NYT will call terror group ‘Islamic State’

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The New York Times will use the name Islamic State to refer to the terrorist group also known as ISIS and ISIL, Times standards editor Philip Corbett writes. It had previously taken a “wait and see” approach to the name, Corbett writes.

But with the group more prominent in the news than ever, we reopened that discussion last week. At this point, many of the most prominent English-language news organizations use Islamic State — The Associated Press, Reuters, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the BBC and others. Starting this week, The Times will do so as well.

AP, like many U.S. officials still do, originally referred to the group as ISIL, saying it reflected a better translation for the group’s name: Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, rather than the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.… Read more

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People surveyed about Ferguson don’t agree about much, except that the media made things worse

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On Monday, Steve Giegerich with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote about a survey of St. Louis County residents about events in Ferguson.

KMOX also published a story about the survey. KMOX posted the survey results, which report it was conducted “September 13th through September 14th, 2014. 604 St. Louis County residents participated in the survey. Survey weighted to match demographics of U.S.”

From Giegerich:

The survey, released Monday morning by the Kansas City-based Remington Research Group, found that 65 percent of African-American county residents believe that Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson acted unjustly when he ended Brown’s life Aug. 9 on a Ferguson street.

Conversely, 62 percent of the white residents surveyed by Remington believe the shooting death of Brown was justified.

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What’s next for Spin?

SpinMedia CEO Stephen Blackwell says he’s got “high hopes” for the company’s namesake publication, whose staff has dwindled. I started hearing rumblings last week that Craig Marks, who took a job as Spin’s editor-in-chief in June, either had left or might be leaving soon.

“We are in discussions with Craig right now, and nothing’s been decided yet, but he’s at the moment the editor-in-chief of Spin,” Blackwell said in a brief phone call. Reached last week, Marks said he couldn’t discuss his employment but said it would be incorrect to report he was no longer editor.

News editor Chris Martins said much the same thing when I contacted him; he and associate editor Kyle McGovern are the only editorial employees listed on Spin’s about page.… Read more

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Financial Times: A classic redesign for the digital age

A version of this post originally appeared on Mario Garcia’s site. It has been reposted with his permission.

From time to time a newspaper redesign is announced that gets everyone on alert mode. Such is the case with the redesign unveiled today by the Financial Times. Let's take a look at the centerpieces of this project: the new fonts, the new grid, greater role of graphics and, overall, creating a print edition for the digital age.

The newly designed front page of the Financial Times

Kevin Wilson, head of design at the Financial Times, teased me with a short mail that simply said: “Mario, it’s still pink and still a broadsheet”.

That’s good to know, but it was even better to sample some pages with the new design that Kevin sent me a couple of days ago.… Read more

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‘You learn it by doing it’: Readers weigh in on Berkeley’s proposed 10k fee

On Monday, I wrote about a proposed $10,250 supplemental fee at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. While I was compiling the (mostly unfavorable) responses, I asked Poynter’s readers whether they thought pricey graduate degrees were worthwhile. Here’s what they had to say:

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NYT will run 4 native ads on Mashable

The New York Times has placed a series of native ads on Mashable. It’s the news organization’s first native ad campaign from its audience development group, Times spokesperson Linda Zebian tells Poynter. It has, she said, promoted its content “through advertisements on other sites outside of our own” before.

The Times placed sponsored content on The Awl, Gothamist and Digg earlier this year, Joe Pompeo reported for Capital in April.

The first ad, “11 Inspiring Videos That Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity,” ran 5 days ago. A new one, “9 Cultural Icons Who Have Written for ‘The New York Times’,” bowed today. There are two more ads planned in the campaign, which runs to the end of the month, Zebian says.… Read more

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How small newsrooms can go big when news comes to town

The final group on the 12th hole during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Sunday, June 15, 2014. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

In June, the community of Pinehurst hosted its third U.S. Open and fourth U.S. Women’s Open Championships. The community newspaper there knew that 400,000 spectators would come through Pinehurst, North Carolina. And with all those spectators, there would be a lot of journalists.

They also knew that, with a twice-weekly publication schedule, they’d miss a lot of news during the two weeks when golf would be dominating local life. But they already had a model in place to fix that.

In 1999, the twice-weekly paper set out to create something additional — the Open Daily. This year, with both the men and women on the same course, they created a 56- to 64-page magazine tab that ran for 18 days.… Read more

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Editorial page editor Peter Canellos leaves Boston Globe

Peter Canellos is leaving his position as Boston Globe Editorial page Editor, the Globe says in a press release. Ellen Clegg, who currently serves as the paper’s executive director of communications, will be interim editor of the page.

Clegg spent 30 years in the newsroom, the release says, including roles like city editor, deputy managing editor for news operations and assistant managing editor for regional news.

Full release:

Boston (September 15, 2014) – Boston Globe Media Partners today announced a change in leadership of its editorial and opinion pages. Peter Canellos is leaving his job as editorial page editor after five years in the role and 26 years at the Globe.

“It’s been more than 26 years since I walked into the Globe newsroom to meet the then-Metro editor, our own David Scharfenberg’s brilliant father, Kirk.

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How two products for kids teach news literacy by understanding audience needs

John Carroll, former editor of The Los Angeles Times, summed up the way he and many journalists tend to worry about the future on day one of the News Literacy Summit in Chicago: “If the old media fail, who will supply the journalism that the nation needs?”

But now Carroll is chair of the News Literacy Project, and the question he thinks about is different: “What about demand?”

During the summit, funded by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and organized by Poynter, two news products for kids highlighted how they’re contributing to the news literacy movement by making the news accessible and interesting to kids as young as 7. Their efforts to make kids want to read the news could offer lessons to all news organizations.… Read more

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Journalists covering the Scottish independence referendum

On Thursday, Scotland will decide whether it wishes to remain part of the U.K.

I’m working on a Twitter list of people covering the story. Email me or tweet at me to let me know whom I should add. I got a bunch of names from Twitter UK’s great list of journalists covering the referendum.

A torch and a flag at Carter Bar, on the Scotland-England border, in 2013. (Photograph by Andrew Beaujon)

One of my best sources for reading material isn’t a journalist: Mogwai guitarist Stuart Braithwaite is a firehose of Yes-vote information. (I also put Edinburgh author Ian Rankin on my list, because I just sort of feel like the creator of Rebus should be on there.) The hashtag to follow, which will get very noisy in the next couple of days, is #indyref.… Read more

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‘I believe I would major in English’: journalists decry Berkeley’s proposed 10k fee

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UC Berkeley’s graduate school of journalism is considering imposing a $10,250 supplemental fee by the 2016-2017 academic year, Jim Romenesko reported Sunday. That would mean a 65 percent increase over the current cost of attendance for in-state students ($15,801, not counting books).

Predictably, journalism types greeted the news with some consternation:

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Obama met with journalists before ISIS speech

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Obama met with journalists before Wednesday’s ISIS speech: “The group, which met in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in an off-the-record session, included New York Times columnists David Brooks, Tom Friedman and Frank Bruni and editorial writer Carol Giacomo; The Washington Post’s David Ignatius, Eugene Robinson and Ruth Marcus; The New Yorker’s Dexter Filkins and George Packer; The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg and Peter Beinart; The New Republic’s Julia Ioffe; Columbia Journalism School Dean Steve Coll; The Wall Street Journal’s Jerry Seib; and The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky, a source familiar with the meeting told The Huffington Post.” (HuffPost)
  2. CBS won’t CNET CBS News: While the company’s news operation benefits from cross-pollination among news properties, it doesn’t have to worry about suits asking for more sinister forms of synergy, Alex Weprin reports: “[W]e are not going to be asked to do something that doesn’t fit for the news division,” Steve Capus says.
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Today in media history: Edward R. Murrow describes the bombing of London in 1940

On September 15, 1940, CBS News radio correspondent Edward R. Murrow described the bombing of London during World War II’s Battle of Britain. Murrow usually opened his broadcasts with the words “This…is London.” During the war he often broadcast from rooftops as bombs fell on the city. But he also told countless stories about the daily life that goes on during a war. They were stories about ordinary people during extraordinary times.

“Even for those of us who live on the crest of London, life is dangerous. Some of the old buildings have gone, but the ghosts, sometimes a whole company of ghosts, remain. There is a thunder of gunfire at night. As these lines were written, as the window shook, there was a candle and matches beside the typewriter just in case the light went out.”

A week later he reported:

“I’m standing again tonight on a rooftop looking out over London, feeling rather large and lonesome.

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Friday, Sep. 12, 2014

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Fresh from Ferguson Fellowship, Beacon eyes new projects

Earlier this year, The New York Times profiled Beacon, a crowdfunding platform for journalists. The writer wondered: With all the hand-wringing in the news industry about asking readers to pay for content, would they ever sponsor a journalist?

Now, just a few months later, that question has been answered. As of this week, Beacon readers have raised $41,074 in partnership with The Huffington Post for a reporter covering the ongoing story of Michael Brown’s shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. The recipient of the funding, Mariah Stewart, has been catapulted from her job as a bra fitter at a nearby mall — she’s since put in her two weeks notice — to the front lines of a national story.

The last few months have been big for Beacon, too.… Read more

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3 great moments from the Rob Ford story

Canadian journalists reported that Rob Ford isn’t running for mayor again. There are a lot of moments we could focus on here, from Ford calling Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale a pedophile to how Ford always manages to appear comical in photos to seeing him get autotuned along with reporter Robyn Doolittle, who wrote the book on the whole thing. But, for now, here are three that are worth remembering.

1. Journalists learned the difference between asking the right question and asking the right question. Or not.

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