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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


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


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


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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Sunday, Mar. 01, 2015

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Next semester, some journalism students will be reading David Carr for credit

Following David Carr’s death, Jacqui Banaszynski watched as a gush of tweets and Facebook posts rushed by about Carr and his work. She rediscovered stories The New York Times’ media critic wrote that she’d forgotten, including pieces on ethics, social media and his own reporting.

I wish I could put this in front of my students, she thought.

“And then I thought, why couldn’t I?”

“It just all of the sudden occurred to me,” she said, “what if you created an entire class in which the students had to literally build their entire reading curriculum around David’s covering of the media, challenging of the media and the media’s role in society?”

Banaszynski, a professor and the Knight Chair of Journalism at the University of Missouri, Columbia, first met Carr 35 years ago when they both worked in the Twin Cities as journalists. Read more


Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

BuzzFeed added 40 percent server capacity to handle its coverage of ‘The Dress’

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In a post on BuzzFeed’s tech blog Friday, publisher Dao Nguyen recounted the heady hours after BuzzFeed published “The Dress,” a viral post that has so far attracted more than 28 million views.

According to Nguyen’s post, which chronicles a four-hour period after the post was published, BuzzFeed added 40 percent server capacity to handle the sudden influx of traffic the story generated. By 9:02 p.m., the post had already pushed BuzzFeed over its traffic record, with 431,000 active visitors on the site. Traffic continued to increase until it hit 673,000.

Nguyen also talked to Samir Mezrahi, a senior editor at BuzzFeed, about how the post gained traction on social media. He says he first tried tweeting it because BuzzFeed staffers were talking about it and saw a big response. Read more


15 take buyout offer at Sun-Times

The Sun-Times building. (AP)

The Sun-Times building. (AP)

Fifteen editorial staffers from The Chicago Sun-Times took buyouts Friday, Sun-Times Editor-in-Chief Jim Kirk has confirmed.

The news was first reported by Robert Feder.

According to Feder, the staffers will receive 20 weeks of severance pay and “be gone from the Sun-Times newsroom by Monday.” Among the employees taking buyouts are the four Sun-Times photographers who were rehired in March after being laid off in 2013 with the rest of the Sun-Times photography department.

In February, Feder wrote the Sun-Times planned to cut between 12 and 15 jobs, more than one-fifth of the paper’s guild-affiliated newsroom staff. At the beginning of February, the paper laid off two video producers.

Wrapports LLC, the parent company of the Sun-Times, has undergone big changes in recent months. Read more


Bangladeshi-American blogger killed in Bangladesh

A Bangladeshi activist sets up a light on a poster displaying a portrait of Avijit Roy as others gather during a protest against the killing of Roy in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Roy, a prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh's capital with his wife, police said Friday. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

A Bangladeshi activist sets up a light on a poster displaying a portrait of Avijit Roy as others gather during a protest against the killing of Roy in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Roy, a prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh’s capital with his wife, police said Friday. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

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Avijit Roy was killed and his wife is in critical condition after the two were attacked with machetes in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Agence France-Presse reported Friday. Roy’s blog “championed liberal secular writing,” AFP reported.

The couple were on a bicycle rickshaw, returning from a book fair, when two assailants stopped and dragged them on to the pavement before striking them with machetes, local media reported, citing witnesses.

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