December 11, 2014

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. No interviews at premiere of ‘The Interview’

    “Sony Pictures said Wednesday that no broadcast media will be invited to cover the film’s red carpet Thursday in Los Angeles and no interviews will be granted to print reporters at the screening.” (AP)

  2. The Washington Post found more people Rolling Stone didn’t interview

    T. Rees Shapiro spoke with three friends of Jackie‘s that Rolling Stone apparently wrote about but never actually spoke to. (The Washington Post) | Here’s a succinct roundup of everything that’s happened up to now. (Huffington Post) | UVA’s Cavalier Daily originally published something no one else had, Ben Mullin reports — a letter from Jackie’s roommate. (Poynter) | | Related: Geneva Overholser says the news media convention of not naming sexual assault victims “is a particular slice of silence that I believe has consistently undermined society’s attempts to deal effectively with rape.” (Geneva Overholser) | Related: Alexander Zaitchik, who wrote a 2013 Rolling Stone story about Barrett Brown, says he wasn’t present for a scene he described in detail. (WP)

  3. Al Jazeera reporter killed in Syria

    Mahran Al Deeri “died on Wednesday while taking cover from government fire as his car hit the vehicle of rebel fighters.” (Al Jazeera) | Orient TV journalists Youssef Mahmoud El-Dous, Rami Adel Al-Asmi and Salem Abdul-Rahman Khalil were all killed in a missile attack in Syria on Monday. (RWB)

  4. pulls story about Chinese-food professor

    It published a story that purported to show a racist email from Ben Edelman, the Harvard professor who very strongly disputed a $4 charge on a Chinese food order. “We cannot verify that Edelman, in fact, sent the email,” an editor’s note reads. “We have taken the story down.” ( | Edelman apologized for the incident that led to his Internet fame. (Ben Edelman) | Some 2010 emails from Edelman over a Groupon gone wrong. (

  5. Excellent headline alert

    “N.M. high school teacher resigns after student’s story about Jesus giving out marijuana stirs controversy” (SPLC)

  6. The week everyone stepped down

    Alan Rusbridger steps down as The Guardian’s editor. (The Guardian) | Joe Pompeo has a rundown of who may succeed Rusbridger. (Capital) | Gawker honcho Nick Denton names Heather Dietrick president, will remain CEO. (Also, and this is quite important: Tommy Craggs is Gawker Media’s new executive editor.) (New York Observer) | Bloomberg News EIC Matthew Winkler stepped down this week, and Matthew Zeitlin reports the company passed over Executive Editor Laurie Hays when replacing him. (BuzzFeed)

  7. Maybe media companies aren’t such bad places to work

    NBC Universal, ESPN and LinkedIn (hey, it publishes stuff) are among Glassdoor’s “best places to work” list. (MediaJobsDaily) | This business has been on the upswing since CareerCast ranked “reporter” 199 on its Top 200 jobs list, one slot higher than “lumberjack.” (Poynter)

  8. There’s something called a Google Tax

    Google announced it’s shutting down Google News in Spain before a Jan. 1 intellectual property tax begins. That tax is nicknamed “Google Tax.” (Associated Press)

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

    Burlington Free Press leads with a winter wonderland wallop. (Courtesy the Newseum)


  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin

    Tommy Craggs has been named executive editor at Gawker Media. Previously, he was editor of Deadspin. Heather Dietrick has been named president of Gawker Media. Previously, she was general counsel there. Andrew Gorenstein has been named president of advertising and partnerships at Gawker Media. Previously, he was chief revenue officer there. Scott Kidder has been named chief operating officer at Gawker Media. Previously, he was vice president of operations there. Erin Pettigrew has been named chief strategy officer at Gawker Media. Previously, she was vice president of business development there. Nick Denton has been named CEO of Gawker Media. Previously, he was publisher there. (New York Observer) | Alan Rusbridger will become chair of the Scott Trust. He is editor-in-chief of The Guardian. (Poynter) | Greg Ip will be chief economics commentator at The Wall Street Journal. He covered economics and policy for The Economist. (Wall Street Journal) | Tom Gara is now business editor at BuzzFeed. Previously, he was deputy business editor there. (Romenesko) | Giovanna Gray Lockhart is now a contributing editor at Glamour. Previously, she was a senior advisor to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. (Fishbowl NY) | Job of the day: The Center for Public Integrity is looking for an engagement editor. Get your résumés in! (Center for Public Integrity) | Send Ben your job moves:

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Correction: Yesterday’s newsletter referred to Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson as a “he.” She is, of course, the correct pronoun. Thanks to the newsletter readers who alerted me to the error.

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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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