The 'Times' gets on the blog-purge story; more bad news for 'Daily News' shooters
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Margaret Sullivan has more on the New York Times blog purge, via Times managing editor Dean Baquet:
“We are rethinking blogs – actually, we’re always rethinking them,” he said.
He suggested that the golden age of blogs at The Times may be over: “Blogs proliferated early on because they were seen as a way for desks and subjects to get into the Web game. They taught us a different way of writing and thinking, created a way to move fast on coverage. But I’d argue that as we’ve matured, the sections themselves now act like blogs.”
As we reported earlier this week, the Times has so far shuttered at least about 10 of its several dozen blogs because it is "eliminating blogs that essentially duplicate section fronts," as a spokesperson put it, or in some cases deciding to "focus some of its resources elsewhere."
It is expected to eliminate more blogs in the coming weeks and months.
The FBI says Michael Hastings was not under investigation. [L.A. Times]
2009 called; it wants its Journolist archive back. [Gawker]
Two New York tabloid woods, one James Gandolfini photo. [FishbowlNY]
9,486 ways Jay Carney dodges reporters' questions. [Yahoo! News/The Ticket]
Wither Wired's Danger Room blog? [The Wrap]
Ashlea Halpern is leaving New York mag for Bon Apetit. [W.W.D.]
Quote of the day...
The moment something goes wrong after an interview, the response—publicist-advised or not—is to just discredit the reporter, and that's actually quite disgusting.
I know you're not surprised, but to me it's remarkable that Kurtz can shift to Fox and act like the politics of this move do not even EXIST.— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) June 21, 2013
I could barely be bothered to read Journolist when I was ON it.— Mike Madden (@mikemadden) June 21, 2013
@BuzzFeedBen Typical liberal media elite wants everything on a silver platter.— Hamilton Nolan (@hamiltonnolan) June 21, 2013
KTLA has details on an email Michael Hastings sent hours before his death:
From our inbox...
More bad news for Daily News photo freelancers:
Dear Freelance Photographer,
I have been given the tough task of passing along the following news to you. Due to budgetary constraints, the Photo Desk has been given a select list of freelancers that we can assign jobs to until further notice. Unfortunately, if you have received this email, your name wasn’t on the list.
On behalf of all the Daily News photo editors, I can’t stress enough that this has absolutely nothing to do with the quality of your work. You have all done a great job shooting assignments for the Daily News, and hopefully this change will only be temporary. It just seems to be the trend in newsrooms these days.
The silver lining is that I have been told we can accept photos that you submit to us on spec. We will pay $150 for photos that run online-only, and $250 for photos that run in the print edition. So, please continue to keep us in mind if you come across something newsworthy.
Again, I hope this is only temporary and, if so, I'll certainly let you know as soon as we can use additional freelancers for assignments.
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