Daily Archives: May 16, 2014

BuzzFeed’s Benny Johnson did a piece this week that included a photo of a man identified as a “vagrant lurker.” Johnson didn’t know that his vagrant was longtime Denver journalist Mike Littwin. After getting that news, the BuzzFeed writer changed his headline to “3. Make sure the reporter in the shot looks the part.”

I asked Littwin how he reacted to the error. “I told them they would hear from my public defender,” the onetime Denver Post columnist jokes. “Benny was apologetic.” A correction was added to the end of the piece this morning.

* “He’s not a vagrant lurker. He’s a journalist, which is American for badly dressed, semi-shaven, overly educated, poorly paid, observant… lurker” (
* BuzzFeed goes too far in calling Littwin a vagrant (

(Disclosure: CNN presentation Photoshopped to add logo and make "Clams" hed larger)

(Disclosure: CNN’s presentation Photoshopped to add logo and make “Clams” hed larger)

– h/t Tom DeVries

Update: Another reader suggests “Today’s Special: Turkey Subs” in Defense Industry Daily.

-- Photos courtesy of Arielle Stevenson

— Photos courtesy of Arielle Stevenson

Jill Abramson told St. Petersburg, Florida-based Times freelancer Arielle Stevenson that these shots from last October were her first selfies.

“I was a fellow at the Women in Journalism Symposium last fall in Essex, Vermont,” Stevenson writes in an email. “Jill was our conference’s keynote speaker. She stayed the whole weekend, made herself available to everyone and gave some incredible (and completely candid) advice. She talked about Snowden, critiques of her editing style, and how she approaches breaking news now.

“I was an editor at the time, only 24 years old. Abramson’s advice and honesty [impressed] everyone. … It was a big deal for the young women in the audience and quite a shock to hear she was ‘ousted,’ as they keep saying.”

* Steve Brill: Gretchen Morgenson should cover the Abramson story (
* How Abramson and CEO Mark Thompson tried to recruit Guardian’s Janine Gibson (


I called David McGlynn and chatted briefly about his photo of Jill Abramson that’s on the New York Post’s website. He told me he got an assignment from the Post to stake out the fired executive editor’s home and get shots of her. “Who are you again?” he asked when I inquired further about the freelance job. I identified myself – for the second time – and he declined to say more.

* Jill Abramson pounds the pavement with her dog (
* David McGlynn Photography (bio and resume) (
* How should Abramson cover her New York Times tattoo? (
* Who will play Abramson and other Timespeople in the movie? (

Emily Steel is leaving the Financial Times to cover the TV industry for the New York Times. “Just thrilled about the opportunity,” she tweets. “It’s a dream job,” former Times TV-beat reporter Brian Stelter tells her.

This note went to Times staffers this morning:

May 16, 2014

Emily Steel to Join Media Desk
We are pleased to announce that Emily Steel will join The New York Times as a media reporter covering the television industry. Read more in this note from Peter Lattman, Bill Brink and Craig Hunter.

Emily Steel

Emily Steel

The cheers you’re now hearing around the newsroom are from our colleagues who once worked with Emily at The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times. They had urged us to hire Emily, and having competed against her, it didn’t take much convincing.

Emily spent six years at the Journal and the last two at the FT as its media and marketing correspondent. At the Journal, she contributed several stories to the paper’s Pulitzer-finalist “End of Privacy” series about the pervasive tracking of Americans online, including her high-impact piece about privacy breaches at Facebook. Her media reporting at the FT has been topnotch, including her recent coverage of the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger.

She will be a triple threat on this beat, with deep experience covering the traditional broadcast and cable networks; the disruptive forces in television (Netflix, Amazon, Aereo, etc.); and all facets of the advertising business.

Emily was born in Salt Lake City, spent her grade school years in Lincoln, Neb., and then moved to East Lyme, Conn., for junior high and high school. She graduated from the University of North Carolina, where she was a top editor at the Daily Tar Heel.

She starts June 16. Please help us welcome her.

— Peter, Bill and Craig

My tipster writes: “That’s five reporters the Times has taken from the FT in the last year: Alexandra Stevenson and David Gelles for Dealbook, Vanessa Friedman to lead fashion coverage, Alan Rappeport to work on a new DC project, and now Emily for Brian Stelter’s old job.”


@ASulzberger started tweeting last night, but few believed it was really the Times publisher at the keyboard. Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy quickly notified Twitter and the account was deleted. An unhappy @popehat tweeted: “Asking to suspend a clearly satirical account is the NYT’s next shrewd public relations move?” @strategerey responded: “If that account is satire it needs to raise its game.”

In his short time online, @asulzberger put out four tweets and gained 438 followers.

* “Arthur Sulzberger Jr.” excited to join Twitter ( | @asulzberger cached
* Just don’t say Sulzberger – or anyone else – “took to Twitter” (
* Sulzberger – the real one – “is in over his head,” writes Alex Pareene (theawlcom)

* New York Times editors tell staffers that Jill Abramson was dismissed over leadership, and not for complaining about pay disparity. ( | (
* Ken Auletta: “As executive editor, Abramson’s starting salary in 2011 was $475,000, compared to Keller’s salary that year, $559,000. Her salary was raised to $503,000, and—only after she protested—was raised again to $525,000.” (
* Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy says she was misquoted in Auletta’s piece. (
* Abramson decides not to attend Sunday’s Brandeis commencement events. (
* To truly understand new New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet, “you have to circle back to New Orleans, a place that infused him with an easy social grace endearing to reporters and editors, and honed his eye for scandal.” ( | (
* A fresh look at the need for a Times print edition. (
* Where’s that headline, dammit?! (
* Ezra Klein isn’t buying claims that the home page is dead. (
* NPR takes a look at Carl Kasell‘s 60-year broadcasting career. (
* Washington Post hires Rachel Feltman as its first science blogger. (
* CNN fires news editor Marie-Louise Gumuchian for plagiarism in at least 50 stories. (
cherry* Two former Harper’s Bazaar staffers launch Cherry Bombe, a food magazine that got off the ground with $42,000 from a Kickstarter campaign. (
* Award-winning journalist Walter Robinson leaves academia and returns to the Boston Globe for his “third act.” (
* More talk about George Norcross wanting to fire the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Pulitzer-winning architecture critic. ( | My piece on Inga Saffron from a month ago: (
* Does Chicago really need a second Tribune Tower? CEO Peter Liguori throws out the idea. (