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May 12, 2013

Longtime TV news icon Barbara Walters to retire in 2014

  • 52 the number of years Barbara Walters has worked in TV news — 15 years as an anchor for NBC News’ “Today Show” and another 37 at ABC News, where she has played a pivotal role in a number of shows, including most recently “The View.” Walters, 83, will retire from the airwaves next summer, ABC News announced this evening. Walters will make a formal announcement on “The View” tomorrow. source
22:28 // 1 year ago
May 11, 2013

Bloomberg journalists piss off big-name banks with privacy breach

  • the company Bloomberg LP, the market data company started by current New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg 32 years ago, built its success from its Bloomberg Terminal electronic trading platform, as well as its journalistic platform, including its wire service and Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. Companies pay as much as $20,000 per year for a single Bloomberg Terminal—and financial companies use many of them, as 310,000 exist worldwide.
  • the problem Apparently Bloomberg journalists have been using this data to monitor big-name subscribers to the Bloomberg Terminal service. Hundreds of the service’s 2,400 journalists worldwide reportedly tracked users of the service through this method, which financial institutions noticed after a journalist pointed out to Goldman Sachs that one of the company’s partners didn’t log into their terminal recently. The incident could prove dangerous to both of Bloomberg’s businesses, as it could damage the credibility of both the wire service and the market data platform. source
14:29 // 1 year ago
May 8, 2013
Imagine an industry where every single opponent worked in the same street, competing with each other by day—drinking, brawling, fornicating, night clubbing and cocaine-snorting with each other by night. A street full of the most ruthless and amoral people in the world existed, and it was called Fleet Street.
Piers Morgan • Discussing his new Starz TV show, Fleet Street, a new dramatic series about his time working the tabloid journalism circuit in the ’70s. It’s a lot like working on ShortFormBlog now.
18:55 // 1 year ago
May 7, 2013
kindofagiant:

shortformblog:

brooklynmutt:

CNN’s Nancy Grace and Ashleigh Banfield Hold Split-Screen Interview in Same Parking Lot
Check out the “same bus in both shots.”
More: The Atlantic Wire

CNN’s problems, in animated GIF form.

OH MY GOD WHAT A HORRENDOUS OCCURRENCE! Seriously? People are complaining about their live shots? Well, considering Nancy Grace had to make multiple appearances on multiple networks right after one another, this actually makes sense. Ashleigh can host her show from one place while Nancy does all her appearances without making either crew scramble and run around town.
I get that picking on CNN is in fashion with the Internet blogs right now, but I guess I’d like to see more substantive critiques rather than “Hey they’re both in the same place! What’s up with that?!” Maybe there’s a reason why they’re doing it like this? Maybe give them the benefit of the doubt that they know what they’re doing? Sounds crazy, I know. Just my 2 cents.

Sure, let’s try a substantive critique.  The woman on the left is talking to Nancy Grace, a major CNN Networks personality who once berated a woman on television just a few days before that woman committed suicide, then was forced to settle for $200,000 in a wrongful death suit. When asked if she felt sorry for what happened, she said of Melinda Duckett in the immediate wake of the news, “If anything, I would suggest that guilt made her commit suicide.” Despite this, Nancy Grace is still on the air seven years later, talking in the same parking lot as Ashleigh Banfield. If you had a job where you did that and had to settle over it, would you still be working there? Probably not. But Nancy Grace is still at HLN.
The problem with CNN is that they have lowered their standards significantly, thinking that a broad but unbiased approach will bring the ratings. (It hasn’t.) Moments like Howard Kurtz’s 15-minute mea culpa are so rare on the network these days that you have to cherish them as signs that a network that’s lost its way might find it again. It’s like they realized recently, hey, Twitter is faster than we are, and so maybe this breaking news thing isn’t quite as fun anymore. Let’s do another “lighter side of life” segment.
They don’t have a rudder anymore. For the first twenty years of their existence, they had a pretty good one: Covering news, being the first news outlet to report on a story, keeping the level of the conversation high. But sometime between 9/11 and now, something changed. They got sloppy. They blew two major stories within a year—first healthcare, then the Boston marathon suspect. For some reason, Fox News scared them a lot. And instead of deciding their mission was hard-hitting journalism, they decided they were more comfortable with “background visuals for airport terminals.” Their rudder could be BBC, American version. But instead it’s, The Weather Channel, but for news.
You may think that this is a stupid thing to make fun of, funny ha ha, oh they’re on split screens like this. But really, the reason this is coming up is because CNN has become so much about the spectacle—holograms, giant touch screens, never-ending cruise line sagas—that you can’t take them seriously, and moments like this bus moving by two anchors at the same time overshadow the news actually happening.
I snarked that this was “CNN’s problems, in animated GIF form,” and I stand by it. They were already seen as lightweight, but then they hired the fluffmeister himself. They’re so concerned with looking like a serious news outlet that they’d rather look the part by having split screens than actually focus on the kind of in-depth stuff that Al Jazeera English actually does. Do you think AJE’s producers are like “we must get our reporter on a split screen to make it look like we’re on the scene”? No. They’re at the big kids’ table, reporting the news.
That’s why this GIF represents CNN’s problems. Because while they were busy putting Nancy Grace on a split screen, they could have gotten someone other than Nancy Grace to talk about this story.

kindofagiant:

shortformblog:

brooklynmutt:

CNN’s Nancy Grace and Ashleigh Banfield Hold Split-Screen Interview in Same Parking Lot

Check out the “same bus in both shots.”

More: The Atlantic Wire

CNN’s problems, in animated GIF form.

OH MY GOD WHAT A HORRENDOUS OCCURRENCE! Seriously? People are complaining about their live shots? Well, considering Nancy Grace had to make multiple appearances on multiple networks right after one another, this actually makes sense. Ashleigh can host her show from one place while Nancy does all her appearances without making either crew scramble and run around town.

I get that picking on CNN is in fashion with the Internet blogs right now, but I guess I’d like to see more substantive critiques rather than “Hey they’re both in the same place! What’s up with that?!” Maybe there’s a reason why they’re doing it like this? Maybe give them the benefit of the doubt that they know what they’re doing? Sounds crazy, I know. Just my 2 cents.

Sure, let’s try a substantive critique.  The woman on the left is talking to Nancy Grace, a major CNN Networks personality who once berated a woman on television just a few days before that woman committed suicide, then was forced to settle for $200,000 in a wrongful death suit. When asked if she felt sorry for what happened, she said of Melinda Duckett in the immediate wake of the news, “If anything, I would suggest that guilt made her commit suicide.” Despite this, Nancy Grace is still on the air seven years later, talking in the same parking lot as Ashleigh Banfield. If you had a job where you did that and had to settle over it, would you still be working there? Probably not. But Nancy Grace is still at HLN.

The problem with CNN is that they have lowered their standards significantly, thinking that a broad but unbiased approach will bring the ratings. (It hasn’t.) Moments like Howard Kurtz’s 15-minute mea culpa are so rare on the network these days that you have to cherish them as signs that a network that’s lost its way might find it again. It’s like they realized recently, hey, Twitter is faster than we are, and so maybe this breaking news thing isn’t quite as fun anymore. Let’s do another “lighter side of life” segment.

They don’t have a rudder anymore. For the first twenty years of their existence, they had a pretty good one: Covering news, being the first news outlet to report on a story, keeping the level of the conversation high. But sometime between 9/11 and now, something changed. They got sloppy. They blew two major stories within a year—first healthcare, then the Boston marathon suspect. For some reason, Fox News scared them a lot. And instead of deciding their mission was hard-hitting journalism, they decided they were more comfortable with “background visuals for airport terminals.” Their rudder could be BBC, American version. But instead it’s, The Weather Channel, but for news.

You may think that this is a stupid thing to make fun of, funny ha ha, oh they’re on split screens like this. But really, the reason this is coming up is because CNN has become so much about the spectacle—holograms, giant touch screens, never-ending cruise line sagas—that you can’t take them seriously, and moments like this bus moving by two anchors at the same time overshadow the news actually happening.

I snarked that this was “CNN’s problems, in animated GIF form,” and I stand by it. They were already seen as lightweight, but then they hired the fluffmeister himself. They’re so concerned with looking like a serious news outlet that they’d rather look the part by having split screens than actually focus on the kind of in-depth stuff that Al Jazeera English actually does. Do you think AJE’s producers are like “we must get our reporter on a split screen to make it look like we’re on the scene”? No. They’re at the big kids’ table, reporting the news.

That’s why this GIF represents CNN’s problems. Because while they were busy putting Nancy Grace on a split screen, they could have gotten someone other than Nancy Grace to talk about this story.

19:34 // 1 year ago
May 6, 2013

poynterinstitute:

futurejournalismproject:

Watergate: The Video Game

mediareporter:

Journalists: It’s the game you’ve always wanted to play. Forget finding Carmen Sandiego. In Watergate: The Video Game, you’re on the hunt to expose Richard Nixon’s corruption. Here, the real sleuthing happens through interviews, document acquisition and hard-hitting reporting. This is the best way to celebrate the Pulitzer Prize that the Washington Post received 40 years ago today for its coverage of the Watergate scandal.

FJP: I like the 8-bit glory of it all. — Michael

If we’re a little bleary-eyed tomorrow, it’s because we’ve spent all night investigating Watergate. 

If you hit “no”, you’re resigned to listening to the police scanner for the rest of your life.

18:09 // 1 year ago
May 5, 2013
This is not a ritual for me where you just come on camera and say you’re sorry and hope to move on. I’m truly sorry about what happened. I believe deeply in good journalism and fair journalism and I am determined to learn from this episode and minimize the chances of anything like this happening again.
CNN “Reliable Sources” host Howard Kurtz • Apologizing, at extreme length, for his erroneous reporting about the Jason Collins story as well as his sloppy overall reporting in recent years. Kurtz, who left his job at The Daily Beast last week, said that his departure from the publication was amicable and mutual, and already in the works before the Collins situation broke. Kurtz, who also faced conflict-of-interest questions over his ties to a small-scale site called The Daily Download, spent a full fifteen minutes atoning for his journalistic sins this morning, according to Politico.
12:41 // 1 year ago
May 4, 2013
Typically on a big story with a lot of risk behind it, we tend to wait until there are as many as three different news organizations reporting it. In this case there were three reporting it, but we saw others saying that there were no arrests or that they had no knowledge of arrests. So there was enough conflict from other news organizations for us to wait just one more beat. At that point we made a very difficult and agonizing decision just to sit and watch. And for Breaking News that was a very difficult thing to do, and I have to give a big shout-out to our editors who made that decision under the pressure to go.
Breaking News’ general manager Cory Bergman • Discussing how his team handled the mistaken reporting regarding the Boston bombing suspects — reporting that ensnared CNN and the Associated Press, among others. Describing the platform’s approach, he says, “With us it’s interesting — there’s pressure to be second.” The NBC-owned platform, which is on every major social network, recently launched native advertising in its mobile app.
22:55 // 1 year ago

On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, we’re revisiting this video, which we first posted several months ago — it’s NBC News’ Chief Foreign Correspondent, Richard Engel, detailing to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow the horrifying tale of how he was abducted by pro-Assad forces within Syria, and how he came to be freed. Engel is one of the lucky ones (extremely lucky, considering the content of his story) — 23 professional journalists have been killed covering the civil war, the majority of them Syrian, on top of dozens more slain citizen journalists. 

16:41 // 1 year ago
globalpost:

BOSTON, Mass. — After a five-month investigation inside Syria and the wider Middle East, GlobalPost and the family of missing American journalist James Foley now believe the Syrian government is holding him in a detention center near Damascus.
“With a very high degree of confidence, we now believe that Jim was most likely abducted by a pro-regime militia group and subsequently turned over to Syrian government forces,” GlobalPost CEO and President Philip Balboni said during a speech marking World Press Freedom Day.
American journalist likely held by Syrian government
Photo by AFP/Getty Images

Worthy of your attention, as today is World Press Freedom Day. Actually, it’s worthy of your attention all the other days, too. Throughout the course of the Syrian conflict, numerous journalists have been detained, killed, or silenced — all while covering a civil war with a UN estimated death toll of over 70,000 people.

globalpost:

BOSTON, Mass. — After a five-month investigation inside Syria and the wider Middle East, GlobalPost and the family of missing American journalist James Foley now believe the Syrian government is holding him in a detention center near Damascus.

“With a very high degree of confidence, we now believe that Jim was most likely abducted by a pro-regime militia group and subsequently turned over to Syrian government forces,” GlobalPost CEO and President Philip Balboni said during a speech marking World Press Freedom Day.

American journalist likely held by Syrian government

Photo by AFP/Getty Images

Worthy of your attention, as today is World Press Freedom Day. Actually, it’s worthy of your attention all the other days, too. Throughout the course of the Syrian conflict, numerous journalists have been detained, killed, or silenced — all while covering a civil war with a UN estimated death toll of over 70,000 people.

15:33 // 1 year ago
May 2, 2013
The Daily Beast and Howard Kurtz have parted company. Under the direction of our newly named political director John Avlon we have added new momentum and authority to our Washington bureau with columnists such as Jon Favreau, Joshua Dubois and Stuart Stevens joining our outstanding DC team of Eleanor Clift, Daniel Klaidman, Michael Tomasky, Eli Lake, David Frum and Michelle Cottle—giving us one of the best politics teams in the business which was instrumental in this week’s Webby win for Best News site.
A statement from The Daily Beast, revealing they had dropped Howard Kurtz, days after Kurtz wrote a column for the site suggesting that openly-gay NBA star Jason Collins had lied about a prior engagement—despite the fact that Collins had been up front about the situation in interviews and had specifically mentioned the fact in his Sports Illustrated cover story. The publication retracted the column, though Politico notes that the firing may have had just as much to do with Kurtz’s extremely busy schedule. On top of the Beast, Kurtz also hosts CNN’s “Reliable Sources” and writes for “The Daily Download,” a media criticism site.
15:48 // 1 year ago