* What?! There will be no interviews at “The Interview” premiere. (ap.org)
* Incarceration in Iran is “taking a devastating toll on [Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian], physically and mentally.” (washingtonpost.com)
* University of Virginia students challenge Rolling Stone’s gang rape story. (washingtonpost.com)
* Time Inc. sells Sunset’s test kitchens and gardens. It will continue to publish the magazine. (nytimes.com)
* The prototype for the “new” Rocky Mountain News is “slovenly and amateurish.” (westword.com) | (cjr.org)
* The Daily Iowan complains about having “virtually zero personal access” to the university’s president. (dailyiowan.com)
* Some nice words about Brian Stelter‘s “Reliable Sources.” (mediaite.com)
* Instagram now has more active monthly users than Twitter. (theweek.com)
* Tommy Craggs is named executive editor of Gawker Media’s websites. (nick.kinja.com) | Nick Denton returns to blogging. (npr.org)
* Internet advertisers waste $6.3 billion a year on fake traffic. (nypost.com)
* Michael Hiltzik: Why do we keep getting taken in by journalism outsiders – people like Sam Zell (at left) – who say they’re going to save us? (latimes.com)
* The Atlantic is criticized for using the “9/11 Falling Man” image in a tweet. (@TheAtlantic)
* Blogging about underwear? Not for me, but I’d love to see the pitches from interested journalists. (craigslist.org)
The Los Angeles Times says Stephen Battaglio will “bolster our coverage of the TV news and sports business, and his presence in New York will be an asset in covering the increasing amount of production taking place there.” He joins the Times after serving as TV Guide business editor.
To: The Staff
From: John Corrigan, Assistant Managing Editor
Stephen Battaglio, a veteran journalist and author, has joined our Company Town team as a reporter covering the TV and media business out of New York.
Stephen comes to us from TV Guide, where he was the business editor. He’s also held staff positions at the New York Daily News, Inside.com and the Hollywood Reporter, where he was the New York bureau chief./CONTINUES Read More
Tom Gara, who left the Wall Street Journal in September to become BuzzFeed deputy business editor, has been promoted to business editor.
“I’m excited for him to build on and expand the talented group he’s been working with since the fall,” says BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith.
Peter Lauria, who had been business editor, “has moved on, and I wish him all the best,” says Smith. He adds that Lauria “put together a hell of a team and brought a great reporting metabolism to BuzzFeed Business.”
Lauria tells Romenesko readers:
I’m really proud of the team I built at BuzzFeed Business and how we were able to establish ourselves as a credible, authoritative and fun new source for business news in a very short amount of time. The team is filled with superstars who are going to do great things and I can only hope that they learned at least a little something from me. I’m looking forward to the next chapter in my career whether it’s journalism or something else.
* Alan Rusbridger is stepping down as editor of The Guardian next summer. (@arusbridger) | (independent.co.uk)
* Judge to Eric Holder: You have one week to make a decision regarding New York Times reporter James Risen. (politico.com)
* The Hitler Diaries vs. Rolling Stone’s UVA rape story. (jacklimpert.com)
* “I mean, whose dog did I poison?” asks Wall Street Journal “Broadway Bolter”Joanne Kaufman. (deadline.com) | Earlier: No more free theater tickets for Kaufman, says press agent. (jimromenesko.com)
* Charlie Warzel: “The promise of citizen journalism has changed from the hope that more eyes will mean more accountability … to the reality that information has never been freer or more fully weaponized.” (buzzfeed.com)
* FBI: There’s a chance our agents will pose as journalists again. (washingtonpost.com)
* Conservative billionaire Philip Anschutz considers bringing back the Rocky Mountain News. (bizjournals.com)
* Robert Lipsyte says he received about 20,000 emails during his two years as ESPN ombudsman. (slate.com)
* Marty Peretz doesn’t like that a Gawker alum is at The New Republic. (washingtonpost.com)
* “CBS Evening News” devotes 11-plus minutes to the torture report. (mediabistro.com)
* PBS’s “Frontline” announces hires for its new Enterprise Journalism Group. (pbs.org)
* New Bedford Standard-Times editor Bob Unger resigns to save jobs. (bostonglobe.com)
* Huh? New York Times is considering more print sections? (adage.com)
* Marty Kaiser is stepping down as Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editor in February. (jsonline.com)
* JOBS: Cover community news in the District of Columbia for Local News Now. (Romenesko Jobs)
* Courtesy titles in news stories “made us look like your dad’s website. Kind of stodgy,” says the editor of Crain’s Chicago Business. (chicagotribune.com)
* “That’s showbiz,” John McCain says of daughter Meghan’s TV show being cancelled. (washingtonpost.com)
Mike Wilson, who resigned as Tampa Bay Times managing editor a year ago to join Nate Silver’s FiveThirty Eight, is interviewing for the Dallas Morning News editor job. (Bob Mong is stepping down sometime next year.) Wilson will be in Dallas Thursday and Friday. I’m told: “Mike is the sole finalist and the only one doing a meet-and-greet.”
The memo from Mong and News publisher Jim Moroney:
To: One and All
From: Jim and Bob
Re: Visit by editor candidate
We are pleased that Mike Wilson will be in the newsroom Thursday and Friday to get better acquainted with our staff.
Mike asked to meet with as many journalists as we could pack into his two days here, and we have accommodated him with a very busy schedule.
He comes to us with a distinguished track record as a reporter, author, digital and print newsroom leader and proponent of high quality narrative writing. Currently, Mike works closely with Nate Silver as managing editor of FiveThirtyEight, ESPN’s first-ever publishing effort not dedicated exclusively to sports.
Previously Mike served as managing editor of the Tampa Bay Times, Florida’s largest newsroom. He oversaw a staff of 240 that published some of America’s best journalism. Mike rose to managing editor after having led the paper’s acclaimed enterprise team for three years. Under his direction, the Times’ Lane DeGregory won a Pulitzer Prize and another staffer was a finalist for feature writing. Mike also was a finalist for a Pulitzer in investigative reporting while on the staff of the Miami Herald.
He is also the author of two books: Right on the Edge of Crazy (1993), about the U.S. downhill ski team; and The Difference Between God and Larry Ellison (1997), about the CEO of Oracle Corp.
Mike is a Connecticut native and graduated from Tufts University in Massachusetts.