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Posts Tagged ‘Julie Moos’

Despite Fake Bylines, San Francisco Chronicle to Continue Using Journatic’s BlockShopper

Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist Rebecca Rosen Lum has some sobering news from the opposite end of the journalism scale.

Despite a protest by the Media Workers Guild, which represents journalists and other workers at the San Francisco Chronicle, editor Ward Bushee has decided the paper will continue to publish real estate items created by Journatic’s now infamous content outsourcing service BlockShopper. The operation’s shoddy overseas business practices were exposed on a recent episode of NPR’s This American Life. From Lum’s report in online newspaper the Fog City Journal:

Last week, Bushee met with Media Workers Guild international vice president Michael Cabanatuan, a Chronicle reporter and former president of the San Francisco-based Pacific Media Workers Guild. Bushee told Cabanatuan the Chronicle preferred to devote its newsroom resources to higher-profile coverage…

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Andrew Beaujon Joins Poynter

Looks like Poynter has found its replacement for Jim Romenesko. Director of Poynter Online Julie Moos announced today that TBD writer Andrew Beaujon has been hired to cover the media beat for MediaWire–as Romenesko is now called–and Poynter.org.

Interestingly, in writing up Beaujon’s hire, Moos went out of her way to point out that traffic at Poytner has never been better.

That dual focus brought 483,000 unique visitors to Poynter.org in January, more than any month we’ve tracked, other than May 2011 when Osama bin Laden died. That’s a 76 percent increase in unique visitors over the website’s audience in January 2011. And 25 percent of last month’s audience came between 9 and 201 times, a loyal core of visitors.

In other words: “We’re doing just fine without Jim Romenesko.”

Jim Romenesko Launches New Website

Shortly after his resignation from Poynter, in the wake of what many critics called a manufactured attribution scandal, Jim Romenesko officially launched his new site Jimromenesko.com over the weekend. His first post detailed the ugly behind-the-scenes dealings that hastened his departure from Poynter. His contention seems to be that a fight over advertisers jumping ship from Poynter to his new site is what really started the spat between himself and Poynter’s online director Julie Moos.

[Poynter's Moos] wanted me to agree to stay away from Poynter’s advertisers. I’m not accepting any advertising restrictions, I said.

The next day she called again — this time about the upcoming CJR story and the questions that CJR’s writer raised about my posts. I told Julie that I’d used the same story summary format for the past 12 years, always credited the source, and sometimes didn’t use quote marks in my story summaries because they weren’t direct quotes. Not once in 12 years did anyone complain that I was plagiarizing or over-aggregating, I said. Julie said she was going to discuss this matter with Poynter president Karen Dunlap in the morning and that I shouldn’t post to Romenesko+ until a decision was reached.

After getting off the phone with Julie, I called a longtime friend from Milwaukee who’d been pushed out of his photo-studio manager job a few years earlier. (Tom, who just turned 57, is still looking for work.)

“I think Poynter’s going to fire me,” I said, “and try to ruin my reputation so none of their advertisers will go with me on the new site.”

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Jim Romenesko Accused of Improper Attribution

Jim Romenesko, the Godfather of media blogging, announced a semi-retirement from his popular Poynter blog a couple of months ago. Today he probably wishes he had retired fully–because an assistant editor at the Columbia Journalism Review just confronted Poynter with multiple examples of Romenesko borrowing language from his sources without attribution.

According to a post by Poynter’s Julie Moos, Romenesko is always good about attributing the reporting of his posts to its original sources. But he often borrows language directly from other stories without block quoting or putting the cut-and-pasted language in quotations–as is Poynter’s policy. For example, a recent post sourced from the Chicago Tribune featured language nearly wholly borrowed from the original Tribune piece–with no block or traditional quotes attributing the language to its original writer.

Moos says Romenesko offered to step down over CJR‘s discovery, but she rejected his resignation. Instead, Romenesko will take a break from blogging while Moos launches an investigation to see if other Poynter bloggers have been following Romenesko’s lead. Romenesko will return to blogging, but all of his posts will now go through an editor. Previously, he was the only Poynter blogger allowed to post without editorial supervision.

Bin Laden-Palooza: LA Times Isn’t Deemed Coverworthy*

Over at Poynter, Julie Moos has assembled a popular list of twenty-some-odd newspaper covers from across the country and their reactions to the killing of Osama bin Laden. Noticeably absent from that list: The LA Times. Pulitzer-success or no, looks like (to some) the Times is still an afterthought as an American paper of record.

Here’s the neglected cover in question:

 

*Update: Moos writes to explain her selection process. After the jump.

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