- It beats ESPN, BuzzFeed, Playboy, too
This is either further proof of the decline of Western Civilization or ninth-inning hope. “FNC is the only news organization on a Top 25 list that measures various forms of social media,” according to the analytics firm Shareablee. “The network is even ahead of popular sites including ESPN, BuzzFeed and E!, home of the Kardashians. National Geographic, NFL, WWE, NBA, MLB, MTV and Victoriaâs Secret are the only brands ahead of FNC.” (Adweek)
- Meanwhile, what Facebook is learning from Instant Articles
Its much touted (even feared) news feed started with a small group of elite partners, including The New York Times, BuzzFeed, The Atlantic and NBC News, and this week added The Huffington Post, Vox and Slate, for a total of 14. What Facebook is discerning in the early going, says Instant Articles overseer Michael Reckhow, is “that people are more likely to share these articles, compared to articles on the mobile web, because Instant Articles load faster; the majority load in under a second, and that means people are getting to the content immediately.” (NiemanLab)
- Did Beau Biden urge dad to run?
“New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet on Monday backed a Maureen Dowd column alleging Joe Biden’s dying son urged the vice president to run for president, telling The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple that the account was supported by independent reporting from multiple news outlets.” (Poynter)
- How Bloomberg wants to monetize trending stories
Focusing on Europe, the Middle East and Asia, it’s deploying several tech tools created in-house, including Trendr, “an algorithm-driven news widget, which presents breaking news and market quotes about top-trending companies, people and topics. Once readers click on a company name, they are taken through to a list of stories about that company, which they can then select to read. Advertisers can own the space around each step in the reader journey.” (Digiday)
- Nate Silver’s World Series prediction
The Mets in six. Too much pitching, he concludes. (@NateSilver538)
- Trump goes after Kristol
He probably should be spending more time worrying about Ben Carson. But he tweeted derisively about Bill Kristol, the Weekly Standard editor and reflexively contrarian conservative whose batting average with predictions will not bring election to the Pundit Hall of Fame. “Dopey @BillKristol, who has lost all credibility with so many dumb statements and picks, said last week on @Morning_Joe that Biden was in.” Yes, he did firmly predict a Biden run in several media locales. (@realDonaldTrump) Well, despite the case made this morning about how he could well win the Republican nomination (Bloomberg), I firmly predict Trump tanks in Iowa and winds up with a lot more time than planned to play golf on one of his “incredible” courses.
- A Pulitzer winner passes away
Robert Montemayor grew up in rural poverty in Texas and started a journalism career at the Dallas Times Herald. He was a member of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team that won the public service prize at the Los Angeles Times in 1984. He went into journalism education and served on the board of the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and became a journalism professor and director of the Latino Information Network at Rutgers University. Ill, he returned home to Texas and died of cancer at age 62. (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal) He also once did a pretty interesting video interview with his alma mater, “From the Cotton Fields to the Pulitzer Prize.” (Texas Tech)
- Dan Barry’s nifty story idea
When the Mets played the Cubs last week at Wrigley Field, The New York Times’ estimable Dan Barry toyed with a very creative but tricky notion: cover the game as if it were 1908, the last time the Cubs were in the World Series. That meant, as if a great actor, immersing himself in the times and mores of sports writing back then. He did ample research, went out to Chicago and tried to execute what was far from a surefire aim. The end result, aided by great design and other work back in the paper’s sports department, was superb and a window, too, on a more monochrome brand of writing these days. How did he do it? How was he transmogrified into a combo of Grantland Rice and Ring Lardner in going back to the present and pulling off the tale of the Mets sweeping the Cubs? He explained all to yours truly. (Poynter)
- Why does TV partner with social media for debates?
There’s a Republican debate on CNBC tomorrow and yesterday CBS News said its Nov. 14 Democratic debate would include “live reactions and questions” via Twitter. In theory, the news guys get a marketing boost from social media partners, while the social media folks get a reflected legitimacy in being involved in a big-time establishment event. But what do viewers really get out of it other than what are often a few very perfunctory questions posed by a second tier reporter at some hokey “social media” or “virtual reality” desk? Maybe not a whole lot. (Poynter)
- The day they’ll never forget
Shock, anger, fear, camaraderie, prayer and a reflex to simply go out and cover the story were all on display when a reporter and cameraman for Virginia’s WDBJ were murdered on-air. CNN’s Brian Stelter offers a reconstruction of the day and an update on life there now. As the boyfriend-anchor of slain reporter Alison Parker puts it, when he anchors the evening news each night, “There’s just a huge, huge gaping hole. It’s getting harder every day.” (CNN Money)
- Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin
Chris Kahn is now polling editor at Reuters. Previously, he was research and statistics editor at Bankrate. (Email) | Jonathan Landay is now a national security reporter at Reuters. Previously, he was a reporter in McClatchy’s Washington bureau. David Shepardson is now a regulatory policy reporter for Reuters. Previously, he was Washington bureau chief for the Detroit News. Emily Stephenson will cover the 2016 campaign for Reuters. Previously, she was a reporter for Reuters in Washington. Andy Sullivan will cover domestic policy for Reuters. Previously, he was a correspondent for Reuters. (Email) | Nicole Sinclair is now a markets correspondent for Yahoo Finance. Previously, she was a senior producer at Bloomberg TV. Alexis Christoforous is now an anchor and reporter at Yahoo Finance. Previously, she was a correspondent for CBS News. (Email) | Eliza BornÃ© is now editor at Oxford American. Previously, she was interim editor there. (Email) | Send Ben your job moves: firstname.lastname@example.org.