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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.… 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?

The Chicago Tribune | Deadspin | The Atlantic | The Washington Post | Yahoo Sports Canada   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.
St. Clair's tweet about what she saw when the water finally worked went viral, with 1,828 and counting retweets. (more...)

Journalists offer different perspectives on what to do with audience data

Younger staff in The Atlantic newsroom have a knack for sourcing their stories through social media, and getting them read that way, too, J.J. Gould, executive editor at, said Monday morning at the Poynter Institute.

Gould was part of … Read more

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Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen speaks during a Court TV panel discussion debating the use of confidential sources in journalism on Aug. 16, 2005, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Richard Cohen will keep writing ‘until Gawker sends over a hit man’

The Washington Post | The Wrap | The Huffington Post | The Atlantic | Slate | Mother Jones | Salon "I don’t have a problem with interracial marriage or same-sex marriage," Richard Cohen told Washington Post reporter Paul Farhi. Cohen was talking about the rage, outrage and disgust that greeted his column about Chris Christie and the tea party, which included this riff about interracial marriage:
People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial children. (Should I mention that Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, used to be a lesbian?) This family represents the cultural changes that have enveloped parts — but not all — of America. To cultural conservatives, this doesn’t look like their country at all.
Farhi offers a look back at other times Cohen's words have outraged people, writing, "Cohen said he still enjoys writing his weekly column and intends to keep at it as long as the paper will have him. Or 'until Gawker sends over a hit man,' he said." (more...)

Atlantic, Longreads announce partnership

The alliance "will bring the best of long-form journalism and short fiction—from magazines, newspapers, books, and the Web—to an expanded audience across The Atlantic’s digital platforms," a release says.

"Our site will be featured alongside the rest of The Atlantic’s growing network of sites, and their team will be helping us with business and operations," a post on Longreads' site says.

Release follows: (more...)

NowThis News will partner with Atlantic on video content

Web video startup NowThis News will produce two to three videos to illustrate stories in The Atlantic each month, the company announced Thursday.
The Atlantic liked the "tone and tenor of our content," NowThis Editor and Chief Ed O’Keefe said in a phone call with Poynter. He and Managing Editor Katharine Zaleski came from New York to D.C. last November to discuss a partnership with the magazine, and the news orgs worked on a few dry runs together, including this video, which bounced off Emily Bazelon's piece on bullying from the magazine's March issue: (more...)

Atlantic is ‘sorry’ to have offended freelancer with request for free content

Nate Thayer | James Bennet Editor-in-Chief James Bennet would like you to know this recent dustup -- over asking a freelancer to provide free Web content -- isn't how The Atlantic normally operates.

Freelance writer Nate Thayer posted to his blog Monday an email exchange between himself and an Atlantic editor, who wanted to see if Thayer would "repurpose" a recent article into a shorter version for the Atlantic website. For free.

Atlantic editor Olga Khazan wrote, in part: "We unfortunately can’t pay you for it, but we do reach 13 million readers a month. ... I am out of freelance money right now, I enjoyed your post, and I thought you’d be willing to summarize it for posting for a wider audience without doing any additional legwork. Some journalists use our platform as a way to gain more exposure."

Thayer stridently refused: "I have bills to pay and cannot expect to do so by giving my work away for free to a for profit company so they can make money off of my efforts. ... Frankly, I will refrain from being insulted and am perplexed how one can expect to try to retain quality professional services without compensating for them." (more...)

Atlantic introduces sponsored content guidelines that address the Scientology incident

The Atlantic has developed new guidelines for its use of sponsored content, after pulling and apologizing for a sponsored piece about Scientology earlier this month.

The company issued a statement at the time that read in part: "We now realize that as we explored new forms of digital advertising, we failed to update the policies that must govern the decisions we make along the way. It's safe to say that we are thinking a lot more about these policies after running this ad than we did beforehand."

The new policy issued today outlines the general principles The Atlantic will adhere to when running content produced or paid for by a sponsor, with the overall goal that "The Atlantic must maintain its editorial integrity and the trust of its readers."

One key focus is on transparency:
The Atlantic will prominently display the following disclaimer on all Sponsor Content: ‘SPONSOR CONTENT.’ The Atlantic will additionally include the following disclaimer on all Sponsor Content: ‘This article is written by or on behalf of our Sponsor and not by The Atlantic’s editorial staff.’ The Atlantic may additionally include, in certain areas and platforms, further explanation defining Sponsor Content to Atlantic readers. In addition, The Atlantic will ensure the treatment and design of Advertising and Sponsor Content is clearly differentiated from its editorial content.
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The Atlantic publishes then pulls sponsored content from Church of Scientology

About 11 hours after it was published online, The Atlantic removed sponsored content about the Church of Scientology. (more...)

Atlantic to experiment with pay models this year

The Atlantic is assembling a "paid content SWAT team," Atlantic President Scott Havens tells Jeff Bercovici. Does that mean a paywall's coming?

"It’s not definitely happening, but it’s definitely part of the mix,” Havens tells the reporter. The company last played with a subscriber-only website in 2008, but Havens says the "conditions on the ground have changed.”

“We’re shooting ourselves in the foot a little by having the paid app in the iTunes store while offering ourselves for free in Safari.” (more...)
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