Free Beacon loses library privileges after Hillary Clinton stories; Jon Steinberg's plan for MailOnline

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories to start your day. (And from Sam Kirkland, your digital stories.)

  1. Washington Free Beacon is no longer allowed to search the University of Arkansas archives. The school says the publication wasn't authorized to post audio recordings it found there. Free Beacon has published stories about Hillary Clinton based on stuff it's dug up in the university's collection. (Washington Free Beacon) || Free Beacon attorney Kurt Wimmer told the university the library "apprised the Free Beacon of no ‘policies’ limiting their dissemination, and required no agreement to be signed prior to receiving them." University spokesperson Steve Voorhies says the publication's "research privileges have been suspended, pending a review." (Politico)
  2. "Despite having comparable traffic numbers to BuzzFeed, MailOnline has little revenue to show for it," Jason Abbruzzese writes. New MailOnline CEO Jon Steinberg pledges to shake up ad offerings: "Nobody is coming to MailOnline and saying, 'I want to buy a skyscraper. I want to buy a leaderboard.'" (Mashable)
  3. Mike Topel is the new executive editor of (
  4. Media Matters for America founder David Brock is establishing an institute to "fund journalism that exposes 'the nexus of conservative power in Washington.'" (Politico) || Initial grant recipients: Christopher Ketcham, Time's Haley Sweetland Edwards (The American Independent Institute)
  5. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is the only client to cancel George Will's column, Washington Post News Media Services CEO and editorial director Alan Shearer tells Erik Wemple. (The Washington Post)
  6. || The Chicago Tribune declined to run Will's sexual assault column. "I thought the column was misguided and insensitive," editorial page editor Bruce Dold says. (MMFA)

  7. Ad buyers are seeking more favorable terms from CNN, citing its "new emphasis being placed on what buyers view as 'entertainment programming.'" (Variety)
  8. Clay Shirky "can’t see the journalism for the dead trees," Ryan Chittum writes, noting the Internet thinker is on Digital First Media's advisory board. "That particular company—aggressively—held itself out as the very avatar of experimentation And, you know, we didn’t particularly believe in the model, but no one around here applauded when it ran into trouble. Who does that?" (CJR)
  9. “Sanders Berman” is Jon Meacham; “Mark Healy” is Michael Isikoff: A guide to the fictionalized characters in Michael Hastings' "The Last Magazine." (Gawker) || Previously: "The nonfiction roots of Michael Hastings' posthumous novel" (Capital)
  10. Tony Horwitz laments his time as a digital-only author: "But now that I’ve escorted two e-partners to the edge of the grave, I’m wary of this brave new world of digital publishers and readers." (The New York Times)
  11. Texas A&M's revived journalism major will focus more on fundamentals than format, Director of Journalism Studies Dale Rice tells Angela Washeck. “For the most part, the kind of skills you need to be a web-based journalist, you first need to be a journalist – that ability to collect information, sift through it, determine what’s important and put it in an understandable way. Only at the end might that format be print or digital.” (EducationShift)


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  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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