Jim Roberts is the new executive editor and chief content officer at Mashable, he announced this morning in a post on Mashable.
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Here’s your easy guide to understanding the fierce ethics debate currently waging over the firing of AP political reporter Bob Lewis. And whether or not you believe Mr. Lewis should have been fired for his misreporting on Terry McAuliffe, The Washington Post also notes that “As of Tuesday, three news organizations have contacted him to discuss potential job offers.” (The Washington Post)
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American viewers were pleasantly surprised on Wednesday when Iranian President Hassan Rouhani acknowledged the Holocaust. But now, Iranian news agency Fars is reportedly accusing CNN of mis-translating President Rouhani’s speech. “Crucially, according to Fars, Rouhani never used the word ‘Holocaust’ and never said ‘Whatever criminality they committed against the Jews, we condemn’,” reports Business Insider. (Business Insider)
Reuters has decided to cancel Next, the consumer-facing website that had been in the works for more than two years, Chief Executive Andrew Rashbass announced this morning in a staff email.
“Next is a long way from achieving either commercial viability or strategic success. In fact, I believe the existing suite of Reuters.com sites is a better starting point for where we need to go,” Mr. Rashbass wrote. “Therefore, I have decided to cancel the Next project and put our efforts into enhancing and improving the existing Reuters.com sites. We will repurpose as much of the Next development work as we can for that.”
Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch emailed editors at Reuters and Fortune today to let them know that he won’t be contributing columns to either publication going forward.
While Mr. Welch’s email, published at Fortune, merely notes that he and wife Suzy, with whom Mr. Welch pens his columns, get better “traction” at The Wall Street Journal, Fortune senior editor Stephen Gandel notes that Neutron Jack’s resignation follows reporting by the two organizations on a certain somebody’s jobs report tweet on Friday.
Fox News chief Roger Ailes is trying to get that paper. Elsewhere in News Corp, two locals go all Benedict Arnold on a certain tablet newspaper and a certain tabloid newspaper. What’s it like to get an employee evaluation at Reuters? How’s that whole Media-and-Race thing going? All that and more in your Thursday Evening Media Briefs.
Occupy Wall Street
Just before dawn on Oct. 14, Salon reporter Justin Elliott was on Twitter and in Zuccotti Park, awaiting the outcome of Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal to clear out the Occupy Wall Street protestors for cleaning.
“On scene at Zuccotti, infusion of new protesters just arrived with signs “NYPD protects and serves the rich” | big cheers #ows,” Mr. Elliott tweeted.
A few days later, Nocturnalist columnist and New York Times staff reporter Sarah Maslin Nir kept followers up to date on the latest from her Zuccotti sleepover.
“Getting cold and tired, but every serious protestor has a tarp to block the wind. And I refuse to huddle for warmth #gonnadie,” Ms. Maslin Nir tweeted just before 1 a.m. on Oct. 17.
With freezing rain forecast for Saturday, staying warm is a major concern for Occupy Wall Street protesters and reporters alike. For many journalists, the movement is noteworthy for regularly drawing them out of the newsroom for long periods of time, demanding an on-the-fly mélange of traditional and social media reporting.
Update 7:24pm: Reuters has reverted the post back to its original story (Who’s behind the Wall Street protests?), and added a different URL to host the updated one (Soros: not a funder of Wall Street protests). So it looks like they’re running both pieces with no indication that the other one exists. Reuters Social Media Editor Anthony DeRosa said on Twitter that there was a “note added at bottom with link to original story, which should have been done in the first place” but we don’t see it at this URL. Or the other one. Got it? Yeah, we’re confused, too.
Reuters caused a bit of a stir today when they published a story connecting George Soros to Occupy Wall Street. This did not go over well, because the connection was tenuous at best, and at its worst, patently questionable.
So: Reuters changed the story. Not “corrected,” or “published a rebuttal to the original reporting,” but “changed the story.”
These are both at the same URL, with no correction or note appended at the bottom.
Newswire service Reuters published a piece today looking to follow the money and the foundation of Occupy Wall Street. The not-at-all-subtle headline by (Reuters’ New York and Northeastern Bureau Chief) Mark Egan and correspondent Michelle Nichols’ report: “Who’s behind the Wall St. protests?” Their answer is even better: liberal billionaire George Soros. How’d they get there?
Bethany McLean and Geraldine Fabrikant are joining Reuters’s Extraordinary League of Columnists, a Reuters source confirms.
Ms. McLean, a Vanity Fair contributing editor and author of the Enron book, The Smartest Guys In The Room, will write a fortnightly column on “finance, both high and low,” according to a memo sent out by Jim Impoco. Read More