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Morning Media Newsfeed: Zakaria Joins The Atlantic | The Hill Names Cusack Editor-in-Chief

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Fareed Zakaria to Join Atlantic Media as Contributing Editor (FishbowlDC)
Atlantic Media announced Monday that Fareed Zakaria will join The Atlantic and Quartz as a contributing editor in September. In this role, he will write for The Atlantic and participate in AtlanticLIVE and Quartz events. FishbowlNY Zakaria will continue his current roles as host for CNN and a columnist for The Washington Post. HuffPost “I have read The Atlantic with pleasure for three decades,” Zakaria said. “It is the best forum for ideas in the world and I’m delighted to be a part of it and Quartz.” Poynter / MediaWire Zakaria will cover “pressing world matters and culture”, and his work will appear both in the magazine and on TheAtlantic.com, according to Atlantic Media. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Zakaria’s first event with the company will be Quartz’s The Next Billion: A Connected World conference in New York in November.

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Felix Salmon: I Said ‘Masturbatory’, Not ‘Masturbation’

Same difference? On a freaky, spring Friday, it’s as good a question as any. It’s also the spark for one of today’s absolute must-reads.

JournalismFestLogoFrom the eighth annual International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy (April 30- May 4), the hosts tweeted that Fusion TV’s Felix Salmon had said, quote: “Breaking news is the most masturbating thing journalists do.” Salmon has followed with a minor correction (he said “masturbatory”, not “masturbating”) and a whole bunch of elaboration:

The full quote was captured by the FT’s John Burn-Murdoch: “Breaking news is the most masturbatory thing journalists do. The reader couldn’t give a flying f*ck who broke it.”

A bit of context, here… In the Q&A, I was asked about whether there was a problem with the fact that explanatory journalism doesn’t break news. In particular, I was asked about this quote, from James Ball, at The Guardian, writing about Vox and FiveThirtyEight:

‘Neither site truly aims to break news on the areas they cover, and therein lies a problem: Are readers meant to visit their favorite “regular” news sites, then hop by and see if the newcomers have anything to add (or debunk)? Neither FiveThirtyEight nor Vox has offered quite enough (yet) on any of their specialties to become the first stop.’

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FiveThirtyEight Looking for Two Good Interns

FiveThirtyEightLogoWhat does “pink grammar” mean? if you can figure that out, you might have a small-talk, job interview edge with regards to the pair of paid summer internships shared today by Carla Correa (a.k.a. @pinkgrammar).

A more certain lingo-advantage for those interested in the “data reporter” or “computational journalist” position will be a familiarity with “Python and Ruby.” If your first thoughts are to wonder why on earth FiveThirtyEight requires expertise in UK sketch comedy and the JFK assassination, this is probably not the low-salary job for you.

Both internships run from June 9 through August 14, at the New York office. Candidates should be enrolled in at least one course at the time of application and graduating this summer, fall or next spring.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Elliott Exits GMA | Piers Morgan Bows Out | NYT Mag Names New Editor

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Josh Elliott Exiting ABC’s Good Morning America for NBC Sports (TheWrap)
After months of speculation over Josh Elliott’s future at ABC News’ Good Morning America, contract talks broke down over the weekend and he will leave his anchor spot for a gig with NBC Sports. Amy Robach will be promoted to news anchor, effective immediately. TVNewser Elliott’s jump to NBC and return to sports comes at the end of intense contract negotiations with ABC News. Elliott will work on most high-profile NBC Sports programs including Sunday Night Football, NBC Olympics and Triple Crown horse racing. NBC is expected to reveal more later this week. Deadline Hollywood Elliott, who had been making about $1.2 million salary at GMA, turned down an offer to stay with the show for $4-$5 million. After his fellow anchor Lara Spencer nailed down a lucrative multiyear contract Thursday, Elliott raised his ask to $10 million a year. Per the terms of Elliott’s exit, he cannot appear on NBC’s Today show for six months. NYT Elliott is the second member of the GMA team to be recruited away from the show by NBCUniversal. Sam Champion, who had been the weather anchor for GMA, was hired by the Weather Channel to start up a new morning show on that cable channel, which is owned by NBCUniversal. ABC did make a strong effort to retain Elliott, offering him about $5 million a year, according to one executive with knowledge of the negotiations. Variety Robach, Elliott’s replacement, began her career as a general assignment reporter in South Carolina and moved on to become a morning anchor in Washington, D.C. She spent five years at NBC where she was an anchor at MSNBC and co-host of Weekend Today. Co-anchors Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos remain as the leads of the show.

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Nate Silver and Paul Krugman are Bickering Like Children

Nate Silver and Paul Krugman don’t seem to like each other, and so they’ve taken to sniping back and forth. The net result is — as with any media feud — a total loss.

It all started when Silver took a shot at op-ed columnists, explaining that “They don’t have any discipline in how they look at the world, and so it leads to a lot of bullshit, basically.” Shortly after that, Krugman fired back in a column saying that Silver’s new FiveThirtyEight.com was long on numbers, short on analyzing them. Krugman has since written a few more columns piling on FiveThirtyEight, culminating with “So far [FiveThirtyEight] looks like something between a disappointment and a disaster.”

Silver, of course, decided to swing back. He wrote that when FiveThirtyEight was under The New York Times umbrella, Krugman enjoyed the site. But now things have suddenly changed:

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Morning Media Newsfeed: FiveThirtyEight Is Live | Sony Layoffs Begin | Carney to Resign?

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Statistician Nate Silver’s ESPN Site Kicks Off Amid Blog Frenzy (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Nate Silver, the New York Times blogger who jumped to ESPN last year, introduced his revamped FiveThirtyEight.com website Monday as more traditional media companies seek investments in online journalism. Poynter / MediaWire In an article welcoming readers, editor-in-chief Silver says the fact that he called the 2012 presidential election “was and remains a tremendously overrated accomplishment.” It only stood out “in comparison to others in the mainstream media,” Silver writes. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The new site already features a number of articles and visualizations on topics ranging from the Crimean independence vote to the efficacy of toilet seat covers to Silver’s highly anticipated March Madness predictions. FiveThirtyEight will also produce podcasts and documentaries. GigaOM Silver said that he doesn’t want his site to replace or supersede traditional journalism, but to fill what he sees as a “need in the marketplace” for rigorous data-oriented journalism. The site’s logo, a stylized fox head, comes from what Silver says is an ancient Greek aphorism about how the hedgehog knows one large thing, while the fox “knows many small things.” Capital New York Remnants of Silver’s time as a data wonk at the Times remain. The site includes an archive of many, but not all, of the FiveThirtyEight articles published when it was a Times brand, dating back to 2009. Several are even bylined by the current head of the Times‘ impending data venture The Upshot: David Leonhardt. Times graphics editor Kevin Quealy also makes appearances in the archives, as well as Thomas Schaller, a professor of political science at the University of Maryland who contributed to the site when it was part of the Times, and Andrew Gelman, professor of statistics and political science at Columbia University. FishbowlDC FiveThirtyEight is back, baby. And for all of you in D.C. journo-land, this likely means you will have no jobs. The overwhelming and undeniable power of Nate Silver‘s math will render your quaint approaches to “newsgathering” as irrelevant as they are devoid of insight. Sorry.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Attkisson Resigns | John Cook to First Look | ESPN Launches Exit 31

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Sharyl Attkisson Resigns From CBS News (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson has reached an agreement to resign from CBS News ahead of contract, bringing an end to months of hard-fought negotiations, sources said. Attkisson, who has been with CBS News for two decades, had grown frustrated with what she saw as the network’s liberal bias, an outsized influence by the network’s corporate partners and a lack of dedication to investigative reporting, several sources said. She increasingly felt like her work was no longer supported and that it was a struggle to get her reporting on air. The Washington Post / Erik Wemple Rumors of Attkisson’s stormy relations with her superiors at CBS News have made the rounds for months. In conversations from last year, CBS News sources said that Attkisson was frustrated that more of her reporting on Benghazi and other investigative pieces didn’t make The CBS Evening News with greater frequency. HuffPost The Emmy-winning reporter also made headlines in 2013 after CBS News confirmed that her computers had been hacked. Attkisson had suggested that “there could be some relationship” between the suspicious activity and the government’s probes into the Associated Press and Fox News’ James Rosen. The Department of Justice denied that possibility, and the network also addressed it in a statement in August, saying, “To be clear, the federal government has not been accused in the intrusion of Attkisson’s computer; CBS News is continuing to work to identify the responsible party.” The Washington Times Attkisson began negotiating with CBS News president David Rhodes as early as last April about getting out of her contract. She announced her resignation to her 41,000 Twitter followers Monday with the simple message: “I have resigned from CBS.” TVNewser Attkisson, a Washington-based investigative correspondent, called her time at CBS News “one of life’s great privileges” and said she is “grateful for the many opportunities I’ve had.”

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FiveThirtyEight Adds Three

FiveThirtyEight, the forthcoming site to be edited by Nate Silver, continues to beef up its staff. Below are three new hires made by the ESPN owned site.

  • Mona Chalabi joins as lead writer for FiveThirtyEight’s “EveryData,” Sliver described EveryData as “our bloglike/streamlike product.” Chalabi comes to the site from The Guardian, where she served as a researcher and reporter for its data team.
  • Benjamin Morris has been named senior writer, sports. Morris most recently worked as a freelance writer and quantitative analyst.
  • Neil Paine joins as senior writer and analyst. Plane comes to the site from Sports Reference.

FiveThirtyEight Adds Deputy Editor and Director of Data and Technology

bw-smallFiveThirtyEight, the forthcoming site from ESPN that will be edited by Nate Silver, has named Andrei Scheinkman (pictured) deputy editor and director of data and technology. Scheinkman was most recently data editor for The Huffington Post. Prior to that he worked on the New York Times’ interactive news team.

“We’re thrilled to have Andrei,” said Silver, in a statement. “Data visualization is a tremendous way to take a complex set of information and make it approachable and understandable, which is among the most important functions of journalism. His work is at the essence of what FiveThirtyEight stands for.”

Silver and Scheinkman will now being the process of hiring a data visualization team for FiveThirtyEight.

FiveThirtyEight Names Ben Casselman Chief Economics Writer

Ben Casselman GBen Casselman is joining FiveThirtyEight — the yet-to-launch ESPN site to be edited by Nate Silver — as its chief economics writer. Caseelman comes to the site from The Wall Street Journal, where he had worked since 2006. Casselman most recently served as the Journal’s lead economics writer.

During his time at the Journal, Casselman was part of a team whose work on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill won a Gerald Loeb Award and was a Pulitzer finalist.

“Ben’s exceptional career at The Wall Street Journal demonstrates that dogged and tenacious reporting is not the enemy of data-driven journalism,” said Silver, in a statement. “By contrast, they have much the same method. It’s a matter of asking great questions, and being willing to dig under the surface of the problem to provide clarity to a wider audience amid the massive amount of data and information in the world today.”

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