Julie Moos

Julie Moos (jmoos@poynter.org) has been Director of Poynter Online and Poynter Publications since 2009. Previously, she was Editor of Poynter Online (2007-2009) and Poynter Publications (2006-2009); Managing Editor of Poynter Online and Publications Manager (2004-2006); and News Editor of Poynter Online (2002-2004). Before joining Poynter in 2002, Julie worked for seven years at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, N.C., doing newscast graphics, producing, writing and finally as Managing Editor of WRAL.com. You can reach Julie by phone at 727-553-4336 or by email. You can also follow Julie on Twitter.


AP stylebook adds entry on mental illness

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The Associated Press has introduced guidance on how to use information about mental illness in coverage. “Do not describe an individual as mentally ill unless it is clearly pertinent to a story and the diagnosis is properly sourced,” the new Stylebook entry begins.

In the immediate aftermath of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary that left 20 children and 7 adults dead, there was much speculation about the mental health of shooter Adam Lanza.

By email, AP spokesperson Paul Colford acknowledged that shooting was a factor.

“Newtown was certainly among the reasons we considered this carefully, as well as the run of other mass shootings where the state of the shooter was an issue. Editors heard from and sounded out mental health experts and welcomed their input,” he said. Read more

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Nora Ephron’s son Jacob Bernstein describes the eulogy his mother wrote for journalism and for herself:

Based on real events, “Lucky Guy” is about a tabloid journalist named Mike McAlary. In the early ’90s, he became one of the highest-paid newspaper columnists in the country. Crime was still rampant in New York, and the Internet had not yet destroyed the economics of the newspaper business. My mother said that she saw his career as “the end of something,” a bookend to a time when reporters could still believe there was power in the job; when Elaine’s was still one of the city’s most glamorous rooms; when much of Times Square still belonged to prostitutes and drug dealers; and when the West Village had not yet been taken over by hedge-fund magnates and Russian oligarchs.

My mother knew a lot about McAlary’s world. She dreamed of being a newspaper reporter from the time she was in high school, and wound up spending much of her 20s working at The New York Post. Moreover, McAlary was what she liked to call “a problematic human being.” And after a decade of writing and directing romantic comedies, a lead character who wasn’t entirely likable seemed like a good way to keep herself from getting boxed in. …
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Jacob Bernstein, The New York Times Magazine

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Vanity Fair excerpts Zev Chafets’s biography of Roger Ailes:

For months, Roger Ailes and I had been meeting regularly at Fox News headquarters in Midtown Manhattan, at his home in Putnam County, and at public and private gatherings. In that time I got a closer look at Roger Ailes than any journalist who doesn’t work for him ever has. He is plainspoken, wryly profane, caustic, and above all competitive …

[News Corp. CEO Rupert] Murdoch often drops by Ailes’s office to joke and gossip about politics. “Roger and I have a close personal friendship,” he told me. Ailes agrees—up to a point.

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Zev Chafets, Vanity Fair book excerpt

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Mila Kunis helps reporter with his first big interview

“Seriously, I’m petrified,” said BBC Radio’s Chris Stark, 25, as he began an interview with actress Mila Kunis about her new film, “Oz.” Kunis reassured Stark, listened thoughtfully, asked questions and eventually listed all of the movie’s talking points. “You’re doing a great job … this is the best interview I’ve had today,” she said. Read more

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Boston Globe assigns digital ME, promotes staff in leadership changes

As The Boston Globe simplifies its two site Web strategy and awaits word on a possible buyer for the paper, new Editor Brian McGrory is making some leadership changes. His memo to staff announces the news:

I’m excited to share some changes in the newsroom leadership.

I’ve asked Caleb Solomon, the managing editor for the past five years, to switch his focus to our digital operation and oversee our rapidly evolving websites and portable platforms as managing editor/digital. He has enthusiastically agreed.

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Washington Post introduces sponsored content

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Josh Sternberg reported Monday that The Washington Post would introduce sponsored content this morning in an effort to reverse declining revenue for the news organization:

WaPo tomorrow plans to launch “BrandConnect” that will let marketers create content throughout the WaPo site and on its homepage. It’s kind of like Forbes’ BrandVoice, which lets brands post on the Forbes platform. CTIA, the wireless trade association, is the inaugural advertiser and will create content through blog posts, videos and infographics, according to a rep. The Post did not provide specifics on exact nature of the content or how long it would run. …

WaPo is taking a middle-ground approach to the creation of the content. A rep said in some cases marketers would create it, but the publisher would also offer services via its advertiser team. Editorial resources will not be used. The spokesperson also wouldn’t give specifics as to how, exactly, brands will be able to post content.

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Hiring: Editor for Poynter.org

Poynter is hiring a new Director of Poynter Online (the current director, me, is starting a new job at McClatchy in April). If you’ve ever read this site and wished you were running it, this is your chance. Poynter.org is a leading source of information about journalism, with a larger audience than ever before in its history. The Institute is seeking candidates with a track record of digital excellence whose work reflects an understanding of Poynter’s values, standards and practices. Apply here through March 15. Read more

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