BuzzFeed's Gregory D. Johnsen has us riveted with his account "How I escaped a kidnapping attempt In Yemen," collecting 2,056 shares and counting. Colleague Tom Gara bills it, "Really intense read on the day of Kassig's murder: on falling in love with the Middle East, and moving on." NYT's Neil MacFarquhar calls it an "[e]legy for a gentler, more tolerant era in the Mideast."
In latest offering, David Carr admits he was wrong and that John Oliver’s complicated fun has connected for HBO. When Oliver's show was first announced, Carr writes, "I remember thinking, 'That will never work.' ... Yet here we are ... the show has been a smash, with strong ratings, a dedicated fan base and a series of clips on YouTube that have melted the Internet." On Twitter, Carr puts it even more succinctly: "Why does John Oliver's show work so well? We learn stuff rather than getting bias confirmed."
Big news in media moves: VICE just hired Alyssa Mastromonaco, Former Official in Obama White House, as a top executive. "The only thing in this world crazier and more freaky than Vice right now is the U.S. government," co-founder Shane Smith is quoted.
Here's something that's been a long time coming: Vindication at last for the woman scorned by Australia’s news media, three decades after the fact (6,651 shares). "Call me a whippersnapper but I had no idea "a dingo ate my baby" was a real story," admitted Bethan Mckernan with the Associated Press.
In other media news, The Financial Times reports that Facebook wants to be a part of your office. Then there's this mystery from the Columbia Journalism Review: This alt-weekly wasn’t losing money, but it got shut down anyway (638 shares). Plus everything you need to know about the newly launched Russia Today UK. And this cool new thing from The Guardian, in collaboration with The Royal Court Theatre: a microplay. "You may have heard me say the words 'Royal Court project' many times ... this is it! So proud of our #microplays," gushes comedy, theatre and dance editor Chris Wiegand.
Bonus link: Today in clever copy editors.