A New Kind of Leaker for an Internet Age (NYT)
What does a leaker look like? Sometimes, people who reveal secrets remain in the shadows, and the public is left to guess at their motivations, agendas and states of mind. Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old man behind the recent revelations about the National Security Agency’s pursuit of phone and computer data, upended that history. He is a new kind of leaker of the wired age: an immediately visible one with a voice and the means to go direct with the public. In a era of friction-free Web communication, he disdained the shadows and stepped into view with a lengthy video interview he gave to The Guardian, which broke the story based on information he provided. He stated his motivation plainly, saying, “The public needs to decide whether these programs and policies are right or wrong.” HuffPost / The Backstory The Guardian has labeled Snowden a whistleblower after the NSA contractor revealed himself Sunday as the source for several recent surveillance scoops. But some news organizations have been less quick to describe Snowden as a “whistleblower,” opting instead for terms like “source” or “leaker.” The Washington Post / Erik Wemple News organizations’ hesitancy to use “whistleblower” may well derive from the term’s meaning. According to this definition, a whistleblower is an “informant who exposes wrongdoing within an organization in the hope of stopping it.” Clearly Snowden was looking to stop something here, but whether it was wrongdoing depends on whether you’re director of national intelligence James Clapper or, say, a civil liberties advocate. The Guardian Snowden is a “hero” who has exposed “one of the most serious events of the decade — the creeping formulation of a mass surveillance state,” Julian Assange said on Monday. The WikiLeaks founder said the question of surveillance abuses by states and tech companies was “something that I and many other journalists and civil libertarians have been campaigning about for a long time. It is very pleasing to see such clear and concrete proof presented to the public.” The New Yorker / Daily Comment He is a grandiose narcissist who deserves to be in prison. The American government, and its democracy, are flawed institutions. But our system offers legal options to disgruntled government employees and contractors. They can take advantage of federal whistleblower laws; they can bring their complaints to Congress; they can try to protest within the institutions where they work. But Snowden did none of this. Instead, in an act that speaks more to his ego than his conscience, he threw the secrets he knew up in the air — and trusted, somehow, that good would come of it. We all now have to hope that he’s right.
UK’s The Times to Cut 20 Editorial Jobs (The Guardian)
John Witherow, the acting Times editor, has announced 20 editorial job cuts and warned journalists on the loss-making title that “the era of being subsidised is coming to an end” as parent company News Corporation prepares to separate its newspaper and entertainment businesses. The Drum According to Witherow, “for several years now Times Newspapers has been losing money. The company has tolerated this because it could use profits from elsewhere in News Corp to pay for our papers and because the proprietor has a passion for newspapers. I fear that era of being subsidised is coming to an end. The separation of the two companies means that the newspapers will form a bigger and more exposed element in the new New Corp.”
Foreign Policy‘s Managing Editor Flew The Coop (FishbowlDC)
Indeed, lots of changes at Foreign Policy magazine as of late. Another one we just learned of is managing editor Blake Hounshell, who announced Friday that he was leaving. This comes on the heels of Susan Glasser‘s departure as editor-in-chief, as well as the losses of Josh Rogin to The Daily Beast and Kevin Baron to Atlantic‘s Defense One.
BlackBook Founder Buying Back The Brand (NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer)
Evanly Schindler, who founded the downtown culture and nightlife magazine BlackBook in 1996, is buying the title back from Vibe Media with plans to take it mostly digital. “We’re buying a legacy content brand,” Schindler told Daily Intelligencer Monday. “We may do limited-edition print issues, but we will continue to produce quality content.” With an eye on the growth of brands like Vice, Schindler said, “The new emphasis will be on up-market video, shows, and TV content.” NY Observer He declined to say how much money was involved in the deal, though several smaller partners were also brought in as minority shareholders. That group includes former Net Jets COO Steve Zacks, former BlackBook editors Aaron Hicklin and Bill Powers, luxury ad man Jamie Driver, the venture capital firm Mogility Capital and the Williamsburg-based Picture Farm Productions.
Two More Producers Exit Katie (THR / The Live Feed)
Two co-executive producers are exiting Katie Couric’s daytime talk show. Kathy Samuels and Ethan Nelson, who joined the show last February from ABC News, are exiting, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. Additionally, director Joe Terry, a well-regarded daytime player and Oprah veteran, also is leaving.
Apple Introduces iTunes Radio, in Bid for Streaming Market (The Washington Post / Technology)
Apple came out swinging Monday, using its annual developers’ conference to defend its position in the digital music space with a new streaming service aimed at rivals such as Spotify, Pandora and Google. AppNewser Aside from the enormous iTunes music collection available for streaming — you can also listen to music trending on Twitter. How’s that for competition?
The Atlantic Hires Andrew Golis as ‘Entrepreneur-in-Residence’ (NY Observer)
Atlantic Media announced earlier today that Andrew Golis, currently the director of digital media and senior editor for PBS’ Frontline documentary series, will join The Atlantic as an “entrepreneur-in-residence” starting July 15. Golis confirmed the news on his tumblr. FishbowlDC How high brow can you sound? Here’s his job description: “Working closely with the Atlantic‘s Editorial and Digital Strategy and Operations teams, Golis will support the media brand’s expanding video and paid-content initiatives. He will also work with the teams to help identify and launch new ventures and products across the Atlantic’s platforms.”
Nonprofit News Sites Are Growing, But The Search for A Reliable Business Model Continues (Nieman Journalism Lab)
Even as the number of nonprofit news outlets continues to grow, many organizations are still struggling to find a model for long-term success. A new study from the Pew Research Center found that tending to the business of running a news nonprofit is among the chief concerns from journalists inside those organizations. More than half of the nonprofits surveyed by Pew said business activities like advertising, fundraising, and marketing represented their greatest staffing need.
Data Show Why Newspapers Still Need to Look Good on Smartphones (Poynter / MediaWire)
Pew announced research showing that one-third of American adults own tablets. And while tablets can be wonderful ways to experience newspapers’ online offerings, publishers should not forget the far less sexy, and increasingly common, smartphone.
Pakistan Threatens Google With Ban (The Times of India)
Pakistan’s new IT minister has warned that Google could be blocked in the country if the company fails to remove blasphemous and objectionable material from its video-sharing website YouTube. Minister of state for IT and telecommunication Anusha Rahman Khan made the remarks on her first day in office yesterday while talking about Pakistan’s efforts to end a nine-month ban on YouTube for hosting clips from the controversial film Innocence of Muslims.
Canadian Host George Stroumboulopoulos Brings Talk Show to CNN (Reuters)
Canadian radio and TV personality George Stroumboulopoulos is hoping to bring his own style of conversation to CNN, with a new weekly late night show premiering on Sunday that will feature well-known figures in and around Hollywood and pop culture. FishbowlLA In a brief Q&A with Reuters LA entertainment reporter Piya Sinha-Roy, Stroumboulopoulos outlines two golden rules for his Sunset & Cahuenga export — no set lists of questions and no publicist-driven exceptions.
Hillary Clinton Sends Her First Tweet (USA Today / The Oval)
“Thanks for the inspiration @ASmith83 & @Sllambe – I’ll take it from here …,” the former secretary of state said in her first foray on the social media site, referring to a pair of supporters who created the Twitter and Tumblr accounts, “Texts from Hillary.” On her home page, Clinton describes herself as a “wife, mom, lawyer, women & kids advocate, FLOAR, FLOTUS, US Senator, SecState, author, dog owner, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, glass ceiling cracker, TBD…” Hmm, TBD … to be determined. SocialTimes The smartphone-wielding @HillaryClinton is verified, active on Twitter, and reclaiming her online identity with the same avatar made famous by the parody Tumblr blog, Texts from Hillary.
Journalism Is The Worst Four-Year College Investment (Front)
If the constant downsizing in the news-media industry hasn’t already convinced you to pick something else to do with your life, a new study shows the worst “return on investment” for a four-year degree is a job in journalism. It takes journalists nearly 32 years to pay off their college loans..
The Rape ‘Joke’ at Microsoft’s E3 Reveal Is A Bigger Deal Than Another Bad ‘Joke’ (The Atlantic Wire)
Perhaps more than any segment of the technology industry, gamer culture has had its fair share of sexism problems, so it’s not that surprising that a Microsoft presenter slipped an apparent rape reference into a Monday presentation at the biggest video game conference of the year.
Apple Bringing iBooks to The Mac (GalleyCat)
Apple will release iOS 7 for mobile devices and OS X Mavericks for Macs this fall. Among the many new features, Mavericks will bring iBooks to the Mac, a feature many readers have been looking for these last few years.
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