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Rajiv Chandrasekaran to leave The Washington Post

Rajiv Chandrasekaran, a senior correspondent and associate editor at The Washington Post, is leaving the paper to create a media company that will partner with Starbucks:

In a post on his Facebook page, Chandrasekaran writes that the new company will produce “nonfiction, social-impact content, some of it in partnership with the Starbucks Coffee Co.” The company will start with producing television and film projects around Chandrasekaran’s 2014 book “For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism and Sacrifice.”

Chandrasekaran has had several jobs at The Post, including national editor, assistant managing editor and Baghdad bureau chief, according to his website. Read more

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ESPN’s Vince Doria retires without ever posting a tweet

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Vince Doria

As ESPN’s director of news, Vince Doria has been at the forefront of the new media. Yet he never has posted a tweet.

He is on Twitter at @VinceDoria. However, Doria didn’t set up the account. His colleagues did it for him in the hopes that he might share some of his thoughts.

It didn’t happen. Under number of tweets for Doria, the number still says 0. Doria gets that it’s part of the job these days, but he simply is adhering to the age-old doctrine that journalists should remain objective.

“I just never felt it was good to do it in my current role,” Doria said. “No matter how you cut it, Twittter turns out to be a platform for opinion.”

And a platform full of potential landmines. Read more

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After her death, memories of Dori Maynard and many thanks

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. ‘Why Dori Maynard Matters’

    Following her death on Tuesday, many journalists wrote about Dori Maynard's work and its impact. From Benet Wilson: "Those of us who have been on the front lines in fighting for media diversity understand the magnitude of this loss." (All Digitocracy) | From Steve Buttry: "She constantly reminded and taught us that diversity is more than a social issue, it is a journalism value, a matter of accuracy." (Steve Buttry) | From Latoya Peterson: "It isn’t enough to say that Dori was a tireless champion for diversity. Her calling in life was to help people understand one other." (Fusion) | From S. Mitra Kalita: "Our numbers might be dwindling in newsrooms.

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Jay Carney to take vice president job at Amazon

Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney will join Amazon as senior vice president for worldwide corporate affairs, Politico’s Mike Allen reported Thursday.

The new position brings the e-commerce giant’s worldwide public relations and public policy shops into one department under Carney. He’ll split his time between Seattle HQ and the D.C. office, where Amazon veteran Paul Misener will continue to run the company’s lobbying efforts.

In September, CNN announced Carney was joining the news network as a political commentator. He will leave that job, Allen reports. Read more

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Career Beat: Juliet Lapidos named op-ed page editor at the Los Angeles Times

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

  • Juliet Lapidos will be the op-ed page editor of the Los Angeles Times. She’s currently a staff editor at The New York Times. (Email)
  • Luz Maria Doria will be a contributor to Siempre Mujer. She is vice president and executive producer of Univision’s Despierta America. Irma Martinez will be a contributor to Siempre Mujer. She is a celebrity stylist. Luz Avila-Kyncl will be a contributor to Siempre Mujer. She is a nutrition coach. (Email)
  • James Warren will be chief media correspondent at Poynter. He is Washington bureau chief for the New York Daily News. (Poynter)
  • Remy Stern is now chief digital officer at The New York Post. Previously, he was digital managing editor there.
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Today in Media History: NPR began 45 years ago

45 years ago today, on February 26, 1970, the National Public Radio articles of incorporation were issued and NPR officially began.

However, it would be another year before the first NPR sound came out of a radio.

Here is how the Wisconsin newspaper, the Fond du Lac Commonwealth Reporter, described NPR in September 1970:

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An excerpt from NPR’s “Overview and History” page:

“NPR was incorporated on February 26, 1970, by 90 forward-thinking charter stations to provide national news programming. In April 1971, NPR hit the air with live coverage of the Senate hearings on the war in Vietnam.

Just a month later, we debuted our first weekday newsmagazine, All Things Considered.

In 1977, NPR assumed a new responsibility — to represent the interests of NPR member stations (who had grown from 90 to 190) — before Congress, the FCC and others.

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What I wish I had told Dori Maynard in our last conversation

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Dori J. Maynard

The last time I saw Dori Maynard was in September at the American Society of Newspaper Editors-Associated Press Managing Editors summit in Chicago. We tended to meet at the alphabet soup of conferences that is the life of a minority journalist and media manager: NABJ, AAJA, NAHJ, SPJ, SABEW and on and on.

At ASNE-APME, as it’s known, I was speaking on a panel titled, “Creating a Culture of Innovation: How to Just Do It.” Dori approached me afterward and told me she was proud, that I’d come a long way from when she first met me at Unity ’94, the historic gathering of all four minority journalist groups in Atlanta. And then as happens when two journalists of color get together, we lamented how little real progress the industry had made, how pathetic the latest newsroom diversity figures were, and pondered what could be done to fix it. Read more

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Gigaom executive editor Tom Krazit to step down

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Tom Krazit, executive editor at Gigaom, is leaving the news organization on Friday, he writes on Medium:

It’s been an honor and privilege to lead this group, one of the best groups of tech writers I’ve ever been associated with. I don’t think there’s any other group in technology and business media that is covering tech across as many sectors with as much skill and integrity as our folks, and I will greatly miss being part of that day-to-day creative process.

Krazit arrived at Gigaom in 2012 after the news organization purchased paidContent parent company ContentNext. He was news editor for more than a year before becoming executive editor in September 2013.

Krazit writes that he has “no specific plans at the moment,” although he is mulling his future options. Read more

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The New York Times will expand its comment section

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The New York Times intends to “expand and build” on its commenting system, providing readers with more stories to opine on, New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan wrote Wednesday.

New York Times community editor Bassey Etim tells Sullivan the Times will double the number of stories open for readers to comment on “by the end of the summer,” and added that the paper will make attempts to “elevate and recognize” the quality of the conversation around its stories.

Several news organizations, including Reuters and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch have ended or clamped down on commenting systems to stem the flow of invective from readers. Popular Science and The Huffington Post also cracked down on commenting, as has the Chicago Sun-Times. Read more

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3 Al Jazeera journalists arrested in Paris for flying a drone, filming it and watching

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Three journalists with Al Jazeera were arrested in Paris for using a drone, which is illegal there without a license, the BBC reports. The three, whose names haven’t been released, could be jailed for up to a year and fined $85,000.

A judicial source told AFP news agency: “The first was piloting the drone, the second was filming and the third was watching.”

Thomas Adamson reported for The Associated Press that drones have been spotted flying over Paris for two nights now.

The foreign nationals aged 70, 54 and 36 — who work for the Doha-based international broadcaster — were taken into custody Wednesday afternoon after police spotted a drone flying in the Bois de Boulogne woods in western Paris, said Paris prosecutors’ spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre.

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James Warren will be Poynter’s chief media correspondent

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James Warren (New York Daily News photo)

James Warren will join Poynter’s digital team as chief media correspondent starting in April. Warren is currently the Washington bureau chief for the New York Daily News and a former managing editor and Washington bureau chief of the Chicago Tribune.

Warren was also a media columnist for the Tribune and a television analyst on MSNBC, Fox News, CNN and Al Jazeera America.

“Jim Warren will add personality and perspective to our already outstanding digital team,” said Poynter President Tim Franklin. “He brings with him a reporting background and contacts in three of the nation’s largest media markets — Washington, Chicago and New York — and he’s worked across media platforms in print, television and digital. Jim is someone who understands how the media business works, and he has the ability to bring original, unique insight to our coverage of the industry.”

In his new role, Warren will be the lead media news reporter for Poynter covering breaking news and writing in-depth stories on major issues. Read more

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5 lessons on diversity and journalism from Dori Maynard

Since her death on Tuesday, journalists have shared their thoughts about the life and work of Dori Maynard. Maynard was the president of the Maynard Institute. Here are some lessons from Maynard herself, from her own writing, speaking and interviews. You can also find Maynard’s columns here.

Why diversity and sensitivity training weren’t enough

In 2003, Maynard wrote for Nieman Reports about ASNE’s goal to have newsroom diversity reflect that of the country.

Years of compliance training, diversity training, and sensitivity training have taught participants what they can say, and this has essentially left people with a set of learned responses that don’t take this conversation past predictable roadblocks. Little has been done to teach people how to say what they want to say in a way that can be heard and is effective.

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NYT grants anonymity to woman who ‘always wanted to be an anonymous source’

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Remembering Dori Maynard: ‘All journalists past, present and future should know her work’

Dori Maynard, president of the Maynard Institute, journalist and an advocate and educator for diversity in journalism, died on Tuesday from lung cancer. Here’s a Storify of some of the comments and tweets from journalists about Maynard’s life and work.

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Dori Maynard, ‘an amazing force for good in journalism,’ has died at 56

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. ‘She was the voice that must be heard’

    Dori J. Maynard died on Tuesday at 56 of lung cancer. Maynard was the president of the Robert C. Maynard institute for Journalism Education, co-founded by her father and step-mother. She was an advocate, leader and educator for diversity in journalism. (Maynard Institute) | Dawn Garcia, managing director of the Knight Fellowships at Stanford University, told the Oakland Tribune that "Dori was an amazing force for good in journalism. She was the voice that must be heard." (Oakland Tribune) | In 1993, both Maynard and her father were Nieman scholars. (Associated Press) | The Maynard Institute's Fault Lines training asks journalists to look at their own perceptions.

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