Mallary Jean Tenore

As managing editor of The Poynter Institute’s website,, I report on the media news industry, edit the site’s How To section, and moderate the site's live chats. I also help handle the site's social media efforts, and teach social media sessions on the side. I like to unpack media trends, and I’m especially interested in how technology is changing the way we tell stories. Other topics I like to cover include: social media, new tools for longform journalism, diversity in the media, women in technology, corrections, commenting on news sites, and writing tips and techniques. I came to Poynter in June 2007 for the institute’s summer fellowship for young journalists and then stayed on for a year-long fellowship before being hired full-time in November 2008. I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News, The Tampa Bay Times, The Boston Globe and several other newspapers in Massachusetts. I’m currently working on a memoir, which is coming along slowly but surely.


The Riveter celebrates its second print issue with more longform journalism by women

Kaylen Ralph and Joanna Demkiewicz have spent the past year helping to change the ratio of women to men in longform journalism.

Today, they’re publishing the second print issue of The Riveter, the magazine they created last year to highlight longform and narrative journalism written by women.

“Our first print issue came out almost a year ago, and since then we’ve built up a dynamic staff of editors and big-picture thinkers who have helped us secure a reliable online voice,” Demkiewicz said via email. “In producing weekly online content, we have broadened our audience and are able to prove that we ebb and flow with the surrounding media and culture.”


Joanna Demkiewicz (left) and Kaylen Ralph.

As part of The Riveter’s growth, Demkiewicz and Ralph have added new departments to diversify the magazine’s content, including one called “Longform as Lifestyle” and another called “Bedstand.”

“One new department speaks to our mission to promote longform as a lifestyle element on par with music, fashion, beauty, health, etc.,” Demkiewicz said.

“Longform as Lifestyle allows us to pair seemingly mundane lifestyle elements with really great texts. In Issue 02, Mary-Louise Parker pairs three drinks with three Sharon Olds poems. Bedstand is a new department that allows us to get nosy and step into the bedrooms of our favorite journalists. In Issue 02, we find out what Jonathan Gibbs and Matt Jakubowski, the two journalists who inspired Joanna Walsh’s #readwomen2014 campaign, are reading right before falling asleep.”

The Riveter regularly features innovative women who have spearheaded a variety of media projects, including Alana Levinson of the online culture magazine “Stevie Zine”Misan Sagay of the film “Belle”; and Sarah Nicole Prickett and Berkely Poole of “Adult Magazine.”

In the second issue out today, “each story approaches and analyzes an issue often ignored in mainstream media,” Demkiewicz said. “Chicago Reporter photojournalist Sophia Nahli Allison reimagines ‘black life’ in her photo essay, ‘Redefining What We See.’ ESPN cricket correspondent Firdose Moonda offers a historical narrative about the Africanization of Johannesburg’s inner city and does not shy away from the xenophobia her country displayed after becoming a democracy. We’ve also got an exploratory science narrative on schizophrenia and a cultural critique on the way films portrays families of transgendered characters.”

The Riveter is one solution to a problem that the media industry has faced for quite some time: the lack of female voices in literary and journalistic publications. A recent study found that female bylines accounted for only one-third of New York Times bylines during the last quarter of 2013. VIDA’s annual look at gender diversity further outlines the disparity. The latest VIDA count found that in 2013:

  • The New Republic had 81 female bylines, compared to 235 male bylines.
  • The Atlantic had 61 female bylines, compared to 113 male bylines.
  • The New Yorker had 176 female bylines, compared to 436 male bylines.

Figures like these have reminded Ralph and Demkiewicz of the need to create an opportunity for change. Ralph alluded to this need in a piece I wrote about her and Demkiewicz last year:

“We are both longform junkies, because we believe in the breadth of creativity, narrative, investigation, research, etc. allowed with this particular kind of storytelling,” she said at the time. “The fact that the VIDA numbers show most longform authors were men in 2012 (and in 2011 and 2010) proves a disconnect when we imagine the capabilities of women as storytellers. Longform is a vital form of communication; we want to make room for the female storytellers who communicate this way.”

The latest issue of The Riveter is available for purchase through the magazine’s online store.

Mallary Tenore is the managing director of Images & Voices of Hope (ivoh), a nonprofit that strengthens the media’s role as an agent of positive change. She’s the former managing director of  Read more


Poynter will hire an editor and a digital business manager

Poynter plans to hire a new editor of Poynter Online, as well as a part-time digital media manager. Both of these people will have an important influence on the future of

The editor will oversee all publishing on the website and will help improve the site’s digital presence on social and mobile platforms. This person will edit and write stories, manage projects, oversee the online staff, and help diversify’s contributor base and sources. This person will also help the website think about creative new approaches to storytelling.

(I’ve been serving as interim editor for the past six months and will leave Oct. 11 to start a new job as managing director of Images & Voices of Hope, a nonprofit that highlights how the media can be a force for good.)

The digital business manager, a new position, will be responsible for growing the business operations of and Poynter’s News University. The manager will create initiatives to generate new sources of revenue for both sites and will work with others at the institute to provide online support for professional development programs, public events and the institute’s fundraising efforts.

The deadline to apply for both positions is Monday, Oct. 14.

Please click here for more info. Read more


Wall Street Journal & All Things D parting ways


The Wall Street Journal and All Things D have decided not to renew their contract. Walt Mossberg, who is co-executive editor of All Things D with Kara Swisher, will be leaving the Journal once the contract expires at the end of the year.

Gerard Baker, editor-in-chief of Dow Jones and managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, writes that technology will remain a major part of the Journal’s coverage. The paper, he said, plans to expand its tech coverage and add 20 people to the beat.

Here’s his full statement, which the Journal sent to Poynter: Read more


Indianapolis Star partners with USA Today to boost national coverage

Indianapolis Star

Instead of contracting its print edition like so many other papers, the Indianapolis Star is investing more resources in its print edition through a partnership with USA Today.

The paper will feature about 70 new pages each week, along with new features and sections, the paper’s Tony Cook reports.

In a note to readers, Publisher Karen Crotchfelt says:

One thing is very clear — you want more in your daily print edition — more local content, more national content, more sports, more things to do and more relevant stories for Central Indiana residents and Hoosiers across the state. More pages, more heft.

The paper will add a USA Today section featuring national and international news. It will also expand its local coverage, Crotchfelt says. There will be more sports and business news, and more space for visuals from staff photojournalists. Additionally, there will be “more cause”: Read more


4 departures announced this week at Minneapolis Star Tribune

A day after Minneapolis Star Tribune Editor Nancy Barnes announced she’s leaving to become editor of the Houston Chronicle, three staffers also announced their departures.

Liala Helal, who works out of the paper’s Burnsville bureau, is leaving at the end of the month to become an online local news reporter for he Minnesota Public Radio.

Rose French and Brad Schrade, husband and wife, are leaving for jobs at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Schrade — along with Jeremy Olson and Glenn Howatt — won a 2013 Pulitzer for their series of reports on the increase in infant deaths at daycare homes in Minnesota.

Managing Editor Rene Sanchez shared this memo with staffers Thursday: Read more

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Quartz expects to be profitable by 2015, with help of native ads

The Media Briefing

Quartz publisher Jay Lauf expects the site to be profitable by 2015, The Media Briefing’s Jasper Jackson reports. The business news site has had success with native ads, partly because it is continuously looking for ways to improve them.

“Any of these things you come up with around return on investment will be caught up with at some point, so it’s more about how can we iterate and improve our ad product so it does better. We’re doing really consultative ad-products in understanding what works on the site,” [Lauf] says.

“We’re even pushing back on advertisers when they want something, saying it won’t work as well as something else. We’re trying to be more service oriented.”

Lauf says Quartz doesn’t plan to charge for content and wants to “create as little friction as possible for people to share…content and experience it in their streams.” The site, which is owned by the Atlantic Media Company, gets about 3.5 million unique visitors a month and had 5 million in July, Jackson reports. Read more


Pulitzer Prize board seeks broader participation in editorial writing category

The Pulitzer Prize board is encouraging smaller publications to submit entries in the editorial writing category.

Paul Tash, chair of the Pulitzer board and CEO of Poynter’s Tampa Bay Times, writes in a letter: “Contrary to common perception, a competitive entry need not be an editorial campaign that focuses on a particular issue and shows results, such as the passage of a law or the jailing of a corrupt official.” Pulitzer-winning editorials, he said, “influence and advance public debate” and “get people to see things differently.”

Sig Gissler, administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, said via email that “over the last decade or so, participation by smaller news organizations has declined.”

The Tampa Bay Times’ Tim Nickens and Daniel Ruth won the 2013 Pulitzer for editorial writing.

Here’s Tash’s full letter, which was posted on and sent to the American Society of News Editors, the Association of Opinion Journalists and other potential entrants. Read more


NPR ombudsman responds to criticism about Al Jazeera America sponsorship ads:

Questions of bias or independence are irrelevant when it comes to whether NPR should accept sponsorship or cable networks should carry the new network. Many news outlets have a bias. What matters is whether Al Jazeera America’s falls within the acceptable boundaries of decency and free speech, and clearly it does. …

We should not be afraid of these many new voices. Democracy does quite well in Europe, Japan and other parts of the world where the news media has long been identified with ideological, party or individual points of view. American news networks such as CNN are present on cable channels in the rest of the world, including, specifically, Qatar. What counts for American democracy is that we uphold our free speech values and let the best ideas win in the marketplace of open debate.

NPR, Edward Schumacher-Matos

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Fath Carter regrets doing interview with Sports Illustrated after being accused of making ‘unfounded’ statements


Responding to questions about the validity of statements he provided to Sports Illustrated, Fath Carter says he “should have never interviewed with SI.”

Sports Illustrated had interviewed Carter, a former Oklahoma State football player, for a series about improprieties in the school’s football program. The series found that players were being paid and given favorable grades.

ESPN’s Brett McMurphy said many of Carter’s statements in the series were inconsistent with documents ESPN obtained.

Among the claims by Carter that are not supported by university documents were that he graduated from the school and attended classes in 2004 with running back Tatum Bell in which the professor gave them failing grades because their eligibility had expired.

Another discrepancy was from running back Dexter Pratt, who told SI that in his first semester, in 2009, every course he took was online. According to university records, Pratt took three online courses and two actual classes.

Former player Tatum Bell has also disputed some of Carter’s statements involving him.

Carter says he “only told [SI] I had a background in education” and that “never told them anything about having two degrees,” according to Oklahoma’s KOTV. Read more


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