Benjamin Mullin

I write, edit, report and produce media for Poynter.org as one of the institute's first Google Journalism Fellows. Before that, I was the editor in chief of my college newspaper, The Orion, a freelancer for USA Today and an intern at a variety of publications throughout Northern California. I love to talk media and journalism! Tweet me @benmullin or email at bmullin@poynter.org.


USF cancels on African journalists due to Ebola scare

Administrators at the University of South Florida at St. Petersburg have decided to cancel a visit from Edward R. Murrow journalists from African countries, citing concerns over the ongoing Ebola outbreak, according to a letter from regional academic affairs vice-chancellor Han Reichgelt.


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The 5-day visit, which was scheduled to begin Oct. 31, was part of the Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists, which brings “emerging leaders” in journalism from around the world to the U.S.

According to the letter, “faculty, students and staff” have expressed fear of the Ebola epidemic and “expressed reservations about their involvement in the program.”

In an email addressed to faculty, USF St. Petersburg journalism department chair Deni Elliott wrote “it would be helpful to me to get any input that you get from your students regarding this decision” and said “It may be that some folks think that the decision to cancel the program was over-reaction.”

The University of Georgia recently canceled on a Liberian journalist who was scheduled to give a talk on her experiences covering the Ebola epidemic. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michel du Cille was recently turned away from a speaking engagement at Syracuse University because of Ebola fears.

Ebola is “spread only through direct contact with virus-laden bodily fluids, and is not as transmissible as such airborne viruses as influenza and measles,” according to The Washington Post. Read more

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Career Beat: Janelle Nanos is editor of Beta Boston

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Holly Gauntt is now news director for KDVR/KWGN in Denver. Previously, she was news director for KOMO in Seattle. Sarah Garza is interim news director for KOMO. Previously, she was assistant news director there. Nick McDermott is now executive producer at KTVA in Anchorage, Alaska. He has been a producer there. James Doughty is now communications director for a San Antonio city councilman. Previously, he was a reporter for KENS in San Antonio. (Rick Geevers)
  • Stacy-Marie Ishmael will head up editorial operations for BuzzFeed’s news app. Previously, she was vice president of communities at the Financial Times. (Nieman Lab)
  • Lindsey Bahr is now a film writer for The Associated Press. Previously, she was a correspondent for Entertainment Weekly. (AP)
  • Janelle Nanos is now editor of Beta Boston. Previously, she was a senior editor at Boston Magazine. (Muck Rack)
  • Matthew Schnipper is now a senior editor at GQ. Previously, he was editor-in-chief at Fader. (email)
  • Terry Savage is now a contributor at Tribune Content Agency. Previously, she was a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. (Robert Feder)

Job of the day: the AP is looking for a news research manager in New York. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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State senator to laid-off reporter: ‘So do YOU have any comments now?’

Cari Gervin was a reporter and literary editor at The (Knoxville, Tennessee) Metro Pulse before the entire staff of the alt-weekly was cut Wednesday.

The former staff of The Pulse has been overwhelmed with and love and support from the community, Gervin said. But one reaction wasn’t so positive.

On Thursday, Gervin posted an image of a Facebook message that appears to be from state Sen. Stacey Campfield that read: “So do YOU have any comments now ;)”

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The message from Campfield — whom The Pulse had a contentious relationship with — stood in stark contrast to reactions from the rest of the community, Gervin said.

Since the announcement, we have been overwhelmed with the amount of love and support we’ve received from the community, via social media, email, phone calls, and even a very large bar tab donated to us last night by a mix of friends and complete strangers. So to receive such a tacky, cruel Facebook message from Campfield this afternoon – especially since we have never communicated on Facebook and he had previously blocked me on the site – was especially distressing.

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Here are 37 great journalism internships and fellowships for application season

For journalism students, October through January is internship application season, a pressure cooker of equal parts excitement and anxiety.

It’s our profession’s draft day. By mid-march, most of your classmates will have declared their intention to work at a journalism organization, like a prized NFL recruit putting on their team’s hat in front of a live studio audience.

Don’t get left behind. Some of the applications for the most prestigious news organizations are due in a few weeks time, so work up the courage to request that letter of recommendation, update your résumé and figure out how stamps work.

To make the process a little easier, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best journalism internships I could find on the Web, many of which I applied for myself when I was in school. If you have questions about this list or know some great internships I’ve forgotten, tweet them to #POYinternlist or send me an email: bmullin@poynter.org.

The New York Times James Reston Reporting Fellowship
Deadline: Oct. 31
Location: New York City
Pay: $1,000 per week
Description: “Beginning with the second week, the Reston Fellows start work in a section that reflects their skills and area of interest to report and write stories under the guidance of editors or senior reporters. Some stories are assigned, but fellows are encouraged to come up with their own ideas. They also participate in workshops with ranking editors and reporters. The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for the fellows to stretch their journalistic skills with the help of some of the best reporters and editors in the country.”

The Washington Post
Deadline: Nov. 7
Location: Washington, D.C.
Pay: $750 per week
Description: “Our interns write articles, edit copy, take photographs, design pages and produce graphics. We treat them as staff members during their 12 weeks of employment.”

The Boston Globe
Deadline: Nov. 1
Location: Boston
Pay: $700 per week
Description: “Summer interns work as full-time employees for 12 weeks, between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Interns are paid a weekly wage, and shifts vary. An intern supervisor serves as a writing coach and there are weekly meetings with editors and staff members on a range of issues and topics pertaining to journalism.”

Associated Press Global News Internship
Deadline: Not settled yet; likely the first week of January, per AP spokesman Paul Colford.
Location: Major cities throughout the world
Pay: Not listed
Description: “The summer 2014 Global News Internship is a paid, highly selective, 12-week individually tailored training program for students who are aspiring cross-format journalists. Interns must have experience and/or training in video and one other format. They will contribute to AP’s text, video, photo and interactive reporting.”

Reuters Global Journalism Internships
Deadline: Dec. 1
Location: Major cities throughout the world
Pay: Not listed
Description: “The Reuters Global Journalism Internships offer talented students and graduates an opportunity to learn and shine in our bureaus internationally. The paid internships are a crash course in hands-on business, political and general news reporting. Every intern will report to a senior editor and be assigned a journalist mentor to provide advice and guidance during the summer. They’re expected to write regularly and deliver in-depth stories during their assignment. Interns will receive several days of formal training before they start work, focused on writing skills, journalism ethics and basic financial knowledge. They may also be able to take advantage of other, regularly scheduled training opportunities during the summer, depending on where they’re based.”

Texas Tribune News Apps Internships
Deadline: Nov. 15
Location: Austin, Texas
Pay: $5,000 over 10 weeks
Description: “Are you a journalism student or would-be reporter in another major? Know a little bit about HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and/or Python/Django, and would like to continue to hone your skills? Are you passionate about politics, policy and open government? You should join us. You’ll work directly with news apps developers, reporters and editors in the newsroom. Interns are first-class citizens on our team – in the past, they’ve had the opportunity to not only contribute to high-profile projects but to take the lead on them. You’ll get to create data visualizations and maps, participate in an active and friendly newsroom, play a role in editorial meetings and contribute to a number of different beats. We’re looking for someone passionate about web standards and the little details. Someone willing to show their work. Someone looking to learn. If you’re interested, send your resume and links to previous projects and/or your GitHub account to rmurphy@texastribune.org.”

Texas Tribune reporting internship
Deadline: Nov. 15
Location: Austin, Texas
Pay: $2,000 over 10 weeks
Description: The Texas Tribune internship program provides aspiring journalists the opportunity to hone their reporting skills and learn a host of new ones that will prepare them for the 21st century newsroom. “This is not a teaching hospital,” in the words of our fearless leader, CEO and Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith. We expect interns who are anxious to dive into daily news coverage alongside our seasoned reporting staff. Interns at the Tribune write stories and blog posts, shoot photos and video, develop news apps and assist with our major data projects. Intern work has appeared in Texas editions of The New York Times through our partnership with the most prestigious newspaper in the country.

Reuters Journalism Program
Deadline: Dec. 15
Location: New York, London or Asia
Pay: Not listed
Description: “The Reuters Journalism Program offers nine months of hands-on, real-world experience with competitive pay in New York, London and Asia. You will gain a deep grounding in all aspects of financial reporting, work on fast-paced news stories and develop skills in enterprise journalism. The program seeks rising reporters, recent graduates or business professionals who can demonstrate a clear commitment to a career in journalism and an ability to generate story ideas relevant for a Reuters audience.”

The Los Angeles Times
Deadline: Jan. 1
Location: Los Angeles, Washington D.C.
Pay: $700 per week
Description: “Interested in working with some of the best journalists around? We offer 10 weeks of intensive, hands-on experience in a region where big stories are the norm. We place interns throughout the L.A. Times: Metro/Local, Sports, Business, Features (Home, Image, Travel, Food, Mind & Body), Arts & Entertainment, Editorial Pages, Washington, D.C., bureau, Photography/Video, Data Desk, Visualization & Graphics, Design and latimes.com. These are paid internships and summer placements usually run from mid-June to late August.”

The Tampa Bay Times
Deadline: Nov. 1
Location: St. Petersburg, Tampa, Clearwater, Port Richey and Brooksville
Pay: $450 per week
Description: “Florida’s largest and best newspaper, with 10 Pulitzer Prizes, is looking for energetic, talented young people for internships in all of its departments. Internships range from 12-week summer experiences to 6-month and 1-year jobs. You will be considered a full staff member and work alongside colleagues who will serve as mentors. Our internship programs are designed to give you hands-on experience to add to your academic credentials.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel
Deadline: Nov. 15
Location: Fort Lauderdale
Pay: $7.93 per hour
Description: “We offer seven paid internships throughout our digital-print newsroom. For 11 intensive weeks, from June to mid-August, you will report and write stories, shoot and edit video-photo, or design. We treat our interns as regular staffers, under the guidance of seasoned journalists. We offer internships in various newsroom departments: Metro-news, business, features, sports, video-photo, design, and our Spanish-language weekly, El Sentinel. We also offer weekly sessions with veteran journalists and senior editors on a wide range of topics, including career advice. It’s hard work and great fun.”

Google Journalism Fellowship
Deadline: Around the end of January
Location: Various journalism nonprofits throughout the United States
Pay: $8,000 for 10-weeks, plus $1,000 travel stipend
Description: “The program is aimed at undergraduate, graduate and journalism students interested in using technology to tell stories in new and dynamic ways. The Fellows will get the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to a variety of organizations — from those that are steeped in investigative journalism to those working for press freedom around the world and to those that are helping the industry figure out its future in the digital age.”
Disclaimer: I was a 2014 Google fellow.

Atlantic Media Fellowship Program
Deadline: End of February 2015
Location: Washington, D.C. and New York City
Pay: $25,000 per year, with full benefits
Description: “Atlantic Media offers high-achieving recent college graduates a unique opportunity to participate in the Atlantic Media Fellowship Program. The Program is a structured, year-long paid fellowship for top-tier talent committed to editorial-side or business-side careers in media. Each year we look forward to our new class of Fellows, who add a fresh perspective and new ideas to our company initiatives. As a digital-first company, we have experienced tremendous growth as a result of emphasis on digital initiatives, and our Fellows have been key contributors.”

The Seattle Times
Deadline: Nov. 15.
Location: Seattle
Pay: $540 per week
Description: “The Seattle Times offers paid summer internships to outstanding students pursuing a career in journalism. For 10 weeks, interns work on varied assignments and attend weekly training sessions with members of a Pulitzer Prize-winning staff. Interns receive a skill-development plan and work with a staff mentor to achieve it. Internships are open to sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students attending a four-year college or university. Applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to print and online journalism. At least one previous internship at a daily news organization is preferred, and multimedia experience is a plus.”

Austin American-Statesman
Deadline: Nov. 7
Location: Austin, Texas
Pay: $450 per week, plus free housing.
Description: “Our objective is to help interns grow with challenging assignments. In other words, you won’t spend your time writing police briefs, taking mug shots and running errands. Last summer, one intern finished with three dozen bylines, three-quarters of which were on the front page or the Metro cover.”

The Chicago Tribune
Deadline: Dec. 1
Location: Chicago
Pay: Not listed
Description: “The Chicago Tribune’s newsroom internship program seeks college juniors, seniors and graduate students for 12-week paid internships. Opportunities will be considered in all newsroom departments: metro, sports, business, graphics, copy editing, design, photo/video, entertainment, events, social media and lifestyle.”

The Dallas Morning News
Deadline: Oct. 31
Location: Dallas
Pay: $15 per hour
Description: “We offer several 12-week college internships for news reporting, copy editing, business news, features, sports, photography and our website, dallasnews.com. Interns are treated as full-time staffers and typically, at least one is hired for a full-time position at the conclusion of the internship.”

Student Press Law Center
Deadline: Jan. 31
Location: Washington, D.C.
Pay: $3,500 stipend
Description: “Journalism interns research, write and help edit the Report, the Center’s magazine that chronicles student press law cases and controversies from around the country. Interns also write breaking news and analysis pieces for the Center’s website. Those with an interest in video and multimedia are especially encouraged to apply, and help us create the images that will bring students’ censorship experiences to life.”

The Oregonian
Deadline: Nov. 1
Location: Portland, Oregon
Pay: $440 per week
Description: “Oregonian Media Group offers a 10-week summer intern program for college students who wish to work as multimedia journalists in The Oregonian newsroom. We’re looking for primarily upperclassmen with previous internship experience who want to work in a digital-first environment doing smart stories for readers of OREGONLIVE.COM online and The Oregonian in print. We want critical thinkers, students who have a portfolio that shows ambition and skill across platforms, reporters and photographers who want to make a difference with readers – however those readers find us.
If selected, you will be assigned to a team for the summer, paired with a staff mentor and provided opportunities to learn from experienced journalists through group discussions with other interns.”

NPR’s Kroc Fellowship:
Deadline: Dec. 31
Location: NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., and member station.
Pay:: $40,000 per year
Description: “The Fellowship is designed to offer exposure to various units at NPR, in both the News and Digital Divisions, and at an NPR Member Station. NPR Kroc Fellows work alongside some of the nation’s most respected reporters, producers and editors and receive regular instruction in writing for radio and on-air performance. The Fellowship begins in August and lasts one year. Fellows receive a stipend of more than $40,000 and benefits, including paid vacation. NPR will provide Kroc Fellows with professional guidance and assist in job placement.”

Pulliam Journalism Fellowship
Deadline: Nov. 1
Location: Indianapolis and Phoenix
Pay: $650 per week
Description: “You’ll be a member of our newsroom, work hard and gain valuable journalism experience. You get paid, too. Our Pulliam Fellows earn $650/week for the 10-week program. You’ll also get to participate in writing workshops and learn over lunch from some of the best minds in journalism.”

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Deadline: Nov. 1
Location: Minneapolis
Pay:: $706 per week
Description: “The Star Tribune newsroom offers one of the best summer internship programs available in our industry. We select at least 10 candidates for paid 10-week internships each summer. The program targets college and graduate students interested in pursuing careers as reporters, copy editors/multiplatform editors, designers, photographers and multimedia producers.”

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Deadline: Jan. Read more

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Interstate General Media to close Inquirer.com

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Inquirer.com and PhillyDailyNews.com, standalone websites for two newspapers owned by Interstate General Media, will soon close, Philadelphia Magazine reported Thursday.

According to a memo obtained by Philadelphia Magazine, the two sites, which feature content from The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Philadelphia Daily News, will be “folded into” one site, Philly.com:

What this means is that the standalone newspaper-branded sites will no longer exist and will instead redirect readers to Philly.com, where users will find Inquirer and Daily News journalism featured more prominently and have access to branded Inquirer and Daily News section fronts that represent the editorial voice and judgment of the newspapers.

The decision marks an end of an experiment began in April 2013, when both newspapers unveiled the subscription-based sites. The sites were designed to “reflect the papers’ personalities”

A few newspapers have released parallel free and subscription-based sites, including The San Francisco Chronicle (which maintains sfgate.com free of charge and sfchronicle.com for subscribers) and The Boston Globe (which offers boston.com for free and bostonglobe.com with a metered paywall system) Read more

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The New York Times might be snapping you soon

A Wednesday staff memo announcing the hire of New York Times deputy editor of audience development Justin Bank noted that he will be in charge of formulating “strategies for all existing and new social platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest but also new ones like Snapchat and WhatsApp).”

At least one Poynter follower wondered publicly whether that means The Gray Lady is jumping onto Snapchat.

The answer? Maybe, says Danielle Rhoades Ha, a spokesperson for The New York Times. Although The Times doesn’t currently have Snapchat or WhatsApp accounts, the paper “may experiment on those platforms.”

RELATED: Here’s how to use Snapchat (and how not to use Snapchat)

If The Times starts snapping its readers, it won’t be the first news organization to do so. The Washington Post, NPR and NowThisNews have all used the ephemeral messaging app to engage with their audiences. In August, BuzzFeed announced a new division that would use social platforms, including Snapchat, to propagate its content. Read more

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Time magazine announces 3 hires, 7 promotions

Time magazine editor Nancy Gibbs and managing editor Edward Felsenthal announced a slew of hires and promotions in a memo to staff Thursday (full memo below):

  • Bryan Walsh is now the magazine’s foreign editor. Previously, he was Tokyo Bureau Chief and Hong Kong correspondent.
  • Nikhil Kumar is now South Asia bureau chief for Time magazine. Previously, she was a senior editor there.
  • Aryn Baker is now Africa bureau chief for the magazine. Previously, she was Middle East bureau chief.
  • Eliana Dockterman is now a writer at Time magazine. Previously, she was a reporter there.
  • Sam Frizell is now a writer at Time magazine. Previously, he was a reporter there.
  • Noah Rayman has also been promoted to writer at Time magazine. He was a breaking news reporter there.
  • Alexandra Sifferlin is now a writer for Time magazine. Previously, she was a reporter there.
  • Conal Urquhart is now a senior editor at Time magazine. Previously, she was deputy foreign editor for The Independent.
  • Claire Howorth is now books editor at Time magazine. Previously, she had been arts editor at The Daily Beast.
  • Ryan Teague Beckwith is now a senior editor in Time’s Washington bureau. Previously, he was news editor for the Washington Examiner.
  • TO: TIME Edit Staff
    FROM: Nancy Gibbs and Edward Felsenthal

    TIME’s expansion continues, of our audience, our content and our staff. September, a month of intense international news, saw a record 50 million uniques on Time.com. The global power and reach of our brand—with more than 30% of our online readers living outside the U.S. and targeted print editions targeted in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa—was on full display, from Aryn Baker’s extraordinary Ebola coverage from Liberia to Hong Kong, where protesters held up our Asia edition covers and even printed and posted the homepage of Time.com.

    Today, we are pleased to announce three new hires and seven promotions that reflect the continued growth of our International, politics and books coverage as well as our global breaking news operation.

    Bryan Walsh is promoted to Foreign Editor, responsible for TIME’s coverage of world events in our U.S edition. Working with Europe Editor Matt McAllester and Asia Editor Zoher Abdoolcarim, Bryan brings formidable experience to helping explain the world to our readers. A former Tokyo Bureau Chief and Hong Kong correspondent, Bryan is also one of TIME’s most prolific writers on science, energy and the environment, including recent cover stories on the threat posed by invasive species, a World without Bees, and the new science of fat (“Eat Butter.”) Over the years his reporting has taken him to every corner of the world, to Belize to report on vanishing coral reefs, Greenland on the melting tundra, Madagascar on endangered species, plus Cameroon, Ecuador, Bali, Abu Dhabi and Sakhalin Island. A Princeton grad, Bryan was awarded a Knight Public Health Journalism Fellowship. Bryan, Matt and Zoher will all be reporting to Michael Duffy.

    Nikhil Kumar is promoted to South Asia Bureau chief, based in New Delhi. Since joining TIME in January, Nikhil has served as a senior editor in New York, running the World spread and editing magazine and online stories. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of Indian politics and history, and foreign affairs more broadly—from the inner workings of the British parliamentary system, to South American economics, to, yes, cricket. He was previously the New York correspondent for The Independent, where his coverage included Wall Street and the Sandy Hook shootings. Before that, he worked as a report and editor at the newspaper’s London HQ. Nikhil studied philosophy and law in London.

    Aryn Baker leaves her post as Middle East Bureau Chief based in Beirut to become Africa Bureau Chief based in Cape Town. Aryn has hit the ground running with her remarkable coverage of the Ebola crisis in Liberia, writing a cover story within the first month her new assignment and providing TIME.com readers with powerful accounts of Liberians engaged with the fight against the outbreak. Aryn’s courage in reporting under very difficult circumstances in Liberia has come as no surprise given her long experience covering turmoil the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Previously Aryn was an associate editor based in Hong Kong – and a pastry chef in Paris.

    We are also delighted to promote four members of our global breaking news team, reflecting the quality and depth of reporting of their work in print and online over the past year.

    Eliana Dockterman is promoted to Writer. Eliana’s coverage has ranged from coverage of sexual assault on campus, including a powerful video on the subject, to entertainment and sports. A prolific reporter, she graduated from Yale and first joined TIME as an intern in the summer of 2012.

    Sam Frizell is also promoted to Writer. Joining TIME in January from the trade publication American Metal Market, he has become a key driver of our business coverage, delivering features on topics from the remaking of the American mall to cybersecurity. Sam is a graduate of Bowdoin.

    Noah Rayman, the very first member of our breaking news team, is promoted to Writer as well. A Harvard graduate, he joined TIME in the summer of 2013 and has become an essential contributor to our World coverage online and in print.

    Alexandra Sifferlin is promoted to Writer. Focusing on health, she has provided significant coverage on the spread of Ebola including a series of scoops from Emory Hospital, the first to treat the disease in the U.S. during the current outbreak. A graduate of Northwestern, she joined TIME as an intern in January 2012.

    Meanwhile we are excited to announce these new members of our editorial team:

    Conal Urquhart joins TIME as Senior Editor based in London, adding a vital new hub to our New York and Hong Kong-based breaking news operations and helping Matt McAllester coordinate coverage of the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Russia. Conal comes to us from The Independent, where he was deputy foreign editor. Previously, Conal was a reporter for the Scotsman, foreign editor of Scotland on Sunday and a freelance Middle East correspondent for the Guardian, the Economist and other outlets. He has also worked for the United Nations in Jerusalem and Gaza. He starts Monday.

    Claire Howorth joins us as Books Editor of TIME. She will also work with Ryan Sager and Joyce Tang on our fast-growing Ideas vertical. A veteran of The Daily Beast, The Daily and Vanity Fair, Claire has distinguished herself with a fine eye and ear for what people are (or should be) reading and what they’ll want to talk about next. Already she has demonstrated the power of smart books coverage to enliven coverage across digital and print. She has recruited authors for Time Ideas, secured attention-grabbing excerpts (including Leon Panetta’s memoir), and expanded our books coverage in culture. A graduate of the University of Colorado, Claire hails originally from Oxford, Mississippi.

    Ryan Teague Beckwith joins TIME as a senior editor in the Washington bureau. Reporting to Michael Scherer, Ryan will oversee day-to-day politics coverage on Time.com. He most recently worked as news editor for the Washington Examiner. Previously, he managed Washington coverage for Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome, worked as an editor at CQ Roll Call and led online political coverage for the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer. An adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University’s graduate journalism program, he has also taught at UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State University. He is a 2002 graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

    Please join us in congratulating Bryan, Nikhil, Aryn, Eliana, Sam, Alexandra and Noah, and welcoming Conal, Claire and Ryan.

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Career Beat: New class of visiting Nieman Fellows announced

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin: Ryan Kellett is now audience and engagement editor at The Washington Post. Previously, he was national digital editor there. (The Washington Post)
  • Dean Haddock is a visiting fellow at the Nieman Foundation. He is director of web and information technology for StoryCorps. Melody Joy Kramer is a visiting fellow at the Nieman Foundation. She is an editor and digital strategist at NPR. Donna Pierce is now a visiting fellow at the Nieman Foundation. She is a contributing editor at Upscale Magazine. Jack Riley is now a visiting fellow at the Nieman Foundation. He is head of audience development for The Huffington Post UK. Freek Staps is now a visiting fellow at the Nieman Foundation. He heads up business news start-up NRC Q. Amy Webb is now a visiting fellow at the Nieman Foundation. She is the founder and CEO of Webbmedia Group. (Nieman Lab)

Job of the day: BuzzFeed UK is looking for a political reporter. Get your résumés in! (BuzzFeed)

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Statue honoring WWII correspondent is misspelled

A new statue of war correspondent and revered alumnus Ernie Pyle commissioned by Indiana University is marred with a misspelling, The Indiana Daily Student reported Wednesday:

The word “correspondent,” as seen on a patch on the left shoulder of the bronze sculpture, is incorrectly spelled. It currently reads “U.S. War Corespondent.”

Tuck Langland, who sculpted the statue, says the error might stay on the installation, becoming “part of the lore of the piece,” according to The Daily Student. Alternatively, he could “mash the area” to cover up the error or create a new mold in bronze with the correct spelling. Read more

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Another alt-weekly folds

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The second alt-weekly in as many days announced it was closing Wednesday, tweeting its abrupt demise. The staff of the (Knoxville, Tennessee) Metro Pulse were laid off by the Knoxville News Sentinel, which owns the alt-weekly:

All told, about 23 staffers were cut in the News Sentinel layoffs, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

The paper also said goodbye to its readers on Facebook:

Yes, it’s true. We don’t exist anymore. We no longer have jobs either. This week’s issue will be our last. We love all you readers, sources, PR people, businesses who advertised with us, and everyone else in Knoxville more than words can express. We will miss you all. XOXO MP

Yesterday, The San Francisco Bay Guardian announced it was closing; it published its last issue today. Read more

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