December 1, 2014

Good morning. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Janay Rice as-told-to piece may reverberate for ESPN

    But not because the network let her approve the piece’s content. Janay Rice says her husband, disgraced football player Ray Rice, told NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell everything that happened in that now-famous elevator. Goodell later said he didn’t know what happened. ESPN personality Bill Simmons called Goodell a liar in a podcast and ESPN suspended him. “Janay Rice’s first-person account makes that particular suspension look weak.” (WP)

  2. U.S. Supreme Court will hear case about online threats today

    Good rundown about Elonis v. United States from Jeff John Roberts. (GigaOm) | Lyle Denniston‘s explainer. (SCOTUSblog) | The blog Racists Getting Fired connects people’s work information to their online comments. | Videogame critic Alanah Pearce contacts the mothers of people who threaten her online. (Jezebel)

  3. Vox Media raises more money

    A new investment by General Atlantic “values the company at $380 million.” (NYT) | Memo from CEO Jim Bankoff tells staffers “already attracts a monthly global audience of over 20 million in its seventh month of existence.” (LinkedIn)

  4. David Carr: NYT “can be a goofy and frustrating place”

    The Times’ media columnist dishes on his own employer, and says those “who suggested there was a strong possibility the New York Times would fold or go away somehow” were “dead fucking wrong.” (Digiday) | Carr on the Times’ buyouts/possible layoffs: “it seems clear that we will be losing people with many decades of professional experience, journalists with deep sources and remarkable levels of productivity.” (NYT)

  5. Kirk Douglas is still alive

    But People published his canned obit with a September dateline and only took it down yesterday. (THR) | Here, Mr. Douglas, read your obituary. (People, via the Wayback Machine)

  6. Au revoir, Rob Ford. We’ll miss you. Love, the media

    His term as Toronto’s mayor ended Sunday night. New Mayor John Tory hopes for a “slightly more boring government.” (National Post) | Some of Tory’s appointments are Ford insiders. (Toronto Star) | Ford is still a councillor and his office will be next to Tory’s. (Toronto Sun)

  7. Some truths about ‘Yes, Virginia’

    Virginia O’Hanlon‘s descendants gathered at the Newseum over the weekend for a panel about their relative’s famous letter to the New York Sun. (Media Myth Alert) | Some of the myths around the letter, exploded: “The editorial was no instant sensation, no immediate hit. And the Sun did not reprint the editorial at Christmastime every year after 1897, as is commonly believed.” (Media Myth Alert) | Read the editorial. (NYDN)

  8. Where is Nancy Snyderman?

    NBC News’s chief medical editor hasn’t been on the air since she “violated a voluntary Ebola-related quarantine,” Brian Stelter reports. (CNN)

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

    The New York Times fronts a clash between police and Hong Kong protesters. (Courtesy the Newseum)

  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin

    Annie-Rose Strasser will be deputy managing editor at BuzzFeed News. She is deputy managing editor at ThinkProgress (@ARStrasser) | Christy Moreno is now news director at KUSA in Denver. Previously, she was news director for WBIR in Knoxville. Patti Dennis is vice president of talent development at Gannett. Previously, she was news director at KUSA in Denver. Talia Naquin is now dayside executive producer for WSMV in Nashville, Tennessee. She has been a news director in Wichita Falls, Texas. (Rick Gevers) | Allie Kline is now chief marketing officer at AOL. Previously, she was chief managing officer of platforms there. (AOL) | Fergus Bell will be head of newsroom partnerships and innovation at Social Asset Management Inc. Previously, he was international social media and UGC editor at The Associated Press. (Poynter) | Job of the day: The Alaska Dispatch News is looking for a news editor. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves:

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