Morning Media Newsfeed: White House Photo Spat | Spayd Named CJR EIC | NBCU Wants AllThingsD

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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.