Cops catch copper thief in old Seattle Times building

The Seattle Times

A copper thief skulking around the former headquarters of The Seattle Times was busted Saturday morning after workers at soup restaurant in the building complained their water had mysteriously shut off, John de Leon writes for The Seattle Times.

The culprit? A man with “crescent wrench, pipe cutter, pliers, wire snips, a utility knife, two flashlights and a set of keys” who was “gathering up a pile of copper pipes” underneath the restaurant, according to The Seattle Times. The man was arrested and booked for investigation of burglary.

The Seattle Times sold its longtime headquarters on 1120 John St. in 2013 for $29 million. The staff has occupied an office building at 1000 Denny Way since 2011. Read more

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Friday, Sep. 19, 2014

Career Beat: Keith Jenkins becomes general manager at National Geographic Digital

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

  • Kirstine Stewart is now vice president of North America media partnerships at Twitter. Previously, she was head of Twitter’s presence in Canada. (Recode)
  • George Rodrigue is now assistant news director at WFAA in Dallas. Previously, he was managing editor at The Dallas Morning News. (Romenesko)
  • Keith Jenkins is now general manager at National Geographic Digital. Previously, he was National Geographic’s director of digital photography and executive editor for digital content. (National Geographic)
  • Julianne Escobedo Shepherd will be culture editor at Jezebel. She is an instructor at Tisch School of the Arts and a contributor to Rookie. Jia Tolentino is now features editor at Jezebel. Previously, she was a contributing editor at The Hairpin. Clover Hope is now a staff writer at Jezebel. Previously, she was a deputy editor at Vibe. (Jezebel)
  • Robert Jordan is now a journalist-in-residence at the University of Chicago.
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Friday, Sep. 12, 2014

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Crowdsourcing during a crisis has its drawbacks

With all the talk of database journalism and mapping data, one would think crowdmapping would be taking off. But, it’s unclear how useful the practice is for journalists, especially with data collected in dangerous humanitarian crises, like the one in Syria.

There are success stories. Crowdmapping software Ushahidi immediately comes to mind. It gained popularity in 2008 when the software was used to map the fallout of the post-election violence in Kenya.

The Ushahidi software was celebrated for its ability to synthesize and geotag user-generated content in a simple way. It’s been used to map casualties in South Sudan, provide critical humanitarian information during the earthquake in Haiti and, most recently, to map out casualties in the Syrian war.

But data reporters and social scientists are still experimenting with how to verify the data on crowdsourced maps, to present clean, reliable information. Susan McGregor, assistant director of Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism, thinks journalists are still adapting to the concept of using, visualizing and verifying data, let alone crowdsourcing it. Read more

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Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014

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Video: Vox’s Yuri Victor started out in economics, ‘got drunk and became a journalist’

Yuri Victor, Senior UX Designer at Vox.Com, was at The Poynter Institute to give a TedX talk about creating efficient newsrooms. After his talk, he answered questions about how he got into journalism and what it means to him.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

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Cell Sets Fire to Pillow, Story Sets Fire to TV Station Website

A news report about a small fire with no injuries took the internet by storm last week. The question is why.

The story is about a Dallas area teen who says her cellphone caught fire beneath her pillow as she slept

The teen went to sleep with her Samsung Galaxy S4 under her pillow and awoke to a smouldering mess, according to KDFW, a Dallas-Fort Worth Fox affiliate. The father of the teen told KDFW he thinks the phone battery may have caused the meltdown, Samsung says the battery was not an original part but was a replacement unit.

The video has generated more than 1.1 million YouTube Views, 4 million page views on the station’s website and generated even more for the other Fox owned and operated stations that posted the story.  Until now, the station’s YouTube record stood at 27,000. KDFW Consumer reporter Steve Noviello says he has never seen anything like it, but says there are some solid reasons for its success. Read more

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

News sites ‘still shackled by their print past’; plus, the Oregonian’s digital ‘double-edged sword’

Here’s our roundup of the top digital and social media stories you should know about (and from Andrew Beaujon, 10 media stories to start your day, and from Kristen Hare, a world roundup):

— At TheMediaBriefing, Henry Taylor explores why “newspaper websites are still shackled by their print past.”

— The Oregonian has “been accused of setting up page-spinning daily output/blog quotas for its staff,” Ken Doctor writes at Nieman Lab. “No doubt that’s been a double-edged sword. There is a greater news intensity, and The Oregonian is on top of areas it wasn’t on top of before. Meanwhile, readers say that in other areas, coverage is noticeably decreased, and sometimes just missing.”

— Twitter’s vice president of international market development, Katie Stanton, will become the company’s new vice president of global media, Andrew Wallenstein reports at Variety. Chloe Sladden, formerly head of media, left Twitter last month. Read more

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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

From the archives: Sig Gissler, Pulitzer administrator 2002-2014

Sig Gissler, left, is toasted by Seymour Topping during a reception honoring Gissler's appointment as administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes Thursday April 18, 2002, in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Sig Gissler, left, is toasted by Seymour Topping during a reception honoring Gissler’s appointment as administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes in 2002, in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Sig Gissler announced his retirement as administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes in January. He served in the position since 2002. Here’s a look back at Poynter’s archives on Gissler and the Pulitzers during his time.

2004: No feature winner

In 2004, Poynter’s Roy Peter Clark wrote about the Pulitzer Board’s decision not to name a feature winner.

When I first heard that the Pulitzer Board had not awarded a prize in feature writing this year, I assumed the worst. I figured that scandal fatigue had filled board members with paranoia, that members were arguing about the lack of transparency in stories – to use the word of the day – about sourcing and attribution.

My fears, I am happy to report, were unfounded.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Pew: Americans tuning out coverage of Iraq

The Pew Research Center reported today that one-fourth of Americans are paying attention to the tumult and violence in Iraq, even as America’s involvement in the situation begins to grow.

Americans are 'modestly' interested in Iraq coverage, according to a recent survey from the Pew Research Center

Americans are ‘modestly’ interested in Iraq coverage, according to a recent survey from the Pew Research Center. Credit: Pew Research Center

The report, which was based on a survey of 1,002 adults from June 26 to 29, shows that a slightly larger proportion of Americans (29 percent) are more interested in the problems afflicting the country’s veterans hospitals than they are the strife in Iraq. It also notes that Interest in the recent spate of Supreme Court decisions (15 percent) is lower than the interest in the World Cup (17 percent).

Audience interest changes by age, the study found. Adults younger than 30 are paying more attention to the World Cup than they are to news coming out of the capital, the survey found. Read more

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Live coverage of Jill Abramson’s speech at Wake Forest commencement

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Thursday, Mar. 06, 2014

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NBC correspondent Kerry Sanders injured by broken TV light

NBC correspondent Kerry Sanders said in a Twitter post Thursday that he suffered serious eye injuries while covering the Michael Dunn trial in Jacksonville, Fla., in February.

 

In the post that he attached to his tweet, Sanders explained that the injuries were caused by a malfunctioning HMI TV light that slowly damaged his corneas while he reported live on the Today Show, MSNBC and NBC Nightly News.

Sanders wrote in his post that the light fried the skin on his face and: “Not only could I not see, but my eyes burned in pain as if two hot coals smoldered in my sockets. The darkness lasted a frightening 36-hours. I still see foggy halos and out-of-focus views. The doctors say my eyesight will eventually return to normal.”

Networks and high-end production companies use HMI or hydrargyrum medium-arc iodide lights because the lights are color balanced for outdoor use. Read more

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