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Career Beat: BuzzFeed names product lead for news app

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

  • Noah Chestnut will be the lead developer for BuzzFeed’s news app. He’s currently director of labs at The New Republic. (Capital)
  • Rob Mennie is now senior vice president of Gannett Broadcasting and general manager for WTLV/WJXX in Jacksonville, Florida. Previously, he was senior vice president of news for Gannett Broadcasting. (Gannett)
  • Ben Walsh will be a business reporter at The Huffington Post. He’s currently a writer for Reuters. (‏@BenDWalsh)
  • Kimberly Leonard will be a healthcare reporter for U.S. News and World Report. Previously, she was a health producer there. (@leonardkl)
  • Larry Abramson is now dean of the journalism school at the University of Montana. Previously, he was a correspondent for National Public Radio. Eric Whitney is now director of news for Montana Public Radio. Previously, he was a health reporter for National Public Radio. (The Missoulian)

Job of the day: KFSN in Fresno, California is looking for a news photojournalist and live truck operator. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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New Republic explains why it published pictures from a botched execution

On Thursday, The New Republic published photos of Angel Diaz’s body after his 2006 execution, “one of the worst botches since states began using lethal injection in the 1980s,” Ben Crair writes.

He found the photos, taken by a medical examiner during Diaz’ autopsy, “in the case file of Ian Lightbourne, a Florida death-row inmate whose lawyers submitted them as evidence that lethal injection poses an unconstitutional risk of cruel and unusual punishment.”

The photos are hard to look at. The execution chemicals burned the skin on one of his arms — a member of the Florida execution team incorrectly “pushed the catheters through both veins and into subcutaneous soft tissue” — and it’s begun to pull away. Another shows a swelling of his jugular veins that suggests he “slowly suffocated” instead of being rendered unconscious by the first drug he was administered.

“We took it really seriously,” New Republic Editorial Director Mike Schaffer told Poynter in an email. The publication “made sure a bunch of people saw it in advance in order to make sure it didn’t feel inappropriate.” He continues: “We ultimately decided it was important to run even stuff people would rather not look at that helps our country understand a public issue that’s back in the news.”

Related: Oklahoman reporter Graham Lee Brewer talks about reporting on the botched execution of Clayton Derrell Lockett Read more

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‘Brilliant,’ ‘respected’ and ‘uniquely powerful’: Some different words about Jill Abramson

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After her firing from The New York Times on Wednesday, the media reported and repeated anonymous descriptions about Jill Abramson that made many of us cringe. She was pushy. Mercurial. Stubborn and condescending.

But on Thursday, several stories used different words to describe Abramson.

From Margaret Sullivan, the Times’ public editor:

But let’s take a moment to celebrate the short but meaningful reign of Ms. Abramson. A brilliant journalist, she “kept the paper straight,” which was one of her stated aims; there was no scandal on her watch. She moved the journalism forward into the digital realm – let’s allow the word “Snowfall,” like “Rosebud” to say it all. She defended press rights and stood up for her reporters, most notably with China coverage, staying the course when the going got tough. And her staff won eight Pulitzers during her short tenure (it should have been nine, in my view). And she wore her feminism on her sleeve in just the right way – not with overplaying stories about women’s issues, but with the determined promotion of qualified women into top roles. Her masthead was 50 percent women in recent months, a major change.

From Amanda Hess at Slate:

“Among the women here, there was a deep appreciation that another woman was high up at the Times. It symbolically had an impact,” one young female staffer told me. “We felt possessive and proud of Jill, and [appreciated] her stories about [New Yorker reporter] Jane Mayer and her other female friends in journalism,” said another. “We loved that she had all those tattoos,” she continued, referring to the Times’ T on Abramson’s back. “We were curious about her and how she got to where she was in a way that [we weren’t] about senior male editors. This might have been just my imagination, but I felt like I related to and empathized with her in a way I hadn’t with male editors.” A third put it this way: “Jill leaned in before everyone else, ever. Before Lean In. She’s pre-Sheryl Sheryl, but with more style and more class.”

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New York Times is still mostly writing obituaries about men

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After Lynn Melnick pointed out on Twitter that women made up 7 of the 66 people recently memorialized in The New York Times’ obituaries section, Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan counted, too: “My count yielded similar numbers,” she writes.

 

“Obituaries are chosen on the basis of the newsworthiness of their subjects; but that is subjective,” Sullivan writes. “It’s not outrageous to wonder what might change if more women were involved in all aspects of their selection and presentation.”

A Mother Jones story late last year found that about 21 percent of the Times’ obituaries were for women. Overall, 77 percent of obituaries at top newspapers were for men, Dana Liebelson reported.

Just “waiting for prominent women to die is a depressing solution,” Amanda Hess writes in Slate, noting that “because women outlive men, even women who were prominent in the 70s and 80s won’t be written up as soon as men from the same era.”

Melnick tells Hess: “I would guess there are dozens of writers, scientists, and academics whose lives and deaths go unnoticed because the men’s lives are perceived as more of note.”

Related: In a story about diversity at liberal magazines, New Republic Editor Franklin Foer tells Gabriel Arana VIDA’s annual count of women’s bylines is “a form of shaming I think is actually fairly effective” and that his staff “began keeping tabs on the number of male and female bylines in each issue and established a goal they want to reach before next year’s numbers come out.”

Also related: Many publications are still ‘Dudeville,’ VIDA says in annual count Read more

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Richard Just named editor of National Journal magazine

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Richard Just is the new editor of National Journal’s magazine, the publication announced Tuesday.

Just will oversee the print edition of National Journal, which “isn’t found on newsstands, but is distributed through a membership model aimed at Washington’s elite,” Michael Calderone reports in The Huffington Post. Just told Calderone he plans to “make National Journal the non-ideological magazine about politics and policy.” Calderone continues: Read more

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Chris Hughes says The New Republic’s web traffic has tripled

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Oddly, when Facebook rich guy Chris Hughes bought The New Republic early last year, he says he “shared the widespread worry that the web is the enemy of the style of writing and thinking that we practice.”

That fuddy-duddy view didn’t keep Hughes from launching a slick redesign on the iPad and in print — and a responsive website with a bizarre story layout that tends to obscure dominant images with headlines. Read more

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The New Republic’s NYT package: A good read, despite those footnotes

New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson pooh-poohs Politico’s “scooplets” (“interesting in the moment but somewhat evanescent in their importance”) and praises some of its staff (“I think they have some excellent reporters”). Tina Brown says the Mayo Clinic should buy The New York Times (“Excellent at keeping people alive”). The Times will launch an opinion app, Marc Tracy reports. And Tribune should create a national supernewspaper that competes with the Times by combining its local newsgathering in cities such as Baltimore, Chicago and Los Angeles with its national reporting in Washington, Michael Kinsley argues.

All these fun reads come from The New Republic’s special “Future of the Times” package. You should read it! But first, can we talk about the footnotes? Read more

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The New Republic launches redesign

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The journalism in these pages will strive to be free of party ideology or partisan bias,” New Republic owner and Editor-in-Chief Chris Hughes writes in a letter reintroducing the 98-year-old magazine, whose redesign officially launches Monday.

Hughes “really thinks of [the magazine] as a start-up,” New Republic Editor Franklin Foer tells Christine Haughney, who covers the roll-out, which includes a cover story interview of President Obama by Hughes and Foer.

The Facebook co-founder “gently led the twice-a-month magazine out of its college newspaper culture in which editors pulled all-nighters,” Haughney writes, “and put in place a far more organized system in which articles are planned weeks in advance.” He’s added women writers, too, but “acknowledged that he was slower in transforming the magazine’s business side.” Read more

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Ex-Slate writer Noah joins TNR; WSJ’s Freedman jumps to Reuters

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Tim Noah, who was laid off from Slate in late August, returns to The New Republic as senior editor. He interned there in 1980, and became a staff writer in the early 1980s. “Tim will write both a blog and the TRB column in the magazine,” says editor Richard Just. “He will replace our esteemed colleague Jonathan Chait, who has accepted a position at New York magazine.” || Alix Freedman, who has been deputy managing editor and page one editor at the Wall Street Journal, joins Reuters as Global Editor for Ethics and Standards at Reuters. In one of her roles at the Journal, “she was responsible for overseeing ethics and standards and supervising final-reading of high-impact stories in the newspaper and on the Dow Jones Newswires,” writes Reuters editor-in-chief Steve Adler. Read more

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