MailOnline's ad revenue soars, Clooney be damned

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Bloomberg News employees are getting restive: Bloomberg Media Group CEO Justin Smith's "broad goals still don’t add up to a rationale for the enterprise," Dean Starkman writes. (CJR)
  2. Sorry, George Clooney: MailOnline's second-quarter advertising revenue was up 49 percent over the same period in 2013. Digital advertising brought in £15m (about $25.5m), which "offset a £3m (5 per cent) fall in print advertising revenue from the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, which stood at £46m for the quarter." (PressGazette) | The Daily Mail's "great stories you may not have seen anywhere else" are often untrue or ripped off. (Craig Silverman) | More earnings: McClatchy's Q2 earnings report is due today. NYT's is next Tuesday. Facebook reported revenue of nearly $3b, up 61 percent from the same period last year. (NYT)
  3. BuzzFeed's Chris Geidner is NLGJA's Journalist of the Year: The Advocate picks up two honors, too. (NLGJA) | Related: Columbia College senior Meiling Jin talks about reporting on LGBT stories for Chinese readers. (Windy City Media Group)
  4. NYT declares that pens are over: But monocles are still probably in. (NYT)
  5. Actual service journalism: Matt Buchanan rounds up "All The New Yorker Story Roundups You Should Read While The Stories Are Still Unlocked, As Well As All The New Yorker Stories They Link To." (The Awl)
  6. It's as if you can't say ANYTHING these days: Bob Eschliman was fired from his job as editor of the Newton Daily News in Iowa after he wrote about "the LGBTQXYZ crowd and the Gaystapo." Now he's filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission "arguing that he was terminated May 5 because of his religious beliefs." (The Des Moines Register) | Jim Romenesko's April post on Eschliman, which brought wide attention to his musings. (Jim Romenesko)
  7. Twitter is 70 percent male, 59 percent white: It released its diversity data Wednesday. "We are keenly aware that Twitter is part of an industry that is marked by dramatic imbalances in diversity — and we are no exception," Janet Van Huysse writes. (Twitter Blog) | "Twitter, based in San Francisco, is hardly alone in its position. Facebook reported a similar demographic breakdown in June." (NYT)
  8. NYT responds to criticism of its Gaza coverage: Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy: "On this particular subject, we're frequently criticized by people allied with one side or another and that is usually because they're not interested in fair reporting and are instead looking for reporting that aligns with their predetermined opinion. We can't do much about that." (Capital) | "Two Weeks of Shallow, Facile Moral Equivalency in The New York Times" (The New York Observer) | Kind of related: Margaret Sullivan writes about why the Times skipped two recent stories (not about Gaza): "in any given newsroom, including The Times’s, decision-making sometimes owes less to conspiracy theory than to chaos theory." (NYT)
  9. Here's today's world news, edited by Kristen Hare: Neil Harman, a tennis writer with The Times of London and the author of the book "The Official Wimbledon Annual," has admitted to plagiarism, Ben Rothenberg reported for Slate. Rothenberg found 52 examples of unattributed work from 2011 to the present. Roy Greenslade with The Guardian reports that, while Harman has stepped down from compiling the book, he's still got a job with The Times. | Two journalists are missing in eastern Ukraine, Committee to Protect Journalists reports. Graham Phillips, a journalist with RT, and a cameraman with a pro-Russia site have been missing since Tuesday, CPJ reports. | In the U.K., Express Newspapers is cutting 150 positions, Mark Sweney reported in The Guardian. | Here's the front page of The Guardian (via Newseum). It seems like we all need some dancing tea cakes right now.


  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Kendall Taggart will join Buzzfeed’s investigative reporting team. She’s currently a data reporter at the Center for Investigative Reporting. (@add) | David Geithner is now chief financial officer at Condé Nast, replacing John Bellando, who “has decided to leave the company,” according to a memo from Charles Townsend, the corporation’s CEO. Geithner was an executive vice president at Time Inc. (Poynter) | Jason Cole is joining Bleacher Report as an NFL reporter. Formerly, Cole was an NFL writer at Yahoo Sports. (release) | Mandy Jenkins is now the Open Newsroom editor at Storyful. She was previously managing editor of Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome (@mjenkins) | Toby Leah Bochan has been named editor of Storyful’s Creative Newsroom. She’s currently the homepage and social editor at (News Corp.) | Amie Deutch will be publisher at Previously, she was an associate publisher at Fast Company. (Mediabistro)| Mary Beth Marklein will join Politico Pro as its education editor. Previously, she was an education reporter at USA Today. Maggie Chan will be a senior editor for Politico Pro. She was formerly a copy editor there. Nirvi Shah will be deputy managing editor for policy at Politico Pro. She was education editor there. Kyle Cheney is now a campaign reporter for Politico Pro. Previously, he was on the sites healthcare team. Chase Purdy has joined Politico Pro as an education reporter. Previously, he covered public safety and government for the Roanoke Times. Jen Judson is now covering Congress for Politico Pro. She was an associate editor for Inside the Army. Patrick Temple-West, a former Reuters reporter, is now reporting on the SEC for Politico Pro. (Fishbowl DC) | Job of the day: Poynter is hiring a digital innovation faculty member. Get your résumés in! (Poynter) | Send Ben your job moves:

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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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