Media shop talk
First up, from the New York Times comes the story of how an intern created their most popular piece of content in 2013. The article begins with an enticing lede: "How do you create the most popular piece of content of the year at one of the nation's most prestigious news outlet? Well, for starters, study or consider careers in politics, law, and philosophy before eventually deciding that statistics is for you." Jessica Galliart with RedEye Chicago reacted, "Amazing. An intern created the NYT dialect quiz, their most popular piece of content in 2013."
By the way, that intern would be data journalist Josh Katz, and they did indeed hire him!
After weeks of speculation, The Washington Post has just officially announced that Ezra Klein is leaving. CNN's Brian Stelter added this important detail: "Also leaving the @washingtonpost with @EzraKlein for a "new venture:" @MelissaBell and @DylanMatt." No information yet on the name for this venture, but we'll let you know when that particular cat is out of the bag. "Such big news that @ezraklein is leaving WaPo, I can't get @Poynter's MediaWire announcement to load," WaPo's Carla Correa grumbled. We feel your pain, Carla.
In other departure news, Buzzfeed tells us that Tony Gallagher is no longer the editor of The Daily Telegraph. In the meantime, assistant editor Chris Evans will take over. At The Guardian, Oliver Burkeman quoted from the post, "'Tony Gallagher was respected and feared. Chris Evans has one of those qualities.' Ouch." At Australian Broadcasting Corporation News, Mark Colvin offered, "Guessing it's 'feared' then."
Additionally, WSJ’s Stephen Moore is leaving to join The Heritage Foundation as chief economist. Economics analyst Michael Clemens commented, "Hiring @StephenMooreWSJ as chief economist is a chance for @Heritage Fdn to bury its abysmal past work on immigration."