Fusion tracks news orgs that use term ‘illegal immigrant’


Despite “all the good reasons not to use” the term illegal immigrant, “it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines,” Felix Salmon writes. He lists news orgs that make a point of not using it (AP, the Los Angeles Times, BuzzFeed), those that have an “It’s complicated” relationship with the term (The New York Times, Newsweek, Bloomberg News) and those that prefer it (The Wall Street Journal, Reuters).

Here are a couple more that eschew it:

When AP stopped using the term, Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll told Poynter it was because “It’s kind of a lazy device that those of use who type for a living can become overly reliant on as a shortcut. It ends up pigeonholing people or creating long descriptive titles where you use some main event in someone’s life to become the modifier before their name.”

“No major publication has started using it again after a period where it was banned,” Salmon writes. “So although it’s pretty clear where the media is moving on this issue, it’s also evident that we have some way to go.” Read more

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Push for Parity: What do women in leadership need next? Courage.

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This essay is the fifth in our Push For Parity essay series, featuring stories about women in leadership in journalism. For more on our series and details about how you can contribute, see Kelly McBride’s essay introducing the project. Poynter and ONA have also announced a tuition-free women’s leadership academy.

What do we need in order to push forward leadership from women at news organizations?


Courage, persistence, and a calm sense of expectation.

There is nothing whatsoever left to discuss in the matter. All the issues have been thoroughly discussed in the last 50 years. We know that many of us need flexibility at a certain moment of our careers. We know we need recognition of our competence, abilities, accomplishments and ambition. We no longer need to prove that leadership from women adds dimension, credibility and authenticity to news coverage. It has been proven. We no longer need to fill the pipeline. It has been filled. We no longer need to get the credentials. We have them. We no longer need to prove that women can be successful leaders. They have been so.

Now, assuming that you have taken the hard assignments, gotten the wide experience, learned from your mistakes and failures, developed the calm resilience and trust of your peers and of those above and below you that is needed for leadership, then what remains is for you to require the next step.

Require it of your top editor. Require it of your publisher. Require it of your media company. Require it of the venture capitalists who are backing your endeavor. Require it calmly, confidently and persistently.

Require it for yourself, but more important, require it as your expectation of a great news organization. If you yourself are blocked, look first to your own experience, background, accomplishments and leadership. If you honestly find them ready and sufficient, then require whatever needs to come next. Do it for yourself, and do it for others. When you look around your news organization, and others, find the women of accomplishment and achievement and support them. Actively, honestly, openly and courageously.

Amanda Bennett

Amanda Bennett

If the next step is flexibility, then require that it be made to work. Figure out how to make it work, for you, for the beat, for your readers, for your colleagues, for your management. There is no longer any question that it can be made to work. It is just a matter of figuring out how it will work in YOUR situation and YOUR management. Require this not only for women, but for men as well, first, so that they will be able to better support the women they share family duties with, but also so that their work life will be better, happier and more balanced. If you see women or men of accomplishment and ambition being blocked for reasons of flexibility, this is no longer their problem. It is your problem. If you are blocked, it is not your problem alone, it is their problem too. You must support your colleagues and you must calmly and confidently expect that they will support you.

If the next step is promotion, then require that. Require that your leadership reflect the diversity, skills and accomplishments of the newsroom, and of the news industry in general. After 50 years of talking, it is no longer acceptable that a senior leadership team be overwhelmingly or exclusively male. There are no longer arguments that explain that well.

Require promotion and flexibility not just for yourself, but for every other woman of accomplishment, achievement and ambition. Do not support women just because they are women. Support those whose abilities match or exceed those of men who are promoted.

Where does the courage part come in? It comes in here: When I say “support” and “require” I do not mean behind-the-scenes discussions. I do not mean complaining or sympathizing. I do not mean organizing conferences or mentoring programs. I mean speaking up and requiring change. Making it clear that the current situation is unacceptable. Calmly, confidently and with a sense of expectation. Talk among yourselves, of course. But do not leave it at that. Talk among yourselves and then go to your editors. Not as a group. One at a time. Go over and over again. Tell them that they must act. Figure out how to get flexibility for those who need it. Offer them suggestions and solutions. Figure out how to get flexibility for those who need it. Figure out how to get promotions for those who deserve it. Tell them that the time for explanations is past. Speak to your publishers. Not once. Not twice. Over and over again. Expect it from them. Speak calmly, professionally, logically and helpfully. But speak with a sense of expectation.

This is where courage comes in. It is easy to speak to each other. Easy to agree that the path is hard. Easy to sympathize behind the scenes. It is harder, though, to take a risk. To put yourself forward and say: This is what I believe — believe for myself, and for others. This is what I expect — expect for myself and for others. This is what I deserve — deserve for myself and for others. This is what takes courage. But it is courage that is required.

Amanda Bennett is an investigative journalist, editor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Read more


NYT edges closer to layoffs

Good morning. Almost there. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. NYT may have layoffs, after all

    A memo from Janet Elder says the news org may not have enough buyout applications to forgo layoffs. "Early efforts to handicap the outcome regrettably point to having to do some layoffs." Also, if you take the buyout, MOMA will not let you in for free anymore. (Mother Jones) | Last month Keith J. Kelly reported that more than 300 people had filed buyout applications, but many were "just securing their rights and checking it out," Guild unit rep Grant Glickson said. (NY Post) | Floyd Norris is taking the buyout. (Talking Biz News) | More N.Y. Guild news: Eight Guild members who worked at Reuters' Insider video project are losing their jobs. (The Newspaper Guild of New York) | Time Inc. has declared it's at an "impasse" with the union and "can begin unilaterally imposing many of the terms, including the right to farm out up to 60 full-time jobs while slashing vacation and medical benefits and eliminating voluntary buyout provisions from future layoffs." The Guild has asked the NLRB to investigate. (NY Post)

  2. Aereo files for bankruptcy

    The "challenges have proven too difficult to overcome," the company says. (Aereo) | "Aereo's CEO told early VCs: This either will be the best investment of your career, or it will be a total loss. There is no in between." (@danprimack)

  3. Networks on Obama's immigration reform speech:


    ABC, NBC and CBS gave it a "collective shrug," Erik Wemple reports. "Asked whether the White House formally requested coverage, the White House wouldn’t even provide the Erik Wemple Blog an on-the-record response." (WP) | New York Post front: "Bamnesty" | "Sí se pudo": How La Opinión and El Diario La Prensa covered the speech. (WP)

  4. Gatehouse parent co. buys Halifax newspapers

    New Media Investment Group will pay $280 million for Halifax's 36 newspapers, which include 24 dailies. (NMIG) | NMIG will be the Worcester (Massachusetts) Telegram & Gazette's third owner in 16 months. (T&G)

  5. Phone hacking scandal principals move on

    Rebekah Brooks may be named editor of the New York Post, Leela de Kretser writes in a kicky inaugural column for Capital. She and her family are "ensconced in an Upper East Side pad." (Capital) | Former News of the World Editor Andy Coulson got out of jail early. (The Guardian)

  6. Your daily BuzzFeed links

    Should BuzzFeed EIC Ben Smith have disclosed that some of his publication's backers have invested in Uber competitors? It's "easy to see this sort of thing creating an endless rabbit hole," Peter Kafka writes. (Re/code) | BuzzFeed has discovered that "social URLs" -- think back to the punny headlines you may have written before Google ruined all your fun -- can "act like a rocket booster for a post," Lucia Moses reports. Note the URL on the story. (Digiday)

  7. #Pointergate: The timeline

    Corey Hutchins writes a fabulous tick-tock of KSTP's ludicrous non-story and its risible attempts to defend it. Owner Stanley Hubbard confirms the station's initial tip came from "the police federation guy" and says the station polled viewers after it became a national laughingstock for running it: "We just did a major study—we wanted to find out the public reaction—I haven’t got the number exactly, but it’s something like 65 or 70 percent of the people don’t care one way or the other. But interestingly, of those who are aware of the story, 52 percent of black people say, ‘Good for you, right on.’” (CJR) | The Minnesota Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists calls the story "fundamentally flawed." (MNSPJ) | A big takeaway from all this from David Brauer: "Primarily, we should be vigilant about civilian control of police." (Southwest Journal) | Hubbard called a sponsor's decision to pull advertising from KSTP "unbelievable." Finally, something KSTP finds hard to believe. (MPR News)

  8. HuffPost may host Jill Abramson-Steven Brill startup

    A "decision on a deal is likely to be made soon," David Carr and Ravi Somaiya report. (NYT)

  9. Front page of the day, curated by Kristen Hare

    The Washington Post goes big on Obama's immigration action. (Courtesy the Newseum)

  10. Job moves, edited by Benjamin Mullin

    Dan Lyons is now editor-in-chief at Valleywag. Previously, he was a marketing fellow at HubSpot. (Re/code) | Rachel Racusen will be vice president of communications at MSNBC. Previously, she was associate communications director for the White House. (Playbook) | Jeff Fager will be an executive producer at "60 Minutes". Previously, he was chairman of CBS News. (Politico) | Nitasha Tiku is now a west coast senior writer at The Verge. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of Valleywag. (Business Insider) | Jason Kravarik is now a producer at CNN. Previously, he was assistant news director at KOIN in Portland, Oregon. (TV Spy) | Job of the day: The Rockford (Illinois) Register Star is looking for an editor. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) | Send Ben your job moves: bmullin@poynter.org.

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P-Edison Phonograph

Today in Media History: Before digital recording there was Edison and his 1877 phonograph

The digital recorders we use today can trace their history back to the 1870s. There were a number of inventors who built the foundation of audio technology, but one stands out.

On this date in 1877 Thomas Edison introduced his phonograph. The device was unique because it could both record and play sound.

What were his historic first words on the new machine? The original recording no longer exists, but he supposedly said hello, then read the poem “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” and ended with “ha ha.”

In 1940 actor Spencer Tracy gave us an idea of what Edison’s first recording was like.

The following 1933 newsreel features someone who worked with Edison and heard his historic “hello” and “ha.”

“In the end, they named it the phonograph. But it might have been called the omphlegraph, meaning ‘voice writer.’ Or the antiphone (back talker). Or the didasko phone (portable teacher). These are some of the names someone wrote in a logbook in Thomas Edison’s laboratory in 1877, after Edison and his assistants invented the first rudimentary machine for recording and playing back sounds. From the first, they thought it would be used to reproduce the human voice, but they had no clear idea of its exact purpose.

Edison once said, ‘Anything that won’t sell, I don’t want to invent.’ But all his life, he was a better inventor than salesman. The phonograph, his first invention to make him world-famous, is a perfect example. It was the product of a well-prepared but wandering mind.”

— “The Incredible Talking Machine
Time Magazine, June 23, 2010
(Click here for their related video)

And finally, a little history about recording devices during the time of Edison and his fellow audio technology innovators.

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Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Halifax Media Group will be bought for $280 million

Herald Tribune

New Media Investment Group Inc. will purchase Halifax Media Group for $280 million, according to a report in the Sarasota (Florida) Herald-Tribune.

The purchase will include the 24 dailies owned by Halifax Media Group, which “have total daily circulation of approximately 635,000 and 752,000 on Sundays,” according to the Herald Tribune. It is scheduled to close in early 2015.

Halifax Media Group formed in 2010 and soon acquired the Daytona Beach News-Journal in addition to motor trade insurance nearly 15 newspapers in The New York Times Regional Media Group, according to the Herald-Tribune. It then added 19 papers from Freedom Communications. Read more


‘Profanity dramatically increases engagement’ says NPR health blogger


NPR health blogger Scott Hensley has a strategy to generate buzz on social media: start cussing.

He told NPR’s Social Media Desk that quoting a little profanity from a recent Jack Shafer interview in a tweet bumped his engagement up to 5 percent:

Posting dog photos, Hensley said, also helps. This pooch picture bumped Hensley’s engagement rate up to 4 percent.

Meanwhile, NPR’s social media guidelines advise reporters to “consider how your conduct in a community will affect your reporting”:

As you adjust behaviors such as language and dress in different situations, think about what might be most helpful or harmful to effective reporting.

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CPI has a wall of shame for no-commenters

Public officials and flaks who stonewall reporters, beware: Your face might be the next added to this website.

“____ couldn’t be reached,” a new Tumblr from the Center for Public Integrity, puts a spotlight on prominent officials and institutions that refuse to talk to news organizations for important stories. Since it went live earlier today, the Tumblr has highlighted reticence from the Obama administration, Sen. Mitch McConnell, the IRS and Amazon.com, to name a few.



The Tumblr was founded by CPI media specialist William Gray and engagement editor Sarah Whitmire, who were trying to expand the nonprofit’s social media footprint onto some new platforms, Gray said. They noticed public officials had slowly become decreasingly responsive over the years and wanted a way to show that trend.

“When you finally see this lined up, it becomes obvious how many news organizations aren’t getting a response,” Gray said. He’s also the founder of Floor Charts, a Tumblr dedicated to cataloguing the wide array of props used by public representatives on the House and Senate floors.

The ultimate goal for the Tumblr is to encourage public officials to comment for the record, Gray said.

“If all of the sudden, every member of Congress starts answering as best they can, their hometown papers and national editions, the mission would be accomplished,” Gray said. “But I’d still keep it up, because archives are great.” Read more


Re/code joins the list of news orgs cutting comments


Re/code’s Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg wrote on Thursday that comments are now gone from the site.

We thought about this decision long and hard, since we do value reader opinion. But we concluded that, as social media has continued its robust growth, the bulk of discussion of our stories is increasingly taking place there, making onsite comments less and less used and less and less useful.

My colleague Andrew Beaujon included a list of other news orgs that no longer take comments on their sites in a Nov. 7 story about Reuters ending comments.

Now here are some Twitter comments about Re/code ending comments:

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ABC News says story Craigslist calls a ‘Hit Piece’ will be fair

Craigslist blog

Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster says ABC News plans a piece that “mischaracterizes our efforts to prevent free classified ads for recalled sale items by craigslist users, and falsely accuses us of not cooperating with the Consumer Product Safety Commission.”

The story will unfold across a couple programs, and the segments will begin to roll out Friday.

Buckmaster says the news org wouldn’t take calls from Craigslist and “chose instead to ambush our largely-retired founder, Craig Newmark, outside his home on November 11.”

“Our piece will be fair and accurate and will include comments from Craigslist and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the results of our ABC News investigation of the country’s product recall system conducted with 17 ABC stations across the country,” an ABC News spokesperson told Poynter.

Disclosure: Newmark is on the Poynter Foundation’s board and has donated to Poynter. Read more

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Photojournalist reminds us why kids shouldn’t cook the turkey

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Mike De Sisti had a good, and funny, reminder for us on Wednesday — don’t let your children cook the turkey at Thanksgiving.

In a video feature, De Sisti, a photojournalist and multimedia picture editor for the Journal Sentinel, asked a group of first graders how to cook a turkey. They are darling and clueless.

“You cook a turkey for five minutes.”
“The temperature is about 20 degrees and…”
“Feathers don’t taste good.”

In 2011, De Sisti made a similar video asking kids questions about Christmas, and in 2012, he talked to kids about cooking turkey. To him, it feels like a feature he has just done, “but people don’t really remember.”

De Sisti spoke with the same group of first graders for an upcoming video about Christmas, which should run the day after Thanksgiving.

“We stuck to Santa.”

Correction: Mike De Sisti’s last name was misspelled in an earlier version of this story. It has been corrected. Read more