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When Lynn Darling moved to Vermont about six years ago, she thought she’d stay there for the rest of her life. Her daughter had gone off to college, and as a widow, Ms. Darling found herself rudderless. Vermont was a new beginning, a fresh start.
But as she pointed out on Tuesday night at a book party on the Upper East Side celebrating the release of her new memoir, Out of the Woods, which recounts her several years of soul-searching among the evergreens, Ms. Darling found out that she wasn’t the “self-contained anchor” she had imagined herself to be. She missed New York, her friends, her roots—and she moved back last year.
Wall Street Journal reporter David Bird has been missing since Saturday afternoon, when he told his family he was going for a walk. There’s a massive search underway and his family and editors are very concerned. (The Wall Street Journal)
Can Martha Stewart’s new CEO save her empire? (BusinessWeek)
There’s a storm a-brewin’ in the media world in response to Richard Cohen’s most recent Washington Post column, wherein a lot of inexcusable bigotry occurs in a very short span of words.
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You’d think that fat-shaming wouldn’t make it into such illustrious publications as the Post:
Yesterday, Edward Snowden revealed himself as the source of classified information on the National Security Agency for both the Washington Post and The Guardian.
Barton Gellman, the reporter who co-authored the Post‘s article on PRISM, wrote late last night that Mr. Snowden had originally approached him and insisted that the Post publish a classified Powerpoint presentation about PRISM. The Post refused to guarantee that, Mr. Gellman wrote, so Mr. Snowden then contacted The Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald.
Time contributor Fareed Zakaria’s fate at the magazine just came in via press release. Here’s what we got:
We have completed a thorough review of each of Fareed Zakaria’s columns for TIME, and we are entirely satisfied that the language in question in his recent column was an unintentional error and an isolated incident for which Read More
It’s raining me…dia items. Hallelujah. With so much to get through today, rather than act out the pretense that people are ever going to click on media news roundups from a landing page, we’re just going to skip the obligatory formalities of teasing anything out and just get right into them. Starting now.
As such, here are your Wednesday Evening Media Briefs.
Blogging for the Washington Post probably isn’t that bad. Still, the Post‘s ombudsman, Patrick Pexton, felt the paper deserved a spanking after the recent resignation of BlogPost blogger Elizabeth Flock. In his opinion piece regarding Ms. Flock’s resignation following what amounted to a (minor and perhaps unintended) plagiarism scandal, Mr. Pexton detailed the unrealistic demands made on young journalists who find themselves fielding blogging duties at a major newspaper. He noted BlogPost was expected to garner up to 2 million hits a month, with Ms. Flock publishing 5-6 posts a day. She wasn’t writing simple paragraphs hitting major points in a story either, but full-on 500-word pieces aggregated from multiple sources.
Traffic expectations and heavy workload contributed to Ms. Flock’s two mistakes, which included re-writing a Discovery News post without crediting the source, the incident that led to her resignation. “[Ms. Flock] said it was only a matter of time before she made a third one; the pressures were just too great,” wrote Mr. Pexton.
Anthony Shadid, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who reported on the Middle East for the New York Times and Washington Post, passed away on Thursday in Syria. The details surrounding Mr. Shadid’s death are unclear but he may have suffered a fatal asthma attack. Mr. Shadid was in Syria reporting on the ongoing conflict between political opponents of President Bashar al-Assad and the Assad regime–a characteristic assignment in his remarkable career:
The Washington Post is not renewing leases for any of its regional bureaus, except those in Richmond and Annapolis, according to a message sent to the WaPo Guild’s private Facebook group, obtained by Romenesko.
But they’re not laying off any reporters, according to an internal memo obtained by Politico.
“This decision Read More