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Caroline Little is stepping down as CEO and President of Newspaper Association of America

littleCaroline LIttle will be leaving her job as president and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America at the end of August, NAA announced this afternoon.

She will have been head of the industry trade association for just over four years when she departs.

Little is a lawyer and served as publisher/CEO of Washington Post/Newsweek Interactive and then as CEO of the Guardian’s North America operations before joining NAA in 2011. Her background as a digital executive figured in her being hired to succeed John Sturm who served 16 years and was a lawyer and experienced lobbyist.

I reached Little by phone, and asked what she expects to do next. “I don’t really have any future plans right now,” she replied, except moving to Sante Fe, “where I have a husband, a child and a dog — in that order.”

As industry’s revenues have fallen, NAA has sharply downsized.   Read more

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The New York Times linked John Bolton’s op-ed to a story making the opposite case

The Intercept

Yesterday, former United Nations ambassador John Bolton published an op-ed in the pages of The New York Times, arguing that the United States has no choice but to bomb Iran. “Only military action like Israel’s 1981 attack on Saddam Hussein’s Osirak reactor … can accomplish what is required,” Bolton wrote.

But The Intercept’s Jon Schwarz noticed something odd about that sentence in the paper’s online edition. The reference to Israel’s attack on the Osirak reactor contained a link to a Washington Post op-ed that argued that far from crippling Iraq’s nuclear weapons program, Israel’s attack actually compelled Saddam Hussein to employ 7,000 scientists and spend $10 billion in pursuit of a nuclear bomb.

This is not exactly the sort of supporting link that Bolton might have hoped for. Read more

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ACES: AP’s guidance on suicide terms shows sensitivity


On Friday at the American Copy Editors Society conference, The Associated Press revealed some of the upcoming changes to the 2015 AP Stylebook, and among them is updated guidance on suicide terms.

From our earlier story with the AP’s David Minthorn:

With stories about suicide, the AP now recommends not going into details.

“The guidance also says that we avoid using the term committed suicide except in direct quotations from authorities.”

Instead used “killed himself, took her own life or died by suicide.”

“Committed in that context suggests possibly an illegal act, but in fact, laws against suicide have been repealed in the U.S., at least in certain states, and many other places,” Minthorn said, “so we’re going to avoid using that term on our own, although it’s a term that authorities widely use and we will use it while quoting authorities.”

After those changes and others were shared at the ACES conference, ACES sent out a press release in support of the AP’s guidance on suicide terms. Read more


Ex-News of the World reporter’s conviction overturned

The Guardian | BBC News

Yesterday, the United Kingdom’s Court of Appeal threw out the conviction of a former News of the World reporter accused of paying a public official for information, BBC News reports. The decision is a setback for Operation Elveden, the controversial police investigation into the practice of journalists paying officials for leaks and confidential details about public figures.

According to BBC News, the journalist, whose name cannot be disclosed for legal reasons, was convicted in November 2014 of supplying money to an unnamed prison official in return for information. The journalist was given a six-month suspended sentence. The prison official who allegedly accepted the money has also had his conviction and 42-month sentence overturned.

The Guardian reports that the Court of Appeal ruled that Justice William Davis did not give sufficiently clear instructions to the jury. Read more


AP hasn’t decided what to do about ‘Redskins’ yet

The Associated Press is mulling over usage of the term “Redskins” as it relates to the Washington, D.C. football team, but has not decided whether to make a ruling on the controversial word yet.

The topic is of interest to the AP Stylebook committee, which meets weekly between October and March, said AP Stylebook co-editor David Minthorn. The word’s usage is an “active topic” that the stylebook might make a ruling on.

Minthorn fielded the question at the annual American Copy Editors Society gathering in Pittsburgh, where he and Associated Press assistant business editor Philana Patterson were previewing changes to the 2015 edition of the AP Stylebook, which determines the lingua franca for English-language journalists around the world.

A couple of journalists in the audience at Minthorn and Patterson’s session tweeted out news of the AP’s possible ruling on the term:

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Forbes writer on moving newsroom to New Jersey: Food courts can really make you think


Last December, Forbes Media left Manhattan and moved its newsroom to Jersey City, taking advantage of a $27 million tax grant in return for bringing at least 350 jobs to New Jersey. And Chief Product Officer Lewis DVorkin is doing his best to adjust.

In a piece slated to run in the magazine’s April 13 issue, DVorkin says, “We love gazing at the Manhattan skyline — and who we’ve become.” From across the Hudson, he writes, the city’s view changes with each change in the weather, while the new, less cramped newsroom lets Forbes staffers collaborate in all the ways that are remaking journalism from top to bottom.

Everyone’s connected by a central staircase, with common areas for people to gather on their way up or down.

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NPR editor: be careful using ‘suicide’ in Germanwings case


Mark Memmott, standards and practices editor at NPR, gave journalists there two reasons to be cautious of the word “suicide” to describe the death of Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot of a Germanwings flight who may have purposefully forced the plane down:

— His motivation and state of mind aren’t known (and may never be).

– The investigation into what happened is still in the early stages.

Memmott also writes that the word “suicide” may not be adequate given that Lubitz might have deliberately crashed the plane. He also addressed the use of other formulations that incorporate “suicide,” including “suicide bomber” and “committed suicide.” In both cases, better alternatives exist, he says.

The AP Stylebook on Friday previewed a new entry for its forthcoming 2015 edition, recommending journalists should avoid using “committed suicide,” preferring instead “killed himself, took her own life or died by suicide.”

Committed, the new entry notes, “suggests possibly an illegal act” that is inconsistent with laws in certain U.S. Read more


AP Stylebook change: BLT is now acceptable on first reference

BLT. Delicious and OK on first reference.

BLT. Delicious and OK on first reference.

On Friday morning, people at the American Copy Editors Society conference will get a preview of some of the changes coming to the 2015 edition of The Associated Press Stylebook. I asked David Minthorn, the AP Stylebook’s co-editor, about those changes and what people might freak out about.

“We’re never quite sure what people may be excited about,” Minthorn said. “But for example, we have two amended spellings of datelines that might be of interest.”

One of those datelines is Nepal’s capital.

“Now it’s K-A-T-H-M-A-N-D-U,” Minthorn said. “We felt it was time to conform with local preferences, and I think the dictionary also uses the that spelling.”

OK. That doesn’t seem melt-down worthy. And the AP doesn’t make these changes lightly, Minthorn said. Read more


NYT reporter Tanzina Vega moves to CNN Politics

New York Times reporter Tanzina Vega will join CNN Politics to cover the intersection of technology, politics and civil rights, according to a Friday staff memo from CNN Politics Executive Editor Rachel Smolkin.

Vega, who will report from CNN’s New York office, will examine the ways that 2016 campaigns are using “technology, the evolution of micro targeting and new twists in voter registration,” according to the memo:

She’ll build on the work that she has done so well at the Times, including her smart coverage of race and ethnicity. This is an important area where we will distinguish ourselves going into 2016.

In January, The New York Times moved Vega from the national race beat to covering the Bronx courthouse, prompting several journalists and media watchers to speculate about the future of race coverage at The New York Times. Read more


What Periscope saw

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Periscope’s first day

    On Thursday, Twitter's live-streaming app Periscope came out on iTunes and journalists quickly started sharing what they were seeing. By the afternoon, that included a fire and the collapse of two buildings in New York City. "I had less information than I would if I had waited for a formal news crew to arrive, report out what was happening, and then pass that information back to me. With the smartphones in our pockets, we're all citizen journalists now." (The Verge) | Here are full details on the fire, where 19 people were injured. (The New York Times) | On Friday, BuzzFeed News reported that six people were missing. (BuzzFeed News) | "The New York tragedy showed the potential for two new apps, including one from Twitter Inc.

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Boston mayor wins byline from Globe columnist in bet

The Boston Globe

Readers looking for Shirley Leung’s twice-weekly business column in The Boston Globe this morning will see an unfamiliar face: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

According to a note above the column, Leung lost one byline to Walsh when she made a bet that he wouldn’t fill a municipal vacancy before a new governor took office. He did:

Last year I made a bet with the good mayor of Boston, and he’s now collecting his prize. He was so slow at installing a permanent director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority that I bet he couldn’t find one before Charlie Baker was sworn in as governor. I lost.

Elsewhere in the note, Leung pokes fun at the mayor, calling him “a wannabe writer” and notes that he was “just as tardy turning in this column” as he was appointing a new director. Read more


Today in Media History: In 1947, the press reported on the Hutchins Commission report

On March 27, 1947, the press reported on the Hutchins Commission report about the media.

Robert M. Hutchins, the president of the University of Chicago, served as the chair of the 1940s Commission on the Freedom of the Press. Time magazine’s Henry Luce suggested the creation of the commission and provided $200,000 in grants.

They evaluated the print and broadcast media as well as motion pictures. Their final report, “A Free and Responsible Press,” concluded that freedom of the press was in danger.

The commission cautioned against ownership concentration, rising costs, and the media’s preoccupation with sensational news. They felt that the media needed to take more responsibility for its actions.

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The Internet Archive has posted a copy of the Hutchins Commission’s publication, “A Free And Responsible Press, the report of the Commission on Freedom of the Press.”

This how the report begins:

“The Commission set out to answer the question: Is the freedom of the press in danger?

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Career Beat: Mark Kelly named contributor at NBC News

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

  • Mark Kelly is now a space and aviation contributor at NBC News. Kelly is a retired naval aviator and NASA astronaut. (NBC News)
  • Olivia Fierro has rejoined KTVK in Phoenix, Arizona. Previously, she was weeknight anchor at KVVU in Las Vegas. (Media Moves)
  • Nick Falloon will be chairman of Fairfax Media. Previously, he was chairman of Ten Network Holdings. (TheNewspaperWorks)
  • Lindsay Radford will be news director at KMGH in Denver. Previously, she was news director at KSTP and KSTC. (TVNewsCheck)
  • Miriam Kramer is now a space reporter at Mashable. Previously, she was a staff writer at (Email)
  • Teddy Schleifer will be a political reporter at CNN Politics Digital.
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Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015

NPR updates ethics policy after ombud raises political advocacy questions


NPR has revised its ethics code to describe which staffers it covers after network ombudsman Elizabeth Jensen raised questions about host Diane Rehm’s attendance at fundraising dinners for the right-to-die movement. Jensen explained the update in a new post:

The changes follow the debate sparked when The Washington Post reported that Diane Rehm, the host of the NPR-distributed The Diane Rehm Show, was taking part in fundraising dinners for Compassion & Choices. That non-profit organization’s activities include lobbying for states to permit medically-assisted death.

At heart the heart of the issue was whether NPR’s stricture preventing journalists from engaging in political advocacy should apply to Rehm, who hosts “The Diane Rehm Show” at WAMU in Washington, D.C., an NPR member station. The new guidelines make clear that the prohibition applies to “those who work for shows, podcasts and programming that are not part of the News division,” Jensen writes. Read more


The New York Times, ‘PBS Newshour’ strike video-sharing agreement

The New York Times and “PBS NewsHour” have entered into an agreement to share video journalism, including news reports and longer documentaries, on a regular basis, the outlets announced Thursday.

The deal specifies that both news organizations will begin to offer each other footage for use on their websites and social channels.

This announcement formalizes an arrangement that manifested recently when “PBS NewsHour” aired a New York Times video about the film giant Kodak attempting to reinvent itself, according to the announcement. The program also broadcast two other videos from The New York Times, including an in-depth look at the life of Times Tehran Bureau Chief Thomas Erdbrink.

The agreement does not include a provision for sharing revenue, according to a spokesperson for The New York Times. Read more

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