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Rolling Stone Appoints Daily Beast Editor as Its New EIC

Noah Shachtman takes over the position at Rolling Stone from Jason Fine, who stepped down in February after five and a half years as the top editor.

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Rolling Stone magazine will have new leadership as The New York Times reports they’ll be hiring Noah Shachtman to serve as its new editor in chief. 

Shachtman is currently a top editor of The Daily Beast since 2018, where he’s covered the former President Trump’s administration, the Jefferey Epstein sex trafficking scandal, and news relating to other media outlets.

“It’s got to be faster, louder, harder,” Shachtman said. “We’ve got to be out getting scoops, taking people backstage, showing them parts of the world they don’t get to see every day.”

The Daily Beast editor takes over the position at Rolling Stone from Jason Fine. The former editor-in-chief stepped down in February after five and a half years. Fine now oversees the digital media content, which includes podcasts, documentaries, and other media ventures.

“I love that his strength is in an area where we need to get stronger,” Gus Wenner, Rolling Stone’s president and chief operating officer, said. “But he’s certainly got the skill set on long-form pieces, and that’s going to continue to be super important, too.”

There’s no scheduled date as to when Shachtman will take over; nonetheless, he’s excited about the opportunity, taking to Twitter to announce his new role with Rolling Stone. 

“Rolling Stone changed my life. Its music journalism helped push me to play in bands for real. Its conflict reporting gave me a north star to aim for when I was a national security reporter. I can’t f***ing wait to help this incredible team write its next chapter,” Shachtman tweeted. 

“Y’all know how much I love The Beast. I’ve never had a job, so fulfilling, so fun, and that delivered such an impact. I’ve never had colleagues more dedicated to their mission. Tracy Connor is the best journalist I know. She’s going to do an amazing job with this crew.”

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Podcast Series Re-Opens the Murder Case of Michael Jordan’s Father

The podcast focuses on one of the defendants in the case, Daniel Green, who was convicted of murdering Jordan with testimony solely from Larry Demery who took a deal in exchange for identifying Green as the triggerman. 

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A new podcast hosted by investigative crime reporter Amanda Lamb casts doubt on the facts surrounding the murder case involving Michael Jordan’s father, James. 

The series is produced by WRAL Studios, with its parent Capitol Broadcasting Company, which co-produced the 2021 Amazon / IMDb TV Original Docu-series Moment of Truth about the Jordan case.

The podcast focuses on one of the defendants in the case, Daniel Green, who was convicted of murdering Jordan with testimony solely from Larry Demery who took a deal in exchange for identifying Green as the triggerman. 

“The podcast is the rest of the story,” said Shelly Leslie, head of streaming and podcasting for the Company and serves as Executive Producer on both projects. “The intimacy of audio allows us to take listeners deeply into the lives of all the central characters in this real-life tragedy, most importantly James Jordan and Daniel Green. Mr. Jordan was more than a celebrity’s father.” 

Episodes one and two will be released on July 22, with weekly episodes released every Thursday through Sept 16.

“My goal in this case, or any case I cover, is to seek the truth, based on facts and evidence,” said Lamb. “We’ll take people back to the scene of the crime, put them in the interrogation room, in the trial, in the echoing walls of a prison, and in the living room at home with Daniel’s mother and sister.” 

Lamb has been in touch with Green from prison, through letters, phone calls and in-person interviews, for the last 10 years. 

“The listener is the jury now, only this time they’ll have all the evidence, and they can decide who’s telling the truth,” she said. 

Follow the Truth is the first true-crime podcast from WRAL Studios & Capitol Broadcasting Company. 

You can follow the podcast on social media @Followtruthpod. 

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Orlando Paper Rips DeSantis for Texas Trip Amid Florida’s COVID Spike

DeSantis joined Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to visit the southern border, a hot topic issue in the country over the last few months.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made a trip to Texas over the weekend despite the rise in coronavirus cases in his state, which led to criticism from the Orlando Sentinel’s editorial board

DeSantis joined Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to visit the southern border, a hot topic issue in the country over the last few months. Nonetheless, the newspaper rang the alarm regarding the state’s growing coronavirus cases as their leader was nowhere to be found. 

“Florida was all over the news this past weekend with one of the nation’s biggest spikes in COVID cases and hospitalizations. And where was Gov. Ron DeSantis as this health crisis resurged? Visiting hospitals? Consulting with physicians and public health experts? Huddling with his staff to brainstorm ways of persuading more Floridians to take the vaccine that would nip this pandemic in the bud?” the board asked.

“Nope. Florida’s governor was in Texas, 1,000 miles from Tallahassee, burnishing his 2024 presidential ambitions with a visit to the southern border.”

The state accounts for almost 20 percent of the country’s new COVID-19 infections. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fifty-five percent of Florida’s population has received a dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Meanwhile, 47.8 percent are fully vaccinated. 

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Reuters Photographer Dies While Covering Conflict in Afghanistan

The media outlet released a statement informing that Danish Siddiqui was killed while covering a conflict between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters near the border with Pakistan.

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Reuters is mourning the loss of its Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Danish Siddiqui, who was killed on duty in Afghanistan this past weekend. 

The media outlet released a statement informing that Siddiqui was killed while covering a conflict between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters near the border with Pakistan. 

“We are deeply saddened to learn that our photographer, Danish Siddiqui, has been killed in Afghanistan,” Reuters President Michael Friedenberg and editor-in-chief Alessandra Galloni said. 

“We are urgently seeking more information, working with authorities in the region, and support Danish’s family and colleagues. Danish was an outstanding, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, a devoted husband and father, and a much-loved colleague. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”

Siddiqui joined Reuters as a photographer in 2010, where he has covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Rohingya refugee crisis, the Hong Kong protests, and earthquakes in Nepal.

In 2018, Siddiqui was a member of the team that received a Pulitzer Prize in feature photography for “shocking photographs that exposed the world to the violence Rohingya refugees faced in fleeing Myanmar.”

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