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Susan Glasser is Politico’s new editor

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Politico gets a new boss: Politico Magazine Editor Susan Glasser is now the editor of Politico, Dylan Byers reports. John Harris will remain editor-in-chief. “She will appoint a new Executive Editor to oversee day-to-day newsroom operations, the leadership said. That person will replace Rick Berke, who resigned earlier this month.” (Politico) | Glasser will still oversee Politico Magazine, but will hire some senior editors in the next weeks. “Susan has plans to sharpen the editorial structure, bring in even more talent, upgrade our digital properties and bring more clarity and efficiency — and individual ownership — to our workflow,” CEO Jim VandeHei says in a memo to staff. | “One of the issues that led to Mr. Berke’s resignation, according to people with knowledge of the situation, was his lack of authority to make the moves he thought necessary, including autonomy over staffing — precisely the power Ms. Glasser will now have.” (NYT)
  2. Dean Baquet set to announce masthead: It’s a “likely scenario” that the NYT executive editor “will promote four existing members of the masthead to serve as a team of top deputies beneath him,” Joe Pompeo reports. “Susan Chira would oversee news; Ian Fisher would oversee digital; Matt Purdy would oversee enterprise; and Janet Elder would oversee newsroom administration. Elder currently serves as a deputy managing editor; the rest are assistant managing editors.” The structure “would also leave Baquet, who was previously managing editor, without an obvious successor.” (Capital)
  3. Aye or Naw: A couple of explainers for today’s Scottish independence referendum: A Q&A from USA Today. A good video explainer “for non-Brits” from the Guardian. | Here’s my Twitter list of journalists covering the referendum. | Some journalists there report threats from supporters of both sides. (The Guardian) | Important media news: Reuters has reporters named Guy Faulconbridge and Alistair Smout on the scene. (@moorehn)
  4. BBC cameraman attacked in Ukraine: While reporting on the death of Konstantin Kuzmin, a BBC cameraman was “knocked to the ground and beaten,” Steven Rosenberg reports. “The attackers grabbed the BBC camera, smashed it on the road and took it away in their getaway car,” and the crew “spent more than four hours at the police station being questioned by investigators.” They also found the “hard drive of our main computer and several memory cards had been wiped clean.” (BBC News) | “The BBC has lodged a formal protest with Russia over the incident and called for an investigation.” (BBC News)
  5. Press secretary dogged by question: “There was one guy, Les Kinsolving [of WorldNetDaily], who asked about bestiality,” Jay Carney tells Marisa Guthrie, who asked him to name the worst question he got as press secretary. (The Hollywood Reporter, via Mediaite)
  6. Huffington Post plans Greek edition: HuffPost Greece, a collaboration with 24MEDIA, is scheduled to launch in November. “For me personally, it’s the ultimate homecoming, not only because of my Greek heritage, but because HuffPost is, not coincidentally, very much rooted in a Greek tradition of bringing people together and facilitating interesting conversations,” Arianna Huffington says in a press release.
  7. Times public editor on president’s off-the-record meetings with journalists: “Mr. Obama didn’t invent these off-the-record sessions,” Margaret Sullivan writes. But “Readers are right to be troubled about the implications.” (NYT) | Erik Wemple: “When you sit down with a group of people in Washington, especially journalists, nothing is going to stay off the record for long. Might as well just let the tape recorders run.” (WP)
  8. Media critic misses pop culture reference: Mark Finkelstein slammed Chris Hayes for using “some decidedly un-PC language” when he referred to “a kind of girl talk mash-up of the fear about the border and the fear about terrorism being fused together.” (Newsbusters) | Hayes was in fact referring to the popular band Girl Talk, which combines sounds from other artists’ records to make new compositions. (Gawker) | “I’d surmise that, like me, most Hayes viewers didn’t get the cultural reference and took “girl talk” at face value,” Finkelstein says in an “update.”
  9. Front pages of the day, selected by Kristen Hare: Some U.K. front pages Thursday, via Nick Sutton.

  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Susan Glasser is now the editor of Politico. Previously, she was editor of Politico Magazine. (Politico) | Lindy West is now a pop culture writer for GQ. Previously, she covered pop culture for Jezebel. (Lindywest.net) | Megan Sowder-Staley is now vice president for product strategy at Roll Call. She was formerly director of product strategy there. (Fishbowl DC) | Chris Peck is now president of the American Society of News Editors. He is associate editor at the Riverton (Wyoming) Ranger (ASNE) | Kristen Donnelly has joined the DC bureau of NBC News. Previously, she was a senior producer at MSNBC. (TV Newser) | Job of the day: The Minneapolis Star Tribune is looking for interns. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves: bmullin@poynter.org

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James Foley family’s new fund will ‘honor what he stood for’

mediawiremorningGood morning. We’re nearly there. Here are 10 media stories, plus a fact that made me sigh and quietly review my life choices: The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Ready to Die” came out 20 years ago Saturday.

  1. Foley, Tice parents speak: “I really feel that our country let Jim down,” James Foley‘s mother Diane Foley tells Anderson Cooper. She says her son “was sacrificed because of just a lack of coordination, lack of communication, lack of prioritization.” (CNN) | Earlier this week, Austin Tice‘s parents told Clarissa Ward, “If an American citizen is held hostage overseas, you are discouraged and disparaged if you even consider paying a reward for a precious human child, because you don’t know where that reward money’s gonna go. …You know, we’re just a mom and dad. We just want our child back, and we wanna do whatever it takes.” (CBS News) | A message from the Foley family Twitter account: “please follow our new Twitter account @JamesFoleyFund.” (@freejamesfoley) | The fund will “honor what he stood for,” the family writes, with plans to build “a resource center for families of American hostages and [foster] a global dialog on governmental policies in hostage crises,” among other goals. (James W. Foley Legacy Fund)
  2. Networks say they won’t show Rice video anymore: ESPN made that call Tuesday morning, David Bauder reports. “It was obviously quite disturbing and we felt the audience had seen it enough,” ESPN spox Josh Krulewitz said. (AP) | Meredith Clark: “Using the video without consent violates our ethical obligation to treat Janay Rice and other survivors of intimate partner violence as people rather than vehicles for social change.” (Poynter) | Related: How “did Goodell pick the Rice case to appear insufficiently authoritarian?” Jack Shafer asks. (Reuters)
  3. What a watch-based media landscape may look like: “The Apple Watch also makes a solid case for a more algorithmically curated, condensed Twitter timeline,” Dan Frommer writes. “One thing we noticed is the text in Twitter’s app that describes your Timeline: ‘New and interesting.’” (Quartz) | “We are about to enter the era of ‘glance journalism.’” (Nieman) | Yahoo News Digest already works on Apple Watch, and Circa is looking into it. (BuzzFeed) | Very related: Research from Irene Costera Meijer and Tim Groot Kormelink looks into news consumption, including “Checking and scanning vs snacking and monitoring.” (Online Journalism Blog)
  4. Speaking of Yahoo News Digest: Its new iPad app hit the App Store last night. (Yahoo’s Tumblr) | Nick D’Aloisio, who heads the Yahoo News Digest team, tells Leo Kelion he is “weighing up university and Yahoo” for next year. (He’s 18.) (BBC News)
  5. Attn: NYC tourism folks: Humans of New York blogger Brandon Stanton: “Out of all the countries that I’ve been to, Ukraine reminded me the most of home.” (Kyiv Post)
  6. You know how we keep talking about the revenue potential of video ads? Almost 20 percent of that market belongs to YouTube, but that may be as high as it gets. (WSJ)
  7. Intern apologizes: Mallory Musallam wrote a letter to former internship host David Letterman saying she’d withdrawn from a class action suit and had been “approached by a beguiling legion of lawsuit-hungry attorneys.” (NYDN)
  8. Vook has bought the ashes of Byliner: “The deal may be good news for Byliner authors who wondered how they were going to get paid,” Laura Hazard Owen reports. “Vook said Thursday that it would be paying them 85 percent royalties on works that were already for sale at digital retailers like Amazon and Apple.” (Gigaom)
  9. Front page of the day, selected by Kristen Hare: A moving photo on The New York Times. (Courtesy the Newseum.)

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  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Kate Lanphear is now editor-in-chief of Maxim. Previously, she was style editor at T Magazine. (WWD) | Kerry Diamond is now editor-in-chief of Yahoo Food. She is the co-founder and editorial director of Cherry Bombe. Kristen Baldwin is editor-in-chief of Yahoo TV. Previously, she was deputy editor at Entertainment Weekly. (Email) | Alice Gabriner will be international photo editor for Time magazine. She was a senior photo editor at National Geographic. Mandy Oaklander will be a staff writer for Time magazine. Previously, she was a senior writer for Prevention.com. Jack Linshi is a breaking news reporter and homepage editor at Time magazine. He was a weekend arts and living editor at the Yale Daily News. Lily Rothman will be an archive editor at Time magazine. Previously, she was a reporter there. Reno Ong will be an audience engagement editor at Time magazine. Previously she was a copy editor there. (Fishbowl DC) | Emma Fitzsimmons is a transit reporter for The New York Times. Previously, she was a reporter there. (NYT Metro desk) | Pamela Henson is now president and publisher of the Appleton (Wisconsin) Post-Crescent. She was senior vice president of advertising, marketing and digital sales at the Milwaukee (Wisconsin) Journal-Sentinel. (Gannett) | Tim Tebow is now a contributor at “Good Morning America.” He’s a college football analyst for ESPN. (ABC News) | Job of the day: Mashable is looking for a San Francisco-based social media reporter. Get your résumés in! (Mashable) | Send Ben your job moves: bmullin@poynter.org

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Photojournalist with Russian news agency killed in Eastern Ukraine

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The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that photojournalist Andrei Stenin has been killed in Eastern Ukraine.

Stenin was a photojournalist with a state-owned news agency, RIA Novosti, according to the AP.

Not counting Stenin, the Committee to Protect Journalists reports that a total of four journalists and two media workers have been killed this year in Ukraine.

From the AP:

The agency’s director-general, Dmitry Kiselyov, said in a statement on Wednesday that the remains in a charred car found outside the rebel stronghold of Donetsk have been identified as Stenin’s. Kiselyov said the car apparently burst into flames after coming under fire from Ukrainian forces.

This 2013 photo taken near Damascus and provided by ITAR-TASS in Syria, shows Russian photographer Andrei Stenin who was reported missing in Ukraine. Russia's state-owned RIA Novosti news agency says one of its photojournalists has died in eastern Ukraine. Andrei Stenin went missing in early August, his whereabouts unknown. The agency's director-general, Dmitry Kiselyov, said in a statement on Wednesday that the remains in a charred car found outside the rebel stronghold of Donetsk have been identified as Stenin's. Kiselyov said the car apparently burst into flames after coming under fire from Ukrainian forces. (AP Photo/ITAR-TASS, Mikhail Pochuyev)

This 2013 photo taken near Damascus and provided by ITAR-TASS in Syria, shows Russian photographer Andrei Stenin who was reported missing in Ukraine. Russia’s state-owned RIA Novosti news agency says one of its photojournalists has died in eastern Ukraine. Andrei Stenin went missing in early August, his whereabouts unknown. The agency’s director-general, Dmitry Kiselyov, said in a statement on Wednesday that the remains in a charred car found outside the rebel stronghold of Donetsk have been identified as Stenin’s. Kiselyov said the car apparently burst into flames after coming under fire from Ukrainian forces. (AP Photo/ITAR-TASS, Mikhail Pochuyev)

Not counting Stenin, the Committee to Protect Journalists reports that a total of four journalists and two media workers have been killed this year in Ukraine.

CPJ reports that 33 journalists have been killed in 2014, but the list doesn’t include Stenin or American freelance journalist Steven Sotloff. Read more

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CNN, RT report missing staff in Ukraine

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Ukrainian journalist Anton Skiba, who worked as a fixer for CNN, was abducted by pro-Russian separatists and is still in detention, Ivan Watson and Ingrid Formanek reported for CNN on Thursday.

Since his detention, CNN has attempted through a number of different separatist officials, including the office of the self-declared separatist prime minister Alexander Borodai, to secure Skiba’s freedom.
CNN chose not to report his abduction at the time while making efforts to obtain his release.
That has not happened to date, so CNN is now publicly asking those who are holding Skiba to release him immediately.

Graham Phillips, a British blogger working as a stringer for Russia Today, has also gone missing along with three others, RT reported. “The agency cites anonymous sources, saying the group of four was taken hostage by Ukrainian troops.”

In May, RT reported that Phillips was detained by the Ukrainian National Guard.

On Wednesday, the Committee to Protect Journalists reported on recent press violations in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine.

“Abductions and detentions of journalists and other violations of press freedom are happening at dizzying speed in eastern Ukraine,” CPJ Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova said. “We call on all sides in the conflict to immediately release any journalists in their custody and halt all attempts to censor, obstruct, and intimidate the media.”

In a report Saturday, the International News Safety Institute reported that Ukraine was the most dangerous country for journalists so far for the year.

At least five members of the news media have been killed in the country’s east over the past two months. Veteran Russian cameraman Anatoly Klyan was killed when the bus he was travelling in, headed towards a Ukrainian military base, came under attack just north of Donetsk. Russian television journalist Igor Kornelyuk and sound engineer Anton Voloshin died after being hit by mortar fire while they were reporting near Lugansk. Italian journalist Andrea Ronchelli was killed alongside his Russian interpreter Andrey Mironov in May as they covered fighting between government forces and pro-Russian insurgents near Slaviansk.

Countless other journalists in the region have been threatened, attacked and kidnapped.

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The New Yorker still fact-checks more than you do

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 (or so) media stories.

  1. What happened between NBC News and Ayman Mohyeldin? NBC News said Friday it would return the reporter to Gaza. (HuffPost) | The clumsy move was less a conspiracy than a “news division making mistakes through ratings nervousness.” (CNN) | Here’s a Mohyeldin report from this morning. (NBC News)
  2. The new NewYorker.com launches: “The Web site already publishes fifteen original stories a day. We are promising more, as well as an even greater responsiveness to what is going on in the world.” (The New Yorker) | The publication assigns one fact-checker to its website: “And not to be defensive, but that’s one more fact-checker than probably anyone else has,” Editor David Remnick says. (Capital) | OH NO, A LISTICLE: The New Yorker tweets “eight things we think you’ll love” about the new site. (@NewYorker)
  3. Russian media broadcasts conspiracy theories about downed plane: “The Russian media space has become so uniform and independent voices so cowed and marginalized that there is no counterweight.” (The New Republic) | Russian-government funded English-language network RT reacts to reporter Sara Firth‘s resignation: “apparently we have different definitions of truth” (The Washington Post) | Firth: “I don’t think there are different definitions and versions of the truth.” (CNN) | Propaganda broadcasts in Russia “has become a problem for Putin, because this system cannot be wholly managed.” (The New Yorker)
  4. The New York Daily News is an “insane asylum”: That’s according to photographer David Handschuh, one of the 17 newsroom employees laid off Friday. The paper’s “photo desk was hit particularly hard,” Joe Pompeo reports: “Some sources even wonder if the News might be getting ready to scale back or eventually eliminate its print edition.” (Capital)
  5. How Rupert Murdoch could pay more for Time Warner: Use cash from sale of some German and Italian assets. (Bloomberg) | Henry Blodget: “one of Time Warner’s pieces of logic in saying ‘No thanks’ to the original offer is that two to three down the road, they think there will be many other potential acquirers.” (CNN) | 21st Century Fox has also looked at Scripps Networks and Univision (NYT) | Jack Shafer: “Murdoch looks a lot like the 1990s newspaper publishers who continued to buy other papers on the assumption that the moat…would support their near-monopoly profits infinitely.” But streaming video means “The moat has sprung a leak.” (Reuters)
  6. Cops and security guards hassle BuzzFeed reporter for taking pictures of buildings: Policies that permit photography haven’t quite filtered down to the muscle. (BuzzFeed)
  7. Copy editors aren’t all jazzed about “Weird Al”‘s “Word Crimes” video: “A huge segment of people aren’t viewing it as parody; they appear to be viewing it as their new grammar snob anthem. They’re identifying with feeling superior by calling other people stupid.” (ACES) | Watch the video. (Poynter)
  8. How to keep people on your site in a post-homepage world: Time, NBC News and the Los Angeles Times’ websites have all been “redesigned with an eye toward that second click or page view.” (Poynter) | Related: Yahoo and Say Media are launching “online magazines” to “remind advertisers that these are high-quality, editor-driven products with real audiences, not just listicles.” (Digiday)
  9. Here’s today’s world news, edited by Kristen Hare: Thai journalists want more freedoms, Amy Sawitta Lefevre reported Monday for Reuters. “The military said in an order late last week it could shut down any media that disseminates information that ‘could harm national security’ or criticizes the work of the ruling military council,” Sawitta Lefevre reported. | A journalist with Sky News went through a piece of luggage from the MH17 crash while on air, Catherine Taibi reported Sunday in the Huffington Post. Midway through, Colin Brazier realized that wasn’t a good idea and stopped. | Vox.com has a Twitter list of people covering MH17. (I have a growing list, too.)
  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Amy Ellis Nutt will head to The Washington Post in September to be a science writer. Formerly, she was an enterprise writer for The (Newark, New Jersey) Star-Ledger. (The Washington Post) | Jason Taylor, president of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has been named the publisher of The (Jackson, Mississippi) Clarion-Ledger. (The Clarion-Ledger) | Paula Faris will be a weekend co-anchor at “Good Morning America.” She was previously an ABC News correspondent. (Paula Faris) | Bianna Golodryga will leave “Good Morning America” to join Katie Couric at Yahoo News, where she’ll help coordinate coverage of daily news as well as major business and finance stories. (Yahoo News) | Natalie Zmuda has been promoted to deputy managing editor at Advertising Age. She was previously a reporter and editor there. (@nzmuda) | Chris Gardner will join The Hollywood Reporter as a staff writer. Formerly, he was a staff editor at Wonderwall/MSN. (Muck Rack) | Nick Ciletti will be a weekend anchor at ABC15 in Phoenix. Formerly, he was an anchor and reporter at NBC2 in southwest Florida. (Nick Ciletti) | Danielle Lerner will be an anchor at NBC2 in Phoenix. Formerly, she was an anchor at KVOA in Tucson, Arizona. (TVSpy) | Job of the day: NPR is looking for a senior digital editor for race, policy and social issues. Get your résumés in! | Send Ben your job moves: bmullin@poynter.org

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Gaza invasion or missile strike? Newspapers wrestle with big news and limited space

A missile strike downs a commercial jet bound for Malaysia, killing nearly 300 people and generating international tension. Then, hours later, Israel invades Gaza, igniting a powder keg of conflict that has been steadily building for days.

With the hours until deadline ticking away, editors were faced with a difficult decision: which story should be featured more prominently?

Some newspapers gave both incidents similar play. The San Francisco Chronicle pushed down the flag and put both stories side-by-side, with kickers indicating international news. The downed jet story gets slightly more prominence with a heavier headline, photo and a three-line deck, but the four-line headline on the Gaza story gives it some parity and adds balance to the top of the page. Both stories jump.San Francisco Chronicle
The Washington Post and The New York Times also got both stories above the fold. The Post ran a rail down the left side and gave the story a four-line hed in large type, deftly making the difficult count work without splitting any subjects. Here, the missile strike once again gets dominant play with a large photo and five subheds.
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New York Times-Some papers decided to give one story more play than the other, like The Arizona Republic. A large headline, subhed and photo leads the paper, and news of the Gaza invasion is relegated to the bottom.

Arizona RepublicThe Wall Street Journal took a similar tack, running a picture of the wreckage prominently and pushing the Gaza Invasion farther down the page.

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Some smaller papers elected to banish the big international news entirely, preferring to feature local news instead. Here, The Daily Sentinel (Scottsboro, Alabama) features wild art prominently on the front page, along with community news piece about area schools.

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Likewise the News-Times (Danbury, Connecticut), which ran an art hed of the first governor’s broadcast debate over a dominant photo.The New Times Connecticut
Same with the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, which featured its Frontier Days coverage prominently.


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Reporters covering Malaysia Airlines crash

Here’s a first draft of a list with journalists covering the crash of the Malaysia Airlines flight, either from Ukraine or neighboring countries. I’ve started a Twitter list of reporters covering this, email or tweet more to me at khare@poynter.org or @kristenhare.

The Associated Press:

Pete Leonard, @pete_leonard.

Reuters

Anton Zverev, @Zreuters, is an editor in Moscow.

Al Jazeera America:

Scott Heidler, @ScottHeidler, is in Ukraine.

Rory Challands, @rorychallandsAJ, is in Moscow.

Stephanie Scawen, @tvsteph, is covering from Kuala Lumpur.

The Los Angeles Times:

Sergei L. Loiko is in Moscow.

Victoria Butenko is in Kiev.

Carol J Williams, @cjwilliamslat, is a foreign correspondent.

The New York Times:

Sabrina Tavernise, @stavernise, is at the crash site. The Times says her updates are being tweeted from @nytimesworld.

Noah Sneider, @NoahSneider, is also at the crash site.

David Herszenhorn, @herszenhorn, is covering the crash from Moscow and is headed for Kiev.

Neil MacFarquhar, @NeilMacFarquhar, is covering the news from Moscow.

NPR:

Corey Flintoff, @CoreyFlintoff, is NPR’s correspondent in Russia.

Anthony Kuhn covers southeast Asia.

Independent:

Pierre Crom, @PierreCrom, is a photographer working in Ukraine. Read more

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5 questions to ask before publishing graphic images

As scenes of the Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine make the news and flash across social media, here’s something to revisit from Poynter’s Kenny Irby. Last month, Irby wrote a piece with some advice on showing graphic images.

There will be obvious questions about showing death and trauma. Should you show the faces and identify the dead? Where should those images be published, if at all? What are the alternatives? How many photographs should be used and how long should they remain on the screen or be posted?

Different organizations make different decisions, Irby wrote. Here are five tips from that piece.

Whenever journalists are faced with covering conflicts and violence, it helps to consider your ethical compass:

  • What is my journalistic purpose?
  • What organizational policies and professional guidelines should I consider?
  • What are my ethical concerns?
  • Who is the audience — and who are the stakeholders affected by my decision?
  • What are my alternatives?

Here are some courses from Poynter’s News University that deal with related issues:

– Grappling with Graphic Images

– Don’t Get Fooled Again: Best Practices for Online Verification
– Getting It Right: Accuracy and Verification in the Digital Age (Use this code, 14JET100, to enroll in either of these NewsU courses for free.)

– Trauma Awareness: What Every Journalist Needs to Know

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Time correspondent Simon Shuster tells the story of his abduction near Konstantinovka, in Ukraine, recently. He was stopped at a checkpoint where a man “pulled me from the car and cracked me on the head with the butt of his pistol.”

About half of his buddies got nervous, even sympathetic, when they saw the blood running down my face, and a few even ran to bring me some tissues. Maybe these were meant to be the peaceful citizens struggling for their rights. For a while, they bickered about what to do with me before calling their commander, a lanky man in camouflage named Vanya, who soon drove up with a long-barrel shotgun and a bandolier of red shells across his chest. “You’re screwed now,” one of his men whispered at me.

But on the ride back to his headquarters in the town of Kramatorsk, inside the occupied city hall, Vanya apologized for the beating. “We’re at war here,” he offered as an explanation. “We’re in a military situation.”

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A Ukrainian soldier stands guard at a road leading into Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Friday, May 2, 2014. Ukraine launched what appeared to be its first major assault against pro-Russian forces who have seized government buildings in the country's east, with fighting breaking out Friday in a city that has become the focus of the insurgency. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

BuzzFeed and CBS News journalists detained and freed in Ukraine

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CBS News correspondent Clarissa Ward and BuzzFeed correspondent Mike Giglio were among the journalists detained at checkpoints in Ukraine Friday. Both were released with all members of their parties, and both reported some violence: Ward said a CBS crewmember was beaten, and Giglio said one journalist got punched twice. (He also said his captors asked him to prove he’s American by saying the word “garden.”) Sky News reporters were also detained, Jack Mirkinson reports in The Huffington Post. Tweets from Ward and Giglio tell similar tales:

 

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