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Here’s where all those New Republic staffers are going

The messy and public firing of New Republic editor Franklin Foer in December prompted a wave of resignations from staffers at the magazine who foreswore the leadership of incoming editor Gabriel Snyder.

A running tally of journalists who resigned in protest compiled by New Yorker correspondent Ryan Lizza included many from the upper ranks of the magazine. In Lizza’s in-depth documenting TNR’s implosion, it was clear that a tug-of-war over the company’s digital strategy between new management and the old guard was a source of much friction. Vidra wanted to build a “vertically integrated digital media company,” and staffers were worried that journalism would receive short shrift. Here’s an anonymous source in Lizza’s story:

The editors were hardly opposed to giving greater attention to digital media, but they came to believe that Hughes was losing interest in the actual content of T.N.R.’s journalism and cultural criticism. “The only compliment Chris or Guy ever said about a piece was that it ‘did well,’ or it ‘travelled well,’ ” one of the staffers who resigned said.

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Press critic Jack Shafer to join Politico

The Huffington Post

Jack Shafer, formerly a media critic for Slate and Reuters, will join Politico, according to a staff memo from Politico editor Susan Glasser.

At Politico, Shafer’s duties will include writing a regular column and reporting out longer pieces, according to the memo.

As we begin the quadrennial follies of a presidential election amid a wave of media disruption, Jack promises to be the indispensable guide to the political tumult, who always calls it like he sees it and whose sharp insights and razor observations come accompanied not only by deeply informed reporting – but also by a requisite sense of the long history underpinning all this narrative of American political journalism.

Shafer was most recently a media critic for Reuters, a job he was let go from in November. Upon his departure, Shafer told Poynter he wasn’t taking the news hard.

“I’m fine,” Shafer told Poynter. “My philosophy is that the job belongs to the employer,” he said. Read more

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NBC backs off of bogus Charlie Hebdo report

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Pete Williams and NBC Nightly news mistakenly reported Wednesday that the suspects from the massacre at the office of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo had been killed or arrested.

Both CNN and Slate pointed out that NBC Nightly News erroneously tweeted a report, attributed to “senior U.S. officials” that “1 suspect in the Paris attack has been killed and the remaining 2 are in custody.”

NBC News correspondent Pete Williams then discussed the report with Chris Matthews on MSNBC, before retracting it later that night, according to CNN:

At 8 pm, during MSNBC’s “All In” with Chris Hayes, Williams walked back the report saying, “we just don’t know what the situation is in France tonight.”

“We were told earlier this evening from two U.S.

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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. Read more

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‘This stops today’: Images of protests on front pages and homepages

Many front pages and homepages showed images from protests in parts of the country on Friday as people continue responding to the no-indictment ruling against the New York police officer who killed Eric Garner. Here’s a collection of those fronts, from Newseum and various news sites. From yesterday, more images, including New York front pages, homepages after the news broke on Wednesday, and some political cartoons.

The Washington Post:

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The Boston Globe:

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Boston Herald:

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BuzzFeed News:

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Trentonian:

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AM New York:

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Hamodia:

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Newsday:

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

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Career Beat: Anthony DeMaio named publisher of Slate

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

  • Anthony DeMaio is now publisher of Slate. Previously, he was president of national sales there. (Politico)
  • Chelsea Janes will cover the Washington Nationals for The Washington Post. She covers high school sports there. (Washington Post)
  • Sophia Papaioannou is now editorial director at HuffPost Greece. She hosts “360 Degrees”. Nikos Agouros is now editor-in-chief of HuffPost Greece. Previously, he was editor-in-chief of VimaMen. (Huffington Post)
  • Steve Unger will be interim CEO at Ofcom. He is director of strategy, international technology and economy there. (The Guardian)

The Associated Press is looking for a supervisory correspondent in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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Career Beat: OC Register names interim publisher

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

  • Betsy Woodruff will be a politics writer for Slate. She’s currently a politics writer at the Washington Examiner. ‏(@woodruffbets)
  • Richard Mirman is now interim publisher and chief executive of the Orange County Register. Previously, he was an executive with Harrah’s Entertainment. (Orange County Register)
  • Carlos Lozada will be a nonfiction book critic at The Washington Post. Previously, he edited Outlook there. (Washington Post)
  • Josef Federman is now Jerusalem bureau chief for The Associated Press. Previously, he was a news editor at the AP. (AP)
  • Chris Carter is now digital services sales director for The Alliance for Audited Media. Previously, he was director of business development for DG Interactive. (AAM)

Job of the day: The Associated Press is looking for a photo editor. Get your résumés in! (AP)

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David Plotz now CEO of Atlas Obscura

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

  • Jonah Freedman is now editor-in-chief of StubHub. Previously, he was managing editor of MLSsoccer.com. (Pando Daily)
  • David Plotz is now CEO of Atlas Obscura. Previously, he was editor of Slate (Washington Post)
  • Brie Dyas is now senior work life editor at The Huffington Post. Previously, she was executive home editor there. (The Huffington Post)
  • Jordan Chariton will be New York media editor at The Wrap. He’s editor of TVNewser. Mark Joyella will be a co-editor for TV Spy and TVNewser. Previously, he was a TV editor at Mediaite. Brian Flood is now co-editor of TVNewser. Previously, he had written for Sports Illustrated and RotoExperts. (TV Newser)

Job of the day: WBEZ is looking for a midday anchor. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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The ‘One-Page Magazine’ is toast

mediawiremorningGood morning from Chicago, where the Poynter dot org crew is attending the 2014 Online News Association Conference. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. ESPN benches Bill Simmons: The talking head and Grantland boss said on a podcast that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was a “liar” and “has no integrity whatsoever.” ESPN has removed the podcast. (NYT) | Richard Deitsch: “ESPN management is looking to become more decisive with suspensions when its employees go off the rails.” (SI)
  2. Forbes zaps contributor after stupid article: Bill Frezza‘s article “Drunk Female Guests Are the Gravest Threat To Fraternities” “was removed from Forbes.com almost immediately after he published it,” a Forbes spox tells Philip Caulfield. “Mr. Frezza is no longer a contributor to Forbes.com.” Frezza: “I stand by every word I wrote.” (NYDN) | Jessica Roy: “Only when we tackle the menace of drunk girls, who are absolutely getting themselves drunk while the sober brothers lock themselves in their rooms and study, can the fraternity system be restored to its rightful glory.” (NY Mag)
  3. NPR kills Robert Krulwich’s blog: “I can’t pretend.
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The Guardian now offers membership…and a shed

The Guardian

On Wednesday, The Guardian announced a membership program to help readers get closer to journalists.

Guardian Editor-In-Chief Alan Rusbridger wrote about the program, which includes a physical space for events. You can be a friend for free, a partner for 135 pounds a year (currently about $217,) and a patron for 540 pounds a year, (or $870.)

There’s also a physical space for events.

In 2016 we will open a space in the Midland Goods Shed over the road from our offices, where we will host discussions, events and screenings, and provide an area for general relaxation for all.

The Grade II Listed Midland Goods Shed was built by the Great Northern Railway in 1850, and served as part of a temporary passenger terminal while the current King’s Cross station was being built. It was converted to a goods shed in 1857.

Slate also offers such a program — Slate Plus, which was announced in April. Read more

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