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Steven Levy Leaves Wired

Steven Levy GSteven Levy is leaving Wired for the blogging site Medium. Levy, in a post on Medium, explained that he will serve as editor-in-chief and senior writer of a TBD tech site:

So a precise description of what this new venture is going to eventually become is gleefully elusive. But I can tell you this—it will feature not only my own best writing but the work of contributors who share my belief in deeply reported, colorfully rendered stories in and around the tech explosion. We will also draw on some of the amazing contributions that are already flowing into Medium—not only professional writers but also smart people chiming in spontaneously—and bring in outside voices of authority who will express their concerns, share their thoughts, and generally provoke our readers.

Levy served as a senior writer for Wired. Prior to that, he served as a chief technology writer and a senior editor for Newsweek. He has also written several books on technology. Levy’s work has appeared in publications such as Harper’s, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and The New York Times Magazine.

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Circa Editor Pledges to Responsibly Cover Mass Shootings

CircaLogoAs is so often the case these days, another thought-provoking bit of inside-journalism musing has been shared on Medium. The author is Circa contributing editor Evan Buxbaum; the topic: how to responsibly cover mass shootings.

Buxbaum outlines how everyone at three-year-old Circa is committed, as quickly as news-cycle possible, to covering the victims rather than the shooter(s):

After the facts are established about the event, Circa is going to focus on the victims. We’re going to shine the light on the heroes that save and comfort lives, not the disturbed people who take them.

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Jay Lauf: Charts Are Quartz’s Version of Cat Videos

If you’re not already familiar with Flipboard’s excellent On the Red Couch interview series, the latest episode is a perfect introduction. Editorial team member Najib Aminy recently caught up with Quartz publisher Jay Lauf at the digital startup’s NYC headquarters.

At one point, Aminy asked Lauf what he meant exactly by the notion that “code will be what tomorrow’s journalism is based on.” The publisher’s reply:

“The easiest example [of that] right now is the way we approach charts. Probably 50% of Quartz stories have some sort of a chart in them. Kevin Delaney, our editor-in-chief, refers to charts as our version of cat videos.”

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David Carr Remembers the Time Philip Seymour Hoffman Wrestled Rainn Wilson

DavidCarrMediumLogoIt happened at the 2008 Independent Spirit Awards, MC-ed under the Santa Monica big top by Rainn Wilson. As New York Times media critic David Carr recalls via a medium.com blog post, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman displayed a lack of vanity that is unusual among Hollywood types.

Reading the following passage, we thought also of Jack Nicholson on-screen in Terms of Endearment, letting his belly hang out as astronaut Garrett Breedlove. From Carr’s piece:

A gauntlet was thrown and the two men collided mid-room, rolling under tables, grappling for their lives in a ferocious, spontaneous death match. Hoffman had a belly, but the man was not soft — he gave as good as he got, huffing and puffing the whole time.

Somewhere in there, his pants slipped, and he was selling a fair amount of crack. It was not his best feature, but he did not seem to care, instead concentrating on the matter at hand, which was fighting Wilson to a joyous and crowd-pleasing standstill.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Rep. Grimm Threatens NY1 | Time Inc. to Cut 500+ | Medium Raises $25M

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Rep. Michael Grimm Threatens an NY1 Reporter (NYT)
Footage showed Representative Michael G. Grimm physically threatening a reporter in the Capitol, shining a harsh light on the embattled Staten Island Republican in the hours after President Obama’s State of the Union address in Washington on Tuesday. Grimm can be heard telling Michael Scotto, a reporter for NY1, “I’ll break you in half” in footage broadcast by the network. Moments earlier, Grimm had walked away from an interview when Scotto began asking him questions about allegations of campaign finance violations. NY1 Grimm’s threats came at the end of a brief interview in which he discussed the president’s speech, calling the address “divisive.” Scotto then tried to ask the congressman about the ongoing federal investigation into his 2010 campaign fundraising: “And just finally before we let you go, we haven’t had a chance to talk about some of the…” Scotto began before Grimm cut him off. “I’m not speaking to you off-topic, this is only about the president,” said Grimm, before walking off camera. “So Congressman Michael Grimm does not want to talk about some of the allegations concerning his campaign finances,” Scotto said before tossing back to the station. But as the camera continued to roll, Grimm walked back up to Scotto and began speaking to him in a low voice. HuffPost Grimm explained his actions in a statement to the Huffington Post: “I was extremely annoyed because I was doing NY1 a favor by rushing to do their interview first in lieu of several other requests. The reporter knew that I was in a hurry and was only there to comment on the State of the Union, but insisted on taking a disrespectful and cheap shot at the end of the interview, because I did not have time to speak off-topic. I verbally took the reporter to task and told him off, because I expect a certain level of professionalism and respect, especially when I go out of my way to do that reporter a favor. I doubt that I am the first member of Congress to tell off a reporter, and I am sure I won’t be the last.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Scotto, who covers Capitol Hill for the New York-based news channel, referred a request for comment to NY1 political director Robert Hardt. “It is extremely disturbing when anyone threatens one of our reporters — let alone a U.S. Congressman,” Hardt told Politico in an email.

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GQ Editor Moves Over to Medium

MediumFrontNice mini-scoop for newly arrived Capital New York media reporter Johana Bhuiyan. She was the first to report that GQ editor Mark Lotto has moved over, effective Wednesday, to San Francisco-based start-up medium.com:

It’s a big move for Lotto, a print veteran who also has worked as an op-ed page staff editor at the New York Times before joining GQ in 2011. Now he will be working alongside new media mainstays like Twitter co-founder and Medium founder Evan Williams, and director of content Kate Lee

Lotto’s title at Medium is senior editor, a spokesperson for the site confirmed.

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