Uber's plan to alienate the news media seems to be going well
Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.
- Uber's plan to completely alienate the news media is going well
The company says it is investigating why Uber New York GM Josh Mohrer tracked BuzzFeed reporter Johana Bhuiyan. It uses something called "God View" to track people. (BuzzFeed) | Ellen Cushing: "While I was reporting my recent cover story on Uber and its CEO Travis Kalanick, several current and former Uber employees warned me that company higher-ups might access my rider logs." (San Francisco Magazine) | Uber once used its data to show where and when people took "Rides of Glory." (Uber blog) | Kalanick apologized for an executive's remarks that it would like to dig up dirt on reporters via "tweetstorm," a "series of thoughts that give the illusion of substance and circumspection because they are presented in a numerical order." (Valleywag) | "I'll let you in on a secret. As a tech executive I DESPISE journalists, as do nearly all of my peers." (@MikeIsaac) | "Who'd think a company with a German name could be evil?" (@daveweigel)
- "Serial" sets record
"According to Apple, it is the fastest podcast to reach 5m downloads and streams in iTunes’ history." (The Guardian) | Bill Keller: "Everybody in this office is utterly addicted to Serial. ... It's just a really well done mystery story." (Vox)
- Jimmy Soni gets New York Observer gig
- NYT publishes "print native ad"
An eight-page Shell ad, produced by the Times' native ads shop, hugs today's business section. "Still, most Times readers are likely to see the Shell print ad as just a print ad, albeit a very big one. But extending the Shell campaign to print is a way to add legitimacy to the native format, said Sebastian Tomich, vp of advertising at the Times." (Digiday)
- Blog post comes back to haunt Poynter
"The highly respected Poynter Institute, a center for journalism, recently listed newspaper reporter as the 'worst job' in 2013." (HuffPost) | Not...quite. Poynter quoted the company CareerCast as it has done with subsequent, Web-traffic-friendly reports. Like when lumberjack edged out newspaper reporter as "worst job." Or when newspaper reporter made CareerCast's "endangered jobs" list...
- Fearbola strikes awards ceremony
Alex Thomson will not host tonight's Rory Peck awards, which honor freelance journalists, "due to health and safety concerns following his recent return from covering the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone." (The Guardian)
- Journalism's real problem with plagiarism
Punishment for plagiarists "has been consistently inconsistent," David Uberti writes. (CJR) | Related: Sometimes, student newspapers name plagiarists. Other times, they try not to torpedo their possible future careers. (Doesn't that just send plagiarists out into the work force relatively unchastened?) (Poynter)
- "Vape" is not in the OED
Yes, "Vape" is Oxford Dictionaries' "Word of the Year." Yes, Oxford University Press publishes Oxford Dictionaries, and it also publishes the Oxford English Dictionary. No, Oxford Dictionaries Online and the OED are not the same thing. Looking at you, New York Post! The Independent! The Times of India!
- Front page of the day, curated by Kristen Hare
- Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin
David Beard will be executive editor of PRI. He is digital content director for The Washington Post. (PRI) | Nina Lawrence is now publisher of InStyle. Previously, she was vice president of global marketing and advertising sales for The Wall Street Journal. (Time Inc.) | Bill Duryea will be an enterprise editor at Politico. He is enterprise editor at the Tampa Bay Times. Michael Kruse will be a senior staff writer at Politico. He's a staff writer at the Tampa Bay Times. (Poynter) | Rodrigo Arana is now a sports anchor for Noticiero Telemundo Chicago. Previously, he was a reporter for Fox Sports Latin America. (MediaMoves) | Job of the Day: The Santa Clarita Valley Signal is looking for a sports journalist. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves: firstname.lastname@example.org.