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Margaret Low Smith: ‘It will ache to walk out the door’

After The Atlantic announced today it was hiring Margaret Low Smith, the senior vice president for news at NPR, her email inbox was inundated with messages.

It was a “slight out-of-body experience,” said Low, who will head up The Atlantic’s live events division.

The new job might seem like a big change for Smith, who oversees the day-to-day operations of NPR’s news division — but the two jobs do have one strong similarity, she said.… Read more

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Margaret Low Smith leaves NPR for The Atlantic

NPR senior vice president for news Margaret Low Smith will join the Atlantic as a vice president and the president of the Atlantic’s events division, according to a press release Tuesday. Her departure “will be a hard parting,” NPR chief content officer Kinsey Wilson told staffers in a note (below).

Smith joined NPR in 1982. She’s been in charge of news since 2011. She got that job officially the next year. In 2012, Smith talked with Poynter about NPR’s Ethics Handbook, which emerged after a turbulent period at the radio network.

Chris Turpin will be acting head of news, Wilson tells staffers. The organization “will announce plans for a permanent search as soon they are finalized,” NPR spokesperson Isabel Lara tells Poynter in an email.

At the Atlantic, Smith will replace Elizabeth Baker Keffer, who founded AtlanticLIVE. Baker Keffer left the company early this year to join an investment firm in Chicago. Among the events AtlanticLive produces is the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Naming Smith’s replacement will be among new NPR chair Jarl Mohn’s “major tasks,” NPR media reporter David Folkenflik writes on Twitter. Wilson “will likely play a lead role in choice,” Folkenflik says.… Read more

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What makes a tweet likely to be retweeted? Plus, mobile ad revenue to surpass newspapers

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, and from Kristen Hare, a world roundup):

— What makes a tweet likely to be retweeted? An algorithm developed at Cornell thinks it knows, and you can test your predictive powers against it in an interactive quiz at The New York Times by Mike Bostock, Josh Katz and Nilkanth Patel.

— According to eMarketer, revenue from smartphone and tablet ads will surpass revenue from radio, magazine and newspaper ads for the first time this year, Robert Hof writes at Forbes. Mobile will still trail television and desktop/laptop ad revenue, though.

— Mashable’s Brian Ries has a roundup of fascinating Twitter data from yesterday’s U.S.-Belgium World Cup match.

— SCOTUSblog got 20,000 new Twitter followers on Monday after engaging with users who thought the Supreme Court blog’s account was an official Supreme Court account. American Journalism Review’s Cory Blair has a Q&A with SCOTUSblog publisher Tom Goldstein.

— Facebook did its icky emotion-manipulation study for the benefit of you, the customer, Megan Garber of The Atlantic reports from the Aspen Ideas Festival.… Read more

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In-tweet purchases could be imminent, and why sports media are better innovators

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, and from Kristen Hare, a world roundup):

— In-tweet purchases might be coming to Twitter soon, according to screenshots shared by Re/code’s Jason Del Rey.

— At CJR, Sara Morrison explains why sports journalists have often been more willing to innovate: Pre-digital, “sports features tended to be the first things cut for space,” but “the internet solved that problem, and also allowed print journalists to match the pace of their television colleagues.”

— World Cup GIFs tweeted by @ReplayLastGoal are a copyright violation, FIFA is claiming, and ESPN and Univision have cracked down on Vine accounts from SB Nation and a video posted by Slate. Joseph Lichterman explains at Nieman Lab.

Jim Brady’s new startup “will feature aggregation and curation, as well as partnerships with other local sites,” Rem Rieder writes at USA Today. “The goal is to create a one-stop shopping venue bringing together lots of content about the Philadelphia region, regardless of source.”

— The Atlantic’s successful media consultancy “differentiates itself by leaning on its relationship with Atlantic Media, which gives it both data and firsthand understanding of what makes media companies tick online,” Digiday’s Ricardo Bilton writes.… Read more


The Day in Digital: Inside the New York Times CMS and the impending Amazon phone

Content management systems are so in this season. Luke Vnenchak has a fascinating look inside Scoop, The New York Times’s “homegrown digital and (soon-to-be) print CMS.”

Jeff Bezos is expected to announce an Amazon smartphone today. How can the company compete with Apple, Android and Samsung? Quartz’s Dan Frommer has some thoughts on the strategy.

The Atlantic’s in good shape, for lots of reasons. Here’s another one, from a Jeff Sonderman tweet during American Press Institute’s summit on video:

Media critics weren’t critical enough of Aaron Kushner’s print-centric strategy at the Orange County Register, Clay Shirky writes, helping to poison the minds of young people who need to understand that print is in a death spiral from which it can’t recover.

“Do you really need another app for sharing photos and videos with your friends?” Ina Fried asks at Re/code as Facebook releases its new Snapchat competitor, Slingshot.

At PBS MediaShift, Dorian Benkoil explores efforts by Chartbeat, Upworthy, the Financial Times and more to measure “what advertisers and publishers really want — people actually paying attention.”

Yahoo revealed its worldwide workplace diversity.… Read more


Andrew Sullivan has moved back to Washington, D.C., following “an openly miserable 18 months in New York” working for the Daily Beast, Sophie Gilbert reports in Washingtonian. His blog is now a subscription site, but Gilbert writes about how Sullivan got paid before:

That ability to provoke—to draw eyeballs—was what had prompted media mogul David Bradley to lure Sullivan away from Time to the Atlantic in 2007 with an irresistible offer pegging the writer’s salary to his page views. It was an arrangement that proved very productive, until it became untenable. By the end of 2010, Sullivan was bringing in a quarter of the magazine’s web traffic—and had to go. As he explained it later, “I got too expensive.”

Tina Brown promised him a share of the ad revenue at the Daily Beast, he says, along with a budget of about $800,000 a year, which was enough to expand his team (and give them health insurance). He went for it. But by the middle of 2012, the flaw revealed itself.

“One of the big advantages of it was getting some share of the advertising revenues,” Sullivan says, “which I think was only fair given what we were bringing to the table, and would have been a great deal had there been any advertising revenues. But there were no advertising revenues to speak of.”

Sophie Gilbert, Washingtonian


Atlantic Cities changes name to CityLab, makes ‘lifestyle play’

The Atlantic Cities relaunched as CityLab Friday. “Part of the feeling was we wanted to give this site its own identity that would let it keep growing,” CityLab Editor Sommer Mathis said in a phone call with Poynter. “And frankly, I just liked this name so much better.”

The new nameplate brings Cities, a publication beloved by urban planners, into line with an event The Atlantic, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Aspen Institute hosted last fall (there will be another CityLab event this fall). The rebranded publication is not dropping its affiliation with The Atlantic — “I still report to [Atlantic Editor-in-Chief and Co-President] James Bennet, and we’re all still here on the same floor” — and the famous urbanist Richard Florida is still listed as cofounder and editor-at-large. “He’s still as involved, and he’s still going to be a leading voice on the site,” Mathis said.

Libby Bawcombe redesigned the site (Atlantic Creative Director Darhil Crooks made its logo). It’s responsive, with a larger typeface and a less-cluttered article page, and it features a page called “CityFixer” that collects articles about sub-verticals like waste, schools, streets and mass transit under brightly colored tiles. CityLab is also throwing reporting resources at climate coverage, via its reporters — it has eight people in editorial now, with one or two hires planned in the near future — and The Atlantic’s partnership in the Climate Desk consortium.… Read more


1940-2014: Michael Janeway, former editor of The Boston Globe, The Atlantic Monthly

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Michael Janeway, former editor of The Boston Globe and executive editor of The Atlantic Monthly, died Thursday at his home in Lakeville, Conn., at age 73.

The Globe’s Joseph P. Kahn quoted author Todd Gitlin on Janeway’s career:

“When Mike saw journalism slipping off the edge into inconsequence or superficiality, he was on the case,” Gitlin said. “He recognized it was a matter of moment to the political life of democracy. I see him as a standard-bearer for professional journalism, a connoisseur of the nobility of intellectual life and journalism’s responsibility to honor it.”

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Deseret News, Atlantic find common ground for collaborative series on fathers

Content partnerships have been quite the vogue lately, and this morning The Atlantic and the Deseret News add a new chapter — a jointly produced four-part series on absent fathers and broken families, running on the sites of both publications.

At a glance this would appear a long-distance odd couple — the church-owned newspaper in Salt Lake City and the venerable Boston-bred monthly, now based in Washington. But there is an affinity — each is recognized as a leader in digital business model transformation. New approaches to content are part of the innovation formula.

“Collaboration will be a fruitful model going forward,” Deseret editor Paul Edwards said in a phone interview Friday. “Editorial specialization is a logical response to the nature of the Web. So there needs to be trading to acquire content and share expertise.”… Read more

A woman poses for with the Olympic rings in Olympic Park as preparations continue for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Is Sochi the Peace Corps of the Olympics?

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Maybe it’s because the games haven’t started yet, or maybe U.S. journalists are just accustomed to things like sheets and the ability to flush their toilet paper, but if you’ve followed along with the journalists in Sochi over the last few days, the story has mostly been about the hotel rooms. Stacy St. Clair, with the Tribune Olympic Bureau, wrote about what she’s facing in Sochi on Tuesday night for the Chicago Tribune, including a room with water that wasn’t working.

I called the front desk. “It will be fixed in 40 minutes,” the sympathetic man at the reception desk told me. “But when it comes back on, please do not use on your face because it contains something very dangerous.” Welcome to Sochi 2014, the dystopian-like Games where a simple shower poses a threat to your face, fire alarms ring constantly and several hotels remain unfinished. Russian President Vladimir Putin spent more than $50 billion on these Games — the most expensive Olympics, winter or summer, ever — yet he seemingly forgot to pay the water bill.

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