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.

New York Times begins goodbyes to departing staffers

New York | The New York Times | Poynter
At least 20 longtime journalists are leaving The New York Times to take buyouts or other opportunities. Heading to ProPublica is Sports Editor Joe Sexton, who led the team that produced “Snow Fall,” a much-heralded multimedia journalism production. New York magazine’s Joe Hagan spoke to Sexton about the project and its legacy:

Times culture has never produced an excess of radical thinking. With the upheavals of the digital age, though, restraint has become a luxury the paper can no longer afford. “The ways to have impact are to produce exclusive news, write memorable stories, and evince a sense of daring and fun,” says Sexton. “And if that formula fails, then we’re all in fucking trouble.” …

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New York newspapers honor Hizzoner Ed Koch

Former mayor Ed Koch, 88, will be buried Monday at a grave marked with journalist Daniel Pearl’s last words. Politico’s Mike Allen collects journalists’ memories of covering Koch, including this from Michael Oreskes, then at The New York Times:

There was a time in my life when I had occasion to spend hours every day with Edward I. Koch. He was a first-term mayor. I was City Hall bureau chief of the city’s largest newspaper. There were days when he spent so much time talking to me — and to my journalistic colleagues in the famous Room Nine — that I wondered where he found the time to be mayor. Then I came to understand that for Edward I. Koch (there were those who put the emphasis on the “I”), talking to me was being mayor.

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New York Times revises Koch obit to address AIDS controversy

The Huffington Post | NewsDiffs
The New York Times’ 5,500-word obituary of Ed Koch has been revised at least three times today to update the former New York mayor’s statements about his sexuality and to include the controversy over his handling of the AIDS epidemic, which began during his tenure in the 1980s.

Huffington Post’s Jack Mirkinson details criticism of the original obit. NewsDiffs documents what was added to the Times’ obit by Robert McFadden: Read more

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Ed Koch’s grave marker is inscribed with journalist Daniel Pearl’s last words

March 1, 2011 (Mike Groll/AP)

Former New York City mayor Ed Koch died Friday morning at the age of 88. He plans to be buried in Manhattan, the three-term mayor said in 2008. His headstone and a memorial bench, placed at Trinity Church Cemetery in 2009, evoke his faith and his admiration of a murdered journalist. Koch explained his plans to the Associated Press:

The marker will bear the Star of David and a Hebrew prayer, “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One.” It also will be inscribed with the last words of journalist Daniel Pearl before he was murdered by terrorists in 2002: “My father is Jewish. My mother is Jewish. I am Jewish.”

Koch explained that he had been moved that Pearl chose to affirm his faith and heritage in his last moments.

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Chinese hackers infiltrate The New York Times, Wall Street Journal

The New York Times | WSJ | Associated Press | Forbes
In the months just before and since The New York Times published an investigation of Chinese prime minister Wen Jiabao’s family, hackers have been “infiltrating its computer systems and getting passwords for its reporters and other employees,” the paper reports.

They broke into the e-mail accounts of its Shanghai bureau chief, David Barboza, who wrote the reports on Mr. Wen’s relatives, and Jim Yardley, The Times’s South Asia bureau chief in India, who previously worked as bureau chief in Beijing.

“Computer security experts found no evidence that sensitive e-mails or files from the reporting of our articles about the Wen family were accessed, downloaded or copied,” said Jill Abramson, executive editor of The Times. …

Security experts found evidence that the hackers stole the corporate passwords for every Times employee and used those to gain access to the personal computers of 53 employees, most of them outside The Times’s newsroom.

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Newsrooms use Vine to show personality, process, previews in 6-second videos

Less than a week after Twitter launched its short video tool, it is curating some of the most interesting experiments with Vine. Vinepeek and Vineroulette also display short videos as they’re published. Newsrooms are using Vine to show personality, show studios and show process. Germany’s Rhein Zeitung tweeted this 6-second video of its paper being laid out:

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Twitter: Matt Lewis can’t love it or leave it

The Week | The Awl
Matt Lewis joined Twitter in 2008, but now finds it a prison: “It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment it happened — but at some point, Twitter became a dark place,” he writes.

Once everyone was on Twitter, everyone’s problems were on Twitter. The early adopters might have been tech-utopians, but the succeeding waves were angry cynics and partisan cranks who used the technology to make the world even louder and worse than it was before Twitter.

Compounding the problem is that — unlike everyone else — if you work in journalism, you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave. Being on Twitter is now part of the job, meaning that you can’t not be on Twitter.

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More than 150 newsrooms want to be in NBC reality show

National Newspaper Association | The New York Times | Wick Communications | Technology Tell
“In the 10 days after NBC put out a casting call for small-town newspapers to participate in a reality television show, the network received more than 150 responses from newspapers across the nation,” reports Christine Haughney.

The casting call sent out by NBC Peacock Productions asked, “Is your team a real version of ‘The Office’ meets ‘Parks and Recreation?’ “:

We’re an Emmy award-winning production company that’s looking to produce a documentary style reality show featuring a small-town local paper working hard to stay on top of breaking small-town news and keep financially afloat in an ever-increasing competitive world.

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Obama: ‘One of the biggest factors is going to be how the media shapes debates’

The New Republic | Poynter | “60 Minutes”
In an interview with The New Republic’s Franklin Foer and Chris Hughes, President Obama “asked us in granular detail about the health of the media business.” Specifically, he “wanted to know if The New Yorker and The Atlantic had found workable business models.”

Obama has said before that he reads both magazines. “The New Yorker and The Atlantic still do terrific work,” he told Rolling Stone last April.

During the 45-minute interview with Foer and Hughes, the president “bemoaned his own difficulty accessing newspapers and magazines on his ultra-secure presidential iPad, which doesn’t allow him to enter required subscriber information.”

Obama also reads all of The New York Times columnists, he told Rolling Stone, which would require a subscription. Read more


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