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Politico, AJC launch redesigns

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Politico, AJC launch redesigns

    Politico's new presentation aims to give readers a "cleaner, more organized design that seeks to crowd out some of the noise of our information overload moment," Editor Susan Glasser writes in a welcome note. (Politico) | "Today is the formal beginning of the biggest transformation of [Politico] in eight years," CEO Jim Vandehei writes in a memo to staffers. The publication's visual retooling echoes expansion plans "into Europe and other states," but VandeHei says "Washington will always be the central nervous system of [Politico]." | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also has a new design, a "bold new look" that will spread to other Cox Media Group free newspaper sites, CMG says in a release. Take a tour: (AJC) | From June: "AJC reorganizes newsroom for digital with topic teams inspired by Quartz’s ‘obsessions’" (Poynter) Somewhat related to the Politico stuff: The Washington Post, whose publisher used to be president and COO of Politico, plans to get its journalists on TV more. (WP)

  2. Facebook, BuzzFeed, ABC News team up on political data

    Facebook's "sentiment analysis" data "isn’t a substitute for polling, in part because the huge sample of Americans on Facebook still isn’t co-extensive with the electorate, but the sentiment data has the potential to be an important and telling complement to it," BuzzFeed EIC Ben Smith writes. (BuzzFeed) | BuzzFeed looked to certain Twitter conversations to help it call races during the midterms. | Related: NBC News is teaming up with Facebook on a series of 24 stories in 24 hours about fighting Ebola. "Starting Monday, people on Facebook will see a message at the top of their News Feed with an option to share stories and donate to three charities International Medical Corps, the Red Cross and Save the Children," NBC News says in a release. (NBC News)

  3. Newsweek removes editor's note from Zakaria archives

    In late September the magazine placed a note on Fareed Zakaria's author page asking "readers with information about articles by Mr. Zakaria that may purportedly lack proper attribution" to get in touch after anonymous media critics @blippoblappo and @crushingbort started torching Zakaria's work. On Friday the magazine said "the only submissions we received were from the same two self-styled watchdogs," and placed corrections on "articles that Newsweek staffers felt warranted them." Newsweek also interviewed Mr. Blappo and Mr. Bort, who say they've found others who may warrant their attention: "it would probably be a good idea for major newspapers to revisit standard practices when it comes to sourcing," @crushingbort says. (Newsweek) | They're not light corrections. For instance, this one: "Note: Newsweek has established that this article does not meet editorial standards. It borrows extensively from 'Osama bin Laden's growing anxiety' by Fawaz Gerges without proper attribution. Newsweek acknowledges the error." (Newsweek)

  4. Vice goes to Guantanamo

    Its series "about prisons and the people inside them" launches with a collection of stories about Gitmo. (Vice)

  5. News literacy in 2014

    What Jay Rosen expects his students to know by the end of term. (PressThink)

  6. Bloomberg TV's going over the top

    Its online video viewing numbers jumped in September, Tom Cheredar writes. It doesn't require you to "authenticate that you’re already paying for Bloomberg via cable or satellite TV monthly service" and has launched "a group dedicated to OTT ad sales and partnerships, with the sole purpose of translating the OTT side to the rest of the company’s business strategy." (VentureBeat) | A year ago Peter Lauria wrote about Bloomberg TV, which he said was prized internally "behind the almighty terminal and the news unit." (BuzzFeed)

  7. Life as a pot critic

    Denver Post freelancer Jake Browne is a "supertaster" whose reviews emphasize sensation but avoid pretentiousness, Jessica Bennett writes. And, no, he doesn't get to expense his weed. (NYT)

  8. Breitbart botches hit piece on Obama's AG nominee

    The news site said Loretta Lynch had a Whitewater connection in two posts -- apparently confused by a California attorney with the same name. (Media Matters) | One post is gone, the other sports a correction.

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

    The Washington Post's "N-word project" lands on the front page with a big, ugly, stippled "N." (Courtesy the Newseum)
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  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin

    Jonathan Salant is now Washington correspondent for NJ Advance Media. Previously, he was a political reporter for Bloomberg. (Email) | Meredith Homet is now executive director of retail at GQ. Previously, she was advertising director of W. (Email) | Serge Kovaleski is now an investigative reporter for The New York Times' culture department. Previously, he was a national correspondent there. (Romenesko) | Stephen Gibson is now chief financial officer at The Washington Post. Previously, he was chief financial officer for Allbritton Communications. Beth Diaz is now vice president of audience development and analytics at The Washington Post. Previously, she was director of research and analytics there. Kristine Coratti is now vice president of communications at The Washington Post. Previously, she was director of communications there. (Washington Post) | Ed Kosowski is now news director at KCTV in Kansas City. Previously, he was news director for KWGN in Denver. Michelle Palmer is assistant news director for WSMV in Nashville, Tennessee. Previously, she was an executive producer there. (Rick Gevers) | Job of the day: Dow Jones is looking for a bureau chief. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves: bmullin@poynter.org.

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Congressional candidate blocks reporters on Twitter

Congressional candidate Carl DeMaio has blocked on Twitter several journalists who cover him. KPBS reporter Claire Trageser told Poynter she noticed she had been blocked on Friday, which was a couple days before she reported that a second campaign staffer had accused DeMaio of sexual harassment.

If you block someone on Twitter, they can’t follow you, among other indignities.

Joshua Emerson Smith, a reporter for San Diego CityBeat, said on Twitter he’d been blocked, too, after Trageser tweeted a photo showing she’d been blocked.

CityBeat Editor David Rolland told Poynter DeMaio “blocked my entire staff” on Friday. His own account got briefly suspended by Twitter that same day: “I suspect that the DeMaio camp reported me as spam,” he wrote in an email, adding that he thought it was possible whoever blocked him reported him unintentionally at the same time.

A couple weeks ago, Trageser reported that DeMaio had said he wasn’t terribly interested in speaking with “muckraking” outlets. L.A. Times San Diego bureau chief Tony Perry told her DeMaio’s campaign had recently denied an interview request. It was unhappy with a story he wrote that was published in May, Perry told her.

A DeMaio spokesperson has not yet responded to a query from Poynter about the strategy behind this practice, or whether his campaign reported Rolland’s account. Read more

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Publishers resurface evergreen content; Thailand’s the place to be for drone journalism

Here’s our roundup of the top digital and social media stories you should know about (and from Andrew Beaujon, 10 media stories to start your day):

— New York magazine is posting old content to its Facebook page, and Business Insider is doing so on its homepage, according to Digiday’s Ricardo Bilton. How timestamp-transparent should publishers be when resurfacing evergreen stories?

— Drone journalism won’t take off in South Africa or the U.S. anytime soon, according to Sydney Pead at PBS MediaShift. But in Thailand, “it’s considered a hobby” — and easier than playing Playstation 3 @Free PSN Codes Generator App .

— A new Twitter bot called @congressedits tracks Wikipedia edits from computers on Capitol Hill. David Uberti looks at six of the recent edits at Columbia Journalism Review. Read more

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Vice President Joe Biden gestures  as he speaks about reducing domestic violence, Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at the Montgomery County Executive Office Building in Rockville, Md. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

A year ago, Joe Biden’s staff deleted my pictures

The weirdest part was when Fox News’ Bret Baier mentioned my name. From his March 14, 2013, broadcast:

“A student reporter who was forced by Vice President Biden’s staff to delete pictures he took at a Biden appearance has received an apology. University of Maryland student journalist Jeremy Barr was covering a domestic violence event attended by Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder, and Senator Ben Cardin.”

Vice President Biden speaks in Rockville, Md., on March 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

One year ago, I was a graduate student at the University of Maryland’s journalism school. As part of the program’s capstone, I worked four days a week as a politics reporter for the school’s Capital News Service. I primarily covered the state’s congressional delegation, but I also reported on national politics as related to the Free State.

“Bidengate,” as probably someone on Twitter called it, started out as just a run-of-the-mill administration news conference on March 13. Biden and Holder were on hand to announce a domestic violence grant program, and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Sen. Ben Cardin got some mic time because their state’s program was viewed as a national model. Read more

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Joe McGinniss, scourge of politicos and chronicler of crime, dies at 71

Associated Press | Los Angeles Times 


Stories about author-journalist Joe McGinniss are re-emerging in the wake of news that he died Monday in a Worcester, Mass., hospital from complications of prostate cancer.

He once moved next door to Sarah Palin to gather material for his unauthorized biography about her, according to the Associated Press. The subject of his best-selling book, “Fatal Vision,” sued him, claiming McGinniss tricked him into believing the convicted murderer was innocent. McGinniss’ publisher settled out of court for $325,000.

Associated Press reported:

The tall, talkative McGinniss had early dreams of becoming a sports reporter and wrote books about soccer, horse racing and travel. But he was best known for two works that became touchstones in their respective genres — campaign books (”The Selling of the President”) and true crime (”Fatal Vision”). In both cases, he had become fascinated by the difference between public image and private reality.

McGinniss worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer as a columnist while writing the book on Richard Nixon. Nixon’s campaign allowed him access, not suspecting he would turn out a book exposing the soul-less marketing of the presidential candidate. He was unflinching with Democrats as well, although his book, “The Last Brother: The Rise and Fall of Teddy Kennedy,” attributed imagined thoughts to Ted Kennedy and drew rounds of criticism, the Los Angeles Times reported.

On his website, the Times said, McGinniss wrote:

Penetrating the façade of institutions and people in public life can be an exhilarating but risky business. Sometimes the results are culturally ground-breaking and wildly popular, sometimes disillusioning and distinctly unpopular, sometimes personally heartbreaking.

He is survived among others by his wife Nancy Doherty and his son, author Joe McGinniss Jr. Read more

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China Citizens Movement Trial

Covering China: for foreign and domestic press, self-censorship’s the threat

A plainclothes policeman, center, tries to block a foreign journalist filming while police detain the supporters of Xu Zhiyong near the No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court in Beijing Wednesday. Xu, a legal scholar and founder of the New Citizens movement, is on trial facing a charge organzing a crowd to disrupt public order. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

It’s not easy being a journalist in China these days.

Chinese reporters are facing new government restrictions, including forced training in Marxism and a new written “ideology” exam. Some, pushing the investigative envelope, have been detained, demoted and fired. Bloggers have been arrested under a new law that forbids rumor-mongering.

Meanwhile, foreign journalists have had visa renewals held up by the government, with the threat of expulsion. The standoff grew so contentious that Vice President Joe Biden had to make a personal appeal to China’s president before last-minute visas were issued earlier this month.

The troubles have prompted soul-searching among journalists about their cumulative effect. The key question for many is whether government intimidation will lead to self-censorship. Read more

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As a New Jersey state trooper stands at attention nearby, Gov. Chris Christie delivers his State of the State address Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Blindsided: How Christie used passive verbs to turn himself into a victim

My brother frequently drives from New Jersey to New York across the George Washington Bridge to visit our 94-year-old mom. Her name is Shirley Clark, and she likes Chris Christie. She prefers her politicians to be straight talkers. She would agree with George Orwell that the best political rhetoric is “demotic,” a fancy word for the “voice of the people.”

If I could bring Orwell back from his early grave, I would have loved to have sat next to him during the New Jersey governor’s press conference apologizing for dirty political tricks, or at his subsequent State of the State of New Jersey speech. Based on what Orwell wrote in “Politics and the English Language,” I think he would have given the governor a mixed grade.

Reviewing Christie’s words, there are moments when he seems to take responsibility for the traffic disasters as political vendetta in the city of Fort Lee. He says, for example, “I apologize to the people of Fort Lee” and “ultimately I am responsible for what happens under my watch – the good and the bad.” Read more

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PoynterVision: White House photo practices break promise of open government

Kenny Irby, senior faculty at Poynter, advises the public to critically analyze photos from the White House Press Office, particularly as it routinely denies photojournalists access to the president.

Founder of Poynter’s photojournalism program, Irby says he doesn’t believe the Obama administration is living up to its promise of “open government.”

Irby argues White House chief photographer Pete Souza‘s role is more that of a “propagandist” than a photojournalist since his job is to make the president “look good, make the president look presidential.”

In the past week, several news organizations, including the McClatchy newspapers, USA Today and the AP have said they will not use handout photos originating from the White House Press Office, except in rare circumstances.


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The performance of HealthCare.gov isn't what will count in the end, says Politico's Joanne Kenen. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

Health care coverage is more than numbers

We’ve heard a lot about the HealthCare.gov website and its performance metrics recently.

But the Affordable Care Act metric that really matters isn’t error rates or response time. It’s enrollment.

Furthermore, what matters isn’t just how many people enroll – although that’s part of it. It’s also who enrolls – in particular, their age and health status. A mix that includes younger and healthier people is needed for a viable insurance risk pool. And whether that mix has been achieved may not be clear until later in the six-month open-enrollment season. Read more

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‘We should have done better,’ Flint Journal editor says after two felons elected to council

The Flint Journal | WJRT

Two newly elected members of Flint, Mich.’s city council were convicted of felonies, and two others have declared bankruptcy in the past. “We didn’t do good enough,” Flint Journal editor Marjory Raymer writes.

Flint’s council is “virtually powerless” because the city remains under the control of an emergency manager, Raymer writes. “We all know, though, that the state takeover will end eventually – and so we take very seriously our responsibility to inform voters.” Read more

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