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Karen Everhart discusses recent changes at NPR

Karen Everhart, Managing editor of Current, the newspaper and website about public and nonprofit media in the U.S., was recently at the Poynter Institute for the Effective Editor seminar and we talked about the state of public media.

In this clip, Everhart talks about recent changes at NPR that including the hiring of a new President and CEO Jarl Mohn.

Here is a recent Q&A that Current did with Jarl Mohn. Read more

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It’s March, right? These newspapers are showing snow.

Many papers around the U.S. led with images of snow and some pretty great headlines disinviting winter. Since it’s March and daylight savings time is Sunday, let’s take a look at some front pages (via Newseum) where there’s still winter.

TimesDaily, Florence, Alabama:


The Washington Post, Washington, D.C.:

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The News Journal, Wilmington, Delaware:


South Bend Tribune, South Bend, Indiana:


The Gleaner, Henderson, Kentucky:


Carroll County Times, Westminster, Maryland:


Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Massachusetts:


Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Tupelo, Mississippi:


The Telegraph, Nashua, New Hampshire:

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Burlington County Times, Willingboro, New Jersey:


Newsday, Long Island, New York:


The Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio:


LNP, Lancaster, Pennsylvania:


The Tennessean, Nashville, Tennessee:


Denton Record-Chronicle, Denton, Texas:


The Roanoke Times, Roanoke, Virginia:

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Photojournalism ethics needs a reexamination

The latest in the world of photojournalism contest ethics and photo sleuthing took another turn yesterday with World Press Photos’ rescinding a first-place award after disqualifying 22 percent of the entries that had made the penultimate round.

Amid controversy, World Press Photo announced yesterday that based on its investigation, it is withdrawing the controversial “Dark Heart of Europe” award presented to Giovanni Troilo. Troilo, an Italian independent photographer, had received the award for his 10-photograph series depicting the gritty Charleroi city of Belgium in this year’s WPP Contemporary Issues Story category.

The 58th Annual World Press Photo competition’s organizers previously disclosed that 22 percent of the finalists were disqualified due to excessive post processing, or digital manipulation.

“It seems some photographers can’t resist the temptation to aesthetically enhance their images during post-processing either by removing small details to ‘clean up’ an image, or sometimes by excessive toning that constitutes a material change to the image. Read more

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Synchronize your smartwatches

Good morning and happy Friday. You’ll get to enjoy this newsletter courtesy of Ben Mullin next week. I’ll be back after that. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. We’re all on watch watch

    On Monday, Apple Watch is expected to launch. There are, of course, a lot of questions about what it and wearables mean for journalists and the audiences they serve. Jack Riley explores what news might look like in a wearable world, what content works for your wrist and how wearables could make money. (Nieman Lab) | There could also be smart bands. (TechCrunch) | Wired has a list of what to expect from Monday's launch, including more about a mode that lets the Apple Watch be, you know, just a watch.

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Andy Lack named chairman of NBC News and MSNBC

Andy Lack, the former NBC executive who was rumored to be considering a return to the network, has been named chairman of NBC News and MSNBC, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke announced in a memo to staff Friday.

Lack, who was until this week CEO and director of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, will begin his tenure as chairman in April, according to the memo.

Lack’s appointment comes during a stormy period for NBC News. In recent weeks, the network has endured the suspension of its star anchor, Brian Williams, after he made inaccurate statements about his own reporting. The resulting scandal led some current and former NBC News executives to question the leadership of NBCUniversal News Group Chairman Pat Fili-Krushel and NBC News President Deborah Turness, according to a Business Insider story published Thursday. Read more


Career Beat: John DeVore named editor-in-chief of Internet Action Force

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

  • John DeVore has been named editor-in-chief of Internet Action Force. Previously, he was managing editor of (Email)
  • Chris Amico is now interactive editor at “Frontline.” He is the co-founder of Homicide Watch D.C. (Poynter)
  • Jerry McBride is now editor at Kayak Fish Magazine. Previously, he was a writer there. (Mediabistro)

Job of the day: The Chattanooga Times Free Press is looking for a news editor. Get your résumés in! (Journalism Jobs) Read more

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Today in Media History: Walter Cronkite retired as CBS Evening News anchor in 1981

On March 6, 1981, Walter Cronkite retired as anchor of the CBS Evening News.

He became anchor of the program on April 16, 1962.

“Known for his steady and straightforward delivery, his trim moustache, and his iconic sign-off line — ‘That’s the way it is’ — Cronkite dominated the television news industry during one of the most volatile periods of American history. He broke the news of the Kennedy assassination, reported extensively on Vietnam and Civil Rights and Watergate, and seemed to be the very embodiment of TV journalism.”

CBS News
July 17, 2009

Following are a few videos from Walter Cronkite’s long history with the CBS Evening News.

September 2, 1963
The first 30-minute CBS Evening News
(The program had been 15-minutes long.)

November 22, 1963
The assassination of President Kennedy

February 27, 1968
Commentary about Vietnam

July 1969
Apollo 11

August 8, 1974
President Nixon’s resignation

January 20, 1981
American hostages released from Iran

March 6, 1981
Here’s Walter Cronkite’s final sign-off as the anchor of the CBS Evening News. Read more


Thursday, Mar. 05, 2015

Journalists flock together on Twitter, report finds

Tow Center for Digital Journalism

When it comes to the popular social network Twitter, journalists at traditional and digital news organizations tend to stick together, according to a new report published Thursday from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University.

The report, titled “Who Retweets Whom: How Digital and Legacy Journalists Interact on Twitter,” aims to provide a snapshot of how journalists at Web-native and traditional outlets behave on Twitter, the social network known for its brevity. The report tracked five of the most popular political journalists at The New York Times, BuzzFeed and Politico, which represented legacy, digital and hybrid media organizations, respectively, and analyzed 50 retweets from each reporter.

The big takeaway: Journalists at The New York Times were much more likely to retweet journalists at other traditional media organizations, and reporters from BuzzFeed were more likely to retweet journalists from other digital news organizations. Read more


Hillary Clinton to face political reporters at journalism event

This post is being republished with permission from the Center for Public Integrity.

In this Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, file photo, Hillary Rodham Clinton is seen in New York. Hillary Rodham Clinton has so far kept a low profile this year, something that’s starting to change as she heads toward her expected 2016 campaign for president. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

In this 2014 file photo, Hillary Rodham Clinton is seen in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Ready or not, Hillary Clinton is still scheduled to headline a political journalism award ceremony this month in Washington, D.C. — where she’ll face reporters who in recent weeks have written story after story detailing her potentially illegal email habits and her charitable foundation’s controversial funding sources.

Organizers of 2015 Toner Prize Celebration, named for late New York Times political reporter Robin Toner, say Clinton’s recent string of controversies have not affected her participation at the March 23 gathering at the Center for Strategic and International Studies

While Clinton has previously received six-figure speaking fees at college sponsored events, transferring the money to the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, “she’s doing this one pro bono,” Toner’s husband, Peter Gosselin, confirmed to the Center for Public Integrity. Read more


Homicide Watch co-founder joins ‘Frontline’

Chris Amico, co-founder of Homicide Watch, has joined “Frontline” as the program’s interactive editor, digital managing editor Sarah Moughty announced in a staff-wide email Tuesday.

Amico, who started working for “Frontline” this summer on a six-week basis, helped the organization with multiple Web projects including Ballot Watch, a feature that tracks voting laws by state.

At “Frontline,” Amico will be charged with developing interactive projects, such as the organization’s Ebola map and Islamic State group organizational chart, according to Moughty’s email.

Before coming to “Frontline,” Amico helped develop Homicide Watch D.C., a website dedicated to cataloging every murder in the D.C. area. It spawned several sister sites at other cities, including Chicago, Boston and Trenton, through a licensing agreement. In November, Amico and his wife, co-founder Laura Amico, announced they planned to close the site after they couldn’t find a local owner to take up its management in their absence. Read more


Official tips reporter to Clinton inquiry by asking to speak with his anonymous source

Al Jazeera America

Al Jazeera America freelancer Steve Friess reported Wednesday night that the House Foreign Affairs Committee was making inquiries into Hillary Clinton’s use of private email. Friess knew partly because Thomas Alexander, an investigator from the committee, emailed him earlier that day seeking information.

Alexander wanted to speak to an employee on the State Department’s cybersecurity team, who was quoted anonymously by Al Jazeera America Tuesday saying Clinton’s private email service was “at greater risk of being hacked, intercepted or monitored,” according to Friess’ story.

About seven hours later, Friess published his story, which included a public denial of Alexander’s request and a no-comment from Alexander and the committee’s communications director. Read more


Protesters and journalists were back in Ferguson last night

Good morning. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. #FergusonReport

    On Wednesday, the Department of Justice released the findings of two investigations into Ferguson, Missouri. "The report outlines systemic racism and pressures on police to be what Attorney General Eric Holder called a 'collections department' to bolster city coffers." ( | "'Some of those protesters were right,' Mr. Holder said, adding that the findings of the six-month investigation of the Ferguson Police Department are 'searing.'" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) | From the Riverfront Times, "30 Shameful Stories About Ferguson Police from the Department of Justice Report." (Riverfront Times) | After the report, one employee with the Ferguson police department was fired and two others were suspended. (NBC News) | Vox gathered up tweets from journalists and protesters who went to Ferguson's police department Wednesday night.

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Why there’s not a single Alex Rodriguez quote in ESPN’s 12,000-word profile

J. R. Moehringer spent more than 100 hours with Alex Rodriguez. He saw him in a Batman costume during a New Year’s Eve celebration with his children. He was with him on a day in New York when he met with the new Commissioner of Baseball Rob Manfred. And then he accompanied him on a visit to the surgeon who worked on his hip.

They had numerous intimate conversations that carried on into the night. At times, it got to be too much—for Moehringer.

“I told him, ‘Alex, I’m tired. I’ve got to go home,’” Moehringer said.

Yespn-arod-coveret despite almost unlimited access, Moehringer decided not to use one quote from Rodriguez in his riveting 12,000+-word piece on the disgraced star in the March 2 edition of ESPN The Magazine. Read more

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Career Beat: Cara Rubinsky named associate Europe editor at The AP

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

  • Cara Rubinsky is now associate Europe editor at The Associated Press. Previously, she was an assistant editor for the central United States there. (AP)
  • Brad Remington is now vice president and general manager at KMGH. Previously, he was executive news director at KTVK. (Scripps)
  • Chris Janz has been named CEO of HuffPost Australia. Previously, he was CEO of Allure Media. (The Newspaper Works)
  • Gabriel Torres is now a video journalist at KXTX. Previously, he was a video journalist at KTDO. (Media Moves)
  • Sarah Aarthun is now a senior assignment editor at CNN Digital. Previously, she was a supervising news editor there. Steve Goldberg is now a senior assignment editor at CNN Digital.
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A myth debunked: minorities may now be consuming more local news than whites, not less

pew-graphicThe Pew Research Center surveyed more than 3,600 news consumers in three cities last summer with a cluster of surprising results reported today.

Top of that list: Minorities — African-Americans in Macon and Hispanics in metropolitan Denver — follow local news more intently than do whites.  Moreover they were twice as likely as whites to “feel they can have a big impact on the city.”

Past surveys, including Pew’s own, have found minorities less educated, less wealthy and slightly less avid news consumers.  But those findings were for news generally rather than local matters.

Amy Mitchell, lead author of the report and director of Pew Research’s journalism division, agreed with me that the result jumped out.  “The numbers are pretty striking there,” for both interest and impact, she said in a phone interview, a much wider gap than is typical in demographic comparisons of news consumption. Read more


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