TVNewser: CNN meteorolgoist Chad Meyers said snow predictions were way off because the model used was like a “brand new car.” If a new model was this bad, we’d hate to see the old model.
SocialTimes: A study has found that social networks account for 28 percent of all online activity. We’ll give you one guess what accounts for the most online activity.
PRNewser: The NFL’s new anti-domestic violence PSA is bone-chilling.
The cuts continue to emerge from Time Inc. Last week, we heard about Sports Illustrated’s decision to lay off the six remaining staff photographers in favor of freelance labor. Now, All You loses editor Nina Willdorf, who joined the publication in 2012 and jumped to the top spot last year. Suzanne Quint, the magazine’s publisher, is also out. Meanwhile, InStyle parts ways with at least six staffers and People says goodbye to at least one. “Since Joe Ripp became CEO, Time Inc. has been fundamentally re-engineering our business, including rightsizing in some areas and investing in others,” a spokeswoman tells Keith Kelly. “We are in a constant state of recalibration.”…
Rodale’s new Organic Life magazine, expected to debut in April, hires a host of new staffers. Former Saveur staffers Betsy Andrews and Karen Shimizu sign on as editor-at-large and deputy editor, respectively, while author Tracie MacMillan joins as political editor. The magazine also recruits about a dozen more new staffers, including creative director Chris Gangi and garden editor Doug Hall… Emmis Publishing president Elynn Russell retires, with Cincinnati president and publisher John Lunn filling the spot. Texas Monthly publisher Amy Updegrove resigns in a move that many think was forced by higher ups in the company… The New York Times Magazine snags former New Republic senior editor Julia Ioffe as a contributing writer. Meanwhile, TNR lands Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig as a staff writer. She’ll handle the religion beat… New York poaches Jaime Fuller from the Washington Post’s The Fix blog to write for New York’s Daily Intelligencer blog. The Post also loses Noah Kotch, who had been video director for two weeks… Read More
Ever since Rupert Murdoch joined Twitter, he’s been an absolute joy to follow. As you can see from the above, the 83-year-old delivered some true gems today.
The Gawker tweet was a response to a post that suggested Murdoch is a serial drunk tweeter. Ironically, Murdoch’s tweet will only further that theory. That’s not a denial, folks.
The New York Times complaint is just old fashioned hating. If you can’t appreciate a rich dude expressing irrational anger on a social network, you’re not living your life right.
The end of The Village Voice in print could be near. Voice Media Group — publisher of the Voice, LA Weekly, Miami New Times and more — has hired merger-and-acquisition firm Dirks, Van Essen & Murray to explore the possible sale of its papers.
The first to go will be OC Weekly. According to an announcement, the firm will “immediately” start considering options, “which could include the sale of the publication or a local partnership opportunity.”
VMG’s CEO Scott Tobias said that he was “proud” of owning the OC Weekly, which is nice, but won’t comfort anyone who works there.
In case you missed, the latest cover of Australian weekly magazine Woman’s Day has been stirring up a puzzled storm. The editors took a perfectly good January 19 photo of the Duchess of Cambridge and turned it into this:
Today, in the Canberra Times, a fellow Aussie journalist breaks down the futility of these efforts:
Sydney Morning Herald photo editor Daniel Adams says this is a case of someone going a bit overboard with the retouching. “They’ve overworked the image,” says Adams. “They’ve tried to make it pop, make her sparkle. But it’s given her a really hard look; it does not look normal.”
Adams says they’ve whitened her teeth and eyes and added color to her lips and cheeks.
The Woman’s Day photograph has also been sharpened, which Adams says is completely unnecessary. “Sometimes in newsprint we sharpen images because they soften in print, but magazines print on gloss so there’s no need to do that,” says Adams.
D.C.-based UPI writer Veronica Lenares thinks the Woman’s Day handiwork may constitute “one of the most unflatering pictures” of the Duchess ever circulated. Ouch!
To view the original and far more flattering shot of Middleton, click here.
investigative journalist Boris Kartheuser won a right-to-information case against the German government. In a guest post for OJB, explains how he came to use a new crowdfunding site to raise money to pursue the case after the government appealed.
We all remember the pictures of uprisings in Libya, Egypt, Bahrain or Tunisia a few years ago. Hundreds of thousands of people marching in the streets to protest against oppressive and corrupt governments.
Many of these protestors paid a high price for their courageous uprising: shot in the streets; arrested, tortured and killed in prison.
Some were caught because authorities were able to monitor every step they took, every email they wrote and listen to every conversation they held over the phone – using surveillance technology developed in countries such as Great Britain, Italy and my own country: Germany.Follow the money
As an investigative journalist I wanted to know how the German government may have helped promote the sale of this technology to dictatorships and despots like Muammar al-Gaddafi.
Did the companies in question receive help from the Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs to export the technology?
Were they granted structural aid?
And were Angela Merkel and her ministers accompanied by company representatives when travelling abroad?
To get answers, I sent questions to most ministries in 2011. But I received very little information. Worse, many responses contained inaccurate or misleading information.
This is where I decided to go to court in order to get correct answers.Informationsfreiheitsgesetz
I filed a lawsuit against the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of the Interior.
I based my suit on the Informationsfreiheitsgesetz. This is a German law – disliked by most ministries – that grants citizens access to certain information held by public authorities, comparable to the Freedom of information Act in the UK.
And I was successful.
The court agreed in most respects with my argument. And both ministries were ordered to answer most of my questions.
But instead of finally telling me which companies had been helped by the Government to export their surveillance gear, the ministries appealed the decision.The cost of transparency
This not only means that any release of information will be delayed another few years: it also means that I will have to spend a lot more money to fund those lawsuits.
Lawyer fees alone have already reached 9,000 Euro over the last years. Thankfully, I received funding from the German branch of Reporters Without Borders and the trade union Verdi. But that does not cover my costs.
And at this point, I turned to crowdfunding.Why crowdfund
I spoke with some major newspapers in Germany about my research and my reports – and even agreed how we might publish a possible story. But the question remained: how to handle the lawsuit and the costs.
Some newspapers offered to pay a fee in exchange for exclusive information. But this fee would have covered only a very small part of my expenses.
Other media houses offered to completely take over the lawsuit – on the condition that they use all the results without my involvement.
I didn’t like either solution.
But I was lucky. Friends working for the Berlin-based investigative non-profit newsroom Correct!v contacted me and asked if I was interested in being among the first to use their new crowdfunding site.Crowdfunding with Correct!v
The platform was designed to raise money for independent investigative stories. And it has been very successful: four of the first six stories have already hit their fundraising targets.
One of the key appeals of the site is that supporters can be confident they will get a story in exchange for their money: journalists working for Correct!v administrate money raised through the site, and guarantee to take over if the original author is not able to continue working on the project.
That means in my case that I can keep up my research and continue the lawsuit without being afraid that the high costs will obstruct my work.
And I do not have to hand over all rights on the story.
Correct!v asserts the right to publish all stories, but does not interfere with the content – something important to me after having researched the subject for over 3 years: I want to be able to tell the story without constraints, and remain as independent as possible.
The crowdsourcing page is now entering its final few days. If you want to back me financially or simply want to express your support you can give one Euro or more at
the Deutsche Überwachungsexporte crowdfunding page.
The crowdsourcing page is now entering its final few days – and I have already hit my intended target of 4500 Euro. That should be enough to finance the costs of my next appearance in court.
After fighting on my own for over three years I am really happy about all the support and encouragement I have had.
So why do I keep asking for money? Well both ministries are known for never giving up in court. And, well, why should they? They can spend as much of the taxpayer’s money as they want on Germany’s most expensive lawyers.
And losing in court would mean more transparency in the future. Which is not to their liking at all.
So I am quite sure that this meeting in court will not be the last: if they lose, they just appeal As they did last time.
If I lose, I will certainly appeal as well. That means that I am already gathering money for the jurisdictional battles to come. Correct!v makes sure all funds are used for the lawsuit alone.
So what happens with any excess money once all this is over? It goes straight to Doctors Without Borders. This is an organization I trust and which verifiably put 85 cent of every Euro into help projects over the last years. Only 15 cent went into administration and marketing.
So if you want to back me financially or simply want to express your support you can give one Euro or more at the Deutsche Überwachungsexporte crowdfunding page.
Filed under: online journalism Tagged: Boris Kartheuser, Correct!v, crowdfunding, Informationsfreiheitsgesetz, Muammar al-Gaddafi, Reporters Without Borders, Verdi
Some thoughtful and thought-provoking ruminations today from San Francisco Chronicle executive food and wine editor Michael Bauer. On the heels of LA Times Pulitzer winner Jonathan Gold‘s front-page weekend coming out, he explains that he is not ready to abandon the veil of professional anonymity.
From Bauer’s blog post:
I’ve always said that in an ideal world I’d be unrecognized twice and recognized once, which would give me the benefit of seeing what the kitchen routinely puts out, and then witnessing the very best they can do — presuming they care about impressing critics.
While some people think anonymity is a ruse in these times, I still believe that trying to maintain a low profile has an advantage. If nothing else, it sends the message that I’m trying to emulate the experience of an average diner and it lets the restaurant know that I’m not out for free food or special treatment. Most restaurants understand the rules and how I operate so chefs rarely send out extra courses or try to comp a meal.
Bauer also revisits a recent, comical Twitter fail that revealed both his third-time destination and reservation pseudonym for an assignment encompassing Huxley. That review will be shared this weekend.[Photo via: @michaelbauer1]
Fresh from a second Park City viewing of Alex Gibney’s documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Tony Ortega makes a typically astute observation about the church’s immediate PR response. And in so doing, he sets the table for one or more enterprising media outlets:
For years, former church members and some journalists have been smeared by websites that hid their ownership. We knew that Scientology operated these anonymous Web pages, and used them to post information that was in some cases gathered during confidential counseling sessions. But the church wouldn’t admit that it was really behind these websites. Now, suddenly, it’s taken a lot of the material that was on those sites which were aimed at Tom DeVocht and Marty Rathbun and Paul Haggis, and it’s put them on Freedom‘s own website.
In other words, Scientology has dropped all pretense about its smear tactics. Of course it was behind those anonymous attack sites in the past, just as we said they were. And now, instead of asking the people in this film what they think about Scientology calling them liars, why doesn’t major media ask Scientology how something that calls itself a church could operate anonymous smear websites designed to destroy reputations?
Gibney’s documentary is set to air next month on HBO. And speaking of pay cable, the film’s highlighting of explosive allegations that the church wiretapped Nicole Kidman track back, as Ortega notes, to the real-life character whose footsteps echoe throughout Showtime’s Ray Donovan: imprisoned P.I. Anthony Pellicano.[Photo of Gibney: Sam Aronov/Shutterstock.com]
A handful of Cambridge-area media institutions — including The Non-Fiction Cartel, StoryCode Boston, Harvard’s Bok Center, the MIT OpenDocLab, and the MIT Center for Civic Media — joined forces this weekend to host a hackathon called Datalore that focused on storytelling and data. Around 50 participants, each of whom applied to be there, split into eight teams for the three-day event. Each team worked with a data set supplied by one of their team members; the idea was to “brainstorm and prototype an interactive narrative experience that tells a story with data, around data, or about data.”
As one of the event’s organizers, HarvardX’s Nadja Oertelt, pointed out, some of the groups had to deal with especially emotionally charged data. The consideration each group gave to the sensitivity of their respective topics is reminiscent of last week’s essay on Source, “Connecting with the Dots,” by New York Times software architect Jacob Harris. In it, Harris writes about the experience of routinely taking human tragedy — in this case, “massive sectarian cleansing” in Iraq — and turning them into numbers, datasets, and, ultimately, dots on a map. The challenge he describes is similar to what two Datalore teams in particular had to face.
One of those groups worked on merging two data sets that dealt with state executions in Texas: one that provided names of prisoners and another that documents their last words. Their task was to use this information to highlight the racial and economic injustices of the death penalty system in Texas.
— The Cartel (@NFCartel) January 24, 2015
What they came up with was a grid display of prisoner’s photographs; when users click on a prisoner, they can view information about them, as well as play audio clips of some of the prisoners last statements. A text animation types out fragments of these final words; a constantly blinking cursor evokes lives cut short, people executed who still had more to say.
— Debra Anderson (@debraeanderson) January 26, 2015
Another group, this one working with traffic fatality data, also faced a the challenge of bringing empathy to a dataset in order to turn it into a story. One of their team members, Amanda Casari, works with Fatality Analysis Reporting System data in her day job as a data scientist. Casari said the process of working with storytellers at Datalore drew her attention for the first time to the data points that are swept aside as outliers in a routine analysis. “I didn’t think about the stories of what the numbers represent,” she said. Together, their team created a website that used interactive visualizations and video components to open a dialogue around individual, personal tragedy.
— David Tames (@cinemakinoeye) January 26, 2015
On the flip side, there was also a pair of teams that dealt with their data set through humor. One of those teams worked with data pertaining to genetic editing, specifically with a set of “all of the double stranded breaks in the genome of cells treated with CRISPR-Cas9.” Dressed up in lab coats, CRISPR team members pitched the audience on a futuristic startup that would allow them to explore and alter their own genetic codes as never before. The joke, one team member said, was meant to highlight the overblown statements about genetic editing in traditional media and on websites like Reddit. Stories about designer babies and the like may generate a lot of attention, but as the team’s data analysis suggested, the science simply isn’t there yet.
— Neill Silva (@neillsilva) January 26, 2015
A second group, this one working with datasets on for-profit college revenue and student loan debt, turned their data into a parody of an investment pitch. To highlight the predatory nature of these institutions — and the way in which the government supports them — they created The Proprietary Career Institute. The site has helpful information, such as where you might want to open a for-profit college, how to get rich off of government loans, and details on courses like Copywriting & Obfuscation and Juking the Stats 101.
Both of the Datalore parody projects can be seen as a critique of the media: What comes across as boring on a map or with a data visualization might reach more readers if professional storytellers and designers aimed for laughs.
Other teams experimented with a range of platforms, from plotting atmospheric data on a map to interactive visualizations to an audio and video player that mashes up footage and narration. One group took an extra risk by turning their dataset into a game. Working with data on annual U.S. aid dollars flowing into Indonesia, the team built a board game called Forest Flip that recreates the competing interests of farmers, conservationists, industry and urbanization when it comes to land use. With every role, another year’s worth of aid money is doled out to players, who can spend it on flipping tiles to their advantage. As team member Tin Geber of The Engine Room put it, “It’s basically a bidding war.”
— Tin Geber (@tingeber) January 26, 2015
As with all hackathons, Datalore was less about building finished products than about allowing participants to stretch their skill sets and spend time learning how practitioners in other fields think and work.
“The point of the event was to encourage alternative processes and methods of consumption of data,” said Oertelt in an email. “The excitement of the participants and the shockingly sharp execution of projects was proof that people from all different backgrounds — journalism, film, web, and backend development, UX, design, data science — crave creative stimulation in a form that diverges from the standard work day, the standard hierarchy, the standard management structures and corporate influence. It was an amazing thing to watch and be a part of.”
Photo of hackathon organizers Dalia Othman, Nadja Oertelt, Sean Flynn, Heather Craig, and Johnathan Carr by Eric Gulliver of The Non-Fiction Cartel.
There’s certainly no shortage of bad news about metropolitan newspapers. But every once in a while, there’s also some resplendently good news.
In January, The Cincinnati Enquirer added six full-time staffers. In officially welcoming this group over the weekend, the paper began by highlighting a New York state native – sports strategist Matt Tabeek:
Where I grew up: I grew up in Binghamton, New York, which is considered the Southern Tier of upstate New York (it’s about an hour south of Syracuse and an hour north of Scranton, Pennsylvania). I also spent parts of my childhood in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Rumson, New Jersey.
What I do at the Enquirer: I oversee the sports coverage and make sure we’re generating the kind of content that Reds, Bengals, University of Cincinnati, Xavier University and high school sports fans in this region want – especially for digital/social media consumption.
Where you can find me: I just moved here in mid-January, so I’m still getting to know Cincinnati. I just got an apartment downtown (and love it), so you might see me out wandering around downtown after work looking for a good pizzeria and/or Irish pub.
The other hires are storytelling coach Amy Wilson, digital producer Gin A. Ando, sports visual journalist Kareem Elgazzar, retro Cincy reporter Joel Beall and breaking news reporter Emilie Eaton. In terms of coolest job titles, it’s probably a tie between Wilson and Beall. And in the case of the latter, since his purview is to \"connect Cincinnati’s vibrant past to the present,\" we look forward to some sort of imminent WKRP in Cincinnati filming locations feature.[Today’s Enquirer front page via: newseum.org]
Another bricks-and-mortar video store has been conquered.
And although it’s no surprise that April will mark the end of Vidiots, a friendly destination for LA westside residents and familiar sight to many more zooming off the 10 Freeway past the Pico Blvd. storefront, it’s news that still stings. Last night, Wall Street Journal film critic Joe Morgenstern, who has relied many times at deadline on the inventory of Vidiots and expertise of store staff, blogged about what is truly being lost:
High on the list of losses is something that a young clerk at Vidiots referred to in a conversation a few months ago. \"I know places like this are doomed,\" he said, \"and there’s no way to stop progress. But it’s so great when someone comes in without a clue what he wants to rent, and I can suggest half-a-dozen terrific films he’d enjoy. I wonder where people will go for advice like that in the future.\" I wonder too.
The Web is awash with user comments, of course, and endless lists of best this-and-thats. But it’s not the same as walking into a neighborhood shop you know and trust, and talking to a curator who calls himself a clerk.
Indeed. Last year, Morgenstern hosted a couple of Q&As at Vidiots with filmmakers Anjelica Huston and Nicole Holofcener. He writes that even then, folks in attendance knew the end was near. The silver lining: Vidiots’ owners, rather than selling their collection for pennies on the dollar, are hoping to pass on the inventory to an organization-individuals that can continue to make the titles available somehow.[Photo via: vidiotsfoundation.org]
Snapchat — the app for sending people short, disappearing videos of your butt — is getting serious about media. The company just launched Snapchat Discover, which allows media orgs the chance to send “snaps” or “stories” to users.
“Snapchat Discover is a new way to explore Stories from different editorial teams,” the company explained in a blog post. “It’s the result of collaboration with world-class leaders in media to build a storytelling format that puts the narrative first.”
Publishers are obviously going to take advantage of this new tool because the kids love them some Snapchat. Those that have jumped aboard already include National Geographic, CNN, Vice, Yahoo, People, Daily Mail, Cosmo, Comedy Central and The Food Network.
The launch of Condé Nast’s sponsored content studio — 23 Stories by Condé Nast — will likely mean good things for advertisers, and awkward things for Condé staffers.
The new unit — named for the 23 floors that Condé occupies in 1 WTC — will use Condé writers to create the ads, effectively taking the typical separation of business and editorial and mashing it into one giant, messy ball of content.
23 Stories will be led by Pat Connolly, vice president of marketing solutions for the Condé Nast Media Group. Connolly will report to Edward Menicheschi, Condé’s CMO. Menicheschi, of course, does not see the problem with using Condé staffers to create ads. In an announcement, he was proud to offer advertisers “access to our unparalleled editorial assets.”
Yet one wonders what this means for Condé brands. Does The New Yorker still hold its place of esteem when its editors are worrying about creating ads? Obviously Condé’s execs think it is worth the risk. We doubt editors and staff writers feel the same way.
27.01.2015 - Newspaper editor charged with insulting Islam
Reporters Without Borders has learned that Mohammed Ghoochani, the editor of the reformist daily Mardom Emroz, was charged yesterday before a Tehran “media and culture” court with “insulting Islam” for publishing a front-page photo of US actor George Clooney under an “I am Charlie” headline on 13 January.
Ghoochani's lawyer, Mahmoud Alizadeh-Tabatabaie, said he was granted a provisional release pending trial after payment of 100 million toman (100,000 euros) in bail. Mardom Emroz was closed on 17 January.
Reporters Without Borders has also learned that Mehrdad Sarjoui, a Tehran-based journalist who used to work for several English-language newspapers, was released on 13 January after being deemed to have completed his main sentence.
Sarjoui was returned to prison on 28 November 2012 after getting a three-year jail sentence and a suspended seven-year sentence. He was previously arrested on 14 January 2011 and sentenced to 10 years in prison by a Tehran court on a charge of “espionage by publishing interviews of citizens of enemy countries.” An appeal court subsequently commuted the sentence.
21.01.2015 - Journalist and rights activist arrested at her home
Reporters Without Borders has learned that Zahra Khandan, a former journalist with several reformist news outlets who defends women's rights online, was arrested at her Tehran home on 19 January by Revolutionary Guard intelligence operatives in plain clothes. Her home was also searched. The authorities have not said why she was arrested or where she is being held.
According to the information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, several other women's rights activists have been arrested in Tehran after campaigning for the release of Mahdieh Golro, a fellow activist arrested during a protest outside the parliament building in Tehran on 22 October in protest against a series of acid attacks on women in Isfahan and Tehran.
20.01.2015 - Young woman arrested in court over Facebook video
Reporters Without Borders condemns young human rights activist Atena Ferghdani's arrest in a Tehran court on 11 January when she responded to a summons about the video she posted on Facebook and YouTube on 26 December in which she described what happened to her after her arrest last August.
After her arrest on 24 August, she was incarcerated in Section 2A of Tehran's Evin Prison – a section controlled by Revolutionary Guards – and was held until 2 November, when she was released on bail on 600 million toman (700,000 euros) pending trial.
“I was interrogated for nine hours a day,” she said in the video. “The questions were mainly about my activities and what I posted on Facebook (...) In the bathroom, they had installed cameras that filmed everything we did. I found it very embarrassing. When I protested, the guards said they were turned off (...) but one day I took a plastic cup back to my cell and guards arrived within two minutes and tore my blouse in order to get it back. I just wanted to use it to do drawings.”
Ferghdani is charged with “activities against national security,” “anti-government propaganda by means for performance art,” and “insulting government officials and parliamentary representatives in a published cartoon.”
Her family said that during her appearance in court she was the victim of violence by the guards who took her off to prison. “The guards slapped my daughter right in front of us,” her father told journalists. She is currently being held in Gharchak prison in Varamin, a city to the south of Tehran. It is a prison used for holding non-political detainees.
A few Revolving Door items for you this morning, involving New York, The New York Times Magazine and The New Republic. Details are below.
- Jamie Fuller is joining New York’s Daily Intel blog. She was most recently a politics writer for The Washington Post.
- Julia Ioffe has been named a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine. Ioffe comes to the magazine from The New Republic.
- Speaking of TNR, Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig has been hired as a staff writer. She will focus on economic and legal polices, religion and feminism.
Reporters Without Borders condemns leading radio journalist Bob Rugurika's arbitrary detention for the past week and the charges brought against him, which include complicity in the murder of three Italian nuns last September.
Rugurika is the director of Bujumbura-based Radio Publique Africaine (RPA), which is renowned for its investigative reporting and is Burundi's most popular privately-owned radio station.
He was arrested on the orders of a prosecutor and taken to Bujumbura's main prison, Mpimba, on 20 January after initially receiving a summons to present himself to judicial officials for the stated purpose of providing “clarification” on his reporting.
Rugurika is accused of complicity in the murder of the nuns, violating the confidentiality of a judicial investigation and “failing to show solidarity” – all in connection with RPA's coverage of the triple murder. The charges carry a possible 20-year jail sentence.
The station's reporting implicated intelligence officials and included an interview with a person who confessed to being one of the perpetrators and who is still on the run. The confession embarrassed the police because they had claimed to have already arrested the perpetrators.
“We strongly condemn Rugurika's unjustified detention, which has the sole aim of pressuring him into revealing the identity of his contacts,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk.
“These actions clearly reveal the Burundian justice system's lack of independence from the government. Instead of actively investigating the triple murder, it has preferred to target a journalist who was just doing his job. Such behaviour is worrying for freedom of expression and information. This type of intimidation is likely to worsen in the electoral run-up. We call for Rugurika's immediate release.”
Two days after his arrest, Rugurika was transferred to Muramvya prison, 30 km outside the capital, where he spent the first day in solitary confinement. Since then, he has been allowed to receive visits from his lawyer and his family.
His lawyer, Jean Bosco Ngendakuvwayo, told Reporters Without Borders: “ If he was summoned as a journalist for questioning about his news coverage, he should be charged as a journalist under the press law, not under the criminal code as is the case at the moment.”
Ngendakuvwayo added that he is calling for his client's “immediate and unconditional release” on the grounds that he is being held arbitrarily.
Under Burundian law, Rugurika must be brought before a judge by 4 February to determine whether he will remain in detention.
Burundi adopted a media law in 2013 that criminalizes certain kinds of reporting, including reporting involving national security, and makes it possible to force journalists to name their sources.
Burundi is ranked 142nd out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.
Renowned media expert and Newsonomics author Ken Doctor is joining Capital New York as a media columnist.
Doctor will pen two columns a week; the first — “What Are They Thinking?” — will be available to all readers. The second column — which will feature Doctor’s take on the latest media trends and news — will be available only to Capital Pro subscribers and published each Thursday. For media nerds, it might be time to pay up. Doctor is really that good.As Tom McGeveran — co-founder and co-editor of Capital New York — explained in an announcement, “Doctor brings a new and crucial element to Capital’s media report — and to our subscribers: deep knowledge of the business of media.”
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Former Fox Employee Shoots Himself Outside Office Building (WSJ / Metropolis)
A former employee of a Fox television station in Texas shot himself outside the front doors of the News Corp headquarters in Midtown Manhattan shortly before 9 a.m. Monday, a law-enforcement official said. FishbowlNY The man was seen protesting Fox prior to the shooting. Cops said News Corp security heard the man shouting that Fox had ruined his life. He was asked to leave the premises. TVSpy The man previously worked for KTBC, the Fox-owned television station in Austin. A law enforcement official identified him as Phillip Perea, 41, of Irving, Texas. TVSpy Perea, a former promotions producer at the station, may have started on this path after getting in trouble for posting a picture on the station’s Facebook page. He was later dismissed. TVNewser The skyscraper houses The New York Post as well as Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, The Wall Street Journal, and other News Corp. and 21st Century Fox media entities.
The #Blizzardof2015 Won’t Stop the News (TVNewser)
While New York City missed the worst of the #Blizzardof2015, several hundred staffers of New York-based news networks worked into the night to keep the news on the air. TVSpy WNBC reporter Stacey Bell didn’t see it happen, but viewers watching live blizzard coverage on the NBC flagship in New York sure did: a car losing control in the snow, skidding and seeming to come very close to clipping Bell. \"I was in the zone and completely oblivious,\" Bell tweeted afterward. \"I think it looked a lot worse on camera.\" TVNewser The Weather Channel is carrying nonstop coverage throughout the storm’s duration, pre-empting all long-form programming. TWC has deployed 10 meteorologists to five cities in the storm’s path. TVNewser Al Roker set a Guinness World Record back in November when \"Rokerthon\" became the longest continuous weather forecast. With this storm,\"Rokerthon\" is back.
Employees Organizing Push to Unionize Politico (Washington Free Beacon)
Employees at Politico are organizing a push to unionize the news outlet, amid recent shakeups at the inside-the-Beltway publication. The effort is being led by Mike Elk, a Politico labor reporter and a strident proponent of unions who started at the outlet last year. Mediaite Driving the push to unionize are Politico’s legendary long hours — allegedly the cause of the outlet’s equally legendary burnout rate — and PoliticoPro, a section of the site that paywalls articles and prevents journalists from getting their byline into the general public.
NFL Strikes Deal to Bring Football Clips to YouTube (THR)
Football is finally coming to YouTube. The National Football League has struck a deal to bring official football game highlights and more to the Google-owned streamer. Variety The NFL, which generates north of $6 billion revenue per year, believes it has some of the most valuable intellectual property in the world. And it’s right. Re/code Starting this week, official NFL highlight clips will show up in Google’s YouTube, as well as in Google search results themselves. Google will also provide detailed information about games and scores — including kickoff times as well as the networks that are airing the games — via its \"OneBox\" results format, which it uses to show off extended answers to search queries instead of simple links.
Moving Day for The New Yorker (FishbowlNY)
So long, 4 Times Square! Monday marked Day 1 for The New Yorker staff at its new headquarters, 1 World Trade Center. The current issue, titled \"Moving Day,\" by Bruce McCall, charmingly illustrates the end of an era. Inside the issue, staff writer Nick Paumgarten writes a Comment that takes us on a trip down memory lane. The New Yorker Last week, the staff of The New Yorker made its final preparations to leave its headquarters for the past fifteen years, to join the rest of Condé Nast, the parent company, down at the new megatower in lower Manhattan. The move took place over the weekend. The New Yorker had been in the Times Square area for all ninety of its years.
BBC Launches Taster to Showcase New Ideas and Experiments (Mashable)
The BBC on Monday launched a new platform designed to showcase early concepts from across TV, radio and online. BBC Taster will be an online hub where users can play around with a range of formats and offer ratings and feedback on new ideas, such as interactive, short-form or social content. The BBC then plans to fine tune its offerings by responding to the public’s reactions. THR The U.K. public broadcaster added: “Taster is a place for the BBC to try new ways of telling stories, develop new talent and put new technology through its paces. It also allows the BBC to showcase a range of editorial and technology projects that may have previously remained behind closed doors.”
Condé Nast Enters the Branded Content Fray (Capital New York)
Condé Nast is launching a branded content studio, “23 Stories by Condé Nast,” following competitors Time Inc. and Hearst on the path to breaking down the traditional divide between editorial and business. WWD Unlike most of its rivals, however, editors will be directly involved in creating content, which could dull the reputation of some of its newsier publications, such as The New Yorker. The 23 Stories, whose name is inspired by the 23 floors that editors and creative teams inhabit in Condé Nast’s new headquarters at 1 World Trade Center in New York, will develop and produce sponsored content for advertisers and marketers. WSJ / CMO Today With 23 Stories, which launches officially next month, Condé Nast is aiming to centralize its branded content efforts so it can offer marketers larger buys across sites, including Vanity Fair, Vogue and GQ. Up to now, Condé has offered native ads, but they generally are specific to a certain magazine and are written by outside freelancers or contractors.
New Deal for Today Co-Host Savannah Guthrie (LATimes)
NBC News has locked Savannah Guthrie into a new long-term deal that will keep her at the Today show for the foreseeable future. The contract is a vote of confidence for Guthrie and, like her last one, includes a clause that she remain at Today. Guthrie first joined the morning show in 2011 as an anchor on the show’s 9 a.m. hour. The deal follows a new two-year contract for Lauer in 2014.
Washington Post Video Chief Out After Two Weeks (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
The Washington Post’s newly appointed video director Noah Kotch has left the company after just two weeks. Kotch, a digital media consultant who once served as senior producer on NBC’s Today show, was hired as senior editor and director of video, tasked with overseeing a 40-person staff that handled video production and curation.
Indiana Gov. Pence Creates State-Run News Agency (Indianapolis Star)
Gov. Mike Pence is starting a state-run taxpayer-funded news service that will provide pre-written news stories to Indiana news outlets. It would also break news about his administration. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The venture will be run a former Indianapolis Star reporter, Bill McCleery, with stories written by press secretaries. It will include an editorial board made of McCleery and the governor’s communications staff.
Inside ABC’s Botched Plan to Fire Rosie Perez From The View (Variety)
ABC has put the brakes on a plan to fire Rosie Perez from The View. At the time, the network wasn’t ready to announce the co-host’s departure. According to a source familiar with ABC execs’ thinking, fear of \"an Ann Curry situation\" — a reference to NBC’s botched firing of the Today anchor in 2012 — led executives to reverse course and keep Perez on the network’s 11 a.m. talk show for now.
Dateline NBC Posts Biggest Sunday Rating Since 2012 (TVNewser)
Sunday’s Dateline NBC was the most-watched Sunday edition of the show in nearly three years, since Feb. 12, 2012, and topped 60 Minutes in the A18-49 demo, tying the CBS newsmagazine in the A25-54 demo.
Facebook Lite App Launches in Eight Countries (SocialTimes)
A new standalone application from Facebook emerged in the Google Play store — Facebook Lite — aimed at bringing the Facebook experience to lower-end Android devices in several emerging markets. If the name sounds familiar, Facebook launched a simplified version of its website in 2009 under the same name, but it shut down that version of Facebook Lite in April 2010.
Ex-CIA Agent Convicted of Leaking Classified Info to NY Times (Mediaite)
A jury Monday convicted ex-CIA agent of leaking classified intelligence to a New York Times reporter, whose subpoena led to criticism of the Obama Administration’s treatment of journalists. Jeffrey Sterling, a former officer, was formally convicted of leaking information about a botched mission to thwart Iran’s nuclear program to Times reporter James Risen.
Russian State-Owned Media Involved in Spy Case, Complaint Says (BuzzFeed)
A Russian state-owned news organization was involved in the spy ring busted this week by the FBI, according to the criminal complaint against the spies. The complaint, which describes the activities of three Russian nationals in New York who have been charged with spying for Russia, says that the defendants came up with questions for an unnamed Russian news organization in 2013.