New Star Tribune owner: Paper will be less liberal when current reporters retire

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In an interview with MinnPost's Britt Robson, new (Minneapolis) Star Tribune owner Glen Taylor said the paper's reputation as a liberal outlet will change whether he owns it or not. That said: "Will it change because of the ownership of Glen Taylor? Yeah. To say it won’t wouldn’t be accurate," Taylor says, continuing:
But it isn’t like Glen Taylor is going to come in there on day one and say, “I’m going to fire people” and do all sorts of things. I am going to say — and I have already told them this — that first of all it has got to be fair and it has got to be accurate.
Taylor says he detects "a little bit more of a balance" among new reporters. "But I think traditionally, some of the reporters that have been hired and they have been there for a long time, I don’t know how you are ever going to change those people and what they write, but through time itself, some of those people will retire."

He says he envisions a bifurcated system in the future: "My thought is that you are more likely to find two different reporters, one not seeing it from one side and the other not seeing it from the other side, and both of them reporting."
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ABC, Center for Public Integrity Pulitzer spat turns nastier

The executive director of The Center for Public Integrity, Bill Buzenberg, offered to release what he says is evidence of how little ABC News knew about the investigation into coal miner black-lung benefits that was awarded a Pulitzer Prize this … Read more

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The Supreme Court Building is seen, Thursday, March 5, 2009, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

SCOTUSblog will appeal Senate’s denial of press pass

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The U.S. Senate Press Gallery denied SCOTUSblog's request for a press pass last week. "We were disappointed in that decision," SCOTUSblog publisher Tom Goldstein writes in a blog post. The publication plans to appeal:
We do not have a written list of the reasons for the denial, which makes the process more difficult. Our impression is also that the appeal may go to the same group that denied the application in the first place. If the appeal is denied, then we expect to litigate the issue. We’re now coordinating all those efforts with other groups that kindly have offered to support us.
A Senate Press Gallery credential is usually a prerequisite for a Supreme Court press pass, which SCOTUSblog still, somewhat inexplicably, lacks. The Senate granted the publication a press pass last April. "We then presented that credential to the Supreme Court, thinking that the issue was resolved," Goldstein writes, but the court declined to recognize it. “We are in the process of reviewing our credentialing procedures and are not issuing new credentials until that process is complete,” court public information officer Kathleen Arberg told Poynter last fall.

A reporter snapped this photo on the wall of the Supreme Court press room last October; it shows who has permanent credentials (click to view bigger). (more...)
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Bring out your bad ledes

Ah, journalism. On a crisp, bright morning in St. Petersburg, Fla., my News University colleagues and I started talking about bad ledes. When it comes to bad ledes, the dictionary defines them as -- OK, that's enough.
You know what a bad lede* looks like. They often involve cliches or tired tropes or slightly twisted song lyrics. In my case, the Bible played a role. Here's one of my own, from a 2004 story in The St. Joseph News-Press.

"To every fruit tree, there is a season."

(Shiver.)

My editor, Andrew Beaujon, did a bit of digging and found one of his own, from 2003 story for SPIN. "Please emphasize I'm sure I've written many worse ledes," he told me. He's written way worse ledes.
There are two kinds of music fans: those who are honest about what they like and those who claim to like everything. The latter were everywhere at the second annual Bonnaroo Music Festival, a jam-band event for people who claim there's no such thing as jam bands. But the thing is they're kind of right-as shrinking radio playlists and cash-strapped major labels leave more and more artists behind, more mainstream performers are following the jam movement's lead. Considering that Bonnaroo's 80,000 tickets sold out in 17 days, "going jam" seems like a wise career move.


Got one of your own to share? Tweet them, share them on our Facebook page or e-mail them to me, khare@poynter.org, and we'll pull together bad lede buffet. I'd also love to hear your bad lede peccadillos. If you ever wanted to share your bad stuff, this post is for you. (The bad ledes in this post came from a few people who joined in on some bad ledeing this morning on Twitter. Thanks to them!)

*After even more naval-gazing, we decided to use the jargony term "lede" rather than the far more clear "lead" to refer to the first sentence of an article. In 2011, Steve Myers rounded up some of the strong feelings people have about "lede" vs. "lead."
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Iraq most likely place for journalists to be killed without consequences

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In the last decade, 100 journalists have been murdered in Iraq, and 100% of their killers got away with it, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists 2013 Global Impunity Index, released Wednesday.
With 100 journalists murdered in the last decade and 100 percent impunity, Iraq is the worst offender on the Impunity Index, a spot it has held since 2008, when CPJ first compiled the index. Nine new murders in late 2013 amid a resurgence of militant groups broke a two-year quiescence in fatal anti-press violence. Three of the victims, plus two media workers, were killed in a single attack when armed militants bombed and stormed Salaheddin TV station in Tikrit on December 23. Al-Qaeda affiliate Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack, according to news reports accusing it of warring against the Sunni people. Impunity Index Rating: 3.067 unsolved journalist murders per million inhabitants Last year: Ranked 1st with a rating of 2.818


In the No. 2 spot sits Somalia. Syria joined the list this year at No. 5. Afghanistan is No. 6, and according to the report, that country is "one of the few countries where fatalities among foreign journalists are higher than for local journalists." (The Associated Press' Anja Niedringhaus was killed there on April 4th.) (more...)
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Kushner: ‘Only in the newspaper business’ would L.A. Register’s launch draw criticism

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The Los Angeles Register launches Wednesday. Owners Aaron Kushner and Eric Spitz "are hand-delivering copies of the newspaper on Wednesday to business and civic leaders across Los Angeles," the paper says in a press release.

Wednesday's L.A. Register (photograph by Sandee Oshiro)
The paper promises heavy local coverage and opinion columnists who "will bring a right-of-center perspective and engage in civil debate," as well as "more than a dozen new community editions," the release says. Some of the staff moving north from the Register's homebase in Orange County, where Kushner publishes the Orange County Register, include sports columnist T.J. Simers; food writers Brad A. Johnson, Nancy Luna and Cathy Thomas; and film critic Michael Sragow. (more...)
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Can Livefyre’s annotations tool fix commenting?

Livefyre wants to bring its social commenting system not only to every story on the Web, but also to every paragraph, block quote and image. With its new Sidenotes feature launching today at Salon and Fox Business, annotations — essentially paragraph-by-paragraph commenting — could be poised to go mainstream.



It's not a new concept: Many news outlets, including Poynter, have tested a service called ReadrBoard, and Quartz and Medium have notably developed their own in-the-margins commenting systems. News Genius got some attention lately for hosting an annotation-based rebuttal to Newsweek's controversial cover story on bitcoin's founder.

But Livefyre has more than 650 clients, with its social tools living on almost 100,000 sites. With that kind of scale, it hopes Sidenotes can be adopted quickly across the Web. (more...)
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Don’t post your passwords in Washington Post comments section

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"I couldn't give a flying fig about the Heartbleed thingamajig," a commenter posted on a Brian Fung story in The Washington Post. He posted his passwords and welcomed others to:
read all the eMail I have. Sneak into my WaPo, NYT or CNN accounts and go crazy making comments in my name. Break-into my Facebook or Twitter profiles and change my hometown to Gas City Indiana, swap-out my avatar with a picture of your nads, make friends with people I don't know.
Guess what happened next.

"It's possible that this is a hoax," Fung allows. (Fung couldn't get in touch with the person, and he tells Poynter in an email that the Post removed his comment.) "But the lesson is no less valid: Share your credentials online, and you won't have to worry about getting hacked — you'll have done all the hard work for the criminals."
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Poynter announces project to train Turkish journalists

From the left, Deniz Ergürel, secretary general of the Media Association of Turkey, Howard Finberg, Poynter’s director of business development, Salih Memecan, chairman of the Media Association, Vicki Krueger, Poynter’s director of interactive learning, and Craig Dicker, cultural affairs officer,
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ABC News says Center for Public Integrity should share Pulitzer for investigative reporting

ABC News President Ben Sherwood sent a four-page letter to WIlliam Buzenberg, executive director of The Center for Public Integrity, asking CPI to share credit for the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting awarded to CPI’s Chris Hamby this week. The … Read more

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