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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 08:20 AM ET, 05/22/2012

News media derivatives: May 22

In case you missed it---New York Times Public Editor Arthur Brisbane will leave his post in September, concluding a two-year stint watchdogging the paper from within. That means he won’t serve the option year on his contract. Brisbane says that he made a decision last fall not to continue beyond two years.

Also---The Obama campaign explains the 35-second abridgment of Cory Booker’s nearly four-minute statement on Mitt Romney, Bain Capital and modern politics.

Elsewhere:

*Some new developments in the civil action whereby two Democratic advisers are claiming they were deprived of credit for founding Huffington Post.

*BuzzFeed’s Michael Hastings reports on an effort in Congress to loose U.S. propaganda on domestic audiences.

The bill’s supporters say the informational material used overseas to influence foreign audiences is too good to not use at home, and that new techniques are needed to help fight Al-Qaeda, a borderless enemy whose own propaganda reaches Americans online.
Critics of the bill say there are ways to keep America safe without turning the massive information operations apparatus within the federal government against American citizens.

*Steve Myers of Poynter writes of NPR’s team to create news applications. Key term in the piece? “Multimedia audio.” You simply cannot beat that. Here’s the full graph in which that coinage comes into play:

[NPR Chief Content Officer Kinsey] Wilson, a member of Poynter’s board of trustees, said the creation of this team doesn’t mean NPR is shifting resources to the Web instead of broadcast. Instead, it’s using digital methods to complement broadcast. “I would say radio is at the forefront of our digital strategy, but … we’re entering a world of multimedia audio, if you will, in which radio will be complemented by other storytelling forms.”

*Forbes’s Jeff Bercovici wonders whether Yahoo’s fortunes may be headed in the right direction. On the tenure of departed CEO Scott Thompson, Bercovici writes:

Among Thompson’s few accomplishments in his brief time on the job was laying off 2,000 people, or 14% of its workforce. While that’s not the kind of thing that wins a CEO much affection, it was, most agree, a necessary measure.

*Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Rachel Maddow give the verb “to stand” one of its most vigorous TV workouts ever.

By  |  08:20 AM ET, 05/22/2012

Tags:  poynter, steve myers, bory booker, rachel maddow, arthur brisbane, new york times, mitt romney, bain capital

 
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