November 29, 2016 Last Updated 10:33 am

20 journalists among those killed in plane crash; petition calls for Twitter to ban Donald Trump

Billy Sorrentino, executive creative director at WIRED, said to be heading to Apple; while Eben Shapiro set to leave The Wall Street Journal to join TIME as deputy editor

The morning today began with the sad news of a plane crash in Colombia that killed many members of the Chapecoense (Brazil) soccer team. Now comes word that of the 76 confirmed dead, 20 were journalists traveling with the team to cover an international soccer final.

Three players, and three others, were able to survive the crash.

The plane was en route from Bolivia to Medellín, where the Brazilian team was to play the Colombian side, Atléticao, in the Copa Sudamerica finals match.

(There was conflicting information of the number of journalists killed in the crash – 20 or 21 – story edited to reflect newer information.)

You can pretty much bet that this will lead to nothing, but a San Francisco-based group has begun a petition asking Twitter to ban President-elect Donald Trump for “promoting lies, hatred, and policy ideas that would fundamentally violate Americans’ Constitutional rights.” The group, Care2, says the petition has gathered over 20,000 signatures so far.


“Donald Trump has crossed a line by attacking people on Twitter based on their race, religion, gender and more,” Care2 petition author Shirley Burns on the petition site. “By locking or suspending Donald Trump’s account, Twitter can send a powerful message that hate is not accepted or condoned on their platform.”

The petition ends with a bit of snark:

We call on Twitter to investigate @realDonaldTrump and temporarily suspend his account until, to use Trump’s own words, they can “figure out what is going on”.

Some hiring news:

TIME magazine has hired Eben Shapiro as deputy editor. Shapiro has most recently been the global arts editor at The Wall Street Journal, and will replace Radhika Jones, who left the weekly magazine to lead books coverage at The New York Times Magazine.

The WSJ is trimming back its sections, and with it, likely will trim back its lifestyle coverage (as well as metro NYC coverage), so the move to TIME makes sense as the Time Inc. title may be going in the opposite direction.

Proof of that may be the other moves made by TIME today, promoting Siobhan O’Connor and Matt Vella to Executive Editors. “Siobhan will lead and expand our coverage of issues that stretch beyond the political realm, from social trends and ideas to health, food, science, religion and relationships,” editor-in-chief Nancy Gibbs and Time Digital editor Edward Felsenthal said in their staff memo today.

billysorrentino-300Condé Nast’s WIRED is losing their executive creative director to Apple, according to Recode’s Peter Kafka. Billy Sorrentino, who has been at the magazine since 2013, and with the publisher since 2011, will have an unknown role at Apple (because Apple rarely makes hiring announcements).

Sorrentino only recently became a left-coaster, before that being his own creative director at Sorrentino Agency, and before having two year stints at Maxim and Blender.

We’ll see how long this lasts as Apple has a fixation with making everything look like a follow-up to the White Album. WIRED will likely miss his talents (and Apple not appreciate them).

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