November 24, 2014

Good morning. Welcome to a short week! Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Anchors negotiated in secret with Darren Wilson

    Matt Lauer, George Stephanopoulos, Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon are among the television personalities who’ve met with Ferguson, Missouri, Police Officer Darren Wilson, Brian Stelter reports. There is some potential money for subjects of these bidding wars, Jim Moret explains — in licensing photos. But mostly it’s about comfort and timing. (CNN) | “When ‘off the record’ is used to protect not only what’s said in a particular meeting, but also the meeting itself, it becomes a tool not so much for journalists but for the sources seeking to own them.” (WP)

  2. Meanwhile, in Ferguson

    Police said journalist Trey Yingst was standing in the road, but “as this reporter and a multitude of other witnesses saw firsthand — and as was captured on video — Yingst was not in the street.” (HuffPost) | Judge: Police in Missouri can’t stop reporters from recording them. (AP) | L.A. Times reporter Matt Pearce got “got hit in head w/something” but is OK and Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery was tweeting for him. (Instagram: mattdpearce)

  3. “Fellows” replace interns

    “Ben Smith, the editor in chief of BuzzFeed, said that his company’s internships and fellowships were in fact different. Interns work for three months and make $12 an hour. Fellows work for three months and make $12 but follow a ‘structured curriculum.'” (NYT)

  4. Daily Currant article leads to epic NYT correction

    “An earlier version of this column was published in error. That version included what purported to be an interview that Kanye West gave to a Chicago radio station in which he compared his own derrière to that of his wife, Kim Kardashian. Mr. West’s quotes were taken, without attribution, from the satirical website The Daily Currant. There is no radio station WGYN in Chicago; the interview was fictitious, and should not have been included in the column.” (NYT) | Craig Silverman digs up the uncorrected version of Joyce Wadler’s column (which is named “I Was Misinformed”). (Poynter)

  5. Marion Barry and the media

    The former D.C. mayor’s death Sunday brought a bunch of former local reporters back on the Barry beat. | Jack Shafer: “When covering Marion Barry, many journalists have written themselves into the scenes with him not just because it made for good copy, but because his megalomania enhanced theirs.” (Washington City Paper) | David Carr: “Everyone who covered Barry will shake their head at his ward heeler ways, his smoke-and-mirror budgeting, his inability to bring any of his employees or departments to account. … Those same people, including me, would tell you that on a personal level, no one was more fun to talk to.” (Washingtonian) | Who dubbed Barry “Mayor for Life”? Richard Cohen says he did. (WP) | Barry credited former Washington City Paper columnist Ken Cummins. (@jon_fischer) | An archive of “the single person Washington City Paper has written the most sentences about in the paper’s 33 years.” (WCP) | Some Barry fans petitioned TMZ to change its “Crack Mayor” headline. (WCP) | Washington Post front page. | Express front page. | Washington Times front page. (All courtesy the Newseum.)

  6. Tribune Publishing rescinds discretionary vacation policy

    In the future, employees will have “better opportunity for input,” CEO Jack Griffin says. (Romenesko)

  7. RIP Michael Shanahan

    The former AP journalist and educator would listen patiently when angry Redskins fans would call him to complain about the team. He died Saturday. (ABC News) | W. Joseph Campbell‘s remarks at a memorial service for Ohio Wesleyan University journalism teacher Verne E. Edwards, who exhibited a “modesty rather rare in the academy.” (Media Myth Alert)

  8. How are news orgs different from software companies?

    Journalists who do their jobs well “end up being ostracised or imprisoned rather than ringing the opening bell at the New York stock exchange,” Emily Bell writes. (The Guardian)

  9. Bloggers are better together

    When affiliated bloggers abandoned their personal blogs and published together on the Daily Banter, they found their audience and a business model. (PBS MediaShift)

  10. Front page of the day, not curated by Kristen Hare

    The Journal News on the typographic dangers of texting. (Courtesy the Newseum)

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Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City…
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