Posts by Sandra Oshiro

Virtual Newsroom: getting journalism done in a digital age

At this moment, I am at my dining room table in Los Angeles with two laptops, a cellphone and an iPad. I work with staff writers who live in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and just outside of Tampa. I also talk virtually with Poynter faculty, adjunct faculty and freelancers who write for us, some of whom live in Florida, but some … Read More

Sulzberger: Abramson ouster about management, not unequal pay

New York Times Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. issued a statement Saturday aimed at quashing reports that ousted editor Jill Abramson earned less than her male counterparts. In doing so, Sulzberger elaborated on why Abramson was fired, and the language is a bit startling: During her tenure, I heard repeatedly from her newsroom colleagues, women and men, about a series of issues, including arbitrary decision-making, a failure to consult and bring colleagues with her, inadequate communication and the public mistreatment of colleagues.  I discussed these issues with Jill herself several times and warned her that, unless they were addressed, she risked losing the trust of both masthead and newsroom.  She acknowledged that there were issues and agreed to try to overcome them.  We all wanted her to succeed.  It became clear, however, that the gap was too big to bridge and ultimately I concluded that she had lost the support of her masthead colleagues and could not win it back. Abramson could not be reached for immediate comment. Read More

San Diego fires: where to go for coverage

Media large and small are covering the multiple wildfires in San Diego County that have burned homes, closed schools, forced thousands to flee, and prompted a state of emergency declaration by California Gov. Jerry Brown this week. Temperatures reached 106 in some areas on Thursday, contributing to conditions that have given firefighters little relief since the first wildfire was sparked … Read More

AP, Fox Sports to sell sports stats company

The Associated Press and Fox Sports announced plans Thursday to sell their sports data company STATS LLC to Vista Equity Partners, a private equity firm. STATS provides clients with scores, content and technology to track and analyze sports. The companies said in a news release: Read More

Live chat replay: Glass journalism and teaching when we don't have all the answers

Robert Hernandez, one of Web journalism's earliest, most influential innovators, joined us for a live chat Wednesday on Google Glass and a class he will be leading in the fall on "Glass journalism." Robert Hernandez Hernandez teaches at the USC Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism as assistant professor of professional practice. He took questions on Google … Read More

Pulitzer Prize winner David Barstow joins Poynter adjunct faculty

New York Times reporter David Barstow, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, has been named to The Poynter Institute faculty as an adjunct. The institute said in a news release that Barstow will teach for News University, Poynter's online learning site, and will contribute to its news blog. "David Barstow is one of the premier investigative reporters and storytellers of this generation, or any generation," said Poynter President Tim Franklin. “He represents exactly what Poynter strives to impart in its programs and its teaching – excellent journalism that serves the public interest." Read More

Senior Le Monde editors quit

Agence France-Presse Seven senior Le Monde editors resigned Tuesday over conflicts with management regarding editorial reforms, AFP reported: "A lack of confidence in and communication with editorial management prevents us from fulfilling our roles as chief editors," seven of the newspaper's senior editors said in a letter to management... . "We have realised that we are … Read More

IWMF joins boycott against Sultan of Brunei's Beverly Hills Hotel

IWMF | Los Angeles Times | CBS LA | The Hollywood Reporter The International Women's Media Foundation has pulled its Courage in Journalism Awards ceremony from the Beverly Hills Hotel to protest the passage of a new criminal code in Brunei decreeing that homosexuality and adultery can be punishable by death by stoning. The IWMF said in a news release Tuesday that the Sultan of Brunei, who owns the hotel, also warned those in online communities that they could be prosecuted if they publicly criticize his decision to impose the new law. IWMF presents its Courage in Journalism Awards annually to women journalists who show bravery in oppressive countries and who continue to report under dangerous conditions. Winners of the award will be announced on May 15. Read More

Indiana University survey: journalists grow more negative about their work

Indiana University U.S. journalists are more dissatisfied with their work, feel less autonomy in choosing their stories and are more likely to think the industry is headed in the wrong direction compared to a decade ago, according to the latest in a series of studies tapping into the zeitgeist of American newsrooms. In a survey of 1,080 journalists last fall, Indiana University researchers found not surprisingly that 59.7 percent of those surveyed see journalism going in the wrong direction. Read More

UNITY offers student fellowship to attend minority journalists' conferences

UNITY: Journalists for Diversity will select one student to attend five minority journalists conferences this summer as part of a new fellowship offered by the journalists' alliance. The chosen candidate will participate in student projects at the gatherings of UNITY's member groups — the Native American Journalists Association, Asian American Journalists Association and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association … Read More