July 16, 2014

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Rupert Murdoch bid on Time Warner: 21st Century Fox made an $80 billion offer, Andrew Ross Sorkin and Michael J. de la Merced report. Time Warner passed, but Murdoch is “unlikely to walk away.” Fox would sell CNN if it bought the company. (NYT)
  2. It’s time to hear from Jill Abramson: “I now have time literally to read the whole New York Times print paper every day,” the former NYT executive editor (who thinks the word former “just sounds icky”) tells Laura Brounstein and Leslie Yazel. “I love the institution still.” (Cosmopolitan) | Abramson is scheduled to appear on Greta Van Susteren‘s show tonight and will talk with Yahoo’s Katie Couric tomorrow. | But bragging rights for the first live interview go to WABC-AM, whose Pat Kiernan and Rita Crosby interviewed her yesterday. Abramson said she’s “past the point of wanting to rehash” allegations of sexism at the Times. (WWD)
  3. The difference between reporting on Silicon Valley and Wall Street: “On Wall Street, if you call them a douchebag, they’ve already heard 17 worse things in the last hour,” an unnamed reporter told Benjamin Wallace for his Kara Swisher profile. “Here, if you criticize a company, you’re criticizing the spirit of innovation.” (New York) | “This is how the trade press has always operated,” Nitasha Tiku writes. “But what if trade reporters are the only ones with access to an increasingly influential industry, with more potential to cause harm? What if you had to rely on E! to investigate WMDs?” (Valleywag)
  4. August 4: That’s the day Tribune Publishing will leave Tribune Co. (Chicago Tribune)
  5. How not to report on a trans kid: Coverage of R. Kelly‘s son Jay shows “tabloid media still doesn’t know how to properly deal with even straight forward concepts,” Kat Callahan writes. (ROYGBIV/Jezebel) | Clip and save: “Nine ways journalists can do justice to transgender people’s stories” (Poynter)
  6. David Plotz applied to be president of the New America Foundation: Job went to Anne-Marie Slaughter instead. Plotz talks about his self-imposed ouster as Slate editor. (The Washington Post)
  7. The slow approach to local coverage: Corner Media buys two more sites that cover Brooklyn. “This is not a quick-money kind of business,” Corner’s Liena Zagare tells Vivian Yee. “It takes years to build up the trust of the neighborhood.”(NYT)
  8. A reminder that the newspaper business is in a lot of trouble: Alan D. Mutter collects some dunning stats. (Reflections of a Newsosaur)
  9. World media news, edited by Kristen Hare: A strike at the BBC will affect its coverage of the Commonwealth Games next week (The Guardian) | “One of the mystifying things about the Daily Mail is that although it boasts the largest proportion of female readers among national newspapers it is so blatantly sexist in tone and content.” (The Guardian) | TV cameraman Carlos José Orellana was stabbed to death in El Salvador. (Reporters Without Borders) | Today’s front page: From Kleine Zeitung – Klagenfurt, in Klagenfurt, Austria, local people with their arms sort of crossed. (Newseum)
  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Pam Oliver has been removed from Fox Sports’ primary sideline reporting team in favor of Erin Andrews, a move that Fox is calling an “expanded role”. (Poynter) | Margaret Low Smith will leave NPR; the network’s senior vice president of news will lead The Atlantic’s live events division. The announcement and the tide of emails that followed, Smith said, was “a slight out-of-body experience” (Poynter) | Hallie Jackson will be a correspondent for NBC News. She is currently a national correspondent at Hearst Television. (@HallieJackson) | Eamonn Store has been named CEO of Guardian US. Previously, he was president of agency development at MEC, a media agency. (The Guardian) | Laura Walker, CEO of New York Public Radio, has been elected to serve on the board of directors for Tribune Company. She replaces Eddy Hartenstein, who will be chairman of the board for Tribune Publishing Company. (allaccess.com) | Maud Beelman has been named the Associated Press editor for Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. She was managing editor for investigations and enterprise at the Dallas Morning News (Associated Press). Lindsay Lambert is managing editor for Coastal Living. Formerly, she was a content editor at Rue La La. (FishbowlNY) | Martin Gee is now a senior art director at Time. He had been a freelance designer and illustrator. (@ohmgee) | 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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