Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Washington Post chief executive Fred Ryan reflects on border crisis coverage

Washington Post Publisher Fred Ryan discusses where the newspaper stands as news cycle pivots to president’s comments

After a big night in national politics, with President Trump and the Democrats both declaring victories, The Washington Post is in the same position it was at this time last year: On the front page, on the bottom of the page and nowhere in between. And part of the reason is that Post Publisher Fred Ryan is taking no chances.

As national attention shifts to President Trump’s message of unity, The Post is the Post. More than the highlights reel of what happened in D.C. on Wednesday, The Post’s front page teases key moments from the past week with stories on the border, the Supreme Court, Rod Rosenstein and the 2020 presidential race.

Ryan joined The Post earlier this year to oversee its day-to-day journalism. That means making the call on what makes it onto the front page, a job he did well through his first year at the Post, which saw stellar news coverage of the Trump campaign, including inside a porn star’s accusation of Trump’s infidelity. Ryan declined an interview for this piece, and its editor, Aaron Sergent, provided additional context.

Ryan has become a staple on this front page: He opened the day with a morning edition, and he closes the day with one on the front page.

“Why are we doing this? I believe, no matter what we do or don’t do, the very last thing the news organizations can afford to do is be on the periphery of a story. And there’s that faraway feeling of: ‘We don’t matter.'”

(h/t Axios)


Esquire magazine asks:

Is every woman on YouTube a feminist?

The magazine’s search for “feminist YouTube” finds 128,269 channels featuring women in the online vlogging world and 923,749 followers.

“We’ve been operating on the assumption for a while that every woman in the world who is making a YouTube channel is a feminist,” says writer Emma Johnson, who directed the feature. But is there a size or geography limit? Did Beyoncé or Bo Burnham get the whole thing wrong? All were critics and presenters for the topic in Esquire’s recent video series, “Online With Esquire.”

The magazine’s search group, that includes social and digital, didn’t have any information on ethnicity — though demographic differences in views on these topics might be reflected across video-centric women’s channels. “Esquire Online has also drawn on this conversation to launch women’s-focused programs on its main site,” Johnson writes. “In December, ‘Outnumbered Voices’ will get an update with new segments based on, no, feminist ideology. A panel of feminist opinion leaders will provide new ideas and subjects — notably increasing the emphasis on identity politics.” The show’s premiere date hasn’t been announced. The current program is hosted by Kirsten Powers and “Outnumbered” host Andrea Tantaros.

For more from the magazine’s “Online With Esquire” video series, watch Johnson’s video report and find them all here.


The Advocate online:

What do Native Americans have in common with bisexuals?

Watch our weekly online video series “Out & Proud” as we dive into the lens on sexuality, gender, gender identities, and sexual politics. We aim to break down stereotypes and examine how subcultures, such as gay activists and bisexual communities, have shared similar principles of identity and visibility.


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