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Obama administration knew in advance about destruction of Guardian’s hard drives

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories. Want more roundups? We got ‘em! From Sam Kirkland: “Why are so many news organizations still worried about retweets by staffers?” From Kristen Hare: “Chinese journalists get a warning; press freedoms halt in South Sudan.”

  1. Obama administration knew British government planned to force Guardian to destroy hard drives with Snowden docs: AP scores emails with a FOIA request. “‘Good news, at least on this front,’ the current NSA deputy director, Richard Ledgett, said at the end of a short, censored email to then-NSA director Gen. Keith Alexander and others. The subject of that July 19, 2013, email was: ‘Guardian data being destroyed.’” (AP) | FLASHBACK: Video of Guardian editors destroying hard drives while technicians from the Brtitish intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) watched. (The Guardian)
  2. More Canadian papers close: Torstar’s Star Media Group will close Metro papers in Regina, Saskatchewan; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; and London, Ontario. 25 positions will go. (Financial Post) | Metro will still have papers in seven other Canadian cities and online editions in four more. Star Media Group President John Cruickshank: “This decision does not reflect any change in our commitment to Metro’s future, both in print in larger markets and in digital in all markets.” (The Canadian Press) | Earlier this month: Torstar shut down Toronto magazine The Grid. “The media landscape continues to be impossible for a start-up,” its editor-in-chief said. (Toronto Star) | “The Grid was not a startup.” (Craig Silverman)
  3. The smoking gun? “The last two Twitter accounts that the official @TeamLeBron account followed? @ohiodotcom and @AkronBeacon.” (@EliLanger) | “Twitter feed sprinkled with reporters landing in Gaza and Cleveland.” (@MickiMaynard) | Related: Nike paid for Benjamin Markovits to write a story about LeBron James. Then it had the piece killed. (Deadspin)
  4. George Clooney racks up another USA Today byline: He does not accept the Daily Mail’s apology. “[E]ither they were lying originally or they’re lying now.” (USA Today)
  5. Madison’s Isthmus changes hands: Former Onion executives Jeff Haupt and Craig Bartlet teamed with former Green Bay Packers lineman Mark Tauscher to buy Madison, Wisconsin, alt-weekly Isthmus. (Wisconsin State Journal) | Former Isthmus owner Vince O’Hern: “I die a little bit when I think of the large part of my life that I leave behind.” (Isthmus) | “Long live the publication with the funny name.” (Isthmus)
  6. Retweets aren’t endorsements at NYT: “I think Twitter users by now understand that a retweet involves sharing or pointing something out, not necessarily advocating or endorsing,” Times standards editor Philip Corbett says. (Poynter) | “Are NPR, the AP, and Reuters’s editorial reputations really so fragile that a 140-character tweet or retweet by a staffer can blow the whole thing down?” (Reuters)
  7. Don’t expect any reality shows about being a TV critic: “Some jobs are just too hideous to contemplate,” Mike Rowe says. (Capital)
  8. How hotels ditching print newspapers affects the recycling industry: “For every major hotel chain that made these changes, it would be like eradicating newspapers from a city like Akron, Ohio, Tacoma, Wash., Birmingham, Ala. or Des Moines, Iowa.” (Waste360)
  9. MSM Weed Watch: Here’s a very good interactive guide to medical marijuana strains. (Los Angeles Times) | “Like any great accessory, a flashy vaporizer pen can be a conversation starter.” (The New York Times) | Man featured on front page purchasing pot legally says he’s losing his job (The Spokesman Review, via Jim Romenesko)
  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Julia Rubin will join, a fashion website. She was formerly online features editor for Teen Vogue. (@juliarubin) | Johana Bhuiyan will be a tech reporter at Buzzfeed. She was a digital media reporter at Capital New York. (Muck Rack) | Rick Green is managing editor for Bloomberg Industries. Formerly, he was a senior finance editor at Bloomberg. Andrew Thurlow is a real estate, sports and retail reporter for Jacksonville Business Journal. Formerly, he was a reporter for Automotive News. (Muck Rack) | Nathan Baca will be an investigative reporter at WBNS in Columbus, Ohio. He is currently a reporter at KLAS in Las Vegas. (Mediabistro) | Sarah Gilbert will be supervising senior editor of NPR’s Weekend Edition. She is currently managing editor of Marketplace. (FishbowlDC) | Rachel Dodes is Twitter’s partner manager for motion pictures. She was previously a film reporter for the Wall Street Journal. (FishbowlNY) | Amina Akhtar will be editorial director of She was formerly executive editor of Elle. (Adweek) | Megan Moser will be executive editor of the Manhattan (Kansas) Mercury. Formerly, she was the paper’s news editor. (AP) | Send Ben your job moves:

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Onion ends print edition

Crain’s Chicago Business

The Onion will stop its remaining print editions Dec. 12, Lynne Marek reports.

“It’s sad to see a print edition no longer exist, but it’s important to see the Onion succeed,” Onion Inc. President Mike McAvoy tells her. The Onion’s print edition, which used to be available in 17 markets, Marek writes, was down to three markets: Chicago, Milwaukee and Providence, R.I.

In 2011, the satirical paper ran an article saying print media was “the closest thing there is to a money tree.” Read more


BuzzFeed one-ups The Onion

The Onion, at 4:14 p.m. Monday:

BuzzFeed, just 25 minutes later:

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Guardian Facebook app causes ‘seismic shift’ in social traffic, and The Onion launches its own | The GuardianThe Onion | Yahoo News
The Guardian is turning a profit with its “frictionless sharing” Facebook app, director of digital development Tanya Cordrey says, having generated enough ad revenue to cover the development costs. She also predicted that thanks to this app the Guardian will soon get more digital readers via social media than via search. That would stand in sharp contrast to most news sites, which get twice as much traffic from search engines than social media, according to PEJ’s State of the News Media report. Read more


The Onion’s Baratunde: ‘I’m not a journalist’

Will Houghteling, head of government partnerships at YouTube, interviewed The Onion’s Digital Director Baratunde Thurston at the News Xchange conference in Portugal on Thursday. Read more


The Onion editorial staff to move from New York to Chicago

Huffington Post | Crain’s Chicago Business
The Onion moved staffers from Madison, Wisconsin, to New York City in 2001, so it could expand its product line — “sheets, towels and a signature line of anodized aluminum cookware” — and be part of a larger comedy scene. “(New York, according to reports, has a larger comedy-writing community than you might find amid Madison’s head shops and Tibetan restaurants,” the Chicago Tribune’s Steve Johnson wrote a decade ago.) Now editorial staffers have been told they’ll relocate to Chicago before next summer. “Everybody is a little bit blindsided, and there are those who are determined to stay in New York,” says features editor Joe Garden. “I can tell you that the [New York] mayor’s office has been informed.” An Onion spokesperson says: “We’re still in the very early stages of this process, but we’re looking forward to eventually having everyone under one roof in Chicago,” where CEO Steve Hannah and other corporate staffers relocated in 2007. || NYT in 2006: “The absence of solid Midwestern comfort food [in New York] has posed a challenge for the paper’s art department, which requires a certain girthiness of many of the people who pose for the fake news photos.” Read more


The Onion: Print media ‘closest thing there is to a money tree’

The Onion
The satirical newspaper reports that the way to weather the economic storm isn’t by investing in gold, bonds or CDs. It’s print media, “the closest thing there is to a money tree.” The advice to nervous investors: “You should be pouring all your cash into your local broadsheet right this second.” They recommend diversifying one’s investments with national and regional papers, as well as dailies and weeklies. “Other products fail, real estate bubbles burst, but print media is here to stay. The only retirement strategy anyone needs is as close as their local newsstand.” || Related: Readers loved The Onion’s 9/11 issue, even though it wasn’t that funny Read more


Readers loved The Onion’s 9/11 issue, even though it wasn’t that funny

Yahoo News
Dylan Stableford talks to Onion writer John Krewson about the satirical newspaper’s legendary 9/11 issue, which came out a couple of weeks after the terrorist attacks. The Onion was supposed to have published its first issue in New York on Sept. 11, 2001, but it never went to press. The next week, the staff gathered to plan its next issue. “We knew we wouldn’t be able to ignore what had happened, but it was hard to make any sort of comedy,” Krewson says. Although the staff wasn’t sure how the issue would be received, the response was overwhelmingly positive. “I’d say it was the least funny issue we’ve ever done,” Krewson says. “But it was cathartic.” Among the memorable stories in the 9/11 issue:

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Related: Front pages from 2001 to 2011 tell story of 9/11 decade, from WTC attacks to war on terror and bin Laden’s death; News outlets ask their readers, “Where were you?“‘

Correction: This post originally stated that the Sept. 11, 2001, issue was The Onion’s first. It was to be the first one in New York. Read more


The Onion uses a real social media strategy for fake news

The Onion recently passed the milestone of 3 million Twitter followers by using “many of the same tactics used by real news outlets,” Mashable’s Sarah Kessler reports. Onion Project Manager Matt Kirsch says they live tweet major events, like the Oscars and the Super Bowl, sometimes with writers contributing in real time. The Onion also jumps onto developing stories, such as the killing of Osama bin Laden. One secret to Twitter success: The power of a great headline. “The Onion is perfect for Twitter because our headlines are so entertaining — we can create our own news and make it seem more exciting,” Kirsch said. || Related: What The Onion can teach real news organizations about social media Read more