is now president and chief operating officer at the National Press Foundation. Previously, she was the excecutive editor at Stateline.org.
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NYT makes another change in response to Innovation Report

The New York Times has promoted Tony Brancato to executive director of Web products and audience development as part of an ongoing effort to “make the Innovation Report a reality,” according to a memo from The Times.

“A central recommendation of the team was to name leads in the newsroom and in product to oversee our audience-building efforts,” Denise Warren, executive vice president of the Times’ digital products services group, and Paul Smurl, general manager of the Times’ core digital products, write in the memo, which is below. “Dean’s and Andy’s recent promotion of Alex MacCallum was the first step. And Tony’s is the second.”

In August, Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet appointed MacCallum assistant editor for outreach, a masthead position created to address the Times’ need to reach a broader audience.… Read more

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4 quick tips for attracting — and keeping — mobile readers

So your news organization now gets the majority of its pageviews through mobile devices. Now what? At the Online News Association conference in Chicago, mobile bosses from The New York Times, CNN and BuzzFeed dispensed tips for boosting mobile growth. Here are four of them.

  1. Become a metric sleuth
    One evening earlier this year, CNN saw a confusing uptick in mobile traffic, said Etan Horowitz, senior mobile editor at CNN. The editors were puzzled. Why the sudden spike? Upon further investigation, they realized the pageviews weren’t caused by any stories posted to CNN’s mobile site. Instead, they came from a video of a scary-looking baby terrorizing New Yorkers that had been shared on CNN’s social media accounts.

    Sometimes, as in the case of the “Devil Baby,” traffic spikes are one-offs, caused by popular pieces of content.

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Career Beat: Major masthead shakeup at The New York Times

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

  • Susan Chira is now a deputy executive editor at The New York Times. Previously, she was an assistant managing editor there. Janet Elder is now a deputy executive editor at The New York Times. Previously, she was a deputy managing editor there. Matt Purdy is now a deputy executive editor at The New York Times. He was an assistant managing editor there. Ian Fisher is now a deputy executive editor at The New York Times. Previously, he was an assistant managing editor there. Steve Duenes is now an assistant editor at the New York Times. Previously, he was graphics director there. Clifford Levy is an associate editor at the New York Times. He is the head of NYT Now.
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Baquet changes NYT masthead: ‘our newsroom must be more nimble’

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New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet made changes to the publication’s masthead today, promoting four people to the post of deputy executive editor and eliminating the position of managing editor.

Susan Chira will be in charge of the news report, Ravi Somaiya reports. Janet Elder “will manage talent, operations and budget.” Matt Purdy will run investigations and enterprise. Ian Fisher’s in charge of digital operations. Tom Bodkin is creative director. And three other editors got promotions: Joseph Kahn is assistant editor for international; Steve Duenes is assistant editor, and NYT Now editor Clifford J. Levy is an associate editor.

Joe Pompeo reported these changes were coming last Thursday.

Here’s Baquet’s note to staff:

As I thought about the kind of leadership The New York Times will need in these next crucial two or three years —as we grow our digital muscles while maintaining our commitment to the majesty of print — it became clear that our traditional masthead structure no longer works.

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Mashable, too, heads to Europe

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Ask Mashable Executive Editor Jim Roberts about his plans for the future and he says — with tongue planted firmly in cheek — that he’s looking to achieve “global domination.”

That may seem ambitious for the top editor of a news organization that until this year had not expanded outside the U.S, but Roberts is serious when it comes to growing the site’s international audience.

On Tuesday, the company announced it would open a London office in October, naming former WorldIrish.com editorial director Blathnaid Healy its U.K. editor.

“I think we’ve only scratched the surface of what we can hope to see in terms of building a global audience,” Roberts said in a phone interview. “The subjects that we focus on really do have global appeal, whether it’s climate coverage or technology news or the latest in digital culture, viral content, memes — these are things that don’t necessarily adhere to geographic and physical boundaries.”

Roberts’ claims aren’t just talk.… Read more

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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

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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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