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.

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NPR announces buyouts, names acting president and CEO

NPR | The Washington Post

NPR will be offering buyouts as part of an effort to reduce staff by 10 percent,NPR’s Mark Memmott reports. The move is “strategy to eliminate the deficit and lower ongoing expenses,” a memo to staffers says.

The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi explains the financial situation:

NPR said it is projecting an operating deficit of $6.1 million during its upcoming fiscal year, based on revenues of $178.1 million. It said that it was seeking to reduce its staffing levels by about 10 percent through voluntary buyouts. With roughly 840 employees, that would mean a reduction of 80 to 84 people. It laid off 64 employees, or about 8 percent of its staff, in late 2008 and cut two programs in order to save money. The organization receives less than 2 percent of its annual budget directly from federal funds, but relies on dues from member stations that receive an average of about 15 percent of their budgets from federal funds.

The news comes the same day that NPR named Paul G. Haaga, Jr. its acting president and CEO, effective Sept. 30.

Most recently, Hagga has been vice chair of NPR’s board of directors and the chair of its Finance Committee. He succeeds Gary Knell, who announced last month that he’s stepping down to take a job as president and CEO of the National Geographic Society.

This is just the latest of many leadership changes at the organization in recent years.

You can find the full release here: Read more

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More people seeking location-based information on smartphones


The Pew Internet & American Life Project has found that location-based services are on the rise, particularly on social media sites.

“Among adult social media users ages 18 and older, 30% say that at least one of their accounts is currently set up to include their location in their posts, up from 14% who said they had ever done this in 2011,” the study found.

Additionally, about three-quarters of adult smartphone owners use their phones for directions or other location-based information.

The number of people using “check in” location services, meanwhile, is dropping. About 12 percent use these services now, compared to 18 percent in 2012. “Among these geosocial service users, 39% say they check into places on Facebook, 18% say they use Foursquare, and 14% say they use Google Plus, among other services,” the study found. Read more

Stack of newspapers

Salt Lake Tribune reduces staff by about 20 percent, undergoes leadership changes

Salt Lake Tribune

The Salt Lake Tribune is reducing its staff by nearly 20 percent, the newspaper announced Thursday evening.

Editor Nancy Conway and Editorial Page Editor Vern Anderson are retiring at the end of the month, and publisher William Dean Singleton is stepping down. Tribune Managing Editor Terry Orme will become editor and publisher of the Digital First Media paper.

The Salt Lake Tribune explained in an unbylined piece:

The retirements are part of a major restructure of The Tribune news operation, which will include laying off 17 full-time and two part-time employees. All told, The Tribune staff will be reduced by almost 20 percent. The cuts help position the organization to adapt and respond to changes that affect the entire newspaper industry.

Some laid-off staffers have been tweeting about the news. Read more

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Marrissa Mayer

Huffington Post removes false story about Marissa Mayer buying San Francisco mansion

The Huffington Post published a story Friday saying Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and her husband Zachary Bogue bought the most expensive home in San Francisco history — a $35 million mansion on Billionaire’s Row.

The story’s lead read: “Help launch one of the biggest companies in the world: Check. Hire The Killers to play at your wedding: Check. Install a baby nursery in your office: Check. Buy the most expensive house in the most expensive real estate market in the country: Why not?” (Screenshot by Mallary Tenore)


The only problem is, Mayer and Bogue didn’t purchase the house. Mayer said as much in a tweet Sunday:

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Creators of documentary that highlights photojournalism in Afghanistan raises more than $70,000

Kickstarter | Medium

Frame By Frame, a documentary that originated as a Kickstarter project, aimed to raise $40,000 by Aug. 28. As of today, it has raised $70,301.

The documentary, which started production last year, follows four Afghans who talk about how photojournalism in Afghanistan has changed throughout the years, and where it’s headed. The Frame by Frame Kickstarter page explains:

In 1996, the Taliban banned photography in Afghanistan. Taking a photo was considered a crime. When the regime was removed from Kabul in 2001, their suppression of free speech and press disappeared. Since then, photography has become an outlet for Afghans determined to show the hidden stories of their country.

The money will enable creators Mo Scarpelli and Alexandria Bombach to return to Kabul this fall and finish producing the documentary.

On Medium, Emily Holdman talked with Scarpelli about the documentary and how Afghans have become more open to photojournalism in recent years: Read more

Mideast Jordan Syria Crisis

Snapshot of how news organizations are covering Syria

As President Barack Obama looks to make a decision about a military strike against Syria, news organizations are trying to help people make sense of the conflict. They’ve been publishing explainers, live chats with experts, and videos that show the tragedy surrounding the conflict.

Here’s some recent coverage that does a good job explaining what’s happening.

  • What will happen in Syria?” a chat with McClatchy foreign affairs correspondent Hannah Allam and Leila Hilal, director of the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation.
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March on Washington

Standout coverage of the March on Washington anniversary

Thousands of people gathered in Washington, D.C., today to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on Wednesday. News organizations have been covering the anniversary for weeks — by featuring stories about people who were at the march, creating social media experiments and resurfacing old photos.

Here’s a look at some standout coverage. If you worked on something you think we should consider adding, please link to it in the comments section of this piece, or tweet it to @Poynter with the hashtag #marchcoverage.

Looking at the dream, 50 years later

Using social media to collect stories about the march, dream

  • MSNBC posed the question: “How are you advancing the dream?” It encouraged people to use the hashtag #advancingthedream and post photos via Twitter and Instagram. Several people participated and posted photos of themselves with captions that answered the question. (MuckRack has a list of journalists who have tweeted the #advancingthedream hashtag.)
One of the photos MSNBC featured.


Highlighting stories from people involved in the march

“I was not that close up on Martin when he spoke, he was like a dot, almost, but you could hear him. When he started talking, everybody got quiet. You didn’t hear babies crying or anything. It was just still. And the momentum that started to build up, you saw people crying. I was crying. And you saw people, strangers, black and white, hugging each other. Even now when I hear the speech, I’ll start crying. I don’t care where I am, tears will start coming.”

  • Time magazine published a commemorative issue and created a “One Dream” interactive site that features interviews with Maya Angelou, Jesse Jackson, Malala Yousafzai, Colin Powell and activists and march attendees.
  • The Montgomery Advertiser did video interviews with local residents, including a civil rights attorney and State Sen. Hank Sanders, who is attending the anniversary march. He told the Advertiser he regretted not having gone in 1963.

“I’m going for that reason, but also because I think we are losing the rights we won in the ’60s and in the decades following,” he said. … This is an opportunity for me to join others who want to send a message that we intend to not go quietly back, but that we intend to stand and fight.”

Remembering & critiquing coverage, 50 years later

  • WGBH in Boston published the 1963 broadcast schedule. The coverage lasted for 15 uninterrupted hours, from 9 a.m. to midnight. On Wednesday, WGBH will be live streaming the 50th anniversary coverage during those same hours.
  • Robert G. Kaiser, an associate editor of The Washington Post, wrote a piece about why the paper “blew” its 1963 coverage of the march. Kaiser, who had been covering it as a summer intern, said the paper was “poised and ready for a riot, for trouble, for unexpected events — but not for history to be made”:

In that paper of Aug. 29, 1963, The Post published two dozen stories about the march. Every one missed the importance of King’s address. The words “I have a dream” appeared in only one, a wrap-up of the day’s rhetoric on Page A15 — in the fifth paragraph. We also printed brief excerpts from the speeches, but the three paragraphs chosen from King’s speech did not include “I have a dream.”

I’ve never seen anyone call us on this bit of journalistic malpractice. Perhaps this anniversary provides a good moment to cop a plea. We blew it.

Resurfacing photos from the march

Here are some recent AP photos:

Rev. Al Sharpton, left, Martin Luther King, III, right, Jesse Jackson, in glasses, start the march at Lincoln Memorial during the rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. Tens of thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and down the National Mall on Saturday, to commemorate King’s famous “”I Have a Dream” speech, made Aug. 28, 1963, during the March on Washington, and pledging that his dream includes equality for gays, Latinos, the poor and the disabled. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
In this combination of Associated Press file photos, at top, civil rights protestors march down Constitution Avenue carrying placards during the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963; and at bottom, people rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 march Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963. (AP Photo/File)
In this combination of Associated Press file photos, at left, a mass of demonstrators leaves the Washington Monument for the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963; and at right, people line the Reflecting Pool as they attend a rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 march on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in Washington. Fifty years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. offered a transcendent vision of racial harmony for America’s future with his “I Have a Dream” speech, tens of thousands gathered where he spoke Saturday to hear leaders tell them that while much has been attained, much remains unfinished. (AP Photo/File)
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King, III, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., Bernice King, Adreienne King, among others start the march at Lincoln Memorial during the rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013. Tens of thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and down the National Mall on Saturday, to commemorate King’s famous “”I Have a Dream” speech, made Aug. 28, 1963, during the March on Washington, and pledging that his dream includes equality for gays, Latinos, the poor and the disabled. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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