5 other times media Twitter accounts have been hacked

BuzzFeed | UPI | Mashable

On Friday, Twitter accounts for both UPI and the New York Post were hacked, BuzzFeed’s Ellie Hall and Nicolás Medina Mora reported.

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UPI reported on the attack on Friday.

It started on Twitter, where six fake headlines were posted in about 10 minutes, starting about 1:20 p.m. Some of them were about the Federal Reserve; others contained a false report that the USS George Washington had been attacked.

So it’s not the start of World War III, as Mashable’s Brian Ries reported. Here are five other times that the Twitter accounts of news organizations have been hacked.

Wall Street Journal

On May 6 of last year, four Wall Street Journal Twitter accounts were hacked.


On Jan. 23, CNN was hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army. CNN tweeted about it after.

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Associated Press

The AP was hacked on April 23 of 2013 by the SEA.

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On April 15, 2013, NPR was hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army. Mark Memmott reported that after the attack, SEA offered a bit of explanation, including “you can ask @deborahamos.”


Agence France-Presse’s photo Twitter account was hacked on Feb. 25 of 2013.

“Any documents or images posted on this account after 17:45 [Central European Time] are NOT from AFP.”

Poynter’s Twitter account had something like a hack last year. In January, Poynter and other media organizations tweeted “f gwenifill”

Slate put together a pretty good Storify of how it all happened. Read more

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How one young Canadian reporter in Haiti helped turn Twitter into a storytelling tool

Twitter launched in 2006 and in less than a decade has almost 300 million users. Conceived as a social network to share information, it was gradually embraced by journalists and is now an essential tool for reporting and communication. In spite of its 140-character limit, it has also become a powerful platform for storytelling, used as a live blog or as a kind of inverted serial narrative, with each tweet a micro-scene or mini-chapter.

One of the pioneers of this use, I have argued, is a young reporter from the Toronto Star named Joanna Smith. A beat writer of Canadian government and politics, Smith was sent to Haiti to cover the effects of a devastating earthquake and early efforts to recover. This week marks the fifth anniversary of that disaster.

I have written about Smith’s groundbreaking work before. In my book The Glamour of Grammar, I wrote:

“Reporters and photographers rushed to Haiti in 2010 after an earthquake devastated the island, destroying many buildings, killing more than 230,000 people, and injuring many more. The narrative they produced from the rubble told a story of hardship that inspired a great outpouring of support for the Haitian people from across the globe. Of all those reports, I was especially taken with the series of short vignettes created on Twitter by Joanna Smith, a report for the Toronto Star. I found it remarkable how much she could convey in scenes or snapshots of 140 characters.”

What follows is a brief anthology of some of her more interesting and memorable tweets I harvested back then and saved. They are re-published here, but not in the order in which they appeared on Twitter:

  • Was in b-room getting dressed when heard my name. Tremor. Ran outside through sliding door. All still now. Safe. Roosters crowing.
  • Fugitive from prison caught looting, taken from police, beaten, dragged thru street, died slowly and set on fire in pile of garbage.
  • Crowd watched him exhale blood.  Little girl in blue/white Dorothy dress pushed her way into mob to see.
  • Luckner Lewis asked to send msg 2 CDA: ‘We’re v glad 2 c u in #Haiti bc we need ur help. ‘Biggest prblm is the smelling,’ sez in 2 recorder.
  • Pile of garbage, some of it burnt, reeking on corner of Cana-Pevert. 2 chickens pecking it for spare crumbs.
  • 2 men carry little girl on cardboard stretcher, her arms around their necks, leg in newly set cast, yelping.
  • Man shouting into megaphone to clear road for garbage truck. Told it is on its way to mass burial site.  Following, but not sure.
  • Too dangerous to set up distribution point in notorious Cite Soleil slum now, but assessing.  Org gangs trying 2 profit, says UN.
  • Woman shrieking, piercing screams, ‘Maman! Papa! Jesus!’ as dressing on her wounded heel is changed outside clinic. No painkillers.
  • Little boys playing with neat little cars constructed from juice bottles, caps.  Fill with rocks and pull with string. Fun.

There is something in Twitter that is structurally antagonistic to narrative storytelling, not unlike the classic inverted pyramid style of reportage.  Good narratives usually require chronology, time moving forward.  If you were following Smith in real time in 2010, this straight narrative was real and remarkably vivid, not a motion picture, but a kind of strobe-like sequential snapshot effect.

Most Twitter readers enter such live blogs in media res – in the middle of things – and either have to scroll back in time or just pick up from the entry point.  Author note: I’ve always wondered why Twitter has not yet provided a way to link on a Tweet in such a way that it turns a sequence of messages upside down so that you can trace the steps in chronological order.

On this fifth anniversary of the Haitian earthquake, I contacted Smith via email with a series of questions.  In her sharp answers she reflects upon the power of Twitter as a reporting and storytelling tool.

Clark: You were the first reporter I noticed who used Twitter as a live blog for breaking news.  The effect was something like a serial narrative in miniature, like a movie made up from one snapshot after another. Where did you come up with the idea?

Smith: Twitter was still relatively new to journalism back then and I was one of the earlier enthusiasts at the Toronto Star. I was already pretty active on Twitter and so had planned to tweet while I was down there, but there was no real discussion or forethought beyond that.

I think it came about largely due to circumstance. It was taking much longer than expected to get into Haiti. I knew my editors were anxious for my first file from the country as soon as we (Toronto Star photographer Lucas Oleniuk and I) finally crossed the border from the Dominican Republic.

The trouble was that around that time, my mobile device could no longer access email on the Internet and it also wouldn’t let me call anyone to take my copy over the phone. I could send text messages, but it was around 4 a.m. and I did not have anyone to send them to. So, I decided to tweet my story out, line by line, using SMS text messages. My first one was directed at the Toronto Star’s Twitter account: “Anyone on the Web desk there? Going to attempt unconventional filing method: cut-and-paste via Twitter! Here we go.” I think it took me 15 tweets to get that story out.

Then I just kept going. There was so much happening all around me that I wanted to share, but it was virtually impossible to file traditional story updates to throughout the day because we had no access to the Internet or electricity until we returned to our hotel at night.

I felt compelled to keep reporting, because if I wasn’t reporting, what on earth was I doing there? I wasn’t handing out jugs of water, or searching through debris for survivors or setting broken bones. I was there to tell stories, which felt like such a small thing, but that was my job and this was really the only way I could do it consistently.

Clark: It seems as if you were tweeting in real time from Haiti. Something dramatic would happen and you’d send out a tweet. Is that how it worked? Were you tweeting in the moment, or would you let some time pass between what you saw and what you reported?

Smith: I usually tweeted in the moment, just sharing my observations of what was happening in Port-au-Prince. It was like a digital notebook. For the first few days, when I was working exclusively with text messages, I couldn’t see the replies I was getting on Twitter. I didn’t even realize anyone was paying attention to what I was doing. Once I started receiving feedback, I learned that people were treating it as a way to join me as I traveled throughout the city and spoke to the people I met. Then I felt a responsibility to keep up that in-the-moment aspect of my tweets.

I think that is also when I started becoming more conscious of how I was crafting the tweets. I realized that people were reading them as stories – very, very short stories, but stories all the same – and so I put some more deliberate effort into achieving that effect.

Clark:  How did your tweets fit in with your other reporting and writing responsibilities?  What did the Toronto Star expect you to produce?

Smith: I tweeted throughout the day and then at night, after we returned to our hotel, which had a generator, I would file a story for the next day’s paper. I found my tweets – not just the content, but the style of writing – would often work their way into these stories. I think the 140-character limit really forced me to strip my writing of extraneous adjectives and adverbs, to use an active voice and to follow that basic writing adage: show, don’t tell. Once I sat down at my laptop and I had thousands of characters at my disposal, I really didn’t want or need them anymore.

Clark:  What kind of technology were you using for Twitter and your other reporting?  What were the technological challenges reporting from the site of such a terrible disaster?

Smith: I used a Blackberry for Twitter and a notepad, pen and digital audio recorder for the print/web stories. We used a satellite BGAN to access the Internet in order to file the rest. Since Lucas had the BGAN connected to his laptop to upload his photos, which took awhile, my access to the Internet was usually limited. This meant I had few opportunities to read what my competitors were filing or do any research beyond what I had seen with my own eyes. Other members of our team, both in Haiti and back in Ottawa and Toronto, were doing a great job adding historical and political context to our coverage, but I was just writing what I saw and heard out in the streets. And because we were pretty much incommunicado with our editors until close to deadline, we had complete control over our time and how we would approach the news that day. So, while the technological challenges could at times be frustrating, I also remember it as a really liberating experience.

Clark:  What did you learn in Haiti about the use of Twitter that you have been able to apply in your reporting on government and politics back in Canada?

Smith:  It’s hard, because political reporting can be so abstract. I’m writing about ideas and arguments and facts and figures more often than I am writing about what I see, so it can be difficult to tell stories in the same way. Still, whenever I am tweeting about something right in front of me, such as a particularly strong or interesting message in a speech, I aim to tell a short, complete story in a single tweet. It’s really tough, though, given the subject matter. I wonder how many of the new followers I gained while in Haiti abandoned me at the next committee meeting.

Here are some links to the work Joanna Smith did for the newspaper while in Haiti (as well as the amazing photographs by Lucas Oleniak, which will allow you to see some of the scenes Smith was tweeting about):

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Maureen Dowd promised an interview subject ‘i would make sure you look great…’

Good morning. This is my last day at Poynter and my last morning roundup. Thanks so much for reading, and thank you for all the emails and tips (and corrections!) that have made it better. Poynter will keep the newsletter going — Kristen Hare will be your host. OK, enough talk. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Maureen Dowd emailed with Sony exec’s husband before publication

    Emails released by the Sony hack show the NYT columnist promised to show a column quoting Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal to Pascal's husband, former Times reporter Bernard Weinraub, before publication. "i would make sure you look great," Dowd told Pascal. (BuzzFeed) | In 2012, Times reporter Mark Mazzetti gave the CIA a peek at an unpublished Dowd column after she asked him to help her fact-check it. (Politico) | Related: Variety co-EIC Andrew Wallenstein ponders the ethics of publishing stolen emails: "Journalism is, in some sense, permissible thievery." (Variety) | Update: Dowd says she didn’t send an advance copy of the column to Sony exec's husband. (New York Daily News)

  2. Twitter reinstates journalist suspended for publishing public record

    "Look who's back," Darwin BondGraham tweeted at 2:01 a.m. ET Friday. Yasha Levine and Paul Carr reported Twitter suspended BondGraham after Claire Lovell, an employee of a company called PredPol, objected to her office number appearing in a document he published. He received the document through a public records request. (PandoDaily)

  3. Remembering Michel du Cille

    The Washington Post journalist died Thursday while hiking in Liberia. He was 58. He returned to Liberia this week to continue covering the Ebola outbreak there. (WP) | "Many of du Cille's close friends were well aware of the fact that within the past few years he valiantly battled and defeated multiple myeloma bone cancer, enduring chemotherapy and treatments as the cancer went into remission. More recently du Cille had knee replacement surgery. The work in Liberia was strenuous and much of it on foot." (NPPA) | Post Executive Editor Marty Baron: "We are all heartbroken." (WP) | Kenny Irby: "Whatever it took for him to cover a story, he was going to do it." (Poynter) | Tom French: "He touched so many lives and shined a light on so many hard things in this world, and he was a wonderful friend to Indiana and to our students.” (Indiana University) | Photos from du Cille's career, during which he won three Pulitzers. (WP)

  4. Gamergate cost Gawker a packet

    Gawker Media lost "seven figures"' worth of ad revenue when Gamergate targeted its publications, ad head Andrew Gorenstein told employees Wednesday. When writer Sam Biddle asked Gawker Media honcho Nick Denton how "much the company was spending on its content management system Kinja," Peter Sterne reports, "Denton replied that it was about five times as much as his tweets had cost the company, leading to laughter from the audience." (Capital)

  5. Rant Media journalists have to work on native ads

    “To me, getting the editorial team involved ensures we’re going to have the most engaging content," Rant CEO Brett Rosin tells Lucia Moses. (Digiday)

  6. Newspapers will have fewer Sunday magazines

    Athlon Media Group has purchased the print rights to Parade, American Profile, Relish and Spry. It plans to rename and merge some titles and upgrade their paper stock. With USA Weekend closing, Athlon will have "a virtual monopoly in the category," GroupM managing partner and director for print George Janson tells Stuart Elliott. (NYT)

  7. Post-Dispatch's Ferguson coverage honored

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editor Gilbert Bailon received the National Press Foundation's Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year Award for his paper's coverage of Ferguson. BuzzFeed News won NPF's Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Coverage of Congress, and Re/code won the Excellence in Online Journalism Award. (National Press Foundation)

  8. Front page of the day, curated by Kristen Hare

    Canoes and kayaks in a Healdsburg, California, parking lot on Thursday. (Courtesy the Newseum)

  9. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin

    Kevin Sullivan has been named executive producer at "Reveal." He's the senior managing editor of "Here and Now." (Center for Investigative Reporting) | Mike Hofman has been named executive digital director at GQ. He's executive digital director at Glamour. (Email) | Steve Battaglio is now a TV and media business reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Previously, he was the business editor at TV Guide. (Email) | Job of the day: The Associated Press is looking for interns. Get your résumés in! (AP) | Send Ben your job moves:

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Twitter’s 2014 yearbook: #Ferguson, #RIPMayaAngelou, #MH17 and more

Twitter’s annual look back at the year on Twitter came out today. Major news moments from the past year begin with hashtags we’ve all likely seen, and used, a lot this year. Each moment has key tweets, with links to the hashtag search, and you can also see visualizaions of how the hashtags spread across time. Here are a few that have involved the work of many in our industry.


And here’s my Twitter list of journalists covering Ferguson.


Here’s my Twitter list of journalists covering Ebola.


Of course I have a Twitter list of journalists reporting on Hong Kong, and I really like Andrew Peng’s, too.



This hashtag spread quickly, but there’s a media story in it, too, from the photographer whose photo was used without permission of a girl in Guinea-Bissau. It went viral. Ami Vitale fought back.


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24 hours of immigration reform reporting on Twitter

President Obama’s executive action on immigration provoked a predictable political storm on Twitter, with politicians, pundits and the perennially opinionated staking out their positions.  A Twitter visualization shows tweets peaked at about 9,500 tweets a minute during the president’s White House speech on Thursday, Nov. 20. But while the social media platform heaved under the weight of immigration-related tweets, immigration journalists were relatively quiet.

How quiet? A survey of 34 national immigration reporters’ Twitter feeds returned a total of 913 tweets in the 24 hours starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20. This is in comparison to the 384,999 #immigration tweets which were posted in just two hours between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Thursday Nov. 20.

The original list of 34 reporters was compiled with the help of Frank Sharry, the founder and executive director of the immigration rights group America’s Voice and included well-known immigration reporters such as NPR’s Mara Liasson and Julia Preston from The New York Times. But since they didn’t tweet much in that time period (Liasson didn’t tweet at all) we decided to focus on journalists who tweeted at least 30 times to look for usage patterns and possible trends.

The list originally included pundits such as Byron York from The Washington Examiner and Mickey Kaus from The Daily Caller but we decided to deemphasize primarily opinion journalism in our analysis.

Once we removed these two groups of tweeters, we were down to just eight journalists who were split between primarily digital publications and legacy outlets: Sahil Kapur from Talking Points Memo; Seung Min Kim from Politico; Adrian Carrasquillo from BuzzFeed; Elise Foley from The Huffington Post; Mark Caputo from the Miami Herald; Zeke Miller from Time; Ed O’Keefe from The Washington Post; and Damien Cave from The New York Times.

The story provided a rare opportunity to analyze journalists’ use of Twitter because it was possible to set up searches for individual reporters in advance of the White House speech instead of trying do historical research on the hashtags. Much Twitter research is centered on hashtags, but hashtag searches return so many results that it’s difficult to find any signal in the noise. Also, we found that reporters appeared reluctant to use hashtags, which further reduces the efficacy of such efforts in studying journalists’ use of Twitter.

This study is not intended to be a criticism of any of the journalists surveyed — it’s more an attempt to understand how individual journalists are integrating Twitter into their daily work and how journalists actually work on the platform. For example, questions arise daily for both journalists and journalism students and it is useful to see how working journalists address those questions.

Questions like:

  • How often did they tweet?
  • What information did they share? Their own? Other journalists or news organizations? Official sources? Their audience? Who did they engage with on Twitter? Their colleagues? Other journalists or news organizations?
  • Did they share share their opinions?

How often?
A trio of male reporters from legacy outlets accounted for 268 tweets of the total 467 Twitter output (or 60 percent), and the leading tweeter from the group was Marc Caputo from the Miami Herald who tweeted 112 times over the 24 hours. He was followed by Time’s Zeke Miller with 93 tweets and Ed O’Keefe from the Washington Post with 63. In comparison, Julia Preston from The New York Times tweeted twice, Dana Bash from CNN tweeted once and NPR’s Mara Liasson did not tweet at all during the same 24 hours. These findings may suggest further research into gender on Twitter to see if those patterns are the same overall.

Overall, these reporters tweeted at almost double the rate of the reporters from primarily digital publications, with 301 tweets against 166 for the latter group.

Sharing and engagement
All the reporters shared information via either retweets or links to their own content or employer as well as to reporters from outside their own news organization. However, while all of the reporters were generally comfortable sharing links to competing news organizations or journalists they overwhelmingly shared content to and from other journalists or news organizations and official sources. There is very little evidence of any interaction with their audience.  

In keeping with general journalism practice, none of the tweets surveyed expressed opinions on the issue of immigration, but according to AP, it’s not just the journalists’ own opinions that can cause problems. Retweeting others’ opinions can also be problematic. The AP advises journalists to “adorn” retweets by adding some context or explanatory text before the retweeted text,” and offers this example of a “bad” tweet:  “RT @jonescampaign: Smith’s policies would destroy our schools.” The guidelines advise reporters to use the following edit:  “Jones campaign now denouncing Smith on education. RT @jonescampaign: Smith’s policies would destroy our schools.”

AP says this step helps to ensure that the journalist is not associated with the content of the tweet. I use this rule in the classroom because it’s a good way of getting student journalists to slow down and think about what they’re tweeting. It’s good advice, although students often report that it’s hard to put into practice.

And that practice doesn’t seem to be catching on outside of AP. The majority of retweets from the immigration journalists were posted without such explanatory text. For example, of the total 161 RTs and MTs from the immigration reporters only 7 tweets, or 4.3 percent of the sample, used the AP method.

I’m not convinced that the boilerplate “RTs are not endorsements” is enough to protect a journalist’s reputation and the AP advice, if it catches on more widely, would be a good solution to the problem with inadvertently sanctioned opinions.

This sample shows that there is more work to be done on increasing journalists’ engagement with the non-journalists and possibly more debate needed around retweets being perceived as endorsements or opinions.

  • This project was made possible by an academic research grant from Discover Text. which offers a powerful set of tools to collect, sort and analyze Twitter data. This project is only  a small example of what’s possible with the software.
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Twitter makes it easier to report abuse

Twitter blog | SCOTUSblog | Pew | The Guardian

Twitter is making it easier to report abusive behavior, it announced Tuesday. Reporting will now be “more mobile-friendly, require less initial information” and it will be “simpler to flag Tweets and accounts for review.”

And you won’t need to be a victim of abuse to flag tweets: “These enhancements similarly improve the reporting process for those who observe abuse but aren’t receiving it directly,” director of product management Shreyas Doshi writes. (Another nice feature: If you block someone, they can no longer view your profile.)

On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court considered an appeal in a case involving threats on Facebook, and SCOTUSblog’s Amy Howe said the court was “difficult to read.” The “end result could be a decision that neither side likes,” Howe writes.

Young women are “significantly more likely to say they have been stalked or sexually harassed than men,” Pew reports about a recent survey.

“When money is on the line, internet companies somehow magically find ways to remove content and block repeat offenders,” Jessica Valenti wrote for The Guardian Monday. “If these companies are so willing to protect intellectual property, why not protect the people using your services?” Read more


Twitter: New York Times investigation wasn’t spam

Twitter recategorized a New York Times investigation Friday that had been reported as spam “by an outside organization that tracks spam sources,” according to a Twitter spokesperson.

Earlier in the day, New York Times reporter Josh Barro tweeted that fans of Florida State were flagging the story as spam. Clicking the link brought up a page warning visitors they were going to view potentially harmful content:

The link now refers visitors to the story, an investigation into the Tallahassee police department’s handling of a hit-and-run involving two Florida State University football players. Read more

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Why NYT journalists are essentially stuck in China

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Why New York Times journalists can’t leave China

    The country's visa backlog puts people currently stationed there "in an unenviable professional position: Should they leave their posts, they can be pretty sure at this point that their editor won’t be able to replace them." (WP) | "At a news conference in Beijing alongside President Obama, China’s leader, Xi Jinping, appeared to draw a link between unfavorable coverage and access for reporters, saying that the visa problems of news organizations were of their own making." (NYT) | NYT editorial: "A confident regime that considers itself a world leader should be able to handle truthful examination and criticism." (NYT)

  2. Washington Post appends multiple editor's notes to Zakaria columns

    David Folkenflik noticed they were up. (@davidfolkenflik). | Notes are on four of the six columns flagged by the mysterious media critics @blippoblappo and @crushingbort (1, 2, 3, 4). One didn't take a note. One article is archived. | Washington Post editorial page Editor Fred Hiatt says Zakaria "will remain on his op-ed roster." (The Daily Beast)

  3. Jeff Bezos, weaver of metaphors

    After he invested in Business Insider, the Amazon boss (and Washington Post owner) told Henry Blodget "you are just a little flame. And the flame has been kindled, and it’s in the palm of your hand, and all around you, these big winds are swirling. And if you’re not paying attention, they can snuff that flame out, immediately.” (Re/code)

  4. Chicago Tribune won't rush to replace Jane Hirt

    Its managing editor announced yesterday she would step down. (Chicago Tribune) | "No deadline has been set to name a successor." (Robert Feder)

  5. Morning shows are your home for political ads

    "The nation's marquee network morning shows — 'Good Morning America,' 'Today' and 'CBS This Morning' — attracted more U.S. Senate race-focused ads during the 2014 midterm elections than any other television programs." "GMA" showed "nearly 30,000 U.S. Senate-focused ads during the 2014 election cycle." (The Center for Public Integrity)

  6. Your Twitter experience is going to change

    The company is "exploring ways to surface relevant Tweets so the content that is interesting to you is easy to discover – whether you stay on Twitter all day or visit for a few minutes," VP of product Kevin Weil writes. (Twitter Blog) | "There’s a dilemma at the core of Twitter’s growth problem: The very features Twitter power users love about the platform — retweets, favorites and hashtags, its distinct vocabulary — are the ones that make the service so inscrutable to the newcomer." (Digiday) | Related: "Twitter said it could generate long term margins of 40 to 45 per cent – higher than the forecast for margins of 35 to 40 per cent it made during its initial public offering last year – partly because of a greater use of targeted advertising than it had predicted." (FT)

  7. Jian Ghomeshi showed the CBC a video of an injured woman

    The video, on the former CBC radio host's phone, "shows bruising to the woman’s body (she is partially covered in the video) and information provided to CBC that weekend, including text messages Ghomeshi had on his phone, refer to a 'cracked rib,'" Kevin Donovan reports. "A large bruise could be seen on the side of her body." (Toronto Star)

  8. A new job description

    "Journalism: a fancy word for the industry in which stock photos are resized." (Gawker)

  9. Front page of the day, curated by Kristen Hare

    The Washington Post's Express illustrates the U.S.-China climate change deal. (Courtesy the Newseum)

  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin

    Alan English is now publisher of The (Shreveport, Louisiana) Times. Previously, he was general manager there. (Gannett) | James O'Byrne is now vice president of innovation for NOLA Media Group. Previously, he was director of state content there. Marcus Carmouche is now director of sports at NOLA Media Group. Previously, he was sports manager there. John Roach will be sports manager at NOLA Media Group. Previously, he was a sports managing producer there. Mark Lorando will direct state and metro content for Previously, he was director of metro content there. ( | Meredith Artley is now editor-in-chief of CNN Digital. Previously, she was managing editor of Andrew Morse is now general manager of CNN Digital. He is senior vice president of CNN U.S. Alex Wellen is now chief product officer at CNN Digital. Previously, he was vice president of business, products, and strategy there. (Email) | Job of the day: Cox Media Group is looking for a digital content editor. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves:

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N.Y. tabs met in secret lovenest

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories, then let’s get to the weekend.

  1. A New York Post/New York Daily News collaboration? Joe Pompeo reports the rival papers had unsuccessful discussions about “a number of potential business deals that would have made unlikely bedfellows of enemy combatants.” “Many deal points were on the table,” a source tells him. Another source tells Pompeo talks about a digital-only Daily News are “not about if, they’re about when.” (Capital)
  2. Earnings: Broadcast ad revenues way up, print ad revenues down nearly 8 percent at Meredith. (MediaPost) | McClatchy had “a rocky third quarter,” plus what it called “important events that have sealed our financial flexibility” — some substantial assets sales. “An unfriendly commentator might describe those ‘events’ as a yard sale,” Rick Edmonds writes. (Poynter)
  3. Some less-than-worshipful takes on the Dave McKinney affair: His now-former Sun-Times colleague Neil Steinberg writes: “I sincerely believe that had McKinney managed to just step around this mess and gone back to doing his job, an important life skill in journalism, instead of pouring gasoline over himself, and the paper, and striking a match, the whole thing would be over by now and he’d be back to kicking [Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce] Rauner’s ass, which is what this is supposedly all about.” (Every goddamn day) | Erik Wemple on the “monster ethical issue” underneath all this: “Either the Sun-Times should have bumped McKinney from the race early on, or it should have run disclaimers on his stories.” (WP)
  4. AMC buys half of BBC America: The deal may help the BBC World News channel get on U.S. cable and satellite systems, Brian Stelter reports. (CNN)
  5. Guardian’s lawyer honored: The National LGBT Bar Association will honor Gill Phillips, who runs editorial legal services at Guardian News & Media Limited. The Guardian’s Edward Snowden stories were “one of many challenges the openly lesbian Phillips has faced during her tenure at the paper, which has also included breaking the phone-hacking story, The Trafigura Super Injunction Saga and the Leveson Inquiry.” (PinkNews)
  6. The Queen sent a tweet: “It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.” (@BritishMonarchy) | Other tweets by royals. (Twitter UK) | One used an iPad: “Here’s a photo of the man who actually typed the tweet and prepared the iPad for the Queen.” (Business Insider)
  7. National Report defends bogus news reports: “We like to think we are doing a public service by introducing readers to misinformation,” National Report publisher Allen Montgomery (whose name is also fake, but let’s move on) says. Craig Silverman: “They may say this is an educational effort, but all the education has come from the other people debunking their stuff.” (Digiday)
  8. “Sometimes the size is so overwhelming, it’s hard to find a picture”: NYT photographer Ozier Muhammad takes Deborah Acosta with him on assignment as he tries to get (and transmit) photos from last month’s People’s Climate March. He finally gets an image through by hitting a Starbucks and using its WiFi. (NYT)
  9. Front page of the day, not curated by Kristen Hare: A great photo of yesterday’s solar eclipse from The Plain Dealer’s John Kuntz, with a solid headline: “Moon takes a spectacular bite out of the sun.” (Courtesy the Newseum.)


  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Callie Schweitzer has been named editorial director of audience strategy for Time Magazine and Time Inc. Previously, she was director of digital innovation at Time magazine. (Poynter) | Peter Lattman will be deputy business editor at The New York Times. Previously, he was media editor there. (The New York Times) | Paul Greenberg is chief executive officer at Nylon Media. Previously, he was CEO of ( | Stefano Fusaro is now a sports anchor for WTVJ in Miami. Previously, he was sports director at KXLN in Houston. (TV Spy) | Roxane Gay is a columnist at Guardian U.S. She is the author of “An Untamed State” and “Bad Feminist”. Jeb Lund is a columnist at Guardian U.S. He has written for Rolling Stone, GQ and The New Republic. Trevor Timm is a columnist at Guardian U.S. He is executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. Steven Thrasher is a columnist at Guardian U.S. He is a contributing editor at BuzzFeed. Jess Zimmerman is a columnist at Guardian U.S. She is a technology essayist. (Email) | Job of the day: Euclid Media Group is looking for an editor-in-chief for the San Antonio Current. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves:

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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!

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