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Career Beat: Matt Thompson to join theatlantic.com

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

  • Matt Thompson will be deputy editor of theatlantic.com. He’s currently director of vertical initiatives for NPR. (Poynter)
  • Mat Honan will be Silicon Valley bureau chief for BuzzFeed. He’s an editor and writer at Wired. (Re/code)
  • Justin Yurkanin is now manager of multimedia at Alabama Media Group. Previously, he was a photojournalist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. (Email)
  • Sarah Karnasiewicz is now food editor of RealSimple.com. Previously, she was a writer at The Wall Street Journal. (Fishbowl NY)

Job of the Day: The (Rochester, New York) Democrat and Chronicle is looking for a senior engagement editor. Get your résumés in! (Career Builder)

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Matt Thompson leaves NPR for The Atlantic

Matt Thompson will be the deputy editor of theatlantic.com, NPR staffers were told in a memo Wednesday, David Folkenflik reports. Thompson is NPR’s director of vertical initiatives and will work with site editor J.J. Gould “to help oversee editorial operations and shape strategic development,” The Atlantic says in a press release.

“It’s difficult to count all the ways and all the places where Matt has played a vital role at NPR during his years with us,” NPR managing editor for digital news Scott Montgomery and NPR News Executive Editor Madhulika Sikka write in an email to staffers, which is below.

Thompson, who worked at Poynter in the early 2000s, follows a number of high-profile departures from NPR in recent months. Chief content officer Kinsey Wilson left in October (and later landed at The New York Times). Senior VP for news Margaret Low Smith announced in July she would leave (she headed to The Atlantic, too). Read more

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Career Beat: Lenika Cruz named associate editor at The Atlantic

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

  • David Cohn is now executive producer at AJ+. Previously, he was chief content officer at Circa. (Dave Cohn)
  • Lenika Cruz has been named associate editor at The Atlantic. Previously, she was a contributing editor at Circa. Grace White will be a reporter at CBS Houston. Previously, she was a reporter and anchor at Fox 29 San Antonio. (Muck Rack)
  • Rick Daniels has been named publisher at The Hartford (Connecticut) Courant. Previously, he was chief operating officer of GoLocal24. Nancy Meyer has been named publisher and CEO of Orlando Sentinel Media Group. Previously, she was publisher of the Courant. (Poynter)
  • Dana Hahn has been named news director for KTVU in San Francisco. Previously, she was news director for WTTG in Washington, D.C. Sara Suarez has been named news director for WFDC in Washington, D.C. Previously, she was news director for WUNI in Boston.
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Alexis Madrigal joins Fusion

The New York Times

TheAtlantic.com deputy editor Alexis Madrigal will join the Fusion network, as “Silicon Valley bureau chief and the anchor of a television show,” Ravi Somaiya writes for The New York Times.

Mr. Madrigal, 32, will start Nov. 3, he said in an interview on Tuesday, and will cover technology and broader issues “across television, live events and digital,” he said.

Madrigal’s “curiosity, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit make him a natural fit for us as we build Fusion into a next-generation media company that serves a young, diverse, connected millennial generation,” Fusion CEO Isaac Lee wrote in a memo to staff, which is below.

Hola Fusion,

I am pleased to announce that Alexis Madrigal is joining Fusion from The Atlantic to be our Silicon Valley Bureau Chief.

Increasingly, we live in a world in which major changes — intellectual, social, political — are channeled through and shaped by the technologies we use.

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Atlantic contributor: Atlantic article was ‘fatally flawed’

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An Atlantic longread that offers a behind-the-bars glimpse of prison gangs has taken criticism from Atlantic contributor Andrew Cohen, who has called the article “misleading,” “facile” and “fatally flawed.”

The article, written by contributing editor Graeme Wood, is a 5,000-word takeout explaining how convicts in California prisons consolidate power within highly organized gangs. In doing so, Wood combines the work of researcher David Skarbek with scenes from California’s Pelican Bay State Prison to portray a system fraught with hierarchical intricacies.

Cohen, who is also commentary editor at The Marshall Project, takes issue with what he perceives to be shallow reporting, upbraiding Wood for failing to add context in the form of “policies and practices, not to mention court orders, shape the ways gang members are identified, treated, aided, and disciplined in that prison”:

It’s an attempt to write about them without using the terms “solitary confinement” or “mental-health treatment,” or any reference to ongoing federal class-action litigation over anti-gang actions in that prison.

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Career Beat: Major masthead shakeup at The New York Times

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

  • Susan Chira is now a deputy executive editor at The New York Times. Previously, she was an assistant managing editor there. Janet Elder is now a deputy executive editor at The New York Times. Previously, she was a deputy managing editor there. Matt Purdy is now a deputy executive editor at The New York Times. He was an assistant managing editor there. Ian Fisher is now a deputy executive editor at The New York Times. Previously, he was an assistant managing editor there. Steve Duenes is now an assistant editor at the New York Times. Previously, he was graphics director there. Clifford Levy is an associate editor at the New York Times. He is the head of NYT Now. Alexandra MacCallum is now an assistant editor at The New York Times. Previously, she was an assistant managing editor there. Tom Bodkin is now creative director at The New York Times.
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As L.A. Register closes, owner offers another definition of failure

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Los Angeles Register closes: O.C. Register owner Aaron Kushner immediately ceases publication of the newspaper, which launched in April. “Pundits and local competitors who have closely followed our entry into Los Angeles will be quick to criticize our decision to launch a new newspaper and they will say that we failed,” a memo says. “We believe, the true definition of failure is not taking bold steps toward growth.” (LAT) | That notable bit of Kushner-speak has echoes in this amazing quote from him following buyouts in June: “Everyone says our strategy has failed. Perhaps they should be saying that our strategy has not succeeded?” (OC Weekly) | Another quote! Kushner on the the L.A. Register’s launch: “Only in the newspaper business would someone criticize a business for opening in a market of 10 million people with a great quality product.” (Los Angeles Register) | Justin Ellis called this one yesterday.
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NPR’s head of programming to retire

NPR

Ellen McDonnell, NPR’s executive editor for news programming, will retire at the end of the year, Eyder Peralta reported for the network today.

McDonnell had been at the network for nearly 35 years and was “a part of NPR’s DNA,” NPR Chief Content Officer Kinsey Wilson said in an internal memo quoted in Peralta’s story:

“She has touched and transformed nearly every aspect of NPR News, her creativity and zeal surpassed only by her generosity of spirit. When you describe Ellen the words you hear over and over are transparent and authentic. She is the real deal.”

In July, NPR’s senior vice president for news, Margaret Low Smith, left the network to join the Atlantic as president of the company’s events division. NPR got a new president and CEO in Jarl Mohn in May. Mohn was chairman of Southern California Public Radio. Read more

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Hand reaching from the grave

How your byline could outlive you

mediawiremorningGood morning. September. Media stories. Let’s do this.

  1. Facebook may not be publishers’ friend: Editorial decisions are increasingly replaced by Facebook’s opaque algorithm, Emily Bell writes: “Accountability is not part of Silicon Valley’s culture. But surely as news moves beyond paper and publisher, it must become so.” (The Guardian) | Related: “Get ready to see a new set of Facebook publishers who see big and mysterious traffic boosts in the near future, as Facebook rolls out its autoplaying video.” (Re/code)
  2. Who will run Condé after Si? At some point Si Newhouse will no longer run the company. Soon-to-be-former Fairchild honcho Gina Sanders is someone to watch, Joe Pompeo writes. (Capital)
  3. What you need to know about this Jennifer Lawrence nude-pictures thing: The FBI is investigating how naked photos of several celebrities ended up online. (AP) | Gabrielle Bluestone‘s primer on the mess.
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3 ways to prevent your apology from becoming the story

On Wednesday, The Atlantic’s David Frum apologized after accusing The New York Times and other news organizations of faking photos at a Gaza hospital. And then he kept talking. So now we have more stories.

Here are three tips on how to apologize so that your apology doesn’t become the story. Study them, and you may be able to shut down some bad press.

1. Do it. Then hush.

In 2012, Poynter’s Andrew Beaujon wrote “How journalists bungle apologies: They keep talking.”

Here is how you apologize: “I’m sorry.” Maybe “We’re sorry.” If your apology includes the words “if,” “but,” or especially “however” it is not an apology. It’s a justification, which is not the same thing.

I’m adding “also” to the list.

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