December 9, 2014

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. U.S. Senate will release torture report today

    Glenn Greenwald will live-blog. (The Intercept) | Former intelligence machers launch a website to respond to criticism. (Foreign Policy)

  2. Chris and Guy’s press tour

    New Republic owner Chris Hughes and CEO Guy Vidra went on a press blitz Monday. Vidra told me remaining staffers at the in-turmoil publication were enthusiastic about its new direction after a Q&A on Friday. (Poynter) | He told Joe Nocera Vox was something like what he wanted to build under the New Republic brand. Nocera then gets browsing. “After we spoke, I went to the Vox website. I scrolled down until I saw a headline that stopped me cold. ‘Everybody farts,’ it read. ‘But here are 9 surprising facts about flatulence you may not know.’ Goodbye, New Republic.” (NYT) | Another blast: I just read the word “farts” in The New York Times. | A little more on what happened last Thursday, per Vidra. (Politico) | Hughes: “we can’t remain a small print magazine for Washington.” (Mashable) “The days when you could just appeal to a small, frankly, white, male elite are over.” (NPR) “It is frustrating to me personally that there was a perception we would listicalize the place.” (The Guardian)

  3. More on Rolling Stone’s botched UVA rape story

    MailOnline says it has interviewed the father of Jackie, around whom Rolling Stone built the story. (MailOnline) | Emily Clark writes a letter to the editor saying she was Jackie’s roommate and her story is not a hoax. (Cavalier Daily) | Margaret Sullivan: “I hope that the magazine will thoroughly investigate what happened, publish that investigation and tell its readers how, precisely, editors will make sure it never happens again.” (NYT) | RS Managing Editor Will Dana once gave a speech saying “I want to do stuff that’s biased,” meaning journalism with a point of view. (WP)

  4. Iran let Jason Rezaian phone home

    The imprisoned Washington Post reporter surprised his mother on Thanksgiving with a phone call “in which he told her the authorities had instructed him to say he had been treated well.” (NYT)

  5. introduces itself

    First Look Media’s social media newsroom thing said hello with a statement of values, including “Humility,” “Transparency” and a pretty interesting paragraph under the subhead “We’re a newsroom, not a newswire.” (

  6. News orgs, Apple battle over Steve Jobs footage

    AP, Bloomberg News and CNN have asked a court to release footage of a 2011 deposition by the Apple founder. A transcript is available but Apple seeks to block the video release. (CNET)

  7. Some magazines eligible for Pulitzers

    They have to publish at least weekly. Broadcast orgs are still ineligible. (Poynter) | “Pulitzer rules still outdated & arbitrary. HIgh caliber writing/reporting should be eligible regardless of platform.” (@PeterHambyCNN) | “It just got even harder to win a Pulitzer in investigative reporting and feature writing.” (@michaelkruse)

  8. I got Rupert Murdoch

    A quiz tied to MediaGuardian’s top-100-people list thing lets you figure out which media mogul you are. (The Guardian)

  9. Front page of the day, curated by Kristen Hare

    The turtles are coming. Awesome, jellyman. (Courtesy the Newseum)


  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin

    Daniel Norselli is now president and publisher of the Springfield (Missouri) News-Leader and The Baxter Bulletin. Previously, he was senior digital sales director for the Democrat and Chronicle Media Group. (Gannett) | Katie Hawkins-Gaar will be Poynter’s digital innovation faculty member. She is editor of CNN’s iReport. (Poynter) | Jenna Wortham is now a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine. Previously, she was a columnist on the business desk. (New York Times) | Jessica Lustig will be deputy editor at The New York Times Magazine. Previously, she was a staff editor there. (Poynter) | Ethan Bronner will be managing editor for international government at Bloomberg News. Previously, he was deputy national editor at The New York Times. (Fishbowl NY) | Job of the day: The Newseum is looking for a special projects associate. 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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