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The journalist’s quick guide to surviving April Fools’ Day

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Wednesday is April Fools’ Day, which means we’ll likely stay busy here covering two kinds of stories: News sites that were tricked by tricky tricksters and news sites that did the tricking.

Here are three quick tips on how to navigate the day. (And please let us know what you’re up to and what you’re seeing tomorrow!)

1. Slow down.

Slow down. Slow down. Slow down. Slow down. People are out to mess with you, perhaps more than on other days. Here are some of Craig Silverman’s tips on debunking.

2. Do not trust college publications.

Don’t do it. This is their day. They’re already at it.

3. Maybe don’t participate.

Pulling jokes on readers can backfire. Do not mess with your readers tomorrow. Read more

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The New York Times now has ‘One-Sentence Stories’ for your Apple Watch

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On Tuesday, The New York Times Company announced a new feature for the Apple Watch, “One-Sentence Stories.” The Apple Watch will also get breaking news alerts with this app extension, which will be released on April 24.

The New York Times has developed a new form of storytelling to help readers catch up in seconds on Apple Watch. One-sentence stories, crafted specially for small screens, will provide the news at a glance across many Times sections, including Business, Politics, Science, Tech and The Arts.

“This isn’t a downstream experience–we specifically did not want to pull headlines or shrink stories down for a smaller screen, but rather create one-sentence stories written exclusively for the Watch,” Linda Zebian, the Times’ director of communications, told Poynter in an email. Read more

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The Indianapolis Star takes on RFRA with a front page editorial: ‘Half steps will not be enough’

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. ‘Fix this now’

    The Indianapolis Star devoted Tuesday's front page to an editorial about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Poynter's Al Tompkins wrote about the front page and another it reminded him of from 2011. (Poynter) | "The editorial does not call on Gov. Pence to repeal the Religious Freedom Restoration Act but rather to enact a new state law 'to prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, education and public accommodations on the basis of a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.'" (Politico) | From the editorial: "The consequences will only get worse if our state leaders delay in fixing the deep mess created. Half steps will not be enough. Half steps will not undo the damage." (The Indianapolis Star) | "For example of how newspapers can be more powerful than web or TV, here's tomorrow's Indianapolis Star front page." (@MrWalterShapiro)

  2. Reporters sue St.
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ACES: AP’s guidance on suicide terms shows sensitivity

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On Friday at the American Copy Editors Society conference, The Associated Press revealed some of the upcoming changes to the 2015 AP Stylebook, and among them is updated guidance on suicide terms.

From our earlier story with the AP’s David Minthorn:

With stories about suicide, the AP now recommends not going into details.

“The guidance also says that we avoid using the term committed suicide except in direct quotations from authorities.”

Instead used “killed himself, took her own life or died by suicide.”

“Committed in that context suggests possibly an illegal act, but in fact, laws against suicide have been repealed in the U.S., at least in certain states, and many other places,” Minthorn said, “so we’re going to avoid using that term on our own, although it’s a term that authorities widely use and we will use it while quoting authorities.”

After those changes and others were shared at the ACES conference, ACES sent out a press release in support of the AP’s guidance on suicide terms. Read more

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AP Stylebook change: BLT is now acceptable on first reference

BLT. Delicious and OK on first reference.

BLT. Delicious and OK on first reference.

On Friday morning, people at the American Copy Editors Society conference will get a preview of some of the changes coming to the 2015 edition of The Associated Press Stylebook. I asked David Minthorn, the AP Stylebook’s co-editor, about those changes and what people might freak out about.

“We’re never quite sure what people may be excited about,” Minthorn said. “But for example, we have two amended spellings of datelines that might be of interest.”

One of those datelines is Nepal’s capital.

“Now it’s K-A-T-H-M-A-N-D-U,” Minthorn said. “We felt it was time to conform with local preferences, and I think the dictionary also uses the that spelling.”

OK. That doesn’t seem melt-down worthy. And the AP doesn’t make these changes lightly, Minthorn said. Read more

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What Periscope saw

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Periscope’s first day

    On Thursday, Twitter's live-streaming app Periscope came out on iTunes and journalists quickly started sharing what they were seeing. By the afternoon, that included a fire and the collapse of two buildings in New York City. "I had less information than I would if I had waited for a formal news crew to arrive, report out what was happening, and then pass that information back to me. With the smartphones in our pockets, we're all citizen journalists now." (The Verge) | Here are full details on the fire, where 19 people were injured. (The New York Times) | On Friday, BuzzFeed News reported that six people were missing. (BuzzFeed News) | "The New York tragedy showed the potential for two new apps, including one from Twitter Inc.

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‘Why?’ 9 front pages from the Germanwings crash

On Thursday, front pages in Europe and other parts of the world led with the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525. The New York Times reports that the passengers on board were from at least 15 different countries. Here’s a collection of nine front pages following Tuesday’s crash, via Kiosko.

International New York Times:

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The Australian, Australia:

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Le Monde, France:

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Bild, Germany:

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NRC Next, Netherlands:

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Publico, Portugal:

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ABC, Spain:

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La Razón, Madrid, Spain:

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The New York Times, New York:

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Periscope is here

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Look out, Meerkat

    On Thursday, the live-streaming app Periscope launched for iPhones. "It aims to be a window on the world, but an interactive window that supports not just real-time live video, but also real-time conversations around those videos." (BuzzFeed News) | "It’s likely that, if Meerkat had not exploded the way it did, Twitter might have kept its Periscope app (free in the App Store starting Thursday) below the surface for a while longer, but now any delay could spell disaster for Twitter’s live video streaming plans." (Mashable) | David Pierce writes about how Periscope was created and eventually bought by Twitter. In 2013, co-founder Kayvon Beykpour was planning a trip to Turkey. "Just before Beykpour left, however, protests broke out in Taksim Square—near the hotel he was scheduled to check into—and quickly turned from peaceful to violent.

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Charlie Hebdo wins PEN American’s Freedom of Expression Courage Award

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The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo will receive the PEN/Toni and James C. Goodale Freedom of Expression Courage Award, the PEN American Center announced on Wednesday. Charlie Hebdo staffer Jean-Baptiste Thore will accept the award.

“It is the role of the satirists in any free society to challenge the powerful and the sacred, pushing boundaries in ways that make expression freer and more robust for us all,” said PEN Executive Director Suzanne Nossel. “In paying the ultimate price for the exercise of their freedom, and then soldiering on amid devastating loss, Charlie Hebdo deserves to be recognized for its dauntlessness in the face of one of the most noxious assaults on expression in recent memory.”

According to The Associated Press, past PEN winners include Salman Rushdie, Philip Roth and Toni Morrison. Read more

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AP reporters found slaves in Indonesia linked to fish sold in the U.S.

Good morning. Here are nine media stories.

  1. ‘Are slaves catching the fish you buy?’

    Reporters with The Associated Press found slaves in the Indonesian town of Benjina. During a yearlong investigation, the AP was able to trace fish caught by the slaves to Thai companies, which sold the fish to the U.S. "The AP also found a locked cell with eight slaves inside, and handed a video camera to a dockworker, himself a former slave, to take close-up footage. Under the cover of darkness, the AP team used a small wooden boat to approach a trawler with slaves who yelled to them, pleading for help to go home." (The Associated Press) | From the full story: "Here, in the Indonesian island village of Benjina and the surrounding waters, hundreds of trapped men represent one of the most desperate links criss-crossing between companies and countries in the seafood industry.

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