Who, we wonder, is ultimately responsible for the first sentence of the article credited to Ryan Sit and Daniel Beekman? Did the reporters craft the lede, or was it – as it sort of feels like when reading – added in by their editors to support an equally offensive front page today:
This “little pig” has a roast beef with folks ridiculing her dad.
The paper is rightly taking heat for framing Alec Balwin‘s supportive daughter Ireland with this sordid, circa TMZ-2007 reference. Shame on them, say commenters to a Huffington Post article by associate media editor Catherine Taibi:
wandylou: While I think Baldwin needs to rein in his anger… Why would the NYDN sink so low to put his daughter with those words on the cover? If that were my daughter, you bet your life I’d be pissed. Exploiting the kids to spite Baldwin… Not cool.
Cameron Yarborough: “Little Pig”? Staff at the Daily News are sicker than Alec Baldwin.
At the Media Minds breakfast discussion this morning, new Time Inc. chief content officer Norman Pearlstine had some interesting things to say about media ethics in conversation with Alex S. Jones, director of the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics & Public Policy at Harvard. Jones, who pressed Pearlstine on the issues of native advertising, wondered how the exec would approach these issues at his new gig.
“[Native advertising] varies from brand to brand,” said Pearlstine. “It’s not to suggest that some magazines have a higher or lower standard, but that they’re different. If you think about the customer needs of some of our lifestyle magazines, they’re quite different from the customer needs from Time or Fortune.”
Leave it to Andy Kaufman to pull off, without even trying, the opposite of all those Twitter death hoaxes. Call it a “life hoax.”
Several days after the New York City awards show that caught the attention of each and every member of the Kaufman-obsessed world, The Smoking Gun has the real story. The woman who claimed Monday to be Kaufman’s daughter is an actress:
The woman who appeared onstage this week claiming Andy Kaufman was alive – and that she was his daughter – is a New York City actress whose actual father is a Manhattan psychiatrist, TSG has learned…
Very few people can point to longer terms of service with TMZ than Daniel Goldblatt. He started with the Harvey Levin operation way back in June of 2005. Roughly six months before the site opted for an original, breaking news voice and eventually found its way to a monstrous Mel Gibson scoop.
After eight years with TMZ as a producer and coordinating producer, Goldblatt has shifted over to New York City and the position of managing editor for variety.com. This may be purely coincidental, but in recent weeks, we’ve been noticing more variety.com linkage on The Drudge Report.
Almost everyone’s a cubicle star in one way or another if they work for TMZ. But it was away from the 24/7 office that Goldblatt clocked one of his more infamous LA moments.
TMZ founder Harvey Levin can be a demanding boss. His ability to ferret out stories, sources and exclusives in a telephone manner that is second-to-none creates exceedingly high expectations for all those who work alongside him in the 24/7 newsroom.
Did the Levin horizon of journalism deliverables have something to do with the exit in late June of Josh Dickey (pictured), hired as TMZ.com managing editor just a few months earlier? Probably.
We hate to be the bearers of bad Web news. But catching up to Village Voice editorial fellow Raillan Brooks‘ complaints about the tone of TMZ’s coverage of Brett Ratner donating to the NYC mayoral campaign of openly gay candidate Christine Quinn, we must sadly inform – there’s plenty more where that came from.
There are basically three tiers of content at TMZ. The website has both feet planted firmly in the gutter; the half-hour syndicated TV show has one foot out on the cleaner sidewalk; and the one-hour call-in block TMZ Live is the most legitimate of all, with Harvey Levin and cohorts intelligently discussing the day’s top stories.
After hearing from a source that Joshua Fruhlinger is leaving his position as editorial director for Engadget, Joystiq and TUAW to oversee digital at TMZ, Mario Ruiz, spokesperson for Huffington Post Media Group confirmed Fruhlinger’s departure.
“We’ll miss Josh enormously, and wish him the best of luck as he takes on his big new role at TMZ. And we’re delighted that he’ll be bringing his passion for tech and gadgets to Engadget as an ongoing contributor. In his role as editor-in-chief of Engadget, Tim Stevens will oversee Engadget’s editorial vision and execution, while Jay Kirsch, who is overseeing business for our tech sites including Engadget, will oversee the business side of the site.”
“Engadget, Joystiq, and TUAW are in my blood. Since 2004, I’ve worked hard to make them among the best tech news and information destinations in the world, and I feel now is as good a time as any to step aside and let the amazing teams at the sites’ helms do what they do best. Of course, moving to California to be close to my family has a good deal to do with my decision, and I look forward to seeing my parents, siblings, and their children on a regular basis.”
Our source did add that the position was mainly a business role; HuffPost Media Group isn’t looking for a replacement.
Former presidential candidate John Edwards has been all over the news this week, due to his (not surprising) admission of paternity of his admitted mistress’s baby, possibly spurred by the best selling book Game Changedebuting this week, which features in-depth descriptions of Edwards’ actions during the 2008 campaign, including his denial of the affair.
Now the publication that broke the story, supermarket tabloid The National Enquirer plans to submit its work for a Pulitzer Prize, the most prestigious award in journalism. As Game Change explains, when the paper broke the story in 2007, the mainstream media brushed it off as sensational storytelling and mainly ignored it. But executive editor Barry Levine told The Washington Post‘s media reporter Howard Kurtz that this week’s admissions have resulted in “vindication” for the tab.
“It’s clear we should be a contender for this,” Levine told Kurtz of the Pulitzer, referring to his paper’s revelations about the affair and Edwards’ paternity of Frances Quinn Hunter. “The National Enquirer, a supermarket tabloid, was able to publish this reporting.”
Although a Pulitzer for the Enquirer would set these awards on its head, we may not get to see such a thing this year; Kurtz points out that the tabloid’s best work on the Edwards story was done in 2007 and 2008, and this year’s prizes will honor work for 2009. Still, for a prize that has never even gone to an online news outlet, any shake up in the Pulitzer world would hint that the respected award recognizes the changing landscape of the media today. In reality, a nomination or award for The National Enquirer or TMZ might not be that far off, as long as they keep producing solid investigative journalism and breaking important news — assuming the Pulitzer committee can separate that work from the sensational things that are published by those sources.
You might say that the impact of “citizen journalism” on 2009 started with US Airways Flight 1549 crashing into the Hudson River, and the pictures of the plane hitting Twitter before any news outlets had them. And of course the role that Twitter played in helping Americans find out about protests in Iran after its election, proving that the micro-blogging tool could be used for something other than hourly updates about mundane activities. It may have peaked with MissTearah and the Fort Hood shootings, when news outlets realized that you can’t trust eyewitness accounts for your entire network of information.
But if all we had to go on was Twitter, than it would be the Year of Microblogging. Some consider bloggers to be citizen journalists because they work outside the spectrum of traditional news organizations, with all the pros and cons that it entails. Below, we take a look at what citizen journalism in 2009 might mean for the New Year.