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Career Beat: Rachel Zarrell named news editor at BuzzFeed News

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

  • Rachel Zarrell is now news editor at BuzzFeed News. Previously, she was a weekend editor there. (‏@rachelzarrell)
  • Ben Calhoun is now director of content and programming at WBEZ in Chicago. Previously, he was a producer for “This American Life.” (Robert Feder)
  • Ada Guerin is now creative director at The Wrap. Previously, she was design director and associate art director at The Hollywood Reporter. (The Wrap)
  • Jose Zamora is now on the board of directors of the Online News Association. He is director of strategic communications at Univision Network. (ONA)
  • Carla Zanoni will be global audience development director at The Wall Street Journal. Previously, she was director of social media and engagement at (Carla Zanoni)
  • Tara Adiseshan is now a Knight-Mozilla fellow at The New York Times and The Washington Post. Previously, she worked on search design at Autodesk and conducted research focused on harvesting rainwater in India. Juan Elosua is now a Knight-Mozilla fellow at La Nacion. He is a telecommunications engineer and data journalist. Livia Labate is now a Knight-Mozilla fellow at NPR. Previously, she led Marriott’s digital standards and practices group. Linda Sandvik is now a Knight-Mozilla fellow at The Guardian. Previously, she worked in local government. Julia Smith is now a Knight-Mozilla fellow at the Center for Investigative Reporting. Previously, she was a designer and developer on news sites and mobile applications. Francis Tseng is now a Knight-Mozilla fellow at The New York Times and The Washington Post He currently teaches at the New School’s Design + Journalism program. (
  • Jon Garinn is now medical editor of the Radiology Administration department at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Previously, he was managing editor of CURE Magazine. (email)

Job of the day: Politico is looking for a lobbying reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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Politico had a meeting

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Breaking: Politico had a staff meeting! An era-defining event occurred in Beltway journalism Tuesday, when Politico held the best-covered staff meeting since Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post. ITEM: Brass showed off new website design. Also, they announced they’d promoted deputy editor Blake Hounshell to editorial director for digital. (HuffPost) | ITEM: Employees will have free snacks in new offices. Also, brass announced 80 percent of Politico’s revenue comes from digital ads and Politico Pro. (WP)
  2. More Politico news! “What outlets people wrote for in the past and what their personal views are, it’s out there, but it’s irrelevant to how we’re going to approach the coverage,” Politico Pro Editor Marty Kady tells Michael Calderone about the company’s new labor vertical. It’s hired Timothy Noah and Mike Elk for the project. (HuffPost) | It’s planning something called “The Agenda,” a “uniquely POLITICO take on the intersection of politics and policy.” (WP) | It has hired Michael Grunwald from Time. (FishbowlDC)
  3. CNN’s making lots of money. Why the job cuts? “The efficiency effort took on new urgency in July, in the wake of Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes’s decision to rebuff Rupert Murdoch’s takeover offer. … Bewkes needs to show Wall Street that he can drive Time Warner’s stock up to $100. ‘He’s got to prove he didn’t make a mistake,’ one Time Warner source told me. Cutting costs at Turner have become central to achieving this goal.” (New York)
  4. Longer articles only command readers’ attention to a certain point: “A standard-length article gets 40 percent less time than an article that’s twice as long. After the article length doubles, the additional benefits taper off. Chartbeat measures a standard-length article at 4,000 pixels, which translates roughly to a 700- to 800-word article.” (Digiday) | Related: Walter Isaacson revives the dream of micropayments for individual articles, this time using Bitcoin. (Time)
  5. Condé Nast spends equal amounts producing, marketing videos: “I don’t think it makes sense for us to put new shows up in the digital space and just expect people to discover them,” Condé Nast Entertainment President Dawn Ostroff said. (Capital)
  6. Happy (belated) birthday, Fox News!: “Today Fox News’ 18 th birthday! Last week No I cable channel, including entertainment, Great achievement by Roger Ailes and wonderful team.” (@rupertmurdoch)
  7. St. Louis Public Radio files complaint about Ferguson records fees: The city asked for $2,050 to turn over emails. (St. Louis Public Radio) | Last week: “Officials in Ferguson, Missouri, are charging nearly 10 times the cost of some of their own employees’ salaries before they will agree to turn over files under public records laws about the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.” (AP)
  8. People are awful, Internet edition: A Thought Catalog troll explains his methods. Fanzine-era provocateur Jim Goad is involved. (Gawker) | “GamerGate” (a topic I am mostly avoiding for reasons of health) shows that “Twitter increasingly acts as a pressure cooker for the worst of humanity.” (Slate)
  9. Front page of the day, curated by Kristen Hare: A striking Sun front page. (Via Kiosko)


  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Alexis Madrigal will be Silicon Valley bureau chief for Fusion. Previously, he was deputy editor for (New York Times) | Jennifer Preston will be vice president for journalism at the Knight Foundation. Previously, she was a senior editor at The New York Times. (Knight Foundation) | Dermot McCormack is now president of video and studios at AOL Corp. Previously, he ran Viacom Music & Logo’s Connected Content Group. (AOL) | Blake Hounshell will be digital editorial director at Politico. He’s deputy editor at Politico Magazine. (Washington Post) | Kate Bratskeir is now healthy living and taste editor at The Huffington Post. Previously, she was viral and lifestyle editor there. (The Huffington Post) | Steve Dahl will be a talk host at WLS AM 890. He’s a host at The Steve Dahl Network. (Robert Feder) | Job of the Day: The Associated Press is looking for a director of local media. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves:

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Career Beat: Politico gets new executive editor

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

  • Dave Cohn will take a job at a broadcast network. Previously, he was chief content officer for Circa. (Poynter)
  • Chris Mooney will start an environmental blog at The Washington Post. Previously, he was a correspondent for Mother Jones. (Washington Post)
  • Dodai Stewart will be director of culture coverage at Fusion. Previously, she was deputy editor at Jezebel. (Jezebel)
  • Taffy Brodesser-Akner is now a correspondent for GQ. She has written for The New York Times Magazine, New York magazine and Playboy. (Email)
  • Jonathan Shorman will be a statehouse reporter at the Topeka (Kansas) Capital-Journal. Previously, he was a reporter for the Springfield (Missouri) News-Leader. (News-Leader)
  • David la Spina is now a photo editor for The New York Times Magazine. He has taught photography at Simon’s Rock College. Taffy Brodesser-Akner is a contributor at The New York Times Magazine. She has written for The New York Times Magazine, New York magazine and Playboy. Gideon Lewis-Kraus is a contributor at The New York Times Magazine. He has written for Harper’s, Wired and GQ. (New York Times Magazine)
  • Peter Canellos is now executive editor at Politico. Previously, he had been editorial page editor at The Boston Globe. (Politico)
  • Renee Rupcich is design director for Nylon and NylonGuys. Previously, she was senior art director of the Condé Nast Media Group. (Email)

Vice Media is looking for a news video editor. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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Politico gets a new executive editor


Former Boston Globe editorial page editor Peter Canellos will be executive editor of Politico, Hadas Gold writes for Politico.

According to a memo from Politico Editor Susan Glasser, Canellos’ hiring is one of several steps that will be taken “in the coming weeks and months to add to POLITICO’s terrific bench of reporting and editing talent,” Gold writes. The Globe announced last month that Canellos was leaving.

Glasser was appointed editor of Politico in September following the resignation of former executive editor Rick Berke. Berke’s departure from the organization came about a year after his appointment. Read more

Mashable headquarters. (Image courtesy Mashable)

Mashable, too, heads to Europe

Mashable headquarters. (Image courtesy Mashable)

Mashable headquarters. (Image courtesy Mashable)

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 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. Over the past 18 months, Mashable — helped along by a $14 million infusion of capital — has doubled in size, adding 70 employees to its staff of 70. In June, the company announced its first international expansion, appointing former multimedia editor Jenni Ryall Australian editor. In March, the company opened a Los Angeles office to better cover the entertainment industry. Earlier this month, Mashable moved to larger offices in New York City’s Flatiron district to accommodate its growing staff.

Mashable chose London because it’s a prime market for advertising, with a ready-made audience, said Seth Rogin, the company’s chief revenue officer.

“Mashable views the world from the lens of the Web and London is a supremely savvy and cultured place,” Rogin said in a phone interview. “It makes sense for us to be there.”

Staffers at the London office will have a threefold mandate, Roberts said. They will be charged with creating content relevant to the UK as well as Mashable’s general audience. They will report on regional stories of international import, such as the recent Scottish independence referendum. And they will also be a part of the company’s global editing team, charged with pushing out news 24/7.

Ultimately, the plan is to create a bureau that provides news, features, entertainment to a growing audience without losing sight of Mashable’s trademark tech coverage, Roberts said.

The online news organization’s dramatic growth roughly coincided with a couple of hires from legacy companies. Roberts, formerly executive editor of Reuters digital, was brought aboard in October. Rogin, formerly vice president of advertising at The New York Times, was hired in June 2013.

When he arrived at Mashable, Roberts says he brought with him a desire to cover stories of international import, including the turmoil in Ukraine, the rise of the Islamic State group and the turbulance in Gaza.

“One of my goals was to try to put us on a sound footing for stories people were paying attention to,” Roberts said.

He isn’t alone in this regard. With its expansions abroad, Mashable joins a growing list of other Web-focused news organizations with international ambitions:

  • In August, BuzzFeed announced it was expanding to Berlin, Mexico City, Mumbai and Tokyo.
  • Earlier this month, Politico announced a joint venture in Europe with Berlin-based media company Axel Springer.
  • Vice Media, fresh from a $500 million investment round from A+E Networks and Technology Crossover Ventures, is also increasing its footprint abroad with an expansion into India.
  • Business Insider is planning to launch Business Insider Europe, which will serve up “social-friendly content with a localized twist,” Ricardo Bilton writes for DigiDay.

But Roberts says he’s prepared to vie for international audiences despite the crowded field — not just with transplants from the U.S., but with any organization that draws eyeballs away from Mashable, including TV and radio.

“I think that I tend to view everybody as our competition,” Roberts said. “Anything that competes for somebody’s attention is our competition.” Read more

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3 Journalists killed while covering Ebola crisis

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Journalists killed while covering Ebola crisis: A delegation including government officials, doctors and journalists was attacked in a Guinean village Tuesday. Eight people were killed. (LAT) | Three journalists are among the dead. (Reuters) | “Many residents of rural villages have reacted with fear and panic when outsiders have come to conduct awareness campaigns and have even attacked health clinics.” (AP) | “How journalists covering the Ebola outbreak try to stay safe” (Poynter) | “While reporting on Ebola, the smell of chlorine ‘is one of the most comforting smells in the world’” (Poynter) | Kristen Hare‘s Twitter list of reporters covering the Ebola outbreak.
  2. Turkey tussles with the Times: The NYT published a correction on a Sept. 16 story about ISIS getting recruits from Turkey: “A picture with an earlier version of this article, which showed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu leaving a mosque in August, was published in error. Neither that mosque nor the president’s visit were related to the recruiting of ISIS fighters described in the article.” (NYT) | Erdogan has also fired back at credit-rating firms. “The sustained offensive begun by Erdogan against Moody’s, Fitch and the Times is partly due to Erdogan’s deeply rooted conviction that certain quarters in the Western world — particularly the influential financial ones — are committed to bring him down and to scuttle Turkey’s unstoppable ascent to be among the most powerful nations in the world.” (Al Monitor) | Dean Baquet: “Despite this published correction, some Turkish authorities and media outlets have mounted a coordinated campaign to intimidate and to impugn the motives of the reporter who wrote the story. She has been sent thousands of messages that threaten her safety. It is unacceptable for one of our journalists to be targeted in this way.” (NYT Co.)
  3. No victory: Scotland will remain part of the U.K. following last night’s independence referendum. | Philip Boucher Hayes, a journalist for RTE, was mugged while reporting in Niddrie, near Edinburgh. The thief took his recording equipment then charged him £200 to return it. (RTE) | Some early front pages. (Poynter) | How U.K. newspapers reported the vote. (The Guardian) | Media alert: My wife, who is from a slightly less sporting part of Edinburgh, took in the results from a D.C. bar and was interviewed by a couple of reporters for local outlets. Here she is on WNEW-FM.
  4. Obama less transparent than Bush, says AP D.C. bureau chief: “The (Obama) administration is significantly worse than previous administrations,” Sally Buzbee said at ASNE-APME. (AP)
  5. Trouble at the Tampa Bay Times: The newspaper, which Poynter owns, cut staff pay 5 percent. CEO Paul Tash’s letter strongly hints layoffs may follow if it doesn’t get enough voluntary resignations. “If you are uncertain about your standing with the Times, this is a good time for a frank conversation with your supervisor,” Tash writes. “If this long, difficult stretch has tested your commitment to the Times or the newspaper business, this is a good time to consider your options.” (Poynter) | It also sold the Tramor Cafeteria, a nonworking restaurant where employees used to bring bag lunches. (Tampa Bay Times) | In the comments, Jim Romenesko predicts Poynter will “eventually merge with American Press Institute, which merged with the Newspaper Association of America Foundation in 2012.” (Romenesko)
  6. Fewer broadcasters use the word “Redskins”: In the first two weeks of the 2013 football season, “‘Redskins’ was said 186 times and ‘Washington’ was said 156 times. In 2014, ‘Redskins’ was said 67 times and “Washington” was said 169 times.” (Deadspin) | Tara Huber, a high-school adviser in Pennsylvania, was suspended, as was school newspaper editor Gillian McGoldrick, after the paper refused to use the term. (SPLC, via Poynter) | My running list of outlets and journalists that won’t use the term. (Poynter)
  7. AFP won’t use freelancers in Syria: “Freelancers have paid a high price in the Syrian conflict,” Michèle Léridon writes. “High enough. We will not encourage people to take that kind of risk.” (AFP) | AP photography director Santiago Lyon: Media orgs must ask whether they’re employing journalists or “thrill seekers.” (AP)
  8. A new boss at The Fader: Naomi Zeichner leaves BuzzFeed for the music publication. (Capital) |
  9. How Politico knows Susan Glasser is on board: Unlike Rick Berke, she writes the publication’s name in all caps. “Glasser mentioned ‘POLITICO’ 16 times in her Thursday memo to staff and even expanded upon the news organization’s “win the morning” mantra by writing that Politico should aim to win the “afternoon and evening too with smart, authoritative, impactful, independent and original journalism.” (HuffPost)
  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Kirstine Stewart is now vice president of North America media partnerships at Twitter. Previously, she was head of Twitter’s presence in Canada. (Recode) | George Rodrigue is now assistant news director at WFAA in Dallas. Previously, he was managing editor at The Dallas Morning News. (Romenesko) | Keith Jenkins is now general manager at National Geographic Digital. Previously, he was National Geographic’s director of digital photography and executive editor for digital content. (National Geographic) | Julianne Escobedo Shepherd will be culture editor at Jezebel. She is an instructor at Tisch School of the Arts and a contributor to Rookie. Jia Tolentino is now features editor at Jezebel. Previously, she was a contributing editor at The Hairpin. Clover Hope is now a staff writer at Jezebel. Previously, she was a deputy editor at Vibe. (Jezebel) | Robert Jordan is now a journalist-in-residence at the University of Chicago. He is a reporter and anchor at WGN in Chicago. (Robert Feder) | Sam Schlinkert will be associate social media editor at BuzzFeed. Previously, he was deputy social media editor at The Daily Beast. (@sts10) | Job of the day: The Idaho Mountain Express is looking for an arts and events editor. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves:

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Susan Glasser

Susan Glasser is Politico’s new editor

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Politico gets a new boss: Politico Magazine Editor Susan Glasser is now the editor of Politico, Dylan Byers reports. John Harris will remain editor-in-chief. “She will appoint a new Executive Editor to oversee day-to-day newsroom operations, the leadership said. That person will replace Rick Berke, who resigned earlier this month.” (Politico) | Glasser will still oversee Politico Magazine, but will hire some senior editors in the next weeks. “Susan has plans to sharpen the editorial structure, bring in even more talent, upgrade our digital properties and bring more clarity and efficiency — and individual ownership — to our workflow,” CEO Jim VandeHei says in a memo to staff. | “One of the issues that led to Mr. Berke’s resignation, according to people with knowledge of the situation, was his lack of authority to make the moves he thought necessary, including autonomy over staffing — precisely the power Ms. Glasser will now have.” (NYT)
  2. Dean Baquet set to announce masthead: It’s a “likely scenario” that the NYT executive editor “will promote four existing members of the masthead to serve as a team of top deputies beneath him,” Joe Pompeo reports. “Susan Chira would oversee news; Ian Fisher would oversee digital; Matt Purdy would oversee enterprise; and Janet Elder would oversee newsroom administration. Elder currently serves as a deputy managing editor; the rest are assistant managing editors.” The structure “would also leave Baquet, who was previously managing editor, without an obvious successor.” (Capital)
  3. Aye or Naw: A couple of explainers for today’s Scottish independence referendum: A Q&A from USA Today. A good video explainer “for non-Brits” from the Guardian. | Here’s my Twitter list of journalists covering the referendum. | Some journalists there report threats from supporters of both sides. (The Guardian) | Important media news: Reuters has reporters named Guy Faulconbridge and Alistair Smout on the scene. (@moorehn)
  4. BBC cameraman attacked in Ukraine: While reporting on the death of Konstantin Kuzmin, a BBC cameraman was “knocked to the ground and beaten,” Steven Rosenberg reports. “The attackers grabbed the BBC camera, smashed it on the road and took it away in their getaway car,” and the crew “spent more than four hours at the police station being questioned by investigators.” They also found the “hard drive of our main computer and several memory cards had been wiped clean.” (BBC News) | “The BBC has lodged a formal protest with Russia over the incident and called for an investigation.” (BBC News)
  5. Press secretary dogged by question: “There was one guy, Les Kinsolving [of WorldNetDaily], who asked about bestiality,” Jay Carney tells Marisa Guthrie, who asked him to name the worst question he got as press secretary. (The Hollywood Reporter, via Mediaite)
  6. Huffington Post plans Greek edition: HuffPost Greece, a collaboration with 24MEDIA, is scheduled to launch in November. “For me personally, it’s the ultimate homecoming, not only because of my Greek heritage, but because HuffPost is, not coincidentally, very much rooted in a Greek tradition of bringing people together and facilitating interesting conversations,” Arianna Huffington says in a press release.
  7. Times public editor on president’s off-the-record meetings with journalists: “Mr. Obama didn’t invent these off-the-record sessions,” Margaret Sullivan writes. But “Readers are right to be troubled about the implications.” (NYT) | Erik Wemple: “When you sit down with a group of people in Washington, especially journalists, nothing is going to stay off the record for long. Might as well just let the tape recorders run.” (WP)
  8. Media critic misses pop culture reference: Mark Finkelstein slammed Chris Hayes for using “some decidedly un-PC language” when he referred to “a kind of girl talk mash-up of the fear about the border and the fear about terrorism being fused together.” (Newsbusters) | Hayes was in fact referring to the popular band Girl Talk, which combines sounds from other artists’ records to make new compositions. (Gawker) | “I’d surmise that, like me, most Hayes viewers didn’t get the cultural reference and took “girl talk” at face value,” Finkelstein says in an “update.”
  9. Front pages of the day, selected by Kristen Hare: Some U.K. front pages Thursday, via Nick Sutton.

  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Susan Glasser is now the editor of Politico. Previously, she was editor of Politico Magazine. (Politico) | Lindy West is now a pop culture writer for GQ. Previously, she covered pop culture for Jezebel. ( | Megan Sowder-Staley is now vice president for product strategy at Roll Call. She was formerly director of product strategy there. (Fishbowl DC) | Chris Peck is now president of the American Society of News Editors. He is associate editor at the Riverton (Wyoming) Ranger (ASNE) | Kristen Donnelly has joined the DC bureau of NBC News. Previously, she was a senior producer at MSNBC. (TV Newser) | Job of the day: The Minneapolis Star Tribune is looking for interns. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves:

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Jay Carney will be a commentator for CNN

Former White House press secretary Jay Carney will join CNN as a political commentator, according to a memo from Sam Feist, CNN’s senior vice president and Washington bureau chief (full memo below).

“Jay’s unique experience as both a journalist and a White House press secretary make him an invaluable voice for the network as we cover the final two years of the Obama Administration and look ahead to the coming campaigns,” Feist said. “We’re fortunate to have Jay on our air tonight to provide analysis and insight surrounding the President’s address to the nation.”

The move ends months of speculation from industry watchers who have been speculating about Carney’s next step since he announced his departure from the lectern in May.


Jay Carney, former press secretary to President Barack Obama, will join CNN as a political commentator, it was announced today by Sam Feist, senior vice president and Washington bureau chief. Carney will contribute to programs across the network as well as special political programming, beginning tonight as the President reveals his ISIS strategy to the nation.

“Jay’s unique experience as both a journalist and a White House press secretary make him an invaluable voice for the network as we cover the final two years of the Obama Administration and look ahead to the coming campaigns,” said Feist. “We’re fortunate to have Jay on our air tonight to provide analysis and insight surrounding the President’s address to the nation.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining CNN at a time when there is so much happening in the nation and the world,” said Carney.

Carney most recently served as the White House press secretary under the Obama Administration. During his time at the White House, Carney also served as Communications Director to the Vice President from 2009 through 2011. Prior to that, he spent 20 years with TIME Magazine where he served as Moscow correspondent, White House correspondent and, finally, Washington bureau chief. Carney earned his bachelor’s degree in Russian and Eastern European studies from Yale University. Read more


How Apple prevents journalists ‘from asking really hard questions’

mediawiremorningGood morning. Jeez, my phone suddenly seems so dated and useless. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. What it’s like to cover an Apple event “The formula at these events is often the same: Apple invites select members of the press, who come and get their hands on the products and then write breathless stories filled with technical jargon and high-resolution photos. But this one was different. Gizmodo, for example, a publication previously banned for leaking photos of the iPhone 4 before its launch, was invited.” (BuzzFeed) |
    “You have to be able to control the journalist and prevent them from asking really hard questions,” a “source close to Apple’s international PR team” tells Patrick Coffee. (PRNewser, via Valleywag)
  2. One more battery to worry about: The new Apple watch is “a big deal.” (The Atlantic) | “this is by FAR the richest, deepest, most elaborate smartwatch OS ever” (@Pogue) | “Apple Gets Intimate.” (Medium) | “In other words, Apple hasn’t solved the basic smartwatch dilemma, which is that smart watches use up far more energy than dumb watches, and that there’s nowhere to store that much energy in something the size of a watch.” (Felix Salmon) | Design note: Apple made a new typeface for the watch. (The Verge) | Oh yeah, the phone: “the true media news may be that the iPhones’ larger screen sizes stand to help publishers better weather the transition to mobile, where advertising rates have been inherently lower than on desktops.” (Digiday)
  3. The Internet will be “slow” today: “Twitter, Netflix and Reddit will take part in an ‘internet slowdown’ protest in favour of net neutrality on Wednesday.” (BBC News) | “Slowdown Day will not feature any actual slowing down of the Internet.” (WP) | A proposed “Internet fast lane” means sites “including journalistic websites and start-up companies that could compete with established web services—could be slow to load, even as our expectations for loading speed leap ahead in the coming years.” (EFF) | Note: Don’t make a joke about your CMS.
  4. Politico partners with Axel Springer to launch European edition: The German publisher “shares our obsession with building media companies that produce and can sustain nonpartisan journalistic excellence,” Jim VandeHei and John Harris write in a memo to staff. (Poynter) | ” It is still unclear who will lead the effort.” (HuffPost) | OK, but what happened to Rick Berke? “Politico’s management was reportedly planning to hand over greater authority to Berke, but for unclear reasons that plan never took effect.” (WP)
  5. TMZ, considered: “There are a lot of stories on which TMZ absolutely eats our lunch,” Deadspin Editor Tommy Craggs tells Jonathan Mahler. “They have more money and better resources, and when they want to be, they’re every bit as gutsy as we like to think we are.” (NYT) | ICYMI: Anne Helen Petersen‘s “Down And Dirty History Of TMZ” (BuzzFeed)
  6. Fight this generation: Ben Schreckinger writes about the plague of trend pieces about millennials, many of which, he notes, are written by older people: “older pundits don’t really want to understand us anyways; they want to tell us who we are, and receive validation in return—in the form of votes, or book sales or acknowledgement of their moral superiority.” (Politico Magazine)
  7. Strongly, on a panel, a Times journalist speaks: “Our citizens are now being doomed by the policy of what Europe does,” New York Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi told a crowd at Columbia last night, referring to the fact that many European nations pay ransoms for their kidnapped citizens. “I’ve yet to see an American offical stand up and actually name the European countries that do this.” (Capital) | Callimachi wrote in July about how “Kidnapping Europeans for ransom has become a global business for Al Qaeda, bankrolling its operations across the globe.” (NYT) | Poynter’s vast Rukmini Callimachi archives: “The mistake a lot of foreign correspondents make is they get wrapped up in reporting what they think sounds important rather than what interests people.” (March 2013) | How she kept breaking stories from a trove of Qaida documents she dug out of an abandoned building in Timbuktu (May 2013) | That time she dug up bodies in the desert. (December 2013)
  8. CJR destroys clickbait headlines: You can write good headlines for the Web without resorting to “come-hither pitches that overpromise on stories that underdeliver,” Michael Driscoll writes. (CJR) | FREEKY FLASHBACK: Remember when we complained about SEO-optimized headlines? (Slate) | Related: “Let’s start using clickbait for good” (Poynter)
  9. Today’s front page, selected by Kristen Hare: An Austrian supermoon from Kleine Zeitung. (Courtesy the Newseum.)


  10. Job moves, by Benjamin Mullin: Kim Kelleher is now publisher of Wired. She was president of Say Media. (Condé Nast) | Jeremy Colfer is now head of video for The Hollywood Reporter. He was senior producer for branded content at Sundance TV. (The Hollywood Reporter) | Andy Bush is now senior vice president of global accounts at Time Inc. Previously, he was international publisher of Time magazine and Fortune. (Time Inc.) | Carly Holden is now communications director at GQ. Previously, she was a public relations manager at W. (email) | John Woodrow Cox is a metro enterprise reporter at The Washington Post. Previously, he was a staff writer at the Tampa Bay Times. (@JohnWoodrowCox) | Job of the day: The Washington Post is looking for a fact-checking reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves:

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Politico partners with German publisher to launch European edition

Politico will partner with the German company Axel Springer to launch a European edition, CEO Jim VandeHei tells staffers in an email. Promising more details in coming weeks, VandeHei writes, “We can tell you this is a 50-50 joint venture with Axel Springer and will cover not just Brussels but European politics and policy more broadly.”

Springer publishes the German newspaper Bild. Its CEO, Mathias Doepfner, reportedly told managers that “core earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of 1 billion euros was ‘absolutely possible,’” Reuters reports.

Michael Calderone reported Monday that Financial Times journalist Peter Spiegel had declined to lead the effort.


From: Jim VandeHei
Sent: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 12:44 PM
To: TP-Staff
Subject: Important News…

It looks like the secret is officially out: We are joining forces with Axel Springer, Europe’s largest and most powerful media company, to start a European edition of POLITICO.

This is the start of a very important project for us, and we will have many details to share in the weeks ahead.

We can tell you this is a 50-50 joint venture with Axel Springer and will cover not just Brussels but European politics and policy more broadly. There is a lot more to this new venture, and we will keep you in the loop as this proceeds.

This partnership is aimed at exploring journalistic opportunities in Europe and is being set up as a stand-alone enterprise.

Axel Springer is a highly impressive, highly ambitious company that shares our obsession with building media companies that produce and can sustain nonpartisan journalistic excellence. They do about $3.6 billion in annual revenue and house a number of digital start-ups in their Berlin-based offices. We are excited to join forces with them.

This represents Robert Allbritton’s first big move since selling the TV stations and he is extremely excited about this next phase of our growth.

A statement about the joint venture is below.


Jim and John


Axel Springer SE, one of the leading European digital publishers, and POLITICO, the dominant Washington, D.C., political news publication, have joined forces to launch a European edition of POLITICO, a new digital political media offering that will offer in-depth coverage of European politics and policy.

Both Axel Springer and POLITICO have signed an agreement for a 50/50 joint venture. The new media company will be headquartered in Brussels. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

About Axel Springer
Axel Springer SE was founded in 1946 by Axel Springer and wants to become the leading digital publisher. Headquartered in Berlin, the company is active in more than 40 countries with subsidiaries, joint ventures, and licenses. The company is divided into three operating segments: paid models, marketing models and classified ad models. In 2013 it achieved an EBITDA of EUR 454.3 million. In the first half of 2014, more than half of Group revenues were generated by digital activities, their share of EBITDA amounted to nearly two-thirds of Group EBITDA.

POLITICO is a nonpartisan, Washington-based political news organization founded in 2007 by Publisher Robert Allbritton, President & CEO Jim VandeHei and Editor-in-Chief John F. Harris. It serves as the one-stop shop for the fastest, most in-depth coverage of the White House, Congress, politics and policy. POLITICO breaks news through its digital products, which reach 7 million unique visitors a month. POLITICO also drives the conversation through its Washington newspaper, POLITICO Magazine, POLITICO Events and POLITICO Pro, its subscription-based policy news service.

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