Obama: Leak Investigations ‘May Chill Investigative Journalism’ (HuffPost / The Backstory)
President Obama said Thursday that he is “troubled by the possibility that leak investigations may chill the investigative journalism that holds government accountable.” In a major speech on national security, Obama said that the “Justice Department’s investigation of national security leaks offers a recent example of the challenges involved in striking the right balance between our security and our open society.” TPM / LiveWire President Obama reiterated his support for a new media shield law to “guard against government over-reach” and has directed attorney general Eric Holder to review the Justice Department’s guidelines with reporters. The Washington Times The president’s comments came as NBC News reported that Holder signed off on at least one of the controversial search warrants that identified a Fox News reporter as a “possible co-conspirator.” TVNewser During President Obama’s speech to the National Defense University, he was interrupted a handful of times by a protester who called for him to shut down the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. As so often happens when there is a heckler, news coverage of the speech spent some time talking about the heckler rather than the meat of the speech itself.The Washington Post / Leonard Downie Jr. But the Obama administration’s steadily escalating war on leaks, the most militant I have seen since the Nixon administration, has disregarded the First Amendment and intimidated a growing number of government sources of information — most of which would not be classified — that is vital for journalists to hold leaders accountable.
CNN Brings Stroumboulopoulos Into Fold (FishbowlDC)
ABC’s George Stephanopoulos isn’t the only newsman who gets to have a distinctive surname. Now he has competition — at least in the surname department — as CNN welcomes popular Canadian talk show host George Stroumboulopoulos to its Friday lineup. Ad Age / Media News Parts Unknown has done well for CNN, with new episodes averaging 740,000 viewers, according to Nielsen, far more than CNN had been attracting before Anthony Bourdain arrived. Stroumboulopoulos will feature interviews with figures from pop culture, music, art, politics and tech, according to CNN, with rapper Wiz Khalifa, actress Ellen Page and Walking Dead comic book author Robert Kirkman as his first guests. Deadline Hollywood Stroumboulopoulos will film in LA. CNN is certainly aiming to get a lot of mileage out of the new short-run show: Stroumboulopoulos will re-air at 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Fridays as well as at 11 p.m., 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. ET on Saturdays for the summer.
Politico‘s Jonathan Martin Joins The New York Times (HuffPost / The Backstory)
Politico‘s Jonathan Martin, who has been with the publication since its earliest days, is leaving for The New York Times, according to a memo obtained by The Huffington Post. Martin will become the paper’s new national political correspondent, a storied position once held by the legendary R. W. Apple. FishbowlDC Politico‘s editor-in-chief John Harris explains why the move is as good for them as it is for the other publication. “From the Politico perspective, this is a day less for regret than excitement. We have an opportunity — indeed, from both Robert Allbritton and Fred Ryan we have an unambiguous order — to use this moment as a springboard.” FishbowlNY In a memo announcing the hire, Carolyn Ryan, the Times‘ political editor, wrote, “Jonathan is a natural for the role: he has an unending passion for politics, an intrepid journalistic spirit and an astonishingly extensive Rolodex.”
Woolwich Attack — Why Newspaper Editors Were Right to Publish Horrific Pictures (The Guardian / Greenslade Blog)
The radio stations were on early Thursday morning — was it right and proper for newspapers to publish front-page pictures of a man they called a terrorist brandishing a meat cleaver? Answer: yes. There are all sorts of arguments in favor. Practical and technological first — pictures and film clips of the incident were across social media within minutes. Newspapers (and TV) would have looked completely daft to ignore what was already in the public domain.
Hulu Video Site Auction Attracts Four Bidders: Sources (Reuters)
Former News Corp president Peter Chernin and private equity fund Guggenheim Digital Media have placed bids for Hulu, two people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters, triggering a tug-of-war for the online video service. Satellite operator DirecTV and cable operator Time Warner Cable Inc also put in bids, one of the people told Reuters.
Study: Women Movie Critics Fewer Than 20 Percent on Rotten Tomatoes (TheWrap / Media Alley)
The age of the Internet has not been kind to female movie critics. According to a new study titled “Gender @ the Movies” obtained by TheWrap ahead of its Friday release, film criticism has become even more male-dominated in the age of online news than it was six years ago.
CBS Shareholders Accuse 60 Minutes of Anti-Semitism (THR)
At the company’s annual meeting, members of a pro-Israel media watchdog group say the country is owed an apology and a retraction for a controversial story that aired last year; CEO Leslie Moonves says he stands by the report.
ESPN Is Now Hiring — Young And Cheap May Apply (Deadspin)
One ESPN source put it this way: ESPN “hacked” hundreds of jobs and will replace those laid off “with younger, cheaper, less experienced people.” ESPN laid off a portion of its staff Thursday, a network spokesman confirms to us. How many? ESPN won’t say, a tipster told us earlier Thursday. As another source put it in an email: “Most people let go were older, have been with the company a long time and collecting a decent salary for what they do. They will be replaced by younger, less experienced and most importantly a much less compensated employee.”
Cablevision Calls Cops as Union Protesters Disrupt Shareholders Meeting (Deadline Hollywood)
The Communications Workers of America has been beefing with the cableco for more than a year, since it claimed Cablevision illegally sacked 22 staffers who elected to join the union. The two sides have been embroiled in a fight that has landed at the National Labor Relations Board, and the union fired a salvo Thursday by disrupting Cablevision’s annual shareholders confab.
Old Media Is Not Dead: Why Hedge Funds Have Fallen in Love With CBS (BuzzFeed)
Even though shares of CBS have gained an astounding 1,500 percent over the last four years and closed trading Tuesday at $51.03, some of the smartest money on Wall Street thinks its stock can go higher still. More precisely, hedge funds appear to have fallen in love with CBS stock, among them managers George Soros and Ray Dalio, who runs the industry’s largest fund.
Ahead of An Avalanche, The Times Reminds Us This New Thing Is Theirs, And It’s Called A ‘Snow Fall’ (Capital New York)
The New York Times‘ ground-breaking and Pulitzer-winning “Snow Fall” feature from late 2012 is still an endless topic of conversation it seems. 10,000 Words But it’s not the future of anything. I don’t think we should be forced to hold it up as a beacon of light in the digital age. We don’t have to have a crystal ball. So until they do consistently innovative work, like “Snow Fall,” let’s stop throwing it around as an example of change.
Online Campaign Raises $15,000 for Reporter Who Was Shot in New Orleans (Poynter / MediaWire)
An online fundraising effort for New Orleans freelancer Deborah Cotton met its $15,000 goal within four days. While some of the donations came from her friends and family, others came from people who have never met Cotton. Cotton was shot while covering a parade in New Orleans on Mother’s Day. The campaign has since increased its goal to $75,000. With it, Cotton’s friends hope to “help with the enormous expense she will incur from her injuries.”
The Oral History of NY1 (Complex / City Guide)
It was summertime in New York City, 1992. David Dinkins was mayor. The city was mourning the 27 passengers who died aboard U.S. Airways flight 405 after it crashed upon takeoff at LaGuardia. The Real World had just wrapped its first season at a loft down in SoHo. And in a modest studio on 460 W. 42nd Street, 28 freshly hired on-air reporters were sweating through “video journalism bootcamp,” preparing for the launch of New York City’s first 24-hour local news channel, Time Warner Cable’s NY1. FishbowlNY Complex has published a great Oral History of NY1. It’s well worth a read. Here are just a few of the NY1 people who commented on the network.
How Publishers Organize for Social Era (Digiday)
Publishers are seeing social as a big traffic driver across the board, but the question remains how to organize for this. For some very socially savvy publishers like a Mashable, this can mean a team of five-strong and a detailed strategy for matching pieces of content to the appropriate social platform. Yet for others, social is a much looser affair, involving perhaps a junior employee but with the burden ultimately falling on the content creators themselves to provide social juice.
Twitter Launches TV Ad Targeting, Twitter Amplify for Real-Time Videos in Stream (TechCrunch)
Twitter Thursday made the latest push in its bid to cozy up to Madison Avenue and the world of big-budget advertising, by tapping more into the kind of mainstream mediums where advertisers like to spend their money. Today the big focus is TV and your living room.