July 18, 2014

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  1. Downed plane — the media stories: “The towering incompetence of MSNBC,” which got pranked by a Howard Stern fan who claimed to have seen the plane go down from Kiev. Kiev is pretty far from the crash site. (The Washington Post) | How the Russian government-owned RT is covering it: Points fingers at Kiev. (RT) | RT correspondent resigns, citing “disrespect for the facts” (PressGazette) | Officials in Kiev are in a “furious information war with the Kremlin for global opinion and the hearts and minds of ethnic Russians caught in the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.” (AFP) | “What we do know is that few people in key countries are going to give Russia the benefit of the doubt.” (The Washington Post) | What about the photos? “A woman was killed today, and I know what she looked like at the moment of her death.” (The Atlantic) | The Washington Post “The Post discourages its reporters from tweeting photos without an editor’s supervision, said MaryAnne Golon, the newspaper’s director of photography.” (The Washington Post) | Related: “5 questions to ask before publishing graphic images” (Poynter) | “Tips for avoiding sensitive images on Twitter” (Poynter)
  2. Why isn’t Ayman Mohyeldin reporting from Gaza? NBC News yanked him in favor of Richard Engel. (The Intercept) | “We’re hearing the decision to have Engel report the story for ‘Nightly’ instead of Mohyeldin angered some NBC News staffers.” (TVNewser) | “There’s been speculation that Mohyeldin could have rankled NBC News executives with a since-removed tweet and Facebook post describing the State Department as having said it considered Hamas ultimately responsible for the Israeli strike on the beach because it did not agree to a ceasefire.” (HuffPost) | “It’s also possible that executives did have sincere concerns for Mohyeldin’s safety.” (Gawker) | “And you know what I couldn’t stop thinking about as I watched the excellent work of correspondents like Mohyeldin and Wedeman? None of them makes as much as Chelsea Clinton, who was paid $600,000 a year at NBC News for a handful of reports and interviews that were distinguished only by the vast amount of production effort it took to almost disguise her utter lack of training, talent and journalistic effort.” (The Baltimore Sun) | Related: “Reporters Caught In The Middle As Israel Invades Gaza” (HuffPost)
  3. Murdoch to get more cash? BSkyB wants to buy Rupert Murdoch‘s Italian and German pay-TV operations, a deal that “would give Fox billions of euros in cash at a time when the 83-year old mogul is looking to expand in content.” (Reuters)
  4. Even Google has trouble making money off mobile: But “its advertising competitors are still small in its rearview mirror,” Mike Isaac writes about the company’s second-quarter earnings. “Mobile, however, is something that Facebook seems to have cracked.” (NYT) | Related: How Google wrote its storytelling software. (The Atlantic)
  5. Traffic and circ have increased at The Week: CEO Steven Kotok explains how. (FishbowlNY)
  6. Want to see another Jill Abramson interview where she stays on message? Here’s one with Katie Couric. (Yahoo) | Abramson didn’t reply to an email from the Times asking “why she decided to do the interviews now and why she chose the outlets she did.” (NYT)
  7. Weird! “Journalist” didn’t make the list: Social media manager is one of the best jobs for work-life balance. (Mashable)
  8. Another sportswriter who won’t use the name “Redskins”: Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller. (@nfldraftscout) | I’m keeping a running list. (Poynter)
  9. World media news, edited by Kristen Hare: Newspapers all over the world are leading with the news of the crash of Malayasia Airlines flight MH17. Here’s a collection of fronts from countries with passengers on board, including the Netherlands. Het Parool sent us this front:

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  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Michael Weissenstein has been named Havana bureau chief for the Associated Press. Previously he was a Mexico and Central America correspondent for the AP. The AP also named senior producer Christopher Gillette to head up television efforts in Cuba. (Associated Press) | Rick MacInnes-Rae, a CBC news correspondent, said he will be retiring from “this magnificent, quirky, committed place.” (@rickmacinnesrae) | Ernesto Londoño is joining the New York Times editorial board, where he’ll specialize in foreign affairs. Previously, he covered the Pentagon for The Washington Post. (@londonoe) | Rob Marciano will be senior meteorologist for ABC News. Previously, he was the co-host of Entertainment Tonight. (TVNewser) | Frank Holland will be a weekend anchor at WCVB in Boston. He’s currently a reporter at WGN in Chicago. (TVSpy) | Send Ben your job moves: bmullin@poynter.org

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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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