March 23, 2015

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. The press conference is at 2 p.m.

    The Charlottesville Police Department will reveal Monday the results of its investigation into the alleged sexual assault of a University of Virginia student reported in Rolling Stone’s now-disputed article, “A Rape on Campus.” (USA Today) | The alleged gang rape was a focal point of Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s Nov. 19 article, but crucial parts of the assault have since been called into question. (The Washington Post) | After Erdely’s story came under suspicion, Rolling Stone asked the Columbia University School of Journalism to conduct an investigation. Results from that inquiry will be published in Rolling Stone within “the next couple of weeks,” according to Will Dana, managing editor of the magazine. (The New York Times)

  2. Post reporter defends Secret Service article

    On Sunday’s edition of CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” The Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig stood up for her March 12 report describing details of an investigation into alleged Secret Service misconduct. In response to a question by host Brian Stelter asking whether her story overstated the incident, Leonnig called the article “completely accurate.” “In fact, the only thing I quibbled with at the time was headline and I asked for the word ‘crash’ to be taken out of the headline. And they did immediately, in fact, in 19 minutes.” (CNN) | Last week, The Huffington Post reported that surveillance video of the incident indicates that the Secret Service’s behavior wasn’t as egregious as many news reports originally suggested. (The Huffington Post) | On Friday, The Week published an apology from journalist Marc Ambinder titled “How I unfairly maligned two Secret Service agents in POLITICO Magazine” suggesting that he and other reporters were to blame for repeating the facts “without slowing down and bothering to check them out.” (The Week) | Here’s Ambinder’s article. (Politico)

  3. How The New York Times scored its Hillary email scoop

    The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone caught up with New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt, who revealed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used a private email address to conduct government business. Schmidt didn’t reveal his source, but said the tip “wasn’t billed to him as a scandal in the making.” Schmidt went to Florida on vacation for five days after receiving the tip and started digging after he got back. “In hindsight, Schmidt said, ‘it’s a good lesson in that whenever you have a tip, you should run it into the ground as fast as possible.’” (The Huffington Post)

  4. Covering presidential hopefuls who deny climate change

    On his PressThink blog, New York University professor Jay Rosen examined possible responses from political journalists when confronted by candidates who deny the existence of human-made climate change. “Claims that climate science is a hoax, that human action is not a factor: these are not just positions in a normal debate. They are ways of saying — saying to the press — hey, the evidence doesn’t matter.” (PressThink)

  5. How vital is print?

    For her Sunday column, Margaret Sullivan, the public editor at The New York Times, wrote about the continued relevance of the print newspaper in many readers’ lives. “More than a million people still buy the Sunday paper each week. The number has declined to about 1.1 million from 1.8 million at its height in 1993. And about 645,000 people still pay for the daily paper, which has taken the biggest hit.” (The New York Times) | In the comments, media commentator and journalism professor Jeff Jarvis issued a rebuttal. “I like print, too. I liked horses as well. But they became unsustainable. As will cabs. Change happens.” (The New York Times)

  6. Newspaper carrier makes deliveries for 40 years straight

    Steve Eggers, who delivered the Tulsa (Oklahoma) World every day for 40 years, provides yet another example of the stoic heroism of newspaper carriers everywhere. “There had to be days when Eggers didn’t feel like waking up in the wee hours (usually around 2 a.m.) to throw papers in the dark. He crawled out of bed and did it anyway. He acknowledged pride was a factor.” (Tulsa World) | Here’s our exhaustive coverage of the everyday heroes who deliver our news. (Poynter)

  7. Police raid former TV reporter’s cannabis club

    Anchorage police on Friday raided Alaska Cannabis Club, the organization led by former KTVA reporter Charlo Greene. “According to a warrant provided to the Anchorage Press which was posted on facebook, police were searching for evidence of misconduct involving a ‘controlled substance.’ The warrant also states packaging materials and items relating to illegal transactions, two cars were also impounded by police.” (KTUU) | Greene used an expletive when she announced on air last year she was quitting her job. (Mediaite)

  8. Digital outlets lead on race, gender, sexuality reporting

    Web-native news organizations like BuzzFeed and Fusion “have made identity issues—on race, gender, and sexuality—core to their reporting,” Chris Ip writes for Columbia Journalism Review. “BuzzFeed has a robust LGBT section, a Latino coverage editor, and hosted a recent Black History Month series. Fusion is a joint venture between Disney-ABC and Spanish language network Univision, which the site says targets a ‘young, diverse, and inclusive millennial generation,’ and has a ‘justice’ vertical focused on these topics.” (CJR)

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

    From The Post-Crescent, coverage of the VA clinic. (Courtesy the Newseum)


  10. Job moves:

    Ben Reining is now deputy editor at Refinery29. Previously, he worked for NowThis News. Meredith Clark is now a news writer for Refinery29. Previously, she covered women’s rights and activist movements for MSNBC. Christina Bonnington is now technology editor at Refinery29. Previously, she was a staff writer at Wired Digital. (Capital New York) | Bianca Consunji will be director of video at Bustle. She is a video producer at Mashable. (@biancaconsunji) | Angel Rodriguez is now sports editor at the Los Angeles Times. Previously, he was deputy editor for mobile innovation at The Washington Post. (Email) | Sierra Jiminez is now senior video producer at Mashable. Previously, she was at Fortune magazine. (@MashableHQ) | Job of the day: The Boston Globe is looking for a features writer. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves:

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Benjamin Mullin is the managing editor of He previously reported for Poynter as a staff writer, Google Journalism Fellow and Naughton Fellow, covering journalism…
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