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Guardian Australia reporter touches snow for the first time

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It has been a momentous week for Guardian Australia reporter Bridie Jabour. Not only has her country of residence been struck by unusually cold weather, but she also got her first-ever opportunity to touch snow. And taste it. Her verdict? “This would have been very fun with someone else.”

Maybe so. But it’s good fun for the rest of us, who sincerely hope you’ve heard about the rule against eating yellow snow. Read more

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Guardian U.S. to launch mobile innovation lab

Guardian US plans to create an open innovation lab focused on mobile technology with $2.6 million from The Knight Foundation, the two organizations announced Monday morning.

The lab represents an attempt to help publishers navigate the mobile-centric future of news as traffic from those devices continues to climb. From the announcement:

With mobile audiences now accounting for over 50 percent of the Guardian’s daily traffic, the lab will aim to create new and more engaging ways for people to consume news on their mobile devices. Additionally, the lab will explore the challenges faced by journalists in the mobile age and experiment with new ways of bringing stories to life on smaller screens. It will also look at ways of engaging readers in storytelling in real time and at advancing citizen participation in breaking news.

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Lee Glendinning named editor of Guardian US

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Lee Glendinning, formerly deputy editor of Guardian US, has been promoted to editor there, the newspaper announced Monday.

The announcement comes on the same day that Glendinning’s predecessor, Katharine Viner, officially began her tenure as editor-in-chief of Guardian News and Media Group. She succeeded longtime editor Alan Rusbridger, who left on Friday after 20 years at the helm.

Glendinning’s appointment precedes a string of job moves at The Guardian that will be announced in the coming days, according to a press release from the newspaper. However three top positions at Guardian News and Media Group remain unchanged. Paul Johnson, deputy editor of Guardian News and Media Group, will retain his title, as will Guardian Australia editor Emily Wilson and Observer editor John Mulholland.

Glendinning, who became a reporter at The Guardian in 2006, helped launch Guardian Australia in 2013, according to the release. Read more

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Watch Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger leave the newsroom on his last day

Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of The Guardian, finished his tenure in the newspaper’s top editorial job today. On his way out of the newsroom, Guardian staffers observed the time-honored tradition of “banging out,” a custom rooted in English printing shops of yore, according to journalism.co.uk:

Banging out is an old Fleet Street tradition in which printers would bang metal hammers and rulers against the desks as a long-standing member of staff left for the last time.

Here’s Rusbridger’s exit:

The 'banging out' of @arusbridger — what a legacy he leaves

A video posted by Amanda (@romaniam) on May 29, 2015 at 10:44am PDT

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Ex-News of the World reporter’s conviction overturned

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Yesterday, the United Kingdom’s Court of Appeal threw out the conviction of a former News of the World reporter accused of paying a public official for information, BBC News reports. The decision is a setback for Operation Elveden, the controversial police investigation into the practice of journalists paying officials for leaks and confidential details about public figures.

According to BBC News, the journalist, whose name cannot be disclosed for legal reasons, was convicted in November 2014 of supplying money to an unnamed prison official in return for information. The journalist was given a six-month suspended sentence. The prison official who allegedly accepted the money has also had his conviction and 42-month sentence overturned.

The Guardian reports that the Court of Appeal ruled that Justice William Davis did not give sufficiently clear instructions to the jury. Read more

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Katharine Viner named editor-in-chief at The Guardian

The Guardian announced on Friday that Guardian U.S. Editor-in-Chief Katharine Viner will succeed Alan Rusbridger as editor-in-chief of The Guardian, ending weeks of speculation over the new heir to the newspaper’s top job.

Viner, who prevailed against three other candidates in The Guardian’s staff balloting process, was rumored to be the frontrunner before The Guardian’s announcement Friday, ahead of Ian Katz, editor of The BBC’s “Newsnight” program.

Rusbridger, a longtime editor at The Guardian, announced in December he was leaving his post to become chair of The Scott Trust, the sole shareholder of the Guardian Media Group. He will leave his job this summer and join The Scott Trust the following year.

In a release announcing her appointment, Viner called her appointment “an enormous privilege and responsibility.”

Being editor-in-chief of the Guardian and Observer is an enormous privilege and responsibility, leading a first class team of journalists revered around the world for outstanding reporting, independent thinking, incisive analysis and digital innovation.

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Brian Williams reportedly lobbied to succeed David Letterman

Good morning! Here are 10 media stories.

  1. More tales of tumult from inside NBC News

    Gabriel Sherman's much-anticipated longread about the turmoil surrounding Brian Williams' suspension from the anchor chair dropped Sunday. Among the juiciest tidbits: Williams asked CBS CEO Les Moonves to be considered as a replacement for David Letterman upon the comedian's retirement from "Late Show," according to "a high-level source"; Four NBC and NBCUniversal officials visited Williams at his apartment to notify him he was being taken off the air; Richard Esposito, the investigative producer at NBC News conducting a review of Williams, "delivered a 45-minute presentation at [NBCUniversal CEO Steve] Burke’s apartment" that unearthed "more issues" with Williams' disputed claims; Williams can't talk to the press under the terms of his suspension and "can’t wait until he can speak" publicly about the situation, according to "a close friend." (New York) | "If Brian Williams proposed to CBS that he take over when Letterman retires, that alone is reason he should not return" (@jayrosen_nyu) | "Last weekend, workers at NBC's Rockefeller Center headquarters briefly wiped away promotional photos of Brian Williams." They went back up the next day.

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Bill O’Reilly to NYT reporter: ‘I am coming after you with everything I have’

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Bill O’Reilly threatens jounalist

    In an interview with The New York Times Monday, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly warned reporter Emily Steel there could be consequences for inappropriate coverage surrounding disputed claims about his reportage of the Falklands War. “I am coming after you with everything I have,” Mr. O’Reilly said. “You can take it as a threat.” (The New York Times) | Politico's Dylan Byers followed up with Steel, who told him "the story speaks for itself." (Politico) | Here's Steel's tweet. (@emilysteel) | O'Reilly continued defending his coverage Monday and sought to end the controversy. (CNN Money) | Meanwhile, the author of a New York Times story that O'Reilly cited in his defense said the anchor "cut out an important phrase" while reading it on air.

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Headlines from The Guardian will inspire 7 songs from Arcade Fire musician

Arcade Fire pose backstage with the award for album of the year at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Arcade Fire pose backstage with the award for album of the year at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)


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Arcade Fire’s Will Butler is planning to write a song based on headlines he finds in The Guardian every day for a week, the newspaper reported Friday.

The song-writing sprint is inspired by Bob Dylan’s penchant for scouring newspapers for song ideas, such as the paper that led to “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll,” Butler tells The Guardian. The writing begins on Feb. 23, and each song will debut on The Guardian’s website.

The challenge comes in advance of Butler’s solo album, Policy, which will premiere on March 10, Rolling Stone’s Daniel Kreps writes. Read more

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Career Beat: Ariel Foxman named editorial director of InStyle and StyleWatch

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

  • Ariel Foxman is now editorial director of InStyle and StyleWatch. Previously, he was editor-in-chief of InStyle. (Time Inc.)
  • Mark Josephson is now vice president and publisher of Midwest Living. Previously, he was chief sales officer at Readers Digest Association. (Email)
  • Pam Coulter is now White House correspondent at CBS Radio News. Previously, she was a correspondent there. (Fishbowl DC)
  • Rachel Israel is now executive vice president at Guardian Labs. Previously, she was executive director of strategic planning at Mindshare. (The Guardian)

Politico is looking for a technology editor. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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