November 3, 2014

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories. (Please read the note below if you’d like to keep getting this email.)

  1. Second looks at First Look

    Andrew Rice‘s profile of First Look Media founder Pierre Omidyar unspools the billionaire’s animating interest in pandemics and Edward Snowden‘s revalations. It also catalogs the startup’s awkward first steps. “The confusion inherent to any start-up has been exacerbated by Omidyar’s ruminative style,” he writes. “I’ve never met Pierre in person,” Intercept reporter Glenn Greenwald tells Rice. (New York) | The NYT snagged a First Look solicitation for a publisher who can react “calmly to criticism and negative feedback.” (NYT) | Related: Micah Lee writes about how he helped Snowden, Greenwald and Laura Poitras connect, and the dashed plans for a Snowden site called (The Intercept)

  2. 100,000 reasons to work on getting Jill Abramson’s email address

    Writers at the startup she plans with Steven Brill “will be paid advances around $100,000 to produce stories that will be longer than long magazine articles but shorter than books,” Kelly McBride reports. (Poynter)

  3. Condé Nast begins move to One World Trade Center

    175 employees move in today. (HuffPost)

  4. Police used FAA rules to keep media out of Ferguson airspace

    Recordings AP obtained “raise serious questions about whether police were trying to suppress aerial images of the demonstrations and the police response by violating the constitutional rights of journalists with tacit assistance by federal officials.” (AP)

  5. Modern Farmer struggles with financing

    The buzzy magazine is “still looking for long-term financing,” EIC Ann Marie Gardner tells Alec Wilkinson, and its relationship with primary funder Frank Giustra “remains tense.” Some staffers have left. (The New Yorker) | I wrote about Modern Farmer, and its plan to get around traditional newsstands, almost exactly a year ago. (Poynter)

  6. Why did the Northeast Ohio Media Group remove a video of Gov. John Kasich?

    Chris Quinn, its vice president for content, isn’t answering. (PressThink)

  7. Mr. Smith goes to Washington

    The Texas Tribune “will announce Monday that it is opening a Washington bureau backed by the Hewlett Foundation, reversing a trend of regional flight from the capital,” David Carr reports. The Tribune “has $6 million in annual revenues and $2.5 million in the bank,” Carr writes that EIC Evan Smith told him. (NYT)

  8. But will Britain accept government-funded TV?

    RT launches in the U.K., and Al Jazeera will open studios in London this week. (The Guardian)

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

    Chicago’s RedEye fronts Nik Wallenda‘s high-wire walks in Chicago. (Courtesy the Newseum)


  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin

    Kevin Roose will co-executive produce a show for Fusion. He’s a writer for New York Magazine. Kashmir Hill will be a senior editor at Fusion. She’s a writer for Forbes. Pendarvis Harshaw has been named an associate producer at Fusion. He’s a recent graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. Cara Rose De Fabio is an experience designer at Fusion. She’s a performance artist and director. Daniela Hernandez will be a senior writer at Fusion. She has contributed to Wired. (Fusion) | Wilson Stribling will be a morning anchor at WLBT in Jackson, Mississippi. He was news director there. Hugo Balta will be senior director of multicultural content for ESPN’s digital and print properties. Previously, he was coordinating producer for SportsCenter. Damaris Bonilla is executive producer at WWSI in Philadelphia. Previously, she’d worked as a journalist in Puerto Rico. Matt Sinn is assistant news director at WISN in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Previously, he was an executive producer for WTSP in Tampa. Heidi Schmidt is now an executive producer at WDAF in Kansas City, Missouri. Previously, she was a producer there. Aaron Mason is now assistant news director at WKBW in Buffalo. He’s executive producer at WIVB in Buffalo. (Rick Gevers) | Chris Hocutt and Bisola Kamara are the first social news interns at The Washington Post. They are both seniors at Howard University. (Washington Post) Job of the day: WFSU is looking for a reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves:

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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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