Kristen Hare


Hillary Clinton: The world needs more explanatory journalism

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sees the need for more explanatory journalism, Dan Merica reported for CNN on Wednesday. Clinton spoke at the University of Connecticut.
Clinton's comments came as part of the question and answer portion to Wednesday’s event. University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst asked Clinton about how journalism has changed and whether journalists could help break gridlock that has halted work in Washington. The former secretary of state went on to say that she feels there is a space for "explanatory journalism because there’s a lot going on in the world that needs explanation."
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How did you/will you remember the spellings of state names?

Now that we'll be spelling state names out in full, perhaps this is merely a way to remember that there was, once, another way.
Do you have any tips or tricks that helped you remember the shortened version of state names? (Before I came to Poynter, most of my reporting happened in Missouri, which was easy with just Mo.) But what about Pennsylvania (Pa.)? Wisconsin (always Wis., never Wisc.)?

And now that things are changing, do you have any tips or tricks that help you remember how to spell those names out correctly? Other than consulting the AP Stylebook, the dictionary or Google?

My editor, Andrew Beaujon, uses this Sammy Kershaw song to help him remember how to spell Tennessee.



And of course, there's "Oklahoma!"



Tweet your ideas to me @kristenhare or email them to khare@poynter.org.
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Judge orders former Village Voice reporter to turn over documents

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A federal judge has ordered journalist Graham Rayman to turn over documents he gathered while reporting on police misconduct, Rich Calder reports in the New York Post.

Rayman, a former Village Voice reporter, is the author of the Village Voice series and the book “The NYPD Tapes," which details police misconduct using recordings from Adrian Schoolcraft, who was also a police officer.
The items include statements by Schoolcraft, e-mails that the Brooklyn cop sent Rayman and a memo from Schoolcraft regarding “NYPD misconduct.” Schoolcraft filed a $50 million lawsuit in 2010 against the city alleging he was forced to spend time in a mental ward after saying cops at the 81st Precinct fudged crime stats.
In 2010, This American Life featured the story.

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MediaWireWorld: American journalist held in Ukraine, journalists kicked out of Egyptian courtroom

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American journalist Simon Ostrovsky was captured in Eastern Ukraine, Brian Ries reported on Tuesday for Mashable. Ostrovsky is a reporter for VICE News. On Wednesday, Matt McAllester reported in Time that Time's Berlin correspondent, Simon Shuster, and four other journalists were also detained on Monday but were later released.
The journalists were traveling in a car in the separatist-held town of Slavyansk when they were stopped at a checkpoint by armed separatists, said Shuster, who is now in the city of Donetsk. Shuster, a Ukrainian photographer and a British photojournalist for VICE left Slavyansk the morning after their detention. A Russian photographer who was part of the group chose to stay in Slavyansk.


On Wednesday, Taylor Berman reported about Ostrovsky for Gawker.

A spokeswoman for a pro-Russian militia in eastern Ukraine confirmed on Wednesday that the group has detained Vice News journalist Simon Ostrovsky on suspicion of spying and other "bad activities."
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Daily Mail publishes fictional account of real trial

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On Tuesday night, Joe Kovac Jr. sat down and did a search to see how a murder trial in Macon, Ga., was getting covered elsewhere. That led him to The Daily Mail's James Nye, whose account of the trial begins with a sentence that is fictional. Kovac, a reporter with The (Macon, Ga.) Telegraph, knows it was wrong because he sat in the front row of the Georgia courtroom Monday morning and saw the whole thing for himself.

He tweeted about the Mail's bizarre account Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.



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It’s Shakespeare’s birthday

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Happy birthday, William Shakespeare. We think, at least, that this is the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth (and also the anniversary of his death.) In honor of the day we think Shakespeare was probably born, then, let's celebrate with some journalistic offerings, and a little of the Bard's own faux-tweets thrown in, too.

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Images from Earth Day 2014

Maybe Earth Day lost a bit of its usual ability to grab headlines because of a late Easter, which also happened to fall on a pot holiday, followed by the 2014 Boston Marathon. Regardless, here are some images Associated Press photographers shot on Earth Day from around the world. Some are lovely, some pretty depressing, and one is just puzzling. Aren't beauty queens already supposed to be about saving the earth?
Kashmiri women row a boat filled with weeds after cleaning the Dal Lake on Earth Day, on the outskirts of Srinagar, India, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The weed-clogged Dal Lake is central to Kashmir’s tourist trade and efforts are being made to rescue the lake. In the past two decades the lake has shrunk by more than half, according to environmental study reports. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)


A woman walks near an Apple store with the Apple logo partially changed to green to mark Earth Day in Beijing, China, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. A new global initiative timed to coincide with Tuesday's celebration of the annual Earth Day offers free recycling of all its used products and vows to power all of its stores, offices and data centers with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by its devices and online services. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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At the marathon, AP’s Bill Kole made lousy time and great tweets

When he runs, Bill Kole usually pulls back from what's happening around him and focuses on his pace.
On Monday, he did the opposite for the Boston Marathon.

"I needed to think about what was going on with the many souls around me," he said in a phone interview with Poynter.

Kole, who's the New England bureau chief for the Associated Press, stopped at each mile to tweet. In each of those tweets was a small story, a scene, a few seconds of what was happening at the Boston Marathon one year after the bombings that killed three people and left more than 260 injured. (more...)
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Figure skaters will be NBC’s fashion experts at Kentucky Derby

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Hat fashion experts? Tony Maglio reported in The Wrap on Tuesday that Olympic figure skaters Tara Lipinksi and Johnny Weir will join NBC Sports to offer fashion coverage for the Kentucky Derby.
“Johnny and Tara have an infectious energy that will bring a fun and fresh perspective to our Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks telecasts,” Rob Hyland, coordinating producer for NBC Sports Group, said in a statement. “They will be in their element amid the big-event atmosphere and pageantry of Churchill Downs.”


 

Of course, it's about more than just the hats. The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal offers this video on fashion tips on the day of "competitive dressing up." (more...)
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Knight’s Prototype Fund fuels 17 projects

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On Tuesday, the Knight Foundation announced the funding of 17 projects through Prototype Fund grants, Chris Barr writes.
The Prototype Fund is designed to give people with great concepts for media and information projects grants of $35,000 and six months to take their idea all the way to demo with a class of others facing a similar challenge. What can you learn in six months? Quite a bit.
Projects in this round include Capitol Hound, "Offering the public a searchable database of the transcripts of North Carolina legislative sessions, including an audio archive and alert system for General Assembly sessions and committee meetings"; Minezy, "Creating a tool to help journalists more easily find information in email archives received through Freedom of Information Act requests by analyzing data and highlighting important social relationships, dates and topics"; and Tipsy, "Making it easier for content providers to generate revenue by developing a new way to fund news sites through micropayments from readers."

For more information on each of the 17 projects, check out Knight's announcement.
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