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Washington Post calls Tuesday closed trial of Jason Rezaian ‘shameful’

The Washington Post said it was “shameful” that the trial of its Tehran-based correspondent Jason Rezaian would be closed even to members of his family.

“The shameful acts of injustice continue without end in the treatment of Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian,” said Post Executive Editor Martin Baron in a statement about a trial set to begin Tuesday.

“Now we learn his trial will be closed to the world. And so it will be closed to the scrutiny it fully deserves”

Baron also noted that his reporter was placed in isolation, denied medical care for months, saw his case “assigned to a judge internationally notorious for human rights violations” and was given just 90 minutes for one meeting with a court-approved attorney.

In addition, even on the eve of trial, no formal set of charges and evidence had been presented to him. Read more


Sunday, May 24, 2015

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Memorial Day front pages are ‘In their honor’

Here’s a collection of front pages via Newseum from around the U.S. honoring veterans on Memorial Day Weekend. As you’ll see, some focus on veterans today, some on the those from past wars and some on the impact those veterans have had on the community.

From Sunday:

The Anniston Star, Anniston, Alabama:

Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Ontario, California:

The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, Illinois:

Palladium-Item, Richmond, Indiana:

The Town Talk, Alexandria, Louisiana:

The Sun Chronicle, Attleboro, Massachusetts:

The Statesman Journal, Salem, Oregon:

The Leaf-Chronicle, Clarksville, Tennessee:


From Monday:

Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, Alabama:

The Orange County Register, Santa Ana, California:


Fort Collins Coloradoan, Fort Collins, Colorado:

Honolulu Star Advertiser, Honolulu, Hawaii:

Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois:

The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa:

The Hutchinson News, Hutchinson, Kansas:

The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Kentucky:

Boston Herald, Boston, Massachusetts:

Omaha World-Herald, Omaha, Nebraska:

Newsday, Long Island, New York:

The Tennessean, Nashville, Tennessee:

The Virginian-Pilot:

The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Washington:


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Friday, May 22, 2015

‘This American Life’ to address retracted segments on air

This week’s broadcast of “This American Life” will include a note from host Ira Glass addressing an academic article, used in a previous episode of the show, that has come under heavy fire this week.

The study, which purported to show how individuals could be swayed on the issue of same-sex marriage by talking to gay people, was featured in episode 555 of “This American Life,” “The Incredible Rarity of Changing Your Mind.” The article was also covered by several major news organizations, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal.

“I talk about it in a program note in this week’s show, and refer listeners to our website where we tell the full story of the Science article’s retraction,” Glass told Poynter via email. Read more


Judy Woodruff to PBS ombud: ‘What you wrote was unfair’


“PBS NewsHour” co-anchor Judy Woodruff on Friday responded to a post from PBS ombudsman Michael Getler calling her donations to an initiative by the Clinton Foundation “a mistake.”

I’m a longtime admirer of your work, as a journalist and as ombudsman, but what you wrote was unfair. To lump what I did in 2010 under the simple heading of “Clinton” ignores the facts and the context. I gave $250 two days after the Haiti earthquake struck in 2010, to an emergency relief fund, and in response to one of the first appeals to cross my desk when we were witnessing wall-to-wall scenes of death and devastation. I am a journalist, but I also am a citizen who supports non-partisan, charitable causes when I feel so moved.

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This week on Medium: 6 media stories you may have missed

Links shared in Poynter’s internal Slack channel are quite frequently from Medium and almost always about journalism and media (although sometimes not.) So this week, we’re trying something new and gathering them up here. Throughout the week, let me know what you’re reading on Medium and we’ll try to include it next Friday, if we try this again. Here are six things about journalism from Medium this week (with thanks to Ren LaForme and Vidisha Priyanka for helping curate.)

Lessons on using WhatsApp for publishing — an election experience

On May 18, Paul Bradshaw wrote about how students at Birmingham City University used WhatsApp for election updates during the U.K.’s recent election.

Frankly… they nailed it. In the process they learned a lot, so I thought I’d share some of the things that came up throughout the process — as well as the experiences of the person responsible for the Mirror‘s political WhatsApp account in the week leading up to the election.

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Former Hillary Clinton deputy: NYT reporter is ‘pain in the ass’

The U.S. Department of State on Friday released a trove of emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. There’s pages and pages of messages to parse, and many of the subject lines contain references to major media organizations, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Politico.

In a message dated Sept. 26, 2012, former Clinton deputy Jake Sullivan complains that New York Times senior writer Eric Schmitt is being “a pain in the ass.”

Sullivan was responding to an email from Clinton’s account saying that a New York Times story was “a stretch.”

Well, this is a stretch beyond what I said or intended, but I don’t think we need to say more. Do you agree?

Sullivan responded:

We are working with Schmitt, who is being a pain in the ass.

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The Arizona Republic is 125 years old. Here are 3 ways it’s now connecting with the community

When Michael Meister started at the Arizona Republic in 1984, the only place his photos showed up were in the newspaper. Now and then, Meister would see someone pick up the paper “and I would think, ‘oh my, they’re looking at my picture.’… That was the only feedback that I got back from the reader.”

Tuesday, May 19, marked the Arizona Republic’s 125th anniversary. In that time a lot has obviously changed. Even in Meister’s 31 years, a lot has changed.

The Republic, like all Gannett papers, went through a reorganization last year. And some of the changes they made have been successful. Compared with last April, the Republic’s social media referrals are up 232 percent, said Nicole Carroll, vice president, news and executive editor. Read more


Newspaper carrier attacked by drunken men, delivers papers anyway

Alberni Valley Times

A newspaper carrier for the Alberni Valley Times in Port Alberni, British Columbia, was waylaid by two drunken men while attempting to distribute papers early Thursday morning, but that didn’t deter him from finishing the job.

Jim Miller, a 10-year veteran of the Alberni Valley Times, was sitting in his truck at the office when two men approached and began threatening him. When he opened the door to exit his vehicle, the men hit him with the door of the truck, bruising him.

Despite a lingering headache, Miller managed to finish his route, Kristi Dobson writes for the Alberni Valley Times. Read more


NPR: Before you write a correction — or correct that correction — notify the author


On Thursday, we pointed out a variety of correction rarely glimpsed in the wild: a correction-correction-clarification.


May 21, 2015

In a previous correction on this post, we corrected something that was actually correct. So we have corrected that correction. It had to do with Celsius temperatures.

NPR deserves plaudits for the abundance of transparency demonstrated above. But the correction itself might have been avoided if the corrector got in touch with the correctee, NPR Standards and Practices Editor Mark Memmott writes:

This note is a reminder that when we think an error has been made, the people who did the work need to be notified immediately so that they can help determine if it really was a mistake.

He notes that obviously wrong and serious errors sometimes have to be fixed before the responsible party can be reached, “but they should still be notified immediately.” Read more

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Paul Krugman didn’t know he was on Twitter until he had more than a half-million followers

The New York Times

Most journalists must toil away in 140-character dispatches for years before they manage to accrue a hefty Twitter following. Not so for New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, who had 600,000 followers before he realized his Twitter feed was extant. Here’s an excerpt from an item published early this morning titled “Blogging Begins.”

A proper blog came much later, when I realized that I wanted a place to put the backstory behind my Times columns; the Times added a Twitter feed (which I didn’t even know existed until Andy Rosenthal casually mentioned that I had 600,000 followers). And so here we are today.

Krugman now has more than a million followers on Twitter.

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Storify’s Burt Herman: ‘The Web has not been around for that long’


Storify co-founder Burt Herman spoke with MIT Media Lab’s Matt Carroll in a piece for Medium about the future of media and why journalists should think of themselves as community organizers.

On Thursday, Hacks/Hackers, which Herman founded, announced a partnership with the News Lab at Google to create a series of events for media entrepreneurs. Hacks/Hackers Connect begins next month with an event in Berlin. Carroll asked Herman about what he’d learned from launching Storify, a tool for collecting media across the Web to tell stories, and Hacks/Hackers, which brings together journalists and developers.

Very different things. One lesson from both would be the power of brand, mission and story. If you have a strong brand and sympathize with and feel a sense of mission, and also have a good story of why you brought something into being, that is very powerful.

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‘Journalism crack’ market sluggish?

Good morning. Have the fridge stocked for the holiday weekend?

  1. MailOnline sees growth slow

    “You’ve got to go and shout at the bastards or they won’t respect you,” MailOnline publisher Martin Clarke allegedly once said of his management style. (The Independent) That dictum might also describe a heralded (and reviled by some) online push into the U.S. But a product tagged “journalism crack” has seen an apparent sharp decline in growth. The venture by the best-read English-language newspaper site has sputtered financially. (Financial Times)

  2. The power of editing: Brian Williams vanishes on awards show he hosted

    The suspended NBC News anchor hosted a military awards show taped before his suspension. It airs Friday on PBS, but the New York Daily News, where I’m a contributing editor, discloses he agreed to be edited out so as not to cause a distraction.

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Career Beat: Doug Sutton named general manager of WUPV

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Doug Sutton is now general manager of WUPV in Richmond, Virginia. Previously, he was general manager of WHDF Huntsville, Alabama. (TVNewsCheck)
  • Cristine Couldridge is now general manager of WXTX in Columbus, Georgia. Previously, Couldridge was general sales manager at KWES in Midland, Texas. (TVNewsCheck)
  • Russ Newton will be president and chief operating officer for The San Diego Union-Tribune. He is senior vice president for operations at the Los Angeles Times. (The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Job of the day: Planet Money is looking for a correspondent. Get your résumés in! (NPR)

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

PBS ombud: Judy Woodruff’s Clinton Foundation donation a ‘mistake’


Michael Getler, the ombudsman for PBS, called on Thursday a decision by “PBS NewsHour” managing editor Judy Woodruff to donate to the Clinton Foundation “a mistake”:

Woodruff has had a distinguished, 45-year journalistic career, holding down important positions with CBS, NBC, CNN and PBS. She has always struck me as straight and professional in her approach to the news and, having watched her now for several years, I couldn’t tell you how she’d vote. But there are lots of ways to contribute to Haitian earthquake relief. So the choice of the Clinton Foundation, even in a small amount and with the best of intentions, was a mistake in my book.

As Getler explains, Woodruff recently discussed on air a donation of $250 to the Haiti Relief Fund, a charitable initiative founded by the Clinton Foundation in 2010 when the country was reeling from a massive earthquake. Read more

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110 photojournalists run National Geographic’s Instagram account

Three years ago, National Geographic started an Instagram feed. Now, it has close to 7,000 images, more than 19 million followers and recently reached its billionth like.

But guess who’s running the account? Not a social media manager, not an editor, not someone from marketing.

It’s the photojournalists — 110 of them. They each have the password. They try and give each other about an hour between posts. And they’re curating images from assignments, their lives, their travels and anything else that they choose.

“We’ve taken a completely different approach than most people when we started it,” said Sarah Leen, director of photography at National Geographic. “The idea was to give the photographers this opportunity to have a place to display the work they were doing for us or even the work they were just doing.”

It’s not a place to sell magazines or photos, she said. Read more