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Dueling books about fracking by two different Wall Street Journal reporters have led to some tense newsroom moments over the last few months, including a heated debate over how to handle excerpts in the paper itself.
Taken by Twitter
The Wall Street Journal wrote and then quickly deleted a post about every college girl’s favorite journalist Joan Didion quitting Twitter.
Update: Shortly after several media watchers pointed out that the Twitter account was a parody, the article was restored with an updated headline and a correction.
“[Correction: An earlier version of this story said the @JoanDidion account was the author's actual account. It is a parody. The article has been updated.]“
Of course, a parody account pretending to quit Twitter is not exactly newsworthy.
Around the town
Last night, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis filibustered an anti-abortion bill in the Texas legislature. CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News did not cover the filibuster; CNN instead showed Piers Morgan discussing blueberry muffins. Earlier, the networks had been criticized for barely covering President Obama’s major climate speech, which only The Weather Channel broadcast in full. (The Hollywood Reporter/Politico)
food review reviews
To: All staffers populating the offices of The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, NBC’s News Channel 5, and The New York Times
Re: Guy Fieri’s American Kitchen & Bar
Meeting the Press
So The Journal announced its new Friday real estate section today. You can read all about it in the release below. What struck us though, was the name. “Mansion” it will be called.
We couldn’t help but think it lacked a certain sophistication (say the people who brought you VelvetRoper.com), so herewith are some suggestions: Read More
NYU’s warring media publications continue to war. A new media Tumblr-meme-thing’s author is mysterious. Jay Penske pissed on someone’s boots outside of a yacht club, and, after that, what else is there to discuss regarding media today? Truly? Here are your (very short) Thursday Evening Media Briefs:
Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto’s bad Tuesday night on Twitter is a tale of two tweets. First, Mr. Taranto’s offending post, which started a firestorm. Referring to the three women whose boyfriends saved them from the bullets of a mass murderer in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater on July 20, Mr. Taranto wrote:
Rupert Murdoch didn’t overlook The Wall Street Journal in his publicity blitz to promote News Corp.’s plan to split up into two publicly traded companies, one for newspapers and publishing, one for television and entertainment.
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A media odd couple was formed on Monday, when BuzzFeed and The New York Times announced that they will join forces to cover the Democratic and Republican national conventions in live-streaming video “TimesCasts” on NYTimes.com.
The collaboration, which serves to lend the Times’ growing video department a jolt of buzzy, young talent while cementing BuzzFeed’s nascent journalistic credentials, was born from the Twitter-based mutual admiration of New York Times assistant managing editor Jim Roberts and BuzzFeed editor-in-chief, Ben Smith. The two met IRL when they sat on a panel together during Social Media Week in February.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is famous for changing the way we shop for books (and a lot of other stuff), shaking up entire industries in the process. He’s less well known for “The 10,000 Year Clock,” the 200-foot-tall clock designed to outlast human civilization, into which he’s sunk $42 M., according to the Wall Street Read More