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NYT public editor sees lack of focus on Bernie Sanders

The New York Times

The New York Times has not ignored the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, but it also “hasn’t always taken it very seriously,” Public Editor Margaret Sullivan wrote this afternoon.

Some of it is focused on the candidate’s age, appearance and style rather than what he has to say.

Sullivan’s assessment comes after an analysis of the paper’s coverage that was spurred by a series of reader comments over the last several months. That analysis showed that in August, The Times has spilled far less ink tracking Sanders (14 articles) than it has on his chief rival for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton (54 articles). Sanders’ fellow electoral dark horse, Donald Trump, has garnered 63 articles during that time, the most of any candidate. Read more


Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014

Complications and ethics issues in data mining workshop Thursday

Big Data has become a catchphrase in journalism — searchable databases, and data visualizations add context and credibility to news, but it can also add complications.

Exploring the complications and ethics issues in data mining is the focus of the 10th annual Poynter Kent State Media Ethics Workshop 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday.

The Workshop – “Data Minefields?” — brings together Poynter faculty, data journalists, media professionals and “digital do-ers” for a daylong program considering topics such as privacy, data and democracy, and using data to shape news decisions. Poynter’s Vice President of Academic Programs, Kelly McBride, and Ellyn Angelotti Kamke, of Poynter’s social media and law faculty, will facilitate the debates.

Keynote speaker Robert Hernandez, web journalist and self-described “hack-academic” from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, will review emerging technology, including Google Glass, and talk about ethics questions related to telling stories on new platforms. Read more


Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013


Longtime Poynter faculty member Paul Pohlman has died

After a brief illness, Poynter senior faculty member and adviser Paul Pohlman, 70, has died.

Pohlman started teaching at The Poynter Institute in 1979 and 10 years later joined the Institute full-time as head of what was then called the Management Center. In the 24 years since, he led leadership programs and coordinated international training. He also consulted and advised as associate dean, interim dean, a valued colleague and in many other capacities.

Friends celebrated Paul’s 70th birthday last June by wearing masks like the one he’s holding in this photo.

Pohlman was part of the Poynter team that helped establish The Institute for the Advancement of Journalism in Johannesburg, South Africa. For many years he taught in South Africa as part of the program.

“We think we’ve made a difference [there] — gradual, but certainly progress,” he told the Cornell Report in 1997. Read more


Monday, Aug. 27, 2012


Services set to honor former Poynter President, Inquirer editor Jim Naughton

Two separate services in October will honor former Philadelphia Inquirer editor and Poynter President James Naughton, who died earlier this month of complications from cancer. The first service will be held at the Mummers Museum in Philadelphia on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 1 p.m. The second service will be held at The Poynter Institute on Sunday, Oct. 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. Both services are open to the public. Naughton died Aug. 11, two days before what would have been his 74th birthday. Read more


Monday, Sep. 05, 2011

Registration for Leadership Academy

As a leader, you know, things don’t always go according to plan. You came to this page planning to learn more and apply for Poynter’s “Leadership Academy.” We planned to have the information and registration available to you. Unfortunately, our technology defied our plan, and one of our servers needs to be replaced. Once it is, you’ll be able to apply for the program with plenty of time before it’s scheduled to begin. For now, please send us your name and email address and we’ll notify you as soon as we can take your application — by old-fashioned phone if necessary. Read more


Registration for Write Your Heart Out in Washington, D.C.

We want you to “Write Your Heart Out.” Unfortunately, our registration system for that program has worked its heart out and needs a replacement. Once we get it a new one, you’ll be able to register for the program in plenty of time before it’s scheduled to begin in Washington, D.C. on October 1. For now, please send us your name and email address and we’ll notify you as soon as we can take your registration — by old-fashioned phone if necessary. Read more


Monday, June 06, 2011

Why we published Twitter handle of alleged rape victim

As Mallary Tenore and Kelly McBride started reporting a story about the alleged rape of a young Tampa woman, we knew that we would ourselves confront the dilemma about which we were writing: whether to name the person who revealed her attack on Twitter.

The three of us discussed the options for naming her. We talked specifically about the reasons journalists generally do not name people who come forward in situations like this, at the risk of being victimized a second time by the law, the media and the public discourse about sex crimes.

At the time we talked, I struggled with whether the underlying principle held in this case: We protect potential sexual assault victims because they do not want their situations made public. Read more

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Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010

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Monday, Nov. 29, 2010

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Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010

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