October 1, 2014

mediawiremorningGood morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Why did the CDC place an embargo on Ebola news? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the first case of Ebola in the U.S. Tuesday. (CDC) | The rollout didn’t follow the CDC’s schedule, though. As AP put it, “The CDC initially embargoed the announcement of the diagnosis until 4:30 p.m. CDT, but then lifted the embargo after several news organizations broke that restriction.” | NBC’s story, for instance, was first published at 4:52 p.m. ET. “Which means, by the way, unless NBC’s standards have changed dramatically recently, which I doubt, that someone at the CDC went on the record about this before the ’embargo’ lifted,” Ivan Oransky writes. He also notes another problem with the press release: “When you put ‘For Immediate Release’ and ‘Embargoed’ on the same press release about @#$% Ebola, you get the blame for the broken embargo.” (Embargo Watch) | In 2007, Washington Post reporter Craig Timberg got a scoop based on info he got independently and other news orgs had agreed to embargo. (Slate)
  2. Gary Shelton leaves the Tampa Bay Times: The longtime sports columnist “has been the Times’ voice throughout Tampa Bay’s greatest Sports generation.” (Tampa Bay Times) | Peter Schorsch has other names of people who he says are taking buyouts at the newspaper, which Poynter owns. (SaintPetersBlog) | The newspaper announced a cut in staff pay and hinted that layoffs may follow a round of planned buyouts. (Poynter)
  3. Feds settle with Washington Times: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will reimburse the newspaper and former Times reporter Audrey Hudson for some of their legal costs after an agent from the Coast Guard Investigative Service seized her notes while searching her house for “registered firearms and a potato launcher supposedly belonging to Ms. Hudson’s husband.” (The Washington Times) | Alex Pappas wrote about the raid last year. (The Daily Caller)
  4. Graham era officially ends at Washington Post: Katharine Weymouth‘s last day as Post publisher was yesterday. (WP) | Her last masthead. (@jfdulac) | Welcome to work, Fred Ryan! Here’s an article in the publication you used to run that says Jeff Bezos has no discernible plan for the paper. Also, Jack Shafer calls you a “Washington spearchucker who will throw the spears Bezos hands him.” (Politico)
  5. Chinese censors can’t keep up with pro-democracy gestures online: But “Most analysts agree that China’s government will most likely succeed in keeping most of its citizens in the dark, and early signs suggest there will be little tolerance for those who defy the censors.” (NYT)
  6. St. Louis indie journalist’s car robbed after his arrest: When cops arrested Bassem Masri for traffic warrants, they didn’t lock his car. “[M]y clothes, my iPad, my equipment, everything got stolen,” Masri tells Ray Downs. He used the equipment to live-stream from Ferguson protests and is trying to raise money to replace his stuff. (Riverfront Times)
  7. Back when racism was OK in sportswriting: Richard Horgan digs up a lede from a 1954 Daily News World Series gamer by Dick Young about a “Chinese homer.” Ugh: “Ming Toy Rhodes, sometimes called Dusty by his Occidental friends, was the honorable person who, as pinch hitter, delivered a miserable bundle of wet wash to the first row in right field in Polo Grounds some 258 1/2 feet down the block from the laundry.” (FishbowlNY)
  8. Does freelancers’ insurance have a place in a post-Obamacare world?: Sarah Laskow looks at how New York’s Freelancers Union has evolved, from a source of health insurance, to its own insurance company, to the proprietor of clinics. (Capital)
  9. Front page of the day, curated by Kristen Hare: Berlin’s Die Tageszeitung fronts a poignant illustration about the Hong Kong protests. (Courtesy the Newseum.)


  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Tamar Adler is now a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine. Previously, she was an editor at Harper’s. (The New York Times) | Joanna Coles is now editorial director of Seventeen magazine. She is editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan. (AdWeek) | Kris Van Cleave is now a correspondent for CBS Newspath. Previously, he was a reporter and anchor at WJLA. (CBS News) | Chris Cristi is now an evening helicopter reporter at KNBC in Los Angeles. Previously, he was a freelance helicopter reporter for KCB. (TV Spy) | Nerina Rammairone is now deputy editor at TV Guide Magazine. Previously, she was a senior editor there. (Mediabistro) | Michael Fabiano will be director of local broadcast markets for The Associated Press. Previously, he was chief operating officer at Locate Real Estate. (Associated Press) | Job of the day: Gawker is hiring a “Growth Hacker.” Get your résumés in! (Gawker) | 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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