Adam Hochberg


News orgs take to social media to find Va. Tech witnesses, photos

News organizations from around the country are using social media to locate witnesses and obtain interviews and photos of today's campus shooting at Virginia Tech. "Call our newsroom if you know anyone that goes to Virginia Tech," tweeted Buffalo, New York television station WKBW.  "Hey #vatech - looking to speak & get updates from students on campus," wrote CBS News producer Joe Danielewicz. Meanwhile, the media pounced on a Flickr page of photos from the photo editor of the student newspaper, the Collegiate Times.The images of the crime scene and of police activity attracted requests for republication rights from CNN, the New York Post, NPR, Australia's News Limited, and other news organizations. (The newspaper eventually posted contact information for media seeking reuse rights.)
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Journalists may want to think twice about defending Oregon blogger who lost suit

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Defenders of the Oregon blogger who was found guilty in a $2.5 million defamation suit “have not dug deeply enough,” writes Kashmir Hill at Forbes.com. While the blogger, Crystal Cox, promoted herself as an “investigative journalist,” Hill notes that Cox behaved more like somebody whose goal was to destroy the reputation of her target, an investment firm called Obsidian Financial Group. Cox started several websites with names like “obsidianfinancesucks.com” and “realestatehoax.com.” Obsidian says Cox then offered it a service starting at $2,500 a month to protect its “online reputation.” (Obsidian founder Kevin Padrick forwarded a copy of the offer to Forbes.) “Most journalists would not want to include Cox in their camp,” Hill wrote. || Related: Dan Kennedy says ruling is bad because it means journalists have more constitutional rights than others (The Huffington Post) | Federal judge says Montana blogger is not a journalist (AP) | Cox “was never able to prove her accusations against Padrick were true” (Seattle Weekly)  | Who decides what is “real” journalism? (Bloomberg Businessweek)
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Media group calls on mayors to respect journalists’ rights at Occupy events

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Media reform organization Free Press has delivered a petition to the nation's mayors urging them to protect the rights of journalists covering Occupy rallies. The group says 30 journalists have been arrested at rallies, and it's tracking those arrests on a Google docs spreadsheet and a Storify page. Free Press delivered its petition with more than 40,000 signatures to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. | Related: Reporters say police kept them away from an NYC Occupy protest outside an Obama fundraiser | Occupy Wall Street protests a top story on blogs
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Buffett buy spotlights Omaha’s digital potential

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Warren Buffett's purchase of the Omaha World-Herald could intensify an already heated competition among the city's digital news providers. The World-Herald's Omaha.com has aggressively been rolling out apps for news, real estate, garage sales, and Nebraska Huskers sports, and the newspaper operates several specialty websites devoted to such topics as health news and tips for moms (Momaha.com). Meanwhile, the website of WOWT-TV has equipped its reporters with backpack units that allow them to push live video onto the Web from almost anywhere, even moving cars. Analysts say Omaha's economy is relatively strong, and the media consulting firm Borrell Associates predicts online advertising in the market will "take an enormous leap" next year.  ||  Related: How World-Herald staffers learned about Buffett's purchase (JimRomenesko.com) | Is Warren Buffett the new Citizen Kane? (Marketwatch)
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Eltahawy says security forces exacted revenge ‘through me and my body’

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Egyptian-American journalist Mona Eltahawy, who says Egyptian security forces beat and sexually assaulted her near Tahrir Square, says her alleged attackers were “exacting revenge on the activists in Tahrir through me and my body.” Eltahawy, who is one of several female journalists who have been targets of sexual assault and other violence in Egypt this year, told NPR’s Michel Martin that she believes police would have treated her even more brutally if she hadn’t been a journalist and American citizen. Eltahawy, who tweeted details of the attack shortly after it occurred, continues to provide Twitter updates as she receives treatment in the United States for injuries including a broken left arm and right hand. || Earlier: Reporters' organization reverses position on whether female journalists should cover Cairo unrest | French TV correspondent allegedly assaulted | Committee to Protect Journalists reports at least 17 attacks over one recent weekend.
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Mississippi TV station reverses reporting about new Penn State Paterno replacement

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Jackson, Miss. television station WAPT backed away from a report that Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen “is close to signing a deal to replace Joe Paterno at Penn State.” Mullen -- who says Penn State hasn’t contacted him -- called the WAPT story, “the most irresponsible reporting that I’ve ever heard of.” In an interview with the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, WAPT sports reporter Ray Coleman said that a source told him Penn State would announce Mullen’s hiring today. The station has removed Coleman’s original report from its website and replaced it with a story that calls the “rumor” untrue. A MSU spokesman tweeted that Coleman apologized to school officials. || Earlier: No penalty for reporting on rumors about NFL draft prospects
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Cooks bring crowdsourced recipes to the holiday dinner table

My wife keeps more than two dozen cookbooks in our kitchen, giving her access to the collected culinary wisdom of Martha Stewart, Molly O’Neill, the staff of Better Homes & Gardens, and a variety of other gastronomic … Read more

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Newsrooms can buy Facebook friends, but user engagement is not for sale

The WFSB-TV Eyewitness News Team really wants to be liked. So much so that the Hartford, Connecticut television station is offering a generous reward for its newfound friends.

The CBS affiliate is running a contest this month on its Facebook … Read more

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Jim Romenesko’s departure sparks strong reaction, criticism

Jim Romenesko’s messy departure from Poynter sparked a flood of reactions from mainstream media and bloggers. A handful of writers agreed with Poynter Online Director Julie Moos that Romenesko had used “questionable attribution” in some of his posts. But many defended Romenesko’s practices, and several criticized Moos’ handling of the situation. The Columbia Journalism Review – which initially raised the attribution question in an email to Moos for an upcoming story – called Romensko’s attribution practices “sloppy.” CJR’s Justin Peters wrote:
It is odd to criticize a journalism ethics institute for caring too much about journalism ethics, and it is disingenuous to say that there was no error here out of a historical respect and affinity for Jim Romenesko (and the traffic he commands) and an uncertainty about whether aggregators should be subject to the same rules as other journalists.
Media critic Eric Deggans at the Poynter-owned St. Petersburg Times wrote, “Somebody has to start drawing lines here. And I don't blame Poynter for saying they want to be as specific as possible about what their writers write and what their writers quote.” But those views were in the minority. NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen tweeted that the attribution concerns are a “non-issue”; David Carr at The New York Times said Moos’ post explaining the situation “seemed like an answer in search of a problem.” Writing in the Awl, Choire Sicha said, “Romenesko's entire practice was about giving credit, in ways that virtually no other blog has been.” Sicha said he knows no writers who’ve complained about Romenesko misappropriating their work. (more...)
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Sign covers ‘radio’ on NPR headquarters

Workers installing a new sign at NPR’s Washington D.C. headquarters this week unwittingly revived an online debate about the network’s name. A Los Angeles based NPR producer re-tweeted a photo of the sign work in progress and commented: “A picture tells a thousand words: ‘National Public Radio’ painted over by NPR at HQ.”

In fact, an NPR spokeswoman said the panel reading “National Public Radio” has been covered for several years. The new permanent sign has NPR's logo and address.

The network’s name has been something of a sore point since NPR quietly began re-branding itself by its platform-neutral initials. "NPR is more modern, streamlined," former CEO Vivian Schiller told the Washington Post last summer. The transition led to mild grumbling from some listeners and from some of NPR's member radio stations, who fear the network may de-emphasize its broadcast service in favor of digital platforms.

"National Public Radio" is covered by a sign that simply says NPR in this photo by "Weekend Edition" senior producer Ned Wharton.
Earlier: NPR’s next CEO faces 4 key challenges as staffers, stations, funding needs escalate and conflict || Disclosure: Adam Hochberg -- a Poynter Fellow -- is a former NPR correspondent.

Correction: This post originally suggested that "National Public Radio" was just now being covered by a sign; in fact, it's been covered for a while.
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