Morning media roundup: Washington Post runs AP story about Washington Post story

• MargoMania sweeps the mediablogosphere! Jim Romenesko speaks with New York Times obituary writer Margalit Fox about her fabulous piece on expired adventurer John Fairfax; Gawker's Leah Beckmann rounds up even more Fairfax tales. Welcome to the Fox party, friends! MediaWire was on the M-train way back last Friday.

• LONG WEEKEND LIN REVIEW: "Imagine a newspaper heralding a star black player as 'Negro-tastic!'": Eric Deggans on how Linsanity shows the U.S. media have learned nothing about race, basically. David Carr writes about Jeremy Lin and the media, too. Joe Eskenazi compares the ESPN headline goof to the bogus "niggardly" flap that roiled Washington many years ago.

• Speaking of Washington: When Washington Post ombud Patrick Pexton wrote that Washington Post readers will "be seeing more stories and photos from the wire services, especially from AP," he was not whistling Dixie: Washington City Paper editor Michael Schaffer found an AP story about a Washington Post story on the Washington Post site.

• Have you read enough about Philadelphia's newspapers? Of course not! Former Gov. Ed Rendell's decision not to discuss his possible ownership of the papers lasted two days. Laura Goldman guesses that the auction for the papers got weird because the chairman of the investment bank running it wants to run the Treasury Department and thinks Rendell could help. ("[N]o good deed goes unpunished," Rendell rues.) In somewhat related news, Ed Rendell doesn't have any money, so maybe he'll know how to run a newspaper after all.

• Journalists at the Guardian get a pay rise.

• Photographers, exhale: Pinterest is making the theft of your work optional. (Flashback: Choire Sicha on Pinterest, Feb. 16: "If there was ever a place on the Internet that made you think SOPA was a good idea, it'd be right here!")

• When instructing people in your department not to talk to the media, it is advantageous to check your organization's policies first.

  • 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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