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Why more of Hillary Clinton’s emails haven’t turned up in public records requests

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Clintonemail.com

    Hillary Clinton's private email account used its own server, which is based in her family's New York home, The Associated Press reported on Tuesday. "Operating her own server would have afforded Clinton additional legal opportunities to block government or private subpoenas in criminal, administrative or civil cases because her lawyers could object in court before being forced to turn over any emails." The AP, like many other news organizations, has submitted public records requests in the last year for Clinton's emails from the State Department, "although the agency has never suggested that it didn't possess all her emails." (The Associated Press) | "...An examination of records requests sent to the department reveals how the practice protected a significant amount of her correspondence from the eyes of investigators and the public." (The New York Times) | "The use of private email addresses may explain the State Department’s puzzling response to several FOIA requests filed by Gawker in the past two years." (Gawker) | The Sunlight Foundation has five questions about Clinton's private email, including "What other damage has been done?" (Sunlight Foundation) | Vox has seven questions and answers about the whole mess, including that Colin Powell used personal email during his time as Secretary of State, although the "rules about retaining records of personal emails were somewhat more ambiguous." (Vox)

  2. Israeli media on Netanyahu's speech in Washington

    Politicians and media organizations had a lot to say about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress.

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Career Beat: Lisa Arbetter named editor of StyleWatch

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

  • Lisa Arbetter will be editor of StyleWatch. Previously, she was deputy editor of InStyle. (Time Inc.)
  • Jill Geisler has been named Loyola University’s Bill Plante Chair of Leadership and Media Integrity. She was a faculty member at Poynter for 16 years. (Poynter)
  • Anna Dickson will be deputy director of photography at The Wall Street Journal. Previously, she was photography director at The Huffington Post. (Mediabistro)
  • Eliot Pierce is now chief product officer at The New Republic. Previously, he was a consultant. (Poynter)

Job of the day: The Tampa Bay Times is looking for a general assignment reporter. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs)

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Today in Media History: 1933 news coverage of FDR’s first inauguration

On March 4, 1933, the news media described Franklin Roosevelt’s first presidential inauguration.

Front page news from Oregon’s Capital Journal:

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His inaugural speech is remembered for the words: “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself…”

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Here is newsreel footage of the famous quote:

“…on March 4, 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt was inaugurated as President of the United States for the first time. As he approached the rostrum to take the oath of office at the Capitol, he braced himself on his son James’s arm. Breaking precedent, he recited the entire oath, instead of simply repeating ‘I do.’ Then, as the crowd grew quiet, he opened his inaugural address.

The new President was addressing a nation that was struggling amidst the greatest economic depression in its history.

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Tuesday, Mar. 03, 2015

Spin off of E.W. Scripps newspapers likely to happen in April

“For the first time in 130 years we will not own newspapers,” said Chip Mahaney, Senior Director, Local Operations at The E. W. Scripps CompanyMahaney discussed the future of E.W.Scripps after it spins off its newspapers into a separate company run by the Journal Media Group.

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Jill Geisler joins Loyola University

Jill Geisler (submitted photo)

Jill Geisler (submitted photo)

Jill Geisler is Loyola University’s first Bill Plante Chair of Leadership and Media Integrity, according to a news release from the university. Geisler, who worked at Poynter as a faculty member for 16 years, now writes a column for the Columbia Journalism Review and regularly coaches journalists in newsrooms around the country. She’s also the author of “Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know.”

From the release:

According to Geisler, “Three things made this opportunity irresistible: The School of Communication’s focus on media integrity in the digital age, the chance to integrate leadership skills and values into an already strong curriculum, and Loyola’s commitment to social justice. Even as I continue to coach managers in media organizations, I’ll be helping grow tomorrow’s leaders in Loyola’s classrooms.”

Also in the release, Dean Don Heider said that the school is delighted that Geisler is joining them. Read more

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In a video, Michigan Daily staff read some ‘unflattering responses from our readers’

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Staff at the Michigan Daily read some of the reader comments, emails and tweets they get in a new video, Dan Reimold reported Tuesday in College Media Matters. Reimold spoke with Victoria Noble, a columnist and videographer, about why staff created the video.

“…This was meant to add humor to a situation that tends to get people really upset and strains the relationship between writers and readers. We were trying to take a more personal look at how people react to our content and how writers take in those reactions. It’s a more serious topic, but we’re not covering it like ‘This is what you should do’ or ‘This is what you shouldn’t do.’ Comedy is involved, but the point is not to be funny.

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15 political clichés journalists should avoid

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Politico’s Mike Allen, founder of the influential Beltway tipsheet “Playbook,” once wrote that those who write in clichés are probably thinking in clichés, too. As news organizations prepare to cover the 2016 election, here are some hackneyed words and phrases they should consider leaving off the campaign bus:

New York Times standards editor Philip Corbett weighed in Tuesday with a list of well-worn words that sneak into The Times’ coverage:
“I can project with confidence that we will see far too many uses of “optics,” “narrative,” “pivot,” “war chest” and “coffers” in the months between now and November 2016.”

A 2012 election style guide from The Associated Press offers a litany of stale verbiage. Read more

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The New Republic hires Eliot Pierce as chief product officer

The New Republic announced the hiring of its first chief product officer Tuesday, the most recent step in an attempt to transform a century-old magazine into a digital media company.

Eliot Pierce, who has worked as a consultant and as a vice president at The New York Times, will begin as chief product officer March 9, New Republic Chief Executive Officer Guy Vidra announced in a memo to staff.

In his new role, Pierce will oversee the company’s product strategy to create “the most compelling experiences for our journalism,” Vidra writes. He will work with the editorial and business sides and lead the magazine’s product and engineering teams.

Before coming to The New Republic, Pierce spent several years at The New York Times, where he worked as product manager, director of product management and development and vice president of strategy, business development and ad operations. Read more

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World Press Photo clarifies: It doesn’t approve of photo staging

Good morning. Here are nine media stories.

  1. It also found ‘no grounds for doubting the photographer’s integrity’

    On Sunday, the World Press Photo contest said it investigated complaints from the mayor of Charleroi, Belgium about possible staging of images in Giovanni Troilo's winning entry. World Press Photo said it found nothing wrong with Troilo's work. In that release, it included a line that many found upsetting. "The contest requires photojournalists do not stage pictures to show something that would otherwise have not taken place.” On Monday, World Press Photo clarified: "The last part of the sentence aims to define what we mean by staging; it does not aim to define an exception to a rule. Staging is defined as something that would not have happened without the photographer’s involvement.

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Career Beat: ‘Mary Sue’ founder Susana Polo is Polygon’s entertainment editor

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

  • Susana Polo is now entertainment editor at Polygon. She founded “The Mary Sue.” (Email)
  • Dan Rubinstein will be the home and design editor of Departures. Previously, he was editor-in-chief of Surface magazine. (Email)
  • Gabe Ramirez is now a senior producer at CNN Politics Digital. Previously, he was a multimedia photojournalist and producer at CNN. Alysha Love will be deputy multi-platform editor at CNN Politics Digital. Previously, she was a Web editor at Politico. (Email)
  • Nick Brien is now president of Hearst Magazines Marketing Services and CEO of iCrossing. Previously, he was CEO of McCann Worldgroup. (Email)
  • Jeff Zeleny will be senior Washington correspondent for CNN’s Washington bureau. Previously, he was senior Washington correspondent for ABC News.
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Today in Media History: The first issue of Time magazine was published 92 years ago

92 years ago today, on March 3, 1923, Time magazine published its first issue. A copy cost 15 cents.

Here is the first cover. (There would be many more.)

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Time magazine, March 3, 1923, Time website image

(In honor of the issue’s anniversary today, TIME is making access to the original magazine free for the day. Click here for more details.)

“….After graduating from Yale in 1920, Luce spent a year in England studying at Oxford before returning to the United States, where he took a job as a reporter alongside fellow Yale alum Britton Hadden. While working together, the two drew plans for an idea they had first discussed at Yale — a new type of weekly magazine that wouldn’t simply report the news, but would also interpret it for those who did not have the time, the energy or the knowledge to interpret it for themselves.

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Monday, Mar. 02, 2015

Survey: For foreign correspondents in China, getting a press card still ‘a privilege rather than a professional right’

In January of this year, the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China conducted an annual survey of members’ visa issues and found that, compared with past years, getting a visa in China was easier for foreign journalists in 2014. In an email, the FCCC reported the findings of the survey, which had 126 responses.

We are disturbed, however, to find that the Chinese authorities are continuing to abuse the press card and visa renewal process in a political manner, treating journalistic accreditation as a privilege rather than a professional right, and punishing reporters and media organizations for the content of their previous coverage if it has displeased the government.

Some of the findings:

– Authorities appeared to use visas as a tool to threaten journalists, causing some to leave the country, one to change jobs and several to miss important stories. Read more

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CJR’s site redesign wasn’t just cosmetic

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Columbia Journalism Review’s “Darts and Laurels” has been around for decades, at least. But with Monday’s site redesign, the feature examining what works and what doesn’t in journalism got an update.

Now, it’s called “Hit or Miss.” And like the newly redesigned site, it’s not just a facelift.

In the past, CJR saved the “Darts and Laurels” feature for print. That didn’t work as well in a time when media news moves quickly and seeing something weeks later means there’s likely little context. Now, the goal is to do more “Hit or Miss” online on a regular basis, said Elizabeth Spayd, CJR’s editor-in-chief and publisher. The print version will be a compilation of the best from the site.

“The concept hasn’t been changed,” said Spayd, who formerly worked as managing editor of The Washington Post. Read more

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Rebekah Brooks may be back

Good morning. Here are seven media stories.

  1. And she may be headed to Storyful

    Media outlets are reporting that Rebekah Brooks, who formerly led Rupert Murdoch’s U.K. newspaper holdings, could soon be back with News Corporation. "Brooks, who was cleared of being involved in a phone-hacking plot last summer, has reportedly taken an apartment in New York but will largely continue to be based in the UK." (The Guardian) | "Ms. Brooks will probably take an executive role in which she will seek ways to expand News Corporation’s digital endeavors, particularly user-generated and social media." (The New York Times) | "Her new role will include Storyful and expand to other potential digital ventures for News Corp." (Financial Times)

  2. Journalism offered some nice tributes to Leonard Nimoy this weekend

    Actor Leonard Nimoy died on Friday, and during the weekend, there were many fitting tributes.

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Today in Media History: The press waited for months to print the winner of the 1876 presidential election

Do you remember back during the 2000 Bush/Gore presidential election when the news media had to wait to publish the winner? (Here is a link to an archived Poynter collection of newspaper front pages.)

Well, after the disputed November 1876 election the press had to wait even longer.

On March 2, 1877, newspapers finally could report that Rutherford B. Hayes would be the next president of the United States.

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“For Rutherford B. Hayes, election evening of November 7, 1876, was shaping up to be any presidential candidate’s nightmare. Even though the first returns were just coming in by telegraph, newspapers were announcing that his opponent, the Democrat Samuel J. Tilden, had won. Hayes, a Republican, would indeed lose the popular vote by more than a quarter-million….But the ugliest, most contentious and most controversial presidential election in U.S.

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