I teach journalism and direct the Studio 20 program at NYU, critique the press, direct @membershippzzle. 'Ambassador' for @decorrespondent's expansion.
Everyday conundrum: Trump does/says something dumb (Greenland, etc). How much attention should the media give this? What is the larger point? Is it just a sideshow? And if so, is ignoring it the right response? Also, game theory (i.e., others will almost always cover it)
 
My recommendation was "when in doubt send it to the gaslight desk." https://twitter.com/jayrosen_nyu/status/1153058258896207873
"A total of 218 companies had commercials during episodes of 'Tucker Carlson Tonight' during last year’s second quarter... For the same time period this year, the number of companies whose ads ran during the show was down to 107." https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/20/business/media/tucker-carlson-fox-advertisers.html
RT @maitevermeulen: Talked to fellow journalists – all the way in South Africa – about how I engage my audience to join my beat #membership…
RT @Jon_Allsop: My newsletter today for @CJR, with links, among others, from @ashleyfeinberg, @jayrosen_nyu, @gabrielsnyder, @alexandrianea…
More than anyone, Mark Halperin is the journalist I modeled my "cult of the savvy" argument on. http://pressthink.org/2011/08/why-political-coverage-is-broken/#p18 What does the savvy press claim to have mastered? Same material the consultant class claims to have mastered. This is Halperin's base. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/redemption-sounds-nice-but-disgraced-pundit-mark-halperin-doesnt-deserve-it/2019/08/19/e3be802e-c260-11e9-9986-1fb3e4397be4_story.html?noredirect=on
RT @jayrosen_nyu: @oliverdarcy @brianstelter I hope someone on your team is tracking the treatment of the Facebook bias report at conservat…
Granted, I have an odd sense of humor. All morning for example I have been chuckling about this. Facebook apparently thought that conservatives wanted a study of the platform's bias against them. So they actually did the study! Like a good will gesture! https://www.axios.com/facebook-conservative-bias-audit-results-1de997b4-7192-4546-a452-b90ded43a968.html
Can publishers who seek to grow their membership invest in paid lead acquisition tactics and predict with strong confidence the rate of return on their investment? That's the question we try to answer in @membershippzzle's latest study. https://membershippuzzle.org/articles-overview/smart-investment By @phillipadsmith
"I know how to solve the problems with news, just take the bias out." If I was going to run a corporate con or a pyramid scheme and then disappear with the money, my plans would start with that sentence. The suckers for it are legion. You meet them everywhere. They never stop.
I cannot recall any announcement of a news start-up about which I could more confidently say, "this will fail." https://www.politico.com/story/2018/12/18/ousted-npr-news-chief-ex-fox-news-execs-team-up-on-new-site-1068672
It is sometimes said that he knows media, that media is a skill of his, something he has truly mastered. Journalists themselves report this. It's bunk. From the @ReliableSources newsletter.
RT @dcg1114: @LauraRBelin @moorehn @jayrosen_nyu Halpern once told me that the problem with Obamacare was that it wasn't bipartisan (He bla…
RT @jayrosen_nyu: My new post is about the tensions between the New York Times and its core readership over Trump coverage. And there's a n…
Former editor in chief, @USATODAY. https://twitter.com/joannelipman/status/1163429594797678592
Three of the most powerful words in journalism: "help us investigate." https://twitter.com/NiemanLab/status/1163499116766334977
Despite NYT's hesitance to rethink its Trump coverage, a younger, more diverse generation of journalists and a more vocal readership have spurred small changes (@jayrosen_nyu / PressThink) http://pressthink.org/2019/08/bad-headline-small-changes-at-the-new-york-times/ http://mediagazer.com/190819/p11#a190819p11
RT @rasmus_kleis: "Hopes for journalism" - @jayrosen_nyu has updated his "problems" and @jeffjarvis published his "worries" for the future…
In the comments at my site, I was asked why people make such a big deal out of the missing public editor position at the New York Times. Here's part of my answer. Rest here: http://pressthink.org/2019/08/bad-headline-small-changes-at-the-new-york-times/#comment-140337
RT @rasmus_kleis: "Hopes for journalism" - @jayrosen_nyu has updated his "problems" and @jeffjarvis published his "worries" for the future…
..@EricBoehlert advances the thesis that there is no White House in the way reporters have always used that term, "the sprawling West Wing enterprise that powers and supports each American president." It's just Trump and people who work there— cluelessly. https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/8/18/1879189/-D-C-media-s-dirty-little-secret-It-has-no-idea-what-s-happening-inside-Trump-s-White-House
About the 1619 project: "Almost every contributor in the magazine and special section — writers, photographers and artists — is black, a nonnegotiable aspect of the project that helps underscore its thesis, Ms. Hannah-Jones said." https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/slavery-capitalism.html
Post 6 women in research/academia to follow, here are mine. @emgollie @macloo @rmack @azirulnick @nikkiusher @heatherchaplin https://twitter.com/rasmus_kleis/status/1163435535161077760
RT @pollycurtis: @jeffjarvis @jayrosen_nyu I share many of your worries and that’s why I joined @tortoise to do this https://members.tortoisemedia.com/2019/06/28/tortoise-network-friday-28/content.html?sig=lAQiDoyYBBzBOuCiU3uqDIRySq-ehKZ5S4ysSnXNC90
"As powerful readers, we should exercise our newfound power of the purse smartly and judiciously. Hold the Times to account, as it holds others, but don’t let that accountability get in the way of its vital 21st century mission." —@kdoctor in the comments. http://pressthink.org/2019/08/bad-headline-small-changes-at-the-new-york-times/
From time to time, I post a list of my top puzzles in pressthink, the problems on which I am spending the most time. http://pressthink.org/2019/08/a-current-list-of-my-top-problems-in-pressthink-august-2019/ Recently I urged @jeffjarvis to compile a similar list for himself. Today he delivered— his top six. https://medium.com/whither-news/worries-dda1a5e40dbc Who's next?
@jayrosen_nyu gave me homework and I'm handing it in: my list of worries about problems in journalism. https://medium.com/whither-news/worries-dda1a5e40dbc
This is framing. A specific kind, often called punctuation. It means when do you start the story? Note there is no "objective" way to answer that. The New York Times knows what framing is. This example is from their fantastic 1619 project, published today. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/slavery-capitalism.html
RT @jayrosen_nyu: @jeffjarvis I replied, Jeff. http://pressthink.org/2019/08/bad-headline-small-changes-at-the-new-york-times/#comment-140316
A Guardian columnist was attacked and beaten outside a pub last night. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/aug/17/guardian-columnist-owen-jones-attack-pub-london “In the past year I’ve been repeatedly targeted in the street by far right activists, including attempts to use physical assault, and homophobic abuse."
RT @jayrosen_nyu: Unnamed staffer: "I am concerned that the Times is failing to rise to the challenge of a historical moment. What I have h…
I updated my new post after @slate came out with a transcript of that staff meeting at the New York Times where they wrestled with Trump coverage. Here's how it concludes now. http://pressthink.org/2019/08/bad-headline-small-changes-at-the-new-york-times/
RT @jayrosen_nyu: @DavidAScales I don't think it has been explained well— including by me. My point about the core readers is not that thei…
I added this thought in a comment under @jayrosen_nyu's excellent post about The Times: What struck me most in the transcript is how they are all scared of talking with each other. http://pressthink.org/2019/08/bad-headline-small-changes-at-the-new-york-times/#comment-140312
 
I was also struck in transcript how disdainful Baquet is of any criticism from the outside, from politicians (Beto, AOC, et al) or readers on whom he is now more dependent than ever (does he resent them? or only when they tweet?) https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/08/new-york-times-meeting-transcript.html
 
I replied, Jeff. http://pressthink.org/2019/08/bad-headline-small-changes-at-the-new-york-times/#comment-140316
RT @Mimirocah1: @soledadobrien @whca @jayrosen_nyu Especially considering the substance of the article they are tweeting: “It’s a common sc…
RT @drvox: @jayrosen_nyu @nytimes What frustrates people is not that they want to see the word "racist" in the paper. What frustrates them…
RT @whca: Statement on suspension of White House press pass.
A good comeback to the @whca from @ErikWemple. "Accessibility doesn’t equal transparency, a trait that requires honesty." https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/08/14/president-trump-eclipses-his-predecessors-media-availability/
Conversations with the New York Times: Times writer: People are wetting the bed over one headline (that ran in one print edition before it was corrected...) Me: People are wetting the bed over one headline. That your best read, Jim? Times writer: Yep. https://twitter.com/jayrosen_nyu/status/1162835755594653697
RT @ThePlumLineGS: Terrific @jayrosen_nyu piece skewering Dean Baquet's testy, defensive responses to criticism of the @nytimes, responses…
RT @jayrosen_nyu: Unnamed staffer: "I am concerned that the Times is failing to rise to the challenge of a historical moment. What I have h…
RT @howardweaver: Dean Baquet is a smart man who’s done superb journalism. He is also a man who seems mired in a classic loser’s blunder: f…
RT @jayrosen_nyu: Unnamed staffer at the New York Times: "I am often completely unaware of who is even writing the headlines for my stories…
Nothing quite expresses the soul of the @whca like this tweet. https://twitter.com/whca/status/1161744064301211650
RT @davewiner: @jayrosen_nyu The NYT needs a real public editor, a member of the public who is not a journalist, and has unfettered access…
RT @jayrosen_nyu: Unnamed staffer: "I am concerned that the Times is failing to rise to the challenge of a historical moment. What I have h…
In her Nation column, @joanwalsh explains why she cancelled her New York Times subscription. https://www.thenation.com/article/new-york-times-donald-trump-election-2016/ And why she may subscribe again.
I updated my post after @ashleyfeinberg of @slate came out with a transcript of that staff meeting at the New York Times where they wrestled with Trump coverage. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/08/new-york-times-meeting-transcript.html Here is how my commentary ends now. http://pressthink.org/2019/08/bad-headline-small-changes-at-the-new-york-times/
My new post is about the tensions between the New York Times and its core readership over Trump coverage. And there's a new factor: a younger generation of Times journalists who wonder if leadership might be blowing it. Grab a coffee and read about it: http://pressthink.org/2019/08/bad-headline-small-changes-at-the-new-york-times/
RT @drvox: @jayrosen_nyu @nytimes What frustrates people is not that they want to see the word "racist" in the paper. What frustrates them…
RT @jayrosen_nyu: Unnamed staffer: "I am concerned that the Times is failing to rise to the challenge of a historical moment. What I have h…
“Our role is not to be the leader of the resistance,” Dean Baquet kept saying this week. I replied to that in my new post. http://pressthink.org/2019/08/bad-headline-small-changes-at-the-new-york-times/
Unnamed staffer to Dean Baquet: "One of the reasons people have such a problem with a headline like this—or some things that the New York Times reports on— is because they care so much... They are depending on us to keep kicking down the doors." https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/08/new-york-times-meeting-transcript.html
Unnamed staffer at the New York Times: "I am often completely unaware of who is even writing the headlines for my stories. Why can’t I or one of the editors who actually worked on the story just write it?” https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/08/new-york-times-meeting-transcript.html
A Times staffer: "A headline like that simply amplifies without critique the desired narrative of the most powerful figure in the country. If the Times’ mission is now to take at face value and simply repeat the claims of the powerful, that’s news to me." https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/08/new-york-times-meeting-transcript.html
Unnamed @nytimes staffer to Dean Baquet: "Could you explain your decision not to more regularly use the word racist in reference to the president’s actions?" https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/08/new-york-times-meeting-transcript.html
RT @JanissaryJones: @jayrosen_nyu @robdelaney The problem for the times is that they have a financial stake in continuation of the status q…
Nameless Times staffer: "Wondering to what extent you think that the fact of racism and white supremacy being sort of the foundation of this country should play into our reporting. Just because it feels to me like it should be a starting point, you know?" https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/08/new-york-times-meeting-transcript.html
Unnamed staffer: "I am concerned that the Times is failing to rise to the challenge of a historical moment. What I have heard from top leadership is a conservative approach that I don’t think honors the Times’ powerful history of adversarial journalism." https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/08/new-york-times-meeting-transcript.html
 
The NYT needs a real public editor, a member of the public who is not a journalist, and has unfettered access to the op-ed page, and can provide perspective for other readers and for the writers and editors.
 
Further ideation.. 1. There would be a handful of public editors. 2. They would serve 6 month terms. No one can be a public editor more than once. If they had longer terms they'd become insiders, and their analysis would be "savvy" to use one of your terms. ;-)
 
3. It probably would work best if someone other than the NYT chose them. No fun if they have relationships to preserve with people there. Obviously much better if they don't.
RT @drvox: @jayrosen_nyu @nytimes What frustrates people is not that they want to see the word "racist" in the paper. What frustrates them…
Read Dave's thread in reaction to my new post on small steps at the New York Times. http://pressthink.org/2019/08/bad-headline-small-changes-at-the-new-york-times/ https://twitter.com/drvox/status/1162422712616157184
The case against the public editor's elimination has been re-opened at the New York Times. Did you know that? This and other small movements are recorded in my latest post. http://pressthink.org/2019/08/bad-headline-small-changes-at-the-new-york-times/
This was a very good interview. Parts of it are extremely emotional— and beautiful. If it runs again, do watch.
Unbelievably, Gamergate was the coalescence. The ingathering before the explosion. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/15/opinion/what-is-gamergate.html Recommended.
"The news industry hasn’t seriously reckoned with its responsibility to cover mass shootings with the discretion they require." So some people are doing something about it. https://www.cjr.org/united_states_project/mass-shooting-contagion-guidelines-the-trace.php "We will develop a set of guidelines for responsible reporting on mass shooters."
@mathewi Old school blogging quite never died out. Except for two embedded tweets, this post, published yesterday, is exactly as I would have done it in 2005 during the Judy Miller crisis. http://pressthink.org/2019/08/bad-headline-small-changes-at-the-new-york-times/
 
I know it didn't die out completely -- that's why I linked to @kottke and @davewiner etc. Should have linked to you as well :-)
 
What happened to MathewIngram/Work?
Based on his reporting, CNN's @oliverdarcy thinks the Washington Post might have mishandled this story. https://us11.campaign-archive.com/?u=47c9040f6ff957a59bd88396e&id=72bf6747fe
My new post is only for people who care about what is going on at the New York Times as it gets push back for its framing of Trump coverage. If this topic does not interest you, then best to stay away. http://pressthink.org/2019/08/bad-headline-small-changes-at-the-new-york-times/
Several members of the business and tech press have kinda suggested that WeWork may be another Theranos. Here's an example: https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/15/20806366/we-company-wework-ipo-adam-neumann
 
 
 
 
 
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