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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.
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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 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.

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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. 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.… Read more


Monday, May 19, 2014

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


Wednesday, Jan. 08, 2014

Swedish journalists missing in Syria are freed

GlobalPost | Associated Press

Wednesday morning, GlobalPost reported that two Swedish journalists who were missing in Syria have been freed. According to Agence France-Presse, the news was confirmed by a source with the International Committee of the Red Cross.

In November, Poynter wrote about Magnus Falkehed and Niclas Hammarström,  who may not have had the right papers and were abducted in November when trying to leave the country.

The GlobalPost story does not name the two journalists who have been freed, but the Associated Press reported Wednesday that Sweden’s Foreign Ministry confirmed the two freed journalists were Falkehed and Hammarström.… Read more


Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013

Stock table

Company         2012 Close    2013 close    Percent change

Gannett                $18.01           $29.59          64.4%

E.W. Scripps          10.81              21.70         100.7

New York Times       8.53              15.87           86.0

A.H. Belo                   4.65               7.43             59.8

Journal                      5.41                9.30            71.9

McClatchy                  3.27                3.39             3.7

Lee                             1.14                3.48           205.3

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Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013

Tribune closes $2.7B deal for Local Holdings stations

Tribune Co.

Tribune announced Friday it closed on its purchase of Local Holdings LLC. The acquisition produces the “largest combined independent broadcast group and content creator in the country,” the company stated in a news release.

The company announced in the summer that it planned to purchase 19 stations from Local Holdings for $2.7 billion.

Peter Liguori, Tribune president and CEO, called the purchase “a transformational acquisition for Tribune, providing us with significant scale to drive our business objectives and create substantial shareholder value.”

The deal brings the total number of television stations owned by Tribune to 39, according to the company, and continues Tribune’s efforts to transition away from print.

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Monday, Nov. 11, 2013

Newspaper Title Style Guide

Major U.S. Newspapers

  • The Arizona Republic
  • The Boston Globe
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Chicago Sun-Times
  • The Dallas Morning News
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Miami Herald
  • New York Daily News
  • New York Post
  • The New York Times
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • The Seattle Times
  • Tampa Bay Times
  • USA Today
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • The Washington Post

Alphabetical Listing

  • Akron Beacon Journal
  • Albany Times Union
  • Amarillo Globe-News
  • Anchorage Daily News
  • Anderson Independent Mail
  • The Ann Arbor News
  • Arizona Daily Star
  • The Arizona Republic
  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Austin American-Statesman
  • The Baltimore Sun
  • The Birmingham News
  • Bonita Daily News
  • The Boston Globe
  • Boston Herald
  • The Boston Phoenix
  • Bradenton Herald
  • The Buffalo News
  • The Cape Cod Times
  • The Charlotte Observer
  • Chester Sun Times
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Chicago Sun-Times
  • The Christian Science Monitor
  • The Cincinnati Enquirer
  • The Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.)
  • The Columbus Dispatch
  • The Commercial Appeal (Memphis)
  • Contra Costa Times
  • The Courier (Houma, La.)
  • The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.)
  • Courier-Post (Camden, N.J.)
  • Daily Globe
  • The Dallas Morning News
  • The Daytona Beach News-Journal
  • Democrat and Chronicle
  • The Desert Sun
  • The Des Moines Register
  • Detroit Free Press
  • The Detroit News
  • Duluth News Tribune
  • East Valley Tribune
  • Edmonton Journal
  • Evansville (Ind.) Courier & Press
  • The Florida Times-Union
  • Florida Today
  • Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Va.
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Tuesday, Nov. 05, 2013

Ad revenue rises at AOL, but Patch weighs on results

Reuters | Forbes

AOL announced its third quarter earnings Tuesday. Ad revenue grew at the company, but expenses related to Patch weighed on results.

Ad revenue grew 14 percent over the third quarter of 2012 and, as Reuters reports, “the digital media and entertainment company said on Tuesday it took a pre-tax restructuring charge of $19 million and an impairment charge of $25 million, both related to Patch, sending operating income down 61 percent to $16.7 million.”

“AOL’s Q3 results are another step forward in our long-term plan,” Tim Armstrong, AOL Chairman and CEO, said in a news release. “The Q3 results highlight the strength of AOL’s strategy and the consistent execution of our team in delivering great consumer experiences and successful customer results.”

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Thursday, Oct. 03, 2013

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Why rainbow colors aren’t the best option for data visualizations

Data visualizations are beautiful, exciting ways to tell stories. But you have to choose carefully in designing a map or chart, and one of the biggest mistakes is misusing rainbow colors.

Rainbow color schemes — also called spectral color schemes — are frequent choices for visualizing data, both because they look bold and exciting and because they’re the default for many visualization software tools. But they usually do more harm than good. Detecting the colors at all is a problem for more readers than you might guess, and the rest of the audience will find it easier to understand the visualization if it’s presented with a different palette.

Rainbow color schemes are “almost always the wrong choice,” Anthony C. Robinson, geography professor at Pennsylvia State University, wrote in an online class on Coursera, which taught students how to use geospatial technologies to map data.… Read more

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