August 12, 2014

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Covering the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri: St. Louis Alderman Antonio French provided coverage of protests in the St. Louis suburb last night: “A line of police cars with high beams on greets anyone trying to enter #Ferguson. It’s shut down. No media allowed.” (‏@AntonioFrench) | Video from French (YouTube) | Post-Dispatch photographer David Carson: “Being ordered to leave scene threatened with arrest” (@PDPJ) | Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery is there (WashPost, @WesleyLowery) | Kristen Hare‘s list of reporters covering Ferguson | Richard Prince writes that Post-Dispatch deputy managing editor Adam Goodman told him “having more black journalists might mean ‘better ideas on following up, and just in terms of ideas and coverage.'” (Maynard Institute) | James Poniewozik says hashtag activism is useful as media criticism, especially for stories like Ferguson: “Journalists pay attention to Twitter–disproportionate attention, maybe–and that makes it a very, very good place to deliver the modern version of a letter to the editor.” (Time) | Carson tells Hare about getting attacked on the job and national news orgs that asked to use his photographs for free: “I don’t think newspapers should be subsidizing national TV news organizations.” (Poynter) | Carson tells David Hunn about covering looting Sunday. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) | Post-Dispatch front page: “Calls for Justice” (via Newseum)
  2. Jezebel staffers criticize management in public: People keep posting violent porn images using “burner” accounts on Kinja, Gawker Media’s discussion and publishing platform. (Jezebel) | Jezebel EIC Jessica Coen: “It’s time to light a fire under management’s collective ass.” (Poynter) | Alyssa Rosenberg: Publishers have found that feminist commentary does well online, “but they have been slow to protect the writers and editors who must deal with ugly responses.” (WashPost) | Gawker Media Editorial Director Joel Johnson: “expect a response within the next couple of days, even if it’s just a provisional step.​” (Slate) | VERY RELATED: Bustle “emerged from the towering cloud of dust” cofounder Bryan Goldberg kicked up at the site’s launch a year ago and is doing quite well. (Forbes)
  3. What went wrong at Philadelphia’s newspapers, in charts: Joel Mathis publishes highlights from a document that “reveals how the finances of Philadelphia’s leading newspapers imploded” between 2000 and 2012, “a period covering four owners: Knight Ridder, McClatchy, Brian Tierney, and finally the hedge fund owners who brought the newspapers out of bankruptcy.” (Philadelphia)
  4. So let’s ask it: Are newspapers dead? David Carr: “[M]any people haven’t cared or noticed as their hometown newspapers have reduced staffing, days of circulation, delivery and coverage. ¶ Will they notice or care when those newspapers go away altogether?” (NYT) | Rick Edmonds: “Death of newspapers announced prematurely (yet again)” (Poynter) | Michael Wolff: “[T]he powers that be aren’t so much taking our livelihood from us as they are giving it back.” (USA Today) | Derek Thompson: “There is no ‘news business.’ There are many distinct businesses that use various (and, sometimes, totally opposite) methods of financing the production of articles.” (The Atlantic)
  5. U.S. media didn’t do a great job covering Africa Summit: “Among the American-based news media, it was those either managed by nonprofits or owned by African Americans or African immigrants that proved the best at providing context as well as coverage.” (New America Media)
  6. Los Angeles Times needs to change, new publisher says: “If they’re looking for a caretaker, they picked the wrong guy,” Austin Beutner tells his newspaper. (LAT) | He was once a potential buyer of the paper. (LA Observed) | Graphic of events leading up to Tribune’s spinoff of the Times. (KPCC)
  7. ISIS? ISIL? Islamic State?: AP shifts style after group’s rebranding. (Poynter)
  8. Washington Examiner changes editors: Stephen Smith out, Hugo Gurdon in. (Washington City Paper)
  9. Carol Vogel piece takes a correction: NYT columnists Aug. 1 column appears to have confused two unrelated works of art. Richard Horgan: “While certainly not as embarrassing as being caught cribbing from Wikipedia, misreading department store Printemps as Manet’s “Le Printemps” is surely not how Vogel was hoping her first post-plagiarism scandal NYT article would go.” (FishbowlNY)
  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Drew Schutte is now publisher of Details. Formerly, he was executive vice president and chief integration officer at Condé Nast. (Condé Nast) | Maureen Dowd is now a staff writer at The New York Times Magazine. She will keep her Sunday column for the Times. (New York Times) | Claudia Milne is head of live TV at Bloomberg. Formerly, she was the deputy editor of World News America for the BBC. (@claudmilne) | Michael Shamberg and Jordan Peele will advise BuzzFeed Motion Pictures. Shamberg was executive producer for Django Unchained. Peele is a comedian. (BuzzFeed) | Job of the day: The Seattle Times is looking for an associate news producer. 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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