September 2, 2014

mediawiremorningGood morning. September. Media stories. Let’s do this.

  1. Facebook may not be publishers’ friend: Editorial decisions are increasingly replaced by Facebook’s opaque algorithm, Emily Bell writes: “Accountability is not part of Silicon Valley’s culture. But surely as news moves beyond paper and publisher, it must become so.” (The Guardian) | Related: “Get ready to see a new set of Facebook publishers who see big and mysterious traffic boosts in the near future, as Facebook rolls out its autoplaying video.” (Re/code)
  2. Who will run Condé after Si? At some point Si Newhouse will no longer run the company. Soon-to-be-former Fairchild honcho Gina Sanders is someone to watch, Joe Pompeo writes. (Capital)
  3. What you need to know about this Jennifer Lawrence nude-pictures thing: The FBI is investigating how naked photos of several celebrities ended up online. (AP) | Gabrielle Bluestone‘s primer on the mess. (Gawker) | More photos began circulating Monday. (BuzzFeed) | David Kushner‘s exquisitely timed profile of Anonymous. (The New Yorker)
  4. Mental Floss finds success with video listicles: The publication’s John Green-hosted videos, which have names like “48 Names for Things You Didn’t Know Had Names,” were “each viewed an average of about 921,000 times,” Christine Haughney reports. Those videos “account for about 12 percent of the magazine’s advertising revenue and 5 percent of the company’s overall revenues, which includes circulation and e-commerce.” (NYT) | From February: “Mental Floss a big winner after Facebook’s mysterious ‘high quality’ algorithm change” (Poynter)
  5. Death of print may not arrive on schedule: “I do think that someday print will not be around, but I’ll have to say that it’s much farther into the future than many of us were talking about four years ago,” Atlantic muckety-muck Bob Cohn tells Samir Husni. (Mr. Magazine)
  6. Lessons from being The Guardian’s women’s editor: “No longer can I enter a room, watch TV or simply take part in a conversation without thinking, ‘What about the women?'” Jane Martinson writes. (The Guardian) | She’s leaving the role to oversee The Guardian’s media coverage. (The Guardian)
  7. CNN remembers Sarmad Qaseera: The photojournalist died Monday. He was 42. (CNN)
  8. How a dead reporter’s name can end up on a New York Times obit: When subjects of advance-written obituaries outlive their author, “if the byline is celebrated enough — and the writing too good to consign to the dustbin — our editors may decide to publish the obit, as if from beyond the grave, once its subject has joined its author,” Margalit Fox writes. “The result is a vivid journalistic status symbol the author will never see.” (NYT) | Sort-of related: How the Times put together Anthony Shadid’s obituary. (Poynter)
  9. How NYT covered Arthur Sulzberger Jr.’s wedding: The publisher’s wedding to Gabrielle Elise Greene received “no major notice in the Times Sunday styles wedding pages, garnering the same announcement as anyone else.” (Strupp Blog)
  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Shekhar Gupta is now editorial adviser for India Today Group. Previously, he was editor-in-chief there. ( | David Muir is now the anchor and managing editor of “World News Tonight.” Previously, he was a fill-in anchor for Diane Sawyer (ABC News) | Rona Fairhead has been chosen to chair the BBC Trust. Previously, she was CEO of the Financial Times Group. (The Guardian) | Chelsea Clinton is leaving NBC News. Previously, she was a special correspondent there. (Chelsea Clinton) | Lesley Visser, Amy Trask, Tracy Wolfson, Dana Jacobson and Allie LaForce will be panelists on “We Need to Talk.” Visser is a reporter for “The NFL Today.” LaForce is a sideline reporter for CBS. Trask is the former CEO of the Oakland Raiders. Wolfson is a sports reporter for CBS. Jacobson is a host for CBS Sports Network. (CBS Sports) | Job of the Day: Chalkbeat is looking for a staff 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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