Here’s What Your Newspaper Looks Like When You Fire Your Photographers (Gawker)
This is what happens to a newspaper when it makes the decision to fire all of its photographers, as the Chicago Sun-Times did in May, and replace them with reporters with iPhones.
Restricted Web Access to The Guardian Is Army-Wide, Officials Say (Monterey Herald)
The Army admitted Thursday to not only restricting access to the Guardian news website at the Presidio of Monterey, as reported in Thursday’s Herald, but Army-wide. Presidio employees said the site had been blocked since The Guardian broke stories on data collection by the National Security Agency. Gordon Van Vleet, an Arizona-based spokesman for the Army Network Enterprise Technology Command, or NETCOM, said in an email the Army is filtering “some access to press coverage and online content about the NSA leaks.” NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer The Department of Defense cited “network hygiene” among its reasons for blocking access to some Guardian content at Army facilities, namely the paper’s recent reporting about the NSA. HuffPost The paper has made huge waves, of course, with its series of explosive stories about the NSA’s highly classified surveillance programs. Though it has always maintained an American presence, its visibility has skyrocketed in the wake of the scoops. FireDogLake / The Dissenter This is very similar to what the Defense Department did to block access to media coverage of the information that was disclosed by Pfc. Bradley Manning and published by WikiLeaks — the “Collateral Murder” video, Afghan and Iraq War Logs, the US State Embassy cables, the “Gitmo Files,” etc.
Alec Baldwin Launches Twitter Rant Against Journalist (The Guardian / Media Monkey)
As far as Twitter meltdowns go, it has to be right up there. Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin has threatened to “f*** up” the Daily Mail‘s LA-based showbiz reporter, and then promptly deleted his Twitter account, after being outraged by a story claiming his wife tweeted during the funeral of actor James Gandolfini. Gawker The Daily Mail apparently removed George Stark’s byline and replaced it with one that reads “Daily Mail Reporter.” NY Daily News “It is disgraceful that this reporter manufactured a story and never called for comment or explanation, especially when it needlessly diverted attention away from a day to honor the memory of a beloved figure like Mr. Gandolfini,” a rep for Baldwin told the News late Thursday.
S.E. Cupp Says Goodbye to The Cycle (TVNewser)
Conservative commentator S.E. Cupp is leaving MSNBC’s 3 p.m. panel show The Cycle to become a co-host of CNN’s Crossfire revamp. Cupp is the second of the original co-hosts to depart the program in the year or so since it launched. Steve Kornacki left earlier this year to take over the weekend program, Up.
News Corp Papers to Launch New Products, Says Chief (Financial Times)
Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers, which will spin off from his 21st Century Fox entertainment businesses on Friday, are becoming “platforms” from which to launch products for smartphones, digital subscribers and international markets, according to the new News Corp’s chief executive. The new company, whose assets range from a US coupons company to Foxtel pay-TV in Australia, was working on projects including a plan for the New York Post to compete nationally with digital news and entertainment brands such as BuzzFeed, he disclosed.
Rachel Jeantel on Trial (The New Yorker / NewsDesk)
As much as anything else in the saga of race, fear and firearms that is the death of Trayvon Martin and the murder trial of George Zimmerman, the testimony of Rachel Jeantel, a 19-year-old rising high-school senior sometimes described as Martin’s girlfriend, served as a kind of Rorschach test. When you look at the prosecution’s star witness, a young woman, dark-skinned and overweight, her eyes signaling exasperation, what do you see? Social-media commentary on Jeantel began nearly as soon as she began to testify. FishbowlDC “No, I told you I don’t watch the news… I don’t watch the news,” said Jeantel, star witness in the Zimmerman trial during cross examination, discussing how she knew this was thought to be a “racially charged event.”
New York Times Set to Sell Globe for Fraction of Purchase (Bloomberg)
New York Times Co., which was accepting bids for the Boston Globe Thursday, is likely to fetch a price that’s about a 10th of what it paid in 1993, a sign of the industry’s deterioration over the past two decades. The bids are set to be in the range of $100 million, according to three people who asked not to be identified because the matter is private. Boston.com / BusinessUpdates The bidders, whose offers were due Thursday at 5 p.m., include several of the names previously reported. Among them is former Time Inc. chief executive Jack Griffin and two members of the Taylor family, which used to own the Globe. A bid was also submitted by former Globe president Rick Daniels and his partner Heb Ryan, a Boston private equity executive.
After 11 Years Behind The Host Mic, Neal Conan Signs Off (NPR)
NPR’s Neal Conan reflects on his 11 years of hosting Talk of the Nation and thanks some of the influential contributors to the show along the way. After 36 years at NPR, Conan signs off.
Yahoo! News Gets A New Look, Might Try to Take Over The World (FishbowlDC)
Yahoo! News rolled out a new redesign Thursday morning for the U.S. that updates its look to match the new homepage that debuted a few months ago. The differences are subtle, but mostly good. Gone is the big blue header that previously took up valuable real estate at the top of the page. Now, it’s just a search box next to a small Yahoo! News logo, both of which stay with you as you scroll down the page.
The Other Tabloid War: Mail Online And Daily News Duke It Out in Digital (Capital New York)
Mail Online, the loud and lurid website of England’s favorite middle-market tabloid, The Daily Mail, has a lot to brag about right now. Since formally constituting its American operation, the site has capitalized on coverage of sensational mass-market news and click-friendly fluff to bring its total number of unique visitors in the U.S. to 19.4 million as of last month (a 24 percent increase from 2012), according to the digital measurement firm comScore.
Oregonian Editor Fires His Own Wife Because She Doesn’t Fit ‘Paper’s New Digital Strategy’ (NY Observer)
Last week, Portland’s main daily newspaper, The Oregonian, announced that it would end daily delivery and lay off some staffers. Among the casualties of the Oregonian’s transition to a digital news company? Editor-in-chief Peter Bhatia’s own wife, Liz Dahl, who is (or, rather, was) a commentary editor at the paper. That’s got to make for some awkward dinner conversations.
Jimmy Wales Is Not an Internet Billionaire (NYT)
Being the most famous traveling spokesman for Internet freedom brings in a decent living, but it’s not Silicon Valley money. It’s barely London money. Jimmy Wales’s total net worth, by most estimates, is just above $1 million, including stock from his for-profit company Wikia, a wiki-hosting service. His income is a topic of constant fascination.
Hey, MSM: All Journalism Is Advocacy Journalism (Rolling Stone / Taibblog)
All journalism is advocacy journalism. No matter how it’s presented, every report by every reporter advances someone’s point of view. The advocacy can be hidden, as it is in the monotone narration of a news anchor for a big network like CBS or NBC (where the biases of advertisers and corporate backers like GE are disguised in a thousand subtle ways), or it can be out in the open, as it proudly is with Glenn Greenwald, or graspingly with Andrew Ross Sorkin, or institutionally with a company like Fox.
Weddings Used to Be Sacred And Other Lessons About Internet Journalism (TechCrunch / Sean Parker)
My wife Alexandra and I met five years ago, fell in love, and almost immediately began fantasizing about our wedding day, which, we both agreed, should take place deep within an enchanted forest. The Monday after our wedding we woke up in our hotel room, newly married, and still buzzing from the most exciting day of our lives. We awoke that morning to a media backlash of epic proportions, a firestorm of press attacking our wedding with the most vitriolic language we’d ever seen in print. At the same time, a mob of Internet trolls, eco-zealots, and other angry folk from every corner of the Internet unleashed a fury of vulgar insults, flooding our email and Facebook pages. FishbowlNY There is a tremendous amount of damning detail in Parker’s must-read itemization of the steps taken by he, Alexandra and others to make sure the location they used for the wedding was left in better shape than when they found it. One of the passages that resonated most with FishbowlNY is Parker noting that, “If only the media had read the documents, perhaps this public crucifixion would have abated.” ValleyWag TechCrunch just changed industry apologetics forever, permitting (inviting?) Facebook billionaire Sean Parker to post a nearly 10,000-word self-serving, unintentionally hilarious screed in defense of his tacky forest-nymph-themed wedding.
Phoenix Anchor Gets Hit With Water Balloons During Morning Newscast (TVSpy)
File this one under “predictable.” During a segment on the KPNX morning newscast that involved kids running around with water balloons, Doug Meehan got soaked by a few elementary school children with impressively good aim.
jennlaurcoup Yes! Someone needs to coach her on how to answer questions. She’s just digging herself deeper.
styleprdiva indeed she just did not get in front of the issue
Sam Kepfield No. I hope I never hear about this woman again.
Luke Pinneo My take is that a good PR pro can only help someone in crisis if that person has more than a good PR pro to stand on. In Dean’s case, it seems, she doesn’t.
Kim Conner If Weiner can be successfully running for mayor of New York, then Paula Deen can bounce back.