Alicia Shepard

Largest German newspaper rejects prestigious prize it would have shared with tabloid

The Henri Nannen Prize is considered the most prestigious journalism print prize in Germany, the equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize in the United States.

So it came as a surprise earlier this month when, at the annual awards ceremony in … Read more


ASNE chooses five women editors for leadership panel

The opening panel of the American Society of News Editor’s convention on Tuesday starred an unusual lineup: five heavy-hitting top female journalists.

ASNE, long a bastion of white male editors, intentionally decided to have a high-powered, women-only panel this year. … Read more

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The iconic photos of Trayvon Martin & George Zimmerman & why you may not see the others

Since the shooting of Trayvon Martin became national news, two photos have come to define the emotionally and racially charged narrative.

News organizations initially had just a few photos of Martin to choose from, and just one of George Zimmerman, … Read more


Chicago Public Radio to examine what went wrong with ‘This American Life’ story on Apple
The leaders of Chicago Public Radio and “This American Life” will conduct an in-depth examination into why they had to retract perhaps the most popular episode in the show’s nearly 17-year-history.

Torey Malatia, president of Chicago Public Radio, which produces “This American Life,” told me for a story that he wants to see what went wrong with the show’s fact-checking:
`“We are doing a forensic on this whole thing as soon as Ira [Glass] gets back, and we will write up some policies on verification and confirmation,” Malatia said. “Our managing editor, Ira and some folks from other shows will be involved, and there will be a report handed over to our board for approval.” ...

“My instincts are that, had the procedures been followed the way it is usually done, you never would have heard the initial broadcast,” Malatia said.

Malatia has already taken a big lesson from this embarrassing episode: “There is a universal responsibility for attention to detail that never goes away and can never be assumed. It’s like practicing scales if you are a musician. Even if you are virtuoso, you still have to practice scales.”

CNN producer wins $1 million lottery, says ‘I’m not quitting my job’

Late last Saturday night, CNN producer Jennifer Hauser and her husband, on a whim, bought a $10 lottery ticket to mark their seventh wedding anniversary.

They scratched off the blue “50X The Money” ticket and couldn’t believe their eyes. They’d … Read more

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Park City paper shifts coverage from government to celebrities during Sundance

Reporter Jay Hamburger’s beat is county government in the 7,500-population hamlet of Park City, Utah – but anything goes when the Sundance Film Festival kicks in.

“How could I forget my story, ‘Lady Gaga-dressed man arrested at Occupy protest Read more

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Eric Carvin’s social media goal: ‘To get to every last journalist at AP’

AP’s new social media editor, Eric Carvin, 38, got his first computer in grade school. His mom won the IBM PCjr. in one of many sweepstakes contests she regularly entered by mailing in dozens of postcards.

“I was in … Read more


‘60 Minutes’ story on homeless children in Florida spurs $1 million in donations

“60 Minutes” doesn’t often do updates unless it re-airs an old story. But it will this weekend because of the overwhelming response to its story on homeless kids living in vehicles in Florida.

Since the piece aired Nov. 27, offers of cash, housing and even scholarships have poured in. The children in the story “didn’t ask for anything," "60 Minutes" Correspondent Scott Pelley will say this Sunday, according to a transcript. "But since our broadcast, viewers have sent in or promised more than $1 million to help homeless families in Central Florida.”

Three colleges also offered two children in the story, Arielle and Austin Metzger, full scholarships, and all the parents in the story have been offered jobs, according to "60 Minutes." One of the schools is Stetson University; Arielle wore a Stetson T-shirt in the first story.

“We’ll do several updates a year, but it’s not exactly common,” said "60 Minutes" spokesman Kevin Tedesco. “But in this case, within two weeks there has been a large enough outpouring of offers to help that we felt we needed to let our audience know.”

CPI reduces staff to compensate for $2 million budget hole

The Center for Public Integrity laid off staff today to try to compensate for a $2 million budget shortfall. Ten positions were eliminated, and five people lost their jobs with the Washington-based nonprofit journalism organization. One of those five people was transferred to a newly-created position within CPI, according to Communications Director Randy Barrett.

Sandy Johnson and Keith Epstein were among those laid off. Johnson started working at the Center one year ago this week. She was the managing editor for politics and government. Epstein was also a managing editor.

“It’s a very difficult position,” said Bill Buzenberg, CPI’s director, who also handled the 2007 layoffs when nine people lost their jobs. “We started 2011 with a lot of momentum. It was the most money we’ve ever had rolling into 2011. But it’s no surprise that 2011 has been very challenging. And yes, we’ve come in short and had to draw down on our reserves," Buzenberg said by phone. (more...)

Journalists have better communication tools than on Sept. 11, but challenges persist

Ten years ago on Sept. 11, Paul Steiger was standing in lower Manhattan repeatedly dialing his cell phone to call The Wall Street Journal, where he was managing editor.

But his cell didn’t work. Nor could he use a pay … Read more