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NYU Adds Games Journalism Course

ChrisPlanteAvatarPolygon is a video games-focused website launched in 2010 in partnership with Vox Media. Among its attractively Avatar-ed content staff is co-founder and current editor-at-large Chris Plante. That’s his picture at right, the site’s equivalent of a Wall Street Journal hedcut.

This fall, Plante with have something else on his plate. Per an item by CJR staff writer Chris Ip, Plante will be teaching a class at NYU devoted to games journalism:

Students will read classic works like Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel’s The Elements of Journalism alongside a 1989 edition of Electronic Gaming Monthly. They will watch Page One, the documentary about the New York Times, and also host a livestream of themselves playing video games while providing commentary. One aim is to create a community of critics who treat gaming as a genre as deserving of artistic critique as film, music and literature..

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Jake Silverstein Gives CJR an Exit Interview

JakeSilversteinPicNice work, Aparna Alluri! The Columbia Journalism Review intern recently conducted a brief, informative email Q&A with Jake Silverstein for the publication’s “Exit Interview” series.

Silverstein, the incoming New York Times Magazine editor, reminds with his first answer that he has a wonderful sense of humor. And on this, the day of the 2014 Tony Award nominations, he also offers an intriguing POV on where his NYT publication currently sits in the media landscape:

“Magazines – unlike papers, unlike news sites, unlike blogs — have a theatrical quality to them. The stories should be little plays.”

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CJR Crunches the Capital New York Paywall Numbers

Shutterstock_CoinsGraphCapital New York’s imminent paywall works out to $16.41… per day. We shared our skepticism about the recent announcement of a $5,990 annual climb for subscribers; this morning, the Columbia Journalism Review‘s Dean Starkman takes a different view:

The secret to Capital New York is that it only has to sell 600 or so subscriptions to break even, and it’s probably going to do better than that because it’s not like apples in at least one important respect…

[Politico Pro's] numbers are about 1,700 organizations and 10,000 readers. Divide the 10,000 readers by the five readers allowed to use it to get to 2,000 subscribers, times $8,000 each, gets to a rough annual revenue $16 million. Politico has more than 100 employees, but not that much more. Let’s pay them at a rate of $100,000 each, including benefits, and we’re at, say, $12 million, and comfortably in the black.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: White House Photo Spat | Spayd Named CJR EIC | NBCU Wants AllThingsD

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White House Press Corps Snaps Over Photo Ban (FishbowlDC)
The White House Correspondents Association has had enough. And so has just about every other media outlet in America. WHCA and more than 40 other news orgs sent a letter Thursday to White House press secretary Jay Carney to protest the banning of photographers from some White House events. The Obama White House has said in the past that photographers would not be allowed to take pictures of “private” events, but has often released photos of those same events taken by White House photographer Pete Souza. In the letter, the media groups accused the White House of trying to replace “photojournalism with visual press releases.” Politico / 44 The atmosphere in the White House briefing room got heated Thursday afternoon as reporters challenged a spokesman over press access to the president. After delivering a letter arguing that officials are “blocking the public from having an independent view of important functions of the Executive Branch of government,” members of the White House press corps cut into principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest as he defended the administration’s policies on press access. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media At one point during the briefing, NBC News White House correspondent Chuck Todd told Earnest that if Vladimir Putin issued similar restrictions on the media, the Obama White House “would mock it, [and say] there was no free press.” (Todd later tweeted: “And the press access precedent being set by this (White House) press office will only be followed in a more rigid way by next POTUS. Why we whine.”) National Journal Comparing the White House to the Russian news agency is a hyperbole, of course, but less so with each new administration. Obama’s image-makers are taking advantage of new technologies that democratized the media, subverting independent news organizations that hold the president accountable. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Hours after protesting the White House policy of banning photographers from certain events, the Associated Press Media Editors and the American Society of Newspaper Editors called on members to stop publishing photos and videos provided by the White House Press Office.

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CJR Finds Its New EIC

LizSpaydTwitterProfilePicJoe Pompeo has the scoop on an important succession.

Liz Spayd (pictured), formerly at The Washington Post, is replacing Cyndi Stivers as editor-in-chief of the Columbia Journalism Review. Stivers left in the spring to become EIC of From Pompeo’s item:

“We’re very excited about Liz’s arrival and have high hopes that she will lead CJR into a new era of influence and digital adaptation,” Columbia Journalism School Dean Steve Coll, himself a Post veteran, wrote in a Thursday morning internal announcement obtained by Capital New York.

According to Pompeo’s previous reporting, Spayd beat out former Roling Stone executive editor Eric Bates. Read the rest of his item here.

[Photo courtesy: @spaydl]

Author Michael Pollan Fills In the GMO, NYT Blanks

One of the lessons here is be careful what you tweet before unplugging for summer vacation.

On July 28, author Michael Pollan made a Twitter observation about a New York Times investigation into genetically modified oranges authored by Pulitzer Prize winner Amy Harmon; his tweet set the Internet on fire. Today, Columbia Journalism Review contributor Alexis Sobel Fitts shares the highlights of a much longer telephone conversation with Pollan.

The erudite CJR reader comments are already coming in. Pollan basically runs through the GMO industry “talking points” that he cryptically referred to in his original tweet. Starting with:

Talking Point 1 The idea that GM products have received extensive safety testing—including long-term feeding trials—is a common industry talking point. The truth is American regulators haven’t required any feeding trials; Europeans have, but they’re not long, only 90 days.

Here are the two phrases from Harmon’s piece that he’s talking about…

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Report: Journalists Need More Business Savvy

Today the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University released a massive report on digital journalism, and the main theme derived from the 139 page document is that journalists need to understand the business side of things much more than they do now.

While the report stops short of explicitly stating that media companies need to find out what advertisers like and have writers direct their pens (keyboards, whatever) in that direction, it does say that journalists should be more educated about what drives ad dollars, and adjust on the fly. Bill Grueskin, a dean at Columbia and a co-author of the report, tells The New York Times:

We’re not suggesting that journalists get marching orders from advertisers. We are suggesting that journalists get a much better understanding of why so many advertising dollars have left the traditional news media business.

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How The Arizona Republic Dealt with The Giffords Story

When the attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords happened, the Arizona Republic, a newspaper with a little over 300 staffers, had to race against time, as well as a tidal wave of national outlets, to report on the incident. Randy Lovely, the paper’s Vice President and Editor, spoke to the Columbia Journalism Review about how it dealt with the incident.

Lovely discusses the chaos that came with the false report that Giffords was dead, saying that because they couldn’t confirm where the report came from, it made the paper even more cautious about what information it released. Lovely also says that the advent of social networking has posed new obstacles to newspapers when breaking news:

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How The The Atlantic Ended Up With The Same Cover As The Economist

250.jpg The Columbia Journalism Review just happened to catch some similarities between an October 2008 cover for The Economist and a May 2009 edition of The Atlantic. Besides the typeface, the pictures on the covers are almost identical: both show the shadow outline of man peering over the edge of a cliff, you know, to symbolize how much trouble our economy is in.

But it’s a total coincidence, Atlantic art director Jason Treat told CJR:

“I actually hadn’t seen the Economist cover when we designed this, so I wasn’t even aware that they had arrived at the same design solution…I only wish I had seen the Economist cover first…(I) would have revised it to distance it aesthetically.”

We believe Treat when he says it was an honest mistake: this is fundamentally different from the Newsweek/Runner’s World photo rights issue going on right now. If anything, the only thing both The Atlantic and The Economist are guilty of here is using the worn cliché to represent the financial crisis.

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CJR Panel: Is Web Journalism Profitable?

ccc.jpgYesterday, the Columbia Journalism Review held a conference entitled “Beyond the Newsroom: Traditional journalistic skills in a nontraditional world” with panelists Michael Calderone from Politico, David Banks of Civic Venture and, New School professor and former Associated Press correspondent Clara Hemphill, Charles Sennott of The Global Post and Paul Steiger of ProPublica.

So with these veteran reporters speaking about new media endeavors, did anyone produce a new perspective on web journalism or its potential lucrativeness?

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