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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

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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

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

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

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

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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’

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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’

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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

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Tribune Publishing restores San Diego Union-Tribune’s old name

Tribune Publishing just closed the deal on the newspaper formerly known as U-T San Diego. One of the first orders of business: restoring the paper’s old name.

The San Diego Union-Tribune (as it’s now called) already has a new Twitter avatar that reflects the changed name.

Austin Beutner, the publisher of the California News Group, explained the name change in a letter to Union-Tribune readers published Thursday. The paper was rechristened to reflect “the proud history of this organization,” he wrote. Read more

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No, CNN says, it won’t ‘host’ Clinton event with Jake Tapper

USA Today reported Wednesday that CNN show host Jake Tapper was erroneously listed as a “’speaker” at a Clinton Global Initiative event in Denver next month.

On Thursday, CNN further amended its relationship to the gathering.

Following the newspaper’s inquiry to CNN, the designation of “speaker” had been removed from the GCI website. However, Tapper remains as a moderator of a panel, “The Business Case for Investing in America’s Workforce.”

On Thursday, I brought to the apparent initial attention of CNN that the panel was further listed as a “GCI Conversation Hosted by CNN.” That suggested a distinct partnership between the network and the Clinton organization.

CNN indicated the reference is wrong. It said Tapper is an unpaid moderator at a gathering that will also include his interview of former President Bill Clinton for on-air use. Read more

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New York Times hires 2 from Washington Post

The New York Times is hiring away two journalists from The Washington Post, according to an announcement from Post editors sent to staffers Thursday.

Michael Gold, a ‎social media producer for The Washington Post, is leaving for New York along with Tim Herrera, who’s been the brains behind “several buzzy stories” for the newspaper, according to the memo.

Both joined The Post last year within weeks of each other.

Here’s the memo:

We are sad to announce that Michael Gold and Tim Herrera will be leaving us to join The New York Times. The pair started at The Post within weeks of each other (just over a year ago) and are departing within days. Michael’s last day is May 29 and Tim’s last day is May 27.

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NPR publishes Holy Grail of corrections

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Since I started on this beat nearly a year ago, I’ve seen a lot of corrections. Some are funny, some are morbid and some seem obvious in retrospect. But NPR on Thursday published something I’ve never witnessed before — the seldom-seen correction-correction-clarification.

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.

RELATED: NPR: Before you write a correction — or correct that correction — notify the author. Read more

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NPR ombud: Hosts shouldn’t plug their own books on air

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The long-standing routine of NPR employees using the network’s airtime to discuss their own books has got to stop, NPR ombudsman Elizabeth Jensen wrote Thursday.

NPR hosts, correspondents, producers and contributors write an awful lot of books, many of them eagerly anticipated by listeners who turn them into bestsellers. But I believe NPR should not routinely help their cause by featuring the books on air and online. NPR’s new top news executive concurs, in part, particularly when it comes to show hosts discussing their own outside projects on their own shows.

By way of example, she cited a recent appearance by “Morning Edition” host Steve Inskeep, who discussed his new book “Jacksonland” on the show.

This sort of thing is unacceptable, Jensen writes:

Nonetheless, NPR should not be featuring a host’s book on his or her own program (and no longer will be; see below.) Overall, it also ought to be much more stingy when handing out these features to fellow staff members, particularly when it comes to the main newsmagazines, Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and their weekend counterparts.

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