Articles about "The Guardian"

University of Georgia j-school rescinds invitation to Liberian journalist

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. University of Georgia panics, rescinds invitation to Liberian journalist: It canceled Wade C.L. Williams‘ invitation to speak Oct. 23. “It just became abundantly clear we had a risk scenario and a situation on our hands that was a little more sensitive issue,” Grady College dean Charles N. Davis tells Brad Schrade. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) | Williams: “A woman with a pleasant voice delicately told me that parents were panicking and the general public was against my coming to the university.” (FrontPageAfrica) | What sort of lecture was UGA planning? “Ebola in humans is spread only through direct contact with virus-laden bodily fluids, and is not as transmissible as such airborne viruses as influenza and measles.” (WP) | Related: Why Guardian journalist Monica Mark decided not to wear a hazmat suit while reporting on Ebola: “It’s really difficult to get someone to open up to when you’re wearing it.” (IBT)
  2. The ethics of the Guardian’s Whisper scoop: Was it OK for it to report on something it learned during a meeting about a potential partnership? (Re/code) | Whisper’s responses to Guardian story. (Scribd) | “Part of the problem with the Guardian‘s coverage, [Editor-in-Chief Neetzan] Zimmerman said — and that done by other media as well — is that it doesn’t distinguish between anonymity and privacy.” (Gigaom) | Sort-of related: Gawker Media mulls a Twitter policy. (Jim Romenesko)
  3. Virginian-Pilot shrinks its newsroom: About a quarter of its journalists are going, they learned Friday. “Those leaving include veterans in reporting, column writing, editing, photography and design,” Philip Walzer reports. “The company declined to publicly identify them.” (Virginian-Pilot)
  4. NYT public editor sees some progress: Margaret Sullivan looks back on her second year on the job and spies less false balance, more environment coverage, a commitment to staff diversity. “We’re not going to stop hiring — I don’t believe in hiring freezes,” Executive Editor Dean Baquet tells her. (NYT)
  5. William Luther Masingill dies at 92: The Chattanooga broadcaster “first sat down behind the radio microphone on December 31, 1940. He personally signed on WDEF Television in April of 1954, and over the decades, informed and entertained generations of listeners and viewers alike with a charm and grace unique to him alone.” (WDEF)
  6. What the Boston Herald hasn’t learned from its cartoon blunder: It won’t discuss its staff’s diversity. “In journalism, staff diversity isn’t just about soothing hurt feelings or avoiding embarrassment; it’s a journalistic value,” Eric Deggans writes. “Few quality newspapers would shrug off conditions where they published 10 factual errors a day. So its time to realize diversity is an important a tool for delivering accuracy and context to all kinds of coverage.” (NPR)
  7. Aaron Kushner says LAT is “spreading rumors about us”: The OC Register owner “emphasized last week that his papers remained on a path of success and said he stepped down as publisher of The Orange County Register — and brought in Richard Mirman, a former executive at Harrah’s Entertainment, as interim publisher — because he had too many jobs to handle.” (NYT)
  8. Rewrite that sentence! Book blurb in NYT marries Ann Patchett to her dog. (NYT) | “Sparky’s great, but they’re just friends.” (@GilbertLiz)
  9. Front page of the day, not curated by Kristen Hare: An insta-classic New York Daily News swipe at Donald Trump: “Trumpty Dumpty.” (Courtesy Newseum)


  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Holly Gauntt is now news director for KDVR/KWGN in Denver. Previously, she was news director for KOMO in Seattle. Sarah Garza is interim news director for KOMO. Previously, she was assistant news director there. Nick McDermott is now executive producer at KTVA in Anchorage, Alaska. He has been a producer there. James Doughty is now communications director for a San Antonio city councilman. Previously, he was a reporter for KENS in San Antonio. (Rick Geevers) | Stacy-Marie Ishmael will head up editorial operations for BuzzFeed’s news app. Previously, she was vice president of communities at the Financial Times. (Nieman Lab) | Lindsey Bahr is now a film writer for The Associated Press. Previously, she was a correspondent for Entertainment Weekly. (AP) | Janelle Nanos is now editor of Beta Boston. Previously, she was a senior editor at Boston Magazine. (Muck Rack) | Matthew Schnipper is now a senior editor at GQ. Previously, he was editor-in-chief at Fader. (email) | Terry Savage is now a contributor at Tribune Content Agency. Previously, she was a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. (Robert Feder) | Job of the day: the AP is looking for a news research manager in New York. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves:

Suggestions? Criticisms? Would like me to send you this roundup each morning? Please email me:

Correction: This roundup originally linked to a story about Virginian-Pilot layoffs from last year. That planned round of reductions was targeted mostly outside the paper’s newsroom, the story said. Read more


Cue the outcry — more big Twitter changes on the way

Friday. Good morning (or good evening, if you’re reading this at night). Andrew Beaujon is back next week.

  1. Let’s freak out about Twitter changes: Sayeth Twitter: “in many cases, the best Tweets come from people you already know, or know of. But there are times when you might miss out on Tweets we think you’d enjoy.” Noooooooo! (Twitter) | Stuart Dredge weighs in: “The difference between the two social networks is that Facebook is taking stories out of its news feed – it prioritises around 300 a day out of a possible 1,500 for the average user – while Twitter is only adding tweets in. For now, at least.” (The Guardian) | Previously: I wrote about the Facebookification of Twitter and the Twitterfication of Facebook. (Poynter)
  2. More Twitter changes: Now with audio! “Notably, Twitter is teaming up with Apple to let users listen to certain tracks and buy the music directly from the iTunes store,” Yoree Koh reports. Twitter is also partnering with Soundcloud. (Wall Street Journal) | “Throughout your listening experience, you can dock the Audio Card and keep listening as you continue to browse inside the Twitter app,” product manager Richard Slatter writes in a blog post. (Twitter)
  3. The media kinda sucks at covering Ebola: Just look at how it covered #ClipboardMan, Arielle Duhaime-Ross writes. (The Verge)
  4. Liberian media really sucks at covering Ebola: The Daily Observer newspaper “has become a feeding ground of phony conspiracy,” Terrence McCoy reports. “The top three news stories on the website all allege medical professionals purposely infected the country with Ebola, ideas that have drawn the conspiratorial from across the planet.” The bad journalism is leading to a debate over press freedom in the country. (Washington Post) | From yesterday: The BBC is using WhatsApp to spread accurate information about the virus in Africa. (
  5. Correction of the week: Deadspin retracted its story claiming U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner didn’t actually play high school football, as he claimed, after the primary source changed his mind. “As serial collectors of media fuck-ups, we add this self-portrait to the gallery,” editor Tommy Craggs writes. (Deadspin) | Earlier, Craggs told Erik Wemple, “If you’re looking for someone to blame here, blame me for getting way too cocky about my site’s ability to prove a negative.” (Washington Post)
  6. Whisper vs. The Guardian: A damning report in The Guardian on Thursday claimed Whisper, “the social media app that promises users anonymity and claims to be ‘the safest place on the internet’, is tracking the location of its users, including some who have specifically asked not to be followed.” (The Guardian) | Whisper editor-in-chief Neetzan Zimmerman angrily denied the report, and wrote on Twitter that the piece “is lousy with falsehoods, and we will be debunking them all.” (Washington Post) | Here’s a good explainer from Carmel DeAmicis: “The two sides disagree over what constitutes ‘personally identifiable information,’ whether rough location data tied to a user’s previous activity could expose someone.” (Gigaom) | And here’s a take from Mathew Ingram, who says Whisper’s problem is that it “wants to be both an anonymous app and a news entity at the same time.” (Gigaom)
  7. American journalists detained in Russia: Joe Bergantino, co-founder of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, and Randy Covington, a professor at the University of South Carolina, are in Russia to teach an investigative journalism workshop. They were found guilty of “violating the visa regime” and will return to the U.S. on Saturday as scheduled. “Russian authorities have used visa issues in the past as a pretext to bar the entry for certain individuals to the country,” Nataliya Vasilyeva reports. (AP via ABC News)
  8. Good times at High Times: Subscriptions and advertising pages are growing for “the magazine about all things marijuana” as it celebrates its 40th birthday. Dan Skye, High Times’ editorial director, tells Michael Sebastian, “I think the legalization has everything to do with the boom.” (Ad Age)
  9. Front page of the day, curated by Kristen Hare: The Daily News (see it at the Newseum).NY_DN
  10. No job moves today: Benjamin Mullin has the day off. But be sure to visit Poynter’s jobs site. Happy weekend!

Suggestions? Criticisms? Would you like this roundup sent to you each morning? Please email Read more

Jeff Bezos

Newspaper distributor to do same-day delivery for Amazon

mediawiremorningIt’s Thursday. Here’s a pop quiz: How many media stories do you think you’re about to get?

  1. UK newspaper distributor will do same-day Amazon deliveries: “Connect Group will make early morning deliveries at the same time as it delivers daily newspapers and use contractors to fulfill a second delivery in the afternoon.” Connect distributes The Guardian and The Mirror, Rory Gallivan reports. (Wall Street Journal)
  2. Longtime S.F. Chronicle editor William German dies at 95: “Mr. German began his career at the paper as a copy boy. When he retired 62 years later, he was the dean of West Coast editors. He had helped transform The Chronicle from the No.3 newspaper in a four-newspaper city to the largest paper in Northern California.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
  3. BBC battles Ebola in Africa with WhatsApp: “The service will deliver information on preventative care, health tips and breaking news bulletins specific to the region about the virus in French and English, and often in audio formats,” writes Alastair Reid. ( | Related: 5 tips on covering Ebola from the Dallas Morning News and KERA News. (Poynter) | Related: 5 Ebola falsehoods, via PunditFact. (Poynter)
  4. Ken Doctor on Kushner’s OC Register: “Aaron Kushner, by age 40, may be setting a land-speed record for entry, meteoric rise, embarrassing fall and exit from the newspaper industry.” (Nieman Lab) | Related: A lawsuit filed by the Los Angeles Times alleges not only that Kushner has failed to pay more than $2 million owed to the Times for delivery services, but also that the Register kept tips intended for the LA Times newspaper carriers who delivered the Register. (OC Weekly) | Related: “I admired his daring approach, his insistence that investing in newspapers rather than constantly cutting them back and weakening them would give them a better chance to prevail in the digital age,” Rem Rieder writes. (USA Today)
  5. Another alt-weekly closes: The Knoxville News Sentinel, which owns the Metro Pulse, laid off all 23 staffers, including everyone at the alt-weekly. “Yes, it’s true. We don’t exist anymore. We no longer have jobs either. This week’s issue will be our last,” Metro Pulse wrote on its Facebook page. (Poynter)
  6. Indianapolis TV news crew carjacked: No one was hurt after the van was stolen by a gunman after a reporter and photographer for WXIN covered a prayer vigil. (Fox59)
  7. Ernie Pyle statue has a misspelling: The Indiana University alum who covered World War II is referred to as a “U.S. War Corespondent.” The sculptor says it could become “part of the lore of the piece.” (Indiana Daily Student)
  8. ICYMI: At the Washington Post, “what began as a simple experiment to improve the site’s author pages has evolved into the beginnings of a completely new content management platform,” explains Benjamin Mullin. (Poynter)
  9. Front page of the day, curated by Kristen Hare: The Kansas City Star celebrates the Royals’ trip to the World Series (courtesy the Newseum).kansascitystar
  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Ryan Kellett is now audience and engagement editor at The Washington Post. Previously, he was national digital editor there. (The Washington Post) | Dean Haddock is a visiting fellow at the Nieman Foundation. He is director of web and information technology for StoryCorps. Melody Joy Kramer is a visiting fellow at the Nieman Foundation. She is an editor and digital strategist at NPR. Donna Pierce is now a visiting fellow at the Nieman Foundation. She is a contributing editor at Upscale Magazine. Jack Riley is now a visiting fellow at the Nieman Foundation. He is head of audience development for The Huffington Post UK. Freek Staps is now a visiting fellow at the Nieman Foundation. He heads up business news start-up NRC Q. Amy Webb is now a visiting fellow at the Nieman Foundation. She is the founder and CEO of Webbmedia Group. (Nieman Lab) | Job of the day: BuzzFeed UK is looking for a political reporter. Get your résumés in! (BuzzFeed) | Send Ben your job moves:

Suggestions? Criticisms? Would you like this roundup sent to you each morning? Please email Read more


Dorian Nakamoto looks to sue Newsweek over Bitcoin story

mediawiremorningHey, hi. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Lawsuit over Newsweek’s Bitcoin story? The man who Newsweek’s Leah McGrath Goodman identified as the founder of Bitcoin is raising money on a website to sue the magazine, claiming he was “targeted and victimized by a reckless news organization.” Dorian Nakamoto has been unemployed for 10 years, the site says. “Donations, obviously, can be made by bitcoin.” (TechCrunch) | Previously: In March, Nakamoto told the AP he hadn’t heard of Bitcoin until his son told him about it after talking to Newsweek: “I got nothing to do with it.” (Poynter)
  2. Snyderman sorry for violating Ebola quarantine: The 21-day quarantine for NBC News crew members who traveled to Liberia is now mandatory after Dr. Nancy Snyderman violated the voluntary quarantine. “As a health professional I know that we have no symptoms and pose no risk to the public, but I am deeply sorry for the concerns this episode caused.” (THR) | The freelance cameraman who contracted Ebola and is recovering, Ashoka Mukpo, tweeted his “endless gratitude for the good vibes.” (NBC News) | Ebola-related: The New York Post fronts the Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola — and her dog. (New York Post) | Bentley “is being held in isolation and watched closely, but it is unlikely that he will have to be euthanized, Dallas city officials said.” (Mashable)


  3. Christie and Clinton overkill? Since Jan. 1, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was been the most-mentioned potential Republican presidential contender, according to a LexisNexis search of 15 top newspapers, with Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul not far behind. Hillary Clinton, of course, is the most-referenced Democrat — and it’s not close at all. “Overall, more stories have talked about potential GOP candidates (202) than Democratic ones (115).” (Pew Research Center)
  4. Kushner no longer OC Register’s publisher: New publisher and CEO Richard Mirman takes over for the beleaguered Aaron Kushner, who remains CEO of Freedom Communications, which owns the newspaper. Mirman is an investor in the Register. (Orange County Register) | Previously: The Los Angeles Register closed last month after just five months of operation (Poynter), and the Register reportedly owes the Los Angeles Times $3.5 million in distribution fees. (OC Weekly)
  5. Rift between Guardian and NYT? When The Guardian’s hard drives were being smashed by British authorities in 2013, the newspaper arranged for The New York Times to share and protect some of its Snowden documents. But now, Lloyd Grove reports, some Times editors are frustrated with The Guardian’s “total control over the Snowden cache, including how and when it can be used to develop, pursue and publish investigations.” Counters Times executive editor Dean Baquet: “I don’t feel held captive by The Guardian, because I wouldn’t have access to these particular documents without The Guardian.” (The Daily Beast)
  6. White House’s Secret Service spin: “White House reporters are often too swamped to fully check out every assertion made by the White House’s press operation, and in this case officials seized on a phrase that is in the report. The report is rather complicated and someone reading quickly might not catch the nuance that this was not actually a finding, but merely a claim made by, among others, by the very person whose credibility is questioned throughout the report.” (Washington Post)
  7. BBC looks at “hybrid” broadcast-Internet radio on phones: “Nearly two thirds of the mobile phone owners surveyed found the idea of hybrid radio appealing and said it could be a deciding factor when faced with a choice between phones with similar specs.” (BBC)
  8. Not front page of the day: A story on A1 of some editions of The New York Times today is missing a byline and lede.


  9. Front page of the day, curated by Kristen Hare: Times-Journal of Fort Payne, Alabama, with a very not-lifesize picture of Ebola (Courtesy the Newseum).
  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Betsy Woodruff will be a politics writer for Slate. She’s currently a politics writer at the Washington Examiner. ‏(@woodruffbets) | 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) | Send Ben your job moves:

Suggestions? Criticisms? Would you like this roundup sent to you each morning? Please email Read more


NYT launches Playbook competitor

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. State Dept. tells Turkey to back off NYT reporter: State spokesperson Jen Psaki criticized Turkey for harassment of New York Times reporter Ceylan Yeginsu, who has reported on how the Islamic State group recruits in Turkey. “On Friday, Turkish newspapers controlled by allies of the president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, published front-page photographs of Ms. Yeginsu and asserted that she was a traitor and foreign agent who was seeking to falsely imply that Mr. Erdogan is a closet supporter of the Islamic State.” (NYT) | I ran a little primer on the Times/Turkey tussle, including a statement from Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet, in Item 2 of Friday’s roundup (Poynter) | Yeginsu wrote last week about how dicey it can be to report on IS in Turkey: “‘Don’t worry it’s a stupid American newspaper. I’m just badmouthing the Americans, I’m not telling her anything,’ the market owner said unapologetically.” (NYT)
  2. St. Louis County cops offer tips on dealing with press: “YOU CAN WIN WITH THE MEDIA,” the description for a new course at the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy reads. Topics include “Feeding the Animals.” (Gawker)
  3. NYT launches politics vertical, Playbook-style email: “Readers can come to First Draft throughout the day for breaking political news, ​campaign color, ​​expert analysis ​and lighter takes on Washington personalities,” Carl Hulse writes. Sign up for the newsletter here. (NYT) | “We may be late to the game, but we’re trying to do it in our own distinctive way,” Hulse tells Michael Calderone. (HuffPost)
  4. Reporter says, “Fuck it, I quit”: Charlo Greene quit her job as a reporter for Anchorage’s KTVA Sunday. She was reporting on the Alaska Cannabis Club, which she revealed to viewers she owned. (Alaska Dispatch News)
  5. That time The Miami Herald ruined America: The reporters who staked out Gary Hart‘s house in 1987 did not respond to Hart’s exhortation to “Follow me around,” Matt Bai writes. They saw an advance copy of a New York Times Magazine article that published on the same day their blockbuster Hart article ran. “As long as it was Hart, and not The Herald, who set the whole thing in motion, then it was he and not they who suddenly moved the boundaries between private and political lives.” (NYT Mag) | | Washington Post, 1987: “‘As you know, Mr. Hart has suggested the press follow him to disprove the allegations on womanizing,’ Herald Executive Editor Heath Meriwether replied in a statement.” (WP) | Seminar idea! Tom Fiedler, one of the Herald reporters on the case, is now dean of Boston University’s College of Communication, where David Carr teaches. It’d be fun to talk this one out, right? | Bai: “There’s a real mythology in the media around exposing scandal, and that’s not always the same thing as genuine accountability.” (NYT)
  6. Last Thursday was big for The Guardian’s U.S. operation: It was “our biggest ever day for page views,” Editor-in-Chief Katharine Viner tweeted. (@KathViner) | I asked The Guardian if that was because of its coverage of the Scottish independence referendum. That “certainly contributed to our record traffic,” Guardian spox Gennady Kolker said in an emailed reply. “We are, however, seeing growing demand from US readers for Guardian coverage of issues like the death penalty, as well as ongoing interest in our roster of thought-provoking and diverse voices.”
  7. Media critic interviewed by hometown newspaper: “nobody really cares (when I write) about print newspapers and print media,” Erik Wemple tells Mark McGuire. “Crickets.” (The [Schenectady, N.Y.] Daily Gazette)
  8. Men still get the best jobs at British newspapers: Sarah Sands of the Evening Standard “suggested that starting in business journalism – where there are more paying jobs – was a good way to master a particular beat and the art of story-getting,” Eleanor Mills writes. (British Journalism Review, via The Guardian)
  9. Front page of the day, selected by Kristen Hare: The Epoch Times fronts this weekend’s People’s Climate March in NYC.


  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Missy Ryan will be a Pentagon correspondent for The Washington Post. Previously, she was a reporter at Reuters. (The Washington Post) | Yumiko Ono is now Asia audience engagement editor at The Wall Street Journal. Previously, she was managing editor of Wall Street Journal Japan. (@raju) | Trip Gabriel is now a political correspondent for The New York Times. He was a national correspondent there. Jennifer Steinhauer is now mid-Atlantic bureau chief for The New York Times. Previously, she was a congressional reporter there. (Politico) | Amy Keller Laird is now editor-in-chief of Women’s Health. Previously, she was executive editor there. (Women’s Wear Daily) | Megan Sowder-Staley is now vice president for product strategy at Roll Call. Previously, she was director of product strategy there. Todd Ruger is a legal affairs staff writer for Roll Call. Previously, he covered legal issues for the National Law Journal. Rachel Oswald is a defense reporter for Roll Call. Previously, she was a reporter for Global Security Newswire. Connor O’Brien is a defense policy reporter for Roll Call. Previously, he was a congressional news reporter there. Gillian Roberts is now breaking news editor at Roll Call. Previously, she was a White House stringer at Bloomberg. Jamisha Ford is now special products editor at CQ Now. Previously, she was deputy editor at CQ Now. Bridget Bowman will cover the Capitol for Roll Call’s Hill Blotter blog. She had been an intern there. Chris Williams is a multimedia and online developer for Roll Call. Previously, he was web director for Personal Selling Power. (Roll Call) | Job of the Day: Eagle-Tribune Publishing is looking for page designers. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves:

Suggestions? Criticisms? Would like me to send you this roundup each morning? Please email me: Read more


FT, Guardian announce print redesigns

Capital | The Guardian

The Financial Times will offer a “simplification” of its print design on Monday, Tom McGeveran reports. The new design “enables us to shift our focus more into digital platforms and strike the right balance in our digital first newsroom,” FT Editor Lionel Barber says in a memo to staff.

McGeveran predicts “a newspaper more suited to the presentation of longer, more analytical and more visually focused articles than the almost intentionally stodgy, old-fashioned format of the paper has previously allowed.” He continues:

On a cellular level it’s an editorial position being taken up much more frequently these days at the desk level of broadsheets, who are finding slaving away to create hard-to-report articles that everyone has read online by the time the newspaper truck arrives at the newsstand increasingly unsatisfying, and are starting to think of print as a home for stories and approaches that are unlikely to be replicated by the competition and discretionary enough to be held for late-night or morning publication.

Case in point: The Guardian will debut a new print section called “Journal” next week. It will include a long reads section edited by former New Yorker editor Jonathan Shainan. It will feature pieces “between 3,000 and 5,000 words in length and will showcase a wide range of in-depth analysis and essays, as well as detailed profile pieces and on-the-ground reportage.”

The paper promises a “generally refreshed look and feel” will arrive in its print newspaper Saturday. That renovation will bring “a seamless, consistent and familiar experience wherever and however people choose to read our content,” creative director Alex Breuer says in a press release. Read more


Who will screw up 9/11 remembrances today?

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. 13 years later: Newspaper front pages from Sept. 11, 2001, extra and p.m. editions (Poynter) and from Sept. 12, 2001 (Poynter) | 9/11 is so freighted that the intentions of media outlets and brands often go awry. Sydney, Australia’s Daily Telegraph “tweeted an image of New York during the 9/11 attacks to accompany its story on Australia’s terror threat level.” (BuzzFeed) | Last year Esquire ran the headline “Making Your Morning Commute More Stylish” next to Richard Drew‘s photo of a man falling from a WTC tower, then told horrified readers to “Relax.” (Poynter) | And AT&T doinked a terrible tribute tweet. (WP)
  2. Disrupters disrupt disruption: Disruption! Vanity Fair saluted a “new breed of journo-entrepreneurs strike out on their own, cutting to the chase and influencing the masses without (much of) a filter.” They were all white, and mostly men. (Vanity Fair) | Disrupted! Kristen Hare suggested some more diverse additions to VF’s list. (Poynter) | Disrupters disrupted! Erik Wemple suggested that before hectoring other organizations for diversity, Poynter should look at its own leadership. (WP) | Disrupting disruption! “As a very preliminary step, if publications insisted on putting women and minorities on their stupid, arbitrary lists, it would elevate those entrepreneurs and founders. It might help break down the deep stereotypes that help to discourage women and minorities from becoming entrepreneurs in the first place.” (New York)
  3. The Ray Rice story is not going away: A law enforcement official says he sent the tape to the NFL in April. (AP) | A list of NFL players’ arrests on domestic violence charges, and the league’s weak responses. (Sidespin)
  4. Guardian offers membership, shed: Editor Alan Rusbridger Thursday announced a way to “a closer part of the community of journalists, readers and friends of an institution that has been around for well over 190 years”: Paying for a membership. One of the benefits: Events at 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.” (Guardian) | One of the membership levels costs nothing. Ken Doctor: “If The Guardian could move 1 percent of those 105 million unique visitors to even free registration, that’s one million known customers.” (Nieman)
  5. Good media criticism from Brewers’ manager: Ron Roenicke complains that reporters often ask a question, then write a story that omits the question, making it appear as if the idea initiated with him. “[W]hen there’s no question there, it appears I’m the one bringing it up,” Roenicke said. (Brew Beat)
  6. What it means when you say ISIL/ISIS/Islamic State: “This situation is moving so fast — the many explainers written about ISIS v. ISIL in June are already a few steps behind — and the Islamic State’s identity is changing so rapidly that it seems futile to treat acronyms as a magnifying glass,” Jaime Fuller writes. (WP)
  7. SpinMedia cuts staff, ends Vibe’s print edition: 19 jobs lost affecting mostly employees in print-related jobs. “If we’re not going to be putting together print pages anymore and designing print, we really don’t need those design platforms,” CEO Stephen Blackwell tells Peter Sterne. (Capital)
  8. Advice for political reporters: “1. Today Rarely Changes Everything.” (PBS MediaShift)
  9. Front page of the day, selected by Kristen Hare: A towering text treatment from Scottsboro, Alabama’s Daily Sentinel. (Courtesy the Newseum.)


  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Jay Carney is now a political commentator for CNN. He was the White House press secretary. (Poynter) | Timothy Noah will lead a pro-labor vertical at Politico. He has written for MSNBC and The New Republic. Brian Mahoney will be a reporter for the new vertical. Perviously, he covered federal courts for Law360. Elana Schor will be an energy reporter for Politico Pro. Previously, she was a reporter at Environment and Energy News. Kate Tummarello will be a technology reporter for Politico Pro. Previously, she was a staff writer at The Hill. Heather Caygle will cover transportation for Politico Pro. Previously, she covered transportation policy for Bloomberg. Emily Kopp is now a web producer for ProWeb. Previously, she was a senior editor at the Georgia Political Review. Cogan Schneier is a web producer for Politico Pro. She was digital news editor The Badger Herald. (Via email) | Michael Catalini will cover New Jersey politics for The Associated Press. Previously, he was a staff correspondent for the National Journal. (@mikecatalini) | Kelley Carter is now a senior entertainment editor at BuzzFeed. Previously, she was an entertainment editor for Ebony magazine. (@WesleyLowery) | Gordon Lubold will cover the U.S. military for Defense One. Previously, he was a national security reporter for Foreign Policy. Marcus Weisgerber will cover national security for Defense One. previously, he was a Pentagon correspondent for Defense News. (Email) | Hayes Brown will be a world editor at BuzzFeed. Previously, he was an editor at Think Progress. (‏@HayesBrown) | Isabelle Khurshudyan will cover high school sports for The Washington Post. She was an intern there. (The Washington Post) | Steven Sloan will be assistant managing editor of enterprise for CNN Politics. Previously, he was Politico’s Congress editor. Jedd Rosche will be morning breaking news editor for CNN Politics. Previously, he was deputy breaking news editor for Politico. Eric Bradner is a breaking news reporter for CNN Politics. Previously, he was a trade reporter for Politico Pro. (Via email) | Job of the day: Gannett is looking for national security reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves:

Suggestions? Criticisms? Would like me to send you this roundup each morning? Please email me:

Correction: This post originally attributed Peter Sterne’s piece to Jeremy Barr. Read more


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. It’s a bit cheaper, at $5 a month or $50 a year. Slate Plus members get “special access” to writers and editors, ad-free podcasts, then-editor David Plotz wrote, and “Slate Plus members will automatically get single-page articles throughout the site. Members will also be able to read and post comments directly on article pages, rather in a pop-up window, and we’ll highlight member comments. We’ll post some of our feature stories early to Slate Plus, too.” Read more


Career Beat: Former NFL wide receiver Donte Stallworth joins HuffPost

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

  • Michael Bloomberg will replace Daniel Doctoroff as chief executive officer of Bloomberg LP. Previously, Bloomberg was mayor of New York City. (New York Times)
  • Gina Sanders is now president of Condé Nast Global Development. She was president and CEO of Fairchild Fashion Media. (Condé Nast)
  • Brian Olsavsky will be chief financial officer for, Inc. He is the company’s vice president of finance. (Amazon)
  • Donte Stallworth is a politics fellow at The Huffington Post. Previously, he was a coaching intern with the Baltimore Ravens. Before that, he was an NFL wide receiver. (HuffPost Politics)
  • Chris Meighan is now design director of The Washington Post’s mobile initiative. Previously, he was The Post’s deputy design director. (The Washington Post)
  • Doris Truong will be weekend editor for The Washington Post’s universal desk. She is the homepage editor for The Post. (The Washington Post)
  • Joe Vardon will cover LeBron James for the Northeast Ohio Media Group. He was a reporter for the Columbus Dispatch. (Romenesko)
  • Tom Gara will be deputy editor for BuzzFeed Business. He is the corporate news editor for The Wall Street Journal. (Recode)
  • David Gehring will be vice president of partnerships for Guardian News & Media. He was the head of global alliances and strategic partnerships for Google. (Release)

Job of the day: The Dallas Morning News is looking for a photographer. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

Send Ben your job moves: Read more

Screen Shot 2014-09-03 at 12.05.30 PM

Is being a mom headline-worthy? Take our quiz!

Mic | The Guardian | Huffington Post

A sexist headline and lead greeted Rona Fairhead’s appointment as head of the BBC Trust, Sophie Kleeman wrote Tuesday for Mic.

From Kleeman’s story:

Instead of highlighting Fairhead’s professional accomplishments — the things actually landed her the job — the newspaper instead decided to highlight her maternal status.

The story’s lede just makes it worse. It gives the message that because she’s the first woman to hold the position, we must somehow use “feminine” characteristics to distinguish her from her predecessors; in this case, her motherhood.

Kleeman points out that the Web version of The Telegraph’s story uses a different headline. Actually, a few of them do. There’s “In Rona Fairhead, the BBC may have found the formidable chief it needs,” and “Businesswoman Rona Fairhead the preferred choice for next BBC Trust chairman”.

On Tuesday, Laura Bates also wrote about the story for The Guardian with the headline “Ability not fertility: why do we define professional women by their family?”

From Bates’ story:

The way the media reports on the careers of businesswomen and female politicians is vitally important, because it influences our societal ideas about women and their place, which in turn help to underpin unconscious bias in voters and employers, as well as girls’ aspirations. When press coverage can translate into voter confidence, what impact does it have to see Cameron and Osborne’s policies covered in detail on the front page, alongside a massive photograph of Theresa May’s shoes? When women already face high levels of maternity discrimination in the workplace, is it helpful to report on high-achieving woman first and foremost by referencing their family life?

Huffington Post’s Catherine Taibi wrote about the story on Sunday, pointing out all the other headline-worthy things Rona Fairhead has accomplished.

Being a mom is a part of my own identity (and it’s in my Twitter bio, as my editor and fellow parent Andrew Beaujon pointed out.) Since my 7-year-old was born, I’ve worked some combination of freelance and part-time and only started working again full-time at the start of this year for Poynter. So yes, being a mom is a part of my identity and it has impacted my career choices.

But for me and I imagine many other women, it’s generally not headline-worthy.

To help with the decision on whether or not to include motherhood in a headline, I’d like to offer this quick quiz.

1. Did the woman in the headline just have a child?

NO — Not headline-worthy.

YES — Then maybe this is headline-worthy. While women around the world have babies without headlines quite often, there are stories when famous and/or powerful women have children, and the story is probably about that woman having a child, but not about her getting a new job. Unless she does both those things at once, in which case, that’s an awesome headline.

2. Is the woman’s job somehow directly related to the raising of children or the being of a mom?

NO — Not headline-worthy.

YES — OK, that could be relevant, but I’d guess a lot of other details are, as well.

3. Are you going to use “mom” in every headline you write about women who also have children just because they happen to be women who also have children?

NO — Not headline-worthy.

YES — I give up. Read more