White House Press Corps Snaps Over Photo Ban (FishbowlDC)
The White House Correspondents Association has had enough. And so has just about every other media outlet in America. WHCA and more than 40 other news orgs sent a letter Thursday to White House press secretary Jay Carney to protest the banning of photographers from some White House events. The Obama White House has said in the past that photographers would not be allowed to take pictures of “private” events, but has often released photos of those same events taken by White House photographer Pete Souza. In the letter, the media groups accused the White House of trying to replace “photojournalism with visual press releases.” Politico / 44 The atmosphere in the White House briefing room got heated Thursday afternoon as reporters challenged a spokesman over press access to the president. After delivering a letter arguing that officials are “blocking the public from having an independent view of important functions of the Executive Branch of government,” members of the White House press corps cut into principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest as he defended the administration’s policies on press access. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media At one point during the briefing, NBC News White House correspondent Chuck Todd told Earnest that if Vladimir Putin issued similar restrictions on the media, the Obama White House “would mock it, [and say] there was no free press.” (Todd later tweeted: “And the press access precedent being set by this (White House) press office will only be followed in a more rigid way by next POTUS. Why we whine.”) National Journal Comparing the White House to the Russian news agency is a hyperbole, of course, but less so with each new administration. Obama’s image-makers are taking advantage of new technologies that democratized the media, subverting independent news organizations that hold the president accountable. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Hours after protesting the White House policy of banning photographers from certain events, the Associated Press Media Editors and the American Society of Newspaper Editors called on members to stop publishing photos and videos provided by the White House Press Office.
Liz Spayd Named Editor-in-Chief of Columbia Journalism Review (Capital New York)
Liz Spayd has been named editor-in-chief of the Columbia Journalism Review, Capital has learned. The Washington Post alumna replaces Cyndi Stivers, who resigned in May to take a job as editor-in-chief of AOL.com. “We’re very excited about Liz’s arrival and have high hopes that she will lead CJR into a new era of influence and digital adaptation,” Columbia Journalism School Dean Steve Coll, himself a Post veteran, wrote Thursday. FishbowlNY According to Capital, Spayd beat out former Rolling Stone executive editor Eric Bates. CJR / The Kicker Spayd has spent the last 25 years at the Post, most recently as managing editor of the paper, where she helped supervise a newsroom of 600 journalists in Washington and around the world, overseeing coverage of everything from political, foreign, and financial news to investigative projects and features. Spayd’s previous job was managing editor of the Post’s website.
NBCU May Invest in AllThingsD Journalists (WSJ)
NBCUniversal is close to a deal to take a minority stake in a new company being started by technology journalists Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, say people familiar with the situation. Mossberg and Swisher now run AllThingsD, a website owned by Dow Jones & Co., the News Corp unit that also publishes The Wall Street Journal. In September, Mossberg, Swisher and Dow Jones announced that they wouldn’t be renewing their partnership when their contract expires at the end of the year. NYT The deal, which would fund a business similar to All Things Digital, has been written up but not yet signed. The new venture will have a different name, as the Journal owns the AllThingsD brand.
JFK Specials A Draw for Networks, CBS Sees Biggest Numbers Since 1996 (TVNewser)
Fifty years later, there’s still great interest in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The networks and news shows have been producing special reports all week. And viewers are tuning in in big numbers. Politico Bob Schieffer, Jim Lehrer and Robert MacNeil all vividly remember Kennedy’s assassination 50 years ago on Friday, namely because they were working as young reporters in and around Dallas. NY Post / Media Ink The books and magazines commemorating the event have turned into a booming subcategory. “It doesn’t seem like 50 years,” said Richard Stolley, a senior adviser to Time Inc. who in 1963 was instrumental in procuring the Abraham Zapruder film of the assassination for Life magazine.
U.S. to Consider Cellphone Use on Planes (WSJ)
The Federal Communications Commission said it will soon propose allowing passengers to use their cellphones on airplanes, setting up a debate that will pit the technically possible against the socially tolerable. While cellphone use would still be restricted during takeoff and landing, the proposal would lift an FCC ban on airborne calls and cellular-data use by passengers once a flight reaches 10,000 feet. That would remove a regulatory hurdle to in-flight calls, but it would be up to the airlines themselves whether to allow them.
Time to Lift Its Veil (NY Post)
Time Warner is expected to file its initial public offering documents for the spinoff of its Time Inc. publishing division Friday, sources said. The filing will give a detailed financial picture for the last three years as well as the outlook going forward for Time Inc. Investors will also get a peek at the salaries of top officers, including CEO Joe Ripp and Norman Pearlstine, the new chief content officer. The last time those figures were publicly available was prior to the 1989 merger of Time Inc. and Warner Communications.
Barton Gellman Hits Back at Bob Woodward for ‘Insult’ About Snowden Coverage (HuffPost / The Backstory)
Barton Gellman fired back Thursday at Washington Post colleague Bob Woodward over Woodward’s remarks that former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden should have come to him first with documents “instead of others, particularly The Guardian.” Woodward also said he doesn’t consider Snowden a hero. Gellman has led the Post‘s recent coverage of the National Security Agency, with Snowden as his source. “I can’t explain why Bob would insult the source who brought us this extraordinary story or the exemplary work of his colleagues in pursuing it,” Gellman said in an email to HuffPost Thursday.
Magazine Readership Inches Upward (Adweek)
Despite a slight decline in overall magazine circulation in the first half of this year, the number of magazine readers in the U.S. is actually up slightly, according to the latest GfK MRI’s Survey of the American Consumer, which tracks print and digital magazine readership. Total magazine readership across print and digital editions increased about 1.6 percent from fall 2012 to fall 2013, while that of print alone increased 1.1 percent. Digital readership grew a healthy 49 percent.
Murdoch Family Tightens Its Grip on Vice (The Independent)
James Murdoch is being lined up as a director of Vice Media in what would be his second significant boardroom job since the phone-hacking scandal forced him to resign a string of roles. He is believed to have been a driving force behind the decision by his father Rupert’s 21st Century Fox to take a 5 percent stake in the $1.4 billion youth media company in August. NYT Over the summer Fox acquired a 5 percent stake in Vice, whose brand of video and print journalism has spread from scrappy start-up to establishment outlets like HBO. Fox paid $70 million for its investment.
Carovillano Named Managing Editor for U.S. News (AP)
Brian Carovillano, who has been AP’s Bangkok-based Asia-Pacific news director, Thursday was named managing editor for U.S. news, a role that encompasses the 50 State News Reports and other key responsibilities. FishbowlNY “Many of you have had the good fortune to work with Brian over the past dozen years,” wrote the AP’s VP and executive editor, Kathleen Carroll, in a memo. “He is a formidable leader, smart, strategic and collaborative with a calm style that inspires confidence.”
Pandora Posts Third-Quarter Loss as Marketing Costs Rise (Bloomberg)
Pandora Media Inc., the biggest U.S. online radio service, reported a third-quarter loss after spending more on development, marketing and overhead as it defends its turf against new competition. The net loss was $1.7 million, or 1 cent a share, compared with profit of $2.05 million, or 1 cent, a year earlier, the Oakland, California-based company said in a statement Thursday.
PoynterOnline.org Now A Spam Blog (iMediaEthics)
The PoynterOnline.org URL has been degraded into an “All Technology News” spam blog. Unbeknownst to the Poynter Institute, a prestigious journalism school in St. Petersburg, Fla., since April 2011, the PoynterOnline.org website has been featuring fake “product reviews” for everything from “Laser Hair Removal ” and “erectile dysfunction” to software that “rewrites” articles. All of these are published under the trusted Poynter brand. FishbowlNY According to Whois, Poynteronline.org is registered by a man in the Ukraine named Evgeniy Varlashov. Varlashov, according to the Whois links, also registered nearly 300 other URLs. Since his snagging of the Poynteronline.org URL, Varlashov has been mining the benefits of Poynter.org’s long history, prestige and very high Google page ranking of seven out of a possible 10.
Justin Miller to Daily Beast (FishbowlDC)
In a tweet Thursday, Justin Miller of New York Magazine announced he is headed to The Daily Beast. Miller has been the home page editor at NYMag.com for two years, but served as the DC-based home page editor of TheAtlantic.com for more than two years before that, and has written extensively about politics for New York Magazine, The Atlantic, and the New York Observer.
Twitter’s New Product Offers TV Audiences, TV Ads Not Included (Ad Age / Digital)
For going on a year, Twitter’s pitch to big brands and their agencies has centered on the power of promoted tweets as a complement to a TV buy. But a new ad product seems to be cutting TV out of the “Twitter + TV” lovefest. Twitter introduced “TV conversation targeting” in the U.S. and the U.K. Thursday, which lets marketers show ads to people who are tweeting about a given show before, during and after it runs, according to a blog post. It will be available in Twitter’s self-serve ad tool, not just to bigger brands with a direct-sales relationship. AllTwitter Twitter rolled out an app update for iOS and Android this week with new search filters and increased focus on conversations surrounding TV.
Cincinnati TV Station Plans Paywall on Its Website (Poynter / MediaWire)
WCPO will introduce a paywall for much of its website content early next year, NetNewsCheck reports. Paywalls are increasingly common for newspaper sites — 41 percent of U.S. dailies will have them after Digital First Media puts its paywalls in place, Ken Doctor wrote recently — but they’re an elusive species among TV stations, which could arguably benefit from competitors putting their content behind a gate.
kimthewriter I loathe voicemails. Takes forever to listen/note what’s needed and call back. Email is much faster/easier.
klacey11 I don’t like listening 2 VMs
alyssanikoley voicemails deliver a personal feeling, but visual voicemails allow us to interpret messages. Innovation is in order!
Matt Higgins I do, indeed, agree.
Howard Altman This is not shocking. There are people I deal with who suggest email. If I need to reach them, that’s what I do.