Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.
- Rocky II?
“Philip Anschutz is exploring the possibility of reviving the Rocky Mountain News.” (Denver Business Journal) | Denver Post Publisher Mac Tully: “We’re going to continue to do what we do — which is award-winning journalism — and wish them the best of luck.” (The Denver Post) | Hiya, Rocky. (Rocky Mountain News)
- Fraud threatens digital advertising gains
“Up to 50 percent of publisher traffic is bot activity, just fake clicks from automated computing programs. … Digital advertising will take in $43.8 billion next year, and $6.3 billion will be based on the fraudulent activity.” (Adweek)
- Matthew Kaminski will lead Politico’s Europe operation
Kaminski is on The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board. Politico and German partner Axel Springer have purchased European Voice, which they’ll rebrand as Politico. Better get used to hitting that caps lock, European Voice staffers! (Poynter)
- Report: CIA fed press b.s. about torture
The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee’s torture report says “both Ronald Kessler’s ‘The CIA at War’ and two New York Times reports written by Douglas Jehl included ‘inaccurate claims’ proffered by CIA officials speaking on background.” (IBT) | Jehl statement: “I am proud of the work that my Times colleagues and I did in bringing these CIA practices to light. I was not interviewed for the Senate report, and would never comment on reporting that was based on confidential conversations with current and former U.S. government officials.” (WP) | Kessler: “This report is discredited.” The report “also highlighted an incident in which the C.I.A. pressured an American newspaper to withhold naming the country that Abu Zubaydah was being held in. … A Times reporter, James Risen, said Tuesday that the newspaper was The Times, and the country was Thailand.” (NYT)
- Can you handle another New Republic roundup item?
The most important media story of our time stretches into its seventh day. | Ta-Nehisi Coates: “Prioritizing diversity would have been asking TNR to not be TNR.” (The Atlantic) | New Republic CEO Guy Vidra: “Over the coming months we will add to our masthead and bring on a great and diverse set of writers and editors.” (Bolded text mine.) (TNR) | “The Top 40 Hot Takes on “The New Republic,” in Order from Worst to Best” (The Awl)
- How Mother Jones stays in the black
More than one revenue stream. Partnerships. Good social media chops. (Digiday)
- Can you handle another Rolling Stone item?
RS honcho Jann Wenner reportedly refused to accept the resignation of Sean Woods, who edited the magazine’s botched UVA rape story. (NYO) | Gene Weingarten: “I contend that this is the worst screwup in the history of modern American journalism.” (WP)
- Bloomberg News gets a new boss
Economist Editor John Micklethwait will replace Matthew Winkler at the top of the masthead. (Poynter) | “Welcome John Mickelthwait to the @BloombergNews family. @BW has been ripping you off for years so it’ll be nice to have inspiration close by” (@Tyrangiel)
- Front page of the day, curated by Kristen Hare
- Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin
Matthew Kaminski will be executive editor of Politico’s European operation. He’s a member of the editorial board at The Wall Street Journal. Bill Nichols will be a founding editor-at-large of Politico’s European operation. He’s an editor-at-large at Politico. Carrie Budoff Brown will be associate editor and senior policy reporter at Politico’s European operation. She’s a White House reporter at Politico. Florian Eder will be managing editor at Politico’s European operation. He is a correspondent at Die Welt. Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson will be managing director of Politico’s European operation. She is the owner and publisher of European Voice. (Poynter) | Matthew Winkler will be Editor in Chief Emeritus at Bloomberg News. Previously, he was editor-in-chief there. John Micklethwait will be editor-in-chief at Bloomberg News. He’s editor-in-chief of The Economist. (Poynter) | Michael Amon will lead the Wall Street Journal’s coverage of OPEC, oil and mining from its London bureau. He’s deputy New York bureau chief at the Wall Street Journal. (@joepompeo) | Janelle Rodriguez will be senior vice president of editorial at NBC News. She is vice president of programming at CNN. (TV Newser) | Job of the day: WAMU is looking for a Web producer. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Correction: The job moves section of this post originally referred incorrectly to Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson.