David Cameron: UK Government May ‘Act’ Against Newspapers Over Snowden Leaks (Reuters)
British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday his government was likely to act to stop newspapers publishing what he called damaging leaks from former U.S. intelligence operative Edward Snowden unless they began to behave more responsibly. “If [newspapers] don’t demonstrate some social responsibility it will be very difficult for government to stand back and not to act,” Cameron told parliament, saying Britain’s Guardian newspaper had “gone on” to print damaging material after initially agreeing to destroy other sensitive data. BBC News The Guardian has insisted that its coverage of intelligence leaks prompted a necessary and overdue debate. The British newspaper has been the primary UK outlet for stories based on data leaked by whistleblower and ex-U.S. security analyst Snowden. The Guardian Newspaper and magazine publishers are seeking an injunction to prevent the government’s plan for a new press regulation regime getting the royal seal of approval this week. Industry bodies representing publishers said they would be seeking the injunction to stop the press regulation royal charter — backed by the three main parties and Hacked Off campaigners — going before the privy council for sealing by the Queen on Wednesday.
CNN Renews Morgan Spurlock’s Inside Man for Second Season (TheWrap)
CNN has renewed Inside Man for a second season, the network announced on Monday. The docuseries, which is produced and hosted by Super Size Me‘s Morgan Spurlock (who recently directed One Direction’s This is Us concert film), will get eight more episodes starting in spring 2014. TVNewser In season two, Spurlock takes a deep dive into topics including, “Celebrity,” the job of satisfying the public’s constant appetite for the famous; “Income Disparity,” the 1 percent vs. the 99 percent; and “The Future,” where Spurlock goes on an epic quest to live forever. THR / The Live Feed “Coming on the heels of a terrific first season, Morgan is ready to tackle even more provocative stories on CNN,” Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide, said in a statement. “Inside Man is the perfect example of the type of program our audience is looking for when we aren’t covering the news of the day.”
Jill Abramson: Politico Piece Was ‘Shoddy,’ ‘Nutty’ (Poynter / MediaWire)
In the keynote talk at the Journalism & Women Symposium’s Conference and Mentoring Project in Essex, Vt. Saturday, New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson talked about the reaction of women journalists to an April Politico piece that said she was “on the verge of losing the support of the newsroom.” “It was thrilling,” Abramson said about the people who came to her defense, “like a prairie fire among, like, other women journalists who just, like, saw this thing as, like, a shoddy, sexist, you know, ad feminem attack on me.”
New York Times Rejects Banksy Op-Ed (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
The New York Times rejected an opinion piece by British graffiti artist Banksy, the artist said in a post over the weekend. In response, his latest contribution to the streets of New York City is a simple line of text: “This Site Contains Blocked Messages,” written on a wall on Greenpoint, Brooklyn.”Today’s piece was going to be an op-ed column in The New York Times,” Banksy wrote on his site. “But they declined to publish what I supplied. Which was this…” Banksy, who is in the middle of a month-long residency in New York City, wrote an opinion piece decrying the “shyscraper” One World Trade Center built at the site where the twin towers fell on Sept. 11, 2001.
Netflix Flirts With A New Idea: ‘Big’ Movies at Your House, The Same Day They’re in Theaters (AllThingsD)
Netflix made a splash this year by creating its own TV shows and delivering them over the Web. Now it’s toying with the same idea for movies. This summer, the company announced that in addition to TV shows like Orange Is the New Black, it would start spending money on modest movies — documentaries and stand-up comedy specials — which would debut on the service. Now Netflix is floating the idea that it will foot the bill for a “big” movie, which would appear in theaters and on Netflix at the same time.
SoundCloud Now Reaches 250 Million Visitors in Its Quest to Become The Audio Platform of The Web (TechCrunch)
Tuesday at Disrupt Europe, SoundCloud co-founder and CEO Alexander Ljung took the stage to share two new updates and his thoughts on the music industry, music startups and more. Back in July, SoundCloud announced that it has reached 200 million active listeners (monthly active users). But since then the startup has grown substantially, as it now reports 250 million listeners.
Washington Post‘s Bob Woodward Takes More Active Role in Jeff Bezos Era (HuffPost / The Backstory)
Bob Woodward is back at The Washington Post. It’s not that he ever completely left. But in recent years, Woodward has focused more on writing books than on regular involvement in the newsroom where he and Carl Bernstein broke the Watergate scandal four decades earlier. The Post’s most famous journalist’s byline has appeared five times in 2013, four in 2012 and three in 2011. However, Post staffers have lately been seeing more of Woodward — both in person and in print.
Vice Media to Get Deeper Into News With Live Coverage (Capital New York)
Change is coming to Vice Media, the rapidly growing Williamsburg-based multimedia empire that began as an alternative music weekly in Montreal. In a telephone interview Wednesday, the company’s chief creative officer Eddy Moretti told Capital that Vice is working on incorporating live coverage into its mix of reported text pieces and documentary video, following the success of Tim Pool’s livestreams of Occupy Wall Street protests.
How BuzzFeed’s Translation Project Will Hurt Foreign News (Slate / Future Tense)
Here is BuzzFeed’s version of “global village”: If its plan works, more and more people around the globe will be reading about U.S. popular culture in their native languages. Note that BuzzFeed does not seem to be interested in finding overlooked stories in the foreign press and bringing them to the masses, in English or in any other language. No, what it is interested in is taking viral stories that have already proven their worth in English and taking them global, conquering even more eyeballs that were previously hard to reach due to language barriers.
The Nation Seeks $120,272 From Readers to Cover Cost of ‘Tea-Party’-Backed Postal-Rate Hikes (Capital New York)
The Nation emailed subscribers a note Monday asking for $120,272 in donations, a hefty chunk of change the journal will owe as a result of the “impending postal rate hike crisis,” as the note puts it. “Tea Party–backed conservatives helped force the U.S. Postal Service into requesting an emergency rate hike — one that will cost The Nation an additional $120,272 every year. While corporate media can handle this kind of a bill, The Nation can’t foot it alone,” president Teresa Stack wrote to the nonprofit publication’s readers.
ABC Scrubs Kimmel Skit After Kid Suggests Killing Everyone in China (Gawker)
A Jimmy Kimmel Live! skit in which a child suggests that the government should “kill everyone in China” in order to resolve its debt crisis has sparked outrage and forced ABC to censor the clip and issue an apology.
The Decline of Print Doesn’t Mean The End of Journalism (The Guardian / Comment Is Free)
In June, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart aired a segment in which the show’s correspondent, Jason Jones, toured the New York Times’ headquarters in Midtown Manhattan. Jones sits at a desk and notes the Times had lost $74 million on the quarter and 40 percent of its advertising revenue to Craigslist. “But even today there are some who still think there’s merit in publishing the news 24 hours after it’s happened,” he editorializes. “Give me one thing in there that happened today,” he asks assistant managing editor Richard Berke, pointing to the printed pages. Berke, a tight-lipped, long-time newsman, is stumped.
Karen Dunlap Will Retire as Poynter’s President (Poynter / MediaWire)
Karen Dunlap, who has led the Poynter Institute since 2003, announced to staff Monday she plans to retire in January. “We need to take some big steps,” Dunlap told Poynter’s faculty and staff. “And I think it’s time for somebody else to do that.” Dunlap first came to Poynter for a seminar in the 1980s. “It was wonderful,” she said in an interview. “It was life-changing.”
New York Times Offers A Glimpse at The Homepage of The Future (Nieman Journalism Lab)
The New York Times is offering another sneak peek at the future of nytimes.com Monday, with an advance look at the new homepage, sections fronts and article pages. The paper is offering staffers inside Times HQ a chance to kick the tires of the new site and offer feedback before the rest of the world sees it next year. FishbowlNY Earlier this year, a prototype for the Times‘ forthcoming website redesign was circulated internally. Starting Monday, it’s in another round of private beta, featuring many of the same basic elements married to a faster and more dynamic Web infrastructure.
No, Writing for Free Isn’t Slavery, And Other Misconceptions About The Economics of Online Media (paidContent)
Even if you didn’t know that the media industry was in turmoil, you’d be able to guess that something was wrong based on how often financial questions seem to intrude into discussions about journalism and writing in general — questions like “Who is going to pay us?” “How are we going to make money?” and so on. The most recent eruption along those lines occurred on the weekend based over an opinion piece in The New York Times entitled “Slaves of the Internet, Unite!”
erdanton Please, god, no.
JenniferLarson Is a pitch-by-DM really that different from a pitch by email?
MsKatErnst Er get lots of emails. However, DM via twitter would allow PR’s to see what you’re working on. Timely and relevant.
Neil Versel No. I hate Twitter pitches.