July 8, 2022

Good morning, Poynter Report readers. A couple of things before we get started today. First, thank you for continuing to read and support this newsletter. Second, I’m going to take a short break and the Poynter Report is going on summer vacation. Just for a week. We will return on Tuesday, July 19. See you then.

Now on to big news out of the United Kingdom, some media tidbits and some notable journalism to catch up on this weekend.

A few media tidbits …

  • David Shipley has been named editorial page editor of The Washington Post. He will oversee the Post’s Opinions staff, which includes the editorial board, as well some columnists, contributors, op-ed editors and many who work in visuals, multimedia and digital operations. Shipley, 59, joins the Post from Bloomberg, where he co-founded its opinion section. He previously was deputy editorial page editor and op-ed editor of The New York Times and executive editor of The New Republic. He succeeds Fred Hiatt, who was the editorial page editor from 2000 until his death at the age of 66 last December. Deputy editorial page editors Ruth Marcus and Karen Tumulty were in charge on an interim basis. Surely there are a few raised eyebrows that the Post would go outside the company to fill this opening. In a statement, Post CEO and publisher Fred Ryan said, “David possesses the intellectual curiosity, thoughtful independence, journalistic integrity, and even-handed judgment essential in an editorial page editor. David’s leadership will propel The Washington Post forward as we grow our global audience and find new and innovative ways to serve them.” Post media reporters Paul Farhi and Elahe Izadi have more on the hire.
  • CNN’s Kaitlan Collins has been elected as president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. Technically, how it works is she will serve on the WHCA board and then serve as president in 2024 — which should be a rather interesting year to be at the White House. Collins was hired by CNN as a White House reporter in 2017 and became chief correspondent in 2021. In a tweet, Collins said, “A huge thanks to my fellow members of the White House Correspondents’ Association for this vote of confidence. I am honored, humbled and ready to get to work!”
  • Former New York Times media columnist Ben Smith, who is co-founding a new global news startup called Semafor, interviewed Tucker Carlson. Sarah Scire wrote about it for Nieman Lab: “News startup Semafor invited Tucker Carlson to talk about ‘the future of journalism.’ Things did not go well.” And Media Matters’ Matt Gertz called the interview a “total (expletive)” in his story: “There’s no point to interviewing Tucker Carlson.”
  • Jamilah King tweeted Thursday: “some news: thrilled to now be managing editor of @BuzzFeedNews! excited for a wild new adventure with a truly great group of rabble rousers.”
  • The Washington Post’s Faiz Siddiqui and Gerrit De Vynck with “Elon Musk’s deal to buy Twitter is in peril.”

And now for some notable journalism to catch up on this weekend …

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