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National Press Photographers Association moving to Grady College

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The University of Georgia

The National Press Photographers Association will move its headquarters to Grady College at The University of Georgia, the university announced Thursday.

The NPPA, which is currently based in Durham, North Carolina, will offer Grady College students access to “visiting professionals, participation in workshops taught by NPPA staff and members, and employment opportunities,” according to the release.

NPPA and Grady College also plan to embark on joint fundraising campaigns and apply for grants for visual journalism projects, according to the release.

Here’s the announcement:

The University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication announced that the National Press Photographers Association will relocate its headquarters to the Athens, Georgia, campus in early 2015.

NPPA is the voice of visual journalists, representing photographers, videographers, multimedia journalists, editors, designers, visual managers and academics, with nearly 6,000 members nationwide and around the world.

“UGA’s Grady College and NPPA share a deep commitment to excellence in journalism,” said Pamela Whitten, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.

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Goodbye, Stephen Colbert, love, NYT

The New York Times

“I think it’s gonna leave a hole in my night,” The New York Times’ David Carr says in this farewell video the Times published Thursday. “I really liked getting tucked in by Stephen Colbert.”

In the video, the Times’ Bill Carter, Nicholas Confessore, William Rhoden, Mark Leibovich, and Carr all talk about Colbert’s show.

More goodbyes:

Mashable has a walking goodbye with Google Map Street View studio tour.

Vulture has lots of famous people saying goodbye.

And Time has four enemies of Colbert’s saying goodbye, including Suey Park. Read more

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The winners and losers of Serial’s first season (Ira Glass is on both lists)

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Spoiler alert: If you haven’t listened to all 12 episodes of Serial, there are many spoilers below.

As the debate rages on Reddit and Twitter about whether Serial ended with a whimper or a wallop, perhaps we can find more agreement about the winners and losers of the remarkably successful podcast.

Here are my picks:

Winners

Adnan Syed — Even though host Sarah Koenig stopped short of saying she believes Syed is innocent of killing Hae Min Lee, Koenig said she would have voted to acquit Syed. His hopes for an appeal clearly got a boost from the series.

To many of us, Syed came across as humble and appealing. He’s not even bitter about his defense attorney, Cristina Gutierrez, who clearly fumbled his case. If his appeal goes forward, his good demeanor can only help.

Mail Chimp — Whatever the company paid for the sponsorship, it was a bargain. The catchy “Mail Chimp-Mail Chimp-Mail…Kimp” at the start of every show elevated the ad campaign to “Got Milk?” status. Read more

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Mike Wilson named editor of The Dallas Morning News

Mike Wilson, managing editor of ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight, will be the next editor of The Dallas Morning News, the paper announced Thursday in a staff memo.

Wilson, who visited the Morning News for an interview earlier this month, will replace Bob Mong, who has been editor of the paper since 2001.

Before he joined FiveThirtyEight, Wilson was managing editor of the Tampa Bay Times. Before that, he was a newsfeatures editor at The Tampa Bay Times. During his stint at the paper, he was a finalist for The Pulitzer Prize.

Prior to arriving at The Times, Wilson was a longtime writer and editor at the Miami Herald.

Mong announced in August he would step aside sometime in 2015, after nearly 35 years at the Morning News. After Wilson begins at The News in February, Mong will become Editor Emeritus to assist in the transition.

Here’s the memo:

12/18/14

To: One and All

From: Jim and Bob

Re: Mike Wilson to become editor of The Dallas Morning News

We are pleased to announce that Mike Wilson will become the new editor of The Dallas

Morning News and will assume his new duties on Feb.

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Why New York magazine isn’t changing its bogus headline

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New York magazine ran with a too-good-to-be-true tale Sunday featuring a teen who managed to score millions on the stock market before getting his high school diploma.

As has been widely reported, the story unraveled when The New York Observer published an interview with the teen, Mohammed Islam, in which he admitted the whole story had been a sham.

New York first appended an editor’s note saying that although Islam denied making millions, the magazine had seen bank statements verifying his worth. Later, the magazine issued a full apology for the article, admitting the staff had been “duped.”

But as of Thursday, the incorrect headline remains unchanged. Why?

“With the Editor’s note explaining that the story was false, we wanted to leave the story and headline intact for the record,” wrote Lauren Starke, director of public relations for New York.

The magazine has amended the original headline to show that the $72 million was a rumored figure, but it didn’t edit it to show that the premise of the story is inaccurate. Read more

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Tasneem Raja named senior digital editor at NPR

Tasneem Raja, interactive editor at Mother Jones, has been named digital editor of NPR’s identity and culture unit, according to a staff memo from NPR unit executive producer Carline Watson and Lynette Clemetson, director of editorial initiatives at NPR.

Raja, who was previously an interactive producer at The Bay Citizen and a features reporter at The Chicago Reader, will join the unit’s 11-person team in late January, according to the memo.

Here’s the announcement:

Dear All,

We have great news to share from the Identity and Culture Unit: We have hired Tasneem Raja to be our Senior Digital Editor, and she is a catch!

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The AP creates team of statehouse reporting specialists

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The Associated Press announced Thursday it will create “a team of state government specialists” in an effort to bolster coverage of statehouses across America:

As announced today to the AP staff, the specialists will collaborate with statehouse reporters, as well as on their own projects and stories focused on government accountability and strong explanatory reporting. Their over-arching goal will be “to show how state government is impacting the lives of people across the country,” said Brian Carovillano, managing editor for U.S. news.

The new team will “be a resource to our statehouse reporters looking for help broadening the scope of their reporting,” Brian Carovillano, AP’s managing editor for U.S. news, wrote in a brief Q and A accompanying the announcement. They will also work with a projects team that will turn out “ambitious enterprise” journalism on state government.

“The message here is that state government coverage is essential to AP and its members, and we are doubling down on that commitment, which should benefit the entire cooperative,” Carovillano wrote. Read more

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Washington Post, Texas Tribune will be publishing partners

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The Washington Post and The Texas Tribune announced Thursday they will begin a partnership that includes “shared editorial content, collaboration on events and more.”

The Texas Tribune, a non-profit newsroom based in Austin, Texas, will give The Post “exclusive outside-of-Texas access” to its stories, writes Post Executive Editor Martin Baron. Tribune reporters will also contribute to a broad swath of sections on The Post’s website, including The Fix, Post Politics, GovBeat and PostTV.

Together we’ll pursue a presidential debate in Texas while also co-sponsoring events. The first event, a half-day symposium titled “Texas on the Potomac,” is scheduled for January 29 in Washington.

We and The Texas Tribune have worked together on many occasions in the past in the realm of events, videos, and print and online stories. We’re now forging a closer relationship that offers exceptional opportunities to both of us.

In return, the Tribune will get “early budget lines on Texas-specific journalism” from The Post and permission to cross-post that content, Baron writes. Read more

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New Pew study finds most people OK trading privacy for valued digital services

The Pew Research Center this morning released the last of seven studies on where digital life is headed in the next decade — this one focused on privacy concerns.

A survey of experts revealed split opinion on whether there will be a trusted privacy-rights infrastructure in place by 2025.  But there was strong consensus on both sides that for right now people accept a degree of tracking as a fair trade for getting services, typically for free, that they value and use daily.

What’s the implication for media, with many outlets betting the franchise these days that they can develop higher priced advertising as they harvest data on what you prefer and perhaps where you are?

That is not addressed directly in the report, Lee Rainie, Pew’s director of Pew’s Internet research and co-author of the study with Janna Anderson of Elon University, told me in a phone interview. But the implications are clear. Read more

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As Serial adjourns, the Internet gives a collective shriek

Serial, the podcasting phenomenon that launched a thousand hot takes, has just ended its first season. If you could call what happened this morning an ending.

Before you read any further, you should know that this article contains spoilers. Not any spoilers of the definitive, open-and-shut-case kind, but rather a hair-tearing, foot-stomping reaction to a months-long murder mystery that we’ve all become hugely invested in. Here’s what Serial listeners had to say about the season one finale:

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Journalist on Cuba: ‘My mom has been waiting and waiting and waiting’

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. A more personal look at the Cuba story

    On Wednesday, Maria Carrillo, a senior editor at the Houston Chronicle, spent a lot of time on the phone with her mother, a Cuban exile. "I am an American, born here, raised here, never been to the island where my parents were born. But those are my people, as surely as if I'd toddled into the surf at Varadero or spent summer nights along the Malecón. And this has all been painful to watch. We are separated — by that embargo, by politics, by distance, by time. We've been waiting and waiting and waiting." (Houston Chronicle) | CNN's Patrick Oppmann is based in Havana. "Church bells ringing in Havana. Covering history..." (@CNN_Oppmann)

  2. ProPublica is watching you, China

    Since mid-November, ProPublica has been monitoring accessibility to international news sites in China. "Of the 18 in our test, 9 are currently blocked." (ProPublica) | It's getting even harder to report there.

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Career Beat: Russell Contreras named president of UNITY

  • Russell Contreras will be president of UNITY. He is a reporter at The Associated Press (NAJA)
  • Sam Figler is now head of global business development at BuzzFeed. Previously, he was vice president of global business development at Yahoo. (Capital)
  • Wendy Carrillo is now an anchor and producer at Reported.ly. Previously, she was a writer and digital producer for NuvoTV. (MediaMoves)
  • Will Hobson will be a sports news reporter at The Washington Post. Previously, he was a cops and courts reporter at the Tampa Bay Times. (Washington Post)
  • Ryan O’Hara will be CEO of Move, Inc. Previously, he was president at the Madison Square Garden Company. (News Corp)
  • Katy McColl is now senior executive editor at Southern Living. Previously, she was an editorial consultant. Whitney Wright is now general manager at Southern Living. Previously, she was deputy food director there. (Time Inc.
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Today in Media History: President Eisenhower speaks from space

An Atlas rocket launched the first communications satellite on this date in 1958. A pre-recorded message from President Eisenhower was soon transmitted from space.

(This flight was one of the early projects for ARPA, the government agency that later helped create the Internet.)

Here is a Universal newsreel story about the mission:

Many people heard a replay of Eisenhower’s message on their local radio stations.

“This is the President of the United States speaking. Through the marvels of scientific advance, my voice is coming to you from a satellite circling in outer space. My message is a simple one: Through this unique means I convey to you and to all mankind, America’s wish for peace on Earth and goodwill toward men everywhere.”

The following recording comes from radio station WBAI.

Eisenhower’s message from space made news again in 2013:

“The first audio message to be relayed from outer space will be preserved as part of the National Recording Registry alongside Pink Floyd’s ‘The Dark Side of the Moon,’ Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Sounds of Silence,’ and Chubby Checker’s rendition of ‘The Twist,’ the Library of Congress announced Thursday.

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The year in media errors and corrections 2014

Correction of the Year

This New York Times correction combines Kimye, butts and a writer treating a fake news website and a fake radio station as real. Bravo:

An earlier version of this column was published in error. That version included what purported to be an interview that Kanye West gave to a Chicago radio station in which he compared his own derrière to that of his wife, Kim Kardashian. Mr. West’s quotes were taken, without attribution, from the satirical website The Daily Currant. There is no radio station WGYN in Chicago; the interview was fictitious, and should not have been included in the column.

Runner Up

The Sun (U.K.) offered a correction that detailed just how ridiculous their original “reporting” was:

In an article ‘London Bridge IS Falling Down’ (16 June) we stated that the iconic bridge, now a tourist attraction in Arizona, was falling into disrepair and could soon be bulldozed.

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Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Meteorologist shot multiple times outside of TV studio

KCEN | TV Spy

Patrick Crawford, a morning show meteorologist for KCEN in central Texas, was shot multiple times in the parking lot outside the studio, multiple sources reported Wednesday.

Crawford “exchanged words” with a man before he drew a semi-automatic handgun and shot him, according to KCEN.

Crawford drove away and found a construction worker who called the police, KCEN reports. He was in surgery as of late Wednesday morning.

Police have arrested a person of interest “who was hold up inside of a house” in connection with the shooting. Read more

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