February 24, 2015

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Bill O’Reilly threatens jounalist

    In an interview with The New York Times Monday, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly warned reporter Emily Steel there could be consequences for inappropriate coverage surrounding disputed claims about his reportage of the Falklands War. “I am coming after you with everything I have,” Mr. O’Reilly said. “You can take it as a threat.” (The New York Times) | Politico’s Dylan Byers followed up with Steel, who told him “the story speaks for itself.” (Politico) | Here’s Steel’s tweet. (@emilysteel) | O’Reilly continued defending his coverage Monday and sought to end the controversy. (CNN Money) | Meanwhile, the author of a New York Times story that O’Reilly cited in his defense said the anchor “cut out an important phrase” while reading it on air. (Facebook) | “Listening to O’Reilly, one might conclude that the policeman fired directly at the protesters, intending to maim or kill. Reading the text of the Meislin article, it’s apparent that the policeman’s intent was to disperse the crowd.” (The Washington Post) | Fox News has said it stands behind O’Reilly. (Politico)

  2. What makes news websites so similar?

    Two factors contribute to the same-ification of news websites like Fusion, Salon, Slate and The Atlantic, Nieman Lab’s Joshua Benton wrote Monday: They’re not local, and they need to gin up traffic to support national advertising campaigns. Big city-centered news organizations tend to focus on the same “broad editorial middle that 20something and 30something graduates of good universities like to write,” and they usually produce stuff that appeals to a broad audience. (Nieman Lab) | Benton was responding to a blog post by Fredrik deBoer, a doctoral student at Purdue University. (Fredrik deBoer)

  3. ‘I noticed you don’t follow me on Twitter.’

    Paul Ford and Virginia Heffernan have been exchanging bogus emails with scary subject lines to see “who can make the other person experience the most profound sense of dread and panic.” Some favorites: A fraudulent correction request, a fictitious layoff notice and a fake query from a mysterious poetry student seeking career advice. (Medium)

  4. Edward Snowden laughed at Neil Patrick Harris’ treason joke

    In a Reddit Ask Me Anything with Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said he thought Neil Patrick Harris’ quip about treasonous behavior at the Oscars was humorous. “To be honest, I laughed at NPH. I don’t think it was meant as a political statement, but even if it was, that’s not so bad.” Greenwald said his “reaction was similar to Ed’s,” but he thought the joke was lame. (Reddit) | The Wall Street Journal has a roundup of the Q and A here. (Wall Street Journal) | Here’s the original joke, made in reference to Poitras’ “Citizenfour,” which won the Academy Award for best documentary feature. (YouTube)

  5. The Guardian does its Game of Thrones impression

    The Guardian is looking for a successor to longtime Editor-in-Chief Alan Rusbridger, and it’s searching far and wide, Capital New York’s Joe Pompeo writes. The Scott Trust, which owns The Guardian, has hired a recruitment firm to reach out to high-profile journalists, which reportedly include BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith and former New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson. Smith tells Pompeo he was contacted for advice, not for the editor’s job. Abramson declined to comment. (Capital New York) | Four hopefuls have released statements outlining their candidacies for the position. (gonuj.org)

  6. BuzzFeed beefs up its San Francisco office

    BuzzFeed has hired several journalists to fill out its San Francisco bureau led by former Wired writer and editor Mat Honan. The new hires are alums of Re/code, PopSugar, The New York Times and Nieman Lab. (VentureBeat) | Related: News organizations are staffing up in preparation for 2016. (The Washington Post)

  7. Report calls London the world capital of foreign correspondents

    There are 1,700 foreign correspondents working in the United Kingdom, more than France (945), Belgium (931) and Germany (729), according to a report from The European Federation of Journalists. The United States has 450 correspondents based in different countries in Europe, according to the report. (European Federation of Journalists)

  8. Who’s taking buyouts at the Sun-Times?

    Robert Feder reports that “no columnists or critics” have opted to take the buyout offer at the Chicago Sun-Times, which includes “up to 20 weeks of severance pay.” Fourteen staffers have accepted the buyout, he writes. (Robert Feder)

  9. Front page of the day, selected by Seth Liss

    A splashy infographic paired with a large headline are above the fold of this morning’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

    StarAdvertiser (Courtesy the Newseum)

  10. Job moves

    John Paczkowski is joining BuzzFeed’s San Francisco bureau. Previously, he was deputy managing editor at Re/code. William Alden is joining BuzzFeed’s San Francisco bureau. Previously, he was a reporter for The New York Times. Caroline O’Donovan is joining BuzzFeed’s San Francisco bureau. Previously, she was a staff writer for Nieman Lab. Nicole Nguyen is joining BuzzFeed’s San Francisco bureau. Previously, she was assistant tech editor at Popsugar. (VentureBeat) | Shira Toeplitz Center will be a political editor at The Boston Globe. Previously, she was politics editor for Roll Call. (Email) | Tim Molloy will be editor at Boston.com. Previously, he was digital engagement editor at “Frontline.” Kaitlyn Johnston will be deputy editor at Boston.com. Previously, she was executive digital editor at Boston Magazine. (Poynter) | Job of the day: The Honolulu Star-Advertiser is looking for a city desk reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves: bmullin@poynter.org.

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