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Posts Tagged ‘Erik Wemple’

Erik Wemple’s Cautionary Professional View

ErikWempleSlugErik Wemple is one of the nation’s most widely read media critics. He works for a newspaper that, under new owner Jeff Bezos, stands a better chance than most of successfully figuring out the shifting print media horizon. His wife, Stephanie Mencimer, is a staff writer for Mother Jones magazine as well as a board member with the Fund for Investigative Journalism.

And yet… In a Q&A with the Daily Gazette, covering the Schenectady, NY region where Wemple grew up, the Washington Post columnist’s final answer speaks cheeky, realistic volumes. Asked by reporter Mark McGuire whether he plans to encourage the couple’s young son and daughter to pursue writing, Wemple replied:

“Let’s put it this way, I haven’t yet. …My wife is also a journalist. Neither one of us are counseling them to be a journalist. If they do that, it is all on them.”

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Twitter Rages Against New York Times Michael Brown Characterization

Some have chosen to react to the New York Times description of Michael Brown as “no angel” with sarcastic tweets about their youthful misdemeanors. Others are full of rage:

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Many of those expressing anger and outrage have likely not read the full article, and therefore perhaps do not realize that “no angel” in the fifth paragraph is a callback to reporter John Eligon‘s lede:

FERGUSON, Mo. — It was 1 a.m. and Michael Brown Jr. called his father, his voice trembling. He had seen something overpowering. In the thick gray clouds that lingered from a passing storm this past June, he made out an angel. And he saw Satan chasing the angel and the angel running into the face of God.

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2014 Mirror Awards Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2014 Mirror Awards — which celebrate the best in media reporting — have been announced. The winners will be announced June 4 at Cipriani on East 42nd Street.

Below are all the finalists. Congrats to everyone who was nominated.

Best Single Article – Traditional/Legacy Media

 Best Single Article – Digital Media

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Washington Post Columnist Investigates Perpetually Postponed LA Times Celebration Party

LA Times reporter Jeff Gottlieb’s May 3 email to a Los Angeles Times Media Group exec is one of the ages. Two years after he, Ruben Vives and colleagues won a $35,000 USC Annenberg prize for their exposure of the massive Bell city corruption scandal (ahead of the Public Service Pulitzer), he was having to question the financial allotment practices at his own paper.

Washington Post media columnist Erik Wemple thoroughly retraces the history of this long-simmering matter and also, for the piece, took Gottlieb’s complaints to newspaper spokesperson Nancy Sullivan. When, Wemple wanted to know on Gottlieb’s behalf, was that promised celebration party funded by residual Selden Ring prize money going to finally take place? From Sullivan’s quoted reply:

“A small amount was set aside for a staff party. The party was postponed several times for various reasons but will be held in the near future.”

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Everyone Loves Margaret Sullivan

We think Margaret Sullivan, the New York Times’ public editor, is great. In The Nation’s new profile of her, that sentiment gets echoed. Over and over again. In fact, Sullivan might be the most beloved person in media right now. Think we’re crazy? Maybe we are. Or maybe we’re so sane we just blew your mind. See below for some Sullivan love from The Nation’s piece.

Greg Mitchell, author of the profile:

Sullivan, on the other hand [compared to previous public editors], is able to cover so much, so often, because unlike her predecessors, she has used her blog at the paper’s main website regularly—making good on one of her first promises to readers after taking the job.

Jay Rosen:

What strikes me is that she’s determined to participate in the online conversation about the Times and its brand of journalism. The previous public editors did not see this as important. One result: she is on top of things a lot more quickly.

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Washington Post Columnist Trips Over Whitney Houston Casket Photos Controversy

To the Washinton Post‘s credit, a correction framing yesterday evening’s Erik Wemple column “National Enquirer Has Done Far Worse” appears at the very top of the page. This ensures that readers will actually see the correction, and amounts to about as full an ownership of an online mistake as is possible.

Now the bad news; we’re talking about a massively embarrassing flub. Wemple’s piece hinged on the idea that the privacy-outcry over the Enquirer cover photo of Whitney-in-repose is somewhat moot because hundreds of people attended the pop singer’s funeral. The only problem? That’s not when-where the photo(s) was taken:

CORRECTION:

The photos that leaked to the Enquirer came from a funeral-home viewing of Whitney Houston that was apparently restricted to a smaller circle than was the funeral. That consideration changes completely the privacy expectations outlined below. My most sincere apologies to all.

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LA Journalist Angered by Nightline Story Lift

Amanda Hess, lifestyle editor at GOOD, has a right to be upset. As she tweeted last night, Nightline on Thursday completely ripped off her November 2011 profile of rising male porn star James Deen:

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