July 8, 2014

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories. From Kristen Hare, world media news. From Sam Kirkland, your digital day.

  1. Did Cuba plant a story in The Daily Caller? The CIA has “credible evidence” that Matthew Boyle‘s November 2012 Daily Caller story “Women: Sen. Bob Menendez paid us for sex in the Dominican Republic” may have been part of a Cuban plot to smear Menendez, a Castro critic. (The Washington Post) | Daily Caller EIC Tucker Carlson: “we’re making calls right now to see what we can dig up.” (Business Insider) | In February 2013, Erik Wemple looked at how Boyle’s story spread from The Daily Caller to mainstream outlets. (The Washington Post) | Alex Seitz-Wald in November 2012: “My conspiracy theory: @mboyle1’s source is Cuban Intelligence.” (@aseitzwald)
  2. Guardian releases financial results: Digital revenue was up 24 percent in a fiscal year that ended in March, print revenue was flat and total revenue was up about 7 percent. The company’s take from the sale of its stake in AutoTrader means the trust that supports it now has about $1.4 billion USD. Over all Guardian News & Media lost about $52 million, roughly the same amount as it did last year. (The Guardian)
  3. The Wall Street Journal turns 125 today: Its plans for coverage (Capital) | Its online interactive. (WSJ) | WSJ articles by Mark Zuckerberg and Taylor Swift. | Punctuation at the end of the paper’s name goes back to first front page and “was common in the era, to connote sophistication. We’ve stuck with it.” (WSJ) | The paper will continue to draw from its archives after the anniversary passes. (Nieman)
  4. The president gets a byline: Peace “is possible,” President Obama writes. (Haaretz)
  5. How BuzzFeed is like Toyota: BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti tells Harvard Business School professor Felix Oberholzer-Gee that when Japanese autos appeared, “People made fun of them, and they laughed, ‘Look at these crappy cars.’ But a lot of young people said, ‘Awesome, I can own a car for the first time, and it gets me around.'” (Forbes)
  6. Man charged in attack on reporter: West Virginia State Police say Howard Lilly attacked WCHS-TV reporter Bob Aaron while he reported a story Monday. (WCHS)
  7. Laid-off Patch editor starts site in Tim Armstrong’s town: “Our numbers are soaring and will soon eclipse Greenwich Patch’s,” Leslie Yager says. “Their editor is busy putting content on a dozen other Connecticut Patch sites. Their local coverage is skimpy.” (Street Fight)
  8. Fortune newsletter aims at powerful women: “The Broadsheet” is edited by Caroline Fairchild, who says, “When I read newsletters, I like to feel like I’m connecting with them.” (Capital)
  9. The history of the “honey shot”: Former ABC director Andy Sidaris invented the sports-broadcasting trope when a camera peers into the stands, looking for an attractive woman. (Slate) | Marginally related: Fan sues MLB, ESPN and the Yankees after cameras catch him napping. (NYT) | The New York Post: “SNORE LOSER.” (Newseum)
  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Jon Frosch and Bryan Bishop have moved to The Hollywood Reporter. Frosch will be reviews editor, and Bishop will be news director of THR.com. (THR) | Thabie Sibanda will be a general assignment reporter at KOKH in Oklahoma City. She was previously a reporter at WJCL in Savannah, Georgia. (TVSpy) | Lucas Shaw will move to Bloomberg News as a TV and music industry reporter. He was a film and media reporter at TheWrap.com. (FishbowlNY) | Robert Salladay will become editorial director for the Center for Investigative Reporting, replacing Mark Katches, who left to become editor of The Oregonian. (CIR) | Send Ben your job moves: bmullin@poynter.org.

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Correction: This post originally called Andrew R. Rector, who filed the lawsuit referenced above, a Red Sox fan. He is a Yankees fan, according to several reports.

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